TASCAM Triple Threat

Three new microphone recorders with internal microSDHC capture give DSLR, lavalier and battery-powered handheld-XLR users dual capture and plug-and-play operation without the need for an external recorder
At less than a quarter-pound in weight each, three new AAA battery microphones with direct capture to microSDHC cards for DSLR, XLR-handheld and lavalier systems from TASCAM.
At less than a quarter-pound in weight each, three new AAA battery microphones with direct capture to microSDHC cards for DSLR, XLR-handheld and lavalier systems from TASCAM. Announced this last April at NAB, TASCAM turned quite a few heads with the DR-10SG, an on-camera shotgun microphone solution aimed directly at DSLR users. With microSD support... Read more

Think Tank’s Mirrorless Mover Camera Bags

Large and yet low-profile, the affordable Think Tank Mirrorless Mover camera bags will carry mirrorless camera systems with multiple lenses all the way up to telephoto zoom
Large and yet low-profile, the affordable Think Tank Mirrorless Mover camera bags will carry mirrorless camera systems with multiple lenses
For mirrorless shooters, Think Tank has updated its line of Mirrorless Mover low-profile camera bags. Listing between only $34 to $69 by model in the line, the Mirrorless Mover bags culminate in the Mirrorless Mover 30I, which sports enough room to carry two to four lenses, including a large telephoto like 70-200mm models. With a new magnetic closure... Read more

Three Monitors That Deliver The Details

Compact production monitors offer a light and affordable way to improve focus and exposure on set
Compact production monitors offer a light and affordable way to improve focus and exposure on set
Shooting with your camera’s built-in viewfinder or swing-out confidence monitor often leads to unfortunate focus and exposure mistakes. On the other hand, the thought of carrying around a large broadcast monitor to assist is inconvenient, if not impossible, in many production scenarios. Enter the compact, professional monitoring category, products... Read more

At A Glance: The Sky Is The Limit

The Zeiss VR ONE is a virtual-reality headset with premium optics and first-person view for use with drones

When historic lens maker Zeiss announces a virtual-reality headset, it literally turns heads. The VR ONE is a portable VR headset that will affix to smartphones with display sizes of between 4.7 and 5.2 inches. Smartphone trays are available for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and S6 and the Sony XPERIA Z5, as well as the iPhone 6, with plans to support the S4,... Read more

At A Glance: Headphone:X

New Headphone:X technology from DTS, Inc., delivers high-quality surround sound to almost any set of headphones

For content creators and producers, the ability to bring theatrical-quality sound to almost any platform—especially mobile content through headphones—opens up new potential markets for high-quality soundtracks in any playback medium. DTS, Inc., based in Southern California, recently invited me to experience a new technology called Headphone:X. The... Read more

SmallHD’s New 5-inch Monitor

SmallHD, known for its excellent HD field monitors, announces the 502, the first offering in its new 500 Series of 5-inch Full HD on-camera monitors

Often overlooked on the set, proper monitoring is one of the most important aspects of digital filmmaking. Since most cinematographers are creating the look of the film on set, you really need to know what you’re capturing, especially in terms of focus. SmallHD has quickly become one of the most innovative manufacturers of on-camera monitors for... Read more

Chrosziel Supports The Sony FS7

You know a camera is good when nearly all of the best camera accessory manufacturers start to build specialty rigs and accessories specifically for the system. The Sony FS7 is one such camera and has been taking the documentary and indie film production world by storm. Schneider Optics just announced that Chrosziel – one of Read more…

You know a camera is good when nearly all of the best camera accessory manufacturers start to build specialty rigs and accessories specifically for the system. The Sony FS7 is one such camera and has been taking the documentary and indie film production world by storm. Schneider Optics just announced that Chrosziel – one of the most respected... Read more

Get In Focus

Manfrotto expands their video accessories line with its first follow focus

Achieving critical focus is one of the most difficult filmmaking skills to master and for professional camera assistants, a good follow focus is a must have tool. Manfrotto, a leading manufacturer of photo and video tools, just introduced its first follow focus, the MVA511FF. Created with precision and flexibility in mind, Manfrotto’s new follow... Read more

Vision Quest

Dolby Vision and new 4K monitors from Panasonic, Canon and Sony are pushing the boundaries of professional on-set monitoring

Monitors have often been treated like second-class citizens intruding in the glamorous world of movies, commercials and TV—respected, but largely unloved. But that’s all changing, as movies, TV and commercial production run to embrace high-resolution digital video and CGI. Now, the lowly monitor has become a star in its own right, as colorists... Read more

The Chicago Way

Zacuto’s Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn lead the socialist filmmaking revolution

"Oh, I hate that word!" shouts Zacuto director and product designer Steve Weiss in his office when I bring up the word "democratization" in regard to filmmaking. "I have to stop you right now. This is not a democracy. The fact that they say that video is accessible to everybody is socialism." Whether or not the current... Read more

At A Glance: I Can See Clearly Now

SmallHD DP7-PRO LCD

A good field monitor is often the best friend a film crew can have. Although an operator is typically looking through the camera’s viewfinder, anyone from a first AC to a director to a script supervisor will check the on-camera field monitor for reference. But if you’re shooting a commercial, a very important person who might occasionally... Read more

Out Of The Box

Cutting-edge gear that breaks the mold, but not your budget

We all have our "normal," stock-in-trade tools that are used on a daily basis. You know, the camera and support gear you go to for the majority of your projects. But what about when you want to step outside of your comfort zone a bit, to try something a little different? In this article, we highlight technology that was conceived with a different... Read more
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