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Helmut Kobler
Helmut Kobler
www.losangelescameraman.com
Los Angeles, CA USA
Los Angeles, CA USA

Helmut Kobler is an oft-published writer has written for a number of magazines over the years, including Wired, MacLife, Studio Daily, and Millimeter. He has also written three editions of Final Cut Pro for Dummies.

Today, Helmut says that, "I'm really focused on camera work and the P2 workflow in general."

We are proud that Helmut is a part of the Creative COW community and you will find him interacting in COW forums like the Panasonic P2 and VariCam forums.

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Articles by Helmut Kobler

What Computer Should I Buy?
The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube

The Great Migration: From Mac Pro Tower to Mac Pro Tube

Helmut Kobler loved all the card slots and drive bays in his old-school 2009 Mac Pro. But after ordering a new Mac Pro, he had to rebuild his old tower's functionality - RAID and LTO support, broadcast monitoring, and plenty of spare drive space - with new Thunderbolt peripherals. Here's how he did it.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Cut the Cord with Wireless HD: A Paralinx Review

Recent wireless HD systems have gotten way better and much cheaper. DP/cameraman Helmut Kobler takes a look at two systems from Teradek and Paralinx that show just how impressive these units have become.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Helmut Kobler
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

Archiving Video With HP's New LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 Tape Drive

For years, Helmut Kobler has used LTO tape to archive footage and projects that he couldn't afford to ever lose. When HP recently released the industry's first desktop LTO-6 tape drive, the Ultrium 6250 ($4199 list), Kobler couldn't resist its upgraded tape capacity and speed. Here's his hands-on report of using the 6250 on a Mac.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

A Tale of Two Field Monitors:Panasonic & Flanders Scientific

The world is full of production monitors these days, but two new models stand out thanks to their big screens that can run for hours on battery power. That alone means cameramen and producers can finally take a big monitor into the field, without giving up much mobility.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

With a sharp imager, monster lens and killer codec, Panasonic's HPX250 ($5995, with additional discounts and rebates in effect) makes a great workhorse camera for any kind of shooting that doesn’t need a shallow depth-of-field.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 Review

Panasonic AJ-HPX3100 Review

Panasonic's HPX3100 camera breaks some interesting ground for those shooting news, documentaries and reality programming. It's a sharp 1080-native camera that shoots Panasonic's high-quality AVC-Intra codec. But more importantly, it's expandable, letting you add optional gear that can make post-production workflows far more efficient.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

The world is full of broadcast monitors these days, but Panasonic’s new BT-LH910 9" monitor is a standout. It's got a stunning picture, an extreme viewing angle, and a form factor that’s small enough to still work in the field, but big enough to still work in a studio. It’s also got some very unique features that 3D shooters will find helpful.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Apple FCPX - Final Cut Pro X
A Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere Pro

A Final Cutter Tries Out Premiere Pro

If you're a Final Cut editor contemplating making a change in the wake of Apple's FCPX roll-out, you're not alone. Here's one long-time Final Cut user who tried out Adobe Premiere CS5.5 on a paying gig. He found a lot to like, and not much to miss.

Editorial
Helmut Kobler
Archiving and Back-Up
ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive with USB 3

ioSafe Rugged Portable Hard Drive with USB 3

Everybody needs a couple of portable hard drives these days, but the ioSafe Rugged Portable drive is a standout in that it’s nearly indestructible, comes with a free data recovery service, and is also quite fast. If I were travelling and working in the field a lot, I’d easily choose the ioSafe over other options.

Review
Helmut Kobler
AJA Video Systems
AJA Ki Pro Mini

AJA Ki Pro Mini

AJA started shipping its first ProRes-based video recorder, the Ki Pro, in the fall of 2009. Recording via HD-SDI in ProRes was impressive, but the Ki Pro was too big and heavy to be useful for much in-the-field work. Now AJA has shrunk the Ki Pro down to a fraction of the original’s size, added some features, taken a few away, and dropped the price in half. Viola, you have the new Ki Pro Mini.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic AF100, DVX100, HMC150
Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Video Camera

Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Video Camera

Love the shallow depth of field you get from DSLRs, but miss all the video-oriented features those still cameras lack? Panasonic’s AF-100 merges a big DSLR-style sensor with all the video camera features you’ve taken for granted over the years. See how this cocktail turns out...

Review
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Want to charge an Anton/Bauer battery in just about any situation, whether wall power is available or not? Anton/Bauer's small, lightweight Tandem 150 is what you need.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Lighting Design Pros
Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

Litepanels SolaENG Review: On-Camera LED Light

There are plenty of power-sipping LED lights that you can mount atop cameras, but very few have enough punch to fill up large spaces, or cut through daylight. Litepanels finally has such a light in the Sola ENG. It's powerful, controllable, and in some cases, a little loud.

Review
Helmut Kobler
ARRI
Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

These days, many video-oriented trade shows are struggling with declining attendance, reduced scopes and the nagging fear of irrelevance when customers can get so much information online. So how has the Band Pro One World managed to attract big-name vendors and over 500 attendees? Helmut Kobler attends and shares with COW members his experience at what felt like more of a "friendly mixer" where you can easily talk to vendors and friends, and see great products close up.

Review, Editorial, Project
Helmut Kobler
Field Production
Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

Backing Up Solid-State Cards In The Field

If you shoot video to solid-state cards, two products from Nexto and Panasonic make it easy to back those cards up in the field. At over $2,000, these gadgets aren't exactly cheap, but they can save a lot of time and effort. The Panasonic in particular can make a solid-state workflow feasible for just about any project.

Review
Helmut Kobler
CalDigit
CalDigit AV Drive with USB 3

CalDigit AV Drive with USB 3

Hard drives rarely feel fast enough, but CalDigit's new AV Drive ($258) is one of the first to use the new USB 3 interface, which is much faster than the USB 2, FireWire 800 and eSATA interfaces of yesteryear. You'll pay a little more for the AV Drive, but its speed easily makes up for the premium.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AJ-PCD2 P2 Card Reader

Panasonic AJ-PCD2 P2 Card Reader

If you ever wanted a simple, affordable P2 card reader....well, Panasonic never made one, and neither did anyone else. But the new AJ-PCD2 changes that, letting anyone add P2 compatibility to their workflow with little hassle.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
G-Technology G-Drive Mobile Portable Hard Drive

G-Technology G-Drive Mobile Portable Hard Drive

Portable hard drives are great option for carrying gobs of media wherever you go. In this review, Creative COW leader Helmut Kobler takes a look at a unique portable drive -- the G-Drive Mobile -- from a company that's been building media-focused drives for years.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AJ-HPM200 P2 Mobile

Panasonic AJ-HPM200 P2 Mobile

Panasonic's P2 Mobile is many things, including a cutting-edge video recorder, a non-linear editor, a network storage device, and more. Curious to come to terms with its long list feature set, Creative COW leader Helmut Kobler took one home for two weeks and gave it a spin. Here are his impressions.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro streamlines an important part of tapeless, solid-state workflows: offloading the media cards to a hard drive or other volume. Creative COW leader Helmut Kobler has been using Shotput for a couple of years now, and reviews its latest update on the Mac (a Windows version works the same way).

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Reviewing Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer

Reviewing Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer

In this article, CreativeCOW leader Helmut Kobler reviews Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer, which is designed to simplify the process of offloading P2 cards to multiple hard drives, especially as you work in the field.

Review
Helmut Kobler
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