I’ve just finished up covering the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Whilst I was there I did get my hands on a couple of new cameras. Here are a couple of short reports I did for the Guardian’s tech site.
Posted on January 9th, 2011 by admin | Category: DSLR video news | Permalink
JD90 Says:January 10th, 2011 at 7:02 amLog in to Reply
Is Scarlet really a motion picture camera if it has a non-interchangeable lens?
The wireless controller is interesting, but is that control relevant if you still have to have a cable between the camera and a monitor? The 60ft jib example is one that stuck out, the operator on the other end still needs to see the image.
Michael Morlan Says:January 18th, 2011 at 10:35 amLog in to Reply
To answer JD90′s question:
Yes, cameras are video-cabled back down the crane/jib to the operator’s and director’s monitors. The challenge, then, is controlling the camera from below as the camera is flying high overhead. Present-day solutions include cabled or wireless FIZ (Focus/Iris/Zoom) controllers and motors that engage the gears of the lens. A simple contact-closure switch can start/stop most cameras. The Scarlet/Epic REDMote goes a step further by allowing the camera 1st AC/Operator/DIT/DP to change any setting in the camera including sensitivity, color balance – anything – without having to lower the crane back down to the ground.
I noted one set where the DP had his own wireless iris controller. He would take a meter reading and adjust the iris without having to bother the camera assistants engaged in placing and securing the camera.
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