Video Tag

The tripod and head stand at Camera Electronic is currently playing host to some of the final components of the Cullman Titan and Concept systems. These are particularly suited to people doing videos who wish to add the stability of a pan/tilt head to their productions. The heads are excellent and their prices even more so. The big daddy is the TW 99 two-way head. Able to hold the largest of consumer or semi-pro cameras, it will smoothly pan and tilt on top of any large pair of legs. It will also provive pro panoramas on the top turntable. Attachment is for the Arca-Swiss system. Note that the price is halved from the original. It comes in a padded carry bag. If you're dealing with lighter cameras and smaller Cullmann legs, consider the convertible Concept One OH 4.5 V. It has a two-way locking mechanism that can convert the still ball head to a pan/tilt head for video work. It comes complete with Concept quick release plate and video handle. A very good choice if you are wrangling a long lens on a mirrorless...

At least cheaper than it used to be - and can be done at a greater distance. There've been wireless microphone systems for a long time in the cinema and video industry, as well as in the public speaking world. It's a no-brainer that some way of letting a speaker move and turn without a wire connection to the voice recorder makes for greater contact with the audience. Up until now, however, it has been a costly and bulky exercise. No more. Enter the Røde company here in Australia - famed for professional-quality microphones at affordable prices. They produce the Røde Wireless GO system for simple interviewing purposes. You can clip the transmitter to your clothing and it'll act as a microphone itself - or you can opt to use it as a beltpack for a Røde lavalier mic. The two will synch in 3 seconds and the output from the receiver can be fed into your camera with the standard 3.5mm plug. You get a choice of three output levels so your camera will not be overwhelmed. Weight? 31 g. each - you...

Steel yourselves. More Joby products - more Gorillas. I can't help myself - they are just so appealing there on the accessory rack. And the fact that they are well-made and work just adds to it. In this case we can speak to the videographer and macro workers in the readership. Remember the Manfrotto Micro-Friction accessory arm you saw a little while ago? Articulated with a locking lever - fits on the side of Manfrotto tripods - holds video and audio accessories? Well here is a similar thing from Joby: the GorillaPod Arm Kit PRO. It's the same idea - a posable support for LED panels, audio mixers, microphones, and anything that you could attach with a cold shoe mount. It's all-aluminium construction and holds .5 of a kilo in any position you can set it. Best news - that screw mount and anti-rotation channel that was on the Manfrotto Micro-Friction arm is the sme thing on this Joby Gorilla Arm. Just screw it into your modern Manfrotto tripod and shoot away! Macro workers will also recognise the benefit of this sort of thing for...

Carlos and Sam at the Stirling Street Store are real life savers. When I'm casting about for a topic to include in the week's reports here on the weblog column, they always have something new - or newish - to show me. This time it was Carlos and a new little accessory from Manfrotto. Note: I am a fan of Manfrotto, as my studio will show. Nearly everything that has to stand up or hang down does so on something from either Manfrotto or Bunnings ( and if Camera Electronic did sheets of MDF board and sausages in a bun I could cut out Bunnings...

That's a good dog. Now just let me attach this harness to you and then we'll all have fun. You have to admire dogs for their love and their patience with their humans. They are far more tolerant of us than we of them. But you've also got to admit that they let themselves be put into the most embarrassing and difficult positions. Take the ones that haul milk carts in Belgium and the Netherlands. Or the malamutes and huskies that draw sleds in the Yukon and Alaska. Or the poor devils that were harnessed to machine gun carriages in WW1. Great job that - a dish of Alpo and a maxim bullet...

I wrote a piece a little while ago about the action camera mounts that are intended to strap onto your dog - turning Fido into at best an unwitting cinematographer and at worst just an Alpo-fed dolly. Today's product is also a mount, but this time you have to be the person to do your own dirty work. Actually, in cinematic terms it won't be dirty at all - because this clever gimbal unit will make sure that the footage you get is a lot steadier than you can do unaided. The Feiyutech WG2X has the ability to render your images steady and correctly orientated in several planes - just like other gimbal units - but this one does it on such a small scale that it is actually wearable. Illustrations show it mounted on a motorcyclist's helmet and also on handlebars of various types. the literature mentions a chest mount as well. Of course the mount is configured for the most popular of action cameras. Light enough on the head? The mount is only 238 g so if you can hold up...

I wonder if the lawyers for the Hasbro Toy company are on to this one? I thought I had seen that word before but I couldn't put my finger on it. Google turned up the answer - the Weebles were a tipping toy produced by Hasbro in the 70's for Playskool. They could be tipped over but rocked back upright as soon as you let go. Did this influence the designers of the Zhiyun Weebill Lab? It's a video stabilising rig that could conceivably be said to right itself as well. It also can be programmed to do a number of actions with a DSLR or mirror-less camera attached to it. Another suggestion that avoids the suits is that it is named after a small bird - and this is related to the fact that the same company makes a larger gimbal rig that is called a Crane. That's a nicer idea. In any case it is a device for dedicated video shooters who want steadiness in shaky situations, the ability to pan and tilt to order, and the sort of ergonomics that...

Have I got this right? Can I fit any lens to the Fujifilm X-H1 and whirl it around on the end of the strap and still get pin-sharp pictures of the moon? Is that how the system works? Well, I shall find out, though I cannot wait until the next full moon - I'm going to experiment with the thing in broad daylight. The idea of a stabilisation system in a lens is no new thing - that's been on DSLR lenses as well as the mirror-less lenses for some years now. And it works - lots of times marginal shots have been saved by the lens being steadier than the photographer. And some makers have gone step further - putting stabilisation systems unto the bodies of their cameras so that any lens attached gets the benefit of the increased steadiness. Some have systems that combine the efforts of both lens and body to increase the effect. All these are to be applauded - particularly if you need to take steady pictures while you are clapping. The Fujifilm system up until the X-H1...