first_imgFreefly Systems/FacebookFreefly Systems/FacebookWe’re fast-approaching a world where smartphones will replace every mobile gadget in your luggage, up to and including a studio-quality video camera. While we’re not quite there yet, these five gadgets are among the best for upping your smartphone video game to near-pro level. The best part is that you can snag this entire setup for less than USD $500.Freefly Movi Smartphone Gimbal – $299Shooting 4K mobile video is within reach for even the most novice, budget-minded videographer, but that hyper-real level of resolution highlights the imperfections in every video you take. We’ve all suffered through too-long, Cloverfield-like YouTube videos that look like they were filmed during an earthquake. The solution? The tried-and-true gimbal. Hollywood has been using them for as long as anyone can remember because they smooth out even the shakiest video. The Movi Smartphone Gimbal is purpose-built for on-the-go videographers who demand the latest gimbal tech in the tightest possible package. The company behind the scenes, Freefly, has provided professional filmmakers with industry-leading gimbal technology for years. As a bonus, the company bundles a ton of video presets in with their hardware so you can add flair to your footage with the latest cinematic effects.See ItLume Cube Smartphone Video Kit – $110Of course, the most incredible, eye-popping footage is no good if the viewer can’t actually see what’s on-screen. Lume Cube sells the brightest mobile lights in the world. At just 1.5 inches cubed and less than three ounces, tossing them in your messenger bag or backpack ahead of a shoot is a no-brainer. Multiple lights can be synced, all wirelessly, to your mobile device. Whether you’re just looking to knock out a few shadows or flood the entire stage, 10 manual brightness settings (up to 1,500 lumens each) allow for fine control over your scene. The Lume Cube Smartphone Video Kit is a good place to start. The bundle features one Lume Cube, a USB charging cable, a smartphone mount, and a comfortable handle with a ball head.See ItPurple Panda Lavalier Lapel Mic Kit – $26While smartphone video quality has improved exponentially, the microphones inside the devices hardly seem to have progressed past the days of flip-phones. The solution is an external mic. If your goal is to film yourself (narrating a travel video while strolling the streets of Rome, for example) or interviewing locals while traveling, a lavalier mic is key. Like all tech aimed at videographers, the sky’s the limit on how much you can spend (e.g., thousands of dollars for a studio quality setup), but we love the Purple Panda Lavalier Lapel Mic Kit. It’s ultra-portable, sounds great, and works with a ton of mobile devices, including GoPros. Even more importantly, it’s available for a fraction of the price you’d pay for a similar mic from, say, Sennheiser.See ItManfrotto Compact Tripod – $65Sure, you can get by without a tripod, but why would you want to? Especially if you’re planning on taking this whole travel videography thing seriously. Manfrotto tripods are arguably the best in the industry. Their Compact Light Aluminum Tripod is compact, ultra-lightweight (less than two pounds!), and the head makes attaching your camera or smartphone a literal snap. The entire process from setup to filming takes seconds, so you’ll never miss an ultra-smooth, level shot. It’s also a must-have for anyone planning to shoot time-lapse video.See ItQuik GoPro Video Editor – FreeQuik App/FacebookQuik App/FacebookOf course, serious videographers edit almost exclusively on a laptop, but if you’re looking to go all-in with your mobile videography game, there are plenty of great options for editing your videos right on your smartphone. Quik is a fantastic, free video editing app backed by GoPro (available for both iOS and Android). It packs a staggering amount of features and functionality into an easy-to-use mobile app. It won’t give you the same granularity or full creative control of a proper desktop suite like Adobe Premiere, but it’s the closest mobile alternative. Plus, did we mention it’s free?See It The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Crime Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS facing the possibility of losing more votes in the Seanad in the coming weeks and months until a replacement for the new MEP Deirdre Clune is elected to the upper house.But this by-election of TDs and Senators can’t happen without a change in legislation that the coalition committed to over a year ago.The current numbers in the Seanad see the government with 29 votes when all Labour and Fine Gael senators are included, along with the casting vote of cathaoirleach Paddy Burke.However Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil, independents and three senators who have lost the government whip make up a total of 30 votes.Background: Why the government doesn’t enjoy a super majority in the Seanad like it does in the Dáil>The government can normally rely on the support of some independents such as Jillian Van Turnhout and Marie Louise O’Donnell, but it has lost a number of votes in recent months, including on a bill to ban upward only rent reviews.Clune’s election as an MEP for Ireland South last month means there is a vacancy that can only be filled through a by-election involving members of the Oireachtas. This means the government, with its majority, effectively decides the successful candidate.However the by-election for her vacant seat can’t take place until a new permanent Clerk of the Dáil is appointed, according to Oireachtas rules.The former clerk Kieran Coughlan retired last August and was replaced on an interim basis by the assistant secretary in the parliamentary services division, Peter Finnegan.The process of appointing a permanent replacement has been delayed as the government seeks to change the law in order to have a more open competition for the role. Efforts have been under way for over a year to devise a system where people who work outside of the Oireachtas Commission are considered.This involves changes to the Staff at the Houses of the Oireachtas Act which have been approved by government but not yet brought to the Dáil or Seanad by the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin.The current rules state that someone outside of the Oireachtas would only be considered if no suitable candidate was found within.If the Ceann Comhairle and the Oireachtas Commission disagreed on a nomination the Taoiseach would nominate a person and would seek Dáil approval.Read: Here’s why the government could lose more Seanad votes in the coming monthsFebruary: Government beaten as senators vote to ban upward only rent reviewsRead: Enda Kenny tells the Seanad: ‘I come in peace, not in war’Read: ‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanadlast_img read more