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Cinevate MorpheusNo, it’s not the famous character from The Matrix played by Laurence Fishburne  – though I’m sure that’s all you’re going to think about now — it’s actually a modular camera stabilizer. Cinevate has been working for a number of years on a small, light, and inexpensive camera stabilizer that can take your GoPro or other small camera and give you smooth-looking footage. The company has launched a Kickstarter for the stabilizer, so check out the launch video below for more on the Cinevate Morpheus: More »

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We took a look at the Cinevate Axis Jab at last year’s NAB, but they’ve made quite a few improvements that really make this even more set-ready. Our friends at FreshDV checked out the jib this year at the Cinevate booth, and talked with Dennis Wood about some of the changes and improvements over the model they were showing at NAB 2012. Watch the video below: More »

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Back at NAB 2012, I stopped by the Cinevate booth to check out some of their newest products, and one that many around the booth seemed most excited about was the Axis Jib. The heavy-duty jib, which has gone through a number of iterations to satisfy the needs of shooters, has finally been released by Cinevate. Many people might be familiar with newer and lighter jibs that have been designed smaller and more compact for DSLRs, but this is a real, professional jib for heavy cameras. Check out the introduction video: More »

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This is the very last video I did at NAB just before the show closed, and Dennis Wood of Cinevate showed off all of their exciting products, including a complete cine kit for the FS100 that bolts to the camera in a similar way as the Zacuto FS100 rig. He also gave a walk-through of their Axis jib, which is designed to be mobile and simple to assemble. If timelapse is your thing, and you’ve already got a Cinevate slider, they are partnering with DitoGear to add timelapse functionality. More »

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“Need” is perhaps a strong word, but a matte box serves two purposes: one, to cut down on unwanted lens flares; two, to allow for easily changeable filters in front of your lens. You may not need one; it depends on how you feel about lens flares, whether you’re planning on using filtration, and how high-profile you can afford to be if you’re on a guerrilla production (a matte box screams “real film” more than perhaps any other accessory, which I suspect is why a large portion of filmmakers run around with one attached: to look legit). Here with a nice, brief video of real-world examples of these issues is accessory manufacturer Cinevate: More »

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I missed a lot of new DSLR and video gear over the last few weeks, so let’s do a roundup: More »

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I was supposed to post this a week ago, but you know how Real Life can be. So here, better late than never, is my second (and final) roundup of all the filmmaking gadgetry shown at Cine Gear 2011 (part one is here). This time, let’s check out a whole bunch of stuff from Cinevate, D | Focus, Sekonic, and more. More »

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I was a bit overwhelmed by all the gear on display at Cinevate’s well-trafficked NAB booth, especially given I don’t have the faintest clue about camera sliders. Better, then, to let the guys at FreshDV walk you through the Simplis DSLR rig, Atlas DSLR slider, new LED lights, and the Cyclops Viewfinder that will, packaged with a Sony monitor, soon join the other EVFs I saw at the show. If you don’t feel a need to keep one eye free, the Cyclops has a unique (and very clear) viewport that immerses you more along the lines of that dude from Star Trek than a traditional one-eye viewfinder. Here’s what they were showing at their booth: More »

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This is a perfect example of why I decided to scrap my own video coverage; NAB is being covered by dozens of camera crews and the minute one interview is over, another one starts. Rather than ask the same questions as the FreshDV crew — who do a great job at NAB every year and has a crew of editors cutting around the clock — let ‘s just take a look at their coverage of the Zacuto booth: More »

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The fact that HDSLRs are so unergonomic has given rise to shooters attaching all manner of accessories to their camera in an attempt to make the device behave like a “real” movie camera. But here’s the thing about DSLR accessorizing: it’s here to stay. Anyone who upgrades from a DSLR to a compact camcorder form factor (like the Panasonic AG-AF100, Sony PMW-F3, or any of the new RED cameras) is going to find that we still need a lot of accesories to put these cameras where they’re supposed to be: on our shoulder. Those who have shot for several hours with a handheld camcorder sans proper support (as did I on The West Side) knows that even a sub-10 lb camera can make you prohibitively sore. So for those of us who can’t afford full-size cameras, support systems are here to stay. Here’s a look at a number of new camera accessories from NoFilmSchool’s February sponsors: More »