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Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter

Spark Camera Remote is the easiest way to control your camera. It can help you to take better photos. Spark Camera Remote is on Kickstarter now and has been fully funded. The Kickstarter ends on May 19, 2017.

Spark is the most versatile camera remote on the market. With three different modes of control, Spark was built to adapt to whatever situation you are shooting in. Whether you’re taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or settling down and setting up a time lapse, Spark gives you instant control. With your phone or without it.

Spark has three control modes: Infrared, Wired Trigger and App Control. You can point Spark at your camera’s infrared receiver and press the button to take a photo. No more trying to out-run your camera’s self timer.

You can use Spark as a traditional wired trigger and take photos, long exposures, and bursts without accidentally shaking your camera. You can also plug Spark into your camera and control it from your phone. You get a 100ft Bluetooth range and access to the complete set of Spark features.

Features include:

  • 200+ hours of battery – Spark automatically goes to sleep when you aren’t using it.
  • Weighs 0.75 ounces
  • Free Spark Camera Control app will be available for both iOS and Android
  • Bluetooth 4
  • External triggering
  • Long exposures
  • HDR – Bracket images to maximize dynamic range in the harshest conditions
  • Photo Booth – Capture portraits, selfies, and candid photos without any fuss
  • Time Lapses

SID is an Augmented Reality Live Streaming 3-D Camera

SID CameraMost video producers are still trying to figure out how to get over the 4K hump. But video technology waits for no one, and the true cutting edge these days may not be in just adding more pixels to a high-definition image, but instead, taking viewers to potentially new realities and dimensions. That’s exactly what the new SID camera is looking to achieve:

At last, shake-free 3D content creation that’s easy and affordable for EVERYONE!  Weeview’s SID offers the BEST immersive and stereoscopic viewing experience. Don’t just record the special memories, start re-living the experience in unbelievable life-like 3D format.

Here are some key features of the SID video camera:

  • Immersive 3-D camera with stereoscopic imaging effect
  • Adjustable parallax setting allows users to get different stereoscopic effects
  • 3-D video can be used for virtual reality presentations
  • 3-D video live streaming capability via connection to smartphone
  • Smart highlight feature provides close ups on certain parts of the video, allowing you to focus on areas that you are interested in without losing the complete shot
  • Auto-follow technology keeps video centered on the main subject of the shot
  • Create shake-free 3-D video with the SID camera kit, also makes it easier to connect the camera to a smartphone for video streaming
  • Create, share, and edit SID videos using the Weeview app for Android and iOS

The SID camera is being launched thru Kickstarter (see the link at the top of this article). The campaign has already reached its funding goal. SID camera packages can be had for a $179 contribution, with upgraded packages available for larger contributions.

KOMBOS is a Modular Keyboard for Musicians

KOMBOS logoMusicians that need to travel, or would like an easier way to carry their keyboard to the studio, may want to check out the KOMBOS modular keyboard. It is the world’s first fully modular keyboard that lets you bring music anywhere you go. KOMBOS is on Kickstarter and, at the time I am writing this blog, has 32 days to go.

The KOMBOS keyboard was designed to prevent a problem that musicians were facing. They had to choose between a large, bulky, keyboard that was impractical for travel, or a portable keyboard that was unable to deliver the professional quality of the bulkier version.

KOMBOS gives musicians the same quality as a professional set of keys, and also allows them to work with as many sets of keys as they need at any given time. The keyboard literally comes in pieces that can be put together to work in sets of 25, 37, 49, and 61 keys. KOMBOS has a proprietary Easy Lock Mechanism that keeps the pieces together. The audio quality is comparable to professional grade keyboards used in a studio setting.

KOMBOS is bluetooth enabled. This eliminates the problem of having to deal with cords. It has bluetooth 4.0 MIDI capabilities. It is compatible with iOS, Android, and any program that supports MIDI. Mac devices require Yosemite 10.10 or higher, and iPhone and iPad require iOS 8.x or higher.

KOMBOS also offers 8 hours of continuous battery life. It is powered by a lithium battery.

Cameleon 2.0 Makes it Easy to Live Stream on Facebook

Cameleon logoCameleon 2.0 is a simple broadcasting tool that enables people to connect any live camera to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch (and more) for the easiest live content creation. It makes it easy for you to start live streaming.

Download Cameleon and use it with your Mac, Windows PC, iPhone, or Android with built-in camera. It is also possible to use Cameleon by attaching it to any USB WebCam, GoPro Hero, or IP Camera. Cameleon is a new kind of media-server that uses your devices own resources – and does not use the cloud. It has less than 1% CPU usage per camera. It offers HD, high frame-rate, two-way sound, and “all the bells and whistles”.

Cameleon 2.0 is for people who want to start live streaming on either YouTube Live or Facebook Live Video. Some think that Facebook is interested in featuring live streamed videos by giving them prime placement.

Cameleon is on Kickstarter and has 55 days left to go (at the time I am writing this blog). The Kickstarter page has directions (with images) that show you how to download and begin using Cameleon.

On the Kickstarter page, creator Kalman Venczel says they were able to create Cameleon (and offer it for free) because they had passive income to maintain their lives while they worked unpaid on it for years. The Kickstarter was necessary because their short-term freelance jobs were slowing them down on the creation of Cameleon 2.0.

SportPod Is a Monopod For Smartphones, Tablets, and GoPros

SportPodWhether it’s for personal use or as part of a large-scale production, getting the right shot is crucial to any video. But if you’re in a situation where set up time is at a minimum, you don’t want to be strapped down with loads of gear that will require a lot of time and energy in the teardown/set up process. What if getting the perfect shot for the next scene was as simple as putting a small pole into the ground, mounting and adjusting your camera, and pressing record? That’s exactly what the SportPod is designed to do.

The inspiration for SportPod is right in the name. SportPod’s inventor wanted to find an easier way to record his own golf swing so he could analyze the footage to make improvements in his game. SportPod could certainly be used for a lot of different sports-related activities. But given its ease of use and adaptability, videographers across the board will likely find plenty of good uses for SportPod.

SportPod is a monopod (as opposed to tripod) that can be adjusted from two to four feet off of the ground. It comes with a ball mount that can be used with smartphones, tablets, GoPros, and most point-and-shoot cameras. This mount offers a 360-degree range of motion, making it easy to get the right shot in the moment. SportPod is easily broken down so it can be moved quickly from one location to the next.

The inventor of SportPod is running a Kickstarter campaign to get the device into production. The campaign is about 30% funded with 22 days left to go. Pledges starting at $35 entitle backers to a SportPod with smartphone attachment. Prices go up from there, depending on what type of SportPod attachments you’d like to use.

Slip Strap by Custom SLR is Versatile

Custom SLR Slim StrapCustom SLR has created a versatile camera strap with a quick-adjust slider that is made of genuine leather. The Slim Strap is a lightweight strap that makes capturing life’s moments effortless. It is currently on Kickstarter and has 33 days left to go (at the time I am writing this blog). It has been funded.

Slim Strap is made for mirrorless, micro four thirds, and compact cameras. It also works great with DSLRs. Special features of this camera strap include premium leather, low-profile black color, and a unique quick-adjust slider. The genuine top grade leather parts of the strap are on the shoulder pad, strap connectors, and thumb loop. Over time, the leather will conform to the contours of your shoulder.

The Slim Strap keeps your camera cinched securely at your side. When you need to take a photo, just pull the leather loop and slide to quickly bring your camera up for the shot. When the strap is un-cinched, you can glide the camera for that perfect shot any time. The leather shoulder pad never leaves your shoulder. To cinch the camera back at your side, simply pull the leather loop while holding the camera.

ToneDexter Makes Amplified Acoustic Guitars Sound Right

ToneDexterToneDexter is an acoustic guitar preamp made by Audio Sprockets, LLC. It transforms your guitar pickup into the lifelike acoustic sound you’ve been looking for. ToneDexter is on Kickstarter. At the time I am writing this blog, has 13 days left to go.

ToneDexter is an acoustic guitar preamp system that restores the rich, natural, acoustic tone to your instrument by processing the signal coming from your pickup. It can also be used with other stringed instruments. One goal of the Kickstarter is to get help moving ToneDexter from working beta units to full production.

To use ToneDexter, the first thing you need to do is plug your instrument into it and go through a short training session. ToneDexter listens to the two different signals and generates a WaveMap using advanced signal processing technology. Once the WaveMap is generated and stored, all you need to do is plug your guitar (or other instrument) into ToneDexter and then plug ToneDexter into your amplifier. Up to 16 WaveMaps can be stored for the same or different instruments.

The controls include:
* Built in three band parametric equalizer – You sent the center frequency and the boost or cut for the bass, midrange, and treble.

* Tuner with incredible one cent accuracy

* Boost switch to add adjustable gain for your solos

* Built in digital feedback notch filter which is only one semitone wide, so you can knock down the feedback that typically plagues amplified acoustic instruments

* Unique adjustable Character control for a punchier sound.

* Simple three character display easily viewable from a standing position which allows for easy operation

ToneDexter back panel

ToneDexter’s back panel has:
* XLR Mic in (with phantom 48V power supply)

* Send and Return Effects Look 1/4” phone jacks

* 9V-15V non polarity sensitive power input (power supply included)

* Monitor Out 1/4” phone jack

* Headphone Level adjustment

* Headphone output 1/4” phone jack

* Phase switch (shown as Option A/B in the photo)

* XLR DI output for direct connection to your mixer

* 1/4” instrument input and output jacks are on the side panel (not shown in the photo)

Watershot Updates their Underwater Camera Housing

Watershot PROWatershot Incorporated, a California company, has created its 7th Camera Housing for Apple iPhone. It is intended as an all-day underwater Camera Housing for use in, around, and under water. It is currently on Kickstarter and needs to gather more funding in the 23 days left of its Kickstarter campaign.

Watershot Incorporated has created waterproof camera housing for years, starting with Watershot for iPhone 4. That one is now more than 3 years and multiple generations in the past. Watershot PRO for the iPhone 6 and 6s Plus will be Watershot’s 9th injection molded Smartphone Housing and 7th Camera Housing model offering for the Apple iPhone. Wathershot’s interchangeable Optical Quality Glass Lens Port system will maximize multiple opportunities for visual quality.

The Watershot PRO for iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus will feature their largest rear frame opening to accommodate the massive 6 Plus and 6s Plus touch screen surface. This requires exceptional engineering and special material integration to ensure the required “stiffness” to keep the main-body gland seal symmetrically and circumferentially “squeezed”, a hallmark of Watershot’s watertight performance. They have preformed comparative FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on the rear frame and they are on track to achieve a 195ft/60m depth rating.

Jockey Motion 4-Axis Gimbal Stabilizes Video

Jockey 4Axis GimbalNeed an easy way to stabilize the video for your cinematic production? You might want to check out the Jockey Motion 4-Axis Gimbal. Or, maybe the 4th-Axis Jockey Upgrade for Ronin, Ronin-M, and AllSteady gimbals would be a better choice for you. They are currently on Kickstarter, have reached their pledged amount, and can be backed for 6 more days.

The True 4-Axis Jockey Technology is described as “the Holy Grail of cinematic stabilization”. The 4-Axis technology stabilizes the vertical axis, a critical deficiency of traditional 3-axis gimbals in addressing bouncy videos.

While Turbo Ace engineers were developing the revolutionary Jockey Motion 4-Axis gimbal, they also adapted a seamless 4th-axis Jockey upgrade for Ronin, Ronin-M, Movi M5, Movi M10, All-Steady-6Pro, and AllSteady-6Plus gimbals. It provides easy transition between existing 3-axis and new 4-axis stabilization.

Turbo Ace engineers integrated a proprietary custom suspension system with 4 synchronized Hydraulic Shocks to absorb and slowly dissipate energy in the vertical axis. This puts a stop to the endless up and down oscillation from the main spring. The idea is very similar to the suspension system found in an automobile.

This new, innovative, gimbal set couples the Jockey with the Super Light Weight Support Rig, which is less than 20% of the weight of a normal shoulder rig. It transfers the gimbal and camera weight to your hip instead of your shoulder and at the same time allows for a higher range of movement.

Lumapad V2 LED Lights are on Kickstarter

Lumapad V2 LED LightsLumapad V2 LED production lights are the newest version of the Lumapad LED lights from Lumapad. The new version is described as the brightest, highest quality, lowest cost production LED lights available. They are currently on Kickstarter and have 22 days to go in order to reach their funding goal.

The Lumapad V2 LED production lights come in two versions: The LP-14 “Little Guy” and the LP-28 “Big Bro”. The frames that go with each one are color coded. The “Little Guy” uses frames that are black and blue, while the “Big Bro” uses frames that are black and orange. This makes identification of color temperature faster and easier.

The “Little Guy Basic” is a good choice for a small budget production company. As a person’s business and experience grows, it is possible to upgrade to the heavy duty dimming power supply that gives you the same features that come with the standard LP-14 and its “Big Bro” the LP-28.

Another option for small production companies with higher budgets is to start out with the “Little Guy Deluxe” light or lighting kits. They come feature packed with the 5000 lumen LED panel (daylight or tungsten), heavy duty dimming power supply, gel holder, and all other necessary cables for either 120VAC or 240VAC. The “Big Bro” is the perfect choice for the very picky and discerning production company.

* Indestructible polycarbonate drop guards and accents.

* Easy color temperature identification using blue (5600K) and orange (3200K) accents.

* Separate power supply to reduce weight in the lighting head.

* Dimming control is mounted on deluxe power supply so it can be easily reached below the light or even placed on the floor as a separate unit.

* Heavy duty, professional power connectors for convenience and safety.

* Worldwide automatic voltage sensing with choice of EU or USA wall plug cables.

* Highest CRI possible in an LED lighting system.

* Standard 5/8” (0.625”) yoke for mounting to any light stand.

* Available with Tungsten (3200 Kelvin) or Daylight (5600 Kelvin) LED’s

* Remote phosphor version available for even greater color control and higher CRI.