by Sebastian Wöber | 15th April 2011
By: Sebastian Wöber We’ve seen companies Megaspeed and Fastec target the indipendent filmmakers market with their new and rental-affordable highspeed cameras. But I got some very interesting hints on future products from renown highspeed camera company Vision Research (Phantom) today. Vision Research (Phantom) really sets the standards in professional highspeed filmmaking. If you shoot highspeed for a tv commercial or movie you wanna make sure you get a Phantom. They’re very expensive cameras and you can usually only rent a package with a technician (but that depends on your rental house). One of the big advantages of the Megaspeed and Fastec portable highspeed cameras over a phantom is that you don’t necessarily need a technician but can simply take these cameras out on your own. I met Phiroze Dalal at the Phantom booth today. We talked about highspeed cameras for indie filmmakers (=affordable, non technician) and I kept asking about Phantoms future and the indie market. Phiroze said that they wouldn’t announce their products prior to release. He then checked with another important Vision Research rep and came back to tell me that: “This will be a very exciting year for you, (…) we have something in the cooker”. He didn’t want to say that on camera nor did he give me a timeframe for the “egg”. I said I’d be back at IBC in September, which is another large tradeshow like NAB, and asked if we could expect to see something at this time. They really didn’t want to go into that stuff. He said the next months would be cruical and that he can’t say any more than that, but added that when they see a market (and obviously in hdslr there IS a market now) they wanna be part of it. Very promising hints, I think we’ll see the highspeed battles evolve in the coming months. If you’re interested in that topic as much as I am you’ll get any new info I have right here at cinema5D. Cheers.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 14th April 2011
By: Sebastian Wöber I reported about the Megaspeed (wow I love that name) camera yesterday. But look: here’s another portable highspeed camera. The TS3Cine costs twice as much as the Megaspeed, that’s $30k. That’s not really my priceclass, but it still might be a bargain in rental since you don’t need a technician to operate it unlike it’s aunt the phantom. If you’re into good design and marketing I’m sure this camera seems more appealing to you than the Megaspeed, but we’ll really have to wait and see what both of them have under the hood and whether this one is worth the additional 14k. I found this very nice demo they put together and I noticed they also had some people that waved hdslrs around. I think I’m their target audience, drool… I must say, if I had the funds I’d probably be sold just for the editing and choice of music they did on this one. Great job to whoever did that. If you care about the music, that was: The XX Some of the specs on the cam itself: – 1280 x 1024 pixel maximum – 500 fps at 1280 x 1024, 720 fps at 720p resolution – optional frame rates up to 20,000 at reduced resolutions – BMP, TIFF, Cinema DNG (RAW), JPG, AVI – C-Mount or F-Mount (Nikon), optional PL mount I think I overheard him saying it’s a 1 inch sensor, but I’m not sure. Comes out late summer. http://ts3cine.com/Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 12th April 2011
By: Sebastian Wöber Finally! They’re here! Highspeed cameras for the low budget filmmaker are appearing. This one is really unique and most people pass their booth without noticing what this camera can actually do for you. Up until now, if you wanted a highspeed camera u could either spend 100k or you could rent one but had to get a technician with it, which is very expensive. I’ve looked for an affordable highspeed solution for a long time but 300 frames at resolutions like 512×384 pixels is one of the best numbers you will find. Finally here’s a camera that can give us 720p and 850fps (!!!) highspeed recording. Chip is one inch, which is about the size of a 35mm film chip. No technician needed. The camera is available now. UPDATE April 13th: Some of you posted that you had issues with my use of the term “affordable”. Well, you’re right that most of us (including myself!) can’t afford to buy a $16k camera. What I really meant was that renting a camera like this coulb be about $90 a day, which in my terms of filmmaking is highly affordable to get those 2 days of slomo shots for your feature, as opposed to the $1,5-2k a day for the phantom. www.megaspeedUSA.comRead more
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