Monday, December 11, 2017

The Steadicam Merlin 2 – For A Smooth Moving Shot Wherever The Scene Takes You

Would you like to shoot those smooth, fluid moving shots? Unless you have a very steady hand and gait, you may find your shots more jerky than you wish, especially with smaller cameras. In that case, you will want to introduce a stabilizer. While I find my trusty monopod works well for me, I’m also intrigued with a simple steady cam such as the Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing STEADYCAM System by Tiffen.

I stopped by my favorite camera store’s (B&H) booth at the NAB Show a few months ago and got to handle one of these. While there, we shot this very short video with Mark, one of the reps on hand. In this video Mark shares:

What makes this smaller steadycam unique (and much easier to use!);

The size of camera it will hold (you’ll be surprised since the Merlin 2 is so small);

How easy they’ve made it for you (why you can just pull it out of the bag and you’re ready to go).

This lightweight Steadicam Merlin 2 Camera Stabilizing STEADYCAM System truly will let you go where the scene takes you–up or down steps, indoors and out, through crowds–and won’t kill your arm in the process. (If you’ve ever worked with other systems, you’ll know what I mean!) It gives you precise, elegant control for dramatic, professional you-are-there footage.

Other Posts On Stabilizers You Want To Read

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SteddiePod – A Tripod, Monopod, Jib And Boom All In One? Yes!

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VideoBlocks Free Video Download Offer Is A “Can’t Lose” Deal

May 23, 2013 by  
Filed under All Posts, Video Production

VideoBlocks.com is a subscription-based website that provides members with unlimited downloads of stock video, motion backgrounds, production music, sound effects, special effects, After Effects templates and much more.

While at the NAB Show 2013, I met Joel Holland, the founder of VideoBlocks.com. He granted me this interview. In this short video he and I talk about:

  • the concept and what makes it different than other stock agencies (and why this saves you boatloads of money!);
  • the sheer volume of clips you can choose from and how they’re adding more (HINT: this could be another way for you to make money on your videos);
  • why I wholeheartedly endorse this product (It paid for itself in just one week!)
  • the best way to get started by signing up for the 7 Day Free Trial Unlimited Downloads special. You’ll be amazed at the amount of clips you’ll have access to FREE of charge (and Royalty-free as well) for that one week.

In the video Joel mentions a special they have running right now and you should jump on it. As of today, you can enter code SPECIAL89 for 80% off unlimited downloads. Just yesterday I received an update that they had loaded 229 new clips available to download so I encourage you to sign up for the 7 Days of free downloads and see why I really like this program for my stock footage needs. Actually, I signed up to be notified when they add clips and am astonished at how fast they are adding music, video clips, etc. This is a “can’t lose” deal in my mind. I use them constantly.

The Anova iPhone Controlled LED Video Light “Lights” Up NAB

Before we went to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show this year, I was on the lookout for the Rotolight Anova LED EcoFlood light. I had seen an ad for it and I knew it would be on display at the B&H Audio Video booth, so we headed over there to take a look. I wasn’t disappointed as it was there front and center, surrounded by other people equally as interested as I was.

Why the buzz? Well, there are some state-of-the-art features that are very impressive. Watch this video to see:

  • How you can change the light output without affecting the color temperature, making this light perfect for a studio situation. You can also change the color temperature without changing the light output;
  • What you can control wirelessly (from your iPhone no less!);
  • How you can create an output/color temperature setting and duplicate it repeatedly and in additional units.

While the price point is a bit steep, $2,355 without the barn doors, the Rotolight Anova LED EcoFlood is definitely worth a look and will revolutionize video lighting. Obviously, I was not disappointed in this fantastic light and hope that we’ll be seeing this technology in less expensive units.

 

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