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Watch Doug Guerra as he focuses his attention on the Canon 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo zoom lens. The video will include footage shot through the 70-200mm compact -servo lens, as well as footage shot through a similar Canon lens that is not designed for the demands of cinema and ENG production....
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If you’ve ever dreamed of having a television station of your own to produce live video content, perhaps to go along with your YouTube channel, you might have figured out that high-quality solutions that expand beyond a simple webcam are costly in that they require some seriously expensive equipment and advanced setup skills to match. Sling Media (already well known for its other streaming...
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Despite my inability to operate a Steadicam well, compounded by the motor shake I induce with every one-handed, cell-phone-type motorized gimbal I've tried so far, once built and set up, the Freefly MōVI Pro Handheld Bundle allowed me to make smooth and cinematic camera moves in a...

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Speaking from the B&H Podium at NAB, James Neilhouse, ASC, discusses the deciding factors behind the choice to go with the Canon C700 for a project he’s involved with called BiFrost: Into the Aurora. Neilhouse covers details pertaining to the entire pre- through post-production workflow...
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The Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Tripod Head features a continuously variable counterbalance system built on a nitrogen piston mechanism. Unlike heads with stepped levels of counterbalance, the Nitrotech N8 is precisely adjustable to the weight of your camera rig. With a 17.6-pound capacity, this head can support a pro-style video camera or a tricked-out DSLR / Micro Four Thirds rig. For this review,...

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In the following video, Doug Guerra demonstrates real-world uses for the Mylo LED light fixtures, which can be used in studio, on location, and for ENG situations. Guerra highlights the speed and portability of the fixtures, which can be powered by small camcorder-style batteries or an AC power adapter. So,...
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The teleprompter setup consists mainly of a camera, mirror, and monitor. The mirror is a reflective glass that’s positioned directly in front of the camera lens. The monitor sits under the mirror and displays a scrolling script. The script is reflected on the mirror, and a presenter—a newscaster, for example—can read the script from the mirror while looking directly into the camera, since the...
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When I was a young AC, many years ago, I was day playing on a feature when suddenly a Steadicam showed up with a wireless follow focus, iris, and zoom system. Never having worked with one before and having no time to figure it out—the instructions made no sense—I did my best. But it was a horrible experience and I vowed never to give a wireless system the benefit of the doubt again. I will say...

4 months ago
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Looking for spherical video solutions to spice up your production? The aptly named Sphere, from Teradek, might be the answer. In this quick preview video, check out how you can set up the Sphere with...
5 months ago
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The Luxli Viola 5" Multi-Color On-Camera LED light is a compact but powerful creative tool. How does Luxli illustrate its versatility and usefulness? How about a video? Even better, how about a video about making the video? When commercial director and writer Shawn Collins came up...

6 months ago
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In this video, Alan Lugo, from B&H Photo, demos the brand new DJI Osmo Mobile Gimbal Stabilizer for Smartphones. Targeted at the Vlogger community, but with obvious wide-ranging applications, you use the Osmo with your iPhone or Android device. The Osmo provides incredible stabilization...
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I have worked on many shoots with teleprompters over the years, although I was never a teleprompter operator. Usually, the prompters were big beasts with dedicated setups off in the corner on a rolling tripod. More recently, teleprompter operators would come to location with their own setup of prompter, monitor, laptop, and at least one box of cables. Transporting all this gear would fill the...
7 months ago
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Throughout my career, I’ve always been intrigued by cinema lenses. These expensive, exotic, and mechanically sublime feats of engineering are truly noteworthy products. This is why I jumped at the opportunity to do this hands-on review of the Rokinon XEEN cinema lenses. Compared to the majority of cinema lenses, these are very reasonably priced and available in a variety of mounts. These two...

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In the following video, Doug Guerra, of B&H, introduces the Stella and Stella Pro lighting units and kits form Light & Motion. In the video, Guerra describes the advantages of the lights, and how the accessories expand their use beyond a simple on-camera or handheld light unit. Guerra demonstrates...

8 months ago
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In this video Doug Guerra explains how the Spyder5CAPTURE PRO Color Calibration Bundle helps you to keep track of your color during the entire photo process, from capturing the perfect shot up to and including color accuracy when printing. This bundle includes the SpyderLENSCAL, which is a...

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