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By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 27, 2014

Cheap Camera Lenses: Some Surprising Benefits

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The type of lens you use adds character to a shot. However, you don’t always need an expensive lens. Sometimes, a cheaper camera lens can give you the results you are looking for.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 06, 2014

Remote Control a Video Camera with CamRanger

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Typically, camera remotes are used in photography. But now companies like CamRanger have developed camera gear that allows you to control the aperture and record button from afar and add movement to the shot. This week on Video Gear Weekly, Rich and Robbie show you how to remote control a video camera and add motion to your shot with CamRanger and the CamRanger PTHub.

In this week’s episode, you’ll learn:

  • How to set up a CamRanger
  • How to pan a camera with the CamRanger PT Hub
  • How to remotely adjust a camera with a CamRanger
  • What footage controlled by a CamRanger looks like

Check out the sample video and this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly on lynda.com. Be sure to check back next week, when they’ll show you how to add movement to a shot with a tripod top slider.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 30, 2014

Using a Camera Rail

Using a Camera Rail

When traveling with your gear, less is more. A camera rail lets you shoot with multiple cameras from just a single tripod. It can be used for a wide range of shoots from guerrilla-style filming to interviews. In this week’s episode of Video Gear Weekly, Robbie and I will walk you through how to set up and use a camera rail.

By Richard Harrington | Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Inside the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

One of the most anticipated cameras to be released this year is the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. It’s a highly portable camera designed to give you greater flexibility in production and post. But will it complement your particular production workflow?

By Richard Harrington | Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Welcome to Video Gear Weekly

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DSLR cameras have sparked a revolution in the film and video industry over the last few years, opening up a new hardware arena for video pros. There are tons of new gear and gadgets that can help you take your DSLR productions to the next level.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, May 16, 2014

Goodbye to DSLR Video Tips

Goodbye to DSLR Video Tips

Throughout its run, our series DSLR Video Tips has provided many tools and assets geared to help you make DSLR video productions look great.

So much has happened to transform the industry over the past couple of years. The creation of affordable cameras with large sensors has made video production easier to reach and, accordingly, the world of production is rapidly expanding.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 25, 2014

Using Mobile Apps for Site Surveys

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Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.

By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 11, 2014

Remote control your DSLR

Remote control your DSLR

Getting unique and challenging camera angles for your footage can be tricky. But don’t worry—if a shot requires your DSLR camera to be in an inconvenient or hard-to-reach spot, you can control it remotely. Join Robbie and I this week as we explore an app called CamRanger that works with a small transponder device to let you control your DSLR from another location.

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