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January 2011
Colorfront Optimizes On-Set Dailies
Colorfront has announced a partnership with Arri for Colorfront On-Set Dailies, a state-of-the-art digital-dailies tool optimized for use with Arri’s Alexa and D-21 digital cameras and their corresponding workflows. 
DSC Labs Adds Red CamBook
DSC Labs has added the Red CamBook to its popular CamBook series of charts.
Cinedeck Gets Extreme
Cinedeck LLC has released version 2.0 of its Cinedeck Extreme camera-mountable recorder, monitor and playback device.
Panasonic Introduces P2 Storage Unit
Panasonic Solutions Co. has introduced the AG-MSU10 P2 Media Storage Unit, a lightweight, mobile-workflow tool that simplifies the process of backing up P2 content. Delivering fast, stable transfer of data, the compact P2 Media Storage Unit eliminates the need for larger, more expensive appliances in the field and quickly frees up P2 cards for additional shooting.
Photon Beard Offers Wireless Control
Photon Beard has introduced the low-cost, easy-to-install, wireless Wi-Light system for studio lighting control.
Pond5 Stocks After Effects Templates
Pond5, an online marketplace for stock media, has added Adobe After Effects project templates to its collection, which includes royalty-free stock video footage and a full range of sound effects and production music.
Panther Expands Accessory Line Online
Germany-based camera-support company Panther has introduced a host of new products, including the Vario Bazooka, Mitchell 4-Way Leveler, Wall Spreader and VacuRigg.
Zeiss Adds F Mount to CP.2 Line Online
Carl Zeiss has added an F-mount option for its line of Compact Prime CP.2 lenses, which have been developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. 
Zeiss Provides Wide Angle Online
Carl Zeiss has introduced the Distagon T* 1,4/35 wide-angle lens for DSLR photography. Available in F and EF bayonet mounts, the 35mm lens boasts a fast aperture of f1.4 and a pleasing bokeh.
Canon Expands, Accessorizes L Series Online
Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced four L-Series lenses and two accessory extenders for professional photographers and cinematographers working with DSLR cameras. 
Vinten Launches Vision Blue System Online
Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, has launched the Vision Blue pan-and-tilt head and tripod system. 
Vinten Adds Intelligence Module to Vector 750i Online
Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Vector 750i head, designed for virtual and augmented reality in outside broadcast and studio applications.
Petrol Digibag Protects DSLRs Online
Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Digibag DSLR Camera Bag. 
Petrol Introduces Backpack Online
Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Digiback DSLR Backpack for protecting and transporting video-enabled DSLR cameras. 
Petrol Finds Cure with Deca Doctor Bag Online
Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Black Deca Dr. Bag for the Sony PMW-EX3 and similar size cameras. Based on the Dr. Petrol camera carrier, the Deca Dr. Bag sports a modern, practical design in striking black fabric.
Red Giant Releases Magic Bullet Suite 10 Online
Red Giant Software has released Magic Bullet Suite 10, a collection of eight software applications for professional color correction, enhancement and film output in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro. 
LA 411 Offers iPhone App Online
411 Publishing has introduced the LA 411 iPhone app, a production resource application for the Los Angeles area. 
Photoflex Extends Support with LiteReach Online
Photoflex, Inc. has introduced LiteReach, a multi-functional telescopic lighting accessory.

SMPTE Products Standardize Digital-Cinema Workflows Online
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced two digital-cinema products designed to standardize workflows and ensure a consistent movie-going experience: the Digital Leader for postproduction and the Digital Projection Verifier (DPROVE) for theaters. Both products are based on the SMPTE RP 428-6-2009 Recommended Practice.
Artbeats Captures Hawaii with Red Online
Artbeats, a provider of royalty-free stock footage for broadcast, feature films, commercials, multimedia and games, has released three HD collections featuring the overhead beauty of the Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiian City Aerials, Hawaiian Establishment Aerials and Hawaiian Scenic Aerials. 
Footage Search Offers 3-D Nature Footage Online
Stock-footage provider Footage Search has introduced an extensive, state-of-the-art 3-D stock-footage collection, NatureFootage3D, which features film-quality 3-D content. NatureFootage3D will offer wide-ranging wildlife subjects from around the world, including aerial and underwater images.

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Colorfront Optimizes On-Set Dailies

Colorfront has announced a partnership with Arri for Colorfront On-Set Dailies, a state-of-the-art digital-dailies tool optimized for use with Arri’s Alexa and D-21 digital cameras and their corresponding workflows. 

The On-Set Dailies system incorporates production-proven tools for dailies work — including playback and sync, QC, color grading, audio and metadata management, and simultaneous faster-than-real-time deliverables in common file formats — combined with Arri’s color and image science. In addition to benefiting productions working with Arri digital cameras, Colorfront’s system can be integrated into any digital-dailies workflow.

On-Set Dailies has an easy-to-use, node-based operator interface, and can load media files from film scans, tape capture, disk and solid-state recorders. The system also synchronizes sound files with picture using automated and manual techniques. Its image-processing capabilities include primary and selective color correction, the application of 3-D LUTs, printer light and ASC CDL compatibility, image resizing tools, and a range of burn-in options. The system also works with stereoscopic media, allowing stereo adjustments of color and position, and it assembles takes into rolls and tapes for deliverables, screeners and archiving.

Input media formats include DPX, ArriRAW, ProRes 422 and 444, Avid DNxHD, QuickTime (with various codecs) and broadcast WAV audio files. Deliverables formats include MPG4 H.264 for Web delivery, iPhone and iPad; MPG2 for authored DVDs and chaptered Blu-rays; Avid DNxHD MXF and QuickTime files; QuickTime files with various codecs, including ProRes 422 and 444 for Final Cut Pro editorial; and TIFF and JPEG stills and WAV audio.

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www.colorfront.com
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DSC Labs Adds Red CamBook

DSC Labs has added the Red CamBook to its popular CamBook series of charts. The Red CamBook includes three pages of charts designed specifically for the Red One and Red Epic. The CamBook includes unique Red framing formats, including one chart with the industry-standard 18-percent gray background and a second with DSC’s CamWhite background; both have Red camera framings for up to 5K.

The Red CamBook also contains the ChromaDuMonde 28 chart, which features an 18-percent gray background, 24 colors, four skin tones and an 11-step crossed grayscale; the grayscale displays the exposure setting and determines exactly how gamma curves are affecting the image.

“The neutral white and 18-percent gray backgrounds are great for achieving an accurate white balance,” says Graeme Nattress, problem solver for Red. “The Red CamBook allows you to achieve better exposure [and] a more accurate white balance, and it produces a record of the actual lighting on set, which helps keep you consistent in terms of colorimetry throughout postproduction.”

The Red CamBook costs $480 and can be purchased directly from DSC Labs or Red, or from DSC’s worldwide reseller channels.

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Cinedeck Gets Extreme

Cinedeck LLC has released version 2.0 of its Cinedeck Extreme camera-mountable recorder, monitor and playback device. Cinedeck Extreme v2.0 offers full support for all versions of Apple’s ProRes codecs, including 4444, 422 HQ, 422 (LT) and 422 (Proxy), streamlining the camera-to-edit workflow for Final Cut Pro users.

Cinedeck Extreme v2.0 enables any camera with an HDSDI or HDMI output to bypass onboard compression codecs and record to any of a number of loss-less compression standards, including all varieties of Avid DNxHD and CineForm Digital Intermediate. A FullStream Uncompressed option adds even more flexibility for uncompressed 444 and 422 recording.

Cinedeck Extreme v2.0 is available for $9,995. The FullStream Uncompressed option, which includes a 256GB RAID SSD, is available for $3,495.

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Panasonic Introduces P2 Storage Unit

Panasonic Solutions Co. has introduced the AG-MSU10 P2 Media Storage Unit, a lightweight, mobile-workflow tool that simplifies the process of backing up P2 content. Delivering fast, stable transfer of data, the compact P2 Media Storage Unit eliminates the need for larger, more expensive appliances in the field and quickly frees up P2 cards for additional shooting.

The MSU10 boasts a small form factor with two slots, one for a P2 card and one for the AG-MBX10 tray, which supports a 2.5" solid-state or hard drive for MSU10 backup. The MSU10 offers the flexibility of AC or battery operation, and includes USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces for easy connection to NLEs. The MBX10 removable drive tray also includes USB 2.0 and eSATA interfaces.

The bus-powered MSU10 can be easily transported from the field and connected to NLE systems, including PCs and Macs, to expedite the editing process. Content is transferred from a P2 card to the drive at four times real time. In addition to backup from the P2 card to the removable MBX10 tray drive, the MSU10 also offers Host and Device functions, allowing the unit to be a P2 card reader (when connected to a computer) or to host an external drive for copying.

The MSU10 features a 3.2" LCD screen and simple one-touch operation. It provides P2 thumbnail display for confidence and metadata review and supports master-quality 10-bit AVC-Intra (100/50) and DVCPro HD, DVCPro50, DVCPro and DV recording formats. Clip-by-clip copying is also supported.

Users can choose to purchase the storage unit without a drive (MSU10) or preconfigured with a 256GB 2.5" enterprise-class solid-state drive (MSU10-SSD) or a 500GB 2.5" enterprise-class hard-disk drive (MSU10-HDD). The AG-MBX10 removable disk tray can be purchased separately, and Panasonic also offers the MBX10-SSD and MBX10-HDD for further flexibility.

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www.panasonic.com/broadcast
Photon Beard Offers Wireless Control

Photon Beard has introduced the low-cost, easy-to-install, wireless Wi-Light system for studio lighting control. Designed primarily as an add-on to the company’s DMX-controlled series of Highlight fluorescents, the Wi-Light system can also control a mixture of fluorescent and incandescent lighting systems.

The Wi-Light system can reduce or even eliminate the need for traditional wired DMX-controlled systems. The Wi-Light system consists of one master transmitter/receiver module and individual receiver modules that are added to each light source or dimmer; the master unit can be configured as a receiver for point-to-point links or as a repeater to cover wider areas. The transmitter range can vary, but generally works up to 300' and can be extended using repeaters.

The small receiver modules fit to the base panel of Photon Beard’s Highlight, on the outside of the casing, and can be easily installed using only a small screwdriver. All further setup instructions are either automatic or transmitted wirelessly from the master module. The master unit provides the entry port for the system and takes a conventional DMX512 data stream from a standard control desk. An assignable block of channels are selected from the input stream and wirelessly transmitted. The original address positions of each channel in the block are preserved, so the user can easily set the receiver address on each light source.

Unlike the basic DMX512 standard, which sends data continuously even when nothing has changed, the Wi-Light system utilizes a special protocol to transmit only the data that has changed. All parts of the Wi-Light system are bi-directional, and each Wi-Light unit contains a unique identity that is added to all transmissions. To close the network and eliminate interference, each receiver can be remotely set to respond to only one transmitter. The robust Wi-Light system also includes built-in error checking.

All Photon Beard products are hand-built to the highest standards.

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www.photonbeard.com
Pond5 Stocks After Effects Templates

Pond5, an online marketplace for stock media, has added Adobe After Effects project templates to its collection, which includes royalty-free stock video footage and a full range of sound effects and production music. After Effects users can now save precious production time by tapping into Pond5’s cache of high-quality motion graphics templates and easily customizing them for a unique, professional end product.

The Pond5 After Effects collection currently includes more than 140 dynamic templates to choose from, with prices starting at $10. The project files cover a wide range of motion-graphics needs, including advertisements, bumpers, show intros, credit sequences, video overlays and more. The Pond5 collection allows users to search for, preview, purchase and download AE templates instantly and directly from the website.

“Our goal is to provide content creators with a palette of stock media that expands their creative options, increases their productivity and saves them time and money,” says Tom Bennett, Pond5 co-founder and CEO. “After Effects templates do exactly that, and are a great complement to our selection of stock video and audio.”

Pond5 is also accepting submissions of professional-quality After Effects templates. As with video and audio on Pond5, the model is straightforward and artist-friendly: Contributing artists upload their content at no cost, set the prices themselves and earn 50 percent of the license fee each time their content is purchased. Pond5 reviews all submitted work to check quality and technical specifications.

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www.pond5.com
Panther Expands Accessory Line

Germany-based camera-support company Panther has introduced a host of new products, including the Vario Bazooka, Mitchell 4-Way Leveler, Wall Spreader and VacuRigg.

Available in two sizes, the Vario Bazooka camera riser boasts a new design with increased stability. Able to be mounted either via Euromount or with three thumbscrews on the dolly platform, the Bazooka is further supported by gas springs. The standard Vario Bazooka has a maximum payload of 550 pounds and a height range of 1.1' to 2.5'; the Vario Bazooka XL has a maximum payload of 880 pounds and reaches heights from 1.8' to 4.1'.

The Mitchell 4-Way Leveler enables low camera mounting. It can be combined with all common Panther accessories, such as the Offset Bowl, Brackets and High-Low Turnstile. Additionally, an integrated bubble level and four adjusting screws make leveling quick and easy.

The Wall Spreader is a telescopic tension tube system that enables the mounting of lights and other accessories near the ceiling without using stands or drilling into the wall. The aluminum tubes can extend up to 20’ to spread between walls or pillars. Panther’s Wall Spreader Kit comes in a robust case for easy transport.

The VacuRigg System is ideal for mounting cameras, lights or other accessories on any smooth surface. It can be used as a suction tripod or a high hat; the three suction pads boast a combined maximum payload of 220 pounds. The mounting plate can accept the camera directly or with a wedge/tilt plate with 3/8" screws. Boasting a quick, easy setup, the VacuRigg ensures long-lasting support backed up by an electrical pump system. The VacuRigg Standard Kit includes a camera wedge/tilt plate, which can also be used with fluid heads; the Extension Kit includes brackets and three Suction-Rigg holders for tubes from 33-48mm.

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Zeiss Adds F Mount to CP.2 Line

Carl Zeiss has added an F-mount option for its line of Compact Prime CP.2 lenses, which have been developed especially for shooting with HDSLR cameras. The Compact Prime CP.2 lenses’ interchangeable mount allows the lenses to be used for a variety of purposes with numerous camera systems.

In addition to PL-, EF- and F-mount options, Zeiss plans to soon offer the Compact Prime CP.2 lenses with Micro 4/3 and A-mounts. Zeiss has also announced two more focal lengths for the Compact Prime CP.2 range: 50mm T2.1 Makro and 100mm T2.1 CF. 
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Zeiss Provides Wide Angle

Carl Zeiss has introduced the Distagon T* 1,4/35 wide-angle lens for DSLR photography. Available in F and EF bayonet mounts, the 35mm lens boasts a fast aperture of f1.4 and a pleasing bokeh.

Due to the special bokeh effects in both the foreground and background areas, the Distagon T* 1,4/35 gives photographers new creative possibilities with their focus, which is controllable via a large focus ring. The lens is also an ideal addition for filmmakers working with video-capable DSLRs with APS-C sensor formats. The optical construction of the lens guarantees high image quality across the entire image range. Additionally, Zeiss’ T* anti-reflective coating reduces stray light and offers excellent flare control.
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Canon Expands, Accessorizes L Series

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced four L-Series lenses and two accessory extenders for professional photographers and cinematographers working with DSLR cameras. 

The EF 8-15mm f4 L Fisheye USM lens is a wide fisheye zoom that provides professionals with a unique optical tool for capturing 180-degree angle-of-view shots on all EOS DSLR cameras. The EF 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM telephoto zoom lens delivers outstanding sharpness, contrast and color fidelity in a compact, lightweight form factor. Additionally, the EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM and EF 400mm f2.8 L IS II USM super-telephoto lenses deliver incredible image quality at all apertures.

For photographers and cinematographers looking to push their L-Series Canon telephotos to the limit, the company has introduced the Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III, which offer additional telephoto reach and exceptional clarity.

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Vinten Launches Vision Blue System

Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, has launched the Vision Blue pan-and-tilt head and tripod system. Vision Blue is designed to provide the experienced camera operator with professional support to match the high-performance of today’s popular camcorders and video-equipped DSLRs.

Managing payloads between 4.6 and 11 pounds with a low center of gravity of approximately 55mm, the Vision Blue head incorporates Vinten’s Perfect Balance technology, which enables consistent movement and easy positioning of the camera at any angle. It also features adjustable Vision LF drag technology for smooth movement and precise framing.

Vision Blue is sold as a pan-and-tilt head or as a complete system including a two-stage aluminum tripod and choice of floor or mid-level spreader. Vision Blue also includes a high-contrast blue-LED-illuminated leveling bubble for quick and accurate setup in all lighting situations.

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Vinten Adds Intelligence Module to Vector 750i

Vinten, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Vector 750i head, designed for virtual and augmented reality in outside broadcast and studio applications.

Developed in collaboration with global customers, including Telegenic in the U.K. and Sportvision in the U.S., the Vector 750i encoded pantographic head incorporates a new Intelligence Module, which allows semi-automatic setup, slide-plate tracking and kinematic compensation, all of which ensure stable and precise placement of virtual graphics into the live environment. Coupled with the feel of the Vector 750, this innovation ensures that the Vector 750i is ideally suited to productions working with onscreen graphics.
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Petrol Digibag Protects DSLRs

Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Digibag DSLR Camera Bag. This cushioned carrier is uniquely designed to safeguard a video-enabled DSLR camera and important accessories and keep them well organized on location. The Digibag combines a smart, streamlined design in black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics with features designed for convenience and protection.

The Digibag’s top flap opens extra wide for instant access to the bag’s spacious main compartment. The upper section is contoured to fit a DSLR camera with the lens attached. The hinged floor of this section lifts to reveal twin pockets perfect for stashing extra lenses or spare batteries. Two levels of removable internal dividers help secure contents and create pockets for storing a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, camera light, viewfinder, cables and more. Contents are surrounded and cushioned by layers of soft, padded, brushed polyester. Additional features include an ergonomic carrying handle, padded shoulder strap and Petrol’s dual-directional easy-glide zippers.
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Petrol Introduces Backpack

Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Digiback DSLR Backpack for protecting and transporting video-enabled DSLR cameras. 

The Digiback sports a smart, ergonomic shell design in black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics. The top lid of the Digiback unzips smoothly to reveal an upper compartment contoured to fit a DSLR camera with the lens attached; when outfitted with a telephoto or other extra-long lens, the camera can be inserted with the lens in a vertical position. The spacious lower chamber has ample room for accessories, and removable internal dividers help secure contents and create pockets. There’s also a space for holding a laptop. The inside contents are cushioned by layers of soft, padded, easy-view brushed polyester.

The Digiback’s integral backpack system is constructed using breathable mesh. Padded shoulder straps and adjustable sternum and waist straps provide correct weight distribution and ensure easier carrying. Cushioned back support optimizes spinal comfort, and a unique opening system is designed to protect the backpack from damage by dirt or extra wear and tear when placed on the ground. Contents are accessible from either side, and a rear zipper completely exposes the pack’s interior. Additional features include double-sided exterior monopockets and dual-directional easy-glide zippers.

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Petrol Finds Cure with Deca Doctor Bag

Petrol Bags, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Black Deca Dr. Bag for the Sony PMW-EX3 and similar size cameras. Based on the Dr. Petrol camera carrier, the Deca Dr. Bag sports a modern, practical design in striking black fabric.

An LED lighting system illuminates the bag’s interior, making contents easier to identify and organize; the AA-battery-powered LED lights are replaceable and easily installed or removed via a convenient internal zipper. The floor of the bag is equipped with Petrol’s molded, shock-resistant AbsorbaPad; attached by hook-and-loop material, it provides delicate equipment with an extra level of protection against accidental damage from jolts and jostles. A proprietary pattern of ridges and raised dots on the surface of the pad provide a steadfast grip to keep the camera steady and safe. Twin connecting brackets on the bottom of the bag allow for the quick and easy connection of Petrol’s Snaplock wheel-and-trolley system. On the exterior, a plastic exchangeable logo frame lets the user easily add a logo for personal branding.

Additional features include a hinged, extra-wide opening for fast and easy access to the camera with mattebox and mic attached; detachable padded internal dividers for custom configuration; bottom panels of shockproof, cold-molded laminate for extra equipment protection; exterior side pockets for extra storage; a U-Grip interlock carrying handle; an adjustable, ergonomic shoulder strap; and Petrol’s dual-directional easy-glide zippers.

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Red Giant Releases Magic Bullet Suite 10

Red Giant Software has released Magic Bullet Suite 10, a collection of eight software applications for professional color correction, enhancement and film output in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro. 

Magic Bullet Suite 10 includes three new products: Magic Bullet Denoiser, Magic Bullet PhotoLooks and Magic Bullet Grinder. The Suite is anchored by Magic Bullet Looks — an industry standard for creating unique looks — and Magic Bullet Colorista II — a leading-edge color-correction tool. All of the software applications are compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 5 and support 64-bit.

Magic Bullet Suite 10 is available now for $799.
 

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LA 411 Offers iPhone App

411 Publishing has introduced the LA 411 iPhone app, a production resource application for the Los Angeles area. This free app provides the listing information found in the LA 411 production directory, and is available for download through the iTunes App Store for Apple’s iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad devices.

The high-speed LA 411 app provides a graphical representation of each of LA 411’s 12 production sections, such as Camera and Sound Equipment, Crew, Sets and Stages, and Location Services and Equipment. Utilizing Apple’s multi-touch technology, the app allows users to swiftly flip through pages and summon category listing with the touch of a finger. The app has also been programmed to fully utilize the viewing surface of the iPad screen.

Users of LA 411 will find the app provides all the information they have come to rely upon from the printed directory and online guides in an intuitive, visually appealing format. Full contact information including address, phone number and website is provided for each listing, and to enhance the ease of finding and obtaining information, the user is able to call companies directly from their listings, activate GPS mapping directly to listing locations and save listings as favorites. The app also provides immediate connectivity to the LA 411 Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as the 411 News and Updates page. 

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Photoflex Extends Support with LiteReach

Photoflex, Inc. has introduced LiteReach, a multi-functional telescopic lighting accessory.

The LiteReach Kit includes an aluminum telescopic arm with two padded handgrips; the arm can extend from 28” to 50”. Additionally, the kit includes clamps, threaded inserts, a swivel head, adjustable ShoeMount flash hardware and its own heavy-duty legs for self-standing applications. The LiteReach can fit on top of any standard (5/8” diameter) Photoflex LiteStand as an extender, and its foldaway three-leg stand features an additional 5/8” stud for accessories.

The LiteReach comes with a 5-year warranty.

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SMPTE Products Standardize Digital-Cinema Workflows

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced two digital-cinema products designed to standardize workflows and ensure a consistent movie-going experience: the Digital Leader for postproduction and the Digital Projection Verifier (DPROVE) for theaters. Both products are based on the SMPTE RP 428-6-2009 Recommended Practice.

“As the digital-cinema rollout accelerates, there is a critical need for standardized workflows,” says Barbara Lange, executive director of SMPTE. “SMPTE worked with more than 300 people from multiple sectors of the industry to ensure these products provide high-value, interoperable performance across the production-to-display chain.”

The Digital Leader product allows post facilities to add leaders and/or footers to D-Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) reels prior to encoding and encryption, thereby facilitating reliable and efficient downstream digital master creation and quality assurance. The product features 8- and 4-second head and foot leaders for a full quality-control check and supports a comprehensive range of aspect ratios and frame rates. It also provides 2-D and 3-D support where applicable. The Digital Leader is available on a pre-loaded hard drive with TIFF and WAV files for each variant.

The DPROVE product addresses the need for a simple and reliable tool to check critical parameters such as digital projector performance, alignment, masking and picture-sound synchronization. Like the Digital Leader, it includes all quality-control parameters and a comprehensive range of variants. It supports both the JPEG Interop and SMPTE 429-2:2009 (2010) standards to verify backward and forward compatibility with digital-cinema servers from multiple manufacturers. DPROVE also makes it easy for non-engineering personnel to check the health of their systems. Packaged on a flash-memory drive, it uses standard key-based encryption to unlock its features. Theater operators can then set it to perform one-time or looping sequences for regular confidence checks of their venues.

Both products are available directly from SMPTE and carry a three-year license.

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Artbeats Captures Hawaii with Red

Artbeats, a provider of royalty-free stock footage for broadcast, feature films, commercials, multimedia and games, has released three HD collections featuring the overhead beauty of the Hawaiian Islands: Hawaiian City Aerials, Hawaiian Establishment Aerials and Hawaiian Scenic Aerials. All three collections were shot using the Red One camera combined with the Eclipse gyro-stabilized camera system. 

Hawaiian City Aerials features flyovers of Hilo, Honolulu, Kahului, Kailua-Kona, Kapaa, Koko Kai, Lahaina, Lihue, Nanakuli, Pearl City and Waianae. Hawaiian Establishment Aerials was shot from a higher perspective and features sprawling cities, vast lava fields, the remote Mauna Loa Observatory and more. Hawaiian Scenic Aerials captures the breathtaking beauty of Hawaii’s rocky cliffs, lush canyons, gorgeous waterfalls and pristine coastlines.

Each collection contains more than 30 clips and is available in standard definition (NTSC or PAL) for $699 or high definition for $1,299. Clips may also be purchased individually for $199-$299. Additionally, most clips are available as 4K RAW R3D files for an additional fee.

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Footage Search Offers 3-D Nature Footage

Stock-footage provider Footage Search has introduced an extensive, state-of-the-art 3-D stock-footage collection, NatureFootage3D, which features film-quality 3-D content. NatureFootage3D will offer wide-ranging wildlife subjects from around the world, including aerial and underwater images.

As part of this 3-D addition, Footage Search will be handling the exclusive representation of Digital 3D Productions; D3D is a production company specializing in stereo and emerging 3-D technologies. Various stereoscopic 3-D systems are used for subject capture, including proprietary parallel rig designs. The company also uses technologies such as Element Technica’s camera-agnostic beam-splitter rigs.
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