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
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RED Introduces V-RAPTOR 8K VV

This new DSMC3 camera will retail for $24,500
On September 1, 2021, RED introduced a new DSMC3 camera, the V-RAPTOR 8K VV, which will retail for $24,500. In case you haven’t been paying attention, one of the hottest cameras of the past year has been the RED Komodo. The big deal about the Komodo is that it’s a relatively inexpensive way to enter the RED camera ecosystem. It’s the first... Read more

Last-Minute Pivot

In 2021, are you ready to pivot? This is a BTS still of our recent live stream fundraiser for Children Read more…

In 2021, are you ready to pivot? This is a BTS still of our recent live stream fundraiser for Children of Armenia Fund. Event cohost and Fox’s Good Day LA host Araksya Karapetyan delivering lines to our remote camera, streaming back to our studio. How do you handle it when all of your careful planning for a production is waylaid at the last moment?... Read more

Editing Video With LumaFusion 3.0

Depending on how experienced and entrenched you are in video editing, you may or may not have heard of or Read more…

Depending on how experienced and entrenched you are in video editing, you may or may not have heard of or used LumaFusion, a video editing app designed for phones and iPads. The Two Camps We’re going to get into the meat of what LumaFusion is, but for the sake of this quick overview, I’m going to divide the editing world into two camps. Let’s... Read more

A Look At Blackmagic Design’s July 2021 Product Update

The CEO of Blackmagic Design recently hosted a product update, introducing two new cameras, four new HyperDeck Recorders and several other interesting products that will be coming soon
Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design, hosted a product update this week, introducing two new cameras, four new HyperDeck Recorders and several other interesting products that will be coming soon. As a live streaming producer and partner in a live streaming company, I thought that Blackmagic Design’s product release announcement in late July was... Read more

Should You Shoot RAW Video In 2021?

How do you know if shooting RAW video is right for you and your project?
New camera and recorder combinations like the Sony A7 SIII paired with the Atomos Ninja V allow for low-cost RAW video recording. How do you know if shooting RAW video is right for you and your project? I see many posts, questions and articles about shooting RAW video. I’ve even viewed a few YouTube videos that were recently posted about shooting... Read more

A Location Sound Primer for Camera Ops, Videographers And DPs

Navigating clients' expectations for high-quality sound
Location Sound Primer
With the increasing contraction of budgets and increased expectations of clients for high-quality sound, are you being asked to include location sound recording? If you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you are a camera-oriented person who either wants to or are required, by the laws of diminishing budgets, to dip your toe into the waters of... Read more

2021’s Top Three Hybrid/Digital Cinema Cameras Under $6,000

Our product roundup features the good, better and best in Hybrid/Digital Cinema Cameras Under $6,000 in 2021
2021 has been a beehive of activity by camera makers in a race to offer the most innovation and features for far less money than just a few years ago. Cameras in this category offer an almost unbelievable amount of sophisticated features that just a few years ago cost a lot more if the features were even available then. Let’s be frank with each other.... Read more