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A 1981 graduate of the Boston University College of Communication, Bruce A. Johnson got his first job in broadcast television at WFTV, an ABC affiliate in Orlando, FL. While there, he rose through the ranks from teleprompter operator to videographer, editor, producer and director of many different types of programming. It was in the early 1980's that he bought his first computer - a Timex/Sinclair 1000 - a device he hated so much, he promptly exchanged it for an Atari 400. But the bug had bitten hard. In 1987, Johnson joined Wisconsin Public Te...

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NAB 2013: Steve Hullfish On Color Correction And Hardware Scopes

Great advice from a PVC writer

By Bruce A Johnson | April 11, 2013

Steve Hullfish gives us the lowdown on why you should always use a hardware scope for color correction.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Kessler Pocket Jib Traveler

Packable jib for your smaller camera

By Bruce A Johnson | April 11, 2013

Need a small jib?  Here ya go - and it packs down really, really small.

 

 

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NAB 2013: DJI Phantom Quadcopter

Fun *and* useful.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 10, 2013

There were more radio-controlled helicopters at NAB 2013 than at a hobby tradeshow.  The DJI Phantom was among the least expensive and the most accessible.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Part 2 - 4K Switchers and Resolve Color Correction

There's more to production than just cameras...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 10, 2013

Pat 2 of the Blackmagic booth tour shows off 4K live production capability and the improvements made to the DaVinci Resolve color correction tools.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Part 1 - Cameras

Yeah, they have a couple...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 10, 2013

You might have heard some gossip about Blackmagic Designs new cameras.  Here are the details.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Tascam DR-60D DSLR Audio Recorder

Much better than recording on the camera...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Most DSLRs have dismal audio sections.  Tascam has a cost-effective solution to this issue.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Sound Devices

Some clever new enhancements for NAB 2013

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Sound Devices President Matt Anderson shows off two clever additions to the product line.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Hoodman Part 2 - Custom Finder Kit

Another glare fighter!

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Yet another clever way to cut the glare, this time for your DSLR.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Hoodman Part 1 - BMCC Hood

Cut the glare!

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

The big screen on the back of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera is a glare magnet.  Control it with this product from Hoodman.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson Part 2: LED Bars

A lot of light in a small space.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Finally, both compact brightness and easy remote control in one light fixture. See if you can spot Ron Burgundy in this video.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson Part 1: LED Retrofits

Retrofits for Baby Lights

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

Love your old Baby Lights?  Refurbish them for many more years of service as LED Fresnels.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Mole-Richardson LED Retrofits

Energy-efficient and great looking to boot.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

If you have a bunch of older Mole-Richardson lights hanging from your grid, here is a way to extend their life and make them more energy-efficient at the same time.

 

 

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NAB 2013:  Steadicam Curve

Miniaturization run amok?

By Bruce A Johnson | April 09, 2013

30+ years ago, I trained as a full-sized Steadicam operator, and have the bad back to prove it.  Now one of the smallest cameras you can buy has a flyweight Steadicam to go with it.

 

 

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NAB 2013: Dactylcam

Everyone needs a cable cam once in a while...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

I first saw a cable-cam at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.  Now we can all own one!

 

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NAB 2013: Joker Boxes

A place to stash your stuff and make your actors taller.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

The traditional apple box has been done one better.

 

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NAB 2013: Freefly Systems Movi M10

Pretty forward-thinking design...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

Their demo video took the world by storm last week, and now here is the Movi M10 live and in person.

 

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NAB 2013:  What’s New From Porta-Brace?

New bags, both soft and hard...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

It's always fun to check in with our friends from Vermont.

 

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NAB 2013:  Sony Alpha NEX E-mount Lenses

Some great glass for my new camera...

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

As a new owner of a Sony NEX-EA50U camera, I found this display full of E-mount lenses absolutely irresistable.

 

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NAB 2013: Zacuto Z-Light

It's plasma, baby!

By Bruce A Johnson | April 08, 2013

There are literally hundreds of LED lighting elements on the floor at NAB 2013, but so far I've only seen one plasma light - the Zacuto Z-Light.

 

zacuto zlight from ProVideo Coalition on Vimeo.

 

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REVIEW:  Blackmagic Designs Hyperdeck Shuttle 2

A lot of potential in a slab of aluminum

By Bruce A Johnson | March 12, 2013

(Music cue:  Also Sprach Zarathustra) (Lights come up on a monolith, perfectly rectangular and black as death)

OK, maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic.   However, it is hard to have a first look at the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Shuttle and not instantly... Read More

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