Most Successful Videography Camera Equipment of 2014

shed: 31 Dec 2014 Most Successful Videography Camera Equipment of 2014

What products are shaping the world of videography? Here’s a collection of the most successful video camera equipment in 2014 brought to you by Video Caddy based on sales projections in top ecommerce websites and user review ratings on a scale of 5.

1) Prime Lenses

Prime lenses offer the ability to produce clean, crisp, high-quality and precise shots. Aperture is faster with prime lenses than with zoom lenses. A prime lens has a fixed focal length (whereas a zoom lens has variable focal length) resulting in sharper video shots.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon SLR Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for SLR

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens

  • Maker: Canon
  • Cost: US$ 125.00 onwards
  • USP: Considered as the standard for all Canon SLR Cameras with a minimum of 50 mm focal length and 0.45m/17.72″ minimum focus
Review Ratings: Rating 4.6

Source – Amazon

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon SLR

  • Maker: Nikon
  • Cost: US$ 196.95 onwards
  • USP: Comes with a compact light-weight design. Most suited for discrete snapshots and landscape shooting. Even elements that are out of this lens’ focus appear more natural
Review Ratings: 4.8

Source – Amazon

Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR FX Lens for SLR

  • Maker: Nikon
  • Cost: US$ 216.95 onwards
  • USP: Its fast maximum aperture is best suited for everyday shooting. Great for producing images with beautiful background blur. Changes between manual and autofocus operation seamlessly
Review Ratings: Rating 4.9

Source – Amazon

2) Rigs

A shoulder rig enables professional filmmakers to capture video with movements. With rigs, you can travel along with your subjects, and can achieve good camera stability. It also allows you to hang more equipment off your camera.

Neewer Foldable DSLR Rig Movie Kit Opteka X-GRIP  ROXANT PRO Video Camera Stabilizer

Neewer Foldable DSLR Rig Movie Kit Film Making System Shoulder Rig Mount

  • Maker: Neewer
  • Cost: US$ 30.51 onwards
  • USP: Considered as the best stabilizer for DSLR, it is most trusted for helping avoid back neck and arm stress
Review Ratings: Rating 4.4

Source – Amazon

Opteka X-GRIP Professional Camera / Camcorder Action

  • Maker: Opteka
  • Cost: US$ 19.95 onwards
  • USP: The shoe adapter in its handle allows convenient mic and light placement. This enables recording even quiet, handheld dialogue scenes
Review Ratings: Rating 4.1

Source – Amazon

ROXANT PRO Video Camera Stabilizer

  • Maker: Roxant
  • Cost: US$ 49.95 onwards
  • USP: Offers more stability with less motion. The shake is also much less compared to other handheld stabilizers
Review Ratings: Rating 4.0

Source – Amazon

3) Shoulder Pads

Shoulder Pads assist camera operators in eliminating camera shakes and operating DLSR or system camera with maximum flexibility. Shoulder Pads are primarily designed to prevent any possible discomfort or shoulder pain associated with continuously holding the camera.

CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad NEEWER® DP3000 ePhoto Shoulder Mount

CowboyStudio Shoulder Support Pad for Video Camcorder

  • Maker: CowboyStudio
  • Cost: US$ 27.00 onwards
  • USP: Can support up to 13lbs and can accept any standard mounted camera or camcorder
Review Ratings: Rating 3.9

Source – Amazon

NEEWER® DP3000  DV/DC Sponge Rubber Light Steady Shoulder Pad

  • Maker: Neewer
  • Cost: US$ 10.99 onwards
  • USP: Ergonomically designed and suitable for DIY camera users and low budget movie makers
Review Ratings: Rating 3.7

Source – Amazon

DSLR Shoulder Mount Stabilizer Support for Video DV Camcorder HD DSLR

  • Maker: ePhoto
  • Cost: US$ 25.00 onwards
  • USP: Most ideal for use with camcorders and travel
Review Ratings: Rating 3.8

Source – Amazon

4) Camera Stabilizers

Camera stabilizers, also known as camera mounts, are designed to hold a camera in a way that prevents unwanted camera movement. They steady the camera against the photographer’s body so that camera shakes doesn’t occur.

Opteka SteadyVid SV FeiYu G3 Ultra 3-axis Glidecam HD-2000

Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Camera Stabilizer with Quick Release

  • Maker: Opteka
  • Cost: US$ 129.95 onwards
  • USP: Made for DSLR cameras and can take weight up to 6lbs. When you have this Opteka Camera Stabilizer, there is no need for tripods or dolly’s.
Review Ratings: Rating 3.9

Source – Amazon

FeiYu G3 Ultra 3-axis Steadycam Handheld Gimbal Gopro Hero3 Camera Mount

  • Maker: GuiLin FeiYu
  • Cost: US$ 289.00 onwards
  • USP: Offers 3 operational modes that enable easy capture of professionally stabilized videos
Review Ratings: Rating 4.3

Source – Amazon

Glidecam HD-2000 Hand-Held Stabilizer

  • Maker: Glidecam
  • Cost: US$ 479.00 onwards
  • USP: Its on the fly spins and pans are great for any fast-paced video creation
Review Ratings: Rating 4.7

Source – Amazon

5) LED Lights with Batteries

LEDs emit light in a specific direction. Instead of bright light, LEDs provide very short pulse of light with constant output. This makes it easier to view the lighting effects when a video shot is being composed. They also provide daylight-balanced output and are entirely dimmable.

NEEWER® 160 LED CN-160 Chromo Inc.® 160 LED CI-160 NEEWER CN-216 216PCS LED

NEEWER® 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light

  • Maker: Neewer
  • Cost: US$ 28.20 onwards
  • USP: Its 160 super-bright LED lights equipped with a dimmer switch enable you to adjust the intensity while shooting; is light weight and is easily portable
Review Ratings: Rating 4.4

Source – Amazon

Chromo Inc.® 160 LED CI-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light

  • Maker: Chromo Inc.
  • Cost: US$ 26.95 onwards
  • USP: Super lightweight 160-piece-LED video with adjustable light intensity for professional effects
Review Ratings: Rating 4

Source – Amazon

NEEWER CN-216 216PCS LED Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Light, LED Light

  • Maker: Neewer
  • Cost: US$ 38.30 onwards
  • USP: The CN-216 has a new-fangled 16:9 widescreen design; this allows a wider light range and much brighter effect
Review Ratings: Rating 4.5

Source – Amazon

6) On-Camera Monitors

Lilliput or “on-camera” Monitors enable camera operators to focus the camera, aided by a screen that is larger than the one built into the camera. Some of them have built-in tools that help in adjusting the exposure and maximizing the screen.

FlySight 32 Ch Black Pearl Pyle PLCMHD70 7-Inch HD Video Neewer® DC-70 Clip-on Portable 7" Color TFT

FlySight 32 Ch Black Pearl 5.8Ghz 7″ Diversity Monitor with Integrated Battery (RC801)

  • Maker: FlySight
  • Cost: US$ 229.00 onwards
  • USP: Supports 5 modes and no blue screen; comes with built-in Lipo Battery
Review Ratings: Rating 4.4

Source – Amazon

Pyle PLCMHD70 7-Inch HD Video On-Camera Field Monitor, HDMI, YPbPr, AV, Audio Inputs

  • Maker: Pyle
  • Cost: US$ 116.93 onwards
  • USP: Provides a High Definition 7” size display and is equipped with all you need including remote, rechargeable battery, and detachable sun shade
Review Ratings: Rating 3.8

Source – Amazon

Neewer® DC-70 Clip-on Portable 7″ Color TFT LCD Monitor HDMI 1280x 800Pixels

  • Maker: Neewer
  • Cost: US$ 135.98 onwards
  • USP: Peaking and pixel-by-pixel zoom functions are salient features of this wide viewing angle LCD screen
Review Ratings: Rating 3

Source – Amazon

7) Eye-Fi

An Eye-Fi card operates much like a Secure Digital (SD) Card as far as the storage of pictures is concerned, but additionally, Eye-Fis can be set to automatically upload photos [while the camera is on] to a wireless network.

Eyefi 16GB Pro X2
Eyefi Mobi 32GB Class 10 Eyefi Mobi 16GB Class 10 Wi-Fi

Eyefi 16GB Pro X2 SDHC Class 10 Wireless Flash Memory Card

  • Maker: Eye-Fi
  • Cost: US$ 79.00 onwards
  • USP: With super-fast Class 10 performance and 16GB memory, Eyefi Pro X2 captures hours of HD video, low-light, and fast-action shots easily
Review Ratings: Rating 3.5

Source – Amazon

Eyefi Mobi 32GB Class 10 Wi-Fi SDHC Card with 90-day Eyefi Cloud Service

  • Maker: Eye-Fi
  • Cost: US$ 104.49 onwards
  • USP: Take high-quality video shots and make them instantly available on Web-enabled devices with Eyefi Cloud, which is a private, photo-centric cloud
Review Ratings: Rating 3.9

Source – Amazon

Eyefi Mobi 16GB Class 10 Wi-Fi SDHC Card with 90-day Eyefi Cloud Service

  • Maker: Eye-Fi
  • Cost: US$ 59.77 onwards
  • USP: Enables in transferring photos from your camera to iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android or desk/laptop; comes with a 90 day Eyefi Cloud membership (unlimited photos)
Review Ratings: Rating 3.9

Source – Amazon

8) Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi cards enable in uploading photos to the Internet when the Wi-Fi card in your camera is within range of a registered network. This saves time and the hassle of connecting a computer and then waiting until the video file gets transferred to the computer hard drive.

Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 32GB Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 16 GB Transcend 32 GB Wi-Fi SDHC Class 10

Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 32GB SDHC Memory Card (PFW032U-1BCW)

  • Maker: Toshiba
  • Cost: US$ 38.49 onwards
  • USP: With capacity up to 32GB, this Wi-Fi card provides a high degree of convenience, letting you to share videos wirelessly and instantly from a PC, smartphone or a tablet
Review Ratings: Rating 3-4

Source – Amazon

Toshiba Flash Air II Wireless 16 GB SD Memory Card (PFW016U-1BCW)

  • Maker: Toshiba
  • Cost: US$ 29.99 onwards
  • USP: Class 10 video sharing up to 7 devices including PCs, tablets, smartphones and Macs simultaneously, without the requirement for internet connection
Review Ratings: Rating 3-4

Source – Amazon

Transcend 32 GB Wi-Fi SDHC Class 10 Memory Card (TS32GWSDHC10)

  • Maker: Transcend
  • Cost: US$ 60.99 onwards
  • USP: Extremely easy-to-use. All you need to do is to insert your Transcend Wi-Fi SD card into your camera, turn on the camera, and see the Wi-Fi auto-enabled in Direct Share mode
Review Ratings: Rating 3

Source – Amazon

9) Camera Control Apps

Camera Control Apps give control over your cameras from zoom focus to viewfinders, even if you are not behind them. Although there are a number of photography apps, not all of them provide camera control functions. Apps are available for specific camera models and brands.

Exposure Calculator Depth of Field Calculator CamRanger: Wireless DSLR Camera Control  

Exposure Calculator

  • Created by: Essence Computing Ltd
  • USP: This App enables you to calculate the right shutter speed for your video shot from simple information available on the lighting conditions
  • Cost: US$ 0.99 onwards

Depth of Field Calculator

  • Created by: Essence Computing Ltd
  • USP: If you are serious about getting the DOF (depth-of-field) just right, then this easily understandable app is recommended
  • Cost: US$ 0.99 onwards

CamRanger: Wireless DSLR Camera Control

  • Created by: CamRanger
  • USP: The CamRanger app allows wireless control and transmitting for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras
  • Cost: Free

10) Smart Phone Video Editors

Smart Phone Video Editors are software applications that enable post-production video editing of digital video sequences on a smart phone.

AndroVid Pro Video Editor Videoshow Video Editor & Maker Magisto Magic Video Editor & Maker

AndroVid Pro Video Editor

  • Maker: Zeoxy
  • USP: You can trim, split, merge, grab video frames, and convert them to many audio or video formats, and share your videos
  • Cost: US$ 1.99 onwards

Videoshow Video Editor & Maker

  • Maker: Enjoy Technology
  • USP: Rated among in Google’s list of Best Video editors, Video Show enables video editing with minimum operations
  • Cost: Free

Magisto Magic Video Editor & Maker

  • Maker: Magisto
  • USP: This editor enables you to automatically turn your photos into edited movies, complete with your choice of music, graphics and special effects
  • Cost: Free

Digital storytelling and video editing in the 21st century is continuing to get better and easier, thanks to such supporting equipment enlisted above.

Let us know your experience with any of these equipment or apps and which video equipment according to you would fare well in 2015, by commenting below. Please do share this blog with your friends and colleagues by clicking the share buttons found at the left side of this page.

Happy Holidays from Video Caddy!

– VideoCaddy

How to Convert Your Holiday Pictures into a Video

How to Convert Your Holiday Pictures into a Video

For many families, the holidays are “Prime Time” for viewing family albums — including childhood videos.

Making a Holiday Movie

In addition to making new memories during the holidays, you should think about digitizing both past and present memories that are currently stored in “vintage” versions of photos and videos. This will allow you to protect the originals while also enabling you to share a family holiday video on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other social media. Here’s how to do it!

Where to Start ?

Start by organizing your images. Just as Santa has “naughty or nice” categories, you need to decide which pictures are favorites or discards before making final selections. With some corrections or editing, many potential discards might become your favorites — Photoshop Elements provides a photo tool kit to help you with any needed repairs.

You should also think about compression choices in advance. Converting with no compression at all is the best way to go if you want to minimize digital artifacts and preserve videos indefinitely — however, a “no compression” video decision will require more storage space.

How to Edit and Publish Your Video?

To create video from photos requires having the right software or app. For the simplest version of DIY videos, you should be able to use online video editing tools such as Windows Movie Makers. Windows Live Essentials — a free download — provides basic photo tools. Whichever video editing software tool you choose to create your video, here are the generic steps to follow:

  1. Open the video editing software
  2. Browse the folder in which you have saved your holiday pictures
  3. Add the selected pictures or drag and drop them into the editing frame
  4. Add transitions and animations in the sequence you desire
  5. Add music by choosing your respective audio file from your computer
  6. Preview and save the edited file in mp4 format
  7. Publish on YouTube and share it with your family and friends

Due to the increasing popularity of videos, new apps are appearing all the time. Because video technology is constantly changing, don’t overlook recent developments. In case you are feeling lost anywhere during the process, you may ask experts like Video Caddy who can help you make all the right moves without missing a beat.

Tell Your Story Well

Whether you are making YouTube holiday videos or blockbuster movie productions, editing is a critical part of your eventual success. George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have shown how important editing is when telling a video story — unless you edit your video, you will miss a golden opportunity to include entertaining features such as special effects, themes and transitions. During the editing process, you will be able to drag and drop individual components — including still photos and video clips — into your video. Adding background music and narration is usually the final touch.

Add a Bit of Humor

When you create a family holiday video, you are the director! Keep your family clamoring for your sequels by giving everyone plenty of humor along the way. The popularity of the “gag reel” on successful movies provides a valuable clue about the importance of emphasizing funny holiday videos at every opportunity. Donald O’Connor provided the ultimate testament to video humor in “Singin’ in the Rain” — “Make ‘Em Laugh!” is always a winning strategy.

If you have anything to share from your own experience of creating holiday videos from pictures, we’d love to read your comments below. If you find this article interesting, please use our social button to share it with your friends.

– VideoCaddy

7 Animated Christmas Movies for 2014 Christmas

7 Animated Christmas Movies for 2014 Christmas

History and Heritage

Christmas is a time for cozy family get-togethers. Watching movies with elders and kids is part of this traditional experience. A number of 2D and 3D animation movies have been made exclusively for this holiday season to watch with family. We at Video Caddy have picked 7 of the best 3D animated movies based on viewer ratings, movie quality, and its overall success. If you are wondering which animated movies to watch this Christmas, here is our recommended list:

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas Poster
  • Name of the Film: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas
  • Year of Release: 2014 (December 16)
  • Ratings: 6.4/10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 43 minutes
  • Starring: Jim Parsons, Mark Hamill, Kate Micucci
  • Produced by: Warner Brothers Animation
  • Directed by: Mark Caballero, Seamus Walsh
  • Written by: Aaron Horvath, Michael Jelenic
  • Budget: Not known
  • Box Office: Yet to be seen
Story Brief: This is a festive and heartwarming story based on the 2003 Christmas comedy “Elf.” Santa narrates Buddy’s travel to New York to meet his father whom he never knew he had. On the way his joy transforms the lives of all he meets and leads his father to see and experience the magic of Christmas. There are nine songs in the special.
Frozen Movie Poster
  • Name of the Film: Frozen
  • Year of Release: 2013
  • Ratings: 7.7/10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 102 minutes
  • Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff
  • Directed by: Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • Written by: Jennifer Lee, Hans Christian Andersen, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Shane Morris & Dean Wellins
  • Produced by: Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Budget:$ 150 million
  • Box Office:$ 1274 billion
Story Brief: Anna was born with secret powers, but she hid it for long. But when her powers become revealed, the whole land gets covered with ice and snow. Watch how Anna’s sister teams up with a mountain man and his reindeer to change the weather, while it may be snowing outside during Christmas!
Rise of the Guardians Poster
  • Name of the Film: Rise of the Guardians
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Ratings: 7.3/10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher
  • Directed by: Peter Ramsey
  • Written by: David Lindsay-Abaire & William Joyce
  • Produced by: DreamWorks Animation
  • Budget: $145 million
  • Box Office: $306 million
Story Brief: This is an adventure movie on how a group of heroes – the Guardians – team up to save innocent children from the assault of an evil spirit called Pitch. Discover how Jack and his team including Santa help children.
Arthur Christmas Poster
  • Name of the Film: Arthur Christmas
  • Year of Release: 2011
  • Ratings: 7.1 /10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 97 minutes
  • Starring: James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
  • Produced by: Aardman Animations & Sony Pictures Animation
  • Directed by: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
  • Written by: Peter Baynham (screenplay), Sarah Smith (screenplay)
  • Budget: $100 million
  • Box Office: $147 million
Story Brief: If you’ve ever wondered how Santa is able to deliver billions of gifts in one night, that mystery is finally revealed in “Arthur Christmas.” Nevertheless, Santa misses to give out a gift to one child. And Santa’s son Arthur goes on a crazy mission to deliver it within 2 hours. Watch this pure Christmas classic!
Christmas Carol Poster
  • Name of the Film: A Christmas Carol
  • Year of Release: 2009
  • Ratings: 6.8 /10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth
  • Produced by: Walt Disney Pictures & ImageMovers Digital
  • Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
  • Written by: Charles Dickens (novel), Robert Zemeckis (screenplay)
  • Budget: $175-200 million
  • Box Office: $325 million
Story Brief: You are invited to watch this classic tale, which is an adaptation from Charles Dickens’ work in the same name. This 3D-animated holiday comedy fantasy brings to you how a miserly moneylender is haunted by a ghost of his former business partner on Christmas Eve, and how he tackles it.
The Flight Before Christmas Poster
  • Name of the Film: The Flight Before Christmas
  • Year of Release: 2008
  • Ratings: 6.3/10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Starring: Olli Jantunen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Vuokko Hovatta
  • Produced by: Anima Vitae, A. Film A/S, Pictorion Magma, Magma Films
  • Directed by: Michael Hegner, Kari Juusonen
  • Written by: Hannu Tuomainen, Marteinn Thorisson
  • Budget: €6,100,000
  • Box Office: $21 million
Story Brief: Niko, a little reindeer, has big dreams including the desire to fly like his dad, but is stopped by unbelief. This Finnish movie is all about how Niko overcomes unbelief, which is part of the Christmas message. Niko’s determination and bravery is displayed in this fascinating journey he undertakes.
Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Name of the Film: Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Year of Release: 2000
  • Ratings: 6/10 (IMDB)
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Kelley
  • Produced by: Imagine Entertainment
  • Directed by: Ron Howard
  • Written by: Seuss (book), Jeffrey Price
  • Budget: $123 million
  • Box Office: $345 million
Story Brief: How the Grinch Stole Christmas is based on a book by Dr. Seuss in the same name. It brings out the holiday spirit hilariously in search for the true meaning of Christmas.

Do you want to add anything to this list? Please feel free to do so by commenting below. Enjoy your Christmas movie with your loved ones. Remember, Video Caddy wishes you “Happy Holidays!”

 – VideoCaddy