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Product Review: The Padcaster Mini

The Best Way to Use your iPad Mini in Production!

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 21, 2014

In addition to the original Padcaster for the full-sized iPad, they've developed a solid, smaller variation for the iPad Mini, plus a host of other accessories to make this ingenious design even more attractive in production - more than just a frame to hold while shooting video and time-lapse shots.

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Video: Shane Hurlbut Found the DSLR Killer

Is Canon leaving the video DSLRs lag behind? Or are they simply moving on to a new product, next Spring?

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 18, 2014

With CES - Consumer Electronics Show at the door, in January, and NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) in April, everybody seems very active trying to find out what Canon may be preparing to show the public. Rumours of something able to target Panasonic GH4 to a camcorder resembling the Canon EOS C100 appear, along with the idea that DSLRs as video cameras may be on the way out. They probably are, as the dream of a tool that does it all seems to vanish, the further we move on from the launch date of the EOS 5D Mark II that started a revolution.

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Airport Helipak, the Backpack for Your Drone

Think Tank Photo have a new bag: the Airport Helipak, made on purpose for the new drone Santa will give you this Christmas.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 17, 2014

Go everywhere with the Airport Helipak, and be ready to fly your Phantom Quadcopter anywhere you need it! That’s the promise that comes with the new product from Think Tank Photo, a Airport Helipak – the name fits the concept – that will be great value for DJI Phantom 2 users.

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The Photographic Market in Motion

Mixing photos, 4K videos and interactive images to create unique imaging products with Hollywood appeal.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 16, 2014

New technologies need new business models, and that’s what’s going to be in discussion in Cologne, Germany, on the 28 and 29 January 2015. True to the motto of the new Photokina congress, “Memories and markets in motion”, those two days will have top notch speakers talking about the issue of how innovative technologies are sustaining momentum in the photographic sector and how changing distribution structures are confronting all market participants with new challenges.

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How to Photograph Christmas Lights

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | December 11, 2014

Today on The Slanted Lens, we are getting into the holiday spirit and are headed out to photograph Christmas lights. There are only a couple basic things you need to understand so you can go out and take great photographs of Christmas lights this holiday season.

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Best of 2014 Aerial Videography Gear Guide

A General Guide for Aerial Photo/Video Gear Currently Available

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 10, 2014

2014 has been an amazing year for aerial/drone photography and video, and I've compiled a list of great products that will appeal to fliers and shooters for all levels!

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KEEP CALM: The FAA and sUAVs/Drone Rules Examined

Filtering-out the Facts from Fiction & Paranoia (UPDATED 12/10/2014)

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 10, 2014

With the publishing of Jack Nicas and Andy Pasztor's speculative and interpretive article in the Wall Street Journal this past week, it seems every news agency, media outlet and publication has totally lost their minds in a fit of hysteria liken to Chicken Little proportions; sparking "end of days" tweets and forum discussions throughout the social mediasphere that has brought on an industry-wide panic akin to Orson Wells' War of the Worlds live broadcast radio play. Let's just stop right there and breathe for a moment - turn off the TV, put down that paper and let's look at some facts... (UPDATED 12/10/14)

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Entry Level Action Cams for Christmas

Video is becoming part of many people’s lives and small cameras help to capture unique moments of daily life.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 10, 2014

The passion for video making starts, many times, at an early age.  Although Smartphones offer video capture, a small camera may be the best option for many situations. The cameras suggested here may be good Christmas gifts for young people avid to try their hand at creating their first stories. Adults will love them too!

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Asus 4K Monitor for Prosumers and Gamers

Asus has a new monitor conceived both for gamers and professional users. It’s the PB279Q, a 27-inch 4K/UHD monitor for $799.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 09, 2014

Prices for 4K monitors are coming down fast, as more and more monitors from different brands enter the market. Just in time for Christmas, although only Taiwan, Asia Pacific, and Europe will receive it this month, the new Asus PB279Q is one more example of how fast the market is moving.

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A List of DSLR eBook Guides for Christmas

Christmas gifts can also include guides that help DSLR users to get the most of their cameras. Here is a list of such guides.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 08, 2014

Although conceived for photography, Full Stop eBook guides also offer an introduction to the video functions present in modern DSLRs. They’re essential to know a camera. Multiple guides for Canon and Nikon make this a good choice if you're looking for a guide that goes beyond the manual received with your camera.

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Review: Luxi For All Incident-Metering Photosphere for iOS and Android

The 2nd-generation Luxi fits any iOS or 'droid device up to 1 cm / .4” thick

By Adam Wilt (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 03, 2014

Luxi For All (US$30) from Extrasensory Devices is a small, translucent white hemisphere with a spring clip. It’s designed to clamp over the front-facing camera of a smartphone, transforming it into an incident-reading light meter.

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Christmas Gifts for DSLR Videographers

Christmas buying lists are mandatory this time of the year. Here is a list of suggestions for DSLR owners that do video.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 03, 2014

A Christmas gift list can be either for personal use or to suggest someone the things we would like to have. Here is our list of suggestions, which wants to be a starting point for you to create your own.

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KAMKOP Action JIB: a Crane for Action Cameras

With a weight of 1.3Kg and extending up to 5 meters, the KAMKOP Action JIB will be available in 2015. Crowdfunding just started

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | December 03, 2014

Since action cameras have become very popular, action fans as well as professional film producers want to capture spectacular and unforgettable shots. And this is where KAMKOP Systems and their brand-new KAMKOP Action JIB come into play.

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GoPro Will Have Their Own Drone in 2015

Most drones in the market are conceived to use GoPro cameras, but in the future users of those cameras might use GoPro drones.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 28, 2014

GoPro is going to make their own drones, states one article published recently in The Wall Street Journal. Faced with the competition of other small camera brands, and wanting to have their own saying in the world of drones, GoPro seems to be ready to have a drone they call theirs.

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How to Train Focus Pulling With a DSLR

Independent videographers are, many times, the DP and the AC or Focus Puller of their own productions. Better know how to do it.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 25, 2014

When we see a movie, the last thing we think about is definition... until it is not there. That’s why Focus Pullers are important. One recent example is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar movie. Some out of focus scenes in Interstellar originated a series of comments on the web about the importance of precise focus and the work of the first AC or Focus Puller. Whether it was on purpose or by accident, the importance of focus precision on movies became evident.

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New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31-inch monitor with 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and able to self-calibrate.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 21, 2014

Designed for media & entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting that need increasingly high-resolution formats and require appropriate display solutions for 2D and 3D CGI (computer-generated imagery), visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the ColorEdge CG318-4K  from EIZO Corporation offers an effective resolution of 4096 x 2160, in accordance with the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). Built so it can be used for both editing and reference work, it is also ideal for photographers and printers requiring a monitor with a high resolution and pixel density.

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How to Shoot One Light Dramatic Portraits On Location By Yourself

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Photography & Video Tutorial

By JPMorgan | November 21, 2014

 

This week on The Slanted Lens, I am in Maine heading out to Stonington to photograph fishermen. My goal with today’s lesson is to show how you can get one light dramatic portraits on location by yourself. I have no assistants with me,... Read More

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 20, 2014

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Popular Science Gives Award to 4K Monitor

If there was any doubt that 4K is becoming popular, the 2014 Best of What’s New Award given to Acer’s 4K monitor says it all.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 13, 2014

Acer’s new monitor, XB280HK, is, no doubt, conceived for gaming, but the fact that it was selected as a breakthrough product among thousands of others in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year, which are being highlighted in Popular Science’s December issue, suggests we will be seeing more 4K monitors in the next months. And not just for gaming. They’re just becoming... popular, meaning prices will come down, and we will see more models coming to the market, for different uses.

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