Kessler Crane Camera Support Equipment

Gear Testing

Eric Kessler & I capture stuff blowing up with Phantom v1610 at 60,000 FPS

First of all, do not try any of this stuff at home! We had a range safety officer overseeing our production to keep everyone safe. When Eric Kessler of Kessler Crane visited me in New England for the first time, I had to find something unique to keep him entertained. How about firing a very […]

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Documenting a Rafting Trip with 5 GoPros, Letus Anamorphic Adapter & 2 iPhones

A few weeks ago, Paul Reynolds and I went white water rafting down some very cold rivers in Oregon. One of these rivers, the upper McKenzie, can only be run this time of year because of the high water flow. The problem with rafting in the spring is the wet weather and icy waters. Paul […]

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Kessler CineDrive and Fastec TS4 High Speed Camera Test – A Film About Produce

Last week I spent some time at Kessler Crane HQ in Plymouth Indiana experimenting with CineDrive. The Kessler CineDrive system is very powerful and easy to use, controlled by the kOS software on either an iPad or a laptop computer. Kessler CineDrive is able to preform precise, repeatable real-time pan, tilt and dolly moves, or […]

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Sony PMW-F55 High Frame Rate (HFR) 240 FPS Test

When I bought my Sony PMW-F55 from Rule.com I knew it was going to be an amazing camera. I was looking at replacing my Red One MX digital cinema camera and needed a similar style large sensor camera that would compliment my Sony PDW-F800. I needed a digital cinema/broadcast television camera hybrid. My Red One […]

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Thorn Mountain Maple Mini-Documentary – Shot on Sony PMW-F55 with HDx35 mkII B4 Lens Adapter

A few years ago, I was visiting my family in Arizona. We stopped for breakfast at a local diner and I ordered pancakes. I asked the server for real maple syrup. She looked at me strangely and asked me what real syrup was. She only knew of store bought table syrup or the brown stuff […]

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Blogging from the Summit of Mount Washington and Documenting Extreme Weather with Heated Camera Enclosures

I am typing this inside a steel and concrete re-enforced building. All I can hear is the howling of the wind outside and the pop of rebar contracting from inside the bowels of the bunker-like structure. The temperature outside is 6 degrees F and the windchill is -25 at 60 miles per hour sustained. I […]

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Downloadable TV/Cine Formats – Red, XDCAM, GoPro, DSLR, Raw – “The Goldfish Test”

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Exploring Frame Rates and Resolutions on a Phantom Flex High Speed Camera

My friends at Rule Boston Camera hooked me up with a Phantom Flex for a job and I had an extra day to play with this amazing high speed camera. I asked on my Twitter feed if any of my follows were interested in a techy video blog that showed off the different resolutions and […]

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Exciting new GoPro Products: The WiFi BacPac and the Underwater Dive Housing

Ethics Statement: I am not sponsored by GoPro and they did not ask me to write about their new products. I bought and tested out the new Dive housing and wanted to share my experimentation with my readers. I made the mistake of shooting underwater b-roll for a client on a GoPro with unusable results. […]

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Testing out the Fastec TS3 Cine High Speed Camera and Butterfly Footage

I finally got my hands on the new Fastec TS3 Cine camera and I love it. It is truly a portable high speed solution that is very easy to use! EDIT 5/2/12: I shot a video blog detailing the operation of the camera and also traveled to a local greenhouse that was filled with colorful […]

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Using GoPro Cameras on Live Multi-Camera Remote Broadcasts

EDIT: Do not build your own 12 volt USB power adapter for the GoPro. The power requirements are 5 volts, 500-1000 milliamps which is what almost all cell phone chargers put out. If you send 12 volts to a GoPro it will do damage! GoPro Heros. Amazing little cameras. For under $300 you get a […]

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First Short Subject Shot on Red Epic – Austin Orth – Frontside Grind Coffee

This past summer, I borrowed Eric Kessler’s Red Epic and shot a quick short film with it. This would be my first time ever using the camera system. I wanted to get a few hours on it and experiment with the workflow. I also wanted to try mounting the Epic to the Kessler Pocket Dolly. […]

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