Finally, the perfect video editing monitor: Fate led me to the inimitable BenQ PD3200Q

About a year ago, I found myself in need of a professional-caliber monitor for my video editing computer, which doubles as a workstation for most of the creative work I do with the Adobe suite (graphic design, flyer layouts in InDesign, line drawings in Illustrator). While I wasn’t aiming for a reference monitor with perfectly calibrated colors, I did want something that could display the 10-bit color capability of my video card (an NVIDIA Quadro K1200 – nothing out of this world, but nothing to sneeze at) and provide broadcast…

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Powering the Canon EOS-M with Anton-Bauer Gold Mount Batteries

EDIT: When this was written in early 2015, Canon made very little effort to publicize their AC adapter for this camera; it is almost as obscure as the access point (the rubber grip on the battery door simply flips open to reveal an access hole for the adapter plug). Shortly after posting this article, a commenter admonished this hack and pointed me towards the correct adapter – the Canon ACK-E12. In the meantime, the market has become flooded with endless Chinese ripoffs of the ACK-E12 for $11-15, which do the job…

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The Beachtek DXA-Pocket: I can’t live without it

This little guy is the biggest thing in DSLR audio. Heck, I’ve been trying to review it since June of this year, and it took me this long to get to it – because I was too busy using it. If it takes me that long to get a piece of equipment out of my hands to review it, it’s darn good. Simplicity is key when you’re doing a rushed shoot (or any shoot, for that matter), where the possibility of forgetting an important setting can make or break you…

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Why I don’t use Magic Lantern

The internet seems chock full of information about the wonders of Magic Lantern and how it can turn your Canon DSLR into a lean and mean video production machine – even though the creators themselves suggest that ML still remains somewhat of an experiment more than a cure-all. Don’t get me wrong – Magic Lantern is quite the achievement, and – for the most part – does what it claims, and very well at that. The developers deserve every bit of praise there is for spending countless hours analyzing the…

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Modding the Beachtek BRM-1 for the BMCC

The Beachtek BRM-1 was the subject of this week’s experiment, proving to fit well on the top of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera/Production Camera 4K body with the substitution of a single screw. However, this early test used all of a single 1/4″ screw to hold the entire thing in place – and that’s with a carrying handle. As I had to cover a big event on Wednesday, I could not risk a fragile setup, but the 67mm spacing between threads on the BMCC is not standard – you won’t find…

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Beachtek BRM-1: The ideal Blackmagic rail adapter?

Beachtek just released their 15mm rail adapter – previously unique to their DXA-SLR Ultra audio adapter – as a separate baseplate called the BRM-1. I’ve been looking forward to this one. To me, it seemed as if the unit was ideal to mount on top of a Blackmagic Cinema Camera – and be wide enough to allow one to drill the plate on each side to accommodate the left and right bolts on the BMCC’s upper chassis. Can’t be content using it the way it was intended! While I have…

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BeachTek has something exciting up their sleeves for BMPCC users…

…and it’s called the DXA-Pocket. It also works on the EOS-M too, in addition to virtually any other camera with a mic input jack and no AGC: And yes, you can mount it on a hot shoe too, if you prefer. It’s unbelievably versatile and simple, not to mention that it works really well with a light camera such as the EOS-M outfitted with a small lens. Everything you need in a pint-sized package. The unit shown is a prototype, but the final product won’t differ much from what you…

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Canon DIY Lens Repair: EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

This has been far too long in the works, but it’s finally here: A how-to DIY repair guide for taking apart (and rebuilding) the Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS (both the IS v1 and II) to fix the stripped focus ring gear issue. Stripped focus ring gears are extremely common on these lenses – and with a bit of patience and care, can be fixed for all of $10. WARNING: By viewing and/or following this guide, you accept full responsibility for any malfunctions or damage that may be caused to your lens…

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BeachTek DXA-Connect DSLR Audio Adapter Review

This is BeachTek’s latest, portable DSLR audio preamp – the DXA-CONNECT (one of the first batch, as a matter of fact). If you’re familiar with other BeachTek adapters, the Connect looks nothing like any previous offering. Strange appearance notwithstanding, it is an ideal unit for users of Canon cameras with Magic Lantern, those who utilize Zoom H4N/H6 external recorders, and any other DSLR that has onboard preamp control and shutoff. DXA-CONNECT – LISTEN TO IT: For those who want to hear it before anything else:   DXA-CONNECT – INTERNAL TECH:…

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