Rhino Camera Gear EVO slider with Motion

No jerky motion with the Rhino Slider EVO Motorized Camera Slider

Camera sliders for video and film come in two categories: the expensive heavyweights that have been around since the time of film and the inexpensive toys that target the digital enthusiast. There’s little in-between. One new player in this market that has been very successful is Rhino Camera Gear. Documentary and Indie film makers were delighted with their first slider when it launched a couple of years ago. The Rhino Slider EVO is announced as a new generation of their camera slider. A motor and flywheel accessory are to complete the new offering. I reviewed a pre-release 24in (60cm) Rhino Slider EVO Motorized Camera Slider with the optional Rhino Motion motor system.

Episode 6.5

Telestream upgrades Episode 6.5, adds HEVC, VP9 and multi-track audio

Telestream has upgraded Episode, their transcoding application, to version 6.5. The upgrade includes support for formats such as HEVC, XAVC, VP9 and MXF AS-11, caption insertion with encoding and pass-through of formats such as MCC, SCC and CEA-608/708, multi-bitrate streaming support, support for multi-track audio, and image sequence support directly from the GUI. Some jobs using the new codecs turned out to be too memory intensive and crashed.

Rhino Motion side view

The Rhino Motion camera slider motor: an introduction to slider motor technology

A stepper motor (or step motor) is a brushless DC electric motor that divides a full rotation into a number of equal steps. The motor’s position can then be commanded to move and hold at one of these steps without any feedback sensor (an open-loop controller), as long as the motor is carefully sized to the application. A servomotor is a rotary actuator that allows for precise control of angular position, velocity and acceleration. It consists of a suitable motor coupled to a sensor for position feedback. It also requires a relatively sophisticated controller, often a dedicated module designed specifically for use with servomotors. Servomotors are used in applications such as robotics, CNC machinery or automated manufacturing.

Rhino Slider camera slider carriage

Camera sliders: adding dynamism to static scenes

As equipment has become increasingly more affordable, we’ve seen the rise of of a new generation of freelance video journalists and individual film makers producing digital films like documentaries, corporate videos, short movies and news. Many of them are using dSLRs because these can be handled by a single operator while offering excellent image quality. While most of them lack a team necessary to handle dollies and cranes, they will often take a camera slider with them to introduce dynamism in otherwise static scenes. Sliders are great to pull the viewer into the scene.

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition 2.7K as zoom: Spatial Transform in FCP X.

Using the GoPro 2.7K mode as a virtual zoom

GoPro Hero3 cameras are great but they lack a lens that you can focus and zoom as you want. But with the 2.7K capability, there’s a trick so you can virtually zoom in on areas of your scene, provided that you work with Final Cut Pro X and your sequence or timeline is no bigger than 1080p.

GoPro Kolor

GoPro acquires French panoramic solutions vendor Kolor

GoPro acquired Kolor, a French company that started out with panorama software and which evolved into a leader in virtual reality and spherical media solutions. All Kolor employees will join GoPro and will maintain operations at their headquarters in Savoie, France.

Product shot

How to optimise your Røde NT-USB for best results

The Røde NT-USB is a USB microphone. USB microphones have one major benefit: you don’t need a driver or an ADC (Analogue-Digital-Converter) to make it work. To get best results from a USB microphone you need to set the gain correctly. The NT-USB has an optimised gain for its internal circuits, but unless you have a loud voice, that gain setting may be too low. Here is how you set it for optimimum results.