Imagine if after all this time with shallow depth of field and static tripod we just wanted to get stuff in focus and move the camera…
If you’ve ever wanted to pull off just about any camera move with a tiny handheld rig, that just became reality. Potentially replacing the traditional steadicam at a stroke the tiny lightweight MōVI (easier to Google as “MoVI”) is a gyro stabilised platform with gimbal and hand grip. It appears to be so effective it allows you to execute a tracking shot without a track, a pan / tilt without a tripod and a dolly shot without a dolly!
There’s a lot to chew over in the latest GH3 specs. EOSHD takes a look point by point…
Richard Gale emailed me a few days ago to tell me about his cinema housing for the NEX 5N.
And here it is.
Richard tells EOSHD more about the housing after the break – how it improves the NEX 5N and how he intends to price it.
Colin Chapman ran the Lotus F1 team in the 1970’s. When his rivals had powerful turbo engines that kept blowing up Chapman preferred to stay with lighter Ford power units which were less powerful. When his rivals had the upper hand on grunt (think 4K vs 1080p), rather than spend more money on more horse power he made the car lighter. For Chapman this was the smart way to go racing. ‘Add lightness’, he told his engineers.
So they’d add lightness until the car was on the verge of being too fragile. And they won with it. Not just in terms of raw performance but reliability. This is my aim DSLR for rigging. Strip the weight and complexity down until it is as light as can be without being over the limit and compromised for raw performance or stability.
I haven’t seen very many documentaries, TV shows or news reportage shot with anamorphic lenses. Some of this work of course isn’t suited to a cinema aesthetic – but some projects would really benefit from it. I have assembled a quick to use anamorphic ENG rig for handheld footage.
JIN Finance, the lens adapter machinists in Shanghai, have recently started making DSLR video gear and the big surprise is how well designed it is and the standard of the materials. They are not high end but affordable and accessible for the many, and incredibly good value. Now shooters have been using the rig and follow focus and some have posted reviews.
The WOC guys and Jared Abrams are at Cine Gear 2011, and they snagged Steve Weiss of Zacuto. He’s rigged up the Panasonic GH2 in a Guerilla Filmmaking rig. Watch the video above. Looks great!