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Lindsey Optics Intro and rsquo;s First Ever FSND Rota-Grad Filters Posted: 15/09/2020
Lindsey Optics Intro and rsquo;s First Ever FSND Rota-Grad Filters

Lindsey Optics adds a new twist on FSND filters with its unique range of Brilliant² Rota-Grads. This family of rotating full spectrum graduated neutral density filters fits directly into popular 4x5.65 rod-mounted matte boxes and clip-on style, where rotation of a 4x5.65 filter was uncommon—until now.

Tags: Lindsey Optics | optics | lenses | FSND | filters | rotating | Rota-Grads | full spectrum | graduated | neutral density | matte boxes | aperture | cinematographers | videographers | broadcast | film | video | proper exposure | balance | photography | wide-angle lenses | light
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AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger Posted: 17/12/2014
AJA LUT-box Advances Color Control for  Documentary Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger

Awarding-winning German Cinematographer Matthias Bolliger has captured several prominent national and international feature films over the years including Chiko, "Blutzbrdaz, and  "Boy7" as well as documentaries like Violinissimo and Cosmic Encounters 3D. Bolligers latest documentary venture, The School on Magic Mountain, recounts the story of one American teachers mission to equip a group of students with the knowledge and skills to become future leaders. The principal shooting of the documentary, directed by Radek Wegrzyn and produced by Detailfilm, started in autumn 2014 in Switzerland and Sweden. 

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Sachtler Ace L Provides Hot New Support for Spirit Juice Studios Posted: 16/12/2013
Sachtler Ace L Provides Hot New Support for Spirit Juice Studios
When Rob Kaczmark of Spirit Juice Studios takes on a new assignment, he knows that two things will remain consistent: a tight budget and limited time. Being from Chicago, we have to fly a lot of equipment with us to locations, Kaczmark says. Having a lightweight tripod like the Sachtler Ace L system with us on the trip really makes our job easier, especially due to the run-and-gun nature of the shoot. The Ace L is easy to set up, smooth, and most importantly, extremely portable.
Tags: Sachtler | tripod | tripod system | Ace L tripod system | vitec group company | vitec videocom | counterbalance
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Hayslett Takes Sachtler Ace M on Tour with MUSE Posted: 15/11/2013
Hayslett Takes Sachtler Ace M on Tour with MUSE
For alternative rock band MUSEs 2nd Law World Tour, cinematographer Matt Hayslett needed to choose his equipment carefully in order to keep up with fast-paced life on the road. The Grammy-winning group, which has played for packed houses in its native England and throughout Europe, is currently touring North America. Some of MUSEs most recent hits include Survival, the theme song for the London Summer Games, and Madness, the theme song for TBS/TNTs March Madness, for which the group broke the record for Billboards longest #1 alternative airplay song. For its latest endeavor, MUSE selected Hayslett to film a documentary about life on tour. The band really wanted to invite fans behind the scenes for the first time, at the height of their career, Hayslett explains. Since Id shot the trailer and video material for their album release, with the blessing of Warner Bros. Records, they brought me in to do just that. For the world tour, I needed a tripod that could support a wide range of camera rigs and be able to keep up with our busy schedule. The Sachtler Ace M fluid head and tripod fit the bill, he says. Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. In addition to capturing the behind-the-scenes footage, Hayslett shot the live visuals that the audience watches at the show. There is nothing like seeing your videos on the big screen with an amazing performance and incredible lighting, he comments.
Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Ace M | tripod head | fluid head | tripod system | MUSE | Matt Hayslett | documentary | backstage | Warner Bros. records | behind-the-scenes | live visuals | one-man | compact | lightweight | size | Canon EOS-5D | RED Epic | Sony PMW-F3 | Canon EOS-C300 | performance | counterbalance | drag | Video 20 | music videos | commercials | concert visuals | live shows
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The call of the mountains ski films with the Cine 7+7 HD and FSB 8 from Sachtler Posted: 07/11/2013
The call of the mountains  ski films with the Cine 7+7 HD and FSB 8 from Sachtler
Its a tradition: for over 64 years, the ski season has begun in the theaters every year with a new action documentary by Warren Miller Entertainment. The promotional films tour the world, whetting the appetites of ski and snowboarding fans alike and encouraging them to partake in winter sports. For some years now, cinematographer and director Tom Day has been responsible for the creative realization of the films. While Day does not know where the assignment will take him prior to filming, he already has his equipment ready to go beforehand; during filming in the snow worldwide, he always relies on the Sachtler Cine 7+7 HD and FSB 8 fluid heads. Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Tom Day | Warren Miller Entertainment | Ticket to Ride | documentary | cinematographer | fluid head | tripod head | Cine 7+7 HD | FSB 8 | skifilm | reliability | robustness | firm stand | 100-mm head | 3.3 kg | payload range | up to 22 kg | sideload | counterbalance | camera set-up
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Lheure bleue: In the blue blaze of twilight with the OConnor 2575 Posted: 31/10/2013
Lheure bleue: In the blue blaze of twilight with the OConnor 2575

In the blue hour, the sky shines deep indigo producing an almost magical atmosphere. Any Cinematographers who want to capture the special light in this limited time frame must be able to quickly and dependably work with their equipment. That is why Italian cinematographer Maura Morales Bergmann depended on the versatile 2575 fluid head by OConnor, a part of Vitec Videcom, a Vitec Group company, to shoot the French short film Lheure bleue by director Annarita Zambarano last year.

Tags: OConnor | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | L\'heure bleue | Maura Morales Bergmann | fluid head | tripod head | tripod | the blue hour | 2575 | versatile | quickly | dependably | reproducible counterbalance settings | numerical display | sinusoidal counterbalance system | crank knob | repeated | little time | stepless | ultra-smooth pan-and-tilt damping | fluid camera movements | 40 kg
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Bertie Gregory and Sachtler Ace M on Vancouver Island Posted: 16/10/2013
Bertie Gregory and Sachtler Ace M on Vancouver Island
For more than two years, Bertie Gregory, the nineteen-year-old wildlife videographer from England, shot the fauna on Vancouver Island, Canada. This island, the largest in the Pacific in North America, is not only home to black bears, one of Gregory's main focuses. Wolves, pumas, and whales can also be found there. The young filmmaker recently finished his almost 16-minute documentary, West Coast Adventure, in which he also narrates and presents about black bears on the island. Since he did not want the bears to feel threatened or scared in their habitat, he shot from a boat with his Nikon D7000. For a firm stand, the wildlife filmmaker depended upon the lightweight and robust Ace M tripod system by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | tripod | tripod system | fluid head | tripod head | Bertie Gregory | wildlife | documentary | Vancouver Island | West Coast Adventure | Nikon D7000 | lightweight | robust | Ace M | ground spreader | firm stand | 4 | 6 kg | smooth | movement | compact | payload range | video-enabled | DSLR camera | 57 to 173 cm | small budget | counterbalance | damping | ergonomic | simple | 5-step | easy adjustment | set-up | pan and tilt
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OConnor Takes Mathers Through Battlefields for 1000 to 1 Posted: 07/10/2013
OConnor Takes Mathers Through Battlefields for 1000 to 1
Cinematographer James Mathers often chooses projects that have passion, heart, and a positive message. Such was the case of his latest production, 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story. For the inspiring true comeback story of a gifted college basketball player felled by a catastrophic stoke, Mathers knew his shooting package had to perform flawlessly. Thats why he chose the RED Epic paired with Angenieux, Zeiss, and Fujinon lenses, along with the OConnor 2575 for support.OConnor is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: OConnor | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | James Mathers | 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story | RED Epic | Angenieux | Zeiss | Fujinon lenses | 2575 | tripod head | fluid head | David Henrie | Gettysburg | on sticks | hi-hat | digital cinema cameras | electronic accessoiries | focus | iris | sound | picture | smooth solid dependability | continuous counterbalance | adjustable | configuration | numerical readout | repeatable | 90 degree tilt | heavy camera load | extremely long lens tracking shot | whip pan | Bob Burris | Bruce Gordon | Michael Levine | David Henrie | Beau Bridges | Jean Louisa Kelly | Michael Lerner | Luke Kleintank | Cassi Thomson
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Timeless on the Mediterranean with the Sachtler Video 15 Posted: 12/09/2013
Timeless on the Mediterranean with the Sachtler Video 15
When time begins to pass more slowly and the viewer is immersed in the sounds of the sea and the visually overwhelming images of the endless ocean, filmmaker Hans Leysieffer translates his motto into action: The world slows down, and it is time to watch. Slow motion and time lapse are his preferred stylistic devices to capture the fascination of the Mediterranean. In the nature documentary Mediterranean Magical Moments, it's not just about the beauty of the image for Leysieffer: To meet his expectations of visualizing the eternity of the ocean, he relies on the extremely robust and durable Video 15 fluid head by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Hans Leysieffer | tripod head | fluid head | tripod | Video 15 | time lapse | Mediterranean Magical Moments | robust | durable | documentary | nature | 100mm | set-up | 2 to 35 lbs | 12-step counterbalance | Speedbalance | counterbalancing | ARRI | Fujinon | Zeiss | Speed Lock CF | seven horizontal | seven vertical | grades of drag | smooth and controlled panning and tilting | lightweight | carbon fiber | two-stage extension | 3 kg | 6.6 lbs | ARRI Alexa | Sony PMW-F3 | Sony PDW-700 | After Sales Service Team
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Competitive athletics with the OConnor 1030 fluid head Posted: 11/09/2013
Competitive athletics with the OConnor 1030 fluid head
For his current documentary film GOLD Du kannst mehr als du denkst (Engl.: GOLD You can do more than you think), Grimme award winner Michael Hammon and his film team follow three extraordinary athletes on their way to the 2012 Paralympics in London. With the easy operation of the 1030 fluid head by OConnor, a part of Vitec Videcom, a Vitec Group company, Hammon was able to completely focus on the people in front of the camera and capture thrilling images from the lives of three professional handicapped athletes.
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Maik Petran chooses the Sachtler Ace M as his reliable date to any wedding Posted: 28/08/2013
Maik Petran chooses the Sachtler Ace M as his reliable date to any wedding
Maik Petran is a newcomer to the film and video industry. With his production company Video Petran, he films various events, creates music videos, produces videos for promotional and training purposes, and follows couples on their wedding day to shoot personalized wedding videos. "Every wedding is different. I have to be very flexible with my equipment to capture the right moment," Petran explains. To make sure that he doesn't miss any weddings special "I do" moment, the videographer relies on the Sachtler Ace M MS tripod system with mid-level spreader for his wedding video shoots: "The results are great! For the couples, these snapshots are invaluable." Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom and a Vitec Group company.
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Heads are rolling: OConnor for Evil Dead Remake Posted: 27/08/2013
Heads are rolling: OConnor for Evil Dead Remake
The Evil Dead is a 1981 classic cult horror movie directed by Sam Raimi and is famous for its bloody content. For the 2013 remake, Evil Dead, Raimi chose Fede Alvarez as director and decided to take the producing role himself alongside Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell, lead actor and producer of the original film. To fill in the position of the DoP he chose cinematographer Aaron Morton, NZCS, who was also DP for the Starz series Spartacus and part of the camera crew of Underworld 3. The challenge: Shoot a horror movie that wont be polished or enhanced by CGI retroactively and make it as bloody as possible. This task required a fluid head that is reliable and robust enough to cope with sticky artificial blood and allows for total control of camera movements. To meet these conditions Aaron Morton selected a 2575D fluid head by OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company to support his two Sony PMW-F65 cameras.
Tags: OConnor | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | The Evil Dead | cult | horror movie | Sam Raimi | Fede Alvarez | Robert Tapert | Bruce Campbell | Aaron Morton | tripod head | fluid head | reliable | 2575D | Sony PMW-F65 | stepless | ultra-smooth | pan & tilt | fluid drag | versatile | robust | ergonomically designed | 40.8 kg | Sony F65 | sinusodial counterbalance system | collapsible crank-handle | high-end-shots
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Sachtler Ace M Perfect Fit for Fishers Arbys Spots Posted: 30/07/2013
Sachtler Ace M Perfect Fit for Fishers Arbys Spots
For the first in a series of quirky national spots for the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, cinematographer Gavin Fisher decided to use the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, Canon lenses, and his trusty Ace M by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, for support. For this first spot, for Arbys, we shot in a small artist loft location, and on a very tight schedule, explains Fisher. I needed a lightweight package that I could move quickly. The Ace M was my perfect solution.
Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Gavin Fisher | tripod | tripod head | fluid head | Ace M | support | spot | Arby\'s | lightweight | high-end | commercials | Video 20 | Blackmagic | Canon lensen | Anton Bauer battery | follow focus | smooth pan | payload range | camera | five-step | counterbalance | grades of drag | three vertical | three horizontal
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German Engineering for Al Jazeera with Sachtlers Video 20 Posted: 22/07/2013
 and quot;German Engineering for Al Jazeera with Sachtlers Video 20

Olympic Games, natural disasters, and bombings cameraman Matthew Allard has reported about almost everything for Al Jazeera, the international news broadcaster that has its headquarters in Doha, Qatar. Allard has already been recognized 15 times by the Australian Cinematographers Society for his impressive documentaries and news features. During shoots all over the world, he relies on the Video 20 fluid head by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. With its easy and ergonomic operation, the legendary fluid head by Sachtler has been an ideal tool for daily work in electronic newsgathering for more than 50 years.

Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Matthew Allard | Al Jazeera | tripod head | fluid head | tripod | tripod system | documentary | news | Video 20 | easy | ergonomic | Video 18 | S1 | German Engineering | extreme temperatures | dependability | quality | performance | damping system | 7 horizontal | 7 vertical | grades of drag | counterbalance | speedbalance | high-quality
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Sachtlers FSB 8 T Goes Off-the-Grid for Mountain Men Shoot Posted: 16/07/2013
Sachtlers FSB 8 T Goes Off-the-Grid for Mountain Men Shoot

The crew at Warm Springs Productions might be laid back and friendly, but when it comes to producing their outdoor reality television and hunting shows, its all professional. We use only the best equipment, and only the best tripods to keep the cameras stable, says equipment manager Mike Schweizer. Thats why we use Sachtler tripods and heads on all our shoots. Theyve been to the deepest swamps and the snowiest peaks. We trust our tripods to keep a steady shot in -50 degrees, in waist-high water and in torrential downpours. Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom and a Vitec Group company.

Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Warm Springs Productions | outdoor | reality television | hunting shows | Mike Schweizer | tripod head | fluid head | tripod | system | Mountin Men | Panasonic HD P2 | camera | Fujinon lenses | Canon EOS 7D | FSB 8 | Speed Lock 75 CF tripod | lightweight | durable | sturdy | safely | support | outdoors | versatility | durability | payloads | 2.2 to 13.2 pounds | 1 | 2 kg 12 | 4 kg | Touch & Go | side load mechanism | sliding range | 4.7 | 10-step counterbalance | two-stage | carbon fiber | speedy | Making Monsters | On Your Own Adventure
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