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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...

Tips for Outdoor Lighting

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...

Tips For Lighting A Green Screen

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,...

Setup And Use A Teleprompter

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...

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...

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...

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 "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." ...

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,...

Tools For Lighting Outdoor Locations

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 30 March 2014.
A while back I learned that whenever you're outdoors you typically want to back light the actors.  If you look at just about any western movie produced over...

**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...

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. ...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. ...

Actor Lighting Tests

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 05 September 2013.
  Actor Lighting Tests We spent the first half of Labor Day Weekend in the shop doing some lighting tests.  I had been reading about some of the techniques...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Diffusion for Video Lighting

Written by Stuart Allman. Posted on 18 May 2013.
Saturday, May 18, 2013 Diffusion for Video Lighting  By Stuart Allman There was a thread on cinematography.com recently where a college student asked...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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...

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...

Special Seminar with Larry Groupé

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

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...

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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