For a while the only option for a video monopod was the Manfrotto version. Before I dive into this post I want to say I have nothing against Manfrotto or their monopod. Although, I have heard several complaints about it getting very sticky and making noise after a few months of use. I found out about Benro from an ad on the Planet 5D side bar and was very curious to know more. When I saw they were only $200 for a video head with flip lock legs, I knew I had to get one. Read more
For the past two years I have been training with the Glidecam and recently, I have been investing my time and money to master the art of the Steadicam. The reason is to continue growing in this field and to add more value to the 522 Creative Team. Although the Glidecam is a great tool, it does not compare to a full Steadicam rig. Read more
Finding a good handheld rig that fits your budget and will last is not an easy task. With all the new cameras coming out, it is a good idea to find one that is will work with different platforms and easy to add on to. Being able to use the rig on a tripod is also a huge plus.
There’s a lot of good posts out there with tons of information so I won’t bore you/repeat what is already out there. All you need to know is that this camera is awesome and has a ton of capabilities. I was able to have it all weekend and decided to have some fun with it. Although the video I am sharing is just showing off the slow motion capabilities, this camera also does an amazing job at standard 24fps. Throw a PL mount and a prime lens on there, like I did this week, and you’ll get some amazing results. Read more
Many of you are probably laughing at this title, and to be honest I still don’t believe that I like editing with Final Cut Pro X. It looks like iMovie and the workflow is totally different. But I continued reading about it and watched some great tutorials from Chip Dizard over at Web Video Chefs (click here to see the webinar). It got me more curious and a few days later I am here. Read more
iPads are being used more and more in video production and Ikan is making some awesome products that go with this trend. I was lucky enough to get a new teleprompter both hardware and software from Ikan. Awesome piece of equipment and recommend it to anyone doing teleprompter work and those with very quick set up and break down times. Read more
I usually test out new gear a few times before using it on a paid gig but on my last shoot I had to break that rule. I was shooting some shop safety videos for MetaMedia and had the Ikan ID 500 LED light which does a great job but with all the shadows and sharp edges of a sheet metal factory, I needed some extra fill in certain places. Read more
It’s a great time to be in this field. The technology is never ending, cameras are getting more powerful, lighting has numerous options, and the gear… oh that gear :). Not to mention the announcements from Canon and Red. I won’t fill this post about those cameras for two reasons. I haven’t event seen them (as most haven’t), and there’s enough information out there already. I recommend checking out Vincent Laforet’s blog and watch the beautiful short he shot with it. Amazing. Read more