10 exciting new tools for indie filmmakers

The invention of the stills camera that can shoot video, the HDSLR, has played a huge role in the continuing democratization of the filmmaking process. Quick definition: a Digital SLR or DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera uses mirrors to direct light from the lens to the viewfinder. An HDSLR is a DSLR that is capable of capturing high definition video.

While prosumer quality camcorders - introduced in the late 1990s and early 2000s - made it possible (and affordable) for just about anyone to make a film, HDSLRs made it feasible to make a half decent one (assuming you have an ounce of talent and training and the semblance of a decent story of course).

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