Monthly Archives: April 2011

Detonate @ Stealth / Rescue Rooms, Nottingham.

Shot earlier in the year on Canon 550d and 600d, this is the final version of the promo video for the massive Detonate nights in Nottingham.
Was great fun to be amongst such a willing audience and nice to be shooting a corporate piece that didn’t involve conveyor belts or close ups of machinery in motion.

Hospitality @ Brixton O2 Academy

Last night my brother and I shot Hospital Records’ 15th anniversary party at the O2 Academy in Brixton and what a night it was!

Not only did they need a promo video covering what was the most important Drum & Bass night of the year but they wanted additional footage of the whole event for their archives. Since we were recording the archive footage, it was decided that a web stream of the event was also in order, which is where the fun began!

Having never streamed an event before, the logistics were a new playing field for us but we soldiered on barring a couple of hiccups we pulled it off. The main issue was a Firewire cable that refused to lock into the port and which therefore shuffled out of the slot at the slightest vibration, despite gaffer-taping it and the laptop to the table! Bearing in mind thus was a Drum & Bass event, with a sound system which pounded the bass deep into the bones, vibration was going to be an issue.

Further compromises were made when we discovered the limited bandwidth of the internet connection was to be shared with other users, so we had to drop the video quality right down to enable better audio (which was pulled straight out of the mixing deck into the camera’s XLR posts).

This aside, we managed to keep the stream up for about 95% of the night which was deemed a success given the circumstances but as with so many things in this business, the troubles proved to be a valuable learning experience.

Technical hiccups aside, the main filming went well and the new Canon 50mm f1.4 lens sung sweetly in the low light conditions. On focus pulls through a crowd some 4000 strong its depth separation is incredible.

Tweeted a couple of images yesterday @RollingShutter and will get the promo video posted here as soon as it’s approved for release.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need sleep!

Cinevate Debuts Simplis and Grip Sticks

New DSLR Rig is the ideal solution for filmmakers that need a customized, lightweight support rig.

Cinevate debuts their line of Simplis DSLR handheld rigs. The Simplis DSLR Rig is the ideal solution for any filmmaker needing a lightweight, “run and gun” support rig. Incorporating a revolutionary system that allows a filmmaker the unique ability to customize and scale their rig as desired, Simplis is ideal for any filmmaker seeking a versatile, modular and upgradeable DSLR Support System.

To complement the Simplis Rigs, Cinevate also launches its line of mounting accessories called Grip Sticks. Based on components of the new Simplis system, Grip Sticks allow users to mount standard accessories with ¼-20 threads such as on-camera monitors and external audio recorders in virtually any orientation imaginable.

Sturdy and simple, Grip Sticks are the perfect companion to the Simplis Quick Release plate with its multiple ¼-20 thread mount points. They will be available in four variations: Universal, 11”, 13” and 15” lengths.

Grip Sticks is a versatile accessory mounting solution for any camera or kit that supports a ¼-20 thread.

Starting at just $399, Simplis is one of the most affordable solutions for filmmakers of all levels.

These highly anticipated Simplis Rigs and Grip Sticks have been designed to complement Cinevate’s complete line of products including HDSLR packages, camera sliders, table dollies, viewfinders and more.

Video, pictures and more information on both the Atlas FLT and Grip Sticks are available at cinevate.com/atlasflt and cinevate.com/gripsticks .

Availability
Simplis DSLR Rigs and Grip Sticks are available for purchase at Cinevate.com

Redrock Micro Releases micro3D rig for Digital Video Cameras

3D may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s here to stay and you’d be foolish to ignore it.

Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, today announced the new Redrock Micro micro3D rig for professional stereoscopic 3D production. The micro3D delivers professional features and build quality at a price that makes 3D accessible to virtually anyone wanting to shoot 3D. The micro3D was recently awarded Best Support Rig of NAB 2011 by Videomaker magazine.

Recent advances in camera technology have dramatically reduced the price and size of video cameras that meet the requirements for professional quality 3D production. As an example, the Canon XF105 series digital video camera packs all the features needed into a compact powerful and inexpensive camera body. Despite these camera innovations, 3D support rigs have lagged behind, remaining heavy, cumbersome and expensive: that is until now. The new Redrock micro3D rig delivers professional features in new compact affordable solutions.

The micro3D rig is a state-of-the-art side-by-side (SxS) support rig for two-camera stereoscopic production. It is designed for today’s smaller format cameras and price-conscious stereographers looking to own high quality 3D gear. Like all Redrock equipment, the micro3D is built to the highest standards of professional quality and carries a lifetime warranty.

Key advantages of the Redrock micro3D rig include:

Full featured side-by-side (SxS) stereoscopic rig for digital video cameras
18″ rail for range of interaxial adjustments with locking knobs
Unique tool less 3-point xyz adjustment plates for precision camera alignment
Bottom mounting plate with ?” and 3/8″ taps for virtually any tripod mount
Innovative quick-release camera plates
Laser engraved markings for convergence, interaxial distance
Optional shroud designed for Canon XF105 series or similarly sized digital video camera
Support for a broad range of cameras including HDSLRs, Canon XF105, Canon XF305, Sony EX3, Red Epic, Red ONE
Rugged all-metal precision construction

Pricing and Availability
Redrock micro3D rigs are available for ordering immediately direct from Redrock Micro at http://store.redrockmicro.com and through one of Redrock Micro’s worldwide authorized resellers. Pricing is $895 for the 18″ rail version, and $995 for the 18″ rail version with shroud. micro3D rigs start shipping May 1st 2011.

About Redrock Micro

Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning depth-of-field adapters, support rigs, focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information is available at redrockmicro.com.

Canon announces latest update for EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro

Launching to coincide with the start of the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will make the importing of EOS Movie files even easier, allowing users to transfer files from any folder, without needing to mirror the folder structure on the camera itself. The update also enables smoother importing from Canon’s EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV models, allowing users to import footage without requiring the THM file generated by the camera.

Originally launched in February 2010, EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro is designed to quickly and seamlessly convert EOS Movie footage from Canon’s leading range of EOS DSLR cameras to Apple’s high-quality ProRes 422 codec. The plug-in allows users to convert footage at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion, creating a smoother workflow for the rapidly growing number of videographers shooting HD video content on DSLR cameras.

EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will be available to download for free from 25th April 2011.