New in rentals are the Westcott Flex Lights. Lightweight and powerful, these fixtures have the “flexibility” to light all kinds of scenes. Each light is constructed of an LED array on a soft panel that can either attach to a square frame for support or stand alone in unique lighting situations.
All of the Westcott Flex Lights are impressively bright and generate significantly less heat than fresnel or HMI lighting sources. And with a super low weight and profile, the panels easily mount anywhere — handy in very tight setups.
The Westcott Flex Light Travel Kit includes everything you need to set up two 1×1’ soft light sources. With dimming options, battery power and adjustable color temperature, this kit is perfect for setting up quick interviews or adding light to “run and gun” productions. Studio B also offers a 2×2’ daylight balanced Flex Light for situations that require higher output.
The lighting systems come with frames, diffusion, dimmers and adjustable ball joints compatible with baby pin mounts.
Ever tripped a breaker trying to plug too many lights into a house circuit? Check out this video that covers guidelines for where to plug in different lights (along with the basics of house circuitry), featuring local gaffer and Studio B favorite Alan Steinheimer. For more videos like this, we recommend watching the rest of Luke Seerveld’s “Meet the Gaffer” series on Youtube where he covers a wide range of gaffing and grip techniques and information.
We’re as happy as everyone else that 2016 is finally over, but we’re also excited to look back and take stock of what was yet another successful year in rentals. We ran the numbers and pulled our top ten most rented items of the year, judging by quantity of rentals in the context of respective equipment categories.
One note: we left out grip equipment here, because c-stands, sandbags, stingers and the like never go out of style, (and would dominate the list). So besides that, and in no particular order, here are the top ten most rented items of 2016:
Studio B is in the VR game these days, shooting and stitching 360-degree video for the web, mobile, or VR headsets like the Oculus Rift. Check out our non-interactive reel above to see some samples of 360° videos we shot recently.
We’re especially excited about the possibilities that Virtual Reality presents and have been experimenting extensively with 360-degree rigs and VR storytelling. While not the right medium for every story, when your goal is to drop the audience into an immersive experience and take them to places that they would otherwise not have access, we think there’s nothing quite like VR. It’s truly an amazing tool.
We are offering 360° camera rentals as well as services such as concepting, shooting, stitching, and editing VR footage. To read about the services we offer and possible video applications for 360, check out this page here. To rent our GoPro Omni 360° camera rig, go to this page here or give us a call!
Here it is, the new demo reel showing off our event services here at Studio B Films. Along with our full service creative video production, we also offer live multi-camera production, webcasting, event coverage, onsite interviews, event openers and sizzle videos.
Check out our Live Events and Webcasting page here, and call today to shoot and webcast your next big event!
Need to learn how to set up the DJI Ronin gimbal stabilizer, but don’t want to sit through endless tutorials that take forever to get to the point? Here’s our Quick Setup video guide to the Ronin. Learn the basics of balancing this awesome tool in a little over two minutes. Make sure to download the DJI Assistant app to your phone for full control.
Everything you could ask for in a soft keylight. Extremely high light output with full control over hue, saturation, intensity, and color temperature from 2,800-10,000K. Rental comes with ballast and cables, standard diffusion panel, Chimera softbox, and combo stand.
We got an early chance to run some tests with the new Canon C300 mkII, the successor to the popular Canon C300. With 4k recording, high framerate options, 444 12-bit recording, and up to 15 stops of dynamic range, this camera has a lot to offer. Check out our First Look review of the new camera (above).
Handheld gimbal stabilizers are taking camera mobility to a whole new level. But that freedom extends only as long as you can stand to hold up the rig. All day shoots with a Ronin or MoVI can be a heavy task. Luckily, we now have the perfect piece of gear to save your arms during long productions – meet the Easyrig Vario 5 Gimbal Rig.
Designed to support cameras and gimbals from 11lb to 38lb, this vest system lightens the load of a wide range of handheld setups. It serves as an excellent companion to our DJI Ronin or any of our digital cinema cameras — the Vario 5 supports shoulder mounted camera rigs, too. Contact us to reserve the Easyrig Vario 5 today.