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Focusing in on Boland Monitors

DHD32After five years of using a 17-inch output monitor in my review system, I learned that what I really need was a 24- to 32-inch model for color grading apps because it’s really true that a larger monitor makes it easier to see what’s happening in the shadows. After asking around and doing some research, I chose a 32-inch SEL32 monitor from Boland.


G-Technology G-RAID Mini

StorageReview-G-Technology-G-RAID-miniIn the age of digital media, the storage and easy transport of data is an important part of your workflow process. Since 2011, I’ve been using G-Technology’s G-SPEED Q RAID to back up my data with very good results, so I’m happy to test the 2TB model of the company’s G-RAID mini. With larger RAIDs, it’s all about speed because you’re usually dealing with huge files. With 2TB of storage, the G-RAID mini is designed to be large enough to back up most projects yet be ultra-portable. Because of its small physical size (approximately 6 x 3¼ x 1½ inches), it can be easily transported to an editing facility. Its rugged metal case is one giant heat sink with a very quiet cooling fan, making it a great choice for on-set DIT work.


A Colorist Flight School for DaVinci Resolve

FlightSchoolLearning to use Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve software can be challenging, so I found it important to take advantage of every training opportunity. I had already finished the training offered by Tao of Color with Patrick Inhofer, so when I heard that he was now offering a three-day “Colorist Flight School” with a hands-on workshop, I signed up. The Flight School will be offered in cities across the country, but the first class was held in Atlanta, Ga. at Biscardi Creative Media, which is owned and operated by Walter Biscardi, Jr. of Creative COW fame. 


SpiderPro Single-Camera System

spiderIf you use small camcorders or DSLRs in your workflow, you know what a pain it can be to carry these cameras around. Always having your hands full during a production doesn’t really work, and hanging the camera around your neck can be bothersome. The solution? I recently tested a new product that’s usually used by still photographers but seems very adaptable to video production. The SpiderPro single-camera system from Spider Holster contains everything you’ll need to professionally carry one camera during a shoot — and it only costs $135.


GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

gopro hero3 smI really like my GoPro HERO2 camera, but the new and improved GoPro HERO3 Black Edition is even better. The HERO3 is smaller with housing that’s about 30-percent lighter. It also has a new LCD Touch BacPac, so you can see what you’re shooting and have a viewable playback of the shot. The images are better too. With 12MP images and ProTune firmware, RAW images are possible, and the HERO3’s easier-to-use images are available in higher resolutions and frame rates. The Black Edition also has a more powerful DSP and a larger sensor, giving it better in-camera processing and noise-reduction capabilities.

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