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STUDIO Shoot Safe, Shoot Dynamic by Nick Allen-Miles – MD Ianiro International T oday’s craze for shooting from a UAV or drone is not for the faint hearted. Unless used legally and in very limited situations, it’s a dangerous way of capturing dynamic shots. Wherever people are involved or height restrictions apply, there are more useful ways of filming safely that deliver a more interesting shot than anything taken from a tripod mounted camera. In recent years, the jib has grown greatly in popularity with its ability to shoot from all angles and to run on dolly wheels or track. Although great for the studio or for use behind the goal at a football match, most lack the essential portability that today’s producers demand. (There is an exception – check out the Acebil telescopic carbon fi bre jib!). There is now an emphasis on mobile kit – it’s almost an obsession. Incredibly, the full-sized DSLR is starting to be considered unwieldy. Shoulder-mounted camcorders are used by a diminishing customer- base and it’s no surprise that the hits of NAB were smaller systems – Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini and Micro cameras, Panasonic’s DVX200 and Canon’s XC10. Even lights are shrinking in size – we have just introduced an Aputure LED panel the size of an iPad which has an amazing 1920 Lux output at 1 metre. It’s this shift in buying patterns that has seen a massive rise in our business for light weight tripods and mini jibs, and on-camera LED lights – and the demand for a portable, affordable mini slider. 64 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 101 AUGUST 2015 104 MAY 2015 Sliding into view The traditional slider is a familiar piece of equipment in the studio and on location. Typically it sits on the fl oor or is supported between two tripods and gives wonderfully smooth results. However, sliders are not problem-free. Relying on multi-point support, cheaper slider models – especially longer units - have a tendency to bend or distort under a heavy weight. The response of many manufacturers to increase the robustness of the slider is simply to employ stronger materials. This adds signifi cantly to the weight. This results in heavy duty models that tend to weigh as much as 10kg and can support huge payloads in excess of 35kg. The payoff is also a very large price tag. Eschewing this approach, other developers have experimented with new materials, especially carbon fi bre. Although the results are impressive, the price tag can be eye watering. Surprisingly, the savings in terms of weight are fairly limited while the slider’s travel distance tends to be much shorter than with models using traditional metals.