The SYRP Slingshot is a wirecam setup that adds dynamic motion and expansive length to time-lapses at an affordable cost. Have you ever wanted to capture longer motion timelapses where a slider track just isn’t long enough? Enter SYRP Slingshot, a wirecam package that can reach distances of up to 300 feet (100m) with up to 3-axis camera movement using the SYRP Genie and Genie Mini. The SYRP Genie works as the motion control device, moving the carriage along parallel wires of your desired length, whether that’s 25m or 100m. Inter-operable with your camera, the Genie moves the carriage with the time-lapse function to create smooth and unique perspectives that can’t be achieved without the need to spend lots of money. Some of the time-lapse shots in their demo video are incredible! SYRP have designed the Slingshot with simplicity of setup and control in mind, with two mounting brackets, straps, wires, carriage and Genie all fitting into a compact bag. The maximum payload of 8kg is enough for a weighty camera and lens combo. The example video shows a Canon DSLR and lens weighing around 4kg which should give you an idea. It seems that as the Genie controls the intervalometer for movement, a continual move along the wires might not be possible. However, for time-lapse photography, it certainly goes above and beyond what you can normally capture with a static shot or even short distance movement. The SYRP Slingshot is available in a number of packages, with the standard ‘Slingshot’ package consisting of – 1 Slingshot (25m Slingshot rope and 25m Genie rope). 1 Slingshot carry bag That kit comes in at $989.00, a very affordable package compared to, for example, the Kessler Second Shooter. Of course, you’ll need a SYRP Genie to actually move the carriage, so you can get a bundle with a Genie, the link cable and ball head for $1887. The Slingshot is available now! Are you looking to shoot expansive time-lapse scenes and need a setup like this? Let us know in the comments!Read more
9.solutions introduced a very interessing new product at this years NAB show: The so called C-Pan Camera Guide Arm or just C-Pan arm in short. What looks like a hybrid of a jib, a crane and a slider could change the way you work on set. The all in one C-Pan arm In the last hours of this years NAB we discovered the booth of 9.solution. They talked us through their latest product, namely the, well, C-Pan arm. Unfortunately there was no time left to shoot a video – it’s kind of tough to explain what this thing does, so make sure to watch this video by Rick Young of moviemachine.tv and be sure to also check out his site. With the aid of this arm you can move a camera mechanically in a variety of different ways, for example straight pan outward curve inward curve horizontally vertically All the above is possible at a sloped angle, too. Even forward or backward moves are possible. So you can push the camera through the window of a car for example. How it works The device makes sophisticated physics accessible to the filmmaking process in a very clever way. All you have to do is to set up you camera or the mounting of your camera to be precise depending on how you want to pull off your given shot and that’s it. The C-Pan arm will move accordingly. There are quite a lot of (tool less) screws all over the arm, for example you can adjust the parallax on different axis to achieve different kinds of camera moves. At the bottom there is a standard 3/8″ screw so mounting the C-Pan arm on to a tripod is a breeze. There are nearly endless uses for this device, have a look at this exerpt from their press release for example: If the arm moves in an outward shaped curve, then the camera will stay directed towards the centre of the curve and if the arms are set for a smaller radius curve, then the camera adjusts accordingly to stay pointed at the centre. Another way of using this arm is to mimick a slider, so the resulting move is a straight line. In that mode the arm functions as a traditional straight-track dolly slider, but without the tracks. Actually it feels more like a jib arm rather than a slider. Neat. With just a twist of a knob, you can switch the whole sytem from horizontal to vertical mode of operation (and every angle in between, actually). Every aspect of the C-Pan Arm is highly adjustable and it is designed for complete toolless operation which is a very nice feature to me! Since the whole unit is a purly mechanical system, you won’t need any batteries or powering solutions in order to operate it. Specifications and pricing The unit is about 33 inches (84cm) wide, 10 1/2 inches (27cm) tall and it weights about 24 pounds (11kg). When using in ‘slider mode’ it gives you about 63 inches (160cm) of movement. It can handle camera packages up to 15 1/2 pounds (about 7kg). The comany is already planning on a version which can handle even more payload. The retail price of the C-Pan arm is expected to be around 1,500 € and it comes with a bag and dumbbells which can be used to counter weigh vertical movements and/or to smoothen and stabilise horizontal moves. Check the 9.solutions website for more detailsRead more
While EROVR sounds like something NASA might send to Mars, it’s actually a very clever multipurpose cart that filmmakers may find very useful. EROVR is not necessarily aimed at the film industry, but it’s a nifty concept with countless potential duties on set that are immediately apparent. Introducing EROVR Currently running a campaign on indiegogo, EROVR USA has developed a “multi-functional personal carrier that transforms into 10 configurations to suit any task at hand.” According to the EROVR indiegogo page: Storage Mode Movers Dolly Half Cart with Handle Half Cart with Handle + Fence Panels Flat Cart No Handles Flat Cart One Handle Baggage Cart Wagon Hand Truck Hand Truck with Side Panels The EROVR cart can be ordered for $195 from the EROVR indiegogo page and there are various accessory packs as well. I can see this cart being incredibly useful for loading and unloading gear, and shifting from place to place on the grounds of large sprawling locations. I’ve been on countless shoots in and around large hotel and resort complexes where the one or two actual camera carts we had on hand could be found loaded up with all kinds of things other than just being used for camera prep. A few of these would have made a world of difference on many shoots, and when it comes to packing everything up, the cart collapses into a very tight package that can just about fit anywhere for transport and storage. Check out the indiegogo campaign page for the latest information and updates.Read more
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