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What’s On Your Video Christmas Wish List? Here are 10 ideas…

December 6, 2012 by  
Filed under All Posts, Equipment, Video Production

What’s on your Christmas list for yourself this year? Any video items?

Has your family been asking you for your Christmas list? Or maybe you have a videographer you’d like to buy for. I put together this list for you to get some great ideas, from stocking stuffers to higher priced gifts.

1. Squid!

I’ve found some neat things on sale at this time of year that you don’t normally see. Our Rite Aid Pharmacy sells a lot of Christmas lights and electrical outlets. You can often find multi-outlet “squids” on sale for very cheap prices. I have several of these and intend to pick up more. They are very handy when you have to connect a lot of electrical devices in close proximity. They “lock” the plug in so are a more secure fit than standard outlet strips. Mine have 5 outlets, four are on flexible extensions and they are usually on sale in the Christmas lights area for around $10.00.

2. Switch On, Switch Off

I also like to get remote controlled electrical outlets. These are very handy when you need to switch equipment on or off at a distance. I use one on my little water fountain outside, but you could also use it to turn on and off lights or a fan or things like that which you have placed them in locations that are difficult to access.

3. Clamp It

You’ll never regret having extra clamps in your gadget bag and a lot of hardware stores, especially big box stores like Home Depot, often have sets of clamps on sale for very low prices.

4. Hardware Heaven

I love hardware stores and they put so much stuff on sale at Christmas that you’re bound to find some great values. Need a gear bag? Look at tool bags, both hard side and soft. How about a few work lamps? They work fine in a lot of situations and cost a lot less that studio lights. And everyone needs heavy duty extension cords. Oh, and those multi-tools? Definitely get one for your camera bag, one for your car’s glove box, etc.

5. GOPro Hero 3

Now, suppose you want a fun new camera. The new GoPro Hero 3 is a fantastic camera that just gets better and better. Surely everyone can use a super wide angle shot to increase your production value. The Wi-Fi enabled HERO3: Black Edition is the most advanced GoPro, ever!

No expense was spared during its development, resulting in a GoPro that is 30% smaller, 25% lighter and 2x more powerful than previous models. Wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197′ (60m), capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the HERO3: Black Edition is the world’s most versatile camera. Built-in Wi-Fi, GoPro App compatibility and the included Wi-Fi Remote (normally a separate $79.99 accessory) make the HERO3: Black Edition all the more versatile.

Best part of all? It costs less than $400! Check it out at the Official GoPro® Store. (I’m selling my GoPro HERO2 to upgrade to this.) This is a stunning camera.

6. How Does This Sound?

Looking for a low cost, light weight yet professional quality shotgun mic? The RØDE VideoMic Pro is a true shotgun microphone designed for use with camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as a source of primary and reference audio.

A super-cardioid polar pattern ensures that surrounding audio is minimized, and your recording is focused on the subject in front of the camera. An innovative suspension system separates the VideoMic Pro capsule and electronics from its mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. A lightweight and flexible yet robust multi-strand cable provides significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable while ensuring a high definition signal.

 7. This Looks Good

Are you shocked by the price of viewfinders for your DSLR camera? Here is a really great price on a fine LCD viewfinder that is foldable and has 3X magnification. Available at Cowboy Studio for $66 (including free shipping).

8. Smooth Move

I love smooth moving shots, with the emphasis on SMOOTH. If you’ve tried this then you know how challenging it can be.

Here is a economical stabilizer for DSLR and video cameras – $125 at Cowboy Studio.

9. Backpacking

I’ve written several articles about how I love my Kata Digital Rucksack 467 camera backpack. Well there’s a $15 rebate until January 31 so this is the perfect time to pick one up for only $74.98. I take mine everywhere and it is holding up great. You can find them at my favorite video store, B&H.

Shoot To Sell, Make Money Producing Special Interest Videos10. Gotta Have This!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug our new book, Shoot To Sell: Make Money Producing Special Interest Videos. If you are in or considering getting into the Special Interest Video business, this should be the first thing you buy. You can purchase it at and we’ll not only send you a free CD filled with all of the forms and templates we share in the book, but we’ll personally autograph it as well!

Happy Shopping!


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