#Zacuto have updated their popular VCT #camera plates to make them easier to adjust, without having to dig into the unit with a screwdriver. Following customer feedback rear rod mounts are no longer screw-in and the gel shoulder pad is now one piece. The VCT Pro is going to be available in June for $725 US.
“#Kessler‘s new ‘medium format’ shuttle dolly is based on the company’s shuttle pod platform and is designed for heavier #camera packages. It’s also compatible with the company’s Second Shooter and Cinedrive motion control systems. The dolly will also run on Kessler’s screw-together speedrail, ideal if you’re travelling with the setup as it packs down easily. The kits start at around $1100 and all the components are available now.”
Now that NAB 2016 has officially kicked off, #Sony didn’t waste any time announcing the HDC-4800 UHFR Super-35mm #camera, which can capture #4K at an astonishing 480 fps. The HDC-4800, which is geared toward live sports and event production, has some truly exciting features, but probably the most impressive is the fact that it can shoot 4K at up to 480 fps.
by Nino Leitner (website) | 14th April 2016 The #Sony#FS7 is a very popular #camera which comes in a shoulder-mount shape and form, straight out of the box, which often isn’t the case with #cameras that didn’t get the third party rigging treatment.
However, the built-in shoulder pad and handle aren’t perfect. The shoulder pad can’t be moved much to adjust for different balance points depending on the type of #lens you use – a movable baseplate with built-in shoulder rig is required. Many manufacturers, including Shape, have come up with great solutions. My current baseplate of choice is the #Zacuto Recoil baseplate for the FS7.
The handle is another story – while the shape of the #grip is actually perfect for #larger hands like mine, the handle itself has always felt like something that was built before the design was perfected. The two big issues: a thumbscrew to attach the angle of the handle is cumbersome to operate while you have the camera on your shoulder, and having to use a screwdriver for the adjustment of the length of the handle is a downright usability nightmare.
Canadian camera accessory maker Shape discovered this problem early on (and yes, this product has already been on the market for a while, but I just found it too good not to cover!). They made a replacement part for the upper part of the handle that gives you a push-button adjustment of the handle angle plus a thumbscrew for the length adjustment. And just like that, it becomes something you don’t want to miss from your FS7 ever again.
The VariCam menu simulators very closely approximate the full range of operation of the #cameras‘ Remote Operation Panel, and represent an ideal approach for #camera operators who want a head-start on familiarizing themselves with the equipment, for students who want to prepare in advance of hands-on camera time, and for many others who would benefit from this virtual VariCam interface.
The program will display in 1920 by 1080 Full #HD, and is supported by browsers Internet Explorer 10.0 or later and Safari 8.0 or later (Mac OS only).