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Saturday
Jan242015

REVIEW: Promise Technologies' Pegasus M4 SSD RAID on Pro Video Coalition

Here's a new review of Promise's Pegasus M4 SSD RAID, which is the fastest Thunderbolt 2 RAID I've ever tested, getting reads and writes in the 1100 MB/s range when configured in a RAID 0, and not much slower in a RAID 5. 

If you can fit a project in the M4's 2TB capacity, this little drive lets you edit multiple streams of just about any footage you've got, including 4K. 

Read the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition. 

 

Saturday
Jan242015

REVIEW: Red Giant's Offload 1.0 on Pro Video Coalition

Around the holidays, I finished up my review of Offload, which is a  Mac and Windows utility that makes it easier and more secure to offload footage cards to hard drives.

At $49, I'd recommend it to anyone who is still copying cards using the Mac or Windows desktop, because those aren't nearly as foolproof and can't catch transfer errors. But if you're interested in spending a little more money, there are more powerful options beyond Offload as well.

Read more in the review right here on Pro Video Coalition.  

Friday
Oct242014

My Ultimate Field Monitor — 17", Lightweight, Battery-Powered & Wireless

Just finished an article for Pro Video Coalition explaining how I put together the ultimate field monitor....for my purposes, at least!

It's a rig pieced together from various manufacturers — a Flanders Scientific monitor, a couple of Paralinx Arrow wireless receivers, a couple of Atomos H2s converters, and so on.

If you like the idea of having a big-ish field monitor that doesn't have to be plugged into ANYTHING, then read on right here.  

Monday
Sep292014

REVIEW: New Litepanels Astra 1x1 LED Light on Pro Video Coalition

I just finished my review of Litepanels' newest 1x1 LED light, the Astra. It's an impressive fixture, with about 4 times the power of previous bi-color units from Litepanels. Litepanels is also making a convenient ecosystem of light-shaping accesories for it, and makes it easy to add DMX networking to any Astra. Plus, the Astra's $1350 street price makes it more competitive with all the 1x1 LED clones that have come out over the last couple of years. 

You can see my review right here on Pro Video Coalition. 

Tuesday
Jun102014

Cool Cine Gear 2014 Products You May Have Missed

I just finished an article for Pro Video Coalition about some interesting but under-the-radar kind of products I saw at this year's Cine Gear. See the article right here

Tuesday
Jun032014

REVIEW: Hexolux D7 LED Light on Pro Video Coalition

Just posted a review of the Hexolux D7 light, which is a versatile LED light that creates a nice-looking beam with good color accuracy, power and control. The D7 isn't cheap at $2400, but no next-gen LED is these days. The good news is that lights don't get outdated nearly as quickly as cameras do. You can take the financial hit upfront, and then get good use out of the light for a decade or more.

See the full reivew right here