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    Tested: Insta360 EVO Convertible VR180 Camera

    We test the new Insta360 EVO, a camera that can switch between shooting in 360 video and 180-degree stereoscopic video for virtual reality headsets. Here's a quick primer on why 180-degree VR video is compelling, and how compact cameras like the Insta360 EVO will let you capture great-looking VR video without complicated post-processing.

    Creating Blast Effects in Toy Photography

    Toy photographer Johnny Wu stops by our studio to demonstrate another of his practical effects for miniature photos. This time, he shows how he uses sparklers to create fiery action behind his subjects, evoking battle scenes to dramatic effect! (Sparklers and fireworks are inherently dangerous and we do not recommend attempting this at home. Flour is also extremely flammable!)

    How To Create Snow Effects in Toy Photography

    We're back in the studio of Johnny Wu (aka SgtBananas) to learn about his process for creating convincing snow effects in his photos. It's a simple practical effect you can replicate at home! We also chat about figure posability and what Johnny looks out for when finding new toys to photograph.

    Tested: Tilta Wireless Follow Focus Lens Control System

    Joey tests the Tilta Nucleus-Nano, a wireless follow focus system for controlling the lens on his Panasonic GH5 camera. This lens control system was made to work with Tilta's handheld gimbal rig, and Joey explains how he would use this kind of lens control system in a professional production, and why the price for this wireless follow focus is noteworthy.

    Tested: Kessler Motorized Camera Slider!

    Joey gives an update to his use of camera sliders with this review of a motorized slider sysetm using the Kessler Second Shooter+ controller. Here's how Joey uses sliders for production of Tested videos, product coverage, timelapses, and other types of cinematography.

    Tested: Lenovo Daydream VR180 Camera Review

    We review the Lenovo Daydream VR180, a camera made for filming 180-degree stereoscopic photos and videos for viewing on virtual reality headsets. We go over the user experience, image quality, and lessons learned from filming 180-degree 3D video.

    Tested: Photographing a NASA Rocket Launch!

    While attending the NASA Insight rocket launch recently, we have our first opportunity to set up a remote camera to photograph the nighttime launch. Norm goes over his gear used for his setup and the excitement of leaving that gear so close to a rocket in hopes to capturing a photo of the blast off!

    Testing the Tilta Gravity G2 Handheld Camera Gimbal

    Tested's Joey Fameli tests the Tilta Gravity G2 camera stabilizer, made for DSLRs and other handheld cameras. Using it with his GH5, Joey shows how he's used it in studio and on location and what kind of interesting shots you can get with a gimbaled stabilizer.

    Panasonic GH5 vs. GH5S Camera Review

    Tested's senior producer Joey Fameli tests the Panasonic GH5 and GH5S cameras! Using both of these for various video productions, Joey shows how these micro four thirds cameras perform in studio and on location, operating handheld. Here's why Joey love using these cameras to shoot Tested videos!

    Tested: Insta360 One Camera with Stabilization and Tracking

    We're not convinced that 360-degree video shooting makes sense for people watching content on their phones, but the latest update for the Insta360 One camera has us giving it another chance. Their new stabilization algorithm is impressive, and subject tracking in the app makes this a viable alternative to a mechanical gimbal.

    PROJECTIONS, Episode 39: High-End Photogrammetry for VR

    Virtual reality environments can be built manually, like video game levels, but they can also be constructed using real-world imagery and scanning. We visit the offices of Cyark, an organization that travels around the world documenting historical sites using advanced scanning equipment, converting some of those scans to explore in VR.

    Hands-On with Skydio R1 Autonomous Drone!

    We go hands-on with the Skydio R1, a camera-equipped drone that not only flies autonomously, but can actually track you and avoid almost any obstacle in its flight path. And from our first test, it actually works--we couldn't get it to crash. Skydio CEO and co-founder Adam Bry walks us through the computer vision technology that makes the R1 work, and we share our impressions from the impressive test flight.

    Tested: Fujinon MK 18-55mm Cinema Lens

    Joey tests and reviews the Fujinon MK 18-55 zoom lens, which is notable for its price as a entry-level cine lens. Using it on a variety of location shoots and Tested productions, Joey demonstrates how professional cinema lenses operate and perform differently than still photography lenses for video, and why you would want to use one on your camera.

    My Favorite Production Gear from NAB 2017!

    This year I got to attend the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas, otherwise known as NAB. This is one of the biggest production industry events bringing filmmakers, cinematographers, editors, grips, gaffers, manufacturers, business folk, and gear heads all together to talk shop and show off new gear and innovations in the industry.

    This year was less about the camera announcements (which is refreshing), instead focusing more on the major leaps that the existing technologies are taking. Things like IP broadcast signals, LED lighting advancements, and HDR video.

    Below are a few of my favorite things from the show floor this year.

    Aputure 300d Light Storm Light ($TBA)

    What Aputure is doing with LED lights is pretty incredible. They're not only making high quality and high lumen light systems, but they're exploring ways of manufacturing single LED sources (as opposed to the "grid" of LED lights) to reduce unwanted multiple shadowing. On top of that, the Light Storm lights (I currently own the 120d), have a mounting point at the front of the unit that allows you to easily add different modifiers for the light. Current options are fresnel lenses, sofboxes in different sizes, and now a cylindrical area light (made possible with the very wide and even angle that the beam comes out at).

    I've been using the 120D like crazy (video on that coming up shortly), and for how compact it is, it puts out a real strong beam of light. The 300 is supposed to be double that strength; Aputure claims it's equivalent to the power of a 2k HMI, with a price point that aims to be at a fraction of what that HMI light would be. We got to high quality cameras come way down in price over the last 5 years or so, I'm really excited in seeing high quality lights do the same.