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Overview & Objectives:

Below is a list of classroom equipment that may be used on class projects.

Digital Camcorders:


JVC GY-HM750, Compact Shoulder Camcorder

As a professional Electronic News Gathering Camera (ENG), the JVC GY-HM750 camcorder was designed for extreme receptivity and connectivity. Nevertheless, it weighs 8.3 lbs, and the ergonomic body makes it easier to carry on a shoulder than its studio-bound cousins. Incorporating JVC's ProHD capture technologies, this ENG camera accommodates the native .MP4, XDCAM EX, or .MOV file formats of professional editing systems such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere. Additionally, the JVC GY-HM750 camcorder has a robust 68-pin connector which allows various types of modules to be hooked up to its chassis without external cables. In the event of long distance broadcasts, for instance, this connector accommodates the MPEG2 signal for the ASI output with an optional KA-AS790 module. Utilizing a wide range of lenses, compatible with its patented 1/3 3CCD sensor, this JVC video camera can record in either HD or SD to SDHC solid state media. Moreover, this ENG camera has a high-resolution 1.22 million pixel LCOS viewfinder and a large 4.3-inch flip-out LCD monitor. Perhaps the most distinctive feature of this JVC video camera, however, is its ability to record simultaneously to both of its SD/SDHC memory slots which ensures instant back-up and gives it virtually unlimited recording time. The JVC GY-HM750 camcorder is an efficient multi-purpose capture device perfect for on-location breaking news, sporting events, or interviews.




DSLR Cameras

Canon EOS 80D


In addition to stills recording, the 80D also supports Full HD 1080p video recording at up to 30 fps in the MOV format with ALL-I compression, or 60 fps in the MP4 format with IPB compression. Video recording is benefitted by the inclusion of Dual Pixel CMOS AF and the Movie Servo AF focusing functions, as well as the touchscreen design of the LCD monitor for intuitive control. Additionally, both headphone and microphone jacks are incorporated in the body design for advanced control over audio recording.

Unique to most video recording systems, the 80D also features an HDR Movie mode that can be used to achieve greater highlight and shadow detail when recording in high contrast scenarios. This mode captures two HD frames at different exposures, one normal and one underexposed, in short succession at up to 60 fps and then composites them during playback at 30 fps to create a movie with a longer-appearing dynamic range.

How to Use a DSLR Camera?
A Beginner's Guide

Beginners Guide to the
Canon EOS 7D Part 1


Canon EOS Rebel T5i 18-55mm IS STM Lens Kit


Great camera for excellent quality video and photo capture. Photo enthusiasts rejoice! The new flagship of the spectacular Rebel Line, the EOS Rebel T5i, is here to renew your artistic side with amazing imaging features and full-featured functionality. Users will be impressed at how simple and intuitive it is to create breathtaking photos with ease. The incredible image quality and performance starts with an 18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and Canon's superb DIGIC 5 Image Processor. Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12800 (expandable to 25600 in H mode), the EOS Rebel T5i boasts crisp, detailed images, even in low-light situations. A continuous shooting speed of up to 5.0 fps allows for fast action capture. 9 cross-type AF focus points help ensure crisp focus throughout the frame, and the Hybrid CMOS AF system enables speedy and accurate autofocus when shooting in Live View mode. In addition, the camera is compatible with Canon STM lenses for smooth, quiet AF performance. And the performance doesn't stop with photos. EOS Full HD Movie mode with Movie Servo AF makes shooting high quality movies easy, and the brilliant Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor II makes composing fun. Seven Creative Filters, now viewable in real time, puts composition control directly in your hands and is just one of the many features of the EOS Rebel T5i that is sure to renew your creative soul.

How to Use a DSLR Camera?
A Beginner's Guide

Introduction to the Canon Rebel T5i/ 700D:
Basic Controls

How to Setup
Canon DSLR Audio Levels


  • CameraSim Web App - Experience what it means to use a virtual DSLR with this glimpse into the Original CameraSim.

Specialty Cameras

GoPro Hero 3+


The GoPro Hero3 is smaller, lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. The Black Edition offers a number of ultra-high-resolution capture modes and high frame rates for standard HD resolutions; burst speeds for still photos has been greatly improved.

GoPro HERO 3+ (Plus) Tutorial:
How To Get Started

Go Pro shots
that I have done


Giroptic 360Cam


With three optics and three microphones, the GIROPTIC 360cam is able to produce one single 360° photo or video file. That’s the true magic behind the GIROPTIC real-time fusion technology embedded in the 360cam. With the press of a button, you’ll get to capture incredible 360° videos and stunning pictures that are instantly ready to play on any device, and be shared with the world.

Your photos and videos are instantly ready to be watched on any device: computers, smartphones, tablets, and virtual reality headsets - as well as be shared to the world on your favorite social networks.

Giroptic : 360Cam is the
World's first Full HD
360 degree camera

360 Photo of Classroom


Rode VideoMic & Micro Boompole Kit with Custom Windbuster


Key Features
  • Directional Video Condenser Microphone
  • Rycote Suspension System
  • 3.5mm Mini Plug Output
  • 9V Battery Powered

The VideoMic is a shotgun microphone with an integrated Rycote Lyre Suspension System that can easily be mounted on a boompole or DSLR camera. Its super-cardioid polar pattern attenuates sounds from the sides. The result is a signal that sounds closer to the camera, even when shooting in noisy environments or at moderate distances.

More Details


Audio Upgrade |
RODE VideoMic Kit - DVE Store

RØDE Microphones on the set
of 'Low Tide' with Joe Simon & The Delivery Men

Rode Rodelink Wireless Filmmaker Kit


Key Features
  • Plug & Record Kit for DIY Videographer
  • Omnidirectional Lav Microphone
  • Bodypack Transmitter
  • Diversity Camera-Mount Receiver

The Rode RODELink Filmmaker Kit brings vloggers, DIY videographers, and content creators a cost-effective digital wireless microphone system with simple, plug-and-record operation, clean and reliable sound, and extended battery life.

More Details


RODE Wireless Review: How To Setup the RODE RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit with Any Video Camera
How To Use The RodeLINK
Wireless Filmmaker Kit

TASCOM DR-40 Linear PCM Recorder

Key Features
  • Podcast, Sound Effects & Music Recording
  • Adjustable Unidirectional Mics
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Inputs w/ Phantom Power
  • Stereo Safety Track Record Mode
  • Manual

For podcasts, sound effects, and music recording applications, the Tascam DR-40X portable handheld recorder is capable of capturing up to four tracks of high-resolution audio with no external microphones required. Its onboard unidirectional condenser mics can be set for a wide or tight stereo image, and may be used simultaneously with the mic/line combo inputs. Equally adept as a handheld device or when used in stand- or camera-mounted setups, the DR-40X can handle anything from sampling sessions and interviews to podcasts and live concerts.


  • Startup: Insert SD Card & AA Battteries. Hold down Power Button to turn on.
  • Read Manual and attach mics.
  • Use a Clap board (or clap hands) at the beginning of recording to help sync the camera audio and DR-40 audio while editing. Yes, be sure your camera is recording audio.
  • Use headphones to monitor the Mic Audio output being recorded.
DR 40X

How to Setup the Tascam DR-40 |
(Step by Step Tutorial)

Recording audio for DSLR Filmmaking with TASCAM

DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer

Key Features
  • Supports Cameras up to 8 Pounds
  • Precision of Control: ±0.02°
  • Transmitter for Remote Pan/Tilt Control
  • Toolless Balance Adjustment System
  • Manual (pdf)

The Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer from DJI is a camera stabilization system designed to give the operator close to the freedom of unencumbered handheld shooting but without the hand-shake. Suitable for most camera types and configurations up to 8 pounds, the Ronin-M uses brushless motors that work on three axes: one for side-to-side "roll" (keeping the horizon level), one for tilt, and one for pan. The system is computer-controlled and features a tilt range of 105° up / 165° down plus a roll range of ±110°. Furthermore, the system boasts a precision of control of ±0.02°, enabling precise camera moves and stability correction against even very fine movements. In addition to handheld shooting, the gimbal can be used in vehicle mounting scenarios and other contexts where vibrations or other abrupt movements would make tripods and rigid camera support systems unsuitable.

Ultimate DJI Ronin-M Tutorial (Balancing, Motor Settings, Focusing, etc)
DJI Tutorials - Ronin-M Tutorials - Preparing and Balancing
DJI Tutorials - Ronin-M - Tuning the DJI Ronin-M Assistant App
DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter w/Zenmusse - H3 3D Gimball

  • Ready to Fly, Multifunctional Quad-rotor System
  • Customized H3-2D and H3-3D Gimbal Support
  • Precision Flight and Stable Hovering
  • 25min Flight Time & Smart Battery
  • Auto Return-to-Home & Landing
  • Advanced Power Management
  • Intelligent Orientation Control (IOC)
  • Easy Battery Replacement
  • Self-tightening Propeller
  • Video Downlink Support
  • CAN-Bus Expansion Module


Key Features
  • Zenmuse H3-3D 3-axis gimbal is included in this bundle for extreme camera stability and silky smooth video recording
  • Complete quad copter and remote transmitter, pre-tuned by the factory and ready in minutes! Just charge the included battery, attach the propellers and add 4 AA batteries to the remote and you're flying.
  • Fun flying by itself or even better with a GoPro to record the action. Tested with Hero3 and Hero3+ models, sold separately. Note: Wi-Fi streaming from a camera is not possible because it may interfere with the Phantom's remote control.
  • Fly 25-28 minutes on a single charge using the included 5,200-mAh lithium polymer (LiPo) battery that's easily removable and contains intelligent circuitry and a charge-remaining indicator built-in.
  • New self-tightening propellers means extra security and no worrying about lost prop nuts when you remove the props for storage.
#10 DJI Phantom Tutorial - First Flight (Tips & Hints)
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Initial Setup Tutorial
Dji Phantom 2 Compass Calibration Procedure
NewTek TriCaster TCXD8000

NewTek TriCaster® provides the most complete set of tools and capabilities for live production and the most value for your investment of any video solution. And now with TriCaster Advanced Edition software included, you can have even more exclusive features and functionality at your fingertips.


Key Features

  • Software-driven HD switching, streaming, recording, and delivery
  • Large-scale production power with 8 M/Es, 12 external inputs, and 4 mix outputs
  • Native integration of NDI® for video, audio, and data transmission over IP
  • Built-in video playback, data-driven graphics, compositing, effects, audio mixing, and more
TriCaster 8000 Live Operation
TriCaster 8000 Live Desktop
TriCaster 8000 Automation Functions



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