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When fashion-conscious Robert Baggs used to go out on a shoot, he’d give all the regular camera bag brands a wide swerve as he hated their functional but often unstylish looks. Instead, he’d use a designer bag with a padded insert inside to keep his cameras safe and street cred high. But with a lot of weight inside a bag not designed for the job, it soon led to problems such as discomfort and eventually back pain.

For filmmakers looking to be flexible, wired microphones simply don’t cut it. Wireless solutions are reliable, cost-effective and easy to set up, and if you invest in a decent system, you should be set up and ready to go in an interview situation within a minute or so.

When kit is labelled ‘universal’ or ‘one size fits all’, often it should come with a warning that it’ll be  a compromise, won’t actually fit properly or do a good job. That’s definitely not the case with the Vocas Flexible Camera Rig Pro Kit. Designed to fit cameras from DSLRs and mirrorless right up to cinema cameras, the new Vocas FCR-15 Pro kit is intelligently designed and easy to adjust.

Samsung’s new curved monitors are scientifically proven to be better for you but it’s the cool factor that will get you first. Apart from the looks, there is some science behind the new curved screens. Research by Seoul National University Hospital found that Samsung’s curved monitors were more effective in reducing eyestrain than its flat monitors. Interestingly the greater the curvature of the monitor’s screen, the more effective it proved in reducing eyestrain.

For the ultimate in protection for your kit, there is nothing that comes close to a heavy-duty professional case like a Pelican fitted with a custom-made foam liner to snugly hold all your precious kit. And if you are planning on flying with your kit and putting it into the hold as checked luggage, there is nothing that would give you more confidence that it will be in one piece at your destination.

When Manfrotto unveiled the revolutionary N8 Nitrotech fluid head last year with a payload capacity limited to a not-surprising 8kg/17.6lb, it was only going to be a matter of time before a head suitable for larger cameras was introduced. That head is the Nitrotech N12, suitable for payloads up to 12kg/26.5lb. What is surprising is that the head is the same size as the smaller N8 and has the same 75mm flat base rather than a 100mm bowl. So like the N8, it needs an adapter, available separately, to use on bowl-top tripods.

If you love using your new Apple MacBook Pro for editing but just wish it was quicker, then the Aussie filmmaking mavericks at Blackmagic Design have come to the rescue with a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics processor that boosts its performance to rival that of desktops, writes Pro Moviemaker magazine's Krishan Parmar.

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Targeting independent commercial filmmakers and small production companies, Pro Moviemaker delivers the latest industry tech innovation and gear scoops to creatives, entrepreneurs and decision makers hell bent on staying ahead of the game. As early adopters, Pro Moviemaker readers want news, reviews and technique features focused on kit so that they know what to buy next and how it will drive the continued success of their business. Diverse in their roles and shooting genres, Pro Moviemaker readers are united by their thirst for knowledge – a thirst which is quenched not only by our hands-on production, post and business advice features, but also our inspirational interviews with leading pros.

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