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When contemplating the array of available cine-style lens accessories, you may ask yourself where to best spend your hard-earned cash—or really, where to swipe that card or insert that chip! Let’s look at the multiple options available so you can determine which accessories will prove to be the most useful for your projects. First and foremost,...
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In an earlier article comparing cinema lenses and still photography lenses, I made the point that photography lenses could be modified with aftermarket accessories and procedures to make them more “video and cinema friendly.” Since DSLR and mirrorless cameras started to shoot video, there has...
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If you’re in the market for a teleprompter for your web projects, an affordable mobile solution may be ideal for you, and B&H carries several that cost less than $200 at the time of this writing. These teleprompters use a tablet or smartphone instead of a dedicated monitor to produce scrolling text, and this allows them to be very compact in design, to work without any power cables or...
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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...
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It always seems to be a battle, doesn’t it? What do I get? Do I go for a kit of prime lenses, or jump into a zoom and then I can pick up primes later? Well, if we all had unlimited resources, we would just get both, but that isn’t always possible for most of us. Having faced this very dilemma in the past, I thought I would share the strengths and weakness of each so you can have a better idea of...
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Anamorphic is everywhere. From epic drama and science-fiction films to football’s cheesy Big Game advertisements, it’s hard to escape that ethereal, otherworldly aesthetic of the “anamorphic look” that just seems to imply the term “high budget.” In this article, I will teach you a few tips and tricks to “fake” this prized and stylized look. Why would anyone want to “fake” the look? The reason is...
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As the market for cine-style lenses has grown, users are faced with an ever-expanding choice of lenses. To make choosing a set easier, several manufacturers have put together kits of popular focal lengths, enabling you to purchase a pre-grouped set of primes....
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As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their...
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Bluefish444 is an Australian-based manufacturer of video input/output solutions. Its focus is almost solely on advanced SDI and HDMI I/O cards and accompanying software, and the company offers options for video professionals and developers. Bluefish444 I/O cards are among the priciest, but Bluefish444, nonetheless, has a customer base of more than 21,000. Most of the customers are businesses....
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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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