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The PCU2+ is the latest version of the PCU from AbelCine’s Cameo line of accessories. The unit can control two Phantom cameras at once, and also replaces the need to be tethered to a computer to control the functions of the camera.

The PCU2+ is made with an aluminum enclosure. The power supply is also a charger, which charges the internal battery for up to 30 hours. Additionally, when cabled to a Phantom camera, the battery is also charged. These are all new improvements in this model.

In this blog, I take you through a demonstration of some of the capabilities of the PCU2+. I also give you a behind the scenes look at a shot we did with two Phantom VEO cameras, both controlled with the PCU2+.

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The Cameo VEObob is a breakout box specifically designed for the Phantom VEO camera. This breakout box attaches to the Cameo VEO Essential kit, and allows for a variety of power and connection options. For example, the VEObob provides hot-swap capability between dual power inputs (2 x XLR-4), giving priority to a power supply over a battery, and provides three accessory power outputs (2 Lemo-2, one Fischer-3 R/S). Most crucially, as the camera body does not have a 5-pin remote port for the VRI’s Bluetooth dongle or a PCU, the VEObob adds the remote port for full camera control.

In this blog, I take a closer look at how it is rigged to the body as well as the connectivity options. I also discuss its application on set, so watch the video above to learn more.

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This year’s Cine Gear Expo was definitely one of the most eventful ones. From new camera announcements to the latest in lighting technology and more, there was a little something for everyone to get excited about. In that vein, we’ve rounded up some of the most relevant coverage — both from our own specialists as well as our friends over at Newsshooter. Watch the video above, featuring Erik Naso (Newsshooter), Jem Schofield (theC47) and our own Jeff Lee for a great round up and discussion of Cine Gear 2017 highlights, then continue below for specific product videos.

…continue reading Cine Gear 2017 Roundup

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We’re proud to show off our Cameo VESA mount, part of the Cameo line of digital camera accessories manufactured by AbelCine. This flexible and well-thought-out system was designed by AbelCine’s own Jesse Rosen, Director of Technical Development, and his team. The Cameo VESA Mount is a production monitor support with 230º of tilt and a full 360º of rotation, enabling monitoring for vertical shooting as well as the odd shot where a camera is upside down (such as when inverted on a MoVI or other specialty rig). The Cameo VESA Mount also allows mounting of wireless video receivers and pro “brick” batteries to create a self-contained, fully wireless and mobile monitoring solution. In this video, I built the VESA mount and its related accessories on a production monitor.

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The C300 Mark II‘s dual-pixel technology provides reliable and predictable autofocus. We now have the ability to dedicate autofocus to skin tones only, subjects coming in and out of frame, or multiple subjects in the same frame. The C300 Mark II also gives users lots of options for autofocus. As of firmware version v 1.4.4.1.00, we now have autofocus with the Canon 17-120 servo zoom. A free firmware update for the 17-120 lens is required to use autofocus with the C300 Mark II. This update can be done at a Canon service center or at AbelCine’s New York or Burbank locations.

…continue reading At the Bench: Autofocus Updates for Canon C300 Mark II & 17-120

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The Phantom VEO from Vision Research brings many of the features and tools from their Flex cameras into a compact and rugged form factor. Using the same 2.5K global sensor as the Flex and Miro, the VEO 640S is capable of recording up to 1400 frames at full resolution (2560×1600) or over 2800 frames at HD resolution. The VEO uses readily-available CFast2.0 media and includes a bevy of integrated control IO ports, while the body maintains a small footprint at 5″x5″x5″.

…continue reading At the Bench: Introducing the Phantom VEO

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topblogs2016

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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