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Earlier this year, Freefly Systems showed off a prototype of their MōVI Controller, a custom-built wireless remote that incorporates pan & tilt control, as well as lens control. Previously, if you wanted to use your MōVI in remote (or dual operator) mode, you would be using a controller designed originally for the RC aircraft world. While that solution offered you good camera control, Freefly sought to design a better system that included all of the features an operator would need access to, while also improving the camera control surface.

Made of carbon fiber, the new MōVI Controller includes a large pan & tilt knob, camera trigger, customization and user switches, along with FIZ (focus, iris, zoom) support. It also utilizes two-way communication with your MōVI, so you get live status information, as well as the ability to tune and configure your unit. 

In my video above, I walk through some of these unique features and discuss them in more detail. The MōVI Controller is now shipping, but it’s important to note that before you can use it you must first update to the latest MōVI firmware. If you’re interested in using the Controller or learning more about the MōVI system, don’t forget about the official MōVI Intensive Workshops!

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Our scene file blogs have always been some of our most popular posts, and our specialists get many questions regarding how to create matching scene files for different cameras. Last year I actually wrote an article for HDVideoPro called Making the Match, where I discussed step-by-step how I go about doing this. In that article, I used a Sony F3 and an FS700 as examples, but recently we received an interesting inquiry on how to match a Sony F55 with a Canon C500

While the process I outlined in my previous column works just fine in this situation, a more accurate solution needs to take into account one of the F55′s newest features: the ability to load in 3D Lookup Tables (LUTs) for viewing on set. Until now, 3D LUTs have mostly been used in post-production applications, but with this new function, they can now be used on set with no additional hardware. In fact, this feature is so popular it’s showing up in more and more cameras, such as the Arri AMIRA and Panasonic Varicam 35/HS

For more details on 3D LUT support and the the newly-released tools to make working with them even easier (such as Arri’s AMIRA Color Tool) – as well as how I finally got the F55 and the C500 to match – read my newest Help Desk article over at HDVideoPro. 

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SNS and NewTek recently announced the compatibility of their flagship products – the SNS EVO server and NewTek’s TriCaster and 3Play. With this combination, EVO expands the storage and workflow possibilities of the NewTek products.

Download the SNS & NewTek Solutions Brief here, or read the full article below.

…continue reading SNS & NewTek Announce A Powerful Workflow Solution

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Just this week, Arri released a new Software Update Packet (SUP) for the AMIRA. SUP 1.0.11 contains fixes for the main issues of AMIRA 1.0, and Arri strongly recommends that it be installed immediately on all AMIRA models (AMIRA, AMIRA Advanced, and AMIRA Premium).

To download SUP 1.0.11, visit Arri’s downloads section and complete a one-time registration. (ALEXA users who have previously registered do not need to do so again). The SUP can then be installed on the camera via a USB stick. You can read the full release notes for detailed instructions, but here is a quick rundown of how to install the update: 

…continue reading Arri’s New AMIRA SUP 1.0.11 & Updated Menu Simulator

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Having already proven itself as a powerful and reliable recorder, the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q will now be getting several improvements and functions via a new firmware update, including advanced playback options, camera specific LUT support, new format support for the Sony FS700 and F3, and new frame rate support in ProRes 422. There’s some big news for anyone who ordered an Odyssey 7 as well – units are now officially shipping

…continue reading Convergent Design: Odyssey7Q Updates & Odyssey7 Now Shipping

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Yesterday, Freefly Systems released the latest firmware (v3.08) for the MōVI family, which adds a few significant features and important bug fixes. The feature I’m looking forward to the most is the added support for the optional MōVI Controller, which can be used in lieu of the standard wireless controller, and lets users make tuning adjustments directly from the unit, no computer or tablet required. Additionally, the MōVI Controller includes support for Redrock Micro and Hocus Products follow focus systems, allowing one operator to control both focus and camera orientation (pan & tilt). For anyone that utilizes the dual-operator mode frequently, the upgraded joystick and built-in tuning adjustments will definitely simplify setup and operation.

…continue reading Freefly Systems’ Firmware v3.08 Adds Support for New MōVI Controller

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Back in January, Juliet wrote a fairly extensive post explaining the process of getting HFR recording working on your Sony F55 or F5. It’s a great feature that many people are excited about, but a common question that pops up is, “Why can’t I use LUTs when shooting in the HFR mode?” LUTs can definitely make your life easier when shooting in S-Log, so Alister Chapman has found an interesting workaround over on XDCam-User.

…continue reading Sony F5/F55 Tip: Using VF High Contrast Mode When Shooting HFR

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