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Nord Lead 4

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Nord Lead 4 49-Key Synthesizer and its redesigned multi-timbral sound engine. Rives discusses how it can be used to produce a variety of sounds including basses, pads, and leads while exploring its 4-part arpeggiator, DSP effects, and Virtual Analog and FM synthesis.

HDSLR Educational Series

This series of educational videos from B&H provides a crash course for shooting filmic video with an HDSLR camera. Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC, demonstrates the formidable capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark II, but many of the fundamentals that are discussed will provide insight into the HDSLR category in general.

Hands-On Review: Nikon D600

The recently released Nikon D600 is a full-frame DSLR featuring a 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, compact form factor, expandable sensitivity from ISO 50 to 25600, continuous shooting rate of up to 5.5 fps, and a large 3.2” 921k-dot LCD monitor. Full HD 1080p video recording is available and supports multiple frame rates, manual exposure control, and continuous autofocusing. 

HDSLR Guide Chapter 1: Introduction

In the summer of 2008, Nikon released the D90, a DSLR with an extra feature: HD video recording. It rocked the digital photography and video worlds. Suddenly photographers could shoot dynamite video and videographers could get the look and feel of a cinema camera without the cinema camera price tag. HD video quickly became the feature to look for in a DSLR. A new category of camera was born: the HDSLR.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 2: The Camera

This chapter discusses the many benefits that HDSLRs have to offer, as well as the limitations that have to be considered when making the choice of adopting these cameras. Each benefit or limitation needs to be weighed against the specific needs of each user. However, there will always be situations where HDSLRs may not be the most effective choice.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 3: The Lens

The ability to choose from literally hundreds of lenses opens up a world of possibilities once impossible for small-budget productions. Being able to capture a wide view of a small room with a super-wide-angle lens, or getting a close-up of a subject from a distance, are just two of many powerful options at the photographer’s disposal.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 4: Filters

While many "looks" can be achieved in post-production, certain aspects of the image are better controlled before the image is recorded. Optical filters modify the light before it enters the lens. The benefit of using optical filters instead of digital filters is that there is no added time in post production and less degradation of the image quality, especially in HDSLRs, which already have limited color space and a highly compressed image.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 5: Matte Boxes

Lens flaring can occur when a light source such as the sun or artificial lights, strikes the front of the lens at a certain angle and then bounces across different surfaces to produce glare in the image. Using additional filters in front of the lens can increase the chances of flaring.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 6: Focus Control

Using the lens focus ring to focus is the most basic and economical way to pull focus. It’s a good way to jump into the world of manual focus and also offers the simplest, smallest and lightest setup. In many situations, however, there will be a need for a better and more refined way of controlling focus.

HDSLR Guide Chapter 7: Monitoring

While LCDs on some cameras have a high resolution, at 3" most objects appear too small to accurately judge focus and frame a shot. It is also difficult to see the LCD in bright daylight. Most HDSLRs (except for cameras with an electronic viewfinder) disable the optical viewfinder during video/live mode, so it's of no use other than for setting up a shot before going into live mode.

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