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In the fifth episode of ON THE COUCH, we hosted our sponsor Vitec Videocom at our suite at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Vitec Videocom owns a number of well-known brands such as Sachtler, Litepanels, OConnor, Anton Bauer and many others. These three brands had quite a few new things in store. First and foremost I want to mention the new Sachtler Ace Accessories: An inexpensive follow focus, a mattebox and a baseplate under the Sachtler brand. I was lucky enough to be involved with the development of these accessories and I have to say that Vitec can be proud of what they achieved, especially the follow focus is extremely versatile for its price point … see for yourself in the video (and watch this space for a review soon).
OConnor, creator of the $3400 Follow Focus, is showing the prototype of a thing they call the Universal Baseplate which is in fact a part of the reactor of a steampunk airship they brought back from the future. I think that’s why the guy in the video is so nervious and probably why they’ll be selling it for $500…
If you checked out the video you will understand that versatility is key on this device and it is designed to adapt to “any new camera you throw at it”.
The design is very versatile indeed and some people have obviously cracked their heads open to find ways to put every possible configuration into this thing. I must admit I’m not fond of the allen wrench solution to fix the screw(s) to the camera because I know every nerve lost on set is a valuable one.
In this regard I’m a fan of the Redrock dslr baseplate which we reviewed last year in an unfortunate way.
The OConnor Universal Baseplate will be available by mid July.
More details on the OConnor site.
Cinematographer Adam Richman hooked us up with the down low on the new HDSLR AKS from Cinema manufacture O’Connor. The O’ Matte Box has a lot of promise and the O’ Grips are like nothing I have ever seen before. I really dig the hard stop O’ Focus Mini follow focus. The mattebox retails for around 1K US, the O’ Grips are pricey at $500 for each section (four are pictured). The HDSLR mini follow focus will retail for around 1200 US. **I could not find any info on the new HDSLR follow focus. I think it has yet to hit the street.