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Allen Achterberg

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  1. Single Channel Complete kit for both 15mm and 19mm rods. Came TV put their name on a Cine gears single channel unit. Works great, not pictured but included is USB charging unit. Upgraded to FIZ. In perfect condition. Paid $800 asking $250 + Shipping. In box ready to ship. Located in Central California, Venmo or Paypal accepted. See pics, ask any questions you may have.

     

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  2. as others have clearly stated, not it will not make a real visual difference. I'd focus more on the quality of the VHS, the player and the ingest method. I did this with my shogun with a 10$ adapter from walmart and felt no loss. Just get the best gold cables so you can rule frame drops out. otherwise, whats left is what's left.

  3. I don't want to be the guy who does not answer your question But I cannot answer it. I think you are obviously a person who is serious, and found this forum for a reason. Watch this forum daily and google what you can, ask what you cannot find answers to. Big fish swim here, and will happily share secrets. Grab a camera and shoot. and ask specifics. There are no silly questions unless its (what camera do I buy?) - Stick around. 

  4. theres more to creating an image that make people WANT vs just showing something in a fashion the will never see. You need to use elements to create a feel for the property, that fits with the demographic who can afford such. at this point, unless you create emotion in your images, real estate agents can grab a SD quad copter for under a hundred bucks, and go into it with the same mindset you have shown. If you want to be successful I recommend you time you time and choreograph your shots a bit better, as to do something THEY can't. From the video I see, I imagine agents taking a chance one these cheap drones and feeling more than fulfilled. your work must be unattainable images

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  5. Dug up a few of these from storage, tested them, some work, most don't. quick internet search didn't help much. Maybe someone can point me in the direction on where to find replacement globes for these older fellas. Molefays have a Dichroic lamps, and put out a decent warmer daylight tone, I'd love to find some of those. any help?

     

     

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    Allen

  6. I dont have a lot of time to shoot these things(30mins EXT-30mins INT), so a simple set up, that is battery powered is best. I will include an example so you understand my challenges. All I really need is a soft filler light source to help balance windows (dont need detail in them, just slightly less nuclear) and fill in dark holes. Any Ideas? input would greatly be appreciated. (incase anyone is wondering, powering the practicals inside of these does very little to help and most units dont have day shades to black out sunlight)

     

    EXAMPLE (feel free to skip to the INT stuff about a minute into video)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CwEaYRoO94

     

    this was was a little more challenging due to outside light conditions and the way the windows were

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QiIkqaBVwks

     

    Best

    Allen

  7. I will be shooting a lot of videos of some RV's Toy Haulers etc, Tight spaces and need a good exposure without diming the ISO. I have to close the blinds etc because looking out the windows you see other units and its just not pleasing. This makes it pretty dark. I need something battery powered and portable. The spaces are very tight, I need it to be daylight balanced and soft much preferred. I really wanted to find some sort of Battery Powered 500w Daylight balanced Chinese Lantern. But open to anything recommended. Need to order ASAP. Don't worry about budget

     

    Thanks

    Allen

  8. There are several different lengths available 3", 12" , 18" etc. How do you choose which ones you need for which situations? Initially I am only going to purchase one and am wondering what I should go with.

     

    Thanks in advance!

     

    I would rarely use a 3" except in some tight handheld situations like walking through a party type scene anything longer might get in the way, the longer lengths are important for walking alongside a dolly or small jib work. Dont over think this, if you are in a situation where your hand cannot reach the follow focus, an extension should be available to help you get control of the follow focus unit again. that's how you choose

  9. There are lots of different ground glass markings, so we can't be sure which you have. Arri has an overview area in the finder, so you can place equipment just out of frame. The best thing to do is shoot a test using a big white card, and with the head locked off, direct someone to draw on the card exactly the lines you see in the finder. This'll show you if there are any problems with the ground glass. If you're going to telecine, shooting this kind of card will let them set up to get exactly the compositions you intended.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Tape the white card to wall. Turn off lights. and Shine a flashlight through the viewfinder. Move camera appropriately close enough to get a non distorted visual from whichever lens you use. 50mm-80mm might be best. you will see the groundglass lines projected through the lens, and can sharpie them in. then you can match the framelines to the markings and shoot some footage to compare groundglass framing alignment.

  10. I am sure this isnt new, but I want to share it and make sure that its fresh in mind when needed. I recently had a shot looking out a big kitchen window, we had a terrible location. Forest surrounded us but the owner of the location had a bunch of garbage and tools and ugly plants outside. It did not look nice on camera. I usually have some big mirrors on my shoots, and this is the first time Id used a mirror for background replacement. Outside of the window, I angled the mirror as to see trees and mountains, and we now had a nice background in the shot. Big mirrors needed for big windows. You have to lock the mirror down so it does not shake at all. Give it a try, wish I had pictures to show. It was a better solution (run and gun style production) than diff or blacking out the window. Or shifting the camera so that we had a bad shot inside.

  11. its Part of the "new non cinema camera" testing the industry is doing. You will just have to remark, learn to be fast with that, and it will serve as a great way when you get to use standardized gear, you will notice now you can afford a smoke break. Explain to the DP what the issue is, and they should be understanding, and we all want the same goal, sharp images. Thats the price production pays for shooting with non standard gear, not necessarily made for our business (but somehow we can use them for it)

  12. Stick to what you got. Simply put. HDSLR's are great, but limiting just the same. Image can be shaky or jello like with DSLR's. and they will present new challenges. Learn to make your own process to make it all smoother, No camera ever came out of the box with all the tools for the job. If you can afford so, buy a HDSLR and play with it, but I wouldn't shoot your kind of work with one. Times Are a Changin, so since you'd own one, you can learn a process to make it work. But Don't push the testing etc onto clients.

  13. I'm currently searching for 2 - 30v battery belts or the older style (the tank with a handle) for my Fries Mitchell. The new ones are $$$$$$$$ and the rest need to be re-celled. If anyone has any leads they would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

     

    I dont have any belts, but I have two 30V Block Batteries in Panavision Block style cases. 3 Pin XLR. I can build you one if you like. What are you looking to pay? This isnt something I'd normally sell, or build anymore of, but if you need them get in touch with me. I can help

  14. You will see big problems when wide open, and with wider lenses. It's very critical for your FFD to be correct if you plan to use wide lenses. When there is a problem, a wide lens will tell all! Also, check it edge to edge. Hopefully it would be squared. Otherwise you may get a slant focus problem with wider lenses.

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