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.
Vocas has announced their new Spider System; a versatile camera support system which is modular and adaptable depending on your filming needs.
Vocas has focused on a number of features in the Spider System to make it as flexible as possible for filming. The center piece of the system is a new camera base plate which sits in line with the shoulder support and extendable hand grip. It can connect up to four extendable arms for stable points of contact using the new rubbarized hand grip and shoulder brace, keeping the camera steady.
The base plate accessories also include a ‘Spider tube’ which is an additional base side for attaching a second extendable arm, and a tube for potentially mounting EVF’s or monitors.
The system is also tool-less, meaning it is flexible to change the arm positions or setup in the field, this has the advantage over rigs or supports that need keys or screwdrivers to adjust the setup. Including extendable arms is a thumbs up for multiple camera users, while running and gunning or using the cameras eyepiece.
The arm itself can rotate 360 degrees and includes a standard Rosette mount for adding other accessories or camera controls such.
The benefits of the Vocas Spider System
Modular system which can be setup exactly as you wish
Easy to combine without using any tools
Complete system for lightweight and small cameras
A complete easy adjustable system
Connection to all accessories using standard rosette
Strong, stable, light-weight and playless!
Space saving system
Up to four points of support!
The Vocas Spider System basic kit includes 2 extendable arms, a universal camera base, a rubberised handgrip and the shoulder brace coming in at € 795.00 euros. The other accessories are available separately. You can read more about the Spider System here.