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Final Cut/SSD everywhere: Worlds Fastest MacBook Pro

Posted by on Apr 16, 2012 in Reviews | 0 comments

Final Cut/SSD everywhere: Worlds Fastest MacBook Pro

During the evaluation of various methods to speed up the Final Cut X rendering i came across SSD’s. As i am more or less limited to the iMac side of things ( as i am not using a macbook to edit cuts because it “was” to slow). Things have changed, and hardwrk.com have released a “modded” version of the Macbook Pro, delivering Raid-0 over SSD within the MacBookPro making it effectively the Worlds Fastest MacBook Pro. The monstrous power of a 13″-MacBook Pro combined with 16 GB DDR3 RAM and a 1 TB-Samsung 830 SATA III SSD as the biturbo’s heart bundled in a Raid-0 For a total of about 3000 EUR you get a highly tuned machine for video cutting, or whatever you want to do with the fastest MacBook Pro. I might consider this upgrade/new purchase of that modded MacBook, as it will enable to use Editing closer to the  filming process. Especially good for guerrilla filmmaking, when you can save time (or review film material for re-shoot). They do provide the converter kit for using the optical drive, but the other modifications you usually do itself. However – it’s not rocket science, but good german engineering. Go – check it out at :...

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Modogrip: from kickstarter to us (soon).

Posted by on Dec 6, 2011 in Reviews | 0 comments

Modogrip: from kickstarter to us (soon).

You know my fable for kickstarter projects. After the cineskates tip from fitza i looked around what similar – good ideas – are on kickstarter. And there it is: Modogrip. A very nice idea to combine a monopod with skates and handles and … But let a video speak for itself: So … what is Modogrip?
  Modogrip are handles and wheel mounts that transform a monopod into a do-it-all filmmaking tool.  Allowing every videographer and filmmaker to capture steady camera shots, set up and film dolly moves in an instant and do out of this world boom shots that would normally require a jib arm/boom plus crew.  And most importantly Modogrip is a all-in-one product and portable. I will do an extensive test of the modogrip together with fitza and some other guys of pengland and will report you live first footage ! Until now, head to the Modogrip page on www.modogrip.com or check their kickstarter.com...

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Rig / Slider Comparison

Posted by on Nov 26, 2011 in Blog, Reviews | 0 comments

Rig / Slider Comparison

A brief summary of Rig / Slider I did a small comparison of various sliders and rigs which are for amateur (and semi-pro) DSLR filmmakers. Let me know if you have additions, i will gladly include them in my summary. Igus Slider My igus slider gear (slider bar plus the slider itself – see left) arrived this week and i am really excited about the smoothness of the slider and the high quality appearance for a “nice” price. Of course you just get the starting point of your great slider dolly. There are no motorized crank handle and belt drive system for that price, so there are some options on the DIY front what you can do. Check out the “DIY Igus Slider Part II” posts to get some inspiration; however i am looking into something like the Krane Pocket Dolly (see their Product page: Pocket Dolly). I might design my own robot/manual unit for the  igus  and stick my head together with some other DSLR film guys. I have a spare crank handle in my toolbox and getting an Arduino plus Soldering is no problem. I _might_ even also have a box where i can put it in. The good thing about the Arduino solution is that you gain lots of other possibilities, like Follow Focus Control plus Movement plus … I’ll keep you updated. RigWheels Another solution is to use wheels instead of the slider.  rigwheels.com  offer a set of 4 wheels for 115$ and they are offering a budget slider track. I haven’t tried it yet, but what i can judge from the videos is a good quality, similar if not the same as igus. It’s a different system, so it’s not limited to the “slider rail” usage. You can actually use the RigWheels to do a large dolly. rigwheels have lots of videos which demonstrate the various uses, including a PVC dolly and a Policase Dolly. Go check it out! IndiSLIDER I saw this Slider review on the 5D page from one of their contributors. Go check it out on the 5D Page: IndySlider Review;  To shortly summarize his views: Solid Equipment, Deluxe version comes with handle, which is definitely preferable. The cons are that it wiggles a bit and is loud when being slid at a higher speed. By checking their webpage, i see lots of additional tools available for their slider ( mini legs etc.). It’s definitely worth considering this Rig as well (i don’t use my slider in a “rush” but rather for slow camera drives). Summary: There are plenty of options available for Rigs and Sliders. I will definitely do a bit more research as there seems lots of development going on ( CineSkates, MicroDolly etc. etc.) Sidenote: Make sure you get the right tripod which can hold either of those sliders, as some of them can be heavy. Probably get a Monopod in addition to your tripod. This adds another level of...

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The start

Posted by on Sep 20, 2011 in Reviews | 0 comments

The start

Here we go. First Post, first visits. Very tiny content. In the future i’ll try to provide you much information about guerrilla filmmaking, equipment, gear, software, etc. etc. I am enthusiastic to support upcoming filmmakers. as the dslr filming community is steadily growing and the short film festivals (like 48h or kinokabaret) are getting more and more interesting and attract people to filmmaking.

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