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I’ve been able to update the DSLR Video Buyer’s Guide about every six months since it was released. And now the latest version is out with a big change – it’s now available on Kindle at about half the price of the PDF version!

I created the DSLR Video Buyer’s Guide to clear the air about which equipment will work best for you.In minutes you’ll know the most important decision factors in each equipment category. And, more importantly, you’ll know what makes the most sense for you and your production style. You’ll gain confidence and make an informed decision on your equipment purchase.

I cover Cameras, Lenses, Camera Support, Audio, Lights and the Rest of the Kit. You’ll find solid, usable information about what I’ve found that works during the 30 years or so I’ve been a video producer.

You’ll find recommendations for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced shooters. Plus I make specific comments for Photographers, Video shooters and Aspiring Film Makers for each category.

Now Available on Kindle!

Previous versions of the DSLR Video Buyer’s Guide have been available as a PDF only, purchased through ClickBank.com. I made a decision to move distribution to Amazon.com and you benefit in several ways:

  • If you’re an Amazon Prime member you can download the entire DSLR Video Buyer’s Guide at no cost – zero, nada, for nothing! The Guide was accepted into Amazon’s new Kindle Owner’s Lending Library program and that means you can read the book at no cost on any Kindle reader.
  • The price has been reduced to almost half of the PDF version so even if you decide to buy from Amazon you’ll save more than 50% of the previous price.
  • You still get all the great information, all the links to the equipment online resources, and you can read it on most any computer with free readers.
  • I give you a link in the book where you can subscribe to all future updates. And you can download a PDF copy at no cost when you subscribe.
All in all, there’s never been a better time to get a copy of the DSLR Video Buyer’s Guide. Check it out and let me know what you think!

An Affordable Lavalier?

A reader asked:

I am looking for a fair affordable lavalier for personal work before I start into commercial work. What is a sweet spot for good quality product for a good price? I am planning on buying the Zoom H2 and would just like your opinion and a few options from a Pro such as yourself. Thank. Samuel W.

Audio Technica 3350 Omnidirectional Lavalier
My answer:

First, here’s a link to a post I wrote about a low cost audio kit for DSLR video – Complete DSLR Audio Kit for Less Than $450?

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Someone just asked…

What do you think about the decision from Apple to stop upgrading Color and the new relase of FCPX.
I’ve been working the past two years on FCP7 and just recently I started learning how to use Apple Color and the Technicolor cinestyle display LUT, but I’m worried that this program could become obsolete along with FCP7 because the new policy of Apple.

Perfect timing for this question because you can make the decision and save a ton of money if you move before October 31, 2011. Here’s why.

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Interesting article from a photographer who moved into video shooting with a DSLR.

DSLR News Shooter | Why did I give up my Canon 7D for the Sony FS100?.


Google + Invitations

Google PlusI’ve been using Google + for a few weeks now and it’s a great social network. The comments, questions and interactions are superb.

They just gave everyone 150 invitations to hand out and I’m including a link to mine here on this blog.

If you’re on G+ already, here’s a link to my profile – gplus.to/adrielbrunson

If you’d like to be included in my DSLR HD circle, leave a comment below with your profile link or send a message using my profile.

If you’re not on Google + yet, here’s an invitation link – http://goo.gl/ikI4v

There are only 150 invites for that link so do it now.

See you there!



Alzo DSLR Transformer Rig

What happens when you add a Zoom recorder and a shotgun mic to your DSLR rig?

You’re going to need something to hold all that gear securely.

That’s where the Alzo DSLR Transformer rig becomes an invaluable part of your kit. Here’s a short video showing how this works.

And, as I said in the video, the Alzo DSLR Transformer rig does double-duty. Besides holding all your kit, those handles produce a much more stable image when you’re shooting handheld. For the price, I think this is the best rig like this on the market.

PS – yes, I’m an affiliate of Alzo products. Hopefully you’ll like them as much as I do.


Here’s a great review of these two cameras.


Nikon D5100 vs Canon T3i

Head-To-Head Review: Canon T3i Vs. Nikon D5100 | TechCrunch.

I’ve loved both Nikon and Canon for different reasons. These two cameras are closely enough matched so that you can make the choice based on your existing lenses or because you’re more familiar with one or the other.

Let me know what you think…

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FCP7 vs FCPX – Deathmatch!

Thinking about moving into Final Cut Pro X? Not sure yet?

Watch this video where two guys take the same footage, load it into FCP7 and FCPX, then race to see who can get the final edit uploaded to Vimeo first.

Clearhead // FCP7 vs FCPX Deathmatch! from Clearhead on Vimeo.

I’m still running on FCP7 because all my projects are there and can’t be imported into FCPX. But the next new project is when I’ll take the plunge.

I’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating. If you are deep into FCP7 you’re not going to be happy with this update. But if you’re just getting into DSLR video and want a powerful tool set at a great price then this might be the one for you.

Here’s a link to their site with more information – clearheadmedia.com/​blog/​news/​fcp-x-initial-thoughts/​


If you’re into shooting video with a DSLR camera, it’s likely that you have a dream of making a movie. Even if it’s just a short film, most people I know would love to have an entry running in the local film festival. And, from there, who knows how far you’ll go?

But you have to get started. And Jason Brubaker has put together an awesome downloadable guide about the Modern Movie Making Movement.

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Solid tutorial on syncing audio from a Zoom with footage from a DSLR in FCP X.

Seems easy enough, give this a try and let me know what you think.

How to Sync DSLR Footage with Final Cut Pro X on Vimeo on Vimeo

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