First Ever Hot Rod Newsletter

Posted by Major Latimer on Sep 25th 2020

First Ever Hot Rod Newsletter

Dear Friends,

This is something new from #TeamHRC. With the cancellation of every industry related event, we thought, how can we keep the community informed? How can we connect with our clients and friends? So we decided to go old school with a newsletter!

We promise not to overdo it. No spam coming from us to your inbox. We hope it will be a fun forum to share, inform and keep up our collective knowledge and skills sharp during this time.

Please let us know if you have feedback or would like to contribute something to the newsletter.

Client Spotlight

Our client,, shot a unique commercial for Slack during the pandemic, and documented the entire process allowing for a brilliant BTS video to go along with it. We think it's required viewing for anyone looking for clever ways to produce projects remotely.

Slack WFH Commercial

The Making of "Slack WFH"

HRC Industry Highlights

Many showed up to the New Camera Product Potluck and brought a dish. And I mean, pretty much everyone! Canon, Blackmagic, Sony, Nikon and Panasonic all made announcements and have release dates for new mirrorless cameras as well as other products.

New Technology Potluck

To help keep you in the know, #TeamHRC made a New Technology Breakdown video for the Canon R5 & R6, Blackmagics' URSA Mini Pro 12K, the A7s III from Sony and Panasonic's Lumix S5. Check them out below and stay tuned for more to come. We'll continue to post on our IGTV ( @HotRodCameras) and our Youtube channel.

Canon Product Announcement: R5 & R6 Canon Product Announcement: R5, R6 and 85mm    Sony A7S III Sony A7s III
Black Magic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K

Panasonic Lumix S5 Panasonic Lumix S5

The newest announcement came from Canon who announced their pro-sumer leaning C-Series addition, the Canon C70. It has a lot to offer and includes many competitive video features. Click below to watch our " First Look" video with Illya Friedman.

Canon C70 HRC "First Look"

Summer Mirrorless Wave

The summer of 2020 has not only brought a heat wave, but also a mirrorless wave!

With so many cameras having been announced it can be hard to wrap your head around all the specs, the similarities, the differences, of one camera compared to another. Fear not Hot Rod Cameras has you covered. Click the link below to view the Camera Spec Comparison Chart we've curated.

HRC Camera Comparison Chart

Safe Set Protocols

Camran Rodney Wearing a Mask

As many of you know, production took a huge dip during the shutdown, but it's slowly getting up and running again. As Los Angeles County allows film and television to get back to work, all productions must follow LA County health protocols for film production. The new rules require on-set COVID-19 safety officers to enforce safety protocols; frequent cleaning of areas and equipment; limited filming hours; and the creation of zones separating crew who cannot socially distance or wear masks as part of their jobs.

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You Stream, I Stream, We All Need A
High Quality Stream

Every laptop/desktop onboard camera has limits to what it can offer as far as video quality. Luckily, many manufacturers are now offering software that allows users to connect a DSLR or mirrorless camera to a computer and take advantage of superior image quality.

Link below to download software for your Canon, Sony, Panasonic or Nikon camera and bring your video streaming to the next level.

And check out the " Vlogging / Streaming" section on our website for cameras, lighting, sound and grip gear options to start building your high quality video streaming setup.

EOS Webcam Utility EOS Webcam Utility   

Sony Webcam Companion Sony Webcam Companion

Lumix Tether Lumix Tether               

Nikon Webcam Utility Nikon Webcam Utility        

Hope You're All Well

Thank you for checking out the newsletter. As a reminder the shop in Burbank, CA is open M-F, 9am-5:30pm by appointment and with limited number of people allowed in the shop at one time. Give us a call and come on by.

Stay safe. And together, we will get through this.

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