Planet 5D: Dual Pixel like video autofocus unleashed with Redrock Focus Tracking!

You’re seeing it first here on planet5D!

How awesome would it be if you could have the Canon Dual Pixel AutoFocus (AF) for video autofocusing on ANY camera with ANY lens?

Redrock Micro is about to unleash that very technology in what they’re tentatively calling a ‘focus tracking system‘ and they’ve shared this very early preview with you, the planet5D awesome readers!

As you can see from the discussion below from Dustin Proteet (a DP used to shoot the ‘spec commercial’ below), they were gunning to shoot this as a single operator with a MōVI as if there was no AD or focus puller to handle the changes in focus in this one-take wonder.

We don’t have any pricing details or even a product name yet as this is still early in the development, but we suspect we’ll see more of it at NAB – you get to see it early!

Redrock has had pieces of this technology for a couple of years, but now they’re combining it all into one focus-tracking package. For more info on their MicroRemote and MicroTape Rangefinder (which are both used in the video), click here!

Thanks so much to Brian Valente from Redrock for sharing this with you first!

Message from Dustin Poteet:

Hi

My name is Dustin Poteet and I’m a DP and MoVI operator. I wanted to share a commercial I did that used some new unannounced technology from Redrock that automatically tracks focus on moving subjects. We shot is as a one-shot with a wide open zeiss 35mm f2 and 5D MKII on a MoVI M5. As an early technology proof it was a bit quirky but I was totally impressed by its performance. Unlike something like the Canon dual pixel AF, it can work in any lighting (including backlight or darkness), does not require a face to focus, it’s super fluid and organic, and can be used on any camera and lens combination.

I don’t think it will replace focus pullers, but in situations where you want to use wide open lenses and selective focus, and maybe don’t have the budget. I found it really valuable.

This was a proof of concept technology, so I don’t know what will be the final technical details and specs. Super excited to see where this goes.

Behind The Scenes on The Casamigos Never Let You Down Commercial:

Casamigos Never Let You Down Commercial:

NO FILM SCHOOL: Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens

nofilmschool.com

NFS RRM

While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don’t have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it’s going to work how you want it.

Thanks to Canon Rumors, this BTS video showed up online that gives a little info on a system that Redrock is developing (which they mentioned on Twitter) that uses their microTape along with what looks like a version of their microRemote wireless follow focus (in fact it could even be a software update):

CASAMIGOS TEQUILA COMMERCIAL

BEHIND THE SCENES

CANON RUMORS: REDROCK MICRO TO INTRODUCE AUTO FOCUS TRACKING SYSTEM?

canonrumors.com

A new video leaked today showing prototype technology that looks to potentially solve focusing for video. A Commercial and bts from Dustin Poteet – MoVI operator – demonstrates technology from Redrock Micro on a Canon 5D MKII that continuously tracks focus on any subject and between subjects. The prototype seems to use Redrock’s existing microRemote wireless remote focus and microTape sonar rangefinder hooked together. This is billed as a “proof of concept” that is better than Canon’s own dual pixel because it works on any camera and lens, focuses on any type of subject (not just faces), works under any lighting conditions, and has a “very fluid and organic feel to it.”

There were no specifications about the technology in the video, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about it next month at NAB.

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

CASAMIGOS COMMERCIAL

Capitol Area Camera Club: New Video Leaked Today Showing Prototype Technology

capitalareacameraclub.com

A new video leaked today showing prototype technology that looks to potentially solve focusing for video. A Commercial and bts from Dustin Poteet – MoVI operator – demonstrates technology from Redrock Micro on a Canon 5D MKII that continuously tracks focus on any subject and between subjects. The prototype seems to use Redrock’s existing microRemote wireless remote focus and microTape sonar rangefinder hooked together. This is billed as a “proof of concept” that is better than Canon’s own dual pixel because it works on any camera and lens, focuses on any type of subject (not just faces), works under any lighting conditions, and has a “very fluid and organic feel to it.”

There were no specifications about the technology in the video, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about it next month at NAB.

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

CASAMIGOS COMMERCIAL

The Photography Junky: Redrock Micro To Introduce Auto Focus Tracking System?

http://www.thephotographyjunkie.com/index.php/redrock-micro-to-introduce-auto-focus-tracking-system/

A new video leaked today showing prototype technology that looks to potentially solve focusing for video. A Commercial and bts from Dustin Poteet – MoVI operator – demonstrates technology from Redrock Micro on a Canon 5D MKII that continuously tracks focus on any subject and between subjects. The prototype seems to use Redrock’s existing microRemote wireless remote focus and microTape sonar rangefinder hooked together. This is billed as a “proof of concept” that is better than Canon’s own dual pixel because it works on any camera and lens, focuses on any type of subject (not just faces), works under any lighting conditions, and has a “very fluid and organic feel to it.”

There were no specifications about the technology in the video, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about it next month at NAB.

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO:

Casamigos Commercial:

Personal View: Redrock Has a New Autofocus Tool That Should Work with Any Camera & Lens

http://www.personal-view.com/news/articles/redrock-has-a-new-autofocus-tool-that-should-work-with-any-camera-lens

While video autofocus technology is getting better on cameras, many don’t have it, and even if they do, there is no guarantee it’s going to work how you want it.
Thanks to Canon Rumors, this BTS video showed up online that gives a little info on a system that Redrock is developing (which they mentioned on Twitter) that uses their microTape along with what looks like a version of their microRemote wireless follow focus (in fact it could even be a software update):

And here’s the final video:

Really high-end versions of this already exist like the Easyfocus, but it’s likely that this version would be a bit more budget-friendly, and could even be an update to their current system. We’ve also seen some interesting systems like the one from Andra that attaches sensors to the objects that need to be in focus. Autofocus technology will never be perfect because you’re always going to want to have some control over what’s actually in focus. The more control over what’s in focus, the better the system will be.

The main problem with a lot of autofocus systems is that they depend on something being in the middle of the frame (though some systems do let you lock on to a specific object or face). While this doesn’t seem to be a lock-on system, you could always position the microTape in such a way that it’s pointed at exactly what you want to be in focus.

We’ll likely find out more about this autofocus solution at NAB.

Stabilizer News: First MōVI Demo Ever by Alex Buono Summer 2013

http://www.stabilizer-news.com/movi-demo-by-alex-buono/
JANUARY 9, 2015
MōVI Demo by Alex Buono
MōVI Demo by Alex Buono (Director Of Photography Saturday Night Live Film Unit)

FOR MORE INFO GO TO: www.alex-buono.com

MōVI operating Demo from the Visual Story Telling Tour last summer, while it was still a prototype and not open to the public. In this video I’m operator as well as a stand in while Alex is operating, and it was super fun.

Vimeo

Stabilizer News: HBO’s Project Greenlight Behind The Scenes: Using The MōVI M10

http://www.stabilizer-news.com/hbos-project-greenlight-behind-the-scenes-using-the-movi-m10/
JANUARY 16, 2015
HBO’s Project Greenlight Behind The Scenes: Using The MōVI M10
This is the behind the scened video done on director Julien Lasseur’s use of the MōVI M10 by Freefly Systems for his top 10 piece on HBO’s Project Greenlight. Project Greenlight was created by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, to give up and coming directors a chance to have their film green-lit to be shown in theaters all over the world. Project Greenlight will be airing on HBO, early 2015.

In this piece the MōVI was used to fly the Canon C300, primarily to create dynamic motion between shots. Lasseur chose to use the MōVI over a steady-cam because the MōVI has a smoother look that was perfect for this short film, and was turned onto it by former mentor Shane Hurlbut A.S.C.

Julien was Shane’s main assistant for many years while he was still attending college. He helped Shane on many films over the years including Act Of Valor. Shane is a big fan of the MōVI, and has used it in several recent films such as, Fathers & Daughters, The Greatest Game Ever Played, and Need For Speed.

Project Greenlight was a perfect opportunity for Julien to try out the MōVI for the first time, and I’m happy I could be the one to show them what its all about. Enjoy!

Vimeo

Lockerdome: Redrock Micro To Introduce Auto Focus Tracking System?

http://lockerdome.com/6307936997745985/7535882341196052
Redrock Micro To Introduce Auto Focus Tracking System?
A new video leaked today showing prototype technology that looks to potentially solve focusing for video. A Commercial and bts from Dustin Poteet – MoVI operator – demonstrates technology from Redrock Micro on a Canon 5D MKII that continuously tracks focus on any subject and between subjects. The prototype seems to use Redrock’s existing microRemote wireless remote focus and microTape sonar rangefinder hooked together. This is billed as a “proof of concept” that is better than Canon’s own dual pixel because it works on any camera and lens, focuses on any type of subject (not just faces), works under any lighting conditions, and has a “very fluid and organic feel to it.”

There were no specifications about the technology in the video, but I suspect we’ll be hearing more about it next month at NAB.

BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO

Casamigos Commercial