Category Archives: Camera Support (Tripod, Gimbal, Steady Cam)

This Week’s Things: 10/30/2015


What is this thing: Tangent Ripple – Color Correction Panel
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tangent_ripple_control_panelNotes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. 


What is this thing: Black Magic URSA Mini
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Notes: Doing a lot of color correction/color grading? Want a tactile panel? Here’s an affordable solution. URSA-Mini

What is this thing: Artemis Maxima
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Notes: Gimbals and Stabilizers are getting better and cheaper. Well, almost cheaper. Here’s a cool G&S but it will set you back 20K or so.Artemis Maxima

What is this thing: Paralinx Video Transmitter and Receiver
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Notes: I put together a pretty good Wireless TR/RX for about $ 600.00. However sometimes, you want a vendor complete system and this one is pretty reasonable at $ 1,299.95.paralinx_ace_sdi_combo

Film Making Tips

What is this thing: 10 Lessons on Filmmaking From Wes Anderson
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Notes: I’m #6 on the list for a 4.6K URSA mini at Showcase Video in Atlanta, Ga. for a URSA mini. I’m hoping that this will take my capabilities to the next level as a Cinematographer. Here’s a good review of the URSA mini.

What is this thing: Enough Coverage is Enough – Why shooting too much coverage can be a “bad thing”.
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Notes: In my experience as a DP I find that Directors who shoot way too much coverage do so because they are not prepared. Shooting too much coverage is usually done by inexperienced Directors during their “learning” projects. Don’t be a Dump-Truck Director. Get the coverage you need and know what coverage you need by preparing before you get onset.

Color Grading/Color Correcting

What is this thing: How to apply a LUT in Premier Pro
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Notes: LUTS are cool. Here’s a basic quick tip on apply them in Premier Pro!
Need pre-made LUTS – here’s Rocket Rooster
While you’re looking at LUTS, here’s a quick tutorial on how to Save Lumetri Color Presets within Premiere:

What is this thing: Learn Resolve
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Notes: Want to learn Resolve and Color Grading? Here’s list of resources where you can start.


What is this thing: How to Organize Your Digital Film Media
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Notes: I have a friend who has the filmmaking “eye” yet he is the worse organizer of his digital media. Some artists just don’t have that attention to detail, especially while doing the edit. They are so concerned with getting the film edited the way they see it that the chaotic mess of the project doesn’t bother them. However, if you ever want to be an effective editor you need to learn how to organize your digital assets. Here’s an article that can help get you started.


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This Week’s Things: 08/03/2015

Filmmaking Jobs

 What is this thing: what is a Digital Imaging Technician?
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Notes: Here’s a good article that discusses the role and responsibilities of a digital imaging technician.


 What is this thing: Make Clip Replacement Faster in Premiere
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Notes: Short cut tutorial on how to replace clips fast in Premiere.

What is this thing: 8 Audition Tutorials Every Editor Should Watch
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Notes: Audition is a powerful sound editing package and for video editors it can be daunting to get started with. Here are eight tutorials that can help you get started with Audition.

What is this thing: Print Your Own Premiere Pro Keyboard shortcuts
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Notes: Good resource for shortcut memorization.

Color Grading

What is this thing: Premier Pro CC 2015 Lumertri Color Panel
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Notes: This is a great time in the NLE market. Adobe and Davinci are putting more and more features into their products to win the heart and minds of the film and video makers. Here’s a 16 minute tutorial on the new Lumetri Color Panel in Premiere Pro CC 2016.

Filming Techniques

What is this Thing: 7 Hollywood Camera Techniques
Things Type: Educational
Notes: The Dolly Zoom (Trombone Shot), The Low Angle Trunk Shot, Dutch Angle, The Close Up, The Whip Pan, One Point Perspective, Long Tracking Shots

Equipment Review

What is this Thing: Self Leveling Ball Head Adapter
Things Type: Equipment – Tripod
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Notes: Although I don’t own one of these at the moment I will be buying one for one of my older tripods that don’t have a leveling ball.image

Visual Special Effects

What is this Thing: 8 Ways to Create Digital Distortion in After Effects
Things Type: Educational
Notes: Sometime you need to distort your footage to tell the story. This article discusses eight ways to do it.

Stock Video Effects

imageWhat is this Thing: Video Effects
Things Type: Stock Video Effect
Notes: I don’t buy stock effects or stock video unless I really have a need and then I go out and look through available content. Although I have to write down suppliers so that I can review their type of work so when the need arises I can go and find what I need.

Lens Basic

What is this Thing: Basics of Focal Length
Things Type: Tutorial on focus lengths
Notes: A little goofy, basic description of focal length.

Video of the Week

Portal– a short film by Ryan Connolly and his Film Riot team created this short film to show off the abilities of the Hit Film editing application.
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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 2/16/2015


imageWhat is this Thing: Setting up  a 5.1 Surround Sound in Premiere
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere > Sound
Notes: I haven’t done a lot of 5.1 so I found this to be worth while. Now, I think I’ll need to do a project and incorporate 5.1.

image What is this Thing: 15 Premiere Pro tutorials any Premiere Pro editor should watch.
 Things Type: Tutorial > Premiere
: Good review for the experienced editor and a great start for the new editor working with Premiere for the first time.


image What is this Thing: Rod Support System for Cameras/Gimbals
 Things Type: Atlas Camera Support
Notes: I was attending a lighting seminar and got the chance to use a Movi and after about 10 minutes of work my upper body was wore out. Three Axis gimbals bring a new tool to the filmmaker. However, it takes a lot of physical work to use these gimbals. If you have a gimbal, you need a support vest like this one.


What is this Thing: Fake TV
image Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: I came across this today and thought it was a good idea for filmmakers. Who wants to setup a real TV if you don’t have to? And for $ 31 bucks, you can’t go wrong.

What is this Thing: Fake Flames
 Things Type: Equipment > Lighting Simulator
Notes: And while we are on the fake lighting equipment, here’s a controller to make any light source flicker like a flame.


Special FX

imageWhat is this Thing: Gun Shot
Things Type: Gun Shot – How To Tutorial
Notes: When you gotta shoot someone on set and don’t want to do a full-on practical effect.




What is this Thing: A very harsh opinion on ready scripts for people.
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: I’ve read a few script myself and I can say that a good story is hard to find. A well-written, good story is even harder to find. If after you read Josh Olsen’s article you still want to be a writer, great! If you are the type of writer who can’t listen to constructive criticism, you might want to do something else for a profession or hobby. Writing, like acting, like directing, like cinematography, like sound design, like the other visual art disciplines is an Art that requires constant development. Even if you are natural born killer writer, you can’t just “phone it in.” You have to develop the muscle. I don’t know if I agree with Josh’s harshness, but hell, he’s in the business at a high level and I’m sure he’s seen way more shitty screen plays than good ones. So, he might have some valid points to make.

What is this Thing: How to write a screenplay in 60 slides
Things Type: Writing Advice
 Notes: Victor Pineiro creates 69 slides that help explain how to write a screenplay. Even if you aren’t a writer, the slides are a good review on story structure.

Music Video of The Week

What is this Thing: Herschel’s MV Pick of the Week
Things Type: Music Video
Notes: We all need a break from equipment, editing tips, lens reviews and the whole process of making films. My MV of the week pick this week comes from a group called Rival Sons. This video was posted in May of 2011. I’m not sure from what source I got it – who cares? The video is one of the best “performance” music videos out there. A “performance” video is where the band “performs” for the camera as opposed to “story/concept” videos where a concept/story is being told during the video. The editing of this video is just off the chain. The cuts between each location keeps the pace of the video moving forward. With over 2.5 million views on Youtube I’d say this is a hit of a video.


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This Week’s “Things” – Week of 2/2/2015

Production Etiquette

imageWhat is this Thing: How To Work a C-Stand
Things Type: Training
Notes: You would be surprised as to how many people don’t know how to work a C-Stand (“Century”-Stand – look it up on Wikipedia). In this video Shane Hurburt demonstrates how to use it.

Software – Production

What is this Thing: Web Based Production Software
Things Type: Software
Notes: Studio Binder is a pre-release web based software production management tool. When it launches it will provide the ability to do schedules, call sheets and other yet announced features. It will be provided as “freemium” model which means a lot of features will be free, while other features will cost dollars. image


image What is this Thing: KineMINI 4K Camera Review
Things Type: Equipment Review
Notes: What are camera’s in the “Digital World”? In my opinion, from a simplistic point of view today’s cameras are a computer with software and a lens attached. This is changing the landscape and allowing more competitors to create camera equipment. The KineMINI 4K is manufactured by Kinefinity, Inc., a Chinese company. For me, I would have reservations about buying this camera as it is a 4K RAW camera and for independent film makers, the whole 4K pipeline is a lot of extra work. Plus, part of my reservations center around what type of support do you get from Kinefinity in the U.S.? This review does a good job of discussing the post-production pipeline issues that you need to consider before shooting 4K Raw.

imageWhat is this Thing: CAME-8000 Gimbal
 Things Type: Equipment
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Notes: Here’s another gimbal on the market. Came-TV – a Chinese manufacturer – has a line of Gimbals for all sizes of cameras. The image8000 series is their largest capable gimbal. With the price at $ 1,980.00 they are about $ 500.00 less than what I’ve seen the DJI Ronin sell for. As I’ve  told some of my filmmaking buddies I think for long shooting, you will actually need a vest and arm to go along with the gimbal. While at a seminar a few months ago I shot with a Movi M10 and after about 10 minutes you start to become fatigued. Hence why I think you’ll need a vest and support  arm to shoot with a stabilizer for long periods of time. Came-TV also sells a Vest/Arm that can be used on this gimbal unit. AS a side note, I sent a note to Came-TV to see if the 8000 would work with my FS-700 and they told me that it would not.

imageWhat is this Thing: Remote/Robot Camera Operator
Things Type: Equipment
Notes: Something to put on the radar – especially one man shooting people  like me. Here’s a Remote/Robot controlled camera operator. Looks interesting, but the documentation says it can’t be used indoors. It would be a great addition to my live music shooting equipment arsenal. I guess I’ll wait until the indoor unit comes out before I take more of a serious look at it.

What is this Thing: Lens Technical Review – Canon NE-E Primes
Things Type: Equipment – Lens
Notes: Matthew Duclos does an in-depth review of Canon Prime lens technology. If you are technical and want to learn more about these prime lens’s, this is a great resource. He talks to Canon about the development of the primes and then talks to ASC DP’s David Klein and gets their view on the primes.image

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