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It has finally happened, the steadicam smoothy for iPhone


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#1 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 01:16 PM

Yup, a merlin type rig for the iphone.

Built by Tiffen, no price no delivery date as of yet.


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get ready for the first iPhone feature film guys....
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#2 Lukas Franz

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 01:24 PM

Actually....speechless! :blink:
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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 01:25 PM

get ready for the first iPhone feature film guys....


To be shot entirely in one take...
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 02:22 PM

Thanks for posting the photos Eric

They have models and adapter for most phones and Flip type video cam

Has fore and aft balance adjustment knobs. The show prototypes are built with a regular and very loose pan bearing until they see what people like.

You can fly like the Merlin two handed or use your thumb on the gimbal.

Only had a few minutes since I'm working for AMEX I'm their booth.

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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 02:30 PM

Another photo from Robert of the "Smoothie"
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:53 PM

Zacuto came out with something a few months ago that effectively allowed you to easily mount an iPhone on a steadicam. TIFFEN might as well join the party.
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#7 Kevin Andrews SOC

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 03:53 PM

Why would you want to shoot on a standard def vga device. Just seems like a wasted effort.
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:02 PM

I don't think it's made for us persea, you can mount the super subcompact HD cams on it as well.
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 04:04 PM

I don't think it's made for us persea, you can mount the super subcompact HD cams on it as well.



Ahh, like a flip or Zi8. I get it now.

Edited by Kevin Andrews, 07 January 2010 - 04:05 PM.

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#10 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:12 PM

Tiffen now has a page for it.

It's real and it's targeted at the iphone.


Smoothie site
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 09:41 PM

I reckon its also quite good for marketing for brand awareness having a product like this released and discussed on so many other forums other than our tight niche. Lets face it, it will get into all the Gadget Magazines etc etc. Viral marketing innit and why not? They may even sell some especially as these cameras get better.

Develop products for the future not the past. Moores law implies that if any technology company stands still its market share will halve every 18 months. Steadicam and silicon are easy bedfellows.

I might just get depressed now and finally accept a 7D Steadicam job. Nightmare......
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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:06 PM

Halfway through the first history making one shot,100 and 1 minute movie shot entirely on the iphone/Smoothy........the phone rings. it's my agent. Cut! I need to get this call......it might be a paying gig.
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#13 Charles Papert

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:32 PM

I might just get depressed now and finally accept a 7D Steadicam job. Nightmare......


Not to hijack (because the Smoothee is more than worth talking about) but I'm in the midst of a 3 week all-Canon DSLR corporate shoot and I'm having a blast. Did plenty of extended Steadicam shots today and never felt a thing. Footage is looking great. And yes, I'm getting a good rate.

Sure, there are plenty of things to learn, things to love and things to hate. The moire/aliasing on these cameras sucks (had to dial down a hairlight until it stopped making the hair moire--weird). Controls are in strange places. Ergonomics are challenging. You need all sorts of problem-solving bits and pieces and add-ons. But bottom line is we are making great images with a small crew and equipment package with a whole new kind of freedom.

Back to Smoothee. Looks like fun although I'm pretty bad with a Merlin with a much lighter camera than this on it, so I'm intrigued to see what this feels like. Surprised this doesn't appear to fold up...?
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#14 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 07 January 2010 - 11:38 PM

I've always found the Merlin crazy to use or try to use but I could see today that after an hour or so with the Smoothee (correct spelling) you'd be able to have some fun with it. The two times I went to the Tiffen booth people were all over the Smoothee testing it out.

Of the prototypes they had there, I like the one with a tighter pan rather than the super slick pan which seemed to sensitive to me. However, that is why they have it there to get feedback.

Also, that round disk in the middle where the rods curve is moved along the rods to get the rig roughly balanced and adjust "drop time" such that it is.

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Posted 08 January 2010 - 09:00 AM

Halfway through the first history making one shot,100 and 1 minute movie shot entirely on the iphone/Smoothy........the phone rings. it's my agent. Cut! I need to get this call......it might be a paying gig.

ROTFLMAO!!!! :lol:
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