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July 2013
Vision Research Announces Phantom Flex4K

Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, has announced the Phantom Flex4K, which offers exceptional image quality, new workflow options, a user-friendly camera-control interface and improved performance at standard frame rates.

Convergent Design Embarks on Odyssey

Convergent Design has introduced the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. The full-featured, 7.7" OLED monitors combine Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor.

Denz Supports Sony F5, F55

Denz has introduced the Denz Rig for Sony’s F5 and F55 digital camera systems. The Rig comprises three main components: the Denz Top Handle, Denz Top Plate and Denz Support.

Steadicam Offers Smooth Moves with Curve, Fawcett Exovest

The Tiffen Co. has unveiled the Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero cameras as well as the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest.

Lowel Lights Up Prime LED, SlimLight Kits

Lowel Light, a division of The Tiffen Co., is now shipping the Prime 800 LED as well as the SlimLight Rifa Blender and SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits.

International Supplies Attaches Airbox

International Supplies, a distributor for the photo, video and broadcasting industry, has introduced Airbox Lights, a line of inflatable softboxes that can turn an on-camera LED light into a larger soft-light source, minimizing shadows and facial lines.

Varavon Moves with Slidecam Lite

Varavon has introduced the Slidecam Lite, which is more compact than its predecessors in the Slidecam family and is ideal for smooth and stable shooting with smaller cameras such as DSLRs or even an iPhone.

Chrosziel Expands Support Offerings

Chrosziel has introduced an array of support accessories designed for use with lightweight digital cameras.

Ovide Provides Smart Assist

Ovide has introduced Smart Assist, a compact, self-contained system based on QTake HD video-assist software and housed in a 22" Full HD (1920x1080) touch-screen monitor.

Freefly Goes Handheld with Movi

Freefly Systems has introduced the Movi family of 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbals that allows the user to execute an array of smooth camera moves while operating handheld. At the heart of the gimbal are Freefly’s proprietary, high-performance IMU and brushless direct-drive system.


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Vision Research Announces Phantom Flex4K

Vision Research, a manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, has announced the Phantom Flex4K, which offers exceptional image quality, new workflow options, a user-friendly camera-control interface and improved performance at standard frame rates.

At its full acquisition resolution of 4096x2304, the Phantom Flex4K is capable of recording from 24 to more than 900 fps, and up to 1,000 fps at 4096x2160 resolution.

The Phantom Flex4K will support three distinct in-camera workflows to address different production styles. Phantom’s uncompressed raw format will ensure the fastest high-speed workflow on set and maximize quality and versatility for postproduction. Alternatively, compressed file recording is available for a simplified workflow directly out of the camera. Also available are two 3G-SDI video outputs, which are compatible with the industry’s latest field recorders.

Some of the notable features of the Phantom Flex4K are its on-camera control interface, integrated battery mount, Gb Ethernet port for software operation, built-in Bluetooth, interchangeable lens mount and up to 64 GB internal memory. The Phantom Flex4K also supports Phantom CineMag IV.

Vision Research plans to begin deliveries for the Phantom Flex4K later this year.

contact info:

 
www.visionresearch.com
Convergent Design Embarks on Odyssey

Convergent Design has introduced the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. The full-featured, 7.7" OLED monitors combine Convergent Design’s knowledge and experience of both broadcast and cinematography recorders, while adding the capabilities of a high-end professional monitor.

“Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q simplify on-camera setups, eliminating the need for separate products,” says Mike Schell, president of Convergent Design. “Simplicity also drove the overall architectural design, gaining greater reliability, lower power and less weight — features that have defined the Convergent Design brand. The user interface is simple and easy to use, minimizing setup time and on-set frustration.”

The comprehensive set of professional features offered by the Odyssey series includes waveform, RGB parade, zebras, 1:1 pixel, focus assist (peaking), vectorscope, Histogram, LUT Support, False Color and more. The 7.7" OLED has a 1280x800 RGB pixel array, wide color gamut and 3400:1 contrast, with virtually no motion blurring and true blacks. Bluetooth LE supports simple remote control through iPhone and Android apps.

Both the Odyssey7 and 7Q ship as a monitor only and can then be upgraded to a recorder as needed. As a recorder, Odyssey7 and 7Q support a range of recording formats, including Avid DNxHD, uncompressed HD/2K RGB 444, 2K/HD Raw, ArriRaw and Canon 4K Raw. All recording formats are extra-cost options, and support for recording options can be purchased outright or “rented” at competitive rates.

The Odyssey7 is intended for single-stream support (up to 4K Raw), while the 7Q adds additional bi-directional HD-SDI 3G ports.

contact info:

 
www.convergent-design.com
www.odyssey7.info
Denz Supports Sony F5, F55

Denz has introduced the Denz Rig for Sony’s F5 and F55 digital camera systems. The Rig comprises three main components: the Denz Top Handle, Denz Top Plate and Denz Support.

The Denz Top Handle integrates a rod clamp oriented 90 degrees relative to the handle. Additionally, 3⁄8" and ¼" threads provide multiple mounting points for accessories. The Denz Top Plate provides 3⁄8" and ¼" threads on the top of the camera, as well as grooves for rod clamps. Finally, the Denz Support can be positioned along a dovetail guide rail, allowing the operator to balance the camera body according to the center of gravity without the need for counterweights. The bottom of the Denz Support is compatible with the Denz BP Multi, the Denz Wedge Plate, and many other common base and wedge plates. An integrated 120mm touch-and-go plate allows the Support to be used with Sachtler tripod heads, and there is also a quick-lock for securing the Support to Denz’s Pivot shoulder mount.

Additional Denz accessories compatible with the F5/F55 Rig include an adapter for connecting Sony’s electronic viewfinder, a bridge for 15mm rods and a rod clamp for securing 15mm rods on the Top Handle or Top Plate.

contact info:

 
www.denz-deniz.com
Steadicam Offers Smooth Moves with Curve, Fawcett Exovest

The Tiffen Co. has unveiled the Steadicam Curve for GoPro Hero cameras as well as the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest.

The Steadicam Curve is a stealth camera-stabilizing system engineered for the rigors of extreme sports and events. Compact enough to fit in a back pocket, the new Steadicam Curve weighs ½ pound and boasts an ergonomic design for one-handed, smooth video capture with a GoPro camera.

“Steadicam is synonymous with action, so engineering a system that keeps pace with the intensity of GoPro users was a natural step in the progression of the Steadicam product line,” says ASC associate Steve Tiffen, president and CEO of The Tiffen Co. “GoPro shooters have given the world some of the most amazing footage. We look forward with even greater anticipation to watching those jaw-dropping moments with that extra bit of cinematic flare thanks to the new Steadicam Curve.”

Some features and benefits of the Steadicam Curve include its lightweight and durable aluminum frame, its standard GoPro quick-release mount, the fine-tune adjustment knob for precise balance, and its collapsible handle for compact storage and portability or for use as a GoPro handgrip. The built-in mount works with GoPro’s Hero, Hero2 and Hero3 cameras.

Steadicam’s Fawcett Exovest is an exoskeletal vest designed by Chris Fawcett, an expert on the physiology of human weight-bearing appliances. The vest redistributes camera weight to anatomically appropriate areas of the body, giving
operators maximum mobility and comfort. The camera-stabilization-system design features front and rear arm mounts and a pivoting exoskeletal structure that is adjustable on the fly.

“The Steadicam Fawcett Exovest is engineered to move naturally with the operator, providing an unprecedented level of freedom and comfort, allowing the operator to focus on [his or her] craft of capturing the world’s best moving pictures,” says Tiffen. “I say this often: There is only one true Steadicam. The research and development behind every Steadicam innovation remains unmatched and the Steadicam Fawcett Exovest is a shining example of outstanding quality and ingenious ergonomic design that goes into every Steadicam solution.”

The Fawcett Exovest is meant to be less constrictive than more conventional vests, allowing for better respiration, circulation, transpiration and movement. After docking, the entire vest may be relaxed by means of one over-center lever.

contact info:

 
www.tiffen.com
www.steadicam.com
Lowel Lights Up Prime LED, SlimLight Kits

Lowel Light, a division of The Tiffen Co., is now shipping the Prime 800 LED as well as the SlimLight Rifa Blender and SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits.

Ideal for studio or EFP-style location productions, the Prime Power LED collection includes the 200, 400 and now 800 models, each available in dedicated daylight or tungsten color versions. Lowel Prime Power LED fixtures have a high CRI (90+) for accurate color with a bright, wide beam output; a key feature of the Prime 800 LED is its 50-degree beam angle that allows considerable light output to be spread across a wide area. Other features include DMX or manual dimming capabilities, adjustable color for balancing against other light sources, and silent air-convection cooling.

Lowel’s SlimLight Rifa Blender and SlimLight Rifa Pro Kits combine the Rifa eX 44 tungsten-halogen soft light with the compact color-mixing Lowel Blender LED and the focusable 200-watt tungsten-halogen Pro-light, respectively. Uni TO Stands and a Slim Litebag are also included with each kit.

The Rifa offers smooth, soft light and a fast 60-second setup, while the Blender’s tungsten and daylight LED’s blend quickly and easily to match mixed light sources or to create a contrasting color mix to make a subject stand out. The Pro-light is compact in size and offers even light with Fresnel-like shadow quality, evenly dispersed flood and a uniform spot with significant barndoor cut.

contact info:

 
www.tiffen.com
www.lowel.com
International Supplies Attaches Airbox

International Supplies, a distributor for the photo, video and broadcasting industry, has introduced Airbox Lights, a line of inflatable softboxes that can turn an on-camera LED light into a larger soft-light source, minimizing shadows and facial lines.

The Airbox softbox is blown up easily, like a balloon, and is then attached to the front of a battery-operated LED light using two Velcro straps. It takes approximately 10 seconds to set up or break down — no tools necessary. The Airbox also features a pocket in the front for placing additional diffusion or color as needed, a silver interior, and Half Soft Frost front and back panels for dual layer diffusion, improved softness and minimal light loss.

“What I love about the Airbox is that it is amazingly simple and yet clever at the same time,” says Doug Pircher, the general manager of International Supplies. “It is great for handheld work, night shoots with no power, and even as an eye light. It’s the perfect tool to add to a light kit.”

The Airbox is compact and ultra lightweight, making it easy to carry
on shoots. It weighs less than two ounces and can be folded down to fit into a pocket or gear bag. Two Airbox sizes are available: Macro and Mini. The Macro measures 8"x11"x6" and fits LEDs between 4" and 8" wide. The Mini measures 5"x9"x4" and works with smaller LED lights like the Litepanels Mini, FloLight MicroBeam 128 or MoleLED single.

Both lights are sold either with or without a cell egg crate. The 3⁄8" egg crate is designed to help control and direct light, so it narrows the beam, reduces spill and keeps light off unwanted areas.

The Airbox Macro costs $39 alone, and $58 with egg crate; the Mini costs $35.99 and $49.50 with eggcrate.

contact info:

 
www.internationalsupplies.com
Varavon Moves with Slidecam Lite

Varavon has introduced the Slidecam Lite, which is more compact than its predecessors in the Slidecam family and is ideal for smooth and stable shooting with smaller cameras such as DSLRs or even an iPhone.

The Slidecam Lite is available in two models: Lite 600 and Lite 800. The Lite 600 is 24" long and weighs 2.7 pounds, while the Lite 800 is 32" long and weighs 3.3 pounds. Both measure 1.2" wide and can support up to 19.8 pounds.

Both models are made of aluminum alloy and feature a steel roller bearing. The Slidecam Lite features a brake/stop bar to prevent the dolly sled from moving during transport, a bubble level, and a standard 3⁄8" mount for attaching almost any tripod head. Retail price begins at $329.99.

The Varavon Slidecam Lite is distributed through International Supplies.

contact info:

 
www.varavonusa.com
Chrosziel Expands Support Offerings

Chrosziel has introduced an array of support accessories designed for use with lightweight digital cameras.

The Friction Gear for Chrosziel’s DV StudioRig and DV StudioRig Plus features a 4⁄3" diameter and a soft rubber belt for use with cameras and lenses that do not have a focus gear. The Friction Gear controls the lens without teeth and compensates for the uneven surface of the focus rings.

Designed for use with heavy PL-mount zoom lenses, the Universal Lens Support works with 19mm rods and easily swings into position underneath the lens’ support point with its quick-fit, one-hand lock. The support comes with ¼" and 3⁄8" threaded bolts (in lengths of 14mm, 27mm and 35mm), which are held in place when not locked and can be combined for a greater variety of lengths.

The LWS HD 15 lightweight camera support is universally adjustable and designed for use with 15mm rods. The support incorporates 500mm long rods for mounting accessories behind the camera; the rods can also be divided into 310mm and 190mm sections for greater flexibility. The LWS HD 15 also features a one-hand dual-rod clamp in front and two separate rod clamps at the rear.

Chrosziel also offers a LANC cable with a controller interface to start and stop cameras equipped with a LANC control port.

contact info:

 
www.chrosziel.com
Ovide Provides Smart Assist

Ovide has introduced Smart Assist, a compact, self-contained system based on QTake HD video-assist software and housed in a 22" Full HD (1920x1080) touch-screen monitor. Prior to Ovide’s Smart Assist, the use of QTake HD required a number of separate components, including computers, capture cards and monitors.

Smart Assist enables up to 20 hours of high-quality ProRes recording to the internal hard drive, and external drives can be added via USB 3.0 and FireWire 800. The system supports two cameras — making it an ideal solution for 3-D productions — and up to eight Smart Assists can be linked for control of record and playback for up to 16 cameras. Smart Assist detects when the camera starts and stops and automatically records, and the system has been optimized to be ready to record 15 seconds after the user presses the power button.

An intuitive graphic browser makes it easy and quick to find recorded clips, and when playing back a take from one camera, Smart Assist finds the matching take from the second camera and can play it back in sync. Additionally, Smart Assist reads the camera’s metadata and combines it with manually entered information to automatically generate PDF camera reports that also include thumbnails of each clip.

A built-in Composite Room allows users to apply chroma key, blend, wipe and other effects. Users can also import LUTs and apply color correction to recorded clips. Smart Assist also compensates for anamorphic lenses and applies the necessary de-squeeze even to connected external monitors.

The Ovide Smart Assist is available through Band Pro.

contact info:

 
www.ovide.com
www.bandpro.com
Freefly Goes Handheld with Movi

Freefly Systems has introduced the Movi family of 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbals that allows the user to execute an array of smooth camera moves while operating handheld. At the heart of the gimbal are Freefly’s proprietary, high-performance IMU and brushless direct-drive system. The Movi is meant to be lightweight, agile and rigid. The gimbal is 100-percent custom designed in-house by Freefly’s engineering team.

contact info:

 
www.freeflysystems.com