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REVIEW: ikan Remote Air One Remote Follow Focus on Pro Video Coalition

Just finished up a review of the most affordable remote follow focus around — ikan's $1599 Remote Air One (also sometimes called the PD Movie). 

It's a single-channel unit that has enough features to appeal to a wide range of shooters (though probably not professional camera assistants) including good responsiveness, easy motor reversal and support for setting A/B marks. There's also a two channel version for only $2499. 

See the full review right here on Pro Video Coalition.  

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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. 

 

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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.  

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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.  

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.