by Sebastian Wöber | 13th May 2012
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com What gear was used for the cinema5D NAB 2012 videos? The core of my setup was the camera on the left. A 5D mark III with the 24-105 kit lens (LINK) I hate to overemphasize, but shooting coverage on this camera was a dream. I know many are disappointed by this camera, but it served me very well and I tell you why: 1. The low light capabilities were extraordinary. In the past I had to use a toplight to have sufficient lighting for the different light situations at the conventions. With the mark III I just went to ISO 1600-6400 (mostly the latter) without giving it a second thought. I had the 24-105 lens usually at around f5.6 and the depth of field felt great in most interview situations. 2. I think the images are very nice. My end format was 720p which felt sharp and brilliant and there was no moiré or aliasing involved. 3. I used a Sennheiser Wireless lavalier kit for the audio, and nothing else, no sound recorder, no cables. I just popped it onto my subject and could move around however I liked. You can see that performed in this video for example. The battery wasn’t swapped throughout the show and there was no interference whatsoever. Maybe because the device I used was European. The Sennheiser receiver was hotshoe mounted onto the mark III and I could change mic levels on camera during recording when required. Nice, sound was perfect. 4. I could just pop the files right into Final Cut Pro on a MacBook 13″. I added a little sharpening and audio filtration to all clips. It was nice that there was no clip limit of 12 minutes. I used one 32GB CF card. 5. The Image Stabilization of the 24-105mm f4 kit lens was very nice, it made my job so much easier too. I had the mark III on short 15mm rails and had an Arri MFF-1 follow focus attached to the zoom (!) ring of the lens. Yes to the zoom, so I could zoom smoothly throughout all shots, while maintaining focus with the other hand on the focus ring of the lens. This was possible because this setup was held not by me but by the easyrig mini, so I had both hands free to operate the camera. The y-Axis of the camera was locked because one of the rails was extended to my shoulder. This in conjunction with the images stabilization from the lens and the zoom gave me a very nice floaty-smooth shooting style as seen here for example. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the setup. Many people took a picture of me at NAB, maybe one of those people could provide a photo. Thanks. And that’s it, a very simple yet efficient rig that made it possible to cover NAB 2012 as a one man band, because flying in crew from Europe is expensive and the budget is thin. I hope you enjoyed it, but I’m open to suggestions and critique for IBC in September. Looking back at NAB 2012 This is the last one of my NAB 2012 articles. It was a very exciting show this year, almost 100,000 visitors. We saw a lot of new technology for filmmakers and HDSLR enthusiasts. Technology that seems to be more targeted at our needs than ever before. While there were lots of rigs, LED and focus solutions last year, they just didn’t fulfill the quality and ergonomic needs of HDSLR and large sensor filmmaking yet. It’s a different story this year and from lenses down to camera bodies it seems like the manufacturers are starting to listen and understand. I feel this will be an exciting year for indie film and it won’t be long until cheap slow motion will knock on the door. I can already smell the flood of slow motion videos we’ll see over the next years with the FS700 to provide the first batch. All our NAB 2012 coverage videos:Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 11th May 2012
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Johan, the inventor of the easyrig developed a new version of his handheld camera stabilization backpack, the easyrig mini which is especially targeted at people like myself when I’m covering a convention like NAB. I was using the easyrig mini myself while making the video above by the way.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 26th May 2011
This is the last of about 30 video clips I made during the 4 days of NAB 2011. I hope you enjoyed the coverage that became a last minute one man crew job for me. Breakfast was at 6pm and the whole thing was a big lesson. We’ll come back, better prepared and ready to give you the finest possible coverage next year. The image on the left shows me with my favourite piece of equipment during the whole show. Johan, the inventor of the Easyrig saw me as I walked around on the floor all day and lend the Turtle X to me with a smile. I could use this tool for the remaining 3 days and I must say it became my very best friend. Not only did it relieve my back like 10 to 1, it also made it possible to hold the mic with one hand while holding the rest of the rig, zooming and focusing with the other hand. I worked about 80% of the interviews like that, as it eventually became my prefered method to use my free hand as a boom so to say. This is the Easyrig homepage: www.easyrig.com If you’re interested you can buy the Easyrig Turtle-X for 4kg here. If you’re intruiged by the idea of the Easyrig you should watch the clip by Brad White at the end of this post. The last shot of this video shows about half of the hall where all the DSLR and video equipment was presented. As you can see it’s a huge floor and there are several more halls that were packed with 90,000 people. The crane shot was made with the fully remote controllable Barber Boom. It was pretty cool to handle this “boom” (isn’t it a crane?), the problem was I didn’t have a video cable for dslr with me, so I couldn’t see the video feed. Usually you have a monitor and a joystick to control your camera and the remote head at the back of the boom/crane. [UPDATE]: Michelle Barber confirmed that it was initially called “boom”: (…) a long Arm with a remote control Camera head on the End of it is a Remote Control Camera Boom. I know this because I invented it (in 1973) and won an Emmy Award for it! I saw this thing on B&H, but if you want to get it you will have to make sure you get all the accessories as well, the head, dolly, weights… In total the 22 inch (5,5 meters) version is a little under $10,000 and in Europe it’s only available through a company in Belgium and another in Switzerland. This is the Barber Tech website: www.barbertvp.com On the first day at NAB I spent about half my time looking for a company that would lend me some headphones as I had left mine on the plane (not a good idea). The one company that had a spare pair of headphones and also lend them to me was Audio Technica. I had the Audio Technica ATH-M50 and as the 141 5 Star user reviews out of 141 user reviews on the B&H Site suggest, this is a great pair of headphones at $160 dollars. In Europe they’re 170€ Get them here. They were very comfortable to wear and the sound was very good to me, being an old audiophile myself. The Audio Technica website is: www.audio-technica.com Goodbye NAB 2011 from cinema5D Sebastian Wöber Another video of the Easyrig:Read more
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