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Unveiled: Milestone’s New "Husky" Series Surveillance NVRs

With an eye on form, function, and a user-friendly experience, Milestone is introducing the M10 and M30 Husky series NVRs that were designed with the end-user at the forefront of their minds.

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Blackmagic Production Camera 4K versus Panasonic GH4

Even though it's only been shipping for a short time, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is the current "go-to" choice for shooting 4K video with a single sensor/interchangeable-lens system for less than $4000. However, things may change when Panasonic ships their 4K-capable Lumix GH4.

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Unveiled: Panasonic HX-A500 — 4K from Your Point of View

Panasonic has announced a new wearable point-of-view camera, the Panasonic HX-A500, another contender in the rapidly growing field of action camcorders such as the GoPro and Sony Action Cam. The HX-A500 brings to the table (or river or mountain) features such as high quality 4K recording using the Crystal Engine Pro+ engine, so that your memories are not plagued by low resolution or missing frames; Level Shot and Image Stabilizing suppress blurring and ensure that even tilted shots are always easy to see.

Axis Communications Q1614: The Overachieving Indoor IP Network Camera

There are IP cameras, and then there’s this camera. The Axis Communications Q1614 stands above and apart from what you’re used to seeing, and what follows are the reasons why this camera isn’t like any of the others. Many cameras simply capture images; some might have limited recording options, and onboard memory card storage. The Q1614 does all this, and so much more.

Entry-Level DSLR Audio Options

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses budget options for improving the audio quality of your DSLR shoots. Rives explores on-camera microphone options, including the lightweight RØDE VideoMic GO shotgun microphone and the Tascam TM-2X stereo microphone.

Create Lower-Contrast Footage with Cooke Optics miniS4/i Uncoated Lens Elements

Lens selection is an important decision for any Director of Photography. Lenses from different manufacturers and different eras offer unique characteristics to better suit the director’s vision for a film or scene. While color grading gives you the flexibility to adjust images in post, there are intrinsic qualities inherent in the construction of the lens itself that can't be fully replicated. And with on-set grading becoming more commonplace, the ability of a DP to create a "look" on set with just lens selection can endear them to the director and lead to future work.

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Make the Most of your Jib Shoots with the Genustech Mini Jib

In the following video, Mia McCormick takes a looks at the Genustech Mini Jib and how it’s a great option for adding production value to your videos without the hassle and exra cost of a full-size professional jib. McCormick explores the jib’s design, including its lightweight 3.5-pound frame, 6-foot maximum extension, and ability to collapse down to just 33".

Are Quadcopters Legal?

In response to booming popularity, many people have been seeking information about the legality of using unmanned remote-controlled aircraft. The FAA lumps this kind of aircraft under the general classification of UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), or UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems). It's a broad category that includes everything from the Predator drone to the DJI Phantom quadcopter. Unfortunately, there's next to nothing I can tell you at the moment.

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WPPI 2014: HPRC Cases

Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, visits the HPRC booth at WPPI 2014, in the video below. HPRC is a manufacturer of hard-shell cases, all of which are made in Italy. They provide exceptional protection for the equipment you carry in them. Their hard-shell products feature “military drop-test certification,” and are watertight, crushproof, and come with a lifetime replacement warranty. The cases are available in a range of styles and colors, and you can learn all about them by hitting the Play button now.

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WPPI 2014: Manfrotto Spectra 1x1 LED Panels

In this video, Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, sheds some light on the new Spectra 1 x 1 LED light units from Manfrotto. The video explores the features and specs that make these lights an attractive option in the 1 x 1 LED panel market, and highlights some of the unit’s design features. We learn about its high CRI, flicker-free operation, and color-temperature options. We also find out about future options for this new line of lights.

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