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At NAB 2014, Tom McKay, of VariZoom, demonstrated the new Solo jib system, which is available by itself or in a kit with 16 feet of dolly track. The compact jib fits 65-75mm bowl tripods and packs into a single case (including its 5 lb weight), as does the slider dolly system. Available in carbon fiber or aluminum... READ MORE

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Hands-on Review
VariZoom introduced its new StealthyGo Stabilizer for GoPro and other sub-2-lb cameras, at NAB 2014. The lightweight stabilizer also functions as a monopod, a three-point shooter, and a tabletop tripod. It can be used as a "selfie" pole, too. For travel convenience, it collapses into its own handle. VariZoom... READ MORE

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Jesse Parker, of Sound Devices, explains the 970 model audio recorder, a rack-mountable unit that records up to 64 channels of 96kHz, 24-bit audio and associated metadata, and features MADI and Dante I/O. The 970 offers a large LCD readout panel, eight line level analog inputs/outputs, a... READ MORE

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At NAB 2014, Rycote introduced its new Super-Softie microphone windshield, with the new 3D Tex fabric. B&H interviews Rycote's Scott Boland about this non-furry material, which offers several advantages for wind attenuation over the traditional "dead-cat" style windscreens. Also, see the new... READ MORE

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Steven Gladstone, of B&H, and Paul Cousins, of Schneider Optics, are reviewing lenses that were announced at NAB 2014. Schneider Optics introduced two new wide, fast cine lenses: the Xenon 18mm T2.4 full-frame lens (available in EF, F, and PL mounts) and the Super 35-format Cine-Xenar III 14mm T2.2 lens (PL and EF versions). Prime lenses are probably one of the currently most-watched... READ MORE

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Steven Gladstone, from B&H, interviews Kieran Foster, of Vitec Videocom, about the company's new Sachtler-branded Anton Bauer batteries with V-mounts, which offer 1,000 charge/discharge cycles and are available in 90W, 150W, and 190W sizes. Anton Bauer also offers a new Performance Charger in dual and quad configurations. With their honeycomb safety design, these batteries ensure that cell... READ MORE

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B&H interviews Sony's Mark Weir about the new Sony a7S, a 4K mirrorless camera that shares a body (and full-frame E mount) with the a7/a7R, but introduces a new 12.2 MP sensor with large photosites that enable shooting in extremely low light. The camera records HD internally and... READ MORE

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There are IP cameras, and then there’s this camera. The Axis Communications Q1614 stands above and apart from what you’re used to seeing, and what follows are the reasons why this camera isn’t like any of the others. Many cameras simply capture images; some might have... READ MORE
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9 months ago
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In the following video, Mia McCormick takes a looks at the Genustech Mini Jib and how it’s a great option for adding production value to your videos without the hassle and exra cost of a full-size professional jib. McCormick explores the jib’s design, including its lightweight 3.5-pound... READ MORE

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In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, demonstrates ways to achieve smooth shots using the Glide Gear DNA 5050 Stabilizer with DNA 6000 Vest and Arm. McCormick explores the one-size-fits-all padded vest with aluminum front plate, dual swing arm with adjustable tension... READ MORE

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Join Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she discusses the Canon VIXIA Mini X Full HD Camcorder, and why it may be the video blogging tool for you. This video explores the specifications of the camcorder, including the 12.8MP sensor, which captures Full HD, and the f/2.8 lens with ultra-wide-angle and close-up recording options, as well as the unique design of the camera, which features an... READ MORE

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Sony has announced two new Handycam camcorders, each with 1” image sensors at CES 2014. A veritable show stopper, the FDR-AX100 is capable of recording 4K Ultra HD video at 30 frames per second and Full HD 1080p at up to 60 fps. The second camera, the... READ MORE
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The Sony HXR-NX3 is a handheld camcorder with a host of professional features. In this video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, conducts a tour of what she calls a "workhorse" of a camera. In the video she points out important features, such as the 20x optical zoom, 40x Clear Image... READ MORE

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Since the introduction of Creative Cloud, the question has been: does Adobe's move mean a radically altered workflow for content creation professionals, particularly video editors? For the moment, the answer is probably not. For all intents and purposes, Creative Cloud applications remain ordinary desktop applications; Adobe has merely eschewed the traditional perpetual license in favor of a... READ MORE
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Hands-on Review
The Hikvision HIDS7604NI Network Video Recorder (NVR) has everything you’d expect, a few things you’d want, and a couple that you wouldn’t expect in an NVR. It’s a feature-filled surveillance center that allows you to not only individualize your IP cameras, but gives you Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) camera control, customized... READ MORE
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