by Johnnie Behiri | 21st November 2015
Time-lapse filming always ignites my imagination as there are some colleagues out there who are doing a tremendous job in getting amazing time-lapse footage. Besides spending endless hours taking individual frames that will eventually construct your masterpiece, one obstacle with that type of work can be the battery life of the motion control device that you are using. That’s where Hitotsuki-san from Yoshimi Camera Co. LTD, whom I met in Japan during InterBee 2015, comes into the picture with his simple yet genius solution, “the Roundlapse”, a simple effective accurate manual time-lapse controller which is based on a very robust timer and requires no batteries for its operation. Made from die-cast aluminium and can hold a wight of up to 4 Kilograms, Hitotsuki-san developed 3 independent devices for 30, 60 and 120 minutes continues accurate movement. Currently the manual motion control is being sold in Japan only with the possibility of ordering internationally online. In the near future, Hitotsuki-san hopes to sell his device in other countries too. For more information and ordering online for the equivalent of $120, simply head to his product page.Read more
by Johnnie Behiri | 19th November 2015
We are in Chiba next to Tokyo in Japan, covering “InterBee 2015” and had a chance to talk to Naka-san who is a leading blogger here in Japan. His Raitank blog is extremely popular among the Japanese indie filmmakers and camera manufacturers, also from outside Japan. It was a great opportunity to ask him a few questions and get answers which helped us understanding how the local market reacted to the large sensor revolution. In our talk we covered how the Japanese independent filmmakers accepted DSLRs as valid working tools. Did they later move on filming with “proper” large sensor cameras? Last but not least, are mirrorless photo cameras that can shoot video as popular here as they are on other parts of the world? If observing the Japanese indie filmmaking industry interest you, this short interview is a good place to start exploring it.Read more
by Johnnie Behiri | 18th November 2015
Japanese audio accessory maker Tascam has announced a newcomer to their growing family of audio recorders, the Tascam DR701D. We’re at Inter Bee 2015 and took a closer look at the new unit. The uniqueness of this recorder is definitely a feature that lets you perfectly sync with the camera it is connected to by triggering the start/stop of recordings via HDMI connection. I’m sure you will agree it is a very smart move from Tascam to include such a feature as we all learned to hate pressing REC buttons twice (Not to mention the times we forgot to press the REC button on the audio recorder…) and sync audio and video files in post. As a sidenote: I was very curious to find out if sales of external audio recorders had declined because of the latest development of DSLR and mirrorless cameras, that achieve better audio recordings internally. I was very surprised to hear from several sources that sales have actually increased! The main features of the new Tascam DR701D audio recorder: Record 4 Channels + Stereo Mix 4 XLR/TRS Inputs with Phantom Power Dual Built-In Omnidirectional Mics Stereo 3.5mm In for Stereo Mic 3.5mm Camera In/Out BNC In for Sync to LTC HDMI In Can Receive Timecode From Camera HDMI Out Can Send Audio & Incoming Video Records Up to 24-Bit/192kHz Mount to DSLR or Tripod The new Tascam DR701D is already available for pre-order and expected to start shipping in about two months.Read more
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