Moving into the second day of Amazon Prime Big Deal Days, there are still a lot of savings to be had – these are our top picks for anyone working in production and post-production in film, television and digital media.
SmallHD monitors are a common site on productions of all shapes and sizes. We use them frequently as camera monitors, but we also like to hand them out as a client / director’s monitor. They’re light and robust, with good features and a great looking image. Right now the SmallHD Indie 5 Camera Monitor is available to Amazon Prime members for 20% off – they even look to be offering a Free Hardshell Monitor Case with the purchase of a SmallHD monitor.
While you’re at it, take a look at the Wooden Camera Director’s Monitor Cage v3 with Carbon Fiber Handgrips. Wooden Camera is also offering 20% off on this cage, and you might even be able to get a free Wooden Camera Linear Bubble Level as part of the deal. We use the Director’s Monitor Cage v2, and think it’s the bomb!
Our Amazon Prime Big Deal Days pick for fast storage is the fantastic SAMSUNG T7 Shield 4TB Portable SSD. We usually use T7 Shields in post-production as shuttle drives and for smaller edit projects where speed is the priority, but we’ve also been known to hook them up to cameras like the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro for external recording. They’re solid drives, and getting a decent discount on them is always a bonus!
When it comes to storing project media, stock footage and short term archives, we use Synology NAS enclosures. We love Synology’s Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) and the 10 GbE transfer rates we have setup on our systems. Prime members looking to pickup a NAS unit for their next edit project should definitely take a look at the Synology 5-bay DiskStation DS1522+ during Big Deal Days, as it’s currently marked down by 15%, and has optional 10 GbE capabilities that you can add when you’re in need of some speed.
Although we haven’t tested the Rokinon Xeen and Xeen Meister lenses yet, they do have some decent reviews considering the price point. Our experience with the early Rokinon CINE DS lenses was pretty good overall. They’re definitely a good option for someone who’s just getting into cinema lenses, and come in a few different mounting options. Have a look at the XEEN Meister Showreel below, then check out the savings on Amazon HERE.
We’ve had good success with Aputure lights over the years, and are looking forward to testing out the Aputure MT Pro RGBWW Mini Tube Light soon. It’s now listed for 20% off on Amazon for their Big Deal Days with 18 good reviews – none presently below 3 stars. I’ve pasted the main features from the Amazon listing below.
- 7.5W Output Pixel-Mappable RGBWW Mini Tube LED
- 614 lux @ 0.5m (6500K)
- Industry-leading Pixel Density: 36 Pixels in 1 Foot
- Ultra-Fine Pixels: 0.8cm (0.3in) Wide
- Ultra-Thin Bezels & 180° Aperture
- CRI: 95, TLCI: 98, T/M-30 Rf (ave.): 93, T/M-30 Rg (ave.): 102, SSI(D56): 73, SSI (Tungsten): 84
- Fully Tunable CCT from 2,000K to 10,000K
- Fully Tunable Green-Magenta Adjustment (Full Plus/Minus Green)
- Built-In Lithium-polymer Battery (approx. 120 min. @ Max Power)
- >90% of Colors Within Rec.2020 Color Space
- Advanced HSI with White Point CCT Control
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