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Intro image for article First Look: Litepanels Gemini 1x1 Soft
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Recently, I had a chance to take a first look at the brand new Litepanels Gemini 1x1 Soft. Now in the 1x1 form factor, this light's design is based on its Gemini 2x1 predecessor. In this video, I take a look at the features of this new light, including the easy to use menu, and show you a few applications.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Aputure Lighting Family
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Aputure has recently updated their hugely popular 120d COB (chip on board) lighting fixture to the 120d II. They have also introduced updated versions of their Light Dome and Light Dome Mini lighting modifiers. This is in addition to their 300d lighting fixture, which produces huge output for its size and price point.
Intro image for article X-OCN Workflows with the Sony VENICE
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The Sony VENICE has been out for a while now and has quickly become a popular camera for feature films, television series, and a wide range of other applications. The VENICE produces great looking images, as it should, and it also offers a very good post workflow. Sony has been improving their workflows for years, and after many iterations, they really nailed it down in the F55. The VENICE builds on this even more and does a great job of keeping things simple.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Exploring the RED DSMC2 Lineup
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In this video, I go over the full lineup of DSMC2 cameras from RED: MONSTRO 8K, HELIUM 8K, GEMINI 5K, and DRAGON 5K. I talk about the features they have in common as well what differentiates each model. Check out the video for all the info, including which camera you might want to use for particular kinds of projects.
Intro image for article Nic's "Adrenaline" Accessory Kit for RED DSMC2 Cameras
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DSMC2, the latest generation of RED’s camera BRAIN, is not only powerful, but the entire system is extremely versatile. These bodies can house four different sensors: MONSTRO 8K VV, HELIUM 8K, and GEMINI 5K S35, and the new 5K DRAGON-X. A wide range of modules and accessories expand the possibilities even further. We asked three of our Technical Specialists to describe their ideal RED DSMC2 package. Nic couldn't stop at just one kit, however. So, here's a look at what’s in his "Adrenaline" RED kit.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Westcott Flex Cine Lighting System
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Westcott have not only updated their Flex LED mats but also their entire Flex Cine lighting system. This includes bi-color and RGBW solutions along with a new universal, wireless DMX dimmer controller and a huge variety of lighting control options. 
Intro image for article Single Camera vs. Multi-Camera Shooting, with Rubidium Wu
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In this video, I look at the differences between the two major ways to shoot a script in filmmaking: shooting with one camera at a time, or shooting multiple cameras simultaneously. I take a look at the different factors involved, including how best to balance the advantages and disadvantages of each method in order to get the most from your scenes.
Intro image for article At the Bench: Sony Z280 Camcorder
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The Sony Z280 is a great camcorder for single-to-small-crew shooters who are being asked to create 4K content. In this blog, I touch on some of the key features of the camcorder and shoot some test footage.
Intro image for article Mastering Camera Movement, with Rubidium Wu
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In this video, I set out to experiment with different ways of moving the camera in order to see how each compare in a single scene. We shot a scene with a dancer in four different ways: on a tripod, on a slider, handheld, and on a gimbal (the MōVI Pro). What I discovered was that the different methods give very different effects and there's a place for them all, as long as you understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.