Timothy McDougal

Timothy McDougal

A film school graduate, McDougal’s focus has been screenwriting and photography. He has also recently taken up programming and is proficient in JavaScript-based Web frameworks.

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3 weeks ago
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Lowerpro has further expanded its foray into the drone projection market with six new cases for several of DJI’s hottest drones. They include a carry case and two backpacks for the Mavic Pro, two backpacks from the Phantom line, and a backpack for the Inspire 1 or 2. The DJI Mavic Pro quadcopter packs...
1 month ago
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Transporting your FPV quadcopter, or quadcopters plural, couldn’t me more hassle-free, thanks to the QuadGuard BP X3 from  Lowepro. The backpack features a large main interior compartment that will comfortably accommodate a quadcopter with up to 5" propellers attached. In addition, adjustable...
1 month ago
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As with so many consumer products these days, selecting a projector can be a walk in the park when you are armed with the correct information—there are just so many options. Choosing the right projector is a simple process if you are familiar with these prerequisites.
  • The screen size (width, most importantly)
  • Distance between the projector and the...
2 months ago
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With a maximum stitched output resolution of 8K x 4K per eye, Jaunt ONE is a stereoscopic, spherical camera system designed for cinematography and other professional applications that require top-notch performance. By combining images from a total of 24 2K imager modules, the camera system can...
3 months ago
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Like so much else in tech work, live video production is riddled with jargon. In addition to a series of articles providing in-depth discussion, this space serves to enumerate some of the key terms and concepts you are likely to bump into sooner or later, which may be unfamiliar. Knowledge of these terms will enhance your ability to communicate clearly in this fast-paced industry. Alpha Channel...
3 months ago
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PTZ stands for “pan/tilt/zoom” and denotes robotic cameras that typically (though not always) have integrated pan/tilt motors and zoom lenses. The Sony EVI series cameras are popular examples. Pan/tilt/zoom cameras may look like outsized surveillance cameras, and in many ways, are like them. They...
3 months ago
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Things aren’t as simple as the days when most video cameras (broadcast and ENG cameras aside) just came with a built-in lens and that was that. Now, between DSLRs, mirrorless cameras being used for video, and cinema cameras that have still-camera lens mounts, one is stuck with the daunting task of picking out a set of lenses. If I can only choose one lens, what is the best? First, I would like to...
4 months ago
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GoPro HERO action cameras have long been a popular choice for aerial image makers because of their small size, light weight, and ease of mounting. Now GoPro has put two and two together and created its own aerial platform: Karma. Karma is a compact quadcopter that is designed to fold up easily for transport into an included lightweight carry...
5 months ago
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While the most notable—best—drones of 2016 have been covered in this B&H Explora article, it is time to look at the most distinctive models of the year. These drones broke out of the usual mold we’ve become accustomed to as the market began skyrocketing in popularity a few years ago...
6 months ago
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In these days of digital post production, filters are often overlooked as an image-control tool. But there are times when filters can be extremely useful, especially when capturing images from a drone. Common filters available for done cameras include UV, which are typically used as “protective filters,” neutral density filters (ND), which reduce light levels, and circular polarizer filters (CP...
6 months ago
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The holiday season is upon us and snow is already falling in the mountains... at least the Sierras. If you're a GoPro owner, or seeking gifts for one, now is a great time to think about winterizing your camera. Scrolling through the hundreds of GoPro and third-party HERO action-camera mounts and...
6 months ago
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We’ve come a long way from a few years ago when nobody outside the RC model aircraft world knew what the heck a quadcopter was. Today, I think it’s fair to say most of us have some concept of a quadcopter, or drone, or UAV, or preferred nomenclature. Thanks to innovations in compact embedded computers, motion sensors, and other technologies, RC flying is no longer a niche hobby, but is available...
7 months ago
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The on-camera light is to the video shooter what the speed light is to the still photographer. Many would consider it an essential piece of kit. “On-camera” is a term that defines a category, but these light may not always (or ever) be mounted on your camera. It refers to a compact, battery-powered light that can be mounted on-camera if you so choose. Some even work on drones....
7 months ago
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We can safely say the “drone for the non-hobbyist” space really matured in 2016. By this, I mean drones that appeal to users other than just model builders, spanning the gamut from aerial imaging at the pro and prosumer level, as well as fun drones that some people use for practice, and others just to carry around to use for snapping aerial selfies. This year, we’ve seen new additions from...
7 months ago
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FREEFLY was arguably the first to put gimbal stabilizers for video cameras on the map. Being the first doesn’t mean the company has gotten complacent though, as its innovation continues to bear fruit. The MōVI Pro is the latest 15-pound capacity gimbal, squarely targeting professionals using compact cinema cameras or,...

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