Just finished up my review of the Paralinx Ace, which in my opinion is the true spiritual successor to Paralinx’s popular-but-discontinued Arrow system. And the Ace is improved on just about every count: it now offers native SDI support, support for timecode and start/stop commands, has much better battery options, better range, and troubleshooting features. It is indeed a bit bigger than the Arrow, but it’s not much heavier, so the bigger size doesn’t really compromise anything. Read the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Just finished a review of Movcam’s great top handle, base plate and shoulder rig for the Canon C300 Mk II camera. I already was a fan of Movcam’s top handles because I’ve used them for years on my older C300s. This new one fits the new Mk II body, and gives you the best options for mounting accessories to your camera such as a focus motor or wireless video transmitter. But the top handle is joined by a lightweight baseplate and shoulder rig system that make it very quick and easy to use the Mk II in a ton of different scenarios.
Read the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Here's a review of my experiences using Lexar's 3400x Cfast 2.0 card with the new Canon C300 Mk II camera. It's a great card that's reasonably priced (as far as Cfast cards go), is fast enough to keep up with all of the Mk II's 4K and raw data rates, and is unique because no other card that I'm aware of is fast enough for the Mk II AND offers a 256 GB capacity (for about 85 minutes at 4K). Read the whole review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Just finished up a review of IDX’s CUE-D75 v-mount battery, which is the smallest, lightest brick battery I’ve come across. It also packs a 73 watt charge, which is enough to power many popular cameras like a Sony F5 or Canon C300 for hours, along with accessories. It’s also a great option for powering a wireless director’s monitor rig, where low weight is important. See the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.
Just finished up a review of Litepanels’ new Astra-related products for 2015. I reviewed the Astra last year, and was pretty impressed with its power and expandability. Now Litepanels has added new lights to the Astra lineup, multi-light travel kits and a wireless Bluetooth module that lets you control multiple Astras from your iPhone or iPad. See the full review on Pro Video Coalition right here.
Just finished a review of affordable 14-volt batteries from Broadcast Camera Batteries. These units don't have some of the specialty features you find with Anton Bauer or IDX batteries, but they come in a lot of different capacities and can save appreciable money in the long run. The company also makes a fantastic, low-cost dual charger that's barely bigger than a hard drive's power brick. See the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.