Pro Video Gear

Some of the tools introduced this year helped redefine what’s considered ‘the cutting edge’
Pro Video Gear
In 2019, we saw some intriguing developments in the new digital video tools from this season: 6K. Full-frame sensors. Mirrorless cameras and mirrorless disruptors. Internal vs. external RAW. New camera card media formats. Shooting to SSDs. Ultra-bright monitors. In many cases, these technologies and features weren’t available to most just a year or... Read more

Caging Your Camera For Handheld Shooting

Filmmakers are constructing cages to add weight, increase versatility and more
Building a cage, like this SmallRig cage system, not only adds weight, but it can increase versatility. For instance, we can add an Atomos Ninja V recorder if we have a client who prefers us to shoot ProRes over the X-T3’s internal H/265 codecs. But if we have to shoot in a tight space, where there isn’t room for the Shinobi monitor, we can just... Read more

Review: Atomos Shinobi SDI

A versatile monitor for shooting on a tight budget
The Atomos Shinobi SDI is plenty bright indoors, but I was interested to see how it would perform outside. Several years ago, when we moved to using the Canon Cinema EOS C200 as our main camera, we avoided investing in a new camera monitor. That’s because we simply used a Hoodman H400 sunshade with the C200’s touchscreen, a set-up that worked effectively... Read more
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Review: Gitzo GHF2W Head And GT2543L Carbon Fiber Legs

Could this be the right support for your mirrorless camera?
Review: Gitzo GHF2W Head And GT2543L Carbon Fiber Legs
Many users are looking for the ideal high quality, light and affordable tripod package for their mirrorless camera, like this Fujifilm XT-3. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been searching for a certain tripod package for a long time. Since the beginning of the DSLR revolution, I’ve been on the lookout for a smaller, lighter-weight but still... Read more

Review: Luxli Cello RGBAW LED Panel

Here's Daniel Brockett's quick take on a versatile RGBAW LED panel
Contributing editor for HDVideoPro Daniel Brockett gives us a quick take on the Luxli Cello, a RGBAW 10-inch LED panel.  As he notes in the video, the “AW” in the name stand for “amber white.” It also means that the “white LEDs in the panel are made up of two types of diodes…. combining the output of the two... Read more

Adventure-Ready Storage And Backup

Award-winning surf filmmaker Aaron Lieber offers insights for on-location workflow to ensure your images return safely home with you
Adventure-Ready Storage And Backup
As imaging technologies advance, you’re probably taking more images and video than ever before. The fast, continuous shooting capabilities of today’s digital cameras along with their ability to record incredible high-resolution video open up so many creative possibilities for visual storytelling. Whether you’re a working professional or an adventurous... Read more

Hands On With Red Giant Trapcode 15

This After Effects plug-in offers some powerful and provocative particle simulations and 3D effects
Trapcode’s Particular interface is logically laid out. Every now and then, a technology company does a decent job describing their product. Here’s how Red Giant describes Trapcode 15. “Trapcode Suite brings the power of 3D particle systems right into After Effects. Use particle emitters to create fire, water, smoke, snow and other organic visual... Read more

Rhino EVO Pro Motion Control Slider

Moving your camera with precision
The EVO Pro can be ordered in several configurations, but the version with both the 24″ Carbon rails and the 42″ Aluminum rails is very popular. It’s 2019, and people are still using sliders? Why, yes, they are! I jest with this opening sentence, of course: People are still using sliders to create cool moves with the cameras. But it does... Read more

EgoDisk CFast 2.0 Cards

A reasonably priced alternative
In 2017, I purchased the long-awaited Canon EOS Cinema C200 camcorder. I had been shooting with rented C300 MKII cameras and came to really like that model. I also owned a C100 and a C300 MKI, two of the best cameras I’ve owned over my fairly lengthy career as a director of photography and cameraperson. Because of my Canon experience, the C200 seemed... Read more

Hands On With The Blackmagic eGPU

This sleek external graphics processing unit co-designed with Apple is an appealing concept, but has limitations
The Blackmagic eGPU is designed to add GPU power to specific Mac computers. What Is It? The Blackmagic eGPU is a higher-end external standalone graphics accelerator. The unit is a product of collaboration between Apple and Blackmagic Design, and it’s designed for use with the recent generations of Mac computers with a Thunderbolt 3 connection. iMac... Read more

PhotoJoseph On Think Tank Photo’s Airport Advantage Plus Rolling Camera Bag

A video review of the new roller, which can hold a huge amount of gear with some creative division of compartments
Think Tank Photo Airport Advantage Plus rolling camera bag
Do you like bags? Of course, you like bags. You’re a photographer; these seem to go hand-in-hand! The problem with bags is that you need *the right one* for every occasion, such as when you need to carry a lot of gear on a plane, but don’t want to have to check it. Airline bag restrictions are tight, and if your bag is an inch oversized, it could... Read more

Hands-On Review: Atomos Ninja Inferno Vs. Video Devices PIX-E5

Comparing the design and capabilities of the external video recorders
external video recorders, Atomos Ninja Inferno, Video Devices PIX-E5
One fun thing about working on The Camera Store TV is it gives us the chance to help explain some of the tools and techniques that often intimidate shooters. External video recorders are a great example of this. It seems everyone knows that using one can give you better video quality, but I see so many videographers confused about when to use one, and... Read more
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