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We maintain this section as an inventory of our equipment. Generally it's a picture and a description, enough to satisfy insurance requirements. Sometimes we add some commentary or even a review. If you have any questions about any of our gear, how we use it or experiences with it, feel free to email chris@di...rectivestudios.com.

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Sekonic L-758CINE-U DigitalMaster Light Meter

Sekonic L-758CINE-U DigitalMaster Light Meter
Because we like our exposure to be precise, we decided to upgrade our light meter to the Sekonic L-758CINE-U DigitalMaster. With a range of cine and video settings we can now make sure our lights are exactly where they should be. One of the huge benefits this meter provides, is it's ability to match the dynamic range to our specific camera, which can be a huge difference with the outcome of our video. With an ISO range of 3 to 8,000 in 1/3 steps and 17 other custom settings, we no longer have to guess how our camera will read the light. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1219222-REG/sekonic_401_761_l_758cine_u_digitalmaster_light_meter.html
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Atomos Full to Mini HDMI Coiled Cable

Atomos Full to Mini HDMI Coiled Cable
With this Full HDMI to Mini HDMI cable, we're allowed to hook our shogun monitor directly to our cameras. This 11.8 inch cord can extend itself up to 17.7 inches, just incase you need that extra length. It also prevents the cord from getting those annoying knots and kinks while you pack it for set. You can't have too many of these to help get your picture on a bigger screen. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1065083&gclid=CK_upcWWh8wCFVdahgod CSoKPA&is=REG&ap=y&m=Y&c3api=1876%2C92051677562%2C&A=details&Q=
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Auray Boompole Holder and Grip Head Kit

Auray Boompole Holder and Grip Head Kit
Because we travel a lot for our video service, we try to make our gear as portable as possible. We decided to get this Auray Boompole Holder with the grip head to use with our boom mic. Just like many filmmakers we don't have someone to hold the boom pole, especially just for interview style videos. We can simply attach the head to a C-stand, and easily use the holder for our boompole anywhere.  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/469810-REG/General_Brand_Boompole_Holder_and_Grip.html
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K-Tek Stringray Bag For Tascam 70D

K-Tek Stringray Bag For Tascam 70D
As we begin to get more involved with audio, we decided to grab this Stingray Bag for our Tascam 70D audio recorder. The fact we can easily access the battery and media compartments can really speed up time on site. This allows us to get inside of the bag without even taking our recorder out of it. The additional features such as it's straps to attach accessories and receivers, as well as keeping the camera attached to the recorder while it is still it the this case, really gave us the extra bump with wanting to purchase this item.  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1200016-REG/k_tek_kstg70_stingray_bag_for.html
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Sony A7S Mark II

Sony A7S Mark II
I'm excited to announce that we've added a new piece of equipment to the family, the powerful A7S Mark II. Because we travel with our gear so often, it's a hassle getting all of our lighting equipment from place to place. Sometimes lights just aren't feasible, this low light masterpiece can still help you get a great shot in low light situations. It's ISO can range from 1600 to 409,600. Now, any photographer and filmmaker will know that a high ISO can introduce a lot of noise to the picture. That is exactly what caught our attention about this camera. It's higher ISO levels are very very low noise. However, that is not the only thing that caught our eye. It's internal 4K recording and 5 axis image stabilization adds to the list of reasons why I really wanted this camera. It's perfect for our CAME-TV handheld 3axis gimbal. 5 axis...
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iPad Telaprompter

iPad Telaprompter
There's a lot of pressure standing in front of a couple of cameras. We try to make it as easy as possible for our talent to deliver their message without the need of memorizing their lines, although it still helps! We use a Pad Prompter that can display a script in front of the our lens without disrupting our camera. You can mount this on a rail system in front of your camera lens. By simply placing an iPad in the teleprompter, you can control the text size, speed, and color of the script to make it suitable for any talent. Yes, this does mean we recommend two tablets. One tablet will display the text for the reader, and the other tablet will work as a remote so you can adjust settings as you go. Not only does this hide the camera lens from nervous people, but it also makes it so...
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SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro

SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro
When working with 4K resolution cameras, it is important to make sure your SD card can keep up. We use a couple of the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro cards to capture and transfer our media. Designed for Raw, JPGS, and video, this card can write at a speed of 90 MB/s. Because we are located in Upstate New York, the weather can be unpredictable. These cards are tested under harsh conditions such as water, shock, x-ray, and cold weather, which is exactly what we need for the environments we shoot in.  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N=10824149&InitialSearch=yes&sts=pi
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Zacuto DSLR Recoil Rig

Zacuto DSLR Recoil Rig
While trying to control the camera on a shoulder rig, it can be very difficult to try and focus a DSLR. We recommend this shoulder rig that helps you with that focusing problem you might be running into. The Z-drive is a universal follow focus that can change your focus by a simple turn of a dial. The Zacuto DSLR Recoil Rig comes with the handgrip kit, dslr baseplate, the Z-Drive, and of course the shoulder pad for long term shooting comfort. Not very many shots can be focused while using a DSLR on a shoulder rig, however the Z-Drive and single hand grip allows you to have complete control over both the camera and the focus.  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1010705-REG/zacuto_z_drr_dslr_recoil.html
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Pelican Carry On Case

Pelican Carry On Case
This watertight hard case can help keep your important gear safe during travel. We spend a lot of time shooting outside of our studio, and rely on this case to carry some of our equipment. It's hard shell and foam interior lets us relax knowing some of our equipment is well protected. Because the case weighs over 13 pounds, it can get heavy for some users. But have no fear, the wheels and extendable handle allows you to wheel your equipment around. This is definitely a durable and reliable case that will help get your equipment to any location safely.  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/330231-REG/Pelican_1510_000_110_1510_Carry_On_Case.html
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LG 42" LED TV

LG 42" LED TV
Here in the studio we like to assure we're getting the best image possible. We hook up our DSLR to this 42" LED tv so we can get the full picture of what we are capturing. The full HD 1920 x 1080 LED panel isn't exactly what 4K video looks like, however we use it anyway! It's great for a stationary stand that allows you to see more than you would on an average display monitor. Something like this would be highly recommend for any studio like environments!  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1119815-REG/lg_42lf5600_42_1080p_led_tv.html
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Flash Benders

Flash Benders
Fitting on most camera flashes, these portable FlashBender reflector are great for trying to get more control of your lighting. You can't always aim your flash in the direction you need it most. A reflector will help you do just that, its lightweight design is perfect for carrying in your camera bag. A very simple piece of equipment that will only help your lighting get to where it should be!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1122620-REG/expoimaging_rogueresm2_rogue_flashbender_2_reflector.html
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On-Stage SB9600 Tripod Studio Boom Stand

On-Stage SB9600 Tripod Studio Boom Stand
It's tiring holding a boom mic for hours, especially if you need to hold it in one spot. We use the SB9600 Tripod Studio Boom Stand to hold our mic while filming. This boom stand has a base of 32-48" for superb stability and security for your mic. It's 7 pound counterweight provides even more security to your microphone as it balances to take pressure off of both ends of the support shaft. A very light weight stand helps us travel with more gear. Highly suggest stand for someone who will be using a boom mic without hands to hold it! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/407080-REG/On_Stage_SB9600_SB9600_Studio_Tripod_Boom.html
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Tether Table

Tether Table
This small stand is the perfect size when you need to set down a laptop or tablet where you can still easily use it. It's aluminum service will help support up to 30 pounds of gear you might have. Here in the studio we have a couple of iPads for our teleprompter, and it can get difficult trying to hold the device while adjusting the speed for the talent reading the text. We have this very simple Tether Table to set our iPad on while shooting some of our videos. We recommend this for anyone who has a tablet and/or laptop on set but doesn't have a place to put it! http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/818521-REG/Tether_Tools_TTATBLK_Aero_Traveler_Black.html
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GoPro Hero 3

GoPro Hero 3
Mounting to your helmet, body, cars, drone, and countless other things, this professional full HD camera is a blast to film with! This GoPro comes with many awesome features such as built in Wi-Fi that allows you to remote control your settings! The waterproof housing is great protection for the camera. We never know when we might need some underwater B roll, or perhaps rainy footage for our projects. An awesome inventory item we're looking to use more and more when the shot is too risky for our DSLRs.
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Cullman Mini Tripod

Cullman Mini Tripod
Supporting up to 2.5 pounds, this Magnesit Copter mini tripod is great for low camera support. It stands a tall 6.5 inches high when fully opened. It can be great for both a light camera or a place to attach your flash. This pocket size tripod has large rubber feet to prevent movement on any slippery surfaces it might be standing on. It's single knob can enable both the ball head positioning and also pan movement which gives you the customization you might need. A nice little piece of equipment that is reliable and extremely portable.   B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=799983&gclid=CNvBrKjiksgCFcOPHwodFEIL5w&is=REG&m=Y&A=details&Q=
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POV Case for GoPro Cameras

POV Case for GoPro Cameras
Keep your GoPro and accessories in one spot! What better way to ruin your day than to lose some of the gear you knew you had. It's fitted interior can help keep your GoPro snug and protected without worrying if its going to be damaged during travel. This case can fit anything from your Hero, to the LCD BacPac. It also includes slots that are meant for your additional batteries, memory cards, and any other gear you're going to need for your shoot! We highly suggest this case that will help you transport all your GoPro gear safely!  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1005665-REG/sp_gadgets_52030_sp_pov_case_gopro_ed.html
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BH-55 LR Ball Head

BH-55 LR Ball Head
With superior control and handling, you can now point your camera in any direction. We use this to handle our DSLRs for both video and photography when using a tripod. It's micrometer tension allows you to make easy, fast, and precise adjustments that you might need for your perfect shot. This very durable, solid aircraft aluminum and stainless steal device can hold up to 50 pounds! We highly recommend this if you are looking for something to give you complete control of your angles and leveling your camera is going to need! 
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Zacuto ZARM

Zacuto ZARM
While filming it is best to have your important gear right next to your camera. We rely on these Zacuto ZARMs to mount and hold our display and audio recorder to the same rail system our camera is on. This allows us to watch our display and audio levels while being close enough to the camera where we can make changes to our settings if needed. Simply twist the red wings in the middle of the aluminum body to lock the direction the chrome balls are pointed at! Very durable and handy gadget we use in and out of the studio!  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=587623&gclid=CNeM36H9iMgCFQ2BaQodhCkOQA&is=REG&m=Y&A=details&Q=
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3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal

3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal
We're always excited when new toys come in for our cameras. This 3-Axis Handheld Camera Gimbal by Came-Tv is for stabilizing our DSLR. It's tilt, pan, and roll stabilization takes away any shaking, and sudden movements from our footage. It's built in joystick gives us complete control over the camera's pan and tilt while it is in motion. The 1/4 inch screw hole on the handle is great for attaching an arm to hold a display monitor or your phone for better view of what you are capturing. We're looking forward to capitalizing on what this Gimbal has to offer!  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1156787-REG/came_tv_single_dc112_cd6_came_single_3_axis_handheld_camera.html?gclid=COyRoZuvgcgCFYKQHwod8iMJWw
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Manfrotto 501HDV Tripod

Manfrotto 501HDV Tripod
Supporting 11.9 pounds, this Manfrotto tripod holds our primary DSLR camera. It's easy access sliding plate allows you to securely attach your camera quick and easy, which can be critical if you are rushing to get the shot you need. The 501HDV pro rated head gives you the panning and tilting option you might be looking for out in the field. Weighing only 9 pounds, this tripod can breakdown to fit in it's soft carry bag so you can bring it to any location easily! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/510207-REG/Manfrotto_501HDV_755XBK_501HDV_755XBK_Video_Tripod_Kit.html
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