The new Rokinon 85mm Cine Lens features the same outstanding image quality as the standard Rokinon 24mm F1.4 lens but has the added benefits of de-clicked apertures and follow focus compatibility. De-clicked apertures means that there are no hard clicks when changing apertures and the aperture can be manually set to a very specific number (like f/1.7, f/2.8). The lens has also been constructed so that it can be easily attached to follow focus systems which are widely used by videographers. The Rokinon Cine lenses are the most affordable, high quality lenses in the market today. Approximate retail value: $349.
About this Sweepstakes
This sweepstakes is for 1 (one) Rokinon CV85M-N 85mm t/1.5 for Nikon and is open for entry from 9AM PST 05/21/2013 until 5PM PST 05/29/2013. This item is a brand new USA model in original retail packaging.
The FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base is a simple addition that solves the need for a panning base in situations where one is needed but not provided natively with the gear you’re using. Inexpensive jibs and cranes are a perfect example of when a pan base like this would be handy.
Adding the FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base to Video Mini Jibs and Cranes that do not have a pan base can quickly upgrade your setup for an easier and more efficient workflow. Even for use on the very popular Manfrotto 561BHDV (discontinued) that did not come with pan control, the PB-70 Panning Base is a simple solution to introducing this function. The Manfrotto Monopod now comes with the 700 Series Head that does include the pan feature.
The FEISOL PB-70 Panning Base feels well built and has a smooth rotation with a large turn style locking knob. There is no drag control and it is not as smooth as a fluid head would be for video. For panorama photography, however, the panning is smooth enough to achieve a consistant pan. There are degree marks that can be easily read and the base has a 3/8″ female thread.
You can also incorporate the Redrock Micro Deluxe Accessory Kit and attach the camera without its housing. In contrast to the one mounting point of GoPro’s housing, the Cobalt Cage has twenty 1/4″ threads, and you can use them not only to mount the camera but to mount accessories for use with the camera. Both GoPro and GoPro2 are compatible.
The Alphatron Broadcast Electronics Electronic Viewfinder EVF-035W-3G features a 3.54″ LED-backlit LCD and displays 24-bit RGB at 960 x 640 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Brightness is at 500 nit and contrast ratio at 1000:1. The viewing angle is 160 x 160°. The unit comes equipped with an adjustable diopter and a manual lens shutter for protection of the LCD. A 6″ D-tap cable is included.
Connections consist of SDI and mini-HDMI inputs and outputs, a phone jack for calibration and a USB port for software upgrades. You can loop out from both SDI and HDMI and perform conversion out from HDMI to SDI. (If your camera has a mini-HDMI port, like many cameras do, then you will need a mini-HDMI to mini-HDMI cable to connect the camera to this viewfinder).
The adjustable features on the Alphatron Broadcast Electronics Electronic Viewfinder EVF-035W-3G include Brightness, Contrast, Color Temperature, Sharpness, various Scan modes, Markers, User Aspect Zoom, and Blue Gun. Professional features available are 3G Level A/B, Audio Meter, Time Code, Range Error, Zebra, Luma y’ Zone Check, Focus Assist, and Internal Colorbar and Pluge Pattern. The viewfinder has a lightweight magnesium housing and can be powered by an optional battery or DC power supply.
The Varavon Timeroid has been a highly anticipated time lapse remote controller to be paired up with their existing Motorized Slider systems including Varavon’s OliviaTech Motorroid.
For those of you who already have a motorized slider like the Varavon OliviaTech Motorroid, Varavon now has an option for you to be able to remote-in and control the motion of your slides. The OliviaTech Motorroid and Motorroid can be driven internally or externally with the Timeroid.
The Timeroid acts as a fully programable intervelometer. It is very similar to the MX2 Dynamic Perception controller that it was modeled after. The Varavon Motorroid is not only compatible with the Timeroid, it is also compatible with other company controllers.
Timeroid has single and 2 axis options. The single axis will give you controlled panning and the 2 axis option will allow you to have control of both panning and tilting. The 2 axis option can control 2 motors at the same time.
Currently there is no public information on the Timeroid. Varavon should be releasing this soon on their website. For now we only know the expected price points and release date- $295 for Timeroid and $350 for the Timeroid Controller. Release should be sometime in May 2013.
Kupo is a leading manufacturer of professional lighting stand and grip accessories for the still and video market. Jason from Kupo shows me their latest grip gear and explains all of their new innovations and why they’re aimed at making your workflow easier.
The Kupo Master C Stand is outfitted with a patented spring ring locking system that removes all tension from the legs so that gravity can do the work for you. A “turtle base” is an industry term where the riser section can be quickly removed from the base for easy transportation and the base can be used with a stand adapter for a low mounting position.
The Kupo 3-Way Clamp is an all metal cast aluminum clamp that features a unique spring locking mechanism that allows you to instantly latch and release the locking collar around any tubing sized from 1.0 ï_ 1.4″ (25 ï_ 35mm) in diameter. By turning the tension handle to secure it in place, you can then mount any light fixture or accessory up to 66 lbs (30 Kg) to light stands, scaffolds or Kupoles. The 3 Way Clamp has three recessed mounting locations distributed in 90 degree increments in to accept a series of interchangeable accessories.
The all-metal Kupo Convi Clamp is made from a lightweight alloy that will support loads of up to 44 lbs (20 Kg). It features a hexagonal receiver that accepts dozens of Convi accessories from a simple stud to the versatile Max Arm to mount almost any light fixture, camera or accessory. The receiver features a spring locking safety system to ensure that the Convi accessory won’t separate from the clamp if the locking screw loosens unexpectedly. The Convi Clamp has a jaw that will extend from 0.2 ï_ 2.0″ (5 ï_ 51mm) in diameter. It also features a saddle to securely mount it on flat surfaces.
The Kupo Super Viser Clamp With Hex Receiver can mount securely onto round and square objects, or just about any unique shape up to 4″ (11cm) in diameter. The jaw position remains fixed on one side of the clamp, enabling it to be mounted where limited space is available. The specially formulated grip pad provides a strong grip, yet protects the surface it’s clamped around. Another Kupo innovation outfits this clamp with a hexagonal receiver that accepts the full compliment of Convi Clamp accessories. The Super Viser boasts an impressive load capacity of 66.1 lbs (30 Kg) and comes in a silver aluminum finish.
The Kupo Max Arm is an adjustable arm that allows you to position a camera, lighting fixture or accessory in any position. The two 5/8″ (16mm) studs at either end are attached to ball joints that rotate 360 degrees, plus a cut-out in the sleeve surrounding the ball allows the stud to be bent 90 degrees. One stud is tapped to receive a 3/8″-16 thread, while the other is tapped to receive a 1/4″-20 thread.
Kupo Grip Arm Support
Generally when you extend a large accessory such a flag or light fixture laterally past the center column of a C stand, the increased leverage may be too much for the grip head to bear. In the old days you could rectify this situation using another C stand as an additional support, or a combination of clamps, grip heads and grip arms. Today Kupo has developed an innovative solution that rapidly mounts between both the riser section of a Master C Stand with help of either a Kupo 3 or 4 Way Clamp, and to a grip arm with the help of the included Kupo Tiny clamp already mounted on the other side of the Grip Arm Support. The Grip Arm Support has a built in ball joint that rotates 360 degrees for infinite flexibility and extends from 22 ï_ 30.7″ (56 ï_ 78cm). With the addition of the Grip Arm Support, the load capacity at the end of your grip arm is greatly increased.
Kupo 40″ Grip Arm With Big Handle
Kupo recently introduced an exciting innovation in grip arm design, the Hex Pin Grip Arm. At the end of their 40″ grip arm, you will find a baby hex pin with six milled flat surfaces. Now you can mount your light fixtures or accessories on the end of your grip arm like a mini boom and they won’t rotate due to the set-screw of that fixture or accessory, locking onto one of the sides of the hex pin.
The IO Industries 2KSDI Multi-Faceted Mini-cam is built to be completely flexible, yet small enough to fit into a range of specialty applications for both broadcast and cinema. The 2KSDI camera packs in the flexible color processing and optics support required by video professionals.
With a Sensor Size of 2048 x 1088 pixels, a pipelined global shutter with correlated double sampling, a 10-bit pixel format, 4:2:2(Y’Cb’Cr’) or RAW (Bayer), and a 3G/HD-SDI (both clean feed and OSD feed) video interface, the IO Industries 2KSDI proves to be a solid contender for the professional applications of action camera perspectives.
More Quick Specs:
Maximum Frame Rate of 60fps at 1080p
White Balance Automatic (AWB), tracking AWB, or manually adjustable
Color Adjustment Color matrix, saturation
Black/White Adjustment Master pedestal, black gamma, knee point
Camera Control RS-485, handheld remote or PC control, up to 1000ft
Synchronization External tri-level sync input
Exposure Control Automatic (AEC) or manually adjustable in 1/8-degree steps
The IO Industries 2KSDI is a C-Mount Camera
The IO Industries 2KSDI Multi-Faceted Mini-cam can be configured in full 2K RAW for digitial cinema one day, then 422 interlaced for live broadcast the next. All of this is configured from an easy to use on-screen display with the small handheld remote, or by attaching an RS485 cable for long distance control. With so many productions shooting RAW video, it is great to have the ability to keep the same workflow for every camera on the shoot. Keep your same RAW workflow, but with use of a small camera!
**The diagram above illustrates a typical 2KSDI workflow and setup. The DVR is fed the 2KSDI’s clean output, where the 2KSDI’s output, which includes the on-screen display, is fed to a monitor.
When you want to shoot 360 Video or even 360 panoramas you set the resolution mode, plug in your GoPro™ equipment, turn on the wireless and you are ready to start shooting high quality full spherical 360 by 180 video and/or photos. CLICK on the images above and below to discover two different 360 videos created with the different 360 Plug-n-Play models. You can watch and interact with the 360 videos. 360Heros explains how they do it and the process involved including what software was being used.
Some bits on the video stitching software that 360 Heros uses:
PTGui has a solution however entails you to be a file management manager but does supply great results and most 360 video today is using this method.
Kolor also has another solution. Drag and drop in your 6 video files, choose your start and stop video sequence and walk away. The software then slices each video frame by frame and builds the MP4 file on the fly plus you can create separate JPG files to import and image sequences.
Video-Stitch also has a GPU solution which is extremely fast and works in either batch or GUI interface mode. Here you set the stitch in PTGui then Video-Stitch converts the template and generates extremely fast interactive 360 video.
The Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized Parabolic Slider with Redrock Heavy Load Tilt Head is the first and only parabolic motion system available, designed to provide elegant cinematic movements while keeping the subject both in focus and stationary in the frame. Most importantly, it does this without any operator involvement. The featured parabolic drive guides your camera on precision-curved track at any speed you choose while keeping your subject stationary in frame.
The included heavy duty tilt head features precision markings and a bull’s eye level for precise, repeatable shots. The tilt head mounts to any camera or base plate, while the slider body can be mounted to any tripod. The 36” long track offers flexibility as it can set shorter limits for motion and allows for camera speed change in real-time and manual start/stop/change direction with speed ramp up/down.
The Redrock Micro One Man Crew Motorized is extremely portable. Weighing in at only 14 pounds with the body dimensions of 46″ x 9″ x 4″, and the added convenience of a durable canvas carrying case, you can take it anywhere you need to go.
Snehal gives us a quick tour around some of the new ARRI Camera Support Systems along with accessories that can be paired with them. These new models of ARRI’s bridgeplates, baseplates, bars and Lightweight Matte Boxes hold up to the original ARRI benchmark standard.
The ARRI Mini Base Plate MBP-3 has been designed to fit most small form factor cameras through dedicated adapter plates. Natively designed for 15 mm lightweight support rods, the MBP-3 is compatible with the ARRI Bridge Plate BP-8/9 for studio setups. Most cameras supported by the MBP-3 are compatible with the ARRI Cage System.
Designed for situations in which compactness and minimal weight are crucial, ARRIs lightweight matte boxes clamp directly to the front of almost any film or digital lens. The four different matte boxes in this range incorporate multiple filter trays and cater to every standard filter size.
The Lightweight Matte Box LMB-25 is a clamp-on matte box that expands the feature set and creative possibilities of the LMB-15, while retaining the low price tag of an entry-level LMB-5. Main Features:
2- or 3-filter metal filter stage guide
Combo 4×4 / 4×5.65″ filter frames
Compatible with all LMB-5/15 filter frames, Clamp Adapters and light shields
Wide angle hood easily removable on set with captive screws
Securing loop on main frame for crane and vehicle use
The Lightweight Matte Box LMB-6 is a lightweight clamp-on matte box that offers all the features of the LMB-25 for the larger-size filters, up to 6.6×6.6″. Main Features
2- or 3- Filter metal stage guides
6.6x 6.6″ filter frames
Hood ready for wide angle lenses up to Ultra Prime 8R (Ansi 35mm)
Dedicated carbon fiber top / bottom flag
Large range of clamp adapters up to 162mm for Optimo 24-290 / 28-340
Compatible with all LMB-4 / MB-28 / MB14 non geared filter frames
Compatible with all LMB-4 / 4A clamp-on rings (with ∅156mm clamp adapter)
Hood easily removable on set with captive screws
Securing loop on main frame for crane and vehicle use