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At NAB 2015, I showed off the innovative Exhauss Exoskeleton support system at our booth. After spending more time with it, I decided to take a more in-depth look and answer some of the questions that I’ve been getting about the rig. Check out the first video above for step-by-step instructions on how to assemble the Exhauss system when you first take it out of the case.

In my second video below, I’ll show you how to adjust the tension on the arms correctly based on the weight of your gimbal and camera setup. I’ll also demonstrate how to get in and out of the Exoskeleton by yourself, as well as how to adjust it for proper fit and comfortable operation. I cover the two modes of operation; the “hands-free” mode where you secure the straps around the crossbar of your gimbal, and the more direct approach where you slip your hands through the straps and grip the gimbal normally. Both offer their advantages, but when you slip your hands through the straps you’re able to still perform handoffs or pass-throughs since the Exhauss is not directly attached to the gimbal.

…continue reading At the Bench: Assembling & Operating the Exhauss Exoskeleton

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Here on our AbelCine blog we feature a variety of equipment for rigging our cameras. However, as our technical specialists come from diverse backgrounds, we all have our own preferences on what accessories improve and complement different cameras. In the video above, I show off some of the accessories that make up my favorite C100 Mark II rig. As I come from an ENG and run’n’gun shooting background, I focus on a style of rig that is lightweight but robust enough to work in a variety of situations. Some of the accessories I’ll touch upon include the Gratical HD viewfinder from Zacuto, as well my preferred audio and cabling solutions.

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Using Pomfort’s LiveGrade you can remotely color grade the VariCam 35. In my previous post, I explained how to set up the camera in preparation for the next step – working with the LiveGrade software. The software connects to the camera over a wired or wireless network and can work in a couple of different ways. You can set it to use the Default 3D LUT in-camera, which uses the V-709 LUT in the camera, and then applies basic CDL color correction. Or you can set LiveGrade to ‘Use 3D LUT from LiveGrade’ which allows you to both load a 3D LUT into the camera and adjust the CDL parameters. These two options give you a lot of versatility in how you work with your material in post production. In the video above I show how to set up LiveGrade and the Varicam 35 for remote color grading. Check it out and let us know what you think.

Make sure to watch Part 1 here: Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 1 – Camera Setup

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One of the great features of the Panasonic VariCam 35 is its built in color management. The camera can record in VariCam Log while applying look up tables (LUTs) to all outputs, including the viewfinder. The camera can load in both 3D LUTs for full color adjustment, as well as CDLs (Color Decision Lists) for basic Lift, Gamma, Gain and Saturation adjustments. While these LUTs and CDL files can be loaded in via an SD card, what really makes this camera unique is that it can also be live graded.

Using Pomfort’s LiveGrade software and a network connection (wireless or wired), the software can directly talk to the camera and adjust colors – no LUT box needed. This feature allows you to make color decisions on the fly, while still recording in high quality Log internally on the camera. All 3D LUTs and CDL adjustments are made live as metadata on each recording. Watch my video above to learn how to set up the camera to enable this function, and stay tuned for the second part on enabling LiveGrade.

Watch Part 2 here: Live Color Grading with the VariCam: Part 2 – Working with Pomfort

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Topics Lighting

The Sekonic SpectroMaster C-700 color temperature meter provides data to determine a light’s color temperature and compare it to other lighting instruments. In this blog, I present several lighting situations and how using different modes can determine a desired lighting setup. The C-700 is feature rich and can be used for numerous lighting tasks. I will also take a look at lighting under tungsten and LED source setups.

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Topics Arri, Lighting

I stopped by the ARRI booth at Cine Gear to speak with Mike Wagner, Senior Product Manager, about the new SkyPanel, a fully tunable LED soft light that compliments Arri’s L7-C fresnels. The user interface is easy to use with three simple knobs to adjust the intensity, color temperature and saturation. In addition to the on-board controls, these functions can also be adjusted remotely using DMX or LAN network connections. The SkyPanel was designed with versatility in mind – interchangeable diffuser panels are available now and additional accessories are planned for the future, including egg crates, honeycombs and barn doors. The SkyPanel comes in various sizes and will begin shipping late this Fall.

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We have quite a few divers here at AbelCine, and we all admire the ease of operation and reliability of Gates Underwater Housings. At Cine Gear 2015, I had the opportunity to check out the upcoming ALEXA Mini housing with Pamela Mertz, Director of Sales for Gates. We had a chance to talk about some of its main features, including menu navigation, heat dissipation, and monitoring signals underwater and on land. The ALEXA Mini housing will be available this fall. Check out my video for more info.

If you want to learn even more about the setup and operation of Gates Underwater housings, make sure to check out our Underwater Cinema Gear workshop coming up in LA!

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