A Magic Wand For Video

Giving Steadicam a run for their money, the DJI Osmo is a new handheld camera capable of full 4K with built-in 3-axis stabilization
By David Alexander Willis
Based on the gimbal and camera system of DJI’s $3,000 Inspire 1 quadcopter, the Osmo is the company’s first handheld camera solution, and, as a bonus, it gives video the same feel and buttery smoothness as a drone. At dimensions of 2.4x1.9x6.4 inches and a weight of only 221 grams…

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…

Get Ur Freek On

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…

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…
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