Many HDSLRs and HD cameras deliver amazing picture quality, but with mediocre sound. Here’s advice on capturing crisp external audio on new, affordable gear.
By Dan Brockett
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
The reality of modern productions, especially low-to-no-budget projects, is that low funds make it impossible to hire professional sound mixers with top-notch recording gear. The good news is that the quality and capability of sound gear has increased exponentially over the past few years, while the cost to purchase medium to... 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
With the release of the AG-AC30, Panasonic has taken the simplicity of point-and-shoot digital video to a new level
By Jimmy Matlosz
If you’re seeking a basic way to capture content, Panasonic’s entry-level AG-AC30 camcorder is the perfect choice. It’s built with the quality that’s expected of Panasonic, yet streamlined in a reduced bodyweight design that makes you wonder if there’s anything hidden inside. Rest assured, the AG-AC30 offers enough features to make it a worthy... 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 portable Diva-Lite LED and Select LED lighting solutions feature cine swatch book presets, plus hue and saturation color control
The new Diva-Lite LED and Select LED fixtures from Kino Flo offer new color lighting options for cinematographers, lighting pros and other creatives, providing cine swatch book presets, as well as full hue and saturation color control. With the 2.71 software release, users can preview the full chromatic spectrum by simply turning a dial, or recall favorite... 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
The URSA Mini 4.6K, Micro Studio Camera 4K and other products were used for live streaming and archival footage
The National Park Service just celebrated its 100-year anniversary, and Blackmagic Design products helped to capture the momentous occasion. The URSA Mini 4.6K, Micro Studio Camera 4K, Blackmagic Duplicator 4K and other Blackmagic gear were used for live streaming and archival footage during the celebration in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.
Glacier... Read more
Combining the best features from other Canon lens lines to create an optic ideal for shooting handheld event and doc footage
By Dan Brockett
Canon’s new 18-80 Compact Servo lens is a unique new lens for several reasons. Canon took the best features from three of their other lens lines and magically blended them together into something incredibly useful to anyone who shoots handheld event and documentary footage.
Canon recently shipped me an evaluation copy of the 18-80 Compact Servo to... Read more
It’s one of the most debated new portable Macs—is the MacBook Pro a must-have for creatives?
Our sister publication Digital Photo Pro reviewed Apple’s portable powerhouse computer when it was released last year, and now we’ll take you through its features in our hands-on video review. With an almost desktop-level of power, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is lighter and faster than the previous model (as is the 13-inch version).
For video editors... 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
Canon announces three new affordable handheld camcorders, a travel video kit and new flagship PowerShot camera, the PowerShot G9 X Mark II at $529 will be on hand at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, which begins tomorrow in Las Vegas
David Alexander Willis
The day prior to the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs January 5-8th in Las Vegas, Canon has announced brand new updates to their consumer lines of VIXIA camcorders and video-capable PowerShot fixed-lens cameras. With 1”, 20.2 megapixel sensor, the latest flagship in the PowerShot line, the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II ($529 for a... Read more