NISI Cinema Filters: Scratch Resistant, Water & Oil Resistant
Interview with Steve Johnson, Director/Producer, Futuristfilm Ltd., about working with NISI filters. These are unique - nano coating provides a surface which is both resistant to scratching, water,and oil. This is demonstrated in this video.
NiSi IR ND filters use exclusive dual-sided Nano coating technology. They features 4 mm thick optical glass with precision cut, grinding, and polishing. Most importantly: ultra low color shifting with anti-reflective coating, optimized for shooting 6K or above 6K RAW digital images. The filters are water proof, scratch, and oil resistant.
NiSi optical glass is precision cut, coarse and precision grinding, polished and optical processed and tested to strictly control the flatness and high parallelism of the glass surface for the highest quality glass and digital cinema image. Optical Nano Coating can well control the color, density, and reflection of the filters. Ultra low reflection will make sure there is no glare when shooting against the sun.
The Nano Coating technology of NiSi IR ND has been innovated by NiSi Filters.
**Steve Johnson, Director/Producer, Futuristfilm Ltd.**
Futurist Digital is a boutique RED EPIC Camera Hire, DIT, Education and Onset Post Production company based at FilmCity in Glasgow, Scotland. Futurist Digital provides RED EPIC DRAGON Camera hire, DIT Support for multiple camera formats and Onset Post Production services, for productions in Scotland, UK and Worldwide. We specialise in RED EPIC DRAGON Camera hire and workflows but also offer DIT and onset Post production services for multiple cameras formats, including the RED EPIC & DRAGON, Arri Alexa & Amira, F65, Canon C300, Canon 5D & 7D.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Futurist Digital is Scotland’s only dedicated RED EPIC DRAGON Rental / Hire, DIT, Workflow and Onset Post Production specialists. We have numerous years of RED experience using the RED Scarlet, RED EPIC and RED Dragon.
CAME-SINGLE Gimbal in action
On test, the CAME-SINGLE Gimbal, and how this performs on location. See the results, filmed with the Panasonic GX8, with 2 Micro Four Thirds lenses: Panasonic 7-14mm F4 and Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8.
The CAME-SINGLE is one of the first commercially available 3 Axis 32 bit Basecam controlled gimbals to offer brushless motors with Encoders. Encoders are often used in Robotics for highly accurate monitoring of motor position. Some of the benefits of using Encoders are to: prevent motors from losing synchronization and skipping steps, provides important information about frame and camera angles, decreases power consumption (longer battery life), increases Torque, increases precision of stabilization, and more.
Although Brushless Motors with Encoders have been available, the software used to control gimbals have only recently added support for Encoders. The new CAME-SINGLE with Encoder technology is truly advanced when compared to other systems.
The design of the CAME-SINGLE allows for one hand operation. A 1/4 and 3/8 thread is located under the handle for mounting options. The internal rechargeable batteries are fitted inside the pistol grip handle and the built in Joystick can be used for controlling camera positions and for changing modes.
The CAME-SINGLE has a quick release camera plate and is tool-less adjustments for easy and fast camera balancing. The size of the CAME-SINGLE is perfect for mirrorless cameras such as the Panasonic GH4, Sony A7s | A7RII, and BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Cameras.
The CAME-SINGLE has internal rechargeable batteries which allows the CAME-SINGLE to operate for up to 10 hours.
The Dual Gimbal Handles provide gimbal operators smooth camera panning and tilt motions. The tool-less adjustment of the handles provide easy configuration of the desired operating angle and spacing. The handles can also be configured to act as a stand when the handles are positioned right angled to the cross bar. The versatility of the handles allow for stability in while in use and easily converts to a stand for resting and storage.
* Full 3 Axis Stabilisation
* Built in Joystick Control
* 32bit Controller + Brushless Motors with Encoders
* Tool-less Design Easy to Balance + Quick Release Camera Plate System
* New Encoder technology is more efficient. Batteries can operate up 20 hours when fully charged.
* Larger frame than most pistol-grip Gimbal Systems allows cameras to fully Tilt up and down.
* Larger motors when compared to other pistol-grip gimbals.
* 1/4"-20 thread mount on side of handle to support mounting a smartphone or monitor.
* 1/4" and 3/8" threaded mounts under handle; to attach the CAME-SINGLE to different equipment.
* Comes with Hard Flight case.
* Machined Aluminum Lightweight and Durable Build Quality.
* Lightweight for easy carrying. The net weight of the CAME-SINGLE is only 1.2kg
* Max payload 1.2kg (2.6 lbs). Works with Sony A7s, Panasonic GH4, Panasonic GX8, BMPCC, etc.
Reflected Light System
The CRLS system provides a different way of lighting. Using reflected light, the parallel beam can be precisely directed with a set of 4 different reflectors. This creates a working environment which is free of cables, heat, and it is quick to make changes to the lighting.
The system has proven itself on many feature films,
This video - Reflected Light System - shows the CRLS system at work, the results which can achieved, and examples of how to use it.
**Background to the Cine Reflect Lighting System**
The Austrian Oscar nominee for cinematography, Christian Berger, has broken with the guidelines on the set regarding lighting. He looks at light in another way and uses only reflected light.
“My main intention was to invent a luminaire that would create beautiful light that would, at the same time, reduce stress on Actors, Directors and, of course, Cinematographers, while at the same time offer great flexibility,” Christian explained.
The idea of the PARALLEL BEAM SYSTEM is to avoid diminishing the light by “obstacles” (cutters, flags, scrims) and to replace these tools by special reflectors that can dramatically influence dramatically the shape and structure of the light that reaches a scene. For best efficiency, it is crucial to use the special reflectors with parallel light beams. (In other words, they won’t work as well with ordinary Fresnels or PARs.) The reflectors use specially calculated laminations and diverse coatings.