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Posted 10/20/21
DJI has just announced the Ronin 4D, the brand’s newest line of professional cameras for the next generation of cinema production, featuring two all-in-one 4-axis gimbal cameras: the Ronin 4D 8K Cinema Camera and the Ronin 4D 6K Cinema Camera. The Ronin 4D’s modular system is made up of a core processing unit and a gimbal camera featuring DJI’s flagship Zenmuse X9 sensor and the new DJI CineCore 3.0 image processing system with DCCS (DJI Cinema Color System). The core cameras can be built out with a variety of mix-and-match accessories, depending on your production needs in the studio or on location. DJI Ronin 4D The compact camera features a built-in gimbal that installs on the arm of the main unit, and it adds a fourth Z-axis to the traditional 3-axis configuration for additional stability in motion, particularly during dolly movement, to prevent vertical shake. The gimbal provides multiple visual sensors, an IMU (inertia/force sensor), and a barometer to keep the camera rock steady. Its AMF (Automated Manual Focus) technology provides accurate autofocus while also allowing the camera operator to control focus at any time during the automated process. Ronin 4D 6K Cinema Camera Ronin 4D 8K Cinema Camera On the inside, the Ronin 4D provides either the Zenmuse X9 8K sensor that can capture up to 8K75 video with 800/4000 dual native ISOs or the Zenmuse X9 6K sensor that can capture up to 6K60 or 4K120 video with 800/5000 dual native ISO. The CineCore 3.0 image processing system allows the camera to record ProRes RAW, 422 HQ, and H.264 formats internally; it utilizes ActiveTrack Pro for tracking shots, and both sensors feature an advertised 14+ stops of dynamic range. The full 8192 x 4320 resolution features crisp detail that can be cropped to 4K, re-centered, and stabilized in post, retaining the same high-quality imagery. Other features of the camera include built-in 9-stop ND filters, HDMI and SDI outputs, and a DL lens mount to support a variety of full-frame, carbon-fiber lenses, which will be available in the near future. The DL mount also allows for interchangeable lens mounts such as Leica M and Sony E-mount that provide zoom, macro, and anamorphic options for your production. The camera can record internally using a built-in CFexpress Type-B slot on the main body, and it also features a USB 3.1 Type-C port to record externally to a 1TB PROSSD. It records on-board audio using the 3.5mm and XLR input connectors on the main body. Since the design is modular, there are numerous accessory options available to add to the camera to complete your rig, including a top handle, X9 focus motor, high-bright monitor, and focus/pan/tilt handgrips. An expansion plate can be added to provide an SDI port, XLR input, and timecode. An optional wireless transmitter uses DJI’s O3 wireless video technology, allowing you to monitor up to 1080p60 video from the camera up to 20,000' away over 2.4 and 5.8 GHz DFS frequencies using secure AES-256 encryption. 1TB PROSSD High-Bright Monitor LiDAR Range Finder With the optional LiDAR Range Finder, you can focus accurately using an intuitive waveform, which can detect up to 43,200 points within a 33' range with varying surface textures and subtle light changes to provide autofocus and ActiveTrack Pro, working with an enormous amount of data. The camera is powered either from a DC power input or from a high-capacity TB50 battery, which can provide up to 2 hours of shoot time. Questions or comments? Post them in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 10/04/21
Tripod manufacturer Manfrotto and the word “innovation” are synonymous, since the company is constantly creating products that allow photographers and videographers more versatility when it comes to buttressing gear with tripods and support systems. While some companies focus on upgrading things like twist locks or introducing new tripod leg colors, Manfrotto is busy giving users an entirely new level of interoperability. Its innovative Move ecosystem is designed to allow for easy customizing of tripod heads, gimbals, sliders, and more. Along with splashing the market with the Move system, Manfrotto has released a few other awesome products—a gimbal head, new ball head, and a Gim-Pod—that we discuss below, after first diving into the Move ecosystem. Move To support the three key pillars of versatility, modularity, and fast setup, the Move system can be added to existing Manfrotto gear, so that customers already using Manfrotto equipment can migrate into the new ecosystem. At the heart of the Move ecosystem is a new type of “baseplate.” No, not a quick release baseplate for a tripod head, but a baseplate that attaches below the tripod head atop a set of legs, a gimbal, a slider, an arm, a monopod, or anything with a ¼"-20 or 3/8"-16 screw, to allow rapid changing of heads, accessories, and more. It is basically a female socket that attaches to a screw and rigidly accepts a compatible male plug mounted on the bottom of a tripod head, camera, or other accessory. Manfrotto has moved the “QR” plate below the tripod head to allow fast swapping of gear atop multiple rigs. To attach your gear, simply drop the plug into the Move base, and you are finished. To release, twist the ring on the base and remove. The socket’s X-lock system can be tightened to keep everything in place if extra stability is needed. Users can shoot stills from a Move-equipped tripod with a mounting unit connected to the bottom of a tripod head. If you want to switch to a video rig, slider system, or other accessory, simply twist and remove the tripod head and drop in the new mounting unit-equipped accessory on top of the tripod with the Move base—no need to unscrew the tripod head and then screw in a second accessory. Move is available now as a  kit with a base and mounting unit, or you can get the base and mounting unit plate separately to expand your new ecosystem infinitely. Additionally, there is a gimbal mounting unit plate that allows 15° of tilt when needed. MH496-Q6 Ball Head Designed for lighter-weight mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and other compact systems, the new MH496-Q6 ball head is ideally suited to Manfrotto’s travel tripods, such as the Befree and 055 families of supports, as well as Syrp sliders and motion controls. MH496-Q6 Ball Head Based on the design of the Manfrotto 496 Center Ball Head with 200PL-PRO Quick Release Plate, this new ball head has a more traditional Arca-type-compatible Top Lock System twist screw instead of the flip latch of the older model head. Yet, like the original ball head, you still get an independent panoramic knob and integrated friction control at the main knob. Gim-Pod and Accessory Connector for GimBoom Is it possible to turn a carbon fiber boom into a tripod and add accessories? Manfrotto says, “Yes!” The new GimBoom Accessory Connector and Gim-Pod kit (which includes the Accessory Connector) attach to the Manfrotto FAST GimBoom Carbon Fiber boom in a seamless fashion that does not greatly increase the dimensions of the boom itself. Gim-Pod kit The Gim-Pod kit allows you to convert the GimBoom to a tripod with three-section retractable legs, and the Accessory Connector’s Easy-link connector allows the attachment of any 3/8"-16 threaded accessory such as the Manfrotto 244 Micro Friction Arm Kit. Now, creatives can add one or the other to their GigBoom to increase its flexibility and stability. Modular Gimbal MVG300XM The new Manfrotto Modular Gimbal MVG300XM   brings, as the name implies, modularity and flexible configurations to a hard-working gimbal system. Designed to be an essential part of the Move ecosystem, this modular unit is designed for both DSLR and mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras and is compatible with the GimBoom collection and the new Manfrotto Move. Manfrotto Modular Gimbal MVG300XM The modular design features removable handles, remote control, and a removable base mini tabletop tripod. Enhanced electronic controls make it easier to set up shooting points and control your camera position. The handles and gimbals feature internal batteries for extended power, with up to 10 hours of use. Innovation Galore What do you think about these innovative new releases from Manfrotto? Are you ready to make the move to the Move system, or add legs to your carbon fiber GigBoom? Connect with us in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 12/24/20
Cinematographer Jordan Cowan, aka On Ice Perspectives, shows us how to use a gimbal to achieve cinematic video using the DJI Ronin-SC and Sony a7S III. He discusses and offers tips on how to balance and calibrate your gimbal and more! What are your tips for using gimbals? Leave us a comment or question, below.
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Posted 08/26/20
DJI has announced its new OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer, upgraded with a stronger motor and new intuitive software features. The more powerful motor provides better support for the latest multi-lens smartphones and for smoother operation in general, and it also does most of the initial balancing for you when you attach your phone. DJI OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer The companion iOS/Android app now offers three new features when used with the OM 4. DynamicZoom produces the famed “Hitchcock effect,” which rotates your shot in a somewhat zooming motion as you follow your subject. The only effort required on your part is to just press the corresponding button in the app, and the built-in algorithms will take care of the rest. CloneMe is a creative panorama tool that combines multiple shots not from the same location but from different ones. This feature creates a panorama of several completely separate photos, allowing you to combine them into one. You can create a panorama image with you and/or your subject in different places at the same time. Another new feature is Flashlight mode, an addition to the existing Upright, Underslung, and Side Grip modes. Flashlight mode relies on a new built-in sensor to recognize your hand movements and automatically make intuitive adjustments for optimal positioning in low-angle shots. All the key features from earlier versions have also been carried over, including gesture control, time-lapse, motion-lapse, hyper-lapse, portrait and landscape positioning, slow motion, SpinShot effect, and much more, and the gimbal is still ergonomic, compact, and foldable like the previous model. The phone holder has been redesigned into a thinner, spring-loaded, magnetic smartphone clamp, and there’s also a magnetic ring holder included for snapping your phone right onto the gimbal. When you remove your phone, the ring holder can be used as a kickstand or a loop with which to securely hold your phone in your hand. And as always, DJI Care Refresh service and replacement plans are offered for the gimbal for cases of accidental damage. Check out the new DJI OM 4 and accessories on the B&H Photo Website today, and stop in at the B&H Photo SuperStore to see the wide range of DJI professional and consumer products.
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Posted 04/17/20
Want to capture cinematic footage and improve your visual storytelling? In this filmmaking tutorial, Jake Estes discusses when to use a camera gimbal and details the tracking shot, the crane and jib, the low-angle shot, and the rotation shot. Also check out these videos for more filmmaking tips and gear advice:- How to Choose Your Beginner Video Camera- Camera Movement Techniques for Beginners- Film Set Lingo for Beginners- Beginner Premiere Pro Tips- How to EDIT FASTER and IMPROVE WORKFLOW
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Posted 10/30/19
Curious about the DJI Osmo Mobile 3? Let's take it out for a spin with Video Department teammate Jake Estes and see how it performs! Feel free to zoom back in any time for more instructional videos and reviews at Band H.com.
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