NAB 2017 – SHAPE

SHAPE is a camera accessory maker from Canada, and they do some nice stuff.  One thing that sets them apart from other manufacturers is the quick adjustability of their rigs through spring loaded push buttons.  They are running with that feature in the launch of their new positioning arms.

I can see them being very helpful on something like the viewscreen/audio unit of a C300 featured in the video.  That particular unit has two different mounts, and can be flip/flopped a zillion different ways.  Their 4-axis arm should tame it.  My only word of advice?  Fully depress the button before you move the arm.  If you half depress it, then you are going to “grind” the aluminum rosette teeth off over time, decreasing its holding power.

BTW, I think their Director’s Monitor handheld unit is the best one out there.  The handles can hold it out from your body when it is hung around your neck, or make a brace when set on a flat surface.  The 5/8″ hole for light stand mounting is another nice feature.

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NAB 2017 – Bright Tangerine

Bright Tangerine is a company that started out making high quality matte boxes, and recently they’ve expanded into camera accessories.  There’s a lot of competition in that world, but it looks like they’re bringing some innovation to the field.  Being able to quick-release your rig off of a dovetail plate would be genuinely helpful (on a small camera at least  🙂  It looks like they are starting small, with the Alexa Mini and RED cameras.  I also like that their mount allows you to use a standard ethernet cable for ARRI rather than having to convert to LEMO every time.

You can see on the back of their camera a battery you might not recognize.  Brian was a little mysterious about it.  They are planning to manufacture them.  He promises that their formulation allows them to be charged in 20 minutes.  Interesting if it works.  I’ve got to think that making batteries is harder than camera accessories, but their track record so far is good, so they definitely deserve the benefit of the doubt.  Good luck BT!

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