Daniel Zana knows about working with stiffs. During the day he directs and edits (and occasionally appears in) B&H Online Videos where he makes inanimate objects mug for the camera. Over the last four years he's also made his own movie, a documentary about collectible toys inspired by cartoons, sci-fi films and comic books.
You’ve seen them, but maybe you’re not quite sure what they are. Often encased in domes, PTZ or Pan Tilt Zoom cameras, are cameras that can be panned, tilted and zoomed remotely. You’ll see them mounted on the ceilings of department stores and other locations where someone wants to keep an eye on things. But they can be used for a lot more than simple surveillance.
Monitoring in the field is a lot different than sitting back in your favorite easy chair in a dimly lit room, watching a good movie. For one, you must power everything by battery in the field and two, sunlight often drowns out your screen. Field monitors have to be built more ruggedly than the gear you leave at home. Marshall’s V-LCD651STX-3GSDI lightweight on-camera field monitor has you covered on all accounts.
Film equipment typically runs on 24 volts DC, while video equipment runs on 14 volts DC. Anton Bauer’s CINE VCLX Series batteries are designed for the integration of film and video equipment, and they output both voltages. Special chargers are designed to go with them.
Police cars aren't the only vehicles being fitted to record video. Increasing numbers of service vehicles including trucks and buses as well as private automobiles are being upgraded to record their travels using multi-view cameras linked to an onboard digital video recorder.
If you’re a fan of water sports or if you’ve ever damaged a camcorder by getting it wet, you’ll be happy to know that DXG is offering a handful of camcorders that are just as happy to work 10 feet underwater as they are on dry land. Best of all, they’re all high definition and they all cost less than $125.
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