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February 2013
Miller Soars with Skyline 70

Miller Camera Support Equipment has introduced the Skyline 70, a 150mm ball-leveling fluid head.

Redrock Micro Enhances Support

Redrock Micro has released enhanced camera-support rigs that improve performance, comfort and reliability for camera operators.

Induro Gets Low with Hi-Hat

Designed by filmmakers, Induro’s 100mm Hi-Hat offers a new take on a classic filmmaking tool.

MovieTech Launches G-Force Master

ABC-Products, a division of MovieTech that delivers a range of lightweight, quality equipment for the video, HD and broadcast sectors, has introduced the G-Force Master camera-support rig, which fills the gap between G-Force Pro and G-Force Advanced and boasts an 11 kg (24.25 pounds) payload.

Schneider Adds to Optical Accessories

Schneider Optics has introduced the Sunshade Filter Holder and the True-Cut IR Tuner Kit.

Hollywood Camera Work Designs Shots

Hollywood Camera Work has released Shot Designer, a camera-blocking app for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC platforms.

Rokinon Unveils Cine Video DSLR Lenses

Rokinon has introduced a line of Cine Video Digital SLR lenses: an 8mm T3.8 Fisheye, a 14mm T3.1 Aspherical Wide Angle, a 24mm T1.5 Wide Angle, a 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle and an 85mm T1.5 Aspherical.

Technicolor Releases CineStyle Software

Technicolor has launched CineStyle Color Assist, the company’s first video color-correction and grading software. Designed by the company’s renowned color experts and based on Technicolor’s award-winning DP Lights system, CineStyle Color Assist features high quality, easy to use, real-time color correction for videographers of all skill levels.

Assimilate Shipping Scratch v7

Assimilate is shipping Version 7 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab products, which feature a suite of enhanced 3-D compositing tools that integrate seamlessly into the color-grading, data-management and finishing systems to allow faster, more fluid and more cost-effective digital grading sessions.

Boris FX Expands Continuum

Boris FX, a developer of integrated visual-effects and workflow technology for motion pictures, has introduced Boris Continuum Complete 8 FxPlug, which delivers more than 200 comprehensive visual-effects filters to Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.

Stargate Opens Middle East Studio

Stargate Studios, a production company that specializes in virtual production and visual effects, has partnered with the Middle East Broadcasting Center Group to open Stargate Middle East.

Company 3 Plays Games

Company 3, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., recently provided a variety of post services to its first video-game project, Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

Visual Data Relocates

Visual Data Media Services, a provider of integrated end-to-end post solutions and distribution for all media outlets, has opened a new facility in Burbank, Calif.

Siren Digital Employs Digital Vision

Siren Digital, a film, television and new-media production group, has turned to Digital Vision for a number of solutions to power its new facility in Hollywood.


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Miller Soars with Skyline 70

Miller Camera Support Equipment has introduced the Skyline 70, a 150mm ball-leveling fluid head. Suited for digital cinematography achieved with DSLRs, the Red Epic, the Sony F65, the Arri Alexa and other cameras, the Skyline 70 incorporates precision drag and counterbalance systems that support an array of camera configurations with payloads from 4.5 kg (10 pounds) to 37.5 kg (82.6 pounds).

The Skyline 70 features an illuminated rear-mounted control panel; a new counterbalance system with eight positions of adjustment to enable payloads to be perfectly balanced at various centers of gravity; smooth, selectable pan and tilt fluid drag, with distinct levels of repeatable drag resistance even when operating in extreme temperatures (from -40°F to 149°F); a caliper disc-brake system and safety tilt-lock mechanism; an industry-standard 120mm quick-release camera platform; and an optional accessory-mounting-block adapter.

A variety of system packages are available, including the Heavy Duty 2-Stage Carbon Fiber tripod, the Heavy Duty Single-Stage Alloy tripod and the studio-based Heavy Duty Studio Alloy tripod.

contact info:

 
www.millertripods.com
Redrock Micro Enhances Support

Redrock Micro has released enhanced camera-support rigs that improve performance, comfort and reliability for camera operators. Among the upgrades are the MicroShoulderPad with FieldTech tool-less MicroBalance QR counterweights and improved handgrips. The improvements are standard on all new Redrock rigs and are available as upgrades to existing ones.

The completely redesigned MicroShoulderPad improves comfort and balance, and promotes proper alignment and better stability with balanced pressure distribution. The pad uses Cordura and breathable 3D mesh and is filled with soft, free-forming MicroPoly beads that actively adapt to the shoulder’s shape and slope.

Building on the success of Redrock’s MicroBalance weights, the MicroBalance QR rig counterweight speeds rig balance and stability. Weights can be added or removed just by pushing a button, without any tools. Multiple weights can be added or removed at once. Battery mounting patterns on each weight enable brick batteries (such as Anton/Bauer, Switronix, Sony, etc.) to be attached directly to the MicroBalance QR, making the battery mount quick-release as well. Additionally, MicroBalance QR can be set up horizontally or vertically, and can be adjusted for left-right balance in the vertical setup.

Redrock’s handgrips have been updated with a diamond pattern that reduces potential for moisture buildup, while the rubber surface keeps things comfortable. The added double lock on each grip end offers another option for mounting points or rig extensions.

contact info:

 
www.redrockmicro.com
Induro Gets Low with Hi-Hat

Designed by filmmakers, Induro’s 100mm Hi-Hat offers a new take on a classic filmmaking tool. Rubber pivoting feet and adjustable, extendable legs provide exact positioning for low-angle shots. Additionally, the Hi-Hat includes a 100mm ball adapter with a 3⁄8" mount for ball heads and camera sliders.

The Induro Hi-Hat is sturdy enough to hold 220 pounds. Each leg has three positions for super-low shots as well as uneven surfaces, and each leg can also extend an additional 2" for fine adjustment. Equipped with rubber pivoting feet, the Hi-Hat can be placed on any surface without causing damage, and reinforced mounting holes can be used for mounting to a wooden board. The Hi-Hat can also be folded for easy travel.

contact info:

 
www.indurogear.com
MovieTech Launches G-Force Master

ABC-Products, a division of MovieTech that delivers a range of lightweight, quality equipment for the video, HD and broadcast sectors, has introduced the G-Force Master camera-support rig, which fills the gap between G-Force Pro and G-Force Advanced and boasts an 11 kg (24.25 pounds) payload.

The G-Force Master’s size-adjustable vest, which can be adjusted to the individual body shape of the operator, has been taken from the G-Force Advanced sys-tem. Additionally, the lightweight post has been adopted from the G-Force Pro rig and has a V-mount double adapter for the camera and display power supply.

The highlight of the G-Force Master is the newly developed spring arm, which is equipped with a horizontal and vertical adjustment. Both the vest and the spring arm provide standard connectors. Three padded soft bags allow for safe and easy transport of the rig.

contact info:

 
www.movietech.de
Schneider Adds to Optical Accessories

Schneider Optics has introduced the Sunshade Filter Holder and the True-Cut IR Tuner Kit.

The Sunshade Filter Holder features a sunshade that rotates independently of the 4" filter holder, enabling easy use of polarizing or graduated filters. The 4" filter holder is designed to hold Schneider MPTV 4mm-thick water-white Schott glass filters, which are available in 4"x4" and 4"x5.65" sizes. The holder rotates a full 360 degrees and can accommodate up to two glass filters.

The filter holder/lens shade assembly attaches to the camera lens via a 77mm wide-angle adapter ring, which can be easily removed from the holder and replaced with other available sizes. The included 77mm wide-angle adapter ring can also be used with conventional step rings to quickly accommodate smaller-diameter lens filters.

Schneider’s True-Cut IR filters are designed to prevent light in the infrared spectrum from contaminating the image captured on CMOS or CCD sensors. IR contamination can become troublesome when large-sensor cameras are used with ND filtration to achieve shallow-depth-of-field images captured with a wide-open iris. Schneider’s Platinum IRND filters address this issue, but with the True-Cut IR filters, filmmakers can use existing standard ND or other filters (such as 85, 81EF or color effects) and select just the right amount of IR cut for any situation.

The three filters in the True-Cut IR Tuner Kit are set to the various nanometer cut requirements of popular sensors currently on the market, allowing the director of photography to select the appropriate cut level for the sensor of the camera being used, and put the corresponding True-Cut IR filter in front of all other filters mounted in front of the lens. The True-Cut IR Tuner Kit comprises 680 (IR680), 715 (IR715) and 750 (IR750) IR cut-strength filters, as well as a protective pouch. The filters are available in 4"x5.65" and 6.6"x6.6" sizes.

contact info:

 
www.schneideroptics.com
Hollywood Camera Work Designs Shots

Hollywood Camera Work has released Shot Designer, a camera-blocking app for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and PC platforms.

Shot Designer gives directors and cinematographers the ability to quickly previsualize shots and scenes by combining a number of useful features into a comprehensive app. Camera Diagram enables users to block entire scenes; the integrated Shot List communicates with the Camera Diagram to write itself while the user works; Animation allows users to previsualize the rhythm of a scene; Storyboards can be used inside the Camera Diagram to better illustrate camera angles; and an integrated Director’s Viewfinder allows users to build their scene blocking on location.

Shot Designer is free for use on a single scene at a time, and a $19.99 Pro Upgrade gives users full file management, sharing and export as well as a free Desktop Pro license. To download the mobile version, search for Shot Designer in the Apple App Store, Google Play or the Amazon Appstore; the Mac/PC version can be downloaded from the Hollywood Camera Work website, www.hollywoodcamerawork.us.

contact info:

 
www.hollywoodcamerawork.us
Rokinon Unveils Cine Video DSLR Lenses

Rokinon has introduced a line of Cine Video Digital SLR lenses: an 8mm T3.8 Fisheye, a 14mm T3.1 Aspherical Wide Angle, a 24mm T1.5 Wide Angle, a 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle and an 85mm T1.5 Aspherical.

Each Cine Video Digital SLR lens is produced with outstanding optical glass. Features include de-clicked apertures and gears for follow focus. The 8mm Fisheye is made for APS-C sensors, while all others are compatible with full-frame cameras and are available for popular mounts such as Canon, Sony Alpha and Nikon.

contact info:

 
www.rokinon.com
Technicolor Releases CineStyle Software

Technicolor has launched CineStyle Color Assist, the company’s first video color-correction and grading software. Designed by the company’s renowned color experts and based on Technicolor’s award-winning DP Lights system, CineStyle Color Assist features high quality, easy to use, real-time color correction for videographers of all skill levels.

“CineStyle Color Assist gives any video-production enthusiast easy-to-use, professional-quality color-correction tools,” says Alejandro Guerrero, senior vice president and general manager for CineStyle at Technicolor. “We adapted the technology we use for blockbuster films and TV shows to create an affordable tool with an intuitive user interface, time-saving features and extensive color library.”

The software allows users to select from 25 custom-designed CineStyle Looks created by Technicolor’s world-class colorists, or create new looks that can be previewed in real time across an entire video clip without having to render. Users can also save up to nine Color Compositions per video file for instant review and ultimate creative flexibility. The tool also speeds up workflows by allowing users to quickly and easily apply, preview and modify CineStyle Looks during production and in the editing process.

Additional premium CineStyle Look packages can be purchased for $19. Each package includes 10 custom-created Looks. Packages currently available include “Movie Looks” and “Extreme Looks.”

CineStyle Color Assist is compatible with Mac and PC platforms and works in conjunction with popular editing software such as Final Cut Pro 7 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 and CS6. Additional features include non-destructive color correction and grading via MetaColor files; a three-way color corrector, key selector and curves adjustments for advanced control; support for popular codecs in SD, HD and 2K resolutions; scopes for easy monitoring of color information; and secondary monitor support for full-screen playback.

CineStyle Color Assist can be purchased for $99 from www.technicolorcinestyle.com, where a free 7-day trial version can also be downloaded.

contact info:

 
www.technicolorcinestyle.com
Assimilate Shipping Scratch v7

Assimilate is shipping Version 7 of its Scratch and Scratch Lab products, which feature a suite of enhanced 3-D compositing tools that integrate seamlessly into the color-grading, data-management and finishing systems to allow faster, more fluid and more cost-effective digital grading sessions.

Scratch v7 is a real-time, client-attended toolset that delivers a consistent, integrated user-interface across both production dailies and the DI. The enhanced creative tools within Scratch v7 include an expanded compositing toolset with a new 3-D camera model and an improved OFX plug-in environment and plug-in workflow; full peer interactivity between all Scratch features and critical visual-effects plug-ins, such as Sapphire, Neat Video, ReelSmart Motion Blur, Beauty Box and Mocha Pro; the ability to nest layers and apply color grades to groups of layers; planar tracking data import from Imagineer System’s Mocha Pro v3; and new rendering features, including directional and motion blur, multi-sampling, and bit-map filtering.
    Scratch v7 also boasts an entirely new, flexible viewing model that displays content in a more intuitive manner, and extended native camera support for Phantom Miro, Canon C500 and C300, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Sony F55 and F65 native high frame rate, Red 5K, and the latest Arri de-Bayer algorithm. Scratch v7 also includes full support for the entire ACES specification, including the file format, color space, and device and rendering transforms.

Scratch Lab v7 offers a robust on- or near-set dailies solution. Scratch Lab v7 meets the complex challenges of managing media and metadata from any number of different cameras into a single timeline, quickly syncing audio with or without accurate time code, color correcting and creating looks in real time, and providing fast rendering simultaneously for multiple deliverable formats.

“Scratch v7 is a huge time-saver for me,” says Julio Macat, ASC, who used the system for the digital grade on the feature Pitch Perfect. “I found the Scratch DI session to be far more fluid and much faster than anything I’ve experienced before. With the savvy hands of [colorist] Leandro Marini at the helm, we were able to do color timing side-by-side with items like object replacement, beauty work on women’s faces, and even some [visual effects] — such as changing skies, adding assorted lens flares and creating or extending light beams from lighting instruments that couldn’t be practically photographed — right inside of Scratch. This was all quickly achieved without time delays, which can interrupt the creative process. The faster you go, the more DI work you can do. It was an eye-opening experience for me.”

contact info:

 
www.assimilateinc.com
Boris FX Expands Continuum

Boris FX, a developer of integrated visual-effects and workflow technology for motion pictures, has introduced Boris Continuum Complete 8 FxPlug, which delivers more than 200 comprehensive visual-effects filters to Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7, Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5.

Boris Continuum Complete gives editors and motion-graphics artists the power to create high-quality broadcast graphics and perform project-saving image restorations within Final Cut Pro. The expansive filter set includes extruded text, 3-D particle effects, image restoration and touchup tools, true 3-D lens flares and volumetric lighting effects, keys and mattes, color-grading tools, time-based effects, blurs, glows, stylish auto-animating transitions and cinematic effects such as film glow, film grain, and film-process looks.

Highlights of BCC 8 FxPlug include new Final Cut Pro X templates and transitions; extrusions for Final Cut Pro X that make it easy to create 3-D objects using text and shapes; Beat Reactor technology, which enables easy generation of audio-driven effects; a built-in masking system and built-in motion tracking for Final Cut Pro X; lens-blur effects for Final Cut Pro X; and versatile, high-quality glow effects. Other all-new BCC 8 FxPlug filters include BCC Flicker Fixer, BCC Lens Flare 3D, BCC Particle Emitter 3D, BCC Organic Strands, BCC Wild Cards and BCC Stage Light.

contact info:

 
www.borisfx.com
Stargate Opens Middle East Studio

Stargate Studios, a production company that specializes in virtual production and visual effects, has partnered with the Middle East Broadcasting Center Group to open Stargate Middle East.

The company’s first two full-service virtual production studios will be located in Dubai Studio City, U.A.E., and Cairo, Egypt. Both will be equipped with the latest digital camera technologies, LED lighting, motion tracking, real-time compositing, 3-D imaging and virtual sets. Both Stargate Dubai and Stargate Cairo will employ multiple visual-effects supervisors, producers and local graphic-artist talent and will feature extensive soundstages.

According to Stargate CEO Sam Nicholson, ASC, the partnership with MBC will further strengthen Stargate’s international presence and will bring the company’s proprietary Virtual Backlot technology to the Middle East. “MBC has given us the opportunity to dramatically change the face of the television industry throughout the Middle East,” says Nicholson. “This partnership connects MBC to the entire Stargate global digital network, effectively combining our production expertise and advanced technologies with MBC’s creative artistry and local programming.”

Founded in 1989, Stargate has offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Berlin, Vancouver, Toronto, Mumbai and Malta. The company’s global network allows clients to access more than 250 visual-effects artists and supervisors all over the world, as well as high-speed data transfer and simultaneous international rendering and delivery. Stargate’s Virtual Backlot provides an alternative to shooting on location, offering fully immersive environments to shoot establishing shots, multiple-angle coverage, walk-and-talks and driving.

contact info:

 
www.stargatestudios.net
Company 3 Plays Games

Company 3, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc., recently provided a variety of post services to its first video-game project, Call of Duty: Black Ops II. Concurrently, the company announced the opening of Company 3 Games, a new division dedicated to offering high-end post services for game production.

“The creation of Company 3 Games represents a new level of collaboration between game developers as well as publishers and providers of feature-film-level post services,” says ASC associate member Stefan Sonnenfeld, president and founder of Company 3. Malte Wagener, vice president of Games, adds, “With the amazing level of sophistication in games and the immense talent pool in the feature film world, a tight collaboration [between] the two spheres is a natural development.”

Wagener, who oversees Games from the division’s offices in Company 3’s Santa Monica, Calif. headquarters, comes to the position following an extensive career in video-game business with companies such as Koch Media in Germany and WEG, a division of CJ Media, in South Korea. “I’m very excited to be leading Company 3 Games,” he says. “With the talent and resources of Company 3 and its affiliated companies, we plan to set the new standard for game postproduction.”

contact info:

 
www.company3.com
www.bydeluxe.com
Visual Data Relocates

Visual Data Media Services, a provider of integrated end-to-end post solutions and distribution for all media outlets, has opened a new facility in Burbank, Calif. The location was designed from scratch to support 21st-century workflows and accommodate the needs of a changing industry.

The 30,000-square-foot facility features 20 suites for editing, QC, color correction and captioning built around a highly secure Data Center, a large Digital Machine Room and an Encoding Center. The Data Center was built to support the company’s proprietary Asset Management System, which will simplify distribution and archival tasks for Visual Data’s clients. The new space also offers two mix stages, an ADR stage and a Foley stage.

The increased capacity afforded by the new facility will support Visual Data’s wide-ranging services dedicated to the creation, management, repurposing and distribution of content. These offerings include subtitling and localization, closed captioning, DVD services, syndication services, asset management, encoding, digital cinema DCP and digital delivery. To support these workflows, the facility has been installed with the latest products from a number of vendors, including DVS-SAN, Aspera, Isilon, Avascent, Miranda and Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci.

contact info:

Visual Data Media Services, 610 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, Calif., 91505

 
www.visualdatainc.com
Siren Digital Employs Digital Vision

Siren Digital, a film, television and new-media production group, has turned to Digital Vision for a number of solutions to power its new facility in Hollywood.

“We have a significant comfort level and familiarity with Digital Vision’s outstanding toolset, support and R&D group built upon years of experience at another facility we designed and operated in Los Angeles and global projects we’ve managed,” says Kyle Jackson, co-founder of Siren Digital. “Over the past five years, Digital Vision has been the backbone of many of our endeavors. Their software proves time and again to be able to handle the real-world challenges of changing postproduction workflows.”

Siren Digital has chosen Digital Vision’s Nucoda color-grading system with the Digital Vision Optics toolset and Precision control panel to sustain its DI and technological operations. The Nucoda grading and mastering solutions offer a powerful color toolset that integrates easily with customized workflows; it supports ACES and all of the major digital camera formats on the market. The Precision panel adds a high level of control for colorists with its combination of tactile controls and integrated touch-sensitive panels. Additionally, the DVO image-processing software provides a comprehensive solution for image repair, restoration, enhancement and format conversion, whether originating from film or video.

Together, Siren Studios, an emerging 360-degree production studio, and Siren Digital offer a broad base of services to the industry, from creative to advanced production, visual effects, post audio, film finance and international distribution. “We are engaged in a number of traditional and emerging processes globally, and it is crucial that our tools work now and evolve with the way our colleagues want to collaborate in the future,” says Jackson. “While we are involved in some very technologically advanced work, we are also working daily on digital intermediates, designing post workflows and delivering projects. We believe that Digital Vision is with us today and for the long run.”

contact info:

Siren Digital, 6500 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Calif., 90028

 
www.siren6500.com
www.digitalvision.tv