Videomaker's Best Light of NAB 2013 is the Zacuto PlaZma light. It's hard not to like the light from the Zacuto PlaZma light. This technology has been in development for some time with Zacuto, and shipping models are sure to be scrutinized since the plasma element in video lighting is so young.
Videomaker's Best Support of NAB 2013 is the Manfrotto 500 Fluid Head. Manfrotto wants better balance and control with the 500 Fluid Head. The MVH500A 60mm halfball and the MVH500AH flat base both feature a wide base to match the wider base of DSLRs.
Little LED lights are always nice to have on set. Having some of the smallest LED fixtures available is even better. The Spectra LED panels have a handful of configurations including spot and flood versions.
ikan has a host of floating camera rigs and new gear to carry your camera. Here's the skinny on a few substitutes for sticks. The EV2 Grip Handles are a pair of actually skinny products, aluminum at their core, and mountable with any 15mm rod.
The warriors at Atomos continue to generate more strong additions to the production arsenal. One new recruit is the Ronin, a rack mounting monitor, recorder and deck for studio and live video production. The Ronin is comfortable in controlled environments and one the road, collecting audio through its stereo XLR inputs and outputs. Then get introduced to the Samurai Blade, a versatile tool that can record your video and double as a monitor. Of course, any Ninja or Samurai can do these, where the Samurai Blade provides separation is with 1280x720 resolution and a size that is suitable for on-camera mounting. The full set of features for the Samurai Blade include BNC connectors, a 5-inch SuperAtom IPS touch screen, and recording directly from the sensor at 10-bit, 4:2:2 DNxHD or ProRes.
We'd all like to have a professional lighting technician, and an unlimited budget to get the perfect lighting setup for the perfect scene. But the reality is, most of us are lucky to have 2 or 3 lights in our arsenal. Knowing how to control your lights can help maximize their potential. In this two part segment we talk about the properties of light, and using gels to control the color, intensity, quality, and color temperature of your light sources. Learning to use lighting tools properly will help you create a great looking scene, even if you've got limited resources.