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NAB 2014 video: Fotodiox EOS to NEX mount ND Throttle and Wonderpana for Gopro

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Fotodiox EOS to NEX mount ND Throttle and Wonderpana for Gopro from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

In our most amusing show report ever Newsshooter technical editor Matt Allard is completely upstaged by Bohus Blahut of Fotodiox. In all the shows we have covered I have never seen a sales pitch quite as entertaining as this. Frankly Bohus is wasted selling filters and should probably have his own show in Las Vegas.

The video is about the new EOS to NEX mount ND Throttle variable neutral density lens adapter and Wonderpana GoPro filters, but I suggest you watch it even you aren’t interested in the products just for laughs.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Filters, GoPro, NAB show, Sony, Sony FS100, Sony NEX | Permalink | Comments (0)

Go Creative Show: NAB 2014 roundup with Newsshooter

By site editor Dan Chung:

GCS029 NAB Party

This week on the Go Creative Show Ben Consoli talks to our technical editor Matt Allard and me about all the news and releases from NAB 2014.

Having had some time to digest everything at the show we discuss the Blackmagic URSA, Aja Cion, Sony a7S with Atomos recorders, brushless gimbals, lighting and more. Gear heads and camera geeks can rejoice because we cover it all.

We couldn’t have done it without the rest of the Newsshooter team. Thanks again to Clinton, Li-lian, Chuck, Adrian, Slavik, Jonas, Rachel, Felix, Scott, Mat and Edi.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: NAB show | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Will your radio mics be unusable soon? A discussion with Sennheiser on wireless frequencies in the USA

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: A discussion with Sennheiser on wireless frequencies from Chuck Fadely on Vimeo.

If you live in the USA and use wireless microphones, or are looking to buy a set soon, then this issue concerns you. Newsshooter’s Chuck Fadely talks David Missall from Sennheiser about the upcoming FCC auction of the 600mhz range of radio spectrum. This may eliminate wireless mics in Sennheiser’s “B” frequency range along with other manufacturers’ offerings in the 600mhz range.

They discuss the lobbying being done to try and keep parts of the 600mhz band open for wireless mic users, as well as some newer technologies that Sennheiser are developing to work around the problem.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Audio | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Varavon show $2000 brushless gimbal and $300 GH4 cage

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Varavon show $2000 brushless gimbal and $300 GH4 cage from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Our stream of extra videos from NAB continues with this interview by our reporter Li-lian Ahlskog Hou. She talks with Korean firm Varavon about their new $2000 US brushless gimbal. We saw an earlier prototype unit at IBC in Amsterdam last year but the final product looks much more finished. To achieve the price Varavon have based the design on an off-the-shelf Alexmos controller. It has a joystick controller and all the usual functions of an Alexmos based gimbal. It can carry a Canon 5D mkIII or other similar sized DSLR.

Also on show was an upcoming Panasonic GH3/GH4 compact cage, priced around $300 US. With the GH4 looking like it will be extremely popular this is just the first of many new cages and rigs for that camera.

You can find out more about these products at www.varavon.com

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Posted on April 21st, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Brushless gimbals, Canon EOS 5D MkIII, NAB show, Panasonic GH3, Panasonic GH4 | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Edelkrone show new pocket range and innovative sliders

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Edelkrone show new pocket range and innovative sliders from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Newsshooter’s Clinton Harn checks out all the latest offerings from Edelkrone at NAB. Most eye-catching were the new pocket range of rigs that includes a super small slider. There was also a new prototype arm based slider for smaller cameras that resembles a robotic arm from a car assembly line.

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Posted on April 19th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, NAB show, SIiders, Timelapse | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2014 video: Switronix $35 D-tap power solution for GoPro

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter at NAB 2014: Switronix external power solution for GoPro from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

On the last day of the NAB show I was wondering the hall and stumbled upon a great little piece of kit from battery specialist Switronix. They make a power supply cable that allows GoPro 3 and 3+ cameras to be run from any broadcast battery with a D-tap power socket. The cable has an in line voltage regulator which means a broadcast battery can be used to power a GoPro for days.

The best thing about this adapter is the price – a bargain at $35 US. Given the relatively short run time of regular GoPro batteries I can see this adapter being extremely popular with news shooters.

They also make a USB power version that can run off a wall charger for $25 US and a cigarette lighter version for car use. For more info check out the Switronix website.

This video in on our last batch of NAB videos that is currently being edited. Sorry for the delay but with the team dispersing to the four corners of the globe things have gotten a little complicated.

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Posted on April 18th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Batteries, GoPro | Permalink | Comments (0)

Litepanels post 1×1 light kit training video: A handy primer on three point lighting

By site editor Dan Chung:

Doug Jensen of Vortex media has worked with Litepanels to create a handy primer on using their 1×1 panels for simple interview lighting. None of this information will be new to TV folk as Litepanels 1x1s are commonly found at most TV stations, but if you are new to lighting then this tutorial should be useful whichever brand of LED light panel you choose to use. Just be aware that not all LED lights are created equal and the colour of your images may not look as nice as Doug’s if you are using inferior gear.

If you an novice or intermediate level shooter and want to know more about interview lighting technique I can also recommend Den Lennie’s lighting tutorials over on F-Stop Academy.

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Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: LED lights, Lighting | Permalink | Comments (0)

Newsshooter interview: The state of online news video with Duy Linh Tu of Columbia J-School

By site editor Dan Chung:

Newsshooter Skype interview: The state of online news video with Professor Duy Linh Tu of Columbia J-School from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

US Newspapers and other online publications are currently in the midst of another wave of investment in video. But does this all makes sense? are they making any money from video? how large are the teams working on these videos? how do you define news video? and why the emphasis by many on the longer form?

Professor Duy Linh Tu from the TOW Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School recently published a landmark report on the state of video journalism in the US today (which Chuck Fadely reported earlier). We caught up on Skype yesterday.

Duy is a long time friend of this blog and he talks with me at length about his findings and what they mean for those of us working in the field of online video news.

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Posted on April 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: DSLR video news, Journalism | Permalink | Comments (0)

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