LUUV Camera Stabilizer for GoPro and Smartphones

LuuvIf you follow my blog you know that I’ve done a lot of vblogging or interviews on my iPhone. It has a great quality video  and I have a nice Fostex add-on for capturing good quality audio you can read more about that in the blog I did here My Road Kit for Rapid Video.  One of the things I talked about in some of my blogging and in sessions that I do at conferences is using a tripod. People don’t have much tolerance for shaky cameras you see a lot of it out there but it really brings down the quality of your video. We are pretty tolerant these days because of YouTube and not expecting broadcast quality video even for professional use. You need to have good quality audio and a decent image. I put a lot of emphasis on framing my subject correctly.  I definitely considered that it might be viewed via a mobile device so I frame accordingly. But one thing that really bothers people is a shaky image tripods can fix this but even better especially if you need to kind of run and gun.  You will need something that stabilizes your image my new Canon XA10 has image stabilization built-in  and it works pretty good.  I was pretty jazzed about this image stabilizer below. And think it is a pretty good solution. It doesn’t take much to stabilize a camera it’s really just to counterbalance. But there are a lot out there and some are extremely expensive this seems like a good value and a pretty good solution.  Even though there demonstrating this with action it would work well for covering events or doing interviews and such.

LUUV Camera Stabilizer for GoPro and Smartphones :: Gadgetify.com.

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7 things small business should read before making a video

Found this article this morning and I will have to agree, so I thought I would share. Video is so powerful and much more feasible today than even ten years ago. Costs have come way down and it is much easier to distribute or share with your audience. I believe in the power of video. Especially for learning. It can act as stand-a-lone or part of an eLearning, it can be shared in classroom training to break up the the day and improve engagement. Video can also be extremely powerful when combined with mobile.  We have seen the rise of video though social media and its power with portals like Youtube. Video can be interactive as well. For example watch a video and make a choice based on what the video showed you.  I have helped many organizations take the first steps into adding video into their learning and development. It can be easier than you think, especially with a little  help and some mojo 🙂

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iPhone Gear for Photography

More cool photography and video gear for the iPhone. I have been talking about this for some time. I am a big fan of using the iPhone for rapid video. I have done many thought leader interviews using my iPhone video cam. Here is a blog I did on my road kit.

Check out this cool gear for the iPhone. Link below

https://deals.cultofmac.com/sales/the-ultimate-iphone-photographer-s-lens-kit

My Latest Video Camera – The Canon XA10

canon-xa10I thought I would share my latest video camera with all of you. I am extremely pleased with it. If you follow me you probably know that much of my work the past few years has either been shot on my iPhone rigging or on my Cannon DSLR setup for my higher end stuff. I recently started working on a project for Washington wineries. I am working on this project through Entirenet and Winerywise™.

The project consists of a series of short YouTube style videos on safety for small and medium sized wineries. I needed a camera that would be good for run and gun style shooting. We have completed one multi-day, multi-location shoot so far and are planning more. The DSLR just cannot handle this type of shooting so well. One main limitation is not designed for long shots. the censor will over heat and the camera will shut down. That is keeping the camera rolling for extended periods of time. For a lot of the videos I shoot this is not problem. There is also the fact that the DSLR is awkward to carry while shooting. It works great if you have a bunch of expensive rigging or sitting on a tripod. But for full days of shooting and moving from location to location that just would not work for me.

So where to start? I start the same place I always start YouTube. You can find reviews on almost everything you are interested in there as you probably already know. It’s pretty much my go to for any research. One key is to watch as many video as you can not just the ones put out there by the manufacture itself. I watch a ton doing this research. Here is a good one on the XA10. It is a great feature walk through.

There are so many great cameras available these days that researching proved to be a bit difficult. My feature list was pretty simple, I wanted full HD video camera with SD card memory. The XA10 has 64gb on-board memory and two SD card slots.  With that I can shoot all day without switching out SD cards. I also wanted good built-in audio support with jacks for external microphones. One feature that I did not really look for but was an unexpected benefit of the Canon XA10 was the image stabilization. This really came in handy for me and worked great when filming on location at the wineries in Eastern Washington. Then there was price. I did not have a budget for a 5 thousand dollar video camera. The XA10 came in under $2000.00. I think it goes without saying that I wanted to have a quality image too. The XA10 has a great lens and censor so it produces fantastic images.

I am not saying this is the best video camera out there but I do believe it is one of the best for the money. Under $2000.00 for a professional camera is a great deal. You would have had to spend about 5k only a few years back to get this level of camera in my opinion.

Here is a short video I put together from some of the footage taken in Eastern Washington at the wineries. Its pretty much straight out of the camera. A rough/test edit put to Carlos Santana’s Primavera. Carlos is a guest winemaker at Mumm Napa. The video is inspired by one particular winery who was play Santana as they crushed the grapes. It was kind of a spiritual experience for me.  Enjoy!

 

~jeff

More iPhone coolness – Night Vision to iPhone

night-vision-300x168I have blogged about many other iPhone camera accessories. I love my Fostex audio attachment. I use it all the time for interviews. The iPhone has a great camera so it is only natural that people want to find cool gadgets to enhance it. I stumbled on this Night Vision kit. Not sure how I would use it but I am trying to come up with something.

http://www.iphoneness.com/iphone-accessories/night-vision-iphone/

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Here is a night time shot of the Statue of Liberty from the building the class was in. I was surprised at the result.

Here is a night time shot of the Statue of Liberty from the building the class was in. I was surprised at the result.

This December I had the privilege of teaching the ASTD Certificate Course in New York city. I really enjoyed this for many reasons. First off I really enjoy sharing me expertise and experience with others. It is very rewarding sharing what you are good at with others so that they can learn new skills and grow. It’s not a one sided deal I learn a lot each time I get in front of a group of people too. The class is a two day class and covers audio and video production. If you are interested in taking the class check out the ASTD website for additional information.

10 quirky-but-awesome photo accessories you never knew you needed

I love this stuff. I just cant get enough. There are some things you just NEED. Like the iPhone lens adapter. I just got to have it. Photojojo is an iPhone mount for SLR lenses.

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