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.
The BlackMagic URSA gets a new firmware upgrade allowing HD capture at 150fps (almost doubling the previous max of 80fps). The new firmware also hints about a new 4K sensor that will allow 120fps 4K RAW capture. (The URSA sensor is upgradeable). I recently tested 80fps on the URSA.
Supporting the weight of a gimbal has been done by in a variety of ways, but the latest trend is being coined as exoskeletons. There are a few already available, but Tilta – known for making exceptional camera rigs, has an exoskeleton Gimbal Support Vest called the Armorman. Two mechanical ISO Arms (similar to steadicams) are attached to the arms of the operator to carry heavy gimbal setups.
One unusual feature is a V-Lock battery plate attached to the rear of the vest. Possibly to run power to your camera setup while relocating that battery weight off the stabilizer.
Asking price is about $2500 US dollars. The vest has been shown around the web for some time, but this is the first time i’ve seen it available on eBay (click here).
DJI has just announced the new Phantom 3 Quadcopter this morning. Many of it’s features are similar to the more expensive Inspire1 including Lightbridge to stream and HD Feed from the 4K camera stabilized on a 3 axis gimbal. Visual Positioning sensors under the craft allow you to fly indoors without GPS. BTW, GPS has also been upgraded to track more satellites for more accurate positioning. The motors have been ugpraded for more power but still allowing up to 23 minutes of flight time.
A complete 4K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Professional edition quadcopter from DJI. In addition to video, the camera is capable shooting up to 12MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format. The three axes of the gimbal give you pan and tilt control, and keep the horizon line level even as the aircraft banks. Different gimbal settings allow the camera to lock onto a fixed subject, be moved manually using transmitter rotaries or the app, or to simply provide camera stabilization.
Already available for pre-order and for additional specs and information about the new DJI Phantom 3 Quadcopter with 4K Camera, visit the full product page via B&H (click here).
DJI Phantom 3 with 4K Camera + Gimbal + Lightbridge HD + Visual Positioning
Here’s a step by step balancing video I shot when the CAME-MINI Gimbal first arrived at the studio. The first camera I attempted to balance was the GH4 + 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens. Without tool-less adjustments and a super compact frame, balancing a camera for the ‘first time’ may take at least 10-15 minutes.
Now that i’ve had CAME-MINI Gimbal for more than a week, it’s pretty much everything I expected. Feels like great build quality, works very smooth, super portable, lightweight, and compact. But of course with such a compact gimbal, you’ll naturally run into limitations of what camera and lens you can actually use. Even though the front mounted frame can be removed to support a slightly taller camera, and a larger lens, this doesn’t mean this will be the ideal gimbal for that setup.
Now i’m sure there will be people attempting all types of heavy setups, and maybe you can prove me wrong, but my general recommendation is that if you have to use a lens adapter this is probably not going to be a good gimbal for you. If you’re working with a GH4 | A7s | BMPCC body with a lightweight native lens (that you don’t have to swap often), the CAME-MINI Gimbal makes for a great compact stabilizer.
Unlike the even smaller handheld systems, this is of course a 32 bit Dual IMU Sensor gimbal. So it’s got all of the latest and greatest firmware for stability and PID tuning. If you have to travel with a more compact size, the entire top handle can be removed from the lower frame, the top handle can be removed, and the side handles can be removed as well.
Lately, Canon’s been criticized for being behind the times and late to the 4K compact camera game. Today they’ve introduced the Canon XC10 which looks like someone threw a Canon C100 in the dryer and shrunk it. Looking at the video below, you get the feeling that it’s not really being pushed as a serious camera for professionals, and are sort of marketing this as a perfect ‘B-Roll’ camera Cinema EOS operators, or a gateway camera for DSLR stills shooters looking to get into 4K video.
At 4K the Canon CX10 can uses a completely new Canon Codec which they call XF-AVCS. This is an Intra Frame Compression, basically every frame has full video data and information. At 12 stops dynamic range and a high data rate, it’s seems like a darn good camera, but in typical Canon fashion, it’s limited by not having an interchangeable lens.
The 10x 8.9-89mm (27-270mm equivalent) F/2.8 – F/5.6 10x Zoom lens is fixed to the body. If you look at this as a true camcorder, a fixed lens is pretty standard. I think it would have been more revolutionary had they made this an ILC and threw in a basic kit lens for the starters.
Even though this may not be a a professional camera system, it does require CFAST cards to shoot full 4K resolution (not compact flash). It’s not very clear what CFAST rating is needed, but I can tell you this is a very expensive card. A basic 32GB Lexar CFAST card will run you about $180 dollars if you require 2.0 speeds. If all that is needed is 1.0, then the Atomos 128GB CFAST would be a better buy. Wouldn’t it be great if they could just ouput the 4K from the sensor? From
I was lucky to get a BlackMagic Design URSA 4K Camera loaner from the DVEStore.com, so I decided to take my son out to the park and test it out. The URSA is capable of 4K 80fps, but because 4K 80fps requires a lot of data storage and a very fast card, I had to shoot this video at the lowest possible quality setting in 1080p ProRes Proxy. I also shot the whole piece handheld and my forearms were so cramped afterwards. This is a beast of a camera.
Trying other compression settings just continued to have dropped frames, and the only thing that worked well for 80fps was ProRes Proxy in 1080p. I know this camera is far better than what I can currently get out of it so I’m hoping to get another card that will allow me to shoot at least at 4K Compressed RAW at 80fps.