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NAB 2015 LIBEC ALLEX Modular Sliders and Tripod Kits
May 13, 2015


NAB 2015, Libec introduces new lengths for ALLEX Video Sliders, and a new modular system that allows you to change the length of your sliders.

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More informatoin about the Libec ALLEX Video Slider, Fluid Video Heads, and Tripod Kits can be found on the website http://www.libecsales.com/

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NAB 2015 Lanparte Handheld Gimbal for Smartphones + GoPro Cameras
May 11, 2015


NAB 2015, we check out the Lanparte booth. A popular item on the floor was the Lanparte HHG-01 3-Axis Gimbal for smartphones. Although the gimbal was originally released for smartphones, add-on adapters allow you to expand it’s versatility. The HHG-01 can operate with both now lets you use the same Gimbal with a GoPro camera.

Aside from the GoPro adapter, new accessory clamps have been designed for the HHG-01 to fit over the handle so that you can attach an accessory such as an external monitor or microphone. Sure you can use a smartphone to stream a live video feed from a GoPro camera, but not all framerates or resolutions are available for preview on the application. In this scenario it’s benefiical to work with an external HDMI monitor with the GoPro.

For more information about these Lanparte products and accessories, visit their company website at http://Lanparte.com

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Varavon NABSHOW 2015 Booth Tour New Products
May 11, 2015


Stopping by the Varavon booth during the 2015 NABSHOW, we take a look at the expanding line of Armor II series cages, a mini GoPro Cage with Filter adapter and HDMI Lock, cage system for the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder, and a GoPro Gimbal concept with 7″ monitor.

For more information about Varavon products, check out their website at http://Varavon.com

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Canon New 50mm F/1.8 STM Lens
May 11, 2015


Canon’s got a new 50mm F/1.8 Pancake STM Lens available. On Canon cameras the STM lenses are designed with stepper motors for quieter and faster full time autofocus in video mode, unlike your standard photo lenses.

I own both the 24mm STM Lens and the 40mm STM pancakes because I really like the compact size and super affordable cost. It’s perfect for keeping the weight down when balancing a camera on small gimbal stabilizer. The new 50mm lens is an EF mount (not ef-s), so it will cover a full frame camera . If you are using a Sony, Panasonic, or BlackMagic camera body, you can add either a metabones lens adapter or the Aputure DEC to control focus and iris.

The new Canon 50mm F/1.8 STM Pancake style lens sells for just $125 (here).

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find-price-button Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

Product Description:
One of the most versatile focal lengths available, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens from Canon pairs this classic lens design with enhancements to the AF system and physical design that make it both faster and smaller. Utilizing an STM stepping motor, this lens is ideal for both still and video shooting due to its speedy and smooth operation. Further benefitting video shooters, the STM motor also supports the Movie Servo AF mode on select DSLRs for precise and near-silent focusing. An updated exterior design includes a metal lens mount and a re-located focusing ring in order to accommodate the compact overall form factor. The 50mm f/1.8 is a classic, tested lens design, and thanks to enhanced autofocus and a svelte profile, this lens is ideal for everyday shooting in a wide variety of conditions.

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Use your iPhone as a Wireless Lav Microphone System with AirLinc
May 8, 2015


We’ve shown you before how to use your iPhone as a portable audio recorder, but here’s a brand new application that’s taking things to another level. The AirLinc App once installed on two iOS devices (iphone or ipod touch) allows you to use them as a wireless microphone body pack of sorts.

One iOS device is setup as the microphone and the other is setup as the receiver. A camera operator can remotely adjust gain (levels), monitor audio, start/stop audio recording, and playback audio files – all wirelessly!. Here’s a short demo of how to setup the app.

AirLinc is a neat little app especially if you have access to two iOS devices and an inexpensive Lav Microphone that works with the iPhone. It’s still fairly new and the company is open to feedback on any issues while they work on further improvements. There are some limitations to this setup of course. Both devices have to be on the same network, or at least on the same Hot Spot. I’ve tested it with my Verizon Mobile Hot Spot and it works the same as a local WLAN. You’ll also need a Lav Mic that works with iOS devices, and I can recommend the AspenMics.com HQ-SPK Kit.

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find-price-button AspenMics HQ-SPK – iOS + Android Lav Microphone Kit

Here’s the official YT video from AirLinc with the product description below.

Product Description:
The AirLinc system allows you to record quality audio locally to your iPhone or iPod touch while also providing live monitoring and remote control of that audio from a paired iPhone. Local recording means no dropouts & Live monitoring means less recording mishaps.

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NAB 2015 FotoDiox Introduces new Shark Cages for Camera Bodies
May 8, 2015


There was a time when many said the DSLR video market was dead. That eventually every ILC HD camera would have built in XLR adapters, ND Filters, adjustable EVFs, and a more camcorder-ish ergonomic form factor. Unfortunately those features are still only reserved for higher priced camcorders and we find ourselves still needing to ‘rig’ our small camera bodies with external batteries, portable audio recorders, etc. So the need for ‘Cages’ are still very apparent.

At NAB 2015 FotoDiox shows off a few cage rigs for small camera bodies that still need to mount additional accessories. Aside from a small cage for the GoPro HERO camera, this is a new line of affordable accessories for the FotoDiox company.

The BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera cage is available now, and other cages shown will be available at the FotoDiox website (here).

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Konova Tripod Stability Arm for Video Sliders
May 6, 2015


Video sliders are one of the easiest tools to add smooth dynamic camera movements. One of the problems you might face though is when you have to mount it over a single tripod. The weight of the camera when traveling from end to end can cause the slider to sag. In this case we often use two tripods, or one tripod and a light stand.

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Konova’s latest Tripod Stability Arm product tackles this problem. The telescoping arm clamps to one leg of your tripod and with a tie rod end can be positioned to support a slider perfectly horizontally, or even at various angles.

Konova is heavily promoting the fact that the Tripod Stability Arm is not just designed for Konova Sliders. The flat base and 1/4″ thread allows this system to be used with just about any tripod and any slider (so long as you have a 1/4 or 3/8 tap). You can opt for one piece or a two piece kit if you’re working with very long sliders, and this means you only need to travel with one tripod. Available now on the Konova website or following the links below.

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find-price-button Konova Tripod Stability Arm for Video Sliders – Amazon

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SevenOak TV 15 Electronic Time Lapse Rotating Pan Head
May 5, 2015


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By just adding a little bit of motion, you can change the entire feel of a basic static timelapse video. We’ve seen the wind up DIY Egg Timer pan heads used for timelapse projects, and have even seen a few robust versions, but here’s a completely new battery operated programmable Pan Head product.

Unlike your basic mechanical egg timer that you would rotate by hand and listen to it tick-tock it’s way back to zero, this new Electronic Pan Head is battery operated and can be programmed for different lengths of travel and different speeds. Using a 5 minute setting with a full 360 degree pan may even be fast enough for real time video (not just time-lapsing).

From a simple menu of buttons you can choose how much distance your camera will pan along with the speed in which it will reach the end of it’s travel. You can select from 15 degrees – 360 degrees or travel, and then select from 5 minutes to a full 60 minutes of run time. You can even change the direction in which the system pans (clockwise/counter-clockwise). The new Sevenoak TV15 Programmable Pan Head can be found via eBay (click here).

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50% OFF Lowepro Passport Messenger Shoulder Bag Sale
May 5, 2015


I’m not much of a sling bag kinda guy, but here’s a really great deal on one if you are. There’s a nice discount today on the Lowepro Passport Messenger Shoulder Bag for Compact DSLRs or CSC Cameras. Typically floating around $40 dollars, today it’s just $19.99. There’s a cool little video over on the product page that explains how this bag works (click here).

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NAB 2015 SPITFIRE Wireless HD Transceiver by Avinair
May 5, 2015


NAB 2015, Dracast shows us a new line of Wireless HD Transmitters under the brand name Avinair. Some HD Video transmitters are limited to just HDMI, some just SDI. The Spitfire can stream from either HD-SDI (in and out ports) and HDMI, while offering placement for professional V-Mount batteries, and powered through a LEMO connector.

The SPITFIRE by Avinair is a state-of-the-art HD Video Transmitter system combining wireless 1080p HD with zero latency. The Spitfire boasts an incredible range of 2000 feet, giving you maximum versatility for your video applications.

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NAB2015 Dracast Booth Introduces new Brand Avinair Long Range Streaming HD Video

Equipped with its default antennas, the Spitfire is capable of transmitting up to 2000 feet. Optional high-gain antennas can provide even longer distances while providing an ultra low latency, real-time monitor capability. The Spitfire receiver is equipped with either a V-Mount or Gold Mount battery plate while the transmitter is equipped with a Sony F970 battery plate.

Both the Transmitter and Receiver feature 4-Pin Lemo power connectors capable of a wide 7-17V unregulated input voltage. The SPITFIRE SDI system features 3G-SDI and HDMI input on the transmitter and 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs on the receiver. Avinair mentions they will also offer a range of consumer friendly streaming products with ranges from 300ft to 2000 ft and wireless monitor products.

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HUGE Savings on LEXAR CFast 2.0 3400X Media Cards
May 3, 2015


I kid you not, I literally just picked up (2) 64GB Lexar CFAST Cards via Amazon for over $320 Dollars each to take advantage of the URSA 80fps 4K framerate. The sad part is that doesn’t really give me very much recording time, especially when shooting Full RAW.

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If you’re working with a camera or device that required CFAST Cards, there’s a huge sale going on at Adorama, and the same cards I purchased are JUST $199. If you opt for the 128GB CFAST they’ve reduced that price by almost 50% OFF!.

That’s a very significant savings if you need to stock up right now on Lexar CFAST cards that are capable of high speeds. Check out the sale.

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NAB 2015 – Fotodiox Expands Flapjack Edge lit LED Light Product Line
May 2, 2015


Less than a year ago FotoDiox introduced a line of flat edge lit LED lights called the FlapJack. Using an array of LED lights that sit only at the surrounding edges and pointing inwards toward the center, the result is an extremely soft and diffused light source without hot spots or multi-shadow issues. At NAB 2015 they showed a number of new sizes and shapes to expand this line of LED lights.

A new addition to the FlapJack LED Lights is the availability of Bi-Color. The new models will allow you to dial in from daylight to tungsten to match your ambient lighting. You can find some of the original Flapjack lights over on their website, and hopefully the new larger sizes and shapes will be available soon. More information about the FlapJack LED lights can be found at the FotoDiox website (click here).

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Sandisk Extreme Pro SDXC Memory Card Deals
April 30, 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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find-price-button Sandisk Extreme SDXC, SDHC, Compact Flash, Card Readers

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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RodeLink Wireless Microphone Kits Begin Shipping
April 30, 2015


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.

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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.

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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 Introduces New Atomos Shogun Cage System
April 30, 2015


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 SHAPEWLB.com (HERE).

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IndiProTools Power Pods Power Anything with LP-E6 Batteries
April 27, 2015


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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find-price-button IndiProTools Power Pods Canon LP-E6 Battery Adapters

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