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In the past year Okii has put out two interesting tools for Canon HDSLR filmmakers – the Okii FC1 USB Focus Controller and the MC1 USB Mini Controller.  They are both notable for being among the first camera controllers for Canon DSLRs to use the USB protocol — this means you can keep the live view on, either in camera or via monitor, while remotely adjusting camera settings.  Now, although using the USB protocol presents pros, it also has its cons:
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There are a couple of USB follow focus controllers out there — the Okii FC1 and Helmsman come to mind — but not all controllers are follow focuses. Instead, some simply let you start/stop recording, adjust exposure, and change settings. Here’s a preview from HD Cam Team of the Okii MC1 USB controller (though at the time of the video the brand had yet to be revealed): More »

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I’ve still not written the long-missing follow focus section of the DSLR Cinematography Guide, mainly because I don’t own a follow focus. I’ve had my eye on the forthcoming Redrock microRemote for a while, but since that unit has yet to see the light of day — and since I haven’t been in production on anything necessitating a follow focus in the meantime — the section has remained neglected. Here’s word of an innovative approach to a follow focus, however, one that uses the USB port on your DSLR to control your lenses (note that you must have the right electronic Canon lenses for this to function). Check out Okii’s new Follow Focus in action: More »