NAB 2015, Dracast shows us a new line of Wireless HD Transmitters under the brand name Avinair. Some HD Video transmitters are limited to just HDMI, some just SDI. The Spitfire can stream from either HD-SDI (in and out ports) and HDMI, while offering placement for professional V-Mount batteries, and powered through a LEMO connector.
NAB2015 Dracast Booth Introduces new Brand Avinair Long Range Streaming HD Video
Equipped with its default antennas, the Spitfire is capable of transmitting up to 2000 feet. Optional high-gain antennas can provide even longer distances while providing an ultra low latency, real-time monitor capability. The Spitfire receiver is equipped with either a V-Mount or Gold Mount battery plate while the
If you’re working with a camera or device that required CFAST Cards, there’s a huge sale going on at Adorama, and the same cards I purchased are JUST $199. If you opt for the 128GB CFAST they’ve reduced that price by almost 50% OFF!.
That’s a very significant savings if you need to stock up right on Lexar CFAST cards that are capable of high speeds. Check out the sae
Less than a year ago FotoDiox introduced a line of flat edge lit LED lights called the FlapJack. Using an array of LED lights that sit only at the surrounding edges and pointing inwards toward the center, the result is an extremely soft and diffused light source without hot spots or multi-shadow issues. At NAB 2015 they showed a number of new sizes and shapes to expand this line of LED lights.
A new addition to the FlapJack LED Lights is the availability of Bi-Color. The new models will allow you to dial in from daylight to tungsten to match your ambient lighting. You can find some of the original Flapjack lights over on their website, and hopefully the new larger sizes and shapes will be available soon. More information about the FlapJack LED lights can be found at the FotoDiox website (click here).
Even if your camera does not require a super fast media card to capture the highest quality video, there’s another reason why you might want faster speeds. After shooting a full day with three camera angles, you end up with quite a bit of footage. Downloading and backing up each media card can end up being a painfully slow process. If you can relate, then my suggestion is to make sure you have at least a Fast USB 3.0 Card Reader and combine that with faster recording media.
The RodeLink Wireless Filmmakers Kit has been a highly anticipated product for those looking for an affordable wireless mic system. Today they’ve officially announced the units will be shipping to authorized dealers worldwide!
The RodeLink is consistently monitoring and hopping between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level at a range of up to 100 metres (over 100 yards). The RODELink is so intuitive that it works straight out of the box, with no channel selection necessary. For users with multiple RØDELink devices the system offers eight discrete channels that can be setup in seconds.
Power & Secure
Using a series II 2.4GHz encrypted digital transmission that is sent on two channels simultaneously, RODELink automatically selects the strongest signal and ensures your audio is as reliable and secure as a cabled connection.
The optional monitor mount may seem like a small addition, but if you’ve ever had to work with friction arms on a large monitor, their 15mm monitor mount is the way to go. The design allows you to both swivel and tilt the monitor using SHAPE’s patented push button technology.
The ATOMOS SHOGUN CAGE from SHAPE is CNC machined from aluminum. Designed to protect while offering up attachment options using the surrounding 3/8″ and 1/4″ taps. Includes black knobs for the HDMI lock, and can be mounted on and optional adjustable 15mm monitor bracket. Optional handles can also be added to the SHAPE Shogun Cage to be used as a director’s monitor.
In the world of video, Canon LP-E6 batteries have managed to become the standard across many accessories whether it be LED lighting, Monitors, EVFs, and more. At NAB 2015 we checked out the newest version of the IndiProTools Power Pods that takes these batteries to the next level.
To date there are still only a couple of single handed pistol grip styled 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizers designed to support cameras like the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s, or even Canon T4i. The first ever and possibly still most popular one available is the Nebula 4000 from Filmpower. Here’s a quick interview from the Camera Motion Research booth during our NAB 2015 coverage.
Although the Filmpower Nebula 4000 Gimbal can be found around the world, USA residents should visit Camera Motion Research. They may be the only USA reseller of the Nebula 4000 gimbal. You’ll benefit from their fast shipping, quality customer support, and domestic shipping if you ever have to deal with warranty issues. Even if you have just basic questions about the Nebula 4000, you can contact Camera Motion Research over at their website http://camotionllc.com (found here).
Our friends over at Glide Gear is launching a Giveaway. Today they are offering up a DEV Dolly System which is basically a heavy duty track dolly operating on a total of 12 roller bearing wheels! Prop it up over two tripods or stands and you have yourself a super smooth and uber quiet slider that can support camera packages up to 50 lbs of weight.
Giveway is available to USA Residents over 18 years of age (see official rules)
NAB 2015, Runplayback.com coverage begins with some brand new GoPro accessories from Polar Pro. The StrapMount, which is a quick release mount that attaches a GoPro to any strap or backpack; the ProGrip, which offers a waterproof housing for GoPro batteries that can mount with the Strap Mount; the NoShow Extension Pole, a selfie stick that has an adjustable-angle arm to show less pole and more action; and the soon to be released Power Vault, a GoPro gear case that has an embedded 5200mAH battery which provides power for up to six charges.
We just got back from NAB2105 and one of the hottest cameras on the floor was the Sony PXW-FS7 a.k.a FS7. It seemed every single booth had it on display along side of their products to showcase their gear at it’s best. This is certainly a camera that is making huge waves throughout the industry.
Prior to NAB, I borrowed a Sony FS7 from SatoStudios and teamed up with Keiko & Roland from GearAddix to test drive the amazing 180fps feature shooting entirely in SLOG-2. The video samples finally made it back from editing, and we’re quite pleased with the results. Enjoy this short piece.
The Sony PXW-FS7 rocks a Super 35 Sized CMOS Sensor with Sony E-Mount. Offers up UHD (4K) Up to 60 FPS, HD Up to 180 FPS. The FS7 can record to high quality XAVC-I Up to 600 Mb/s and holds Dual XQD Memory
The NAB Show in Las Vegas is where companies show off the latest and greatest products to hit shelves. As far as Drones go, the two top consumer priced quadcopters under $1400 dollars were the DJI Phantom 3 and the new 3DR Solo. I’m pretty sure many of you will be either upgrading or finally purchasing a quadcopter this year, so i’m interested to see what your comments are between these two top picks.
Let’s first take a look at some of the features that are found in the new 3DR Solo.
First off let’s talk about the GoPro HERO4 interface. Many love flying the DJI Quadcopters, but may not be fans of the built in cameras. Previously when it came to flying a GoPro camera, you didn’t have the ability to stream a Live HD Feed and control camera settings (start video, adjust exposure, change framerates and resolutions).
I ride electric skateboards and I ride them quite a bit. I use them whenever I find the opportunity when tracking shots or subjects. Combined with a hand held stabilizer, you can get smooth long fast dolly like motion. One problem with skateboards though is they can’t turn on a dime. Many Steadicam operators have used Segways, but they need to be modified for hands-free operation (so you can hold your camera equipment). But a big problem is that you can’t throw a Segway in the trunk of your car.
So here’s a fun new toy i’ve been riding around with for the last few weeks. It’s a self balancing two wheeled electric scooter-thing much like a Segway but totally hands-free. It’s actually very easy to learn and most people pick it up in just five minutes. Combined with a gimbal stabilizer, you’ve got a pretty smooth infinite track dolly
Now in a smaller, more handheld friendly form factor, the URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design can record cinematic images with its Super-35mm 4K, global-shutter sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range. The ergonomic body design is balanced and can be used for many different styles of filmmaking. The PL-mount is compatible with a plethora of popular lenses, opening up different aesthetic options. A rosette on the side of the camera accepts the included side handle which can control start/stop via a LANC connection.
To produce cinematic images, the URSA Mini can record uncompressed raw sensor data in the CinemaDNG format onto CFast 2.0 memory cards at up to 60 fps. The raw files preserve the full dynamic range and color tonality output from the sensor so you can have greater control over the look in post-production. However, data-heavy uncompressed raw files aren’t always easy to
The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is a miniature digital camera with a Super 16mm-sized sensor designed to be operated remotely and capture footage from virtually anywhere. It features the same image sensor found in Blackmagic’s Pocket Cinema Camera, which supports 1080p video and 13 stops of dynamic range but adds a global shutter that supports frame rates up to 30 fps. Frame rates up to 60 fps are possible using a rolling shutter. The camera is equipped with an active MFT mount that can accept native MFT lens or be adapted to a wide range of other modern and vintage lenses using optional third party adapters. Video is recorded to SDHC/SDXC memory cards using the 12-bit CinemaDNG RAW format or 10-bit Apple ProRes family of codecs. Read More…
The Atomos Shogun 4K HDMI Recorder is continuously becoming more and more popular with more cameras supporting clean HDMI signals. Instead of your camera recording to a compressed file to an SD or Compact Flash card, the feed is recorded in the Shogun to a variety of high quality formats. Aside from just being a recorder, the Atomos Shogun is an amazing full featured high resolution monitor with waveforms, peaking, zebras, and more. The fact that it can see a 4K signal also makes this ideal to monitor from such cameras that only output 4K where other monitors won’t work.
At almost $2,000 dollars, I think the Shogun’s ability as a 4K Recorder, Monitor, and Audio Preamp makes it worth every penny, but it might be worth spending a few bucks more for the PVGear KavalCage system to protect the Shogun during use.