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HD Lipstick Camera

Published : 10th March 2008

I've got a show coming up where we have to shoot POV footage in hi-def of people doing hazardous action stunts. So I would need a HD lipstick cam and a transmitter or very small deck, something that could be rigged to a vest or hat. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Marty Mullin
DP
Los Angeles
818 712-0272
305 606-1262


Marty

The Iconix HD-RH1 http://www.iconixvideo.com/products.html would be an ideal solution, problem is that it will not be available till late July so maybe the next job.

Truth is I know of no other solution.

Alternately an F950 with a "T" head would work but it is about the size of an XL1 or HVX200 4:4:4 but not too tiny.

We have some clients who shoot with a PAL SD lipstick camera and then upconvert, for now these are the only options I know of.

Michael Bravin
Chief Technology Officer
Band Pro Film & Digital


Since the Iconix is not yet available, perhaps the Sony A1U is small enough to do the trick for you.

Mitch Gross
NYC DP/TD
Abel Cine Tech


Michael Bravin writes:

>>http://www.iconixvideo.com/products.html would be an ideal solution, >>problem is that it will not be available till late July so maybe the next >>job.

If that's the camera you had clamped to your tent pole at CineGear, I thought it was quite decent at a typical viewing distance. Up close you could definitely see some Bayer-filter artifacts, but considering the very small size of the unit that might not be a bad trade-off.

The Sony A1 would certainly be worth trying, and with its VF and LCD right on the camera it might be faster to mount, depending on the setup. But of course you're limited to the built-in lens and any adaptors.

Dan Drasin
Producer/DP
Marin County, CA


Daniel Drasin wrote:

>>Up close you could definitely see some Bayer-filter artifacts, but >>considering the very small size of the unit that might not be a bad >>trade-off.

Interesting... Bayer artifacts in a 3-CCD camera!

Jeff Kreines


>>Up close you could definitely see some Bayer-filter artifacts, but >>considering the very small size of the unit that might not be a bad >>trade-off.

Dan

What Bayer artifacts? This was a 3 1/3CCD prototype camera displaying on an HD television set outdoors under a canopy. Me thinks they were buyer artifacts.

Michael Bravin
Chief Technology Officer
Band Pro Film & Digital


Jeff Kreines writes:

<< Bayer artifacts in a 3-CCD camera! >>

Egg on my face. Argh.

But whatever it was sure looked like Bayer artifacts to me.

Granted, viewing conditions weren't the best, and I was looking very closely.... maybe too closely, considering the 1/3" chips. Could have been something in the monitor as well. My apologies to the esteemed Mr. Bravin, as well as BandPro, Iconix, all the fine people at CineGear, the entire working population of the Los Angeles film industry, and everyone on this mailing list.

Dan Drasin
Producer/DP


Michael,

Apparently the delivery on this show is end Aug, so it's possible. If you have a prototype, I'll come by this week to look and talk.

Marty Mullin
DP
Los Angeles
818 712-0272
305 606-1262


Dan Drasin wrote:

> But whatever it was sure looked like Bayer artifacts to me.

Can anyone explain (preferably with visual examples) what Bayer artifacts look like?

Thanks,
Jendra Jarnagin, DP NYC
www.floatingcamera.com


>>Can anyone explain (preferably with visual examples) what Bayer >>artifacts look like?

Aspirin-shaped; appearing every 4-6 hours. can lead to headaches.

Rick Thompson, DP Midwest


Jendra Jarnagin asks :

>>" Can anyone explain (preferably with visual examples) what Bayer >>artifacts look like?"

I think they're visual aberrations that give you a headache... kind of like my postings!!

Allen S. Facemire-DP/Director
SaltRun Productions,inc. Atlanta/Norcross, GA
www.saltrunproductions.com
Creativity Just Flows Here...



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