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1 month ago
If you’re working with large media files, you’re probably going to need more storage than a single drive can provide. While you could just haphazardly put a bunch of drives together, a RAID array is a better alternative because it uses multiple drives together to increase speed, protect your data, or both. You can configure your own RAID array by using software, but an array with a hardware RAID...
1 month ago
Piloting an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV or simply, drone) is fun, but what about stepping into a virtual cockpit? Drones and other remote-controlled flying machines have always offered an exciting flying experience, but with First Person View (FPV), you can get to be at the heart of the action. A combination of a tiny camera, radio transmission, and a viewing monitor or headset can make for a...
1 month ago
With clear skies and a ton of scenic venues around the country, now is as good a time as ever to get your drone on. With hundreds of options, we break down the best drones offered at B&H according to skill level, from the enthusiast to the drone-inspired videographers and filmmakers.  Check out the lineup of our top selling drones, and let your creative flag fly!
1 month ago
Whether you are starting a four-year undergraduate program, a two-year graduate school, or a single film-production class, you probably know or will soon realize that studying film production is different from other fields of study. Being in a film production class is like being in a trade school; you develop tangible skills and learn best work practices that are just as valuable as the classroom...
2 months ago
It is easy to say that tripods are all basically the same, aside from the size. After all, with few exceptions, they serve the same purpose and operate with the same mechanics. Video tripod systems include the tripod legs, along with a fluid head to top them off. The head and the tripod can be purchased separately—but purchasing them as a system reduces the chances of mismatching your gear. If...
2 months ago
It’s movie night, the time to see one of several big science-fiction films of the summer. You arrive just as the 15 minutes of previews start, trying to sneak past the other patrons in your row without tripping over any outstretched limbs or jutting armrests. At last, you’ve arrived at your seat. You ease into the overly spongy cushion and let out a sigh of relief as the realization that you didn...
3 months ago
Over the past few years, motorized gimbals have enjoyed a noticeable rise in popularity, becoming a viable and affordable camera-stabilization platform. In fact, these mechanisms took the world by storm, starting with the announcement of the...
5 months ago
During my days as a film student, I shot projects using film and digital media. While digital footage was imported directly from tape, film was sent out, developed, and transferred to tape in standard definition. Now that more than a decade has passed and the industry has gone predominantly digital, what options exist for people looking to transfer their existing film? The answer is: film...
5 months ago
For many video shooters, a single camera is often enough. If you’re one of those people who finds this to be true then, by all means, feel free to skip this article. But if you’re someone who works with multi-cam setups or is thinking about picking up a second (or third) camera to supplement your main camera, then please keep reading. There are many things to consider when selecting a “B” camera...
5 months ago
Vlogging—or video blogging—is becoming more popular by the day, with seemingly everyone seeking to become the next YouTube sensation. You may be thinking that with the right subject matter and your winning personality, stardom is right around the corner. And who knows—maybe it is! But if you’re really going to give it a go, then you’re going to need a few essential pieces of gear to get your...
7 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
Choosing a camcorder for vlogging (video blogging)? I get it—it’s confusing. There are so many, brands, prices, features, and choices, all of which seem to be calling your name when the inevitable GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) kicks in. I wrote about a similar topic, briefly, in my “Video Solutions for...
8 months ago
Color can be one of your greatest allies in the creative process. Even more than color itself, the assurance that your color balance looks as good as possible, is accurate from capture to export, and is consistent from screen to screen can be paramount to sharing your vision with others. To achieve this control over color, a color calibration process is a necessity. The Two Pillars When...
8 months ago
Let me take a moment of your time to inform you about camera self-defense. No, I’m not referring to some form of hip martial arts, but rather how you can use specially made cameras to factually establish that certain events took place, offering legitimate legal evidence in case of a legal dispute. After all, as human beings, we are not perfect. Likewise, our memories follow that same trend,...
9 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....

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