Who woulda thunk?!

Things we do every single day…

Everyone has their own little habits, quirks, pet peeves, etc… But sometimes you just do things because you are taught once by someone and that’s the only thing you know. Welllllll…. for every time you’ve eaten at a restaurant and had some ketchup in a paper cup, you were wrong. Take 30 seconds to watch this video that is not only going to change your view on condiments, it’s going to blow your mind!

http://foodbeast.com/2012/08/01/so-apparently-weve-been-using-ketchup-cups-all-wrong/

So next time you go to a hamburger and french fries joint, make sure to utilize the ketchup cup the correct way! Don’t make the mistake that so many do. Be ahead of the game and show your friends just how cool you are! Something that they like to calls “ketchup ignorance.” Who knew there was such a thing… We sure didn’t!

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Starbucks.. Pay it forward.

We all know Starbucks is the biggest and baddest coffee shop in the world, but why is that they are so successful? Not just because they can make a mean pumpkin spice soy extra hot latte, but because they are run by people with some common sense and honorable intentions! And of course, there is no coincidence that it comes during the time of the government shut down….
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In case you haven’t heard about it yet, they are currently running a special this week based around “paying it forward.” CEO and president of Starbucks Howard Schultz decided to encourage lawmakers to come together during uncertain by offering free coffee to customers.
In “this seemingly unending cycle of dysfunction and doubt,” Schultz announced that Starbucks’ customers could buy “someone else their favorite beverage” and get a free tall brewed coffee in return from Wednesday through Friday of this week.
This sense of paying it forward allows people to find a little bit of comfort in these uncertain times. A nice little boost of confidence in humanity and common decency.
Paying it forward for is a little something that an individual can do to make someones day, but in the end, it makes your day too. How about taking this Starbucks paying it forward mentally and implement it into your day. May just change how you feel about the little things…

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Congratulations!

A big congratulations to Arthur To for winning last month’s Video Ice “Keep Calm & Shoot On” Contest! Arthur won a Video Ice Should Mount Support System Kit. It is structured for the DSLR or video camera with a shoulder mount, follow focus and matte box. This kit is aimed at providing the operator the maximum flexibility while shooting outdoors and indoors. It is portable, handy and can be used on the shoulder or tripod. You can order the rig directly from this link. http://bit.ly/15LFLZr

Coming soon will be posting photos of Arthur using the rig out in the field! Congrats again Arthur! Shoot on…

Product of the Week: Video Ice S-120 Vest Dual Arm Carbon Fiber Camera Stabilizer Steadycam DSLR Rig

Video Ice S-120 Vest Dual Arm Carbon Fiber Camera Stabilizer Steadycam DSLR Rig

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The Video Ice S-120 is a Carbon Fiber, lightweight, hand-held camera stabilization system designed for compact cameras weighing up to 6 kg / 13 pounds. This system works so well that it allows you to shoot incredibly smooth and graceful shots even while going to extremes like running up and down stairs. This amazing stabilization system will provide professional results previously out of reach for low budget video and filmmakers.

The camera platform moves back and forth, and side to side, to quickly allow you to adjust the cameras horizontal balance. By varying the amount of counterweight disks on the base platform you adjust the camera’s vertical balance. When balanced properly the camera floats, always balanced, isolated from your hands undesirable motions and ready for you to move into action.

With the Video Ice S-120 you no longer need a tripod or a dolly. All you need is your Imagination! It is quick and easy to set up and balance. Allows unrestricted Booming and unrestricted 360 degree Panning. It Can also be used as a Monopod, no-tools telescoping base, with positionable weight discs that allow you to Achieve Dynamic Balance.

The Video Ice S-120 has a telescopic post which can be extended from 70 cm / 27″ to 120 cm / 47″. Its height can be adjusted according to the weight of the camera.

For your convenience it includes rods and connectors for a matte box.

This system is especially useful for professional and Pro-sumer Video Cameras and video capable DSLR cameras.  It will work with most cameras weighing up to 13 lbs.

ARTICULATED ARM:

An Articulated Arm system is designed to absorb shocks and bumps. It is durable, and lightweight. The Shock Absorber Springs are adjustable for taking high end and low end shots.

The arm has manually adjustable tension springs which maintains the position of the stabilizer depending on the combined weight of whatever camera you’re using. The arm itself is very light in weight and easily removed from the vest. There’s a universal stabilizer mount which is inserted and locked into the arm without the need for tools.

COMFORT LOAD VEST:

This load vest is simplified, with a thinner chest plate and a single knob to adjust its height, making it more flexible to operate.  The Comfort load vest is completely foam padded in both the back and the front. The Vest is very versatile and very light-weight which makes it very comfortable for long term shooting.

————— FEATURES —————

  • Easy to install and uninstall.
  • Made of high strength and light weight carbon fiber.
  • The length of the stabilizer can extend quickly for more features and functions.
  • Allows high and low angle shooting.
  • Height adjustment improves weight ratio and reduces the need for base weights.
  • High precision bearings and low friction joints.
  • The quick release plate can record the dynamic balance of different equipment.
  • Pulling the adjusting knob can separate the quick release plate from the base.
  • Counterweight plate comes complete with weights.
  • The fixing knob can be used to adjust height of the vest.
  • With two connection arm and one shock absorption arm.
  • The load arm can be inserted into the slots of the vest easily.
  • The inner diameter of handle is 16mm, which connected with the arm pin.
  • Magic arm with elasticity adjusting knob.

————— SPECIFICATIONS —————

  •     Maximum Length: Approx. 120cm / 47”
  •     Minimum Length: Approx. 70cm / 27”
  •     Quick Release Plate: 60mm / 2.4”
  •     Base Plate: 15mm / 0.6”
  •     Stabilizer Body weight: Approx. 1800g / 4 LBS.
  •     Weight Bearing Capability:  6 kg / 13 lbs.

Visit VideoGearDirect.com to view this product and a wide variety of high quality, affordable video equipment.

Have You Entered To Win Yet?

Win this Video Ice Camera Rig valued at $800!

Win this Video Ice Camera Rig valued at $800 from Video Gear Direct! Simply Like our Page, Share this with your Friends and sign up for our newsletter… BAM, you’re entered to win this Video Ice Camera Rig. It’s that easy! The contest starts now and ends June 30, 2013. The winner will be announced on our page on July 10, 2013. Visit VideoGearDirect.com for more information. Video Ice Camera Rig SKU: VI-SR-WSW-F4-M3.

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Here is the complete system for the DSLR or video camera owner, consisting of:  Shoulder Mount, Follow Focus and Matte Box.  This kit has many features that enable the DSLR/DV/HDV users to get different kinds of shots to make commercial and professional movies at a much lower cost.  The aim of this kit is to provide the operator maximum flexibility while shooting both outdoors and indoors. It is a very portable and handy kit which can be used on your shoulder, as well as on a tripod. You can mount the whole kit on a tripod without disturbing any part of the kit.

Interested In Winning A New Camera Rig?

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Win this Video Ice Camera Rig valued at $800 from Video Gear Direct! Simply Like our Page, Share this with your Friends and sign up for our newsletter… BAM, you’re entered to win this Video Ice Camera Rig. It’s that easy! The contest starts now and ends June 30, 2013. The winner will be announced on our page on July 10, 2013. Visit VideoGearDirect.com for more information. Video Ice Camera Rig SKU: VI-SR-WSW-F4-M3.

Featuring One of Our Newest Video Ice Products

Video Ice 100cm 39″ Camera Track Dolly Slider w/Fluid Head ROLLER Bearing Nikon Canon DSLR

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A full featured professional camera slider for Heavy Duty Camera Systems that provides shake-free stability & Support to Cameras while shooting.

The 100cm long Linear Camera Slider is the quietest, smoothest and most versatile camera slider on the market today. It allows you to mobilize any movie camera, video camera, digital camera or other piece of equipment. As you slide the camera across the slider and take pictures, each picture is seeing the subject at a different angle.

The benefit to the Linear Camera Slider is that, it is ultra compact and convenient, and takes seconds to assemble. The Linear Camera Slider can take the place of a Camera Dolly System. It is so versatile and convenient that it completes your video even in a tight space and in much less time than a camera dolly can manage.

You can mount your own Fluid Head onto the Linear Camera Slider to produce more angles and positions to create an extraordinary video shoot.

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