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Michael Chaves

MKV Omega-R - questions!

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Hello!  I'm a director on a studio film and I'm interested in the MKV (or similar solution) as a tool on the production. I will ultimately discuss with my DP - but I'd love to hear an operator's POV to better understand the tool and what can make the best shots. Thanks!

  • Overall I'm looking for great shot variety and speed.
  • I love the ability to go from low to high mode within a shot.
  • I love the rolling 360 dutch shots.
  • Are there alternate / better tools. Drawbacks?
  • Can you use a short zoom with it? Like Optimo 15-40mm?
  • What about weight? What's the ideal camera/lens weight? Is there a preferred combo among operators? I don't want to request something that kills my operator. :)
  • Space constraints? Height / width?
  • Anything else I should know?

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I have a Letus Helix Pro 1Axis for steadicam same level horizon and 360 capabilities as the MKV but with video and power pass-through the unit. I have comfortably used from Red Moustros with Cook Anamorphics to Alexa Mini LF with Atlas Anamorphics. 

I am constantly flying over tables. Rotating as subject gets in and out of bed. Coming out of car windows with the subject. Dutch low angles. Using the RC remote, operator joystic or iPhone smart link, one can simulate a Drunk actor walking, earthquakes, follow a stunt person doing a flip, rolling down hill. It is a great tool.

As far as weight, it is always appreciated to make conservative choices on camera and accessories.

 

Best of luck

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