Glide Gear TMP100 Teleprompter User Impressions

A small, light, inexpensive teleprompter system designed around mirrorless and DSLR cameras
The Glide Gear TMP100 teleprompter is a small, light, inexpensive system designed around mirrorless and DSLR cameras. In my live streaming company, we own teleprompters. We have three Prompter People 17-inch high bright professional teleprompting systems. They’re relatively large, heavy and bulky, but they work well when teamed with professional-level... Read more

Redundancy In Live Streaming

Do you think about redundancy in your gear packages?
Director of Photography Steve Miles sets up a redundant camera rig utilizing two Sony FX3s for a recent live stream. Are you redundant? If you’re in the UK, you may be scratching your head when I mention redundancy and relate the term to video/film/live streaming production equipment rather than employment. In the UK, and in some circles in the U.S.,... Read more

Aputure Spotlight Mount First Impressions

The Spotlight Mount allows you extremely precise light control for many situations and setups
The Aputure Spotlight Mount updates the classic Tungsten-based Leko for the modern LED lighting era. The Spotlight Mount allows you extremely precise light control for many situations and setups. For many of us, lighting isn’t really just about light itself, it’s more about how we can shape, bend, cut and control the light. If you’ve ever worked... Read more
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OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock First Impressions

This 14-port dock is perfect for Macbook Pro users and those who need easier access and more port options for our desktop computers
The OWC Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock is a 14-port dock that’s perfect for Macbook Pro users as well as those of us who are simply trying to gain easier access and add more port options to our desktop computers. As the requirements for modern media production have increased the number of devices, media types and computers we use, so too have the requirements... Read more

Which Lens To Buy?

Lenses generally last and are relevant for much longer than modern digital cameras, so choose wisely
Which lens to buy?
Sigma offers a full set of Cine Prime lenses. I’ve used and tested these lenses; they’re impressive and offer excellent value for the money. But are they the right lens choice for your needs? Have you been wondering which lens to buy? In 2018, I wrote a blog entry called “The Lens Dilemma.” It’s now 2021 and I thought that this subject was... Read more

Creating An Action Plan For A Challenging Shoot

A week spent shooting a series of short technical/informational pieces for the client’s internal use
This is a master view of the area that I’d be spending a week shooting in. The goal was to record an engineering team fabricating and installing some new components underneath the bottom of a car. Note the camera mounted on a motion control slider and the single 35-inch Lantern light source. I recently produced a shoot for a client that was definitely... Read more

My Journey In Creating A Mini Digital Cinema Rig

A look at the trials and tribulations I went through to conceive and set up the rig
I decided to create an easy-to-use, high-quality mini digital cinema rig. This blog covers some of the trials and tribulations I went through to conceive and set up the rig. I own several cameras and various rigs for how they’re deployed in a variety of shooting situations. I have a bare-bones documentary rig for larger cameras like the Canon... Read more

The Mini V-Mount Battery: An Appreciation

The diminutive size and weight yet large power capability make Mini V-Mount batteries a valuable addition to your production gear package
Mini V-Mount Battery
The diminutive size and weight yet large power capability make Mini V-Mount batteries like the Came-TV Mini 99 a valuable addition to your production gear package. The Battery Past And Present Back in the days of shooting film cameras and Betacams, we used to mostly utilize either lead acid battery belts that were huge and weighed a ton or large, heavy... Read more

DJI RS2 Gimbal — A Multifaceted Camera Support System

The latest top-of-line single-handed gimbal offering from DJI, the43 RS2 features a lot of innovations that add up to a satisfying user experience.
DJI RS2
The DJI RS2 is the latest top-of-line single-handed gimbal offering from DJI. It features a lot of innovations, small and large, that add up to a satisfying user experience. The RS2 is shown here mounted to a jib arm, showing its flexible configuration capabilities compared to most one-handed gimbals. Let’s Talk About Gimbals      This... Read more

Accsoon CineEye 2S — Wireless Video For Everyone

A look at this low-cost, high-performance wireless video monitoring system
The Accsoon CineEye 2S is a low-cost, high-performance wireless video monitoring system designed to let up to four phone or iPad users tune in to see your camera’s output. Video, television and filmmaking are a collaborative endeavor. For those of us who make a living shooting video, often our clients, director, producer and many other members of... Read more