HDSLR Rigs

Wish-List Picks: Sliders and Motorized Dollies

Join Kelly Mena, from B&H, as she discusses how to use sliders to add visual excitement to your shots. Mena looks at the Cinevate Atlas 10 35” Slider, a basic option that can be used horizontally, or vertically with an additional pulley system. She also shows you how to add motion to your time-lapse videos using the CineMoco motorized dolly system, and more.

Video Gadgets and Tools that are not Toys

As far as shooting goes, there may be nothing more satisfying than getting the shot you want, or getting that image or camera move exactly the way you see it in your mind. Conversely, there may be nothing as disappointing as coming close to your shot, but just not nailing it. This could be caused by any number of factors, but in the end it feels like expecting ice cream, only to bite into shaving cream instead.

Zacuto Recoil Rigs

HDSLRs and large-sensor video cameras have become today’s most popular cameras for shooting video. But, straight out of the box, they’re still notoriously uncomfortable to hold when shooting video for longer than a few minutes. From the beginning, even early adopters of these cameras asked, “How can we shoot comfortably for longer periods of time, keep the camera stable, and not give up mobility?”

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.

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.

ikan Tilta™ Rigs

We recently had a chance to work with the new Tilta rigs from ikan and found them to be well thought out, well crafted, and to provide improved physical handling for many of today’s HDSLR, digital video, and cinema cameras. With the rise of the large LCD viewfinder, single sensor, and shrinking electronics, camera manufacturers are moving away from the classic shoulder-mount configuration of the past.

 

Hands-On Review: the Aviator Travel Jib

The Aviator Travel Jib is a gem of compact, lightweight design that folds up to just 24 inches. Most jibs are much heavier, bulkier, and more expensive—they're simply overkill for shots using lightweight DSLRs and camcorders. The aluminum/magnesium-alloy version of the Aviator Travel Jib weighs less than 4 pounds.

New 16x9 Inc. Movcam CageSystem for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55

16x9 Inc. has unveiled its Movcam Cage system and accessory packages for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 cameras. The system follows Movcam’s philosophy of providing ergonomic functionality in a sturdy design that provides a generous number of 1/4”-20 and 3/8”-16 accessory mounting points. The design and construction of the cage allow camera operators to add accessories along the body of the cage.

Zacuto Accessories for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera

In light of the growing affordability of professional video cameras, an exciting new trend is gaining momentum. Freelance videographers and aspiring cinematographers are amassing—and making their living with—large, personal collections of filmmaking equipment.

Holiday 2012: HDSLR 101

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