Comparing the design and capabilities of the external video recorders
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
To have this much capacity at this speed, with dock functions and without breaking the bank, it’s easy to be excited about storage
I like storage. I really do. Most of the projects I work on are shot in 4K and beyond, so storage is important. It doesn’t help that directors don’t have much incentive to say “cut” as they might have done when they shot on film. A recent project tied up nearly 18 terabytes of storage during finishing.
I’m always on the lookout for more storage.... Read more
Smart design, portability and optional motorized control make this a no-brainer for the video shooter
While the market for portable video sliders may be crowded, few units are as well designed and well engineered as the ProMediaGear PMG-DUO slider. CNC-machined from a solid block of aircraft-grade aluminum, the three members of the PMG-DUO product line (24”, 36” and 48”) offer a curved track on one side of the unit and a straight track on the... Read more
The outdoor enthusiast-friendly FirstLight is a perfect choice for photographers on the go
MindShift Gear is a division of camera bag manufacturer Think Tank Photo that’s aimed at creating packs and gear with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. While most camera bags are intended for a working pro who’s transporting gear from location to location, the MindShift line is designed instead for the photographer engaging in activities and braving... Read more
A variety of tools for multi-camera productions allows projection to a live audience for later playback from YouTube and Vimeo and for live streaming
By Noah Kadner
The NewTek TriCaster Mini offers the convenience of a built-in monitor; it’s a complete production switcher at the easily portable size of a cereal box.
I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with my good friend and colleague Dave Cerf on researching options for live-streaming productions. A technical adviser for a popular series of live stage... Read more
The new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags were designed in collaboration with working filmmakers to incorporate features they require
Tenba has introduced the new Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags, designed in collaboration with working filmmakers with the qualities they demand on set and on location. The bags are available in a range of sizes, with capacities that can hold professional camcorders, cinema cameras and ENG rigs from Sony, Canon, RED, Blackmagic and others (with... Read more
The Cage Kinetics XT2 and LockPort XT2 Dual are designed to protect your investment in this powerful 4K camera
LockCircle continues to innovate, releasing two new products aimed at protecting the Fujifilm X-T2 during demanding shooting conditions.
The Cage Kinetics X-T2 is built to “fit like a glove” around the Fujifilm X-T2, but its ergonomic design still makes the camera easy to hold and operate, even with attached accessories. The kit is designed and... Read more
Sony has billed them as the “world’s fastest” SD cards, and creatives will appreciate up to 299 MB/s write speeds and up to 300 MB/s read speeds
The new Sony SF-G series SD memory cards, are the “world’s fastest” SD card according to Sony, with an impressively fast write speed up to 299 MB/s and a read speed up to 300 MB/s.
Creative professionals should take note of the cards’ ability to capture high-quality 4K and Full HD video in the XAVC-S format, as well as continuous shooting of... Read more
The backpack has been updated to accommodate a DJI Phantom 4 and the like, plus accessories
The Airport Helipak from Think Tank Photo has been updated to accommodate a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones, plus accessories, as well as a small camera kit and 15-inch laptop (with its own dedicated compartment). A custom divider set helps users keep gear organized.
The exterior fabric has been treated with a water-repellent coating for protection... Read more
The plate has a universal base clamp and protects the delicate HDMI/USB outputs on the Canon EOD 5D Mark IV
Filmmakers and other creatives looking to protect those fragile HDMI/USB outputs on their Canon EOS 5D Mark IVs have a new solution. The LockPort 5DM4 DUAL by LockCircle is designed to help guard the mini HDMI and micro USB 3.0 camera ports from the rugged conditions the camera may face on production shoots, for both motion and stills work.
Setup takes... Read more
The new bundles are plug-and-play with the MoVI Pro gimbal for enhanced performance
Redrock Micro has announced a new accessory—Torque Motor bundles—for the Freefly MoVI Pro gimbal. The Motor bundles provide operators with plug-and-play focus and lens control, allowing remote focus, iris and/or zoom control to shooting with any cinema or still photo lens (with proper gearing). The Motors come standalone, and plug into the MoVI... Read more
Three new microphone recorders with internal microSDHC capture give DSLR, lavalier and battery-powered handheld-XLR users dual capture and plug-and-play operation without the need for an external recorder
By David Alexander Willis
At less than a quarter-pound in weight each, three new AAA battery microphones with direct capture to microSDHC cards for DSLR, XLR-handheld and lavalier systems from TASCAM.
Announced this last April at NAB, TASCAM turned quite a few heads with the DR-10SG, an on-camera shotgun microphone solution aimed directly at DSLR users. With microSD support... Read more