by Tim Fok | 8th April 2015
Redrock has released an update to its single op automated motion control system. The One Man Crew Director curved slider gets a new app controller and much quieter in operation. Motion control became a huge hit with the rise in popularity of timelapse photography just a few years ago. Ever since, retailers have looked to simplify systems making them more intuitive as well as adaption for realtime camera moves. One Man Crew Director is Redrock’s answer to an easy-to-use single operator system; plug in your power, connect to your controller app and you’re good to go. Redrock One Man Crew Director decreases the ambient and operator noise meaning greater use in realtime video work, as well as remaining compatible for timelapse photography. As an operator, I’d go out on a limb and state a curved camera track finds more use on set than a straight one. It’s therefore great to see that Redrock has maintained the curved design of the One Man Crew; you can use in both convex and concave form to wrap around your subject, or offer an out panning slide that can be effective for wide angle shots. The remote app looks intuitive and easy to use, setting your in and out points as well as triggering and looping moves. I love the laser point feature to signify start/end points; great feature as a lone shooter if you’re setting up shots and doubling up as a stand in for talent. The physical design remains relatively unchanged, One Man Crew will certainly not win any awards in aesthetics as a big rectangular box. But it remains functional and very fuss free, and that should always take priority. Pricing starts at $2,450 for a complete package, will update with purchase link shortly. Here’s the manufacturer’s page for it.Read more
by Nino Leitner | 21st April 2013
NAB 2013 has been over for over a week now, and it’s time to reflect on what this year’s big trends were. It definitely wasn’t a year of huge innovation in the camera sector (despite the S35 Blackmagic Design 4K camera), it felt more like an evolutionary step. 4K is definitely still the buzzword whereas 3D seems to be almost dead. (Watch NextWaveDV’s NAB 2013 “bloggers breakfast” where we discussed much of that together with our friends from other blogs by clicking here.) Nothing is as sexy as new cameras for readers, but the one trend that clearly was showing this year was camera stabilization, in various forms: there was a lot of noteworthy innovation in a sector that was ripe for innovation. New sliders, jibs, copters and handheld rigs stole the show.Read more
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