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By Richard Harrington | Friday, June 06, 2014

Remote Control a Video Camera with CamRanger


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 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

Video Gear Weekly - Welcome!

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 Robbie Carman | Friday, May 09, 2014

Plan Outdoor Lighting with Mobile Apps

Plan outdoor lighting with mobile apps

Many variables can affect your lighting conditions when preparing for an outdoor production. For example, the sun and moon constantly move across the sky, changing your shooting environment. Fortunately, there are several mobile apps that help you gather information about your lighting conditions, including sunrise and sunset times. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Rich and I will demonstrate how to use mobile apps to help you gauge outdoor lighting conditions.

By Rob Garrott | Tuesday, May 06, 2014

NAB 2014: Panasonic GH4 First Look

The Panasonic Lumix GH4

I’ve been going to the annual NAB Show™ in Vegas for a long time, and rarely get excited about anything in particular; there are usually so many announcements from so many manufacturers that it’s hard to keep track! Each NAB Show ends up having a bit of a theme to it: Two years ago, 3D stereoscopic imaging was all the rage (thank goodness that’s over now). Last year’s NAB was all about drones with quad-, hex-, and octo-copters buzzing all over the show.

This year the big theme was 4K resolution cameras. Every camera manufacturer that didn’t already have a 4K system on the market announced one. But for me, the most exciting new camera this year is the Panasonic GH4.

The GH4 is a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) format camera with a mind-boggling amount of features, all directed squarely at the video market. Its feature list reads as if Panasonic looked at every video-capable still camera on the market and asked a simple question: What’s missing? The GH4 answers that question in many ways: 4K? Check! Clean, uncompressed HDMI out? Check! Solid microphone pre-amps? Check! Headphone jack? Check! Clamp on outboard device for high-end inputs and outputs? Double check! The list goes on and on.

By Robbie Carman | Friday, May 02, 2014

Achieve a Film Look with Plugins

Create a film look with plugins

Even though film stock is no longer popularly used, people still want their videos to have that iconic film look. Third-party plugins give you the tools to create the film look you want directly in your NLE of choice. This week in DSLR Video Tips, Rich and Robbie show how to use plugins from two popular vendors to transform your video footage with a stylized film look with plugins.

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