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Posted 10/27/20
Jake tests out the GoPro HERO9 Black, which offers more power, clarity, and stability than its predecessor, the HERO8 Black. While it maintains the HERO8’s features, such as a waterproof housing, 1080p livestreaming, night-lapse, digital lenses, multi-language voice control, and SuperPhoto + HDR, the HERO9 boasts 5K video, HyperSmooth 3.0, in-camera horizon leveling, cloud recording, portrait or landscape orientation modes, and capture scheduling. One of the newest features includes HindSight, which, when turned on, allows you to record 30 seconds of video prior to your hitting the record button. Learn more  about the GoPro HERO9 Black at B&H Explora.
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Posted 10/14/20
Designed with mobile video shoots in mind, DJI has introduced the lightweight and durable DJI RS 2 handheld gimbal stabilizer that features feather-light carbon fiber axis arms, ActiveTrack 3.0 support, a full-color touchscreen LCD, numerous mounting options, enhanced balancing, fast-charge batteries, camera control, and DJI's Titan Stabilization Algorithm with SuperSmooth torque enhancements. DJI has also released the RSC 2, an alternative compact gimbal stabilizer with similar specs to the RS 2 but with a more compact, foldable design and motors that are 50% more powerful than the Ronin-SC model. Both gimbals can also be found in RS 2 Pro Combo and RSC 2 Pro Combo kits that include additional accessories. Use these latest single-handed gimbals from stabilizer mainstay DJI to add dynamic, masterful traveling shots to your footage. RS 2 Designed with a high payload-to-weight ratio, the RS 2 employs carbon fiber axis arms and weighs only 2.2 lb while supporting camera rigs weighing up to 10 lb. This improved ratio lets you shoot longer with less fatigue and make use of heavier cameras and/or lenses. The strength of the motor has been enhanced around 20% over the Ronin-S and it supports cameras and professional lenses such as the Sony a7S III with a 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, the Canon 1D X Mark III with a 24-70mm lens, and the ALEXA Mini LF with a 35mm lens. DJI RS 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Speed and ease of use are key when setting up your shots, and the RS 2's 1.4" color touchscreen LCD helps with both by providing access to built-in functions like time-lapse and hyperlapse that previously required the DJI mobile app. ActiveTrack 3.0 is also supported to track your subjects accurately, and new features include a SuperSmooth mode, which compensates for micro-movements with increased torque, producing even more fluid motion with lenses up to 100mm. The touchscreen can also be used for a live video preview with the optional RavenEye system, as well as to utilize ActiveTrack right on the gimbal's screen. The optional iOS/Android app can also be used for all these features, as well as to utilize Force Mobile, a feature that allows the gimbal to follow the movements of your smartphone. Accessories can be quickly and easily attached, thanks to RSA ports with NATO rail mounts, one on each side of the gimbal. These ports feature electrical contacts, as well as a secure mount, allowing you to add accessories such as a focus wheel, mounting arms, handles, or other optional mounts. The RS 2 supports camera rigs up to 10 lb, which is an improvement over the 8 lb limit of the Ronin-S. Social media mavens will appreciate the RS 2's ability to switch quickly to portrait mode, available by pressing a dedicated button. What does remain the same from earlier iterations is up to a 12-hour run time, but from a smaller battery in a shorter handgrip and with PD and QC 2.0 fast charging supported. RS 2 Pro Combo When you're ready to add even more pro-style bells and whistles, try the RS 2 Pro Combo kit that includes the aforementioned RavenEye Image Transmission system, which allows wireless 1080p video transmission from the gimbal up to 330' away, with a latency of only 50 ms to enhance your collaboration using smartphones for monitoring your shots. The other included accessories in the combo are a focus motor, a phone holder, two focus gears, and HDMI cables to get you set up right out of the box. DJI RS 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo RSC 2 For an even smaller and lighter option, the RSC 2 is a great choice for vloggers and mobile productions when you need to move fast, break down even faster, and you don't want to carry a whole lot of equipment. The RSC 2 weighs only 2.6 lb and it folds down. Its features are similar to the RS 2, such as optional ActiveTrack 3.0, portrait-to-landscape one-touch fast switching, camera focus and shutter control, and the Titan Stabilization Algorithm with SuperSmooth. Its motors are 50% more powerful than the ones on the Ronin-SC, and they also provide smoother, steadier movements. The gimbal's bright 1" OLED screen allows you to control settings and configuration using the built-in front dial. It supports the optional RavenEye system that allows you to transmit a video preview to a smartphone app. Its battery lasts a whopping 14 hours, and it is also compatible with USB Type-C fast PD and QC 2.0 charging. The gimbal offers NATO rails and 1/4"-20 threads with ARRI-style anti-twist mounts to provide mounting options for a variety of accessories. DJI RSC 2 Gimbal Stabilizer RSC 2 Pro Combo Similar to the RS 2 kit, the RSC 2 Pro Combo kit includes the RavenEye Image Transmission System, a focus motor, a phone holder, two focus gears, and HDMI cables. DJI RSC 2 Gimbal Stabilizer Pro Combo Check out the new DJI gimbal stabilizers, as well as the line of combo kits and accessories, at the B&H Website, and remember—when you're in New York City, drop by the B&H Photo SuperStore.
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Posted 10/02/20
B&H’s Michel Suissa talks with DPs Logan Schneider and Jimmy Matlosz about their experiences filming with ARRI’s Signature Zoom Lenses. After you've enjoyed this conversation, learn more about  The Studio  at B&H Professional Services and shop for the  ARRI Signature Zooms. Similar videos you’ll enjoy: Lighting & Filming Darker Skin Tones with ARRI Signature Primes Capturing Football with ARRI Camera Systems: A Talk with the Kansas City Chiefs’s Head of Production
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Posted 09/10/20
Here at B&H Photo, we're happy to announce something special for owners and users of Sony’s FX9 and Venice cameras. Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM 6K Full-Frame Camera System Sony PXW-FX9 Version 2.0 of the camera’s firmware will greatly expand the FX9’s already-impressive capabilities. UPDATE: Sony has officially released version 2.0 for the FX9. It is available for download on Sony's Support Page. DCI 4K and RAW Recording With this update, DCI 4K will be supported in Full Frame and Super 35mm, including 60, 50, 30, 25, and 24p. This is for the cinema purists, as well as anyone who has been asking for DCI support since before the FX9 was even released. You can also shoot 1920 x 1080p at 150/180 fps, in Full Frame, for creating even more dramatic cinematic effects. Firmware V 2.0 also brings the promised 16-bit RAW recording functionality, although it does require the addition of the XDCA-FX9 Extension Unit, but if you want or need RAW, this is the firmware update for you. 6G-SDI While the FX-9 originally supported 4K 59.94/50p over its 12G SDI connection, the new firmware will add 6G support, which in turns adds 30/23.98p output via a single SDI cable. LUTs, HDR, and Expanded ISO Range Create your own 3D LUTs in the.cube format, or upload them from an SD card, because the V 2.0 firmware enables your camera to store up to 16 LUTs to work with. Along with LUT support, the firmware delivers HDR support for HLG (in-camera HDR). Expanded ISO ranges in both Base ISO and High ISO settings allow the camera to see even farther into the shadows, for improved low-light performance. Audio Improvements Need more reasons for adding the XDCA-FX9 to your shooting arsenal than just the RAW output? Figure this into your gear purchase equations: The XDCA-FX9 will support DWX and URX slot-in wireless receivers when your camera has the V 2.0 firmware installed. And if you are using the XLR-K3M to bring in analog audio through the Multi-Interface Shoe, the firmware update will also allow for digital I/F. Autofocus and Improved Touch Menu With the V 2.0 firmware, your camera will support Sony's eye-tracking technology, which keeps your focus locked on your subject's eye and is especially useful in intimate interview situations. Focus Touch Control will allow you to lock in a specific area and keep that in focus, without deactivating autofocus; this is in addition to the current Touch AF feature. You can also assign AF Speed/Sens to a function button of your choice, allowing you to tune the AF settings without having to go back into the AF menu. Touch screen control has been made for faster adjustments, and the new firmware expands the touch menu operation. It will highlight in orange all the features that are touch-control adjustable, and the FPS, ISO, Shutter, ND, LUT, and WB menu layout is now similar to the Venice menu layout, for simpler operation when switching between cameras. Sony Venice The Version 5.0 firmware (already released earlier this year) brought many improvements to the Venice’s capabilities. These included High Frame Rates when shooting at 6K, up to 90 fps at 2.39:1, and 72 fps at either 17:9 or 1.85:1, useful for general filmmaking when you don’t need a dedicated high-speed camera for ultra-high-speed filming. Version 5.0 also brought the ability to capture HD ProRes 4444 at up to 30 fps onto SxS Pro+ cards, and compatibility with the Cooke/i2 lens information system. In addition to improved monitoring function, including marker settings, V 5.0 activated the camera’s gyro sensor. These are the most recent improvements, and if you don’t have V 5.0, you should probably think about downloading it. But hold onto your hat, because come November, Sony will be releasing V 6.0 of the Sony Venice firmware. The Version 6.0 firmware update will bring even more HFR capabilities, up to 72 fps at 5.7k 16:9 and also at 4K 6:5, as well as allow a blazing 110 fps at 3.8K 16:9 capture. Pretty decent for a Full-Frame camera that isn’t dedicated to high-speed filmmaking. Shooting Functions Improvements will include gyro information embedded in the Metadata, and the camera will add support for the Fujinon Premista series Zeiss eXtended Data. Personally, I love it when manufacturers play nice with each other; it really allows us to use the tools we want for each situation, opening up more possibilities. Monitoring The 6.0 firmware allows you to use 3D LUTs on the camera’s viewfinder, for instant feedback on how you expect the shot to look. This goes hand in hand with the new.ART (Advanced Rendering Transform) file import, which provides smoother rending of areas that used to suffer from banding artifacts, providing a less distracting image and removing unnecessary concern when monitoring from the viewfinder. Shooting Assist Functions Rounding out this update for the Venice are the addition of a second User Frame Line, as well as both 9:16 and 1:1 Frame lines presets (9:16, it’s here, might as well be able to frame it up properly). Some small tweaks to the camera’s functionality will include individual adjustment of the REC beep and alarm volume, and the CamID+Reel# won’t be lost when loading ALL File. The firmware 6.0 update will also allow you to display Genlock and TC status on the OSD screen, and De-Squeeze On/Off is now available by a User button. Virtually New Cameras With an expected release in November 2020, these firmware updates will unleash more performance and more functionality from your cameras, essentially giving you a new camera. For more information on Sony professional video cameras, visit the B&H Photo Website.
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Posted 09/06/20
Jake and the B&H crew try out Lupo’s LED panel lights. These three lights boast 96 CRI and 98 TLCI for accuracy in color rendering: The Superpanel boasts a 13,000 LUX output, allows control of hue, saturation, and color intensity in HSI mode, and has fully customizable color in RGBWW mode and color temperature control in CCT mode from 2800 to 10,000K. The Actionpanel also has these modes while putting out 5000 LUX. The Smartpanel comes in at 4200 LUX and has color temperature control from 3200 to 5600K. Would you add any of these lights to your film or YouTube video lighting setup? Check out our video lighting tutorial videos: YouTube Lighting Setup for Beginners Lighting & Filming Darker Skin Tones with ARRI Signature Primes
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Posted 08/26/20
DJI has announced its new OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer, upgraded with a stronger motor and new intuitive software features. The more powerful motor provides better support for the latest multi-lens smartphones and for smoother operation in general, and it also does most of the initial balancing for you when you attach your phone. DJI OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer The companion iOS/Android app now offers three new features when used with the OM 4. DynamicZoom produces the famed “Hitchcock effect,” which rotates your shot in a somewhat zooming motion as you follow your subject. The only effort required on your part is to just press the corresponding button in the app, and the built-in algorithms will take care of the rest. CloneMe is a creative panorama tool that combines multiple shots not from the same location but from different ones. This feature creates a panorama of several completely separate photos, allowing you to combine them into one. You can create a panorama image with you and/or your subject in different places at the same time. Another new feature is Flashlight mode, an addition to the existing Upright, Underslung, and Side Grip modes. Flashlight mode relies on a new built-in sensor to recognize your hand movements and automatically make intuitive adjustments for optimal positioning in low-angle shots. All the key features from earlier versions have also been carried over, including gesture control, time-lapse, motion-lapse, hyper-lapse, portrait and landscape positioning, slow motion, SpinShot effect, and much more, and the gimbal is still ergonomic, compact, and foldable like the previous model. The phone holder has been redesigned into a thinner, spring-loaded, magnetic smartphone clamp, and there’s also a magnetic ring holder included for snapping your phone right onto the gimbal. When you remove your phone, the ring holder can be used as a kickstand or a loop with which to securely hold your phone in your hand. And as always, DJI Care Refresh service and replacement plans are offered for the gimbal for cases of accidental damage. Check out the new DJI OM 4 and accessories on the B&H Photo Website today, and stop in at the B&H Photo SuperStore to see the wide range of DJI professional and consumer products.
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Posted 08/20/20
Are you looking to level up your YouTube video lighting? Jake shows you his home studio setup and discusses three-point lighting, as well as DIY solutions appropriate to your filming location. What do you think is the best lighting for YouTube videos? Feel free to share your thoughts.
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Posted 07/26/20
Jake chats with Glenn Connelly, Head of Production of the Kansas City Chiefs, about using ARRI camera systems for filming their long form and social media content.
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Posted 06/24/20
Today, anyone can create, and everyone can publish. Panasonic saw this trend and designed something specifically for this new breed of creators: the G100. It is a lightweight, powerful mirrorless Micro Four Thirds camera with a fully articulating touchscreen, advanced OZO Audio by Nokia, 4K video, and plenty of sharing-oriented recording features that will appeal to the vlogger in everyone. Panasonic Lumix G100 Mirrorless Digital Camera The Details Image quality is great—as it should be. The imaging pipeline is a familiar one to the G9 and GH series, so this is going to be a winner. The real differences come with the body design. For vloggers, there is perhaps nothing more important than having a flip-out screen. If you can't see yourself, you can't effectively shoot. The screen flips out to the side, can face front or back, and can even be tucked away for protection. It measures 3.0", has a 1.84m-dot resolution, and has a high brightness, making it useful when outdoors in bright sunlight. A vlogging-specific interface and Video Selfie Mode make using this device even easier by automating many processes. Image quality is superb, which is not surprising considering it is using a 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds MOS sensor and a Venus Engine—just like the GH5 and G9. This allows it to capture beautiful UHD 4K at 30p and Full HD at 60p with such a compact form factor. V-Log L comes built-in here, for advanced color grading and integration with other systems. It's also good for capturing stills. Panasonic Lumix G100- Sample Photos Image stabilization comes as standard with a 5-axis hybrid setup. This uses electronic stabilization from the camera as well as optical stabilization from compatible lenses. This should help smooth out your walking videos. It even works with 4K recording, though this drops down to 4 axes. Heading back to more content creation features, we have to discuss a lot more body design features. Related to the screen is the addition of a sharp, high brightness EVF. It has a 3.68m-dot resolution and should be no problem for recording footage on a bright day. To help with recording, the camera also has a nice large, red record button on the top next to the shutter. Autofocus has been upgraded to be faster and more effective at tracking faces and eyes. This will be huge for vlogging or doing interviews, as you can just let the camera do what it needs to do. For other speedy moments, the G100 has a Slow and Quick mode that can help you capture video at up to 120 fps in Full HD and get a nice, slowed down image straight out of the camera. For vlogging, the G100 features a brand-new microphone system, called OZO Audio by Nokia. What this does is use an array of three microphones at the top of the camera and smart software to focus the pickup pattern. The coolest application is the Tracking option. The camera's autofocus system will actually track your face and eye as you shoot and then adjust the audio system to make sure you are always coming in clear while the background noise does not. Other options include Surround, which appears to just capture everything around you; Front, which focuses in on anything in front of the camera and is perfect for interviews or vlogs; and Behind, which can help keep narration clean as you capture things in front of you. An Auto setting can switch between Tracking and Surround based on what it sees. If you want to use your own mic, there is a standard 3.5mm input. There is a lot of fun stuff packed into the menus and operation modes. For starters, when you hit Record there is a red box that shows up around the entire image that clearly tells you that you are recording. The G100 also has frame markers, which will make it easier to shoot for various platforms and social media sites. These include 5:4, 1:1, 4:5, and 9:16. Variable opacity will give you control over how much outside the frame video is visible. And, the camera will automatically tag video shot vertically so it plays back properly on your devices. Finally, it is worth talking about the sharing features. There is a button at the top that will help you quickly transfer stuff to your smartphone from the Playback menu. You'll need to connect to your device using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth using the Lumix Sync App. Combined with built-in tools to make capturing easier for finishing on your devices, this should streamline the creation process without needing a computer in the middle. If you want to make the most of the system, Panasonic has created the DMW-SHGR1 Tripod Grip. This mini tripod can also work as a handheld grip, and if you connect it to the camera you are given controls for the shutter, recording, and sleep. It's great for quickly setting up and moving around with the G100. You can get the camera and grip in a nice starter kit. On paper, this looks to be a stellar camera, especially if you want to upgrade your vlogs. The Hands-On Experience Honestly, the G100 matches what the specs on paper tell you. It is a great, compact mirrorless camera that is especially well suited to vlogging. The relatively large Four Thirds sensor will make a difference to your images in certain situations, and it manages to keep the camera size competitive with point-and-shoots commonly found in the industry. This camera feels good in the hand, it's lightweight, and it could easily squeeze into an everyday bag or even a jacket pocket with relative ease. It's not the smallest thing out there, but it's close enough, considering all the other advantages it brings. The audio system actually works surprisingly well. The lack of a windscreen means that you might struggle in windy conditions, but for the most part it delivers as promised. Setting to Front or Back provides the most clarity for speaking, and it does a great job. This really helps with most vlogging situations and is very helpful. Tracking is also sounding good, especially for walking and talking. I love the new content creation features. Having a big red box indicating you are recording just makes me feel so much better. It's an underrated feature I think everyone should adopt at least as an option in lieu of traditional tally lights. The different frame markers are also super helpful. Before that required having a good external monitor; now you can just see it right on the camera, and needing one less tool is always an advantage. Moving on to image quality, I can't say I'm surprised. It looks great. The optional color effects are also nice to have for quick workflows where minimal editing is desired. As for autofocus, this is where I was very surprised. It exceeds that of the ever-popular GH series. It caught my face and tracked with ease, even when I was using it as a webcam. Previous Pause Next Panasonic Lumix G100- Sample Photos Since it is all the rage these days, you can use the G100 as a webcam if you use the camera's HDMI output and have a capture device for your computer. It's a nice option to have, but I do wish that it was native or supported by Panasonic's Lumix Tether for Streaming (Beta). The HDMI out is also limited to Full HD 60p and turns off the camera's screen when in use. There is one point of disappointment from my hands-on review, and that is that I think the camera is being held back by the included kit lens. The lens is okay, but it is slow and lacks some cool features like power zoom. If you have any additional Micro Four Thirds lenses or are looking to pick some more up, this camera can unleash its full potential. To be fair, the lens choice keeps the camera tiny and affordable, but it is a limiting factor for something that is being billed as an all-in-one solution in the kit. The mini tripod was a nice touch, and if you aim to do vlogging I highly recommend going for the kit. It completes the package. Overall, I think this is a great system to start with vlogging, particularly because you can expand it later on with new lenses or even match it with more serious cameras. It's a standard format, which should help, and V-Log L will allow it to integrate into more serious workflows. I would only knock the lens, which can be easily swapped out if you want to get an even better image. What are your thoughts on the new Lumix G100? Are you thinking of giving it a try? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/21/20
Whether you’re a full-time filmmaker or YouTuber, the Hollyland Mars 400S Wireless Video Transmission System is a welcome addition during a video production. This portable transmitter/receiver allows flexibility on set, because it is able to transmit to up to four mobile devices over built-in Wi-Fi. Features include: bright, easy-to-read OLED screen, 1080p 60 fps video transmission over HDMI and SDI, access to HollyView App, and more!
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