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February 2009
Kuro Loft Opens Doors
The Pioneer South Coast Plaza retail store has partnered with MediaMation, Inc. to open the Kuro Loft. Designed to be a home-entertainment playground for Hollywood’s creative industry, the Loft showcases today’s advanced display technologies.
Panavision Adds Phantom to Rentals
Panavision has announced an agreement with Abel Cine Tech and Vision Research for acquisition of Phantom HD high-speed digital cameras.
EX3 Gets Pro35 Adapter
P+S Technik has introduced a 1/2" Pro35 lens adapter designed specifically for Sony’s PMW-EX3 camcorder, offering users the ability to use professional PL-mount 35mm cinema lenses with the EX3’s B4 mount. 
Clairmont Renting v3 MOE Lenses
Clairmont Camera is now renting Vision III Imaging’s v3 MOE (Moving Optical Element) lenses.
Redrock Micro Offers dSLR Kits
Capitalizing on the high-quality video afforded by a number of digital SLR cameras, Redrock Micro now offers a variety of accessories designed to transform the cameras into production-ready cinema solutions.
Egripment Extends Crane Line
Egripment Support Systems has expanded its product line with the TDT and Scanner Elite crane systems.
Telescopic Introduces Techno-Jib 24
North Hollywood-based Telescopic LLC has introduced the Techno-Jib 24 telescoping jib arm. The device can instantly extend or retract, enabling innovative shots otherwise achievable only with a telescoping crane.
Panasonic Unveils Portable Recorder
Panasonic has introduced the solid-state AG-HPG20 P2 Portable recorder/player, which supports the 10-bit AVC-Intra codec as well as formats ranging from DVCPro HD to DV and serves as a master-quality deck for fast file-based recording. 
Alan Gordon Expands Line
Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. has expanded its product line with battery blocks designed for use with both film and HD camera systems. 
Red Apple StudioCruzer Makes Debut
CaseCruzer has introduced the Red Apple StudioCruzer, a carry-on case designed to protect a Red One camera and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop.
Ikan Unveils LCD Monitor
Ikan’s V8000HDMI 8" on-camera HD monitor features a widescreen LCD panel and a number of input options, including HDMI, component, S-Video and composite. 
Christie Projects Brilliant3D
Christie, a leader in digital cinema projection, has unveiled its Brilliant3D technology, enabling 3-D content to be projected in full 2K resolution for digital cinema projectors utilizing 1.2" DMD chips from Texas Instruments. Christie’s new technology provides 33 percent more brightness for 3-D content and uses only a single lens system.
HDCameraGuide.com Launches
HDCameraGuide.com is now online, featuring exclusive video interviews, product introduction videos, a video-rich Learning Center, an Interactive Lens Selector and much more. The site will also work with manufacturers to produce product demonstrations and instructional videos.
Knoll Light Factory Plugs into CS4
Digital Anarchy has announced the full compatibility of its popular Knoll Light Factory plug-in with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64). Version 3.0.2 of the Knoll plug-in, which enhances the lighting in Photoshop images to produce dramatic or natural effects, takes advantage of the faster performance and better memory handling of Vista x64.
Digieffects Simulates Camera, Projection Artifacts
Digieffects is shipping Simulate: Camera, a plug-in package offering a specialized collection of effects for mimicking camera and projection artifacts within Adobe CS4 and Apple Final Cut Pro 6.
B&G Adds Budget Forms Pro
B&G Designs has added Budget Forms Pro to its line of production software. Designed for budgeting shorts, features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and more, Budget Forms Pro comprises budgeting templates compatible with any version of Microsoft Excel.
Cine-tal Announces Authorized Service Centers
In an effort to provide high-quality, around-the-clock customer support for its line of image processing, color management and display solutions, Cine-tal Systems has launched an international network of authorized service centers.
Sachtler Ships Upgraded FSB Cell
Following testing by product developers and selected users, Sachtler’s FSB Cell battery for MiniDV and HDV cameras has been optimized and is now shipping. 
Schneider Introduces Tru-Cut IR-750 Filter
Responding to HD cameras’ high sensitivity to light in the infrared spectrum, Schneider Optics has introduced the Tru-Cut IR-750 filter, designed to eliminate IR light before it reaches the camera’s sensor; use of the filter results in more vibrant colors and truer blacks from both CCD and CMOS sensors.
Vicon Adds T10
Vicon has added the T10 to its recently introduced MX T-Series motion-capture cameras. 
Alan Gordon Offering Engraved Scene Slates
Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. now offers two styles of engraved scene slates. 

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Kuro Loft Opens Doors

The Pioneer South Coast Plaza retail store has partnered with MediaMation, Inc. to open the Kuro Loft. Designed to be a home-entertainment playground for Hollywood’s creative industry, the Loft showcases today’s advanced display technologies.

The entrance welcomes visitors with Pioneer’s high-end music system, the X-Z9, an iPod/USB/MP3 sound system that upconverts compressed audio into full dynamic sound. Moving deeper into the space, visitors pass through the Pioneer Hallway, which marks the historical evolution of Pioneer’s plasma televisions from the world’s first 50" 1080p plasma (Elite Pro-FHD1) to the first generation of Kuro.

The main area of the Kuro Loft is the TV Taste Test, which allows visitors to compare their choice of HD content (cable, Blu-ray, video games, etc.) distributed to six 50" flat-panel displays from Pioneer, Sony, Samsung and Panasonic. These screens are mounted on a custom-made exhibit wall and are controlled by a central equipment rack housed inside this stand.

The final section of the Kuro Loft is the Ultimate Kuro Living Room, a home theater consisting of best-in-class audio and video products to accompany the award-winning Kuro television.

The Kuro Loft is available by appointment only. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.kuroloft.com.

contact info:  
www.kuroloft.com
Panavision Adds Phantom to Rentals

Panavision has announced an agreement with Abel Cine Tech and Vision Research for acquisition of Phantom HD high-speed digital cameras. The contract makes Phantom HD cameras and custom accessories available for rent in a complete Panavised package along with Panavision’s inventory of optics, including anamorphic lenses. Abel Cine Tech, the exclusive North American agent for Vision Research’s Phantom HD and 65, supplies the camera systems, technical support and training to Panavision. 

Peter Abel, president of Abel Cine Tech, notes, “Our strategic relationship with Panavision moves Phantom HD into an arena we have eagerly sought since the camera’s inception. With their experience and unique position in the market, we couldn’t hope for a more accomplished partner than Panavision to make this objective a reality.”

Each Panavised Phantom HD camera system will include two new products, the 512 GB CineMag flash storage magazine and the CineStation download station. These products speed production and enhance workflow both on and off the set. Panavision is the first to supply this full system (two CineMags and one CineStation) to each Phantom HD package.

contact info:  
www.panavision.com
www.abelcine.com
www.visionresearch.com
EX3 Gets Pro35 Adapter

P+S Technik has introduced a 1/2" Pro35 lens adapter designed specifically for Sony’s PMW-EX3 camcorder, offering users the ability to use professional PL-mount 35mm cinema lenses with the EX3’s B4 mount. With the adapter, users can enjoy the same depth of field, focal lengths and angles of view found in 35mm film cameras. ZGC, Inc., the exclusive North American distributor for P+S Technik, offers the1/2" Pro35 in a package that also includes a support kit with bridge, two extension handles, two regular handles and a battery.

P+S Technik recently received a GTC Award for it Pro35 family of image converters.
contact info:  
www.pstechnik.de
www.zgc.com
Clairmont Renting v3 MOE Lenses

Clairmont Camera is now renting Vision III Imaging’s v3 MOE (Moving Optical Element) lenses. Available in 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm focal lengths, the lenses capture different points of view relative to the plane of focus, thereby adding realism, depth and shape to scenes and subjects.

Compatible with any industry-standard PL-mount film or digital camera, the lenses incorporate patented v3 parallax scanning technology. The lens iris rotates in a simple circle, with the amplitude (distance off center) and frequency (cycles per second) adjustable by the camera operator. (The normal frequency for shooting at 24 fps is 4.3 cycles per second; this can easily be adjusted for off-speed shooting.)

Clairmont’s rental package also includes the lens controller and cabling.

contact info:  
www.clairmont.com
www.inv3.com
Redrock Micro Offers dSLR Kits

Capitalizing on the high-quality video afforded by a number of digital SLR cameras, Redrock Micro now offers a variety of accessories designed to transform the cameras into production-ready cinema solutions.

Redrock Micro’s dSLR accessory line includes a 15mm support system, a follow-focus with 35mm lens gearing for accurate and repeatable focusing, a swing-away mattebox for light management and easy lens changes, a shoulder mount and handgrips for steady handheld use, and a support cage for enhanced stability and low-angle shots. The accessories are available in a dSLR Cinema Bundle or a dSLR Field Cinema Bundle; Redrock’s modular design allows users to add more pieces as they see fit. 
contact info:  
www.redrockmicro.com
Egripment Extends Crane Line

Egripment Support Systems has expanded its product line with the TDT and Scanner Elite crane systems.

The TDT Remote Crane System combines a lightweight remote camera crane and remote head in a single product. Portions of the remote head are built into the front section of the arm, and the controls at the back of the crane are built as a part of the weight bucket. The system is available in 20' (TDT 6) and 30' (TDT 9) configurations, each of which can support up to a 44-pound load.

The Scanner Elite is Egripment’s follow-up to the successful Scanner System, which was introduced in 1997. The Elite is longer (21'), reaches higher (24') and carries a larger payload (up to 100 pounds) than the original Scanner. Nevertheless, the Scanner Elite remains a compact crane system that can be operated either by one person handling all controls at the rear of the arm or by two people, with separate crane and camera operators.

contact info:  
www.egripment.com
Telescopic Introduces Techno-Jib 24

North Hollywood-based Telescopic LLC has introduced the Techno-Jib 24 telescoping jib arm. The device can instantly extend or retract, enabling innovative shots otherwise achievable only with a telescoping crane.

A single operator can control diverse camera movements and operations (including zoom and focus as well as telescoping the jib arm) through a customizable user interface. Controls and a viewing monitor mount easily on either side of the arm and can be positioned for optimal viewing and user convenience. The Techno-Jib can also be fitted with a remote head for operation with conventional hand wheels.

The Techno-Jib 24 extends from a minimum reach of 9' to a maximum of 24'. The arm travels at speeds of up to 5' per second, and a soft-stop feature guarantees an automatic smooth stop every time. Units come standard with a Mitchell-mount adapter and can easily accommodate most remote heads in either an under- or over-slung configuration. Adjustable weights ensure jib arm balance with all popular head/camera combinations. A smaller version — the Techno-Jib 15, with a maximum reach of 16' — is also available.

contact info:  
www.telescopicjib.com
Panasonic Unveils Portable Recorder

Panasonic has introduced the solid-state AG-HPG20 P2 Portable recorder/player, which supports the 10-bit AVC-Intra codec as well as formats ranging from DVCPro HD to DV and serves as a master-quality deck for fast file-based recording. 

The HPG20 allows users to play and review P2 cards on its 3.5" LCD screen, manage clip files and metadata, record content from a wide range of cameras via its HD-SDI input, and back-up data onto hard disk drives. Featuring two P2 card slots, the HPG20’s solid-state design holds up to the demands of field operation while weighing only 2.5 pounds.

Recording and playback formats supported by the HPG20 include 1080/60i, 1080/50i, 720/60p and 720/50p in AVC-Intra and DVCPro HD 4:2:2; and 480/60i and 576/50i in DVCPro 50, DVCPro and DV. The unit plays back content automatically, with no need to change settings, and can operate in 50Hz or 60Hz. For added versatility, the HPG20 supports up-, down- and cross-conversion for HD or SD transmission. It also allows “confidence playback” from P2 files stored on a hard disk drive.

The unit’s HD/SD-SDI and IEEE 1394 input interfaces open the door for a variety of applications in HD or SD production and allow the HPG20 to be paired with a wide range of tape-based and solid-state cameras and camcorders from multiple manufacturers. Additionally, the recorder can play back to large HD production monitors or transfer uncompressed content to HD-SDI-equipped decks and storage networks. When connected to a laptop’s IEEE 1394 output, the unit serves as a transcoder to HD-SDI-equipped monitors for full real-time playback from the timeline.

In addition to viewing recorded files in a thumbnail view, users can copy or transfer select clips from one P2 card to another, copy selected clips from a hard disk drive onto a P2 card, edit a clip’s metadata and save a text memo to individual clips when recording or previewing. P2 cards can also be hot-swapped for continuous recording.

Other features include an SD card slot for loading metadata or saving user files, and helpful recording functions like a waveform/vectorscope display, loop record and auto record commands that accompany the HD-SDI signal. Internal speaker and headphone (M3 mini) jacks are also included.

contact info:  
www.panasonic.com/broadcast
Alan Gordon Expands Line

Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. has expanded its product line with battery blocks designed for use with both film and HD camera systems. The Triton Cine HD Battery Block 15 AHR uses nickel metal hydride cells, and the TritonBelt Battery Belt and Cadblock Battery both use NICAD cells. Compatible with any of the standard connections currently used in the industry, the batteries are available in 12-, 14.4-, 26-, 28.8- and 30-volt configurations.

The batteries’ smart technology incorporates built-in microprocessors, which manage battery efficiency and provide charge termination, voltage cut-off and an easy-to-read fuel gauge.

The battery blocks are manufactured in the company’s Hollywood facility.

contact info:  
www.alangordon.com
Red Apple StudioCruzer Makes Debut

CaseCruzer has introduced the Red Apple StudioCruzer, a carry-on case designed to protect a Red One camera and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop.

The case’s interior provides a snug fit for the One, with separate, modular cutouts for the body, LED viewfinder and lens. The lid compartment provides a tight wrap for a 15" or 17" MacBook Pro, with a separate cutout for the power supply.

Offering superior mobility over varied terrain, the StudioCruzer features mounted urethane wheels and a 17" retractable extension handle. The case also features side and front carrying handles. Metal reinforced padlock protectors add strength and security, and the case is waterproof, airtight and dustproof, with a neoprene O-ring seal and an automatic purge valve.

Weighing 15 pounds, the Red Apple StudioCruzer measures 22"x14"x9" and comes with an unconditional lifetime warranty. The manufacturer’s recommended price is $320.

contact info:  
www.casecruzer.com
Ikan Unveils LCD Monitor

Ikan’s V8000HDMI 8" on-camera HD monitor features a widescreen LCD panel and a number of input options, including HDMI, component, S-Video and composite. The monitor is capable of displaying images in 1080i, 720p and 480p. Key features of the V8000HDMI include built-in support for various DV battery plates, built-in support for V-mount and AB batteries, safe area guides for 1.78:1 and 1.33:1 aspect ratios, and video pass-through for all analog inputs. 

Ikan also offers the monitor’s earlier incarnation, the V8000HD, in a deluxe kit that includes a hard case for transporting the monitor, a 970 L-series lithium ion battery (capable of powering the V8000HD for over three hours), the ICH-750 battery charger, an AC power adapter, a DC car adapter and a heavy-duty camera mount.
contact info:  
www.ikancorp.com
Christie Projects Brilliant3D

Christie, a leader in digital cinema projection, has unveiled its Brilliant3D technology, enabling 3-D content to be projected in full 2K resolution for digital cinema projectors utilizing 1.2" DMD chips from Texas Instruments. Christie’s new technology provides 33 percent more brightness for 3-D content and uses only a single lens system.

“Brilliant3D will enable ex-hibitors to project 3-D movies onto the largest screens while reducing both lamp and electricity expenses,” says Craig Sholder, vice president of Christie’s Entertainment Solutions. “Christie engineers initiated development of this technology so that audiences would have the most compelling 3-D experience.”

Joseph Peixoto, RealD’s president of worldwide cinema, adds, “This advancement, combined with our RealD XL system, enhances the 3-D experience tremendously. Together, we can fill screens up to 75 feet in width with true triple-flash-capable technology, making 3-D films even brighter and clearer.”

Brilliant3D will be available on Christie’s CP2000-SB, CP2000-XB and CP-2000-ZX 2K DLP Cinema projectors. Christie’s CP2000-M digital cinema projector, based on the .98" DMD chip, will also feature Brilliant3D technology. In addition, Christie has announced a new suite of variable-prime zoom lenses that enable a convenient and cost-effective single-lens solution for 2-D and 3-D content regardless of format.

contact info:  
www.christiedigital.com
HDCameraGuide.com Launches

HDCameraGuide.com is now online, featuring exclusive video interviews, product introduction videos, a video-rich Learning Center, an Interactive Lens Selector and much more. The site will also work with manufacturers to produce product demonstrations and instructional videos.

“There’s a lot of great HD equipment out there, and a wide range of support products, but it’s not always easy to determine what to buy,” says Michael Grotticelli, the Web site’s editor-in-chief. “HDCameraGuide.com is a single-source product-marketing site that connects buyers with manufacturers’ products.”

The site is designed to help users decide which HD camera, lens, battery, tripod, microphone and even teleprompter is best for their requirements. Visitors can also rate cameras according to a five-star system and add comments. There’s even a section on historic cameras that have made their mark on the industry.

contact info:  
www.hdcameraguide.com
Knoll Light Factory Plugs into CS4

Digital Anarchy has announced the full compatibility of its popular Knoll Light Factory plug-in with Adobe Photoshop CS4 and Windows Vista 64-bit (x64). Version 3.0.2 of the Knoll plug-in, which enhances the lighting in Photoshop images to produce dramatic or natural effects, takes advantage of the faster performance and better memory handling of Vista x64.

Features of Knoll Light Factory 3.0.2 for Photoshop CS4 include improved performance, better usability, photo-realistic lighting effects such as lens flares, real-time preview with resize capability, 110 lighting presets, 16-bit color support for better looking glows and gradients, and Mac Intel compatibility. Digital Anarchy’s other Photoshop products have been fully tested to support Photoshop CS4 in both Mac and Windows 32-bit environments, and they will be updated for the Windows 64-bit environment in early 2009. 
contact info:  
www.digitalanarchy.com
Digieffects Simulates Camera, Projection Artifacts

Digieffects is shipping Simulate: Camera, a plug-in package offering a specialized collection of effects for mimicking camera and projection artifacts within Adobe CS4 and Apple Final Cut Pro 6.

Effects featured in Simulate: Camera include Archive, a film-degradation effect; Overexpose, for adding variations in exposure to otherwise stable footage; and Destabilize, useful for emulating camera shake. Additionally, as with all Digieffects software launched since Jan. ’08, Simulate: Camera includes Randomizer and Presets; Randomizer adjusts multiple parameters within the user interface, causing new and unpredictable results, while Presets allows users to move effect parameters between supported host applications. Robert Sharp, president of Digieffects, notes, “These effects, like many of the latest releases and upcoming releases from Digieffects, are designed to be straightforward, affordable, every-day usable staples of visual postproduction.”

Simulate: Camera is available for a recommended price of $99.

contact info:  
www.digieffects.com
B&G Adds Budget Forms Pro

B&G Designs has added Budget Forms Pro to its line of production software. Designed for budgeting shorts, features, commercials, music videos, documentaries and more, Budget Forms Pro comprises budgeting templates compatible with any version of Microsoft Excel.

The Budget Forms Pro CD-Rom contains three different sets of budgeting forms: the film budget, the A.I.C.P. commercial budget and the music-video budget. Each template contains a complete seven-page set of professional budgeting forms covering all areas of production, from prep through post, with a complete line-item breakdown and a top-sheet budget summary. The top-sheet summary features all relevant production information, including the complete budget breakdown and grand total.

Compatible with any size and type of production, Budget Forms Pro can be easily customized for an individual project’s needs. Users can change line-item names and percentage amounts, and add comments and additional information to the top-sheet breakdown.

Budget Forms Pro is available for a suggested price of $129.99. 

contact info:  
www.movieforms.com
Cine-tal Announces Authorized Service Centers

In an effort to provide high-quality, around-the-clock customer support for its line of image processing, color management and display solutions, Cine-tal Systems has launched an international network of authorized service centers. Initially, the network will include three sites staffed by dedicated, factory-trained technicians: Imagica Digix in Tokyo, Japan; Janusz Rupik in Warsaw, Poland; and Cine-tal’s headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. The company plans to add several additional authorized service centers in the coming months located in leading media-production centers worldwide.

“We feel that it is imperative to be able to respond to our customers’ support needs at anytime and anywhere,” says Bob Caldwell, Cine-tal’s director of customer support. “If a client encounters an issue on a Saturday in Tokyo, it can now be resolved through a local source that same day.”

Cine-tal’s authorized service centers will provide both pre- and post-sale customer support. Services range from product demonstrations and customer training to systems repair and technical support. 24-hour emergency support is also available through each location. “Our aim is not only to provide timely response when problems arise, but also to serve as a resource to our customers, helping them to get the most out of our products,” says Caldwell.

contact info:  
www.cine-tal.com
Sachtler Ships Upgraded FSB Cell

Following testing by product developers and selected users, Sachtler’s FSB Cell battery for MiniDV and HDV cameras has been optimized and is now shipping. 

The FSB Cell’s underside is fashioned like a camera plate and can be fastened perfectly onto Sachtler’s FSB fluid heads, ensuring secure locking and handling features; by mounting the battery directly onto the fluid head, the battery’s weight (1.43 pounds) increases stability without adversely influencing camera balance, maintaining smooth and steady pans and tilts.

Depending on the type of camera, the FSB Cell can provide an operating time of up to eight hours. Additional equipment, such as Sachtler’s 8LED on-camera light, can also be powered by the FSB Cell.

contact info:  
www.sachtler.us
Schneider Introduces Tru-Cut IR-750 Filter

Responding to HD cameras’ high sensitivity to light in the infrared spectrum, Schneider Optics has introduced the Tru-Cut IR-750 filter, designed to eliminate IR light before it reaches the camera’s sensor; use of the filter results in more vibrant colors and truer blacks from both CCD and CMOS sensors.

The Tru-Cut IR-750 filter maintains a high MTF (modulation transfer function) in the visible spectrum, and its coating meets or exceeds military standards for durability, making it easy to clean. Like all Schneider professional filters, the Tru-Cut IR-750 is manufactured from crystal-clear, water-white optical glass that is diamond cut, precision ground, and polished to the most exacting tolerances.

Tru-Cut IR-750 filters are available in 4"x4", 4"x5.65", 5"x5", 5.65"x5.65" and 6.6"x6.6" rectangular sizes, plus 138mm, 77mm, 4.5" and Series 9 round sizes.

contact info:  
www.schneideroptics.com
Vicon Adds T10

Vicon has added the T10 to its recently introduced MX T-Series motion-capture cameras. The T10 replaces the MX3+ as Vicon’s entry-level camera, offering 3 times the resolution along with faster performance, 3-D on-board tracking, backwards compatibility and new high-powered strobes that increase camera range and detail.

The T10 is a 1-megapixel camera that enables users to capture finer details in larger volumes, and with GigE Ethernet, data streaming is 10 times faster than with the previous MX3 system. “The new T10 camera delivers a robust motion-capture solution for body or facial performance that is very easy to set up and use,” says Robin Pengelly, senior vice president of Vicon’s Entertainment Division. “It’s ideal for customers who require the fidelity and power of a Vicon T-Series system but are working in smaller studio spaces.”
contact info:  
www.vicon.com
Alan Gordon Offering Engraved Scene Slates

Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. now offers two styles of engraved scene slates. 

The combo slate measures 12"x9.25" and is made of heavy-duty plastic. Engraved letters and dividing lines provide a durable, longer-lasting alternative to silk-screened lettering. Machined from Alder wood, the clap sticks provide a distinctive pitched clap. The combo slate also comes with a dry-erase marker.

The insert slate measures 5"x4" and is made of white acrylic. The slate is ideal for tight shots that preclude the use of a full-sized slate.

contact info:  
www.alangordon.com