Buying guides / Video

Your first day of film school is right around the corner and maybe you’re already thinking about what kind of gear you’ll need to make the most of it. Sure, you’ll most likely get access to a lot of great equipment through your film school, but what if you want to practice framing a shot, lighting an interview subject or capturing sound on your own? After all, it’s your passion and inspiration...
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Surveillance systems are examined in great detail in this B&H Explora buyer's guide.

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8 months ago
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As with so many consumer products these days, selecting a projector can be daunting since there are just so many too choose from. However, choosing the right projector is pretty simple as long as you can supply three pieces of information:

The screen size (width, most importantly)
Distance between the projector and the screen (throw distance)
An estimate of the amount of ambient light present in the room in which the projector will be used

At this point you might be thinking, “Great. But I can't answer any of those questions." Or, "I plan to take my projector on the road and could be using it anywhere." Often, with a little forethought, the “I don't know” can be whittled down to a fairly good educated guess. If not, you are not completely out of luck. In addressing each topic, we will suggest your best bet when confronted with unknowns.

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1 year ago
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The goal of this article is to help you narrow your choice of options, pick through what is important to you, and make it easier to choose the right tripod to suit your needs and your budget. For the purposes of this article, the term "tripod" is used to include the head and legs, with each component being discussed separately.

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1 year ago
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 Whether you’re an indie filmmaker, field reporter, or wedding videographer, a pro-grade video tripod will enhance your productions more than any other type of support accessory. By adding stability, forcing perspective through composition, and providing smooth pan and tilt movement, a good tripod + head can be just as integral to your production as the camera. So how do you choose the combination that’s right for you? Read on.

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3 years ago
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Biking a tough trail can be exhilarating—the wind rushing through your hair (through your helmet vents, of course) as you swerve to avoid obstacles, bombing down hills at speeds that you’ll brag about for months. Thanks to a new line of rugged sportscams and helmet cameras, you can have high-quality HD video to relive every jump and swerve in high definition. Or you can post the videos online so that your friends can live vicariously through your extreme sports exploits. 

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3 years ago
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Summer is almost here! Whether you’re interested in shooting first person video from the front of your surfboard, or maybe a friend’s wedding, or even a feature film, here’s the rundown of the latest and greatest camcorders for summer 2010. From shoot and shares to the latest ENG alternatives, there’s something here for everyone.

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3 years ago
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Every non-broadcast prosumer camera from Canon, Sony, and JVC has gone from 3-chip to single-chip CMOS. Not that it’s a bad thing. Simplifying sensor design reduces manufacturing complexity and lowers the cost of ownership for imaging enthusiasts. But by reserving 3-sensor builds for premium cameras, there are increasingly fewer options for the budget-conscious videographer or indie filmmaker. Panasonic stands alone as the champion of the low-cost 3-chip. Here’s their latest and greatest --

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3 years ago
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It’s usually the case that the more rich a camera is with features, the larger and bulkier it will be. That’s certainly not the case with the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1, which can also transmit your footage to a computer, wirelessly, with wireless Eye-Fi SD cards.

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3 years ago
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POV, or helmet cameras, are meant to capture all the action from your perspective while being durable and simple to use. The VholdR Contour HD 1080p is the smallest, lightest, and most intuitive HD helmet camera.

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3 years ago
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The Sony Bloggie is a fun and exciting HD video and 5MP still camera with loads of features and a menu system that makes sharing your content with the world incredibly easy. It offers a number of features and functions that lend themselves to the needs of those looking to make quick video clips and upload them to the Web with great facility.

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3 years ago
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Ever since nanny-cams grabbed the spotlight, video surveillance has hardly been the monopoly of law enforcement. Cameras masquerading as common household objects can be bought by anyone. This raises the question: sure it's a hidden camera, but is the outward product functional? Can the clock with a clandestine camera tell time? As a value-oriented consumer, I want the cover story to be genuine, not a prop. It turns out the answer depends on the product.

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3 years ago
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You’ve got a lot of options these days when it comes to shooting video. You can shoot video with a multimedia phone, or you can opt for the convenience and decent image quality of a shoot-and-share camera like the Flip, or you can even shoot video with your digital camera. All of these options are great when you just want to capture a moment and maybe post it quickly to YouTube, but when you want more quality and a few more bells and whistles, your best option is still a handy, compact camcorder. 

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3 years ago
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This video kicks off our four-part series on teleprompters with a broad overview of the indispensible tool that facilitates truly professional on-camera presentation. The series examines what a professional through-the-glass teleprompter can help you do, and spells out some of the advantages it provides over other options such as cue cards and off-camera teleprompters.

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3 years ago
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This segment focuses on simple, entry-level teleprompter systems and teleprompter software. It touches on topics such as smooth scrolling, the distance from the presenter to the lens, and (related to that) the appropriate size for text. For simple teleprompter systems, several freeware teleprompter programs are available.

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3 years ago
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