The DCIM (Digital Cameras, Imaging, Media) show is a playground for the hobbyist, amateur and professional. It is an incredible display of the latest cameras and imaging gear, accessories, promotions, classes and much more.
Most of our films are made with Canon cameras and lenses. So we were quite excited to find out that this year, Canon took up the largest booth space but that’s not the only good news…
We were invited by Canon Professional HD Center to participate in DCIM 2011. Initially I was to help showcase the Edius film editing system. When I heard that Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia was also involved, I eagerly requested to demo the Steadicam Pilot.
The catch is we had to spend our Christmas holidays in the booth. BUT Canon has taken up 1/4 of the entire floor space and filled it up with goodies.
They are embedding me in the thick of all these imaging technology. I consider this a very merry Christmas present!
My last project of 2011 was at DCIM. I had over $17K worth of equipment strapped onto me. Thanks to Tegas Broadcast & Multimedia for sponsoring the Steadicam Pilot ($7K) and Canon Professional HD Center for the XF305($10K).
Again the Steadicam Pilot has seduced me. I spent most of the day tinkering with it, adjusting the vest, removing the system and putting it on again.
I practiced walking and walking with it. I now know I should given the other gear and cameras equal time but how to resist its beckoning?
Thanks to Andrew Boey (Nikonian Academy), we made a film of DCIM. Andrew visited almost every booth on the exhibition floor, interviewing its owners while I followed on the Pilot and XF 305 combo. In the end, we discovered this was a long take of 40 minutes.
The one gear that I wished I could have spent more time with is the Canon XF 305. The XF 305’s pricing may appear prohibitive but like the Steadicam, you get what you pay for.
The XF 305 comes with 3 X 1/3 inch CMOS chips (that’s three of them chips in one camera body!). It’s like shooting the same scene with 3 cameras and combining all the details into 1 video.
From what I understand, the XF 305 also sports an excellent that’s worth $6,000 on its own! It also has Dynamic Image Stabilization and an extreme Powered Image Stabilization which reduces vibration when shooting at telephoto range.
As a testament to Canon Professional HD Center’s capability to cover all angles in the film making industry, we showcased Edius for film editing.
Edius was in the form of a D’Cube mobile film editing solution in a box (literally). It’s got a HDMI and HD-SDI in/out, plenty of hard disk space, USB ports etc.
One of the best things about Edius- it reads all of the file formats thrown at it from the Canon booth. MXF, EOS Movie, it takes them all in without having to transcode into its own native format for smooth playback.
Another star of the show at the Canon booth is the very light and very stable KesslerCrane Lite 8 jib. It can carry a video camera up there or a HDSLR. One of our guys even set up his iPone on it!
Indeed, this was a fantastic way for a film director like to me complete the year. 2011 will always be close to my heart because of the camaraderie I had with my fellow camera enthusiasts.