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Flycam Flowline for the DJI Ronin

January 19, 2015

Our new “flycam flowline” (cheap knock off of the easyrig) arrived this morning so I took it out for a quick spin.

ronin

In terms of what kit I’m using here, this was the dji ronin, with a blackmagic production 4k and a Samyang 14mm Cine lens. On top of the camera is a sdi to hdmi converter that sends a 1080 image to the Blackpearl monitor. First impressions; to be honest I didn’t hold out much hope for the flowline as I thought it’d just be a cheap copy of the real thing, but actually it’s not that bad. It’s somewhat comfortable and it does what it claims to, it takes the weight off of your arms whilst carrying the ronin.

ronin-3

I’m used to wearing a steadicam vest for long periods, so for me I’m used to the weight being on my hips so I don’t mind that at all. But I’m sure for some at first it might be a strange sensation.

Because of the weight of the rig it tends to sit at waist level without any assistance. For higher shots where the camera is at head height you will have to take some of the weight into you arms but compared to holding it there without the rig it’s much easier.

At the lowest point the camera will reach to my shins, and can easily skim the floor if I cushion my steps as I walk.

The flowline does feel a little plasticy and its a little bit scary to go handsfree and trust it fully to support the full weight. But for 1/3 of the price of the easyrig it’s a good interim solution until we can afford the other.

easyrig

It clips onto the handle with a spring loaded clamp which seems for now to grip ok, my concern is that over time it will lose some of the tension and slip. So I would always keep a hand on the ronin just incase I need to make an emergency catch.

I also have a similar reservation about the cord that takes the weight of the ronin. But if that happens then I’m sure using the back piece and arm we’d be able to fashion something else to help take the weight. So for now I think it was worth it. I’ll update more as I get more use with it. We’ve got a shoot later this week where we’ll be able to give it a real world test and see just how well it handles.

Over the coming days and weeks we’ll start to upload a few sequences that were shot using this set up so you can see exactly what it’s capable of.

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It is a great pleasure to announce this news. In the fall we were contacted by the European Energy Bureau about creating some custom light painting images to go with the release of the new European energy label. It proved to be a really fun project and you can see some of how they were used here. The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
First up was to make some light painting tool that would create something similar to the energy symbol the European Energy Bureau uses to grade various products on their energy efficiency.
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All in all a very fun project that we are proud to be a part of. For those who missed the links at the top of the article you can see  how they were used here.  The press release for the new energy symbol is here.
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