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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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HDR-300 Ring Light

HDR-300 Ring Light
You can add great effects to your portraits with good lighting. This 300 LED daylight balanced light can add a great lighting effect for around your model's eyes in any close up shot. No, we wouldn't suggest this is your primary light for any photography or film, however, it is a great portable light that can give your shots a nice touch. You can easily add and remove magnetic, snap-on filters that can give you even more variety for the lighting you need!
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GoPro Housing

GoPro Housing
GoPros are known for their quality and durability. That's because of it's strong, fully waterproof housing that protects the camera from all sorts of elements such as water or dropping the camera. This housing fits our Hero 3+ and 4, which we rely heavily on for aerials and underwater footage. A must have piece of equipment for anyone who has a GoPro, and wants to use their camera to it's fullest capabilities!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1034057-REG/gopro_ahssk_301_hero3_skeleton_housing.html
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Procaster Rode Broadcast Mic

Procaster Rode Broadcast Mic
Designed for your broadcasting and voice over needs, the Rode Procaster can produce high quality recordings with its internal shockmount that will minimize the unwanted noise. It's small, all metal constructed body allows us to bring the microphone just about anywhere while reducing the amount of ambient noise the microphone could pick up. A great microphone that can help with any of the voice overs you may need for a company or personal video!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/470257-REG/Rode_PROCASTER_Procaster_Dynamic_Vocal.html
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Matte Box

Matte Box
Unwanted light can ruin your shot. Protect your lens from light with the Dot Line Matte Box. It's adjustable height can help fit the lens of your choosing. This matte box is great for lenses with 86mm or smaller filter threads. The top, bottom, and side flags are all removable for more customization you might need for your shot. However it doesn't only come with the four flags, but it also includes the two cowls for different lens sizes that will help prevent any light from entering in between the matte box and your lens. A must have piece of equipment for unwanted light!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1035457-REG/dot_line_dl_v_mb3_matte_box_with_filter.html
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X-Rite ColorChecker Passport

X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
It's never a good feeling when you forget to white balance your camera after you shot some footage. This ColorChecker helps with just that, it's classic target design can help give your camera the accurate color consistency your picture needs. Having it in a pocket sized case allows you to bring it anywhere you please. A great little gadget that will help make sure the colors your camera is picking up are pure. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/651253-REG/X_Rite_MSCCPP_ColorChecker_Passport.html
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CamRanger

CamRanger
This wireless transmitter for select Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras can control everything you need. This transmitter can give you full control over your camera from your mobile device. Change your shutter speed, aperture, white balance, and ISO without having to touch the camera from up to 150'. Simply download the CamRanger App on any iPad, IPhone, and Android device so you can also share images to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Flickr. Definitely a nice tool to have everything at your fingertips! B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/969450-REG/camranger_1001_camranger_wireless_dslr_control.html
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GoPro Suction Cup Mount

GoPro Suction Cup Mount
This suction cup mount can hold any GoPro Hero models on cars, boats, motorcycles, and much more! It's 3.4" diameter can has been proven to hold at speeds up to 150+ mph on clean surfaces. Now we're not saying you should be cruising down a back road at top speeds to see how well the mount holds, But this is a great mounting system to get your GoPro out of your hands and angled to where you need it most!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/999131-REG/gopro_aucmt_302_suction_cup_mount.html
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Telescopic Litedisc Reflector Holder

Telescopic Litedisc Reflector Holder
It is important to aim your reflector where you need it most. By doing that, we rely on this Photoflex Litedisc to hold and angle our reflector towards any unwanted shadows that are on our talent. The reflector disc clips that are fully adjustable can securely hold the bounce where we need it. However, if we ever needed to get a bigger or smaller reflector, it's telescopic arm will fit those as well! An awesome stand to help us with smoothing out our shadows!  
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GoPro Smart Remote

GoPro Smart Remote
Control your GoPro from up to 600 feet away with this Smart Remote. This remote can operate any Wi-Fi enabled GoPro Hero with its simple and easy to use buttons that allows you to record, access your camera's settings, and change shooting modes. It's fully waterproof design allows you to bring it where ever you may need it without worrying. Wear it on your wrist or strap it where it can be easily accessible for your quick changes. A highly recommended GoPro item for any Hero user that might need an easier way to change your settings without needing the camera in your hand!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1078013-REG/gopro_armte_002_smart_remote.html
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RS-7 Curve Camera Strap

RS-7 Curve Camera Strap
This right handed camera strap can be worn diagonally or from your shoulder to your hip. It's fully adjustable length allows you adjust it perfectly for your cameras position. It's Ballistic and cordura nylon material supports it's extreme strength for whatever camera you own.  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/661579-REG/Black_Rapid_RS7_1BB_RS_7_Camera_Strap.html
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Fat Gecko Triple Mount

Fat Gecko Triple Mount
Sometimes you have to put your equipment at risk to get the perfect shot, especially if it involves vehicles. With the Fat Gecko Triple Mount you can securely attach your DSLR to any smooth surface with it's three suction cup design. Of course no body likes to have their camera hanging out of a moving vehicle, however this Triple Mount allows you to do just that. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/912694-REG/delkin_devices_ddmnt_triple_fat_gecko_camera_mount.html
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Pelican Memory Card Case

Pelican Memory Card Case
It's a lot nicer to have all of your memory cards in one spot than have to look all over for them. However, this Pelican Memory Card Case does a lot more than just that. This case also protects our footage from just about anything with its water resistant seal and polycarbonate casing. It's very portable that keeps you organized with one of your most important things in film and photography, your footage! So what better way to protect it than this Pelican case. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/828755-REG/Pelican_0910_015_110_0915_Memory_Card_Case.html
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Lens Cleaning Pen

Lens Cleaning Pen
Scratching and damaging a lens can be a nightmare for any camera operator. A great little tool to help prevent that is to carry around a LensPen with you. This tool can help you brush off any hair, dust, and other unwanted residue from your lenses and eyepiece. We have a couple in our camera bags just in case. Definitely something to have in your pocket or camera bag to help prevent any unwanted things from your camera! B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1091759-REG/lenspen_nlp_1cpb_lenspen_professional_black.html
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Portable Green Screen

Portable Green Screen
Because we do a lot of traveling we're always looking for gear that can be be portable and also worth carrying with us. This is why we recommend a portable green screen. This very easy set up takes away the "carrying too much gear" hassle many people run into when traveling. This is a great piece of equipment that helps us replace the background behind our talent while being able to get the screen to the sets we need!  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/838264-REG/Digital_Juice_CHROMA_POP_SCREEN_WC_5_x_7_Chroma.html
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Video Production Slate

Video Production Slate
A video slate, or clapper board, can serve multiple purposes in production. When using multiple cameras in a scene, having a slate can help confirm which roll, scene, and take you're looking at in post production. By clapping the sticks together, you can also easily sync multiple microphones as well! Not only can you write and erase easily with a dry erase marker, you can also note who the director and camera operator that are running the production.  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/292535-REG/Birns_Sawyer_425007_Economy_Dry_Erase_Production.html
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Manfrotto 680B Monopod

Sometimes you don't have enough room for a tripod, or any other stabilization. That's where monopods come in handy! Having a monopod is an excellent backup of not being able to lug around a hefty tripod when you need some stability. With its adjustable leg and fluid head, it is a great reliable source on getting the stabilization you need.  B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5535-REG/Manfrotto_680B_680B_Compact_Monopod_Black.html
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Gerber Multi-Tool

Gerber Multi-Tool
Talk about having every tool when we need one. Any gear we have with screws and knobs can be a hassle. We keep this Gerber Multi-tool on us at all times no matter where the set is. This assures that we're not messing around with looking for a tool box or ways to get something done. Anything we need to use on our gear is right here in the palm of our hand. B&H Link: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1051894-REG/gerber_22_01470_diesel_multi_plier_stainless.html
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