Manfrotto Distribution US adds 360Rize to its Line of Power Brands

360Rize, a company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, announced its product line is now being distributed by Manfrotto Distribution US, which will now add the 360Rize line of patented 360 Plug-N-Play™to its inventory of professional video and photo products, serving as a reselling resource for dealers.

360Rize’s hardware products serve as 360 video arrays for multiple cameras and allow content creators to film 360-degree videos at resolutions as high as 12,000 x 6,000 pixels. This includes 2D and 3D stereoscopic VR camera mounts and the 360-degree camera systems. Content filmed with these products can be viewed in large projection domes, Mac’s, PC’s, multiple web and 360 media players or with Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and other virtual reality HMDs (head-mounted displays).

"This is a very exciting step for 360Rize. When it comes to camera and production equipment distribution, Manfrotto Distribution US is one of the most respected names in the industry and we're thrilled to be working with them to help make 360 video technology widely available," said 360Rize CEO and founder Michael Kintner.

"VR and 360 shooting is one of the most exciting new channels in imaging.  We are thrilled to be representing 360Rize as their US Distributor.  Their products are of the highest quality and help define the category.  So, in that sense, they are very much like the Manfrotto brand. That is why they are the perfect partner for us," said Adam Mirabella, President of Manfrotto Distribution US. 

This news follows the announcement that 360Rize was awarded a patent and multiple provisional patents for its virtual reality 360 video technology patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ product lines.  These systems repurpose small action camera’s like GoPro, Yi Technology and micro-cinematic cameras like Blackmagic Designs and ZCam’s into the unique patented 360 Plug-n-Play™ camera arrays for creating high resolution spherical 360 video. The patent covers the multi-camera holding assemblies that its original 360Heros company brought to the market back in 2012.

About 360Heros Inc/360Rize – 360Rize

360Rize a 360Heros Inc., company specializing in virtual reality 360 video technology, creates 360 spherical video camera systems that capture 360 video content as high as 12K resolution VR content. 360Rize also develops 360 video workflow solutions such as 360CamMan™, the world’s first VR media management software and many other 360 video work flow solutions. Through years of research and innovation, 360Rize is empowering content creators to push the limits of this emerging technology and its unique modular 360 Plug-n-Play product line it allows producers to use the action and cinematic cameras in multi-camera arrays or unplug them and use them as they were intended allowing producers to efficiently camera manage their video equipment for multiple purposes.

For additional information about 360Rize, formerly 360Heros, visit 360rize.com. Follow 360Rize on Facebook at facebook.com/360Rize, on Twitter @360_Rize or instagram.com/360rize.

About Manfrotto (Vitec Group) – manfrotto.us 

Manfrotto is the world leader in the design, production and distribution of professional products for photography, video and entertainment. The company was founded in 1972 based on Lino Manfrotto’s experience, and its mission has always been to support and simplify the work of reporters, photographers and producers. The Imagine More project adds to this historical mission the idea of fueling the enthusiasm of weekend photographers and supporting the surge of new amateurs. Part of the UK-based Vitec Group since 1989, Manfrotto has now become a worldwide presence. In its nine key markets – Italy, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Hong Kong, the United States and from 2016 in the Netherlands – it is represented by its own direct distribution system, Manfrotto Distribution, whereas in 80 other countries sales are handled by independent distributors. Through the Imaging Division of Vitec Group, Manfrotto Distribution owns the following leading international brands: Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto, Avenger and is the U.S. distributor of Bowens, Gossen, Metz, National Geographic and now 360Rize.

For additional information about Manfrotto, visit manfrotto.us. Follow Manfrotto on Facebook at facebook.com/manfrottoimaginemore, on Twitter @manfrotto_us or instagram.com/manfrottoimaginemore.

 

 

Think Tank Updates Their Line of Drone Bags

Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 Backpack Upgraded to Fit the DJI Phantom 4 and Accessories

Our friends at Think Tank Photo have just announced an upgrade to their popular Airport Helipak V2.0 for DJI Phantom drone backpack.  New features include increased depth for Phantom 3 or 4, a new tripod attachment strap added to the side panel, added reinforcement panels where rotors meet the inside lid, and a $40 price reduction over the earlier version.  In addition, if you are a DJI Mavic Pro drone user, Think Tank has created a list of shoulder bags and backpacks that will easily hold your new drone.  Check out the images of how the Mavic is stored! And don’t forget, with these links you will receive free gear and free shipping with every order over $50.

Santa Rosa, Calif. – As quadcopter design continues to evolve, so does Think Tank Photo’s Airport Helipak V2.0 backpack for DJI Phantom. This newly updated backpack, renowned for its comfort, accommodates a DJI Phantom 4 and similarly sized drones. Its refined design is carry-on compatible for both U.S. domestic or international airline travel. Its custom divider set allows maximum room for extra accessories and gear, including a small camera kit, and features a dedicated 15” laptop compartment.

“We updated the backpack to carry a DJI Phantom 4, a 15” laptop, controller, GoPros, chargers, spare rotors, extra batteries, jacket, tools, and more,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo’s CEO and lead designer. “The contoured adjustable harness with lumbar support, articulated air-channel, removable padded waistbelt, and height-adjustable sternum strap enable comfort for travel into remote areas.”

KEY FEATURES

  • YKK RC Fuse zippers, 1680D Ballistic nylon bottom panel, metal hardware, and nylon webbing are the most durable, long-lasting materials on the market
  • Side pocket for tripod attachment or water bottle
  • Internal see-through mesh pockets for small accessories: rotor blades, screwdriver, cables, and more
  • Robust handles ensure rapid and easy retrieval from overhead bins, and car trunks
  • Seam-sealed rain cover helps to protect gear and stows away inside backpack when not in use

MATERIALS

Exterior: For superior water-resistance, all exterior fabric has a durable water-repellant (DWR) coating, plus the underside of the fabric has a polyurethane coating. The backpack also features YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion-resistant) zippers, 1680D ballistic nylon bottom panel, 600D polyester, 420D velocity nylon, 3D air mesh, ultra-stretch pockets, Y-buckles, antique finish metal hardware, big hole air mesh, nylon webbing, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
Interior: Removable closed-cell foam dividers, 210D silver-toned nylon, polyurethane-backed velex liner, 2x polyurethane coated nylon 210T seam-sealed rain cover, Belly-O mesh pockets, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

 PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.6” W x 19.7” H x 9.3” D (34.5 x 50 x 23.5 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions: 13” W x 19” H x 8.3” D (33 x 47.8 x 21 cm)
  • Laptop Compartment: 12.6” W x 17.3” H x 1.4” D (32 x 44 x 3.5 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 4.6 lbs. (2.1 kg)

 

ABOUT THINK TANK PHOTO

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, Think Tank Photo is a group of designers and professional photographers focused on studying how photographers work and developing inventive new carrying solutions that meet their needs. They are dedicated to using only the highest quality materials and design principles, and employing materials that are environmentally benign.

Behind The Scenes of a Police K-9 Unit Photoshoot

It's finally live!  A few weeks back, we were asked to help with a Charitable project in conjunction with the Friends of Henderson Police Department.  They needed photographs of their Entire K-9 team for an article in Las Vegas Pet Scene Magazine, so we assembled our team and rolled out to the Henderson Police Department to setup.  

Pooling the gear and talent from our core team in Las Vegas, (Enrique Malfavon, Yevgeniy Zakharkin, Miguel Cortes, and myself), we got to the station early to scan the location for several options to shoot with.  What they wanted for the print & online versions would dictate where we setup shop. Since they only needed portraits and some shots of the state of the art K9 Vehicles, we setup the main portrait stage in their training room, and used the south parking lot to stage the vehicles. Using my Silverlake Ash-Gold 10x20 Muslin as the main portrait station, we setup the Profoto Lights and Modifiers and waited for our subjects to arrive.

Now....to say these dogs were bursting with energy, would have been an INSANE understatement! Check out the BTS video below to see some of the wrangling done by us and the awesome Handlers to see just how much effort it took to get them to stay still for their close up. We effectively had a handler and one of our team holding their "reward" toys directly under the lens and REPEATEDLY whistled/called/clicked to get them to focus. Given how excited how these pups were to all be in the same room, we knew it was going to be impossible to get the whole lot together for one big shot, so, compositing was going to have to happen. 

Knowing that, and since the handlers sometimes had 2 dogs, we posed them each in identical positions with the dogs places in front of them, center mass, and then to their left and started working down the list, finishing with Daisy, (The cover shot).

While Enrique and I worked on this, (and the subsequent station tear down), Yev and Miguel went out to help the officers who finished first position the cars to get the best of the gorgeous natural light for the SUV unit photos. Divide and conquer; We had limited time, and too many images to finish before the officers had to get back to active duty. When you know the strengths of your team, you can trust in them completely to get the images you need for the finished project! 

From start to finish, it only took a few hours to complete and be on our way home, and that was entirely due to having an awesome and cohesive team, with a game plan setup days in advance! The only thing left to do was retouch the photos, and create the composite for the magazine spread! Using a combination of Capture One Pro 10 and Adobe Photoshop CC, Enrique was able to splice the images together in no time at all. Especially since we had Decided on and nailed our lighting before the officers even arrived so every shot was precise and consistent. Once the retouch/edit was done on the first image, it was simply a matter of pasting to the rest of the shots and then cloning them into the pano!

Check out the rest of the BTS images and video below and let me know what you think! Do you guys want to see a follow up video/tutorial on the retouching and composite? 

Friends of the Henderson Police Department Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to supporting the mission of the Henderson Police Department through organized volunteering and fundraising efforts in the areas of: Training, Equipment Acquisition, Fallen or injured officers and their families, and Community Relations Programs.

For more information about the Friends of Henderson Police Department, please check out the website here; http://friendsofhpdfoundation.org/

Their store has detailed information on our programs and current fundraising campaigns: http://friendsofhpdfoundation.org/shop-and-donate/store

This page on their website details the article and the fundraising campaigns they've setup in relation to it: http://friendsofhpdfoundation.org/information/k9-program