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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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GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition

GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition
We're always looking for gear that will bring better resolution pictures and videos to the table. The GoPro Hero 4 Black does exactly that. Supporting 4K footage, the Hero is great for aerial and underwater film and photos! The fully waterproof housing allows us to get the image we want no matter what the elements are. With the auto low light and night photo modes, we can now use the Hero 4 throughout any part of the day. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1078001-REG/gopro_chdhx_401_hero4_black_edition_adventure.html
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Kessler Crane Second Shooter

Kessler Crane Second Shooter
The Kessler Crane Second Shooter is a 3 Axis motion control system that allows you to pinpoint the exact shot you want by tilting, panning, and even sliding. The awesome keyframable positions makes it so you no longer need to record your every move. This device is especially handy when you are short camera operators. This is a very fast, effective, and portable way of getting total control over our camera with limited hands. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1088280-REG/kessler_crane_ss2003_second_shooter_bundle_3_axis.html
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Canon 580 EX II Speedlite Flash

Canon 580 EX II Speedlite Flash
The Canon 580 flash is a great addition to our lighting inventory. The 360 degree swivel head allows us to get any lighting angle we need on a subject. With a metal hot shoe you can adapt the flash right on top of your camera. The more consistent color and enhanced controls help our cameras achieve the best quality photos. By making sure our camera has the best lighting, the flash exposure lock that targets our subject helps us do just that. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/801246827-USE/canon_1946b002_speedlite_580ex_ii.html
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Zoom H4N Handy Recorder

Zoom H4N Handy Recorder
As our number one audio recorder, we use the Zoom H4n to capture the sound from our Rode NTG-3 mic. By simply running off of two AA batteries, the back-lit LCD display helps us determine where our audio levels should be. Even though we connect our Sony headphones to this recorder for monitoring, it also has an integrated speaker that allows us to quickly check our recordings just in case something were to ever happen to our headphones. It is extremely portable, and at the end of the day all our audio files are put on to a SD card which we can easily move to our computer. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?N=11116977&InitialSearch=yes&sts=pi
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Photovision 6" Mini One Shot Digital Target

Photovision 6" Mini One Shot Digital Target
White balancing our camera is one of our very first steps to any of our shoots. We certainly couldn't obtain this without our One Shot Digital Target. By being able to hold up the target in front of the talent, our only job is to take a picture with any of our cameras. This is a very fast and convenient technique when you want more than just a white balancing preset.  B&H Lunk:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/492619-REG/Photovision_DT6020_6_Mini_One_Shot.html/prm/alsVwDtl
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GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera

GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition Camera
No matter where or what the weather is, we have a camera for it. A great addition to our inventory is the GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition. Shooting full HD at 1920 x 1080 and 60fps, the ultra wide angle lens captures any video on and off land. We no longer are afraid of the rain or bad weather knowing the fully waterproof housing will keep this camera safe. With a battery life that lasts 30% longer than the HERO3, we're not afraid of missing any footage while we're out and about. Now that GoPro also has an App for our mobile devices, the built in wifi helps display the image we're hoping to get. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1003322-REG/gopro_chdhn_302_hero3_silver_edition_camera.html
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Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphones

Sony MDR-ZX100 Headphones
Whats a good video without good sound? Here in the studio our source of hearing is the Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones. We could be filming for hours and hours, which is another reason why we recommend these lightweight, very comfortable set of headphone for your audio. Just like almost every other headphones, the stereo mini can plug into laptops, cameras, ipads, ipods and almost  anything else. We love making sure our audio is at its finest, and these headphones help us do that. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/757685-REG/Sony_MDRZX100_BLK_MDR_ZX100_Stereo_Headphones.html
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Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter

Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter
Perfect images rely on perfect lighting. Our handy tool here at the studio that helps us achieve that is the Sekonic Light Meter. This handy cordless meter helps us determine the f/stop we should be setting our cameras to. This weather resistant meter can also tell us information such as the ISO and measuring modes. The easy to read LCD that displays icons and symbols really helps us get that perfect lighting here in the studio.   B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/368226-REG/Sekonic_401_309_L_308S_Flashmate_Light_Meter.html
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Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System

Glidecam HD4000 Stabilizer System
For any cameras from 4 to 10 pounds, the Glidecam HD4000 is a great walking and running stabilizer we have here at the studio. The quick release plate makes it nice and easy to put on and take off the camera. It's free floating, 360 degree pan and tilt really gives you the variety of angles needed for any running or walking shot. Simply counterbalance the weight of your camera with the adjustable weights on the system itself, and you're off to the races. Great for those unsturdy, quick shots. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/579908-REG/Glidecam_HD_4000_HD4000_Stabilizer_System.html
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DJI Phantom Drone

DJI Phantom Drone
Not all of our work is done here in the studio. What better way to explore outside than the DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter. We love using ours with any of our GoPros (Hero 3, 3+, and 4), for recording great B roll for company videos. Having the 3,280' Line-of-Sight Wi-Fi Range really helps us monitor its every position while in flight. Running off of 2 GPS modes, we can assure that the Phantom will stay close to our home base position during windy or low battery days. Such a nice piece of equipment to help us get the videos we normally couldn't get! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1018649-REG/dji_cp_pt_000083_phantom_2.html
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iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor

iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor
The best way to display our live feed from our camera is by the iKan vk7i 7” Display Monitor. This 7 inch monitor runs directly from our camera through a simple HDMI cord. This display also allows us to adjust the brightness, contrast, chroma, and even sharpness! As portable as it is, we travel with it without any hassle! Great display with great customization that we need in and out of the studio!  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/968089-REG/ikan_vk7i_n_vk7i_su_7_hdmi_field.html
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Speed Booster EF-M43

Speed Booster EF-M43
By owning a few Canon lenses, we decided to get a hold of the Speed Booster EF-M43 since we have a couple of GH4s in the studio! The speed booster, also known as a speed adapter, is powered by the camera to help adapt third party lenses to the Gh4. Even though we are highly satisfied with the lenses we have for our GH4s, we never know when we could use more of a variety. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1079566&gclid=CN6Gxb_U9MYCFUoXHwod3voMrQ&is=REG&m=Y&Q=&A=details
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Tascam DR70D

Tascam DR70D
We're looking forward to start using the Tascam DR70D. This sound recorder can record up to four channels as once. A really nice feature it also has, is the audio output. This allows you to connect the recorder right to the camera's mic port. Which essentially means the audio and video will be synchronized for us! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1086798-REG/tascam_dr_70d_4_channel_audio_recording.html
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Rode Shotgun Microphone

Rode Shotgun Microphone
The Rode on camera shotgun mic is our choice of audio backup in the studio. It's a great safety net for us so we don't encounter the worst. We simply mount and plug it into our camera's mic input, check our levels with it's 3 way positioned level control, and we're on our way. Nice to know we have have this pointed at our talent just incase.
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Rode NTG3 Shotgun mic

Rode NTG3 Shotgun mic
We have the Rode NTG3 Shotgun mic in our studio for our clients when we shoot talking head videos. We have had our share of background noises around the studio, anywhere from trains outside to phones ringing. Surprisingly, the NTG3 Shotgun has been killer for not picking much of those noises while our talents are talking. The audio has shown great waveform when we bring it into Adobe Audition and has worked tremendously. Highly recommended mic! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/573977-REG/Rode_NTG_3_Basic_Shotgun_Microphone.html
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DJI Ronin

DJI Ronin
Wondering how you're going to get that perfect shot of someone running or walking? We tend to go with the DJI Ronin. The Ronin is a 3-Axis camera stabilizer that will self-adjust to balance your video camera. We're looking forward to getting more familiar with ours!    Official DJI Website:  http://www.dji.com/product/ronin B&H link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1137174-REG/dji_ronin_m_3_axis_handheld_stabilizer.html Check out what the DJI Ronin is good for!  
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Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix Lens

Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 Lumix Lens
A new addition to our lens inventory! Looking forward to work a little more with this 35-100mm Lens. So far very satisfied. We're setting this on our second GH4 to get a nice close up while it's at the same distance away from our talent as our 12-35mm Lens. We will see how much more we can do with it in the near future! B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/892457-REG/Panasonic_h_hs35100_35_100mm_f_2_8_Lumix_G.html
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Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens

Panasonic Lumix G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 Asph. Lens
This 2.8 12-35mm lens is officially our number one lens on our GH4! We use it mainly for our standard, “waist and up” shot on our talent. It is a very compact and light-weight lens that comes with many awesome features such the 2.8 brightness that covers the entire zoom range. Works and looks great. B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/865111-REG/Panasonic_H_HS12035_Lumix_G_X_Vario.html?gclid=CKe-kpb53cYCFRCEaQodBB4MlA  
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Panasonic Lumix GH4

Panasonic Lumix GH4
We’re excited to have two Panasonic Lumix GH4s in the studio for our videos. One of our only concerns we have about these cameras is that our clients will look at the size of these without knowing what they are capable of. Awesome quality and color packed into such a small body!  B&H Link:  http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1028453-REG/panasonic_dmc_gh4kbody_lumix_dmc_gh4_mirrorless_micro.html
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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review + HiDPI Adobe Scaling Issue

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro Review + HiDPI Adobe Scaling Issue
  One of the hottest trends with mobile devices is for designers to push the limits of traditional gadgets with new hybrid products. This is the case with the new Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro; it's a hybrid between a laptop and a tablet running full Windows 8.1 OS. Here's a review on our favorite way to do Yoga. 1 Device, 4 Possible Positions The name Yoga is suggestive of the device's most stand-out feature; its ability to transform into four unique and usable positions. These are, clamshell laptop, tablet, stand, and tent. Each one of these positions allow the device to be used in a completely different way, which makes it feel like you're getting four separate devices for the price of one. Thanks to a double-hinge design, the device is able to quickly and seamlessly transition from each position, and the screen and keyboard settings will automatically adjust to...
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