David Saffir: DSLR Video Gear On a Budget – Accessories
Nov 2013 19

A dedicated video tripod is ideal – offering sturdy, rigid support – but at a penalty in weight/portability. Tripod steadiness and rigidity are critical, and small movements or camera shake will show up in time-lapse or video capture. (remember that at 24 fps we are working at a shutter speed of approx. 1/50 sec.)

A traditional still camera support like a ball head isn’t suitable for video – it’s just not controllable enough. I recently picked up a used Manfrotto fluid video head that doesn’t look very good, but works just fine. A fluid video head allows smooth, dampened movements rotating up and down, and side to side – making it a critical element of your support system.

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C. David Tobie: Top Ten Reasons You Should Be Shooting Video
Nov 2013 21

Digital photography has been an adventure. But it is reaching a more static phase in its life, where an increase in resolution or dynamic range is about all we can expect to see over the next few years. But digital video is growing at a mad rate. We can look forward to many improvements, and growth in the aesthetics of video, as well as the delivery techniques for motion. If you’re the type of person inspired by a challenge, then motion is the biggest one available in photography today.

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C. David Tobie: To Power, Filter, and Protect – CagePro for your GoPro Camera
Nov 2013 27

Tehkron has announced a new cage for the GoPro Hero3+ cameras called CagePro, which serves multiple purposes.

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C. David Tobie: Video Basics – Video Monopods
Dec 2013 03

We’re all familiar with monopods. They have a telescoping leg, a camera mount on the top, and a rubber pad or metal point on the bottom. Or do they? Video monopods are stretching that definition, and creating some interesting opportunities in the process.

The magic feature to the latest video monopods is that, while they still have only one leg, they now have three foldable feet; three feet large enough to hold the extended monopod in an upright position without any assistance when extended. This is not a trick you’d care to try with a camera mounted on the monopod, but it does point out how different these devices are from walking-stick style monopods.

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David Saffir: Some Tips and Notes for Timelapse Photography
Feb 2014 25

I’ve been climbing the learning curve in timelapse photography. (For some how-to details, see my previous article here. It’s a satisfying area in many ways – particularly because the result gives one an opportunity to see things that might otherwise be out of view, or imperceptible to the eye.

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Video Reference Display Calibration Co-sponsored by Plura Broadcast
Apr 2014 04

Watch as we discuss display calibration for video review and editing using Plura Broadcast Video Reference Display Technology and the Datacolor Spyder4. We’ll go through a step by step process, including screen shots, accurately adjusting the display using Plura software and the Spyder4 calibration device. Plura is the first video reference display that has integrated advanced calibration capabilities using the Datacolor Spyder. Step up your game using Plura Broadcast technology and Datacolor Spyder calibration!

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Video: SpyderHD™ – For Color Management in Video and Still Photography
Jun 2014 25

This video provides a detailed introduction to features and benefits of Datacolor’s new flagship product, SpyderHD.

SpyderHD offers unprecedented flexibility and accuracy for videographers and still photographers. It is the first product to calibrate both computer displays and video reference displays First, it offers precise color calibration via the Spyder4ELITE™ colorimeter. Photographers and videographers can calibrate their desktops, laptops, video reference monitors, field video monitors, and television screens. Computer-driven displays and video-driven monitors are supported.

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