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A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks from teleprompter operator to videographer, editor, producer and director of many different types of programming. It was in the early 1980's that he bought his first computer - a Timex/Sinclair 1000 - a device he hated so much, he promptly exchanged it for an Atari 400. But the bug had bitten hard. In 1987, Johnson joined Wisconsin Public Television in Madison as a videographer/editor, and still works there to the present day. His responsibilities have grown, however, and now include research and presentations on the issues surrounding the digital television transition, new consumer technology and the use of public television spectrum in homeland security. He freelances through his company Painted Post MultiMedia, and has written extensively for magazines including DV and Studio Monthly.

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REVIEW: Fotodiox Flapjack Edge-lit LED Lights


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  August 19, 2015

Edge-lighting is just what it sounds like – instead of an array of front-facing LEDs, the LEDs are arranged around the edge of the fixture, facing into a large, milky-white diffuser.  The smoothness and intensity of the Flapjacks is quite remarkable; while they won’t out-punch an HMI sungun, they are amazingly effective for their size, heat and energy consumption.
 

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Review: Fotodiox LED100WA-56 Video Light


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  August 4, 2015

You probably know Fotodiox mainly from their very clever line of lens adapters and their ever-affable spokesman Bohus Blahut. They aren’t as well known for their lighting products, but that is changing.

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NAB 2015: Blackmagic Design


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 20, 2015
It wouldn't be NAB without a look at the new stuff at the Blackmagic Design booth.  Here's a quick peek at what's new.    
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NAB 2015: ATTO Technology


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 20, 2015
Sometimes the laptop you are editing on and the storage you want to use don't speak the same language, interface-wise.  Luckily for all of us ATTO is here with tools to translate.    
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NAB 2015: Promise Technology


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 20, 2015
Promise Technology has always been out front in the storage arena, and this year is no exception.    
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NAB 2015: Newtek


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 20, 2015
After releasing the astounding Tricaster Mini just a few months back, you might think that Newtek was out of fresh ideas to surprise us with at NAB 2015.  You would be wrong.    
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NAB 2015: Rohde & Schwarz Clipster


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2015
In all my years of watching content on Netflix, it never occured to me that there might be specific requirements for delivery to different streaming services.  Luckily for content creators, Rohde & Schwarz was more aware than I, and have a device designed for just such a task.  
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NAB 2015: CamDolly


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2015
You may know him as the voice of Fotodiox, but Bohus Blahut has another product these days - a nicely laid-out dolly system called the CamDolly.     ...
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NAB 2015: Marshall Electronics


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2015
Well-known for high-quality monitors, the folks at Marshall Electronics have something else up their sleeves - point-of-view cameras.    
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NAB 2015: Switronix


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2015
Video production devices can be hungry beasts, and Switronix has a solution to keep you up and running for hours at a time.    
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NAB 2015: Video Devices Pix-E5


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2015
You know them as Sound Devices, but everyones favorite mixer makers are branching out.  Here's a new product from their Video Devices division.  BONUS:  PVC readers might recognize the presenter!    
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NAB 2015: FileCatalyst


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2015
Tired of waiting for your huge files to be sent over the Net? FileCatalyst claims to be able to speed up that process - by many orders of magnitude.      
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NAB 2015: Facilis Technology


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2015
There was no lack of storage companies at NAB 2015.  Facilis Technology showcased some powerful and affordable solutions, including hybrid SSD and spinning-disk units.    
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NAB 2015: Cinedeck


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2015
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NAB 2015 Preview: Aputure


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 14, 2015
Want to use a Canon lens on a Sony or Panasonic DSLR but don't know how you will control it? The folks at Aputure have you covered, at a remarkably small cost.   ...
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NAB 2015 Preview: DJI Technologies Has Two Announcements


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2015
As if announcing the new DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter wasn't enough, a new camera stabilizer is coming as well.    
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NAB 2015 Preview: G-Tech G-Drive EV ATC


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2015
It's not every day you see someone drop a hard drive on purpose, but watch this video and cringe. BTW, he had to drop it four times to hit...
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NAB 2015 Preview: HP Z Turbo Drive G2


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2015
I don't know anyone that wouldn't like more speed from their storage.  HP is here to help.  
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NAB 2015 Preview: Rosco


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2015
Rosco is in the LED light space with a compelling offering:      
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REVIEW: proDAD Mercalli V4 SAL+

Let's clean up some video, shall we?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  December 12, 2014
Whether attached to a car, a bicycle, a motorcycle,  a quadcopter, a rocket or a pair of skis, we have all become addicted to the unusual perspectives the GoPro family and all their action-cam brethren can give us.  However, it doesn’t take too much experimentation with these cameras to learn an immutable fact: By and...
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ProDAD Respeedr

Software to speed you up or slow you down...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  November 5, 2014
ProDAD is a company that really, really aims to please.  Over the last few years they have come out with software that addressed the realms of transitions (Vitascene), video stabilization (Mercalli) and action-video optimization (ProDRENALIN) in clever, albeit unique, ways.  Respeedr is a program that tries to add slow- and...
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Press Release: "Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing"


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  August 14, 2014
So I'm reading one of the various trade publications that comes through my email on a daily basis, and I see this: "Disney Demos Automated Multicamera Editing" Seeing as I do multicamera editing for a living on a daily basis, you could say this caught my eye.  There was a link to a...
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Robbie Carman


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 13, 2014
Robbie Carman is an editor who operates Amigo Media. Here's his favorite 60-second Premiere Pro tip.    
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Luisa Winters


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 13, 2014
Luisa Winters is an editor and clinician from the East Coast of the USA.  Here is her favorite 60-second Premiere Pro tip.    
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Eran Stern


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 13, 2014
Eran Stern is a special effects artist from Israel.  Here's his favorite quick Premiere Pro tip.    
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Jeff Greenberg


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 13, 2014
Jeff Greenberg is a well-known author and Adobe clinician.  Here's his favorite quick Premiere Pro tip. After you watch this one, click here to find TWENTY more.  Thanks Jeff!  
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Gary Adcock


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 13, 2014
Gary Adcock is a director, editor and DIT operating out of his company Studio 37 in Chicago.  Here is one of the things he loves about Adobe Premiere Pro.  
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Jarle Leirpoll


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
Jarle Lierpoll is an extremely successful shooter and editor from Norway.  Here are his best quick tips on managing audio in Adobe Premiere Pro.    
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Rich Harrington


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
Rich Harrington is one of the best-known clinicians on Adobe products.  Here is his best one-minute tip on using Premiere Pro to it's fullest.    
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Adam Epstein


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
Adam Epstein of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit just gave a informative and hilarious keynote speech to the 120+ participants at Premiere Pro World Conference.  I grabbed him after the show to ask him: Why Premiere Pro?  
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Gone Girl


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
One of the announcements made at the Adobe headquarters included several fimmakers that have switched to Adobe tools, including the Coen brothers and David Fincher.  The entirety of his latest film, Gone Girl, was created with Adobe tools.  And the trailer looks really, well, creepy:  
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Premiere Pro World Conference: The History of Premiere Pro


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
If you have ever edited on Premiere Pro or its predecessors, these pictures will take you back! 1991: This is the editing interface of Premiere 1.0, which was originally only a Mac program.  Three video tracks, three audio tracks, 160x120 resolution...who could ask for more? 1992: Versions 2.0 and...
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Rob Ing


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
Visiting from our northern neighbor, Rob Ing tells us about how he came to edit on Adobe Premiere Pro.      
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Kirk Johnson


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
Next up is Kirk Johnson, who edits promos for ABC-TV in Los Angeles.          
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Premiere Pro World Conference: Al Mooney


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 12, 2014
I took some time out of the (TOTALLY AWESOME) sessions at the Adobe headquarters on Friday to grab quick interviews with several folks.  First up is Al Mooney, the Premiere Pro product manager.  
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Greetings from the Premiere Pro World Conference!


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  July 11, 2014
Howdy from San Jose!  I've traveled from the great Midwest out to California to attend the inaugural Premiere Pro World Conference.  The three-and-a-half day event actually started this afternoon with warmup sessions by luminaties including Eran Stern, Jeff Greenberg, Rich Harrington and Luisa Winters, whose "Adobe Certified...
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PVC NAB 2014: Amimon

The power behind the aerials
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 14, 2014
You may not recognize the name, but Amimon is a company pushing remote video to new heights - and distances.  Zero-latency video from 2000 meters away?  Sign me up.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Matrox


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 14, 2014
Here's a quick booth tour with Scott Simmons.  Editing 4K and streaming appliances were the subject matter of the day.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Blackmagic Design


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 14, 2014
Blackmagic Design has really turned heads over the last few years with their fairly unusual camera designs - and they aren't slowing down now.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Zylight F8 LED Fresnel


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2014
LED lighting keeps expanding in the pro lighting space, and the Zylight L8 fresnel fixture is one of the best I've ever seen.  
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PVC NAB 2014: WhisperRoom


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2014
The floor of the NAB Convention is loud...except in a certain, calming area.   PVC NAB 2014...
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PVC NAB 2014: Vectormount

Give your GoPro the ability to pan with the wind
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2014
Sure, it's nice to look straight ahead, but sometimes it's even better to be able to look around.  Vectormount gives your GoPro the ability to do just that.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Telemetrics

You see their work every day and don't even know it!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 13, 2014
Telemetrics makes the world standard in robotic camera support. They showcased several new products at NAB 2014.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Soloshot 2


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 12, 2014
Here's a pretty cool virtual "cameraman" to chase you around - and very reasonably priced to boot.  
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PVC NAB 2014: Rigwheels


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 12, 2014
If you are looking for a slider system, be sure to give Rigwheels a chance.   PVC NAB 2014...
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PVC NAB 2014: LaCie

Medium drives, HUGE drives, and fast to boot.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
The folks at LaCie are leading the charge into Thunderbolt 2 technology, and creating some enormously huge drive arrays with wicked transfer speeds.  Have a look.    
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PVC NAB 2014: Miller Camera Support


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
Miller Camera Support may be 60 years old, but they certainly aren't resting on their laurels.  Have a look at their new Cineline 70.  
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PVC at NAB 2014: Dougmon Camera Stabilizer

A new look at an old problem...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
Have a look at the Dougmon, a fresh take on a vexing problem.   PVC Dougmon from
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PVC NAB 2014: Marshall Electronics


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
Have a look at two of Marshall Electronics newest monitors, including a 4K beauty.   PVC...
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PVC at NAB 2014: Create the Most Stable Video Around


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
Larry Reich from Big Balance took the time to tell us about the various camera gimbals they showcased at NAB 2014. He focuses on the capabilities of their Gorilla product, which has a rugged handle and cradle that can balance cameras from 400-800 grams.
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PVC NAB 2014: The LTO Program


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2014
The LTO Program is a consortium of three big companies with a huge, noble goal - keep your data safe for a long time to come at a truly reasonable price.  
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PVC at NAB 2014: BBS Lighting Area 48 LED Softlight


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2014
Meet the Area 48 Softlight - a new take on LED softlights.     PVC BBS...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - A Lightbulb You Can Reuse


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2014
Learn about an LED replacement tube for fluorescent lights that's reusable from William Meurer at GoGreen. PVC...
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PVC at NAB 2014 - New Dreamcolor Monitors from HP


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2014
Larry Mahoney talks to us about the new Dreamcolor monitors that HP launched during NAB 2014. PVC HP Monitors from
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REVIEW: ProDAD ProDrenalin

A one-stop shop for your action-cam footage needs
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  October 2, 2013
A few months back, I wrote a review of fish-eye management software from ProDAD called DeFishr.  Never ones to rest, ProDAD has followed up in record time with DeFishr on steroids – this time called ProDrenalin.  In addition to fish-eye reduction,...
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NAB 2013: Digital Bolex


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 12, 2013
Just the thing for all those Super16 lenses that are collecting dust in your closet - here comes the Digital Bolex!  
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NAB 2013: Steve Hullfish On Color Correction And Hardware Scopes


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2013
Steve Hullfish gives us the lowdown on why you should always use a hardware scope for color correction.    
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NAB 2013: Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 11, 2013
Need a small jib?  Here ya go - and it packs down really, really small.    
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NAB 2013: DJI Phantom Quadcopter

Fun *and* useful.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
There were more radio-controlled helicopters at NAB 2013 than at a hobby tradeshow.  The DJI Phantom was among the least expensive and the most accessible.  
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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Part 2 - 4K Switchers and Resolve Color Correction

There's more to production than just cameras...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Pat 2 of the Blackmagic booth tour shows off 4K live production capability and the improvements made to the DaVinci Resolve color correction tools.  
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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Part 1 - Cameras

Yeah, they have a couple...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
You might have heard some gossip about Blackmagic Designs new cameras.  Here are the details.    
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NAB 2013: Tascam DR-60D DSLR Audio Recorder

Much better than recording on the camera...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Most DSLRs have dismal audio sections.  Tascam has a cost-effective solution to this issue.    
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NAB 2013: Sound Devices

Some clever new enhancements for NAB 2013
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Sound Devices President Matt Anderson shows off two clever additions to the product line.    
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NAB 2013: Hoodman Part 2 - Custom Finder Kit

Another glare fighter!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Yet another clever way to cut the glare, this time for your DSLR.    
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NAB 2013: Hoodman Part 1 - BMCC Hood

Cut the glare!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
The big screen on the back of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a glare magnet.  Control it with this product from Hoodman.  
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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson Part 2: LED Bars

A lot of light in a small space.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Finally, both compact brightness and easy remote control in one light fixture. See if you can spot Ron Burgundy in this video.  
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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson Part 1: LED Retrofits

Retrofits for Baby Lights
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 10, 2013
Love your old Baby Lights?  Refurbish them for many more years of service as LED Fresnels.    
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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson LED Retrofits


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
If you have a bunch of older Mole-Richardson lights hanging from your grid, here is a way to extend their life and make them more energy-efficient at the same time.  
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NAB 2013: Dactylcam

Everyone needs a cable cam once in a while...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
I first saw a cable-cam at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Now we can all own one!  
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NAB 2013: Joker Boxes

A place to stash your stuff and make your actors taller.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
The traditional apple box has been done one better.  
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NAB 2013: Freefly Systems Movi M10

Pretty forward-thinking design...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
Their demo video took the world by storm last week, and now here is the Movi M10 live and in person.  
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NAB 2013: What's New From Porta-Brace?

New bags, both soft and hard...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
It's always fun to check in with our friends from Vermont.  
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NAB 2013: Zacuto Z-Light

It's plasma, baby!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
There are literally hundreds of LED lighting elements on the floor at NAB 2013, but so far I've only seen one plasma light - the Zacuto Z-Light.  
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NAB 2013: Sony Alpha NEX E-mount Lenses


Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
As a new owner of a Sony NEX-EA50U camera, I found this display full of E-mount lenses absolutely irresistable.  
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NAB 2013: Steadicam Curve

Miniaturization run amok?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 9, 2013
30+ years ago, I trained as a full-sized Steadicam operator, and have the bad back to prove it.  Now one of the smallest cameras you can buy has a flyweight Steadicam to go with it.  
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REVIEW: Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

A lot of potential in a slab of aluminum
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  March 12, 2013
(Music cue:  Also Sprach Zarathustra) (Lights come up on a monolith, perfectly rectangular and black as death) OK, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic.   However, it is hard to have a first look at the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle and not instantly think of the Kubrick masterpiece...
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REVIEW: ProDAD DeFishr

Straighten out some of those curves!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  February 24, 2013
It wasn't that long ago that getting a point-of-view shot was a major undertaking.  About a decade ago, a producer I work with wanted to do a story on the last of the bicycle newspaper delivery boys.  We acquired a bike with a front basket and a rear rack.  Gaffer-taped to the basket was an "ice-cube" surveilliance camera,...
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The Cure for the Slippery HDMI?

OK, we have half the solution…
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  December 5, 2012
A few weeks back, I took a look at the Sony NEX-EA50H NXCam camcorder.  Alongside all of its many charms was a “feature” that several of my colleagues pointed out as a big minus:  The fragility and instability of the HDMI plug.  It’s true that in it’s native state HDMI connections don’t...
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REVIEW: Vinten Vision Blue5 Fluid Head and Tripod Legs

A Nice Set Of Legs For A Reasonable Price
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  November 20, 2012
Tripods tend to fall into that broad category of items that we never notice when they work, yet can't live without when they don't. And there aren't too many things that can ruin a great shoot faster than a tripod that slips, catches, or doesn't stay put when you want it to. I've used or tested a lot of tripods in my career, and in my...
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First Look & Semi Review: Sony NEX-EA50H NXCam Camcorder

The big chips are coming in better packages.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  October 20, 2012
I'm a TV guy. I've been shooting and editing in broadcast television for over thirty years now, and along with you have seen astounding changes in image acquisition and editing. One thing that caught me way off guard, though, was the sudden ascendance of digital single lens reflex cameras (DSLRs) as a preferred way to capture video. ...
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Sensor Size Described...

...as best I've ever seen it.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  October 20, 2012
On the left, a 2/3" Sony HDW-750 HDCam camcorder...on the right, a Sony NEX-EA50H APS-C camcorder.In the process of writing the First Look on the large-sensor Sony NEX-EA50H camera, I went fishing around the Web for good charts defining actual imaging chip sizes. And this is the best one I found:...
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NAB 2012: Trucolor Ohm Space Light

400 watts of LED replaces a 6K? Sounds good to me.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 21, 2012
Next time you need to flood a room with soft light - in whatever color temperature - you should give the Ohm a look.
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NAB 2012: EZ-Jib

EZ to use, EZ on your wallet
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 21, 2012
I've always been intrigued by jib arms, and usually put off by their high prices. EZ-FX might have a solution to that problem.
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NAB 2012: Profoto Reflector Umbrellas

The big one in the picture is TEN FEET TALL!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 19, 2012
When I walked past these the first time, I thought they might be antennas left on the Moon to shoot signals back to earth. But a little research proved to me that these are great lighting devices. NOTE: a big...
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NAB 2012: Eizo 4K Monitor

You are going to have to look at your 4K footage on *something.*
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 19, 2012
At NAB 2012, when you see a crowd of people clotted around a small booth, it's a sign you should pay attention. The Eizo full 4K monitor I found there was easily one of the most beautiful I saw all week, with a price...
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NAB 2012: T3 Motion Camera Transporter

Kind of an unholy marriage between Ben-Hur and Blade Runner, and super-cool to boot.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
Steadicams have great uses, and some downsides - like severe back strain. Here's a great product that can help you get fantastic shots and keep you out of traction.
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NAB 2012: Epic HD1080 Danger Cam

Another David looking for Goliath?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
Another new-kid-on-the-block aims at the entrenched leader, this time in dangercams.
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NAB 2012: Swedish Chameleon DSLR Shoulder Mount

No, it isn't a lizard.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
There are a lot of DSLR mounts out there, but this one lets you say: "Look Mom, no hands."
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NAB 2012: PhotoHigher Hexacopter

...can lift a lot of cameras.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
I'm always looking for the next great aerial platform. This looks like a good candidate.
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NAB 2012: Art Lebedev Optimus Popularus Keyboard

Not only is the Maximus keyboard *not* vaporware...it has spawned a Version 2.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
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NAB 2012: Mini Dolly Slider

For those REALLY low-angle shots.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
Skateboard wheels are in a lot of booths here at NAB 2012, but none go lower than the ones on the Mini Dolly Slider.
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NAB 2012: Plasticase Nanuk

You gotta love competition.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 18, 2012
Here is the first of a series of videos on products in the "back corners" of the NAB 2012 exibition floor. Hope you enjoy them! In this video, Plasticase takes on an un-named giant.
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NAB 2012: Maybe this means nothing.

Maybe it does.
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 17, 2012
Anyone that has attended NAB in the past decade knows that major booth positions change very rarely, either in position or in size. For example, it was a big deal when Sony moved a few years back from dominating the Upper South Hall entrance area to a space near the rear of the Central Hall. And for as long as I can remember,...
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NAB 2012: Sony Press Conference

Memories of things past.......
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  April 16, 2012
Alec Shapiro hosting the 2012 Sony Press event. Sorry about the poor picture, but that's a cellphone for ya.The annual Sony NAB press conference was held at Las Vegas' Hard Rock Hotel, with a setting that seemed to be a bit less grandiose than previous years. Perhaps this is fitting considering that Sony...
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REVIEW: Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E Video Switcher

Dollars To Donuts: Through The Roof
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  March 18, 2012
I've been working in TV stations for over 30 years now. I can trace one of the primary reasons I made this career choice back to a basic fact of my DNA:I love buttons.I wanted to switch video on a video switcher from the day I saw my first one, and eventually I managed to get to that point. ...
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Want To Fly In First Class On Your Next Gig? Here's How!

...and it is actually CHEAPER than coach!
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  December 9, 2011
I just got back from a whirlwind cross-country trip for a freelance gig I'm working on. Between me, my field producer and my audio operator, we managed to boil down our equipment complement to six checked bags and three carry-ons. Now prices vary on different airlines, but the way it worked for me was this:We flew USAirways from...
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REVIEW: Fast Forward Video Sidekick HD Recorder/Monitor

Two for the price of one?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  December 9, 2011
PREFACE: The ProRes DilemmaLet's start this review off by dispelling a long-held rumor. I'm a PC guy, just always have been, and after reviewing just about every PC NLE at least once, I have settled on Adobe Premiere Pro (and the CS 5.5 suite) as my editor of choice. Not too long ago, I had a freelance...
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Is TV Broken?

or: if It Ain't Broke, Does it Need To Be Fixed?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  December 7, 2011
I don't generally re-post links to articles, but this one from CNN's Business Insider Matt Rosoff caught my eye. Give it a read, but the thumbnail...
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Canon Cinema EOS C300: A Dissenting View

Disappointed is a weak word...
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  November 7, 2011
I know, there have been a million opinions shot over the Internet over the last three days regarding canon's new Cinema EOS C300 camera. About half point out it's great feature set, and about half seem to point out every flaw it has in comparison to RED Epic. Whatever, all that's fine. Me, I'm dissapointed for an entirely different...
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The One Collaboration I Need Adobe To Make

I don't think I'm really asking much...am I?
Written by Bruce A Johnson  |  September 7, 2011
Hey folks, been gone a while, but it's fall and time to get back in the swing of things. One of the interesting side-effects of writing for PVC is that I am on just about every PR person's mail list. Usually these missives are easy to toss to the side, but the other day I got one from Adobe, talking up their presence at IBC 2011 in...