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Aviator Travel Jib Brings Big Budget Cinematography For Little Budget Cinematographers

By David Ponce

There’s a few things you can to do take your video from shaky-hand amateur to Indie-film-award good. One is to get your camera on rails, or even on wheels. But to kick things up even more, you need a jib. This is a counter-weighted arm that lets you move your camera around in the air in a smooth motion. Jibs however are usually really unwieldy, heavy and most of all, expensive. The Aviator Travel Jib you see above is none of those. Weighing in at 3.75 pounds and 24-inches compacted, the jib extends to 6 feet and can hold a camera weighing 6 pounds. It’s fully funded on Kickstarter now and to get it you need to pledge $400 to get the jib, ballast, mounting hardware and a bubble level, while students can get the jib alone for $300.

[ Project Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

The Bobber Keeps Your GoPro Floatin’

By David Ponce

Whenever a GoPro camera is involved you’ll see dudes flinging themselves down slopes on wheeled contraptions, face-first, for everyone’s recording enjoyment. Or underwater, scuba-free, wrestling a manatee. Fun as these are to watch, it’s possible that something happens to the protagonist. Or perhaps even more dramatically, to the GoPro. Should you for instance accidentally let go of it underwater, the little camera will plunge to some irretrievable depth, and you’ll likely cry. But if you’ve equipped it with the Bobber beforehand, it’ll just float back up to the surface where you can easily spot it and fetch it. It’s a buoyant handle that not only gives you a grip with which to hold the camera, but has enough floating power to take care of the weight of GoPro’s 3D system, or of cameras using the optional LCD or Battery BacPacs.

It’s $29.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

Must Watch: $100k Camera Captures Wanton Destruction At 2,500 Fps

By David Ponce

The video below is geek pr0n, pure and simple. It’s called “Phantom Flex Highlights” and comes from the Danish show “Dumt & Farligt“. Shot using a Phantom Flex camera (hence the name) that can cost upwards of $100k, it features the kind of scenes that you could only ever really dream of seeing before; few people would ever spend the kind of money needed to puncture a waterbed filled with 4,000 litres of water just to see what it would look like in slow motion. Other highlights include putting a bottle of red wine in the microwave (holy crap!) and… well, just watch it. It’s awesome Friday fare.

VIA [ BoingBoing ]

Finger Frame Cameras Being Developed

By David Ponce

You’ve probably seen the TV types framing shots with their fingers, doing an L square with their hands. You might have done it yourself. Well what if we told you that there’s a chance you might one day be able to take pictures, or even film by doing just that. It turns out researchers at Japan’s Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences are working on just such project. And while they’re still very far from any sort of commercial product, they have made some interesting progress. The device you see pictured above is dubbed the Ubi-Camera and it fits over an index finger. On one side there’s a camera lens and sensor, while on the other is an IR range finder. You simply move the focal point around by moving your fingers away or towards your face: nearer to your face for wide-angle shots or further away for close-ups. Press a button and the shot is snapped.

There are some pretty major hurdles at the moment, like the range finder getting out of whack by lighting conditions. Also there’s no zoom; zoom is entirely done in post processing. Still, considering the tech being developed here, it’s not a stretch to think that in a couple years we may be buying finger mounted cameras that we frame with our hands.

VIA [ Engadget ]

Digital Bolex Shoots In RAW

By David Ponce

Shooting video with most cameras, even many expensive ones, will produce footage that is compressed. This is of course in order to fit more of it onto your storage solution, but it has a bunch of drawbacks. The main one is that post-processing is much, much harder like this because all your settings (white balance, colour balance, contrast, etc.) are set right into each frame and not longer adjustable, at least not without some quality degradation. The Digital Bolex camera pictured above is a fully funded project on Kickstarter that shoots in RAW, which splits the data from its associated settings. This means you can easily change stuff around in post. It also means that each frame is quite large (3MB to 4MB) so the Digital Bolex uses dual CF cards for storage with an SSD buffer. The guys behind the project are even developing a software suite to manage RAW workflow.

It’s fully funded, which means the first 80 cameras at $2,500 are now sold out. There are still 19 at $3,500, though you don’t get a whole lot more camera out of it. You can wait a little longer and get one then, as they expect to have them on the market by the fall.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Engadget ]

[CES 2012] Capture Camera Clip System Is A Cameraman’s Best Friend

By David Ponce

So I’ve been walking around the floor here at CES with a camera strapped to my neck and I just discovered a better way to do things. The Capture Camera Clip from Peak Design is a Kickstarter project that not only got fully funded last summer, but was the second most successful on the site to date. It’s a metal clipping system that features two parts: a clamp that attaches to either your clothing or bag, and another to your standard camera mount. Then it’s a matter of just holstering your device. There’s a trigger that releases it and the camera can be inserted in four different orientations. A representative from the company wandered into the press room, just now and gave me one. I’ve been trying it out and it’s pretty darn cool.

It’s $79 and is available now.

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Optrix HD Sport Takes A Swipe At The GoPro HD

By David Ponce

If you want to get into shooting HD videos of your own sporting adventures, you now have a new option. While the preferred method thus far was to purchase a GoPro rugged camera, the Optrix HD Sport is selling a special case for the iPhone 4 and 4S that will let you turn your own smartphone into something very similar. It completely waterproofs your phone while still allowing you to control it through a 0.5mm thick touchscreen membrane. The kit comes with industrial strength 3M tape so you can stick the base (comes with a curved and a flat one) to whatever you want. This means that for $80 you can do more of than what you could do with a $239 GoPro HD.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Hidden Camera iPhone Charger Brings Fun To The Office

By David Ponce

You’re sure Martha at cubicle 24C is stealing some of the Reese’s Pieces from the stack you keep on the corner of your desk. You know, the ones you have to eat because of your low blood sugar? You know it’s her because you see the glint in her eye every time she casually comes by to say hello. But you’re on to her and with this insanely expensive little device, you can have all the proof you need for an HR melodrama of epic proportions.

This new ingenious small covert hidden camera video recording system is built into a tiny iCharger for charging up an iPhone, iPad or iPod. However, the iCharger stand contains a little secret. Hidden inside is a high grade high resolution low light covert hidden video camera.

-Motion Activated Recording for Weeks of Mpeg-4 AVI Video
-Time/Date Stamp for Evidence Authentication
-Actually Charges Your iPhone, iPad or iPod
-Powered By Any Wall Outlet
-Records Directly To Included 4Gb SD Card (upgradable to 32GB)
-Can Connect To TV with Cable For Viewing
-450 TVL Color CCD Camera

Did we mention insanely expensive? Yeah? Because we’re talking about $300 to stop peanut butter and chocolate theft.


[ Product Page ] VIA [ Chip Chick ]

6-In-1 Flash Accessory Kit Has Everything You’ll Need


By Chris Scott Barr

If you’ve spent a lot of time behind a camera, you’ve no doubt discovered just how much of an impact lighting has on your pictures. Sure, you can make do with that built-in flash on your DSLR, but if you really want some great shots, you’ll need to cough up the dough for a decent flash. Once you’ve done that, you can pick up this awesome kit from Brando that will really let you do some cool stuff.

This kit includes 6 different flash accessories that will drastically improve the quality of your shots. I’m still in the learning process myself, and for $88, this kit certainly looks tempting.

[ Brando ] VIA [ CrunchGear ]