In Review: The Production Bot Switch 8

Equipment / Tech Reviews Monday, July 2, 2018
I was a bit skeptical when I saw Production Bot, the portable live broadcast studio, earlier this year at the NAB Show. I'll admit that I'm an old school Technical Director and set in my thoughts as to what a switcher was and what a switcher should be. But, I'm always looking for new and exciting gear to make live production easier. Assistant Technical Director and Production Bot guru Nick Walsh showed me the ins-and-outs of the Production Bot Switch 8 — and I must say I'm pleasantly surprised by what this little switcher can do.

First Impressions of the ARRI ALEXA LF

Equipment / Tech Reviews Wednesday, June 20, 2018
I usually like to start most of our discussions with lots of questions. But this time, I only have one question. What is an ARRI Large-Format Camera System? I had to know. Featuring a sensor slightly bigger than full frame, ALEXA LF records native 4K with ARRI’s best overall image quality.

In Review: DJI Zenmuse X7 and Inspire 2

Equipment / Tech Reviews Wednesday, May 30, 2018
When I was first approached by DJI about reviewing the Zenmuse X7 and the Inspire 2, I said yes without any hesitation. Who wouldn't want to get their hands on this superbly built platform along with the X7? Then it dawned on me. I’ve never flown a drone like this before. Not that I didn’t want to, but it was that darn FAA License thing (or lack of) kind of in the way. I was very tempted to just fly it anyways, but then I thought maybe I would be better off calling in a favor or two to do this review the right way.

In Review: LiveU Solo

Equipment / Tech Reviews Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The LiveU Solo delivers when it matters the most. In game, live and with no loss of continuity! And continuity is so important. I thought about that as I was getting ready to shoot a couple of important basketball games. I should say very important games since it was going test it out for my daughter’s team. No pressure!

CINEMARTIN Announces FRAN 8K Camera


Equipment / Tech Reviews Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Coming on the heels of a busy NAB Show, Cinemartin announced on Facebook yesterday they have a new camera called FRAN, a new 8K camera in the works. This is great news for cinematographers who are looking to get into 8K shooting but haven’t quite made the move to 8K yet.

Five Years with a Miller Solo

Equipment / Tech Reviews Wednesday, May 2, 2018
My first professional video work, a very long time ago, was filming motorsports for television. Anyone that has ever tried to film motor racing or rallying will know that it’s challenging. Trying to film and track a car approaching you at 100mph is tough. As a result, something I learnt very early on in my career was the importance of a decent tripod.

In Review: Panasonic AU-EVA1 Compact 5.7K Super 35mm Cinema Camera

Equipment / Tech Reviews Tuesday, March 13, 2018
I might not send this one back. Ok, I know I say that a lot (like all the time) but in this might be the case this time, not kidding. After shooting with the Panasonic AU-EVA1 over the last several weeks I have come to the not so modest conclusion that this is one heck of a camera. I say that in the midst of a stream of new or updated cameras from a bunch of manufacturers that started in mid-2017 and haven’t stopped yet. So what makes the Panasonic EVA1 stand out? Thought you would never ask.

In Review: JVC GY-HM200SP 4K Camcorder Delivers Winning Shots

Equipment / Tech Reviews Monday, January 15, 2018
It is not unusual over the course of the year to get quite a few different professional camera packages to try out. They range from super high end to entry pro level. But that’s ok by me because I am always looking for the right camera for the program, not overkill. That said the JVC GY-HM200SP 4K CAM was really quite a pleasant surprise. But I’m not really sure why I was surprised. I think I might know. Normally, we only get to hang on to a camera for a few weeks at most. This time however we had a chance to stretch that review period out over a longer time which was some of the local high school football season and couldn’t have been happier with the results. Yes, and the team won some of their games too! But before I get to deep into the games lets get a snapshot of the physical make up of JVC GY-HM200SP.

In Review: Litepanels Gemini — Light Me Up!

Equipment / Tech Reviews Friday, January 5, 2018
When I took delivery of the Litepanels Gemini a few weeks the first thing I noticed was how user-friendly the unit was. Maybe not such a technical consideration (more of those later). But like I have said before, there is always two parts of the review equation, one subjective and one objective. So let's get going and check it all out.