Here is a list of some new products that have changed my workflow.
This camera is one of the best buys I have ever made. I am selling the Nikon d7000. The video on this puppy is un matchable and the photos are decent. DMC-GH3 is a new weather-proof Micro Four Thirds compact system camera with a 16.05-megapixel Live MOS sensor and 1080 60/50p Full HD recording, including AVCHD video with a bitrate of 28Mbps or MOV movies with 72Mbps in ALL-I. Successor to the DMC-GH2 model, the GH3 features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, 0.07 second contrast-detect autofocus, a 1,744K OLED electronicviewfinder, a 3-inch swivelling and tilting OLED screen, a touchscreen control system with touch-based functions like Touch AF/AE and Touch Shutter, Optical Image Stabilisation to help combat camera-shake, ISO range of 125-25600, a completely silent electronic shutter, 6fps burst shooting and a Supersonic Wave Filter to remove unwanted dust. For fishing, it has the trifecta of assets –weather proof, compact, phenomenal video and still. In addition, the battery life is much longer than the Gh2 and it can be controlled like the GoPro entirely from an iphone. It shoots faster and the presets and options have been improved greatly adding better ergonomics For me, that is the perfect package in a micro 4/3rds camera.
I also purchased the new Lumix G X-Vario 12-35mm F2.8. It features a
- 24-70mm-equivalent focal length; constant F2.8 maximum aperture,
- ower OIS’ optical image stabilization,
- Nano surface coating for suppression of flare and ghosting and an
- ‘HD’ designation – near silent operation during video shooting. This lens was really built for movie makeing.
This Gizmo was designed to track a surfer via Wifi from a tripod on a Beach. Its called a Soloshot. The device automatically rotates to keep your camera pointed at you from a distance automatically through a wifi arm band. Cant wait to try it out on the flats of Christmas Island.
GoPro 3 BLACK
A revolution in water proof, HD, High Speed, small goodness. 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x times more powerful, better audio, than previous models. The most awesome things about the camera are 1080P 60fps, the absolutely cool 720P 120FPS, the 12mp photos at a rate of 30 photos per second. I see some great possibilities for the 4k 15fps in time lapse cause I sure am not buying a 4K monitor ($6000 for a 32 inch) in the near future but WOW.
The Rokinon 8mm Fish eye.
Its wrapped and under the tree this Christmas having gone on sale for $240. Thanks to www.oliviatech.com–a must link RSS feed. Also check out www.cheesycam.com
Wish list number - Nikon D800
Carabelli Multimedia founded in 1984 with the advent of non linear video editing and the first commercially available medical grade digital camera made by Kodak. Since then , the quest for the best and most up to date hardware has been my passion and vice. From wedding Photography and Videography, to expert legal consulting in graphics, video evidence.
Cameras and Stuff
Having used Nikon Film cameras since the 70′s, I am biased when it comes to Nikon Glass and cameras. My principle weapons are the Nikon D7000 which according to some is the best Nikon Camera made for under $8K. The Nikon D7oo0 for me is the perfect blend of utility in that it not only shoots phenomenal stills, it does video with all my glass at High Resolutions. For pure photography, I love my full frame D700. After shooting fishing and sports videos for over 20 years, its become apparent to me that small and light equipment is key. Lately I have been shooting video with GOPRO cameras and a Panasonic Lumix GH2 with Hacked Firmware. I still occasionally use the Sanyo Xacti because of its portability and quality recording.
My Favorite Software for photography: Photoshop (member of National Association of Professional Photoshop Users-NAPP), Nikon Control Center, . FLickr Pro Life Member(Meng Syn DDS is my screen name), Vimeo Pro member, QImage (Really cool for printing!), Photomatix (HDR Software), and PTGui Pro(panoramic HDR shots) I like making photomosaics (for those pics made up of little thumbnails) using and an old piece of software called Photomontage by Arcsoft for PC, a program called MAcosaiS and a program called Posterino.. And of course Final Cut X, Photoshop CS5.5 and After Effects. And for Format Conversions, VoltaicHD, MPEG Streamclip and Cinema Tools for conforming 60fps. Recently I have been using onOne Software and Lightroom 4 I have been really impressed. Check out the free lightroom presets from OnOne.
My first non-linear PC card was the Miro-10 on NT, back when blank CD media was $50 dollars a disk! By the advent of HD a few years ago, I was editing with Adobe Premier on a Quad Core PC with a dedicated JVC DV deck (BR-DV600UA). I use shoot a Sony VX2000, a Sony TRV900, a CanonZR, and a Sony PC10 in a waterproof case. For HD, I bought the first Canon HDV10 in San Jose and a Sony HDR-FX1000. After fiddling around with the expensive Cineform Plugins and Premier, to develop a work flow that would preserve the HD quality of the cameras, I switched over to editing with a Mac PRO eight core and Final Cut Pro Studio which in my opinion is the best way to work with HD streams specifically because of the great quality of the ProRes422 codec. That was the begining of my admiration for Apple Products. Till that day I was a die hard PC user. Now I own just about every product made by Apple on top of my PC dominant network. I also use a Mac AIR laptop in the field and an IPAD. To show our videos, we have Studio self powered DJ Speakers, a portable 130 inch wide aspect screen with a 2000 lumen HD projector for on the road
1. I7 overclocked with Nvidia Tesla C2050, 12 gigs ram, 10 terabyte raid, Blue Ray burner running Windows 7 64. Principle software used Adobe Creative Suite 5.1, Lightroom, Photomatix Pro, PTGui Pro, onOne Photo Suite
2. Apple Mac Pro 2.4GHz 8 Core 6GB, 12 gigs ram, 8 TB Raid, Black Magic Intensity Card, Principle software used, Final Cut X, Adobe Creative Suite 5.1, Toast Platinum , Pulp Motion Advanced, onOne Photo Suite, Lightroom
3. Six Disk DVD Copier for large projects.
4. The Second Editing computer in my Den is an I7 Hackintosh dual boot with 12 gigs of ram and Dual Monitors.
The Old School DV Cameras
My Collection of old and not so old DV and HDV cameras still useful
The New Light and High Quality Cameras
Panasonic Lumix GH2 (Hacked), GoPro with Flat Lens Mod, GOProII, Macbook Air 13 inch I7 (for the editing road warrior), A Bunch of 32 gig Transcend and Sandisk Extream Pro SD Cards, Remotes. Small T-Pod with Magnetic Attachments, and a ZIP SHOT portable Tripod.
The Xacti HD110- Old but still good
I like using ultra portable HD Videocameras like the Xacti HD110 . These camera shoots a flavor of HD AVCHD called qPixel. This particular type of H.264 seems to very compatible with Final Cut Pro naively or with small modifications using MPEG Streamclip. The XACTI shoots to an SD card in 720p 60 frames and 1080i 30 frames and is spectacular. These files will play on a PS3 (in 1080i) right from the SD card. I could go on and on about the benefits of a Portable HD camera over larger shoulder mount cameras but I will leave that to the blog. Is that a HD camera in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
AUDIO in the Field
Whenever audio is important, I like to use external audio recorders and Sync them with the video in post. The GoPro Hero 2, the Xacti, The Nikon D7000 and the Lumix GH2 all have external mics. I use Shure wireless lavalieres in the boat and on the stream but sometimes I like to record off the river and I use Tascom Digital Recorder with earplug mics or an external lavaliere. Also, I found a really cool device (on WOOT actually) –an Iphone Bluetooth Wireless Microphone made by Scosche that allows me to record onto my Iphone. Since I carry my iphone everywhere, its an awesome film tool which I depend on for On Location Notes, a Clapper App to sync audio with video, A Shot List Application, A wireless Audio Recorder, A Light Meter, and when GoPro releases it in March–a remote and a viewfinder for my camera!
HD DSLRs !
I was so jelouse when I discovered the perfection of the Canon 5D Mark II video in 2008. The evolution of hand-held digital SLR cameras has been crucial to low-budget, high quality filmmaking.
There are now lots of options and NIKON options. As of this writing Nikon has released several cameras that do 1080p video. When the Nikon D7000 was released, I was the first to line up and I managed to snag one the first week it was released. Reviews of the D700o have been very good since its release in 2009 and in my opinion, its the best bang for the buck combination DSLR for a Nikon videographer and photographer. Its a bit heavy compared to my other cameras but I can always count on it being high quality and the batteries last the longest. I dont like the fact that the screen does not rotate out and its the primary reason I bought an external 7inch HDMI monitor.
The GH2 is perhaps the coolest aqusition Carabelli Multimedia has ever snagged! What makes this so cool is the fact that a man named Vitaliy Kiselev has hacked the firmware of this camera to allow vidographers to push it’s physical limits. As it turns out, many cameras are capable of fantastic performance rivaling those of high end proffesional videocameras like the RED. The firmware is in essence often there just to “cripple” the hardware so that the more expensive cameras will sell. The physical limits of the GH2 are awesome to see, such as High ISO videopgraphy (up to 12800 iSO!) and fantastic bitrates as high as 42 MBIT (stable) in 1080P and 720P. Also 60 FPS frame rates!. This camera’s performance with the hack is nothing short of amazing–search gh2 hack on vimeo to see for yourself. You can video a star blinking with this camera. Plus there is a lens adapter that allows me to use all my nikon glass. This camera is a field videographers dream camera because of its low light performance, its small size and usability. I love the external Mic connector, the swing out screen and the fast autofocus in film mode.
THe Hack Tool -PTool Firmware Maniputalion
If you use this hack to turn your GH2 into a Super Video Camera, please consider donating to Vitaliy
In using DSLRs, I had to change the way I shoot. Hence, the shoulder mount rigs and monopod\tripod setups. Some of the devices I really like are:
1. Trek Tech T-Pod monopods and tripods with Magnetic Connectors
2. A CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad
3. An Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder Action Stabilizing Handle
4. A Zactu Shoulder Rig and Follow Focus.
7 inch Field HD Montior
There are lots of cheap and bright color corrected LED light options out today. A quick search on EBAY will bring up lots of options. I like the small SIMA lite and the cheap but effective Cowboy Studio LED with filters. They both run on batteries and are great to fill .
For shooting outdoors and on trout streams, I want light and compact ways to stabalize my shots.
The Opteka X-Grip
Cowbow Studios Shoulder Support Pad
Lensse Midpro Stabilizer
Manfroto Monopod Stabalization Arm 361 Brace
P&C DSLR Pistol Grip
Some Cool Stuff for Better Focus and Movement
Pico Flex Camera Dolly Slider
The BlurFix Flat Lens Kit with FIlters
Durecell Instant USB Chargers from WOOT for the GoPros