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!
…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016
I’m here with Sean Brown, the President of Motorized Precision, who is showing off their high-speed, cinematic robot, KIRA. While KIRA is not the only robot like this on the market, it is certainly one of the most advanced and one of the easiest to use. What sets this system apart from others is, despite being such a technologically advanced product, it can be programmed and controlled as simply as playing a video game – as Sean demonstrates in the video.
KIRA is currently capable of integrating with both RED and Phantom cameras for control, and the 3D PreVIZ system allows for import and export of data to animation software like Maya and C4D. The ten axes of control, including focus, iris, and zoom, allow complete creative control over your takes. Be sure to watch the video above to see KIRA in action.
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.
…continue reading Behind the Scenes: Red Bull Goes Anamorphic for “Chain Reaction”
Freefly Systems has released the beta version of its latest firmware update, nicknamed Akira. This firmware makes extensive updates to MōVI performance and functionality. Three major updates included in Akira are HiPER Stabilization, Timelapse Mode, and Target Mode.
HiPER Stabilization increases overall performance, particularly with longer focal length lenses. Timelapse mode sets up your camera to capture motion along coordinates you define with keyframes. These can be set by physically moving the camera on the MōVI to frame the sequence, or by using the app. The MōVI app itself has had a major overhaul; screens are easy to navigate and the functionality is intuitive.
Target Mode, which is still in development, will allow the MōVI to stay locked onto a subject regardless of where the MōVI travels in space. While still in beta, the Akira firmware certainly adds valuable updates to the MōVI’s functionality.
For more information on the Akira firmware and to download it, visit Freefly’s Software & Manuals page. Also, make sure to check out all the dates for our three-day MōVI Intensive, coming soon in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York!
At NAB 2015, I showed off the innovative Exhauss Exoskeleton support system at our booth. After spending more time with it, I decided to take a more in-depth look and answer some of the questions that I’ve been getting about the rig. Check out the first video above for step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the Exhauss system when you first take it out of the case.
In my second video below, I’ll show you how to adjust the tension on the arms correctly based on the weight of your gimbal and camera setup. I’ll also demonstrate how to get in and out of the Exoskeleton by yourself, as well as how to adjust it for proper fit and comfortable operation. I cover the two modes of operation; the “hands-free” mode where you secure the straps around the crossbar of your gimbal, and the more direct approach where you slip your hands through the straps and grip the gimbal normally. Both offer their advantages, but when you slip your hands through the straps you’re able to still perform handoffs or pass-throughs since the Exhauss is not directly attached to the gimbal.
…continue reading At the Bench: Assembling & Operating the Exhauss Exoskeleton
We have quite a few divers here at AbelCine, and we all admire the ease of operation and reliability of Gates Underwater Housings. At Cine Gear 2015, I had the opportunity to check out the upcoming ALEXA Mini housing with Pamela Mertz, Director of Sales for Gates. We had a chance to talk about some of its main features, including menu navigation, heat dissipation, and monitoring signals underwater and on land. The ALEXA Mini housing will be available this fall. Check out my video for more info.
If you want to learn even more about the setup and operation of Gates Underwater housings, make sure to check out our Underwater Cinema Gear workshop coming up in LA!
One of the biggest crowd pleasers at the AbelCine booth this year was the Freefly MIMIC, especially as attendees saw how intuitively it controlled camera framing. We previously covered the MIMIC at NAB, but when we received our beta kit, we were eager to set it up and have an in-depth look. The MIMIC ships with the sensor package mounted on MōVI crossbars, and includes a 5v USB battery and a MōVI Controller Receiver. If you already own the MōVI Controller, your existing receiver can be used with both your MōVI Controller as well as the MIMIC, although you’ll have to re-bind when you switch between the two.
…continue reading Cine Gear 2015: Camera Mobility with the Freefly MIMIC