The Gear Guide is an introduction to filmmaking technology taught by the people who make the most popular, longest lasting gear. It's meant to bring you in contact with the gear before you can physically work with it. Imagine coming to Los Angeles, and having the benefit of meeting privately with the presidents and VPs of companies like Arri, Matthews Studio Equipment (MSE Grip), Kino Flo, Manfrotto (Bogen) and Schneider Optics. Imagine how much more prepared you will be to use their products once you get on the set of your next production. Your mind will be free to focus on creativity and communication, not learning new technical jargon. That's the purpose of the Gear Guide. It also keeps you informed on the latest gear, techniques, and tips on staying ahead in the Film and Video Industry. The Gear Guide module teaches how to use all the Camera and Lighting gear to make movies successfully and get the most out of the gear you already own. Each program focuses on specific gear and techniques. Focuses on Matteboxes & Zoom Controllers with James Lee from 16x9inc. (Chrosziel and Bebob). Learn how to achieve that crisp, contrast look in films, when shooting into the sun and avoiding a milky or hazy shot by using a mattebox to shoot into the sun. It gives great highlights everywhere, the actors are naturally backlit, the sun isn't in their eyes and the scene looks more dynamic. Learn how to protect the camera lens from haze and the major culprit, flare. Matteboxes allow you to mount 4x4 and sometimes 4x5.65 filters (demonstrated in the DCT-LENS DVD) and shade wide angle lens adapters that do not have lens hoods. Learn the essential zoom controller used to easily change the focal length of your lens without moving your hand away from the pan handle. If zooming for an industrial or how-to video or for effect, the zoom controller is indispensable for providing a smooth focal length change without unnecessary jitter on the camera body. Learn all about electronic zoom and focus controllers. Teaches: Mounting Matteboxes, Using French Flags, Side Flags, Baseplates and Rods, Sunshades, Filter Holders, Camera Design Issues, Zoom Controllers, Electronic Focus and much more.