THE Charters pole is the brainchild of Hollywood cinematographer Rodney Charters ASC. It is a multi-purpose lightweight carbon fibre pole that can be used on any production. Intended to be used by anyone who needs that high angle shot that is impossible to get any other way. It can be used to support a lightweight brushless gimbal, small VR cameras, a small compact camera or GoPro for photography, small lights, flexible LED panels or a microphone.
It has a unique combination of price, construction and performance that separates it from all other poles on the market.
Unlike a regular audio boom pole it is designed to carry a range of objects and has a standard 1/4 20 thread on top. It is available in 2 sizes, the 6m Production pole (1m closed length) and the 4.35m Compact pole (0.8m closed length). The Compact pole is short enough to fit in most large suitcases for travel.
The carbon fibre used is strong, yet lightweight, and is lightly ribbed to provide a firmer grip. Optional accessories will allow the pole to be clamped or attached to objects for greater stability.
The Charter’s pole comes with a small ball head that can be used to mount accessories and compact cameras. Some cameras and gimbals will require specialised mounting and third party accessories for attachment.
The new feature of this pole now allows for adjustable thread length on the top point that you would fix your equipment to.The new feature allows for versatility in fixing 3/8” as well as ¼ 20 screw threads, and with different depths.Yes, you can alter the screw length to suit the product being supported!
Rodney is acclaimed for his work on ’24’, Dallas,Shameless and The Last Ship, he has also shot many documentaries and more recently a major motion picture with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman. An avid adopter of new technologies Rodney has already tested the pole on several big productions. He said “I designed this pole to be the most practical, yet affordable production pole on the market. Great for productions big and small. I’ve used it for video, lighting and photography. I’m sure users will find even more applications and I’m really excited to see how it’s used in the real World.
Like any pole, The Charter’s Pole must be used with due caution. Do not use the pole within 50m of overhead wires. Contact with electricity can result in serious injury and death.
Care must be taken to avoid other objects and persons who may be injured if coming into contact with the pole. Do not use the pole over persons, animals or property that is outside of your control. Do not use in any area where you where you do not have appropriate permissions or rights to use. Do not use in high winds or thunderstorms.
It is not a toy and serious injuries may occur if used incorrectly. The operator must exercise extreme caution to avoid injury to themselves either by collision or trip hazard.
This $550 accessory is offered in two versions, the Production Pole and the Compact Pole. Features include:
The long awaited Fresnel Mount for the Aputure COB 120 LED lights has started shipping. This new lens attachment makes this already useful LED flood light a much more controllable light source. Jem Schofield of theC47 takes a close look at the fresnel attachment.
The Aputure COB 120 LED light has been a hot property ever since it was launched in early 2016. The Tungsten balanced COB 120T version was the first model released follow recently by Daylight, COB 120D version.
COB 120 Features
Features CRI96+ and TLCI96+, excellent color reproduction. Integrates 324 powerful luminous chips, with Bowens Mount Reflector attached, provides firstname.lastname@example.orgM(1.64ft).
Ultra Silent Fan, Noise Low to 18dB. Dual Cooling Mode, One Key Switching. COB 120D has a remarkably intelligent temperature control system. The fans rotation will be varied based on the correspondent ambient temperature. Furthermore, the fans will go to the maximum of rotation when you press the Auto/Force mode. This complex fan system is convenient for both improving the dissipation efficiency and light lifespan in complex shooting environment.
Dual Power Supply via Power Adapter or V-Mount Battery(Not Included). 2.4G FSK wireless control within 100M, no blind angle.
Unique Light-Control Separation Design allows people to control illumination on the COB120’s controller box no matter where it is mounted and greatly reduces the traditionally top-heavy weight of mounted fixtures.
Featuring a Tough Aero-Aluminum body, the LS C120D is remarkably tough and durable. Portable and lightweight, weights similar to A Macbook Pro.
If you’re looking for more info about the Aputure COB 120 LED Lights, cinematographer Eric Naso has done a great review. Check it out.
For years, GoPro, the company that essentially invented the action cam, has dominated the market. Their latest release, the Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session are testaments to that dominance. But in recent years, GoPro has been suffering as a business. The long-awaited Karma drone which ultimately had to be recalled because of power instability and the November 2016 announcement of 200+ layoffs has me wondering just how long GoPro is going to continue it’s top dog status.
One contender is the $200 Xiaomi Yi 4K. It’s a feature rich alternative to the Hero 5 Black in many ways, but how well does it stack up in real world use. This video from AuthenTech puts the Xiaomi Yi up against the GoPro Hero 5 Black and the Hero 5 Session. Check it out and see if the Yi 4k is right for you.
Xiaomi Yi 4K Features:
Records 4K/30fps (60mbps),
12MP photos using a
155° wide-angle lens with F2.8 aperture
Built-in 2.19″ LCD touchscreen with 640 x 360 high resolution
Sony IMX377 Image Sensor
7 layers of glass lenses
Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS)
Rechargeable 1400mAh high capacity 4.4V lithium-ion battery
Records up to 120 minutes of 4K/30fps video with a single charge.
Built-in Bluetooth and high-speed 5GHz/2.4GHz Wi-Fi support for wireless remote control and the YI Action App for instant photo and video editing
Bart Johnson Productions’ YouTube Channel always has some great filmmaking tips and tricks. This one about affordable lavalier mic cases is one of my favorites. Super simple and effective. Check it out.
China’s Insta360 has announced its 8K professional virtual reality camera, the Insta360 Pro, to raise the bar for 360-degree VR films.
The company made the announcement at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas this week. The 8K-resolution Insta360 Pro camera is designed for shooting 360 films that can be displayed with virtual reality headsets.
The standalone camera can capture 3D images and videos and is also suitable for livestreaming. It is aimed at professional photo and video creators, as well as non-professionals who demand excellence from the camera they use to pursue their creative visions.
Insta360 Pro uses six independent high-definition lenses. It captures 60-megapixel 360-degree 3D stills and supports both HDR and RAW formats to bring out levels of detail and low-light performance unprecedented in a 360-degree camera of this size.
When recording 4K video, the camera supports up to 100 frames per second. In addition, the VR time-lapse mode adds a new dimension to videos, and the live preview function allows users to get the best angle before shooting.
Insta360 uses real-time image stitching technology and offers both H.264 and H.265 video compression, which substantially improves video quality at the same bit rate.