A child of the economic crisis: Enrique Frisancho and his partner Ana María Vicens had started a design agency together. But their customers were suffering from the economic crisis. Therefore Ana and Enrique decided not to design for others, but to bring their own product to the market: the well-known mobile journalism acsessory „Shoulderpod„. I met Enrique in his office in Barcelona and talked to him about quality, local sourcing and life (shot on iPhone with FilmicPro, edited on iPhone with Pinnacle Studio Pro).
I´ve met the great people behind Berlin based LUUV yesterday, and they gave me a quick demonstration of their #Mojo accessory: Inventend by sports crazy young folks from Berlin, build in order to achieve what a steady cam does, but much smaller. The basic version is a mechanical stabilizer (199 €) that can be combined with an electronic gimbal (bundle for 479 €). Right now, LUUV are hoping to enter the second phase of their company´s growth with a Companisto crowdfunding campaign, after initially starting of their project with a Kickstarter project. I wish them luck.
At NDR Hamburg, I have played around with Ricoh´s Theta S a little – a consumer, easy to handle 360 camera for just under 400 €. The results are best viewed on mobile phones as you get the nice feeling of really looking around in the room. Make sure you watch it in best resolution (1080p – sometimes you might have to change youtube settings). The sound was recorded seperately on a mobile phone with Rode SmartLav+ and EasyVoiceRecorder. The whole package was assembled with (yes!) Windows Movie Maker. A quick workflow actually, and one that worked quite well. In my experience, it´s rather about longer shots and scenes to be able to explore a room, and about walking around in the picture. This little experiment consits of only two transitions, three scenes in about 1´30 minutes.
There´s an interesting project on kickstarter, seeking funding for another 24 hours: Beastgrip. It´s a very flexible smartphone rig for attaching tripods, lenses, lights and everything. The great thing: Beastgrip can hold nearly every smartphone. It comes for around 100 US-Dollars when it ships from June. I had in in my hands at NAB 2015, quite a sturdy piece!
Bei Benro habe ich ein wunderbares Stativ für #MoJo gefunden: das „Aero 2„. Die Füße falten nach oben, also quasi neben den Stativkopf. Das macht es klein im Transport. Und leicht ist es auch: gerade 2 Kg.
I found a nice tripod at NAB in Las Vegas: the „Aero 2„, made by Benro. It folds neatly and is a light weight: only 2 kg.
— Björn Staschen (@BjoernSta) 14. April 2015
Auf der NAB Show in Las Vegas vorgestellt: Die 3DR „Solo“.