Equipment Review: StayblCam Cell phone video Stabilizer

Cell phones are shooting video everywhere-every day. We professionals don’t want to admit it but this little device has become a real working tool in our arsenal. I have had many shoots over the past few years where producers, correspondents, and fellow DP’s have used their cell phone for professional purposes…and I hate to say it but sometimes it looks pretty darn good.  Despite how good the video quality can be there is a common problem: Stability

I saw an ad for a cell phone video stabilizer that caught my eye. It’s called the StayblCam video stabilizer. I asked the company to send me one so I could try it out. I thought this might come in handy when we need to shoot a standup or when we are using the phone as an alternative shot. So they agreed to send me one. I agreed to review it if I liked it…and I like it!

Here’s the company promotional video.

Here is the company website:

StayblCam Video Stabilizer

I tried it out in my back yard and got some decent results with little practice. Here’s a clip.


You can also use this to reach up high above you or scrape the ground. It’s got a lot of uses. It’s not an Osmo or a Stedicam but if you need to use your phone for video recording then you might be glad you had this stabilizer with you.




TVCREW NY acquires a Canon C300

TVCREW NY is pleased to let you know that a brand new Canon C300 (with the Zacuto Z-Finder recoil kit) has become part of our camera family.

The C300 is a very popular and well proven camera for all aspects of film production. If this is the camera you want and need a professional crew call or text me at 315-404-4500



TVCREW NY family of cameras includes:


Canon C300



SONY pdw-700

Panasonic HDX-900



Utica College “Bold Move” video

Utica College is ushering in a new era for college affordability, reducing the cost of undergraduate tuition and fees by 42 percent to fall below $20,000.
The tuition reset will take effect in Fall 2016 for all new and returning students in the on-campus undergraduate program. The 2016-17 published price of tuition and fees will be $19,996, and when the average room and board of $10,434 is added in, the approximate total cost of attendance will be $30,430 per year. That’s before financial aid.


The College wanted to present the tuition reset announcement in a video that communicated the core principles and motivation behind the move. We approached the task by telling a story that every parent can identify with: Wanting the very best for their child… and facing the day when their little boy or girl grows up and becomes an adult.

Many families are faced with a huge challenge of wondering how they could possibly afford college, especially a private college. Sadly, many young adults and parents don’t even consider a private college because the sticker price is far beyond their ability to afford. Brilliant young adults lose out on wonderful opportunities simply because they cant see any way to manage the cost.

The video demonstrates that Utica College is willing to be a leader in education. This initiative will open doors for many who previously believed attending would be impossible.


TVCREW NY aquires DJI Ronin Stabilizer

TVCREW NY now has the awesome DJI Ronin stabilizer in the tool kit!



Check out this demo:


The Ronin 3-Axis Brushless Gimbal Stabilizer from DJI is a camera stabilization system designed to give the operator close to the freedom of unencumbered handheld shooting but without the hand-shake. Suitable for most camera types and configurations up to 16 pounds, Ronin uses brushless motors that work on three axes: one for side-to-side “roll” – keeping the horizon level – one for tilt, and one for pan. The system is computer-controlled and boasts a precision of control of ±0.02°. An IMU (inertial measurement movement) detects movement and engages the motors to react, using algorithms to differentiate between intentional movement such as pans and tracking shots from unwanted shake. In addition to handheld shooting, the gimbal can be used in vehicle mounting scenarios and other contexts where vibrations or other abrupt movements would make tripods and rigid camera support systems unsuitable.


TVCREW NY services all over Upstate NY:  Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Utica, Ithaca, Binghamton NY

TVCREW NY acquires SONY F5 Camera

TVCREW NY is happy to announce adding the SONY F5 camera to the family. This camera produces outstanding cinema quality images in 1080, 2K, and 4K.

sony f5



For incredibly vivid HD, start with the 4K imager of the Sony F5. You’ll get superior, super-sampled
pictures with noticeably higher contrast, rich color reproduction and greater clarity. The F5 offers robust internal recording modes, all with vibrant 4:2:2 color. Irresistible options include the amazing precision of 16-bit linear RAW 2K/4K recording and high speed 2K RAW at up to 120 fps without cropping.

TVCREW NY regularly services Upstate NY. Syracuse, Rochester, Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Binghamton, and Utica NY

Utica College 2014 Commercial

TVCREW NY worked directly with the staff at Utica College to produce their latest commercial for 2014.

The goal was to create a visual representation of a list of key words that the College wanted to emphasize.

We shot in numerous locations over several days using the SONY F3 camera and Canon 5D mark III.









St. Joseph’s Hospital

DP/Scott Alexander: TVCREW NY

Ad Agency: Pinckney Hugo,  Syracuse NY

2014 TV Commercial for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center based in Syracuse NY

Shot with SONY F3


The Harden Furniture Company~passion and pride for upholstery

The Harden Furniture Company: Making Upholstery


Harden wanted to tell the world about their passion for excellence in manufacturing upholstery. I was asked to produce a video story that would reflect the company’s integrity and fierce commitment to make superb and fashionable products.

I hope you enjoy it!




Upholstery Feature play



I learned a lot filming this story. Upholstered goods are complicated and the available options are endless.


Harden Furniture 1


It is a constantly evolving industry that has to submit to the trends and demands of fashion…as well as satisfy the traditional customer. If a manufacturer is to remain viable then they cannot sit idol. Harden is dedicated to being a leader in the industry.


Harden Furnitue 2


Harden Furniture 3


Harden Furniture Company is 170 years old this year. They are the oldest furniture manufacturer in the United States. They are blessed with employees that have remained committed to the company for years and have perfected their skills. Harden is truly a great example of  American pride and craftsmanship.

More HMI lights!

Lights NY and TVCREW NY have added more video production lights to the arsenal!

We recently added (2) 1200wt HMI’s to the mix. We currently have (4) 1200 wt HMI’s, (2) 575 HMI’s, (2) 400 HMI’s, and (1) 200 HMI.

We also have Kino Flo, Arri, Dedo Light, and LED Light Panels.

Check it out at or

Serving Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, Albany, Binghamton, Ithaca, Watertown, and beyond


Production crews traveling into the Central NY region routinely contact us for lighting and grip support for their shoot. As travel costs increase and budgets get squeezed it makes sense to travel a DP/camera/producer and leave the bulky equipment behind…LIGHTS NY is here to carry the rest of the load for you.

We are focused primarily on average sized corporate, broadcast, feature-documentary, and small commercial shoots.

Our 1-ton Ford van is packed with most everything you need to get the job done.   Kino-Flo, Arri, Light-Panels, Dedolight, K5600 lights on board.

Lights NY pic

We also supply:

HD cameras: SONY F3, SONY PDW700 XDCAM, SONY EX-1, Panasonic HDX900, Canon 5d Mark III, GO Pro Hero 3+ Black

Audio equipment: Sound devices 442 mixer, Lectrosonics Wireless mics, Sennheisser Ktek Boom, Sanken lavs, ect…

Support: Sachtler 20P and 18P tripod, Dana Dolly, Hollywood microdolly, Jimmy Jib, Dynamic perceptions Stage zero dolly, Glidecam HD4000