Hand-held, attached to a bike helmet or one of seventeen Codex Action Cams in a 360-degree VR rig, Codex Action Cam has been a go-to solution since its introduction.
Codex Action Cam itself is a tiny remote head camera for shooting at up to 60fps but it’s not just a camera – it’s a complete shooting, capture, transcoding and data management solution for situations that require a compact form factor and low weight, without compromising on image quality. It comes packaged with the Codex Camera Control Recorder, providing full remote control of the camera plus the proven, industry-standard Codex workflow.
Whether you’re making commercials, TV or movies,
sometimes your camera is just too big for the situation or location you’re trying to shoot in.
This was demonstrated on a recent commercial for Google’s Android mobile platform, shot by Alwin Kchler.
Read more in the case studies section below.
Codex shot this short film with Action Cam to demonstrate the places you
can go with it and the great image quality.
Phedon Papamichael ASC GSC, Claudio Miranda ASC, Linus Sandgren, Stijn Van Der Veken ASC SBC – these world-class cinematographers and more have
already used Action Cam all over the world for feature films, commercials and promos, confident that the images will cut in seamlessly with other cameras without compromise.
Codex Action Cam footage cuts in beautifully with other cameras – ARRI ALEXA, RED, Sony F55 and even 35mm film. For example, Action Cam was used on the worldwide blockbuster Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Although mostly shot on film (with ALEXA 65 being used for the underwater scene), the compact size of Action Cam made it indispensable on a couple of key sequences. The first is when CIA operatives raid Ethan Hunt’s apartment in Cuba, which used Action Cams as Helmet Cams. The second is the key motorbike chase sequence through the mountains of Morocco. Both scenes needed a tiny camera that produced great images.
Antonio Riestra AMC recently used Action Cam in combination with ARRI ALEXA XT on the suspense movie Stephanie, directed by Akiva Goldsman. He needed a camera that would fit where a regular camera body wouldn’t and that would integrate well with ALEXA. Its size and weight mean that it’s easy to operate handheld (literally!) The camera head itself is so small that, in essence, he had a lens that could go wherever he needed it to.
Action Cam is also a great choice for the exciting new world of virtual reality. Codex recently partnered with DP and VR pioneer Andrew Shulkind of Headcase VR along with Radiant Images to design and build a 17 camera rig for capturing 360° material for virtual reality productions. The rig has already been used on a Comic Con promo for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, a TV show on FX Networks as well as several commercials and promos.
This ad for Android, titled “Monotune,” is designed to demonstrate the Android catchphrase
“Be together. Not the same.” The concept is to show a pianist playing the third movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata on two
different pianos – one a standard concert grand, and the other a purpose-built instrument on which each of the 88 keys sounds a
single note – middle C. The message is that Android is superior due to its potential for customisation.
With CDL-based colour grading, metadata tools, QC and audio sync, Codex Production Suite has everything you need to produce a full range of deliverables on-set or near-set. Codex Live adds on-set CDL-based look management and syncs seamlessly with Codex Production Suite. For archiving, add a Codex Thunderbolt LTO-6 drive. And it all connects seamlessly to Codex Backbone so that production elements and metadata can be securely accessed, viewed and edited by authorized users.
Headcase is a collaboration of filmmakers and storytellers with varied backgrounds – writing, producing, directing, shooting for movies, commercials and sports. Their goal is to bring a cinematic approach to the burgeoning world of 360˚ content. One of their first projects is a promo for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, premiered at Comic Con 2015.
Radiant Images in Los Angeles provides innovative digital cinema solutions, high-end cameras and equipment to the film and entertainment industry worldwide. The company’s in-house engineering team has developed a new range of camera rigs with Codex Action Cam – fitting Codex Action Cam heads with a wide variety of miniature prime and zoom lenses, housing Codex Action Cam with a helmet to create the Freedom POV Camera, and different easy-carrying systems for the Camera Control Recorder, battery packs and lens/focal control systems. Amongst many other projects, Radiant Images provided a Codex Action Cam POV package on the commercial for Sledgehammer Games/Activision’s Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare, released November 2014.
Phedon Papamichael GSC ASC used Codex Action Cam to great effect on this car promo for the Infinity QX50, directed by Jaume Collet-Sera through production company Bullitt. Main unit cameras were RED DRAGONs but the Action Cams were used to great effect, with many shots being grabbed by Phedon holding the camera in his hand. .
For Social Suicide, loosely based on Romeo and Juliet, cinematographer Oona Menges needed a small camera that could be used in a similar way to an IPhone, as the movie is set in today’s world where kids upload their most intimate details.