The Sachtler Video 20 & Video 18 tripod systems have been the work horses of our industry for years. In my latest video, I will take you step-by-step through the components and technology that comprise these systems. Since both can be custom-tailored to your style of shooting, I will discuss multiple combinations of sticks and spreaders. I will also go over how to build your camera to get the most out of your tripod system. With so many features and a wide weight capacity range, it is fair to say that these could be the go-to tripods for all your camera systems from 4 to 55 pounds.
When working in a multi-mic scenario, something with the flexibility of the Sound Devices 633 – an audio mixer and recorder that can handle up to six audio inputs – is key to your success.
Traditional camcorders offer two isolated channels of audio input. While this may work fine for two mics, the task gets tougher when three or more mics are in the mix. Typically, a field mixer takes the three mic inputs and sends a mix down of the three channels over two XLRs into the camera. In this set up, levels have been predetermined and sent on to the camera media, but what do you do if one of those mic inputs is compromised?
…continue reading At the Bench: Multi-Mic Recording with the Sound Devices 633
This year at CCW, Switronix highlighted the new HyperCore Gold batteries at their booth, and I was able to stop by and get a closer look. Product Specialist Jose Flores was nice enough to give me a walkthrough of the batteries, which are specifically designed to handle high power draws; they are also compatible with both Switronix and Anton Bauer chargers. Plus, Jose gave me some more details on the Jetpack-X, which Ian previewed back at Cine Gear, so watch my video above to learn more.
If you stopped by our CCW booth earlier this month, you’ll remember that we featured a Phantom Photo Booth as part of our display. Of course, when shooting high-speed footage, one of the most important considerations is having enough light – and that’s where the new Litepanels Astra comes in. Building on the original 1×1, the Astra is a bi-color panel with dual rows of LEDs that can be tuned to daylight or tungsten. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the features of the Astra, and check out this interview with Litepanels’ Pat Grosswendt to learn even more about the technology behind it.
Last month we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a company with a party at our LA location. Over 400 people attended the event, which included raffles, a silent auction, a Phantom Photo Booth, lunch and a bar, as well as a number of panel discussions on different topics, from technology to craft.
For those who weren’t able to attend (or for those who’d like to revisit one of their favorites), we recorded some of the panels and made them available to watch below.
…continue reading Discussions of Technology and Craft at AbelCine’s 25 Year Event in LA
Wooden Camera has always been known for innovative accessory ideas. In this video, Ryan from Wooden Camera shows off their new Director’s Monitor Cage, which is a height-adjustable, lightweight system that can accommodate a wide range of monitors, including popular ones from TVLogic, Convergent Design, and SmallHD. The Director’s Monitor Cage also has mounting options for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate, as well as mounting for wireless video. It can be worn on a lanyard and quick-released on and off of a C-stand.
Ryan also showed off their Recorder Slide, which accommodates external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun, Convergent Design Odyssey7/7Q, Codex, Blackmagic HyperDeck, and Ki Pro Quad. The Recorder Slide articulates in two places, allowing the operator to configure it in many different positions, and has mounting for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate as well. Watch my video above to learn more about these versatile new accessories.
Zeiss announced last week that they would be showing off a prototype of their servo unit for compact zooms at IBC this year and during the show I was able to stop by their booth and take a look. Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager at Zeiss, was nice enough to take a few moments and give me more information about the unit.
As mentioned previously, the servo is designed specifically for Zeiss’ line of Compact Zoom lenses; an installation plate can be attached to each lens, allowing the user to easily move the servo between lenses as needed. Watch the video above as Helmut explains some of the specifics behind how the finished servo will work.