Looking for an ultra compact video tripod solution? The Manfrotto Befree Live might be the setup for you. The Befree Live is the most portable tripod in the range, with legs that fold around the centre column and lock in place. Instead of carrying a tripod over your shoulder, this now fits in your bag. Designed for travel, vlogging and journalism, the Manfrotto Befree Live is orientated around video and filming, with a new fluid head for smooth panning and tilting. This uses the standard Manfrotto tripod plate, so you don’t need to switch between a QR plate and standard plate. An advancement on this compact video tripod is the leveling system in the centre column. The ball leveling system is adjusted close to the video head, rather than at the bottom of the column, for quick adjustment. The tripod feet are also wider for more grip and stability. Although you can’t adjust the amount of friction, there is a locking brake you can use to adjust the level of friction before the panning is locked. The load of the fluid head is up to 4kg, enough for a mirrorless or DSLR camera and lens for on the go shooting. The Manfrotto Befree Live is already available as a stand alone tripod, separate head and as a tripod, head and bag kit. More information on the Manfrotto website.Read more
1A Tools have already made a name for themselves with their MøVi tripod adapter which we reported on here. Now they are back at it by reinventing the wheel, so to speak: Their new 1A Tools Alpha Wheels bring back the wheel controlled panning and tilting shots to modern devices like MøVi gimbals and remote heads. Contrary to actual mechanical wheels, the Alpha Wheels have electronics inside them which allow them to be reprogrammed for all kinds of devices. You can think of it like an input controller such a computer mouse, adjustable for all kinds of uses that allow for two axis movement or adjustment. 1A Tools say that the Alpha Wheels allow much more precise control of pan and tilt compared to the normal remote because you can’t accidentally pan or tilt when you using them, and they are surely right that the controls are not as fiddly. This seems to make sense particularly for narrative filmmaking where the same shot is repeated many times. I am personally not so sure of the argument about accidental pan or tilt because those controls are dedicated separate joysticks on the remote anyway. Although I can certainly see a market for this, the device comes at a price – it’s available for pre-order for $1,800 from their website now. Personally I will stick with my (MUCH cheaper) Freefly Mimic controller (our article / video here) when I need an operator, but I’ll definitely take the Alpha Wheels for a spin when I get a chance …. Check the Alpha Wheels out on the 1A Tools website.Read more
Cinevate has announced a new product for time-lapse shooters. Expanding on the wind-up motor for the Duzi 3, the Cinevate Modo Pan offers users a simple load & roll pan tool for motion time-lapses. What Exactly is the Cinevate Modo Pan? Put simply, Modo Pan is a wind-up motor—there’s no interface and no software, it is all mechanical. This simplistic design is sure to appeal a broad range of people. It can achieve 360-degrees of rotation, and does so in two speeds – 30 minutes and 60 minutes. The Cinevate Modo Pan sits between your tripod head and camera (attaching via 1/4″ thread), wind it backwards and let it pan. I’ve got the Modo module myself for the Duzi 3, which enables a no-fuss approach to achieve motorised slides. I’m very keen to try it out properly; initial tests have been positive. You can combine the Cinevate Modo Pan with the Cinevate Grip Reacher and Cinevate Modo to create some interesting, bi-axis time-lapses moves.Read more
CineMilled has just teamed up with B&H making all their products for the DJI Ronin fully accessible worldwide. This is great news for international buyers; CineMilled is one of those compact engineering and retailer companies with great filmmaking products but due to their size has struggled to remain competitive with global reach. Buyers can now buy through B&H guaranteeing fast and affordable shipping worldwide. Never heard of CineMilled? If you’re a DJI Ronin operator and packing weight, they should be your best friend. CineMilled makes a range of products that enable the DJI Ronin to be more universally compatible and handle long, bigger camera setups. The Universal Quick Plate is a CineMilled product that mates to the Ronin (using the same plate as original crossbars) and provides a host of 1/4″ and 3/8″ threads; this is great for mounting your Ronin to Jibs and car rigs alike. Also worth noting is the Arm Extensions (pair) and Pan Arm Extensions Long and Short. These products relocate the camera cradle further away from the Gimbal enabling much longer camera setups to be used. Previously, Red EPIC setups would require a slim batteryor side mount solution, and F55 rigs very cumbersome. The CineMilled extensions ensure a more “normal” setup is compatible with your Ronin, as well as compatibility with the FS700, FS7 and even Arri Amira (although the latter is very tentative due to the cameras size). For a full list of CineMilled products check them out on B&H.Read more
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