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In order to carry the heavy setup with the CAME-TV Prodigy Gimbal and Ursa Mini 4.6K camera for longer periods of time, I decided to try this gimbal support vest. This is the updated model Tilta Armor Man version 2 (Found here).

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Here's a product overview of the new CAME-TV CAME-ARGO Gimbal stabilizer which will fly camera setups up to 6 lbs. If you're currently using a CAME-TV 7500/7800 gimbal, the ARGO would support a similar size/weight setup. The difference is this new SBGC powered gimbal also incorporates physical Encoder hardware that makes SBGC gimbals several times more stable and battery efficient.

CAME-TV has been manufacturing and selling more a wide variety of gimbals over several years, and this experience has allowed them to make each new system better over the last. As seen in the video demonstration above, right out of the box the CAME-TV ARGO Gimbal is incredibly stable and moves very the camera very smoothly (video samples coming soon). Build quality feels very solid, but only time can tell how much abuse it will handle during these next few months of use.

Right now the company offers gimbals in various sizes. The CAME-ACTION for GoPro, CAME-SINGLE and CAME-Mini2 for Mirrorless cameras, the 7800 for DSLR sized bodies, and the 8000 for heavier Blackmagic and RED cameras.

As of now only the CAME-ACTION, CAME-SINGLE, and CAME-ARGO have Encoder Hardware (and soon to be released hand held gimbal for Smartphones with Encoders). At some point this year we will see a Mini3, and a larger model to replace the 8000.

The CAME-TV ARGO Gimbal includes a wirelesss joystick, travel hard case, built in wireless video transmitter, 15mm Rod, 15mm clamp, a few other small accessories. Available now following the jump (LINK)

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Learn-More-sm CAME-TV CAME-ARGO Gimbal Stabilizer

While the case is suffice to prevent scratches and should transport the ARGO safely, the foam will probably deteriorate quickly. Because of the similarity in size and shape, if you're looking for a custom cut foam case that would work with the CAME-TV ARGO, the DJI Ronin-M OEM Case will hold all of the ARGO items (and more) perfectly.

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VIEW-ITEM DJI Ronin-M ABS Plastic Suitcase

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Here's some early footage from Simon Shasha shot on the (not yet released) BlackMagic Design Micro Cinema Camera. I remember putting my pre-order in the day it was announced at NAB2015 so seeing some footage feels like it should be out any day now. [Thanks Simon]

As much as everyone loves the original BlackMagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera #BMPCC, it does lack high frame rate options. That's what makes this new Micro Cinema Camera so exciting is that it now offers up to 60fps in 1080HD. The design has shifted so that it can be used more like an 'Action Camera' strapped to a Drone, or attached to the side of a Helmet.

Image wise you still get your 13 Stops of Dynamic Range, RAW, ProRes Recording. It's not exactly the same sensor as the previous BMPCC as it offers a Global Shutter (in some settings), and at least now it's powered by a Canon LP-E6 battery. I really hated the old Nikon battery in the BMPCC.

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Learn More BlackMagic Design Micro Cinema Camera

Simon also shares some images from the setup he used which included a BlackMagic Design Micro Cinema Camera Cage from CAME-TV (found here), along with a few stabilizer shots from a CAME-TV SINGLE Gimbal (found here).

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Images via Simon Sasha

(SOURCE) Simon Shasha via Vimeo

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DVEStore BlackMagic Ursa Mini 4K 4.6K RAW Video Camera DVE Store

What a surprise! While this camera is pretty tough to find right now, DVEStore.com was kind enough to lend me one of their BlackMagic Design URSA Mini Cameras. I really did enjoy the quality coming from the big URSA, but it was a beast of a camera to manage out in the field. It required a heavy duty tripod and couldn't be shouldered for very long without fatigue. The URSA MINI is less than 1/3rd the weight at just 5lbs (camera body) with a more compact form factor, so very easy to move around and travel with.

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The most stand out feature over the BlackMagic Production 4K camera, is that the URSA MINI offers 4K RAW up to 60fps (yes 4K/60fps!) and for just $2995 (here). That's cheaper than a Sony A7RII. There's additional modes for 1080 up to 120fps if you need faster. If you want even better quality, the URSA Mini 4.6K sensor will offer 4K RAW up to 80fps.

The basic package for the new URSA Mini doesn't come with the top handle, shoulder pad, extension handle, battery plate, or URSA EVF which is all options you can purchase to make a full shoulder rig camera. For now, I've had to improvise by assembling my favorite rig parts together (as seen below).

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I would say the 'core' of the rig you see above is the SHAPE C100/C300 Rig setup with the Paparazzi Top Handle + SHAPE Pro Dual Follow Focus. The long 15mm Rails are lightweight Carbon Fiber from PVGear.com. The CAME-TV Shoulder Pad is placed directly under the camera, so it's very well balanced. But when the camera sits this far back, you'll need an EVF upfront. I'm using my Cineroid Retina EVF + Loupe.

I'm using CAME-TV 15mm Handles with Rosette joints. The BlackMagic URSA Mini Remote Handle just happens to be the exact same so I was able to replace one handle with the URSA Mini Remote. Now that I have most of this put together it's time to take it out this week for some test footage. If you guys have any questions about this camera, I have one here in my hands and i'll try to answer some. Otherwise you can get more information by contacting or visiting DVEStore.com

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VIEW-ITEM BlackMagic Design URSA Mini 4K or 4.6K Cameras

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At some point in time you may find yourself on a project that will require you to send a feed to a remote monitor for others to view. Perhaps you have a client that needs to provide input about your camera settings, lens choice, framing, or movement. Or maybe you have an assistant to help with a wireless follow focus. And when your camera can't be tethered with a cable, eventually you may find a need for a kit to transmit video wirelessly. So here's a look at the CAME-TV 100m Wireless HD Video Kit.

There are systems designed for the home that you can use for a DIY solution, but often this means shorter range and lots of latency. Home kits are usually bulkier, will require you to be innovative about your battery solutions, and you'll need to find a way to mount it to your camera and monitor. Another reason you have to be careful about DIY kits is compatibility with frame rates. The Panasonic GH3 outputs a weird interlaced signal, the Canon 5DM3 and Sony cameras when set to 24p actually output 23.98. The GH4 on the other hand can output 24p, 23.98, and then you have cameras that can output 59.94p. There are a good number of Monitors that can't display these frame rates, and wireless HD Video kits are the same.

If these are reasons that would deter you from DIY home kits, the CAME-TV 100m Wireless Video Kit is clean and simple, easy to operate, minimal parts, and works great for transmitting up to 300 feet+ (depending on conditions). I have tested 1080/24p Cinema mode from the GH4 as well as NTSC 23.98, and 59.94 with no issues.

The more professional solutions are not cheap by any means, but they are designed differently than home solutions. You can find more information about the 100m Wireless HD Video kit on their website: http://www.came-tv.com/100m-wireless-hd-video-transmitter-and-receiver-p-675.html

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VIEW-ITEM CAME-TV 100m Wireless HD Video Transmitter Receiver HDMI Kit

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In my first review I mentioned the CAME-ACTION Gimbal could not mount a GoPro LCD BacPac because of the short screws. But I did mention I believed it was strong enough if we could find longer screws. Because people were asking, here's a demo of the CAME-ACTION GoPro Gimbal (with Encoders) supporting the weight of a GoPro with LCD BacPac and ND Filter.

It still works perfectly and is able to stabilize all this extra weight. Checking the website, there are less than dozen left. Hopefully it's not something that goes out of stock and you have to wait weeks for another batch, so if you're still deciding, this is a great GoPro gimbal and it's possible to support all your GoPro accessories.

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VIEW-ITEM CAME-TV GoPro 3-Axis Gimbal with Encoders

Here's an adapter you can use for Painter's Poles if you want a cheap extension for your GoPro. find it (here).

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find-price-button Seaport Digital Painter's Pole Adapter with 1/4-20 Male Thread

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The CAME-TV CAME-SINGLE Gimbal has hard limits built into the frame to prevent a full 180 rotation. This design protects the wires from tangling up. Most Alexmos gimbals can easily be inverted but typically the camera itself has to remain 'right-side up'. Gimbals like the DJI Ronin or Ronin-M when used in inverted mode actually flip the camera upside down. So in post editing you have to flip your video. After hammering through the software a bit, I managed to find a way to keep the camera fully inverted so I guess it is possible.

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At this time I DO NOT SUGGEST attempting to tweak your CAME-SINGLE settings. If you screw up your configuration, it can be a very lengthy process to restore your system due to the new 'encoders' tab. Downloading profiles from the Internet will not guarantee that your system will be restored as 'Encoders' are calibrated individually (per gimbal). Until I find the time to create some type of tutorial on tweaking PID settings, I suggest you keep the default settings as much as possible.

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find-price-button CAME-TV CAME-SINGLE 32 Bit Gimbal with Encoders

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Many times people complain about the horizon being offset, or possibly the camera's horizon may drift over time. This could easily be caused by the 'mode' or 'profile' the gimbal is currently working in, and not necessarily a problem with the gimbal itself. Understanding the profiles, how and when to use them is important if you want to achieve best results. Many of you may be surprised at how much the profiles can affect the results your getting with your gimbals.

This video covers the different profiles on the new tool-less CAME-MINI2 Gimbal, and how these different profiles can influence camera's position during operation. It also covers how to modify the service modes so that you can manage the gimbal and calibrate it without a computer connected. It also covers troubleshooting your Joystick RC Trim if you believe your camera position 'drifts' over time. Keep in mind, that these settings are not unique to this gimbal, but for any gimbal operating with the same SBGC software.

So the next time you're running around operating your gimbal, and things may not appear level or squared up, think about what mode you're working in. Your gimbal may just be following directions, and not necessarily out of calibration. Profile 2 seems to be a good fit for tracking subjects and setting your Joystick to control 'only tilt' will help you manage your gimbal while keeping the horizon level. You can easily change the 'speed' of your joystick so that the camera movements will still appear smooth.

Also, take advantage of your Service Modes by using the Profile 4, Profile 5, and Long Press options. When you're out in the field make it a habit to square up your frame, level your camera, and calibrate your sensors (set a new home position). Unfortunately this video was probably very boring, but hopefully informative in some ways. If you have any questions, leave your comments below.

To find out more, visit the product page for the CAME-TV CAME-MINI2 Gimbal (HERE).

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find-price-button CAME-TV CAME-MINI2 (v2 Tool-Less) 3-Axis Mini Gimbal Stabilizer

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