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I'm a broadcast DP In San Diego. I enjoy sharing what I'm working on and testing new equipment. This blog is also part of giving back. I've learned so much from so many people.

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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

December 5, 20160 Comments

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 […]

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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

November 18, 20161 Comment

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 […]

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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

November 9, 20160 Comments

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 […]

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

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

November 8, 20160 Comments

“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 […]

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Testing the Benro BV4 Fluid Head

Testing the Benro BV4 Fluid Head

November 8, 20162 Comments

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 […]

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

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

November 6, 20160 Comments

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 […]

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New Sony a6500 Videos in 4K and High Frame Rates

New Sony a6500 Videos in 4K and High Frame Rates

November 1, 20163 Comments

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 […]

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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

November 1, 20162 Comments

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 […]

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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

October 27, 20160 Comments

  @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 […]

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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?

October 21, 20163 Comments

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 […]

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