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I’m joined by Franciso Toro from DJI, who is here to show us the brand new Ronin 2. This will be DJI’s new flagship model and just about every piece has been updated or adjusted from its previous version. Some of the new upgrades include a new dual battery system, allowing for hot swapping batteries so there is no need for down time changing out batteries. The new batteries are the same as those seen on the Inspire 2, so that one battery can power both a ground and aerial based stabilization system, meaning less dedicated chargers to bring with you.

The frame has been redesigned as a carbon fiber ring, which lets the operator easily set the Ronin 2 down without having to carry around a separate tuning stand. As a result of this new design maximum payload has also increased to a respectable 30lbs. What’s all that increase weight capacity good for if you still can’t balance your camera though? Well not to worry, telescoping arms allow for much larger cameras and zoom lenses than previously possible. A dedicated OLED display makes tuning and adjusting settings extremely quick and easy. Check it out in our video above.

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I stopped by the Steadicam booth to chat with Rey Reyes about their latest product updates. This year they’re showing off the finalized production version of the Steadimate, an adapter designed for connecting typically handheld gimbals to a traditional Steadicam vest and arm. The Steadimate removes the weight from the operators arms and allows them to focus on framing and executing the shot. This helps prevent physical exhaustion, which in turn helps prevent mental exhaustion, which is key to operating at peak performance.

We were also lucky enough to be joined by the inventor of the Steadicam himself, Garrett Brown, along with legendary operator Jerry Holway to talk about the new X-3 upgrade. The X-3 is a third arm section that allows for increased booming range, allowing the operator to get both lower to the ground and higher over their head than ever before. You’ll also see talented operator Lisa demonstrate the range enabled by the X-3.

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I met with Alan and Brian of Freefly Systems to discuss their new MoVI Pro as well as other recent product announcements. The new MoVI Pro features a number of improvements over the original MoVI family, including hot swappable batteries and an integrated stand to allow for all day shooting with minimal downtime. Additional updates include new, stronger motors, integrated RED camera control and a built-in LCD screen allowing for auto-tuning and further adjustments, without the need to connect to a computer or smartphone.

One of the new products Freefly has announced this year is the Pilot system, which is essentially a modular take on the MoVI Controller. The system is based around the MIMIC at its core, and allows users to configure in a variety of setups based on their specific needs. Modules are available for a single axis lens controller, as well as a handle module for complete control of focus, iris, zoom and MoVI settings. Dennis from Freefly demonstrates how customizable the system is by showing it used on a shoulder mounted rig.

Lastly, we check out the new MoVI XL, Freefly’s largest gimbal to date. Designed utilizing a lot of the same upgrades found on the MoVI Pro, this is the heavy duty version, allowing up to 50 lbs of total payload for working with heavier camera packages and longer lenses. The MoVI XL is extremely flexible with mounting options as well. Here, Alan shows it to us mounted on a Technocrane. Check out the video above for more information.

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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

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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.

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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”

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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!

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