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WPPI 2014: Comodo Orbit

Mia McCormick speaks with Victor Ha, who demonstrates the new COMODO Orbit Handheld Stabilization Rig. The dual-handed rig, which supports 2 to 11 pounds, is easy to use and allows you to capture smooth and creative shots with your DSLR or small to medium-sized camcorder. Once balanced, the camera lets you move freely around your subject, and you can even control tilt with your thumbs, letting you mimic jib-style shots.

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WPPI 2014: Panasonic GH4 and the Defy G2 Gimbal

Mia McCormick gets a sneak peak at the new Panasonic GH4, which supports 4K 4096x2160 and UHD 3840x2160 recording, and Full HD at 200Mbps. Other exciting features include focus peaking, a new high-speed autofocus system, professional power, XLR, time code, and SDI connections via the Interface Unit. McCormick also takes a look at the Defy G2 from Relentless, a lower-cost MoVI-style gimbal system, perfect for the GH4.

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Jitter-Free Footage: the Glide Gear DNA 5050 Stabilizer with DNA 6000 Vest

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, demonstrates ways to achieve smooth shots using the Glide Gear DNA 5050 Stabilizer with DNA 6000 Vest and Arm. McCormick explores the one-size-fits-all padded vest with aluminum front plate, dual swing arm with adjustable tension springs, and the DNA 5050 camera stabilizer with three-axis gimbal.

Hikvision Series 4-Channel Network Video Recorder

The Hikvision HIDS7604NI Network Video Recorder (NVR) has everything you’d expect, a few things you’d want, and a couple that you wouldn’t expect in an NVR. It’s a feature-filled surveillance center that allows you to not only individualize your IP cameras, but gives you Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera control, customized recording quality, the ability to add/delete/edit users, and a host of other features and functions that will be discussed below.

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Zacuto Accessories for the Canon C300/500

In an increasingly crowded market, Zacuto is well known as a designer and manufacturer of video-camera accessories. Since the early days of the HDSLR revolution, they’ve made a name for themselves with a comprehensive range of products that transforms cameras designed for still photography into a more video-friendly form factor.

Three Must-Have Apps for Cinematographers

There is a plethora of apps out there, geared toward cinematographers. While many are useful, I’ve decided to share the three apps to which I find myself returning regularly. They have earned a place in my digital toolkit and, in my eyes, are must-haves for any DP or camera assistant.

Please note: As an iPhone user, I can only comment on the functionality of these apps on iOS devices.

Anamorphic Lenses: The Key to Widescreen Cinematic Imagery

What began as a tool and technique for capturing and projecting wider aspect ratios on 35mm film, anamorphic lenses are a runaway favorite among cinematographers for the unique characteristics they bring to moving images. Ultra-wide rectangular aspect ratios, long horizontal lens flares, and oval bokeh (the out-of-focus areas of the image) now feel as much a part of the cinematic experience as a bucket of popcorn and a liter of soda.

New from Panasonic: The Super 35mm 4K Varicam 35

Panasonic has entered the realm of 4K digital cinema production with the announcement of their new 4K VariCam camera/recorder—the VariCam 35. First seen in mockups at NAB 2012, the VariCam 35 boasts an all-new super 35mm MOS image sensor and utilizes Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA codecs for internal 4K, UHD, 2K, and HD recording. The camera is also capable of external 4K raw recording, provides 14 stops of dynamic range, and features a standard PL lens mount.

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B&H Gear News Update for March 7, 2014

This Week in the News:

  • Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
  • Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
  • Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
  • K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633 

The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35

China Balls: The Classic Affordable Lighting Hack

Chinese paper lanterns, or China balls, are great low-budget tools for getting beautiful, soft light. What makes China balls unique is their ability to throw a soft, diffused light in almost all directions. This omnidirectional light makes them suitable for a wide range of lighting applications. For example, you can hang a China ball or series of China balls from a ceiling to increase a room’s overall brightness, place one above a table during a restaurant conversation scene, or even use one as a soft, wrapping key light. But the best part is that they’re cheap!

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