From the NAB 2015 trade show floor, B&H Photo's Steven Gladstone talks with Christian Richardson, from VariZoom, about the company’s recently announced VariSlider system. The slider supports loads up to 100 pounds and is expandable by linking multiple units together, allowing you to get slides of nearly any length. Richardson demonstrates the seamless transition between multiple units using an optional motorized control system. The slider will be available in its base manual configuration or in a kit with two tripods, with the optional motor adapter attachment coming soon.
This video is a mix of a hands-on review and a tutorial on using handheld video stabilization devices with gimbal designs that enable the capture of handheld video so smooth and steady that it would be impossible even with a shoulder-mount rig.
It’s easy for sound people to burn through piles of disposable batteries on a typical production day. Wireless microphone systems tend to eat up battery life very quickly, but portable field mixers, portable digital recorders, camera hops and IFB systems all require lots of juice too.
Professional video certainly isn’t what it was at the dawn of the Betacam era, or even what it was 10 years ago, and overall that’s for the best—your current camera options are smaller and less expensive, and they produce higher-quality images.
Off the cuff, one might think there are few, if any, differences between packing a DSLR system and an HDSLR system, but once you look beyond the basics, i.e. the camera bodies, lenses and tripod (the legs, but not necessarily the head), the differences start adding up.