Matthew Allard talked to Blackmagic Design about their brand new Production Camera, capable of shooting 4K. The camera has an identical body to the 2.5K version but, as opposed to the previous model, shoots full 4K on a Super35mm sensor and has a global shutter, along with many other features.
Jonah Kessel spoke to Vincent Laforet and Freefly Systems about the MōVI camera stabilization system.
Miller has improved their Solo tripods with new Rapid Lock legs, which lock with a quarter turn. I spoke to Greg Thomson at Miller’s NAB Show 2013 booth about the new sticks.
I stopped by the Vinten booth to chat with fellow Boston cameraman Tom Guilmette about Vinten Vision Blue tripods.
Kadir from Edelkrone talked to Matt Allard about their very innovative slider, the SliderPlus+. The system consists of a sliding carriage and sliding pair of rods, which effectively doubles your sliding range. Kadir also demonstrates the Edelkrone Target Module, which can track a point/subject in a frame which was previously specified with a number of parameters.
I sat down with Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss from Zacuto and chatted about their latest camera rigs. New products include the DSLR Gorilla kit, The Marauder and the ergonomic Recoil System with EVF Dogbone, Z-Drive follow focus and Tornado grip.
While some men might argue otherwise,”Mister Nasty Clamps” Matt stopped me on the floor of NAB 2013 to tell me size does matter. Is this a joke? Well, not really. Matt makes clamps, similar to the popular gorilla pod. However, Matt’s Nasty Clamp ends with a 1/4″-20 standard tripod screw.
I stopped by the impressive RED booth. RED installed a clean room factory in their booth at NAB and were busily upgrading Epics to Dragons on the show floor. Ted Schilowitz, First Employee (his preferred title) or “Ted from RED” also talks to me about their new lens mount that provides one-tenth-stop ND and a global shutter.
Chuck Fadely stopped by the Canon booth to see two cameras that will be particularly appealing to solo video journalists.
While the XA20 and XA25 camcorders offer attractive features for shooters, including a 20x HD video lens and XLR inputs the real kicker in these cameras is the dual-band, built in Wi-Fi that allows users to FTP files directly from the field. Equally as impressive is the camera’s ability to record full HD to one memory card, while compressing to the second card which could be uploading to web.
The camera is marketed toward video journalists and solo documentarians.