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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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Today I swung by the Miller booth, where Miller engineer Michael Abelev walked me through the features of their new ArrowX series of tripod heads. Solving one of the age-old issues with fluid heads’ counterbalance, the Miller ArrowX series adds an extra half-step of counterbalance, accessible from the front of the tripod head – great for when you need just a “little bit more” (or less) to perfectly balance a camera rig. All other controls are conveniently placed on the rear of the tripod head and are back-lit. All three standard settings (pan, tilt and drag) can be matched numerically, creating what is known as “diagonal shift,” where the same amount of effort is needed to move the camera in any axis. This leads to smoother operating.

Along with Miller’s trademark consistency and repeatability, the ArrowX series is also more robust, with a beefier build and confidence-inspiring payload ratings. The ArrowX 3 can accommodate 41 lbs, the ArrowX 5 can accommodate 46 lbs, and the ArrowX 7 handles 55 lbs. Additionally, the tripod’s plates now travel a full 120mm front-to-rear, and spare screws are conveniently — and visibly — stored on the side of the saddle for easy access. The clamp stud can be easily removed, as well as mounted to a flat base, such as for sliders, or adapted with a Mitchel Base. Check out my video above to see the new heads in action.

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Recently Freefly announced a major update, nicknamed Akira, to the software controlling the MōVI. A host of improvements are included; below is a full list of the updates:

  • High Performance Stabilization (HiPer) — Freefly has increased the control loop 2X. This means that long lens shots are possible and overall stabilization should be improved 30-50%. Additionally, there will be advanced tuning configurations.
  • Timelapse Mode — The new software will permit pre-programmed motion maths for time-lapse sequences. These can be set using the MōVI Controller or configuration software.
  • Target Mode — If you have a strong GPS signal, the MōVI can be set to lock the camera on a GPS position. The mode will also dynamically follow a Mimic transmitter as the camera’s target.
  • Fixes & Enhancements — This update features improved communication protocol as well as improved Mimic support.
  • Updates to iOS and Android — The beta apps have been updated to match the look, feel, and functionality of the Alta app. All apps can be downloaded from Freefly’s Software & Downloads page.

The public beta will be available as a free download on Freefly’s website starting February 8.

To see the new firmware in action, watch the video below:

 

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