Montreal-based photographer and visual engineer Benjamin Von Wong recently used FOR-A’s VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate Camera for two artistic video projects.
When he first saw the lightweight VFC-7000 camera at a Toronto tradeshow last summer, Von Wong was impressed with the camera’s slow-motion capabilities. He capitalized on the camera’s ability to capture high-speed HD recordings when he later used it to shoot a creative video that focused on his long hair. Von Wong subjected himself to water, eggs and flour being thrown at his head during a cold night, (along with some fire thrown into the mix) – all in the name of shooting exciting slow-motion footage. He paired FOR-A’s VFC-7000 with a LensBaby Composer lens for the video shoot.
“The VFC-7000’s functionality was fantastic,” said Benjamin. “Other than the FOR-A solution, we didn’t use any other extremely high-end equipment for the shoot. We also were dealing with a low-light situation. My team and I even used car lights for lighting part of the video. Even with these challenging circumstances, the camera performed well and exhibited a great deal of sensitivity.”
The VFC-7000 offers high-speed play out and recording in full frame HD at up to 700 frames per second. The unit comes with a camera head, main body, an F lens mount and recording component. With its high-sensitivity CMOS color sensor, the VFC-7000 features an electronic high-speed shutter that can operate as fast as 1/200,000 second for filming fast moving events without blur.
In addition to shooting The secret behind Von Wong’s epic hair, Benjamin also used the VFC-7000 to shoot a medieval pumpkin destruction video, which he entered into a Halloween filmmaking competition.
“This was my first time using a camera system with such high-speed capabilities, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the VFC-7000,” said Benjamin. “I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to operate the camera, which allowed me more time to focus on other elements of the project. I came away from these video projects confident that FOR-A’s VFC-7000 is a high-quality camera that offers anyone the chance to shoot rich action video in uncompressed HD.”