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Holiday Gift Guide: Rylo 360 Camera

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13th December

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Rylo 360-Degree Camera.

The Rylo 360-Degree Camera is a new VR camera developed by a team of former Apple, Instagram and Hyperlapse engineers and is one of the smallest and easy to use 360 camera on the market.

The Rylo can fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, shoots 360 video in 4K and can easily be formatted for standard 16:9 video at 1080p full HD. The camera has two 208-degree lenses and includes a handy grip/tripod that lets you hold it or mount it easily so it doesn’t get in your way. Additionally, … Read More »



Canon Releases New “Prosumer” Video Cameras – But Why?

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13th December

We are busy selling off our video cameras on eBay.

Luckily, the are going like hotcakes.

We used to own about 30 prosumer cameras.

No more.

What do we need them for?  We shoot everything on our iPhones.

When an iPhone gets 4K video AND can also edit, add graphics, music, stickers (if you want ’em), AND ‘share’ or move the files around instantly to anywhere in the world AND live stream (need i say more?), is there really any point in owning a ‘camcorder’?

I don’t think so.

Yesterday, Canon, maker of very fine video and photo gear, announced the release of not one, but three new ‘ProSumer’ video cameras –

The Canon XA11

The Canon XA15

The Vixia HF G21A

All three models shoot 1080P, have 20X optical zooms and range in price from $999 to $1899

Nice

But why?

They aren’t even 4K!

I have to say that I continue to be … Read More »



Equipment: Velapp Edits Video as You Shoot it

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13th December

Velapp is an amazing iOS app that edits video as you shoot it in the app. While you are shooting video in the app you just tap a button when you are recording something you know you’ll want in the video, and the app does the rest. Once you are done recording, the edited video from your clip will appear.

This is a great app to use when you are recording something long like a sports event, speech, or rally, and want to pull highlights from them right after. If you want a quick turnaround from an event to put on social media then this is the app for you.

Obviously this app isn’t for every video. If you are putting together a story from many clips then you will still have to use an editing app or program on your computer like … Read More »



Holiday Gift Guide: Freefly Movi Smartphone Stabilizing Gimbal

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12th December

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Freefly Movi smartphone stabilizing gimbal.

We have already featured a smartphone stabilizer on our Gift Guide, but this one is worth your time too. One of the biggest issues when shooting video with a smartphone is shaky footage. Because the phones are so light-weight, they can be hard to control, and the slightest movement can make your video look amateurish. While phones are taking care of this more and more internally with digital stabilization, they can only go so far. A great stabilizer will not only get rid of that small shake, … Read More »



Holiday Gift Guide: Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit

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11th December

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Canon EOS 80D Video Creator Kit.

DSLR cameras are some of the most popular cameras on the market, and Canon is one of the top camera brands producing them at all price levels. Not including the iPhone and other smartphones, the Canon EOS 80D is one of the most used cameras for digital video out there.

DSLR cameras are so popular because of their ease of use, and the quality of the image that they can produce. DSLR cameras allow the video producer to easily use amazing lenses that give their images a … Read More »



Tips for Photographers Going to Video

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11th December

In all our years of training, we’ve found that photographers make great video producers. Their already acquired knowledge of camera settings and how to tell visual stories makes the transition easier. However, there are some key differences from a technical standpoint between still photography and video.

Check out this video from B&H highlighting some of the key differences between photo and video and some tips:

Here’s what’s covered in the video:

Frame rate
Constant shutter
Continuous lighting
Video codecs
Photo vs. video lenses
Image resolution

Whether or not you are a photographer it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of a terms and features of manual camera settings. While it certainly true that you can get great video if you are working in automatic, particularly when producing video with your smartphone, but you can really up your game and have a better understanding of camera function … Read More »



Today Show Ratings Up After Lauer Leaves

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11th December

Reuters reported on Friday that the ratings for The Today Show, NBC’s flagship morning program were actually way up following the departure of former anchor and co-host Matt Lauer.

The show, which averaged 4.1 million viewers in the Lauer era was garnering 4.9 million viewers in the post-Lauer era. This compared to 4.4 million for competitor Good Morning America, who has yet to lose anyone to a sex scandal.

What does this tell us?

For years, Lauer was able to squeeze an astonishing $30 million a year salary from NBC, the theory being that he brought in the numbers.

First, paying someone $30 million a year to essentially sit in a chair and read what someone else has written for you is nothing short of pornographic. Also, when I went to J school, the idea of reading what someone else had written for you … Read More »



Holiday Gift Guide: Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

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11th December

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder.

The Zoom H1 audio recorder is a great small, light-weight, digital device that offers great audio quality when you can’t connect a microphone to your camera. Whether you are shooting video with a smartphone or DSLR capturing clean quality audio can be a challenge. When it comes to video, viewers can be very unforgiving of poor audio quality and your video will suffer if you don’t have crisp, clean sound. While DSLR cameras and smartphones have microphones that you can buy to attach to them, because … Read More »



How The Media Stole An Election

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8th December

The election was incredibly close.

The Democratic candidate had taken the popular vote, but as you know, elections are decided by the popular vote, and the electoral count was still in dispute. Florida was hanging by a chad. Whoever took Florida would win the White House.

The year was 1876, and the election was between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden. It was true that as the election results poured in, Florida’s electoral votes remained contested, but so did those of South Carolina, Louisiana and Oregon.

Samuel J. Tilden, the Democrat from New York had taken the popular vote by about 250,000.

In those days, the only electronic medium in the world was the telegraph, and that was owned by Western Union, who controlled all the telegraph wires in the country.

The information that was transmitted over those wires belonged to the Associated Press, … Read More »



Holiday Gift Guide: GoPro Accessory Starter Kit from Lifelimit

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7th December

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend, family members, or yourself, we have some great ideas for you here at VJ. One such gift is the Lifelimit Accessories Starter Kit for GoPro.

GoPro cameras are amazing. Already on our gift guide, these little cameras can withstand almost any shooting environment and are great for video producers who work out in the field a lot and need a camera that can keep up with them in any situation.  What’s great about GoPro cameras because of this is that you can pretty much put them anywhere — mount them on yourself, on a car, on a drone, on a tripod, basically wherever you can think of. To do this, though, … Read More »






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Holiday Gift Guide: Rylo 360 Camera

The Holiday Season is upon us. It’s time to start thinking about (and buying) some gifts for the people in your life. Whether you are...

Canon Releases New “Prosumer” Video Cameras – But Why?

We are busy selling off our video cameras on eBay.

Luckily, the are going like hotcakes.

We used to own about 30 prosumer cameras.

No more.

What do...

Equipment: Velapp Edits Video as You Shoot it

Velapp is an amazing iOS app that edits video as you shoot it in the app. While you are shooting video in the app you...

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