MōVI Gimbal rig

MOVI
(c) 2013 http://freeflysystems.com

Every now and then a new invention comes along that may change the way we work.  Steadicam was one such thing that changed the way we move the camera in a shot.  It allowed us to go where we couldn’t previously go and give a sense of movement and energy to a scene previously impossible.  Now here maybe another such invention. The Movi.

It is a “digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal” which allows a single operator to move freely around for the floating shots we all love, but without the years training required to master the Steadicam and with a price tag within reach for even the smaller setups.

The Movi Gimbal rig is produced by http://freeflysystems.com

I had to watch the video 4 or 5 times and I think this has got to be one of the coolest inventions to hit the industry in a while. I cannot wait to see it in real life.

 

MōVI BTS from Vincent Laforet on Vimeo.

Adobe Premiere adds XAVC support!

About a month ago I saw a demo of the coming  Adobe Premiere upgrade but was asked to keep a lid on until now.  I was really interested to see if the software only machine would playback 4K XAVC footage from the F55.  It played (on a maxed out HP laptop) back the 4K footage in full resolution without any problems.  Even more so, it scrubbed the footage like it was a 25Mbit/s DVstream, not a 300Mbit/s 4K stream!!  It updated the timeline window as fast as I could move the cursor and played back instantly when I hit play.  I was blown away!

This release will add full XAVC support (all flavours) to Prelude, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Media Encoder but with read-only at first. As for Speedgrade there is more surprises ahead…
Playback will require some pretty heavy system requirements to playback 4K 50/60+ fps but the support is there.  Just in time for NAB, how lucky is that….  😉

ESC documentary

We just signed to shoot and edit a 1hr documentary of the Eurovison Song Contest 2013. This is one of the biggest non-sporting events to be broadcasted with around 100 million viewers.
We’ve been asked to produce a “behind the scenes” look at the event. Follow key people around during the last 2 weeks in preparation of this monster event.
The documentary will air on Swedish Television SVT later this year.
Lots of work ahead! 🙂