Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Here’s something we have saved for the holidays – a 50 minute discussion between the three “underdogs” – and relative newcomers – of the camera industry: Blackmagic Design, Apertus Open Source Cinema and Kinefinity. Those are three very different manufacturers who got into the business for very different reasons, but they have one thing in common: They haven’t done this for a long time, are thinking outside the box and still make a lot of mistakes. And they all produce cameras that are capable of shooting really high-quality RAW or ProRes images that strive to challenge the “establishment”: Sony, Arri, Canon. (I wouldn’t add RED to that list because they were truly the first ones to bring prices of the competition down by introducing the RED ONE back in the day …). Enjoy this very engaging conversation with Tim Siddons from Blackmagic Design, Sebastian Pichelhofer from Apertus and Michel Juknat for Kinefinity. I particularly enjoyed Sebastian Pichelhofer challenging Tim Siddons for some of Blackmagic’s choices when designing and developing cameras. Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to B&H, Røde Microphones & FilmConvert.Read more
Our friends from the Apertus Axiom Open Source Camera have reached their crowd funding goal of €100,000 three days before the Indiegogo campaign is over – an impressive achievement.Read more
Apertus° just launched their crowd funding campaign to raise €100,000 for the next phase of their Axiom Beta camera development. Since going live on indiegogo this morning, they have already raised €6,710 within the first few hours and 29 days remaining. When viewing their promotional youtube video on the indiegogo frontpage, you’ll want to skip to 2:45 to avoid the painful newscaster mockumentary and watch the industrial portion about the actual camera. Scratch that. You’ll probably prefer watching the sample video of their sample footage. Apertus° will be at IBC in Amsterdam and we will be taking a closer look.Read more
First prototype hardware of the Apertus Axiom, including a lens mount The open-source camera project Apertus, which has announced its module-based Axiom camera concept recently (read our post here), has its very first prototype ready and – in best open-source spirit – shares the prototype’s first images with the world in a very “raw” stage.Read more
Apertus just announced that they have brought their open-source cinema camera concept to the next stage, planning to release a completely modular concept for their open source camera Axiom. The concept is very interesting: it reminds of what RED had planned years ago, and what they only realized to a very small degree: a completely modular design that allows you to use only the pieces of camera that you actually need. The basic front end is simply the sensor in a housing with an interface, basically – each other functionality, be it XLR audio recording, RAW processing and recording, battery mounts, etc., can be added optionally based on your needs. Don’t forget they want to keep this an open source project – which means that every manufacturer will be able to add their own modules without having to pay any licensing fees.Read more
The image on the left depicts the prototype of the ongoing project named “AXIOM”, a camera by people who are passionate about creating a strong competitor in the quickly growing 35mm digital cinema camera market. We reported about the AXIOM camera in July when the project was first made official which they had started work on in 2006. They are now in the next phase of their project with a soon to be finished prototype which is exciting news. Apertus personally stopped by at our office and discussed their project with us in detail. I can tell you that these are very dedicated people and they seem to have all the parts together to create an exciting camera.Read more
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