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Unboxing: Panasonic HC-VX870 4K camcorder

Here’s an unboxing and quick look around Panasonic’s HC VX870 camcorder, new for 2015, which shoots 4K at 25p (30p in the US). Essentially it’s identical to the HC-WX970 but the 970 includes an tiny extra camera on the flip-out LCD screen that enables you...

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Unbox & Test: Rode NTG4 / NTG4+ shotgun mic

Rode have released two new shotgun microphones, updating their long-standing NTG1 and NTG2; the new ones are badged NTG4 and NTG4+ Apart from the latter having an internal rechargeable Lithium battery, the two mics are the same, audio-wise. In the video above, we unbox and do...

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Video Review: Rycote Super Softie (2015)

This year, Rycote have released new, revised version of their unusual “Super Softie” windjammer. Originally looking rather like a weather balloon, the 2015 version has a fatter, squatter design. Traditional microphone windjammers, even Rycote’s own, are covered in long fur to attenuate wind noise but...

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Producer Profile: Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson is a clear example of the notion that you don’t need bucket-loads of expensive equipment to start and run a successful online video channel. In fact, he uses just a very cheap point-and-shoot camcorder and a lightbox for his stream of videos about...

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Vimeo logs into Chromecast

You know how annoying it is to watch online video on a teensy little mobile phone screen? You know how Google’s Chromecast makes it possible to stream some videos directly onto your telly instead? Well now Vimeo has added its player to the list of...

Livestream Broadcaster Mini

Tiny live streaming dongle launched

A gadget  that plugs into an HDMI socket and enables live webcasting of that signal has been unveiled by Livestream.com The Livestream Broadcaster Mini is a smaller version of their existing product but works solely over WiFi. Controlled by mobile phone, it’s battery powered and...

My Rode Reel prizes

Mega prize pool up for grabs

The huge short-film competition run by Rode microphones is back for another year, offering the chance to win a steaming great pile of gadgets. “My Rode Reel” asks you to create a 3-minute video plus a “behind the scenes” film which must, unsurprisingly, demonstrate the...

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New lenses from Panasonic

Panasonic has announced two new “micro 4/3” lenses for its Lumix G range of cameras, including of course the camera so beloved of filmic videomakers, the GH4. The H-HS030E is a 30mm macro lens and the H-HS043E is a 42.5mm portrait lens. The company describes the...