Charles Montesin, global sales and marketing manager, Miller Camera Support Equipment, talks about the latest products that Miller is eager to show off at IBC2016.
Q What are you most excited to see at IBC 2016?
A Augmented Reality: Augmented reality, blurs the line between what's real and what's computer- generated by enhancing what we see and hear. On the spectrum between virtual reality, which creates immersive, computer-generated environments, and the real world, augmented reality is closer to the real world. Augmented reality adds graphics and sounds to the natural world as it exists. Camera support systems have a real contribution to make in the workflow chain of augmented content creation by providing very accurate positioning data of the camera in space, thus enabling the seamless placement of computer generated graphics in the live picture.
Q What new products/services is your company showcasing this year?
A The arrow X Series is Miller’s newest line of fluid heads and a continuation of its extremely popular Arrow Series. Each fluid head features the brand new CB PLUS, a unique sequential counterbalance design, which takes traditional counterbalancing a step forward, resulting in repeatable, accurate and rapid setup. CB PLUS features eight large counterbalance steps, allowing the user to get to their needed position quickly and efficiently. The CB Plus switch adds a half step enabling counterbalance refinement. This new feature makes the arrow X Series perfect for ENG, EFP, Studio, field OB, or any other use where frequent and fast re-rigging is required. In addition to CB PLUS, the arrow X Series delivers several additional features such as the ability to remove the clamp stud to easily mount the head on flat base surfaces such as sliders. Where extra rigidity is required, a Mitchel Base adaptor can be fitted. All arrow X models come with 120mm sliding plate travel to help quickly re-balance changing camera payloads. Precision ball bearing supported pan-tilt movements help deliver silky smooth starts and soft stop fluid actions. Precise floating pan-tilt calliper locks ensure bounce free on-off locking. The arrow X 3 boasts a payload range of 1-19 kg (2.2-41.8 lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 5+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for lighter cameras used in ENG, documentaries and EFP applications. The arrow X 5 has a wide payload range from 2-21 kg (4.4-46.2 lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for larger ENG and EFP applications, including documentaries, drama and television commercials. Finally, the arrow X 7 has a payload range from 6-25 kg (13.2-55.1 lbs), 16 positions of counterbalance and 7+0 pan and tilt drag positions. It is designed for heavier rigs, including in-studio and OB applications. The new Combo Live Pedestal Series offers users a sturdy design for maximum stability, with reliable and simple to use features, making it perfect for live studio applications. With a carry handle for the column and dolly, this compact and portable pedestal range offers an easy setup with column tension control and a safety lock. Its air adjustable column system also allows for quick payload balancing. The Combo Live Pedestal series features precise-smooth low noise in the shot column with a 450mm (17.7 inches) stroke, an independent dolly wheel axle brake system, multiple wheel positions for linear or radius dolly tracking, 125mm dual ball bearing wheels for quick swivel-turn action and a central hub locking column with adjustable spider arm supports. Finally, the series was built with a steering wheel diameter of 294mm (11.6 inches) and 400mm (15.7 inches), a dolly tracking width of 964mm (38 inches), sturdy adjustable cable guards and a portable hand pump with pressure gauge. The pedestals will be available as a system paired with several of Miller’s popular fluid heads.
Q What are some upcoming/popular trends from the world of broadcast and content creation that you think might make a big impact at the show?
A It is expected that HDR and 8K will continue to be the highlight as seen from NAB.
Q Any events you're particularly excited about attending/throwing at the show? Which ones?
A The screening of Jon Favreau’s stunning new adaptation of The Jungle Book, thanks to the support of the Walt Disney Company. Hailed as being close to Rudyard Kipling’s original 1894 collection of stories, this new movie is a technical tour de force.
Q How do you constantly reinvent yourself at IBC each year?
A IBC is the formal European launch of arrow X after being launched at NAB. arrow X evolved from two years of market research of user requirements. Users told us they want a head with a payload range from zero to infinity with very accurate counterbalance and minimum setup time so they can use the same head for any camera and configurations they want. We created arrow X 3, for example, with a payload range from 1kg to 19kg, a very wide payload range, but with only 8 steps of counterbalance, and a half step switch. This takes care of the speed of balancing issue as you only have to go through 8 steps and refine you counter balance with the CB PLUS switch if needed.
Q How are you planning to make this year's IBC the best yet?
A Apart from arrow X we will be showing for the first time worldwide E-arrow X . We will also be launching two new in-shot pedestals.
Q Anything else you'd like to add?
A Our second version of our new catalogue will be first seen at IBC.