How to Make a DIY Camera Jib

The guys here at the studio mocked up a simple DIY jib that is not only ridiculously inexpensive to piece together, but also very straight forward. The point of this jib was to get a very wide range of motion from top to bottom with only a few feet of 0.75″ square tube, 1″ angled […]

Audio Recorder Comparison – Digital Recorders vs Preamps

Robert from JuicedLink performs a really great audio test comparing popular external audio recorders and popular preamps. He compares and reviews signal to noise tests of the Zoom H4n, Tascam DT-100 MKII, Sound Devices 702, Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO, Edirol R44, Tascam DR-680 and the juicedLink Riggy Micro / Assist. In the video below, Robert and […]

ALZO Smoothy Pod – Video Stabilizer & Monopod

I took ALZO’s Smoothy Pod out for a test run to see just how this video stabilizer/monopod would perform with a Canon 7D & Canon 16-35mm lens. I personally found it more comfortable to use as a monopod, the 2.5″ gimbaled foot was really, REALLY smooth and articulated in all directions nicely. The Smoothy Pod as a […]

85mm f/1.4 Lens Comparison: Rokinon v. Sigma

After getting our hands on the Sigma and the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 lenses, we were able to truly assess what the main pros and cons and performance differences were between the two in a side by side video and photography comparison. Here’s a look at some examples shot at F/1.4, F/2.8, F/5.6, F/8, and F/16. […]

4DSLR Zoom H4N Cradle and Manfrotto Tripod Stud

When we’re recording OTech videos, the audio tree we use is ever changing. What is an audio tree? Normally for us this is a light stand with a media mount, a friction arm and wireless mic receivers. The orientation and products change out but it’s a constant given that we’re trying new ideas to keep […]

277 LED Light by Socanland

The 277 LED light from Socanland is a great LED light addition for your video bag. The first thing you’ll notice is the build quality. It’s a solid feeling as this is built from sturdy metal, but it’s small so overall weight is just under 16 ounces. The stand out feature for this light compared to the […]