When Redrock Micro presented their affordable wireless follow focus at NAB 2010, who knew they’d take this technology so far: Now, 5 years later, they present an automatic follow focus system, but with a twist that might reinvent the way we use follow focus systems. The Redrock HĀLO is an electronic focusing system that gives you automatic focusing as well as full manual control with a top-view of your scene. They use the same technology that powers autonomous cars to create a real-time map of the scene. Artificial intelligence identifies your subjects (people and objects) and tracks their distance and location in real-time. You can then tap-to-focus with visual, audible, and haptic feedback. And HĀLO becomes your technician, handling the practical details so you can concentrate on your creative performance. Other automatic follow focus systems at NAB 2015: There were other automatic follow focus systems at NAB 2015. Of course everybody is aware of the famous Andra focusing system which they have further improved with a digital user interface and manual inputs. But then there was also Qinematiq, an Austrian company, with an approach of using stereoscopic imaging to generate a 3D map of the scene. There’s a video that was captured by Magnimous Media, see below: It seems the Cinematiq version is gonna be more pricey than the Redrock solution, but then again it seems to be a whole different concept alltogether. The one question we forgot to ask concerning the Redrock HĀLO is how much preparation time it takes to setup this automatic follow focus system, in order to correctly track all objects in the scene. But we will find out about that when the time for delivery of the Redrock HĀLO comes later this year. Estimated price is between $2,000 and $5,000. For more information visit the Redrock Micro website. PS: Sorry about bad audio in this video.Read more
Personally I usually don’t care much about iPad or iPhone slates. Aside from the advantage of syncing TimeCode I find the good old wooden slate just as good for what I need during editing. After all I have to type in those Scene and Take numbers manually anyway. Well, here’s new good reason for a technoslate: QRSlate is a new iOS film slate application that uses barcodes, specifically “QR Codes”, as a way to automatically organize and add metadata to video dailies for use in editorial software such as Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro X, Final Cut Pro 7, and Adobe Premiere. The slate supports all cameras as the information is embedded in the video’s image with QR Codes. I say that’s a cool idea. The software comes in two parts: the iOS application acting as the film slate goes on your iPad or iPhone and the QRSlate Desktop Importer reads the codes from your media files. Did you get it yet? No? They made a nice video about the process, see below. To use this workflow you’ll need: This on your iPad / iPhone / iPod: QRSlate Slate iPad (free) or QRSlate Slate iPhone (free) And this on your editing computer: QRSlate Desktop Importer ($39.99)Read more
I don’t know if this is new, but for iPad owners it’s definitely worth checking out. Definitely handy if you need to check focus real quick. Miha shared this video with us. From the vimeo description: Things you need: – Jailbroken iPad – iFile app from Cydia: here – CF Card reader for iPad , of course you can use Camera Connection Kit for SD cards also. All formats recorded with DSLR can be previewed direclty from your card. When you connect card to ipad, you need to close Photos App first, because it won’t let you play your video files. Then launch iFile and navigate to Flash Drive 1 (/var/mnt/mount1/DCIM/your folder/your file. Click it and play it with default video player.Read more
We’ve reported about the Teradek cube before. It’s almost a “cube” with a hotshoe below it so you can mount it on your camera and stream hdmi directly to your iPad or another network capable device. In this video the Cube people show how it works as a directors wireless field monitor. Great, and at $1199 a great affordable deal. However there is a lag, so you should be careful about using it as a monitoring device to control focus or your camera. With the new firmware update the device now won’t cause trouble on hdmi switching cameras like the 5D or T2i. This is the model you want to use with your iPad, but there are several other models which you can see here or on the Teradek Cube website itself. via Vincent’s blogRead more
by Jared Abrams | 23rd June 2010
Teradek has announced an HD video WiFi transmitter with HDMI and HD/SDI inputs. The Cube also encodes the HD signal into H.264 with supported monitoring frame rates up to 1080/60i. It has a 1/4-thread to mount in many places on or around the camera. It also has an Ethernet port for hard line transmission. Live streaming comes to mind. This has the potential to really change the way we monitor HDSLR’s. iPhone and iPads will be rampant on sets if this works out. No mention of pricing yet. Click Here For More Info and Tech Specs.Read more
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