DIY Video Guy TV

10
Apr

091 - My Favorite New Video Lights — Westcott Flex LED Light Review

For the past two years I have done the majority of my lightning with Kino-Flo Divas.

The only problem is that I’m constantly flying to film for clients and need to set up and tear down quickly. I also have to light talent in a run and gun situation where the light needs to be held and moved while recording.

And while the light the Divas put off is big, so is the 67 lb case I have to lug them around in. I needed something different.

Enter the Westcott Flex LED Light. At 1’ x 1’ these lights look small but give off a ton of light. Constructed using a flexible LED panel you can easily handhold the light or mount it to pretty much anything you can think of.

Due to their versatility, I have found myself using these lights in all kinds of environments and consider them a staple to my kit.

I bought two of the Daylight balanced ones, but they also come in bi-color too if you spend a little bit more money. You can find the Westcott Flex Light on both Amazon and B&H.

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17
Feb

090 - I Filmed a Secret Marriage Proposal

This is the story of how we filmed and photographed our friend's secret wedding proposal, which was over a year in the making. 

Over the next few days we will be flying to New Zealand to document the wedding (which is happening just 4 days after the proposal) and then staying for another month to travel and explore.

Follow my wife and I on Instagram for more behind the scenes.

More vlogs to come from New Zealand.

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11
Feb

089 - Unboxing the 15″ Macbook Pro 2016 (With Touch Bar)

Most unboxings I watch are too long, so when I got the second new MBP in for my editor to use I decided to do something a little different and try to capture the experience, feel, and sounds of unboxing a product quickly. Might do more of these in the future...

If you're curious which model I went with, here are the specs of mine.

- 2.9 GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
- 16GB of 2133 MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD
- AMD Radeon Pro 460 GPU (4GB GDDR5)

Like with all my major purchases, I bought this through B&H Photo Video. Here is my exact model.

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12
Oct

088 - 8 Reasons Why I (Almost) Switched to Sony from Canon for Videography & Photography

A question that I am asked frequently is: "Sony or Canon?" First off, the fact that this is a common question is meaningful by itself. A couple years ago I almost never got this question, but Sony has been innovating with their mirrorless cameras like a madman. 

The idea that many loyal Canon users and new consumers alike are jumping to companies like Sony means the market is changing. Canon who once had a tight hold on the mid-level DLSR video market is indeed losing its grip. 

I've been struggling with the idea of switching over from Canon to Sony, a change complicated by the fact my wife (a professional photographer) also uses Canon. I have hemmed and I have hawed for the last six months over this.

In this video I explain my thought process behind choosing Canon or Sony and I lay out the eight main reasons that I felt contributed to my final decision.
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26
Sep

087 - Sony RX10 Mark III Review

I’ve been using this camera for the past three months on client shoots and doing personal tests with it. In this video I’m going to do a full review of the camera body, lens, its buttons and features, share how I’ve used the PlayMemories app with it, go into the cons on the camera, and share who I think this camera is perfect for.

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Sony RX10 Mark III

Sony XLR-K1M

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1
Sep

086 - Canon 5D Mark IV vs. 5D Mark III (Video Features)

Canon just announced it, so I’m going to compare the Canon 5D Mark IV to the 4-year old 5D Mark III and share why I wouldn’t recommend upgrading to this camera to someone whose main focus is recording videos.

I’ll touch on what’s new, what’s the same, what I wish they would have put in this camera, and what I recommend to someone who currently films video on Canon cameras and lenses.

Check out the camera here:

5D Mark IV on Amazon 
5D Mark IV on B&H 

Cheers, 

Caleb Wojcik

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1
Sep

085 - Canon 5D Mark IV vs 5D Mark III (Photo Features)

Canon just announced it, so I’m going to compare the Canon 5D Mark IV to the 4-year old 5D Mark III and share why I wouldn’t recommend upgrading to this camera to someone whose main focus is recording videos.

I’ll touch on what’s new, what’s the same, what I wish they would have put in this camera, and what I recommend to someone who currently films video on Canon cameras and lenses.

Check out the camera here:

5D Mark IV on Amazon 
5D Mark IV on B&H 

Cheers, 

Caleb Wojcik

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23
Aug

084 - Cheers, to you! 10,000 (YouTube) Subscribers.

Cheers, to you! 10,000 (YouTube) Subscribers.

I just got back from a trip from Portland, Oregon. While I was there I tried to concentrate on being with friends and staying less “plugged in”. When I got back I realized the YouTube channel had surpassed 10,000 Subscribers!

I was happy to see this as it was a mid-year goal of mine. At the end of 2015 I decided that I would place more attention onto YouTube and I have been trying my best to publish consistently ever since.

Apart from saying thank you to all of you who have subscribed to the channel, I wanted to put a video together detailing my motivations for running a YouTube channel. It takes a lot of effort to maintain a channel while also growing the client work of my video production company. Here are my reasons:

  • Help share what I have learned
  • YouTube is the best platform for teaching
  • The comment section is useful to the viewers and myself
  • I like to share my favorite gear and how to use it
  • Building an audience is becoming a necessary part of running an online business
  • YouTube is my favorite way to tell a story
  • I can build a body of work and keep practicing my skills
  • Income, there is a positive feedback loop between my YouTube channel and client work
  • Expanding my network to reach more creators, entrepreneurs and clients
  • You, The Subscribers! I enjoy creating content that you want to see

Thank you all and I hope you spread the word about the channel and stick around for its future growth.

P.S. Here is a shortlist of people who have inspired me to keep going:

MKBHD - his consistency is incredible 

Film Riot - love theses guys, just bought their LUTs pack actually 

DSLR Video Shooter - Caleb’s gear reviews and hacks are in depth and done well

Indy Mogul - their creativity and humor are always a pleasure

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11
Aug
28
Jul

082 - 4 Ways to Save Hard Drive Space

Creating videos constantly can have an adverse effect: filling up your hard drives.  Not only will a full drive slow your computer but just buying more hard drives all the time can get really expensive. 

The fix?? Manage the space you have more efficiently! I know, I know, file management is not sexy, but it is really useful. In this video I walk through the tips and tricks I use to manage my storage space and keep my hard drives running like the Millennium Falcon. 

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