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Beta testing the DJI Ronin

Disclaimer - I don't work with DJI or have an affiliation with them but I am a beta tester for the Ronin - whilst I consider my views balanced and unbiased and have attempted to present them as such, its important for me to disclose that we have a connection to DJI for the purpose of beta testing the unit. UPDATE:  The latest version of the IOS app for the Ronin now allows the pan axis to be have its centre re-calibrated.  A very useful piece of functionality. 3 Axis Gimbals   Whilst you will have read much of the hype and hyperbole around the availability, use and application...

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Flowcine Gravity One

Flowcine Gravity One arrives at SteadiOp Ours arrived some time ago but we have been working hard to ensure that we have the necessary kit to support its best use.  We have the excellent Gorelink Turret System from Walter Klassen which coupled with a Steadicam operator's vest and arm, allow for a camera to be configured in a handheld mode (Achieve the look and feel of a handheld shot while keeping the camera off the shoulder, have an up/down booming effect using your steadicam arm and shoot from floor to eye level in one move).  The stability offered by the arm and the isolation of extreme...

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Rain Deflector

A classical rain deflector with a unique design Well, most camera operators understand the importance of rain deflectors when operating outdoors and the rain falls (particularly in the UK climate and weather). As a Steadicam Operator, I suspect its not a normal piece of kit to have in the operator's inventory.  However, having spent (far too much time) shooting under rain machines for idents and feature films alike, I decided an investment here would be useful personally and for our Camera Hire business - BeyondR3D The particular variant we purchased is a Sprayoff Micro. The Sprayoff...

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Scotland should have a film studio!

OK, so many of you will know of my Scottish heritage. But should Scotland should have its own film studio? Given the amount of location work I complete in Scotland and the general desire for the big American shows to make use of the Highland and the Cities of Scotland alike, perhaps my personal answer should be yes? After all, there are many talented crew north of the English border, and many more stunning locations to enhance production values (remember Glasgow for Philadelphia in World War Z?). Having a studio in Scotland would enhance this and allow for integrated production work to take...

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RED Dragons in Paris

RVZ Rentals in Paris had their new RED Carbon Fiber Dragons at the AFC Micro Salon the other day. One was dangling from a MoVi and fitted with Leica Summicron-C primes (they cover the >34mm 6K image circle). Back... ...read more

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Cinematography Tips: Breaking Up & Diffusing Light!

Ryan Connolly breaks down how to break up and diffuse light for better cinematography! ...read more

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