Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Apologies for the delay in posting more episodes of ON THE COUCH until now, we had some technical problems with some of the recordings, but they are now sorted out. We pushed the less time critical episodes to the end, and there a few exciting ones coming over the next week or so. On this 10th episode of ON THE COUCH, I talked to Tabb Firchau from Freefly Systems about new things in the world of their famous brushless gimbals. It’s been one year since the fuminant debut of the MōVI M10 with Vincent Laforet’s spectacular launch film, which propelled handheld gimbals into the filmmaking world stratosphere – ever since then, they have infiltrated an incountable number of productions around the world. The big success of the MōVI introduction spurred a seemingly endless flurry of copycat systems from countless small and big manufacturers, with mixed results. I asked Tabb about this and what he thinks about the long-term success prospects of some of these companies. Tabb talked about Freefly’s new products – the now-shipping little brother of the M10, the M5, which is made for DSLR-sized cameras, the upcoming M15, the larger version for bigger cameras (such as the Alexa M), as well as innovation around their gimbals which makes them more versatile – for example a ring around the MōVI which makes hand-overs easier, or their plans to release a wheeled dolly-type version of the MōVI. MōVI M5 for smaller cameras like DSLRs started shipping at NAB We also had a chat about Freefly’s history and how they actually got to make make these gimbals in the first place. Freefly Systems’ sister film production company Freefly Cinema used to be their core business as they are all shooters who were looking to ways to move the camera – that’s when they founded Freefly Systems and they realized within 6 months that it had become a much bigger business than the production business. Watch the episode above to learn more about where Freefly came from, where they are now and where they might be headed! Next episode coming early next week … stay tuned to cinema5D.com. For all ON THE COUCH episodes so far, click here:Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Our lead sponsor for ON THE COUCH is B&H – a camera and accessories retailer everyone knows, in fact the largest in the United States. In this special episode, I talked to Gabriel Biderman from the marketing department of B&H, to hear about his impressions from this year’s NAB and the big trends that they notice (and which they have a lot more insight in as they know what sells best). Be it 4K, octocopter drones or camera movement – Gabriel knows exactly what their customers like.Read more
This is the last of my videos for NAB 2014. It is a tribute to the people who attended NAB and all who followed our coverage. Thanks for your continued support and friendship. The equipment used for this video was: The camera of choice each year at NAB is the good old Canon 5D mark III. Ideal and compact for nice 720p video and shallow depth of field. I used the Technicolor Cinestyle picture profile. The lens used was the great Zeiss CP.2 35mm T/1.5 Super Speed that brought a very lovely and cinematic bokeh to the shots since I couldn’t control any lighting. This was sitting on a very small rig only equipped with an F&V top-handle so it could be attached to an Easyrig Mini that was sitting on my shoulders and is great for handheld on long shooting days. I look ridiculous with this thing, but hey, the result is more important and I can only recommend the easyrig, especially for gymbal usage. On the camera’s hotshoe I had this affordable Azden microphone that went directly into the camera. Unfortunately it was not ideal with all the background noise, but it was a workable solution none the less. Graded with Filmconvert. Music kindly provided by themusicbed.com: A. Taylor – Unearthed The people in this video in order of appearance: LI-LIAN AHLSKOG HOU www.li-lian.com JAMES LEE www.linkedin.com/pub/james-lee/2b/9a/176 BOHUŠ BLAHUT www.about.me/bohus.blahut PAIGE DENKIN www.goinghomeproductions.com O’CONNOR HARTNETT www.oconnorhartnett.com BRAD WHITE www.squarepictures.tv PAUL GUSTAFSON www.pablogustafson.com DAN CHUNG www.newsshooter.com EDUARD SCHNEIDER www.schneiderproductions.com MATTHEW ALLARD www.vimeo.com/user2932471 JASON MONROE www.facebook.com/pages/Monroe-Media/ JOE RUBENSTEIN www.digitalbolex.com DEEJAY SCHARTON & IAN SNYDER www.dslrfilmnoob.com MITCH AUNGER www.planet5d.com DAVID LEITNER www.linkedin.com/pub/david-w-leitner/ MARTIN RISBERG www.vimeo.com/martinrisberg PHILIP BLOOM www.philipbloom.net JEFF HAMEL www.zylight.com ILLYA FRIEDMAN www.hotrodcameras.com HENRY BOHOLST www.nabshow.com BOB GUNDU www.10framehandles.com HENRY LYNK www.chaosfilms.com/henry.htm DREW JANES www.drewjanes.com CHUCK FADELY www.chuckfadely.com CLINTON HARN www.clintonharn.com JOE MARINE www.vimeo.com/joemarine —Read more
Canon didn’t release any new large sensor cameras at this NAB. Some people are unhappy, others rejoice that Canon takes their time to craft something relevant instead of throwing a spec sheet at us like many manufacturers seem to be in the habit of doing nowadays. While Canon stays silent on the camera side, they did present a very noteworthy piece of glass at NAB 2014. Their new Cine-Servo Zoom is one of a kind.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! This is a very special (sixth) 50 minute episode of ON THE COUCH, in which we had the pleasure of hosting my friend Rodney Charters, ASC, best known for his work as director of photography on “24”, “Shameless” and now the new “Dallas”, Bruce Logan, ASC, best known for his work on the original TRON, the original Star Wars films and Batman Forever, as well as the owners of Zacuto, Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn – both of them shooters with decades-long experience in production themselves!Read more
Sony’s professional cinema cameras the Sony F5 and Sony F55 have been quite popular among filmmakers and documentarists alike. With the new upgrades Sony addresses many of the things that will make their work and workflow much more ergonomic and offers the option to upgrade an F5 to become an F55.Read more
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