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June 2009
Tiffen Photo FX for iPhone Online
The Tiffen Co. has introduced a version of its award-winning DFX Digital Filter Effects software for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Dubbed Photo FX, the software is available in Apple’s iTunes App Store at an introductory price of $2.99 and features 27 different film looks and 26 filters/effects with slider controls.
Media Distributors, SoleraTec Offer Constellation Online
Media Distributors has entered into an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement with SoleraTec, LLC of Escondido, Calif., and will be the exclusive sales partner for the Constellation Video Content Manager in the broadcast media, television and entertainment industries. 
Media Distributors Adds Archive Station Online
Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems and products for professional audio and video production, has announced that its Rental Station division has introduced the Archive Station, a secure storage solution providing automatic archive of professional video content. 
Nexto Goes Pro with Video Storage Online
International Supplies has introduced the latest addition to Nexto DI’s line of portable storage devices, the Nexto Video Storage Pro, Model NVS2500.
Focus Enhancements Intros ProxSys MA Online
Focus Enhancements Inc. has unveiled the ProxSys MA Media Archive Server series of affordable archive solutions for popular tapeless media formats, including P2, SxS, Sony Professional Disc and FS DTE. 
Rimage Archives P2 Content  Online
Rimage Corp. has introduced the Rimage Archiver for P2 HD disc-publishing application. P2 solid-state camera-card files can now be safely and automatically recorded for archive and/or distribution on a non-linear format in Rimage disc-publishing systems using a simple drag-and-drop workflow while maintaining the P2 data structure and integrity.
Rorke Data Announces Galaxy Aurora LS Online
Data storage solutions provider Rorke Data Inc. has introduced its Galaxy Aurora LS (LiteSpeed) direct-attached RAID and SAN appliance. 
JMR Debuts FibreStream RAID Online
JMR Electronics, Inc., has debuted FibreStream, the company’s Fibre Channel RAID solution with playback speeds exceeding 1,300 MB per second.
Western Digital Ships GreenPower Hard Drive Online
Western Digital Corp. has expanded its enterprise family of hard drives with the GreenPower RE4-GP hard drive. Combining next-generation 2 TB capacity, 64 MB cache, dual processors and increased areal density, the RE4-GP yields twice the processing power of the previous generation, resulting in as much as 25-percent performance improvement.
Cache-A Unveils Prime-Cache Online
Cache-A Corp., a leading supplier of network-attached archive appliances for the digital-film and professional-video industry, has introduced Prime-Cache, the first product in the company’s new generation of storage solutions based on Quantum’s award-winning A-Series technology, which has been integrated into many digital file-based workflows over the past four years. 
Vizrt Enhances Viz Video Hub Online
Vizrt has introduced Viz Video Hub version 1.2.1, a scalable, upgradeable solution for IT-based production and archiving. Enhanced capabilities within version 1.2.1 give the plug-and-play media-asset-management (MAM) system an extended support for archive functionality through a Tape Robot feature; the functionality includes capabilities for ingest and playout, transcoding, browsing, craft editing and more on a smaller scale. Viz Video Hub 1.2.1 helps media organizations maximize the value of their media assets by making them accessible throughout the organization. 
G-Tech Launches G-Speed Online
G-Technology by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has announced the G-Speed eS Pro XL, a rack-mount, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expansion solution with mini-SAS connectivity, providing high-performance, low-cost RAID for professional content-creation applications.
LaCie Offers Storage Combos Online
Leveraging the quality and reputation of the award-winning LaCie 4big Quadra high-capacity storage solution, LaCie has announced the 4big Quadra Bundle, which boasts huge capacities up to 32 TB and fast transfer speeds up to 700 MB/s. LaCie has also announced an 8 TB model of the 4big Quadra.
Copan, SGL Partner Online
Copan Systems, a leader in persistent data-storage solutions, and Software Generation Limited (SGL), a leading provider of content-archive and storage-management software for the media and entertainment industry, have announced a new technology partnership. 
Kodak Introduces Vision3 250D
Eastman Kodak Co. has unveiled Vision3 250D 5207/7207 color-negative film, the second emulsion in the Vision3 line. 
Helical Antennas Go 12 Rounds
Although they have been on the market for a number of years, Professional Wireless Systems’ proprietary Helical antennas only recently made the transition into feature-film production with 12 Rounds, directed by Renny Harlin and shot by David Boyd, ASC. 
Mytherapy Opens D-Cinelab
Specializing in raw-camera post, 2K and 4K DI processes, and digital-cinema mastering, Mytherapy D-Cinelab has opened a new facility in London’s West End. 
16x9 Super Fisheye, Wide Attachments
16x9 Inc. has unveiled the EXII 0.6X Wide Attachment and the EXII 0.45X Super Fisheye Lens Attachment. 
OConnor Updates Classic
OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has upgraded its workhorse Ultimate 2575 Fluid Head. The new “D” model boasts ergonomic changes to controls and more pan-bar mounting points while retaining the counterbalance specifications and other characteristics that contributed to the popularity of its predecessor, the 2575C.
Vinten Supports Videographers
Vinten has responded to demands from DV-camera users by introducing an addition to its Protouch lightweight camera-support range. 
EZ Jib Adds Extension
EZ FX, Inc. has introduced an extension kit for its EZ Jib camera crane. Replacing the 6' and 4' extensions, the new kit can be used at either 3.5' or 7', effectively offering two extensions in one kit. Further, the kit is more compact than the 6' extension, providing easier storage and transport.
Petrol Rolls Out C-Stand Bag
Petrol, a Vitec Group brand, has unveiled the C-Stand Rolling Bag, a padded, semi-hard carrier designed to hold up to four C-stands comfortably and securely.
CineBags Redesigns Laptop Bag
CineBags has redesigned its CB-17 Laptop Bag. Designed to hold laptops of up to 17", the CB-17 includes a removable laptop sleeve, a shoulder strap and CineBags’ “Remove Before Filming” key chain. The bag can also expand to accommodate large production binders.
Editing Magic with Magix Software
Magix has introduced two video-editing software packages, Video Pro X and Movie Edit Pro 15. 
VDS Keeps Quantel Plugged In
Video Design Software has released six new Synapse-Neuron bundles for Quantel, allowing the Quantel Q-range operator direct, interactive use of hundreds of professional-grade After Effects plug-ins from within the Pablo, iQ, gQ, eQ, QPaintbox and QEffects environments.
Escape Offers Online Camera-Tracking Course
Escape Studios is offering the online course “Camera Tracking for VFX,” which delves into the professional camera-tracking skills required by aspiring 3-D artists. Taught by Escape Studios staff, the course covers background, workflows and best practices in a flexible format that includes more than 12 hours of video content.
Tiffen, Lowel Team Up
The Tiffen Co. has agreed to handle the manufacturing, worldwide distribution and marketing of all Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Inc., products. “This agreement between our companies is a perfect fit,” says Steven Tiffen, president and CEO of The Tiffen Co. “The broad range of lighting products Lowel offers complements our name-brand photographic-accessory lines, and our distribution channels reach the same markets. We are both very excited about this expansion and the opportunities it presents.”
Thomson Post Becomes Digital Film Technology
Parter Capital Group has completed its acquisition of the Thomson Post Production Business Unit, which has been rebranded Digital Film Technology. The transition for DFT customers is seamless because DFT is selling and supporting Thomson’s full post-product line, including the Spirit and Shadow family of scanners/telecines/datacines, the Bones family of dailies and post workflow-management tools, the Scream grain reducer, and the Luther color-calibration system.
Band Pro Offers Financial Services
Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc., recently unveiled a customer-focused financing program, offering a number of customized financing options designed for the needs of the broadcast- and cinema-production industries. A team of finance professionals will be available to help secure flexible and competitive financing options for new and existing Band Pro customers.
Epson Unveils Home Cinema Projector
Epson has added the PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB to its award-winning line of 3LCD 1080p front projectors. Offering true 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) resolution with the latest 3LCD D7 chip set for significantly higher contrast, a built-in HQV Reon-VX processor by Silicon Optix, and a wide range of new performance advantages, the 6500 UB delivers an outstanding viewing experience for home entertainment.

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Tiffen Photo FX for iPhone

The Tiffen Co. has introduced a version of its award-winning DFX Digital Filter Effects software for use with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. Dubbed Photo FX, the software is available in Apple’s iTunes App Store at an introductory price of $2.99 and features 27 different film looks and 26 filters/effects with slider controls.

The software allows users to enhance images from photos taken with or stored on their iPhones and saves the new images without overwriting the originals. The application includes a random filter-selector feature and creative groups such as Face FX, Outer FX, Fun FX, Classic FX and Wild FX.

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Media Distributors, SoleraTec Offer Constellation

Media Distributors has entered into an original equipment manufacture (OEM) agreement with SoleraTec, LLC of Escondido, Calif., and will be the exclusive sales partner for the Constellation Video Content Manager in the broadcast media, television and entertainment industries. The two companies have jointly engineered Constellation to match the requirements of the video-production industry, enabling a flexible information-repository approach to managing video files, as opposed to a monolithic file structure. The software system includes an end-user interface that offers full search, retrieval and manipulation of video and project files without touching the original video source content.

Constellation is the first video asset-management system to leverage next-generation enterprise tiered storage techniques and is the first to include digital fingerprinting, delivering a highly flexible and scalable storage and distribution system for a wide range of customers, form large-scale video-rights holders to small production and postproduction companies. The system easily conforms to the existing workflow of any organization.

Using Constellation, customers can conduct on-site video ingest, archive and editing — including color-correction — and can automatically distribute to CD, DVD or digital delivery systems. Constellation was specifically designed to manage video data and metadata, and the system recognizes and supports data from today’s leading video-editing solutions. Constellation also supports all SAN, NAS, RAID, JBOD and external drives; XSAN, Avid Unity, Blu-ray and DVD library systems; all tape drives and tape library systems; and a range of operating systems, including Windows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista; Mac OSX; Linux; and Unix. Once video-file assets are ingested and cataloged within the Constellation Information Repository, user-configurable policies can then migrate and replicate the video assets to secondary, less-expensive storage, immediately generating a greater return on investment of storage resources.

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Media Distributors Adds Archive Station

Media Distributors, a leading provider of services, systems and products for professional audio and video production, has announced that its Rental Station division has introduced the Archive Station, a secure storage solution providing automatic archive of professional video content. Designed for both tapeless and tape-based workflows, the Archive Station is a fully integrated, single-road-case system that can be used on location or in house. 

A one-button power-up solution, the Archive Station provides production companies with secure backup and rapid access to archived video content. The system enables play-out to either Blu-ray disc or LTO media and provides for cloning on additional portable hard drives for safe geographic separation of content. The Archive Station supports both Windows and Mac OS environments, and it captures all metadata included with video files while maintaining linking of project files from online to archive medium. The system offers full asset-management support for all archived content and supports both Apple Final Cut Pro and Avid workflows. Customers can use the Archive Station to archive video directly from FireWire, USB or Serial ATA drives, and can extend the system to work with additional online content on RAID, NAS and SAN storage.

“Our customers have sought the most secure archival solutions for their assets, including on-location environments, and Archive Station is the ideal road-ready product for the most intensive video productions,” says Steve Klein, CEO of Media Distributors. “We wanted to design a system that is built to preserve our customers’ best work and would act as an automatic archive system for video assets. The Archive Station fully complements our Remote Station system and integrates our recently introduced Constellation VCM asset-management software.”

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Nexto Goes Pro with Video Storage

International Supplies has introduced the latest addition to Nexto DI’s line of portable storage devices, the Nexto Video Storage Pro, Model NVS2500. Like its predecessors, Video Storage Pro is a reliable, easy-to-use and extremely fast backup solution. It can back up hundreds of hours of raw footage from hard-drive camcorders via USB or memory card, including Sony SxS memory cards.

The VS Pro uses patented X-Copy technology to give users the fastest backup speed possible from an SxS card and all other standard memory cards; the VS Pro can back up an SxS card at an average speed of 80 MB/s. The VS Pro also features an eSATA, USB 2.0 and FireWire interface for fast transfer speed to and from the computer. Additionally, the VS Pro features a multiple-backup function, so users can back up simultaneously to the built-in hard drive and to an external hard drive. Users can also preview their footage on the VS Pro’s 2.4” color LCD screen, and an internal free-fall sensor automatically locks the data on the hard drive the second it begins to drop, while internal shock absorbers further ensure the stored information remains safe.

The VS Pro can store all types of files, including video footage, photos, data, music, movies and games. It is compatible with PC, Mac and Unix, and its compact, lightweight design allows it to fit in the palm of the hand for easy portability. The device checks the integrity of the footage and verifies when backup is complete; it also notifies the user when a memory card is corrupt or a hard drive is faulty.

The Nexto Video Storage Pro will be available in July in 500 GB and 1 TB, and it is forward-compatible to 2 TB. The device comes with a one-year warranty, shock-protection rubber jacket, USB cable, eSATA cable, FireWire cable, extra AA battery holder, car charger and AC adaptor.

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Focus Enhancements Intros ProxSys MA

Focus Enhancements Inc. has unveiled the ProxSys MA Media Archive Server series of affordable archive solutions for popular tapeless media formats, including P2, SxS, Sony Professional Disc and FS DTE. 

To aid in quick search of content at a latter date, a Flash preview is automatically generated during ingest and remains online along with both native and custom metadata on the ProxSys MA system. Users can search and preview content from any networked Web browser client, and once content has been located, the original high-resolution content can be easily retrieved from either Blu-ray disc or USB HDD for immediate use.

Two versions of ProxSys MA are available, and both are based on a Windows XP Pro desktop server, with the ProxSys MA application on a Linux virtual machine; both also feature 1TB of mirrored RAID internal storage for up to 2500 hours of proxy clips and preview render. The standard ProxSys MA-10 features an internal 8x Blu-ray burner and a single license for the ProxSys Media Transfer Utility for use on the local machine. The ProxSys MA-50 utilizes a robotic 8x Blu-ray burner in place of the internal unit that allows for automated Blu-ray burning when archived material reaches a particular size, as well as customizable disc-label printing; the MA-50 version also includes two licensed copies of the ProxSys Media Transfer Utility for local or remote (Mac or Windows) ingest.

“The increase in popularity of tapeless acquisition has greatly enhanced workflow for video production in many ways,” says Matt McEwen, director of product management for Focus Enhancements. “With ProxSys MA-10 Media Archive Server, we have provided the simplest means of archiving raw content from tapeless media as well as being able to quickly retrieve that content at a later date.”

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Rimage Archives P2 Content

Rimage Corp. has introduced the Rimage Archiver for P2 HD disc-publishing application. P2 solid-state camera-card files can now be safely and automatically recorded for archive and/or distribution on a non-linear format in Rimage disc-publishing systems using a simple drag-and-drop workflow while maintaining the P2 data structure and integrity. Additionally, with Rimage DiscFlow 2.0 software, Mac users now have the same effortless offloading and publishing capabilities that Windows customers have enjoyed.

Tadao Shimozuru, director of Professional AV Systems Business Unit at Panasonic, notes, “Rimage products are the perfect automated offload systems for P2 contents, and their Archiver for P2 HD application provides P2 users with a very professional interface to archive to the Blu-ray format, thereby helping extend the tapeless benefits of P2 workflows beyond the acquisition and editing area for any video professional using P2 cameras.”

Rimage Archiver for P2 HD employs a simple wizard, based on the long-established Rimage QuickDisc interface, allowing users to browse for Panasonic P2 card contents in any local or network-accessible drive folder. The necessary MXF and XML structure of P2 content folders is maintained from dip selection through label choice to final recording. In addition to providing user-selectable clip archiving, the Rimage system automatically prints clip thumbnails and metadata on the disc label, enabling an easy visual identification of discs associated with a particular program or shoot.

“The offloading and archiving of P2 card content is a real challenge for users of Panasonic P2 cameras, and we are extremely pleased to provide them with a simple, cost-effective and secure optical-disc-based solution that meets their needs,” says Manny Almeida, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Rimage. “With the phenomenal partnership support we are receiving from the Panasonic Broadcast division across the globe, we are able to directly address their customers’ needs.”

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Rorke Data Announces Galaxy Aurora LS

Data storage solutions provider Rorke Data Inc. has introduced its Galaxy Aurora LS (LiteSpeed) direct-attached RAID and SAN appliance. Designed with four 8Gb Fibre Channel host connections, the Galaxy Aurora LS boasts sustained transfer rates of over 1,000 MB per second and rebuild times up to 6 times faster than hardware-based RAID solutions. It supports multiple uncompressed HD streams or 2K film, making it ideal for film and video postproduction.

EOS, Aurora’s software RAID engine, further distinguishes the Galaxy Aurora family by eliminating the biggest bandwidth bottleneck: the ASIC-based hardware RAID controller. The EOS RAID engine is powered by a Nehalem-based CPU driving a multi-core software RAID algorithm that is extremely fast and highly adaptable. Unlike hardware RAID ASICs, EOS can be quickly reprogrammed to take advantage of faster next-generation CPUs and more efficient network protocols as they become available in the market.

The 12-bay Galaxy Aurora LS features one, two or four ports of 8Gb Fibre Channel connectivity, can be configured as a Direct Attached or SAN appliance, and offers 10-15 TB of usable storage capacity with RAID 6 protection. An embedded, Web-based GUI allows users to easily monitor status and troubleshoot. Able to support multiple workstations in a SAN without expensive switches, the Galaxy Aurora LS is compatible with SAN software including XSAN, CommandSoft, StorNext and MetaSAN, and is application-tested with AJA, Blackmagic, Matrox, Bluefish, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe, da Vinci, Autodesk, Iridas, Assimilate and Digital Vision.

With an MSRP starting at less than 70 cents per gigabyte, the Galaxy Aurora LS fills a gap in the market by giving smaller postproduction workgroups access to high-performance storage. All Rorke Data products are supported by the company’s Professional Services Division and come complete with pre- and post-sales support, onsite installation and custom services.

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JMR Debuts FibreStream RAID

JMR Electronics, Inc., has debuted FibreStream, the company’s Fibre Channel RAID solution with playback speeds exceeding 1,300 MB per second.

FibreStream is ideal for workflow-intensive markets where powerful sustained performance, absolute data integrity and supreme reliability are key factors for business continuance. FibreStream delivers unparalleled performance and data protection for applications in standard- and high-definition video postproduction, digital prepress, disk-to-disk backup, audio post, e-mail compliance, data warehousing, data mining and transaction-based environments. Whether operated as a standalone system or added to an existing SAN, the FibreStream RAID array can be configured for RAID levels 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, 10, 40, 50 or 60. Its rack-mount enclosure contains 16 hot-swappable 3.5” disk-drive canisters for 3Gb per second SAS or SATA-2 disk drives, which creates a powerful and dense storage array of up to 32 TB in a single 3U RAID shelf. Storage can also be expanded beyond the 16 internal drives by daisy-chaining the FibreStream system to JMR’s BlueStor SAS JBOD Expansion unit.

FibreStream integrates enterprise-class chassis and backplane design with ATTO Technology’s FastStream embedded Storage Controller technology; FastStream is designed as a microATX RAID controller, which integrates with SAS or SATA storage to provide instant RAID protection and advanced intelligence features. FibreStream is available with either two or four 4Gb/s Fibre Channel host ports, and is supplied with drive carriers (fully compatible with all BlueStor product disk carriers), the selected number of disk drives as ordered, all rack-mounting brackets and hardware, and a RAID array management/GUI on CD-ROM. The energy-conscious, RoHS and SES 2.0-compliant design is further enhanced by its redundant, hot-swappable N+1 dual power supplies and cooling fans.

“For years, Fibre Channel offerings were always an expensive choice, and the high equipment and operational costs associated with proprietary technologies put SANs beyond the budgets of many small- and mid-sized businesses,” says Josef Rabinovitz, JMR’s president and CEO. “FibreStream, like the rest of our BlueStor line, provides post facilities and broadcasters alike with cost-efficient and application-focused products that generate strong ROI while significantly reducing overhead.”

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Western Digital Ships GreenPower Hard Drive

Western Digital Corp. has expanded its enterprise family of hard drives with the GreenPower RE4-GP hard drive. Combining next-generation 2 TB capacity, 64 MB cache, dual processors and increased areal density, the RE4-GP yields twice the processing power of the previous generation, resulting in as much as 25-percent performance improvement. Boasting power savings as the primary attribute, the 3.5” GreenPower hard drives reduce the average drive power consumption by up to 50 percent over currently available drives, and they remain ultra-cool and quiet while delivering solid performance. 

The RE4-GP 2 TB hard drive provides enterprise-class reliability for storage-hungry applications with an energy- and money-saving solution that combats the challenges facing the enterprise IT sector: limited available drive slots, maximum capacity required, and limited power and budget. Addressing the growing high-capacity enterprise market, RE4-GP hard drives are reliability-rated at 1.2 million hours MTBF (mean time before failure) in high-duty cycle environments.

“Energy efficiency is a primary concern for our customers, who continue to look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint without compromising reliability or performance,” says Tom McDorman, vice president and general manager of Western Digital’s enterprise storage solutions business unit. “WD’s RE-GP drives allow them to meet their customers’ system requirements for storage capacity, reliability, performance and cost by integrating an enterprise-class drive that simply consumes less power than traditional hard drives.”

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Cache-A Unveils Prime-Cache

Cache-A Corp., a leading supplier of network-attached archive appliances for the digital-film and professional-video industry, has introduced Prime-Cache, the first product in the company’s new generation of storage solutions based on Quantum’s award-winning A-Series technology, which has been integrated into many digital file-based workflows over the past four years. The founders of Cache-A — Phil Ritti, Mark Ostlund and Tom Goldberg — were key members of the A-Series development, sales and marketing team at Quantum Corp. and have extensive experience providing innovative solutions to digital-film and professional-video customers.

Key features of Prime-Cache include: a built-in searchable database of all the user’s tapes, a built-in automated backup capability, the ability to span archives across multiple cartridges, standard LTO-4 tape TAR compatibility and the ability to back-read Quantum LTO-3 A-Series cartridges. 
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Vizrt Enhances Viz Video Hub

Vizrt has introduced Viz Video Hub version 1.2.1, a scalable, upgradeable solution for IT-based production and archiving. Enhanced capabilities within version 1.2.1 give the plug-and-play media-asset-management (MAM) system an extended support for archive functionality through a Tape Robot feature; the functionality includes capabilities for ingest and playout, transcoding, browsing, craft editing and more on a smaller scale. Viz Video Hub 1.2.1 helps media organizations maximize the value of their media assets by making them accessible throughout the organization. 

“With these additional capabilities, Viz Video Hub can serve as a pivotal component anchoring the entire Vizrt workflow,” says Petter Ole Jakobsen, Vizrt’s chief technology officer. Version 1.2.1’s Viz Link support enables video assets contained in the Viz Video Hub to be quickly and easily retrieved and repurposed by Vizrt graphics solutions, such as Viz Content Pilot, Viz Multichannel and Viz Trio. Additionally, the video assets of Viz Video Hub can be directly accessed from within the Escenic Content Studio software for managing and publishing media content to Web, mobile and other new-media distribution platforms.

Viz Video Hub 1.2.1 is directly tied to Viz Ingest Manager, a control interface for automating the recording of live feeds, as well as Viz Capture from tape, and ensures that these systems automatically update content onto multiple Viz Video Engine video servers. Based on the schedule in the user interface, Viz Ingest Manager will control video servers to record the material indicated in the schedule. The base license comes with support for eight concurrent ingest feeds.

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G-Tech Launches G-Speed

G-Technology by Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has announced the G-Speed eS Pro XL, a rack-mount, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) expansion solution with mini-SAS connectivity, providing high-performance, low-cost RAID for professional content-creation applications. The G-Speed eS Pro XL comes in a 2U 12-drive or 3U 16-drive rack-mount enclosure, with hot-swappable SATA 3Gb/s hard drives providing high-performance, high-capacity, expandable, direct-attached storage for small film studios and production houses.

Supporting the real-world performance needs of multi-stream uncompressed HD and 2K workflows, the G-Speed eS Pro XL in a 3U RAID 5 delivers sustained read/write speeds of more than 650 MB/s, making it ideal for real-time video editing and digital-intermediate applications. A simple-to-use, Web-based control panel allows users to easily manage, configure and monitor the system.

The G-Speed eS Pro XL ships with a two-port mini-SAS RAID controller card and a locking, 2-meter mini-SAS cable, allowing users to easily and affordably scale from an entry-level 12 TB 2U solution up to an incredible 192 TB. The PCIe x8 RAID controller supports JBOD and RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5 and 6. Up to eight G-Speed eS Pro XL units can be connected to one RAID controller card, allowing an enormous amount of data-intensive video, graphic material and audio files to be centrally stored and managed.

“Compared to Fibre Channel solutions, our new G-Speed eS Pro XL with mini SAS instantly changes the economics of deploying a rack-mount solution in a small studio or high-end production house,” says Roger Mabon, vice president of G-Tech. “The value of the G-Speed eS Pro XL enables a new class of customers to benefit from the performance, reliability and scalability without breaking their IT budgets.”

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LaCie Offers Storage Combos

Leveraging the quality and reputation of the award-winning LaCie 4big Quadra high-capacity storage solution, LaCie has announced the 4big Quadra Bundle, which boasts huge capacities up to 32 TB and fast transfer speeds up to 700 MB/s. LaCie has also announced an 8 TB model of the 4big Quadra.

swappable disks and seven RAID modes, including RAID0 and RAID5. Additionally, with three options for customization, the LaCie 4big Quadra Bundle includes the choice of two or four 4big Quadra (for 8 TB and 400 MB/s transfer speeds or 32 TB and 700 MB/s transfer speeds, respectively), a LaCie eSATA II PCI Express Card (3 GB/s, 4Ports) and a LaCie Rescue Kit (available with 16 TB and 32 TB Bundles). The Rescue Kit, which comprises a spare hard disk and power supply, is designed for workflow respect.

“With the rise of HD and uncompressed HD digital content, creative professionals depend on storage solutions that will be compatible with their everyday applications, like Adobe Premiere or Apple Final Cut Pro, and solutions that will incorporate amazing performance, capacity and data protection into their workflow,” says Arnaud Prézelin, LaCie’s product manager for Creative Pro Solutions. “By giving professionals the ability to configure four 4big Quadra into a RAID 50 array, the LaCie 4big Quadra Bundle provides industry-leading performance without enterprise-level costs.”

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Copan, SGL Partner

Copan Systems, a leader in persistent data-storage solutions, and Software Generation Limited (SGL), a leading provider of content-archive and storage-management software for the media and entertainment industry, have announced a new technology partnership. The agreement combines Copan’s Persistent Data Storage Platform with SGL FlashNet, an open system for accessing archived digital-broadcast content, and gives broadcasters a highly scalable, cost-effective and energy-efficient alternative for storing, protecting and accessing their digital content.

“SGL is focused on providing the media and entertainment industry with the best content-archiving and storage-management solutions available for their broadcast systems,” says Howard Twine, product manager for SGL. “As the need for archiving grows due to increased demand for HDTV content, broadcasters need a highly scalable, energy-efficient storage capability that does not sacrifice content access and infrastructure flexibility. Copan is specifically designed to manage these types of data-storage requirements while significantly reducing power consumption and cooling costs. Traditional storage systems just can’t support these new needs in the same way.”
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Kodak Introduces Vision3 250D

Eastman Kodak Co. has unveiled Vision3 250D 5207/7207 color-negative film, the second emulsion in the Vision3 line. “We introduced Vision3 technology in response to our customers’ requests for an expanded range of capabilities from capture all the way through postproduction and distribution,” says Ingrid Goodyear, general manager of Worldwide Image Capture Products for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “By extending the Vision3 portfolio, we continue to give our customers more workflow efficiencies combined with all the existing advantages of film: image quality, resolution, unrivaled dynamic range, flexibility and archivability.”

5207/7207 is designed to retain the richness in colors and contrast that are characteristic of Vision3 technology, with more details in the extreme highlight areas. Like Vision3 500T 5219/7219, the new stock incorporates proprietary Advanced Dye-Layering Technology, which renders finer-grain images in underexposed areas and produces cleaner film-to-digital transfers for post. 5207/7207 also offers exceptional imaging in natural daylight, artificial daylight and a variety of mixed-lighting situations while maintaining pleasing flesh tones and color reproduction.

“What I like about the 5207 is its intense rendering of color, its strength when it is underexposed, and its ability to reach into the highlights,” says Fred Murphy, ASC. “It has warmer, richer, better skin tones than its predecessors. It is also good to have a relatively fast stock that gives you strong images in falling light.”

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www.kodak.com/go/motion
Helical Antennas Go 12 Rounds

Although they have been on the market for a number of years, Professional Wireless Systems’ proprietary Helical antennas only recently made the transition into feature-film production with 12 Rounds, directed by Renny Harlin and shot by David Boyd, ASC. Production mixer Paul Ledford employed the Helical antennas to capture dialogue in the midst of a high-speed chase. 

Inspired by the use of Helical antennas for Super Bowl broadcasts, Ledford spoke with Carl Cordes, PWS’s general manager, who “indicated that Helicals would be equally effective on car-chase and foot-chase sequences for movies,” says Ledford. Prior to buying the antennas, Ledford experimented with a rental kit. He notes, “Our test van consistently monitored transmissions from a car moving in the same traffic direction a couple of blocks away.”

The advantages of the Helical system were especially appreciated by 12 Rounds’ stunt drivers, who could put more distance between themselves and the audio van. “We were able to maintain continuous contact with the talent while keeping well away from the driving action,” says Ledford. “Everyone could see and hear everything. The units functioned flawlessly throughout our 52-day location shoot, even when we were driving across bridges. They were particularly helpful during a streetcar sequence shot on Canal Street. They picked up transmissions from distances of almost six blocks away.

“We shared our chase van with our video-assist operator, Chris Murphy,” Ledford continues. “During production, we tested the PWS Helical on our IFB transmissions and video-assist receivers and found them to be a great improvement.” He worked with a Six Pack kit of 100mw and 250mw Lectrosonics units; some transmitters were outfitted with pack antennas, and others used small mag mounts on car exteriors. “These were quite acceptable visually and proved functional at virtually any angle,” he enthuses. “I think this technology has a real future in location-based feature-film production.”

According to Cordes, PWS Helical antennas deliver 14 dB of forward gain and cover a bandwidth from 450 MHz to over 800 MHz, with an overall beam width of 57 degrees. “They’ve performed flawlessly at Super Bowl broadcasts for the past five years and have also been used on a number of reality-TV productions,” says Cordes. “It’s a logical and effective solution for maintaining dependable audio and video feeds during high-action productions.”

contact info:  
www.professionalwireless.com
Mytherapy Opens D-Cinelab

Specializing in raw-camera post, 2K and 4K DI processes, and digital-cinema mastering, Mytherapy D-Cinelab has opened a new facility in London’s West End. The facility takes raw-camera processing beyond simple conversion and into the realm of advanced post, offering such services as noise removal, grain and film-stock match, and color-artifact removal. The facility also offers real-time transfer of raw camera data in 4:4:4 10-bit log and image sequence.

Mytherapy D-Cinelab can handle the entire high-end digital post on a project or complement other facilities by assisting in the creation of a workflow from acquisition through to deliverables. Mytherapy supports such camera systems as Red One, Silicon Imaging 2K, Phantom HD and Arri D-21.
contact info:  
www.mytherapy.tv
16x9 Super Fisheye, Wide Attachments

16x9 Inc. has unveiled the EXII 0.6X Wide Attachment and the EXII 0.45X Super Fisheye Lens Attachment. 

The EXII 0.6X, the company’s first HD-quality wide attachment designed as a single-lens element, measures 0.9" long with a front diameter of 98mm, and it weighs 6.6 ounces. Increasing wide-angle coverage by 40 percent, the EXII 0.6X minimizes barrel distortion and enables partial zooming with cameras that have auto-focus capability. The Wide Attachment is compatible with a number of cameras from Canon, Panasonic and Sony, and is available in 62mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm thread mounts ($345), as well as a bayonet mount ($395).

The single-element, HD-quality EXII 0.45X Super Fisheye boasts a small, lightweight design — measuring 0.9" long with a front diameter of 115mm and weighing 14.4 ounces — with more mounting options to fit popular cameras from Panasonic and Sony; mounting options include bayonet ($595) and 62mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm threaded ($545).

contact info:  
www.16x9inc.com
OConnor Updates Classic

OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has upgraded its workhorse Ultimate 2575 Fluid Head. The new “D” model boasts ergonomic changes to controls and more pan-bar mounting points while retaining the counterbalance specifications and other characteristics that contributed to the popularity of its predecessor, the 2575C.

The 2575D enables easier adjustments by relocating all controls on the platform to the operator’s side — the left. The one-touch platform-release lever allows for one action to undo the safety catch and open the lever, speeding deployment and location changes in the field.

The upgraded fluid head’s platform now features dual platform scales — one on each side — and four handle rosettes to allow operation from either side of the head, as well as front or back handle-mounting. The 2575D weighs the same as its predecessor (22.9 pounds), carries the same payload (0-87 pounds), and is compatible with the same accessories. It also features OConnor’s smooth pan-and-tilt fluid drag, specifically designed to deliver the control and stability necessary for film-style shooting. OConnor’s patented sinusoidal counterbalance system provides accurate balance at any point in the tilt range.

contact info:  
www.ocon.com
Vinten Supports Videographers

Vinten has responded to demands from DV-camera users by introducing an addition to its Protouch lightweight camera-support range. The new Pro-5Plus pan-and-tilt head boasts a switchable counterbalance spring for smoother, controllable tilt movements, separate pan-and-tilt locks, continuously variable pan-and-tilt drag for smoother panning, a 75mm spherical base, a leveling bubble, a quick-release side-load camera attachment system for convenient attachment and release from the head, and a fixed-length pan bar that can be positioned to suit any preference.

Despite its lightweight construction, no compromises have been made regarding camera stability. With a solidly engineered single-stage Pozi-Loc aluminum tripod and lightweight floor spreader, the Pro-5Plus offers class-leading rigidity with maximum control. The grab-and-go Pro-5Plus system also offers two levels of counterbalance: position 1 for the smallest of camcorders requiring no counterbalance, and position 2 for camcorders of up to 9.9 pounds.

The Pro-5Plus pan-and-tilt head comes with its own Petrol transport case.

contact info:  
www.vinten.com
EZ Jib Adds Extension

EZ FX, Inc. has introduced an extension kit for its EZ Jib camera crane. Replacing the 6' and 4' extensions, the new kit can be used at either 3.5' or 7', effectively offering two extensions in one kit. Further, the kit is more compact than the 6' extension, providing easier storage and transport.

 Supporting cameras weighing up to 25 pounds, the new extension kit includes an extension for the camera end of the jib and a suspension cable for stabilization and strength. The kit adapts to all EZ Jibs sold in the past, and the jib system can also be outfitted with remote control pan/tilt heads. 

contact info:

EZ FX, Inc. (800) 541-5706

 
www.ezfx.com
Petrol Rolls Out C-Stand Bag

Petrol, a Vitec Group brand, has unveiled the C-Stand Rolling Bag, a padded, semi-hard carrier designed to hold up to four C-stands comfortably and securely.

Dual-directional upside-down zippers extend the length of the lid and open quickly to fully expose the bag’s interior. Inside, the contents are surrounded on all sides by cushioning, and sturdy nylon binding straps hold the C-stands in position. A drawing on the bottom of the carrier illustrates how the stands should be placed.

The case’s exterior boasts front and rear handgrips, enabling easy lifting of the bag from a shelf or back compartment of a car. Other features include Petrol’s U-Grip ergonomic interlocking carrying handle and a smooth-gliding inline skate-wheel assembly for convenient rollaway toting. The bag is constructed of durable, water-resistant, black ballistic nylon.

The C-Stand Rolling Bag has a recommended price of $175.

contact info:  
www.petrolbags.com
CineBags Redesigns Laptop Bag

CineBags has redesigned its CB-17 Laptop Bag. Designed to hold laptops of up to 17", the CB-17 includes a removable laptop sleeve, a shoulder strap and CineBags’ “Remove Before Filming” key chain. The bag can also expand to accommodate large production binders.

The CB-17 is available in gray and orange or a limited-edition “digital camo” version.
contact info:  
www.cinebags.com
Editing Magic with Magix Software

Magix has introduced two video-editing software packages, Video Pro X and Movie Edit Pro 15. 

Features of Video Pro X, the company’s professional video-editing solution, include Source and Program Monitor, allowing for direct comparison between original and edited video clips, and Multi-Camera Editing, with support for up to four cameras and full audio-source synchronization between multiple tracks or inputs. Video Pro X also boast an improved user interface, wherein all shortcuts are freely definable, the timeline can be adjusted based on the user’s preferences, and all interface components can be made bigger or smaller, moved or even hidden. The software package supports full 1080p HD video content for uploading, editing and burning to Blu-ray discs.

Movie Edit Pro 15 fuses sophisticated video-editing tools with advanced surround dubbing and individually adjustable special effects, all packaged in a simple user interface. Like Video Pro X, it offers full 1080p HD support. Other features include full YouTube support to help users publish their videos directly to the Web site, and Multi-Camera Editing for two cameras.

contact info:  
www.magix.com
VDS Keeps Quantel Plugged In

Video Design Software has released six new Synapse-Neuron bundles for Quantel, allowing the Quantel Q-range operator direct, interactive use of hundreds of professional-grade After Effects plug-ins from within the Pablo, iQ, gQ, eQ, QPaintbox and QEffects environments.

The neurons include Red Giant Psunami, a photorealistic water-simulation plug-in; Red Giant Radium Glow, featuring filters for creating glimmering points and precise outlines; Red Giant Warp, offering control over shadows, reflections and corner-point warps; DigiEffects Simulate: Camera, which mimics camera and projection artifacts; DigiEffects Simulate: Illuma, featuring practical lighting effects; and DigiEffects Damage, which simulates analog and digital errors and defects.

“We are very pleased to be able to offer Quantel users these exciting, new plug-ins,” says Larry Mincer, president of VDS. “Our Synapse platform will continue to provide great new visual effects on Quantel as they become available. It offers Quantel operators over 900 plug-ins, ranging from the latest eye-catching visual effects to advanced image-processing algorithms to solve difficult compositing problems.”

contact info:  
www.videodesignsoftware.com
Escape Offers Online Camera-Tracking Course

Escape Studios is offering the online course “Camera Tracking for VFX,” which delves into the professional camera-tracking skills required by aspiring 3-D artists. Taught by Escape Studios staff, the course covers background, workflows and best practices in a flexible format that includes more than 12 hours of video content.

“Camera tracking, also called match moving, is one of the most important and fundamental techniques for 3-D artists to master,” says Dominic Davenport, CEO and founder of Escape Studios. “This course has been meticulously planned to provide students with a thorough professional grounding in the theory and techniques required for seamless camera moves.”

The course covers software applications PFTrack 5 and Maya Live, showing techniques that are applicable to all software packages. A basic understanding of Maya is required, but the course assumes no prior knowledge of camera tracking.

After completing the course, students will be well versed in tracking, solving and adjusting shots, as well as techniques for manipulating footage. A series of online videos is provided to clarify key points, and students can experiment with included sample footage for hands-on learning. Additionally, as part of Escape Studios’ online learning system, immediate access to professional feedback and communication with other users is provided.

The fee for the course is $299.

contact info:  
www.escapestudios.com
Tiffen, Lowel Team Up

The Tiffen Co. has agreed to handle the manufacturing, worldwide distribution and marketing of all Lowel-Light Manufacturing, Inc., products. “This agreement between our companies is a perfect fit,” says Steven Tiffen, president and CEO of The Tiffen Co. “The broad range of lighting products Lowel offers complements our name-brand photographic-accessory lines, and our distribution channels reach the same markets. We are both very excited about this expansion and the opportunities it presents.”

Marvin Seligman, president of Lowel-Light, adds, “As we enter our 50th year, this partnership brings us closer together with Tiffen and its other premier brands, such as Steadicam. It allows us to concentrate on what we do best: create innovative, functional and elegant lighting tools for today’s imaging world.”
contact info:  
www.tiffen.com
www.lowel.com
Thomson Post Becomes Digital Film Technology

Parter Capital Group has completed its acquisition of the Thomson Post Production Business Unit, which has been rebranded Digital Film Technology. The transition for DFT customers is seamless because DFT is selling and supporting Thomson’s full post-product line, including the Spirit and Shadow family of scanners/telecines/datacines, the Bones family of dailies and post workflow-management tools, the Scream grain reducer, and the Luther color-calibration system.

In addition to our seasoned management team, we have an extremely talented and motivated group of people that are committed to delivering superior sales and support services and innovative technology and products,” says Stefan Kramper, managing director of DFT. “By building on our history and leadership in the post industry and opening our internal and external communication channels, we are able to more effectively facilitate customer requirements.”
contact info:  
www.dft-film.com
Band Pro Offers Financial Services

Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc., recently unveiled a customer-focused financing program, offering a number of customized financing options designed for the needs of the broadcast- and cinema-production industries. A team of finance professionals will be available to help secure flexible and competitive financing options for new and existing Band Pro customers.

The new service aims to serve customers requesting financing options from 12 to 60 months. Most applicants will be approved within 24 hours. 

contact info:

Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc.  (818) 841-9655 or email finance@bandpro.com

 
www.bandpro.com
Epson Unveils Home Cinema Projector

Epson has added the PowerLite Home Cinema 6500 UB to its award-winning line of 3LCD 1080p front projectors. Offering true 1080p (1920x1080 pixels) resolution with the latest 3LCD D7 chip set for significantly higher contrast, a built-in HQV Reon-VX processor by Silicon Optix, and a wide range of new performance advantages, the 6500 UB delivers an outstanding viewing experience for home entertainment.

3LCD technology enables the projector to deliver vibrant colors without the possibility of color break-up, unlike single-chip projectors, which use a spinning color wheel to create colors. It also allows the 6500 UB to provide a significantly enhanced contrast ratio (up to 75,000:1) to deliver darker blacks and brighter whites.

A Dynamic Iris system with automatic light-output adjustments up to 60 times per second makes the 6500 UB projector ideal for fast-action movies and sports. The projector also features Epson’s exclusive Cinema Filter, which delivers a larger color space. Epson’s 12-bit 3LCD driver technology increases the projector’s color gamut to 68.72 billion available colors for an enhanced viewing experience.

The 6500 UB also features a unique OptiCinema multi-lens system developed by Fujinon; this system allows for sharp, clear images and precise focus and adjustment flexibility. The projector is equipped with Silicon Optix’s HQV Reon-VX scaling and de-interlacing video processor to reduce mosquito and block noise while adding multi-level contrast enhancement and other picture-improvement options. Epson’s new FineFrame technology delivers smoother and sharper motion pictures while virtually eliminating judder to provide optimum picture detail.

Other features include brightness of up to 1,600 lumens, an improved airflow system, an advanced air-filtration system, a brighter 200-watt E-TORL lamp, manual lens shift of 100-percent maximum vertical and 50-percent maximum horizontal, and six color modes. The projector includes a number of inputs, including dual HDMI 1.3a, S-video, composite video and VGA-type RGB.

The Home Cinema 6500 UB has a list price of $2,999. 

contact info:  
www.epson.com