by Olaf von Voss | 17th November 2016
There are rules everywhere and some of them are quite sensible, of course. At the same time, it’s getting harder and harder to look through all the different interpretations of these rules. I’m talking about traveling with cine batteries here, in particular how to transport them when flying. It can be a confusing topic, but Bebob is here to help with this online battery transport configurator. how to combine these two? The Bebob Battery Transport Configurator Bebob, a German camera battery manufacturer with a solid reputation, has put together a very handy set of online resources regarding traveling with cine batteries. By cargo or passenger plane, by rail or by sea freight, you name it, it’s all in there. All necessary documents are available for download so you can rest assured and stop worrying about these large capacity batteries in your bag. The most delicate thing to do is traveling with cine batteries by plane, of course. That’s why the configurator contains an extensive library of different airlines and their respective interpretation of the new official rules effective since April 1st, 2016 (read all about it here). Example Configurations Just to demonstrate how the regulations differ between airlines, let’s put the configurator to the test. Let’s say we have to travel by passenger plane (nobody wants to pay for cargo) and we have the following in our gear bag: a camera with a Bebob V155RM-CINE battery mounted to it 2 additional V155RM-CINE spare batteries Travelling with Lufthansa would result in the following: It’s not allowed. Due to the restrictions in place since April 1st, Lufthansa won’t let you transport these 155Wh batteries in the cabin – you will have to stick with sub 100Wh batteries or transport them by cargo. Emirates, on the other hand will let you take the exact same batteries with you in the cabin. different regulations for different airlines Confusing, isn’t it? Bebob puts it like this: This summary reflects our current knowledge. There may be up-to-the-minute changes to these variations. Hereto please ask the airline or its handling agent directly”. It’s very complicated as you can see, and I strongly advise you to call your airline prior to boarding the plane with such delicate pices of technology as modern Li-Ion batteries. Traveling with Cine Batteries This online resources database is filled with Bebob brand batteries only, of course. But since it’s all about the Wh (watt hours) of your batteries, you can pick the ones that fit your gear and you’re all set. And if you happen to travel by ship, this battery transport configurator provides you with all the necessary paperwork. Hopefully this can take some of the stress away when it comes to travelling with cine batteries. Thank you very much, Bebob! +++ UPDATE (Nov 21, 2016) +++ As you can see in the comments below, there are quite a few mistakes and inaccuracies buried within the cine battery transport configurator. Some airlines seem to have different policies than the ones mentioned in the Bebob database when handling these types of batteries. I’ve contacted Bebob directly in this matter and I’ve got a swift response from Pierre Boudard, founder and CEO of Bebob trading GmbH. He told me that the database (which was launched in early September) is indeed a bit confusing in its current state, and therefore the team is working hard on an improved version 2.0, which is scheduled to go live by the end of this year. Some of the terms in the current version are a bit confusing, too. You could get the idea that four batteries are allowed as carry-on luggage (One on the camera + three spare ones), for example. Most airlines won’t allow that. One battery clicked on the camera plus two spare batteries are allowed, though, as long as they are rated below 160Wh. Surprisingly, some of the policies mentioned by our reader Michael Wolf, such as the obligation of having a written approval, are actually mentioned by Bebob in their official documentation of the battery in question, the A150 (see their PDF, last page). Mr. Boudard feels bad about this and he has promised that he’ll take care of these flaws. I’ll update this article as to new developments, so stay tuned. If anyone has some well-founded insights, please feel free to contact Bebob directly (email@example.com) and point to this article as a reference. That way, everybody stays in the loop and we can build a reliable source of knowledge when it comes to travelling with these kind of batteries. source: Bebob websiteRead more
by Nino Leitner | 30th June 2016
Small camera drones on Kickstarter and Indiegogo – how many of those have we seen already? Remember the Lily Camera drone that we reported about? It doesn’t seem to be shipping yet, and there seem to be some problems with it with another “fake” campaign claiming to sell their drone too, and according to this report they are under review by the “Indiegogo Trust and Safety Team”. Not very reassuring, to say the least. So, we have honestly become more cautious with crowd funding campaigns in general and drone crowd funding campaigns specifically – there are just a lot of things that seem to go wrong, and a lot of products that never see the light of day, even after being successfully funded. Now, the drone market is huge – if you look at this article, it becomes apparent why so many companies try their luck. And I am not only talking about camera drones. It’s growing fast, and so is the need for regulation. This article here gives a good overview of industry trends in the drone field (PDF link). But let’s look at the drone crowd funding campaign du jour – the UP&Go Arial Camera on Indiegogo. It’s already overfunded by now with over three weeks left, which is another good indication about how much hype still surrounds the drone business. What’s so special about it? It’s quite cheap with a starting price of $299, and it’s really supposed to be for amateurs who want to film their outdoor adventures by having a drone follow them automatically. It records only 1080p at (up to?) 60fps and 720p at 120fps, and takes 12MP stills. The demo footage looks okay but I expect this to essentially look like an older generation GoPro. Speaking of which, they officially call this an “Aerial GoPro” and even copy the style of GoPro’s logotype, which is daring to say the least, because I am sure that there is no real association with GoPro. Seriously? The logo looks like a GoPro rip-off … So, if you are thinking about pre-ordering the UP&GO camera drone on Indiegogo, be careful – you might get a very cheap drone for more “fun stuff”, but there is always the danger that a crowd funding campaign like this won’t materialise. Also, as far as I can tell from the campaign page, the drone is not aware of its environments with sensors (unlike, for instance, the DJI Phantom 4), which means that it will crash into trees when it follows you if you’re not careful. Let’s hope that’s something they will add before they ship the product.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 19th September 2014
Korean manufacturer Varavon has introduced many interesting and innovative products since the dawn of DSLR video. Their latest products once again show their dedication to detail and usability. On the Varavon Wirecam they use their great Birdycam Gimbal (more on that later) and put it on a remote controlled wirecam. The Varavon Wirecam is basically a remote controlled dolly on a wire with the Varavon Birdicam gimbal attached to the bottom to create extremely smooth motion. It is remote controlled by two remotes so to control it properly you need two operators. See the video above for more details. The Varavon Wirecam will be available in November and cost $7000. More info here: www.varavon.comRead more
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