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Meet Skip Hobbie.  Skip is a cinematographer and camera assistant who has worked on projects with National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, The BBC, and more (www.skipswildlife.com).  Skip’s work has taken him and his equipment all over the world.  So when he got his new RED Epic and 800mm lens, he knew he would need something big and durable to protect it during extensive travel.   Skip decided to send us an email… “To the great folks at Portabrace, I’m a big fan of your Hiker camera bags. I’m a wildlife filmmaker from Austin, TX and I mostly work with National Geographic Television. I’ve used your hiker bags many, many times over the years, from mountain tops in Alaska to the tree tops of the Amazon Rainforest. I can’t say enough good things about them. I’ve finally invested in my own camera gear, a RED Epic and 300-800mm zoom lens, and unfortunately it’s too big for any of your hiker bags when its all put together. I’d really love to still have the convenience of your HK-1 bag, able to take the bag off my bag and pull the camera out ready to shoot, and thought about just ordering your bag and just trying to modify it myself. Unfortunately, I think it’d be a bit of hack job, and not nearly as reliable. Do you ever make custom order bags? A few modifications to your current design and i’d be really happy camper. Thanks, Skip” Here’s what happened next…

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By writing this post, I hope to firstly inform people who might not be aware of these tools and techniques, then secondly create discussion with people who may know other mic-ing methods. Do please note that this information is best used as a guideline, not as absolute fact. If you’re looking to find a seamless way to hide a mic on talent with absolutely no problems or imperfections every time, you’ll be looking forever. There is no “perfect” way. This information is simply a good starting point.

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We get a lot of requests from all types of companies and government agencies to create custom Cordura equipment cases. One of those recent requests came from experienced cameraman and CameraRibbon.com owner, Russ Rayburn. I’d like to quickly share Russ’ story with you for 3 reasons: 1) Russ has been a Portabrace fan for years! 2) he has a cool new product that’s relevant to pro-video, and 3) his custom case project is a good example of how cost-effective custom case design can be with Portabrace.

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We all know this, but what does it really take to get it right the first time, every time? Today, I say we look at Patterns.

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