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My ‘Top 3’ prosumer filmmaker necessities

By Brady Betzel

I love to tinker with every type of gadget that I can get my hands on, from After Effects plug-ins to GoPros and their accessories. But sometimes I forget the basics like a simple tripod, camera bag and a light.

Whether you’re a hobbyist or a product reviewer, like me, who enjoys shooting and getting great images, you will always need the basics. So here are my Top 3 prosumer filmmaker necessities:

1. The Adorama 3Pod V2AH Tripod

One thing that is a necessity for any filmmaker looking to get a stable shot is a tripod. If you are going cheap you can get the basic tripod without a fluid head for probably $100 to $125, but if you really want to be able to pan and tilt fluidly, you will need to find a tripod that can support a fluid head. Continue reading

Randall Dark’s CES Experience: Wrap-Up

Long-time filmmaker/director Randall Dark, who is the proud new co-owner of Texas-based Bulltiger Productions, was at CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, in Vegas last week.

He was walking the show floor, taking meetings and striking up conversations with people on cab, bus and coffee lines. While there he was filing short blogs for postPerspective — sharing info on some pretty cool technology while also reporting on the atmosphere of the show.

Here are his thoughts from his third and last day of CES….

LG’s roll out of the new 4K OLED and ColorPrime TVs were impressive, but John Taylor also gave me a behind-the-scenes look at what LG is doing in the High Dynamic Range Technology arena… Continue reading

Review: Autopilot Camera Stabilizer from ProAm USA

By Brady Betzel

In the last five years, content creation and distribution has exploded. Every person with a smartphone has the ability to create outstanding content. Think about it… everyone with an iPhone has a fully capable 1080p video camera in his or her pocket at all times. So once the explosion of random, and frankly terrible content settled (or is currently settling), viewers were looking for quality not just quantity.

YouTube has been instrumental in content distribution; the amount of content is truly amazing if you allow yourself to get lost down the YouTube rabbit hole. So the question becomes: How do I set myself apart from the other million YouTube content creators? If you’re a kid who wants to make skateboard videos, how do you go beyond the now standard “crazy” GoPro angle? Or how do you save time in post by not having to stabilize every piece of footage you Continue reading

Review: Tiffen Steadicam Curve for GoPro cameras

By Brady Betzel

If you’ve walked out your front door these days you’ve undoubtedly seen a GoPro camera. Usually it’s a kid with one strapped to his skateboard getting a weird (yet probably awesome) shot of his wheels that he is going to use as a transitional story element for his skate film, and he’s probably eight years old and a whiz on After Effects.

I refer you to GoPro’s YouTube page (reaching almost 2 million subscribers!) where they have some amazing content being created and gathered 24 hours a day. The one thing that GoPro just can’t do on its own yet is steady itself. Yes I know, you can stabilize the footage in post or mount the camera to a fixed object, but what if you don’t have a skateboard (or don’t want to Continue reading