Video Accessories

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Designed by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the original Steadicam, the Steadicam Merlin2 has an efficient body that’s adjustable more than a dozen ways, all with the one aim of achieving smooth, flowing movement with your DSLR, small camcorder or point-and-shoot camera. 

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Like all Porta Brace products, the new additions to the company’s line are proudly crafted in Vermont, and are almost as rugged as the Green Mountains themselves.

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DSI NewsShark systems are portable transmission devices that attach easily to ENG (Electronic News Gathering) cameras and use the H.264 (MPEG4 AVC) video compression and ACC audio coding. Available in a combination of Wi-Fi and cellular transmission combinations, there is certain to be a DSI NewsShark that works ideally in your area.

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Today’s professional cinema cameras offer very high quality for historically low prices. Unfortunately, the high-quality gear one needs to work with cinema cameras have not followed the same downward price trend.

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Sachtler imbues its Ace Fluid Head Tripods with the same level of expertise found in its broadcast-quality FSB system heads. The Ace Fluid Head, 2-Stage Aluminum tripods were designed specifically to offer prosumers, independent filmmakers, advanced film students and experienced professionals the option of a lightweight, easy-to-use tripod for less than $1,000.

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For broadcasters, covering events and breaking news has traditionally required significant capital investment in the form of microwave and satellite trucks. For live-event producers, it’s meant linking a camera to an expensive real-time encoder, and in turn to a fast, wired Internet connection. 

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Panasonic’s well-established P2 media format evolved at NAB 2012, with the announcement of the upcoming microP2 Card, and the microP2 Adapter. The new cards provide the same incredibly reliable operation and performance as current P2 Cards, in a form factor that’s the same size and shape as a common SD card. 

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Maybe you’ve seen the movie 127 Hours, or perhaps you know the story of Aron Ralston. It’s a true story. In 2003, Aron Ralston was hiking alone in Utah when a boulder fell on his arm, pinning him in place. Suffice it to say that after five days of being stuck, Aron used a dull multi-tool to help free himself; according to Aron, it was not a Leatherman multi-tool.

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Sometimes the absence of sound is more important than sound itself. That’s the reasoning behind Hush Heels, adhesive-backed foam pads that everyone from a camera assistant pushing a dolly to a ninja-in-training will find helpful in suppressing self-inflicted distractions.

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Attention private investigators, fleet owners and others who want to know the location of vehicles: The Land Air Sea SilverCloud Real Time GPS Tracker, featuring the SilverCloud Online Web browser application, enables real-time GPS tracking to be shared with everyone.

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Anyone with camcorder in hand, or action cam on head, has the chance to capture some pretty remarkable footage, maybe even something that could become a viral Web sensation. But there are lots of accessories available that make capturing great action footage even easier. 

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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. 

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Tips and Solutions

If you’re actively honing your skills as a videographer, either with camcorders or HDSLRs, try working with matte boxes to enhance your video production and kick it up a notch in quality.

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Video-capture devices for computers used to comprise internal cards for desktop systems, since there were no external ports that could acquire data as efficiently as the system bus. In recent years, however, external ports have markedly increased velocity, to the point where there are now a plethora of choices in external video capture devices.

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A follow focus gives you more precise focus control and easy repeatability when using a DSLR to shoot video. iDC Photo Video makes follow focuses for various DSLRs including the Canon 60D, Canon 7D, Canon 5D Mark II and Nikon D7000, along with viewfinders, accessory brackets, other various accessories and complete follow-focus kits for select cameras.

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