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The Canon 5D MKIV Isn’t a Video Camera. Surprise! Or maybe not

The Canon 5D MKIV Isn’t a Video Camera. Surprise! Or maybe not

For a while know I’ve been having discussions with my fellow camera geeks and DP’s about the new Canon 5D MKIV and the first thing I say is “it’s not a video camera. It’s a pro DSLR that shoots video”. That’s it. Canon doesn’t want it to be like a Sony A7s ii or A7r […]

August 25, 20162 Comments
Convergent Design Apollo Option NOW $500 Off for a Limited Time

Convergent Design Apollo Option NOW $500 Off for a Limited Time

I love my 7Q+. Very solid and dependable piece of gear. Convergent Design keeps making the 7Q and 7Q+ better with updates and new features. A very cool feature that I still haven’t installed yet. Ugh Erik!!!! is the the Apollo multi-cam recording option. This is crazy good if you need to record more than […]

August 23, 20160 Comments
New SmallHD LP-E6 Power Options Might Be a Great Universal Solution For Many Products

New SmallHD LP-E6 Power Options Might Be a Great Universal Solution For Many Products

SmallHD introduced a few new products to power the 500 and 700 series monitors but after looking at the new solutions these can also be used with other Canon LP-E6 powered products. Outside of the V-Mount and AB Mount solutions that use a custom bracket that fits the monitor if you have a device that […]

August 23, 20162 Comments
RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro gets Nice Updates PLUS NEW Rycote Lyre Shockmounts

RØDE Stereo VideoMic Pro gets Nice Updates PLUS NEW Rycote Lyre Shockmounts

I’m a huge fan of Rode microphones. Great quality products at a very reasonable price. I just finished a little project this weekend. A Rode Mini Boompole with NTG4. I also added a K-tek coiled XLR cable inside the boompole. This is mainly for use on a stand for interviews as opposed to run & gun […]

August 21, 20160 Comments
New Sony a7r II Firmware 3.30 Now Available. Improved Temperature Control & RC Flash Support Plus HDMI Out for Stills

New Sony a7r II Firmware 3.30 Now Available. Improved Temperature Control & RC Flash Support Plus HDMI Out for Stills

The new Sony a7r II 3.30 firmware looks to be addressing temperature issues again by “optimizing temperature control, effect is different according to temperature” Man Sony! These descriptions leave you scratching your head. I haven’t had any overheating issues in stills mode yet. Lets just say it ain’t no a6300! That camera drove me crazy! […]

August 18, 20160 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
Sony a6300 1.10 Update Fixes Overheating in Stills Mode, but what about Video?

Sony a6300 1.10 Update Fixes Overheating in Stills Mode, but what about Video?

I had a feeling Sony would address the overheating issue with the a6300 and today looks to be the day. Firmware 1.10 is now available to download and install HERE. Unfortunately I don’t have my copy anymore. I just couldn’t use the camera reliably for my type of work without having it overheat in UHD […]

August 5, 20162 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
Getting Gear Organized with the Jokerbox Grip Boxes

Getting Gear Organized with the Jokerbox Grip Boxes

Hi my name is Erik Naso and I’m a grip head. Yep it’s true but i’m also a guy who does his own lighting and occasionally I can hire a grip to assist me, but in generally it’s just me a producer and talent. When you work lean and not so mean. Hey I’m a happy […]

July 31, 20160 Comments
Mythbusters Adam Savage Goes on a Walking Tour of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

Mythbusters Adam Savage Goes on a Walking Tour of the Stanley Kubrick Exhibition

Stanley Kubrick is a legend and his passion for lenses was phenomenal. He had lenses modified and custom built for his films. Love that! I wish I was in San Francisco to see this Stanley Kubrick Exhibition myself, but hey we have Adam Savage to guide us through the collection. Enjoy! Check out Adam’s YouTube channel “Tested“. […]

July 20, 20160 Comments

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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
Aputure Light Storm Ls 1s High Output LED Light at a Bargain Price. Hands on Review

Aputure Light Storm Ls 1s High Output LED Light at a Bargain Price. Hands on Review

  At NAB 2015 I went to visit the Aputure booth and was blown away by how many cool products they have in the works. The DEC wireless adapter and new monitor just to name a few, but the new high output LED lights really stand out. I’ve been using Aputure lights for the last year […]

September 19, 201520 Comments

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