I want to talk about what I think might be the coolest knew thing since Netflix. I recently discovered the Tablo on Amazon. This is not just another set top box. The Tablo will connect to your antenna and stream the over the air Broadcast to many set-top boxes. It will also play live TV and recording content to any web browser! This is huge! Now if you want to cut the cord you no longer need to try to feed antenna signals all over your house. You can simply buy a Tablo, connected in a convenient location, download the app on all your set-top boxes around your house. For instance, this helps me out because I can have one Tablo box in my main AV rack then my TV in the bedroom connected with a fire stick. Two TVs in the basement connected with Roku minis, and stream the content to my tablet. This also allows me to have a football game coming in on the satellite to the media room. Have my Roku connected to the deck TV streaming a local game on ABC. You can watch on up to six devices at one time. The Tablo has two tuners and a USB out for recording to a hard drive. Yes, it’s a DVR as well. Tablo has a free 30-day trial of their TV guide data subscription. After the 30 days it’s $4.99 for a month, $49 a year, and $149 for a lifetime. With this subscription, you can also stream your recording’s and live TV to your mobile devices anywhere. So, if you’re in Japan and want to check out the local news you can! Of course, you can use it without the subscription. You just lose some of the cool artwork, 30-day TV Guide, and streaming to your mobile device outside of your network.
Jillian and I had a chance to see family in Wisconsin this summer. Her aunt and uncle took us to Door County. It’s a peninsula between Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Known for long shoreline and many parks. Peninsula State Park on Green Bay is home to sheltered Nicolet Beach, with its calm waters. On Lake Michigan, Newport State Park is a wilderness park crisscrossed with trails. Potawatomi State Park, in Sturgeon Bay, is fringed by limestone cliffs. This was shot on my iPhone 6s Plus in 4K.
I had the great honor of being able to serve alongside DCR Media & Systems for this year’s Campus Out Reach 2016 New Year’s eve conference. I look forward to this event every year it’s a great Ministry and a great group of people. DCR Media & Systems provided all of the audio video and lighting as well as the rigging and Crew to pull this 6 day event off.
We used a dB Technologies rig consisting of 24 T4 tops and 8 EV dual 18 subwoofers. Allen and Heath GLD 112 at front of house and GLD 80 at monitor world. Wireless was all done using the new Shure QLXD with SM 58 capsules and galaxy audio HM3 headsets.
Everything is hung off of 16 motor points. 18 ETC ellipsoidal’s were used on the face light truss. These were powered with Two ETC SmartRack Dimmers. 24 quad 6 battens as well as 16 QFX Blades from blizzard lighting. We added 10 Rogue R1 and a D50 hazer for the New Year’s eve party. Lighting console was a hog 4 hedgehog.
Recently I purchased something to help out some of my clients and fellow crew members. It seems like every time we do a shoot either the talent client or other crew members are always needing power strips. Mostly to plug-in phones to charge them. So on Amazon the other day I ran across this little gem. It’s a 6 outlet plus 6 USB charging port surge protector. This is been a big hit with the make up artist and hairstylist I work with. They love this because they’re always playing music from their phones. Clients are always wanting too plug-in while in the chair and it gives them plenty of outlets for things like hairdryers and curling irons.
The only downside I wish they would flip the outlet plugs around so the ground was facing out. Some wall warts will cover the USB socket. And for that very reason I carry a few of these in my production box
So probably in the latter part of the year we will be looking to upgrade a few of our cameras. Lately I’ve started the process of narrowing down the field of camera selection. One of the cameras so talked about is the Sony A7r II. Naturally this camera makes the list. As I’ve been looking through online reviews and reading blog post. I have found a lot of information talking about the camera itself as well as its compatibility through Metabones adapters to work with Canon lenses. However I have not found any information that talks about working with Tamron lenses. I’ve been a Tamron lens shooter for many years now since I got my first Canon 20D. I have drug them up mountains and drop them in the sand on the beach. In they still keep going.
So naturally I want to make sure that the Sony A7R2 will work with my tamron glass. So I logged on to Lensrentals.com (great people) that is where I rent the majority of the gear for bigger productions. I ordered the A7R2 and the Metabones V4 version four adapter and the spare Sony lens just in case it didn’t work. Before my order shipped I got an email from them that they had given me a free upgrade to the meta-bones T adapter. This is a cool adapter because it works for both Canon EF and EF–S lenses.
So when everything came in I got to testing things and I’m very happy to report that everything worked great. The only autofocus issues I had was in very low light during the civil twilight shooting some sunset stuff. I even tested out the 24 mm lens from Canon and found that it worked fine. The camera and the Metabones smart adapter even knew that it was an EFS lens and change the A7R2 camera to APC mode automatically for me. This is very helpful when you’re in the field switching lenses. This way you don’t have to remember to change the setting. All in all I’m very pleased with the system and how it works. And I must say that Sony is kicking everybody’s butt right now. Canon step up your game start getting innovative! Please! So as far as which camera we will be choosing not totally sure yet, more out there to look through but I wanted to get this out in hopes that it’ll help somebody else in their art endeavors. Wish all of you the best.