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Libec has announced a few new Remote Controls that can be used for a variety of applications such as controlling zoom and focus on many Sony, Canon, JVC, BlackMagic Design, and Panasonic cameras. You can also use the remote to Start and Stop video recording.

The new Libec Remotes are designed to be mounted on a Tripod Pan handle and can even be clamped onto the handle of a Gimbal Stabilizer. As an example, the ZC-LP remote can be used along with the new Panasonic GH5 camera to start and stop video, and when used with compatible Panasonic Servo Lenses, you can control zoom in and out remotely.

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The new remote controls ZFC-L and ZC-LP are our most innovative remote controls yet. These sleek designed controllers feature an Invert Switch that allows users to change the zoom direction when the control unit is attached in a top grip or underslung position. Thanks to a new Double-Sided Zoom Rocker design, when used in a top grip or underslung position, users gain the ability to zoom with their fingers, not just their thumbs. Moreover, these controls offer users smooth zoom and speed movements by simply tilting the zoom rocker.

In addition, the connection clamp can be attached to round pipes up to 45mm in diameter, wide enough to even fit the HFMP Monopod center grip. Zoom controls are equipped with a REC Start/Stop button and a 0.7m/2.3’ length cable. The Libec ZFC-L is a Zoom Focus Control compatible with LANC (Sony, Canon, JVC) cameras. The Libec ZC-LP is a Zoom Control compatible with LANC and Panasonic cameras. With all the added features, applications, and benefits, be sure to take these handy zoom controls on all your shoots.

For additional information about the new Libec Remote Controls, visit the product page at http://Libec.com (here)

For a limited time only, Libec Sales of America (U.S. only) is now offering a couple of great bundles on Shopify!
Libec is offering special deals on their newest models showcased at NAB Show next week. By simply adding $10 US dollars when purchasing an HFMP KIT Hands-Free Monopod or a TH-X Tripod System, you you'll be the first to own their new ZFC-L Zoom and Focus Control for Sony, Canon, and JVC LANC video cameras! ZFC-L Official release date: June 2017.
Why wait? These special bundles are now in stock while limited supplies last, shop here:
https://libec-online-shop.myshopify.com/

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Don't break your back or wear yourself out moving gear! The AMG 750 Cart is a multi-use gear cart that can convert into 3 different modes and hold up to 750lbs. It folds down compact enough to fit in a small trunk.


If you're looking for a folding Gear Cart that is smaller than the AMG 750, you may want to check out the AMG 250 or AMG 500 (all found here).

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When you're doing 'Live Production' and switching multi camera angles, you don't have the luxury of matching camera 'looks' in post. The 4.6K Ursa Mini is even so different than the Ursa Mini 4K sensor in dynamic range and low light sensitivity, it's a hard camera to match. I've also found myself using the Ursa Mini 4.6K so often, I thought it would be great to have a B-Camera that matched during interview setups. Finally I just ended up picking up a 3rd one for other projects that need 3 camera angles. I was able to purchase all of these BlackMagic Design Ursa Mini 4.6K cameras over at http://DVEStore.com

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Experimenting with different color profiles found in the new Panasonic GH5 Camera before I run out to shoot this weekend while traveling. I'm just looking for a flat profile that could offer the most latitude without adding too much noise. I think what's helpful in this video is the waveforms and vectorscope showing how the different profiles affect exposure and saturation.

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One of the first things you'll need when opting to use a Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini camera is the battery mount. Searching online you'll see options running from $100 to $1,000 dollars for a battery mount.Some plates work like power distribution boxes and offer additional voltage outputs. But if you're not looking for fancy, you can use any battery plate. I personally have been using cheaper v-mount battery plates starting at just $8.00 dollars.


Of course using a barebones plates will require you to solder the connections to the (included) break out cable found in your Ursa Mini box. If you're not confident about your soldering skills, you may want to skip this and just pick up one of the many Ursa Mini Battery Plates (found here).

If you're looking for those $8.00 v-mount battery plates, you can find them (here).

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[ Just for the record, this is my second time doing this on an Ursa Mini. I've been using a cheap $8.00 dollar plate on my first Ursa Mini 4.6K since last year, and have absolutely no issues. Over the years, i've actually purchased more than a dozen of these v-mount plates. Some examples are changing the A/B gold mount Aputure Lightstorm Panel and modified it to V-Mount. I took the A/B mount off of an OSEE Director's Monitor and changed it to V-Mount.. ]

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I remember purchasing my Canon 100mm F2.8L Macro with Hybrid IS specifically because of the added image stabilization with one of the best close focus lenses. Lately though, I don't find myself using it very much as i've strayed away from Full Frame Canon DSLRs and have been using cameras with Super 35 or APS-C sensors (or even smaller). That 100mm F/2.8L lens with an added crop is often just too much.

This new Canon EF-S 35mm F/2.8 Macro IS STM Lens (56mm equiv) though could be a nice lightweight lens to use with my Ursa Mini. A lens that can focus up close, and still offer a decent portrait look. The big stand out feature of the new Canon 35mm F/2.8 EF-S Macro though is the built in LED lights. Very clever!

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The new Ursa Mini Pro 4.6K cameras now accept SDXC Cards. This is an excellent option to have as CFAST cards are still not going down much in pricing. It's almost 4x cheaper going with SDXC Cards. You won't be able to record the highest resolution, codec, or framerates, but for many projects ProRes HQ is good enough.

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I've used quite a few different (somewhat affordable) wireless video transmitters, and the one that seems to be most consistent with long range has been the Connex Kits. There is a full size Connex version capable of 1,000m LOS range, and a newer Connex Mini that transmits 500m LOS range (that's still quite a distance!). There are some short comings to the Connex system when using it for video cameras, as these kits were originally designed for Drone use streaming full 1080p up to 60fps.

Some of the cons for on-camera video use are that it requires a battery, but there are no battery mounts. Also there are no standard mounts to attach to your video rigs. Finally it doesn't transmit audio (if you need this). But for distance, reliability, performance, and price the Connex kits are darn good. To make life easier, Camera Motion Research created a special frame and battery kit for us shooters.

The latest mod for their Connex Mini kits is adding an SDI to HDMI converter. This allows someone like me to now use the Connex Mini kit with professional cameras that only offer SDI out, and does it in a clean, simple, and easy way. All of the new hardware is still within the custom modded frame kit, and it's all powered by a single cable (via D-tap).


I'm often running Multicam Live Switching at events and one of the biggest headaches is runnning SDI Cable across the floors. It's not easy running cables and taping them down. This also prevents the cameras from being mobile. But with a wireless video kit, you can move freely around the event. With this new mod, you basically have a tiny high performing wireless HD video kit that can support both HDMI or SDI inputs. Here's a test of latency below.


Keep in mind that in my latency test, the Connex Mini does not transmit audio. My audio source is coming in from another input into the ATEM Switcher. Both feeds were recorded to a Hyperdeck Mini and you can see it's just about perfect in sync. With this type of setup, that camera is now free to roam up to 1600 Feet away from the receiver, and we can still Live Switch during a Live Production.

If you are working with the Connex Wireless HD Video kits, and you experience latency, that could possibly be caused by your camera's output. Some cameras will have a 3-6 frame delay and you'll notice this when connected to any monitor. I personally have moved to working with the Ursa Mini cameras for my Live Production, as this camera offers almost no delay on SDI output, and with SDI I can do long runs up to 300 feet (HDMI limit is around 12 feet).

You can find out more about the Connex Mini kits over at http://CamotionLLC.com

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If you've ever had to mix video signals (i.e. into an ATEM Live Production Switcher) or need to cross convert a cable (HDMI to SDI or vice versa), Scale Resolution up or down, or even adjust framerates. These Decimator MD-HX devices will help you do all of these things. A must have tool when shooting events on location.

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Decimator MD-HX Scaler Converter

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