These are the best of the best products for 2016. These products were selected from ones we have tested and processed through Videomaker labs. Videomaker’s Editorial Staff came together when selecting the Best of Videomaker 2016.
Motion tracking is nothing new. In fact, it’s been around for quite some time now. However, it’s never been a simple process. Or when it is, the track is not unconvincing.
With FayIn, Fayteq set out to make a simpler, easier-to-use and better motion tracker. Version 2.3 offers a plug-in integrated within Adobe After Effects CC — no outside software to open and import data into — streamlining the process even further.
Canon has been slow to bring 4K to their DSLRs, so we were eager to see what Canon has to offer in this space with the 1D X Mark II. This camera is now their flagship DSLR and has some very intriguing specs. We already mentioned 4K, but there’s a lot more to this camera than that. With up to 60 fps in DCI 4K, the ability to shoot up to 16 continuous photos, it’s an action shooters dream.
The Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Zoom is affordable fast glass and are nicely built. The short distance of this zoom might be concerning to those needing more. The MC-11 is a nice mount converter but does slow down the AF. Overall, Sigma made some great products and we would recommend them.
It’s easy to get smooth, breathtaking footage with a brushless gimbal, but balancing them can be a bit tricky. In this video we show you how to set-up, balance and operate the Argo 3-axis gimbal from Came-TV. Leveling and balancing takes time, but with patience and a steady hand, you’ll be ready to capture smooth and, precise free-floating stabilized camera shots. #AD
With the huge number of computers on the marketplace, it’s not easy to choose the right machine. Because there are so many hardware options, pricing varies greatly from brand to brand and model to model. That’s most definitely true with the Dell Tower 7810 line. Starting at the low end, you can configure a machine costing a humble $1,500. On the grander side, it’s possible to build a system with a price tag of up to $35,000. With this range, you can build a 7810 with any need and budget in mind.
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Choosing the right light for the job can be difficult these days. With a slew of bulb types, color temperatures and sizes, knowing what you need and how much you need to pay can be tricky.
The newest choice in bulb type is LED, which offers a long life but comes with a premium price tag. Plus, it can be difficult to differentiate between brands and models to understand what you are paying for.
The LitePanels Astra 1X1 Soft is a bi-color LED light that’s simple to operate and delivers high performance when it comes to color quality.
Are your low angle shots shaky, uneven, lacking variety, and just not up to the quality standard you’re okay with? Whatever it may be, we’re going to show you some tips on how to get better low angle shots, with a Benro Hi Hat. Low camera angles are fun, can look very professional and don’t require a lot of expensive equipment. Getting good camera angles will add variety and that always makes editing easier and a good hi-hat like the Benro makes sure your shots are consistent. #AD
We define diegetic and non-diegetic elements and demonstrate how they can be used to convey complex cinematic ideas. Learn to better control the emotional and intellectual response of your audience by understanding the mechanisms behind it.
Many producers these days are a crew of one, meaning if it needs to be done, it’s being done by you and only you. Because of that, the market has many products to help the one person crew create the best video possible with no outside help. Consider this: You find yourself with only a camera and tripod, and you want to improve your production value, but have very little ability to carry around much more than you already have. What then? Not long ago, you’d have accepted it, and got the best pans and tilts your camera and tripod could offer.
The Rhino Slider EVO first debuted on Kickstarter and started shipping in August of 2015. The EVO comes in a few different configurations with your choice of length and material type, ranging from 24 inches all the way to 48 inches.
We set out to test Heads-up the differences between the DJI Zenmuse X5R, X5 and the X3 cameras.
In this video we are testing how good the ISO sensitivity is to see where noise is introduced in to the picture. This information will help understand how these camera's would perform in low light situations.
As well, with the charts, you are able to see their color reproduction and dynamic range at every ISO setting.
DJI’s gimbal game is strong, with the Ronin, Ronin M and just released at NAB 2016 the Ronin MX. All of these gimbals by DJI are standalone and work with multitudes of cameras, but with the OSMO, the camera and the gimbal are one. The DJI Osmo is a 3-axis stabilizer and 4K camera that can be operated by just one hand. Add those features to a very consumer friendly and affordable price point and you have a product that really stands out.
There are always lots of new lenses announced at NAB every year, but this one was truly special. Most of us can’t even afford to rent some of the lenses on the show floor, let alone the camera to use them. Canon’s Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 is the exception. While the $5,225 price tag is nothing to scoff at, it’s a steal when compared to Canon’s other EF servo zoom lenses, which approach $30,000.
An optional add-on to the Compact Servo 18-80 is a zoom rocker grip.