GTC Sponsor, Matthews Studio Equipment returns to Cine Gear Expo, booth #B119 to introduce new mounting solutions to aid common on-set grip issues—Air Climber™, Cross Dovetail and LB 2 Location Baby Bracket.
The Air Climber pneumatically controlled, modular grip and lighting stand safely raises lights or camera rigs 25 feet/7.62 meters. Its unique design features a large leveling platform with four telescoping legs and four heavy-duty jacks that keep it level and support a telescoping column. Featuring eight-sections, the column employs seven locking collars each with tension controls and a frictional locking system. A turn of the handgrip engages a metal band that braces each riser section to safely tighten and lock a riser tube fully-extended or in intermediate positions for precision accuracy when raising and lowering.
Cross Dovetail Plate
Matthews' new patent-pending Cross Dovetail Plate offers camera professionals greater orientation versatility when mounting a camera to a fluid or gear head. It's also an easy solution for prime and zoom lenses where minimal balancing is required. A quick addition to existing camera supports, the 2-layer swiveling plate design provides both traditional camera mounting as well as additional 90-degree and 45-degree angles.
Each rotating Plate has a different finish for easy identification and features a springloaded post and stationary stop to prevent the bridge plate or sled from sliding off. Other safety features include a special angle lock design and an internal positioning safety spring. Plus, its twenty 3/8”-16 and 1/4”-20 threaded holes on the plate bottom feature Heli-coil wire inserts for secure connection. The Cross Dovetail Plate is compatible with the Q/R of most major brand fluid heads and tripods or other support.
LB 2 Location Baby Bracket
The new LB 2™ Location Baby Bracket, was conceived by Canadian cinematographer Peter Warren CSC, who came up with a solution to a common problem: how to attach and hide from the camera’s view—lights, and support gear in an environment with exposed beams or columns. When traditional mounting options didn't do the trick, Warren thought out of the box and came up with a solution that makes use of the different columns he encountered. He came to Matthews with a simple design crafted from a block of wood.
Today Matthews introduces this well-thought-out essential. It now features a stamped metal base with three holes along each side to attach via nails or magnets if needed. The raised center includes a pair of strap cut outs on each side, as well as a knurled baby pin that's finished in black zinc and welded in place. Additionally the LB 2 features hard rubber pads to provide extra gripping power and prevent the plate from damaging walls or columns.
Now, when faced with round poles, square posts, beams, or other unusual mounting surfaces, the crew can simply thread straps through both sides of the Location Baby Bracket and securely wrap and fasten them around it. The only contact with the structure is hard rubber grip pads on each side. The integral baby pin is ready to accept most standard hardware.
For more information about these or other mounting solutions, visit www.msegrip.com
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