by Olaf von Voss | 11th September 2016
Did you’ve ever wonder how to reduce the weight of your camera package even more? You might consider looking into the freshly announced RodRocket modular 15mm rods, manufactured by Italian company Lockcircle. The LockCircle RodRocket Just a few months ago, in May 2016, LockCircle announced a modular 15mm rod system called the RodRunner which was designed to build a rod system of the desired length according to your setup. Very neat! Now, at IBC 2016, LockCircle’s Dante Cecchin has come up with an interesting upgrade: the RodRocket. The RodRocket is made out of grade 5 titanium, which makes it very durable but very lightweight at the same time. With the help of surgical tools, the company managed to drill precision holes into the rod segments in order to keep the weight down while maintaining strength and durability. Actually, the weight of the RodRocket rods are almost on the level of carbon fiber rods. You can build your own set by purchasing the starter kit and the extension kit but you can buy individual segments or end caps, too. It’s a completely customizable system. RodRocket starter kit (left) and extension kit (right) Another thing Dante mentions is the ability to attach accessories to the rod itself as the drilled holes could act as a mounting point as well. We’ll see how manufacturers adapt to this new possibility of attaching their products to the rods without being afraid of having them rotating or come loose on the rods. Prices and availability The starter kit starts at $269 (249 €) without the end caps and $339 (319 €) with them included. The extension kit is $349 (329 €). The single parts range from $39 (36 €) for an end cap, rod joint or the 1″ piece, and up to $84 (79 €) for the 2″ inch rod and $99 (96 €) for the 3″ rod. All of this is available as of now. Make sure to visit Lockcircle’s website for all the details. What do you think about these fancy looking rods? Might this be your next thing in your toolbox? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Nic Divischek | 18th April 2016
A company called Craft have just announced a new camera. It looks like an intelligently designed, innovative modular camera system. It’s like building your own camera. There are two versions, either 4K or HD. And they are very affordable. Modular Craft Camera Systems Craft have come out with a brilliantly designed modular system, available in either HD or 4K version. The HD version has a Super 16mm sensor with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has a dynamic range of 13 stops and global shutter. The HD Craft camera operates at high speeds up to 120fps. There are PL, EF, and MFT Speed Mount options, and an ND Sled filter technology. The 4K version is identical in size to its HD sibling, but houses a Super 35mm sensor that produces images at 4096 x 2160 and high-speed rates at 120fps. It is a production-ready cinema camera in a small package. It also bolsters 13 stops of dynamic range, global shutter, PL & EF Speed Mount options, and an ND SLED. Back Lit Control Display: The side display allows for independent operation of the menu and overlays when configured with additional accessory Elements. Intuitive Camera Controls: Easy to use side facing controls work in a Single-Element configuration or in parallel to other controllers in a Multi-Element configuration. Professional Connections: Craft Camera provides the outputs you rely on including SDI and a full-size HDMI connection. Use our tether port to ensure cable and connector safety at all times. But wait…there is more. This is where the fun bit begins. Building a camera to the spec you need. Store Element You can add recording to your Video Element with familiar formats like ProRes and CinemaDNG. The Store Element provides faster workflows and redundancy using CFast media. Record CinemaDNG format on one card while simultaneously recording a ProRes proxy on the other which decreases the post workﬂow time when dealing with CinemaDNG. SSD version is coming soon. Audio Element Your camera expands its audio capabilities when you add the Audio Element. Features include two mic inputs with phantom power, balanced analog output, and 1/8” stereo headphone jack for monitoring. Power Element The Power Element uses the Craft Camera Battery. Use a single Craft Camera Battery on the back of the “basic package” or two batteries by using the Power Element. LCD Element The ﬂip LCD can be oriented to match the position you are holding the camera. The entire LCD Element can be mounted between any Element—allowing for better balance, extended viewing angles, and preferences. Handle Element The Handle Element can control any part of the camera at any time. Core camera functions such as recording and lens control are just one button away. The entire handle can rotate 180º providing a more comfortable position when shooting extreme angles. The Handle can be attached utilizing our proprietary control interface called Control Link. The handle can connect to all the Elements excluding the Display Element. ND Sled Say goodbye to carrying around different ND filters for different lenses. The ND Sled is a significant innovation in camera technology. It is a mechanical device with two separate glass filters which provide 3 ND options. The ND Sled can be installed or removed at any point. Purchasing a Craft Camera to be used in a studio environment won’t need an ND Sled, however, if shooting outside is a regular occurrence then it is highly recommended. Speed Element Need to swap EF lens and MFT lens in between two shots? The Speed Mount provides a quick and easy way to mount different types of lenses to one camera… with no tools! Our Speed Mount technology functions similar to heavy tripod mounts using high-grade materials to keep your camera and lens tight and safe. Every 4K and HD Video Element ships with 1 Speed Mount of your choice MFT, EF, or PL. Purchase additional Speed Mounts to match your lens type if needed. Control Link The Control Link is the communication port that communicates to the Handle. It’s expandable which allows other devices to communicate with the Craft Camera. There are three additional Control Link accessories: Ethernet, Serial with LANC, and Wireless Transmitter. These can be used in place of the handle or along side when mounting it to additional Elements. Control the Craft Camera over Ethernet in a studio setting, use the Serial with LANC on a jib or stabilizer, or use the Wireless Transmitter for long distance mobile app control. We are extremely keen to see this camera in action. Hopefully, we will be able to get our hands on it for further testing. Currently, you can reserve this camera with a 10% deposit, starting at $500. For more information visit Craft’s website. What do you think of this design? Are you interested in finding out more about Craft Camera? Let us know in the comments below.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 7th October 2013
Apertus just announced that they have brought their open-source cinema camera concept to the next stage, planning to release a completely modular concept for their open source camera Axiom. The concept is very interesting: it reminds of what RED had planned years ago, and what they only realized to a very small degree: a completely modular design that allows you to use only the pieces of camera that you actually need. The basic front end is simply the sensor in a housing with an interface, basically – each other functionality, be it XLR audio recording, RAW processing and recording, battery mounts, etc., can be added optionally based on your needs. Don’t forget they want to keep this an open source project – which means that every manufacturer will be able to add their own modules without having to pay any licensing fees.Read more
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