The Kessler Crane Parallax is an add on accessory for the Kessler sliders (length and type specific) allowing the camera to pan while keeping your subject matter in the center of the frame. In essence, it provides an additional axis of movement to your horizontal slider moves. These can be inward or outward panning moves which provide additional dynamic movement which is great for B-roll shots. It attaches to the slider’s underside mechanically with 2 adjustments on each end allowing you to pivot the camera on the Parallax carriage to keep the camera aimed at your subject matter. Then as the camera travels up and down the slider the carriage arm rotates the carriage which pans your camera.
This is a great tool for sit down interviews. You can pair this set up with Kessler’s Second Shooter 1-axis motion control system to be used with a second camera off to the side during your interview. The Second Shooter can be programmed to travel up and down the track with delays at the beginning and end moves to provide you additional footage for your edit. Once this is set up and programmed in… it can run unattended, given you have enough power and memory.
This is a great tool to have if you use or are considering going with Kessler’s line of sliders in your kit. The Kessler Crane Parallax adds so many options for you when you’re out capturing your B-roll shots… even when running manually without any motion control tied into it.
Kessler Crane Parallax Accessory
The Kessler Parallax carriage allows you to mount your camera to suit your needs. Below we show the Kessler Low Profile Ball Head attached to it. This little ball head offers a lot of adjustment (62 degrees) and payload for its size. Its bottom bolt size is 3/8″-16 allowing direct threading into the Parallax carriage. You also have the option on your top bolt size of either 3/8″-16 or 1/4″-20 at time of purchase. Kessler also offers each size ala carte in case you come to find you need the other size down the road. They are swappable via the 3 hex screws on the top.
The Blackmagic Design Production Camera offers great value at its price point for a 4-K camera. But it’s not fully equipped ‘out of the box’ to function in the field. Additional basic accessories are needed such as external power and audio mic preamps on top of those that tailor the camera to individual shooting needs. This add-on gear for our BMPC-4K includes accessories from vendors such as Zacuto, Viewfactor Studios, Juiced Link, Sennheiser, and SmallHD. Our rigging in the photo below includes the following additional accessories…
BMPC-4K Accessories For Baseball B-Roll
In the above photo notice the follow focus gear from Zacuto. This type of gear, with the metal stops attached to each other (to lock the strap together), is currently being upstaged by new 3-D printed designs that slip onto your lens’ focus barrel. Notice in the photo below one of these 3-D printed follow focus gears on the Canon 24-105mm zoom lens. The gears are wider and the fit is nice and tight with no spin or movement when it’s in position on the focus barrel. We’ve really enjoyed these new 3-D printed follow focus gears and will be outfitting additional lenses with them. You can find more info about these gears at the Follow Focus Gears website. They offer gears for multiple lens manufacturers.
Stay tuned for more blog posts on additional BMPC-4K accessories.
Neutral density filters are a must-have item in any cinematographer or photographer’s toolkit. Digital cinema camera sensors are optimized at higher ISOs vs a traditional DSLR sensor. These can be 400 and 800 ISO with the Blackmagic Design Cinema Cameras. As a result, if you’re shooting outside on a bright sunny day you’re going to need ND with a BMD camera. They not only help you get your aperture to where you need it to be for artistic and aesthetic purposes but also allow you to expose the picture properly without it going into clip on those sunny exteriors. These sensors are also prone to what’s known as IR contamination when higher levels of neutral density filters are used. This infrared contamination can wreak havoc on the color balance of your picture… especially in the blacks (ie: black clothing). The darker black tones in your picture will tend to shift to brown and skin tone will be affected as well. This is a colorist’s nightmare in post-production and often is never completely color-corrected without a compromise in the picture’s tones elsewhere. To correct this during field recording an additional filter, known as an ‘IR Cut’, is needed when higher amounts of neutral density are used.
Many matte boxes can accommodate 2 filters at the same time but what if you’re working with a smaller rig without a matte box and require screw on filters? What if you could have the functionality of neutral density and IR Cut in one piece of glass without any color cast? That is now an option with the Firecrest line of neutral density filters from Formatt Hitech. We continue to test their circular 72mm versions and are liking the results we’re getting. Stay tuned for more on this exciting new line of neutral density filters.
Firecrest Neutral Density Filters – Formatt Hitech
We’re excited about adding Kessler Crane’s newest motion control system to our toolkit. Second Shooter is a 3-axis system offering keyframe control over pan, tilt, and slide movements. Here we’re showing this ‘moco’ system in a single axis configuration for the horizontal sliding moves with Kessler Crane’s Parallax bar attached to their Stealth Traveller slider. This set-up is ideal for sit down interviews with a B-camera set off axis from the A-camera. Second Shooter can be programmed in a loop mode to travel up and down the track with the Parallax offering the ability for the camera to pivot as it slides to keep its focal point on your subject. This is a great addition for anyone recording sit down interviews with its programming options. You can set speed ramps at the beginning and end of a slide as well as a delay before it returns to its starting point. Net result?… more options for your editor… and even better when it’s you!
Second Shooter Single Axis Motion Control System
Black Friday at RevoStock is here once again and it’s a perfect time to grab some versatile stock video transitions for your non-linear editing and compositing toolbox. We’ve bundled up a 6-pack of our favorite stock video transitions and are offering them at 50% OFF for a limited time.
This offer runs from November 19 – December 3, 2014. This bundle is a first for us here at Postquis Design LLC as we bring you 6 stock video clips that can be used in a multitude of ways in your projects. All clips are 32-bit with alpha channel embedded EXCEPT the ‘Smoke Transition 1’ clip. It is a 24 bit video clip over black for which you can utilize a blend mode to composite it.
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Music in the preview video is courtesy of Aaronmusic Productions and titled Mobius Strip. It can also be found at RevoStock.com. They also offer alternate duration versions of this full length track.
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The Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K has recently arrived at Postquis Design LLC. We’ve waited for a while to make the move to the 4K dance as we felt that critical functionality was missing in the BMPC 4K camera until recently. The release of Blackmagic Design’s firmware version 1.9.5 removed those concerns and it was time to join the 4K production world. The addition of audio meters in the on-camera LCD, time remaining for the SSD, a histogram (albeit a small one), and the ability to format your SSDs in the camera make for a very welcomed firmware upgrade.
Now comes the time to rig it for our projects and how we prefer to work in the field. Many hours were spent over the past months deciding on how that would begin when the time came… what would be the best cage for it… the foundation for all the other tools for which it would be equipped. We always kept coming back to one in particular, the View Factor Studios BMCC cage, which also fits the BMPC 4K model. The design of it is such that it fits the BMCC and BMPC 4K cameras like a glove. We look forward to its arrival and will be posting some BTS of it when it does!
Till then, it’s time to check out some glass with it and run it thru some preliminary tests. Ours is the EF mount version (BMD has recently announced a PL version also for the 4K camera) and should do well with Canon ‘still’ lenses. But for those new to the cinema/video production world, ‘cine’ glass which is de-clicked and has built in gears for follow focus and aperture if needed often makes life much easier on set.
Below are a Rokinon 14mm T3.1 cine de-clicked lens on the BMPC 4k and a Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 photo lens. Take note of the side markings on the Rokinon cine lens. Should you rig your BMPC with the intent of having a focus puller work with you… these side marking make it much easier for them vs the top markings on a stills photo lens.
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 cine lens with BMPC 4K
Additionally, with a cine lens you get smooth changes on your aperture ring. You aren’t restricted to 1/3 stop clicks… you can fine tune your aperture to any position between what would be clickable stops on a photo lens.
Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 photo lens with BMPC 4K
Stay tuned for more updates on our blog as we continue to get our BMPC 4K all dressed up for the 4K party! Next up… getting it slipped into the View Factor Studios Blackmagic Design camera cage.
Video Preview – Green Energy Title Reveal
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- Length: 5 sec.
- Loopable: No
- Sound: No
- Frame Rate: 29.97 fps
- Field Rendering: Progressive
- Codec: PNG (32-bit with Alpha)
Resolution: 1920 x 1080
Stock video footage for a ‘Go Green’ themed story. This clip can be used as a lead in with a reveal on the back side or as a final tag element for your renewable energy story or promo.
Video Preview – Mortise Background
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- Length: 10 sec.
- Loopable: Yes
- Sound: No
- Frame Rate: 24 fps
- Field Rendering: Progressive
- Codec: Photo JPEG
Resolution: 1280 x 720
An architectural styled looping mortise background. Texture animates within the bevel, pillars, and gray background.
The RevoStock.com 40 for $40 Stock Media Bundle Sale recently got better! It’s now a 41 for $40 bundle with the addition of an extra After Effects template that has been added to the bundle. This BONUS stock media item got added at the 500 download count for the bundle. This promotion is unique in that it rewards all purchasers of the bundle each time an additional 500 downloads are reached. So the next bonus stock media item will be added at the 1000 download count. This is where the creative community can participate in spreading the word about this unbelievable deal. RevoStock values this bundle at over $1000.00 dollars if purchased individually.
RevoStock is offering this bundle sale to bring awareness to their patent troll story. Read their full story here which came to a conclusion late last year. Sharing their story with others in the creative community helps shed light on a scenario many have been unaware of until recently.
Now a 41 for $40 Stock Media Bundle
The RevoStock 40 for 40 Stock Media Bundle Sale has the potential to get better and better. By continuing to share it with your social networks and the creative community, you can help that download count grow and reach the levels at which BONUS items get added. At each 500 download count threshold another item gets added and all who have purchased it also get the additional BONUS items.
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Our 32-bit stock footage transition was voted into the bundle by the RevoStock community and we thank you! Preview the results of the initial voting on the RevoStock 40 for $40 Bundle Promo page. Read the full story below on the background for this promotion.
RevoStock.com has quite a story to share with the creative community regarding their defense against a ‘patent infringement’ lawsuit. This lawsuit was brought upon them by a company many refer to as a Patent Troll. You can read the full story at RevoStock’s Patent Troll Story blog post.
They’re bringing attention to this situation through an unbelievable promotion in which the RevoStock creative community can help shape. RevoStock will be offering an unbelievable deal of 40 various stock footage items for 40 bucks! That’s right 40 for $40 for a collection of After Effects templates, stock footage, music, sound fx, and Apple Motion template. They are allowing users to vote for the items they would like to see in the bundle. The results of the vote will help RevoStock shape the contents of this special promotional bundle.
Voting will be active thru 2-18-14. The promotional sale will begin the next day 2-19-14 and conclude 3-4-14. For every 500 downloads of the bundle, a new item is unlocked and added for all bundle owners to download! Read the full details here.
We’ve submitted one of our stock footage transitions as part of the group that RevoStock users will be voting on. Fire Streaks Transition 2 w Alpha (preview below) is a 32-bit clip with its alpha channel embedded for ease of use. Designed to be flexible and versatile, it can be used in a wide range of projects when needing a fast transition.
We’ve been a RevoStock contributing producer for some time and are happy to contribute to this promotional event. The staff at RevoStock puts a high priority on customer service and we’re happy to be a part of their creative community of contributing producers.
Preview our clip below with a mouse over. Cast your vote for our clip Fire Streaks Transition 2 w Alpha on the RevoStock 40 for $40 Patent Troll Awareness Bundle voting page. Spread the word and much thanks!