Monthly Archives: January 2014


A teleprompter may not be for everyone, but if you've got a set of important bullet points to cover, or a script that has to be hammered out by your talent, a simple teleprompter can be a huge time saver. Here's a look at the Listec PW-04 Portable Teleprompter that works with a simple smart phone.

Using a quality 'glass' beam splitter is important. Not just for optimal reflection of your scrolling text. Cheaper versions made with acrylic can soften your image and often require you to boost your ISO (increase noise) as it cuts out light entering the lens.

I own several large prompters today, but a pain to setup and travel with. I actually saw this Listec over at WPPI last year, and when I saw this Listec PW-04 on sale (-$120 dollars right now) I just had to grab one. This works seamlessly with the coverage I do using the GH3 camera + 12-35mm F/2.8 OIS lens.

[Note: the 12-35mm F/2.8 also works with the BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera]

If you want to use this with larger DSLR cameras like Canon, the 50mm F/1.4 also uses a 58mm thread, so it would work perfectly. The system packs up nicely, sets up quick, and can be used handheld or tripod mounted. Albeit small, it's very usable from a distance and allows your talent to look directly into the lens maintaining good solid eye contact with the audience viewing the final video.

For more info about the Listec Teleprompter PW-04 sale check it out at B&H (click here).
Listec PW-04Listec Teleprompter PW-04 iPhone
find-price-button Listec Portable iPhone Teleprompter with BT Keyboard

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If you just happen to be in the market for both a Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 24-105mm F/4L IS Lens today Adorama is shaving off over $800 dollars + FREE Shipping + 2% Rewards. That's a heck of a deal bringing the total camera kit down to just $3203, even cheaper than grey market stuff. In order to get this deal you'll have to add in a Lightscoop Flash Bounce to the kit. I tested this myself with a screen shot below.

Canon 5D Mark III Bundle

You can find this deal for a limited time following the link to Adorama (Click Here).

find-price-button Canon 5D Mark III + Canon 24-105mm F/4L IS Lens Kit Deal


find-price-button Varavon BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage with 15mm Rails HDMI Clamp

Varavon has just released a new BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage w/ 15mm Rails. It's got all the features you'd need in a rig, including top handle and 15mm rail system. The red knobs seen at the front of the cage are used to 'clamp' cables in place from slipping out, such as the HDMI cable.

Cable Lock BMPCC Varavon Cage HDMI
find-price-button Varavon BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage with 15mm Rails HDMI Clamp

One unique option that I haven't seen with other #BMPCC Cages is the direct use of an LCD View Finder. In this image Varavon shows to what appears to be their Multifinder Uni Low Angle ViewFinder (though I can't be sure) attached directly to the BMPCC Cage. This ViewFinder will crop about 2mm on each side of your screen. You can already find the Varavon BMPCC Cage available via eBay (click here)

find-price-button Varavon BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cage with 15mm Rails HDMI Clamp


Here's a quick look at the new Vari-Volt cable from IndiPro Tools. This is a handy cable to have in the tool bag, especially if you own several of these V-Mount style batteries. This voltage converter with female P-Tap typically runs for $120+ (as seen here).

The Vari-volt is a voltage regulating powertap cable capable of converting an input voltage between 12-18v to a chosen constant voltage of 5v, 7.2v, or 12v. The cable's regulator box has a 2.5 x 5.5mm dc input, as well as an inline female powertap. The cable also includes a 24" 2.5 x 5.5mm to 2.5 x 5.5mm extension cable. The regulator supplies up to 3A of current.

Today, IndiPro Tools is sponsoring a product giveaway for one of these cables. You can register for the IndiPro Tools Vari-Volt product giveaway following the link (found here).

Vari-Volt with Female D tap

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With four kids toting around iPods and iPads, i've made it a habit to carry around a portable battery pack. Last year, I've also traveled to a few conventions, and a portable battery is a necessity for my own personal gadgets. When Seaport Digital reached out about their new Power Smart 27K portable Battery, the specs seemed to really fit my needs to charge up my Galaxy Tablet, iPhone, Sony RX100 MK2, and most importantly give me extra runtime with my Macbook Pro Retina. Here's a video look at what comes in the box.

When traveling through airports, watching movies on a plane, and walking around for hours covering a convention there's no time to stop and plug in to a wall outlet. The slim profile of the Power Smart 27K battery makes it easy to slip into my backpack (without the case) when I need to portable power on the go, or when i'm working at a crowded coffee shop fighting for an outlet.

The Power Smart 27K comes with a variety of adapter tips offering extended run times to most laptops, but MacBook Air users will really appreciate the included 'MagSafe Cable'. Many batteries are capable of powering up a Macbook, but Apple has been very protective over it's 'MagSafe' connector. I'm not quite sure how they are able to offer this, but i'm glad they do. The provided cable is using the older MagSafe 1, but you can convert this with a small MagSafe 2 Adapter (found here)
Apple Magsafe to Magsafe 2 adapter
Apple MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Adapter

If portable power (especially for your Macbook laptops) are important, the Power Smart 27K Portable Battery may be something to look into. It comes ready with the necessary adapters and cables and carries a 27000 mAh/97Wh capacity. For more information about the Seaport Digital Power Smart 27K, visit their website at

find-price-button Seaport Digital Power Smart 27K Portable Battery

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GearAddix takes us into the iON Camera booth during CES2014 where CEO Giovanni Tomaselli talks about the new iON Air Pro 3 Wifi Action Sports Camera.

The iON Air Pro is a 3rd generation camera now using a Sony backlit sensor for improved video quality. The camera housing is from a solid piece of diamond cut aluminum. To compliment these high end upgrades, iON will be providing new high quality aluminum / titanium type mounting systems.


The new iON Air Pro 3 WiFi POV Sports Camera is already available via Amazon (click here).

find-price-button iON Air Pro 3 WiFi POV Sports Camera


Ok, before you continue trying to tackle this project, i'd like to point out that Kamerar will be releasing a new baseplate for the QV-1 LCD View Finder. This new baseplate will allow the QV-1 to fit better with smaller camera systems - which will render this DIY useless for many.

Now because I don't have an exact ETA on when this new baseplate will be released, this project could be useful for the time being. If you already have the Fhugen GH3 cage here's one way to get the inexpensive QV-1 LCD View Finder mounted.

Mounting the baseplate of the QV-1 directly to one of the tripod mounts will not align properly, but it will if you use the actual camera mounting screw to hold both in place.

The Kamerar QV-1 can actually dock directly with a Manfrotto 501PL compatible quick release baseplate or directly to a compatible tripod head (see it in action here). Another benefit is that the QV-1 is offered with a baseplate and set of 15mm rails, so you can now add a follow focus to your setup.

Of course if you're using another system, you can directly attach another QR plate underneath the QV-1 base through one of the threaded mounts. You can find out more about these products at

Fhugen GH3 Cage
Kamerar QV-1 LCD ViewFinder


Lately i'm hearing about many videographers investing in LED lighting especially to add a bit more light during dimly lit wedding receptions. Wedding Photographers are probably quite familiar with CheetahStand Light Stands, but young video shooters may not be as aware.

To understand why these light stands are so special check out the old video below from the CheetahStand company, and another product overview from YouTube member Shuttertastic.

In a crowded event where you need to setup a light (or two) and quickly move around, you can see how beneficial these stands could be. If your work does not require you to setup and move light stands very often, it's probably not worth investing in as the prices start close to $90 each for the C8 (8ft) version. You can find CheetahStand light stands sold via Adorama (found here).

Adorama Cheetah Light Stands
CheetahStand C8 & C12 Light Stands via Adorama


If you're shooting video with the Panasonic GH3, I highly advise you take a look at the Fhugen GH3 Video Cage. It's compact enough that you can leave your camera in there the entire time, and will give you more mounting points for adding on those necessary accessories. One question that comes up often is 'How do you add rails to the Fhugen Cage?'.

Although there isn't a dedicated 15mm rod adapter for the cage, the design is straight forward much like the tripod mount under your camera. You can mount it to a variety of baseplates that support 15mm rails (and yes it will be optically centered).

In the example above i'm using the PNCGear MP-2 dual rod baseplate (found here). There are height adjustments on the MP-2 if you need to make your rails slightly higher or lower. The baseplate can be used in any direction, but here I have the logo on the side of the LCD screen. Under the baseplate is enough tripod mounts to add your quick release plate of choice for tripod mounting.

Fhugen Honu Video Cage for Panasonic GH3 Cameras
MP-2 Dual 15mm Rail Baseplate
15mm rails
(2) 15mm Rails for Baseplate