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Aidan Gray

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--Aidan Gray--

IATSE Local 600 Camera Assistant | Washington, DC - Baltimore, MD - New York, NY

Cmotion cPro System Owner 1x cPro Motor, 2x cForce Mini Motors, Teradek Bolt 1000XT 1:1, Teradek SidekickLT, SmallHD 703Bolt, SmallHD 703U, SmallHD 1703-P3X, Bright Tangerine 19mm Bridgeplate, BT Revolvr 19/15mm Studio FF, SolidCamera Scatterbox2 Goldmount/VMount Power Distro, IgniteDigi MoVi Pro System

 


Aidan Gray
On 5/29/19, 9:31 PM

I'm guessing you're talking about using this setup on an Alexa SXT/Amira/RED or something of that nature... Personally, I'm also a pretty big fan of the CForce RF vs the UMC-4 for smaller builds (like REDs). It is a bit of a drag to have to "Transfer" the LDA over instead of just selecting it, but you can also do that at your hand unit instead of having to go into a menu and all that, so its like half a dozen or one, six the other if you get what I'm saying. The only time I see myself preferring a UMC over the RF motor is when its a largely studio show and we're running a Cinetape/UDM - you can avoid the LCUB-1 and just use the serial cable if you have the right module, which is nice. Its also a little more freeing as you can top-mount all the cforce motors instead of having to worry about the orientation of the RF antenna. 


On an Alexa Mini, I would just run through the LDS port on the camera and use the integrated radio (unless you're experiencing range issues or something weird). LDS shouldn't interfere with either the Cforce RF or UMC systems, but I've had issues in the past using Cooke /i lenses and we had to tape over the contacts on the lens - that was ARRI's suggestion :D I think they've since fixed all that, though... 


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Nicholas Mckenzie
On 5/29/19, 9:52 PM

Great tips.  Thanks!  One thing I can see is it’s gonna be hard to avoid getting a UMC.  (Which really was the basis of my question) Best to have one in my kit and not need it, than to need it and not have one.  Aiming to be able to have slick and small builds on any camera I might be asked to use, although I see my life being all Mini LF for a while. !


cheers 


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Fabio

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Started out as a focus puller 8 years ago, I shot movies and commercials in Italy, Spain, Turkey, Uk, Bulgaria, Morocco and USA. Love everything camera related, gear porn and sharp lenses. Sharpness is not debatable.

Fabio
On 6/5/19, 5:18 AM

Totally agree with Aidan, just wanted to chime in about the orientation of the antenna. I’m on a tv show with the ARRI RF mounted on a Red Helium. We are the B cam and we are on steadicam pretty all the time. The stedicam op asked me for balancing reasons to top mount the motor, so the antenna is always facing down (and turns up only when we go low mode). So far I’ve never had any connectivity issues, but I have to say that I’m usually close to the camera, the more far I’ve been can be 30 feet. Maybe for setups such as car mounts, cranes and so on where you have to be really far from the camera the orientation of the antenna does make a difference. 


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