by Adam Plowden | 22nd September 2016
The SYRP Slingshot is a wirecam setup that adds dynamic motion and expansive length to time-lapses at an affordable cost. Have you ever wanted to capture longer motion timelapses where a slider track just isn’t long enough? Enter SYRP Slingshot, a wirecam package that can reach distances of up to 300 feet (100m) with up to 3-axis camera movement using the SYRP Genie and Genie Mini. The SYRP Genie works as the motion control device, moving the carriage along parallel wires of your desired length, whether that’s 25m or 100m. Inter-operable with your camera, the Genie moves the carriage with the time-lapse function to create smooth and unique perspectives that can’t be achieved without the need to spend lots of money. Some of the time-lapse shots in their demo video are incredible! SYRP have designed the Slingshot with simplicity of setup and control in mind, with two mounting brackets, straps, wires, carriage and Genie all fitting into a compact bag. The maximum payload of 8kg is enough for a weighty camera and lens combo. The example video shows a Canon DSLR and lens weighing around 4kg which should give you an idea. It seems that as the Genie controls the intervalometer for movement, a continual move along the wires might not be possible. However, for time-lapse photography, it certainly goes above and beyond what you can normally capture with a static shot or even short distance movement. The SYRP Slingshot is available in a number of packages, with the standard ‘Slingshot’ package consisting of – 1 Slingshot (25m Slingshot rope and 25m Genie rope). 1 Slingshot carry bag That kit comes in at $989.00, a very affordable package compared to, for example, the Kessler Second Shooter. Of course, you’ll need a SYRP Genie to actually move the carriage, so you can get a bundle with a Genie, the link cable and ball head for $1887. The Slingshot is available now! Are you looking to shoot expansive time-lapse scenes and need a setup like this? Let us know in the comments!Read more
by Nino Leitner | 27th April 2015
EDIT: Philip wanted to add in regards to his “fast access to audio levels” comment, that it can be done as follow: Settings-Custom key settings- Custom button (3 is easy to access)-Audio Rec Level. Now you can access your level directly. The Sony A7s has become the turn-to camera for many smaller run-and-gun purposes due to its size, its video functionality (including proper XAVC S codec, peaking, zebra …) and the incredible low-light performance. In fact, whenever I attend industry meetings like NAB or when I’m giving workshops I’m constantly amazed how omnipresent this camera has become in so little time, after it was introduced about a year ago. It certainly has taken over our cinema5D office here, with every team member using the camera constantly, and me personally owning 2 by now … The market is much different from 5 years ago, when the Canon 5D Mark II was first introduced, with many more large-sensor cameras to chose from. However, it is fair to say that the Sony A7s has taken the spot of the 5D in the same price bracket, which is easy to see considering how omnipresent the camera is these days. Late last year, my friend Philip Bloom has given a free Sony A7s workshop at our main site sponsor’s headquarters B&H in New York for a selected few. Attendees were to shoot a short film with the A7s in a short amount of time. Before they went out to gather their footage, Philip ran through the most important settings of the camera which you absolutely need to know in order to shoot proper video with the Sony A7s. People who are used to shooting with the A7s might know most of what is discussed in this video already. However, I urge every A7s user to watch it – there’s a few things that many people certainly weren’t aware of before: Some interesting topics covered in this free seminar, among many other things: • Different gamma curves in different Picture Profiles (e.g. Cine2, Cine3, Cine4 or SLOG2) • Detail/Sharpness settings • Dual video file recording with XAVC S and MP4 proxies (which can be transferred to your smartphone to be posted online right away) • How to expose properly with this camera (avoiding noise) • Setting up audio for internal and external recording (attention: Philip told me he made a mistake in this seminar – there actually is a way to change audio levels during recording, but you have to assign audio to a custom button to do that) • Frame guides for different aspect ratios • external HDMI quirksRead more
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