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With smaller and more capable high quality video cameras, there's good reason to lighten up the rest of your equipment. If you're looking for one of the smallest 3-Axis motion control sliders to compliment your shrinking gear, then you may be interested in the new iFootage Shark Slider 'Mini'.

The modular tool-less design allows the Shark Slider Mini to pack small, but you have the option to quickly add sections to the slider for longer movements. When not used manually, a drive motor snaps quickly into the carrier (with no external wires or tedious connectors). The unique belt-less motion control system works by traveling over geared teeth that have been designed directly along the center of it's tracks.

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A separate 2-Axis Moco (motion control) head offers Pan and Tilt, and can be used independently for simple yet effective dynamic timelapse setups, or to create extremely high resolution images through a sequence of stitched photos (think GigaPan-ish).

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Once you program the movements through the smartphone App via Bluetooth, you can disconnect and it will continue to carry out it's program, so there's no worry about keeping your phone tied down. The system is powered using Sony NP-FW50 batteries (generic batteries are included), so there's no worries about proprietary power and is easily accessible for consumers to purchase more.

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Target Control is probably my favorite features with the iFootage Shark Slider Mini as it allows you to maintain framing on a subject as the camera slides left to right. This is often desirable for small crews looking to add dynamic camera movements to a b-cam during interviews, or to simply create more interesting visuals with products or cooking related videos for example.

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Overall it's one of the cleanest, smallest, and easiest 3-axis sliders i've had the opportunity to work with. No belts, no external motors, and no dangling remotes. But from my brief experience, I would recommend it be used with the smaller camera setups, especially when using the 2-Axis MOCO Head.

It definitely won't handle a camera setup such as my Ursa Mini Pro. The system is also not 'completely silent', but should not be a problem if you've programmed slow movements and have the slider set a short distance away from any microphones. Obviously sound is never an issue when it comes to Timelapse photos.

For more info about the iFootage Shark Slider Mini, Bundles, and Accessories you can visit the Camera Motion Research website (here).

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Earlier today I did a very basic test with the Sound Shark Parabolic Collector that uses a basic LAV mic to record distant sounds. Placing a small speaker 20ft away I compared the difference between the PParabolic Mic setup vs a pretty standard on-camera Azden SMX-30 microphone.

I also recently had the opportunity to test the Sound Shark Parabolic Microphone in a typical classroom setting. I found that it really helped to get that louder volume from the distant speaker when compared to other microphones that I would have traditionally used.

Now while a Parabolic microphone will definitely pick up distant sounds better than any other type of microphone, it should not be considered a replacement for other microphone types. It really should be considered a different type of microphone and possibly one you may want to add to your audio kit. If you're interested in listening to other examples, you can find videos on their website at http://KloverProducts.com/SoundShark.

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The unique shape of the parabolic collector is used to collect incoming sound (pressure) waves and focus them onto a single point where the microphone converts the collected sound energy into an electrical signal. Because the sound energy from a large area is focused onto a single point, the sound is in effect, amplified. This is the same technology that is used to capture the sounds of the game during professional football games every weekend.


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ATOCH CFAST to SSD Adapter

People have been using CFAST to SSD Adapters for the Ursa Mini cameras ever since the beginning, and i've used the ATOCH adapter myself. It sure comes in handy, but what I didn't like was all of the loose cabling and the extra bulk. So whenever possible I just stuck to CFASt cards. It kept my rig light and tight.

Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro SSD Recorder

Now BlackMagic Design has introduced their own SSD Recorder (only for Ursa Mini Pro), that connects between the camera and the battery plate. It's much cleaner with only two wires that record from the SDI input and output, but it does have it's caveats. For one, the BM SSD Recorder only works with the 'Pro' version as it records from the SDI. When using the SSD Recorder, you can't connect the camera to an ATEM for live production. With only one SSD drive, it also can't record 4.6K Lossless RAW at 60p (only supported to 30p).


Clean Aftermarket CFAST to SSD Adapter

That's what makes this new aftermarket 'DUAL SSD Recorder' very interesting. It works very much the same as other CFAST to SSD adapters, but it's been designed to fit clean behind the battery plate (exactly like Blackmagic's design). The advantage is that because they are still using the CFAST adapters, you can record full RAW, full resolution, and all at the fastest framerates. In fact because this adapter uses (2) SSD Drives, you can even turn on 'Dual Card Mode'! And there's no bias for Ursa Mini Pro cameras, it is backwards compatible to any Ursa Mini camera - and you'll still be able to use the SDI out if you're hooking up to an ATEM.

There's not much to complain about this aftermarket Ursa Mini SSD Recorder except for the fact that you won't be able to close the LCD screen completely with the CFAST cabling running through. But that's about the only con I can think of...


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In this video, i'm running through some of the features you'll find with the new Cinevate HoriZen video slider. Out of the box the slider can be used directly on any flat surface, and includes non-marring small adjustable feet for minor leveling adjustments. If your'e looking to use it on more aggressive terrain, you can opt-in for the All Terrain Legs that add a lot more height and stability.

You can find several threaded points under the HoriZen for mounting it to tripods or stands. The slider is trapped between the Aluminum frame, so you can use the slider completely inverted. The Variable Magnetic Braking feature is by far a true game changer when it comes to video sliders. Through opposing magnetic forces similar to brakes on an Electric Super Train it's an ingenious feature with zero friction and zero wear.

I've never worked with a smoother video slider, and the ability to fine tune a 'drag feel' according to the weight of your rig or to your preference is pretty amazing. Perfect for heavier camera setups, but can be tuned to the same feel for smaller lightweight camera systems. Along the sides of the slider are sliding threaded mounts for you to add cine-arms or other accessories.

If you're looking to get more advanced motion control, the Cinevate HoriZen Slider can be upgraded to use one of Cinevate's Motion Control systems.

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The Boltzen Snap Kit is a quick magnetic mount for adding light modifiers or colored filters (gels). It's a simple way to change your small CAME-TV Daylight Boltzen Fresnels to Tungsten or use it to add a splash of color from the dozens of choices in the kit.

You can find more information about the CAME-TV Boltzen Snap Kit over at their website (found here).

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Aputure has finally announced it is officially shipping the new Light Storm LS-C300D LED Video Light. So expect them to be available at retailers soon (if not already). This light was shown at NAB 2017, and has been one of the most anticipated lights in their lineup. Larger and more powerful than their LS-COB120D, some of the benefits to this design is the Single Point Source Light which is easier to shape, and does not display multiple shadows (like many light panels will). It also uses a popular bowens mount to attach a variety of accessories and light modfiers.

Aputure claims to have close to a 2K output, and when you compare this to other popular brands, the new Aputure 300D is less than 1/3rd the price. With a 97+ high CRI rating, remote control, and the ability to power off dual V-Mount batteries without being tethered to a wall outlet, this seems like a great light to have for any type of video shooter. The new Aputure 300D is available now on the Aputure website (found here).

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If you have a set of led lights (or other battery powered device) that you want to turn on and off from a distance, here's a simple idea using an inexpensive set of Wireless Remote Control 12V DC Relays. To keep things fairly universal I decided to make an 'inline' cable that has a male and female D-Tap connection to work with my V-Mount batteries. (This way I don't need to modify any of my accessories). But while i'm using this with my v-mount batteries, you can actually use any 12V-14V battery and any cable connector to fit the connector on your device.

These specific mini wireless remote DC relays can handle up to 10A sustained which is the same max rating most V-Mount batteries are spec'd for. Which basically means if you can power your accessory from a D-tap, these relays should work fine. My setup here is simple, and it's merely just cutting the battery current, so this hack won't let you dim or change color temp, but it's universal enough to be used for powering anything on or off including motors, LCD screens, Wireless Video Transmitters, etc.

You can find this set of (6) wireless remote control 12V DC relays via Amazon (here). I've already a few more ideas in my head on how i'll be using this idea, but if you have any you think these would be good for, let me know in the comments.

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Speed and versatility are the calling cards of Sony’s latest, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera. Using an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, shooters can enjoy 24 fps continuous shooting, as well as UHD 4K and High Frame Rate HD video. Further boosting speed is the Fast Hybrid AF with 315 phase-detect points that can lock on in just 0.03 of a second. Also, operation is intuitive, with the implementation of a touchscreen LCD alongside the OLED EVF. And, of course, it stars a 24-600mm equivalent 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that covers a vast range of subject matter. Read more >>

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Here's an inexpensive little tripod (on sale right now for under $6) that you can use to set your single hand grip gimbal stabilizer down without powering it off. Keep in mind this particular tripod is pretty small, so it's best for those GoPro to Smartphone sized Gimbals. We're talking about Gimbal Stabilizers such as the Zhiyun Smooth-Q, FeiyuTech G5, or the FY-WGS Wearable Gimbal. And obviously it will also work as a small pistol grip placed directly under your camera body when you're just casually shooting hand-held.

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