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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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I’m here with Steven Manios from Cartoni to discuss their product offerings at this years NAB. Following last years release of the Lambda 25, Cartoni has improved on the system by adding a third axis of motion, a roll axis. This allows for a more refined level of control that operators have been begging for.

Cartoni is also releasing a new dutch head designed around this third axis for the Lambda, a product they are calling the Total Dutch, which can be adapted to any head capable of supporting its weight. Possibly the biggest feature of this head is its ability to provide 360-degree rotation around a nodal point, allowing for some truly nauseating rolls and Hitchcock-esque movements.

Anyone who has ever had to one-man-band a shoot has felt the struggle of adjusting tripod legs in a pinch. Cartoni’s new smart deployment sticks hope to alleviate these struggles, featuring a single level to unlock both stages of extension quickly and easily. The legs feature a mid-level spreader, which can cause just as many issues as adjusting multiple leg stages, so Cartoni redesigned the spreader to allow for the legs to just be collapsed without any need to unlock the spreader first. Trigger locks replace the typical knobs so extending and adjusting the spreader can be done with one hand if need be. The Smart Deployment sticks will be made available in both aluminum as well as carbon fiber, for a slight reduction in weight. Check out the video above to learn more.

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The OConnor 2560 can be thought of as the little brother to the 2575. However, with a payload weight of up to 83 lbs it is hardly a lightweight. The 2560 has a smaller profile than the 2575, but enjoys the same functionality. In this blog, I take you through all the key features of this head that make it infinitely adjustable. Whether using mounting platforms from OConnor or third-party configurations, the 2560 delivers exceptional camera movement every time.

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The Sachtler FSB 10 is the latest addition to their FSB line. This fluid head features a 100mm ball mount, allowing the head to be used on a wide variety of tripod options from Sachtler. Although the head is compact, it will handle camera payloads of eight to twenty-six pounds. Sachtler offers the FSB 10 model and the “T” model; the T stands for Touch & Go. This model is the traditional style of quick release plate that has been a part of Sachtler design for years. The FSB 10 incorporates a sideload plate, which acts as a sliding balance plate. This is a great option when changing lenses and having to recenter the camera to the head. Additionally, the head features an illuminated bubble level and ten counterbalance settings. Watch my video above to get a more detailed look at the FSB 10.

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In this video, Tilta North America CEO Yang Shao introduces the TiltaMAX line of high-end camera cages and powered accessories. Up first is their Advanced Cage for RED’s new WEAPON camera. This is a complete and very robust-looking solution providing a myriad of power and I/O options for the camera. Different pieces of the cage contain pin contacts that, when assembled, allow power to be routed through the cage itself, without cables, unifying power distribution via the main battery on the back of the camera. Many of the accessories receiving power from the cage, such as their wireless focus system, can be controlled via Tilta’s hand unit. Soon camera controls themselves, such as exposure, ISO and white balance, will be controllable remotely via their hand unit.

…continue reading NAB 2016: TiltaMAX Updates

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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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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.

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