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
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
A nice piece of breathtaking biking stunts filmed on 5Dmk2, the Panasonic AF100, GoPro and some stunning slomo shots (at the end) done with the Phantom Flex camera. By the authors: In mid May we headed to Stockholm (Sweden) with 200kg of luggage. The plan was to shoot three of the best bike riders in the world ; Daniel Dhers (BMX), Martin Söderström (MTB) and Danny Macaskill (Trials). After seven full days of shooting in the city and the surrounding archipelago, we felt quite confident that we had enough footage to realize our developing plan for the video. We shot mostly with a 5D MKII rig and the Panasonic AF100, giving us a lot of flexibility and room to move at the various locations. For the last segment of the film, Peter Svensson at Red Bull wanted to bring in a Phantom Flex camera. Aside from being an amazing camera for what it does (shooting highspeed), the setup proved to be anything else than flexible on location. A camera technician, a car packed with gear and a cable tying the camera to a power source, meant that we had to work very differently than the initial days of production. All in all we had a great time making this video. We are greatful to POC, Red Bull Sweden and the riders who really made an effort to make this thing as good as possible! Join the rating here or discuss this work in the comments to this article. Still photographer Joakim AndreassenRead more
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