By: Sebastian Wöber One of the most intriguing booths I’ve seen at NAB so far was the Garcia brother’s corner. They’ve become famous in hdslr world with a company they call “JAG35” and while they’ve started out with affordable and not so good quality products, they’ve managed to make affordable and amazingly awesome products by now. I’ve talked to Misa a lot and I’ve tried all their new stuff. Their philosophy: They constantly improve their products based on user feedback and get out new versions very quickly to serve great quality and usability at an affordable price. I’ve never seen an LCS (lens control system) that’s so affordable and I’ve never guessed I’d ever see one that works so well at this price. You get the whole thing (complete version with two motors) for $900, it’s crazy. The one downside I can see, or should I say “hear” is the noise the motors produce. You’ll be able to catch it in the video (keep in mind: some parts of the video have closeup shots that have no sound in them, please forgive the crappy editing on that part). It’s a noise that has a rather small frequency throw, so it will probably be easy to cancel it out in post, but this will still be a downer for some people. Never the less, I’m already sold and I’m sure they’ll produce an encased version of the product in the future to kill the noise further. Get their stuff on the Jag35 website.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber I don’t think he’s a lawyer but Len Musmeci from Canon left me witout answers in a very professional way. In a naive attempt to find out about our future which still seems to be in Canon’s hands I approached Len. Too bad I’m not a palm reader, because all I found out was nothing. Canon is very secretive about their future products and strategy. He kept referring to what we tend to call “the hairdryer” as having presented a concept for future products, but he wouldn’t comment on whether they’d listen to the user’s needs in terms of hdslr cameras at all. I guess we’ll have to take what’s coming down the strategy road.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber I went over to the RED booth today which is a 200 meter (figure that out in feet yourself plz) walk from all the rest of the video gear stuff. I ran into Ted Schilowitz and I think he liked my nerdcam setup since he knew what he had in his hands was a far superior camera to any other compact shooter out there right now. You also might or might not have noticed the remark on Arri’s relatively new Alexa camera, referred to as “the rest of the world”. Yes, it’s true, the Alexa is only HD because the developers thought it would suffice back when they started creating it. The Alexa was developed in my home town by the way, in Vienna Austria, so he got me there again. No hard feelings though cause he’s got a good point saying his camera is more of a movie camera, I’d also rather reboot that Epic than rec.709 the Alexa I must admit. Ted also talked about the Epic-S camera which will be what the Scarlet once was on paper. It will have interchangeable lenses and a bigger sensor than the Scarlet. No price on the Epic-S, and I’m pretty sure that means we’ll have to wait “a bit” more. Scarlet will be around $6k, but only have a 2/3 inch sensor. I’m sure this will be THE killer documentary camera though and we’ll hear a lot about this one on cinema5D.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber Finally! They’re here! Highspeed cameras for the low budget filmmaker are appearing. This one is really unique and most people pass their booth without noticing what this camera can actually do for you. Up until now, if you wanted a highspeed camera u could either spend 100k or you could rent one but had to get a technician with it, which is very expensive. I’ve looked for an affordable highspeed solution for a long time but 300 frames at resolutions like 512×384 pixels is one of the best numbers you will find. Finally here’s a camera that can give us 720p and 850fps (!!!) highspeed recording. Chip is one inch, which is about the size of a 35mm film chip. No technician needed. The camera is available now. UPDATE April 13th: Some of you posted that you had issues with my use of the term “affordable”. Well, you’re right that most of us (including myself!) can’t afford to buy a $16k camera. What I really meant was that renting a camera like this coulb be about $90 a day, which in my terms of filmmaking is highly affordable to get those 2 days of slomo shots for your feature, as opposed to the $1,5-2k a day for the phantom. www.megaspeedUSA.comRead more
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