Video

Shooting Video with the Panasonic GH3

Since the release of their mirrorless G-Series in 2008, Panasonic has offered cameras that are true multimedia tools with a strong emphasis placed on video features. The Lumix DMC-GH2, in particular, developed a cult following in the video and HDSLR communities. The compact size, articulating screen, and unlimited clip length set the camera apart from many of its competitors.

On-Camera LED Lights

LED lights are gaining increasing acceptance in the professional video-production industry. When LED video lights were first introduced, they were seen as a smaller, lighter, and often times more convenient alternative to traditional tungsten fixtures, but they were generally considered inferior when it came to the brightness and the quality of light that they produced.

On-Camera Video Monitors

An on-camera monitor can be a tremendously valuable tool for professional video production. Most cameras have a built-in display, but often times a camera’s built-in display is rather small and—especially when it comes to shooting with HDSLRs—they are sometimes fixed in one position on the back of the camera. An on-camera monitor will provide a larger and higher-quality picture.

Shotgun Microphones for HDSLR Cameras

Okay. You’re out shooting an event or an interview. You have your HDSLR camera and your fast zoom or prime lenses, and your footage is looking great. When you get home, you import the footage into your editing software and, to your dismay, you discover that the sound quality is significantly lacking. Sound familiar? No matter how good your footage looks, bad sound can ruin a project.

Zacuto Marauder and Enforcer Rigs

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, looks at the new Zacuto Marauder and Enforcer foldable DSLR rigs, and what makes them a good choice for run-and-gun style shooting. This video explores the compact design, functionality, and features of the rigs, including the spring-loaded arm, adjustable chest brace, and quick-release Gorilla Plate V2.

Panasonic HC-X920 3MOS Ultrafine Full HD Camcorder

Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, shares her impressions of working with the Panasonic HC-X920. The video highlights the camera’s technical specs and capabilities, as well as where it fits within the Panasonic camcorder lineup.

Basic Underwater Video Housings

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, discusses three underwater camera housings and her experiences using them to shoot photos and movies beneath the surface. The video covers the Ikelite housing for the Sony RX-100, the Nikon WP-N1 housing for the Nikon 1 J1 or J2 with 10-30mm VR lens, and the  EWA-Marine U-A Underwater Housing for virtually any autofocusing DSLR camera.

Hands-On Review: the Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder

Join Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she discusses the Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal Camcorder, and why it may be the video-blogging tool for you. This video explores the specifications of the camcorder, including the 12.8MP sensor that captures stills and Full HD video, DIGIC DV 4 image processor, and f/2.8 lens with ultra-wide-angle and close-up recording options.

Cinema Lenses

Watch and listen as Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, discusses what makes cinema lenses different from other lenses and why they make a great choice for video work. Using the Samyang 24mm T1.5 and Rokinon 85mm T1.5 as examples, McCormick explores the optical and mechanical construction of cinema lenses, including manual control, increased focus throw, and follow focus gearing.

Hands-On Review: the New Rokinon 16mm Wide-Angle T2.2 Cine Lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds

Rokinon has just released a 16mm T2.2 wide-angle cine lens designed for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens continues Rokinon’s trend of adapting their DLSR lenses to a more video-friendly housing. With the same optical formula as in their 16mm f/2.0 AS UMC CS Lens, the 16mm T2.2 is a fast, full-manual-control prime lens that filmmakers using APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mount cameras are sure to appreciate.

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