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IBC 2014 video: Alphatron EVF Mic Mount for AJA Cion

By contributor Clinton Harn:

At IBC in Amsterdam Alphatron were showing an elegant combination EVF and mic mount solution for the upcoming AJA Cion camera. It mounts directly to the popular Alphatron EVF and give a wide range of movement for proper alignment when on the shoulder, or on a tripod. This is one of the nicest solutions we have seen so far for the Cion, which does not have its own EVF and relies on third party devices.

You can see more on the Alphatron range on their website.

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Posted on September 27th, 2014 by Clinton Harn | Category: AJA Cion, Camera support systems, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Varavon Wirecam flies through the air for $7000

By contributor Clinton Harn:

Motorised remote control cable cams used to cost big money and were strictly limited to big movies, commercials and sports productions. Some budget limited shooters resorted to DIY solutions in the past with varying degrees of success. Now there are several lower cost commercial options that not only move the camera through the air, but also stabilise the camera by adding a brushless gimbal head to the setup.

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Korean maker Varavon, best known for its sliders and camera cages, have ventured into the cable cam market with their $7000 Wirecam Cam setup. Wirecam was first seen in prototype form a year ago at IBC but is now much closer to being a finished product. It is remote controllable and uses Varavon’s Birdy Cam brushless gimbal as a remote head. The results looked impressive. Check out the video to see it working.

As the prices come down and these setups make it onto the shelves of rental companies I can see this technology being used more in documentary and events shooting to get that one off shot.

The Wirecam is slated to be available from November at a cost of around $7000. You can see more details on the Varavon website.

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Posted on September 20th, 2014 by Clinton Harn | Category: Brushless gimbals, Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC live show replay: Robo Op? L’Aigle exoskeleton allows easy carrying of brushless gimbals

By site editor Dan Chung:

One of the stand out innovations at IBC this year was the mechanical exoskeleton from french manufacturer L’Aigle The contraption is essentially two iso-elastic stabilising arms strapped to your body and also your arms. The exoskeleton allows the large weights to be lifted with virtually no strain placed on the biceps. All the weight is transferred to the hips and legs via the vest.

Newsshooter team member Simon Glass tries out the Exoskeleton with a heay case

Newsshooter team member Simon Glass tries out the Exoskeleton to carry a heavy case

The exoskeleton allows operators of brushless gimbals to hold and move with their rigs for long periods without fatiguing. Another advantage is that the exoskeleton stabilises the vertical movement of the gimbal – reducing the effect of footfall on the rig when walking.

The downsides are that the exoskeleton has a limited range of movement (although it covers all the usual ways a gimbal would be held) and also adds width to your body – making it harder to get through doors.

These limitations are a small price to pay though if you are planning to spend long hours shooting with a gimbal. The version we saw is still a prototype and improvements will surely come.

The exoskeleton makes an interesting alternative to options like the Flowcine Serene/Easyrig combination where the rig is suspended from above the operator via a bar attached to a vest. It will be interesting to see which of these becomes the more favoured approach for gimbal operators in the future.

Projected price for the Exoskeleton is a reasonable 2000 Euros.

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Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Brushless gimbals, Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Walimex Aptaris cage adds new options

By site editor Dan Chung:

We first saw the Walimex Aptaris cage at NAB earlier this year. Since then the system has evolved and is now more complete. The beauty of this cage is that it not only fits a range of DSLRs and Compact system cameras, it can also be fitted to cameras like Sony’s FS100 and even the Canon C300. To give added flexibility there is now an extension piece that allows the top plate to move even further from the baseplate for very tall cameras.

It is nice to see manufacturers trying to build in as much future proof-ness as possible to their products. One thing to note though is that, like most other cages, the Aptaris doesn’t permit the fitting of new Sony XLR-K2M audio backpack fitted to the top of the a7S.

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Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Motionnine show a7S/GH4 cages and folding brushless gimbal

By newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn:

Korean company Motionine were showing several new products including a new brushless gimbal and cages for the Sony a7S and Panasonic GH4.

The gimbal has a unique design that folds in half and has a reasonable load capacity. The price is not yet announced.

Motionnine have cages for the Sony a7S, Panasonic GH4 and BMPCC. The wrap around designs have a unique thumb rest that allows for easier handholding. The fit and finish seems good and an interesting HDMI port protector/grip also come with the cages.

You read more about Motionnine products on their website.

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Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems, Panasonic GH4, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

Newsshooter at IBC 2014: Vocas accessorise the AJA Cion

By contributor Clinton Harn:

Bas Ladru from Vocas shows us the new Vocas new baseplate system for AJA’s Cion camera. The system offers rail mounting options above and below the main camera body, enabling the attachment of a handle, EVF and other accessories. The bottom plate also comes apart to allow easy access to the camera’s integrated shoulder pad.

You can find out more about Vocas products on their website.

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Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Clinton Harn | Category: AJA Cion, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

Newsshooter at IBC 2014: K-Tek ProShot combination stabiliser, rig and monopod

By site editor Dan Chung:

K-tek are best known for their microphone suspensions and boom poles. We were therefore surprised to see them showing the ProShot at IBC. It is an all-in-one stabiliser, monopod and shoulder rig depending on the way in which it is configured. Check out the video to see how it works.

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Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (4)

IBC 2014 video: Zacuto show working Control Grip and Gratical EVF, plus Recoil system gets improved design

By site editor Dan Chung:

Zacuto have been busy since we saw them at the NAB show earlier this year. For the first time we got to see a working Control Grip in the flesh. This is an ergonomic handgrip that links to a Zacuto servo motor for control of zoom. The grip has built in start/stop triggering but also a jog shuttle that allows menu access for compatible cameras like the Canon C300, 100 and 500. It runs from a single Canon LPE-6 type battery.

Also on show was a near ready for production Gratical EVF. This is a lovely OLED-based EVF with 1024 x 1280 resolution. The EVF has a range of features such as the ability to apply LUTs to the image and also inputs and outputs HDMI and 3G-SDI.

Lastly, the Zacuto Recoil shoulder rig system has had an overhaul and some nice revisions. Based on the idea that with the same basic components and a few accessories, you can transform almost any popular video camera or DSLR into a comfortable, balanced shoulder rig.

The VCT shoulder pad/baseplate has been refined and is now lighter and more comfortable than before. There is a new top handle that can have an EVF or arm easily mounted to the front of it via a 15mm rod clamp. The improvements when taken together make one of, if not the best, shoulder mounted system out there for prolonged shooting off the shoulder with cameras like the C300 and F5.

For more info check out www.zacuto.com

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Posted on September 15th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

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