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April 2010
NAB Show 2010 Online Preview  Online
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, held annually in Las Vegas, Nev., has become a main stage for manufacturers to showcase technological advancements that impact a variety of audio-visual workflows through every phase of production, from prep through post.
1 Beyond Online
1 Beyond, a leading provider of digital video editing and compositing systems, will unveil a portfolio of systems that eliminates the typical workflow and communications gaps between prep, production and post to create a powerful nonlinear 3-D workflow solution.

3ality Digital Online
A wide range of content produced with 3ality Digital systems will be on display in the company’s booth as well as in partner booths throughout the show.
AJA Video Systems Online
AJA’s experienced staff will be on hand alongside industry experts and partners to discuss the company’s workflow solutions for every step of the production process, including acquisition, conversion and editing.

Alteran Technologies Online
Alteran Technologies will introduce the ViTaDi product suite, furnishing all content owners with a cost-effective digital-migration solution.
Anton/Bauer Online
Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand and provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile-power systems for the professional film, video and broadcast industries, will showcase its full product line while celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Arri Online
Arri will be present with its full range of camera, lighting and post solutions, including the recently announced Alexa digital camera.
Autodesk Online
Autodesk will unveil the latest versions of its visual effects, finishing and color-grading software products for film, television and commercial postproduction.
Automatic Duck Online
In its booth in the Plug-In Pavilion, Automatic Duck will debut a number of key advancements to its family of timeline transition tools, including powerful new versions of Pro Import AE, which includes compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 5, and Media Copy, which will emphasize project and bin file support for one of the industry’s leading NLEs.

Band Pro Film & Digital  Online
Band Pro will showcase its latest cameras, lenses, monitors, accessories, 3-D production tools and more.
Barber Tech Video Products Online
Barber Tech Video Products will be showcasing the latest version of its versatile Steddiepod handheld camera stabilizer and support.
Cache-A Corporation Online
Cache-A will debut its Pro-Cache archive appliance for the digital film, broadcast and professional video industries.
CalDigit Online
CalDigit, a leader in storage solutions for the content-creation industry, has three major new products to show.
Carl Zeiss Online
Carl Zeiss plans to unveil its Compact Prime II lenses for use with EF-mount DSLR cameras.
Cartoni Online
Cartoni will showcase its entire line of professional camera supports, including a number of new products, such as the Action Pro HDSLR and Focus HD fluid heads, the Heavy Duty 2-Stage Tripod, a new set of rail wheels and the Low Mode 100mm mount for its extendable dolly system, and new accessories and integrated equipment for the E-REM 15 remote head.

Christie Digital Online
In addition to a fully functioning “broadcast studio,” Christie will spotlight its HD projection systems and the latest 4K-ready digital cinema projector.
CineBags Online
CineBags will introduce two new products during the NAB show. Designed for the Red battery, the CB-80 Battery Pack is an easy-access pouch that can attach to a belt.
Cinedeck Online
Cinedeck will debut a camera-mountable HDMI/HDSDI recording, monitoring, playback and editing device for the production community.
CineForm Online
CineForm will be emphasizing end-to-end 3-D workflows in its booth, shared with Cinedeck.
Cine-tal Online
Cine-tal will demonstrate its latest product releases, including version 2.8 of its cineSpace color-management software suite and the Color Processor for Dolby 3-D projection systems.
Cintel Online
Cintel will demonstrate the new Ditto Evolution 2K and 4K film scanner, which can be instantly switched from pin registration to non-pin registration.
Cooke Optics Online
Cooke will turn the spotlight on its 5/i prime lenses, which boast T1.4 speed and a focus ring that illuminates when needed. Supplied with /i Technology, the lenses provide data per frame for postproduction.
Digital Anarchy Online
Digital Anarchy will showcase the Beauty Box plug-in, a new skin-smoothing software solution for video, HD and film.
Digital Vision Online
Digital Vision will spotlight the new features in its upcoming 2010 software releases.
Dolby Laboratories Online
Dolby will showcase its new Professional Reference Monitor PRM-4200.
EditShare Online
A driving force in collaborative workflow management and shared-storage solutions, EditShare will demonstrate innovative technology enhancements to its award-winning Complete Collaboration product line, which now includes the recently acquired Geevs broadcast playout systems and Lightworks editing solutions.
Enhance Technology Online
Enhance Technology will introduce its latest high-performance storage products for the digital video and audio markets. Among the highlights are the company’s first Dual Active Controller RAID Array, the new 16-disk Enterprise SAS Expander storage array and the next-generation EnhanceRAID E400 FR cable-less desktop RAID storage solutions designed for media libraries, postproduction and more.

Eyeheight  Online
Eyeheight will showcase ComplianceSuiteFC, a set of plug-in software modules for Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express.
Facilis Technology Online
Facilis, a provider of shared media storage technology for postproduction and content creation, will showcase new software that improves the collaborative power and flexibility of the company’s TerraBlock product.
Fast Forward Video  Online
Building on a solid base of award-winning digital-video recorders, FFV will showcase both new and legacy products.
FilmLight Online
Fresh from winning four Sci-Tech Awards, FilmLight will demonstrate the latest additions to its Northlight, Baselight and Truelight systems.
For-A Corporation of America Online
For-A will introduce the VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate camera.
The Foundry Online
The Foundry will discuss its collaboration with Weta Digital to bring to market the highly regarded Mari 3-D texture-painting technology.
Front Porch Digital Online
Front Porch Digital will debut new versions of its Samma V.4 core products, the Samma Solo, Samma Robot, Samma Prep and Samma Clean.
Fujinon Online
Fujinon will show its series of PL-mount zoom lenses, featuring fast T speeds and color-matched 4K optical performance.
Future Media Concepts Online
FMC, an authorized digital media training organization for postproduction, broadcast and content creators, will have both management and instructors on-site to highlight recent course offerings from the company’s award-winning curriculum.
Gekko Technology Online
Gekko Technology will introduce two major additions to its range of high-efficiency LED lighting systems for film and television production.
GenArts Online
GenArts, a provider of specialized visual-effects software for the film, television and video industries, will present a number of product demonstrations and sneak peaks at new software products, including Monsters GT for Adobe After Effects, Sapphire 5 for After Effects and Sapphire for Autodesk Smoke on Mac.
G-Technology by Hitachi Online
In addition to showcasing its full line of storage solutions for video production and post professionals, G-Tech will unveil a new storage solution designed for professional content creators.
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd. Online
While celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Hitachi Kokusai will exhibit several new products driven by customer input over the past few years.
Ikegami Electronics Online
Ikegami will exhibit its innovative line of HDTV cameras, monitors and production equipment.
Imagineer Systems Online
In its booth in the Plug-In Pavilion, Imagineer Systems will debut its completely reengineered flaghship planar-tracking and roto station, Mocha v2. Built on Imagineer’s unique 2.5D planar-tracking technology, Mocha v2 adds such enhancements as 64-bit support; a newly enhanced, streamlined user interface; improved licensing activation; and support for Nuke 6.0, NukeX and Apple Motion.
JMR Electronics Online
JMR Electronics will unveil the BlueStor DigiLab and RapidEncode Video Servers.
JVC Professional Products Online
JVC will showcase its ProHD line of camcorders, which deliver outstanding image quality while using affordable, non-proprietary SDHC media and offering Apple Final Cut Pro native file recording; the new flagship of the line, the GY-HM790 camcorder, will also be unveiled.
Litepanels Online
Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce a new family of focusable LED Fresnel fixtures that utilize 1/10 the energy of conventional tungsten Fresnel lights. The company will also showcase the MicroPro Hybrid on-camera LED light, capable of continuous and flash lighting.
Manfrotto Distribution Online
Formerly known as Bogen Imaging, Manfrotto Distribution will announce new camera supports and accessories from several of its manufacturers as well as new bags and cases from Kata.
Marquise Technologies Online
Marquise Technologies will introduce RAIN (Radically Advanced Imaging Ngine), an advanced color-grading solution powered by the Nvidia Quadro Digital Video Pipeline.
Matthews Studio Equipment Online
Matthews will introduce Hot Flags, which allow precise cutting of light at relatively close distance to large heat-producing HMI and tungsten fixtures.
Maxon Computer Online
Maxon, a developer of professional 3-D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, will showcase the full range of capabilities of its Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software applications.
Miracube Online
Miracube will showcase its line of high-quality 3-D stereoscopic displays, which support 3-D post solutions.
Nila Online
Nila, a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, will showcase several new products, including the Boxer LED Series, designed to replace 2,000-watt tungsten or 1,200-watt HMI fixtures, and the SL LED Series, designed to replace 6,000-watt tungsten space lights while drawing only 850 watts.

Nvidia Online
Nvidia will showcase its latest breakthrough technologies for 3-D broadcasting, including a new Digital Video Pipeline that integrates live-action 3-D acquisition, real-time 3-D graphics, 3-D encoding and 3-D distribution for home theater or PC-based viewing.
OConnor Online
OConnor, a Vitec Group Brand, will introduce its line of professional camera accessories, including the Follow Focus CFF-1.
Omneon Online
Omneon will demonstrate its media storage, processing and distribution infrastructure for enabling efficient content production workflows and distribution of content across multiple platforms.
P+S Technik Online
P+S Technik will showcase its full product range, including the Pro35 and Mini35 image converters and the 35Digital and 16Digital lens sets.
Panasonic Online
Panasonic’s booth will spotlight the company’s extensive product range, including a host of new products.

Pelican Products Online
Pelican Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced lighting systems and virtually indestructible cases, will exhibit the new 1740 and 1770 Long Cases, perfect for light kits, C-stands and power packs.
Penta Studiotech Online
Penta will introduce the HD2line Pro, the company’s new family of HD2line LCD monitors.
Petrol Bags Online
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce the Black Deca line.
Plasticase Online
Plasticase will showcase its complete line of injection-molded cases, including the Nanuk line of extreme carrying cases.
Polecam Online
Polecam will demonstrate its 3-D HD capture and storage solutions.
Quantel Online
In addition to its broadcast solutions, Quantel will showcase its renowned family of postproduction solutions.
Sachtler Online
Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce the Video 18 S1 and 20 S1 fluid heads.
SAN Solutions Online
SAN Solutions will showcase the new ArtiSAN Storage Platform and ArtiSAN Application Platform.
Singular Software Online
Exhibiting in the Plug-in Pavilion, Singular Software will showcase the latest version of its flagship product, PluralEyes, which offers critical workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and automatically synchronizing audio and video clips sequences; version 1.1 includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas Pro, and it boasts an array of new features for managing multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions.
Small Tree Online
Small Tree will introduce the GraniteStor ST-FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) next-generation storage technology.
Snell Online
Snell will showcase a rich array of solutions for creation, management and distribution of content.
Software Generation Ltd Online
SGL, provider of content archive and storage management software solutions, will demonstrate its open system architecture, highlighting the substantial cost and workflow benefits provided by the company’s fully accessible systems.
Solid State Logic DV  Online
SSL DV will showcase the Gravity Media Asset Management system in an interactive booth that will focus attention on the varied and powerful features of Gravity through ongoing presentations. Gravity offers clients the power of readily available content and automated digital workflows to streamline any production process.
Sonnet Technologies Online
Storage systems provider Sonnet Technologies will demonstrate the Qio professional universal media reader/writer, the Fusion RX1600Fibre shared-storage system and a redesigned Fusion DX800RAID SATA storage system.
Sony Creative Software Online
Sony Creative Software will showcase Vegas Pro 9 with a first look at new features and enhancements that will be available in the soon-to-be-released update 9.0d.
Talon Data Systems Online
Talon Data will highlight NetFlight, an ultra high-speed WAN transfer appliance.
Telecast Fiber Systems Online
Telecast Fiber Systems will demonstrate the fiber-optic technology powering the state-of-the-art 3-D cameras used in many of today’s most exciting motion picture and sports productions.
Vinten Online
Celebrating its 100th year in the business, Vinten — a Vitec Group brand — will unveil a host of new products, which are all being kept under wraps prior to the show.
Vision Research Online
Vision Research, the company behind the popular Phantom high-speed camera, will demonstrate its line of cameras live in its booth.
Western Digital Online
Western Digital will spotlight a number of new storage devices, including the My Passport AV portable drive, designed specifically for maximizing streaming video content.
XenData Online
Digital video archive software provider XenData will launch the X800, a cost-effective archiving system that stores video files on LTO data tape.
Zacuto Online
Zacuto will expand its DSLR line of accessories with over 25 new products, including upgrades on the company’s popular Z-Finders, DSLR gunstock gorilla kits and shooter packages, and much more.
Arri Unveils Alexa Prototype
Arri recently unveiled a working prototype of its Alexa digital camera at the Micro Salon show of the AFC (French Association of Cinematographers) in Paris and the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat in Rancho Mirage, Calif. 
Hot Rod Cameras Customizes Canon DSLRs
At the urging of professional cinematographers, Hot Rod Cameras, LLC has introduced a custom modification service for the Canon 7D, 5D and 1D Mk 4 DSLR cameras. 
Panasonic Offers Full HD 3-D Camcorder
Panasonic Broadcast has begun taking orders for the AG-3DA1, a professional-quality, fully integrated Full HD 3-D camcorder with SD media-card recording.

Band Pro Announces Mystery Primes
During its annual One World on HD event, Band Pro Film and Digital introduced a new brand of ultra-high performance PL-mount prime lenses designed to deliver optical performance for true 4K imaging and beyond.

Manfrotto Intros 504HD Fluid Head
Manfrotto has unveiled the 504HD fluid head, which boasts an increased load capacity resulting from the company’s patented Bridging Technology.

OConnor Debuts Accessory Line
Fluid head innovator OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has announced a line of professional camera accessories engineered to fulfill the needs of today’s high-end cinematography.
Gekko Highlights Kezia LEDs
Gekko Technology has introduced two major additions to its range of LED lighting systems.
Offset Mitchell Levelers from GFM
Grip Factory Munich has introduced a standard Mitchell 3-Way Leveler as well as a range of Offset Euro-to-Mitchell Arms, which are available with 3- or 4-Way Levelers. 
Tangohead Enables 3-D Production
Tangohead, a supplier of camera support equipment for the film and video industry, has introduced the 3D Stereo Tango universal beam-splitter rig for 3-D productions.

Kaczek Visuals Launches Reflect Lighting System
Following a long period of development, evaluation and use on such features as The White Ribbon (shot by Christian Berger, AAC), La Bohème (Walter Kindler, BVK, AAC) and Revanche (Martin Gschlacht, AAC), Kaczek Visuals’ Reflect Lighting System is now on the market.

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NAB Show 2010 Online Preview

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, held annually in Las Vegas, Nev., has become a main stage for manufacturers to showcase technological advancements that impact a variety of audio-visual workflows through every phase of production, from prep through post. AC will be on hand during the run of the show, April 12-15, to take a look at a host of new releases as they take their place in the spotlight. Before the Convention Center’s doors even open, though, here’s a snapshot of what to look forward to.

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.nabshow.com
1 Beyond

1 Beyond, a leading provider of digital video editing and compositing systems, will unveil a portfolio of systems that eliminates the typical workflow and communications gaps between prep, production and post to create a powerful nonlinear 3-D workflow solution.

Booth: SL 7620

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.1beyond.com
3ality Digital

A wide range of content produced with 3ality Digital systems will be on display in the company’s booth as well as in partner booths throughout the show. 3ality Digital personnel will also be on hand to answer questions about the company’s 3-D production solutions.

Booth: SL 4514F

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.3alitydigital.com
AJA Video Systems

AJA’s experienced staff will be on hand alongside industry experts and partners to discuss the company’s workflow solutions for every step of the production process, including acquisition, conversion and editing.

Booth: SL 920
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.aja.com
Alteran Technologies

Alteran Technologies will introduce the ViTaDi product suite, furnishing all content owners with a cost-effective digital-migration solution. The ViTaDi flagship suite is an extremely rapid and scalable conversion solution that captures, transcodes and delivers video in multiple video/audio file formats to media servers, digital archives and asset management systems.

Booth: C 9733
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.alterantechnologies.com
Anton/Bauer

Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand and provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile-power systems for the professional film, video and broadcast industries, will showcase its full product line while celebrating its 40th anniversary. The company will also introduce a new addition to its innovative Dionic HC battery line and debut the Tandem 150 Modular Power System and the ULHM-LED and Eledz LED light solutions.

Booth: C 6025
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.antonbauer.com
Arri

Arri will be present with its full range of camera, lighting and post solutions, including the recently announced Alexa digital camera. The compact, lightweight and robust Alexa offers a base sensitivity of 800 ASA, low noise and approximately 13 stops of latitude. Compatible with 35mm cine lenses, the camera incorporates a single CMOS sensor with a Bayer mask and 3.5K pixel count, and it offers a generous number of output signals, including HD and ArriRaw.

Booth: C 6737 (camera & lighting), SL 9706 (DI products)
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.arri.com
Autodesk

Autodesk will unveil the latest versions of its visual effects, finishing and color-grading software products for film, television and commercial postproduction. Digital Entertainment Creation products on display will include Smoke and Smoke Advanced editorial finishing software; Flame and Flare for 3-D visual effects and design finishing; Lustre for digital color grading and look development finishing; Maya for 3-D modeling, animation, visual effects and rendering; and 3ds Max for 3-D modeling, animation and rendering.

Booth: SL 2020
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
usa.autodesk.com
Automatic Duck

In its booth in the Plug-In Pavilion, Automatic Duck will debut a number of key advancements to its family of timeline transition tools, including powerful new versions of Pro Import AE, which includes compatibility with Adobe Creative Suite 5, and Media Copy, which will emphasize project and bin file support for one of the industry’s leading NLEs.

Booth: SL 3930
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.automaticduck.com
Band Pro Film & Digital

Band Pro will showcase its latest cameras, lenses, monitors, accessories, 3-D production tools and more. One particular highlight will be the company’s recently announced PL-mount Mystery Primes, which boast unified distance and focus scales, common size and location of focus and iris rings, a 95mm threaded lens front and T1.4 aperture.

Booth: C 10308
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
Barber Tech Video Products

Barber Tech Video Products will be showcasing the latest version of its versatile Steddiepod handheld camera stabilizer and support. The company will also highlight its Ultimate Lighting Kit.

Booth: C 5340
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.barbertvp.com
Cache-A Corporation

Cache-A will debut its Pro-Cache archive appliance for the digital film, broadcast and professional video industries. The small form factor Pro-Cache offers many of the advanced on-set and in-studio features demanded by media-industry professionals. The company will also showcase its Prime-Cache network-attached archive appliance, which is specifically designed to meet the archiving needs of small post houses and small-scale field productions.

Booth: SL 7906
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cache-a.com
CalDigit

CalDigit, a leader in storage solutions for the content-creation industry, has three major new products to show. The HDPro-24 is a rack-mount 24-drive RAID solution. The SuperShare allows users to share storage over an extremely fast PCIe-based network. The AV Drive is a USB 3.0 solution for the Mac capable of speeds up to 140MB/s.

Booth: SL 8226
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.caldigit.com
Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss plans to unveil its Compact Prime II lenses for use with EF-mount DSLR cameras. Modified from Zeiss’ PL-mount Compact Primes, the new set of eight lenses — with focal lengths from 18mm to 85mm — features a bayonet mount, allowing them to fit directly to the DSLR camera with no need for modification. 

Booth: C 6345
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.zeiss.com
Cartoni

Cartoni will showcase its entire line of professional camera supports, including a number of new products, such as the Action Pro HDSLR and Focus HD fluid heads, the Heavy Duty 2-Stage Tripod, a new set of rail wheels and the Low Mode 100mm mount for its extendable dolly system, and new accessories and integrated equipment for the E-REM 15 remote head.

Booth: C 9918
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cartoni.com
Christie Digital

In addition to a fully functioning “broadcast studio,” Christie will spotlight its HD projection systems and the latest 4K-ready digital cinema projector. The company will also introduce MicroTiles, modular display tiles that can be stacked and clustered to create display walls and stage sets of any shape and size.

Booth: SL 2005
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.christiedigital.com
CineBags

CineBags will introduce two new products during the NAB show. Designed for the Red battery, the CB-80 Battery Pack is an easy-access pouch that can attach to a belt. Designed specifically for the Red 5.6 LCD screen, the CB-90 Monitor Pack uses high-impact foam to protect the LCD monitor while being transported; additionally, a zipped pouch keeps cables and the monitor arm organized.

Booth: C 5138
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cinebags.com
Cinedeck

Cinedeck will debut a camera-mountable HDMI/HDSDI recording, monitoring, playback and editing device for the production community. Designed by cinematographers for cinematographers, Cinedeck defines an entirely new category of extremely portable, affordable, platform-agnostic, cinema-grade recording and monitoring solutions for anyone with an HDMI, HDSDI or LAN camera.

Booth SL 10323
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
CineForm

CineForm will be emphasizing end-to-end 3-D workflows in its booth, shared with Cinedeck. The company will show direct 3-D acquisition into CineForm stereo files from 3-D sources, and for post, the company will demonstrate new features of the upcoming Neo3D revision for both Windows and Mac, including keyframeable convergence adjustments, floating windows and ghost busting. CineForm will also extend its NeoHD/Neo4K family to be 3-D capable. Also look for CineForm in the Panasonic and Nvidia booths, where the company will demonstrate 3-D editorial workflows that leverage innovations in camera, display and graphics technology.

Booth: SL 10323

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cineform.com
Cine-tal

Cine-tal will demonstrate its latest product releases, including version 2.8 of its cineSpace color-management software suite and the Color Processor for Dolby 3-D projection systems. The company will also showcase its Davio product line, which provides precision calibration to Plasma display systems and offers a host of stereoscopic workflow solutions, as well as version 4.1 for the Cinemage 2000 and Cinemage B Series product lines.

Booth: SL 4514
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cine-tal.com
Cintel

Cintel will demonstrate the new Ditto Evolution 2K and 4K film scanner, which can be instantly switched from pin registration to non-pin registration. The scanners also include film-grain management and image-stabilization tools.

Booth: SL 2816
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cintel.co.uk
Cooke Optics

Cooke will turn the spotlight on its 5/i prime lenses, which boast T1.4 speed and a focus ring that illuminates when needed. Supplied with /i Technology, the lenses provide data per frame for postproduction. The company will also showcase the new Panchro by Cooke lenses, a smaller, lighter series offering the same resolution, optical quality and reliability as the S4/i but at a lower price. Cooke will co-exhibit with ZGC Inc., the exclusive North and South American distributor for Cooke, P+S Technik, CCG and Putora. Cooke will also reveal the details surrounding a recently announced working partnership with Thales Angenieux.

Booth: C 5347
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.cookeoptics.com
www.zgc.com
Digital Anarchy

Digital Anarchy will showcase the Beauty Box plug-in, a new skin-smoothing software solution for video, HD and film. The plug-in smoothes skin wrinkles and blemishes in footage within After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.

Booth: SL 3927
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.digitalanarchy.com
Digital Vision

Digital Vision will spotlight the new features in its upcoming 2010 software releases. In particular, the company will showcase its Nucoda Film Master system, featuring a stereoscopic grading toolset, native camera support for major new cameras and full Avid workflow integration; the Phoenix platform for advanced restoration, repurposing and remastering; and a preview of the next generation of the DVO noise- and grain-reduction technology.



Booth: SL 3709
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.digitalvision.se
Dolby Laboratories

Dolby will showcase its new Professional Reference Monitor PRM-4200. The 42" LCD-based video reference display boasts the accuracy of previous CRT monitors with the versatility of flat-panel displays.




Booth: SU 7917
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.dolby.com
EditShare

A driving force in collaborative workflow management and shared-storage solutions, EditShare will demonstrate innovative technology enhancements to its award-winning Complete Collaboration product line, which now includes the recently acquired Geevs broadcast playout systems and Lightworks editing solutions. The company will also showcase EditShare Flow, a multi-channel SD/HD ingest, log, browse and asset-tracking solution; EditShare Storage Series and XStream Series solutions for standard and large user workgroups and digital-intermediate workflows; and EditShare Ark, offering purpose-built media protection for broadcast and post.




Booth: SL 4725
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.editshare.com
Enhance Technology

Enhance Technology will introduce its latest high-performance storage products for the digital video and audio markets. Among the highlights are the company’s first Dual Active Controller RAID Array, the new 16-disk Enterprise SAS Expander storage array and the next-generation EnhanceRAID E400 FR cable-less desktop RAID storage solutions designed for media libraries, postproduction and more.



Booth: SL 5109
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.enhance-tech.com
Eyeheight

Eyeheight will showcase ComplianceSuiteFC, a set of plug-in software modules for Apple Final Cut Studio and Final Cut Express. Two modules being introduced are the LegalEyesFC video legalizer and the SafeEyesFC safe-area generator.


Booth: N 4019
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.eyeheight.com
Facilis Technology

Facilis, a provider of shared media storage technology for postproduction and content creation, will showcase new software that improves the collaborative power and flexibility of the company’s TerraBlock product. The Shared File System offers users read/write access to project-based Virtual Volumes over 8Gbit Fibre channel and 1Gbit Ethernet, seamless integration between Windows and Mac OS X mixed environments, simultaneous access to all media without per-seat license fees, and easy upgrades for existing customers.


Booth: SL 3629
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.facilis.com
Fast Forward Video

Building on a solid base of award-winning digital-video recorders, FFV will showcase both new and legacy products. The new-product spotlight will be on the company’s HD3 — a compact, versatile, all-in-one DVR designed for on-set motion-picture and television production — and Micron HD, a powerful, cost-effective solution for recording and playback. Legacy products on display will include the Omega HD, for high-end recording and playback, and the Elite HD, a camera-mounted DVR and player that harnesses the JPEG2000 compression codec for recording lossless HD-SDI video signals.



Booth: C 8016
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.ffv.com
FilmLight

Fresh from winning four Sci-Tech Awards, FilmLight will demonstrate the latest additions to its Northlight, Baselight and Truelight systems. The company will be on the show floor in the Sony Electronics booth.



Booth: C 1101
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.filmlight.ltd.uk
For-A Corporation of America

For-A will introduce the VFC-7000 HD Variable Frame Rate camera. The super-slow-motion camera offers high-speed playout and recording in full-frame HD (1280x720), with variable recording speeds from 125 to 700 fps.



Booth: C 5219
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.for-a.com
The Foundry

The Foundry will discuss its collaboration with Weta Digital to bring to market the highly regarded Mari 3-D texture-painting technology. The company will also announce the latest version of Nuke and a new range of Adobe After Effects plug-ins.



Booth: SL 2805
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.thefoundry.co.uk
Front Porch Digital

Front Porch Digital will debut new versions of its Samma V.4 core products, the Samma Solo, Samma Robot, Samma Prep and Samma Clean. With the new releases, the company has enhanced the global versatility, interoperability and functionality of the Samma family, designed for migrating media content from videotape to safe, secure and readily accessible file-based formats.



Booth: N 5806
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.fpdigital.com
Fujinon

Fujinon will show its series of PL-mount zoom lenses, featuring fast T speeds and color-matched 4K optical performance. The family comprises the 18-85mm T2.0, 75-400mm T2.8-3.8, 24-180mm T2.6 and 14.5-45mm T2.0, all of which are similar in size and weight and feature uniform gear placement and front-barrel diameters. The company will also introduce six B4-mount lenses in conjunction with its 3-D Synchronous Control System for 3-D production.



Booth: C 7425
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contact info:  
www.fujinon.com
Future Media Concepts

FMC, an authorized digital media training organization for postproduction, broadcast and content creators, will have both management and instructors on-site to highlight recent course offerings from the company’s award-winning curriculum. NAB attendees can also stop by the FMC booth anytime during the convention to be entered for a chance to win a free FMC training course at any FMC branch location or through FMCIOnline.



Booth: SL 7706
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contact info:  
www.fmctraining.com
Gekko Technology

Gekko Technology will introduce two major additions to its range of high-efficiency LED lighting systems for film and television production. The Kezia 50 and Kezia 200 are both hard-source LED luminaires based on Gekko’s kleer-color light engine, with variants for film and television as well as entertainment.


Booth: C 3743
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contact info:  
www.gekkotechnology.com
GenArts

GenArts, a provider of specialized visual-effects software for the film, television and video industries, will present a number of product demonstrations and sneak peaks at new software products, including Monsters GT for Adobe After Effects, Sapphire 5 for After Effects and Sapphire for Autodesk Smoke on Mac. Additionally, Jeroen Schulte of Industrial Light & Magic will be on hand to demonstrate how GenArts software has been used to create visual effects in blockbuster films.


Booth: SL 2607
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contact info:  
www.genarts.com
G-Technology by Hitachi

In addition to showcasing its full line of storage solutions for video production and post professionals, G-Tech will unveil a new storage solution designed for professional content creators.



Booth: SL 5029
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contact info:  
www.g-technology.com
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd.

While celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Hitachi Kokusai will exhibit several new products driven by customer input over the past few years. The offerings on display will range from cameras, encoders and digital microwave systems to ISDB-T transmitters.



Booth: C 4309
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contact info:  
www.hitachi.com
www.hitachikokusai.us
Ikegami Electronics

Ikegami will exhibit its innovative line of HDTV cameras, monitors and production equipment. Highlights include the tapeless GFCamT HD camcorder with Flash memory and cameras and monitors for 3-D HDTV production, ultra-high-quality 3G-SDI 1080/60p HDTV capture and display, and more.



Booth: C 5108
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contact info:  
www.ikegami.com
Imagineer Systems

In its booth in the Plug-In Pavilion, Imagineer Systems will debut its completely reengineered flaghship planar-tracking and roto station, Mocha v2. Built on Imagineer’s unique 2.5D planar-tracking technology, Mocha v2 adds such enhancements as 64-bit support; a newly enhanced, streamlined user interface; improved licensing activation; and support for Nuke 6.0, NukeX and Apple Motion.



Booth: SL 3927
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contact info:  
www.imagineersystems.com
JMR Electronics

JMR Electronics will unveil the BlueStor DigiLab and RapidEncode Video Servers. The BlueStor DigiLab gives cinematographers, directors and producers the ability to view RAW 2K/4K shots and make digital dailies in the field. The BlueStor RapidEncode offers tremendous control in creating files for electronic distribution.


Booth: SL 7408
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contact info:  
www.jmr.com
JVC Professional Products

JVC will showcase its ProHD line of camcorders, which deliver outstanding image quality while using affordable, non-proprietary SDHC media and offering Apple Final Cut Pro native file recording; the new flagship of the line, the GY-HM790 camcorder, will also be unveiled. The company will also exhibit its range of professional LCD monitors for studio and field use, including its new Vérité G Series professional LCD monitors, which feature 3G and dual-link HD/SD-SDI (1080p/60 4:4:4) inputs.



Booth: C 4314
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contact info:  
pro.jvc.com
Litepanels

Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce a new family of focusable LED Fresnel fixtures that utilize 1/10 the energy of conventional tungsten Fresnel lights. The company will also showcase the MicroPro Hybrid on-camera LED light, capable of continuous and flash lighting.


Booth: C 6025 
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contact info:  
www.litepanels.com
Manfrotto Distribution

Formerly known as Bogen Imaging, Manfrotto Distribution will announce new camera supports and accessories from several of its manufacturers as well as new bags and cases from Kata.



Booth: C 6019
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contact info:  
www.manfrottodistribution.com
Marquise Technologies

Marquise Technologies will introduce RAIN (Radically Advanced Imaging Ngine), an advanced color-grading solution powered by the Nvidia Quadro Digital Video Pipeline. The company will also spotlight an easy-to-navigate Red workflow using the MIST playback and conforming solution. Additionally, with Sondor, Marquise will showcase the OCEAN universal telecine controller.



Booth: SL 9712
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contact info:  
www.marquise-tech.com
Matthews Studio Equipment

Matthews will introduce Hot Flags, which allow precise cutting of light at relatively close distance to large heat-producing HMI and tungsten fixtures. Available in four sizes — 18"x24", 24"x26", 48"x48" and 24"x72" — the Hot Flags will be featured alongside several other new products.



Booth: C 3251
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contact info:  
www.msegrip.com
Maxon Computer

Maxon, a developer of professional 3-D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, will showcase the full range of capabilities of its Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software applications. Furthermore, the company has arranged for guest appearances from some of today’s most inspired digital content professionals, who will showcase 3-D motion graphics created with Cinema 4D.



Booth: SL 5624
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contact info:  
www.maxon.net
Miracube

Miracube will showcase its line of high-quality 3-D stereoscopic displays, which support 3-D post solutions. The company offers both auto-stereoscopic and stereoscopic versions with resolution up to 1920x1200 and extra-wide virtual view angles. The displays also boast a four-format built-in system (interlace, frame sequential, sub-field and side-field) and two-camera view.


Booth: SU 2424
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contact info:  
www.miracube3d.com
Nila

Nila, a manufacturer of LED lighting solutions, will showcase several new products, including the Boxer LED Series, designed to replace 2,000-watt tungsten or 1,200-watt HMI fixtures, and the SL LED Series, designed to replace 6,000-watt tungsten space lights while drawing only 850 watts.



Booth: C 6042
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contact info:  
www.nila.tv
Nvidia

Nvidia will showcase its latest breakthrough technologies for 3-D broadcasting, including a new Digital Video Pipeline that integrates live-action 3-D acquisition, real-time 3-D graphics, 3-D encoding and 3-D distribution for home theater or PC-based viewing. The company will also demonstrate how its GPUs power Adobe’s Mercury Playback Engine, a powerful solution for film and video production from SD through Red 4K.



Booth: SL 5629
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contact info:  
www.nvidia.com
OConnor

OConnor, a Vitec Group Brand, will introduce its line of professional camera accessories, including the Follow Focus CFF-1. Additionally, the company will spotlight its range of fluid heads, including the popular 120EX.



Booth: C 6025
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contact info:  
www.ocon.com
Omneon

Omneon will demonstrate its media storage, processing and distribution infrastructure for enabling efficient content production workflows and distribution of content across multiple platforms. Products on display will include the MediaGrid Active Storage System, the Spectrum Media Server System, the MediaDeck GX Channel Playout Solution, the ProXplore clip and metadata management application and the Media Application Server.



Booth: N 5106
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contact info:  
www.omneon.com
P+S Technik

P+S Technik will showcase its full product range, including the Pro35 and Mini35 image converters and the 35Digital and 16Digital lens sets. The company will also demonstrate the Freestyle Rig, an improved Standar Rig, the SI-3D Recorder, the recently released 16Digital SR Mag with new workflow solutions for the Mag and the SI-2K camera, and the Automatic Splice Repair Module for the SteadyFrame Scanner.



Booth: C 5348
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contact info:  
www.pstechnik.de
Panasonic

Panasonic’s booth will spotlight the company’s extensive product range, including a host of new products. Highlights will include the AG-3DA1 Full HD 3-D camcorder, the AJ-PCD2 single-slot P2 memory card drive, the portable AG-MSU10 P2 Media Storage Unit and the BT-3DL2550, a 25.5” 3-D LCD production monitor with full 1920x1200 resolution.



Booth: C 3712
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contact info:  
www.panasonic.com/broadcast
Pelican Products

Pelican Products, a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced lighting systems and virtually indestructible cases, will exhibit the new 1740 and 1770 Long Cases, perfect for light kits, C-stands and power packs. The 1740 and 1770 cases feature 6,600 and 7,300 cubic inches of usable storage space, respectively, and both cases feature an open cell core and polymer wall construction-engineered to protect sensitive equipment.



Booth: C 10337
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contact info:  
www.pelican.com
Penta Studiotech

Penta will introduce the HD2line Pro, the company’s new family of HD2line LCD monitors. Building upon Penta’s success with advanced display technology and the company’s state-of-the-art processor engine — an advanced, multi-standard, calibrated monitoring system — the new monitors will deliver even greater accuracy. As an exclusive representative of the Lux Media Plan line of high-end specialty cameras in North America, Penta will also introduce the Lux Media Plan HD 1200 remote-control HD camera system, one of the smallest HD cameras currently available.


Booth: N 1023
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contact info:  
www.penta-web.com
Petrol Bags

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce the Black Deca line. Black Deca professional bags boast a sleek, practical design packed with a host of industry-leading advantages.


Booth: C 6025
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contact info:  
www.petrolbags.com
Plasticase

Plasticase will showcase its complete line of injection-molded cases, including the Nanuk line of extreme carrying cases. Engineered and manufactured to military specifications, Nanuk is designed to protect the most sensitive equipment in the harshest environments.


Booth: C 11531
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contact info:  
www.plasticase.com
www.nanuk.com
Polecam

Polecam will demonstrate its 3-D HD capture and storage solutions. Responding to rapidly increasing demand for 3-D HD video content, the company recently announced that its 3D-Narrow pan-and-tilt head will be supplied as standard with all new systems, and users will have the option of choosing a new 3D-Wide head.



Booth: C 7933
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contact info:  
www.polecam.com
Quantel

In addition to its broadcast solutions, Quantel will showcase its renowned family of postproduction solutions. In particular, the company will highlight its Pablo grading and finishing system, stereo 3-D tools and Red workflows. The company will also discuss new developments making it easier than ever to add Quantel products to a facility.



Booth: SL 6505
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contact info:  
www.quantel.com
Sachtler

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, will introduce the Video 18 S1 and 20 S1 fluid heads. The company will also showcase the Artemis EFP HD special edition camera stabilizer, which features HiCap technology for the Red One and other cameras, as well as a hot-swap battery capability.


Booth: C 6025
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contact info:  
www.sachtler.com
SAN Solutions

SAN Solutions will showcase the new ArtiSAN Storage Platform and ArtiSAN Application Platform. Designed for small workgroup media-production environments, the ArtiSAN Storage Platform offers enterprise-class features and can be configured with 450GB SAS drives, 600GB SAS drives or 2TB SATA drives. The ArtiSAN Application Platform is a specifically customized configuration uniquely suited for media applications.


Booth: SL 2327
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contact info:  
www.sansolutions.com
Singular Software

Exhibiting in the Plug-in Pavilion, Singular Software will showcase the latest version of its flagship product, PluralEyes, which offers critical workflow automation tools for analyzing media content and automatically synchronizing audio and video clips sequences; version 1.1 includes support for Apple Final Cut Pro and Sony Vegas Pro, and it boasts an array of new features for managing multi-camera, multi-take and dual-system audio productions. The company will also highlight new product releases in multi-camera and DSLR editing workflow technology.

Booth: SL 4128
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contact info:  
www.singularsoftware.com
Small Tree

Small Tree will introduce the GraniteStor ST-FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet) next-generation storage technology. Taking advantage of 10-Gigabit Ethernet’s robust capabilities, GraniteStor ST-FCoE offers postproduction editors maximum efficiency and ease in handling 10-bit HD uncompressed video or next-generation 8K video.


Booth: SL 7425
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contact info:  
www.small-tree.com
Snell

Snell will showcase a rich array of solutions for creation, management and distribution of content. A significant new launch is the Archangel Ph.C-HD, an advanced SD and HD restoration system with real-time dirt, dust, grain, noise, scratch, instability and flicker removal.


Booth: N 1820
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contact info:  
www.snellgroup.com
Software Generation Ltd

SGL, provider of content archive and storage management software solutions, will demonstrate its open system architecture, highlighting the substantial cost and workflow benefits provided by the company’s fully accessible systems. SGL will show its seamless integration with Interplay 2.1, Avid’s production asset management system, as well as its support for the latest version of Apple’s Final Cut Server. The company will also demonstrate its client-based Web tool, FlashBrowse II.



Booth: N 1520
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contact info:  
www.sgluk.com
Solid State Logic DV

SSL DV will showcase the Gravity Media Asset Management system in an interactive booth that will focus attention on the varied and powerful features of Gravity through ongoing presentations. Gravity offers clients the power of readily available content and automated digital workflows to streamline any production process.


Booth: N 808
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contact info:  
www.solidstatelogic.com
Sonnet Technologies

Storage systems provider Sonnet Technologies will demonstrate the Qio professional universal media reader/writer, the Fusion RX1600Fibre shared-storage system and a redesigned Fusion DX800RAID SATA storage system. With dual P2, SxS and CompactFlash slots, the Qio is a cost-effective alternative to standalone card readers. Available in 16TB and 32TB configurations, the high-performance Fusion RX1600Fibre is an expandable 16-drive RAID shared fibre-channel storage system optimized for video editing. The Fusion DX800RAID, available in configurations from 4TB to 16TB, provides video editors with the speed required for working with uncompressed 10-bit 1080 HD video streams and the data security and monitoring critical in a large RAID system.



Booth: SL 7727
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contact info:  
www.sonnettech.com
Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software will showcase Vegas Pro 9 with a first look at new features and enhancements that will be available in the soon-to-be-released update 9.0d. Additionally, the company will unveil new 3-D Blu-ray authoring enhancements to Blu-print 6.


Booth: C 10515
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contact info:  
www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Talon Data Systems

Talon Data will highlight NetFlight, an ultra high-speed WAN transfer appliance. This remote-collaboration system can sustain over 440MB/s transfer rates of any file type via NAS or SAN over global networks. NetFlight can also be used to display an uncompressed HD or 2K image sequence in real time directly to a remote display halfway around the world.


Booth: SU 10118
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contact info:  
www.4talondata.com
Telecast Fiber Systems

Telecast Fiber Systems will demonstrate the fiber-optic technology powering the state-of-the-art 3-D cameras used in many of today’s most exciting motion picture and sports productions. Using the company’s technology, 3-D camera engineers have devised a system enabling the controlling electronics to be decoupled from the camera lenses; connected by a fiber link, the lenses can then be deployed far away from the electronics to capture difficult shots, and they can be controlled independently of one another for maximum control of the 3-D experience.

Booth: C 8925
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contact info:  
www.telecast-fiber.com
Vinten

Celebrating its 100th year in the business, Vinten — a Vitec Group brand — will unveil a host of new products, which are all being kept under wraps prior to the show. The company promises the new products will be involved in technology demonstrations in the Vinten booth as well as in the booths of several technology partners.


Booth: C 6025
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contact info:  
www.vinten.com
Vision Research

Vision Research, the company behind the popular Phantom high-speed camera, will demonstrate its line of cameras live in its booth. Additionally, the company plans to announce a new camera system.



Booth: C 8049
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www.visionresearch.com
Western Digital

Western Digital will spotlight a number of new storage devices, including the My Passport AV portable drive, designed specifically for maximizing streaming video content. Western Digital’s line of NAS drives allows studios to share content with any computer on the network, share footage remotely with clients and access footage remotely while traveling.

Booth: SL 10310
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contact info:  
www.wdc.com
XenData

Digital video archive software provider XenData will launch the X800, a cost-effective archiving system that stores video files on LTO data tape. The system features an external 800GB LTO-4 tape drive that connects to a Windows7 desktop or tower computer and includes XenData6 software, providing easy-to-use archiving, restoration and tape-management functionality.


Booth: N 6609
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contact info:  
www.xendata.com
Zacuto

Zacuto will expand its DSLR line of accessories with over 25 new products, including upgrades on the company’s popular Z-Finders, DSLR gunstock gorilla kits and shooter packages, and much more. The company will also screen its latest production, “The Great Camera Shootout of 2010,” in which DSLRs face off against the gold standard of 35mm film.



Booth: C 5041
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contact info:  
www.zacuto.com
Arri Unveils Alexa Prototype

Arri recently unveiled a working prototype of its Alexa digital camera at the Micro Salon show of the AFC (French Association of Cinematographers) in Paris and the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat in Rancho Mirage, Calif. 

“We are delighted with the response we have had around the world so far regarding the concept of Alexa and, now, the working prototype,” says Stephan Schenk, general manager of Arri’s Camera & DIS Business Unit, who presented the camera with cinematographer Frank van Vught in Paris. “At Arri we endeavor to give creative professionals the tools to tell their stories, and we are confident that Alexa’s cutting-edge technology will do this perfectly.”

The Alexa is Arri’s first model in its new generation of digital cameras. Compact, lightweight and robust, the Alexa is also the first camera from Arri that will feature an electronic viewfinder; based on auto-calibrating LED technology, it is designed for accurate color rendition and minimal image delay.

Schenk says the Alexa offers a base sensitivity of 800 ASA, low noise and latitude “that exceeds 13 stops.” The 16:9 imaging area is similar to that of Super 35 and can be used with 35mm lenses, offering the same field of view and depth of field as 35mm film. A provision for 10-percent overscan allows the operator to see outside the frame lines in the electronic viewfinder.

The Alexa offers a generous number of output signals and methods including onboard recording options and multiple live HD and ArriRaw outputs. It has dedicated buttons for record, playback, ramping and image grabs. Van Vught notes that the menu is “designed for simplicity, like an iPod.” The home screen features controls for frame rate, shutter angle, EI, LUTs and color temperature.

The Alexa sensor is a single CMOS with a Bayer mask and a 3.5K pixel count. The camera electronics apply dual gain pathways, with separate amplification for the highlights and lowlights, a strategy designed to stretch the latitude and minimize noise. “In a given image area, fewer, bigger pixels will yield more sensitivity and latitude than more numerous, smaller pixels,” says ASC associate member Stephan Ukas-Bradley from Arri’s product-management team, who presented the Alexa with Arri CTO Glenn Kennel at Rancho Mirage. “Alexa’s 3.5K pixel count is determined to give the best sensitivity and latitude, while still insuring image quality at 2K projection for the finished project.”

Some major announcements are still to come. “Probably the most frequently asked question refers to our storage solution,” says Kennel. “We are really excited to unveil the workflow solutions and recording options at NAB in Las Vegas, and we invite the whole feature film and TV industry to come to our booth.”

—Benjamin B

contact info:  
www.arridigital.com
Hot Rod Cameras Customizes Canon DSLRs

At the urging of professional cinematographers, Hot Rod Cameras, LLC has introduced a custom modification service for the Canon 7D, 5D and 1D Mk 4 DSLR cameras. The streamlined process modifies the cameras’ standard lens mount, allowing the use of 35mm PL-mount cinema lenses.

“Working with lenses designed for still photography is perhaps the biggest impediment to using HDSLR cameras on a professional set,” says cinematographer Daniel Kanes. “With the Hot Rod 7D-PL, I am able to seamlessly integrate lightweight HDSLR technology on a professional motion-picture set with several other camera systems. It’s an amazing breakthrough using pro cinema lenses on a camera of this size and capability.”

For full details, including a list of compatible lenses and warranty service information, visit www.hotrodcameras.com.

contact info:  
www.hotrodcameras.com
Panasonic Offers Full HD 3-D Camcorder

Panasonic Broadcast has begun taking orders for the AG-3DA1, a professional-quality, fully integrated Full HD 3-D camcorder with SD media-card recording.

“The AG-3DA1 will democratize 3-D production by giving professional videographers a more affordable and simple solution for capturing immersive content, as well as provide a training tool for educators,” says John Baisley, president, Panasonic Broadcast. “As the product is positioned in a more mainstream budget category, Panasonic camcorder owners will help to accelerate the amount of 3-D content being created for distribution on new Blu-ray discs and recently announced 3-D channels like those of DirecTV.”

At less than 6.6 pounds, the AG-3DA1 is equipped with dual lenses and two full 1920x1080 2.07 megapixel 3-MOS imagers to record 1080/60i, 50i, 30p, 25p and 24p (native) and 720/60p and 50p in AVCHD. It can record for up to 180 minutes on dual 32GB SD cards in Panasonic’s professional AVCHD PH mode, and offers professional interfaces including dual HD-SDI out, HDMI (version 1.4), two XLR connectors, built-in stereo microphone and twin-lens camera remotes. 

Unlike current 3-D systems, the AG-3DA1 integrates the lenses, camera head and dual Memory Card recorder into a single, lightweight body. The camcorder also incorporates stereoscopic adjustment controls making it easier to use and operate: The twin-lens system allows adjustment of the convergence point, and functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement are also provided.

Right and Left Full HD video streams of the twin-lens camcorder can be recorded and distributed as files on SDHC/SD Memory Cards, ensuring higher reliability than tape, optical disc, HDD or other mechanical-based recording systems. This solid-state, no-moving-parts design will help significantly reduce maintenance costs, and the lightweight build provides the flexibility of handheld shooting. Setup and transportation are also simplified, making the camcorder ideal for sports, documentary and filmmaking projects.

In addition to the camcorder, Panasonic announced the BT-3DL2550, a 25" professional-quality 3-D LCD monitor for field use, and the AG-HMX100, a professional HD digital AV mixer for live 3-D event production. Panasonic is committed to offering professional production equipment for efficiently creating 3-D content so consumers can enjoy 3-D video using Panasonic 3-D home-theater systems.

The AG-3DA1 has a suggested retail price of $21,000.

contact info:  
pro-av.panasonic.net
Band Pro Announces Mystery Primes

During its annual One World on HD event, Band Pro Film and Digital introduced a new brand of ultra-high performance PL-mount prime lenses designed to deliver optical performance for true 4K imaging and beyond.

Called Mystery Primes, the T1.4 lenses will eventually total 15 different focal lengths; the core set of lenses, scheduled to begin delivery in June, will comprise 16, 18, 21, 25, 35, 40, 50, 65, 75 and 100mm focal lengths. The entire set features unified distance focus scales, common size and location of focus and iris rings, and a 95mm threaded lens front, all of which allow for quick interchange of lenses in a busy production environment. Additionally, the rear of the PL mount features an integrated threaded net ring.

“A unique use of aspheric technology and cutting-edge mechanical cine-lens design provides the Mystery Primes with unmatched evenness of illumination across the entire 35mm frame and into the corners with no discernible breathing,” says ASC associate member Michael Bravin, Band Pro’s chief technologist. “Suppression of color fringing into the farthest corners of the frame is superior to any lenses I have ever seen.”

Designed to be lightweight yet rugged on the set, the mount and lens barrel are manufactured using lightweight high-strength titanium materials; a typical Mystery Prime weighs just 3 pounds.

The first 25 sets of lenses will be delivered to Otto Nemenz International, whose experienced team provided invaluable user input from the beginning of the design process.

contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
Manfrotto Intros 504HD Fluid Head

Manfrotto has unveiled the 504HD fluid head, which boasts an increased load capacity resulting from the company’s patented Bridging Technology.

Thanks to the 504HD’s bridge design, the pan friction control is intuitive, easy to set and protected against knocks. Movement around the pan and tilt axes is smoothed by ball-bearing units, which remove all unwanted vibration regardless of operating temperature. Furthermore, friction control combines with a step counterbalance system that covers the full weight range to allow the 504HD to be fine-tuned with extreme precision for the exact in-shot movement needed. The head’s Fluid Drag System (FDS) is variable and directly controls action and resistance on both axes; the ergonomic controls have been noticeably improved to make using the FDS even easier.

The 504HD supports kits weighing up to 16.5 pounds, and two 3⁄8" threads on the top plate allow accessories — such as monitors and arms — to be fitted directly to the head, eliminating the need for extra clamps, saving setup time and freeing the video camera’s hot shoe.

contact info:  
www.manfrotto.com
OConnor Debuts Accessory Line

Fluid head innovator OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has announced a line of professional camera accessories engineered to fulfill the needs of today’s high-end cinematography.

“For 60 years, OConnor fluid heads and tripods have been valued tools for the art of movie making,” says Bob Carr, president of the Vitec Group business unit Camera Dynamics Inc. “The new accessory line continues the OConnor tradition of supporting the cinematographer’s art with industry-leading engineering and craftsmanship, tailored to the rapidly changing landscape of new cameras.” 

To ensure these new tools meet OConnor’s high standards, the company has chosen Jim Elias to head the design team; Elias brings extensive experience as a camera assistant to the engineering process. Another film-industry veteran, Eric J. Johnston, has been appointed product specialist; Eric is already interfacing with working camera people to get on-the-set feedback and integrate their needs into the product designs.

The first OConnor camera accessory is a completely modular cine-style follow-focus system. The compact and low-profile unit enables quick, tool-free mounting on standard rod systems. The follow focus is compatible with all standard follow-focus accessories and driver gears, and it integrates elegantly with all camera and lens systems in use. Further products in the range will be announced as they are released.

As with the entire OConnor family, the camera accessories are backed by the company’s expert customer support and service departments. According to Carr, “Because the new follow focus is designed for modular versatility and compatibility with other systems, the smartly priced system should be extremely popular with rental houses and users who own a number of different camera and lens combinations.”

The OConnor cine-style follow focus is scheduled to begin delivery this month.

contact info:  
www.ocon.com
Gekko Highlights Kezia LEDs

Gekko Technology has introduced two major additions to its range of LED lighting systems. The Kezia 50 and Kezia 200 are hard-sourced LED luminaires based on Gekko’s kleer-color light engine, with variants for film, television and entertainment.

“The Kezia 50 and 200 offer film and television lighting directors and cameramen precise, tuneable whites and dimming under local or DMX control,” explains David Amphlett, managing director of Gekko Technology. “As well as tuneable whites in the 2900° to 6500°K range, the entertainment version can also produce millions of other colors. The capacity of the lamp to generate high quality whites reduces the need for multiple sources with different capabilities.”

The Kezia 50 is comparable in output brightness to a 250-watt tungsten Fresnel lamp head, yet it consumes only 50 watts of electrical power. The Kezia 200 boasts a brightness similar to a 1K tungsten source while consuming only 190 watts of power. The fixtures also generate far less heat than traditional fixtures, and both use unique color-feedback technology to ensure consistent color-temperature quality as ambient conditions change or the unit ages. Color temperature accuracy also remains constant as the fixtures are dimmed. 

contact info:  
www.gekkotechnology.com
Offset Mitchell Levelers from GFM

Grip Factory Munich has introduced a standard Mitchell 3-Way Leveler as well as a range of Offset Euro-to-Mitchell Arms, which are available with 3- or 4-Way Levelers. The strong, long-lasting, surface-hardened camera mounts are machined from high-grade aluminum, and they can be used with most standard dollies or as standalone units. Additionally, GFM’s Offset Euro-to-Euro Brackets and Extension Tubes allow users to add height and angle adjustability, further increasing the possibilities.

contact info:  
www.g-f-m.net
Tangohead Enables 3-D Production

Tangohead, a supplier of camera support equipment for the film and video industry, has introduced the 3D Stereo Tango universal beam-splitter rig for 3-D productions.

Made of custom-molded carbon fiber, the 3D Stereo Tango provides precise control over the alignment of left- and right-eye cameras being used to record stereoscopic images. Each camera is adjustable on its optical axis and at the intersection point of the optical axes on the beam splitter. Interocular adjustments (from 0 to 90mm) are motorized and interface with standard wireless lens-control systems such as Arri, Cmotion, Scorpio and Preston. Convergence adjustments can be motorized or made manually.

The 50/50 beam splitter is fixed at 45 degrees, and the left- and right-eye cameras are independently adjustable over six axes: tilt, roll, convergence, side-to-side, up-and-down and front-to-back. Assisted by a digital protractor and custom PL-mounted twin-laser boresights, camera alignments are fast, smooth, precise and repeatable. Each alignment is individually locked, preventing drifting during production, and each is referenced with graduations and indexes. A large and fully adjustable carbon fiber light shield is also provided to control stray light on set.

The camera-agnostic 3D Stereo Tango can accept any film or video camera weighing up to 66 pounds (for a maximum total load weight of 132 pounds). The rig is also compatible with standard Arri accessories, including filter frames, filter retainers, rubber bellows, sliding bridge plates and iris rods, and the rig’s design grants ready access to both cameras at all times. Additionally, multiple mounting points make it easy to attach on-board monitors, transmitters and other accessories.

The 3D Stereo Tango can be mounted on a fluid head, geared head or remote head. The rig is delivered in a custom, sturdy, welded-aluminum travel case with wheels.

contact info:  
www.tangohead.com
Kaczek Visuals Launches Reflect Lighting System

Following a long period of development, evaluation and use on such features as The White Ribbon (shot by Christian Berger, AAC), La Bohème (Walter Kindler, BVK, AAC) and Revanche (Martin Gschlacht, AAC), Kaczek Visuals’ Reflect Lighting System is now on the market.

The RLS is an innovative lighting system for film, television, still photography, stage productions and event presentations. The system is based on reflection; specially designed RLS spotlights are directed onto RLS reflectors, which shape the light and transmit it with minimal loss. The wide selection of reflective surfaces — each available in four different sizes — allow targeted light distribution and offer plenty of leeway when designing the form and structure of the light. A great variety of lighting ambiences or effects can be achieved using the different structures and coatings of the RLS reflectors. The extremely efficient reflective quality (between 85 and 98 percent) enables combined and multiple light redirections.

The best results are achieved with spotlights, such as Kaczek Visuals’ Fred-Beam 70/1200 (1.2K HMI) and the Fred-Beam 40/800 (800-watt HMI), which can be positioned further away from the set, mitigating both noise and temperature. In comparison with conventional lighting equipment, the RLS’ power consumption is considerably lower and leaves the set almost free of equipment and cables; this also minimizes storage space and transportation requirements.

Cinematographer Frédéric-Gérard Kaczek, AAC has also developed carrying bags and a set of lightweight magnetic holders (the MagNeck and the MagBall), which allow fast changing and accurate positioning of the reflectors while providing the required rigidity.

contact info:  
www.kaczekvisuals.com