Pix: Zacuto rig; RED tests

A Zacuto support kit for small cameras; Art Adams tests RED build 15 at Chater Camera

Art Adams uses his spot meter during exposure testing.

Camera porn: some photographs from the past couple of days…

Zacuto handheld rig with HVX200 and EX1

26 March 2008: Art Adams checks out Simon Sommerfeld’s Zacuto support rig for the HVX200, which Art plans to use the following week on a gig. Simon has a Marshall Electronics LCD on an Israeli Arm both for better focusing ease and to allow the HVX200 to sit on his shoulder. We rigged the Zacuto offset rods carrying the monitor’s battery to counterbalance the monitor both front-to-back and laterally.

Simon has Varizoom zoom and focus controllers near the handgrips, and a Foxi follow-focus / aperture controller on the iris rods. The Foxi is an electronic control, so it could just as easily be moved down to a handgrip. The HVX200 works very well on this rig since the lens and iris can be remotely controlled.

We then put an EX1 on the same rig. I flipped the shoulder pad around so the EX1’s own LCD could be used. The handles on the matte box filter slides just barely clear the built-in mic, but prevent the LCD from closing. Filters must be rotated sideways for insertion and removal. Cheers to Simon for modeling this rig.

Testing RED build 15 at Chater Camera

(Keep an eye on Stunning Good Looks for the results of these tests, coming soon.)

27 March 2008: Art Adams tests RED ONE at Chater Camera, this time with build 15 firmware. Fellow DP Alan Hereford measures distance to the target, a doll baby (has simulated skin-tone; cooperative; patient) sitting in front of a gray card. Intern and future DP Ted Allen maintains the camera logs.

Art sets aperture on the 85mm Zeiss Ultra Prime.

Chater has a number of tasty PL-mount lenses to choose from. I look forward to testing both the Ultra Primes and the RED 18-50mm.

RED’s LCD image. The large picture is the entire scanned image; the brighter center portion is the active 4k 2:1 recorded area. A 16×9 frame guide with safe-area marks is superimposed, and data displays surround the image. At the bottom you can see the histogram as well as the overexposure “traffic light”; in this instance, 2% or more of red-channel photosites are clipping, so the red “LED” is on.<.h5>

RED’s back panel during recording—note the pale red glow of the REC LED.

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Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas,…