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June 2008
IDX Rides Cam-Wave
IDX System Technology, Inc. has introduced the Cam-Wave HD, a mobile transmission system that eliminates the need for cables in many remote situations.
More Power from Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer has expanded its Cine line of power products with the addition of the Cine-VCLX/2 battery, addressing a wide range of power requirements for both film and video productions.
Steady Shooting with Stasis Flex
Building on the innovations of the original Stasis body support, Anton/Bauer has introduced the Stasis Flex, redirecting the geometry of a handheld camera by redistributing its weight into the operator’s torso and over the shoulder.
Hoodman Shoots from Wrist
The new WristShot camcorder support from Hoodman eliminates wrist fatigue by transferring the camcorder’s weight to the operator’s forearm, increasing stability and freeing the hand to operate the camera.
Keeping Cameras Comfy
Ikan, a designer and developer of tools for video professionals, recently unveiled a new camera-stability device, the CameraCradle.
Unfolding Ikans Doorway Dolly
Ikan recently rolled out a new compact, foldable doorway dolly. Sized for industry-standard 24.5" dolly track and able to carry an operator and a full-size broadcast camera.
MovieTech Accessorizes Dollies
MovieTech AG recently made a number of innovations in its line of dollies.
Vinten Stays on Course
Vinten has taken the functionality and durability of its Vector 700 standard and “H” versions and incorporated them into the new Vector 750 pan-and-tilt head.
Big Designs in MicroMattebox
Redrock Micro, manufacturer of the M2 Cinema Lens Adapter, has introduced the new MicroMattebox, a cinema-grade mattebox designed for the budgets of independent filmmakers, owner/operators, film students, educators and budget-conscious studios.
First Look at Optimo DP Series
Responding to an increased interest in large-format digital cinematography, Thales Angenieux has developed the Optimo Rouge lens, the first offering in the company’s new Optimo DP (Digital Production) series of lenses.
Staying Dry with Petrol
Petrol has unveiled the PRC-EX1 Transparent Raincover for use with the Sony PMW-EX1 and HVR-Z7U camcorders.
PortaBrace Tackles Combo Case
PortaBrace has released the Tackle Box Combination Case, a total solution for video- and still-camera professionals, providing both protection for equipment and the convenience of a mobile workstation for on-the-go video capture and editing.
Locking into HDMI
Ottovonmo Productions has teamed with PPC, an industry leader in connector technology, to distribute the new Locking HDMI cables for use in video-production applications.
Ribbit Keys Clips
Serving motion-graphics artists in such creative industries as film production, advertising and flash development, Ribbit Films delivers high-quality film clips that can be immediately incorporated into a project.
GridIron Goes with Flow
GridIron Software, a leading provider of workflow solutions for creative professionals, has introduced the GridIron Flow content-management software for use in graphic design, web and video projects.
Chromakeying on Budget
Imagica has released a $99 application that allows users to do green- or bluescreen removal at home using just a Windows-based computer, a webcam and a simple green- or bluescreen.

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IDX Rides Cam-Wave

IDX System Technology, Inc. has introduced the Cam-Wave HD, a mobile transmission system that eliminates the need for cables in many remote situations, even when shooting in high-definition (HD) video. Producing uncompressed, full-bandwidth HD-SDI and SD-SDI pictures, the Cam-Wave HD transmits those images wirelessly with less than a 1-millisecond delay across distances up to 150' in line-of-sight situations or 100' through walls.

With no visible antennas, the lightweight (1.7 pounds) Cam-Wave HD transmits via encrypted MIMO/OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing), freeing the operator’s movements while offering convenience and cost savings to productions. “IDX is diversifying and developing products that provide technologically advanced, value-added services for camera operators and production owners alike,” notes Henry Hara, president of IDX. “Wireless technology holds great promise for the production industry, and we are pleased to be a leader in this emerging technology.”

Other features of the Cam-Wave HD include two channels of embedded audio, 11-watt power consumption, an IDX V-mount that allows direct attachment to an IDX battery for rear mounting on a camera (the unit can also be powered directly by DC) and the selection of four manual or auto-select frequencies with 256-bit encryption.
For more information:  
www.idx.tv
More Power from Anton/Bauer

Anton/Bauer has expanded its Cine line of power products with the addition of the Cine-VCLX/2 battery, addressing a wide range of power requirements for both film and video productions.

Like the Cine-VCLX, the new VCLX/2 offers the flexibility of dual simultaneous output voltages, delivering up to 32 amps of total power — 12 amps from the regulated 28-volt channel and 20 amps from the 14-volt channel. The VCLX/2 delivers 280 watt hours in a compact, easy-to-handle package while employing NiMH technology carried over from Anton/Bauer’s field-proven Hytron video batteries. As a consequence, the batteries are not subject to the transportation restrictions of lithium ion or the disposal burdens of lead acid.

In addition to the range of film and digital cameras the VCLX/2 can power, the battery’s high-power 28-volt output can address up to 250-watt HMI lights and lighting panels from various manufacturers. The Cine batteries also fit all dollies, including Chapman-Leonard and J.L. Fisher.

Both the VCLX and VCLX/2 feature Anton/Bauer’s exclusive RealTime capacity display, calibrated for the higher loads of cinema equipment, along with a visual LED battery-change warning. Furthermore, specialized InterActive chargers cut the charge time to three hours for the VCLX/2.
contact info:  
www.antonbauer.com
Steady Shooting with Stasis Flex

Building on the innovations of the original Stasis body support, Anton/Bauer has introduced the Stasis Flex, redirecting the geometry of a handheld camera by redistributing its weight into the operator’s torso and over the shoulder. The innovative design enables an operator to shoot in virtually any position as it relieves fatigue and stabilizes shooting.

With a patent-pending adjust-able mechanism that provides complete flexibility — forward/back, in/out and up/down — the Stasis Flex allows the camera to be repositioned instantly and locked in place at the touch of a lever. The support can be used as a standalone unit, with Anton/Bauer’s ElipZ system or with the Gold Mount system, enabling the use of the full array of Anton/Bauer Gold Mount batteries to extend runtime, power additional devices and provide counterbalance to further stabilize the camera. The Stasis Flex can also accommodate a number of peripherals, including wireless receivers, hard drives and transmitters.
contact info:  
www.antonbauer.com
Hoodman Shoots from Wrist

The new WristShot camcorder support from Hoodman eliminates wrist fatigue by transferring the camcorder’s weight to the operator’s forearm, increasing stability and freeing the hand to operate the camera. Able to support any camcorder up to 10 pounds, the WristShot features five axis-adjustment options to fit any body type or shooting style. Additionally, a quick-release mounting system with a universal tripod-adapter mount makes going from handheld to shooting on a tripod quick and easy.

Hoodman’s WristShot is priced at $199.95.

contact info:


(800) 818-3946

 
www.hoodmanusa.com
Keeping Cameras Comfy

Ikan, a designer and developer of tools for video professionals, recently unveiled a new camera-stability device, the CameraCradle. Designed to comfortably hold and stabilize prosumer-grade video cameras during extended shoots, the CameraCradle features a soft, padded shoulder strap; an adjustable waist belt with a sewn-in loop; and a carabiner for holding extra cables. The package also includes two straps to hold the camera in place.

Made of soft, durable material filled with high-quality Micro-beads that easily conform to various camera angles, the CameraCradle also features two side pockets designed to hold wireless microphone receivers. The CameraCradle is ideally suited to multi-hour event shooting, run-and-gun productions and stabilizing the camera in tight spaces where a tripod can’t go.

Ikan’s CameraCradle retails for $99.95.
contact info:  
www.ikancorp.com
Unfolding Ikans Doorway Dolly

Ikan recently rolled out a new compact, foldable doorway dolly. Sized for industry-standard 24.5" dolly track and able to carry an operator and a full-size broadcast camera, the dolly can fold into a size that fits in the trunk of most compact cars, making it extremely portable.

The dolly is made of heavy-duty steel and comes complete with tools and a carrying case. Other features include an adjustable seat and floor wheels; a separate camera column with a bowl mount and a set of four track wheels are available for $299 each. The doorway dolly retails for $1,299.
contact info:  
www.ikancorp.com
MovieTech Accessorizes Dollies

MovieTech AG recently made a number of innovations in its line of dollies. For the Magnum Dolly, MovieTech offers a retrofit foot ring, granting the operator a more comfortable and stable seating position. Quick and easy to mount, the foot ring fits all Magnum models currently on the market.

For the Sprinter Dolly, MovieTech has introduced a set of track wheels comprising four pairs of wheels and four adapters that can be used on all standard rails, allowing the dolly to travel on curved tracks. Additionally, the new adapters (which can be purchased separately from the wheels) can be used to fit MovieTech’s existing MT400 camera crane’s track wheels to the Sprinter Dolly.

Lastly, to ease transportation of all models of the Arco Dolly, MovieTech has developed a four-part carrying-handle set. Fitting to the front and rear of the dolly in the chassis’ existing holes, the new carrying bars are easily inserted and secured, enabling faster changes during shooting sessions.
contact info:  
www.movietech.de
Vinten Stays on Course

Vinten has taken the functionality and durability of its Vector 700 standard and “H” versions and incorporated them into the new Vector 750 pan-and-tilt head.

Like the Vector 700, the 750’s unique counterbalance mechanism eschews springs and cams, instead employing a system of mechanical linkages to balance cameras with various center-of-gravity points. This makes adjustment simple and eliminates the need for time-consuming cam changes when altering the camera configuration. Additionally, new stainless steel internal components make the Vector 750 even more robust, and the slide-plate positioner has been improved with a smart new ergonomic design.

Higher drag modules provide an increased friction range, giving operators better control of heavier payloads, and viewfinders can be mounted on the side of the head via an optional side-mounted bracket. Finally, the new Vector 750 boasts a maximum payload of 165.3 pounds, allowing the system to facilitate the use of a wide range of cameras and accessories.

contact info:  
www.vinten.com
Big Designs in MicroMattebox

Redrock Micro, manufacturer of the M2 Cinema Lens Adapter, has introduced the new MicroMattebox, a cinema-grade mattebox designed for the budgets of independent filmmakers, owner/operators, film students, educators and budget-conscious studios.

Offering a flexible storage solution for managing light and controlling flare, the MicroMattebox allows users to configure the eyebrows and filter stages to exactly meet their needs. The mattebox offers a universal solution compatible with video cameras, 35mm lens adapters and film cameras.

Features of the device include a widescreen-format shade, flattened shade design for wide-angle lenses, interchangeable mattes, swing-away design, rod-mounted support (for industry-standard 15mm/60mm rods, with an optional 19mm/104mm configuration), separate locking knobs for filter position and rotation, metal filter trays with spring-loaded filter locks, a dual-purpose filter tray for 4"x4" and 4"x5.65" filters (additional tray options are available to support up to 5.65"x6" filters), a stackable design that allows users to add or remove stages to meet the desired configuration, support for top and bottom eyebrows and side wings, 360-degree rotating filter stages, all-metal construction and adaptability for various lens sizes.

The MicroMattebox is available in three bundle packages: the standard bundle includes a wide-angle shade, one 16:9 matte, two rotating filter stages, two dual-purpose filter trays, a 15mm lightweight swing-away clamp with vertical riser adjustment, four rubber donuts and the choice of accent color (Redrock blue or red or cinema black); the deluxe bundle includes everything in the standard bundle plus one top eyebrow, two adjustable side wings and flag-mounting hardware; and the Red One bundle features everything in the deluxe bundle but replaces the 15mm swing-away arm with a 19mm one.
contact info:  
www.redrockmicro.com
First Look at Optimo DP Series

Responding to an increased interest in large-format digital cinematography, Thales Angenieux has developed the Optimo Rouge lens, the first offering in the company’s new Optimo DP (Digital Production) series of lenses.

Formally known as the Optimo DP 30-80mm zoom, the new PL-mount lens boasts a speed of T2.8 throughout the zoom range, with no ramping or breathing. The lens also features calibrated focus marks, tracking adjustments, precise zoom and focus control through the unique Optimo mechanical design and optics optimized for today’s 4K cameras. Additionally, the Rouge weighs only 4.2 pounds and measures just over 7" long (with a 114mm front diameter).

The Optimo DP series is designed to deliver the quality of Angenieux’s Optimo lenses at an affordable price. “Our new Optimo DP series brings the best of film to the new world of large format digital production,” says Chris Beauparlant, Thales Angenieux’s sales manager for the Americas. “Now filmmakers have more options when it comes to finding a cost-efficient lens for this new generation of cameras.”

contact info:

(973) 812-3858

 
angenieux@tccus.com
www.angenieux.com
Staying Dry with Petrol

Petrol has unveiled the PRC-EX1 Transparent Raincover for use with the Sony PMW-EX1 and HVR-Z7U camcorders.

Constructed largely of clear polyurethane for maximum visibility, the PRC-EX1 offers quick and easy access to all camera features and even enables work with the flip-out LCD screen fully open. The Raincover’s one-piece design makes it extremely easy to install while shooting, and a hot-shoe connector on the cover’s rigid front hood anchors and stabilizes the Raincover on the camera. At the rear, durable, waterproof fabric surrounds and protects the viewfinder.

contact info:

(845) 268-0100 

 
www.petrolbags.com
info-cd-usa@vitecgroup.com
PortaBrace Tackles Combo Case

PortaBrace has released the Tackle Box Combination Case, a total solution for video- and still-camera professionals, providing both protection for equipment and the convenience of a mobile workstation for on-the-go video capture and editing.

The Tackle Box comprises a watertight, crushproof hard shell with sewn protective cases and organizers throughout the interior. These include fitted removable cases for cameras, light stands or tripods; a built-in workstation desktop for on-location editing; a workspace visor; and hideaway compartments for power sources and other accessories.

Like all PortaBrace injection-molded hard cases, the Tackle Box meets NATO and U.S. military certification standards in an efficient, lightweight casing made with advanced TTX01, a high-strength, patented plastic requiring less material to deliver the durability users demand.
contact info:  
www.portabrace.com
Locking into HDMI

Ottovonmo Productions has teamed with PPC, an industry leader in connector technology, to distribute the new Locking HDMI cables for use in video-production applications.

Taking advantage of HDMI’s ability to send an uncompressed 4:2:2-color-sampled picture out to a recording codec — just as HD-SDI can, but for a significantly lower price — the new cables eliminate HDMI’s traditional propensity for coming unplugged, which had made the cables more of a hindrance than a benefit in production environments. Featuring a release button on the connector, the Locking HDMI cables can plug into any HDMI-compatible device, including BlackMagic Design’s DeckLink HD Extreme, the Red One camera and the Canon HV30 and Sony HVR-Z7U camcorders.

PPC’s Locking HDMI cables are available in three lengths — 3', 6' and 12' — for a suggested retail price of $40, $58 and $72, respectively. Cables with gold-plated connectors are also available in the same lengths, retailing for $88, $106 and $132.

For ASC members, Ottovonmo is offering a 30% discount off the suggested retail price of all the cables.

contact info:

 Members interested in purchasing Locking HDMI cables can call Jeff Carr at (315) 579-3300

 
www.lockinghdmi.com
Ribbit Keys Clips

Serving motion-graphics artists in such creative industries as film production, advertising and flash development, Ribbit Films delivers high-quality film clips that can be immediately incorporated into a project. Recently, the company re-launched its Web site and introduced 12 thematic volumes of pre-keyed HD clips.

Making it easier for film editors, directors, producers, designers and hobbyists to finish products as quickly as possible, each of Ribbit’s 12 thematic volumes contains over 20 clips and are available as downloadable suites or DVDs. The clips cover everything from fighting, sports and dancing to fitness and business.

Whether used for background footage, swipes, title sequences, banners, advertisements or any other project where dynamic live-action footage is called for, Ribbit’s HD clips allow users the freedom to create top-quality work quickly and easily. The convenient, pre-keyed greenscreen footage is simple to use and lends itself naturally to the overall creative process by offering a sweeping range of design options.
contact info:  
www.ribbitfilms.com
GridIron Goes with Flow

GridIron Software, a leading provider of workflow solutions for creative professionals, has introduced the GridIron Flow content-management software for use in graphic design, web and video projects. Flow automatically tracks the design process from idea to end result and manages assets and applications for the most complex workflows.

Using a sophisticated system to automatically track workflows by recording all import/export, save/save as and copy/paste actions in a project, Flow understands the file formats for almost all creative professional applications, including those from Apple and Adobe. The software also maintains the relationships between stills, movies, sound clips, fonts, plug-ins and color swatches on all local, network and removable storage devices.

With real-time asset-tracking technology, Flow automatically builds Workflow Maps for every project, showing the files used in the workflow and how they are connected to one another. Workflow Maps display all related application project files, media assets and internal structures such as comps and layers. By selecting any file in the Workflow Map, users can view the fonts, color swatches and application plug-ins used to create it.

“Creative professionals now have an easy way to visualize their design process and share their projects with a colleague, ship them to a client or archive them for safe keeping,” says Steve Forde, CEO of GridIron Software. Other features in Flow include a Workflow Calendar that displays the time, date and duration of projects for up to a year; Visual Versions, which automatically track the versions of media files, including thumbnails and metadata, as a project evolves, allowing users to easily revert to a previous version of a file anywhere in their workflow; and Tags and Annotations, which provide tags and sticky-note style annotations to assets or projects and support custom tags and metadata standards. In addition, GridIron offers the Flow SDK tool to vendors, making it easy for them to create custom extensions to support their file formats and add new functionality to the Flow environment.

Flow will be available this summer for Mac OS X Tiger and Leopard and for Windows XP and Vista.
contact info:  
www.gridironsoftware.com
Chromakeying on Budget

Imagica has released a $99 application that allows users to do green- or bluescreen removal at home using just a Windows-based computer, a webcam and a simple green- or bluescreen. Called Lights*Camera*Action, the software is aimed toward amateur videophiles and YouTube contributors who want to spice up their videos with special effects.

Users can load either video or still images to use as backgrounds when they replace the green or blue backing used during recording, which can be as simple as poster board, a painted wall, colored fabric or any other solid green or blue matte surface. Simply clicking the “compute” button in the application removes the backing.

Imagica’s Primatte chromakey technology — which has been employed on projects ranging from Spider-Man to The Lord of the Rings — powers the new application. “We feel that Lights*Camera*Action is a unique product that will enhance videos currently being made,” notes product manager Scott Gross. “It can be used to make any home video more interesting and visually appealing.”
contact info:  
www.imagica-technologies.com