Mary Latvis

Mary Latvis

Whether wrangling multiple sitcom cameras and pulling focus as an A.C., trekking to locations from City Island to Arkansas, or capturing documentary footage entirely in Farsi, Mary has enjoyed a wealth of truly varied experiences behind the camera. She now contributes Pro Video articles and equipment reviews to the B&H Explora site and incorporates her rental house knowledge into her product descriptions for B&H.

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1 month ago
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Recording “live-to-tape”… what may seem like an oxymoron is really a common practice that can save you time and money on your multicamera video production. Read on to discover why recording your switched output reduces time spent in the editing suite, reduces your media costs, and allows for audience input into the final version. 1. Get a Jump on Editing Using...
2 months ago
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The exciting news from Blackmagic Design today includes the release of multiple new live video-production components. These latest goodies from Blackmagic include two new Studio cameras, pedestal-style focus and zoom controls, four new HyperDeck Studio models, and a new Web Presenter 4K unit. Many of the new components are priced the same as the prior models even though their features have been...
3 months ago
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Did you just upgrade to a new cine-style camera? Now’s the time to trick it out just the way you like with some pro-style rig components from Tilta. Tilta has you covered with complete kits and individual components such as handles, battery plates, and baseplates for cameras like the Canon C300 Mk III and C500 Mk II, Panasonic BGH1, Sony’s FX3 and FX6, and the Z CAM E2C. Canon C300 Mk III and...
3 months ago
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Get ready to add easy, portable switching to your multicamera shoot with the new AtomX CAST from Atomos. This sweet little device piggybacks onto your Ninja V or...
4 months ago
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It’s raining, it’s pouring, your lead actor is snoring… in the toasty-dry holding area, while you and the rest of the camera crew wait out the storm in the not-so-great outdoors. Or perhaps your director has decided that their scene would just be so much more emotionally engaging if shot in a downpour and the dreaded rain machine is making its ominous appearance. Here we outline several solutions...
5 months ago
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If you’re looking to capture clear, properly exposed video footage, try adding a matte box to your camera rig. These lens accessories are essential for adding creative control to your image (filters) and subtracting unwanted visual elements (flare, glare, and schmutz). Read on for the top...
5 months ago
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Zhiyun-Tech has done it again, introducing the Smooth-Q3 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer, the company’s latest smartphone stabilizer packed with user-friendly features. Vloggers, TikTokkers, and social media stars will love the built-in LED fill light, 17 template modes, gesture...
5 months ago
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Grip, electric, swing, and “best boy”... who are these people and what is it that they do on a TV or film set? In this follow-up to my article Who Does What on the Camera Crew?, I outline the duties of some movie and TV crew positions that are not part of the camera crew but are...
7 months ago
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If you’ve ever thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have something like a smartphone power bank for running my video equipment?,” the new Syrp Battery Bank could be the answer to your prayers. This pro video component not only delivers a whopping 57Wh, 15600mAh output but does so in a compact, portable...
8 months ago
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Arriving at the perfect time to break those cabin-fever doldrums, here are the latest pro cine solutions from Blackmagic Design now available at B&H. This new lineup includes the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, the self-contained...
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8 months ago
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Looking to stream your video content quickly and reliably from almost anywhere? Count on the VidiU X HD Video Streaming System, from Teradek, for your in-the-field coverage, remote instruction, work presentations, live events, and more. This compact hardware encoder is portable and powerful,...
9 months ago
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If you’re a vlogger or independent video creator, you already know that nothing beats a gimbal stabilizer to help capture smooth, professional-looking video footage. Long established as a major source of tripods, Manfrotto recently entered the gimbal market and has now announced a trio of gimbal accessories to complement its gimbals. Already available as part of select Manfrotto gimbal kits, ­the...
10 months ago
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Cast aside your 3D glasses and VR headset—with Sony's impressive new Spatial...
11 months ago
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No matter what your faith, today’s worship isn’t limited to rote liturgical responses—it’s about personal connections between you and a higher power and among fellow believers. Sharing that passion shouldn’t be limited to using static, fixed camera positions for your broadcasts, social media, website, or in-house displays. See how Canon’s array of...
11 months ago
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Once again, edelkrone has expanded its signature array of smooth motion-control devices—this time accommodating larger camera rigs with the introduction of the Pan PRO motorized pan unit. This latest component from the edelkrone motion-control lineup supports camera rigs weighing up to an impressive 30...
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