As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.
Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!
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I’m here with Brian Valente of Redrock Micro, who is here to show us their first-of-its-its kind Orbit Monitor Positioning System. The Orbit was designed for gimbal operators to help ensure that no matter the angle of your shot you will always have a clear view of your monitor, as it will constantly be facing you. The unit features a “follow me” sensor, which enables it to track the gimbal’s movement, and automatically adjusts the monitors position. Part of the EclipseNet system, the product line’s purpose is to make the life of a solo gimbal operator easier by simplifying tasks that might require a dedicated assistant, such as pulling focus. To see the Orbit in action, take a look at the video above.
Today I met with Adam Najberg at the DJI booth to check out their latest drones. First we looked at the Matrice 600, or the M600, their newest hexicopter with an integrated flight controller including GPS and an upgradeable DRTK module that gives you centimeter-accurate positioning. DJI always keeps safety in mind, so they’ve designed this newest drone to land itself safely even if three of the motors go out.
We also talked about the Ronin MX, a 3-axis gimbal stabilizer that features GPS, even when on the ground. Finally, we saw the Osmo Raw bundle, which includes the X5R camera (the same camera featured on the Inspire 1 Raw drone) and the Osmo controller. For more information, check out my video above.
In this Tech Talk, Alan Yates and Justin Brown from Freefly stopped by our booth to show off the new ALTA 8 UAV. The ALTA 8 octocopter is a ready-to-fly system, capable of carrying payloads of up to 20 pounds. The multi-rotor comes fully assembled and can be ready to shoot in under 5 minutes thanks to its innovative design. Quick release top and bottom trays allow you to mount a MōVI on either side of the system, allowing shots from any perspective. The system will ship with an inverted landing gear for top mounting on the drone, but an Aero landing gear (for bottom mount configuration) can be purchased as an accessory. At the heart of the ALTA 8 is Freefly’s industry-leading SYNAPSE Flight Controller, which provides intelligent flight control. The Freefly ALTA app utilizes the SYNAPSE Controller in order to help the operator set up, tune, and monitor critical flight information. The app is available for both iOS and Android. Watch the video above for more details.
Red Bull Media House is no stranger to epic footage. In one of their recent videos, Chain Reaction (which you can watch above), Director Nicholas Schrunk and his team had to find a way to capture multiple, specifically-timed stunts on a tight shooting schedule and in a remote location. Opting to shoot anamorphic added another layer of complexity, though it definitely paid off in the final footage. Nicholas was nice enough to answer some questions about what went on behind the scenes to make Chain Reaction happen. To see some footage from the shoot itself, make sure to check out the official Behind the Scenes video under the cut.
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One of the most exciting announcements out of this year’s IBC show was DJI’s reveal of their new Zenmuse X5 series. The Zenmuse X5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera upgrade built specifically for the Inspire 1 aerial platform. It has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, as well as capture 16MP still images. DJI also announced the X5R, which provides CinemaDNG raw recording capabilities. In the video above, I got a chance to talk with Kevin Gordon, DJI’s European Marketing Director, and learn about what makes the new Zenmuse X5 and X5R so unique.
ARRI & Freefly have created amazing videos demonstrating the pairing of their latest products. The ALEXA Mini is the perfect size and weight to fly on a MōVI gimbal, and to put in the air via their new ALTA aerial platform. The footage that came out of this combo is nothing short of incredible. No Film School has gathered all of the videos and behind the scenes content together on their website, so be sure to check it out: