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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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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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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Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head – Long-Term Review with Video

Manfrotto’s MVH502A and its flat-bottom cousin, the MVH502AH, are amongst Manfrotto’s latest fluid tripod head designs. The model is no longer new, having been released earlier this year (2013), but I thought that it would be best to review them only after experiencing their reliability in the field over the past 7 months. While it is true that Manfrotto’s prosumer fluid heads are generally very much on par with their professional broadcast cousins – given their relative affordability to Sachtlers and Vintens – the MVH502A/AH are not a part of…

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