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Exciting new releases from Bescor include the FP-312 Bi-Color On-Camera Light with Digital Display, as well as the Bescor Grip 181 and...
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Saving the world is a monumental task, but it’s all in a day’s work for a secret agent. Apart from extensive training and a repertoire of finely honed skills, such an impressive operative needs the right set of tools to complete his or her objectives. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find the perfect gift for the spy who loves you. No small task, either, because this means...
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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...
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With hopes for a white and powdery winter, let’s about talk cameras to take to the slopes. Of course, for adrenaline junkies and their shutter-buds, a DSLR, properly protected, is the ideal camera for capturing epic moments (and fails), but this article is aimed at the family set, the weekend warriors and those who want a better and more durable camera than the one in their phone to take photos...
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Spherical Video. 360 Video. VR Video. If you’re looking at this article, there’s a very good chance you’ve heard of at least one of these things, and you may also know that they refer to effectively the same thing: video intended to be viewed using a headset, one that puts you literally in the center of a scene. Rather than staring at a rectangle in the distance, the image is all around you, and...
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Recent years have seen the camera accessories market expand rapidly. Rod systems that were once obscure are now commonplace, and tools that enhance a camera’s functionality are more readily available than ever. Perhaps this has to do with the burgeoning interchangeable-lens camera market, but standard accessories existed long before that. Camera-system building goes back pretty far in cinema...
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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...
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When you’re in the mood for gift-giving, or simply have an obligation, what better way to celebrate holidays, birthdays, or anniversaries than to have a look at a some of the innovative video products that have become available this year? Last year, we wrote about some great cameras like the ...
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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
by Justin Dise and Val Lazarev
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Although the idea of a wearable POV camera dates back several decades, the first action camera to be offered on the consumer market was a GoPro.  The Story Behind GoPro A young man was off on a surfing trip somewhere far off, and wanted to capture quality photos of all the action, but found there was no way to get close-up angles. This same young man also very badly wanted to invent something....
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No matter what time of year, there always seems to be a party, occasion, get-together, or something that calls for some kind of gift. Last-minute panic gift-getting often leads to questionable choices that may cause you to be excluded from the next party or two—hey, the drug store was closing and all they had left was a combination manicure/toe-nail fungus kit and I didn’t want to show up empty...
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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....
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Looking through an on-set or kit bag, you never know what little surprises you may run into. For example, one Assistant Cameraman (A.C.) with whom I studied years ago used to carry disposable razors. Why, you may ask? An actor with whom that AC once worked was always worried about his five-o’clock shadow, and the makeup person didn’t have a razor. I didn’t carry around disposable razors, but in...
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If you have a young filmmaker in your life and you are looking for some way to connect with them, then this is the article for you. From big to small, inexpensive to “it’s more than I paid for my first new car!” this article will briefly touch upon practical and fun gear for young filmmakers, beginning and experienced.  While you may be concerned that gear-buying is a very personal decision (and...
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Whenever I think of professional video cameras, my mind is drawn to those ubiquitous shoulder-mounted beasts on news sets, and hundred-pound 35mm film camera setups in movie studios. Romanticizing the idea of the iconic professional camera is easy to do. Generally speaking, the content that most people consume is created with gear that fits into that stereotype. In most cases, the cost, storage...

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