By technical editor Matt Allard:
Wooden Camera were showing their new Alexa MINI camera accessory kit, and also a prototype RED Weapon camera rig at IBC. They also had prototypes of some wooden handles on display. With a name like Wooden Camera it is pretty ironic that they seem to be the last company to start making wooden camera handles.
The wooden handles feature a ergonomic shape and Arri standard rosettes. There will be two versions available, a straight wooden handle and another option with an integrated start/stop trigger that is compatible with 3 pin Fischer or LANC cables. Wooden Camera hopes to have the handles available in around 2 months. The big news is they want to try and keep the price down to between $200-$250 US.
The RED WEAPON camera rig in an intelligent design. Wooden Camera have made a top plate that integrates with the pogo pin connecters on the side of the camera, as well as some nice lemo connecters that can rotated in increments of 45 degrees so you can customise the direction of your connecter. There is also a 3 pin Fischer connecter that is compatible with any Arri standard start/stop switch. Also on display was a cable-less battery module that bolts onto the back of the WEAPON that requires no tools to put on or take off.
The WEAPON camera rig accessories should be available in around eight weeks. The top plate can be pre ordered now for $599 US. The mechanical part of the quick back battery plate is $249 US and the power plate in either Gold mount or V-lock will retail for around $400 US.
The ARRI Alexa MINI Camera Accessory Kit (Advanced) is a professional camera support package designed for smaller Alexa camera. We first saw it in prototype form at NAB earlier this year, but it is now a final product.
It includes: Quick Cage (Alexa Mini + LW), a form fitting cage with quick release NATO rosettes and threaded holes for accessory attachment, a camera baseplate for holding two 15mm Rods (9”) at the correct lens height, NATO Handle Kit (Plus, 100mm), a quick release handle that attaches to the top plate, has a rotating top grip, multiple mounting points for accessories, integrated shoe mount, and a 15mm/19mm rod opening, Dovetail Clamp for mounting to an ARRI standard dovetail like the included Safety Dovetail (12”), Rod Clamp (15mm LW), a mount that holds a second set of 15mm Rods (6″), and the Battery Slide, an adjustable battery plate for attaching a V-Mount or Gold Mount plate to the camera which attaches via a second Rod Clamp (15mm LW).
Quick Cage (Alexa Mini + LW)
2x 15mm Rod (6″)
2x 15mm Rod (9″)
NATO Handle Kit (Plus, 100mm)
Safety Dovetail (12″)
2x Rod Clamp (15mm LW)