Luxli Viola 5″ Portable Multicolor LED Light Panels

It's always a good idea to pack a small LED Light. You never know when you need to add a little fill to your subject, a product, or maybe use one to bring up the ambient lighting in a small room. A bonus if that light was able to adjust temperature from 3200K-5600K. And if you're extra creative, you may go as far as carry a set of colored gels too. If this is starting to sound complicated, perhaps it's time to check out the Luxli Viola Multicolor 5" LED panel. A few examples I could think the Luxli Viola
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SlingStudio Wireless Portable Multi-Camera Production and Live Stream

SlingStudio is a new product recently announced at the NABShow. With the popularity of Multi-Camera Live Streaming videos growing over the past year, I find this is one of the most innovative products to drop in 2017. With the SlingStudio you can take advantage of using (ios and Android) smartphones as inexpensive wireless cameras, or use any of your professional cameras by adding their CameraLink adapter. Here's an unboxing and general setup with the brand new SlingStudio. How it works:
The SlingStudio Hub can work off of battery power, so it's truly portable. Once you power it on, it acts
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Production Tip: Add Multi Camera Views QuadView to any HDMI Monitor

Here's a quick production tip. One problem I run into quite a bit is when i'm asked to offer a multiview (quad view) of the different camera angles (especially handy with interview setups). While you can buy a dedicated monitor that offers these features, a more flexible way is to use a Multiview adapter like the Decimator DMON-4s (found here). Again, this is helpful when you need to direct multiple shooters, or when you need to share all of the feeds to a client for a review.
This is also helpful when shooting events as you can monitor what your
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Pre-Order DJI’s new Spark Drone Now

DJI just announced a new Spark Drone, and like the Mavic Pro fiasco i'm sure it will sell out early. If you're looking to pre-order your brand new #DJI #Spark #Drone, you can find them (here):
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Spark is a mini drone that features all of DJI's signature technologies, allowing you to seize the moment whenever you feel inspired. With intelligent flight control options, a mechanical gimbal, and a camera with incredible image quality, Spark empowers you to push your creative boundaries. Features:
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SlingStudio Live Streaming Live Switching Live Production

sling studio slingstudio wireless live stream To me, the new SlingStudio is one of the most innovative products shown at NAB2017, and i'm lucky to have a set to review prior to their official release! I've been a big fan of Live Switching and Live Streaming for a few years, but it's been out of reach for many small production teams. Now SlingStudio is making it easier and simpler to offer Multi-Cam Live Streaming.
With SlingStudio you can stream a video feed from any camera (with HDMI out), or install an app on iOS and Android Smartphones and use those devices to stream video back to
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Unboxing and Overview of Aputure Tri8 C LED Light Panel with 888 LED Bulbs

The 'Tri8' (triple 8) is a new LED Light Panel from Aputure that jams 888 LED bulbs into a panel roughly measuring 10"x8". If you're familiar with their Amaran line of panels such as the AL528 or HR672, this is pretty much inline with those models, except that they've taken the build quality from their higher end LS1 panels. This particular Tri8C model from Aputure I received feels like it has a concentrated beam angle which is good for getting your lights to reach a bit further. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if they offered different versions of this Continue reading "Unboxing and Overview of Aputure Tri8 C LED Light Panel with 888 LED Bulbs"

Quick Folding Rack Shelf for Equipment on Location

Especially when i'm working on Live Production on location, i'm always thinking about where my ATEM setup would be. Sometimes you have to bring your own table, but here's an alternative option - a full 3 shelf Folding Portable Rack.
These racks are light enough to carry and fold down quickly to transport in your car. They setup just as fast without tools and is a good way of keeping your bags together and off the floor. The wheels make it easy to move gear about, and there's been times where i've even gone as far as using cable bike
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Tenba Cineluxe Backpack 21 Shoulder Bag BackPack Hybrid

I shoot with 3 Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras, and that comes with a few challenges. When traveling I do like to have all my gear in one case, but it's not always ideal when our shooters have to split up. At this point we need to pack separate bags. Another problem is that we typically have to break the Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras down to fit into most bags or backpacks - which really slows you down during production. So over the last few weeks i've been searching for various bags that can accept a fully 'rigged' camera.
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New Sony 16-35mm and 12-24mm Full Frame Lenses

When I first moved from Canon DSLRs to Sony Mirrorless cameras, I often adapted my Canon lenses using a metabones adapter. Mainly because back then the seelction of good E-Mount 'Full Frame' lenses were small. But over time Sony continues to expand their line of full frame e-mount lenses and with Sony's excellent auto focus system, you just can't beat working with native lenses. One of my favorite lenses is the 16-35mm but at F/4 it wasn't the greatest. Now Sony has just announced a new 16-35mm F/2.8 GM (G Master) version and this is definitely a lens to
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Quick Panasonic GH5 48fps VFR Sample with CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal


Here's a quick sample shot with the new Panasonic GH5 Camera using 48fps in VFR (variable frame rate) shot with the CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal and using the PVGear ND Filter Adapter with the Panasonic 7-14mm Lens. The ND Filter allows me to keep my shutter speed in control on bright days. I shot this using the 'Natural' profile in the GH5 at 4K 8bit. I later adjusted the color and exposure using just the basic FCPX Color Board. Considering the low bitrate of internal 4K 8bit recording, I think the samples clip above held up really well pushing around the
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Epson Moverio BT-300FPV FPV Glasses for DJI Mavic Pro Inspire or Phantom Drones

As much as people love the DJI Mavic Pro, it's not easy to setup a way to fly FPV. Of course DJI has just announced a new set of Goggles, but if you think the those are too big and bulky to fly FPV with your DJI Mavic Pro, the Epson Moverio (seen here) might be a good option. It doesn't quite have all the features of the DJI Goggles, but the Epson Moverio is lightweight and legal to use as a pilot because you can still maintain line of site with your craft. You can get more info about
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Up to 25% OFF MustHD On-camera and Broadcast 5″ and 7″ Monitors

Right now you can get up to 25% Off MustHD on-camera and broadcast monitors. Monitors starting as low as $129 + Free Shipping includes features such as Locking HDMI connections, Folding Sun Hoods that doubles as protection during travel, External Function Remote, and more. MustHD has also recently announced their new HyperBrite Monitors sporting a 2200cd/m² (2,200 nits) screen for easy viewing under the brightest conditions. For more information, visit http://MustHD.com (here). MustHD Monitors 5 inch 7 inch hyperbrite
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Wireless Gimbal Remote to Start Stop Video on Panasonic GH4 GH5 Cameras

The other day while working with @BluSkyFilms helping with a Real Estate Video, I watched as he tested out the new CAME-TV Prophet Gimbal. One thing I noticed was how many times he let go of the gimbal handle every time he needed to Start and Stop video. This could literally be hundreds of times in a full day shoot. Because most people don't want to deal with wires on a stabilizer, here's an inexpensive Wireless Panasonic Remote I think could really save a lot of time and improve efficiency on the job. It's about $25 dollars and I can
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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. Wide Angle Zoom Lens

I think this new Panasonic Lens will replace my favorite Panasonic 7-14mm F/4 when flying my new GH5 on a Gimbal. The new lens is faster at F/2.8 at it's widest, adds a bit more reach, but most importantly offers filter threads for ND filters. It's not often you'll find a wide angle lens that accepts ND Filters. I don't mind that it's not as wide, as the new Panasonic GH5 camera can operate in 4K Video Mode without adding additional crop (as the GH4 used to). The new Panasonic 8-18mm lens is also dust and splash proof as
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Libec Releases ZFC-L ZC-LP New Remote Controls

Libec has announced a few new Remote Controls that can be used for a variety of applications such as controlling zoom and focus on many Sony, Canon, JVC, BlackMagic Design, and Panasonic cameras. You can also use the remote to Start and Stop video recording. The new Libec Remotes are designed to be mounted on a Tripod Pan handle and can even be clamped onto the handle of a Gimbal Stabilizer. As an example, the ZC-LP remote can be used along with the new Panasonic GH5 camera to start and stop video, and when used with compatible Panasonic Servo Lenses,
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Adding a Cheap Battery Mount Plate to Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K

One of the first things you'll need when opting to use a Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini camera is the battery mount. Searching online you'll see options running from $100 to $1,000 dollars for a battery mount.Some plates work like power distribution boxes and offer additional voltage outputs. But if you're not looking for fancy, you can use any battery plate. I personally have been using cheaper v-mount battery plates starting at just $8.00 dollars.
Of course using a barebones plates will require you to solder the connections to the (included) break out cable found in your Ursa Mini
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