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July 2010
Band Pro Offers Focus Optics’ Ruby Zoom Online
Band Pro has introduced the wide and short Ruby 14-24mm T2.8 zoom from Focus Optics. The lens delivers an impressive level of quality and extreme sharpness, especially at the wide end.
Solid-State Recording with SI-3D Minideck Online
Silicon Imaging has introduced the portable SI-3D Minideck solid-state recorder, developed in conjunction with Cinedeck, a leader in ultra-portable HD recorders. 
Convergent Design Updates NanoFlash Firmware Online
Convergent Design has posted beta firmware for its popular NanoFlash recorder/player.
Panasonic Releases Free Downloadable Scene Files Online
Panasonic Solutions Company has announced the availability of a wide range of scene files for its popular AJ-HPX3700 and AJ-HPX2700 P2 HD VariCam cameras.
Stereo Image Processor from JVC Online
JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., has introduced the IF-2D3D1 Stereoscopic Image Processor, which works as a 2-D-to-3-D converter and as a 3-D left/right mixer for video-content producers. 
JVC Unveils G-Series Monitors Online
JVC Professional Products has announced the Vérité G Series professional LCD monitors, which feature 3G and dual-link HD/SD-SDI (1080p/60 4:4:4) inputs. The 17” DT-V17G1Z and the 24” DT-V24G1Z are designed for broadcast, studio, mobile and field applications that demand accurate color reproduction for critical image evaluation.
FSI Makes Monitors 5-D Compatible Online
Flanders Scientific Inc. has announced that all FSI monitor models are now compatible with the 1080 HMDI output from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR when the camera is in Live View and Playback modes.
Marshall Monitors 3rd Dimension Online
Marshall Electronics has introduced the 3D-241-HDSDI 24” 1920x1200 LCD monitor. 
Marshall Intros 7" XP Monitor Online
Marshall Electronics’ V-LCD70XP-HDMI is the latest update to the company’s popular line of field/camera-top monitors.
Cinedeck Has Recording, Monitoring Solution
Cinedeck has introduced the first camera-mountable HDMI/HDSDI recording, monitoring, playback and editing device for the production community. 
Band Pro Offers PL-Mount 7D
Band Pro now offers the FGV 7D-PL camera, a Canon EOS 7D DSLR body permanently retrofitted by FGV Schmidle with a one-piece lens/sensor/base mounting element made of rock-solid steel. 
Silicon Imaging Updates SI-2K
Silicon Imaging has introduced the SI-2K 2.0, the latest version of its HD and 2K cinema-quality RAW camera. 
JVC Christens Flagship Camcorder
JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., has introduced the new flagship of its ProHD camcorder line, the GY-HM790.
Unique Solutions from UniQoptics
UniQoptics has introduced Kenji Suematsu Signature Series primes, Razor 7D Series primes and a double aspheric wide-angle adapter for 100mm-diameter prime lenses.
Blue Handle Support Goes Mini
Building on the success of its Blue-Handle Support System, introduced in 1994, Real to Reel has introduced the Blue-Handle Mini Kit System.
Compact Stereo Shooting with Element Technica's Neutron
Element Technica has introduced the ultra-small Neutron 3D Rig, designed to mount lightweight 3-D camera packages for stereoscopic video capture from smaller jibs, Steadicams, portable cameras and point-of-view positions.
S3D Intros Stereo Beam Splitter
S3D Technologies, a company focused on the research and development of technology for stereoscopic 3-D film production, has introduced the S3D Beam Splitter Rig to facilitate the shooting of live stereoscopic 3-D images.
Marvin Manages Digital Productions
Marvin Technologies has introduced the Marvin on-set workflow-management system for digital cinematography. Marvin automates the creation of backups, LTO tape masters, QuickTime proxies for offline editing and DVD dailies in a single process, offering filmmakers and rental houses numerous time- and cost-saving advantages over current ad-hoc practices.

Rocket Fuel Powers Radius
NextComputing, a manufacturer of high-performance portable computers, has announced support for the Assimilate Rocket Fuel bundle, which includes the necessary tools for real-time ingest, conform, delivery and output of Red One 4K digital material.
Convergent Design Records 3-D
Building on the success of its NanoFlash recorder/player, Convergent Design has unveiled the Nano3D, a professional 3-D-HD portable player.
FFV Unveils HD3
Fast Forward Video has announced the launch of its HD3 digital video recorder. A highly versatile, compact, all-in-one system, the HD3 was designed specifically for on-set motion-picture and television production.
DVEO Unleashes VideoTank
DVEO, the broadcast division of San Diego-based Computer Modules, Inc., has introduced the VideoTank HD, a rugged, handheld, high-definition H.264 recorder.
Surreal Road Maps Production Data
Surreal Road has released a beta version of its flagship software product, Synaesthesia.
Marshall Monitor Enters Field
Marshall Electronics has added the V-LCD50-HDMI 5" monitor to its popular line of portable camera-top monitors. 
FSI Monitors Critical Color
Flanders Scientific, Inc. has announced the release of the 24" LM-2470W 10-bit RGB LED Matrix monitor.
Wohler Adds Vectorscope to RM HD Monitors
Wohler Technologies Inc. has announced the addition of vectorscope capability to all of the company’s new RM HD LCD video-monitoring products. 
Skooba Stables Cables
Skooba Design has introduced the Cable Stable DLX, a completely redesigned edition of the unique cable and accessory organizer the company first developed and introduced in 2000.

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Band Pro Offers Focus Optics’ Ruby Zoom

Band Pro has introduced the wide and short Ruby 14-24mm T2.8 zoom from Focus Optics. The lens delivers an impressive level of quality and extreme sharpness, especially at the wide end.

The Ruby offers full coverage even for the Sony F35 sensor. Weighing only 3 pounds and measuring 138mm long, the Ruby has a front diameter of 110mm and accepts 102mm screw-in filters. The lens works on all 35mm PL-mount cameras. Additionally, Focus Optics’ anti-backlash design ensures complete accuracy of focus marks, which are oriented in the traditional cine direction, and the lens offers focus travel of 126 degrees.

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contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
Solid-State Recording with SI-3D Minideck

Silicon Imaging has introduced the portable SI-3D Minideck solid-state recorder, developed in conjunction with Cinedeck, a leader in ultra-portable HD recorders. The lightweight Minideck can simultaneously capture 12-bit RAW 2K or HD images from two SI-2K cameras or from the SI-3D stereo camera. The SI-3D Minideck processes content for real-time viewing and storage on removable 2.5” SATA SSD drives; a single 250GB SSD is capable of storing about 30 minutes of uncompressed stereo 2K footage, including audio and time code, or up to 2 hours of stereo material using the CineForm RAW QuickTime codec.

The SI-3D Minideck includes an easy-to-use 7” touch-screen interface, providing filmmakers with access to all of the camera settings, including resolution, frame rate, white balance, stereo adjustment and 3-D LUT color processing. The Minideck’s high-brightness HD LCD display can show the left- and right-eye channels individually or combined in anaglyph, 50-50, wiggle, split-screen or side-by-side views. All of the tools are provided to monitor camera alignment and parallax without the need for special 3-D displays or glasses. It also features a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator and reader.

Stereoscopic content is recorded to a single QuickTime file with all associated color and convergence metadata. The footage can be edited immediately, without prior rendering or format conversions. Other features include dual Intel Pro/1000 Gigabit Ethernet input, quad core Intel processing, a battery mount and 9-19-volt DC power input.

Weighing in at just 3.8 pounds, the SI-3D Minideck is ideal for Steadicam applications and shoulder-rig shooting. The Minideck offers composite video output, ideal for RF monitoring, or an SVGA output for the Silicon Imaging OLED Electronic Viewfinder.

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.si-2K.com
www.cinedeck.com
Convergent Design Updates NanoFlash Firmware

Convergent Design has posted beta firmware for its popular NanoFlash recorder/player. The firmware update includes eight-channel audio, variable frame rate (over/under crank), loop recording and expanded XDCam optical support. 

The NanoFlash is a small, lightweight, low-power professional HD/SD recorder/player utilizing the high-quality Sony XDCam 422 (MPEG2) codec, with bit rates up to 180 Mbps (Long-GOP) or 280 Mbps (I-Frame). The video and uncompressed audio is stored on affordable Compact Flash media in QuickTime, MXF or MPG file formats. These files can then be edited in Avid, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, Vegas or Edius, or played directly off the Compact Flash cards.

The new firmware, which is available as a free upgrade to all NanoFlash and Flash XDR users, brings eight-channel audio support for 5.1 and 7.1 audio programs as well as Holophone recording. Loop recording provides 24/7 continuous-recording capability, and variable-frame-rate recording enables slow- and fast-motion recording. Finally, expanded XDCam optical support adds compatibility for 50 Mbps HD 422, 35 Mbps HD 4:2:0 and 30/40/50 Mbps SD IMX formats.

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contact info:  
www.convergent-design.com
Panasonic Releases Free Downloadable Scene Files

Panasonic Solutions Company has announced the availability of a wide range of scene files for its popular AJ-HPX3700 and AJ-HPX2700 P2 HD VariCam cameras. The downloadable scene files provide users with an array of “looks” to increase creativity. They are available for free download at www.panasonic.com/scenefiles.

P2 HD scene files allow users to move quickly from one preferred look to another without having to make manual setting adjustments to tone and color in the camera. The scene files feature creative looks suited for shooting independent films, sports, news, beauty, music videos, night scenes and more. The scene files can be easily downloaded onto an SD card and read from the camera’s built-in SD card slot.

Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.panasonic.com/scenefiles
www.panasonic.com/p2hd
Stereo Image Processor from JVC

JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., has introduced the IF-2D3D1 Stereoscopic Image Processor, which works as a 2-D-to-3-D converter and as a 3-D left/right mixer for video-content producers. Housed in a rugged, 1RU metal cabinet and compatible with a wide range of HD formats, the IF-2D3D1 is designed to improve 3-D workflows, whether users are converting archived 2-D material or shooting original content in 3-D.

Using unique JVC algorithms, the IF-2D3D1 converts 2-D content to 3-D in real time, offering no fewer than four 3-D mixed formats (combining left-eye and right-eye images) for stereo video output on a compatible device: line-by-line, side-by-side-half, above-below and checkerboard. JVC is making this 2-D to 3-D conversion technology widely available under license. The IF-2D3D1 can also output discrete left and right signals via HD-SDI or HDMI for dual-projection editing. Output can be adjusted for parallax (image displacement) and 3-D intensity, both with natural, anaglyph and sequential viewing modes.

The IF-2D3D1 easily combines the left- and right-eye images — nothing else is required except a 3-D capable monitor (such as JVC’s GD-463D10U, a 46” 3-D LCD panel). The Scope feature provides a waveform monitor and vectorscope for comparing both video streams on a display to ensure the settings for both cameras — such as exposure and white balance — are matched. The Split feature combines the two video streams on one screen with a moveable boundary, allowing instant left/right comparison. When one of the two cameras has to be positioned upside down for correct spacing, Rotation makes sure both streams can be viewed in the proper orientation.

The IF-2D3D1 is now available for a suggested price of $30,000.

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http://pro.jvc.com
JVC Unveils G-Series Monitors

JVC Professional Products has announced the Vérité G Series professional LCD monitors, which feature 3G and dual-link HD/SD-SDI (1080p/60 4:4:4) inputs. The 17" DT-V17G1Z and the 24" DT-V24G1Z are designed for broadcast, studio, mobile and field applications that demand accurate color reproduction for critical image evaluation.

G-Series monitors feature a built-in waveform monitor with over-level function, vectorscope with selectable size and position, advanced audio level meter and LTC/VITC time-code support. A new, non-glossy LCD panel provides improved picture quality and maintains accurate color reproduction at wide viewing angles, while JVC’s 10-bit 1080p processing ensures the highest picture quality with less than one frame of latency. EIA-608/708 DTV Closed Captioning is supported via HD-SDI inputs.

Both models are equipped with traditional rotary knobs for sound and picture control, plus a built-in speaker and a rugged, adjustable stand. The DTV-V17G1Z also provides AC/DC operation and a handle for field use. G Series monitors feature an HDMI-compatible DVI-D input for Blu-ray playback, plus component and composite inputs to accommodate legacy equipment.

The 24" DT-V24G1Z offers native 1920x1080 resolution, and the 17" DT-V17G1Z offers 1366x768 resolution; the monitors are available now for a suggested price of $4,995 and $3,300, respectively.

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contact info:  
http://pro.jvc.com
FSI Makes Monitors 5-D Compatible

Flanders Scientific Inc. has announced that all FSI monitor models are now compatible with the 1080 HMDI output from the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR when the camera is in Live View and Playback modes. Any readily available HDMI to DVI cable can connect the camera to the monitor in seconds. 

FSI monitors are professionally calibrated and equipped with advanced features usually only found on monitors when using an HD/SD-SDI signal. Features include waveform, vectorscope, RGB parade and YRGB peak waveform display on all inputs, even DVI. FSI monitors also boast advanced measurement and LUM Coloring features on all inputs.
Online Online Exclusive
contact info:  
www.flandersscientific.com
www.shopfsi.com
Marshall Monitors 3rd Dimension

Marshall Electronics has introduced the 3D-241-HDSDI 24” 1920x1200 LCD monitor. Designed for professional 3-D applications, the monitor is only 2¼” deep and uses advanced engineering to deliver natural, flicker-free 3-D images. 

The monitor’s circular polarizing filter — for use with battery-free glasses — employs a 3-D optical filter applied to the surface of the flat-panel display. By using circular polarized glasses, the user can simultaneously view multiple 3-D monitors in a production or multimedia environment. The 3D-241-HDSDI also has four HDSDI inputs, which allow monitoring of two 3-D HDSDI signals. The monitor also supports IMD (In-Monitor Display) functions through RS-422/RS-485 connections (Quad-View mode).

The 3D-241-HDSDI is expected to be available in August for a suggested price of $6,999.

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www.lcdracks.com
Marshall Intros 7" XP Monitor

Marshall Electronics’ V-LCD70XP-HDMI is the latest update to the company’s popular line of field/camera-top monitors. The monitor has been upgraded with even more features and versatility but without any additional cost. New features include a cast-metal front panel, adjustable backlight and markers, HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio Detect, manual gamma adjustment, Image Flip, ¼"-20 mounting on all sides, and a more robust power switch.

Additional features of the 7" V-LCD70XP-HDMI include a wide variety of formats and markers, four user-configurable front-panel function buttons, RGB Check Field/Field Detect, RGB gain and bias control, four-pin XLR power jack, and optical-grade polycarbonate screen protection. The monitor also boasts Marshall’s False Color and Peaking filters.

The V-LCD70XP-HDMI is available in two other major module configurations: 3GSDI (composite, YPbPr and 3G/HD/SDI) and HAD (composite, YPbPr). These units also offer the ability to adapt up to nine different battery configurations for providing mobile operation in the field, providing flexibility when using different cameras or configurations. 

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contact info:  
www.lcdracks.com
Cinedeck Has Recording, Monitoring Solution

Cinedeck has introduced the first camera-mountable HDMI/HDSDI recording, monitoring, playback and editing device for the production community. Designed by cinematographers for cinematographers, Cinedeck offers a new category of portable, affordable, platform-agnostic, cinema-grade recording and monitoring solutions for anyone with an HDMI, HDSDI or LAN camera.

Cinedeck is a robust cinematographer’s toolkit, complete with VTR and monitoring functionality as well as preview, focus assist, record, playback, downconvert and transcode capability, all in the form factor of a standard on-camera monitor. The extremely portable Cinedeck measures 5"x8"x3.5" and weighs less than 4 pounds; Cinedeck is camera-mountable and, even with its cables and accessories, can be stored in a space no larger than a shoebox. Cinedeck records from nearly any HDMI or single/dual-link HDSDI camera to rugged and reliable 2.5" solid-state drives, and its source files are compatible with Mac, PC or Linux. Cinedeck also offers support for a wide array of codecs and file formats, including CineForm in both AVI/MOV wrappers, and Avid-compatible MXF, and it enables users to edit dailies on-site.

Charles d’Autremont, founder and creator of Cinedeck, says, “Cinedeck was born from years of experience in the field, lugging so-called portable and very expensive tape and direct-to-disk solutions through the Panamanian rain forests, Turkish deserts, and on the back of jeeps hurtling down pot-holed roads in Kazakhstan. We finally said, ‘This is ridiculous; we can do better.’ Cinedeck is the cinematographers’ solution. We decided to create a new standard for portability, quality and reliability, and most of all to make that level of quality affordable and accessible to everyone.”

Cinedeck is available in multiple configurations, including Cinedeck/Extreme, Cinedeck/3D, Cinedeck/2K, Cinedeck/422 and Cinedeck/DSLR; Cinedeck/Extreme is priced at $7,995.

contact info:  
www.cinedeck.com
Band Pro Offers PL-Mount 7D

Band Pro now offers the FGV 7D-PL camera, a Canon EOS 7D DSLR body permanently retrofitted by FGV Schmidle with a one-piece lens/sensor/base mounting element made of rock-solid steel. The 7D-PL accommodates most cine-style PL-mount lenses and comes with a one-year limited warranty from FGV Schmidle.

During the retrofit process, the camera’s mirror and optical viewfinder are removed and the original sensor block is rigidly reinstated in connection with the one-piece 3⁄8" threaded steel mounting bracket and PL lens mount, ensuring that all critical camera elements move as one. A three-pin Fischer connection is also added to allow start/stop control when using a handgrip system or remote camera controls, making the 7D-PL ideal for remote rigs, car rigs, cranes and jibs.
contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
www.fgv-rental.de
Silicon Imaging Updates SI-2K

Silicon Imaging has introduced the SI-2K 2.0, the latest version of its HD and 2K cinema-quality RAW camera. The new system combines improvements in the SI-2K’s firmware and software to deliver up to 11 stops of dynamic range, 12-bit log processing, an Iridas color-managed pipeline, improved sensitivity, 360-Shutter modes, ambient time-code integration and uncompressed CineFormRAW QuickTime recording to 2.5" Solid State Drives. The QuickTime Files can be instantly edited in Apple’s Final Cut or imported into Avid with the ALE and metadata generated in-camera.

The SI-2K can be docked into the rugged SI-2K Cinema DVR or tethered to the new Silicon Imaging Minideck for Steadicam, shoulder-mount or handheld operation. Two SI-2K cameras can be synchronized to shoot stereo 3-D mounted side by side or on a mirror rig for close-up work.

“The SI-2K camera delivers the image quality necessary for HD television and theatrical releases,” says Ari Presler, CEO of Silicon Imaging. “The ability to capture and record uncompressed 12-bit log is unprecedented and enables our content to be easily cut with film or any other digital format out there. The CineFormRAW QuickTime codec offers real-time cost-effective editing, metadata-managed grading and ultimately DCI mastering.

“The industry support for SI-2K postproduction has been phenomenal,” Presler continues. “Today, we are supported and integrated with Apple, Avid, Quantel, Adobe, DVS, Digital Vision, Gluetools, Iridas, and there are more on the way.”

contact info:  
www.si-2k.com
JVC Christens Flagship Camcorder

JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., has introduced the new flagship of its ProHD camcorder line, the GY-HM790. With an innovative modular design and a full complement of accessories, the camera supports multicore and fiber-based production. Plus, as a shoulder-mount camcorder, it delivers outstanding ENG performance with more features than ever.

The GY-HM790 features three 1⁄3" CCDs, which allow a lighter, more compact form factor for better maneuverability in the field and more flexibility with robotic camera-control systems in the studio. The camera produces 1920x1080 images and can record in 1080i, 720p and even SD (480i); the camera records at 35 Mbps (HQ mode/variable bit rate) or 19 Mbps/25 Mbps (SP mode/constant bit rate). The GY-HM790 is also available with an optional Canon 14x zoom lens, and it accommodates an array of bayonet-mount lenses.

Adopting the tapeless workflow JVC introduced in the GY-HM700, the GY-HM790 features a dual card slot design that records to low-cost, non-proprietary SDHC Class 6 or 10 solid-state media cards. JVC’s native file recording technology allows recording in ready-to-edit file formats for Apple Final Cut Pro and other major NLE systems that are compatible with the Sony XDCam EX workflow.

An optional ASI output module provides a direct feed from the camera to a satellite uplink or microwave transmitter via BNC for live HD video from the field. Other ENG features include an analog SD pool feed input, 4.3" LCD screen and a high-resolution 1.2 megapixel LCOS viewfinder. Two XLR inputs with phantom power offer uncompressed LPCM audio recording with manual level controls.

With its HD/SD-SDI port, the GY-HM790 provides an uncompressed 4:2:2 full HD signal for live monitoring, and a FireWire port provides output of SD signals or the HDV transport stream so footage can be backed up economically with an HDD recorder. An optional SxS media recorder module attaches directly to the camcorder and allows simultaneous recording to SDHC cards and SxS media.

The GY-HM790 also builds on the studio capabilities of JVC’s GY-HD250 camera with improved picture quality and cleaner studio integration. Its redesigned studio adapter sled incorporates a modular approach to multicore or fiber connectivity for a cleaner interface. Modules connect directly to the camera without external cabling so they can be used either with the studio sled or handheld. Plus, JVC’s modular approach allows the creation of additional modules to accommodate future technologies.

Other new features for studio or multi-camera use include built-in time-code in/out and genlock. JVC also offers a full complement of accessories, including a remote camera-control unit, remote shader panel, 8.4" studio viewfinder and multi-input special-effects generators.

The GY-HM790 is available at a recommended price of $11,995, including the Canon 14x HD ENG lens.

contact info:  
http://pro.jvc.com
Unique Solutions from UniQoptics

UniQoptics has introduced Kenji Suematsu Signature Series primes, Razor 7D Series primes and a double aspheric wide-angle adapter for 100mm-diameter prime lenses.

The result of UniQoptic’ decades of experience and the world-class optical-design expertise of the company’s joint development partner, Hyperion Development, LLC, the Kenji Suematsu Signature Series primes are a professional set of digital lenses built in Simi Valley, Calif. Features of the set include modern digital optical design, a full range of focal lengths from 14-100mm, accurate focus marking, true T1.9-T22 aperture range, low distortion, virtually no breathing and uniform focus and iris gear diameters with full and easy-to-read scales.

Embracing the current trend toward DSLR image capture, UniQoptics’ Razor 7D Series is designed for use with Canon’s EOS 7D camera. The prime lenses have been designed to give razor-sharp image control from corner to corner with virtually no distortion or breathing. The uniform-diameter focus and iris gears and single-window scales offer a familiar experience for the professional cinematographer; the industry-standard form factor of the Razor 7D Series allows compatibility with many professional cinema accessories.

Lastly, UniQoptics’ 0.7x wide-angle double-aspheric lens adapter includes a quick release mount that slips over a standard 110mm front diameter and increases the field of view by 30 percent. The double-aspheric lens technology insures the image quality is not compromised.

contact info:  
www.uniqoptics.com
Blue Handle Support Goes Mini

Building on the success of its Blue-Handle Support System, introduced in 1994, Real to Reel has introduced the Blue-Handle Mini Kit System. With a maximum payload of 20 pounds, the Mini Kit is specially designed for use with DSLRs and lightweight HD camcorders.

Manufactured with high-quality parts, the Mini Kit is built to withstand the rigors of studio and location shooting. The old ratchet system has been replaced by a robust tight-fit system, while the same aluminum alloy found in the original Blue-Handle Support is used in the Mini Kit, and the final assembly is handcrafted. The Mini Kit is supplied with a convenient travel case.

The Blue-Handle Mini Kit System is available in America through The Filter Gallery. 

contact info:  
www.filtergallery.com
Compact Stereo Shooting with Element Technica's Neutron

Element Technica has introduced the ultra-small Neutron 3D Rig, designed to mount lightweight 3-D camera packages for stereoscopic video capture from smaller jibs, Steadicams, portable cameras and point-of-view positions. The Neutron is a perfect solution for providing 3-D imaging from a small form factor, with the ability to mount the smallest 2⁄3"- or 1⁄3"-imager HD cameras such as the SI-2K Mini and the Iconix.

Though the Neutron is much smaller and lighter than Element Technica’s Quasar 3D Rig, it provides the same simplicity of assembly and operation, the ability to integrate with standard stereoscopic production controls, and the ease of changing camera configuration quickly between side-by-side and beam-splitter modes. Like the Quasar, the Neutron can be configured into both over/through and under/through beam-splitter modes.

Whether a production chooses to employ the larger Quasar, the ultra-small Neutron or the upcoming medium-sized Pulsar, the crew will be able to assemble and align each rig in less than 30 minutes and convert from side-by-side to beam-splitter mode, or vice-versa, in less than 10 minutes.

contact info:  
www.elementtechnica.com
www.technica3d.com
S3D Intros Stereo Beam Splitter

S3D Technologies, a company focused on the research and development of technology for stereoscopic 3-D film production, has introduced the S3D Beam Splitter Rig to facilitate the shooting of live stereoscopic 3-D images.

The Beam Splitter Rig offers the perfect balance between stability, rigidity and weight. Suitable for film and digital cameras with lenses of up to 114mm diameter and 16mm focal length, the rig possesses a state-of-the-art camera-release system, allowing the operator to remove and fix cameras quickly and efficiently. The operating temperature range of the rig’s electronic components is from -40°F to 176°F, making it possible to shoot in a variety of locations and climates.

S3D has also introduced the S3D Calculator, an essential tool when shooting stereo 3-D. The Calculator software enables the exact configurations of stereoscopic parameters to be sourced based on the conditions of the set and its desired effects.

contact info:  
www.s3dtechnologies.com
Marvin Manages Digital Productions

Marvin Technologies has introduced the Marvin on-set workflow-management system for digital cinematography. Marvin automates the creation of backups, LTO tape masters, QuickTime proxies for offline editing and DVD dailies in a single process, offering filmmakers and rental houses numerous time- and cost-saving advantages over current ad-hoc practices.

Marvin is the brainchild of Dutch filmmaker Maarten Treurniet. After taking delivery of Red One camera body 49, Treurniet found managing the workflow between production and post was awkward and prone to costly mistakes. “The possibilities with digital acquisition are very exciting, but we saw a clear need for production protocols to streamline and standardize the process,” he explains. “Marvin does all of that and ensures that your data is kept safe.”

Marvin is built around a Windows 7 computer with 6 or 12TB of RAID5 storage and a core i7 processor. The standard configuration includes one built-in LTO tape drive; a second drive can be added. When removable media from the camera is attached to the system, Marvin automatically creates verified copies of every shot to its own internal RAID5 storage array and ejects the media, ready for re-use. Marvin then generates multiple verified LTO copies of all of the shots from the day, along with DVD dailies and QuickTime files for offline editing. After offline editorial, a companion application, Marvin InPost, assembles the shots specified in the edit decision list for post work and finishing.

The Marvin system supports the Red One camera, Silicon Imaging’s SI-2K, Arri’s D-21 and Alexa, Panasonic’s P2 systems, and high-speed cameras such as the Vision Research Phantom and Weisscam HS-2. Anyone on the production team who has login privileges can browse through a project and view thumbnails or video.

contact info:  
www.marvintech.com
Rocket Fuel Powers Radius

NextComputing, a manufacturer of high-performance portable computers, has announced support for the Assimilate Rocket Fuel bundle, which includes the necessary tools for real-time ingest, conform, delivery and output of Red One 4K digital material. NextComputing has integrated Rocket Fuel into its Radius portable workstation, providing an elegant, compact and easily transportable on-set data-management solution for any production using the Red One.

Designed specifically for the R3D image format, Rocket Fuel combines Scratch Cine v5.0 software, an Nvidia Quadro FX 3800 SDI card and the Red Rocket hardware accelerator card. Leveraging the real-time de-Bayering capabilities of the Red Rocket card with Nvidia Cuda architecture, Scratch Cine v5.0 enables full-resolution playback of 4K Red files, direct creation of tape and file-based dailies without importing or conversion, one-light color grading, color and shot management, and initial R3D conform.

NextComputing’s Radius portable workstation is a compact, briefcase-sized computer with an integrated HD display. Featuring a desktop-class Intel Core i7 processor and over 2TB of onboard storage, the Radius neatly integrates all the necessary hardware required to run Rocket Fuel to its fullest potential. Packaging all these features in the lightweight and portable Radius computer allows Red camera data to be efficiently managed on-set, providing the smoothest possible transition to post. The ability to take this out to any location offers added flexibility to productions at any budget level.

contact info:  
www.nextcomputing.com
www.assimilateinc.com
Convergent Design Records 3-D

Building on the success of its NanoFlash recorder/player, Convergent Design has unveiled the Nano3D, a professional 3-D-HD portable player. Nano3D combines two NanoFlash recorders/players for fully synchronized stereoscopic recording and playback. Nano3D can also be used for simultaneous off-line/online (high quality and proxy modes) or redundant (two identical masters) recording.

The compact Nano3D measures only 3"x4.2"x3.8" and weighs only 2 pounds, making it an ideal choice for almost every 3-D camera rig. Nano3D utilizes the very-high-quality full-raster 4:2:2 Sony MPEG2 codec but extends the bit rate up to 280 Mbps for superb video quality. Compressed video and audio are stored on affordable Compact Flash media in QuickTime or MXF file format, providing universal NLE support.

As a recorder, Nano3D features dual HD-SDI inputs as well as an LTC input for time code. Nano3D supports a wide range of video formats, including 1080i60/50, 1080p30/25/24 and 720p60/50/30/25/24. I-Frame-only re-cording (up to 280 Mbps) guarantees that both the left and right frames are processed identically for superior 3-D rendering. Up to eight channels of embedded audio per HD-SDI stream can be recorded in uncompressed 24-bit 48KHz format, enabling full HD 5.1 or 7.1 program creation.

As a playback device, Nano3D offers standard dual-stream synchronized HD-SDI output. Nano3D also boasts a built-in combiner function, which merges the left and right video into one of the popular 3-D formats such as side-by-side, top-and-bottom or line-by-line; the merged video is output over a single HD-SDI cable for display on professional 3-D monitors. Furthermore, the addition of a low-cost HD-SDI to HDMI converter enables the 3-D HD-SDI stream to be displayed on consumer 3-D TVs.

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www.convergent-design.com
FFV Unveils HD3

Fast Forward Video has announced the launch of its HD3 digital video recorder. A highly versatile, compact, all-in-one system, the HD3 was designed specifically for on-set motion-picture and television production. Packed with state-of-the-art DVR and controller technology, the HD3 includes an integral HD monitor in a hard, portable case. The HD3 harnesses JPEG2000 compression to deliver the highest HD and SD image quality for recording and playback.

“The HD3 bundles all of the high-end HD recording and playback capabilities of our Omega HD deck into a portable, all-in-one system, including
a monitor, which makes it an ideal solution for on-set production tasks such as video assist,” says Harry Glass, vice president of sales at FFV. “The HD3 is not only powerful and versatile, but affordable, delivering high-quality results that typically are available only in more expensive systems.”

Like FFV’s Omega HD, the HD3 is available in either single- or dual-channel configurations, delivering all the advantages of HD images and the random-access non-linear benefits of solid state or hard disk drives. The system uses removable, hot-swappable 2.5" SATA drives that are compatible with the Omega HD.

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www.ffv.com
DVEO Unleashes VideoTank

DVEO, the broadcast division of San Diego-based Computer Modules, Inc., has introduced the VideoTank HD, a rugged, handheld, high-definition H.264 recorder.

VideoTank HD supports up to 32GB Compact Flash cards, enabling it to record up to two hours of 1080i content in a unit measuring only 3.3"x3.3"x1.6". It features automatic standards detection, a built-in microphone and headphone connectors. The unit is controlled via an LCD panel and on-board push buttons.

VideoTank HD is designed for encoding, decoding and rugged mobile applications where small HD cameras are deployed. The system has integrated file-safe operation to help prevent corrupt files in case of errors or power loss.

The suggested retail price of the VideoTank HD is $9,995. 

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www.dveo.com
Surreal Road Maps Production Data

Surreal Road has released a beta version of its flagship software product, Synaesthesia. The new version adds the capability to read-in clip information from Final Cut Pro XML files. The new feature adds to an already rich toolset, including support for Red camera footage and Google Maps integration.

Synaesthesia is a database-driven application for Max OSX, targeted at filmmakers who need to track data across the lifetime of a production. From loading in screenplays and storyboards during preproduction, through logging action during a shoot, to creating sequences during post, it forms intelligent links out of all the data and allows filmmakers to annotate and use modern data management techniques such as tagging to keep everything organized and accessible. Synaesthesia was created to fulfill a need to organize the massive amounts of data and metadata that can be generated on a shoot.

The beta version is available for free download at http://synaesthesia.surrealroad.com/beta. 

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www.surrealroad.com
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Marshall Monitor Enters Field

Marshall Electronics has added the V-LCD50-HDMI 5" monitor to its popular line of portable camera-top monitors. Packed with features, the portable unit is a perfect solution for DSLR and video professionals.

The compact LED-backlit V-LCD50-HDMI offers excellent picture performance and viewing angles. Standard features include a wide variety of formats and markers, four user-friendly configurable front-panel function buttons, RGB check field/field detect, RGB gain and bias control. The monitor also features Marshall’s False Color and Peaking filters, along with Image Flip, Freeze Frame, and HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio Detect.

The V-LCD50-HDMI can be powered either with the included power supply or with four AA batteries. Additionally, the bottom 1⁄4"-20 mount allows the monitor to be mounted to most DSLRs, cranes and jibs.

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www.lcdracks.com
FSI Monitors Critical Color

Flanders Scientific, Inc. has announced the release of the 24" LM-2470W 10-bit RGB LED Matrix monitor. Incorporating all of the powerful features found across FSI’s monitor line, the LM-2470W comes equipped with a true native 10-bit LCD panel and RGB LED Matrix Backlighting System. Designed for the most demanding color-critical applications, the monitor is capable of reproducing over 1.073 billion colors.

The LM-2470W is an ultra-wide-gamut LCD monitor (102 percent of NTSC) with an advanced color-space selection option allowing users to instantly switch between Rec 709, SMPTE C, EBU and Wide Gamut modes. Additionally, the monitor comes standard with 3 Gbps HD/SD-SDI inputs, allowing the unit to support a 4:4:4 and 1080p50/60 source over a single serial digital interface. Other inputs include Component, RGB, Composite and DVI-I; the four-mode waveform and vectorscope work for all inputs. Additionally, the monitor boasts a lightweight and rugged aluminum chassis, as well as audio disembedding, audio out, audio level meters and built-in speakers.
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www.shopfsi.com
www.flandersscientific.com
Wohler Adds Vectorscope to RM HD Monitors

Wohler Technologies Inc. has announced the addition of vectorscope capability to all of the company’s new RM HD LCD video-monitoring products. Already equipped with waveform display and a broad range of metering and overlay options, these sleek, compact monitors bring increased functionality and efficiency to high-quality HD monitoring, particularly in the space-constrained production environment.

“External gear such as hardware scopes not only require an additional equipment investment, but also demand valuable space in fixed and mobile installations,” says Kim Templeman-Holmes, executive vice president of global sales and marketing at Wohler. “By integrating vectorscope capability into all of our new RM HD monitors, we’ve boosted the systems’ value and eliminated a layer of complexity in ensuring the quality of video sources. Operators now can acquire a rich array of source and signal data through the monitor by simply accessing that information through the onscreen display.”

Ideal for confidence monitoring in mobile trucks, news and transmission control rooms, and duplication and postproduction facilities, products in the RM family of slim, lightweight LCD monitors enable monitoring of HD/SD-SDI video and composite video with embedded audio. Each system boasts two to four high-resolution screens that display HD or SD video, as well as meters for up to eight channels of audio. Additional overlays that can be added by the operator include safe area and safe title markers, a center mark, time code, display format and IMD.

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www.wohler.com
Skooba Stables Cables

Skooba Design has introduced the Cable Stable DLX, a completely redesigned edition of the unique cable and accessory organizer the company first developed and introduced in 2000.

The Cable Stable DLX looks and opens like a book and features approximately 18 different storage spaces in a 12-ounce case the size of a traditional day planner. Opening the Cable Stable DLX, one side features a grid of elastic hold-downs in different sizes and orientations. The elastic strips “float” freely under reinforced retention strips so they can easily stretch and contract to accommodate a near-limitless assortment of portable gadgets, cords, adapters and other accessories. Mesh pockets line the side opposite the storage grid, and elastic loops for batteries, pens and thumb drives line the center divider; additionally, the exterior features a document/CD pocket.

The Cable Stable DLX is available for a suggested retail price of $39.95.

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www.skoobadesign.com