Redrock Micro Launches Universal Bundles for DSLR cameras

New Concept in Support Rigs: One Bundle, Multiple Rigs

Hollywood, CA – Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, today announced the new Universal Bundles for video DSLR cameras such as the Canon 5D and 7D. Universal Bundles are a new concept for delivering DSLR support that enables customers to make one purchase and enjoy multiple rig configurations. The Redrock Universal Bundles address customers’ need for more flexibility when purchasing DSLR support equipment, and that the realities of production often require more than one camera support setup.

“Redrock Micro’s Universal Bundles address two key requests from our customers,” said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary of Redrock Micro. “First, customers want added flexibility in case aren’t 100% sure of the “right rig” for them at the time they purchase, and second they want flexibility to create new rigs as their production demands change. By delivering multiple rigs in a single bundle at an attractive price, Redrock Universal Bundles deliver.”

Redrock is shipping seven universal bundles: one for each of the popular product lines – nano, handheld, shouldermount, and studio – and two “master” bundles that build multiple rigs across product families. The Complete Universal Bundle enables customers to build every HDSLR rig Redrock currently offers. In addition to support for DSLR cameras, the Universal Bundles can be easily adapted for use with the latest video cameras such as the Panasonic AG-AF100, Canon XF300, and Sony PMW-F3. Pricing on Universal Bundle is often less than other solutions that give customers only a single rig. Like all Redrock products, the Universal Bundles carry a Lifetime Warranty.

“Our customers consistently tell us they love Redrock’s ‘mix-and-match’ approach that allows them to build any kind of rig they want,” said Chris Edwards, Cinematographer and Founder of Production Junction, a boutique New York rental house specializing in custom rigs for feature films. “Redrock’s Universal Bundles extend that idea into how customers buy, so they can purchase once and get the flexibility they want, often spending less than the price of a single higher priced rig from another company. Just as C-Stands and Sandbags are the constant companion of lighting equipment, so is Redrock for cameras…they will last an entire career. It’s the must have toolkit for cinematographers.”

Pricing and Availability
Redrock Universal Bundles are available immediately direct from Redrock Micro at redrockmicro.com/universal or through one of Redrock Micro’s worldwide authorized resellers. Pricing varies based on configuration and starts at $1,276.

Technicolor “CineStyle” released for EOS DSLRs

Canon and Technicolor have teamed up to produce “CineStyle”, a freely downloadable picture style for Canon EOS DSLR cameras.

The style uses the notion of a flat ‘digital negative’ as its basis and manages to extend the latitude of EOS cameras even closer towards what can be recorded with traditional film. Furthermore, the style is supported by an S-curve look-up table (LUT) for use with Final Cut Pro.

The image produced by the style is very thin, grey almost, which is the perfect starting point when colour correction (CC) is an integral part of your workflow.

If you’re unfamiliar with CC, or are happy to use images straight out of the camera, this is not the picture style for you but it’s a great picture style, when a digital negative is called for.

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.

RØDE EXTENDS MICON™ COMPATIBILITY

RØDE Microphones is happy to announce the release of three new MiCon™ connectors to add additional compatibility with its line of compact wearable microphones that include the RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 headset and the innovative RØDE PinMic™.

The MiCon-6 adaptor provides connectivity with selected AKG systems including the PT40, PT60, PT61, PT80, PT81, PT400, PT2000 and PT4000. The MiCon-7 adaptor provides connectivity with selected Lectrosonics systems including the SM, UMa and LMa Series, as well as the UM450. The MiCon-8 adaptor provides connectivty for the Sony UWP series of wireless transmitters.

Released in late 2010, the original five MiCon™ adaptors allow for connectivity with both 3.5mm stereo and XLR as well as selected wireless systems from manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser and Audio Technica. For a full list of compatibility and to find the right MiCon™ for your needs, simply visit www.rodemic.com/micon.

RØDE has also announced an additional PinMic™ with longer pins to allow for use with heavier clothing and fabric. Both PinMics offer a unique and innovative take on the traditional lapel microphone. While lapel microphones are the industry standard for close-miking presenters and talent, depending on the application their presence on a collar or lapel can be distracting or entirely undesirable. The PinMic™ features a detachable capsule head that mounts onto three pins on the microphone backplate, providing a discreet alternative that can be located almost anywhere on a wide range of clothing and fabrics.

The RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 (black/pink), PinMic™, entire suite of MiCon™ adaptors, cables are shipping now and will be available shortly from all authorised RØDE retailers.



RØDE VIDEOMIC Pro Review

For quite a while now, we’ve been using the original VideoMic and have sung its praises to whomever may be listening. It transformed the sound recording capabilities of our Canon DSLRs, turning them into well-rounded workhorses. So it was with open arms (and minds) that we welcomed the news that RØDE had released a ‘pro’ version.

A couple of weeks ago we were sent a VideoMic Pro (VMP) to demo and we’ve been putting it through its paces in some real-world scenarios which would test it to the extreme, curious to see how it compares with its older sibling, and it’s fair to say that we haven’t been disappointed!

The most obvious change from the original VideoMic is the change in scale. The VideoMic was a beast which sat upon an elasticised cradle of near-gothic proportions in order to provide necessary cushioning to limit noise created by camera movement. Add to this the stature of the shotgun and it was quite imposing (and sometimes difficult to manage in cramped situations).

The VMP addressed this head-on and is a fraction of the size whilst retaining all of the presence.

RØDE have managed to reduce the footprint, whilst incorporating a significant increase in the quality of the mic and its electronics. The overall reduction in size and the newly designed anti-shock cradle conspire to make the new unit somewhat less likely to take someone’s eye out.

Regarding its technical performance, the new mic is simply outstanding. Noise (which was almost non-existent in the VideoMic) is further reduced and the sound dynamics are, well they’re of broadcast quality. This step-up in quality can be heard in these clips below.

Interview recorded with original VideoMic

Similar interview, this time recorded on the VMP

The whole unit feels more robust, its features are more readily accessible and the new cable is a lot easier to live with than the original curly-lead since it fits more snugly around the camera en-route to the ext. microphone input.

Like its predecessor, the VMP sits on a ‘cold shoe’ flash mount for ease of attaching to a DSLR camera body. Drilled inside this fitting is a screw-thread so the VMP can be attached to a RØDE boompole for off-camera use, when you need to really fine-tine the sound control (we’ll try to review one of these in use at a later date).

A very welcome addition to this product offering comes when purchasers of the VMP register for RØDE’s 10 year extended warranty in the form of a free ‘Deadcat’ windjammer.

The only drawback we’ve noticed is that the elastics which make up the anti-shock cradle are somewhat more prone to dislodging when bringing the VMP out of the kit bag. This wasn’t an issue on the VideoMic and whilst it’s certainly no reason to mark the VMP’s review score down, it’s worth pointing out. After all, we had to find something negative to say!

Rating
Ease of use: 5/5
Build quality: 5/5
Functionality: 5/5
Sex appeal: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5

The original VideoMic is a good deal cheaper and is a fantastic mic for general use, therefore it may be more appealing to the ‘enthusiast’ market but if you’re serious about your sound quality, it’s well worth stepping-up to the VMP.

Overall rating:

5/5 – Highly recommended.



RØDE University lands on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

RØDE Microphones is extremely excited to announce the release of its RØDE University audio education course for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This free app includes all the video content from both the musical and broadcast syllabus from RØDE’s award winning website, rodeuniversity.com.

First launched in 2008, RØDE University guides viewers through the basics of recording audio via short, entertaining videos, followed by multiple choice questions to reinforce the key points of the lesson.

The instrument recording course covers various ways to record a typical band including vocals, drums, guitars and bass. Across the 28 video segments users will learn key audio fundamentals, as well as discover a range of ways to mic instruments and vocals, with the pros and cons of each technique explained and discussed. Filmed in the world renowned Studio 301 and featuring rock band “Hell City Glamours” this course will definitely rock your pocket!

Veteran sound designer and best-selling author Ric Viers takes the helm in the broadcast recording course, guiding viewers through a wide range of topics including location recording, ENG, voice-over and ADR, podcasting, DLSR on-camera miking, foley and sound effect recording.

After installing the app, users can browse the available courses and individual videos and download those that they are interested in to their Apple device. A one-touch trash function makes it easy to manage the videos stored on your iPhone and iPad.

Users also have the opportunity to share segments that they find particularly insightful or entertaining via Facebook, Twitter or email.

“The iPhone and iPad are perfect platforms for RØDE University.” commented Damien Wilson, Global Marketing Director for RØDE Microphones “From the very beginning we designed RØDE Uni to fit in with the lifestyle of our users by ensuring all the content was to-the-point and entertaining. Now the added convenience of being able to watch anywhere at any time, even without a data connection makes it really easy and simple to get your audio knowledge up-to-speed while on the train, waiting for a bus, or between classes”.

The RØDE University app is available as a free download now through the App Store, or can be downloaded by visiting www.rodeuniversity.com/iphone
Visit RØDE University online at www.rodeuniversity.com