Val Lazarev

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3 days ago
How many have relied on the Sony HXR-NX5U for event, corporate, news, and documentary projects? The NX5U was the first Sony NXCAM camcorder, and was the model that introduced Sony’s transition from tape-to-memory recording. Now, this definitive groundbreaker is reintroduced to us in...
2 weeks ago
You are likely aware that there are many uses for drones outside of film and video production, but you may be surprised how many and how varied the uses are. And the number is growing fast. In fact, according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), optimal integration of drones in the U.S. will result in the creation of about 100,000 jobs and an effect of $82...
1 month ago
It’s not your standard camera support system, but you may be pleased at the end of a long shooting schedule. Many who use it swear by it. Supporting 11-38 lb and 30-55 lb payloads between the configurations it’s offered in, the...
2 months ago
To show you what work opportunities are available out there for film school graduates, we asked five filmmakers to describe their experiences after film school.  Their skill sets are as varied as their accomplishments—a senior VFX artist in Hollywood; a freelancer who has managed commercial work in films and documentaries for a decade; a multi-faceted talent who acts, directs, writes, teaches,...
2 months ago
Pro editing systems are no longer the only way to edit videos. There are many different user-friendly mobile apps and desktop programs, some of which do half the work for you. Many of these apps and programs are designed specifically for pre-teen kids. There are many benefits to getting your kids editing. For example, master filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, in his book Rebel without a Crew, describes...
3 months ago
Kodak continues its progressive contribution to the 360 VR industry with the introduction of the all-inclusive PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera Dual Pro Pack. Featuring two SP360 4K action cameras, a gimbal-style dual camera mount, editing and stitching software, and other accessories, the...
5 months ago
Shave an inch from the thickness of the Switronix HyperCore battery, and you’ve got yourself the HyperCore Slim (14.8V, 82Wh), designed for UAV and gimbal applications, suitable for any application demanding a low-profile battery, and TSA-friendly. You may be familiar with the original HyperCore, a workhorse capable of...
5 months ago
If you’re a newcomer to vlogging, and you’re asked to dress a vlog set, a vlog background, your natural instinct might be to fancy it up. Similarly, if the vlog is topic-specific, you may want to gather numerous items related to that topic in the background. But you may be surprised to learn that these approaches are counterproductive in a vlog, and that something closer to the opposite is best,...
6 months ago
Built with dual 4K cameras with 230-degree fisheye lenses, the Insta360 is an advanced spherical camera that lets you see the world from every angle! Set it on your table, mount it on a tripod, fly it with a drone, or hold it in your...
6 months ago
Keep an all-encompassing eye on your home right from your phone! Featuring two 8MP image sensors with two back-to-back super-fisheye lenses, the ALLie 360° Spherical Camera allows you to pan, tilt, and zoom from floor to ceiling,...
6 months ago
If you shoot with up to 50 lb of weight, including with entry-level weights, you might find the new video-head lineup from Cartoni a very realistic match for your needs and investment considerations.  While the 80-year old Italian brand is most famed for its high-end tripod systems, over the past decade Cartoni has also been supporting reduced camera sizes with several entry- and mid-level heads...
8 months ago
Founded in 2014 by a group of engineers from Haverford Systems, PTZOptics is a new entrant into the PTZ camera market, and offers a lineup of competitive broadcast and web-conferencing systems. Haverford Systems is the parent company, backing PTZOptics with its resources and decades of industry expertise....
10 months ago
Your iPhone probably won’t replace your Canon EOS 5D. However, if you’re still going to shoot on an iPhone because:
  • “it’s cool”
  • it’s all you have
  • you heard of its feats at the Zacuto shootout
  • Tangerine, a recent Sundance hit, was shot on an iPhone
  • you can get enough friends with iPhones to shoot multi-cam
  • you’re entering into one of many mobile...
1 year ago
The HyperCore battery, from industry staple Switronix, is a combination of power with everything else a user may want, including aesthetics. Its main trademark is the HyperCore cell, which can handle average 10A draws for multiple hours without losing service life. This is complemented with intelligent internal technology, 1,000 charge/discharge cycles, well-backlit LCD right on the front, a...
1 year ago
Measuring only 3x2", the VidiU Mini is Teradek’s ultra-portable version of the original VidiU, and it offers the same ability to stream live to RTMPs over Wi-Fi, or to transmit a feed wirelessly to Teradek’s Live:Air iPad/iPhone live production app. The main differences between the...

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