ADDENDUM May 29, 2014
After much consideration, I’ve decided that frankly I don’t want to focus on Gear Reviews on this site – there are TONS of folks out there looking for hits by reviewing gear and this Blog was never intended to be that type of forum. On a case-by-case basis, I may choose to rant or rave about a piece of gear but my personal opinion right now is that far too many folks are focusing on the gear and not the process or the knowledge aspects.
<climbs down off soapbox>
It’s been a transformative year here at Road Dog Media as we continue to try to adapt to a changing visual production landscape. I wrote earlier this year about my intent to leave the industry (and the follow-up) and while I still hold that my assertions are accurate, I have bought myself a reprieve through the continued faith of some existing clients who see the value in working with a messaging professional instead of a pretty picture maker and by launching our first ever feature length documentary.
But speaking of pretty pictures, we made some significant investments in new gear and technology this year. Some I’m still very happy with, others I think have lost some of their shimmer.
Over the next week or so, I plan on reviewing or commenting on each of the investments which include (in no particular order):
- Livestream Broadcaster Live-Streaming Internet Gateway Device
- Sony PMW200 XDCamEX HD Camcorder and Accessories
- Dracast 500 & 1000 LED Location Lights
- Sony UWP Series Wireless Microphone System
- Canon EOS-M APS-C Sized Sensor Mirrorless Camera and Lenses
- Sonnet Express34 Thunderbolt Card Adaptor
- MacBook Pro 13″ Retina Display Laptop
As I write the reviews, I’ll add links to the list above for ease of searching.
As well, I’ll recap the Most Viewed Blog Posts in a Top Five list and offer a list of my own personal favourites from the past year.
It has been an interesting year with extensive traveling both within Canada by vehicle (I put over 13,000 kilometres on my Subaru Forester between July and November this year alone) and via flight to Mexico to gather information from subjects of our upcoming documentary. See what technology worked, what didn’t and what I’ll be replacing… maybe…
Thanks for reading!