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NAB 2015 live show replay: Cinematographers Bruce Logan ASC, Rodney Charters ASC and Jason Wingrove pick their best of shows

By technical editor Matt Allard:

At the Teradek live show at NAB last week I caught up with three esteemed cinematographers to ask them what were the stand out items they came across at the show. Bruce Logan ASC, Rodney Charters ASC and Jason Wingrove run me through their “Best of Show” picks. With more than 1700 exhibitors at NAB the amount of new products can be overwhelming. Bruce, Rodney and Jason use their years of experience and knowledge to show you some of the stand out products from the show.

Here is our panels picks:

Bruce Logan ASC:
Wescott Flex lights
Davinci Resolve 12
Fujinon 25-300 mm T3.5 to 3.85 Cabrio Premier PL Lens
Zacuto Gratical Eye

Jason Wingrove:
Redrockmicro Ultracage Scout
Redrockmicro Halo

Rodney Charters ASC:
Freefly Mimic
Alexa Mini

Davinci Resolve 12

Davinci Resolve 12

Fujinon 25-300 mm T3.5 to 3.85 Cabrio Premier PL Lens

Fujinon 25-300 mm T3.5 to 3.85 Cabrio Premier PL Lens

Redrockmicro Ultracage Scout

Redrockmicro Ultracage Scout

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Posted on April 25th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Arri Alexa, Blackmagic design, Camera support systems, EVF, Follow Focus, Grading, LED lights, Lighting, NAB show, NLE, RAW shooting, Rigs, Sony a7S, Uncategorized, Video editing | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2015: Shape cage and push-button rails mount for Atomos Shogun external recorder

By Newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn:

At the NAB show Shape were showing a brand new cage for the popular Atomos Shogun 4K external recorder. It wraps around the Shogun and offers not only protection, but also multiple mounting points and the ability to attach handles or mount to rails.

The cage with optional push button tech rod mount

The cage with optional push button tech rod mount

The cage can be mounted to the rails of a shoulder rig. There is an option for Shape’s clever push-button technology, which was first seen on their handles. This allows quick adjustments to the angle of the recorder’s display and also swivels it around.

The cage with handles attached

The cage with handles attached

The HDMI connection benefits from a cable clamp to prevent it being accidentally knocked out of place.

It is available now from the Shape website for $339 to $799 depending on the configuration.

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Posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Clinton Harn | Category: Camera support systems, External recorders, NAB show | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2015: A combination dolly and equipment cart from Matthews

By contributing editor Chuck Fadely

Veteran documentary DP Bill Kerrigan, who is based in Montreal, needed to lighten his load when working with his single assistant.  Carrying multiple cartloads of different-height stands for a variety of sliders was frustrating him.  So he invented the KerriKart – a combination equipment cart and dolly / slider. In the video above, Bill tells us all the things he uses his cart for.

Matthews Studio Equipment is putting it into production and they were showing it off at NAB 2015.  The cart has four pneumatic wheels, telescoping light stands at each corner, and a heavy-duty dolly track that can support the heaviest of cameras. You can put up a monitor and even lighting and just move from one shot to the next by rolling your whole setup.

The price hasn’t been set as they’re still working on the final version, and it can be built up with a variety of standard Matthews grip gear.  Kerrigan says it breaks down in five minutes and fits in his minivan.

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Posted on April 19th, 2015 by Chuck Fadely | Category: Camera support systems, SIiders | Permalink | Comments (3)

NAB 2015: Flowcine 2 Axis Puppeteer

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Newssooter NAB 2015: Flowcine 2 Axis Puppeteer from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Flowcine were showing a more advanced version of their Puppeteer system that features a 2nd axis. The second axis is used to eliminate errors in both the roll and tilt axis, providing a smoother ride for your gimbal. It is designed to perform fluently with out disturbing motion and vibrations.

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The Puppeteer comes in two versions, the one axis, and the two axis version. The one axis system helps the user tilt their rig without effort, almost at the centre of gravity, getting rid of the string force you’d normaly get with the Easyrig – gimbal set-up. You mount the Puppeteer on top of your gimbal, adjust the balance so it’s centered, and hook it up on your Easyrig. The Puppeteer ships with a smaller steel hook that replaces the original Easyrig hook. This is to save vertical space, so you can go higher with the rig.

The 2 axis version will be available soon.

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Posted on April 19th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2015: Easyrig Vario 5 for cameras from 11-38lbs

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Newsshooter NAB 2015: Easy RigNAB 2015: Easyrig Vario 5- covers cameras from 11-38lbs from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Easyrig were showing their latest addition to the Easyrig lineup, the Vario 5. It’s a flexible solution built to handle various camera setups with a load capacity of 5-17 kg (11-38 lbs). This makes it a good solution for camera operators who own a variety of different sized cameras.

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This from Easyrig:
During our past five years of development we experimented with many options including rebuilding the current gas shock absorber, mounting an assist spring in tandem with the shock absorber, regulating the high pressure gas through an adjustable valve and finally incorporating a dual chamber piston. All of these trials led us to the perfected system that is now the new “Vario 5”.
The “Vario 5″ shares the same proven technology as the Cinema 3 with the addition of our world wide Patent Pending adjustable tension system. The key to the “Vario 5″ is the new internal adjustment arm that allows for changes in the power of the system. It’s simple, consistent, and reliable.
Another key element in the success of the new “Vario 5” is the integration of SKF ball bearings and Lesjofors gas shock absorbers. These noted Swedish companies have been producing world class components since 1907.

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The Easyrig “Vario 5″ has been time tested in different climates, terrains and conditions spanning three different continents. Read about the results from our test cameraman on the Easyrig homepage under Vario.

The Easyrig Vario 5 can be ordered with several different vest options:
2.5 single shoulder vest
Cinema 3 double shoulder vest
The new added support “Gimbal Rig” vest.
You can also order your Easyrig Vario 5 with three different arm options:
Standard arm
130 mm (5in) extended adjustable arm
230 mm (9in) extended adjustable arm

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Posted on April 19th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2015: Fotodiox Blackmagic BMPCC, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1 and GoPro Cage Solutions

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Newsshooter NAB 2015: Fotodiox Sony a7S, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1 and GoPro Cage Solutions from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Fotodiox had some prototype camera cage solutions on display on their booth at NAB. A range of solutions was available for cameras such as the Blackmagic BMPCC, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1 and GoPro. All the cages are minimalist in design and allow for easy access to the controls, with lots of mounting points for adding accessories.

The Blackmagic BMPCC cage will be available very shortly for $325 US. The GH4 and NX1 pricing and availability will be announced soon.

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Posted on April 18th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Camera support systems, NAB show, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (2)

NAB 2015: Film Power Nebula gimbals and support Arm

By Newsshooter.com contributor Elliot Smith

Film Power’s Nebula 5200 brushless gimbal has pan/tilt, follow and semi-lock modes and is controllable via R/C or Bluetooth. It can carry 13lbs of weight and sells for $1900.

 

The Nebula Arm takes the weight of a gimbal rig and disperses it down your body to rest on your hips. Supporting the gimbal like this via a tubular bungee also means you can let go of it without having to put it back in a cradle or on the floor. The Arm also features tapped mounting holes for adding accessories such as boom mics and camera lights. It attaches to Film Power brushless gimbals and is available for $799.

For flying smaller cameras the Nebula 4000 Lite supports up to 2.5lbs (roughly up to a GH4-sized camera). It has follow, semi-lock and locked modes and can be inverted to get stable low-angle shots. It has an integrated rechargeable battery, is Mac and Windows compatible and is available now for $749.

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Posted on April 16th, 2015 by admin | Category: Brushless gimbals, Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

NAB 2015: Zacuto Recoil rigs updated plus new, cheaper EVF

By Newsshooter contributor Elliot Smith:

Zacuto are expanding the range of accessories available for their Recoil range of camera rigs, firstly with a replacement grip relocator for the Sony FS7. The stock arm that repositions the FS7 control grip doesn’t rotate, which can be uncomfortable for some users. Zacuto’s option is cylindrical which means you can adjust it until it feels right and lock it securely in place. It’s also possible to fold it in much closer to the camera body for travel. A version for Canon grips is in the works as well.

Zacuto also have a redesigned handle mount for the Canon C100 Mk II. It now locks in place via a rail on a cheeseplate ‘helmet’ that attaches in three places and is much more secure than the stock Canon handle.

The company is also introducing a small camera monitor / viewfinder that they describe as the Gratical’s little brother. It’s considerably smaller than the Gratical, and the production model will require external power. It will accept a signal over SDI or HDMI and is small enough not to foul on matteboxes or other equipment mounted to your camera rig.

The flipside to the smaller size is that there is only space for four functions within within the monitor. These might be zebras, focus punch-in or peaking – Zacuto are looking for suggestions as to what people might like to see so email steve@zacuto.com if you have any strong opinions… The viewfinder is in the last stages of development and Zacuto hope to have them in production later this year.

NAB 2015: News Shooter – Zacuto from Teradek on Vimeo.

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Posted on April 16th, 2015 by admin | Category: Camera support systems, Monitors, Rigs, Sony FS7 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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