The Vitec Videocom Team – ON THE COUCH Ep. 5

April 13th, 2014

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In the fifth episode of ON THE COUCH, we hosted our sponsor Vitec Videocom at our suite at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Vitec Videocom owns a number of well-known brands such as Sachtler, Litepanels, OConnor, Anton Bauer and many others. These three brands had quite a few new things in store. First and foremost I want to mention the new Sachtler Ace Accessories: An inexpensive follow focus, a mattebox and a baseplate under the Sachtler brand. I was lucky enough to be involved with the development of these accessories and I have to say that Vitec can be proud of what they achieved, especially the follow focus is extremely versatile for its price point … see for yourself in the video (and watch this space for a review soon).


Litepanels and OConnor also have a bunch of new products and bundles up their sleeves, and I think it’s very noteworthy that the price of the Litepanels 1×1 has been dropped up to 45%, which sounds a bit to good to be true but they seem to be serious about it. :-)

Anton Bauer completely relaunched their entire battery line in a new and bold design, an entirely new charger with really smart features and much more.

We also talked about how the industry has changed over the past decade and where interest is moving in these new and exciting times of our industry.

Hold your breath for the next episode, featuring the two distinguished Hollywood cinematographers Rodney Charters, ASC and Bruce Logan, ASC, as well as my good friends Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn from Zacuto. Great critical discussions about 4K and other hype in our industry. To be posted soon :-)

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GuestApril 25th, 2014

Cool. These videos are nice. But one thing that should be said about these follow focus (this one from Sachtler, for instance, which clearly takes a lot from the o’focus by o’connor) is that the hard stops are not able to cover both ends of endlessly rotating lenses (like the Canon EF). That is to say: if you engage the stops, when you lock one of the ends (i.e. infinity), you cannot set the other hard stop point far away enough in the dial so that the other end (i.e. close focus) is also fixed. The lens rotates more than the follow focus dial. I bought the O’focus under the assumption I would be able to do this, but was quite disappointed when I finally saw it in action. Ultimately these stops are useful for controlled situations, narrative features, with a focus puller who won’t loose his marks in given scene that does not encompass both ends of the lens range, for instance, but not at all for documentary shooting. They are still nice, sturdy, well made products, though.

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