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The StabCam stabilizer works with GoPro mounts

Motorized actioncam stabilizing rigs are becoming increasingly common, although most of them are hand-held affairs. The GoPro-specific StabCam is a little different, however, in that it can be attached to any existing GoPro mount. As an added bonus, it can automatically track a moving subject.  Read More

Seattle-based Freefly Systems unveiled its new Alta drone at this week's NAB show in Las V...

If you're in the business of making drones for photography, it takes a bit to stand out from the crowd these days. Drone-mounted cameras are only getting better, and the vehicles themselves are only becoming more capable of accommodating higher quality lenses and equipment. Freefly Systems is looking to add another element to the airborne filmmaking mix with a professional-grade UAV that can fly with a camera above its body.  Read More

The Blackmagic URSA Mini is a compact Super 35 digital film camera designed for solo or cr...

Blackmagic has unveiled what it says is the world’s lightest handheld Super 35 digital film camera. Designed to be comfortable enough for all-day handheld use, the URSA Mini comes in four models, with either a 4.6K or 4K sensor and EF or PL lens mounting.  Read More

DJI Inspire 1: the most sophisticated all-in-one, ready to fly aerial camera you can buy (...

We recently had a chance to spend some time with the most advanced all-in-one video drone on the market, DJI's Inspire 1. It's a clear step forward from the Phantom 2 Vision+ we've been playing with lately, but what's it like to fly, and where does it sit against DJI's new Phantom 3?  Read More

Canon has revealed the 4K shooting duo of the C300 Mark II and the XC10

Canon has revealed two new professional 4K-toting cameras in the form of the C300 Mark II and the XC10. The EOS C300 M2 is designed for film makers and broadcast producers with its Super 35-mm CMOS sensor and internal 4K recording, while the XC10 is a smaller hybrid camera with a built-in 27-273-mm equivalent lens aimed at indie film makers and multimedia journalists.  Read More

The Joby Action Jib Kit lets action camera users create cinematic-style shots

Joby has introduced an action camera-focused jib kit to let you capture your extreme endeavors (or more mundane activities) from a new perspective. Part of the Action Series line-up, the Action Jib Kit and Pole Pack is designed for action cameras including GoPro, Contour and the Sony Action Cam. It should make it easier to film that skateboard trick you've been practicing, with more cinematic-style camera movements.  Read More

Shift automatically pans and tilts a quadcopter's camera, to keep the subject centered

Although camera-equipped drones have opened up all sorts of film-making possibilities, trying to simultaneously control the aircraft and the camera movements can definitely be challenging. That's why Perceptiv Labs developed Shift. It's a system that allows a DJI or 3D Robotics quadcopter's motorized camera to automatically keep a tagged subject centered in the frame, letting the user concentrate on flying.  Read More

Allsopp's new Action Cam Skyshot Helikite – some of the company's other Helikites have bee...

It's certainly no secret that consumer drones are proving to be extremely popular for shooting aerial videos. That said, the things still aren't perfect – you can't fly them for more than about 25 minutes per battery charge, pre-flight procedures such as calibrating their compass can be tricky, they're noisy, and they can fall out of the sky and hurt people. Allsopp's Action Cam Skyshot Helikite, however, is claimed to have none of these problems. It's basically just a GoPro-carrying kytoon – a kite/balloon hybrid.  Read More

The SoloShot2 pans and tilts the user's camera, to follow them while they're in action

A couple of years ago, we first heard about the SoloShot. It's a robotic device that sits between a video camera and a tripod, automatically panning the camera to keep the surfing, skiing, etc subject centered in the shot. The idea is that you can get video of yourself doin' your thing, without calling upon someone else to act as a videographer. The SoloShot2 takes things a step further, most notably by also tilting the camera.  Read More

The GaffGun straightens, centers and tapes down cords and cables

If you've ever worked in film/television production, special events setup, music production or any number of other similar industries, then you're probably familiar with a particularly unlikable task – taping cables down to the floor, so people don't trip over them. The GaffGun is designed to make that job considerably quicker and easier.  Read More

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