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Insightful articles, gear reviews, and industry commentary written by Anthony Burokas for various industry publications.

 

ARTICLE: Using Inexpensive DJ LED Lights to Jazz Up Video Productions

For the cost of one good fresnel light and accessories, you can get an entire multi-light, expandable LED lighting package. Let me show you how I use my LED light kit.

ARTICLE: What is: IMAG

Anthony Burokas discusses what tools and techniques do you need to use, or be aware of, to pull off a successful IMAG production. Read the article on Streaming Media Producer.

REVIEW: Test results of the Nikon D800’s video- grading, sharpness, moire, and more.

In part two of Anthony’s comprehensive review of the Nikon D800’s video capabilities, he provides examples of audio quality, sharpness, grading, and moire.

REVIEW: How well does the Nikon D800 work for shooting video?

In part-1 of this 2-part review, Anthony Burokas examines how well Nikon’s much-heralded D800 DSLR works as a video camera, in terms of operability and functionality.

ARTICLE: “What is” Live Switching?

Streaming Media Producer’s look at live switching, touching on the differences between switching and mixing, assembling the components and crew of a live switch, and the basics of “punching” a multi-camera show or event for live delivery.

REVIEW: Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid DSLR LED

How well does the Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid do both stills and video lighting in one compact package?

Live Events with the iPad3 Mobile Video Production Platform.

Apple’s New iPad 3 is making quite a splash. Several key features really play out to the benefit of media producers for whom ultra-fast turnaround is paramount. With the latest processing horsepower and the latest version of iOS iMovie a lot of computers are going to be left collecting dust withRead More

Adapting ENG Lenses to DSLR Production, Part 2: Power & Rigging

Let Anthony Burokas tell you how to wire power to an ENG servo zoom lens attached to a vDSLR.

Adapting Smooth Servo Zoom Lenses for DSLR Production, Part 1

DSLRs have become the standard by which current and future large-sensor camcorders are judged. But as we adopted DSLRs and primes to produce more “filmic” video for our clients, we left something critical behind: the feathery smooth servo zoom that serves feature film producers so well. So how do youRead More

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-HMC80 On-Shoulder Camcorder

In an era of ever-shrinking HD cameras, cell phone HD, and DSLRs, you might ask, why would anyone need an on-shoulder HD camcorder? Is it the copious amount of I/O jacks? The ergonomics? Or the easy access to numerous features in a big camera sort of way that enamor theRead More

Review: Panasonic AV-HS400N HD Video Mixer

HD video mixers aren’t cheap, but they do offer amazing functionality inside compact boxes. I put Panasonic’s AV-HS400N through its paces during an awards ceremony. I found much to like, and a few minor issues, and look forward to technologies like this becoming more affordable in the years to come.Read More

ARTICLE: Multi-Camera Color Calibration in the field.

How do you get all the different cameras you might use to cover an event to match? There is a trick you can use to set up a color profile for each of the cameras, and then use the corrections established there to correct for the rest of the footageRead More

REVIEW: The Panasonic AG-AC160 Prosumer Handheld Camcorder

Panasonic has several camcorders with similar build, but different underlying core technologies — specifically, the AC160/130 and the HPX250. The key difference between them, respectively, is 4:2:0 MP4 GOP at 1920×1080 resolution and AVCCAM recording as high at 21Mbps, versus 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording.Read More

REVIEW: Sonnet Qio High-Speed File Transport Center

Sonnet has crafted a beautiful solution for rapid footage offload that gives your laptop far more connectivity, power, and capability than ever before. The system is solid, and in pure professional parlance, it does what it says it can do. The Qio is, according to Anthony Burokas, the most usefulRead More

REVIEW: Panasonic AG-AC7P Shouldermount Camcorder

A physically similar follow-up to Panasonic’s more professional AG-HMC80 AVCCAM, the AC7P uses the more consumer AVCHD format, loses a few ports, and drops $1,200 from the price tag, making the $1,300 (MSRP) AG-AC7 the least expensive actual on-shoulder camcorder you can buy. But what do you get? Read moreRead More

REVIEW: Roland VR-5 Audio Video Mixer / USB Streamer

In this age of “one device does everything,” Roland-a name more associated with audio gear than video-has been producing some quite capable video mixers, recorders, and players. The company’s latest mixer, the VR-5, features multiple video inputs, an internal media player, computer input and conversion, a built-in audio mixer, twoRead More

ARTICLE: Anthony reviews the Sonnet Qio for EventDV Magazine

Anthony Burokas tests the Sonnet Qio and Fusion F2 drives for Event DV Magazine. Are they as good as they seem?