Konova K2 Slider

Whether you are new to video production or a seasoned filmmaker, a slider is a great piece of gear to take your production to the next level. Sliders are easy to operate, fairly portable, and extremely versatile. Throw a slider on a tripod and break away from the typical panning or stagnant shot. Use it to create “reveal" shots that slide around a corner, or introduce subjects slowly into the frame. Use it to add some dynamic motion to an interview. Get Creative! Most people think of sliders as adding a simple side-to-side motion to their video, but with the right combination of tripod heads and a little bit of practice you can orient your slider vertically to get some awesome up-and-down shots. 

If you are thinking about purchasing your first slider, replacing your old one, or just adding a second to your arsenal, we recommend Konova Sliders. Konova offers a wide range of affordable sliders to meet any filmmaker’s needs. Their base model, the K2, comes in 4 different sizes - 60cm, 80cm, 100cm, and 120cm. For most productions, we find that 60cm is more than enough length, and you can’t beat the price at $229.00 (On sale as of this posting for $189 on their website).

Another great thing about the Konova K2 is it’s versatility, and available accessories. The legs are fully adjustable to adapt to various surfaces, and the slider is equipped with 1/4” and 3/8" threads throughout for attaching the slider to tripods and light stands, as well as adding friction arms for monitors and lights. Available accessories include a crank handle set for smoother slides, and a remote motion controller for automated use. 

Pick up your Konova K2 on Amazon.com

Caleb Pike at DSLRVideoShooter.com reviews the Konova K2


AuthorCameron Gray

October 22, 2014

Video creation marketplace StudioNow joins forces with Bluwave Productions and adds leading U.S. cable TV ad sales organization to roster of Fortune 500 clients

NASHVILLE, TN, October 22, 2014 – StudioNow, the leader in providing scalable solutions for video content creation, announced today that Bluwave Productions, which operates one of the country’s largest video field production networks, is joining StudioNow. Effective immediately, Bluwave Productions will become a wholly owned subsidiary of StudioNow.

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, Bluwave Productions provides video ad production services to clients that include one of the nation’s largest cable tv ad sales organizations. Bluwave operates in 22 markets in the Southeast.

As part of the new combination, Jim Dalton, Bluwave’s founder, will join StudioNow as an advisor and key shareholder. Charlie Bolton will continue as Vice President and General Manager of Bluwave.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bluwave’s team to the StudioNow family,” said David Mason, StudioNow CEO. “Bluwave has mastered the art of creating quality content at scale. Their highly efficient model for leveraging the best talent from across the country at the best possible price mirrors our own approach. They will provide a huge boost to StudioNow's ability to offer our market-leading solutions to Fortune 500 companies, brands, agencies and SMB’s.”

StudioNow offers businesses a suite of services and technology that provides streamlined access to its global video creation marketplace. These offerings dramatically enhance businesses’ video production capabilities, provide true scale, and reduce costs.

“By combining with StudioNow, Bluwave will have more resources to meet the needs of our clients in our region and across the country,” said Jim Dalton. “We gain access to StudioNow’s industry-leading video production platform and 8,000 creative professionals, including directors, producers, animators, voice actors, editors, cinematographers, photographers, writers and other creative resources.” 

Founded in 2007, StudioNow provides large organizations with a scalable solution for sourcing and managing video production, from project inception to asset management, distribution, and measurement.  Services range from on-site studio build-out and management to a comprehensive video production platform integrated with a global network of video production professionals.

About StudioNow
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca-Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated.  For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

August 20, 2014

New CTO, CFO, CRO announced and offices opened in San Francisco and New York

NASHVILLE, TN, August 20, 2014 – StudioNow announced that it has raised $5 million in a Series B round led by FCA Venture Partners with participation from existing investor, Claritas Capital.  The company also announced that it has made key new hires to support its rapid growth and opened offices in San Francisco and New York. The company is focused on being the leader in the digital video creation market that is estimated to be over $23 billion for 2014.

The additions to StudioNow’s management team include new CTO Rob DeMillo, who will also lead the company’s new San Francisco office, CFO Rob Tanner, CRO Michael Thompson, and VP of Business Development Kelly Metz. (See individual bios below.)

StudioNow was founded in January 2007 and raised $3.5 million before being acquired by AOL for $36.5 million in cash and stock three years later. Last year the company was spun out of AOL in a deal led by founder, chairman, and CEO, David Mason and Claritas Capital.

“Our decision to re-establish StudioNow as an independent company and invest in our platform and tools, an expanded management team, and new offices, shows the confidence that we have, and our investors have, in the StudioNow marketplace and community of creators, agencies, and brands,” said David Mason, founder and CEO of StudioNow. 

StudioNow provides a suite of services and technology tools designed to match tens of thousands of video content producers with enterprises who need their services. The highly curated global marketplace offers production companies and filmmakers access to countless new opportunities and a platform to help run their business while clients, ranging from small business to Fortune 100 brands, are guaranteed to get the best talent at the best price every time.

Major brands that have used the StudioNow Marketplace include Toyota, Twitter, IBM, AT&T, StyleList, Verizon, FedEx, CafeMom, Kohl’s, Sports Illustrated, AOL, and Pulte Homes.  More than 50,000 videos have been created through StudioNow for clients in more than 52 countries around the world.  This month it was announced that StudioNow won three Telly awards for their work for AOL, IBM, and Rhett & Link for freecreditscore.com. 

About StudioNow
StudioNow is headquartered in Nashville, TN. with offices in New York and San Francisco. The StudioNow Marketplace has created over 50,000 high-quality, low-cost videos for businesses of all sizes in over 6,000 cities in the U.S. and 52 countries around the world, including such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, AT&T/YellowPages, Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi, Verizon, Coca Cola, Bank of America, Ameriprise, Simon & Schuster, Random House, Akamai, FedEx, ClearChannel, Twitter, AOL, CBS, Disney, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated.  For more information about StudioNow, visit www.studionow.com.

New Additions to StudioNow’s Management Team

Rob Tanner
Chief Financial Officer 

Rob Tanner has oversight of all financial operations, capital and treasury management, and day-to-day administrative responsibilities. Tanner has a diverse background in financial management, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions and business strategy within both Fortune 1000 and growth-stage companies.

Michael Thompson
Chief Revenue Officer 

Michael Thompson is responsible for driving revenue; managing sales, marketing, and client services. Thompson has been immersed in sales, marketing, business development and strategy during his 28 years in business as an executive of various private equity backed ventures. 

Rob DeMillo
Chief Technology Officer 

Rob DeMillo is a 20-year entrepreneurial and media industry veteran, hired by StudioNow to grow the company’s technology team and capabilities and launch the company’s San Francisco office. DeMillo has held CTO positions at Discovery Digital Networks, Revision3, Third Screen Media, and m-Qube; as well as Founder and CTO roles at Transpera and other Silicon Valley-based companies. DeMillo is also a contributing venture partner at the Korean accelerator SparkLabs Global, and is a board advisor on a handful of ad server and mobile startup companies. 

Kelly Metz
VP of Business Development 

Kelly Metz is responsible for marketplace strategy, partnerships, and new products. Metz has held various management positions in the software and media industries including Yahoo!, Adobe, and Oracle.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

Nashville, TN, August 5, 2014 - 

StudioNow is proud to announce that the company and its employees have been recognized as the recipients of three Telly Awards, following the close of voting and deliberation for the 35th Annual Telly Awards.

The company was selected as a Silver Telly Award recipient for their work with "Intertainment" duo, Rhett & Link's freecreditscore.com campaign in the Campaign-Business category.  

StudioNow also received two Bronze Telly Awards for their work on AOL's "Upfront Shingerview with Kevin Spacey," in the Information category, as well as for the company's work on IBM's "Solutions for a Smarter Planet" online ad series, which was nominated in the Campaign-Promotions/Branding category.

StudioNow is also proud to announce an additional win for AOL's "This Built America" campaign, a project that StudioNow produced. The project won a Bronze Telly Award in the Internet/Online Programs, Segments, or Promotional Pieces - Cultural category.

This is the second consecutive year that StudioNow has come away with multiple Telly Award wins. StudioNow received 1 Silver and 2 Bronze at the 34th Annual Telly Awards in 2013.

AuthorMakayla Telfer

On January 29, 2014, we published a revised version of the Creative Network Service Agreement. Your continued use of StudioNow means you agree to those documents so please take a minute to read and understand them here.

In this article we wanted to set out below a basic summary of our Creative Network Service Agreement for your convenience. We are not lawyers and do not play one on youtube, so it is still up to you to read the document in full.   

By registering for the StudioNow network, you agree that we may reach out to you about potential work from time to time. You can opt out of the StudioNow network at any time by contacting us. The projects are not final until you accept them. All projects run through a Project Page on our online platform, which has information and production materials outlining the scope of the project and the compensation agreed upon. The Project Page serves as a scope of services agreement. You'll be responsible for any taxes with regards to payment. You are an independent contractor for StudioNow, not an employee, and as such are not entitled to benefits, disability, worker's comp, unemployment or other outside-of-project compensation.

For the full version, please view:

Terms and Conditions

AuthorDaniel Collins