Video & stills shot @ same time with 9shooter beats NYT's method.
Check out some videos & stills of Kelly Slater shot with the 9shooter.
Model modeling 9shooter & shot with 9shooter. (Video & stills shot @ same time with 9shooter beats NYT's method.)
10-time world surfing champ Kelly Slater shot with 9shooter in S-mount configuration.
Read the 9shooter video & stills/Kelly Slater story here!
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Shopenhauer on the truth & beauty of shooting stills & video at the same time! :)
It's totally awesome to see the NYT shooting photographic stills and video at the same time, using a method we tried out a couple years back! In developing "9shooting" over the past few years in our high-tech, state-of-the-art research labs, we determined that when it comes to shooting stills and video simultaneously, the methods afforded by the 9shooter "Hero's Journey Mythology" bracket are far superior to the method recently used by Doug Mills of the New York Times, pictured below. We tried Doug's ball-socket-hotshoe-mount back in January 2010 out on the beach, but found it lacking when compared to the 9shooter--please see our pictures of our Doug-like "video camera mounted above the DSLR" below. Long story short,
- The 9shooter comes with the powerful dynamic image stabilization in the HD video, afforded by the hd camcorders
- The 9shooter bracket leaves plenty of room for one to easily mount a shotgun mic or a wireless receiver, thusly transferring the sound capture away from the "click-clicking" of the shutter. Please see a Sennheiser wireless receiver and a shotgun mic mounted in the 9shooter photos below.
- The 9shooter is more ergonomically comfortable/balanced.
- The 9shooter is more stable, as the center of mass is below the pivot point. (Yes! I have a Ph.D. in physics!) It is better balanced relative to the gripping point on the stills camera, as the center of mass is below the gripping point, resulting in less torque on the wrist, and more short-term & long-term comfort/stability.
- The 9shooter is lighter, as the typical HD video camera or camcorder is far lighter than a DSLR.
- The 9shooter allows for easier monitoring of the HD video screen on the camcorder, as all one must do is glance down with their left eye.
- The 9shooter allows for easier relative adjustments of angles between the two cameras to be made by reaching below the stills camera and center of mass, instead of above it.
- The 9shooter saves the flash shoe from possible damage.
- The 9shooter leaves the flash shoe free, allowing a flash or LED light panel or other device to sit in the flash shoe, thusly providing invaluable flash/fill light (or sound/or a multitude of components on a 9shooter multimount mounted on the flash shoe).
- The 9shooter allows for far easier zooming on the video camera, as all one must do is reach down and hit the zoom lever which is located at the rear top of the camcorder. (instead of having to reach up above and out front to the lens of the DSLR, as one must in doug's configuration)
- The 9shooter allows for far more flexibility and countless configurations--a "tinker toys" of bracket customizability, reaching below and above cameras as needed (as seen below).
- The 9shooter allows for the famous S-shaped configuration, used to catch surfing legend Kelly Slater in the 9shooter monopod configuration.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
The top camera shoots video, the bottom shoots stills.
Here is the all-around better 9shooter setup (Canon 5D Mark II DSLR attached/bracketed to Camcorder/Video Camera), which will also come with a free 45SURF t-shirt:
(note the sennheiser wireless receiver which is easily mounted on the 9shooter bracket!)
THE 9SHOOTER!! :) (Canon 5D Mark II DSLR attached/bracketed to Canon HFS200 Camcorder/Video Camera)
THE 9SHOOTER!! :)
The 9shooter bracket is also quite flexible, allowing for countless configuratuions!
Note the microphone on the 9shooter bracket, thusly freeing up the flash shoe for the flash!
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Back in January 2010, we tried out configurations similar to Doug Mills', but we did not like them as much. Here're some pics:
Well, long story short, it's cool to see the NYT adopting the idea of shooting stills & video at the same time!
We've been waiting for quite some time for the mainstream to adopt such an obvious and useful innovation such as the 9shooter technology & philosophy! Right now, we are at the 2.5% innovator's stage:
(Image courtesy of http://www.joycehostyn.com -- cool article!)
We're excited to surf the wave of shooting stills & video at the same time, and it's awesome to see The New York Times helping Shopenhauer along towards the inevitable! :)
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Shopenhauer on the truth & beauty of shooting stills & video at the same time! :)When we first shared our novel, helpful, wealth-augmenting ideas for shooting stills & video @ the same time a couple years back, we were somewhat surprised to see the useful ideas greeted not with appreciation, nor even indifference, so much as with vehement rancor, h8, and ill-will (which can still be seen today as forum fanboyz go lzozozzozl dat sux shoooting stillz & video same time stoopid idea lzozlzlzl bikinis yah yah lozzo omg bikinis lzolzl spammers!), thusly manifesting Shopenhauer's first two stages of "ridicule and violent opposition" in typical fanboy "expert" fashion. The internet is brimming with the fanbaby antics of those who would rather argue canon vs. nikon/raw vs. jpeg than actually go out and shoot, surpassed only by the arrogance of the seasoned fanbaby "expert" with a twitter account who goes "zlozlzozzlo omg lzoozozl dontya know i own twitter get off it! lzozozl bikinis lzozllz." By and by we realized that the forum fanbaby opposition to the concept of shootings stills & video at the same time was due to a number of things (as well as to the fact that not one of the critics had ever tried it!):
- The photography industry/profession is undergoing a dramatic shift (and identity crises), and many would argue decline, as a plethora of high-quality consumer-level gear is eroding various photography markets. Of course top photographers will still do well, as Aunt Bessie with her iphone is no match for a $10,000 wedding photographer, but when you have 200 Aunt Bessies at the wedding, some with DSLRs, all uploading pics to facebook the next day, the $10,000 wedding photographer's business will be eroded.
- Many photographers are against having to learn new skillsets just to remain competitive in a profession with diminishing returns. Many were ripped off by debt-creating educational institutions, and to protect the "value" of their malinvestement, they must believe everything they were told/taught, while never seeking anything beyond their religions. And thus when thrown a life-presever of shooting video at the same time as stills, they push it away, instead calling the waahhahambulance, begging the admins to censor and delete all novel methods of shooting stills & video at the same time.
- 'Tis often human/fanboy nature to fear and avoid the new and different, while staying in yesteryear's comfort zone, even though the waves of technological innovation are filling that comfort zone with water. Machiavelli stated thusly,
- 'Tis often "fanboy expert" nature to stand on the shore and yell at the waves to stop, instead of learning how to surf them. The fanbabies will band together in mobs and seek to legislate against all the fun the surfers are having, especially when the fanbaby experts have sizable twitter followings! Surely, due to the size of their twitter followings, if anything was worth inventing, they would have invented it! The "not invented here" mentality takes over, as after all, they invented the flash and the strobe! (actually they didn't, but that doesn't matter to them as they own twitter or something).
- 'Tis the nature of the web 2.0 that many fanboyz consider themselves "kings of the hill" in forums invested heavily in yesteryear's technologies, and thus any useful innovation which they personally do not like is considered spam, as they lead their loyal groupthink mob in railing against novel, useful inventions as well as the future, going "lzozzlolzo we rok u suck lzozlzoz bnanned from our twitter 4ever lzozlzl all your 9shooter are belong 2 us pwn3d lzozlz." The great Jaron Lanier wrote a whole book on this--You are Not a Gadget.
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." -Shopenhauer on the truth & beauty of shooting stills & video at the same time! :)Now that we have crossed the chasm from fanbaby experts tweeting, "lzozlolzzo that braket sux u cant shoot stills & vid at the same time choose one or other duh lzoozzl omg bikinis lzozo yah ayah," to fanboy photographers posting, "lzoozlzoz must ban all talk and censor all posts of shooting stills video smae time lzozozlo omg bikinis lzozozo," we are now ready for shooting stills & video @ the same time to become a self-evident truth. And the 9shooter happens to offer the superior method. :)
Rock on dudes & dudettes & have fun! lzozlolzoz
Top 10 reasons why the 9shooter bracket (Canon 5D Mark II DSLR + Camcorder/Video Camera) beats the NYT's Doug Mills' method for shooting photographic stills and video simultaneously.