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July 2009
AJA Intros Ki Pro Digital Disk Recorder
AJA Video Systems has introduced the Ki Pro, a portable, tapeless video recorder that records files to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera, providing a powerful bridge between production and post with extensive analog and digital connectivity. 
Chemical Wedding Shines With Helios
Chemical Wedding has introduced the Helios Sun Calculator, an application designed for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch.
Silicon Imaging Goes 3-D, Teams With Band Pro
Silicon Imaging, developer of the SI-2K camera, has unveiled the SI-3D, an integrated 3-D cinema camera and stereo-visualization system. 
Digital Recorders from Keisoku Giken
Specializing in uncompressed imaging solutions for production, post and digital-cinema environments, Keisoku Giken Co. Ltd. has introduced the UDR-100 and UDR-20S recorders.
Glidecam Launches HD-Series
Glidecam Industries, Inc., has introduced the re-engineered Glidecam HD-Series handheld camera stabilizers, comprising the HD-1000, HD-2000 and HD-4000. 
New Bearing with Miller Compass
Miller Camera Support has unveiled the 75mm Compass range of fluid heads, a premium camera-support option with professional performance at competitive pricing.
Miller Wheels Out Arrow Shell Case
Miller Camera Support has introduced the Arrow Shell Case with wheels for two-stage Arrow tripod systems.
Cine-tal Unveils B Series
Cine-tal Systems, a developer of image-monitoring and color-management solutions, has expanded its award-winning Cinemage product line with the Cinemage B Series, comprising 42", 23" and 19" monitors. 
P+S Technik Offers SteadyFrame Scanner
P+S Technik has introduced the SteadyFrame Universal Format Scanner, a state-of-the-art digital film scanner for 16mm and 35mm.

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AJA Intros Ki Pro Digital Disk Recorder

AJA Video Systems has introduced the Ki Pro, a portable, tapeless video recorder that records files to the Apple ProRes 422 codec directly from camera, providing a powerful bridge between production and post with extensive analog and digital connectivity. Virtually any video and audio source can be fed into Ki Pro to record pristine, 10-bit ProRes 422 media, which in turn is immediately ready for editing in Apple’s Final Cut Studio without having to re-render. 

Ki Pro records hours of media to a removable storage module with built-in FireWire 800, or to 34mm ExpressCard Flash. The small, portable unit can sit on a table, in a bay or mounted between a camera and tripod. Ki Pro is also ideal for on-set monitoring, providing instant access to multiple display devices simultaneously. Other features include the ability to connect digital cameras via SDI or HDMI, or analog cameras via multiple options; real-time converting from SD to HD, or 720 to/from 1080, in full 10-bit quality; simultaneous recording to camera and Ki Pro; and built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet for complete control via Web browser or iPhone.

During the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference held in Las Vegas this past April, AJA announced that the Ki Pro has been endorsed by Arri, Canon and Red. “Ki Pro fills the gap between camera acquisition and postproduction, giving filmmakers and video professionals instant access to their material,” says Nick Rashby, president of AJA Video. “It’s extremely gratifying to bring this product to market with the support and enthusiasm of companies such as Apple, Arri, Canon and Red.”

Ki Pro is priced at $3,995, which includes the Recorder, the HDD Storage Module and an AC adapter. Additional product options include an exoskeleton for mounting between the camera and tripod, an SSD Storage Module, extra HDD Storage Modules, a Rod Accessory Kit and an AJA Lens Tap Cable Accessory.

contact info:  
www.aja.com
Chemical Wedding Shines With Helios

Chemical Wedding has introduced the Helios Sun Calculator, an application designed for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Utilizing algorithms created by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the National Geophysical Data Center, Helios offers professionals information regarding the path of the sun from dawn to dusk in any given place on any given day — past, present or future — accurate to a tiny fraction of a degree.

The Helios application operates in four modes: HeliosMeter provides a graphical representation of the position of the sun on a compass dial for any time of day, indicating the sun’s elevation and the length of the shadow it would cast; Skyview offers an at-a-glance depiction of the sun’s path across the sky; Raw Data view provides strictly numerical information; and Inclinometer view allows for accurate measurement of the sun’s elevation, given in both degrees and times of day. Helios includes an internal database of more than 25,000 cities around the world, providing longitude, latitude, time zone and daylight-savings information, and users can save favorite locations or add current locations from GPS data.

Helios can be purchased in the iTunes App Store for $29.99.

contact info:  
www.chemicalwedding.tv
Silicon Imaging Goes 3-D, Teams With Band Pro

Silicon Imaging, developer of the SI-2K camera, has unveiled the SI-3D, an integrated 3-D cinema camera and stereo-visualization system. The SI-3D shoots uncompressed raw imagery from two synchronized cameras and encodes directly to a single stereo CineFormRAW QuickTime file, along with 3-D LUT color and convergence metadata; the stereo file can be instantly played back and edited in full 3-D on an Apple Final Cut timeline without the need for proxy conversions. 

The SI-3D camera system uses two remote SI-2K Mini cameras with a P+S Technik interchangeable-lens mount connected to a single processing system via gigabit Ethernet; the cameras are synchronized and controlled through the familiar SiliconDVR touch-screen interface. On set, the cameras can be viewed individually or in stereo modes using modern 3-D LCD and DLP displays. With the addition of CineForm’s Neo3D, convergence and stereo or individual eye-color adjustments can be dynamically controlled and modified while viewing live 3-D playback using side-by-side, over-under or interlaced output modes.

The SI-3D system can record dual-stream, 12-bit, uncompressed images directly to mobile 2.5" solid-state drives, with peak rates up to 200 MB/second; a 250 GB drive can store up to one hour of footage per camera. The resulting Silicon Imaging Video (.siv) footage can be seamlessly viewed and graded in Iridas FrameCycler and Speedgrade XR with look and stereo metadata applied. The files can also be exported as CinemaDNG sequences or converted to CineFormRAW 2-D or 3-D files.

“The SI-3D camera system streamlines the entire stereo 3-D content-acquisition and postproduction process,” says Ari Presler, CEO of Silicon Imaging. “Combining two cameras into a single control, processing and recording platform enables shooting and instant playback like a traditional 2-D camera with the added tools needed on-set to analyze and adjust the lighting, color, flip orientation and stereo-depth effects. In post, a unified stereo file plus associated metadata can be immediately graded for dailies, edited and viewed in either 2-D or 3-D.”

Additionally, Silicon Imaging has named Burbank-based Band Pro Film and Digital to be the company’s exclusive distributor in the United States and Latin America. “We’re very excited about our newest strategic partnership to expand our sales and service for the SI-2K Cinema Cameras,” says Presler. “Band Pro will bring their wealth of experience outfitting digital-cinema production equipment and will provide best-in-class technical support, education and service to our growing base of TV and film-production clients. Their Burbank and New York facilities are centrally located for access to studios and postproduction facilities leading the digital-acquisition and file-based-workflow transition.”

Band Pro owner Amnon Band adds, “The new form of capture and workflow is the next big step in cine technology, and Band Pro will, as always, put our usual high standards of technological and educational resources behind every SI-2K camera package.”

contact info:  
www.si-2k.com
www.bandpro.com
Digital Recorders from Keisoku Giken

Specializing in uncompressed imaging solutions for production, post and digital-cinema environments, Keisoku Giken Co. Ltd. has introduced the UDR-100 and UDR-20S recorders.

The UDR-100 is a compact, lightweight, battery-powered, uncompressed recorder designed for digital-cinema shooting. The system can be camera mounted, hand carried, kept in a backpack or further adapted to suit any shooting style, and its rugged design makes it ideally suited for action shooting with cars, motorcycles, aircraft or boats. The recorder is capable of 2K recording, and it can also be used in a stereoscopic workflow, capturing HD 4:2:2 images via two-channel HD-SDI input.  The UDR-100 can record to HDD Disk Pack or SSD Flash Pack, and the recorder is compatible with Panasonic variable frame rate and Arri data mode; it is also compatible with any camera with an HD-SDI output. Additionally, the UDR-D100 features an LCD viewer, which can be used to display menu settings or review thumbnails of the recorded images for additional peace of mind while working in the field.

“We designed the UDR-D100 to be a comprehensive portable recorder that can be used in the field in multiple conditions,” says Kenji Hirano, president and CEO of Keisoku Giken. “Integrating seamlessly into the postproduction process, it is easy to use, highly versatile and provides unprecedented control to today’s digital cinematographer without requiring any sacrifices in function, features or quality.”

The portable UDR-20S player and recorder can record in a variety of formats and resolutions, from two-channel HD/2K digital film up to uncompressed 4K. The system features removable media Disk Packs, and an intuitive VTR-style front panel enables easy operation. With eight channels of HD-SDI video I/Os, the UDR-20S can interface with a number of digital camera systems, and multiple units can be operated in parallel and synchronized for even higher resolution recording, such as 8K. Optional J-UDR software allows the user to control the UDR-20S remotely from a PC and convert the image data into BMP, Cineon, DPX, TIFF, QuickTime and a number of other file formats; the J-UDR controls the UDR-20S via Ethernet or fibre channel.

“We call the UDR-20S the ‘Master Recorder,’ because it represents the culmination of all our research and experience in the field,” says Hirano. “It is perfectly suited to support uncompressed processing. We are thrilled by its versatility across so many different aspects and applications in 4K RGB imaging.”

contact info:  
www.keisoku.co.jp
Glidecam Launches HD-Series

Glidecam Industries, Inc., has introduced the re-engineered Glidecam HD-Series handheld camera stabilizers, comprising the HD-1000, HD-2000 and HD-4000. The HD-Series allows operators to capture incredibly smooth and graceful shots even when running up and down stairs or traveling over rugged terrain.

Each HD-Series stabilizer features an offset foam-cushioned handle grip attached to a free-floating three-axis gimbal, which isolates the operator’s unwanted hand movements. Additionally, the gimbal incorporates several adjustable axis-convergence controls, allowing all three axes to intersect for proper operational alignment.

Users can quickly attach or remove their cameras to the stabilizers via a camera-mounting platform with a quick-release, no-tools, drop-on camera plate. Ergonomic control knobs allow quick, precise adjustment of the top stage’s movement and allow the operator to adjust the camera’s horizontal balance. Vertical balance can then be adjusted by varying the counterweights on the base platform or by changing the length of the no-tools, telescoping central post. Finally, a proprietary Dynamic Base Platform can expand or contract, allowing users to easily adjust the overall system’s dynamic balance and increase or decrease the system’s rotational pan inertia.

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New Bearing with Miller Compass

Miller Camera Support has unveiled the 75mm Compass range of fluid heads, a premium camera-support option with professional performance at competitive pricing. The stylish, low-profile, lightweight, operator-friendly design boasts a wide payload range, selectable pan-and-tilt drag settings and an illuminated bubble level. 

The Compass range retains the same drag components used in Miller’s Arrow range of 100mm fluid heads, resulting in the widest drag range available in a 75mm fluid head, with ultra-smooth takeoffs, super-stable pan/tilt moves and perfect stops. The newly designed four-position counterbalance system in the Compass 15 and 20 fluid heads provides for a wide payload range; where other counterbalance systems can reduce the tilt range and cause “spring-back” in higher settings, the Compass counterbalance settings are fully functional in all positions.

The Compass 15 provides professional performance for the latest generation of lightweight HDV/DVCam/XDCam and P2 HD cameras with payloads between 4 and 20 pounds. With a payload range of 4-26 pounds, the Compass 20 is compatible with an even larger range of cameras.

contact info:  
www.millertripods.com
Miller Wheels Out Arrow Shell Case

Miller Camera Support has introduced the Arrow Shell Case with wheels for two-stage Arrow tripod systems. The semi-rigid case is constructed with quality, weatherproof, 1000D Cordura; lightweight, padded, honeycomb-plastic wall paneling; corner protection; and heavy-duty straps. Both the pull handle and carry straps are double attached, integrated with metal D-links for extra strength and positioned for ergonomic comfort. The case’s inline roller wheels are recessed to protect the axle from damage during shipping and to provide ease of maneuverability in transit. Additionally, molded-plastic foot and base supports enable the case to stand upright, clear of wet or dirty floors.

Inside the Arrow Shell Case are pockets for accessories and a dedicated tripod adaptor-plate pocket. A molded head cradle offers added protection for the Arrow range of fluid heads, and easy snap-lock straps fasten the tripod in place.
contact info:  
www.millertripods.com
Cine-tal Unveils B Series

Cine-tal Systems, a developer of image-monitoring and color-management solutions, has expanded its award-winning Cinemage product line with the Cinemage B Series, comprising 42", 23" and 19" monitors. 

Providing true 10-bit display with wide color gamuts to support both HD and DCI standards, the B Series integrates the company’s CineSpace color-management and calibration software. “By integrating our CineSpace technology into Cinemage, we provide precision control of the wide gamut color primaries, creating a perfect reference for DCI, HD and SD monitoring,” says Rob Carroll, president and CEO of Cine-tal. “Cinemage is the only monitoring system utilizing an optimized combination of 3-D LUTs, 1-D LUTs and 21-bit color matrices to provide the highest precision of monitor calibration, display-system emulation and color previsualization.” The B Series also supports an enhanced user interface and modular control panel.

Cine-tal has also released version 4.0 for the Cinemage 2000 product line, adding support for 2K XYZ color space, XYZ Waveform Monitor, Enhanced Standard Definition Modes and Independent Color Space I/O. Additionally, the company has introduced CineSpace version 2.7.1, which offers support for a wider range of measurement tools, including Photo Research, Minolta and XRite.

contact info:  
www.cine-tal.com
P+S Technik Offers SteadyFrame Scanner

P+S Technik has introduced the SteadyFrame Universal Format Scanner, a state-of-the-art digital film scanner for 16mm and 35mm. The SteadyFrame can scan great quantities of film at a high quality in a short period of time while taking great care of the film elements. 

Capable of confronting the variety of problems often encountered with archived film stock, the SteadyFrame is perfectly suited to high-end restoration and preservation projects. The film-transport system allows for an easy exchange between 35mm and 16mm, and the graphical user interface makes it easy to quickly understand how to operate the scanner.

The heart of the SteadyFrame is the software-based Perforation Recognition System (PRS). The replacement of mechanical image-stabilization modules with software-based pattern-recognition algorithms enables careful handling of the archive film throughout the scanning process thanks to sprocket-free transport. Other advantages include the ability to handle different perforation patterns, types and pitches, as well as different types of film, such as positive, negative and intermediate. With PRS, even currently unknown film formats, perforation patterns and aspect ratios can be scanned with a simple software update.

A number of SteadyFrame Scanners have already been delivered, including to New York-based pre-servation and restoration facility Cineric. “We are very im-pressed with the SteadyFrame’s very gentle sprocket and pin-free transport system,” says Adam Wangerin, Cineric’s optical line manager. “Being able to switch from 35mm to 16mm in just minutes makes it easy and fast to work in multiple formats.”

The SteadyFrame Universal Format Scanner is available through the ZGC distribution network in North and South America, as well as P+S Technik’s international resellers.

contact info:  
www.pstechnik.de
www.zgc.com