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Whether you’re a student or a seasoned veteran, selecting the right camera can make your head spin with questions. Does sensor size matter? What’s the difference between 4:2:0 and 4:2:2? Do I really need a camera that can record 4K? What about raw? We’ll explain the key components that help a camera produce cinematic images, and in doing so, hopefully help you make that all-important decision....
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As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their...
3 months ago
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It is easy to say that tripods are all basically the same, aside from the size. After all, with few exceptions, they serve the same purpose and operate with the same mechanics. Video tripod systems include the tripod legs, along with a fluid head to top them off. The head and the tripod can be purchased separately—but purchasing them as a system reduces the chances of mismatching your gear. If...
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GoPro is a name that’s synonymous with adventure. Whether you’re on land, in the air, or under the sea, there’s a GoPro for that. But with so many quality products to choose from, selecting the right camera can be tough. To help you decide which GoPro camera is right for you, we’ve broken them down by their strengths and best-use cases. GoPro HERO7 White Best Features: 1080p60 Video, 10MP Photos...
5 months ago
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The holidays are upon us; who is going to turn down an ARRI Alexa LF? I know I won’t, so if any long-lost relative is reading this and is unsure how to make a good impression, feel free to give me an ARRI Alexa LF or, for that matter, any of these...
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While not an entirely novel concept, handheld gimbals had something of a breakthrough in 2018. Companies big and small pushed out some truly remarkable stabilizers, including those capable of supporting pro-grade setups like DSLR and mirrorless cameras—not to mention smartphones and even some action cams. Here are some of our favorites: DJI Ronin-S Best Features: 3-Axis Stabilization, High Load...
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Video/film shoots can be challenging, what with 12-hour days, exterior locations in all kinds of weather, and lugging equipment to the ends of the earth and back. Here are some practical gift items to add a little comfort, both physical and mental, to your friend’s (or your own) shoot. Many of these items are not camera specific and are useful for grips, electrics, and other crew members, as well...
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Action cams remain the go-to option for adventurers, athletes, and extreme-sport enthusiasts who want to capture and preserve all their astonishing exploits—preferably in crisp, stunning detail. However, with so many quality cams to choose from, selecting the right one can be tough. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top-performing action cameras on the market. GoPro HERO7...
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That special season is upon us, and if you are looking for something different this year, instead of just rewrapping that same fruit cake that you’ve been shuttling back and forth for the last decade, might I recommend a camcorder? The beauty of camcorders is that, despite the camcorders themselves being highly technical items, operating a camcorder is so simple that any confirmed Luddite can...
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When I was younger, 360° films/video meant a huge rig with nine cameras pointing outward in a circle. 360 divided by 9 gives you 40, so each camera had a 40° angle of view, horizontally. The film would be made using these monstrous rigs, sometimes slung from helicopters to get travelling shots of packs of animals hunting in Africa. Of course, you would only have the chance to see this if you were...
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Looking for a “can’t leave home without it” gift for a video shooter? Look at the suggestions below and see if you could live without any of these useful gizmos and gadgets often found in a videographer or camera assistant’s kit bag. 1. Media Cases Secure your SSD cards in a media case like the...
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Let us face facts: where once the cost of entry to edit and finish a piece professionally was so high that it discouraged many from even trying, and it supported expensive “On-Line” finishing rooms containing millions of dollars of gear that required you to pay an hourly fee for the room and the operator, now you can download an edit system for little cost, and edit and finish your piece on a...
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Get the aspiring filmmaker in your life one of these 10 gifts and we guarantee you’ll be rewarded with at least a cameo in their first feature, if not a speaking role. Well, perhaps you’ll get your 15 minutes of fame, but they’ll definitely appreciate any of the cinema-style gifts listed below. 1. DSLR/Mirrorless Camera Cage You can’t capture clean video moves if you’re fumbling your camera....
6 months ago
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Are you creating your holiday gift list or being asked for hints as to your own gift? Here we present a grab bag of cine-style gifts for video shooters. They range from action cameras to light kits, portable camera sliders, stabilizers, matte boxes, and more, divided into three price ranges. Independent video-content creators and your film-school graduate sweetheart, friend, niece, or nephew will...
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Help the videographer in your life get just the look they want, or round out your own kit with the gift of a pro filter pack from B&H Photo. Enhance your exposure control to create sharp focus drop-off, subtly take the edge off wrinkles and blemishes, darken overexposed skies, lower contrast in high-exposure locations, and generally create a more “...
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