ALEXA M & MoVI M15

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  1. Ken Schijf

    Ken Schijf New Member

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    I have a shoot coming up with both the Alexa M and the MoVI M15.

    I've never worked with the Alexa M, and I'm slightly worried about the umbilical cord pushing the camera and affecting the shot. - Anyone worked with this combo before?

    Also, as this will be my first shoot with the M15... Is the attachment of the top sliding plate a necessity? or if necessary can I not attach it should there be no cage etc....

    Thanks,


    Ken
     
  2. dan mohr

    dan mohr New Member

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    Hey ken, not a lot of m15 field experience out there yet unfortunately, particularly w Alexa M.

    For umbilical concerns, smart strain relief and soft/flexible cables are your friends here.

    For top/bottom cage config, (Extrapolating from m10 experience), My guess is that you'll wanna attach at top and bottom for best results. ... eliminates any play in the single plate/connection and makes the camera mass "one" w the gimbal for stiffer settings etc.
     
  3. Ken Schijf

    Ken Schijf New Member

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    Yeah, I remember having to use a belt clip to power the Red Epic long before the side v-lock plate was available... It was a nightmare, and lead me to use Red Volts for a good few months after that.

    I've just found a this: ... Hopefully the cable used wasn't a custom one.
     
  4. Peter Barta

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    Hi Ken,

    I've used the Alex M several times on commercials & film having had an M10 extended beta version and you really need the ultra thin cable between the body and head, Freefly put me in touch with FIS Blue Inc and I bought the correct cable which was the FIS Blue SMPTE311M Cable
    LEMO short FUW plug (no boot) [90o strain relief] -to- short PUW plug (no boot) [straight 15 feet (4.6 meters), NO Reel. It was around USD$900 but you will need it.
    You will also need to buy 1/4" to 3/8" Convert Screw Adapter for the Alexa M to mount your baseplate. Hope that helps.

    All the best,
    Pete Barta
     
  5. Wolf Schiebel

    Wolf Schiebel Active Member

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    Hi Pete,

    i had to improvise, see my short plug version, not recommended if you are unfamiliar with electronics and hacking stuff… ;-)


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  6. Peter Barta

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    Hey Wolf,

    Glad you could make it work, most rental houses don't have the ultra thin cables.

    Best,

    Pete
     
  7. Peter Barta

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    Here's a pic of how thin that cable is for anyone who's thinking of getting one, I bought two one as a spare as they are very fragile.

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    Ozkan Erden Distributor

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    Thanks for the info Peter!
     
  9. Wolf Schiebel

    Wolf Schiebel Active Member

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  10. Ken Schijf

    Ken Schijf New Member

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    Thanks for the info gents.
    Arri has a stedicam cable I will be testing on Friday. I'm sure it'll do just fine... along with a right angle connector.
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  11. Wolf Schiebel

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    ...unfortunatly there is no real right angle connector available. I even talked to LEMO about that at IBC. Just a right angle strain relief, which gives us about 3 more cm at least.... The cable i "hacked" in the pic above is the ARRI cable.

    Best Wolf
     
  12. Wolf Schiebel

    Wolf Schiebel Active Member

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    Another pic from yesterday….

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    like the pirate sticker! :D
     
  14. Ken Schijf

    Ken Schijf New Member

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    Arri Media in London have one... thankfully!
     

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  15. Wolf Schiebel

    Wolf Schiebel Active Member

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    Hehe, i know that one. It's the only one exists and it's custom built by Arri.

    Good luck!


    Best,

    Wolf
     
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  16. Ken Schijf

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    It got the job done :)
     

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