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Movcam show cage and accessories for ARRI Alexa Mini

By site editor Dan Chung:

A pre-production version of the new Movcam cage for the Alexa MINI

A pre-production version of the new Movcam cage for the Alexa MINI

As the ARRI Alexa Mini begins to make its way onto productions many manufacturers have rushed to make solutions for the camera. We previously reported on those from Tilta and Wooden Camera. Now Movcam have now made their competing rig, previously only seen as 3D animations.

Like the other two designs it consists of a cage that wraps around the camera. There are plenty of holes to mount accessories on the cage sides. ARRI-style rosettes on the sides allow for the mounting of handgrips and other accessories. The cage provides rod mounting on the top and bottom of the camera as well a top handle that can slide backwards and forwards for better balance while carrying. A sliding EVF mount attaches to the top rods.

The baseplate is a quick release design similar to other recent Movcam rigs. The baseplate slides onto to Movcam’s tripod plate. The bottom rods and baseplate can be detached from the rest of the cage if you want to go to a quickly to a lighter camera package, or for easier storage.

The most interesting parts of the design are the ability to quickly mount the battery plate on the rear, or on either side of the camera. This could be really useful if you want to quickly go from a small gimbal setup to a larger handheld rig.

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There is also a new design power and signal distribution box which can be used instead of the standard battery plate.

The Movcam is already being tested by well known DOPs and should be on sale soon.

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Posted on July 26th, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Arri Alexa, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cinegear 2015: Kessler Crane Shuttle Dolly

By associate editor Elliot Smith, video by Adam Plowden:

A quick update from Kessler Crane on their Shuttle Dolly, a slider/dolly carriage that’s compatible with standard speed rail and can be controlled manually or via Kessler’s electronic systems (either Second Shooter or CineDrive).

Kessler are well known for their single-shooter friendly slider systems and this looks like a step up in terms of size of carriage for anyone who has used their products in the past. They’re just ironing out the last few kinks before heading to production in a couple of months’ time. The system will start at $1200 for the dolly carriage and clamps.

There isn’t too much detail on the Kessler Crane website at the moment, but keep an eye out for more news in a few months.

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Posted on July 18th, 2015 by Elliot Smith | Category: Camera support systems, Dollies, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tilta unveil highly configurable ARRI Alexa Mini cage and support rig

By site editor Dan Chung:

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Rig manufacturer Tilta have taken the wraps off their new cage and shoulder support system for the ARRI Alexa Mini. First shipments of the camera have begun to arrive with users and several accessory makers are now launching their solutions. The Tilta rig comes in a variety of set ups and can be configured as a lightweight cage that works with gimbal systems, or as a larger shoulder or tripod mounted setup.

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Tllta say the rig has a unique power distribution system that can provide power to accessories like monitors, wireless transmitters or remote focus from ports on the top and handle. This, they say, means that cable runs can be kept to minimal lengths.

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Tilta claim that this is their finest work to date and that the rental houses and DPs have actively been involved in the design process. So confident are they of the rig’s build quality that it comes with a ten year warranty.

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Here are the details of available kits:

KIT 1 (ESR-T06-A) $1800 US
15mm lightweight baseplate *1
Base connection plate *1
Short top plate *1
Long top plate *1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder ( single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*200mm aluminum rod*2
15mm rod connection screw*2

KIT 2 (ESR-T06-B) $2635 US
19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)
12” dovetail plate(ARRI standard)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod2
19mm*450mm stainless steel rod*2
19mm*250mm stainless steel rod*2

KIT 3(ESR-T06-C)$3467 US
4*5.65 carbon fiber matte box(clamp-on) MB-T12
Single-sided cinema follow focus(FF-T05)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*200mm aluminum rod*2
15mm rod connection screw *2

KIT 4 (ESR-T06-D) $4800 US
6*6 carbon fiber matte box*1(MB-T06)
Dual cinema follow focus*1(FF-T04)
19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)
12” dovetail plate(ARRI standard)
15mm lightweight baseplate*1
Base connection plate*1
Short top plate*1
Long top plate*1
15mm top rod adapter*1
Side arm *2
Handle *1
EVF holder(ARRI standard interface)*1
EVF holder (dual rods) *1
EVF holder(single rod)*1
Battery plate rod adapter*1
15mm*150mm aluminum rod*2
15mm*300mm aluminum rod*2
19mm*450mm stainless steel rod*2
19mm*250mm stainless steel rod*2

Optional parts (20% off when you buy any Alexa Mini kit together)
(UH-T04) quick-release handgrips $420 US
(UH-T04-A) quick-release handgrips (can control ARRI/RED/SONY cameras $580 US
(ESR-SP1) quick-release shoulder pad $95 US
(TT-0506) dovetail shoulder rig (compatible with ARRI and Tilta baseplates) $468 US
(ESP-FH01)new human engineering handle $190 US
(ESP-01) top power connection module $130 US
(ESP-02) handle power connection module $130 US
(ESM-01) power supply control screen $130 US
(ESR-P01) lightweight battery plate(installed from the side with P-TAP spiral cable) $175 US
(ESR-PC02) SDI/HDMI convert battery plate(with P-TAP spiral cable) $450 US
(TT-0501-R) ALEXA MINI persistent battery plate(with LEMO spiral cable)$580 US
(ESR-P02) standard battery plate(SDI in/out,3 power outputs,with P-TAP spiral cable)$290 US
(ESR-CB01)ALEXA MINI 0.5M-1.5M P-TAP spiral cable(original LEMO plug) $110 US
(ESR-WT01)TILA wireless lens control system adaptor module $85 US
(TT-C16)10lightweight dovetail plate(compatible with 15mm lightweight baseplate)$130 US
(LS-T05)15mm pro lens supporter $78 US
(LS-T04)19mm lens supporter $110 US
(LS-T07)19mm long rod supporter $78 US
(TT-C06)19mm baseplate(ARRI standard)$468 US
(TT-C07)12inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$290 US
(TT-C07-14)14inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$355 US
(TT-C07-18)18inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$450 US
(TT-C07-24)24inch dovetail plate(ARRI standard)$515 US
(RS19-250)19mm*250 stainless steel rod $45 US
(RS19-400)19mm*400 stainless steel rod $58 US
(RS19-450)19mm*450 stainless steel rod $68 US
(RS19-500)19mm*500 stainless steel rod $78 US
(RS19-550)19mm*550 stainless steel rod $83 US
(RS19-600)19mm*600 stainless steel rod $95 US

For more information visit www.tilta.com

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Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Arri Alexa, Brushless gimbals, Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cinegear 2015: Redrock Micro Scout UltraCage – Motorised focus mini rig for a7S, GH4 and DSLR

By technical editor Matt Allard, video by Adam Plowden:

Redrock Micro have a new update on their ultraCage Scout which we first saw at NAB earlier this year. The Scout integrates a finger wheel and motorized follow focus for geared cine lenses, as well as a base station which incorporates batteries for the electronics. They have also added the Rhino mount which we previously reported – a single rod system for a much stronger mounting solution for the motorized focusing wheel.

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The ultraCage Scout offers a very compact electronic follow focus system for small camera such as the Sony a7S and Panasonic GH4. The rig will also accommodate DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D Mark III, but it will not not fit taller DSLRs such as the Canon 1D C and Nikon D4s.

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The Scout should be a little great hand held solution for new cameras such as the Sony a7R II that feature the new multi-axis stabilisation systems. The added opposite-side handgrip should give the camera balance for handholding shots and the integrated fingerwheel electronically drives the focus without your hand ever leaving the grip.

The system is really aimed at one man band operators who are using larger focus throw lenses that are difficult to operate by hand. One of the main benefits of the system is it doesn’t require a traditional 15mm rod system to mount the follow focus – saving a lot of bulk.

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The ultraCage Scout can also be used as a traditional remote follow focus by adding the optional microRemote handheld controller. As the base station is built into the rig the system is already wireless ready and will immediately work with the hand unit. It has a range of up to 1 mile line of sight This is ideal for users who would like to keep their camera in the Scout cage and then place it straight onto a gimbal.

The ultraCage Scout is available for $2,299 US.

This from Redrock:

Includes:
Scout cage
2x adjustable top arms (for cameras ranging from 91mm to 125mm tall)
2x integrated cold shoe mounts for accessory mounting
Ready for optional bottom rail clamp (sold separately)
Integrated remote basestation, wireless ready
Integrated fingerwheel controller
1x Redrock Torque motor including 19mm/15mm rod clamp
1x Torque motor cable
1x 4″ Rhino Shoe Clamp for motor mount
2x 18650 3400mAh protected Lithium Ion batteries for powering integrated microRemote
1x 2 cell charger

Total Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.13kg)

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Posted on June 30th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Brushless gimbals, Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, Canon Eos5DmkII, Follow Focus, Panasonic GH4, Rigs, Sony A7, Sony a7rII, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

The GimbalGunner 2.0 – A Hybrid gimbal and shoulder rig

By technical editor Matt Allard:

The GimbalGunner is a unique crossover gimbal and shoulder rig in one package. We have featured the GimbalGunner on Newsshooter quite a few times in the past and today the company released the GimbalGunner 2.0. First shown as a prototype way back in February 2014, a lot of development and improvemnt to the design has led to the final production version of this shoulder mount gimbal.

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The GimbalGunner has been designed to be a multi versatile shooting platform that allows the user to operate their camera on the shoulder with the added benefit of having up to 3 axis gimbal stabilisation. The unit can also be put onto a tripod, jib or any type of mount. The GimbalGunner is definitely aimed at the one man band operator who doesn’t have time to switch a camera from a tripod to a gimbal and back again.

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With a maximum load capacity of 5Kg it will suit a wide range of cameras ranging from a Canon 5D mark II, RED EPIC, Arri Alexa Mini, all the up to a Sony FS7. The GimbalGunner has a flexible modular system. You can use it with a one, two or three axis setup. With one or two axis, the GimbalGunner is setup as a shoulder mount. With two or three axis it can be used with a wireless remote system. The system weighs 4.4Kg.

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2.0 Version Improvements:
According to the company the GimbalGunner is completely balanced on the shoulder. They claim that it assures comfortable shooting like with an old style ENG camera. It fits most prostyle cameras and it is easy to adjust and balance.
The GimbalGunner has a flexible modular system. You can use it with a one, two or three axis setup. With one or two axis, the GimbalGunner is setup as a shoulder mount. With two or three axis it can be used with a wireless remote system.

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The GimbalGunner is designed by Dutch filmmaker Georges van Wensveen. According to the company, the device is made out of the best materials and with the latest techniques. Carbon and aluminium are used to make it as strong and light as possible. Moreover, brushless motors are applied, just as an AlexMos controller with firmware. The GimbalGunner can be disassembled into a small, easy to carry along, package.

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The GimbalGunner 2.0 looks to be an interesting device, but from watching the video at the top of the post the unit looks to very front heavy when placed on the shoulder. The operator using the Sony FS7 on the GimbalGunner 2.0 has his head tilted back at an awkward angle and all the weight is in front of his shoulder. Without seeing the device in person it is hard to say just how well it will perform in the real world. As with any product that has been designed to do more than one thing, there is always going to be compromises.

Technical specs:
– Carbon fiber, with aluminium camera frame.
– AlexMos brushless gimbal controller with the latest firmware upload
possibilities any time by onboard USB.
– Extra USB connection outside.
– Motors: two iPower Gimbal BL Motor GBM80187-120T.
– Total weight of the whole gimbal: 4,4 kg.
– Max. loading capacity: 5kg.

The GimbalGunner is made to order at a price of € 3.200,- excluding handlebars, shoulder pad, VAT and shipping. You can find out more on their Facebook page.

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Posted on June 26th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Brushless gimbals, Camera stabilsation systems, Camera support systems, Canon C100, Canon C100 mkII, Canon C300, Canon C300 mkII, Canon C500, Canon EOS 5D MkIII, Red, Sony FS7 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Zacuto Canon C100 mkII Helmet and new Gratical HD EVF firmware update

By technical editor Matt Allard:

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Zacuto have released a new set of rig parts that transform the Canon C100 mkII into a more practical shooting tool. The kit comprises a Canon C100 Mark II Helmet, 5” Z-rail with 15mm rod lock, and a double jawed Z-rail lock. The Helmet attaches to the top of the camera body via a screw on top and one on the side – replacing the film plane screw on the left side of the camera. The Helmet has many extra 1/4 20 mounting screw holes. The Z-rail screws to the top of the Helmet, providing a rod lock to mount the Axis Mini EVF bracket or other 15mm accessories. The double sided Z-Rail jaws allow you to attach the Canon top handle securely to the Z-Rail, giving a much sturdier connection to the camera than the top handle by itself. The mount also allows the user to slide the Canon top handle forward and backward to achieve perfect balance. The mount and the rod lock each use a mini Ratcheting Lever for quick release capability. This means that the handle can be quickly removed so the camera can be put away in a bag, or attached to a brushless gimbal etc.

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The Helmet is an interesting design and solves the problem of weight distribution, particularly if your using a big lens for handheld shooting. It allows you to easily position the top handle and C100 Mark II audio module either forward or backwards to better distribute the weight. For using longer telephoto lenses the handle can be moved towards the back of the camera to more evenly distribute the weight.

The C100 Mark II Helmet is available for $300 US and is also part of their popular Next Gen Recoil shoulder mounting kit.

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Zacuto have also released firmware version 2.0 for their Gratical HD. The new firmware adds the following features:

1. A new peaking feature has been added to the menu overlays->focus assist->reg peaking.
2. Activating red line peaking will no longer make the image lose sharpness.
3. Image flip will now stay active after a power cycle.
4. Fixed a bug where the image would appear to jump or change positions.
5. Fixed a bug where the image’s contrast or brightness appeared to change.
6. Changed the FS7 Slog3 to rec709 preset LUT.
7. Added compatibility for Nikon D800/D810 cameras.
8. Added compatibility for Wooden Camera C-Box Converter.
9. Fixed a bug that would not allow a user to create a custom DSLR scaling.
10. Decreased the audio meter latency.

Version 2.0 firmware still does not include the ability to have on screen audio meters working over SDI despite this being promised several firmware updates ago. This means if you want to monitor audio from your camera you will have to use an HDMI cable which is far from ideal. Hopefully Zacuto will fix this ASAP.

The Gratical HD firmware can be downloaded here.

Zacuto is an affiliate partner of Newsshooter.com

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Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Matthew Allard | Category: Camera support systems, Canon C100 mkII, EVF | Permalink | Comments (0)

Going all Mad Max: Redrockmicro launch Fury rig and Rhino mounts

By site editor Dan Chung:

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Redrockmicro have launched a range of handheld camera rigs whose origins lie on the set of blockbuster movie Mad Max Fury Road. The new Fury rigs are developments of the DSLR support systems that the company sent to South Africa for use on the movie.

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The setup consists of a pair of handgrips in a ‘V’style, carbon fibre rods and a low profile baseplate which is available for the Blackmagic Cinema camera, DSLRs and compact system cameras. A variation with one handle is also the Canon C series. For handheld action shots the setup should give a firm grip. The Fury rig starts at $299 US.

The Fury rig on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera

The Fury rig on a Blackmagic Cinema Camera

The Fury rig for Canon C100

The Fury rig for Canon C100

In addition Redrockmicro have also introduced a new rail mount designed to allow easy mounting of a focus motor to the top of your camera. The Rhino rail can be combined with the company’s Microremote system (or other manufacturer’s 15mm rod mounted motors) and the Fury Rig, the new Scout rig, drone or a brushless gimbal setup.

The Rhino rail with motor attached

The Rhino rail with motor attached

The Rhino rail is perfect for brushless gimbals

The Rhino rail is perfect for brushless gimbals

The way the Rhino rail clamps to a camera’s shoe is said to be very rigid, which is essential when using a motor. The Rhino rail weighs a mere 65g and is available with different length carbon fibre rods. The rail is currently available for an introductory price of $99.

The Rhino rail works in DSLRs, compact system cams and larger cameras.

The Rhino rail works in DSLRs, compact system cams and larger cameras.

For more details on all these products visit the Redrockmicro website.

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Posted on June 18th, 2015 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

Cinegear 2015: COOL-LUX Shift baseplate

By associate editor Elliot Smith, video by Adam Plowden:

The COOL-LUX Shift is a camera baseplate with a neat twist: at the flick of a button the very bottom of the plate flicks down, allowing you to go move from a tripod-based setup to a handheld rig quickly and easily.

It’s compatible with cameras from DSLRs all the way up to Sony F5s, features adjustable rod mounts and makes use of your existing tripod plate.

The Shift should be available at the end of June and COOL-LUX are currently offering 30% off the regular price of $650 US if you pre-order through their online store.

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Posted on June 7th, 2015 by Elliot Smith | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (2)

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