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The Cameo VEObob is a breakout box specifically designed for the Phantom VEO camera. This breakout box attaches to the Cameo VEO Essential kit, and allows for a variety of power and connection options. For example, the VEObob provides hot-swap capability between dual power inputs (2 x XLR-4), giving priority to a power supply over a battery, and provides three accessory power outputs (2 Lemo-2, one Fischer-3 R/S). Most crucially, as the camera body does not have a 5-pin remote port for the VRI’s Bluetooth dongle or a PCU, the VEObob adds the remote port for full camera control.

In this blog, I take a closer look at how it is rigged to the body as well as the connectivity options. I also discuss its application on set, so watch the video above to learn more.

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This year’s Cine Gear Expo was definitely one of the most eventful ones. From new camera announcements to the latest in lighting technology and more, there was a little something for everyone to get excited about. In that vein, we’ve rounded up some of the most relevant coverage — both from our own specialists as well as our friends over at Newsshooter. Watch the video above, featuring Erik Naso (Newsshooter), Jem Schofield (theC47) and our own Jeff Lee for a great round up and discussion of Cine Gear 2017 highlights, then continue below for specific product videos.

…continue reading Cine Gear 2017 Roundup

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At the Miller booth, I spoke with Joseph White about Miller’s new Skyline 90 Fluid Head. A design collaboration with storied tripod manufacturer Ronford-Baker, the Skyline 90 is a high-capacity cine-style head on a flat Mitchell base capable of supporting up to 165 lbs for really substantial broadcast or cinema payloads. It features 15 settings for drag, a large, easy to access counterbalance dial, and a unique fore-aft trim knob on the underside of the top plate. To see the head in action and hear more details, check out the video above.

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In this video, Andy Munitz from Sony shows us the slot-loading version of their dual-channel wireless receiver, the URX-S03D Slot-In. The Slot-In version of the URX-S03D is designed to mount vertically inside a purpose-built slot at the rear of shoulder-mount cameras, such as Sony’s shoulder mount broadcast cameras or F5/F55 cameras with Sony’s ENG/EFP Build-Up Kit. As with the standalone version of the URX-P03D, which is also compatible with Sony’s Multi Interface shoe system, the Slot-In version can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters.

Additionally, these units feature true double tuner diversity for a total of four tuners, two per channel. DSP processing is on-board, as well as A/D and D/A converters (the last stage of D/A is bypassed when loaded into a camera so that a pure digital signal is sent to the camera’s memory card for recording). Check out the video for more details on Sony’s range of slot-load solutions and build options.

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I swung by the Bright Tangerine booth today to talk to Brian Goff and Robert Eagle about the company’s expansion into camera accessories and other new developments. First up is their modular power distribution box for ARRI’s ALEXA Mini which allows the camera battery to remain in place when changing out recording media. An additional module under development will allow for up to four SDI output terminals to be added to the camera and will have an internal low-capacity “puffer” battery with a run time of four minutes to allow for swapping batteries without having to turn off the camera. The main distribution unit also features a cleverly “reversible” P-tap/D-tap power output as well as 5v USB, multiple two-pin power outs and R/S.

Robert showed off the new Revolvr Atom, a compact single-sided follow focus unit capable of mounting to 15mm or 19mm rods. It features nearly 3″ of gear arm travel to accommodate a wider range of lenses. Also, the unit can be mounted on a NATO rail if the camera’s rigging makes it impractical to mount to rods. The Revolvr Atom will list for $1600 and will be available by the middle-to-end of June, 2017.

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In this video, Timm Stemann of Chrosziel joins me to talk about their latest products being shown at this year’s NAB. Timm shows us Chrosziel’s latest addition to their lens control system, a Focus Thumbwheel. This thumbwheel can be connected to Chrosziel’s own Magnum system, or any large number of third party systems with the appropriate adapter, and allows you to easily pull focus wirelessly without having to remove your hand from the camera’s grip or tripod pan arm. In addition to focus control, the Focus Thumbwheel also features a record button for triggering connected cameras.

We also looked at the latest addition to their lens control ecosystem, the new Magnum Mini. The Magnum Mini is a compact single channel motor driver. The Mini was designed with the intent of creating the smallest possible footprint on the camera system, perfect for gimbal and aerial applications. For the Magnum hand controller, they have designed a new pan/tilt style friction mount, similar to our own Cameo Swivel Mount, that allows monitors to be quickly adjusted without the need to struggle with sometimes pesky articulating arms.

Other updates to watch out for include a newly designed GH5 cage and support system, a lightweight shoulder support for the Canon C700, as well as a new, smaller articulating arm named the Rocky.

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I stopped by the Redrock Micro booth where I was joined by Brian Valente to check out their latest products.

This year, Redrock has focused heavily on their lens control offerings. The first product Brian shows us is their new SLS Motor. This motor is extremely compact, with 300% more torque and twice the resolution of their current Torque motors. Weighing in at just over 4oz (120g), this motor is perfect for gimbal and aerial applications where every ounce becomes crucial. The SLS motors are being offered in a few versions, one of which is configured with the MoVI Pro FIZ Molex connector built-in.

The SLS is not the only MoVI Pro accessory Redrock Micro has released. To accompany the motors, they have also created the Navigator command module. This is MoVI API compatible for full focus, iris and zoom support of motors attached directly to the MoVI Pro.

The Eclipse system, which was shown last year as a preview, is back in full release form. The system starts with the Atlas motor, which features the same torque and resolution improvements as the SLS motors, with the addition of a built-in MDR. The Navigator module seen on their MoVI Pro setup is back, again allowing for FIZ control, but this time paired with the Atlas motors. The third piece of the system is called the Halo Explorer. This is a LIDAR-based range finding accessory to be used for marking actors’ locations and pulling focus. It also allows for focus tracking using cine lenses, essentially an autofocus option for manual lenses.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Redrock Micro Updates

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