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Something Good Comes from GoPro’s Failed Drone. The Karma Grip Stabilizer

Something Good Comes from GoPro’s Failed Drone. The Karma Grip Stabilizer

With the bad Karma going on with their drone release something that looks positive is the introduction of a non-flying GoPro stabilizer. The Karma Grip. The Karma Grip is basically the Karma Drone’s stabilizer kit but since we doubtfully will see the Karma Drone re-released at least they have something to show for it. At […]

December 5, 20160 Comments
Blackmagic Video Assist 2.3 Update Adds Some Nice Features Including LUT’s

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.3 Update Adds Some Nice Features Including LUT’s

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.3 update adds some nice features. Adds LUT monitoring for both the Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Adds MXF wrapper to DNxHD for the Blackmagic Video Assist Adds DNx different bit-rates – DNxHD 220,145 and 45 for the Blackmagic Video Assist Adds False Color monitoring to the Blackmagic Video […]

November 18, 20161 Comment
Sony FS7 II Gets Usability Upgrades & Variable ND PLUS Stronger locking E-Mount

Sony FS7 II Gets Usability Upgrades & Variable ND PLUS Stronger locking E-Mount

Does this camera look familiar? Well it should but it’s the FS7 II and it comes with a several nice upgrades but don’t worry if you have the original FS7 I don’t think you will need to upgrade. The FS7 II sensor, codec options, audio inputs and autofocus are all the same as the original but […]

November 9, 20160 Comments
GoPo “Karma” Drone Recalled Due To Power Loss During Operation

GoPo “Karma” Drone Recalled Due To Power Loss During Operation

“The recall was announced after we discovered that in a small number of cases, Karma units lost power during operation. We are investigating the issue and working in close coordination with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration.” Wow! Thats really bad news for GoPro to have to recall 2500 of […]

November 8, 20160 Comments
Testing the Benro BV4 Fluid Head

Testing the Benro BV4 Fluid Head

I need a small fluid head for mirrorless cameras with cage and accessories. I have the $145 Manfrotto MVH500AH and it’s really not good enough for more than the a7rii and a lens. No counterbalance settings or drag control just pan and tilt locking knobs. I decided to give another Benro a try since I have […]

November 8, 20162 Comments
Canon’s New Flagship C700 Used in Short Film “The Calling”

Canon’s New Flagship C700 Used in Short Film “The Calling”

Canon released a nice piece that was captured with the new flagship C700 cinema camera. Cinematographer Russell Carpenter ASC and Canon Explorer Of Light Tyler Stableford push the camera in a lot of tough lighting scenarios from morning to night and lowlight interiors. I think the C700 looks really great. Check out the short below […]

November 6, 20160 Comments
New Sony a6500 Videos in 4K and High Frame Rates

New Sony a6500 Videos in 4K and High Frame Rates

A couple of new videos showing the Sony a6500 in 4K and at 120fps. I don’t know what’s more impressive. The camera or the guys holding those firework torches! That has got to burn! The new Sony E PZ 18-110mm f/4 G OSS Lens also is used in several shots. [Background Information of the movie] This […]

November 1, 20163 Comments
Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

I found these inexpensive Tether Tools StrapMoore neoprene straps for getting the power brick off the floor and on the light stand. They work great and cost only $19. I use one for my Aputure Light Storm and another on my tripod to hold a large battery to power my a7rii. It works really well […]

November 1, 20162 Comments
Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

  @rodemic NT1-A kit is loaded! #audio #videoproduction #studio #recordingstudio A photo posted by Erik Naso (@eriknaso) on Oct 27, 2016 at 8:30am PDT I just picked up this Rode NT1-A for voiceovers and podcasts. RODE NT1-A HIGHLIGHTS Cardioid Polar Pattern 1″ Diaphragm Transformerless Output Stage 48V Phantom Power It’s a very nice sounding microphone plus […]

October 27, 20160 Comments
Apple Event: “hello again” Could this mean an upgradable Mac Pro is coming?

Apple Event: “hello again” Could this mean an upgradable Mac Pro is coming?

I love my Macs, but the love seems to be a one way relationship these days. I have a MacBook Pro Retina 15″ that still works very well for editing basic stuff. No 4K since the GPU stinks but it can edit HD fine. Now my workstation is a early 2009 Mac Pro that I […]

October 21, 20163 Comments

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Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

Tether Tools StrapMoore Neoprene Straps. Great for strapping batteries and power bricks to stands

I found these inexpensive Tether Tools StrapMoore neoprene straps for getting the power brick off the floor and on the light stand. They work great and cost only $19. I use one for my Aputure Light Storm and another on my tripod to hold a large battery to power my a7rii. It works really well […]

November 1, 20162 Comments
Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

Rode i-XLR with Rode NT1-A Microphone makes Great Sounding Voiceovers Anywhere

  @rodemic NT1-A kit is loaded! #audio #videoproduction #studio #recordingstudio A photo posted by Erik Naso (@eriknaso) on Oct 27, 2016 at 8:30am PDT I just picked up this Rode NT1-A for voiceovers and podcasts. RODE NT1-A HIGHLIGHTS Cardioid Polar Pattern 1″ Diaphragm Transformerless Output Stage 48V Phantom Power It’s a very nice sounding microphone plus […]

October 27, 20160 Comments
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, 201613 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

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