DIY Video Guy TV

25
Apr

093 - Top 8 USB-C & Thunderbolt Accessories for the Late 2016 MacBook Pro

After getting a late 2016 Macbook Pro with Touchbar I need to plug in so many different devices that there weren't ports for, only 4 USB-C ports. Here are the 8 devices I've been testing out to make this new laptop work for my set-up.

1. Apple USB-C Male to USB-A Female
2. Apple Thunderbolt 3 male to Thunderbolt 2 female
3. StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter
4. StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K Displayport
5. StarTech Thunderbolt 3 to Dual 4K HDMI
6. StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Dual 4K Docking Station
7. Samsung T3 500GB Hard Drive
8. SanDisk USB-C 3.1 SD Card Reader

Special thanks to B&H Photo Video for sending the StarTech products out for testing. I purchased the rest on my own. This is not an ad, I'm just sharing my experiences of #DongleLife.

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21
Apr

092 - Fiilex K412 LED Light Review

In my hunt for the perfect set of video lights to fly with and film my client’s videos, the next lights I tried are a set of LEDs from Fiilex.

The K412 set comes in a rolling travel case with 4 lights (two 360EX’s and two 180E’s), barn doors for each, three light stands, a softbox, and a cold shoe mount.

I’ve used these lights on different shoots over the past six months since filming this review and they’ve really helped me stay light and nimble when flying with all my video gear. (Normally I fly with a 67-pound case with two Kino-Flo Diva 401’s, which leads to paying more baggage fees too.)

For the size, these are extremely powerful lights. My two favorite features are controlling the white balance of the lights (from 3000K to 5600K) and that the hue of the lights doesn’t shift to magenta or green when using a power less than 100%. This happens with my Kino-Flo’s since they are fluorescent tubes, which means I always have them at 100% and need to use grids or diffusion in front of them.

These LED lights aren’t cheap, but when it comes to getting consistent quality light, I really think you get what you pay for. Especially when it comes to LED lights. The lack of quality control, longevity, and shifts in color hue when you start buying cheapest knock-off brand LED lights on Amazon or elsewhere is not worth the money you save in my opinion as you end up wasting time in post-production trying to get your colors right.

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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.

Items Mentioned in the Episode:

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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