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December 2013
Codex Expands Workflow Solutions

Codex has introduced an array of workflow products, including the Codex Review, Vault 2 and Data Logger One.

Nila Lights up Zaila

Nila, Inc., a provider of environmentally sustainable LED lighting fixtures, has released the Zaila portable and compact LED.

Vantage Opens up T1 Primes

Vantage Film, manufacturer of Hawk anamorphic lenses, has introduced its first line of spherical primes, the Vantage One lenses.

Canon Partners with AbelCine for Cinema Lens Service

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced that U.S.-based motion-picture equipment and service provider AbelCine is the first to join Canon’s Cinema Lens Service Partner Program.

GoPro Upgrades Hero Line

GoPro has released the Hero3+ line of cameras, which feature a 20-percent smaller and lighter design and 30-percent better battery life than previous GoPro models.

SanDisk Speeds Recording with CFast 2.0

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has introduced the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography.

Matthews Slides Cameras

Matthews Studio Equipment, a manufacturer of specialized supports for the entertainment industry, has introduced the sturdy, lightweight MatthewsSlider, which features an open-frame construction.

Zacuto Introduces Axis

Zacuto has introduced the Axis, an adjustable, universal electronic-viewfinder mount designed to work with any camera.

Campilots Flies Colibri

Campilots, the company co-founded by cinematographers Volker Tittel, BVK and Holger Fleig, BVK (pictured), has introduced the Colibri Brushless Gimbal, a three-axis stabilizing platform for handheld operating.

Mac Group Supports Benro S6 Monopod

Benro has released the S6 Video Monopod, a three-leg folding-base monopod com-bined with Benro’s S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity.

Wooden Camera Powers C-Box

Wooden Camera has introduced the C-Box, a single-input four-output HD-SDI distribution amplifier.

Ianiro Travels with Gulliver LED

Ianiro International has unveiled the Gulliver LED, a portable and fully dimmable 40-watt unit that is available in AC and DC versions.

SGO Accelerates Compositing with Mamba FX

SGO has introduced the Windows-based Mamba FX compositing software, which is available for a wide variety of PC configurations.


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Codex Expands Workflow Solutions

Codex has introduced an array of workflow products, including the Codex Review, Vault 2 and Data Logger One.

The Codex Vault 2 facilitates extremely fast transfers of camera originals, enabling users to create on-set safety copies, archive to LTO tape with automated production management, QC image and metadata, and review all media. Vault 2 also incorporates powerful look-management features, and provides a simple, streamlined workflow for Red, Sony, Arri and Canon cameras.

Recognizing the need for on- or near-set playback, the Codex Review allows for playback of digital camera originals directly through the Codex Vault for QC and review on a calibrated monitor. Review contains a full color pipeline and is ACES-compliant. A control surface enables easy panning and zooming for thorough QC examination, and an intuitive user interface with a sophisticated timeline allows users to flag issues and generate reports.

The Data Logger One is a single-channel serial data recorder that can be mounted on a camera rod. The unit can capture metadata — including focus distance, depth of field, focal zoom position, inertial, GPS and iris settings — directly from a number of devices, including Preston FI+Z controllers and Cooke /i lenses.

The company has also introduced the Codex Production Server and Backbone. Based on the proven technology of the Codex Vault, the Production Server is a repository for all digital files and metadata generated during principal photography. By using the Production Server in tandem with the Backbone — which enables users to take advantage of the cloud — projects can be run in remote locations while linking to production, visual-effects vendors and other post companies, so that critical information is immediately available to those who need it.

Codex has worked with leading pipeline provider Shotgun Software during the development of the Backbone and Production Server. The Production Server can host the Shotgun Server and can serve as the delivery mechanism for visual-effects plate pulls and transcodes, as well as managing the creation of bid packages and the submission of shots.

“No matter what the budget, the transition from film to digital production provides enormous opportunities for automating and putting control of all of the digital data and metadata in the hands of production, where it can be accessed and utilized easily and quickly,” says ASC associate Marc Dando, managing director for Codex. “Both Codex and Shotgun Software have firsthand knowledge of managing digital productions and we will continue to provide cost-effective tools that will facilitate and optimize production in this critical transition period.”

contact info:

 
www.codexdigital.com
Nila Lights up Zaila

Nila, Inc., a provider of environmentally sustainable LED lighting fixtures, has released the Zaila portable and compact LED. The Zaila provides a high amount of light in a very small form factor while offering all of the features found in other Nila lights, such as on-board, DMX controllable dimming; holographic lenses; AC/DC input; barn doors; and a robust design.

Zaila provides the light output of a 200-watt HMI (or a 350 watt with the tungsten replacement option) while only drawing 45 watts of power. It features instant on, a 10-18-volt DC or 90-250-volt AC input, and conductive cooling. It is also DMX controllable. 

The Zaila promises reliability with color accuracy from fixture to fixture, stable color through the entire dimming range, and flicker-free operation at any speed up to 1,500 fps. It uses long-life LEDs, and features a built-in Chimera mount and a two-year limited warranty.

The Zaila Deluxe Kit retails for $999 and comes in a 5"x5"x5" housing that weighs less than 5 pounds.

contact info:

 
www.nila.tv
Vantage Opens up T1 Primes

Vantage Film, manufacturer of Hawk anamorphic lenses, has introduced its first line of spherical primes, the Vantage One lenses. Comprising 17.5mm, 21mm, 25mm, 32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 90mm and 120mm lenses, each prime in the Vantage One line boasts super close-focus optics and a wide-open aperture of T1.

The Vantage One lenses are grounded in an understanding of the history of lens design, an awareness of the industry’s fast-changing technological environment, and informative conversations with cinematographers. With modern light-sensitive digital sensors in mind, Vantage One lenses are designed to deliver a flawless look at T2, T2.8 and T4; at T1, the Vantage One lenses lend the image a subtle creaminess perfect for skin tones.

Vantage One lenses will be offered in two versions, one with the regular lens coatings, and the other — marked with a distinctive red ring — with certain uncoated optical elements, which results in additional flaring and lower contrast.

The Vantage One primes feature all the durable, dependable mechanics and robust con-struction that cinematographers have come to expect from Vantage’s Hawk anamorphics. All of the lenses in the Vantage One line weigh between 3.3 and 6.2 pounds and feature a front diameter between 110mm and 150mm, and an overall length between 126mm and 174mm. The lenses can be covered by 4"x5.65" filters.

contact info:

 
www.vantagefilm.com
Canon Partners with AbelCine for Cinema Lens Service

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has announced that U.S.-based motion-picture equipment and service provider AbelCine is the first to join Canon’s Cinema Lens Service Partner Program.

As a partner, AbelCine joins Canon’s existing factory service facility network in providing comprehensive service and support to users of Canon’s EF- and PL-mount Cinema Lenses. AbelCine will be authorized to provide warranty repair, non-warranty repair and preventative maintenance on the full line of Canon EF- and PL-mount Cinema Lenses. AbelCine technicians will be qualified to perform detailed function checks on all Canon Cinema prime and zoom lenses, including diagnosis of issues, as well as lens disassembly, maintenance, adjustment and cleaning.

“Canon prides itself on providing first-class service and customer support for professional clients,” says Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “We understand that our commitment to our loyal customers only begins at the point of sale. Our new Cinema Lens Service Partner program looks to identify and align us with those organizations that match our own commitment to service and reliability. We are happy to welcome AbelCine as our first partner in this new program.”

AbelCine’s New York City and Burbank locations will begin offering Canon Cinema Lens Service by the end of the year.

contact info:

 
www.usa.canon.com
www.abelcine.com
GoPro Upgrades Hero Line

GoPro has released the Hero3+ line of cameras, which feature a 20-percent smaller and lighter design and 30-percent better battery life than previous GoPro models. These upgrades combine with an improved lens and convenient new video-capture modes to produce the most advanced and easy-to-use GoPro yet.

The Hero3+ Black Edition features four-times faster Wi-Fi for quicker transfer and playback of photos and videos from the Hero3+ camera to a mobile device when using the GoPro App. It also offers SuperView, a new wide-angle perspective video mode, as well as Auto Low Light mode for varying lighting conditions.

The Hero3+ Silver Edition offers a two-times faster image processor than its predecessor. It enables 1080p60 and 720p120 fps video, features a smaller and lighter housing, and is waterproof up to 40m. The 3+ Silver also offers the same faster Wi-Fi as the Black Edition.

GoPro has also announced several mounting accessories. The Jaws Flex Clamp Mount features an optional opposable neck to achieve a wide range of camera positioning and adjustability as well as secure-grip jaws for clamping to irregular shapes and super-slim objects. The Junior Chest Harness is a smaller version of the adult-sized chest harness, ideal for children 3 years and older. Additionally, the QuickClip, which now comes bundled with GoPro’s Headstrap, enables ultra-compact, low-profile mounting to baseball hats, belts and other objects ranging in thickness from 3mm to 10mm.

GoPro has also updated its Studio 2.0 editing software with storyboard-based video-editing software for Windows or Mac and GoPro Edit Templates to create professional-looking videos based on edits originally produced by GoPro’s production team.

contact info:

 
www.gopro.com
SanDisk Speeds Recording with CFast 2.0

SanDisk Corporation, a provider of flash memory storage solutions, has introduced the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card, designed for professional broadcast, cinematography and next-generation professional photography. The 120GB memory card features read speeds of up to 450MB/s for maximum workflow efficiency, and write speeds up to 350MB/s for faster recording performance.

“With the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 card, we are enabling a next-generation card format to meet the needs of high-end professional cinematographers,” says Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “These cards will enable new digital solutions for professional filmmakers looking to embrace technologies such as high-quality 4K video.”

Arri will be the first to implement CFast 2.0 as recording media in a camera. The documentary-style Arri Amira will record to in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, and Alexa XT camera users will be able to use a new CFast 2.0 adapter, allowing Alexa XT cameras, as well as Alexa Classic cameras upgraded with the XR Module, to do the same.

“SanDisk’s new SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards deliver tremendous performance, allowing professionals to record ProRes 4:4:4:4 [at] up to 200 fps with Amira, and up to 120 fps with Alexa XT/XR cameras, on cost-effective recording media,” says Stephan Schenk, general manager of Arri’s camera and DI systems business unit.

Canon is also a supporter of the CFast 2.0 standard. “With extremely fast performance, CFast 2.0 memory cards will enable us to develop next-generation cameras with more powerful features, enabling future 4K Ultra HD video recording capability,” says Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive of image communication product operations at Canon.

The SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 cards are created to withstand real-world exposure to temperature, shock and vibration, and include a pinless design, which lessens the chance of damaging the card or camera while changing cards. Each card will be marked with a unique individual serialization number that can be registered with SanDisk Pro Care Customer Support.

Also available is the SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 Reader/Writer. Small enough for field work, the reader is built to handle the high performance demands of CFast 2.0 technology and increase workflow efficiency with support for USB 3.0 interface transfer speeds up to 500MB/s.

contact info:

 
www.sandisk.com
Matthews Slides Cameras

Matthews Studio Equipment, a manufacturer of specialized supports for the entertainment industry, has introduced the sturdy, lightweight MatthewsSlider, which features an open-frame construction.

“We at Matthews pride ourselves in listening to the industry and filling the needs we hear from those in the field,” says Robert Kulesh, vice president of sales and marketing for MSE. “Recently, we came to understand that shooters were in need of a simple but multi-faceted slider for everything from the smallest cameras to a 175-pound load.”

The MatthewsSlider is low-maintenance and field-adjustable with only a few basic tools. It can work upside-down for low-angle shots and support more than one carriage at a time for A-and-B-camera shots. The slider has a positive lock at 90 degrees when in use on most dollies.

The MatthewsSlider comes in three basic sizes, 29", 35" and 45", but it is also available in custom lengths in 4.75" increments between cross members up to 12'. Each foot/track adds approximately 3 pounds.

contact info:

 
www.msegrip.com
Zacuto Introduces Axis

Zacuto has introduced the Axis, an adjustable, universal electronic-viewfinder mount designed to work with any camera. The Axis can be swung far forward for a compact shoulder-mounted rig, it can be extended rearward and act as a tripod leveler, or it can be positioned anywhere in between for high-mode, low-mode, dolly, handheld and tripod shots.

The Axis’ three pivoting points are controlled independently by red tension levers, which allow users to dial in the exact amount of tension on each segment. The Axis attaches to the camera via other Zacuto accessories such as a Z-Rail, Half Cage or other Z-Rail accessories; it is also compatible with rails from Nato, Swat, Red, Picatinny and Wooden Camera. The Axis can be installed and packed away in seconds.

contact info:

 
www.zacuto.com
Campilots Flies Colibri

Campilots, the company co-founded by cinematographers Volker Tittel, BVK and Holger Fleig, BVK (pictured), has introduced the Colibri Brushless Gimbal, a three-axis stabilizing platform for handheld operating. Designed in cooperation with Dieter Wurster, the Calibri enables perfectly stabilized movement in a variety of shooting situations with cameras up to the size of a Red Epic.

The lightweight Colibri incorporates two motors for each axis — six motors in total — to provide the necessary power to smoothly move the weight of a fully rigged Epic; even with the six motors, the Colibri operates with absolutely no noise. Additionally, Bluetooth modules allow the stabilizer to be configured via PC.

contact info:

 
www.campilots.com
Mac Group Supports Benro S6 Monopod

Benro has released the S6 Video Monopod, a three-leg folding-base monopod com-bined with Benro’s S6 Video Head for increased weight capacity.

Designed for the run-and-gun videographer who requires mobility, the Benro video monopod series provides solid support, flexibility and portability. The heavy-duty S6 Video Monopod features a three-leg base with pan cartridge for smooth and stable shots along with reverse folding legs for compact travel. The system provides a 13.2-pound payload capacity as well as a four-step counterbalance for working with heavier cameras and longer lenses. The S6 head also includes an independent pan lock, which allows the user to pan smoothly without having to turn the entire monopod, and is equipped with a 65mm flat base with a 3⁄8" thread. The S6 video head can be removed from the monopod to allow users to mount the head separately on sliders, jibs or half-ball adapters.

Other features of the S6 monopod and S6 head include independent tilt lock, a +90/-75 tilt range and a 501PL compatible QR6 plate. The S6 reaches a maximum height of 70" and a minimum height of 27.8".

Pairing the proper video head, monopod and travel case, each Benro Video Monopod Kit is based on an eighth-generation design of single leg, aluminum alloy tubes. The Benro S6 Video Monopod is available now in both flip leg lock and twist leg lock.

Benro products are distributed in the U.S. by Mac Group.

contact info:

 
www.macgroupus.com
Wooden Camera Powers C-Box

Wooden Camera has introduced the C-Box, a single-input four-output HD-SDI distribution amplifier. Each output is independently re-clocked and carries the same signal strength as the original. LED indicators are located on the operator’s side to show the status of power and signal.

The C-Box can accept between 8-20-volt DC and is available in three configurations: C-Box (D-Tap) attaches between a mounting plate and Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate, and draws power from a D-Tap plug; C-Box (V-Mount) attaches between a V-Mount and battery, power is taken internally, and Red data protocol — if present — is passed through to camera; and C-Box (Gold Mount) attaches between a Gold Mount and battery, and power is taken internally.

contact info:

 
www.woodencamera.com
Ianiro Travels with Gulliver LED

Ianiro International has unveiled the Gulliver LED, a portable and fully dimmable 40-watt unit that is available in AC and DC versions.

“With this new unit, we have delivered a product that does not fall into the usual LED traps,” says Nick Allen-Miles, of Ianiro International. “It’s designed to perform to a high level over its entire lifespan and to maintain a consistent output throughout a shoot, with no change in color response.”

The Gulliver LED is designed for use in small studios and on location. Lightweight and durable, it is ideal for news and documentary reporters. The Gulliver’s aluminum casing incorporates near-invisible vents throughout, to keep temperature stable and facilitate heat dispersion. Additionally, the fixture’s mirrors are printed on ultra-pure time-tested aluminum, and a special diffusing finish provides the right light balance between softness and high luminance.

“Because of our precise LED arrays and custom-designed heat sinks, the dreaded color shift is not an issue,” says Allen-Miles. “These factors, plus LED bulb quality, means that the unit has excellent heat dissipation. This makes a real difference compared to standard products.”

contact info:

 
www.ianirouk.com
SGO Accelerates Compositing with Mamba FX

SGO has introduced the Windows-based Mamba FX compositing software, which is available for a wide variety of PC configurations. Mamba FX equips users with an entire visual-effects suite, with tools for keying, tracking, painting and restoration. Utilizing an intuitive node-based graphic interface, the software boasts unlimited compositing layers and effects; the software’s compositing “trees” also generate plain text files that describe the chain of processes that are scripted and manipulated to automate functions and workflows.

Like SGO’s Mistika color-grading and post solution, Mamba FX takes advantage of Nvidia GPU graphics boards to allow for real-time construction and review of effects and incredibly fast processing. Additionally, Mamba FX is completely open in terms of file structure, allowing it to be easily integrated into an existing workflow. Effects created within Mamba FX are completely compatible with SGO’s Mistika systems; Mistika can provide conforming, high-end finishing, grading and client-review facilities while numerous Mamba FX systems can share Mistika’s storage and file system for a fully integrated pipeline. At additional cost, Mamba FX can also run other SGO feature options, such as the company’s Stereo 3D toolset and DCP Creation.

contact info:

 
www.sgo.es