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Okay. You’re out shooting an event or an interview. You have your HDSLR camera and your fast zoom or prime lenses, and your footage is looking great. When you get home, you import the footage into your editing software and, to your dismay, you discover that the sound quality is significantly lacking. Sound familiar? No matter how good your footage looks, bad sound can ruin a project. As HDSLR... READ MORE
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LED lights are gaining increasing acceptance in the professional video-production industry. When LED video lights were first introduced, they were seen as a smaller, lighter, and often times more convenient alternative to traditional tungsten fixtures, but they were generally considered inferior when it came to the brightness and the quality of light that they produced. However, significant... READ MORE
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The holiday season is upon us and snow is already falling in the mountains. I’ve just planned my first weekend ski trip to Vermont in January, so now it’s time to dust off my skis and pull my winter clothes out from the back of the closet. I thought I’d also get a GoPro HERO3+ action camera this year, so I’ll be able to record... READ MORE
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Backup storage solutions have been getting smaller and faster while gaining capacity. Consider that twenty years ago, floppy disks were all the rage—with a whopping 160KB of storage, and 5.25" diameter. When sizes were reduced to 3.5" and storage capacities approached 1.44MB, the race was on to make storage smaller, faster, lighter, and cheaper. Now, consider a standard SD memory card. In... READ MORE
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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... READ MORE
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People have been shooting HD video with DSLR cameras packing still lenses for years—mostly with fixed focal length lenses, which are often referred to as "prime" lenses in the film industry. In general, zoom lenses made for still photos are a poor fit for cinema production. You can use them, as many low-budget indie productions do, but they lack many of the necessary features that are required... READ MORE
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Since our review of the Create 3D Ultra Video Card in February 2013, BlueFish444 has released a series of updates that offer improved integration and workflows when used with Avid Media Composer 7 and Adobe Creative Cloud software. BlueFish444 has also collaborated with Sonnet to offer Thunderbolt support through Sonnet’s Echo Express Pro Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, letting MacBook P... READ MORE
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For aspiring filmmakers, the key to “getting into cinema” is networking, working on productions, and creating your own projects. There was a time when, if you wanted your films to look like film, you shot on film. Even five or six years ago, a professional-quality video camera would cost you several thousand dollars, at a minimum. Moreover, solid-state media and hard-drive storage cost nearly... READ MORE
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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. Add to that high-... READ MORE
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We recently had a chance to work with the new Tilta rigs from ikan and found them to be well thought out, well crafted, and to provide improved physical handling for many of today’s HDSLR, digital video, and cinema cameras. With the rise of the large LCD viewfinder, single sensor, and shrinking electronics, camera manufacturers are moving away from the classic shoulder-mount configuration of the past.

 

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When it comes to nonlinear video editing software, the market is somewhat crowded of late, with some of the top names in the industry vying for dominance. One contestant, Grass Valley, may not be as popular as some of their competitors, but their software is nonetheless a long-time favorite among live broadcasters and multi-camera productions.

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A great deal of buzz developed when Matrox revealed their first self-contained streaming/recording device, the Monarch HD, at NAB 2013. What followed was a string of awards and recognition from StreamingMedia.com, TV Technology, British Columbia Videographers Association, and Digital Video Magazine.

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Avid recently released version 7 of its Media Composer software, featuring significant changes to workflow, functionality, and integration. With version 7, Avid continues to update and support its flagship product, responding to user feedback, adapting to the rapidly changing production environment, and preparing for the future needs of its clients.

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We recently had a chance at B&H to spend some time with new Featherweight LED lights from ikan, and you can color us impressed. We took a hands-on look at two varieties—the IFD series, which is daylight only, and the IFB series, which is a daylight/tungsten bi-color series.

 

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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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