VIDEO GEAR BLOG: Latest Articles


Review of the Hive Lighting Wasp 1k

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 19 September 2016.
In this video review, Dominique shows us the new Wasp 1k fixture from Hive Lighting.
The light output, color temperature, CRI, and warm up time are all tested.
        Video Production Essentials

Video Production Essentials

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 14 August 2016.
In this video Dom opens up his production bag and gives you a list of essential items for any film/video production.
If you have any questions please get ahold of us at video-gear.com or call (858) 356-0200.
        Video Production Essentials

Standard ND versus IRND filters HD

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 04 August 2016.
In this short tutorial Dominique explains the difference between ND and IRND filters.
The video also has examples of how each type of filter responds under tungsten and daylight sources.
        Standard ND versus IRND filters HD

Green Screen with Cineo HS2

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 02 July 2016.
In this short tutorial Dominique demonstrates how to get an optimal green screen by showing a Cineo HS2 light.
        Green Screen with Cineo HS2 video

Interview Camera Techniques

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 29 June 2016.
In this short tutorial Dominique shows us how both camera angle and focal length affects how your viewer feels about an interview subject.
        Log Gamma video

How to Expose Your Camera for Log Gamma (Bonus part 3)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 22 June 2016.
Dom demonstrates how to set your camera's exposure using a monitor such as the Samurai Blade using False Color for accurate calibrated log gamma recording.
        Log Gamma video

How to Expose Your Camera for Log Gamma (part 2 of 2)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 18 January 2016.
Dominique demonstrates setting exposure on a video camera while using log gamma curves, such as Sony's S-log or Canon's C-log - part 2.....
     Log Gamma video 2

How to Expose Your Camera for Log Gamma (part 1 of 2)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 21 December 2015.
Dominique demonstrates setting exposure on a video camera while using log gamma curves, such as Sony's S-log or Canon's C-log.....
    Log Gamma video

Mounting a Camera on a Car

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 26 October 2015.
Dom demonstrates how to mount a video camera to a car using the Matthews Pro Mount....
car mount video

Creating Soft Lighting Using A Book Light.

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 01 October 2015.
Dom demonstrates how to create a soft light in a large space that is scalable way beyond a soft box. ....
booklight video

Double Diffusion for Soft Beauty Lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 30 September 2015.
Double Diffusion for Soft Beauty Lighting....
double diffusion video

How To Setup A Wireless Lav Microphone

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 20 May 2015.
In this tutorial from Video Gear, Dominique shows how to setup a wireless lavaliere microphone (a.k.a. a "lav"). The example uses a Sennheiser G3 wireless microphone kit....
wireless mic video

The Color Rendering Index and Video Lights

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 24 April 2015.
In this tutorial video Dominique explains how the type of video light you use affects color rendering. The video starts with a color rendering measurement of the sun and tungsten lights, two indus...
color rendering index of video lights

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Zeiss Lenses

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Richard Schleuning from Zeiss discusses their new Loxia and Cinema Zoom lenses.
zeiss lenses

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Red Rock Micro

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Brian Valente from Red Rock Micro shows the One Man Crew Director, Ultra Cage Scout, Retroflex, and the Halo focus system.
red rock micro

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Kessler Crane

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Eric Kessler talks about their new second shooter system.
kessler crane

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - DSC Labs

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Jean Benoit Lauzon talks about their new Chroma Match Line of color calibration systems.
DSC labs

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Zacuto USA

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Kim Hutchinson talks about the new Recoil camera rig and Gratical EVF.
Zacuto

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Freefly Systems

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Tabb Firchau from Freefly Systems talks about the new Mimic controller for their electronic gimbals.
freefly

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Hive Lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Jon Miller talks about the redesigned Wasp plasma video light.
Hive lights

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Small HD monitors

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Barrett Phillips discusses their new 502 monitor and it's page based user interface.
SmallHD

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Cineo Lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Trisha Maas from Cineo Lighting talks about their remote phosphor technology used in the TruColor HS and Matchstix LED lights.
color rendering

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Wooden Camera Accessories

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Ryan with Wooden Camera talks about their new matte box and user configurable power distribution box.
wooden camera

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Fiilex Lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
Jim Chaconas from Fiilex Lighting discusses their new Q1000 LED light along with battery power options.
fiilex lights

Video Gear @ NAB 2015 - Mactech LED lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
In this video from NAB 2015 we interview Dennis Kelly from Mactech about their new LED lighting products. He shows the new 300 bi-color fixture and the flip tube technology.
mactech

The Color Rendering Index and Video Lights (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 April 2015.
In this tutorial video Dominique explains how the type of video light you use affects color rendering. The video starts with a color rendering measurement of the sun and tungsten lights, two industry standards. The video goes on to measure HMI, Kino-Flo fluorescents, LED, plasma, and even bulbs from the hardware store. In each case the spectrum and color rendering is measured using the Sekonic C-700 spectrometer.
color rendering

An Introduction To Lighting Diffusion (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 3 April 2015.
In this video Dominique explains how diffusion affects lighting. The video demonstrates a number of common types of diffusion material, such as Lee Opal, 250, 216, half soft frost, ...
lighting diffusion

How to Setup and Use the Zoom H6 Audio Recorder (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 25 January 2015.
In this tutorial video Dominique demonstrates power-up, format, connections, menu settings and more on the H6 Recorder.
H6 Recorder

A Basic Introduction to Film Lighting Gels (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 22 November 2014.
In this tutorial video Dominique introduces us to the basic types of film lighting gels such as CTO, CTB,...

C-Stand Ninja Skills (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 13 September 2014.
In this video Dominique show you some of his c-stand ninja skills for on set productivity.
If you have any questions please call us at 858-356-0200...or better yet, come see us in the shop.
c-stand ninja skills video

Tips for Outdoor Lighting (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 16 August 2014.
Dominique and I put together a short tutorial today using common grip equipment for controlling light outdoors.  We had an...
outdoor light control video

Tips For Lighting A Green Screen (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 28 July 2014.
Dominque and I recorded a short and sweet tutorial about how to light a green screen last Saturday.  I think Dom has potential,...
lighting a green screen

Setup And Use A Teleprompter (Tutorial Video)

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 28 June 2014.
This week last week I was asked to fill in for a friend and help him do a short, but can't wait because the CEO only has 30...
set up a teleprompter

Microphone Shoot-Out:
Sennheiser ME66 versus Sennheiser MKH416 versus Trams TR50

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 15 June 2014.
Let the battle begin!  Today I am going to demonstrate the difference in audio quality between the Sennheiser ME66 and MKH416 shotgun mics, as well as the Trams...
mic shootout: audio test

20 Reasons To Consider A C100 Instead Of A DSLR

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 24 May 2014.
Earlier this week I borrowed the Canon C100 from the shop for an evening shoot.  I've been wanting to try this camera for a while, but every other time I've...
consider a c-100 instead of a DSLR

Hive "Bee" Plasma Light

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 17 May 2014.
The final entry in our series on the new Hive plasma lights at the shop is for the "Bee".  The Bee is a 100-degree flood lamp meant for general area illumination...
HIVE BEE plasma lights

Hive "Wasp" Plasma Light

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 11 May 2014.
Last week I introduced you to our new plasma lights and mostly talked about the "Killer" model.  This week I'll introduce you to Hive's PAR called the "Wasp." ...
Read more..
HIVE Wasp Plasma

NEW at Video Gear: Hive plasma lights!

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 04 May 2014.
The week before last I was in Seattle for a production when Jeff emailed me and asked if I could come in on Tuesday for a demo of the Hive plasma lights.  Jamie,...
HIVE Plasma lights

**NEW** Fiilex LED lights At Video Gear

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 03 March 2014.
We have a new LED light kit from Fiilex that just arrived in the shop.  Actually we now have both the 3-head and 4-head kits, but only the 3-head kit was...
Fiilex LED lights

Mireds and Correcting the Color Temperature of a Light

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 02 February 2014.
As I've recently shown in blog posts, sometimes a video light doesn't exactly have the color temperature that the manufacturer suggests it does. ...
judging light color temp

How Do Video Lights REALLY Perform?

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 15 January 2014.
One of our reps left a neat toy in the shop for us to play with; a UPRTek MK350N Spectrometer.  This handy dandy tool measures spectral response, correlated...
Spectrometer

Using Picture Profiles on the Sony FS-700

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 24 December 2013.
    I was recently at a holiday mixer for the San Diego MCA-I group and ran across a Video Gear customer that bought an FS-700, but hasn't had...
Sony FS700 profiles

Lighting for high frame rate cameras

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 15 December 2013.
Martin came to me with a customer problem earlier this week.  The customer bought the "low cost" Phantom Miro camera to do high frame rate photography. ...

Introduction to the Indie Dolly

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 08 December 2013.
Last weekend I had a chance to take out the Indie-Dolly for a roll on a short film.  This very portable dolly comes in a couple cases.  First each set...
Indie-dolly

Canon C100 at ISO 80000

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 29 November 2013.
Friday, November 29, 2013 Testing the Canon C100 at ISO 80000   We quickly upgraded the Canon C100 firmware today before the camera went out and did...
C100 at ISO 80,000

FS-700: Auto-focus

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 26 November 2013.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 Sony FS-700: Using Auto-Focus   This last weekend I took the FS-700 out to my club's cyclo-cross race at Lake Hodges. ...
FS700 autofocus

Making the Canon C100 and Atomos Samurai work together at 24p

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 31 August 2013.
Saturday, August 31, 2013 Making the Canon C100 and Atomos Samurai work together at 24p   A while back I was having some difficulty getting the Canon...
Samuari with C100 at 24P

Green Screen with the Canon C100

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 04 August 2013.
Sunday, August 4, 2013 Green Screen with the Canon C100  By Stuart Allman Yesterday Scott Wenger, Eva Pfaff (collectively known together...
green screen with the C100

Video Camera Bags

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 13 July 2013.
Saturday, July 13, 2013 Video Camera Bags  By Stuart Allman As I was driving into the shop this morning and the thought popped into my head, "how...
camera bags

Video Lighting for High Frame Rate Video

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 22 June 2013.
Saturday, June 22, 2013 Video Lighting for High Frame Rate Video      By Stuart Allman There was a question posted on Cinematography.com...
lighting for hi-frame-rate video

Mike Brueggemeyer Cinematography Workshop

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 02 June 2013.
Sunday, June 2, 2013 Mike Brueggemeyer Cinematography Workshop, June 8th  By Stuart Allman Video Gear is hosting a cinematography workshop taught...
Cine workshop

Wrap up from Victor Ha workshop

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 28 May 2013.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 Wrap up from Victor Ha workshop  By Stuart Allman Len put together a little after-the-fact teaser/summary (I'm seriously out...
Victor Ha workshop

USED GEAR

Written by Len Savage. Posted on 01 May 2013.
USED GEAR SPECIALS    UPDATED August 18th, 2014: Check back often for new additions  Video Gear is selling some demo equipment, gently used rental...
Used video gear specials

Video Bootcamp for Photographers Presented by Victor Ha

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 29 April 2013.
Monday, April 29, 2013 Video Bootcamp for Photographers Presented by Victor Ha, May 10th at Video Gear  By Stuart Allman On Friday May 10th Victor...
Victor Ha bootcamp

NAB Show 2013 Part 3

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 27 April 2013.
April 27th, 2013 NAB Show 2013 part 3: A Little More Action Please...  By Stuart Allman I felt like I had to throw in a reference from the...
NAB show part 3

NAB Show 2013 Part 2 - Camera Porn

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 21 April 2013.
Sunday, April 21, 2013 NAB Show 2013 Part 2: The Reason to Go...Camera Porn  By Stuart Allman Even though this blog is primarily aimed at video...
NAB show part 2

NAB Show 2013 Part 1: The Lights

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 13 April 2013.
Saturday, April 13, 2013 NAB Show 2013 Part 1: The Lights  By Stuart Allman Earlier this week Martin and I saddled up and headed northward into the...
NAB shop part 1

Review of the Atomos Samurai

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 06 April 2013.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 Review of the Atomos Samurai  By Stuart Allman As some blog readers may recall, a few weeks ago I received a call from...
Atamos Samurai review

Video Gear will be at Photo Video West

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 30 March 2013.
Saturday, March 30, 2013 Video Gear will be at Photo Video West on April 27-28, 2013  By Stuart Allman     Video Gear will be at Photo...
Photo Video West

Special Seminar with Larry Groupé

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 24 March 2013.
Sunday, March 24, 2013 Special Seminar with Larry Groupé, Saturday March 30th  By Stuart Allman Video Gear, in conjunction with the San Diego...
Larry Groupe seminar

New at Video Gear - Zeiss CP2 lenses

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 20 March 2013.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 New at Video Gear, Zeiss CP.2 lenses  By Stuart Allman I was at the Video Gear shop for a meeting last night and decided...
Zeiss CP2

Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 10 March 2013.
Sunday, March 10, 2013 Metabones Speed Booster Lens Adapter  By Stuart Allman When I first heard about the Metabones Speed Booster lens adapter,...

Element Technica Micron Components and the Sony FS-700

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 04 March 2013.
Monday, March 4, 2013 Element Technica Micron Components and the Sony FS-700  By Stuart Allman This last weekend was truly a wild one. I'm still recovering. ...

Overview GoPro Hero3 Black

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 18 February 2013.
Monday, February 18, 2013 Overview of GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition  By Stuart Allman Late last year GoPro released their new Hero 3 series of cameras. ...

Sony FS-700 Day Two and ...

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 12 February 2013.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Sony FS-700 Day Two and 3/4: Associating with a Ninja.  By Stuart Allman After surviving the five mile trek through...

Sony FS-700 Day Two

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 05 February 2013.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Sony FS-700 Day Two: Hanging with the Divine Bovine.  By Stuart Allman I spent Sunday hiking around the Ramona Grasslands...

Sony FS-700 Day One

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 02 February 2013.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 Sony FS-700 Day One: Let's Blow Up a Building.  By Stuart Allman I borrowed the Sony FS-700 demo camera from the shop...

Using a Chinese lantern for video lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 21 January 2013.
Monday, January 21, 2013 Using a Chinese lantern for video lighting  By Stuart Allman During one of my recent thoughts about video lighting, which...

Comparing LED Video Lights

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 12 January 2013.
Saturday, January 12, 2013 Comparing LED video lights  By Stuart Allman I went into the shop today to evaluate some of Video Gear's new LED lights...

zeiss zf2

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 31 December 2012.
Monday, December 31, 2012 Zeiss ZF.2 lenses for filmmaking/video  By Stuart Allman The Zeiss ZF.2 lenses have become popular for low budget filmmakers...

Novoflex Lens Adapters

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 22 December 2012.
Saturday, December 22, 2012 Novoflex lens adapters  By Stuart Allman I recently started investing in some nicer glass for the front of my camera, i.e...

Zeiss vs Canon vs Samyang lenses

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 16 December 2012.
Sunday, December 16, 2012 Zeiss versus Canon versus Samyang lenses  By Stuart Allman I borrowed a focus chart from the shop over the weekend to do...

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