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The ARRI SMB-2 is an extremely flexible 4” x 5.65” studio mattebox. In this blog, I’ll take you through some of the key features of the product, giving an in-depth look at how to assemble and configure the mattebox. With the SMB-2, ARRI has designed a hugely customizable platform, easily convertible for a variety of shooting environments. Features like the option for anamorphic conversion, a tilt mechanism, and geared filter stages make this an excellent choice for any production. Be sure to check out the video above for the detailed breakdown of the ARRI SMB-2.

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ARRI’s line of Electronic Control Systems are popular accessories to use with many cameras, especially the ALEXA Mini. This is because ARRI’s wireless control unit, the WCU-4, not only controls motors attached directly to the Mini, but with the right license, the WCU-4 can also change settings on the camera. The WCU-4 works directly with the ALEXA Mini, as well as other ALEXA Plus cameras (ALEXA Plus, ALEXA XT Plus, and ALEXA SXT), or with their UMC-4 receiver, which means you can use it for a wide variety of scenarios.

In this video series, I will break down how to connect the WCU-4 with the Mini, and how to remote control the camera. Then in the second video, I give a demonstration of how to create lens mapping files to work with non-LDS or Cooke /i lenses. Check out the videos and let us know what you think in the comments section.

…continue reading At the Bench: ARRI WCU-4 Wireless Control Unit

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DP Logan Schneider stopped by our Cine Gear booth this year with a couple of new items that will be sure to please ACs.

First, we checked out his filter tray that holds a 138mm close-up filter. This tray was born out of Logan’s desire to get closer focus on a lens without having to tape the filter to the front of it. The tray takes up the same space as two filter stages, and boasts quick and easy installation.

Logan also showed us a bracket to hold the Preston MDR, which is the brains of the Preston Wireless Focus system. As cameras get smaller, having a place to secure the MDR can be a challenge; however, this bracket locates itself between the camera and the on-board battery. Taking the MDR on and off is as fast as taking a battery on and off, plus the added weight on the back also helps to balance the payload of the camera. The bracket is available for both the MDR2 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock) and MDR3 (Anton Bauer/V-Lock).

Watch the video above to see these new accessories in action!

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At Cine Gear 2016, I was able to stop by the DSC Labs booth and catch up with DP Art Adams, who recently designed their latest color chart. In this video, Art explains his inspiration and method for developing the new DSC Labs OneShot Color Chart. This color chart was specifically designed for digital cinematography to assist with color grading and ensure consistency. In addition to white, black, and middle grey, the OneShot chart incorporates flesh tones, as well as primary and secondary colors that match your vectorscope. DaVinci has also integrated the chart into Resolve’s Color Match feature, which can be utilized to automatically achieve a base grade between multiple cameras, angles, or shots.

Want to learn more about color grading and working with color in DaVinci Resolve? Check out our upcoming Color Training Workshops in all locations!

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I stopped by IDX’s Cine Gear booth to learn about at their new DUO-C batteries and D-Tap charger with Marketing Manager Zach Shannon.

The DUO-C series (C95 and C190) are compact, high-capacity batteries that come equipped with two built-in D-Taps and a single USB output to power other accessories. Their new D-Tap charger features a D-Tap Advance connector, meaning there is now a third pin for charging.

Watch my video above to get a closer look at these new products!

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This year at Cine Gear I got a chance to stop by the Imagine Products booth to take a look at what’s coming up in ShotPut Pro 6. ShotPut Pro is one of my favorite offloading programs, and Marketing Director Michelle Maddox was nice enough to walk me through some of the new features – including a simpler, more intuitive UI and the ability to pause an offload. ShotPut Pro 6 is currently in beta and is expected to be released this summer.

Watch my video above to learn more!

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Recently, I had the opportunity to check out the Bright Tangerine Revolvr follow focus. We sometimes think of these types of tools as pretty basic, despite being indispensable on set. However, the first thing that strikes you about the Revolvr is the attention to detail in its design. Bright Tangerine has not only incorporated new ideas in the design, but also in how their follow focus can be accessorized.

Since I live in Southern California, it can be easy to forget that the rest of the world has cold weather; fortunately, the Revolvr is quite easy to use while wearing gloves. To illustrate this point, I chose to wear set gloves for this entire video. In this blog, I’ll take you through some of the key features of the Revolvr, with attention to Bright Tangerine’s interesting interpretation of tools associated with the follow focus.

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