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DitoGear launches VibraFreek, a stabilizer arm for smooth moving vehicle shots
By Neil Matsumoto
Getting professional looking shots from a moving car can bring a lot of production value to your low-budget indie film. DitoGear, a provider of cutting-edge motion control equipment, just announced their new VibraFreek, a vibration dampening system for car cinematography that lets you capture smooth shots from a moving vehicle.…

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…

Motion Pictures

Sliders, jibs and stabilizers that help your camera tell the story
By Dan Brockett
What is cinema? While there are many different definitions that have evolved over the past century, one can think of a common-sense definition of the word as the art or technique of making motion pictures. As digital technology has evolved, the cost of admission to the tools capable of photographing…

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…
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