by Fabian Chaundy | 4th April 2017
The CAME-TV V-Mount battery plate that’s just been announced has been designed to enhance their Prodigy and Argos line of two-handed gimbals. The CAME-TV Prodigy and Argos gimbals are 2 of the company’s many gimbal stabiliser systems, which very closely resemble the Ronin and Ronin-M respectively. They are both powered using rechargeable 18650 batteries that fit into the Ronin-esque 2-screw battery caddy. However, their newly announced battery plate could be prove to be a practical upgrade. The new CAME-TV V-Mount battery plate hooks onto the main column/pan axis of the stabiliser just like the original batteries, but offers the longer battery power of V-Mount style batteries for longer uninterrupted shooting sessions. The CAME-TV V-Mount adapter can replace the original battery caddy. Beyond the extended battery life, the main advantage of powering the gimbal with a high-capacity V-Mount battery is that you can use the D-Tap to also power the camera itself with the use of the appropriate adapter. This would also make the camera itself lighter, which could be an advantage when balancing the system. On the flip side, though, camera batteries can prove useful for counteracting the front weight of a heavy lens, so it really depends on your setup. Both of these gimbals already feature a D-Tap port on the bottom of the camera carriage to facilitate powering other accessories, such as wireless follow focus systems. You could, therefore, potentially use a single V-Mount battery to power 3 devices: gimbal, camera and another accessory. CAME-TV V-Mount adapter and CAME-TV compact V-Mount battery. There is also a discount available when you purchase the CAME-TV V-Mount battery adapter along with one of their compact V-Mount batteries. You can find more information on their website. Do you use the CAME-TV Prodigy or the Argos? Would a V-Mount battery make your life easier? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Thomas Price | 25th April 2016
Visitors to CAME-TV’s booth at NAB will have seen all manner of interesting and innovative products. Some highlights were the Sailfish, a remote controlled car-come-Gimbal & the CAME Optimus, a 3-axis gimbal. Among them was the CAME Accordion, a device that looks a little bit like a modern twist on a medieval torture device—and we decided that we had to take a closer look for our audience! Tip: mind your fingers! CAME Accordion – get your camera where you need it The CAME Accordion is a scissor-arm crane which looks like an accordion, or a Meccano model construction device, depending on your outlook on life. All joking aside, it is actually a 15′ extendable arm which can help to get your camera right amongst the action—and it supports a payload of up to 15KG. Its scissor action is powered by a v-mount battery, though you’ll need to supply your own, as the Accordion isn’t shipped with one. Unless you’re Mr. Fantastic, I am sure you’ll find a variety of fun and useful ways to put the CAME Accordion to use. If you are Mr. Fantastic, however, it might still be worth picking one up just to help create conversation on set—and that is something that this item definitely will do—as long as you don’t mind paying a rather substantial amount! The CAME Accordion will cost $3,400 and like the rest of the products displayed by CAME-TV at NAB, it will be available for pre-order soon.Read more
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