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Today I say goodbye to a faith friend. In April of 2009, I bought the LaCie itsaKey 4GB flash drive (they don’t even make that model anymore, but here is the latest Lacie itsaKey). At that time, I really thought it was the best choice and value. I paid just under $20 for it. I chose it because I was looking for an all-metal, rugged flash drive that would take the daily abuse of being attached to my key-chain. And boy has it seen some abuse, as evidence by the many dings and dents in the metal housing. I’ve used for so many things and inserted it into so many USB ports!  Well it’s time to retire it for more space. Find out what I replaced it with after the break. Continue Reading…

In a few days, the GR crew (Michael and I) will be participating in the 48hr Guerrilla Film Challenge, a contest in which we have just 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a 5-7 minute film. The kicker is that we will not know the genre until the start of our 48 hr period. So, we’ve both been securing gear for the past few weeks. I’ve picked up several things that I wanted to tell you about. One of the little-mentioned, but critical issues with digital movie-making is storage. I recently picked up some Sandisk Extreme Pro SD cards, and boy are they nice. More after the break. Continue Reading…

This post is part of the series: HDSLR Videographer’s Virtual Gear Bag.

I tossed-and-turned over whether or not to include Movie Looks HD ($1.99) by Red Giant Software, in the HDSLR virtual gear bag because it isn’t really a tool that you would use with your HDSLR. Well, technically, you could if you wanted to: you could load your footage onto your iPhone or iPad and treat it with Movie Looks HD. But, that’s not really practical.

The reason I finally added it to the gear bag is because it gives you a great preview of what is possible with Red Giant’s software on your PC/Mac. So with that, let’s talk about what it can do! Continue Reading…

This post is part of the series: HDSLR Videographer’s Virtual Gear Bag.

Magic Hour (free) By elfinda apps is the newest addition to my virtual gear bag. The app is so simple, that I am kicking myself for not making it myself! Basically, the app lets you know when “magic hour” is upon you. “Magic hour,” also known as “golden hour,” occurs twice a day, during the first and last hours of sunlight. During magic hour, the light of the sun is at its most optimal beauty. More after the break. Continue Reading…

This post is part of the series: HDSLR Videographer’s Virtual Gear Bag.

Blue FiRe (free) by Blue Microphones is a field recorder app. You may not know this, but the iPhone is a very capable audio recorder. I’ve not performed any scientific testing to compare it to a dedicated field recorder like the Zoom HN4, but I have recorded very good voice audio and decent single instrument audio with the iPhone. I use two apps for this, depending on the situation, but Blue FiRe is definitely my favorite of the two. More after the break. Continue Reading…