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High end is a subjective term, and in terms of high-end lighting for film and video, you will be able to find such light fixtures in use on a variety of productions, in the middle of a cornfield on the next indie smash, or hanging in a studio grid for next summer’s blockbuster. Really, the best definition for what makes a light high end is that whatever it does, it does it well, without hiccups...
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Filmmakers, take heed: the Leitz Cine Primes and Zooms are sharp, with natural-looking bokeh and round, out-of-focus highlights, and they cover VistaVision. Lenses, not diamonds—it is lenses that are forever, or at least a long time—provided you get the right one. Even...
Robot Toys Help Expand STEM Education
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The evolution of learning toys is a long road, littered with toys that introduced children to subjects and ideas that, in the least, provided education and fun and, at best, laid out stepping stones of inspiration toward careers later in life. From the early 20th-Century engineering toys of Erector sets, Tinkertoys, and Lego®, to the late-century rudimentary programming of robotic toys, such as...
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Even though it saddens me to admit it, many of today’s photography programs are being taught using digital working methods exclusively. While I wish that every photo student had access to a traditional darkroom, I have to admit that printing digitally is certainly more in line with contemporary production and is a valuable skill that every student should learn. As a photo student, you’ll...
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Summer is over, and that means students have returned to the classroom and, perhaps, the dorm room. Aside from the basic school supply list, you should also start upgrading your tech for the upcoming academic year, and adding a smart speaker with a virtual assistant is a good way to go. With a smart speaker in your home, you can have questions answered, control smart home gadgets, play music,...
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With the fall semester upon us, many college students will spend the next few months living in a dormitory. Whether you’re a freshman experiencing dorm life for the first time, or a returning student with a few semesters of dormitory living under your belt, you can certainly do a lot to improve your living quarters. The proliferation of home automaton devices is making smart homes ubiquitous....
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The new school year is right around the corner, and there’s no better time to take your classrooms into the 21st Century by replacing that dusty, chalk-stained slab of slate at the front of the room with an interactive whiteboard solution. There are a lot to choose from, but hopefully this list will help you narrow it down. Projectors Epson’s...
First-Year Photo Student? Here’s What You Will Need!
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Congratulations! You are just about to start your adventure in photography and, while the school may provide you with a list of equipment to have on hand, it may give you some freedom in what you choose. Not to fear! We have put together our own list, complete with recommendations, to guide you. Let’s get started! Camera Okay, this is the obvious one. If you are going into photography as your...
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Podcasting? Recording music? Need to get good audio for film? One company has your back in the fight for great-sounding audio everywhere. That company is… Zoom. However, Zoom makes a lot of tools for recording, and it can be hard to know which tool to get. So, we’re zooming in on some Zoom models to give you Zoomers (and Boomers, and Millennials—but Zoomers fits with the wordplay here, so let’s...
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Front of House or “FOH” is where the magic of the mix happens for live stage applications. In venues around the world, from the most intimate club to the largest arena, mixing engineers at FOH are relied upon to deliver a powerful, impactful, and exciting audio experience for the audience. Of course, a mixing engineer needs a suitable mixing console to do that. Whether it’s for a lighting tech...
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Portable digital audio recorders and their built-in microphones have made it easier for everyone to capture high-quality audio. Ambient sounds, podcasting, and live music are obvious uses for these highly capable devices, but one of the most significant areas for portable digital recorders is in film...
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Making videos for YouTube, Facebook Live, and other online video platforms? Of course you are; creating content is what you do! But “content” encompasses many things, with scenarios ranging from reviews and instructional videos in the studio, to travel vlogs, on-location shoots, or run-and-gun interviews at trade shows—all requiring different microphone setups. You know that your audio quality...
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If you’re keen on producing podcasts, but can’t be tied down to a studio, you need equipment that you can take anywhere and use anywhere, even in places without power. Equipped with highly portable, battery-powered gear, you can finally start “One with Nature” (your soon-to-be solo podcast in which you rant about random requests in remote locations) or “Coffee Shop Critic” (you and a friend doing...
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I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have absolutely no idea where summer went. I haven’t been to the beach yet and it is already August. For us working stiffs, August signifies the approaching end of summer and little else, but for all you studious folk out there, it’s time to start prepping to return to the halls of higher education. For better or for worse, you’ve also decided to be a...
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The laptop is the hands-down winner for on-the-go performance, but what if you’re missing the comforts of your home gaming system? How do you get that in your dorm room? And what about LAN parties with friends? Can you do all that without the heavy lifting? Well, take a step out of the box and let’s talk about mini-ITX. Mini-ITX is the smallest common motherboard form factor with gaming potential...
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