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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.

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8 months ago
Hands on Review

New at B&H, Elvid presents a pair of entry-level, on-camera monitors. Elvid’s FieldVision and RigVision monitors both feature a 7-inch display; however, the slightly more advanced RigVision model offers more resolution, a flip-up sun shield, and a rather unique shutter-release feature.

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8 months ago
Hands on Review

Join Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, as she discusses the Canon Vixia Mini Compact Personal 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 that captures stills and Full HD video, DIGIC DV 4 image processor, and f/2.8 lens with ultra-wide-angle and close-up recording options.

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9 months ago
Hands on Review

In the following video, Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, presents an objective review of the JVC GY-HM70U camcorder, examining the camera’s many features. The video offers a realistic overview of the camcorder and how it performs.

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10 months ago
Hands on Review

Rokinon has just released a 16mm T2.2 wide-angle cine lens designed for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The lens continues Rokinon’s trend of adapting their DLSR lenses to a more video-friendly housing. With the same optical formula as in their 16mm f/2.0 AS UMC CS Lens, the 16mm T2.2 is a fast, full-manual-control prime lens that filmmakers using APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mount cameras are sure to appreciate.

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10 months ago
Hands on Review

Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, shares her impressions of working with the Panasonic HC-X920. The video highlights the camera’s technical specs and capabilities, as well as where it fits within the Panasonic camcorder lineup.

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10 months ago
Hands on Review

The MK350 handheld spectrometer is a marvel of engineering. It slices, dices, and makes coffee. Okay, it doesn’t make coffee, but it is the first self-contained handheld spectrometer—awesomely impressive, as prior spectrometers were either bulky desk units with separate probes or required connection to a computer to give you readings.

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10 months ago
Hands on Review

AJA’s Ki Pro “family” is a lineup of file-based, video recording and playback devices. With a form factor and controls reminiscent of a traditional tape deck, the original Ki Pro was popular with broadcast and post-production professionals because it enabled SD and HD video recording in the edit-friendly ProRes 422 format.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

GoPro must be considered one of the industry leaders when it comes to action sports video. Their HERO camera line is praised by athletes in practically every action-sports field. Their cameras are versatile enough to be used in water, snow, sand, and mud.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

Join Mia McCormick, from Kelby Media, as she discusses the new Canon XA25 Professional HD Camcorder and what makes it a good choice for news gatherers and documentarians. This video covers the camera’s 8-blade, 20x optical zoom lens, constant and variable zoom speeds, professional menu features, and the options available for simultaneously recording in two codecs at two different bit-rates.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

In the following video, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, shares her experience working with the Teradek Bolt Pro Wireless HD video transmitting system. The video explores the possible uses for this system, as well as its strengths and limitations.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

Every videographer knows that LED lighting fixtures feature significant improvements over older lighting technology, especially in the category of on-camera lights. First, they last much longer and are fairly resistant to shocks when compared to incandescent bulbs. Second, they are very efficient and produce less heat.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

The Blackmagic Design is a compact, minimalist camcorder that offers 2.5K RAW capture and records internally to SSDs. The Cinema Camera comes in two models, one with a Passive Micro Four Thirds mount, which means it is for manual lenses, one with a Canon EF mount that supports electronic iris control.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

In the third segment of our six-part series on the Canon Cinema EOS line, cinematographer David Leitner elucidates the Canon EOS C500 and EOS-1D C cameras, two very different bodies: The C500 is a camcorder with a Super 35-size sensor that looks much like the C100 and C300, while the 1D C is a DSLR body with a much larger full-frame sensor.

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11 months ago
Hands on Review

This video is a mix of a hands-on review and a tutorial on using handheld video stabilization devices with gimbal designs that enable the capture of handheld video so smooth and steady that it would be impossible even with a shoulder-mount rig.

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12 months ago

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