Mary Latvis

Mary Latvis

Whether wrangling multiple sitcom cameras and pulling focus as an A.C., trekking to locations from City Island to Arkansas, or capturing documentary footage entirely in Farsi, Mary has enjoyed a wealth of truly varied experiences behind the camera. She now contributes Pro Video articles and equipment reviews to the B&H Explora site and incorporates her rental house knowledge into her product descriptions for B&H.

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2 days ago
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Go wide, wider, and widest with three new ultra-wide Laowa cine lenses from Venus Optics. These uniquely compact, fast lenses include a 15mm T2.1 Zero-D for full-frame cameras, a 9mm T2.9 Zero-D for Super 35 capture, and a 7.5mm T2.1 for Micro Four Thirds sensors. Each lens sports...
2 weeks ago
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Like the song says, color is beautiful, and you do want to see your true colors shining through. For true colors in post-production or critical on-set viewing, turn to Eizo’s new 32" ColorEdge PROMINENCE CG3146 HDR Reference Monitor for spot-on, accurate viewing. This HDR-compatible...
3 weeks ago
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Sleek and lightweight, the compact Mars X 1080p HDMI Wireless Video Transmitter from Hollyland enables you to share your camera view while recording simultaneously on up to three iOS or Android mobile devices. No more explaining to the director, D.P., or producer how the shot went—they can...
1 month ago
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AJA’s latest recorder/monitor, the Ki Pro Ultra 12G, is all about versatility, reliability, and convenience. This newest member in AJA’s family of pro video components can record up to UHD 4K video in Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR via a single 12G-SDI input or capture and display up to four...
1 month ago
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Looking to display an impressive background while streaming from home with Skype, Zoom, or similar interfaces? Whether you want to use a simulated starship deck, a tropical beachscape, or simply a photo of your true work office, read on to see how a basic green screen can up your streaming game (not that your home office/corner of the sofa is at all cluttered or less than picturesque, of course...
2 months ago
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Modular, rigid, and lightweight yet strong, the 24" and 42" Slider Carbon camera sliders, from Rhino Camera Gear, feature easy tripod mounting and support up to 15 and 10 lb...
3 months ago
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Fittingly announced via a livestream, Blackmagic Design has introduced their newest multicamera tool—the ATEM Mini Pro HDMI Live Stream Switcher—as well as updates for the...
3 months ago
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Grab one of Cartoni’s Red Lock systems and go! The lightweight yet robust Focus 8, Focus 10, and...
3 months ago
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Creating in 4K or higher with your DSLR, mirrorless, or digital cinema camera? Check out the IRIX 45mm T1.5 Cine Lens for up to full-frame capture—in Canon EF, Micro Four Thirds,...
3 months ago
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When I’d perform a camera package checkout as a camera assistant, if there was any chance that we’d be shooting outside during the day, guess which filters I would add to the order? Neutral Density filters (aka NDs)! Even if they were not part of the original order, any production office coordinator (P.O.C.) worth their salt would approve this addition by the A.C. Read on to discover why, next to...
5 months ago
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Looking to delve into the world of time-lapse and motion-control videos and panoramic photos? Read on for our hands-on review of the Syrp Genie Mini II and more. Designed to take advantage of new features introduced with the Genie II app, the Genie Mini II is a motion-control device...
6 months ago
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Sure to help dispel your post-holiday blues as you hit the slopes or the beach, Kandao’s QooCam 8K 360 Camera packs a slew of immersive features into a pocket-sized form. Introduced at CES 2020, this svelte device is small enough to slip into your pocket to capture up to 8K30 or 4K120 video wherever...
6 months ago
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Capture broadcast-ready, behind-the-scenes (BTS) video and much more with Panasonic's new UHD 4K60p HC-X2000, HC-X1500, and...
7 months ago
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Looking to protect and transport your valuable video-camera rig? Here we highlight five soft cases designed to keep your gear organized and safe at hand during your shoot. All the bags have adjustable dividers, exterior and interior pockets, grab handles and, except for the roller bags, an adjustable shoulder strap. A Place for Everything Bag Found on almost any pro video set, Porta Brace’s...
7 months ago
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Shallow depth of field, large-format sensors, longer lenses, moving subject and camera positions—all these factors present a challenge when keeping your video shot in focus. “But my camcorder, DSLR, or mirrorless camera now has touch focus and autofocus,” you say? While such systems continue to improve, they do not provide the fine-tuned, immediate control that you get using a dedicated follow...
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