DSLRs have become the go to choice for low-budget video shooters over the past few years. While these cameras have some major advantages (small size, low price, low light sensitivity etc), they weren’t designed to shoot video. Because of this, it is necessary to add a few accessories to turn these cameras in to lean, mean, movie-shooting machines.
The Go Pro Hero 3 has become an invaluable tool for the filmmakers of today. With its small size and high resolution, it has found it’s way on many productions. While the camera is a great tool, it has some limitations, one of those being the inability to easily mount accessories.
RedRock Micro’s Cobalt cage is here to solve that problem, as well as a few others. The Cobalt Cage can be used with or without the stock plastic GoPro housing. It protects your camera even better because it is impact-proof, crash-proof, crush-proof, and bullet proof! Using the cage instead of the plastic housing also eliminates the change of fog ruining an otherwise beautiful shot!
The Cobalt Cage is made of precision-machined military-grade aluminum, and features integrated ¼”-20 threads that surround the camera in 360 degrees. This allows you to attach virtually anything to the Go Pro including suction cups, Cardellini clamps, speed rail, or mafer clamps for mounting. You can also attach accessories such as microphones and on-board LED lights.
Redrock Micro debuted it’s One Man Crew at NAB this year and it looks Kessler has been working on something similar, the Parallax.
Both the One Man Crew and the Kessler Parallax are designed to automate slider moves. This is great for documentaries and interviews where crew is limited and every bit of production value counts.
We went to NAB this year and had a blast checking out all the new cameras, lighting, and accessory technology. There were so many new cool tools and announcements that it can be overwhelming, so we decided to put together a list of the highlights. Here’s what we think you need to know from NAB 2013.
Blackmagic has one of the most buzzed about announcements for the second year in a row at NAB. Last year, the big news was their 2.7k Cinema Camera for a budget friendly $2995. This year their most exciting announcement is their new Super-35 4k Production Camera with global shutter. The use of a global shutter is exciting as it delivers a smooth image when panning and when there’s a lot of motion within the frame. The Blackmagic 4k Production Camera will retail at $3995. Like the BMCC, the Production Camera offers 12 stops of dynamic range, records to SSDs, and will include a copy of Davinci Resolve.