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KataData Calculates Runtime
Katabatic Digital, a New York-based grading, finishing and visual-effects studio, has released the KataData iPhone app. KataData is a storage and runtime calculator for on-set, post and even non-technical positions.
Paradise FX Supports 3-D with Helios Rig
Paradise FX has introduced the Helios 3-D stereo rig, whose wireless, self-contained, advanced design and operational features support fast on-set deployment, streamlined post and cost-effective 3-D production.
Canon Debuts EF Cinema Lenses
Supporting the release of the Cinema EOS C300 digital camera system, Canon has introduced seven 4K EF Cinema Lenses.
Canon Unveils Cinema EOS
Signaling the company’s commitment to professional motion-picture production, Canon has unveiled the Cinema EOS C300, an interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability.
Redrock Micro Introduces UltraCage
Redrock Micro has introduced UltraCage Blue accessories for the latest generation of digital cinema cameras, including Canon’s EOS C300. 
Hurlbut, Letus Develop Master Cinema Series
Shane Hurlbut, ASC has partnered with camera-accessories manufacturer Letus Corp. to produce the Shane Hurlbut Master Cinema Series, a line of products designed to give DSLR cameras a professional form factor. 
Birns & Sawyer Updates Clamp-On Mattebox
The company’s popular tray-less, clamp-on mattebox was introduced more than a decade ago with the MB-95, which utilized 4x4 filters.
Cooke Adds 135mm Lens
Cooke Optics has added a 135mm lens to its 5/i Prime and Panchro lens sets.
Lensbaby Packages Movie Maker’s Kit
Lensbaby has introduced the Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit, a complete creative solution for filmmakers looking to add unique effects to their footage in-camera. 
Schneider Takes iPhone Pro
Schneider Optics has introduced the iPro Lens System, designed to enable professional-quality photographic and video imagery on Apple’s iPhone 4 with interchangeable wide-angle and fisheye lenses. 
PAG Links Batteries
PAG, a British camera power and lighting specialist, has introduced the PAGlink, a linking-battery system for powering a wide array of digital cameras.
Company 3 Offers DI Dictionary
Company 3, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, has compiled the DI Dictionary.
Light Iron Launches Live Play
Post facility Light Iron has launched its iPad-based Live Play mobile-dailies application through Apple’s iTunes Store. 
Sony Upgrades Vegas Pro
Sony Creative Software has introduced Vegas Pro 11, the latest upgrade to the company’s nonlinear editing software. 
Avid Releases 64-bit Media Composer, NewsCutter, Symphony versions
Avid has introduced Media Composer version 6, NewsCutter version 10 and Symphony version 6.
Tiffen Digital Filters Go 64 bit
The Tiffen Co. has announced that its Tiffen Dfx v3 digital filter suite is now compatible with Avid 64-bit systems.
AJA Ki Pro Mini Supports Avid Codec
AJA Video Systems has been working jointly with Avid to build support for the Avid DNxHD video codec into AJA’s Ki Pro Mini portable recorder.
Digital Film Tools Plugs into Avid
Digital Film Tools has announced that all of its Avid plug-in product offerings — comprising Composite Suite Pro, PhotoCopy, Rays and zMatte — now support 64-bit processing and are compatible with Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10.
Marquise Technologies Enhances Rain
Marquise Technologies has integrated Cintel’s ImageMill2 board into its Rain color-grading solution, resulting in a fully featured color-grading station with real-time image de-grain/de-noise, stabilization and dust/scratch concealment features. 
Globalstor Unveils LCD for 4K Post
Globalstor Data Corporation has introduced the GS564KLC10 LCD display for 4K dailies and postproduction, as well as other high-resolution applications. 
Sonnet’s Echo Express Streamlines Red Workflow
Sonnet Technologies has introduced its Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, which works with the Red Rocket playback and transcoding card.

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KataData Calculates Runtime

Katabatic Digital, a New York-based grading, finishing and visual-effects studio, has released the KataData iPhone app. KataData is a storage and runtime calculator for on-set, post and even non-technical positions.

KataData was built for filmmakers and post artists, and it supports an extensive list of cameras — such as Red One, Red Epic, Phantom, Arri Alexa and Canon DSLRs — and codecs — such as DPX, Open EXR, DNxHD and ProRes.

KataData’s ease of use eliminates hours of calculations and frustration. Users simply enter the amount of footage they have by file size (MB, GB or TB) and KataData calculates the runtime or storage. Multiple calculations can also be entered and added.

“For today’s apps, an intuitive user interface is a must-have, so we’ve built in some cool features like swipe gestures to convert units and time code,” says Emery Wells, founder of Katabatic Digital. “For Red camera users, it’s also easy to calculate stereo and HDRx options. We’ll continue to add more features based on user feedback. If market demand is there, we’ll build it.”

KataData is available now through the iTunes App Store for $4.99. In addition to the iPhone, the app is also compatible with the iPod and iPad running iOS 4 or later.

contact info:  
www.katabatic.tv/katadata
Paradise FX Supports 3-D with Helios Rig

Paradise FX has introduced the Helios 3-D stereo rig, whose wireless, self-contained, advanced design and operational features support fast on-set deployment, streamlined post and cost-effective 3-D production.

The Helios rig is suitable for all types of un-tethered camerawork, including handheld, Steadicam and studio applications. Helios also features a self-balancing design, whereby interaxial convergence controls move out from the center of the rig, preventing a weight shift from affecting Steadicam performance. Helios can also be quickly switched over from one shooting configuration to another.

Helios is manufactured from rigid, lightweight magnesium and aluminum alloy. It is designed for use with Red Epic cameras, with future support planned for Arri Alexa M and Sony F3 cameras. Paradise FX offers Helios with a range of matched lens pairs, including Arri Ultra Primes and Angenieux Compact Zooms.

Using Preston G4 wireless controls, Helios’ interaxial range can be adjusted from 0" to 2", and convergence can be adjusted from 10" to infinity. The rig measures 18.5"x18.5"x8.5", with a mirror-box width of 15". Without cameras or accessories, the rig weighs 18 pounds.

Helios can be deployed with Paradise FX’s Mercury metadata capture system. Files, time codes, associated lens and 3-D stereo information, such as interaxial and convergence metadata, can be offloaded for post or visual effects. Additionally, camera moves can be played back on set in the same way as a motion-control system. 

contact info:  
www.paradisefx.com
Canon Debuts EF Cinema Lenses

Supporting the release of the Cinema EOS C300 digital camera system, Canon has introduced seven 4K EF Cinema Lenses. 

The lineup includes four zoom lenses (two each for EF and PL mounts) covering a focal-length range from 14.5mm to 300mm, and three EF-mount prime lenses. All seven lenses are capable of delivering exceptional 4K optical performance and offer compatibility with the Super 35mm-equivalent image format. The three prime lenses can also be used with cameras equipped with 35mm full-frame sensors.

The four zoom lenses comprise the EF-mount CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L S, the PL-mount CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 L SP, the EF-mount CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L S and the PL-mount CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 L SP. Zoom, focus and iris markings are all engraved on angled surfaces for improved readability from behind the camera. With a focus rotation angle of approximately 300 degrees and a zoom rotation angle of approximately 160 degrees, the lenses facilitate precise focusing performance while making possible smooth and subtle zoom operation.

The prime lenses comprise the EF-mount CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F. The primes and the zooms all employ anomalous dispersion glass, which is effective in eliminating chromatic aberration, and large-diameter aspherical lenses, providing high-resolution imaging across the frame. Each lens is equipped with a newly designed 11-blade aperture diaphragm for soft, attractive blur characteristics.

contact info:  
www.usa.canon.com
Canon Unveils Cinema EOS

Signaling the company’s commitment to professional motion-picture production, Canon has unveiled the Cinema EOS C300, an interchangeable-lens digital cinema camera that combines exceptional imaging performance with outstanding mobility and expandability. The camera will be available in two models: the EOS C300 EF, equipped with an EF lens mount for compatibility with Canon’s diverse line of interchangeable EF and EF Cinema lenses; and the EOS C300 PL, with a PL lens mount for use with industry-standard PL lenses.

Both models feature a new Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that incorporates approximately 8.29 million effective pixels, with a pixel size that is larger than that of conventional professional camcorders, thus enabling greater light-gathering capabilities for enhanced sensitivity and reduced noise. The sensor reads full HD (1920x1080) video signals for each of the three RGB primary colors, decreasing the incidence of moiré, and 4:2:2 color sampling further enables high-resolution performance.

Supported by a heightened signal read-out speed, the CMOS sensor reduces rolling-shutter skews. Additionally, the combination of the sensor with Canon’s high-performance Digic DV III image processor facilitates high-precision gamma processing and smooth gradation expression. The C300 also features the Canon Log Gamma recording mode, which captures a “flat” looking image with 12 stops of dynamic range for maximum flexibility in post.

The camera’s video and audio recording file format adopts the industry-standard Material Exchange Format, an open source file format ideally suited for nonlinear editing systems. The C300 records to readily available CF cards and is equipped with two card slots for simultaneous recording. The camera also offers 59.41i, 50.00i, 29.97P, 25.00P, 23.98P and 24.00p recording modes.

The C300 measures 5.2" wide by 7.0" high by 6.7" deep. The camera can be outfitted with a handle, grip, thumb rest and monitor unit. Additionally, it offers an array of industry-standard terminals, including HD/SD-SDI video output for external recording. When used in conjunction with Canon’s WFT-E6B wireless file transmitter for EOS DSLRs, the C300 can also be controlled remotely via a smart phone or tablet.

The camera is equipped with four start/stop buttons positioned at various locations to satisfy a variety of camera-holding styles. The camera is also compatible with a host of third-party accessories, including matteboxes, follow-focus systems and external video and audio recorders.

Other features include fast- and slow-motion shooting with frame rates adjustable between 1 and 60 fps in 1 fps increments. Additionally, a selection of Custom Pictures enables users to adjust the image quality for greater control over the look. 

The EOS C300 EF is scheduled to be available this month, while the C300 PL is slated for release in late March; both cameras have a recommended price of $20,000.

contact info:  
www.canon.com/cinemaeos
Redrock Micro Introduces UltraCage

Redrock Micro has introduced UltraCage Blue accessories for the latest generation of digital cinema cameras, including Canon’s EOS C300. 

Designed in partnership with Canon, the UltraCage Blue ensures all buttons, functions and doors on the C300 are completely accessible, and the C300’s handgrip can be removed and attached without removing the cage. Furthermore, the UltraCage mirrors the compact design of the C300 to allow users to add critical accessories without expanding the system’s footprint.

“When Canon approached us to create a cage that would ‘finish’ the C300 into a supremely functional production camera, we wanted to do something more than just create a square cage,” says James Hurd, Redrock Micro’s chief revolutionary. “We felt it was important to mirror the C300’s compactness and beautiful lines without increasing the camera’s footprint. Customers want to retain the camera’s feel and ergonomics, and add the support, security and features of the UltraCage.”

Redrock Micro has also announced the UltraCage Blue Universal, a version of the UltraCage designed to work with an array of digital camera systems from a number of manufacturers, including Sony and Panasonic. Both the UltraCage Blue and UltraCage Blue Universal boast a modular form factor that allows users to quickly and easily switch from ultra-compact to full studio-style modes.

contact info:  
www.redrockmicro.com
Hurlbut, Letus Develop Master Cinema Series

Shane Hurlbut, ASC has partnered with camera-accessories manufacturer Letus Corp. to produce the Shane Hurlbut Master Cinema Series, a line of products designed to give DSLR cameras a professional form factor. 

Having worked with DSLR systems for the past four years on an array of projects, Hurlbut approached Letus owner Hien Tu Le with a vision for an affordable line of accessories. As a result of their collaboration, Letus has prototyped and manufactured 16 individual components for the Master Cinema Series. The complete system allows users to effortlessly morph the camera’s form factor between four specific configurations: Studio Cam, Shoulder Cam, Man Cam and Action Cam.
contact info:  
http://mastercinemaseries.com
Birns & Sawyer Updates Clamp-On Mattebox

The company’s popular tray-less, clamp-on mattebox was introduced more than a decade ago with the MB-95, which utilized 4x4 filters. Later, the MB-105 update used 4x5.65 filters. The latest version, the MB-114, is available in either a two-stage or three-stage version for 4x5.65 filters.

The MB-114 features a 114mm clamp-on back and comes with four step-down rings to 110mm, 105mm, 95mm and 80mm. The mattebox is compatible with most professional cinema lenses.
contact info:  
www.birnsandsawyer.com
Cooke Adds 135mm Lens

Cooke Optics has added a 135mm lens to its 5/i Prime and Panchro lens sets.

The 135mm for the 5/i set boasts a speed of T1.4 and the 5/i’s signature focus ring, which illuminates when required. The Panchro 135mm joins the smaller, lighter-weight lens set and has a speed of T2.8. Both lenses are color-matched and calibrated to all existing Cooke lenses and feature built-in /i Technology, which provides cinematographers, camera operators and post teams with vital metadata, including lens setting, focusing distance, aperture, depth of field, hyperfocal distance and focal length in both metric and imperial measurements. 
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Lensbaby Packages Movie Maker’s Kit

Lensbaby has introduced the Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit, a complete creative solution for filmmakers looking to add unique effects to their footage in-camera. 

Conveniently packaged in a rugged Pelican case, the Movie Maker’s Kit contains two Lensbaby lenses for use on PL-mount cameras: Muse PL with Double Glass and Composer Pro PL with Sweet 35. The Kit also includes one Composer Pro with a Canon mount for use on Canon’s line of DSLRs.

In addition to the lenses, the Movie Maker’s Kit includes a wide range of interchangeable optics and accessories designed to provide the filmmaker with limitless aesthetic and creative options at a variety of focal lengths.

Filmmakers can achieve an array of effects in-camera with the Movie Maker’s Kit. The Sweet 35, Double Glass, Plastic and Single Glass optics can be used to create different quality selective-focus effects, where one area of the image at a given distance is in focus while other areas at the same distance fall out of focus. The Fisheye, Soft Focus and Pinhole/Zone plate optics allow further in-camera creativity. 

The Lensbaby Movie Maker’s Kit is available for $2,900. 

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Schneider Takes iPhone Pro

Schneider Optics has introduced the iPro Lens System, designed to enable professional-quality photographic and video imagery on Apple’s iPhone 4 with interchangeable wide-angle and fisheye lenses. 

The iPro Lens System features a rugged iPhone case and wide-angle and fisheye lenses that tuck neatly away in the pocket-sized handle/lens case. The lenses use a bayonet mount to securely fasten onto the custom iPhone case. The case also gives users the option of attaching the handle on the left or right side of the iPhone; the handle itself enables the phone to be attached to a tripod.

Optimized for both still and video images, the iPro Lens System includes two precision-made, genuine Century lenses. The wide-angle lens simply twists on and increases the iPhone’s field of view by 35 percent with low distortion and edge-to-edge sharpness. For a super-wide, distorted effect, the fisheye lens alters the field of view by a dramatic 165-degrees.

iPro lens housings are precision machined from aluminum alloy and anodized for durability. The lens elements are painstakingly ground and polished from top-grade optical glass. To avoid flare, the lenses feature multi-layer anti-reflection coatings.

The iPro Lens System is available for $199. 

contact info:  
www.schneideroptics.com
www.ipro
lens.com
PAG Links Batteries

PAG, a British camera power and lighting specialist, has introduced the PAGlink, a linking-battery system for powering a wide array of digital cameras.

PAGlink allows users to link multiples of 96-watt-hour V-Mount Li-Ion batteries to create super-high capacities and a high-load capability of 12 amps. The batteries incorporate heavy-duty contacts, which are engineered for high-drain applications. Up to eight packs can be linked.

“Camera people were telling us they needed more power for their cameras and accessories,” says Nigel Gardiner, PAG’s sales director. “By linking the batteries, we could keep the individual capacities below 100 watt hours for unrestricted shipping to any location. We set out to achieve a system that would enable more batteries to be linked, and make more power available from smarter, smaller and lighter units.”

PAGlink batteries create an intelligent network that enables them to communicate with each other and operate seamlessly as one. This unique system allows batteries to be charged as well as discharged while linked. Charging can take place on any V-Mount Li-Ion chargers, such as the PAG Cube or an equivalent Sony charger.

PAGlink batteries are available with either a numeric LCD that displays remaining camera run time (in hours and minutes) and battery capacity (in amp hours or percentage), or with an LED indicator for capacity and run time. Additionally, the PAGlink system reports the collective state-of-charge information for display in the camera viewfinder.

contact info:  
www.paguk.com
Company 3 Offers DI Dictionary

Company 3, a subsidiary of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, has compiled the DI Dictionary. The iPhone and iPad app allows users to find definitions by typing in specific words or scrolling through a list of terms associated with the digital-intermediate process. 

The DI Dictionary is available for free through the iTunes Store.
contact info:  
www.company3.com
Light Iron Launches Live Play

Post facility Light Iron has launched its iPad-based Live Play mobile-dailies application through Apple’s iTunes Store. 

Live Play is an automated and interactive playback system that enables users to monitor metadata-rich files and simultaneously review takes and add comments on multiple iPads. Wireless, secure and customizable, Live Play enables close collaboration among the creative team on set, as well as with visual-effects, editorial and other post teams. Live Play’s toolset includes instant HD playback, database creation and metadata management.

Light Iron has used its Live Play system with such clients as Columbia Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, Lakeshore Entertainment, NBC Universal and Electric Entertainment. “We now have clients who rent multiple iPads so they can leave them in different places to view their dailies,” says Light Iron CEO Michael Cioni. “The response has been overwhelming.”

Located in the Apps Store in iTunes, Live Play can be downloaded for $34.99. 

contact info:  
www.lightiron.com
Sony Upgrades Vegas Pro

Sony Creative Software has introduced Vegas Pro 11, the latest upgrade to the company’s nonlinear editing software. Vegas Pro 11 adds significant performance improvements courtesy of OpenCL and highly optimized GPU hardware acceleration for video processing and rendering. Other new features include Nvidia 3D Vision support for single-display 3-D computers such as the Vaio F Series 3-D laptops and L Series 3-D desktops, an enhanced video stabilizer tool, and new software tools for creating animated titles. 

“Sony continues to be a leader in developing professional content-creation applications that are extremely powerful, yet easy to use,” says Dave Chaimson, vice president of global marketing for Sony Creative Software. “With the addition of GPU acceleration, Vegas Pro 11 streamlines the video-editing experience by providing smoother previews and faster rendering times, ideal for industry professionals who work on tight deadlines where every second counts.”

Vegas Pro 11 adds native format support for stereoscopic 3-D MVC and MPO files from Sony camcorders and DSLRs. Other natively supported codecs and formats include XDCam, XDCam EX, HDCam-SR, NXCam, AVCHD, AVCCam, Red .r3d, Red Epic, and AVC-based .mov and raw files from popular DSLR cameras. Native P2 support is also available with an optional plug-in. Vegas Pro 11 also offers users the option to render to the AVC/MP4 file format, which includes progressive file download support for streaming purposes. Vegas Pro 11 easily handles complex projects with multiple formats and mixed resolutions, from standard definition to 4K.

Vegas Pro 11 is available now for a suggested price of $699. 

contact info:  
www.sonycreativesoftware.com
Avid Releases 64-bit Media Composer, NewsCutter, Symphony versions

Avid has introduced Media Composer version 6, NewsCutter version 10 and Symphony version 6. The updated editing systems boasts new levels of openness, performance, collaboration and productivity, enabling users to complete their work faster, work together more effectively and reduce costs through greater productivity.

With these new versions, Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter have all been rebuilt from the core on an entirely new, open, 64-bit architecture. Avid has also introduced a sleek new user interface designed to speed workflows while simultaneously preserving the same functionality users have come to expect.

“Time and creativity [are] money for our customers, and they are looking for solutions that can help them continue to advance the art of creative storytelling without adding technological complexity,” says Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and solutions at Avid. “As we debut the most open, accessible and highest-performance versions of Media Composer, Symphony and NewsCutter ever, we are thrilled to take a significant leap forward in providing our customers with new industry standards in speed, ease and access that can help them do their jobs more effectively.”

Avid’s new Open I/O enables support for popular video and audio cards from AJA Video Systems, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, Matrox and Motu, allowing users to leverage existing hardware investments and easily add the Avid systems into their current workflow configurations. Users can also maintain a familiar and trusted editorial process with new 3-D stereoscopic workflows as well as a deep toolset, with title and conversion control. Editors can also easily export metadata into Avid or other third-party finishing systems for grading and high-end effects.

The Avid DNxHD 444 high-quality HD codec allows users to preserve full color information from HD RGB 4:4:4 sources without compromising system performance or storage. Avid DNxHD 444 can help significantly enhance real-time HD production productivity with the highest color detail possible.

The updated systems eliminate timely transcode, re-wrap, and log and transfer processes through expanded Avid Media Access, which now offers native support for AVCHD and Red Epic as well as the ability to encode Apple ProRes (on Mac OS-based systems only). The systems also support the Avid Artist Color control surface, offering greater power and flexibility in high-performance color correction.

contact info:  
www.avid.com
Tiffen Digital Filters Go 64 bit

The Tiffen Co. has announced that its Tiffen Dfx v3 digital filter suite is now compatible with Avid 64-bit systems. In addition to 64-bit support, the updated Dfx v3 plug-in features enhanced filter control and adds support for 16 Sony camera models. 

“We are always looking for ways to enrich the Tiffen Dfx capabilities, whether it is qualifying new editing system releases such as Avid’s 64 bit, or expanding our already comprehensive list of cameras we support,” says ASC associate Steve Tiffen, president and CEO of The Tiffen Company. “Our customers can count on Tiffen to keep pace with the changing technology and continue to take advantage of their Dfx investment.”

Tiffen Dfx v3 is a powerful, robust video and still-image editing-effects suite. Compared to previous versions of the software, v3 boasts enhanced multi-processor acceleration for faster interaction and rendering of images, more than 10 new filters for optical effects, updated host support, interface improvements and more. Other features of the digital filter suite include more than 120 filter effects, more than 2,000 presets, digital versions of Tiffen filters, specialized lens-correction tools, film grain, film stocks and color correction.

contact info:  
www.tiffen.com
AJA Ki Pro Mini Supports Avid Codec

AJA Video Systems has been working jointly with Avid to build support for the Avid DNxHD video codec into AJA’s Ki Pro Mini portable recorder.

“Video producers and editors are always seeking to ease their workflows and improve the quality of their productions while reducing costs,” says Paul Foeckler, vice president of Creative Professionals, Product Solutions Org., whose team oversees the products at Avid that are used by a wide range of creative professionals. “With the AJA Ki Pro Mini supporting Avid’s high quality, low-bandwidth DNxHD codec, editing can begin more quickly than ever, easing workflows in film, television and live productions.”

“One of the most frequent requests we get from the field is for support of DNxHD  in our Ki Pro family of products,” says Nick Rashby, president of AJA. “Avid’s commitment to professional editors has been unwavering for [more than] 20 years, and we’re very excited to bring Ki Pro Mini with DNxHD support as a free upgrade for all Ki Pro Mini owners.”

AJA also recently released firmware version 2.6 for the Ki Pro Mini. The updated firmware allows Red Epic, Red One and certain Canon XF cameras to pass metadata directly to the Ki Pro Mini via a single SDI cable. “We’re continually looking at how people are working, and how we can help them take full advantage of the best our industry has to offer,” says Rashby. “By enabling people to control Ki Pro Mini via the Red camera metadata precisely from camera to post, we’re automating a lot of what was largely a manual process — and making workflows easier all the way through the production process.”

contact info:  
www.aja.com
Digital Film Tools Plugs into Avid

Digital Film Tools has announced that all of its Avid plug-in product offerings — comprising Composite Suite Pro, PhotoCopy, Rays and zMatte — now support 64-bit processing and are compatible with Media Composer version 6, Symphony version 6 and NewsCutter version 10.

“We have a fairly large Avid user base, many of whom keep pace with the new technology releases,” says Marco Paolini, founder and president of DFT. “Our 64-bit DFT plug-ins will provide them with speed and memory advantages that streamline the entire visual-effects process.”

Composite Suite Pro features a well-rounded collection of visual-effects plug-ins designed to combine multiple images by utilizing compositing tricks and techniques. The toolset includes color correction; blur, grain, and matte manipulation; lens distortion; lighting effects; and edge blending.

PhotoCopy copies the brightness, color, tone, detail, grain and texture from one image and applies them to another. This plug-in also allows user to select a preset look from a library of 94 movies, 72 paintings, 40 photographs and 30 historical photographic processes.

Rays allows users to create realistic light-ray effects quickly and easily. Users can add such effects as shafts of light streaming through clouds, rays filtering through a forest canopy or beams of light on a foggy night.

Lastly, zMatte is an intelligent, easy-to-use blue- and greenscreen keyer that provides such tools as DV and HD de-artifacting, color suppression, matte manipulation, color correction, edge treatment and light wrapping.

contact info:  
www.digitalfilmtools.com
Marquise Technologies Enhances Rain

Marquise Technologies has integrated Cintel’s ImageMill2 board into its Rain color-grading solution, resulting in a fully featured color-grading station with real-time image de-grain/de-noise, stabilization and dust/scratch concealment features. 

The upgraded Rain hardware platform allows the parallel processing, in real time, of the restoration-dedicated applications Grace, Steady and Origin on 2K images, and up to 8 fps in 4K. With this new set of tools, Rain provides not only color correction, but also real-time capabilities for image cleaning for operations such as chroma-keying and tracking.

Rain allows for immediate work on any type of native-format image in either 
2-D or stereo 3-D. In addition to high-level grading capabilities such as the multi-point tracker and the dedicated curves for highlights, mid tones and shadows, Rain features a versioning mode that can memorize up to nine versions of a clip; a StoryBoard mode, which allows for the creation of up to 32 groups of sequences to grade them as an ensemble; QuickStore, which provides immediate access to the grades stored in the Grade Library; and an enhanced Grade Library, which allows users to access any grade stored from any project.

“From its beginning, Rain’s philosophy [has been] the ability to work in real-time all the time,” says Laurence Stoll, CEO of Marquise Technologies. “The ImageMill2 board matches perfectly our paradigm in offering unbeaten processing performance and excellent results.”

contact info:  
www.marquise-tech.com
Globalstor Unveils LCD for 4K Post

Globalstor Data Corporation has introduced the GS564KLC10 LCD display for 4K dailies and postproduction, as well as other high-resolution applications. 

The 56" LCD display features an ultra-wide viewing angle, high contrast ratio and high brightness. The monitor also boasts an ultra-fast response time, which ensures the fidelity of the moving image.

The display also includes easy-to-use OSD and RS-232 configurations, allowing the monitor to be quickly integrated into even the most complex environments. Its maximum display mode is 3840x2160 pixels at 60 Hz, and it is calibrated for several color temperatures, including 5,400°K, 6,500°K, 7,500°K and 9,300°K. The monitor is also calibrated for 2.2, 2.4, 2.6, DICOM and user gamma presets.

“The monitor supports VESA DDC2B and DDC/CI plug-and-play options,” says Scott Leif, president of Globalstor. “Optional features include a touch panel with up to four sensors for four simultaneous touches, in addition to an AR/AG protective glass.”

The display’s power consumption is less than 450 watts, and it consumes roughly 10 watts on standby. It measures approximately 53"x34"x6" and, without its stand, weighs approximately 119 pounds.

contact info:  
www.globalstor.com
Sonnet’s Echo Express Streamlines Red Workflow

Sonnet Technologies has introduced its Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis, which works with the Red Rocket playback and transcoding card. The Echo Express expansion chassis enables the use of high-performance PCIe expansion cards — designed for desktop computers — with computers equipped with Thunderbolt ports, including the latest Apple MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac mini systems.

The Echo Express PCIe 2.0 Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis contains one PCIe 2.0 slot, an integrated universal 75-watt power supply and two Thunderbolt ports. This system enables users to connect one PCIe 2.0 adapter card to a computer via a Thunderbolt cable while allowing the connection of additional Thunderbolt peripherals to the daisy-chain Thunderbolt port.

The Red Rocket card delivers real-time 4K RGB video playback and real-time transcoding of R3D files generated by Red digital cameras. When installed into the Echo Express chassis and connected via a Thunderbolt cable to a laptop computer, the Red Rocket allows Red footage to be decoded and edited at high resolution without dropped frames.

“We’re excited to be bringing such a groundbreaking new solution to digital cinema professionals — one that will literally change the way they work,” says Greg LaPorte, vice president of sales and marketing at Sonnet Technologies. “The Echo Express chassis enables a truly portable solution that is exponentially faster than currently available options. It really creates a paradigm shift in on-location Red project work, to be able to use a backpack to carry on-set what typically has been transported in a rolling cart.”

contact info:  
www.sonnettech.com