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The Cinetics Axis360 Motion Control System and Slider was designed to enhance motorized slides, pans, and tilts in videography using most DLSR, mirrorless, and digital cinema cameras. Since I spent the early part of my career as a motion control camera assistant, working on complex multi-axis motion control rigs, doing stop-motion animation with 35mm motion picture cameras, I've had a fair amount...
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2 months ago
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At the 2013 NAB trade show, Freefly Systems introduced the world to a new concept in camera stabilization—the motorized gimbal. A device giving operators the ability to capture dolly-smooth shots while enjoying something close to the freedom of handheld shooting has been around since 1976; of course, I’m referring to the “arm-and-vest” stabilizer. Amazingly, it took 37 years for a serious...
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3 months ago
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Not more than a decade ago, the power to create Hollywood-style effects was exclusively the domain of highly specialized artists using expensive software that ran on workstation-class computers. However, in the last few years, inexpensive compositing software has become available, offering visual-effects artists and motion-graphics designers the ability to create powerful visual effects....
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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne Media, pairs the Atomos Shogun with the Sony a7S to put the 4K-capable monitor/recorder through its paces. McCormick goes over the...
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3 months ago
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The Sony a7S is an impressive little camera that combines a full-frame sensor, 4K HDMI output, and unparalleled low-light performance. Add S-Log2 gamma support, internal X-AVC S recording, and a versatile Sony E-mount to the mix and you have a camera that is ready for professional video production... well, almost ready, that is. Before the camera can appear on set, it needs to be outfitted for...
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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne Media, takes a look at the Teradek Beam Transmitter and Receiver Set, and discusses the benefits of adding wireless video capture to your productions. The video covers the specs and features of the Beam system, highlight its 1080p60 support, high...
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3 months ago
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Time is money” is a phrase we hear a great deal in the production world. With producers and clients demanding and expecting faster turnaround times, it is imperative that the file path from camera to post be as streamlined as possible. To help bridge this gap, Sony has developed...
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In the following video, watch Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, put the Rift Labs KICK through its paces. The KICK is a small on-camera LED lighting unit that packs a few tricks up its sleeve. You can mount it on your iPhone 4, 4S, or 5, and with built-in Wi-Fi, you can control your light with it. In the video, McCormick demonstrates this dynamic lighting unit and shows the advantages you gain...
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4 months ago
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Adding controlled camera movement to your shots is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost the production value of your videos. While camera sliders and modern stabilizer systems have made it easier for amateur filmmakers and small production crews to get smooth, professional-looking movement, they aren't very effective at replicating the boom moves of traditional jib arms. The...
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4 months ago
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Native Instruments is well known for its large selection of virtual instruments and effects processors. In this extensive hands-on review video, Rob Rives, of B&H, takes a look at all the new plug-ins in the Komplete 10 Ultimate bundle, many of which are also available in the standard...
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4 months ago
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When considering monitors, you will notice that ikan offers a wide variety of units with different feature sets to aid you in your production. In this article, we will look at three of the monitors that ikan offers: the D12, VH7i, VX7c, providing you with an introduction to each monitor's capabilities and uses. Let's start with the...
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Most of us were raised seeing media images of surveillance footage on the nightly news. From the Kennedy assassination to the Ray Rice debacle, recorded footage is as important historically as it is personally. But we are close to seeing the end of days when security cameras captured video in indecipherable, grainy black-and-white and the footage required hours or even days of sifting through....
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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne, explores several portable LED lighting options that can help you improve the quality of your videos. She looks at popular on-camera lights from Vidpro, Genaray, and Switronix, noting the number of LEDs, color temperature, brightness, and power options for each model. Also mentioned is the...
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5 months ago
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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne, takes a look at the Black and Silver Editions of the GoPro HERO4, as well as the new HERO, to help you...
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In the following video, Mia McCormick, from KelbyOne, examines three mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras capable of delivering 4K video: the Samsung NX1, Sony a7S, and...
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