product reviews

Philip Bloom Looks at Panasonic’s HPX-301e

Philip Bloom (http://philipbloom.co.uk/), a UK based cameraman, has put together an amazing video review of the NEW Panasonic HPX-301e (basically the European version of the HPX-300 being discussed on the b-roll.net FORUM). Take a look at the great images and honest review of the newest camera from Panasonic. Review of Panasonic HPX 301 e By Philip Bloom View in HD Download 720p HD Version Visit Philip Bloom’s ExposureRoom Videos Page…

Kleer DigiFi Opera Wireless Earbuds

Contributed by: Brian Young, Miami Beach, http://flacaproductions.com I took the plunge and bought a set of Kleer DigiFi Opera Wireless Earbuds recently and i think they’re really great. I used them yesterday on an all-day, network news, run-n-gun shoot (7 tapes off the shoulder, multiple locations, multiple vehicles, a quick 45 minutes in a helicopter…you get the picture) and was very impressed. It was perfect for this kind of day….

REVIEW| A Look at the D-Pro Xtender

Even though I may appear to be a huge gadget-hound, I’m very much a minimalist when it comes to the typical shoot. Remembering my days of shooting with a 3/4 deck on one shoulder, a camera on the other, and a 15 pound “bat utility belt” around my waist – my compact and self-contained camera with no extraneous equipment is the only way to go.  I like to be light…

How to Setup, Light, & Shoot Great Looking Interviews

From: Kevin Johnson Training DVD 60 minutes Retail: $40.00 vortexmedia.com You can’t teach an old dog new tricks… or so they say. Even though career wise, I’m not an “old dog” (more like a mid-life crisis dog), I’ve been doing this enough that I feel like I have my bag of tricks filled just fine. So when Doug Jensen of Vortex Media sent me a copy of his DVD, “How…

Cineflex Hi-Def Gyro Stabilized Camera

From: Lynn French In Phoenix, we have “Car Chase Tuesday” and “Thunderstorm Thursday”. For some reason, the crazies go carjacking on Tuesdays and lead police and the gaggle of TV news helicopters on low speed pursuits through residential areas. On Thursdays we get fast moving weather events that arrive with a huge wall of dust called a “haboob” (that is the correct meteorological term—guess what it looks like?) and drop…

Final Cut Pro 3

From:  Kim Fatica Apple’s third generation non-linear edit platform has gone from a novel curiosity to heavyweight contender in just two short years. Even the very first version of Final Cut Pro was an impressive freshman effort, but many thought Apple’s headfirst dive into serious post-production waters would bellyflop. Upgrades to FCP 2 included improvements in rendering, with real-time hardware-assisted effects (Matrox RTMac and Pinnacle CineWave), better ways to manage…

bagpod

From: Andy Grossman Too mobile for a tripod? Steadybag not quite what you need? Try bagpod, the lightweight support for extended hand-held situations. This is a must-have for sports shooters. The padding is soft like buttah! Ryan Hunter, developer of bagpod, reccommends the support be tucked under the armpit. The idea is to relax your right shoulder, and have the bagpod support your shooting arm. This transfers the weight to…