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Mail Bag Monday – 32GB SDHC Class 10
September 27, 2010


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These came in just a day late. Luckily I had a few SDHC cards in my Canon SX210 IS and Zoom H4n to fall back on. I was hoping these would arrive for the Music video shoot on the Canon 60D’s, but we managed. So I haven’t really tested these out yet, but i’ll be [...]

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Three Camera Music Video shot on Canon EOS 60D
September 27, 2010


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It was a scorching hot day yesterday, but the bright sun helped bring in some light into this old unused factory. There was no electricity so the band rented a 5000 watt generator for the shoot. We had full run of the entire abandoned lot which was awesome. This place was huge with several buildings [...]

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Redrock Micro EVF – Electronic View Finder
September 26, 2010


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Cinema5D’s got the scoop on a new Redrock Micro ‘Electronic View Finder’ specifically designed for HD Video DSLR’s. We all new this day was coming, but what I totally didn’t expect was the expected price point. Wow, I really hope they can meet those goals, that’s just ridiculous pricing for anything RedRock Micro. It looks [...]

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View Finder to Fit Canon 550D / T2i Correctly
September 26, 2010


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Thanks to a few people for leaving some comments on this item. It’s a new view finder loupe on the market that is said to fit the aspect ratio of the Canon 550D / T2i perfectly with no crop. Looks like a similar design we’ve seen before but now with a custom fit and [...]

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I’m late, but should be worth it.
September 26, 2010


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Running a bit late on the shoot today, but we wanted to have a rail longer than a 4ft. slider. Ran over to Home Depot and quickly assembled a raised dolly track fit for the SpiderTrax Video Dolly. Everything comes right off the shelf, clamps together securely, pretty portable (except for the long rails). The [...]

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Canon 60D Video Stabilizer – First Flight Glidecam HD4000
September 25, 2010


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Wait! Just gotta say sorry about the mess, I just bought the place and still moving crap in. Boxes everywhere, don’t know where to put anything yet. Hey you’re lucky i’m even sharing this test video, it’s almost Midnight! Yeah and it might be a bit dark too, I wasn’t going for quality here, just [...]

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Sweet Sounds from a RedHead
September 24, 2010


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Another very cool demo of the RedHead windscreen in use on the new Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder from (of course) Redheadwindscreens.com. Note, the Zoom H1 is showing in stock at more places including Amazon.com right now. Now only if we can get these guys to make some furry dead cats over the most [...]

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Mail Bag Friday – Just in Time
September 24, 2010


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There it is, the 2nd Canon EOS 60D DSLR has arrived in time for the Sunday Music video shoot project. With my friend’s, we’ll have a total of three on set. Also another exciting item I get to use for a different project is of course the JuicedLink DT454 4-Channel DSLR Camera Microphone Preamplifier. You’ve [...]

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Better Audio DIY Portable Sound Booth
September 24, 2010


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Since we’re on the topic of Audio capture, one of tips I remember came from an article about mobile Podcasting. This was when the iPod first came out years ago and there was a slew of audio podcasting stations (which I see now replaced with Video castings. So Podcasters who traveled the country often needed [...]

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DSLR BTS Video Group
September 24, 2010


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Yeah there I go, second member of the DSLR BTS (Behind the Scenes) group over at Vimeo immediately after the man of Zacuto himself, Steve Weiss. Another top DSLR gear maker as a member is Cinevate, which BTW I am patiently awaiting the release of their new and more affordable Atlas 10 Camera Slider (hurry [...]

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Manual Audio Levels Canon 60D
September 24, 2010


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Canon EOS 60D 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and 18-135mm
I keep talking about the manual audio levels being a big plus for the Canon 60D right now, and I think some people are still wondering what the big deal is. Currently only the 5D Mark II has this option and hopefully [...]

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Sunday Music Video with Three Canon 60D Cameras
September 24, 2010


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So my second Canon 60D arrives this morning and another friend just grabbed one yesterday over at Best Buy in Redwood City. Can you believe just walking into a store and finding the last one? I like online over retail mainly because of taxes, but with local retail you can always resolve your issues quickly [...]

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Canon 60D Timer Remote Timelapse Photography
September 23, 2010


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Well questions about a Canon 60D Timer Remote / Intervalometer are coming in. The camera is a hybrid of T2i and 7D bits and pieces. The Canon 60D uses the same battery as the 7D but uses the connection type for the Timer Remote as the T2i. Shown in this video: http://cheesycam.com/canon-t2i-550d-timer-remote-timelapse/, this mini jack [...]

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Canon 7D vs 60D vs 550D / T2i
September 22, 2010


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Now that Canon is throwing everyone for a loop releasing every ‘in between’ type of camera, I just thought i’d throw up a video about a few differences in the Canon 7D vs 60D vs T2i. I too was quite disappointed that Canon didn’t release any earth shattering news about new video features on their [...]

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$6 dollar HDMI Splitter
September 22, 2010


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Thanks to Joseph over at ShadowMindProductions.com for the tip on this $6 dollar HDMI splitter. Joseph mentions there’s no video lag between monitors during his tests. Now you’ll be able to use an external monitor for camera operator, and if you want, a larger one for the the director. I’m sure these are going [...]

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Flexible Friction Power Arms for DSLR accessories
September 22, 2010


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Yeah, they rock! Was a bit worried about the size, type of material, and how much weight these things would carry, but I totally under estimated the quality. It’s all metal in every segment. Lots of different mounting options from Male thread, to Female Threaded insert, to Hot shoe. Very cool highly positionable little arms [...]

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