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Behind The Scenes Shooting My Course At Lynda.com

Behind The Scenes Shooting My Course At Lynda.com

I had a blast shooting my new Lynda.com LinkedIn Learning course called “What Video Camera Should I Buy?”  I spent five days at the studios located in Carpentaria Ca. The crew was great and made me feel very comfortable. I do a lot of videos for my blog and Youtube channel but I shoot myself and […]

September 29, 20160 Comments
Does the new DJI Mavic Drone Pass the Casey Neistat Test?

Does the new DJI Mavic Drone Pass the Casey Neistat Test?

If you watch Casey Neistat you know he takes full advantage of all his camera gear shooting his daily blog episodes and he also breaks it a lot too! 😀 I get it since he basically uses consumer quality gear for Vlogging everyday. He also flies his Phantom 4 everyday capturing awesome scenes that really help tell […]

September 28, 20160 Comments
DJI Goes BIG With Tiny Featured Packed Mavic Drone

DJI Goes BIG With Tiny Featured Packed Mavic Drone

  This little Mavic Pro drone looks amazing! Has a lot of the features the Phantom 4 has but is foldable and very small. It’s the drone you won’t leave behind. It can be controlled with only a smartphone as well as a very compact controller. DJI also has some crazy drone goggles too. The one feature […]

September 27, 20160 Comments
What Video Camera Should I Buy? My New Course on Lynda.com

What Video Camera Should I Buy? My New Course on Lynda.com

One question I get asked a lot is. Hey Erik. What video camera should I buy? Well, that’s a tough one to answer because we all shoot diffrent stuff and have diffrent needs but, in my new course on Lynda.com I will help you find the right camera and much more. Check out the preview! What Video […]

September 27, 20160 Comments
SanDisk Drops a WHOOPING 1TB SDXC I Card

SanDisk Drops a WHOOPING 1TB SDXC I Card

SanDisk’s Dinest Bahal. “Sixteen years ago we introduced the first SanDisk 64MB SD card and today we are enabling capacities of 1TB,” Woof! Thats one big ass SD card! SanDisk going from 64MB to 1TB in 16 years time is crazy. When new high capacity media cards are introduced they always cost a fortune. Well I’m sure […]

September 21, 20160 Comments
Demo: Aputure Light Storm LS 1S Outside on a Cloudy Day

Demo: Aputure Light Storm LS 1S Outside on a Cloudy Day

I had a quick talent shoot for a promo that was outside. I do these a lot and my go to setup is a bounce board and an overhead scrim or butterfly like this set up. Well… that setup wouldn’t work on this day. It was suppose to rain and the sky was grey so […]

September 20, 20160 Comments
Sony Reboots the A-Mount with the New a99 II

Sony Reboots the A-Mount with the New a99 II

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI 0.5″ 2.36M-Dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder EVF Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log3 Gamma S&Q Motion in Full HD from 1-120 fps Hybrid Phase Detection AF System ISO 102400 and 12 fps Shooting with AF 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization 3.0″ […]

September 19, 20160 Comments
GoPro KARMA is a Drone and a Handheld Stabilizer in One PLUS New Hero5

GoPro KARMA is a Drone and a Handheld Stabilizer in One PLUS New Hero5

We know now what KARMA is and it looks impressive. A drone that is also a handheld GoPro stabilizer is a great idea and a designing nightmare at the same time. I can understand why it has taken so long to finally release KARMA. It has to be really good at being a drone and […]

September 19, 20160 Comments
Panasonic GH5 Goes 4K Internal 10 BIT 4:2:2 PLUS 6K Photo

Panasonic GH5 Goes 4K Internal 10 BIT 4:2:2 PLUS 6K Photo

  Panasonic GH5 Highlights 4K 10 bit 4:2:2 at 30p, 25p, 24p, 23.98p Internal Recording 4K 60p/50p 8 bit 4:2:0 Internal Recording New 18MP Sensor 6K Photo (Not 6K Video) I did a Facebook Live this morning covering my thoughts and interacting with people that watched. Check it out! The new Panasonic GH5 is one loaded little […]

September 19, 20162 Comments
Canon Introduces New EOS M5 Mirrorless APS-C Camera

Canon Introduces New EOS M5 Mirrorless APS-C Camera

Canon EOS M5 mirrorless camera is their first mirrorless camera with an onboard EVF. A big improvement over the M3 that required you to purchase a add on EVF if you wanted one.  The EOS M5 has some nice features for video. It’s not loaded but it’s a pretty good start. Notably the M5 uses a “digital” […]

September 15, 20161 Comment

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Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ HDMI/SDI Monitor Hands On Review

Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ HDMI/SDI Monitor Hands On Review

I’ve had the VS-5 Pro for a couple of weeks now and worked with it inside and outside with the Canon C300, Sony FS7, a6000, a6300  and Sony a7rii. All these cameras work without issues. The feature rich bargain priced 7″ VS-5 monitor delivers a lot for the price and the accessories are also impressive including a […]

September 5, 20164 Comments
Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ Monitor Adds SDI and Some Impressive Tools. Preview First Look.

Aputure VS-5 Pro 7″ Monitor Adds SDI and Some Impressive Tools. Preview First Look.

After a week long shoot at Lynda.com for my new video camera course I arrived back home to a surprise package from Aputure. The new VS-5 PRO 7″ SDI HDMI monitor. Now, I told myself I would take a few days off before I would jump back into the blog thing, but I just couldn’t resist […]

August 17, 20163 Comments
Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

Manfrotto 502HD Pro Video Head Review MVH502AH

Lately I’ve been a little obsessed over finding a very affordable, and I mean practically cheap fluid video head for a slider and jib. I hate it when this happens to me but my insanity might benefit the readers of this blog. See what I do for you! My first try was the Fancier FC-270A […]

August 3, 201622 Comments
SmallRig Cage for Sony a6300 a6000 First Look

SmallRig Cage for Sony a6300 a6000 First Look

I’m still on the fence about keeping the Sony a6300 but I ordered a SmallRig cage for it and it arrived today. Some people think it helps prevent or prolong overheating in 4K but I don’t think it will. I did a little test this morning and it still overheated in 4K at 78 degrees […]

June 27, 20160 Comments
Quick Look: Aputure COB 120T LED Fixture

Quick Look: Aputure COB 120T LED Fixture

When Ted at Aputure showed me the Bowen S Mount COB 120t I got pretty excited about it. It’s a different style for us video guys. It looks like a strobe! But it’s not. The COB 120t is a hybrid stills/video light. And it’s a very affordable 1.5K watt tungsten comparable output fixture that is […]

June 6, 20161 Comment
Zacuto Introduces the Gratical Eye SDI Micro-OLED EVF

Zacuto Introduces the Gratical Eye SDI Micro-OLED EVF

I first saw the Gratical Eye at NAB a couple years ago. It was under glass and no real info other than it was a prototype well it’s the real deal now. The Eye was design to be smaller and lighter than it’s larger Gratical HD counterparts but has all the same software features. The Eye […]

April 13, 20160 Comments
Aputure EZ Box, Veydra Mini Primes and FCPX. A Crazy Review of them ALL!

Aputure EZ Box, Veydra Mini Primes and FCPX. A Crazy Review of them ALL!

This is going to be an odd review. I decided to not only do a review of the new Aputure EZ Box but give you some first impressions of the Veydra Mini Primes and editing my first review with FCPX. Veydra Mini Primes in E-Mount I just received a set of Veydra Mini Primes in […]

January 25, 20165 Comments
Røde Microphones VideoMic Me Ups The Sound Quality On Smart Phones

Røde Microphones VideoMic Me Ups The Sound Quality On Smart Phones

Using your iPhone for journalism is growing and in general we tend to pull out our iPhone and shoot video more than with a proper video camera. It’s great to be able to have access to a very good quality image these days that fits in your pocket. The onboard mic on the iPhone is […]

November 21, 20152 Comments
Does the Sony a7s II Overheat? I Put the Camera to the Test

Does the Sony a7s II Overheat? I Put the Camera to the Test

When the a7r II came out News Shooter Editor Dan Chung took the camera out to shoot a mini-doc and during the production the camera overheated. Since then we all wondered if the a7s II would as well so I did a little test to see if it does and here is the results. It […]

November 1, 201510 Comments
The a7s II has Arrived! My First Impressions After a Couple Hours. Plus a Nice a7s I Profile

The a7s II has Arrived! My First Impressions After a Couple Hours. Plus a Nice a7s I Profile

Midday today my Sony a7s II arrived and I wish I had it one day earlier since I had a shoot today and would’ve loved to use it. Before I move into the a7s II  I have some good news for you a7s I users. I have a profile I’m going to share with you […]

October 22, 201515 Comments

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