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Just watched your footage Glenn, what fun! Here's what I can tell you from a "been there, done that" perspective. Air to air video requires at least 3 axis stabilization like the 4x4. There are a couple of rigs that utilize double 4x4 stabilizers and they approach the image quality of the really high dollar nose mounted stabilizer rigs, for about what the sales tax on those set ups run. I flew with guys using those very stabilizers a few years back when Gunny had me doing stills for "Wings to Adventure", the footage was, well "like butta......" 15K gets you in the ballpark. In those days they were using dual Kenyons like yours, I can only imagine what dual 4x4's would bring to the table.
Technique wise, like still work, velvety air is always preferred, but the 4x4, and the dual 4x4 rigs let you push that envelope. There are a lot of techniques in still imaging that you can't get away with in video, zooming is one of those. You can zoom, but it needs to be electrically smooth and almost imperceptibly slow, which is a tall order in the environment we are asked to perform. Better to shoot a bit wide and crop slightly in post sometimes. Follow Focus is indispensable when you are aiming at that "cinematic" quality in the end product. The Zacuto rig I'm putting together has their patented "Tornado" that serves both as the front grip in your left hand, and, as long as your gripping it, the perfect "follow focus" tool. Now if they could figure out how to actually give you zoom on the other side, it would be perfect. I found an OKI product that allows control of the 1DX in several areas, even digital zoom, but I have to believe the quality of the image goes right down the porcelain facility with digital zoom, just like it does with camcorders. Of course, absolutely none of this will fit in my platform of choice, so there's that!?
Edited on Apr 13, 2014 at 12:04 AM · View previous versions