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Tripod giant Gitzo has launched a new range of super light boom poles for microphones, using the same carbon fibre as in their Systematic tripods. There are a variety of different sizes, with the larger ones being able to take a full-size XLR cable internally to made it as neat as possible. We ran world first photos of the poles from last week's BVE Show in London, and now the official information has been released which says:

Vimeo goes 360!

Two years after YouTube introduced support for 360-degree video, rival hosting platform Vimeo has now jumped on the bandwagon. That’s good news for pro users as many prefer the higher quality environment of Vimeo for video hosting.

Any 360-degree content on Vimeo will be accessible via the web, Vimeo Apps on Apple and Android mobiles and on Zeiss VR One, Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream VR headsets. Vimeo says support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are coming soon.

“Vimeo has always been committed to preserving and delivering the highest quality video and our move into 360 expands our premium video technology solution to 360 filmmakers,” said Vimeo spokesperson Sara Poorsattar. “Their stories now benefit from our advanced video compression and player customization tools, along with streaming and offline viewing in up to 4K."

Vimeo has also introduced support for 8K video, offline HD playback and a series of online tutorials on how to make 360-degree films.

Click to find out more on Vimeo 360.

If you use a Canon DSLR to shoot video and want to record the ultimate quality Log footage or even use it for HDR, then unless you hack the firmware, it's been pretty much impossible to do. Now you can, as Atomos have teamed up with top British filmmaker James Miller to bring C-Log profiles to many of Canon's top DSLRs. 

It captures the full dynamic range if you select C-Log function using an Atomos HDR capable recorder. The official information says:

Blackmagic Design’s new URSA Mini Pro is a big upgrade from the current URSA Mini 4.6K, although it still uses that camera’s Super35 size sensor. The Pro model now features built-in ND filters, user-changeable lens mounts and a new control layout to make it faster and easier to use – especially for faster run-and-gun type work. It’s designed to mix a cinema-style camera with an ENG-type camera and is aimed at stealing sales from the popular Sony FS7 and Canon C300 Mark II.

The changeable lens mounts are unique in a camera of this type. The camera comes with a Canon EF mount, but you will be able to buy PL, B4 and Nikon mounts. You just unscrew the EF mount and bolt on the mount of your choice.

The camera has four card slots, two for C-Fast 2.0 and two SD. There will also be optional SSD recorder that fits between the camera and battery.

The LCD panel is now easier to read and there is a now a dedicated high frame rate button. Frame rates are the same as the URSA mini and go up to 60fps in 4.6L although you can overcrank to 120fps in a cropped 2K size.

The camera will record resolutions of 4608 x 2592, 4608 x 1920 (4.6K 2.40:1), 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4096 x 2160 (4K DCI), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 2048×1080 (2K DCI), and 1920 x 1080.

The camera is available now for £5902/ $5995 and comes with a full version of DaVinci Resolve. The full press release says:

Make a short film explaining why you became a filmmakers and you could walk off with a raft of top prizes including a Zacuto base plate and $600 gift certificate, Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, $700 worth of Kessler kit, $500 of Rode equipment, a Portabrace case and lots more.

The Zacuto My Story film competition runs all through March and all you have to do is make a film of 60 seconds or less explaining how you became a filmmaker. Zacuto’s information says:

The BVE Show at London's Excel exhibition centre saw the UK filmmaking industry come together to meet, learn, network and check out lots of top-quality gear from virtually all of the major manufacturers. And of course, Pro Moviemaker magazine was there meeting readers and distributing the latest issue of the magazine a few days before it hits the news shelves.

We had a good look round the show, and amid lots of super-expensive TV and broadcast equipment was also lots of new kit of interest to the smaller, independent filmmaker. Here are the top 12 things that grabbed our attention at the show this week - in no particular order:

Fujifilm's new cinema lenses in Sony E mount

There's been lots of hype about these brand new optics and this was the first publish showing of them - the E-mount MK 18-55 and 50-135mm T/2.0 lenses. They're small, compact and pulled a big crowd right through the three days of the show!


Gitzo's carbon fibre boom poles

It may seem pretty difficult to get excited by boom poles for mics, but Gitzo's brand new carbon fibre offerings are a bit special! It was the world first look at these new carbon fibre beauties that are light and dampen down vibration really well. Prices and spec haven't been announced yet!


Mr Libec shows off his new HFMP!

We test the new Libec Hands Free Mono Pod in this month's magazine, and love it. The BVE show was the UK public's first chance to get hands-on with the new freeststanding monopod. And there to show it off was Libec's Sales Manager Koichi Yamaguchi, the grandson of the original founder of the company 62 years ago!

 


Panasonic's UX180 camcorder

Panasonic had two new cameras that were crowd favourites - the GH5 and also the UX180 camcorder. This is the professional version of the HC-X1 Panasonic we test in this month's issue with the same basic, and very impressive, spec. But with the addition of things like live streaming via SDI output and a better warranty.


XEEN's fast and wide full frame prime lens

Samyang's XEEN range of full frame prime lenses grows once more with the 20mm T/1.9 optic shown to the public for the first time at BVE. With it being the same size and price as its other prime siblings, they all work well together as a set so there's no fiddling about when changing rigs.


Sigma's stunning lens range!

They might be giants in the stills photography world, but Sigma looks set to take on the best of the moving-image world too, with its range of impressively fast prime and zoom cine lenses. The Japanese optics firm had a full range on show, but the biggest interest was for the zooms like this 24-35mm T/2.2 fitted to a fully rigged-up Sony FS7.


Doctor Tenba will see you now sir!

A doctor's bag-style opening was the big news on the stunning Tenba cinema bag range, giving easy access to your kit. With lots of sizes for all types of camera, and styles from shoulder back to backpack to wheelie case that's airline-friendly, the Tenba range looked good and well designed.


Schneider's Tilt lens primes

German lens maker Schneider-Kreuznach showed its full range of cine prime lenses but the real show-stopper was the first of the new range that features a tilt facility. Visitors were wowed at how the focusing plane could be changed by simply tilting the lens on the camera body. We can't wait to test one properly!


Zeiss goes light!

The quality of Zeiss lenses is legendary, and now filmmakers who are looking for Zeiss quality in a lighter package have a new lens to lust after. It's the 21-100mm T/2.9 Lightweight Zoom that visitors were getting their hands on. As well as Zeiss huge range of lenses for lots of different cameras.


It's a kind of Magic!

SLR Magic showed a whole range of prime lenses including a set of anamorphic optics for true cinematic widescreen applications. The firm also had PL primes, lenses for full-frame Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. All at prices many other manufacturers can't come close to.


Canon's work of art!

As well as the whole range of cinema cameras like the C300 Mark II and C700 and lots of lenses, Canon gave you something to have a go filming with an artist painting a mural with an EOS C as it centre piece. 


The ultimate camera dolly?

It might look like the best ever remote-controlled toy, but Mantis 360 remote dolly system is a whole system of motorised dollies for serious camera work. This one can go at 35mph off-road and there are studio versions and lots of accessories like GPS modules so they can follow a pre-set course. Looks like fun to rent for a one-off job for sure! 

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Jay Holben attended the Hollywood launch of Fujifilm’s ground breaking new MK lens family and he sent Pro Moviemaker back this exclusive report from the event.

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