DCS presents the Blackmagic Design Ecosystem

Please join the Digital Cinema Society as we explore the many innovative production and post products from Blackmagic Design. We’ll get updates on the latest technology, from Digital Cinema cameras like the 4.6K URSA Mini Pro to the ubiquitous DaVinci Resolve, which integrates not only color correction, but sophisticated Editing functions and the Fairlight Audio Mixing Interface. We’ll also get a look at the latest enhancements to Fusion VFX Software and the ATEM Live Production Switchers.

As an added bonus, representatives of OWC and MacSales will be on hand to demo their latest I/O and Storage products including the new USB-C 3.1 Thunderbolt Dock and Thunderbay RAIDs , up to 48TB, with SoftRAID management software.

The program will be moderated by DCS Founder, James Mathers and the featured speaker will be Filmmaker and CEO of Atomic Imaging and Golan Studios, Ari Golan.  Refreshments will be served courtesy of Blackmagic and valuable products provided by both Blackmagic and OWC will be raffled off to those in attendance.

Location:  Atomic Imaging – Golan Studios
1501 N. Magnolia Ave.Chicago, IL 60642

Doors open at 3:30PM with presentations from 4-7PM  The event is free and open to all, but RVSPs are required.



  • Anton/Bauer
  • Autoscript/Autocue
  • Litepanels
  • OConnor
  • Sachtler
  • Teradek
  • Vinten
  • Wooden Camera

Attendance is free, but you must register in advance.

Come out to the Vitec Group EXPO and get plenty of hands-on time with the latest products, see informative presentations from industry leaders and mingle with fellow working professionals in the relaxing atmosphere of the Atomic Imaging Studio.

Featured presentations include:

  • ” Camera Support and Advanced Camera Movement ” with Ari Golan, Owner of Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios
  • ” Tackling Episodic Production Challenges ” with Jayson Crothers, Director of Photography for “Chicago Fire”
  • ” The Evolution of Production: 4K, 8K, HDR and Beyond ” with Gary Adcock, Production Evangelist


10:00am-11:30am – Welcome breakfast and hands-on demos

11:30am-1:00pm – Main stage presentations

1:00pm-2:30pm – Lunch and hands-on demos

2:30pm-4pm – Main stage presentations

4:00pm-5:30pm – Cocktail Reception and hands-on demos

5:30pm-6:30pm – Final main stage presentation

Note: The hands-on demo area will be open for the entire duration of the event. Agenda details to come.

Check out this video from one of our previous events

Attendance is free, but you must register in advance.

Advanced Camera Movement Workshop

Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios Present:
State-of-the-Art Advanced Camera Movement Workshop with

Panther Dollies

Freefly MoVI Pro

Alpha Wheels

Flowcine Black Arm

Alta 8 Heavy Lifter Drone

Chrosziel Magnum Mini and Lightweight Lens Motors

Blackmagic URSA mini Pro 4.6K Camera

Eliminate the fear of the unknown

Please come join us for a special event sponsored by Atomic Imaging at Golan Studios, as we host 2 days* of presentations and hands-on product training for you to see and learn how to set up and use the gear. Friday, May 19th from 1PM-6PM and Saturday, May 20th from 9AM-2PM. At Golan Studios, 1501 N. Magnolia Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642. *(Saturday will be a repeat of Friday’s workshop, so do NOT plan to attend both.)

Ari Golan (Director/DP/Aerial DP/Helicopter & Drone Pilot) from Atomic Imaging will be demonstrating set up, configuration and use of the Freefly MoVI Pro, MoVI Controller and Alpha Wheels, along with mounting and tuning of the Flowcine Black Arm on vehicles, and flying the MoVI Pro with the Alta 8 heavy lifter Drone. Ari will also discuss the different applications for, and differences between Gimbals vs. Steadicams, Vehicle Stabilizing arms vs. “Russian Arms”, Drones vs. Helicopter and the current state of Drone law in Chicago.

Sebastian Lumme from Camadeus will demo and train dolly grips on the set up and operation of the Panther Dolly, U-Bangi Slider, Jib arm and the new Precision Leveling Track.

Food, drink, giveaways and show specials will be provided.

Due to the hands-on nature of this Workshop/Seminar, we will divide into separate groups and rotate. Attendance is free, but space will be limited, so RSVP/Ticket is required.

Who should attend? Dolly Grips, Grips, DPs, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, and anyone else interested in learning more about state-of-the-art methods for mounting and moving the camera.

For Sales/Rental of any of the above items, or just more info, call (312) 649-1800.

(Atomic Imaging is the Chicago Dealer for purchasing all of the above products. Golan Studios has them all available for Rental.)

Free Seminar: State-of-the-Art Digital Cinema Workflows



Atomic Imaging Presents:
State-of-the-Art Digital Cinema Workflows
with Blackmagic and G-Technology
Please come join us for a special event sponsored by Atomic Imaging at Golan Studios, as we host 2 days* of presentations and product showcases for you to see and test the gear. Atomic Imaging, BlackMagic and G-Technology will be presenting state of the art digital workflows, focusing on:

  • Multi-User Collaboration on DaVinci Resolve with the G-Rack NAS
  • HDR Workflow
  • Creating LUTs and Installing on various devices (BMD Cameras, Teradek Bolts, HD Monitors)
  • On-Set DIT best practices

In addition, showcased products will include:

BMD URSA mini 4.6K, G-Tech Studio Shuttle XL, SSD drives, readers, G-Rack, SmallHDR monitors, Teradek Bolt

Food, drink, giveaways and show specials will be provided.

Seminar is free, but RSVP is required.

Blackmagicdesign and Digital Cinema Production Open House


Atomic Imaging, a Chicago-based full-service film/video production, integrated media, digital imaging and television sound stage/studio rental facility, will be hosting an Open House on this Thursday, Nov. 5th from 10:00AM – 6:00PM and Friday Nov. 6th from 9:00AM – 3:00PM  for a two day look at the Blackmagic Product Line featuring the new Blackmagic Design demo van. Products scheduled to appear include the new URSA mini 4K EF, URSA 4K PL, Micro Studio Camera 4K, Blackmagic Video Assist (portable monitor & recorder), ATEM Swithcers and a host of other products in the demo van. The van also feautres a full DaVinci Resolve system, and Resolve 12 demos will be given throughout the two day event.

The event will also include presentations from Bob Caniglia, Sr. Regional Manager of Blackmagic Design.

It addition, complementary products for cinema production will be shown, including CamDolly, Fotodiox Edge Lights, Sachtler tripods, Wooden Camera cages & rigging accessories, Rokinon cinema lenses and Teradek wireless transmitters. The Teradek Cubes allow automated wireless realtime recording of proxy files- even when recording RAW Cinema DNG on the Blackmagic camera. The clips can be viewed instantly on iPads- even while the camera is still recording.

When: November 5th, 2013: 10:00AM – 6:00PM and Nov. 6th 9:00AM-3:00PM
Where: 1501 N. Magnolia Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 USA (312) 649-1800

To Register for this event (click here), or please contact Candice Gerber at Atomic Imaging at (312) 649-1800, x5703.

Digital Cinema Production Open House featuring Blackmagic, ZEISS, Wooden Camera, Teradek and Sachtler

Golan Studios/Atomic Imaging, a Chicago-based full-service film & television production and studio rental facility, will be hosting an Open House/Product Showcase on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 from 1:00PM – 6:00PM and Thursday, January 15th from 9:00AM-2:00PM featuring Blackmagic Design digital cinema cameras, ZEISS Lenses and the newest URSA rigging accessories from Wooden Camera.

The event will include hands on demonstrations of the brand new Blackmagic URSA Cinema Camera, the BMD Studio Camera and the complete Cinema Camera line (Production 4K, Cinema 2.5K and Pocket Cinema Cameras), along with a variety of third party rigs and lenses and DaVinci Resolve 11.

The event will also include presentations (informal schedule) from Bob Caniglia, Sr. Regional Manager of Blackmagic Design, and renowned Director/Cinematographer, Ari Golan. With more than 30 years of production experience in the film, television and commercial world, Ari will discuss the technical merits of the products as well as share his experience shooting the very first feature film to be released that was shot on Blackmagic cameras. In addition, he will cover the workflow between the Blackmagic cameras and DaVinci Resolve.

Complementary products for cinema production will be shown, including ZEISS Lenses, Sachtler tripods, Wooden Camera cages & rigging accessories, and Teradek Cube & Bolt wireless transmitters.


ZEISS manufacturers a wide range of cine and SLR lenses which are well suited for use with the Blackmagic cameras. Whether it is PL lenses for the URSA, EF lenses for the Production Camera 4K or the Cine Camera, or MFT lenses for the Pocket Cinema Camera – ZEISS has a lens that fits nearly every application and budget. Interchangeable lens mount kits make your investment future proof, regardless of your selection of camera bodies.

The Teradek Cubes allow automated wireless real time recording of proxy files -even when recording RAW Cinema DNG on the Blackmagic camera. The clips can be viewed instantly on iPads -even while the camera is still recording. The Teradek Bolt provides zero latency, uncompressed HD-SDI wireless video and audio up to 2,000 ft. line of sight.

Light refreshments will be provided.
Admission is Free – but please RSVP.

When: Wednesday, January 14th, 2015: 1:00PM – 6:00PM and Thursday, January 15th, 2015: 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Where: Golan Studios/Atomic Imaging, 1501 N. Magnolia Ave. Chicago, IL 60642 USA (312) 649-1800

To Register for this event (click here), or please contact Candice Gerber-DeFalco at Atomic Imaging (312) 649-1800 x5703.



Green Screen Intensive and two Camera Directing workshops in Chicago May 3-12

Hollywood Camera Work is putting on our final seminar series in Chicago at Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios May 3-12, 2013. The three-part series includes a Green Screen Intensive and two Camera Directing workshops: Raw Techniques and the Master Class in Staging and Blocking. These courses have been taught by us at Disney Studios, Lucas Film/ILM, Dreamworks and other major institutions.

They have garnered critical acclaim from the likes of Peter Jackson, Director of Lord of the Rings and other industry leading professionals including the Visual Effects/Pre-Viz Directors of Avatar, Batman, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, X-Men, Hunger Games and more!

For more information and registration, visit: www.hcwseminars.com or call (312) 649-1800.
Discounts available for multiple bookings.


Free Seminar-Showbiz Software & IL Production Tax Credits

Atomic Imaging/Golan Studios will be hosting a Free, Film Production Budgeting & Tax Incentive seminar this Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

The evening will kick off with a brief intro by Chicago-based entertainment attorney Jim Pesoli, who will be discussing the preliminary steps to developing a film or television project in Illinois. He will discuss the legal requirements surrounding application process for the Illinois production tax credits.

Next, Join us for a Showbiz Budgeting & Actualization Workshop Including a preview of Showbiz Budgeting version 9 PLUS a demonstration of Media Services’ new applications for iPad and Android devices: Showbiz Directory, Showbiz Forms, & Showbiz Labor Guide, followed by questions and answers with Steve Bizenov, VP of Sales & Marketing at Media Services.

We will conclude with a Q&A on the process of utilizing the IL Production Tax incentives with Cesar Lopez,  from the IL Film Office who is the Manager of the IL Tax Credit program and Independent Producer Marty Murray, who will talk about his experiences having packaged numerous Feature Film productions utilizing state tax credits throughout the country- the most recent being the horror film “Caretaker” produced here in Illinois.

There will be software prize giveaways, light refreshments and Free parking.

Please R.S.V.P. in advance as seating is limited and reservation is required.

(312) 649-1800

Hope to see you here.

1501 N. Magnolia Avenue, Chicago (enter through black gate on north side of building- just 300′ south of Home Depot at North Avenue)

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f-stop solution for Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Atomic Imaging’s Director/DP, Ari Golan, who received the first Blackmagic Cinema Camera in Chicago, has spent the last several months running the extraordinarily anticipated RAW image capture device through its paces.

A lot has been written recently regarding this game changing product, which is still in its infancy, including several complaints about the lack of current functionality.

One such topic is the absence of any indication of what the iris is set to with the electronic lenses.

Although most of these issues will be addressed in forthcoming firmware updates, in the interim, Golan has devised a simple method for determining the actual f-stop for several of what he considers to be the most common and practical lenses for that camera. There is a free download below:

Black Magic Cinema Camera Lens Aperture Chart (click image to preview)

Download PDF Black Magic Cinema Camera Lens Aperture Chart

Atomic adds Teradek wireless broadcast solutions

Atomic Imaging is the premier rental provider and reseller in the USA for the Teradek Cube/Bond wireless video and bonded cellular technology based ENG devices.

    Wireless video direct to iPad/iPhone for monitoring via WiFi
    ENG Video Back Haul to replace OB Vans and Satellite Trucks
    Hardware encoding and real-time streaming direct to Web


Rent or Purchase.


Bonded Cellular Streaming Package

Stream HD Video Over Multiple Cellular Networks
The Atomic Action Wireless Bonded Cellular Streaming Package connects to any HD camera using either HD-SDI or HDMI and enables HD video contribution from any location with cellular data coverage. The AAW-BCSP supports up to five 3G or 4G USB modems simultaneously from most cellular carriers worldwide.

Compact & Affordable
The AAW-BCSP system is the smallest and most affordable cellular bonding solution on the market today. Forget about heavy backpacks. The BCSP weighs in at under 7oz. and is about the size of a deck of cards.

Send Your Content Anywhere Confidently
Whether you are streaming directly to the Internet, back to your control room, into a video switcher, or displayed on a large screen, the AAW-BCSP system will transmit video to nearly any platform to audiences worldwide. Our revolutionary Adaptive Internet Streaming technology constantly adjusts the video bit rate and buffering in real time to adapt to varying network conditions. This ensures that your content is delivered reliably and at the highest quality possible.

Sputnik is the server designed to recombine the various video feeds from the Bond into a cohesive stream that can then be sent to an H.264 decoder or played back online.
(Note: Use of our Sputnik server is included at no charge with our AAW-BCSP system.)

WiFi Streaming Package

Stream Directly to iOS Devices
Directors, Producers, clients and others on set can monitor every shot live on their iPads and iPhones. Instead of running long, cumbersome cables to bulky monitors, the AAW-WiFi SP’s ability to turn iOS devices into mobile wireless monitors liberates cinema crews from wired tethers and cluttered studios. View shots live from camera platforms never before possible – Helicopters, Boats, Chase Cars & Motorcycles, Libra head Cable Cams, etc.

Broadcast Live to the Internet
With a simple press of the “Stream” button, you can stream directly to your Website, Facebook page, or a content delivery network (CDN) of your choice. The AAW-WiFi SP supports multiple transport protocols including RTMP, RTP/RTSP, RTP Push, MPEG-TS, HLS and ZiXi, which makes it the most versatile compact video encoder available.

Wireless Video Assist & Review

Stream Directly to iPads and Apple TV Connected Monitors
Directors, Producers, Script Supervisors, VFX Leads, Sound Dept, clients and others on set can not only monitor every shot live on their iPads, but immediately replay and review any shot instantaneously – and without disrupting the Camera Dept! In addition, each user can make comments, quickly tap user-definable preset notation buttons and even record audio dictation notes.

Watermarks and Options for Content Security
Every user can be assigned their own unique watermark to prevent unauthorized distribution of content. Each user can determine where on screen the watermark will appear and quickly reposition it at will. Users can be assigned a variety of unique permissions, including the ability to view the footage after leaving the set and generating simple playlists to check for continuity.

Generate Reports
At the end of the shoot day, the operator can generate and email a report in .PDF, Final Cut XML or Avid XML format. The report contains a comprehensive amount of production information and meta-data, including thumbnail images and timecode for each shot, along with an aggregation of all user’s notes and comments from the shoot day.