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#1 mark morgan

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 05:05 PM

aloha gents
i have a varicam shoot coming up
and i spoke with the dp,he mentioned a few low mode shots
but with very little turn around time
so my question is,does the varicam do image flip
when turned upside down or via menu

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#2 Lukas Franz

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 05:48 PM

Aloha Mark,

I'm not shure if you can flip the image upside down. But I know there is a "scan reserve" function you can turn on when using an 35mm adaptor. Well...if I think correctly it should do the same effect to the image, doesn't it?

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#3 Daniel Stilling DFF

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 08:17 PM

In this world of software driven cameras, it's hard to be sure all versions are the same, but I have worked a few times with the Varicam, and it did flip the image.
Did low mode that way, no probs...

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#4 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 10:23 PM

Yes, all Varicams do this. Not all Sony F900 do though (in fact, most don't because it is an expensive optional board).
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#5 mark morgan

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 04:37 AM

thank you everybody
to the positive responce
i'm smilin


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#6 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 11:10 AM

Gents--

How about a solid VLS bracket which grasps the entire Varicam chassis with complete rigidity and adds complete functionality for low mode rigging and accessory mounting like Antlers and transmitters while in high mode?

Allows for all tape functions and button access.

In stock and ready to ship.

Best,

Brant

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#7 Afton Grant

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Posted 17 March 2008 - 12:32 PM

Brant,

Just yesterday I was on a Varicam job. It was a music video, and we were going back and forth from high to low quite frequently. We were using the scan-reverse feature since it made the switch a sub-60sec procedure. However, during a break, the 1st AC commented that it's a good thing the Varicam will flip the image because she didn't trust those little low-mode handle clamps. "Oh, you haven't seen...." I said as I pulled out the VLS. She was more than impressed. To paraphrase, her reaction was something like, "Obviously, that's how it should be done."
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#8 Jeff Muhlstock SOC

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Posted 18 March 2008 - 09:12 AM

With all due respect, and there is a place for low mode brackets, flipping an image in any post/edit software, is a simple key stroke. In fact, I have flipped cameras upside down during live TV shows and had the TD flip it live in a switcher. Its really not that big of a deal. In fact, we wear chasing the sun set in "Across The Universe" and my first AC recommended the "flip" to the DP and he gladly went along with the idea in the efforts saving time (Arricam). Easy to flip in a "DI". Of course now, with my MKV, I am over to super low in 4 minutes, no big deal that way either...

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#9 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 03:49 PM

I know this is an old thread but my question seems to fit well in it.

Is the standard tripod adapter plate solid enough for doing upside down low mode? Anyone had any problems with wiggle or accidental releases?

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#10 Lukas Franz

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Posted 19 February 2009 - 05:30 PM

I never had problem with tripod adapter plate in low mode. I just shot a scene today with a HPX2100 flipped. No problem at all. Very solid. But I have to say it's a newer plate. And once I had problem with an older plate on sticks that had too much play on the interlocking. That was with a Varicam. I didn't try to set it up on Steadicam, but I guess there would have been some visual influence in the shot.

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