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  • Protect your Professional Camera with Industry Leading Cases

    For any professional photographer or videographer, your equipment is your livelihood and it’s fair to say these tools do not come cheap. So that’s why it’s necessary to invest in suitable cases and measures to protect it while you transport your equipment from one location to the next.

    But because there are so many types of protective gear to choose from, it can get overwhelming deciding on the best type for your pieces. So we’ve put together a round up of some of the best cases for protecting and transporting all your professional camera equipment.

    The Best for a One-Man Crew

    Solo photographers need luggage that is not only easily transportable but also has a great deal of carrying capacity. Backpacks and carry cases are the go-to for ease of use and although they have a soft exterior, they offer an incredibly sturdy and versatile means of protection.

    Manfrotto Pro Light Cinematic Camcorder Backpack

    The Manfrotto Pro Light Cinematic Balance, video backpack is a professional videographer’s bag designed for a one-man-band & run and gunner who needs to carry everything required to do their job in a single bag. This carry-on pack is built to hold and protect a VDSLR or mirrorless with several lenses and DJI Ronin M/MX fully set up thanks to its signature Camera Protection System dividers.

    The backpack comes with a DuoFace sun/rain cover to protect from harsh weather and adjustable sternum and shoulder straps for added comfort. This strong but lightweight bag is truly designed to go the distance.

    Also recommended: Camrade Run and Gun Backpack Medium, Sachtler SC303 Campack Plus Camera Backpack, Camrade CAM-TPXL Transporter XL.

    Stackable Hard Cases

    When whole production crews are on the move, hard cases are often the best form of protective casing. Typically built with a robust polypropylene exterior, these equipment cases can often be stacked up in a transportation vehicle ready for the next filming location. Dustproof, waterproof and temperature resistant, they are virtually indestructible.

    Explorer 7630 Hard Case

    Renowned worldwide for their superb performance, Explorer cases are manufactured in a way that exceeds many military and industrial specification levels. The Explorer 7630 Hard Case, comes complete with a high impact, resin reinforced polypropylene body shell, load tested handles, positive locking system with high resistance latches and built-in pad-lock locations. The interior can be custom created to fit all types of video equipment.

    Also recommended: B&W International TYPE 1000 Outdoor Hard Case, B&W International TYPE 4000 Outdoor Hard Case, Explorer 7641 Hard Case with or without Foam

    Protect come rain, shine, wind or sand

    Customised camera protection suits are ingeniously designed to keep your equipment safe from the elements. Covers are typically made of water-resistant fabric with soft, noise-free lining to minimise unwanted sound effects. It’s not worth risking your equipment while filming in unpredictable weather—keep your cameras free from sand and ensure they are protected from wind, rain and harsh sun with a glove or rain cover.

    Camrade CAM-WSDSLR WetSuit for DSLRs

    The Camrade CAM-WSDSLR WetSuit, for DSLRs fits most DSLRs on the market including Canon EOS Mk3, 1Dx, the Nikon series and Sony Alpha. With a soft, flexible, and waterproof PVC exterior, and a noiseless cotton interior fabric, this cover protects the camera from the elements and reduces noise from wind and rain. Complete with an extended side opening, the photographer has easy access to the controls and LCD monitor screen.

    Also recommended: See full list here to find gloves and rain covers form fitted to your camera.

    Audio Equipment Protection

    Waterproof audio bags typically come complete with transparent top window, multiple configuration options and storage pockets, and padded adjustable shoulder straps for added comfort whilst working. These bags are designed to aid your workflow by keeping your gear protected and organised.

    Camrade AudioMate Compact Carry Case - CAM-AMC Protection for portable fieldaudio mixers and recorders

    The audioMate Compact is designed to carry and protect audio mixers and recorders such as the Sound Devices 633 including its accessories. The layout of the bag including the vinyl windows with hook and loop fasteners allows you to have full access to all necessary controls during your work and transportation.

    This padded audioBag is lined with Water-resistant 1000 denier Cordura® fabric which also has noise reduction properties. This is a comfortable, all-round carry case suitable for a wide variety of audio equipment.

    Also recommended: Sachtler SN601 Eargonizer Standard Audio Bag, Sachtler SN606 Rain Poncho, Camrade CAM-AM AudioMaster Carry Case

  • The Power of the Teradek Serv Pro Wireless Video Streaming

    Continually making headlines in the cinema world, the Teradek Serv Pro is setting a new standard on set. This powerful camera-top wireless transmitter broadcasts H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iOS smartphones and tablets on the same WiFi network, giving the whole production team their own handheld monitors to see the shot.

    Serv Pro Hardware

    Durable and robust, the hardware comes encased in a blue anodized aluminium box with diagonally grooved heat dissipation fins and two WiFi antennas. Reasonably small in size and weighing just 14oz, it is designed to be easily mountable in a range of positions using the industry standard ¼-20 thread.

    Design simplicity

    One of the best features of the Serv Pro is its ease of use. Once it is mounted and the input has been connected, it only needs to be switched on—really! The Serv Pro will establish its own wireless connection and begin streaming once it has been initialised. After that, the production team will be viewing the shot on their remote devices within minutes. It’s powerful broadcasting range makes streaming from camera to iDevice seamless.

    The Teradek Serv Pro may not be cheap, but it is a bargain. If you consider how much you’ll be saving not having to provide 10 individual wireless monitors and the relative equipment, then the price of this wireless video transmission system becomes a lot more competitive. What’s even better is that iOS devices cost just a fraction of the price of monitoring systems, and production crew and clients can even use their own smartphones and tablets.

    This brings us on to the Serv Pro’s collaborative tool and all-round gem, Vuer.

    Professional monitoring via Vuer app

    Vuer is the Serv Pro’s companion app, which not only turns any iDevice with an A7 or better processor and running iOS 9 or later into a monitoring screen, but it also provides an entire suite of professional customising tools. These settings include waveform, false colour, anamorphic desqueeze, vectorscope, frame grabbing, focus assist and much more.

    What’s more, Vuer allows those devices that are connected to the network to view up to 4 different camera feeds at the same time. But on top of that, you don’t need to be using more than one camera to take advantage of the two-up or four-up display. Meaning you can connect one camera to all four viewing points and customise them individually to see a variety of monitoring parameters.

    With comparable performance across all devices from iPhone 5s to iPad Pros, iOS clients will only need to deal with a mere two-frame delay at distances of up to 300 feet. Each Serv Pro also comes with dual-input HDMI & 3G-SDI options, and can generate its own WiFi signal, so it’s a flexible solution for just about any on-set workflow.

    Conclusion

    It may seem like a one trick pony, but the Teradek Serv Pro has all the bells and whistles that make it extremely versatile for all levels of production. Not only does each Serv Pro feed broadcast at 1080p with just a 2 frame delay, but it also works harmoniously with Teradek Bolt and Paralinx productsto make a complete production of wireless video monitoring.

    As the Serv Pro is able to feed a multitude of iOS devices from a single transmitter, it provides an entire cinematographers toolset to the whole of the production crew. But possibly one of the most advantageous components to the Serv Pro system is its simplicity and ease of use. Just plug it in, turn it on and within minutes you have 10 feeds viewing the shoot. It really is that simple.

  • The NVS-40 Ultra Versatile Streaming Encoder

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    The Datavideo NVS-40 is a must-have for all video producers, particularly those looking to livestream to multiple servers at the same time. As a multi-channel video streaming and recording device, the NVS-40 enables users to record and stream high-quality videos simultaneously as the device features independent SDI and HDMI inputs. Simply by setting different video formats and bitrates, up-to four sources can be recorded to any hard drive or SSD and be live streamed all at the same time.

    Supporting one SDI and the four HDMI video inputs, up to four 1080P signal sources can be encoded to 8 streamings in different bitrates simultaneously with the NVS-40 unit. The videos can be live-streamed to up to ten different streaming platforms at once, and the device is suitable for all the major streaming and social media platforms including YouTube, Facebook, UStream, Wowza, Adobe Media Server and DVS-200 server.

    The NVS-40 encodes using the H264 codec and supports RTSP / RTMP and HLS protocols. The independent encoder settings and built-in video down scaler can be used to downscale and de-interlace each incoming signal to meet the destination specifications.

    The NVS-40 also features an HDMI Multiview output and allows external XLR balanced audio and RCA unbalanced audio input so you can monitor your sources. An extremely versatile unit, the NVS-40 can also be an ISO recorder to record backup files for each of the four input channels, or even a Video IP switcher to switch between different videos via web connection, which is suitable to control remotely.

    The Datavideo NVS-40 can replace multiple streaming encoders and recorders, making it a cost-effective, space-saving solution for any video producers who may need to simultaneously live stream a feed and record a master copy to a hard-drive. Users will have a lot of creative freedom and flexibility using this multipurpose device.

  • DataVideo Go- 500 Studio is a Powerful Portable Video Production Studio

    Datavideo GO 500 Studio 4 Channel

    Complete with an SE-500HD video switcher, TLM-102 dual monitor for preview and program, NVS-25 streaming encoder, and HDR-1 H.264 USB recorder, the DataVideo Go-500 Studio is an all-in-one video production system. The Go-500 Studio comes racked, connected and contained all in one HC-800 case, making it perfect for easy transportation and use. A small but fully equipped system, this professional production equipment will be your new go-to video studio set-up.

    One component of the DataVideo Go-500 is the SE-500HD—a small but powerful video switcher. Simple to use, it offers 4 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, and supports video formats up to 1080p. The SE-500HD has an inbuilt audio mixer with microphone, headphone mini jack, volume control and unbalanced RCA audio inputs/outputs. It also has PiP and red, yellow and green tally output features, as well as flexible mix/effects processor with wipe function.

    The Go-500 comes with a foldable dual 10.1” rack-mounted LCD monitor unit with front panel headphone jacks. it features a 4RU rack mount design and supports the connection of HDMI and SDI signal sources. This is a perfect piece of equipment for broadcast, video production and AV users. You can also make individual adjustments of the brightness, contrast, colour saturation and LED backlight level for each monitor to make it adaptable to the user or production location.

    The video streaming server (NVS-25) accepts HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and Composite video formats and offers two professional audio inputs. It encodes incoming video to H.264 for real time video playback, such as live stream, or can be put online for on demand streaming, while simultaneously recording to a USB drive for post-recording editing. Scaling and deinterlacing can be accomplished on any video input.

    Of the Go-500, the NVS-25 is simple to use, controlled via computer or mobile device, which is accessed through a standard web browser. Particularly, this is a great piece of equipment for those with special audio needs.

    The Go-500’s standalone recorder produces high quality HD files (up to 20 Mbps in MP4), which is ideal for capturing and saving footage from public announcements, seminars, corporate meetings, lectures, or live concerts. It can also be used by broadcasters to create a web-optimized proxy recording. One of the greatest benefits of the HDR-1 is that you can use it independently of a computer.With front panel buttons, the record/pause feature enables you to record an event in a single file even if there are breaks in the proceedings.

    Transporting your professional production equipment has never been easier. Neatly packed into its heavy-duty polypropylene case, the Go-500 system is always protected from dust, rough handling and the elements. Simply pair this compact system with the 2 Camera GoKit and you can have an easily transportable, fully complete video production workflow.

  • Powerful Broadcast Equipment with the DATAVIDEO 4K Multi-Camera Unit

    DATAVIDEO 4K Multi-camera Unit

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    The Datavideo KMU-100 is a 4K multi-camera unit production solution offering a multiple simulated Full HD of a maximum of 1080p mounted camera angles. You can link the production of one 4K-UHD camera to KMU-100, which can display a maximum of four 16x9 personalised cropped frames that are later sent out in four different HD signals using HD-SDI. You can mount these user-defined frames to zoom in on an object that you want to focus on with the 4K signal.

    You can connect an extra 4K camera to get a maximum of eight distinct outputs using two 4K signals. As an alternative, you can also add the RMC-180 camera regulator to easily tilt, zoom and pan to create the user-defined frames on the 4K signals. You can program these shots beforehand and use them in real-time or save them in the unit as presets.

    KMU-100 can convert different signals originating from two video inputs using resolutions of up to 3840x2160 (UHD) into eight separate output video streams. This device allows several video formats and supports the connection of HDMI and SDI signal sources including HDMI 2.0 and 12G SDI technologies.

    KMU-100 can generate a maximum of eight channels of production signals. Each channel produces an active spot of the input signals outlined by the user. To highlight these spots, you install a software application on your computer while connected to the 4K camera through a LAN interface.

    Users can use the two multi-viewer outputs for device configuration and preview. You can use this professional broadcast camera in multiple applications for various purposes since it's capable of creating many effects that will satisfy all professionals involved in event live coverage, production and TV broadcast due to the use of the audiovisual resources. The unit is appropriate for use in places of worship, broadcast applications, and live events.

    The RMC-185 KMU regulator is a physical regulator designed mainly for the control of the KMU 4K multi-camera processors. The RMC-185 links with KMU-100 using an RS-422 connection. This devoted controller enables operators to create smooth pan, tilt and zoom motions using a joystick. The four buttons hold speed, motion path, position, and scale of all the four separate 3 GB/s productions per channel. These preset enable start/reset/stop of motion in a defined speed for each output.

    KMU-100 is a developed video converter that supports conversion and processing of UHD signals using a resolution of 3840x2160 into eight or four separate high-quality streams with resolutions of up to Full HD. The device provides the user with two individual conversion channels. It supports parallel and simultaneous processing of two 3840x2160 signal sources. The input signals get converted into 8-3G SDI productions, which can get harmonised into a Genlock input.

    KMU-100 is ideal for those professionals involved with Studio broadcasting and video resources adopting various signal types and sources. It's a perfect option for a variety of program scenes as well as live coverage of different events. Moreover, its converter is extremely easy to use. This professional broadcast camera is portable due to its user-friendly interface, small size and the DV Link program will give you a memorable experience with this device.

  • Portable Broadcast Solutions

    Live video production on the go has become a standard marketing tool for businesses all over the world. Even influencers use videos to attract and engage with their fans. Churches also use videos to record sermons and songs to reach millions on YouTube and Facebook. Integrating a portable switcher with your PTZ cameras will turn your video into a professional live production.


    The portable Datavideo HS-1500T is a first of its kind used with PTZ cameras to provide broadcast solutions to professionals and amateurs. It is an all in one broadcast solution that enables users to shoot videos in real time. 
    Its compact size makes it easy for you to carry it wherever you want to shoot a program. It is best suited for professionals and individuals who use different audio and video sources during video production. 

    Product specification of HS-1500T

    • Built-in HDBase Technology 
    • Joystick 
    • Four video inputs (one HDMI and 3 RJ-45)
    • Three video inputs (3 HDMI)
    • Flexible mix 
    • Tally output 
    • Resolution -1920x1080 dots 

     



    Professional Cameras used with Datavideo HS-1500T 

    The HS-1500T uses the PTC-150TL from Data video. It is easy to set up. Just place the PTC-150TL PTZ cameras in the desired location and connect to the switcher using a network cable. From there you can now stream or record the video. 
    The network cable connected between the HS-1500T and the PTZ cameras can be up to 100 meters long. Saving you time and energy when setting up video production. 

    Camera controller

    The HS-1500T has three buttons labeled A, B, C representing the three PTZ cameras. These control buttons have presets that enable you to set preferred settings on each camera. The built-in Joystick enables the user to pan, tilt, and zoom the cameras remotely. The user can instantly change the focus of the PTZ cameras to capture the small but essential details in a shooting. 

    Graphics 

    The lunar key on the switcher enables the user to add graphics to the video production. For example, you can connect a tablet to the switcher using an HDMI cable to identify multiple guests on the show. You can also add logos and subtitles by connecting your PC to the Switcher using an HDMI cable. 

    Split screen feature 

    A button on the HS-1500T enables you to split the screen into different speakers. The feature allows the audience to see the reactions of all the guests during multiple guests’ video production. You can also put one guest on the corner of the screen and give the other speaker a larger view. It’s all about your preference on how you want the viewers to see the production.

    Built-in Audio mixer 

    The user can connect an external audio mixer through the XLR or RCA audio input. The audio output can be through the HDMI output or headphones.

    Additional controls

    The switch also has a white balance feature that enables you to manually adjust the balance when shooting. The speed control on the switcher is easily accessible for the user to change speeds anytime. So you don’t need to buy another control device for your production.

    Receiving signals 

    Using CAT 6 or above cable, you can receive 1080p signals from up to three PTC-150TL HDBaseT PTZ cameras. The integrated Power over Ethernet (PoE) will provide power to the three cameras allowing you to start broadcasting immediately after connection. 

    Uses of portable HS-1500T Switcher and PTZ Cameras

    Datavideo HS-1500T HD/SD 4 Channel HDBaseT Portable Video Studio Datavideo HS-1500T HD/SD


    Apart from influencers and churches, the HS-1500T HD/SD is used by:

    Shooting Events

    You can use the HS-1500T with PTZ cameras to record events such as weddings, birthday parties, and anniversaries. It enables you to shoot the events and edit at the same time. You can also use a duplicator so that you can produce copies to all attendees immediately after the event. 

    Conferences and seminars 

    Important events like environmental conferences and seminars can be shared with the rest of the world with HS-1500T and PTZ cameras. This can be done through live TV or streaming for the interested parties. Institutions of learning such as universities can also benefit with the use of HS-1500T to broadcast events. 

    YouTube and Facebook Live 

    It has become common for businesses and individuals to do Facebook and YouTube live videos. The portable switch integrated with the PTZ professional cameras can be used during a product launch, promotions, Q&A sessions, or giveaways in real time.

    Surveillance 

    Security systems in residential and business areas can use the HS-1500T with PTZ camcorders to control and monitor security in real time. The users can tilt and zoom in or out the cameras remotely to view guests in restricted areas. 
    The combination of the HS-1500T and PTC-150T is built to make your video production easier and affordable.

  • Wireless Video Transmission in a Backpack

    H.264 and H.265 Video Encoders

    When you are in need of a system to help with video transmission, the quality of your video output will be hugely dependent on the quality of the encoder that you use with your file. Encoding a video recording converts the raw file into a compressed format without affecting the quality of the image to be played back, giving you the best-looking video possible. Therefore, for a wireless video transmission system it is particularly important that the video encoding that you use is as efficient as it possibly can be. With this in mind, H.264 and H.265 encoders are the only way to go if you want the best quality videos.

    H.264 video encoding is the professional standard for video compression, used the world over for professional cameras. H.264 provides great quality video, but at far lower bit rates than previous industry standards. This means that the video file sizes are vastly decreased, which is ideal for professional wireless video transmission. Be it an important world news story or a just a sports game, it is vital that you have the capability to record as much as possible. In addition to this, it is critical that you are able to record in as high a quality as possible at the same time. By using H.264 to encode, both of these requirements are met.

    However, H.265 is a new high efficiency video coding technology that can provide the newest compression standard. The goal of H.265 encoding is to provide twice the compression rate of H.264, which can be used in 2 ways. You can either record identical video quality to H.264 but compress this to half the size, or you can provide demonstrably higher visual quality at the same file size.

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    Teradek Bond Backpacks

    The Teradek Bond family of backpacks are an all in one wireless video transmission system especially made for for the Teradek
    HEVC streaming solution that give you the professional quality discussed. The Teradek Bond Backpack come with a custom modem that gives the capability to pick up cellular coverage, and capture footage at a far higher bitrate. However, the Teradek Bond 759 VU backpack most importantly houses built in H.264 and H.265 encoders, allowing you to stream up to 1080p resolution. With an optimised system that boots up in under 20 seconds, the functionality of the backpacks are second to none as well. Top quality connectivity wherever you need it, an internal battery for power back up while you swap power sources and an ergonomic, lightweight design all mean that the Teradek is perfect for all requirements, including use with professional cameras.

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  • What is a Spectrum Analyser

    Finding Affordable, High Quality Spectrum Analysers

    A spectrum analyser is a device that is used with other types of broadcast equipment in the fields of cinematography, broadcasting and content creation to measure the power of the frequency spectrum of audio and radio frequency (RF) signals.

    Analysers are items of professional equipment that offer a reliable and convenient visual representation of signal amplitude (strength) as it varies by signal frequency. Each analyser has its own illuminated LCD display screen where the amplitude of the signal is represented by the vertical axis, and the frequency is represented by the horizontal axis.


    What it is used for

    For those involved in cinematography, broadcasting or content creation, reliable and trustworthy transmission is vital, regardless of the conditions on set. Furthermore, what is important is not just the quality of the broadcast equipment used. It is the signal strength that matters as well, and signal strength is often dependent on the amount of RF interference locally. With so much at stake, the engineers at Teradek LLC were tasked with developing a spectrum analyser that addressed this crucial problem and makes it much easier to find interference-free channels to use.

    The Bolt range of Spectrum Analysers

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    The solutions our engineers came up with are practical and high quality, yet affordable.

    Teradek have an enviable track record of developing high-quality professional equipment and are now able to offer a choice of three high specification spectrum analysers - the Bolt 500, Bolt 1000 and Bolt 3000. Each of these devices share many of the premium features that have made Teradek’s spectrum analysers so popular.

    At the same time, each model has their own unique set of features that have been developed to meet the high demands of professional cinematographers, broadcasters and content creators.

    The main difference between the models is their operating range. The Bolt 3000 has a 3,000 ft operating range, the Bolt1000 has a 1,000ft range and the Bolt500‘s range is 500ft. If you are looking for a spectrum analyzer that utilises 20MHz channels the Bolt range can help. The Bolt 3000 also offers 24 x 20Mhz channels (although it cannot utilize interlaced, PSF, or 1080p60/50 at this time).

    The Bolt 1000 and 3000 are smaller and lighter than previous models and have better heat resistance.

    The Bolt range of spectrum analysers has been designed to complement your existing broadcasting equipment. You can be certain that Teradek has designed a device that not only meets your requirements but that each device has been manufactured by a company dedicated to producing high-quality spectrum analysers at affordable prices.

  • The Kandao Obsidian Professional 360° VR Camera

    The Kandao Obsidian Professional 360° VR Camera
    Virtual Reality (VR) rose from obscurity back in 2015 to become a trend in under three years. And, now, VR videos are getting insanely popular all over the globe. Mind you, we are no longer just talking about immersive gaming technology; but the remarkable ability to create super spherical flicks and amazing VR videos using 360° cameras.

    VR videos provide a first-person visual experience to give you the impression that you are present at the scene. They also give you a sense of depth as you can look around and see what is happening in every direction. However, you need to adhere to specific parameters for movement and placement of the 360° cams.

    Capturing a VR Video

    When filming with a 360° professional camera equipment, there is no "behind the camera" situation as the camera's field of view spans around the whole environment encircling it. Thus, you need to clear all clutter, or at least ensure that you do not mind having the things or activities around you in the video.

    Camera placement is highly dependent on your storyline. The role that you want the viewers to play in the video should guide you. If you want them to spectate, then you should place the camera outside the activity. But if you want them to feel like participants, then you set the camera at the heart of the activity. Remember to place the 360° camera approximately 6 ft high for an eye-level visual experience.

    The 360° camera needs to move in all directions. You should ensure that the camera's movements are smooth and stable. However, whoever or whichever device moves the camera will appear in the final footage. Although, it is possible to edit them out.

    Meet the Kandao Obsidian

    Several tech giants took Facebook's decision to make its 360° 3D video capturing system (Surround 360) open source as a challenge. Many companies went back to the drawing board, but a year later, only three earned Facebook's recognition. Among them the Obsidian R: an 8K high-resolution 360° VR professional camera from the little-known, China-based Kandao Studio.

    The Obsidian R captures 360° photos in 8k resolution using a system of six integrated fish-eye lenses. It then employs a seamless "one-click" software to stitch footage at one frame per second to generate high-quality stereoscopic panoramas.

    Kandao Obsidian R

    The "one-click" software speeds up the post-production process by eliminating complex steps. The system allows you to complete 3D panoramas with just a touch of a button, literally. The camera also learns your preferences and stitches your footage automatically after a short period of use.

    The palm-sized Kandao Obsidian is light, rugged, and highly portable. It features three powering options: an external 12V charger, two batteries, or an Ethernet cable. The Ethernet cable facilitates file transfers and image setting controls thus eliminating the need for slow HDMI cables and costly HDMI capture cards.

    The Obsidian's suite of software solutions with a comprehensive range of rich functionalities is perhaps what earned it the 2017 CES' "Best of Innovation Honoree" in the Digital Imaging Product Category. It comes standard with new-user-friendly software for stitching, editing, post-processing, video encoding, and live streaming. The only downside is that you have to purchase a license for live broadcasting.

  • What Is a White Box Lens?

    When shopping for broadcast lenses, you've probably come across listings that describe the item as a "white box lens." What exactly does this mean?
    A white box lens is a lens that was originally part of a camera kit that the retailer bought and subsequently split out into separate products. Instead of having retail packaging, these lenses come in a plain white box. They have the same quality as retail lenses, as well as the same warranty, but they are usually less expensive. Sometimes they are considerably less expensive.
    White Box LensThis means that white box lenses are a suitable alternative when buying broadcast lenses. You just need to make sure that the lens came from a kit that was intended for your country. For example, if you live in the US, you need to ask the retailer or seller if the lens came from a kit intended for the US market. If it didn't, then the lens would be considered a "grey market" item.White box lenses are often confused with grey market lenses, but this is a mistake. A grey market lens is one that is being sold in a market different than what the manufacturer intended. This lens would not have a warranty from the manufacturer. It could have other problems as well, such as missing or incorrect documentation, and inferior quality.A grey market lens could be sold as a white box lens. So. how can you identify when this happens?Grey market lenses will often have one of following terms in its description:

    • Import Model
    • Warranty via Seller
    • USA Seller Warranty
    • Off Market
    • USA Coverage by Seller
    • Seller Warranty

     

    You can also avoid grey market lenses by buying from a reputable retailer.

    White box lenses should also not be confused with refurbished lenses. A refurbished lens is one that has been returned to the manufacturer, who then corrects any faults in the lens before reselling the item. The quality of a refurbished lens is usually the same or close to the same of a new lens, but it often comes with a shorter warranty period.

    Like with a grey market lens, a refurbished lens could be sold as a white box lens, but it should explicitly state
    that it is refurbished. A white box lens does not imply that the lens is refurbished.

    So, should you buy a white box lens?

    Yes. You will get the same quality and warranty as a retail lens, and you'll save money. You just need to look out for grey market and refurbished lenses being sold as white box, and the best way to avoid these is to buy from a reputable retailer.

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