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Moviecam Compact is a movie camera product line created by Moviecam in 1990. It was developed by Fritz Gabriel Bauer as an improvement on his Moviecam SuperAmerica.
2004 (Compact MK2)
|Weight||6.3kg/13lbs without magazine|
|Movement||Compensating link movement with dual registration pins and dual pulldown claws, 3 or 4-perf pulldown, interchangeable aperture plates; pitch adjustment.|
|Speed||Both models 1–50 frames per second (forward) and 12–32 frames per second (reverse – Moviespeed box needed). Both models crystal accurate to 0.001 frame/s.|
|Aperture size||full range available|
|Motor||DC with quartz crystal control|
|Operating noise level||Both models <20 dBA|
|Indicators||speed, run, counter (ft or m), shutter angle, time code (user bit and sensitivity level), voltage, incorrect movement, asynchronous speed, low battery, film end, heater, film jam, loose magazine|
|Lens mount||Arri PL (Super 35 compatible)|
|Shutter||electronic reflex mirror; Can adjusted between 45° and 180° while in standby; manual model stops at 45°, 90°, 120°, 144°, 172°, 180°|
|Viewfinder||6.1x magnification; viewfinder is rotatable 360° while maintaining an erect image; 12" viewfinder with 2.4 x magnification zoom is available; heated eyepiece.|
|Video assist||Flicker-reduced color or black-and-white CCD camera; on-board 1" monitor available.|
|Magazines||500' (150m) and 1000' (300m) displacement style; all have built-in heaters and torque motors; mechanical and electronic footage counters. 400' (120m) lightweight Steadicam magazines with vertical displacement.|
|Magazine loading||active displacement mags; takes up emulsion in (9P design).|
|Film cores||standard cores|
Its potential applications are widespread, and it is regularly used on music videos, for commercials, in second unit work on features, for special effects shooting, and for motion control. It became the most popular 35 mm movie camera in general use because of its intuitive design, wide range of applications, high reliability and retail availability. In recognition of the Compact system's achievements, AMPAS awarded Moviecam a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award in 1993.
In 2004, Moviecam released the Compact MK2, with an updated drive system to improve longevity.
The Compact was used to film the horror movies Vampire in Brooklyn and Scream, directed by Wes Craven. The Compact MK2 was used to shoot The Ward, photographed by Yaron Orbach and directed by John Carpenter.
The Arricam systems, co-developed by Arri and Bauer, were inspired by the Compact and Arriflex 535 series in their design and mechanisms.
- Moviecam SL – lighter version of Moviecam Compact series.
- ^ a b Broughall, Nick (26 August 2015). "The high-tech cameras that make the movies you love". TechRadar. Archived from the original on 6 March 2023. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
The 35mm MovieCam Compact, originally launched back in 1990, was one of three cameras made by MovieCam that saw significant success, before the company was bought by ARRI. These days, many of the MovieCam Compact's truly innovative developments can be seen integrated into ARRI's camera lineup.
- ^ a b "The Ward" (PDF) (in Italian). Torino Film Festival. Archived (PDF) from the original on 28 October 2021. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
Girando con due macchine da presa 35mm, due MovieCam Compact MK2 che utilizzano il sistema a 3 perforazioni per avere una durata più lung