MAGNUM Force

Cartoni introduces MAGNUM, a high-capacity fluid head for studio and OB cameras
By Neil Matsumoto
A leader in camera support, Cartoni, introduces MAGNUM, a pan-and-tilt fluid head that offers a high payload capacity of 25 - 95 kg (55 - 210-lbs). With a good operator, the MAGNUM has a fluid feel (with no transition in tilting) and an unprecented 5-year warranty, making it a great…

At A Glance: K-Tek ProShot

The 4-in-1 run-and-gun tool
By Neil Matsumoto
If you're not careful, indie filmmaking can be an expensive habit. Even when shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder, camera support (tripods, shoulder-mount rigs, stabilizers, etc.) can add thousands to your budget. Known primarily for their audio products (boom poles, shock mounts, bags, etc.), K-Tek has been dipping their…

At A Glance: Air Apparent

Miller’s Air Tripod Systems
By Neil Matsumoto
Due to their small size and inconspicuous nature, the biggest advantage of shooting with a DSLR or compact camcorder is that you're able to shoot in locations where most full-sized, digital motion-picture cameras can't. But if you want stabilized shots, you need a solid tripod system—a tool that usually negates…

Smart Allex

Libec’s new tripod system lets you pan, tilt and slide
By Neil Matsumoto
For event shooters or indie filmmakers, camera movement can bring a ton of production value to a shoestring project, when performed well. Filmmakers like Hitchcock, Scorsese and Spielberg have demonstrated how just a subtle tracking shot can heighten the mood of a scene. Camera movement for indie filmmakers has always…

At A Glance: Comodo Orbit

Twin-grip camera rig enables smooth single-shot cinema
By Neil Matsumoto
As you've probably noticed, cameras are becoming much smaller, not to mention better. Recently, Freefly Systems' Mo VI rig transformed the camera movement industry by allowing camera operators to easily capture smooth shots without the need of a Steadicam (or Steadicam operator). Although the compact Mo VI rig has been…

At A Glance: Zacuto DSLR Recoil Rig

Convert your DSLR or pro camcorder into an ENG solution
By David Willis
An entire industry has erupted around making video-capable DSLRs more capable for video. The diminutive cameras are ideal for shooting from small areas, but are absolutely uncomfortable for handholding during long takes, as well as difficult to use for fluid camera movements. Zacuto's DSLR Recoil kit is designed as a…
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