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Earlier this year, Freefly Systems showed off a prototype of their MōVI Controller, a custom-built wireless remote that incorporates pan & tilt control, as well as lens control. Previously, if you wanted to use your MōVI in remote (or dual operator) mode, you would be using a controller designed originally for the RC aircraft world. While that solution offered you good camera control, Freefly sought to design a better system that included all of the features an operator would need access to, while also improving the camera control surface.

Made of carbon fiber, the new MōVI Controller includes a large pan & tilt knob, camera trigger, customization and user switches, along with FIZ (focus, iris, zoom) support. It also utilizes two-way communication with your MōVI, so you get live status information, as well as the ability to tune and configure your unit. 

In my video above, I walk through some of these unique features and discuss them in more detail. The MōVI Controller is now shipping, but it’s important to note that before you can use it you must first update to the latest MōVI firmware. If you’re interested in using the Controller or learning more about the MōVI system, don’t forget about the official MōVI Intensive Workshops!

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Topics Arri, Featured

Arri’s new AMIRA is designed specifically with documentary, run’n'gun type shooters in mind and this past May, the camera was put to the test by award-winning DP Buddy Squires, ASC. Buddy is best known for his work on theatrical documentaries and television specials including Salinger, The Central Park Five, Masterclass, The Civil War, The National Parks, The War, Jazz, Ethel, and New York. With this kind of experience, it seemed appropriate that Buddy should be one of the first DPs to put the camera through its paces. At this year’s Cine Gear Expo, and at our special AMIRA event back in May, Buddy elaborated on his experiences shooting with the new camera.  

…continue reading Buddy Squires’ First Impressions of the Arri AMIRA

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At Cine Gear 2014, Switronix showed the updated version of their popular Jetpack breakout box – the Jetpack X. The Jetpack X builds on the features of the original Jetpack, but adds a built-in battery backup capable of withstanding a 200w load for up to five minutes, even when batteries are not connected. It is also incredibly versatile, featuring three LEMO outputs (5V, 7V, 12V), a USB power connection, and two unregulated powertaps, along with a 2-pin Amp connector (located behind the included cheese plate) that can connect directly to ENG cameras. Watch my video above as Jose Flores from Switronix walks me through the features of the new Jetpack X. 

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At our pre-Cine Gear Zacuto demo in LA, product designers Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn debuted their new Control Grip and Z-Motor. It was the first time they had appeared outside of the lab, and at Cine Gear Expo, I visited the Zacuto booth to get an even more detailed walkthrough from Steve. The Control Grip allows you to easily control cameras with start/stop, five programmable buttons, and a full menu control joystick. With various custom cables, it can be used with cameras such as the Canon C-series, Sony F5/F55, Arri AMIRA/ALEXA, and RED Epic/Scarlet. When it is combined with the new Z-Motor, users can create a rocker-style servo lens similar to an ENG lens. Watch the video above for more information about the system, and other new accessories. 

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Howard Preston invented the original Light Ranger, an automatic laser focus system, back in the early ’90s and at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, his company, Preston Cinema Systems, debuted the Light Ranger 2. In manual mode, the Light Ranger 2 graphically divides your monitor into 16 different zones, which dynamically change to indicate when your subject is in focus. It also features a powerful autofocus mode, which allows the user to specify a custom target focus area. To see a demonstration of the Light Ranger 2 in action, watch my interview above with Howard at the Preston booth. For more information, make sure to check out the June 2014 Cine Gear issue of Film & Digital Times

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Topics Featured, Power

During our Abel Cine Gear Week event highlighting camera movement and wireless systems, Redrock Micro showed off their powerPack Universal mounted to a Freefly Systems MōVI. When I stopped by their booth at this year’s Cine Gear Expo, Loren Simons was nice enough to give me an even closer look at the whole setup and explain exactly what makes this little box so unique. 

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One of the most important features of the new Arri AMIRA is its ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Tables), which really allows you to modify the way the camera looks. The ALEXA allows for basic LUTs with ASC CDL adjustments, but the AMIRA goes a step beyond that to allow for full customization of the image. 

…continue reading Arri’s New AMIRA Color Tool

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