Author: Mark Howland
Another year gone, another new year has arrived, and that means it’s the super bowl of technology, the Consumer Electronics Show. This will be my 5th consecutive year I’ll be attending, and another year with the ThinkComputers crew. I’ll be running the film operations again, filming interviews, and making sure the videos are posted on all ThinkComputers related video networks. Las Vegas is the location, a place I’ve lived and been to more times than I can count. CES is honestly the best time I go, it’s the best time, lots going on, all my friends are in town, and it’s just endless things to do from the time I land till the time I have to leave.
This is an exiting year, as I personally upgraded my camera equipment from last year. Last year we were shooting on the Canon Vixia HF M-30. This year, we’ll be shooting on the highly incredible favorite, Canon 7D. If you watched the videos from last year, you’ll see an incredible difference this year. What the Canon 7D offers compared to the Vixia:
- 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
- 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
- 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
- Environmental sealing
- Native Resolution 5184×3456
- DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex)
These are just a few of the big changes with the new setup I’m bringing. What’s also nice about the Canon 7D, I can be able to switch out lens for different shots. But for CES, I’ll be sticking with one lens type, the Canon EFS 18-135mm lens. With this lens, I can switch from many different angles, and as well zoom. It’s a lot easier to manually focus with this lens as well when trying to get those close shots.
The compact flash cards I’ll be using will be Kingston’s 32mb Ultimate 600x speed cards. These cards are incredible, with the high speeds, I wont have to worry about not having to get that close shot but being a little slow at it, with the speeds, I can get in there quick and get the shot done.
For audio, we’ll be using a wired micophone, like we did last year. This way the audio is on the video track already, and we don’t have to worry to much about using a wireless mic, then syncing it up faster in post production. We’re striving to get you the videos out quickly, so we don’t want any delays.
The bag I’ll be using is from Rosewill, which actually was given to me at CES 2012 from them. Since then, it’s been my go to bag, and I love it. It has tons of support when carrying, and plenty of room inside for all my gear.
Our second team will be using the Canon Vixia HF R11, which is a standalone video camera. We have it setup with a side grip that mounts a stationary LED lighting system. We are using a small Kodak Zi8 as a backup as well.
Looking forward to bringing you a very successful year from CES 2013. If you love behind the scenes, then be sure to follow me on twitter, I’ll be posting the many adventures of CES 13′.