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.

Latest Articles

4 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...
6 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...
7 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...
7 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...
8 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...
8 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...
8 months ago
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The video camera baseplate—such a basic, humble camera component yet so important to a smooth shoot. Few moments are as aggravating to a camera operator or assistant as struggling to mount their camera with a baseplate that is not quite functioning. So, are high-end, cine-style baseplates worth their weight in gold? While some systems may be close to the current cost of an ounce of gold, luckily...
8 months ago
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Great news from Canon! XF705 4K Pro Camcorder users can now avail themselves of H.265/XF-HEVC support in Adobe Premiere Pro CC 10.4.7 and Apple Final Cut Pro 10.4. These software...
9 months ago
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As we prepare to usher in 2020, let’s look at five of the best new cine cameras released in 2019 by some major manufacturers. Including large format and Super 35 options, these picks range from ultra-pro and broadcast-friendly models to a DSLR-style 6K option. Features sported by individual cameras include large format sensors, up to 8K recording, interchangeable-lens mounts, high-speed frame...
New Essential Version of the FeiyuTech AK4500 Gimbal Now at B&H
9 months ago
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Now at B&H, the AK4500 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Essential Kit from FeiyuTech offers the compact, 3-axis AK4500 stabilizer in its basic form for users who don’t need the remote control and follow focus included with the...
9 months ago
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Shooting video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera and ready to invest in a set of your own lenses? Start building your “glass” kit with a trio of cine-style lenses chosen to suit your current shooting style and to keep for years to come. Choose from a classic 24/25, 50, and 75/85mm set, a trio of longer lenses to compress your depth of field for dramatic, intimate closeups, or a trifecta of...
10 months ago
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It’s a beautiful day and the sun is shining, with not a cloud in the sky, beaming down plenty of light for almost limitless depth-of-field for your footage. While all that sunshine can produce wonderful exposures, it may not be so great for your health or for the well-being of your equipment. Read on for some ideas on how to beat the heat during a summer shoot. Desert film shoot: hot! Camera Crew...
Atomos Shogun Studio II Rackmount 4K Dual Recorder & Monitor
11 months ago
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Proving that Atomos monitor/recorders are as at home in a studio or on a broadcast truck as perched atop your camera, Atomos has announced the Atomos Shogun Studio II. Pending further details, here’s what we know so far about this successor to the...
11 months ago
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Versatility is the name of the game with ARRI’s new Orbiter LED light fixture series—they’re ultra-bright, directional, and tunable. The impressive versatility of the high-output Orbiters means that each unit can serve as a projection, open face, softbox, or dome light, and can readily adapt to future lamp-head designs. Powered by the ARRI Spectra six-color LED engine, the Orbiters output an...
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11 months ago
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Crafted around a new full-frame 6K Exmor R sensor, Sony’s new E-mount PXW-FX9 XDCAM digital cinema camera is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the PXW-FS7 and...
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