Moviecam Compact

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Moviecam Compact
Variant models Compact, Compact MK2
Manufacturer Moviecam
Introduced 1990 (Compact), 2004 (Compact MK2)
Gauge 35 mm
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
Aperture plate removable
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.
Ground glass interchangeable
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
Batteries 24V

Moviecam Compact is a movie camera product line created by Moviecam in 1990, developed by Fritz Gabriel Bauer with the improvements after developed Moviecam SuperAmerica. 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 is currently considered 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 Compact MK2, with updated drive system.

The camera was used to film the entire production of the successful horror movies Vampire in Brooklyn and Scream, directed by Wes Craven.

The Arricam systems, which co-developed by Arri and Bauer, inspired from Compact and Arriflex 535 series in design and mechanism aspects.

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