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07Oct New Tascam Wifi Controlled Audio Recorders In Stock


Apparently Adorama may have the only stock available on these new WiFi enabled Tascam Audio Recorders at this time, and they’re also throwing in FREE 3 Day shipping as well. The hype about the new Tascam DR-22WL and DR-44WL audio recorders is that they can be controlled and configured remotely through WiFi, and files can also be transferred directly to your smartphone or computer wirelessly.

Because i’ve been working with my cameras on ultra mini gimbals, i’m not running an audio pack into the camera. I tend to use a Zoom H1 hand held recorder and sync the audio in post. The trick is once the Zoom H1 is tucked away with the subject it’s a bit of work getting the audio to start/stop, change levels, or even double check if it’s recording.

Having a wifi connection to change all settings remotely would be ideal with some of my projects. I know a few people who pocket Zoom H1 recorders with the Groom during a wedding, and this recorder may work well for that workflow as well. Unfortunately you can’t monitor the audio over WiFi in real time during recording, but the concept is still a step up from a Zoom H1. More info below.


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05Oct $100 OFF Panasonic 35-100mm F/2.8 and 42.5mm F/1.2 Instant Rebates


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04Oct New GoPro Hero4 4K Camera Accessories


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Get ready for tonight (Saturday @midnight) or if you’re on the East Coast then expect Sunday at 3AM as orders for the new GoPro HERO4 4K camera officially open up. While you may be planning to just pick up the HERO4 itself, there’s been a few new accessories every serious GoPro shooter may want to consider to get the most out of this new camera.

For one, there’s now a different style battery for the HERO4 and if it’s anything like previous GoPro cameras, you’ll definitely need some spare batteries. GoPro has made it very clear this battery is specific to the HERO4 so don’t count on your old HERO3/+ batteries helping you out.

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With the extra batteries, you’ll probably want a more convenient way of charging them. GoPro has also released a new Dual Battery Charger which can charge via USB. This charger is specific to the new HERO4 batteries.

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Aside from the new battery, there’s an optional external battery pack for the HERO4 (when you don’t want to use the LCD) that will more than double up your run time. Handy when you can’t easily swap batteries. Chances are though because this new one is backwards compatible, your older version may still work, but GoPro claims this new model offers at least 15% longer run time than the previous battery BacPac. Something to consider as this new cameras is 2x more powerful than the HERO3 and 4K video may eat up runtime.

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Also what appears to have received an upgrade is the LCD Touch Screen Bacpac. Again if you have an older version, chances are it may work with the HERO4. I’m not sure what changes have been made exactly from the previous version, but the new model will be available at the same time the HERO4 will be released.

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So if you’re anything like me, i’ll be online tonight trying to get my orders in. For popular items such as this, I tend to buy a little more than I need in case it sells out, and always have the option to return or sell it off if I don’t need it. So who else is planning to purchase the new GoPro HERO4?

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03Oct Alware Senrigan GP 55 3 Axis Brushless Gimbal V2 With Bluetooth


I’m far from being an expert on these things, but I’ve seen my share of small gimbals, and have even built a few myself from scratch. This newly upgraded version of the Senrigan GP-55 3 Axis Gimbal caught my attention because it’s now running the new 32 bit Basecam controller (Alexmos) with Dual IMU Sensors and includes a Bluetooth Module. It also comes with the metal housing kit covering the controller and both IMU sensors. There is certainly quite a bit going on here for the price.

Sure it may be a great little kit to mount with medium sized multicopters, but it could be great for handheld use. If it’s not super clear by now, these Basecam driven gimbals are completely self contained systems. Once you add battery power, they can fully operate without being mounted to some type of multicopter. Basically if you can find a way to clamp a couple of handles over the top of these units, you’ll have yourself a working 32 Bit Dual IMU 3 Axis Handheld camera gimbal stabilizer.

Of course the only problem with this particular gimbal is that the frame will limit you to work with smaller cameras around the size of a Sony NEX5 or possibly a BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera with either a Lumix 14mm or 20mm pancake lens. Or possibly with one of those new Panasonic 4K compact cameras i’ve been eyeballing.

You can check out additional photos and info on the Senrigan GP55 Gimbal (found here)

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02Oct Tascam new DR-60D Mark II Audio Recorder


Today Tascam announced an upgraded Mark II version of their popular DR-60D Audio Recorder. Here’s an original video showing the features of the first DR-60D.

Now i’m not quite sure how much of a difference the new MK II DR-60D Audio recorder brings, and it’s probably not enough to justify an upgrade from the old version. But for anyone looking to purchase the popular DR-60D recorder, it’s now available for $199.99 + FREE US Overnight Shipping via Adorama. Yes FREE Overnight means that depending on when you get your order in you should receive it the next business day (click here)

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29Sep HyColour PRO Color Grading Tool for FCPX


FCPX has been a great editing tool but one of the things that always bothered me was the lack of simplified exposure, color, and sharpening tools. You have to jump through so many tabs as opposed to just scrolling down with everything in one place. Today I decided to test out a very very inexpensive plugin called HyColour Pro and I have to say it’s an extremely helpful plugin I think everyone should consider. Once installed you simply drop it to your video clip, and the tools show up in the Video inspector.

It’s extremely intuitive and feels much like Adobe Lightroom with basic sliders that control individual components to quickly correct or grade your footage. This plugin can save you an enormous amount of time in those areas. I think the one feature I favor the most is the comparison overlay which allows you to do side by side or split screen comparisons to your original footage.

Unfortunately you’ll run into problems with projects larger than 1080p, but hopefully they’ll be working on an update. If you’re just starting to use FCPX, and are still focused mainly on 1080p content, then you should definitely check out HyColour Pro (click here).

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26Sep GoPro Hero4 4K 30FPS Action Camera


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The web is buzzing about a possible new GoPro Hero4 camera capable of 4K video at 30fps. There is also mention of the new Hero4 to offer more manual exposure controls and a built in LCD monitor (no bacpack attachments). If this info is true, it will be another camera i’m guaranteed to pick up.

Not just for drone use, but i’ve really been keeping an eye out for the most compact 4K video camera combined with an extra wide field of view. Using a wide FOV is perfect for capturing small interior spaces, and the 4K resolution allows you to de-fish while maintaining more than 1080p quality for final output. If the manual exposure works well and the sensor is decent in at least dim lighting, this would be great for some of you guys doing Real Estate tours.

[Update September 29th] Here’s the first video from GoPro showing off the new Hero4 4K Camera.

With such a small camera, the only thing you’ll need is a mini 3 Axis GoPro Gimbal Stabilizer (like these).

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The new GoPro Hero4 4K Camera is already listed on the website showing an October 5th release date. You can check it out at the GoPro Website.
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26Sep Nyrius Aries Pro Stream Wireless HD Video via HDMI


The Nyrius Aries Pro is just one of many consumer grade kits available to stream wireless hd video via HDMI. I have a few articles posted on this blog going back a few years ago, but with the recent popularity of Gimbal Stabilizers, these streaming video tools can really aid your production. Here’s a great demo from Rod Guajardo [thanks Rod] on how they use the Nyrius Aries Pro kits.

Though many of the wireless kits on the market may look similar, the internal components differ slightly offering faster processors and more channels for less interference, less video lag, and greater range. Still if you’re just planning to monitor from a camera without having to be tied down by wires, the Nyrius Aries Pro is an excellent kit (found here).

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[Update] It should be noted that these kits have no mounting options so you’ll have to be creative. They also require power over USB which are very common these days, but only certain batteries with a high mAH rating should be used. You can see a list of compatible USB batteries and also some creative mounts used by the CMR Radian kits (found here).

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26Sep FotoDiox FlapJack Edgelights Ultra Thin LED Video Lighting


Here’s another LED lighting product coming out of the Fotodiox company. The FlapJack panels use an array of LED lights that sit only at the surrounding edges and point inwards. The result is an extremely soft and diffused light source without hot spots or multi-shadow issues that can be placed very (very very) close to your subject. Here’s a little demo video below.

I’ve actually reviewed a set of similar lights from Rosco several years ago, and my experience was that they were a very effective diffused light source, but weren’t extremely powerful and had a slight color cast. Of course LED lighting has changed dramatically over the last few years offering more output and higher quality color reproduction. Combine that with cameras that actually require less lighting, and these lights may be a great item in the bag since they don’t require any light modifiers or diffusion.

Hopefully i’ll get a set to test out at some point and also run it through my handy iPhone Bluetooth Light Meter for some test results. More information about the new FlapJack LED lights can be found at the FotoDiox website (click here).

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22Sep ONE DAY SALE Huge Discount on Sandisk Extreme PRO Series SSD Drives


If you’re been following some of my social network profiles, i’ve been showing off my new Blackmagic Production 4K Camera. The problem I immediately ran into though was none of my Solid State drives (which worked fine for the BMCC 2.5K version) failed to work properly when shooting RAW. When shooting ProRes you’ll be fine, but when shooting RAW this camera really requires a higher quality Solid State Drive.

So I’m super excited about this ONE DAY Sale on the Sandisk Extreme ‘Pro’ Series (keyword PRO) Solid State Drives. I have one 480GB Pro version tested with my BlackMagic Production 4K camera and all seems to be working well. I planned to grab another one so this sale comes just in time, in fact the price is so nice I may just have to pick up a few extras.

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Even if you’re unsure if you need one or not, you may want to order one just to take advantage of the sale, and then return it if you don’t need it. It may not be necessary, but you guys looking to get an Atomos Shogun external 4K recorder could use a good SSD too. I highly recommend that you take a look and consider how you can take advantage of these ‘Pro’ series SSD drives (1 day sale found here).

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Even if you don’t shoot with a BMPC4K, this is a HUGE savings on these drives. Upgrade your laptop or use them as external editing drives with an inexpensive Thunderbolt adapter.


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22Sep Sony SDHC SDXC micoSD Media Card Discount Bundles


There’s currently a sale on select ‘Bundled’ Sony Media Cards ranging in different speeds, different sizes, and different media types starting as low as $16.90 US (click here).

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19Sep Control 3 Axis Gimbal via Bluetooth with Basecam Android App


The bluetooth module for controlling and configuring Basecam Control boards has been available for a while, but something not highly discussed is that the Varavon Birdycam Stabilizer actually ships with a BT module. This was not heavily advertised since the Android Apps (at the time) may not have been stable due to the latest firmware that was installed on the Birdycam2. Today I decided to test things out, and I have to say it’s working quite well.

Anyone who has worked with the computer version of the SBGC app will feel at home on the Android App version. The wireless joystick app is perfect for dual operator mode (or when operating the gimbal mounted to a Crane/Jib) without having to invest in expensive RC Transmitters. Keep in mind that this is not limited to just the Varavon Birdycam.

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The bluetooth module can be purchased separately and installed with any gimbal Alexmos boards such as the ones in the inexpensive CAME-TV 7000 3 Axis Gimbal.


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All you’ll need is the Bluetooth module which can be found for around $16 US dollars (found here).

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19Sep Kessler Second Shooter


Anytime you want the smoothest and most consistent camera movement, it’s best to go with an automated system. We’ve seen plenty of MoCo systems in the last few years, and here’s another new tool from Kessler – The Second Shooter™.

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Second Shooter™ is a revolutionary motion control system that boasts a sleek and compact design, feature-rich operation and an incredibly intuitive user interface. Featuring 100% repeatable motion control for live-mode, looping, time-lapse and stop-motion applications.

Unlike stepper motor based moco systems on the market today, Second Shooter™ receives feedback communication from digital-encoded motors in determining motor positions to ensure precise control. Second Shooter™ provides users with ultra-smooth and quiet motion control, making it an outstanding companion on any job.

Second Shooter™ is motion control for the masses. An affordable and comprehensive solution that will meet the needs of large production houses and one-man-bands alike. With the ability to set up and operate quickly, it can be deployed in run-and-gun environments just as easy as it can be used in dramatic astro-timelapses.

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17Sep Cheap Padded Backpack for DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Carrying Case


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I posted a snapshot of my latest backpack (top) used to carry around the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus quadcopter earlier today and since there were a few comments, I decided to post up this video for a closer look. I also show some areas I needed to cut out for my props.

My original bundle came with a Go Professional hard case (highly recommended found here) for traveling, but the hard case was too bulky for just average day to day casual use. The hardcase only has one handle and sometimes you need both hands free (like hiking up a hill). So this backpack allows me to carry all my gear and some extra for around $40 bucks. There’s a variety of pricing out there, but they all seem to be the same bag (click here).

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16Sep 20% off ALL Red Giant Software Ends Tomorrow


I’m personally not a huge user of Red Giant software, but I know some people are. Especially software like Magic Bullet, Plural Eyes (sync audio in post), or Grinder (encoding). So if you’re ready to give some of these a look, you can get 20% off ALL Red Giant software today and tomorrow! Ends 11pm EST on 09/17/2014.

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15Sep Control New Tascam DR-22WL DR-44WL Audio Recorders over Wi-Fi


Tascam has unleashed the power to control these two new Digital Portable Audio Recorders over Wi-Fi with your PC or Mac computer or through your iOS or Android Smart Phone. These audio recorders create their own WiFi network, so there’s no need for a router or an existing wireless network. Your device connects directly to the unit.

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Using the new Tascam DR control app, you’ll have the power to start and stop recording or playback, verifying that the meters and time counter are moving. The app also allows you to adjust the input gain, change the stereo mix, enable low rolloff filter or limiter, and virtually any other control on the recorder.

Now if you want to listen to the audio over Wi-Fi, you’ll only be able to monitor the audio during ‘playback’ of a file – not during the actual recording. Obviously you’ll want to monitor the audio whenever possible, but the ability to control wirelessly is pretty awesome if you have to place your recorder in an odd location, or if you’re just not part of the action.

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