Monthly Archives: April 2015


Even if your camera does not require a super fast media card to capture the highest quality video, there's another reason why you might want faster speeds. After shooting a full day with three camera angles, you end up with quite a bit of footage. Downloading and backing up each media card can end up being a painfully slow process. If you can relate, then my suggestion is to make sure you have at least a Fast USB 3.0 Card Reader and combine that with faster recording media.

If you're tired of waiting on transfer times, here's a few excellent deals on Sandisk Media that ends this weekend (click here).

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If you plan on storing this to an external drive, an external USB 3.0 drive is decent, but for the ultimate speed you should definitely look into some of the ThunderBolt Portable Drive Solutions. This will immediately make a noticeable difference at the end of the day when it comes to transferring that data over for backup.

Not to mention that the added benefit of Thunderbolt over USB 3.0, is that you can even playback and edit video over Thunderbolt much smoother than from a USB 3.0 drive.

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The RodeLink Wireless Filmmakers Kit has been a highly anticipated product for those looking for an affordable wireless mic system. Today they've officially announced the units will be shipping to authorized dealers worldwide!

The RodeLink is consistently monitoring and hopping between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres (over 100 yards). The RODELink is so intuitive that it works straight out of the box, with no channel selection necessary. For users with multiple RØDELink devices the system offers eight discrete channels that can be setup in seconds.

Power & Secure
Using a series II 2.4GHz encrypted digital transmission that is sent on two channels simultaneously, RODELink automatically selects the strongest signal and ensures your audio is as reliable and secure as a cabled connection.

(Click here for this Audio TIP)
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Setup for (3) Wireless G3 Mic Kits on Zoom H6 each with an attenuated Backup Audio Track

Because i'm using a technique that allows me to have an attenuated backup audio track for every person I mic up, I've been seriously looking into adding a few more wireless systems to my arsenal. I haven't found solid results in anything under $700 bucks, so I'm hoping the RodeLink kit really delivers as they say. Remember they begin shipping units out to retailers today worldwide.

I've seen retailers announce a list price of $599, but are currently listing pre-orders right now for just $399 (found here).

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NAB 2015 - SHAPE gives us a tour of their new cage system for the Atomos Shogun Monitor + Recorder.

The optional monitor mount may seem like a small addition, but if you've ever had to work with friction arms on a large monitor, their 15mm monitor mount is the way to go. The design allows you to both swivel and tilt the monitor using SHAPE's patented push button technology.

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SHAPE Adjustable 15mm Mount Bracket

The ATOMOS SHOGUN CAGE from SHAPE is CNC machined from aluminum. Designed to protect while offering up attachment options using the surrounding 3/8" and 1/4" taps. Includes black knobs for the HDMI lock, and can be mounted on and optional adjustable 15mm monitor bracket. Optional handles can also be added to the SHAPE Shogun Cage to be used as a director's monitor.

More information about the SHAPE Atomos Shogun Cage and accessories can be found at the website (HERE).

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In the world of video, Canon LP-E6 batteries have managed to become the standard across many accessories whether it be LED lighting, Monitors, EVFs, and more. At NAB 2015 we checked out the newest version of the IndiProTools Power Pods that takes these batteries to the next level.

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Sony A7s powered by Canon LP-E6 batteries with Indiprotools Power Pods

The Power Pods are adapters that allow you to use inexpensive Canon LP-E6 batteries to power just about everything. Mounting the pod is easy as it comes with a 1/4" tripod mount for you to add a 15mm clamp, friction arm, mini ball head, or hot shoe adapter.

For anyone shooting with the Sony A7s or BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras, these Power Pods are the perfect external battery pack. In previous versions, the Power Pods had a dedicated cable built in which meant you had to choose the correct Power Pod for each application. Now the Power Pods are completely modular.

With a standard DC input connection you can easily make your Power Pod compatible with practically any device or camera by choosing the proper cable. The modular cables have a DC Voltage regulator built in-line ensuring that you don't over juice your camera or accessory even if you chose the 14.4V Power Pod to power up your Sony A7s camera that only requires 7.2V.

You may find some additional information at the IndiProTools website, and the LP-E6 Power Pods are available at B&H (click here).

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NAB 2015 Platinum Sponsors


To date there are still only a couple of single handed pistol grip styled 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizers designed to support cameras like the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s, or even Canon T4i. The first ever and possibly still most popular one available is the Nebula 4000 from Filmpower. Here's a quick interview from the Camera Motion Research booth during our NAB 2015 coverage.

Although the Filmpower Nebula 4000 Gimbal can be found around the world, USA residents should visit Camera Motion Research. They may be the only USA reseller of the Nebula 4000 gimbal. You'll benefit from their fast shipping, quality customer support, and domestic shipping if you ever have to deal with warranty issues. Even if you have just basic questions about the Nebula 4000, you can contact Camera Motion Research over at their website (found here).

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NAB 2015 Platinum Sponsors


Our friends over at Glide Gear is launching a Giveaway. Today they are offering up a DEV Dolly System which is basically a heavy duty track dolly operating on a total of 12 roller bearing wheels! Prop it up over two tripods or stands and you have yourself a super smooth and uber quiet slider that can support camera packages up to 50 lbs of weight.

Giveway is available to USA Residents over 18 years of age (see official rules)

Registering is easy, and to qualify for the Glide Gear DEV Dolly System Giveaway follow the link (HERE).

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NAB 2015, coverage begins with some brand new GoPro accessories from Polar Pro. The StrapMount, which is a quick release mount that attaches a GoPro to any strap or backpack; the ProGrip, which offers a waterproof housing for GoPro batteries that can mount with the Strap Mount; the NoShow Extension Pole, a selfie stick that has an adjustable-angle arm to show less pole and more action; and the soon to be released Power Vault, a GoPro gear case that has an embedded 5200mAH battery which provides power for up to six charges.

StrapMount-GoPro BackPack/Scuba Mount

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NoShow-Waterproof GoPro Extension Pole


Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens

  • Sony A-Mount, 35mm Full-Frame
  • 24-52.5mm APS-C Focal Length
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Super Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Super Sonic Wave Autofocus Motor
  • Internal Focus, Focus Hold Button
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design
  • Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm
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    find-price-button Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens

    Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens

  • Sony A-Mount, 35mm Full-Frame
  • 36-105mm APS-C Focal Length
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to 22
  • Carl Zeiss T* (T-Star) Coatings
  • Two Aspherical Lens Elements
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Sonic Wave Autofocus Motor
  • Internal Focus, Focus Hold Button
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Design
  • Circular 9-Blade Diaphragm
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    find-price-button Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II Vario-Sonnar T* Lens


    We just got back from NAB2105 and one of the hottest cameras on the floor was the Sony PXW-FS7 a.k.a FS7. It seemed every single booth had it on display along side of their products to showcase their gear at it's best. This is certainly a camera that is making huge waves throughout the industry.

    Prior to NAB, I borrowed a Sony FS7 from SatoStudios and teamed up with Keiko & Roland from GearAddix to test drive the amazing 180fps feature shooting entirely in SLOG-2. The video samples finally made it back from editing, and we're quite pleased with the results. Enjoy this short piece.

    The Sony PXW-FS7 rocks a Super 35 Sized CMOS Sensor with Sony E-Mount. Offers up UHD (4K) Up to 60 FPS, HD Up to 180 FPS. The FS7 can record to high quality XAVC-I Up to 600 Mb/s and holds Dual XQD Memory Card Slots. If you want even more quality and power, you can mount up the (optional) Extension unit for 12-bit 4K/2K RAW Data Output and up to 240fps to an external recorder. That's practically an entirely new camera with those added features.

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    Sure it's an investment up front but consider that a Sony A7s + Atomos Shogun Recorder will already run you over $4500 dollars just to get a bit of that 4K goodness. Yet you're still far from the framerate, resolution, built in ND Filters, audio inputs, and ergonomic design the FS7 offers. Stripped down, the FS7 can be almost as compact as a Canon C100. For the run-gun traveling shooter who wants to step up from a DSLR body, the Sony FS7 is a camera to keep your eyes on, and it appears the industry seems to agree. Available now via B&H (click here).

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