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Posted 06/29/21
Are you ready for Zhiyun-Tech’s latest gimbal? Well, get ready, because it is the WEEBILL-2, ready to help you create stable, smooth moves with cameras weighing up to 7.3 pounds. Building on the popular WEEBILL LAB and WEEBILL-S designs, the WEEBILL-2 is an evolution in functionality with an integrated 2.88" flip-out touchscreen for monitoring and adjustments, so you no longer need to use your smartphone for monitoring and setup. Weebill-2 with Sling Grip Handle Weebill-2 with Tripod But the evolution doesn’t stop with just what you can see. The WEEBILL-2 features a new UI design and an Infineon sensor that improves the gimbal’s performance for smoother, more responsive movements as you follow the action or create cinematic shots. With approximately 9 hours of run time on each full charge, the WEEBILL-2 can help you create smooth cinematic shots without worrying about running out of power. Plus, it supports PD charging, which means you can charge the gimbal to up to 25% capacity in only 20 minutes, limiting downtime for recharging. Additionally, 50% charge takes only 40 minutes, and 75% takes an hour, with a full charge taking only 1.5 hours. Weebill-2 Combo Kit You can get the WEEBILL-2 by itself, or customize it to fit your shooting style and needs by choosing from one of the following kits: the Special Edition, with an additional tripod and carry case; the Combo Kit, with Sling Grip Handle and carry case; and the Pro Kit, which includes a wireless transmitter, a focus/zoom motor, and a Sling Grip, and while you are at it, don’t forget to check out these  additional accessories  for your WEEBILL-2 from Zhiyun-Tech. Anyway you slice it, the WEEBILL-2 is a big step forward in the WEEBILL lineup, and worth checking out. Are you a WEEBILL fan? Share your thoughts about the new WEEBILL-2 in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/24/21
Doug Guerra takes the LiveU Solo Live Stream Encoder on a real-world test. This video encoder is a professional, reliable tool for any live event, because its size and simplicity make it a powerful streaming device. Would you add this to your live streaming setup? Tell us in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 06/18/21
Have you ever wanted to learn how to animate a picture or make an endless looping photo? Jennifer O’Brien shows you how to create cinemagraphs. Share your experience with cinemagraphs in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/28/21
Go behind the scenes with Food Visualist and Commercial Director David Ma as he shares his five tips for food videography, including food styling, creating cinematic shots, producing and more. Do you work in food videography? If you have any tips you’d like to share, or questions about the process, please use our Comments section.
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Posted 05/25/21
Speculate no more—Panasonic has announced the release of the newest iteration in its popular LUMIX GH5 line, the GH5 II camera, featuring up to 10-bit 4K60p video capture, revved-up autofocus capabilities, and more versatile livestreaming. But wait, there’s more! Panasonic has also revealed an upcoming GH6 model to be released later in the year. Based around a new engine and sensor, the GH6 will deliver up to 10-bit 4K120 and unlimited 10-bit 5.8K60 video recording. GH5 II Introduction This update on the GH5 camera boasts such videocentric hallmarks as 10-bit 4K60P video, simultaneous internal recording and HDMI output, and greatly enhanced autofocus capabilities. Upgraded functions include Wi-Fi livestreaming with just the camera and your smartphone, much smoother image stabilization (IS), and the inclusion of V-Log with the GH5 II for easier integration with S1H/S footage. Thanks to a new anti-reflective coating on its 20.3MP sensor, the GH5 II also offers improved flare suppression, perfect for high-contrast settings. Upcoming GH5 II updates will include the ability to create composite images in Live View, a USB tethering option for livestreaming, and wired RTP/RTSP IP streaming for stable imaging and audio up to 4K 60p/50p H.265. GH5 II vs. GH5 Comparison Not only does the GH5 II offer improved frame rates like 10-bit 4K60 and DCI 4K variable frame rates, it comes with the V-Log L curve option for cine-like color grading in post. The GH5 II capabilities include the newer, cine-like D2 and V2 looks plus the L, Classic Neo, and L Monochrome S options. All of these make for easier matching with footage recorded with other V-Log cameras. The GH5 II uses the same 20.3MP CMOS sensor as the GH5, but it’s been updated by the addition of a new coating that suppresses flares and moire effects. Based on the same durable, weather-sealed, magnesium alloy body as its predecessor, the GH5 II is available as a body only and in a kit with a 12-60mm zoom. It inherits the same dual SDXC card slots, full-size HDMI and USB ports and accessory compatibility, including use with the DMW-XLR1 mic adapter, the DMW-BGGH5 battery grip, and the DMW-SHGR1 tripod grip. The ability to power the camera and charge the batteries via its USB-C port are new to the GH5 II, as is compatibility with the same DMW-BLK22 battery used with the S5 camera. You can still use your existing DMW-BLF19 batteries with the GH5 II but note that you cannot charge the newer batteries on the older chargers. Dual Card Slot Weather Sealing Revved-Up Autofocusing Individual operators and fast-paced action shooters will be very pleased with the GH5 II’s vastly improved autofocusing functions that are like those of the S1 camera. Now, in addition to the GH5’s Face and Eye tracking, the GH5 II offers Head, Body, and Animal modes, with better tracking and recognition even when your subjects are smaller or off-center relative to your frame with Panasonic promising AF reactions up to twice as fast in a 50% smaller frame compared to the GH5. Versatile Streaming Simply pair the GH5 II with the LUMIX Sync app and a Wi-Fi connection (even your phone’s hotspot) for easy streaming to popular social media platforms. This combo offers 720p or 1080p60 at bit rates up to 8 Mb/s while RTMP streaming is available up to 16 Mb/s over a LAN. Another option is to use LUMIX Tethering with your macOS or Windows desktop for up to 1080p30 streaming. Better Stabilization You know you love shooting mirrorless when you’re running and gunning so you’ll really appreciate the GH5 II’s improved in-camera stabilization for those dynamic shots. Based on the algorithm developed for the S1H, this IS enables up to a 6.5-stop shutter speed compensation and is especially handy for panning shots. Brighter Monitor With a 150% brighter screen than the GH5 and improved color rendition, the GH5 II’s LCD monitor is easy to view, especially outdoors. This higher-resolution, 3" touchscreen monitor also offers selectable aspect ratios and a RED indicator for improved viewing. Upgraded Warranty With the introduction of the GH5 II, Panasonic has upgraded the standard LPS Red Warranty (3-year) to the Platinum warranty at no cost. At the Platinum level, Panasonic customers get 3 years of service, plus a discount on out-of-warranty service, and even loaner gear while your camera is being repaired in select situations, plus additional benefits. The standard minimum equipment ownership requirements have been waived, as well, to qualify for the Platinum level of service. Lumix GH5 II and the Podcasting Professional | Sponsored by Panasonic In this session, veteran podcaster and photographer Frederick Van Johnson will reveal his process for creating podcasts, courses, and more. You'll get a look at how he uses LUMIX gear, such as the just announced GH5 II, in various aspects of his creative world, including photography, podcasting, and video production. GH6 Development Set to hit the shelves later in 2021 and to retail for approximately $2500, the new video centric GH6 will harness its new image engine and sensor to offer such goodies as unlimited recording of DCI 4K 60p in 10-bit 4:2:2. It goes above and beyond that as well with 5.7K 60p 10-bit video and even high frame rate 4K up to 120p in 10-bit. Designed to appeal to professional creators, it's going to be very exciting to see what other goodies Panasonic has in store for the GH6 when it is officially released later this year. New Panasonic Leica 25-50mm and Camera/Lens Firmware Updates Panasonic is also pleased to announce the upcoming Leica DG 25-50mm f/1.7, which when used with the complementary Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7, will provide users with a healthy range of 10-50mm (20-100mm equivalent in 35mm) in just two lenses, perfect for fast-paced shoots and/or foot-based treks. Existing models haven’t been neglected—updates for the GH5S and G9 will be arriving, as well, including updates to autofocus functions, frame lines, and Atomos recorder compatibility. LUMIX G/Leica DG lens-related updates for the GH5 II will incorporate the ability to choose linear or nonlinear focus ring settings with adjustable 90 to 360˚ sensitivity in 30˚ increments. Whether you choose to grab the GH5 II or wait for the GH6, turn to Panasonic and B&H to offer the latest in convenient, high-quality mirrorless-style cine shooting. Are you excited about this new camera? Tell us why, or ask us questions, in the Comments section.
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Posted 05/01/21
Have you ever wanted to film an epic-looking commercial? Filming close-ups (or macro) allows you to capture epic b roll that will make your product videos stand out. Visual engineer @Steve Giralt shares his macro videography tips to help you create a cinematic product video. Are you a macro videographer? Share your tips or ask questions in the Comments section, below. We are always pleased to hear from you.
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Posted 04/15/21
The new DJI Air 2S is here! Featuring a powerful imaging system that includes a 1" CMOS sensor, all-new autonomous functions, as well as the ultralight design for which the Mavic Air series is known, the Air 2S appears to be the total package. It’s portable. It’s powerful. And if you’re an aerial photographer looking for the perfect all-in-one drone, the Air 2S might just be it. Super-Sized Sensor Although it shares the same family name as the Mavic Air 2, the Air 2S appears to be a significant upgrade over its predecessor. Chief among its enhancements is the new 1" CMOS sensor, which allows the Air 2S to shoot 5.4K30 and 4K60 video, as well as 20MP stills. The new sensor also supports many advanced imaging features, such as 10-bit color and RAW format photos, as well as several proprietary capture modes, including Intelligent HDR, Hyperlapse, and Panorama. Updates Galore In addition to the powerful new sensor, the Air 2S also includes the latest versions of several features and functions, including the newly released OcuSync 3.0, Active Track 4.0, and MasterShots—to name a few. OcuSync 3.0—or O3 as DJI calls it—is the latest iteration of DJI’s advanced image-transmission system. O3 recently made its debut with the DJI FPV drone, providing the reliably smooth images and ultra-low latency FPV flying requires. That same technology is available with the Air 2S, meaning it can consistently transmit clear, ultra-smooth 1080p footage from up to seven and a half miles away. DJI calls the new MasterShots feature the “next evolution of QuickShots,” the popular autonomous shooting feature that allows pilots to capture cinema-worthy footage with the single press of a button. The number of available QuickShots has grown over the years—from the original four we saw with the DJI Spark to the 10 now available in the DJI Air 2S. And with the increase in number came an increase in sophistication, image quality, etc. Hence, they are now “MasterShots.” Y’All Know Me, Still the Same Low g Of course, it wouldn’t be a Mavic Air if it wasn’t ridiculously lightweight. And despite the powerful new sensor, the Air 2S still weighs a mere 595g. That’s less than 30g heavier than the Mavic Air 2, despite having a camera several weight classes above it. Bottom line: You get all the convenience and portability of the Mavic Air 2, only with a better camera, better autonomous functions, and more advanced features. And with the  Air 2S Fly More Combo, you'll get essential accessories to complete the package and fly longer. In this session, DJI and marine wildlife filmmaker Roberto Ochoa will discuss how he’s been using the new drone on his latest adventures. Topics will include Ochoa’s history with drones, how he uses them to capture the world’s incredible marine life, and professional tips from Ochoa and DJI experts Stuart Cram and Donovan Davis. Share your thoughts about the new DJI Air 2S, down below, in the Comments section.
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Posted 04/14/21
Doug Guerra puts the HP Reverb G2 to the test in this hands-on review. This VR headset boasts 4320 x 2160 total resolution, dual 2.89" LCD screens, 90 Hz refresh rate, 114° field of view, and more. What are your thoughts on this virtual reality headset? Tell us about them or ask us questions in the Comments section, just below.
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Posted 04/06/21
Jake Estes and Bobby Sansivero test the ARRI Orbiter, an LED light with a processor that's four times faster than the SkyPanel. This cinema light features a wide range of color features, a 2000 to 20,000K color-temperature range, the ability to save up to 240 favorites, and much more. Watch this video, then read more about the Orbiter. Would you add it to your cinematic lighting setup? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 03/18/21
Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a great YouTube studio setup. Matt shows you how to create a video studio at home with a limited space, from camera gear to the set up itself. What are you doing in your own home studio setup? We hope you benefited and been inspired by watching this video. Feel free to stop by and view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com. And don't forget to leave any questions, comments, or explain your own home studio setup in the Comments section!
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