Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

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Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 1:23 am

With the BMCP6K camera would anyone recommend a follow focus system that I can control remotely while on camera doing a Youtube LIVE? Thank you!
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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 5:24 pm

Are you using lens that has AF or need a focus motor also?
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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostFri Dec 03, 2021 6:11 pm

For the money the Tilta Nucleus M is good. Granted I am using it with cinema lenses mainly, but I have used it with still lenses without hard stops and there’s a setting you can use to add those hard stops with the motor and FIZ unit. This enables you to do focus pulls wirelessly with a still lens.


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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostSat Dec 04, 2021 10:37 am

Hey Tim, how do you use the nucleus as a single operator? Looking to buy them but kinda wondering how it works with handheld work.
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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostSat Dec 04, 2021 1:18 pm

I've been using Nucleus-M as single operator and it is now the only way I focus. Hand held I use one of their handles (usually with pocket 4K.) On tripod I use the FIZ unit around my neck (with URSA or Pocket.) I find it much easier and accurate to focus by finger with the handle then grabbing the lens. On the tripod it is critical to have the FIZ as I do not touch the camera at all. By using an old phone I can route the record button on the FIZ to the cameras via Bluetooth. The only time I touch the rig is to pan or tilt the tripod to follow the action. (Note that I am mainly filming wildlife and nature right now. Either with a 100-400mm USM L 2 Canon or a 28mm Zeiss Otus on the URSA 12K.)
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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostSat Dec 04, 2021 3:23 pm

Came TVs Astra has been really good for me. Super affordable too :)
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Re: Wireless Follow focus for YouTube Style Set up

PostSat Dec 04, 2021 8:06 pm

Sean van Berlo wrote:Hey Tim, how do you use the nucleus as a single operator? Looking to buy them but kinda wondering how it works with handheld work.

Personally I don't use it a lot as a single operator. If I'm operating the camera and pulling my own focus then I'm using a manual follow focus. The Wireless Follow Focus is more for use with an AC/Focus Puller on a FIZ hand unit working in conjunction with a camera operator.

However, like Jeffrey mentioned you can use the handles in a shoulder mounted situation. I don't have the handles myself since I don't set my rig up that way. And, those handles don't do me any good when I have the camera on a Steadicam, Jib, or Gimbal. A FIZ hand unit is better at that point.
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