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Extreme Sports with the Sachtler Ace M Posted: 10/12/2013
Extreme Sports with the Sachtler Ace M

When once a year riders face off in Tallinn, Estonia BMX riders and sports enthusiasts come together for one of the biggest and most famous BMX competitions, Simple Session. Spectators bear witness to unbelievable and sometimes risky tricks, such as the barspin, cash roll, backflip, or icepick. Ryszard Syryczyski, who, along with his production company RyyS, was contracted to shoot the festival, is among the fans. True to his motto "Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life, at Simple Session, the videographer can combine his passion for extreme sports and BMX with his job. Throughout, the Sachtler Ace M fluid head and the Ace 75/2 D tripod are always at Syryczyski's side. Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.

Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | RyyS | Ryszard Syryczyski | Ace M | Ace 75/2 D | tripod head | fluid head | tripod | tripod system | Simple Session | pan and tilt | SA-drag | damping | 75-mm | rubber feet | retractable spikes | 4.3 kg | Panasonic AG-HMC 151 | Canon EOS 7D | payload range of 0 to 4 kilograms
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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.
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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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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.

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Sachtler Video 20 Helps Chronicle Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery Posted: 03/07/2013
Sachtler Video 20 Helps Chronicle Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery
In the 1990s The Shooting Gallery produced some of the hottest indie films, including Sling Blade (an Academy Award for Billy Bob Thornton), You Can Count On Me starring Mark Ruffalo (Academy Award nomination) and a series of projects with now-famous actors, producers and directors. Not long ago, director/producers Whitney Ransick and Bob Gosse, along with DP/producer Gil Gilbert and his co-DP Derek Wiesehahn, chronicled the rise and fall of this industry icon in Misfire: The Rise and Fall of The Shooting Gallery. To capture on-camera interviews, which would be interwoven with chosen footage, the team chose to shoot with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II supported by a Video 20 fluid head tripod system from Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
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Often on the Road with Petrol Bags Posted: 13/06/2013
Often on the Road with Petrol Bags
Filmmaking Masterclasses in Las Vegas, Key West, and Majorca, workshop in Istanbul, or filming a documentary in Forchheim in Bavaria: For his numerous and diverse projects, DP Sebastian Wiegrtner is often on the go. As one of the most renowned German DSLR filmmakers, he not only films but also inspires other cinematographers at his workshops. One of his recommendations includes bags by Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: Petrol Bags | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Sebastian Wiegrtner | DSLR | filmmaker | workshop | documentaries | promotional film | short film | Bag | Sony PMW-F3 | Canon C300 | Canon EOS 7D | Nikon D800 | RED Epic | Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera | Digiback Jr. DSLR | PD336 | Digiback DSLR Backpack | PD331 | Dr. DSLR Camera Bag | PD443 | Deca Rolling U-Bag | PC104 | protection | seven-layer | lightweight | comfortable | storage space | ergonomic construction | mobility | shoulder bag | DSLR camera | accessories | design | weight distribution | padded dividers | removable LED strip.strong contrast | red lining | black case
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OConnors 2575D supports a hectic schedule for Til Schweigers Films Kokowh 2 and Schutzengel Posted: 12/06/2013
OConnors 2575D supports a hectic schedule for Til Schweigers Films Kokowh 2 and Schutzengel
Australian DP Adrian Cranage lived through some eventful months in 2012. Together with actor and director Til Schweiger, the DP made two films back to back: Schutzengel and Kokowh 2. Adrian Cranage used his 2575D fluid head by OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, to contribute to the successful films. "Without my well-coordinated team and OConnor, our project would not have been possible," says the experienced cinematographer.
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Great performance in small team with Sachtlers FSB 8 Posted: 22/05/2013
Great performance in small team with Sachtlers FSB 8

To shoot the documentary Steppenlauf, cinematographer Florian Langanke traveled all the way to Mongolia. Together with director Anni Seitz, he accompanied three young Mongolian cross-country skiers, who, in spite of difficult training conditions in their country, would like to participate in the global community of top-class athletics. Their biggest dream is to take part in the Winter Olympics. In a small team, consisting of the two graduates from the Filmakademie Baden-Wrttemberg and an interpreter, Florian Langanke depended on the FSB 8 fluid head with the Speed Lock 75 CF tripod by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.

Tags: Sachtler | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Steppenlauf | Florian Langanke | Anni Seitz | FSB 8 | fluid head | tripod head | Speed Lock 75 CF | tripod system | compact | lightweight | quick set-up | easy handling | 5.2kg | 11.5 lbs | sodeload | self-illuminating | Touch Bubble | fast-action | clamping system | Speed Lock | Canon EOS C300
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Petrol Bags Intros Rain Cover for Canon EOS C100 Posted: 03/05/2013
Petrol Bags Intros Rain Cover for Canon EOS C100

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, introduces a new transparent Rain Cover to provide waterproof protection for the Canon EOS C100 camera (PR400). Specially fashioned to fit over the C100, even while the flip out screen is open, the cover allows for fast and easy setup, while keeping all camera controls fully accessible. This all-weather accessory is constructed of transparent waterproof polyurethane that doesn't obscure the cameras view. The smart design makes the Rain Cover extremely easy to install while shooting.

Tags: Petrol Bags | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | transparent | Rain Cover | waterproof | protection | Canon EOS C100 | PR400 | all-weather accessory | polyurethane | -20 °C | rip-stop fabric | waterproof zippers | weather protection
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OConnor Intros O-Box WM Mattebox Deluxe Package and Tools for Blackmagic and Sony F5 F55 Posted: 03/04/2013
OConnor Intros O-Box WM Mattebox Deluxe Package and Tools for Blackmagic and Sony F5 F55

OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, announces new products to be introduced in NAB 2013 booth C6425. The line-up includes additions to their growing range of top quality camera/lens accessories as well as famous OConnor feel fluid head and tripod systems featuring the 1030D and 1030Ds which both offer seamless transitions from heavier to lighter payload camera setups, such as the RED Scarlet, Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, Canon EOS C300 and C500 and Sony F5/F55.

Tags: NAB | OConnor | camera | accessories | Deluxe | Package | booth C6425 | lens | fluid head | 1030D | 1030Ds | RED Scarlet | Blackmagic | Design | Cinema | Camera | Canon | EOS C300 | EOS C500 | Canon C300 | Canon C500 | C300 | C500 | Sony | F5 | F55 | Sony F5 | Sony F55 | O-Box | WM | Universal | rings | 150mm | 55mm | lightweight | 2-stage | Camera Baseplate | O-Focus | Dual | Mini Follow Focus | CFF-I Follow Focus | 2575D | 15mm | LWS | double-sided | NAB 2013 | NAB 2013
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Petrol Bags to Unveil Audio Carrier for Sound Devices, New Airflow Camera Backpack and More at NAB2013 Posted: 19/03/2013
Petrol Bags to Unveil Audio Carrier for Sound Devices, New Airflow Camera Backpack and More at NAB2013

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, announces that it will be premiering new audio and camera bags and accessories at NAB2013, April 8-11 at the LVCC in booth #C6432.

Due to the enormous success of Petrol Bags sound equipment carriers, the company introduces the Deca Large Lightweight Audio Bag (PS617) that is optimally designed for soundmen who use the Sound Devices 664 mixer, with or without the CL6 Controller. Ready to work with the user, this wearable carrier offers the ideal combination of user comfort, safety, equipment organization, and practicality in the field. Within the bag, the mixer and controller are fully accessible and readouts are easily viewable. It offers a roomy, cushioned main compartment to safeguard delicate equipment. The standard removable internal divider accommodates the 664 Mixer and attached CL6 Controller, while offering easy access to the units XLR connectors.

Tags: Petrol Bags | Audio Carrier | Sound Devices | Airflow Camera Backpack | NAB | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Deca Large Lightweight Audio Bag | PS617 | 664 mixer | CL6 Controller | XLR Connectors | PC306 | Sony PMW-200 | Deca Camera and Accessories Bag | PA1000 | Sony F65 | ARRI Alexa | honeycomb frame | Mini Hood | Canon EOS C100 | PA1018 | C300 | C500 | PA1016 | raincover | PR400 | camera bag | accessories | NAB 2013 | NAB 2013
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OConnor Camera Support and Accessories at BVE and Cabsat Posted: 06/02/2013
OConnor Camera Support and Accessories at BVE and Cabsat

OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, will showcase their offerings for the latest cameras such as the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, the new Sony PMW-F5 and F55, and the Canon EOS C500 at BVE in London (booth F02) and Cabsat in Dubai (booth D8-20).

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PAG Power for DSLR and Digital Cinema Cameras Posted: 14/01/2013
PAG Power for DSLR and amp; Digital Cinema Cameras

PAG has introduced new battery mounts and power leads that make it possible to power the latest DSLR and digital cinema cameras using its PAGlink intelligent, high-power, linking battery system.

 

The PAGlink battery system was conceived with multi-camera compatibility in mind. Rather than using a different batteries and chargers for each camera type, PAG anticipated that it would be more efficient to use the V-Mount (V-Lok/V-Lock) Li-Ion batteries, designed for shoulder-mounted broadcast cameras, for every camera power application. When combined, two PAGlink batteries have a capacity of 192 watt-hours and a current draw capability of 12A, which is superior to the 10A provided by so-called high-current cell technologies. If required, PAGlink allows a third or fourth battery to be added, providing endless power for any camera set-up. The key was to create a system of compact, lightweight batteries that could be used individually for small, low power-consumption cameras (DSLR, Blackmagic Digital Cinema, Canon C300/500) which could then be linked, combining capacities for set-ups that have a higher power consumption or that draw a greater current (Arri Alexa, Red One/Epic/Scarlet, Sony F55/F65 etc). The packs incorporate the high-current contacts required for such demanding applications. PAGs approach gives you high-capacity Li-Ion batteries that employ less expensive standard Li-Ion cell-technology. Combining the capacities of individual 96Wh Li-Ion batteries ensures that all your batteries are legally transportable by passenger aircraft.

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On the go with the Sachtler Ace in Sierra Leone Posted: 19/11/2012
On the go with the Sachtler Ace in Sierra Leone

When Sierra Leone won independence from Great Britain in 1961, the country was seen as the "Athens of West Africa". Sierra Leone was famous for its high level of education. Now, it is among the poorest countries of the world and ranks near the bottom of the Human Development Index 2011. Since 2002, when the civil war came to an end after ten years, the country has worked to rebuild itself. Aid has been supplied by various organizations, including Tearfund, a Christian relief and development agency from Great Britain. On behalf of Tearfund, London-based cinematographer and photographer Ralph Hodgson, shot a film about the current situation in Sierra Leone.

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Hallo Musik (Hello Music): Live on Stage with Prinz PI and Sachtler Ace Posted: 05/11/2012
 and quot;Hallo Musik (Hello Music): Live on Stage with Prinz PI and Sachtler Ace

Prinz PI, famous for singles like "Gib dem Affen Zucker" (Give the monkey some sugar) and "Knigin von Kreuzberg" (Queen of Kreuzberg), describes himself as the best German theme rapper. This summer, the "Prinz PI & Band Festival Tour 2012" took place. Along for the ride were camera operator Jonathan Muehlhause and not one but two Sachtler Ace M tripod systems with mid-level spreader, which he used simultaneously. Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom and a Vitec Group company. Muehlhause is a qualified audio-visual media designer and worked for four years as a camera assistant before he became a camera operator in 2010 and went into the diverse world of TV, promotional films, music videos, and web films. 

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