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.

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.

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

Working with Sliders

This video covers the basics of working with a camera slider. Mia McCormick demonstrates the Glidetrack HD, the Varavon Slidecam Mini and the Cinevate Atlas 10. You’ll learn about the relative merits of a ball bearing and friction free sliders, as well as some tips and tricks for making smooth camera movements.

Holiday 2012: Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Accessories

When Blackmagic Design announced their new Cinema Camera at NAB 2012, the camera was instantly recognized as a game changer. Previously, the Melbourne-based company was established as a leading manufacturer of hardware and software for video recording, editing and conversion.

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