OK, after having seen the incredible timelapse masterpiece covered in this post, one could think everything is said and done regarding timelapsing. Nobody needs to do it ever again. But wait, there is hope for the rest of us. Elysia Visuals have just introduced a neat little timelapse controller, the Ramper Pro 3. Evolution of the Ramper Pro The original Ramper Pro by Elysia Visuals, a company from the Netherlands, has been in the the hands of many timelapse shooters around the world for a couple of years now. The developers clearly believed it was time for an upgrade, so here comes the brand new version 3 of the Ramper Pro timelapse machine. This new version makes it even easier to capture the so called holy grail of timelapsing, the transition from day to night or vice versa. In order to achieve this trick, the Ramper Pro 3 device takes full control over the connected camera (or even 2 cameras at the same time), including an advanced light sensor for necessary measurements. the internal processing of the Ramper Pro 3. (credit: ElysiaVisuals) For each picture captured by the camera the Ramper Pro 3 will kick off an analysis process including the brightness of the given frame as well as a readout from the light sensor in order to adjust the settings for the next frame. XMP files are generated automatically, so all the de-flicker information is right there when you import your image sequence into your RAW processing software of choice, such as Adobe Lightroom. After having made all the necessary (and artistic) adjustments, you’re all set for exporting the image sequence in order to render the final clip. The software has been streamlined as well. The Ramper Pro 3 will now warn you if some default settings are being altered. You can rest assured that no weird settings stand in between you and that unique sunset timelapse anymore. All in all, the software is now pretty much self-explanatory which is nice as there is nothing more annoying than cryptic menu structures. Here is a quick overview of the functions but please note: this video covers the original version, not the updated Ramper Pro 3: This new version also sports wireless connectivity: both wifi and bluetooth standards are built right in. So you can preview your images in real time on a bigger screen such as a tablet which is very convenient! No need for a wifi dongle anymore. On top of that, the Ramper has the ability to control and even program different motion control systems just by tilting the device itself, just as if it was a joystick. Sounds pretty neat but I haven’t tried that myself, though. Alternatives to the Ramper Pro 3 When it comes to timelapsing I rely on a slightly different setup: LRTimelapse by Gunther Wegner and qDSLRdashboard by Zoltan Hubai. You might need a wifi router with a custom firmware in order to connect older DSLRs which don’t support wifi (watch a detailed tutorial here). This results in pretty much the same holy grail timelapse you would get with the Ramper Pro 3. But personally, I like having the ability to tweak each and every keyframe to my liking with LRTimelapse. I might become convinced by this little device, though, as the Ramper Pro 3 is actually kind of a hardware combination of qDSLRdashboard and LRTimelapse, which is really cool and definitely worth a try! The Ramper Pro 3 is available through the ElysiaVisuals online store and will retail for €434 (plus 21% VAT, €91,14).Read more
With the clunkily-named AG ROP app, Panasonic brings remote, wireless operation to the reasonably popular AG-DVX200. Released in 2015, the AG-DVX200 arrived as the long awaited successor to the popular AG-DVX100. Ages ahead of its younger brother, the DVX200 lends itself to a variety of uses due to its form factor and its specs and features: with a single 4/3 inch sensor, XLR inputs, DCI 4K and 120FPS overcranking at Full HD, it can handle the rigours of run & gun documentary style shooting, as well as a more filmic aesthetic. Most importantly, it looks like it means business, with its red tail and a carbon-fibre-looking body. Make sure you check out Sebastian’s review here for more on the camera. With the release of the AG ROP (AG Remote Operation Panel), Panasonic follows on the steps of its Image App which allows WiFi remote control of its Lumix range of cameras, as well as smaller camcorders. With controls for master pedestal, colour temperature adjustment, knee, ND filter setting and more, the AG ROP builds on the usability of the Image App’s basic remote controls for shutter speed, record trigger, iris, and zoom and focus with compatible lenses. The app can also be used to browse and preview the different clips stored in the cameras’s memory card. This drastically increases the usability of the camera, especially when leaving the camera shooting unattended or when mounted on a crane. It is always a nice touch when manufacturers extend the functionality of a product for free through firmware updates or peripheral content such as apps, but there are a couple of things to consider in the case of the AG ROP. Unlike cameras all over the price spectrum that offer WiFi as standard, the Panasonic AG-DVX200 does NOT support WiFi connectivity natively. In order to use this function, the camera requires the use of the optional Panasonic AJ-WM30 or ASUS USB-N53 WiFi dongles. Also – and this could very well be due to the screen real estate needed to house all the features that the AG ROP offers – the app is only available for the iPad. In other words, it does feel like this app will only really favour shooters who may already own the tablet rather than open up full WiFi functionality for all DVX200 owners with a smartphone. So all in all, sure, a nice addition from Panasonic. But one that might not really make much of a splash in the greater scheme of things. You can get the app from the App Store for free 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! Watch part 1 and part 2 of episode 20 by clicking here – in case you missed it! In the 3rd and final part of episode 20 of ON THE COUCH, I talked with pro photographers Kamil Tamiola, Tom Barnes and Lucas Gilman about the sheer amounts of data we have to deal with in photography and filmmaking these days, and how to deal with these amounts. Kamil mentioned that he is shooting a lot for Phase One with their own cameras, producing 50 or 80 Megapixels per frame – in 16 bits. After layering changes onto his files in post production, he ends up with photos which are 5 to 6 Gigabytes easily. Tom talks about how he is almost exclusively shooting tethered on his photo shoots – even going so far that his clients get iPad Mini’s into their hands to check out the shots and rate them right after he took them, which of course speeds up his selection and post production process tremendously. On the stresses of photographing new prototype cars for JEEP, Kamil said how he can see Wifi connected cameras are the future especially when you have fast turn around shoots with little time to mess stuff up – clients can get an idea of what’s being shot while they are there, which also keeps them off your back as a shooter. Additionally, an assistant can already do temporary image processing for previews. Finally, Tom showed off his incredibly portable location workstation, a custom built Pelican 1510 Case which houses a MacBook with a large external battery that can power it three or four times over a normal charge, plus a couple of tethered G-Technology G-Drive ev SSDs for instant backups when shooting tethered with a DSLR. For details, head over to Tom’s blog post about his location workstation. In the next episode of ON THE COUCH, we will have representatives from ZEISS, Samyang and SLR Magic talking about their different – and similar – approaches when it comes to lens development, as well as their new products. Tune back in next Friday! Watch all other episodes of ON THE COUCH so far by clicking here! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
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