MōVl Pro, Sigma Lenses, Cool-Lux and More!!!

Some amazing and highly anticipated gear has entered the rental inventory at Picture This! The long awaited MōVl Pro has arrived and it’s a game changer. Definitely one of the most advanced camera movement systems available. Long story short: if you’re looking for a MōVI Pro rental in Portland we’ve got you covered!

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Have you tried the Sigma Cine Zoom Lenses? They’re amazing! We’ve added the 18-35mm T2 and the 50-100mm T2 glass to our broad lens inventory. High speed, well crafted and affordable. Picture This is definitely a go-to place for lens rentals in Portland.

Sigma Cine Lenses Hero

Looking for the best battery powered compact field/on-camera monitor? The new Panasonic 9” LCD HDMI Field Monitor is small yet mighty with amazing features including waveform and vector scope for exposure assist. Not to mention it’s built like a tank! We have a large inventory of different video production monitors for rent in Portland to fit any production

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Our new Cool-Lux SHIFT baseplate will save you so much time when SHIFTing from your tripod to shoulder shooting modes with extra chest support for stabilization. Picture This is the preferred destination for stabilization system rentals in Portland.

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Lots of cool gear is here folks! And as always be sure to swing by any time to check it all out!



Portland’s Best Multi-cam System Rental

Whether you’re planning a studio shoot, live event or any other multi-camera application there’s one system that is tailor-made to fit your project and Picture This is the only shop in town who offers it.

The Panasonic AK-HC3800 is the ultimate fiber-optic studio camera system. It’s jam packed with cutting edge features that make multi-cam shoots easy and efficient.

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The cameras themselves sport a large 2/3″ 3CCD imager for an amazing picture in all HD formats with no jello. The 16bit image processing circuit provides dynamic range stretching and a state of the art digital extender. No more light loss and softness like a traditional optical extender.

The single fiber-optic line is the only cable you have to worry about. This one cable carries AC power, video, return video, communication and prompter line. No more messy umbilicals and label tape.

Cam-ops rejoice! The high-def flatscreen 7 inch monitors are cable free! They just slide into a powered mount and are good to go. Plus: the monitor’s modern and intuitive UI provide operators with focus peaking, waveform and vectorscope. And who could forget tally lights? The monitor’s numbered LED tally lights face both the talent and operator so both the talent and operator know when they’re on. The tally lights can also be flashed by the engineer to get your attention. And as always they can use the call function over comm.

Engineers, meet your new best friend. Our tailor-made package is self contained. All the CCUs are stacked in a single road case and all the paintboxes in another. Just open the lid, plug in and you’re ready to go. The top row of the case even has a monitor rack so you can navigate menus and see what all the operators are aimed at.

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Want to see it for yourself? We’d love to demo it for you! Come by Picture This and we’ll show you all the ins and outs and what makes this package great. Contact us today for an in-depth demonstration and see the system that’s changing the game for multi-cam shoots!



NAB Recap: Lots of New Gear Coming Soon

NAB Show 2015 in Las Vegas was amazing with the Picture This team finalizing contracts on a lot of new production gear. Included in this blog post is gear purchased from NAB and shortly before.

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The Canon Cinema Prime 4K lenses offers stunning image quality in a lightweight and ready to shoot package. With consistent form factors designed with motion picture production in mind these lenses are something every DP, AC, OP and shooter can appreciate. Stop by Picture This today to see how beautiful these lenses really are.

Canon C300 MKII

C300 Mark IIThe camera that changed everything: evolved. The Canon EOS C300 Mark II is Canon’s improvement to the C300. Featuring a newly developed 8.85 megapixel Canon Super 35mm 16:9 CMOS censor that can now shoot 4K to CFast 2.0 with high-speed readout for reduced rolling shutter. Plus: It can shoot 4K RAW externally. Low light? No problem. With 15 stops of dynamic range and a maximum ISO of 102,400 the C300 MKII can see in the dark better than film. And with the new Canon Dual-Pixel CMOs Auto Focus the camera now features face detection and display of T-values, lens metadata, chromatic aberration correction, and a slew of other focus assist features. The Canon C300 MKII is a really, really big deal and will be available for rent at Picture This.

 

Ready Rig GS – Practical Weight Support for Gimbal Mounted Cameras

Ready Rig

With a combination of iso-elastic and carbon fiber, the Ready Rig GS is lighter and simpler than it’s competitors.  It’s also set up for the operator to make quick adjustments on the fly to increase or decrease the tension.  Additionally, they have designed a quick release system for the straps that attach to the gimbal so you can click in and out of the setup easily. It’s pretty amazing for making operating a handheld gimbal more sustainable over a longer period.  We were so impressed with it, we ordered one on the NAB show floor and expect it to arrive in about a month.

Odyssey  7Q+:

Convergent Design, Odyssey 7Q

The Odyssey 7Q+ is an amazing monitor/recorder. With it’s extremely long list of compatible cameras and codecs, it’s seemingly endless amount of SDI in and outs, and rugged light weight magnesium case, there’s no project the 7Q+ cant handle. Swing by Picture This and try one out!

Freefly Systems- Movi and Mimic combo

MōVI Mimic Combo

Just before NAB 2015, Freefly announced their new dual operator control system called Mimic.  This is a huge help in dual operator mode when one person is moving through the scene with the MōVI and a 2nd operator is framing the shot remotely.  Instead of having to use a system of joysticks or wheels the Mimic pairs with the MōVI gimbal wirelessly and matches your movements for pan, tilt and roll for more natural moves.  The zero delay response time is extremely impressive and it makes the dual operator mode a much more useful solution.  Within a couple minutes, even a novice can get a good feel for it. Our Mimic should be arriving within a few weeks

 

Boxx Meridian SDI HD Transmitter


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Free your cameras with the Boxx Meridian SDI HD Transmitter. The Meridian is designed for high quality streaming with zero delay. With it’s 5GHz license exempt band featuring secure encrypted transmission the Boxx Meridian is a great solution for camera assist on live events and other on-the-go shoots. Available for rent today!

Panasonic AV-HS410

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Nine inputs, thumbnail display of videos, two channel simultaneous rec/play, 100 event memories and so much more. The Panasonic AV-HS410 is the switcher that makes live events hassle free. Rent the AV-HS410 today and seamlessly switch between any type of video format wether it’s SD, HD, 4:3 or 16:9. Plus it’s compact single piece form factor means its great for mobile applications and air travel. Now available at Picture This!

 

As always please feel free to call us or swing by for an in-person demo!

 



Sliders, Sliders and More Sliders!

At Picture This we offer a wide variety of sliders. In this post we’re going to delve into all of them to help you choose the correct slider for your next job.

Versatile & Mobile: MYT Works Sliders

The MYT Works slider is a great solution for a wide variety of jobs.  Built by hand in New York state the MYT Works Glide 5″ Slider is CNC machined from high-grade aluminum and stainless steel to create a highly robust slider system available in 3 and 5 foot lengths. Their superior strength lightweight aluminum/steel mix means that travel is a synch while they remain study platforms for single axis moves with lightweight cameras and DSLRs. For the smoothest moves with smaller cameras look no further. The MYT Works Sliders produce zero binding on the move and can mount on either a tripod or baby stands.  Payload weights up to 25 lbs. on the 3 foot length and 80 lbs. on the larger 5 foot.

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Way of the Future: Cineped Slider 

Behold the 42 inch Cineped. This exquisitely machined, ultra heavy duty sliding system looks and feels like it was made by Panavison. Designed by a veteran DP,  the Cineped brings a new axis of motion to slider technology. With traditional back and forth on it’s single linear axis the Cineped also combines a super smooth rotating 360 degrees around the center axis. This allows for amazingly diverse compound moves, slides, chases and rotations. The only limit is your creativity. The Cineped also comes with the new Quatrro 4 leg system with a maximum height of 56 inches or an uber low height of 3.5 inches, effectively providing you with regular sticks, baby legs and high hat all in one package! Not only that but  tese legs will level to any surface, have a water drain and feature a Mitchell base mount for heavy payloads! Up to 250 lbs.!!! Awesome, fast and strong!

CinePed

Oldie but Goldie: Skateboard Slider

For the past 10 years we have rented out our skateboard slider with super smooth wheels on pipe dollies for a variety of cheats, micro dolly moves and  both over and underslung tracking moves. The skateboard dolly requires  low boy combo (or Junior Combos for underslung) stands to mount and provides an excellent camera platform for adding single axis dynamic motion to any shot.  Steel pipe allows for payload weights up to 70 lbs. while aluminum slider bars offer slightly less. Available in 6-12 foot lengths at Picture This.

Skateboard Slider


Picture This’ Stage A is the Place to Shoot

Picture This’ Stage A is a 3,000 square foot sound proofed facility that can accommodate and support a wide range of commercial, corporate, live webcasts, and photo shoots. Whether you need a white or custom colored cyclorama, green screen, or a set built, all with the right tools to illuminate your project, we are ready to help. Clients love this space for the experience we provide while they are here.  Clean, quiet, comfortable and managed by helpful, happy people. Add in the  convenience of our equipment/camera rental house, edit suite, live events warehouse and you get immediate on site problem solving with many tools within reach. Picture This’ Stage A is your Portland sound stage rental solution.

-Tim Carroll, Picture This Stage Manager
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The Sony FS7 Available For Rent at Picture This

The Sony PXW-FS7 is changing the game on ENG.

Designed to be hand held for long periods of time the Sony FS7 has been meticulously designed to redefine the concept of a “comfortable camera”.  The FS7 is great for documentaries, unscripted television (reality), indie features, broadcast run & gun, corporate and so much more. With it’s Super 35mm CMOS sensor, E-mount, UHD up to 60FPS, HD up to 180 FPS and 4096X2160 via external recorder the FS7 is truly a swiss army knife camera solution.  Swing by Picture This today and give it a whirl with our Canon CINE-SERVO 17-120mm!

Total of two FS7′s available for rent.

 

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PICKUP > SHOOT. AMIRA Now Available for Rent.

The ARRI AMIRA is hands down the best do-it-all camera. It’s ready to run and gun right out of the bag wether you’re a single operator shooting ENG or in a studio setting shooting a commercial. The AMIRA combines exceptional image quality with the cost effective CFast 2.0 to create a headache free digital workflow, plus it’s ergonomic ENG design is perfect for extended periods of shoulder-mounted operation. And since the AMIRA’s sensor is the same as that of the ALEXA, you’ll get 14 stops of dynamic range, fantastic skin-tone rendition, up to 200 frames per second, a native ISO of 800, and EI range from 160 to 3200. Not to mention the ability to shoot directly to any flavor of the popular ProRes codec, including ProRes 4444, to save your post production workflow time and money. The AMIRA is truly a game changer and it’s available for rent from Picture This.

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Decimator Design’s MC-Quad: The Director’s Best Friend

Multicam shoots can be difficult. Directing four cameras can be downright strenuous. Having a monitor for each camera is cumbersome, expensive and simply a pain in the neck.

That’s where Decimator Design’s MD-Quad comes in.

The MD-Quad is a very helpful tool for directors and ACs alike. You can feed the MD-Quad up to four 3G/HD/SDI signals and output to a single HDMI or SDI monitor in full 4:4:4, creating an easy to use multi-view screen. No more monitor trees or heavy splitters, just a little red box slightly larger than a deck of cards.

Now available for rent at Picture This.

Decimator Design MD-Quad

Decimator Design MD-Quad In Action



The New Sony PMW-300 is here!

Have you seen the new Sony PMW-300?  Picture This is pleased to announce that we are now carrying the successor to Sony’s industry standard PMW-EX3 camcorder, the brand new PMW-300! Combining the low-light capabilities of three, 1/2″ Exmor Full HD CMOS sensors with the broadcast-quality, Full HD MPEG HD422 codec, the PMW-300 is perfect for independent documentary use, run ‘n gun ENG shoots, or studio configured live events. Just like the PMW-EX3, the PMW-300 is fully configurable in a studio configuration with the addition of the Fujinon ACM-21 and 2/3” B4 Mount broadcast lenses. Never before has a semi-shoulder mount design camera packed as many powerful tech specs in an affordable, easy to use camcorder; the Sony PMW-300. Now available for rent at Picture This.  Check it out.

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A Message from Will Walle – Equipment Manager

In recent years we’ve seen the video production industry adopt larger format imager cameras to give their productions more cinematic images. The Canon DSLRs were at the forefront of this revolution, and although these cameras produced beautiful images, they were by no means production friendly. More recently, camera manufacturers such as Canon and Sony melded these large imagers into easy to use video cameras such as the Canon C300, Sony FS700, and Sony PMW-F5. These cameras afford their operators tools such as professional audio XLR inputs, zebras, waveform monitors, reliable video outputs and all the other necessities an operator is accustomed to.

Looking forward to the future, we see companies like Fujinon releasing lenses such as the Cabrio Zoom Lenses, the highest quality cinema lenses with a servo grip traditionally seen on B4 mount ENG lenses. Sony has just announced a B4 mount lens adapter for use on the PMW-F5, unlocking a wealth of possibilities for portability and ease of use with out an entire camera crew required. Zeiss is following up the success of their interchangeable mount Compact Primes and Compact Zooms with the new 15-30mm T2.9 wide angle Compact Zoom, offering beautiful images in a compact, lightweight lens. ARRI, having had great success with their ALEXA camera, just announced the new AMIRA camera, aimed at ENG and documentary productions. Innovations such as these are propelling the ENG market and cinema markets together to form new hybrid cameras that show case the best of both worlds. Tell us what you think about all these exciting new innovations, and as always, come stop by Picture This to take a look at the most cutting edge technology available on the market today.