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Not so long ago your average superhero actor was required to do no more than wear his pants outside his tights, sport an inoffensive haircut and be able to balance on a few wires in front of a greenscreen whilst enormous wind machines billowed your be-seen-be-safe cape. The cameras would be easy to spot, being the size of small hotels and probably balanced on jibs constructed of best scaffolding, and they would be somewhere ‘over there’ and certainly nowhere near any action you might be contemplating, scripted or otherwise.

Another week has slid inexorably by and you’ll no doubt already be thinking about mowing the cat or re-decorating your grandmother or whatever you do at the weekend – but before you do any or all of that, click here and have a look at a bit of video which we promised we’d foist upon you after our dalliance with Manfrotto’s fluid base monopod system last week.

A week or four back we reported on the latest tripodical issue from the emporium of messrs Manfrotto – a tripod with two legs missing, or a Monopod as we like to call it in the trade. Nothing spectacular about that really, but the addition of a fluid base elevates this from a ‘camera-on-a-stick’ kind of thing to a quasi-fluid head tripod – and that warranted some further investigation.
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Irismag Edition 11

As well as all the good stuff from IBC 2014 this IRIS is literally packed with new and exciting products from the Sony FS7 to Sennheiser’s very clever Esfera kit.

Badger talks Varicam, Tom Barnes talks G-Tech, we get the low-down on broadcast rentals from Gearbox Director Stephen Ratcliff, Simon Reynolds gets all poetic about the A7s and we take a look at three different slider solutions - we even go ‘Maverick & Goose’ with DJI’s Phantom II. In fact from Amira to Zacuto, it’s all in IRIS edition 11!

Irismag Edition 10

Fasten your seatbelts as edition 10 of IRIS takes us on a world tour, from CVP’s systems installation at BCU to the Nevada desert, home of Vegas and NABShow 2014.

Badger takes a trip to the dark side and talks URSA to Blackmagic’s Simon Westland, and as AJA launch their on the shoulder 4K camera we ask ‘is it a CION of the times?’ Plus Canon’s 1D C, on the road with Nikon's D800, assorted Sony cameras, flight testing the MoVI M10 and a revisit of the tasty NewTek 3Play courtesy of Mat Recardo.

Irismag Edition 9

Shmoke and a Pancake? Myers and Badger head to Amsterdam to check out what’s hot at IBC, including Arri’s AMIRA. Canon’s diminutive C100 gets the once-over, and we peer into several VJ’s backpacks to find out what they carry.

Is the grass greener on the other side? Industry legend Grass Valley say yes. Philip Bloom takes the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera to town, we discover what’s cooking in the NewTek kitchen, and Phil Myers gives us chapter-and-verse on 4K.

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Irismag Edition 8

We spill the beans on the latest technology coming out of IBC 2012 and find out about life with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Tiny little cameras go under the microscope in our minicam article, and we look at how Da Vinci Resolve makes the grade.

Chris Brumwell reviews Adobe’s Anywhere software, we check out Optical Disc Archives, media workflows, Sennheiser's MKE 600 and Avid’s Media Composer software, and we investigate whether CVP’s Mat Recardo has found a cure for baldness!

Irismag Edition 7

There was a plethora of new and exciting kit announced at NAB 2012, and we’re here to show you all of the highlights including the Canon Eos 1D C and Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

Freelance cameraman Jamie Knights talks about life with the Canon EOS C300 and explains why he chose the large sensor camcorder. Chris Brumwell examines what’s new in the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Suite and Phil Myers takes a look into the world of acquisition.

Irismag Edition 6

Take a canon XF305, saw the front off it, stick a big single sensor on it, add interchangeable lenses. How good would it be? Wombat asses the technical capabilities of the new Canon EOS C300.

One camera is not enough! Squirrel investigates what today’s cameraman should be carrying in his bag. Den Lennie thinks the Sony FS100 could be the new Bolex and Karak has a rant about everything that is changing. Peter Knowles makes the case for digital radio microphones.

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