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Blackmagic Video Assist Aids NY Fashion Week VR Shoot

High-end fashion brand Chromat’s Fall/Winter 2016 runway show at New York Fashion Week was inspired by light and luminescence. The models were illuminated by garments lined with bright neon lights, and the show switched between bright lighting and complete darkness. Working alongside director Winslow Porter, Josh and Jason Diamond of VR company SUPERSPHERE used nine Blackmagic Video Assist professional on-camera monitors and recorders, in conjunction with nine Blackmagic Micro Studio Camera 4Ks, as part of their 360Design Diamond EYE rig, which captured 360-degree shots of the models walking down the runway. Viewers not only felt like they were sitting at the fashion show, they also got the immersive experience of being embedded among the press and paparazzi.

The Diamond EYE rig features a custom central mounting point, and all the Micro Studio Camera 4Ks were connected to it and calibrated for the final stitched frame. Each of the nine Micro Studio Camera 4Ks was connected via SDI to its own Video Assist, which was mounted to the camera on a tiny ball head so it could be rotated. Two custom Switronix battery plates, each with nine 12V connectors from XLR cables, along with Switronix Gold Mount Batteries, were used to power the cameras and Video Assists.

Josh Diamond, a producer on the project, notes how the Video Assist’s flexibility proved useful for the shoot. “They are small, lightweight, touchscreen-operated, have solid mounting points and record ProRes to SD cards—all of which makes our workflow easy and streamlined,” he says.