Category Archives: Review

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Review: Sony PXW-FS7 4K Camcorder

A camera system is only as good as its optics. That's long been one of the triusms of our profession as filmmakers and shooters. While computational photography in devices like the iPhone has obviated the need in many applications for … more »

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Review: Rampant Design Tools Style Effects

Most editors, VFX and motion graphics artists will admit that they love plug-ins. With what seems like an endless variety of modern plug-ins that do everything from color-correction and keying to transitions and film effects, there is a product available to … more »

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Review: GoPro Hero 4 Black

GoPro exploded on the video production scene about five years ago. The ubiquitous action cams are seen everywhere in production, sports, reality shows, and even some feature films. They are worn by police and military to document their work in the … more »

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Review: LaCie Rugged RAID

When you're working in the field, your kit represents a balancing act between speed, reliability, and portability. You probably don't want to drag an expensive and heavy four-bay or eight-bay RAID on location unless you really need blistering speed or … more »

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Review: Lowel Prime Location LED

How things have changed at Lowel. In the prehistoric age of my youth, circa 1970, the highly portable featherlight Lowel kit was a key part of every itinerant shooter’s travel package. The thin aluminum brackets and barndoors were fragile and … more »

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Review: CalDigit T4 Thunderbolt 2 RAID

I am not normally a fearful person, but I must admit I am a tad nervous when it comes to offloading and storing my original camera files. This is especially true while I'm working overseas or in remote locations, where … more »

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Review: Sony PXW-X180

Of course you want a large-sensor camcorder for the greater dynamic range, improved low-light capability, the reduced noise, and the trendy narrow-depth-of-field look we all crave. It is silly to invest in anything other than a large-sensor camcorder, whether you’re shooting … more »

HP EliteDisplay S140u LED Backlit Monitor

Review: HP EliteDisplay S140u LED Backlit Monitor

Pretty much everyone in video production and post-production has spent a good part of their lives in edit bays powered by large, high-powered workstations. I have two edit bays, one using an HP Z820 with a 32-inch computer monitor and 24-inch HD video … more »

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Review: HP DreamColor Z27x Display

If you work with video content, you probably spend much of your time staring at a desktop monitor. And you probably wonder if what you see on the screen is an accurate representation of what your content will look like … more »

HP Z840 Workstation

Review: HP Z840 Workstation

It has been just two years since HP introduced its flagship Z820 workstation. And, almost like clockwork, we’re ready for a replacement model that updates many of the internal components. The two-year cycle is no accident. Like the newly introduced … more »