Gear

Gear may not make the film, but you won’t be making a film without gear. So here are some tips and reviews.

ZERO Follow Focus Lens Gear

The ZERO follow focus lens gear ring by Broken Anchor Design overcomes all of the problems other lens rings have: it centers itself, is seamless, fits many lenses, and attaches in seconds. No other lens gear ring can do this, which is why we’re so excited to see that Broken Anchor Design has finally made it happen.

Cool-Lux SHIFT Baseplate Review

We got chance to review the Cool-Lux Classic Cool-Rig, which has the innovative SHIFT Baseplate at its center. What’s impressive about this baseplate is the built-in shoulder mount /chest support that flips down, making the transition from tripod to shoulder quick and easy.

Also part of the rig (and review) are the Cool-Lux walnut grip, universal cheese plate, and three prong battery mount, and well as their carbon fiber iris rods.

New Aputure LEDs: Review of the COB120T and M9 [Video]

Aputure has done it again with two amazing lights: the tungsten balanced 1.5kW point source Light Storm COB 120t and the daylight balanced “camera mounted LED” Amaran M9. Both have VERY high CRI (Ra)/ CRI (Re) / TLCI / CQS / TM30-15 results, with some of the best R9 (saturated red) values of 160 different LEDs that we’ve tested.

LED Ribbon Lights: Flexibility In Creating Your Own Light

LED ribbon lights are thin, flexible and have limitless possibilities on-set to light your video projects. They now allow you to place light anywhere, including in the palm of an actor’s hand, a prop, or taped to a wall or railing. We cover how to work with ribbon LEDs, review three common brands along with their CRI values, and then suggest useful LED ribbon accessories.

Aputure LED Light Review: High Quality & Affordable? [VIDEO]

When it comes to LEDs the majority of affordable options on the market do not produce great results. So we were a bit skeptical when we first heard of Aputure’s low cost LED lights. Our results: wow! In this video, we’ll share with you our real world experience with them and how they actually perform on-set.

Crank It, Grind It, Whip It Real Good: Ultimate Follow Focus Review

While some new camera operators may think a follow focus is an unnecessary gadget, they truly are a crucial part of nearly every camera set-ups. Not only do follow focuses make focusing the lens a million times easier and more ergonomic, but it allows you to accurately mark different focus distances.

How To Use A Light Meter: Overview

Last week I covered how a light meter is still necessary in our digital age. This week it’s time to learn how to use the light meter. In this video I cover the incident meter and the spot meter, and when to use them. Then it’s demonstration time, using the meter in different ways to properly expose a scene. Finally, I give you some tips and tricks on how to quickly determine the lighting ratios and range of your scene, along with a few more.

Can You Trust Your Color Meter? [VIDEO]

Did you know that your old color meter no longer works with today’s LED lights? In this video, Ryan shows you why and what to do about it.

Are LEDs Ruining Your Projects? [VIDEO]

Did you know that LEDs lights may actually be ruining the look of your productions? And no, this problem can’t be fixed in the grade. We put seven different brands of LEDs lights to the test, capturing with a Red Epic Dragon camera. Then we discuss the results and how they’re going to affect the creative choices that you make on set.

Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte Box Review [VIDEO]

Is it possible to have a lightweight, high quality, reasonably priced matte box that works on a number of camera rigs? In this review we take a close look at the Bright Tangerine Misfit Matte Box to see if it delivers.

Red Epic Dragon vs. Red Epic MX, Part 03: Low Light, Color, Fill Ratios & Compression [VIDEO]