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#1 Louis Puli SOC

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:02 AM

Hi Everyone
I will be doing some steadicam with a Silican Imaging SI-2K camera next week .
Is there anything I should I know about that camera I may have trouble with?
We will also be using Elite lens with an anamorphic adaptor .?
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#2 Jaron Berman

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 02:55 AM

If you're using the "body" version, the monitor output is HDMI - make sure you have a converter to whatever standard you need on your sled! This I believe is the only real "gotcha" with the SI.

Should you need to buy one, I've seen HDMI-> composite's that run off 12v for under $200, so worst comes to worst....

Very very slick little camera body and without the battery it feels quite light. You may want to fly a brick just to make it move better. But the mass is very centralized and the body itself feels short, esp. in comparison to ENG-style cameras. Also note that it has built-in mounts for 15mm video-style rods (narrow spacing) so mounting focus rods should be instantaneous. If they have the standard handle, it has a number of threads tapped-out and was designed for steadicam low-mode usage. i know there's another "ergo" handle which was not meant for this purpose.

The base of the camera can take all sorts of different things, arri dovetail, panavision dovetail or I believe direct mount to your plate??? The one I was using had a built-in Sony V (which is what I used with a Clairmont bridge), so if you need to go back and forth from handheld with minimal re-alignment, the Sony plate actually felt pretty solid, though the other options would obviously be better for vibration reduction.

Apparently, and I didn't know at the time - the camera can do 3 simultaneous LUT's. You could set the output to your sled to be whacked-out for brightness and contrast if you really wanted, without affecting the LUT that travels with your footage on the drive or to the onboard monitor.

All-in-all I was very impressed with the design and functionality of the camera body from an operating standpoint. It seems that P+S technic has really done an excellent job with the layout and options, so the camera is very modular without being compromised. I just wish I'd weighed it!
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#3 Eberhard Schedl

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Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:57 PM

Hallo Louis,
can you tell us, if the camera work with the anamorphic lenses.
what did you need especial to make it work.
Thank you very much
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#4 JobScholtze

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 05:58 AM

Hi Louis

How did that shoot turn out for you? I had it yesterday and all in all i am really not impressed with that little Brick. It was heavy, power hungry and to make it all work we ended up with a weird setup. The small lcd was needed to control the camera. Indeed it had hdmi or vga out. The rental house had a converter for vga to sd only. As its 800x600 the output on our monitor wasnt that big. Also, using it in low light makes the picture noisy. Every lens change means new black setup, making it all time consuming. It flys nice, as its a short body. To work with its timeconsuming. Post will be time consuming too i guess. We shot in raw, so it needs some work.
At least thats my experience.
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#5 Louis Puli SOC

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Posted 13 April 2009 - 07:17 PM

Hi Louis

How did that shoot turn out for you? I had it yesterday and all in all i am really not impressed with that little Brick. It was heavy, power hungry and to make it all work we ended up with a weird setup. The small lcd was needed to control the camera. Indeed it had hdmi or vga out. The rental house had a converter for vga to sd only. As its 800x600 the output on our monitor wasnt that big. Also, using it in low light makes the picture noisy. Every lens change means new black setup, making it all time consuming. It flys nice, as its a short body. To work with its timeconsuming. Post will be time consuming too i guess. We shot in raw, so it needs some work.
At least thats my experience.


Hi everyone
My shoot was all interior night .The weight of the camera was like a SR2. As for power I used the on board battery to give it more weight at the back of the camera .The rental house had a converter to standard def and worked well . I would have to say the DP didn't change anything when we changed lens. We used super speeds with a anamorphic adaptor at the front of the lens which also worked with out any issues.I will try and post some stills .
As for the still

The shoot was set in a Chinese restaurant there were a number of challenging shots but in particular this shot .
The shot starts on a dinner plate with a cooked pidgin on it . The dinner plate (is the waiters pov) travels from the kitchen down a short hallway down a few steps then turn left into the large restaurant ,around the restaurant to the customer table .
(not unlike the opening shot from Mike Myers film “So I married an axe Murderer”.)

Making the mount for the plate to sit on the steadicam was quite a challenge but also being able to balance the steadicam with a 2.07 kg Plate and pidgin 2 ft in front of the lens was something else. The length of the camera and the bracket was about 3 1/2 ft long which was interesting to work with . It was great fun ,the bracket worked like a charm .


All the best
Louis Puli

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#6 JobScholtze

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Posted 14 April 2009 - 01:19 PM

Yes, i used the onboard battery too, but it still loved the juice.
Anyway, weird. We had a tech guy who told us it was needed to blacklevel every lens change. No idea why.
I see you had to carry the small lcd too, just for controlling the camera. Good to know there should be a better downconverter that the one the rental house provided me. Well, all in all, i prefer a red above this camera.
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#7 Nitin Rao

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 01:46 PM

Hello

Hey has anyone flown in on the SI 2K camera on the steadicam. Could like to have some info on the same.
Thanks
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#8 Gus Trivino

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Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:49 PM

http://www.steadicam...h...&hl=Silicon
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