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IDX Wevi Cam Wave Wireless HD-Video Transmission System

The IDX Wevi Cam Wave CW-5HD Video Transmission System offers a versatile solution for video playback on mobile and remote shoots.  With an integrated V-Mount, the lightweight Wevi transmitter mounts directly to the camera and accepts Anton Bauer batteries.  Automatically differentiating between HD-SDI and SD-SDI signals, the Wevi Wireless Video System is capable of transmitting a standard definition or high definition signal up to 150 feet.  Employing 2-channel embedded audio, the Wevi High Definition System also ensures audio/video synchronization without any additional cabling or technology. Available for rental at Moving Picture, we have seen the Wevi Wireless HD System enhance Video Assist on multiple jobs throughout the past six months.  Need to transmit an HD signal from a steadicam?  Shooting on a RED or ARRI Alexa camera and require a wireless feed to your director’s hand held monitor?  The possibilities are endless, rent the IDX Wevi Cam Wave CW-5HD Video Transmission System for your next shoot! Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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The Steadicam Pilot

For decades, filmmaking and massive budgets have been wed to one another.  With the invention and evolution of digital video, the floodgates of quality, yet low cost production have opened.  Emerging from the waves of this revolution is the Steadicam Pilot, a newly accessible and functional version of the device that has been beyond the reach of low budget cinema for so long. Having released the Steadicam Merlin and Steadicam Flyer in recent history, Tiffen (formerly Cinema Products) has shown a distinct interest in reaching digitally inclined consumers.  While these models accommodated the needs of certain consumer and prosumer enthusiasts, there were several barriers preventing filmmakers from obtaining truly professional results. As a handheld device, the Merlin was simply exhausting for its user, proving to be impractical for extended use.  With the arm/vest addition to the Flyer, we saw a closer resemblance in look and operation to Tiffen’s top end Steadicam Ultra and Steadicam Clipper models.  Unfortunately, with weight restrictions preventing the Merlin and Flyer from securing professional video cameras, the quality of cameras available for use with these models left much to be desired. With the rapid advancement of lightweight, yet high quality digital video cameras, the ten-pound weight restriction of Tiffen’s Steadicam Pilot doesn’t retract from its overall quality.  There exists an entire range of professional cameras that fall within this weight class, including but not limited to the: Panasonic AG-DVX-100B, Sony DSR-PD170, Canon XL-1, and Canon EOS 5D Mark II. No longer relegated to matrimony with cameras of insufferable quality, the Steadicam technology available in the Pilotprovides filmmakers with long awaited professional workflow.  Fitted with the essential vest, arm, and sled with monitor, the Steadicam Pilot is a streamlined version of the Flyer yet still closely resembles the aforementioned larger rigs.  In contrast to these larger models, the Pilot’s low total weight allows for an entire day of shooting without losing much stamina. Additionally, while many other competing devices require the loosening and tightening of a series of screws to adjust fore-and-aft and side-to-side balancing, the Steadicam Pilot uses two simple knobs.  The Pilot also allows for quality shooting in both high and low modes (you can flip the camera’s orientation for high and low filming) with little time needed for the switch. All this comes at a price tag of about $4,000, making professional quality Steadicam footage more accessible than ever.  A viable option for independent filmmakers and enthusiasts alike, the Pilot is absolutely worth its cost. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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The Cineflex V14 HD Camera System

The Cineflex V14 HD camera system has taken aerial cinematography to the next level. Equipped with a technologically advanced gimbal, the Cineflex V14 HD system uses sensors to recognize vibrations and immediately correct the camera accordingly.  This is a vast improvement upon previous gyro gimbal systems that relied on a system of spinning (and sometimes unstable) wheels to capture smooth images.  At about 65 pounds and a mere 14.5 inches wide, this gimbal also allows for more versatile shooting.  Uniquely, the Cineflex V14 Turret can be used in conjunction with more than just helicopters.  Attach the turret to cars, boats, etc to capture the best footage for your specific circumstance. Sporting the robust Sony HDW-1500 camera, the Cineflex V14 HD system separates elements of the camera to reduce strain on the gimbal.  The body of the HDW-1500 remains inside the chopper while its CCD block and lens attach to the gimbal.  With an attached SR-recorder, the Cineflex can output 1920 x 1080 HDCAM video to 50-minute tapes.  As of late, this system has been used to record aerial footage for television shows such as Burn Notice, Brooke Knows Best, and Ugly Betty. Bookmark it to Stumbleupon, Digg, and more! Hide...

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