Video Accessories

by Jennifer Hahn ·Posted 11/16/2020
If you’ve gotten this far without having to use Zoom, Teams, Facebook, Skype, or another video conferencing platform, you are one of the few these days. But if you have been using the popular video conferencing platform (or one of them) for meetings, performances, or education, how good do you feel about your presentation? Are you happy with your look online, or do you feel the webcam is not representing how you really want to present yourself? Can the other participants hear you clearly? Let’s go over a few ways you can improve the look and
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 03/18/2020
Since 2007, the B&H Photo Video YouTube channel has been home to helpful tutorials, honest reviews, and the best head of hair on the Internet. Now, thirteen years and over a quarter of a billion views later, the B&H YouTube channel continues to put out binge-worthy content that’s informative, educational, and entertaining. Here are some of our current favorites. Product Photography at Home Jake Estes and
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted 11/21/2019
Lithium-ion and lithium metal batteries can pose a fire risk, and that risk is especially dangerous aboard a commercial airliner or cargo aircraft. Most of today’s digital cameras, cine and video cameras, and portable lighting rely on lithium batteries for power and, because of the fire risk, there are regulations for packing them for flight on passenger airliners and cargo aircraft. For domestic air travel in the United States, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), under the US Department of Transportation (DOT), sets the regulations
by Staff Writer ·Posted 06/25/2019
Don’t be fooled by the size of the Genie Mini II pan unit—this motion controller packs a lot of features into a pocket-sized form. This latest Genie version from Syrp now offers keyframed movements and multi-row panoramic shots, in addition to time-lapse, turntable, and real-motion functions. Syrp has also brought out several Genie Mini II and Slingshot kits that conveniently pair several Syrp devices for specific shooting styles.
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 11/09/2018
Unsure of what to do? Suffering from restless, sleepless nights as you wonder what to get your filmmaker friend, niece/nephew, or significant other? Maybe you got some new video gear and it just won’t fit into your current gear bags? Or even better, you’ve had a very successful year and, as December 31 approaches, you realize you need some extra tax deductions. Well, whatever your reason, it’s time for a new bag, or two. But what kind of bag are you looking for? Fashionable, utilitarian, soft, or rigid? DSLR/mirrorless, camcorder, or lighting
by Mary Latvis ·Posted 09/12/2018
Kick up your slider shots a notch with the new Syrp Genie II Linear and Genie II Pan/Tilt Head—now in stock at B&H Photo. These latest versions of Syrp's motorized, programmable Genie components provide fine-tuned control for creating complex, multi-axis moves and time-lapse effects with almost any slider system. Supporting up to
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 07/23/2019
For capturing and recording adventures, few brands can top a GoPro. Whether you’re on land, in the air, or under the sea, GoPro has you covered. But no matter which GoPro you choose, you’re probably going to need a couple of accessories to get the most out of your camera. To help determine which add-ons are right for you, we’ve put together this
by Ronald Francis ·Posted 06/04/2018
The last time we heard from Anton Bauer about new batteries was when the company released its CINE series, and the Digital series before that. Those batteries were introduced with advances in power and function, as well as with aesthetic redesigns. But the famed Anton Bauer Dionic batteries, which for years were among the top models in the industry, saw no upgrades nor much spotlight the entire time, although they continued to be made and sold year after year. And now their time has come. Today, Anton Bauer announced the
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 06/21/2018
Motorized Pan and Tilt heads have been around a long time—complicated beasts with cable pass-throughs often requiring special operators and control systems. Yes, there are PTZ cameras that have these features built in, but what if you need different features than what are built into a PTZ camera? Sorry, out of luck. But Vinten has created the Vantage, a motorized pan/tilt head with the ability to handle heavier camera and lens packages, providing you the opportunity to use the image-gathering tools of your choice. Pairing the Vantage with the
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 07/21/2017
IndiPRO Tools and its Micro-Series of 98Wh batteries and battery kits fit the new paradigm for battery power, providing camera power and supporting high-current draw, all in a size that, not too long ago, wouldn’t have enough power except for specialty low-weight shots. You may not remember it, but there was a time when you needed several battery belts, or a battery the size of a large handbag, to get through half a
by David Adler ·Posted 07/12/2017
With the new Connect Spark IP video converters, NewTek expands the capabilities of their NDI ecosystem to include nearly any HDMI or SDI source. Two different models of the Connect Spark are available. The aptly named Spark SDI features BNC SDI connections while the Spark HDMI sports—you guessed it—HDMI terminals. While
by M. Brett Smith ·Posted 07/04/2017
Great news for drone photographers: Tiffen has announced an all-new Filter Starter Kit designed specifically for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Advanced quadcopters. The kit includes three essential filters: two neutral density (ND) filters and a polarizer (PL). The included ND8 and ND16 filters are 3- and 4-stop filters, respectively. Both will improve exposure control in certain lighting conditions, as well as enhance the
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 03/22/2021
Every so often it is a good idea to sort through all your gear. With winter releasing its grip and nicer weather on the way, now is the perfect time to assess what you have and what you’ve lost, give what you have a good cleaning, and figure out what needs repair, what needs replacing, and what you should just shed. If you are a gear junkie like me, the thought of getting rid of any piece of gear probably sends you into a panic. After all, this is the gear you’ve worked hard to purchase, and perhaps you think, “So what if it isn’t shiny and
by David Adler ·Posted 03/01/2017
Anamorphic is everywhere. From epic drama and science-fiction films to football’s cheesy Big Game advertisements, it’s hard to escape that ethereal, otherworldly aesthetic of the “anamorphic look” that just seems to imply the term “high budget.” In this article, I will teach you a few tips and tricks to “fake” this prized and stylized look. Why would anyone want to “fake” the look? The reason is that true anamorphic productions require very expensive, and often rare, lenses that very few filmmakers can afford to own and properly maintain. Some
by Steven Gladstone ·Posted 12/26/2016
The iKan EC1 Beholder improves upon the earlier Beholder DS1 with a variety of new features. First, the EC1 Beholder supports up to 4.5 pounds, expanding the range of cameras that you can support. However, it isn’t just the increased range of cameras that makes the EC1 Beholder such an improvement—it is the improvement of certain features.