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March 2008
Post Logics Sundance 08 Lineup Online
Offering a full 2K and 4K digital-intermediate (DI) workflow and an array of visual-effects services, Post Logic Studios recently left its mark on three entrants in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, American Teen, Phoebe in Wonderland and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
New Addition to the XDCam Family
Band Pro Film & Digital’s recent “One World on HD” conference in Burbank, California, drew a crowd from across the globe, and one of the stars of the show was Sony’s new PMW-EX1 XDCam EX camcorder.
Chrosziel Dresses Up the EX1
Coinciding with the release of Sony’s PMW-EX1, Chrosziel recently introduced a series of accessories for the camera, including a mattebox, sunshade and follow focus.
K-Tek Clamps onto Camcorders
K-Tek, the maker of professional boom poles, microphone-support products and windscreens, has set its sights on accessorizing digital-video cameras and recently introduced the Universal Camera Clamp Adapter Kit (K-CA).
P2 on the Move
On the heels of the solid-state AJ-HPM100 P2 mobile recorder/player, Panasonic has unveiled the AJ-HPM110, dubbed the P2 Mobile, which adds native 1080/24p recording, a 1080/24 PsF input/output and longer recording times to an already-long list of capabilities.
Sachtlers Soom Transforms Camera Support
Offering multifunctional camera support to a range of DV and HDV camcorders, Sachtler has unveiled the Soom, an innovative support that provides four distinct configurations within one compact, easy-to-carry system.
Telemetrics Rolls Out TeleGlide
Telemetrics recently introduced the TG-Tro-2 TeleGlide Camera Trolley System for use in studio and sports applications.
Reel 13 Salutes Shorts
New York’s public-television station, Thirteen/WNET, recently launched an initiative that offers independent filmmakers fresh opportunities to connect with audiences.

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Post Logics Sundance 08 Lineup

Offering a full 2K and 4K digital-intermediate (DI) workflow and an array of visual-effects services, Post Logic Studios recently left its mark on three entrants in the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, American Teen, Phoebe in Wonderland and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.

Written and directed by Nanette Burstein, American Teen presents a candid portrait of teen life in a small town in central Indiana. For the offline edit of the film, which incorporated multiple HD and SD formats, the production team employed Post Logic New York’s Avid and Unity systems. Later, color correction and final conform were handled at Post Logic Hollywood, where colorist Kris Santa Cruz worked closely with Burstein and the film’s producers to optimize the various acquisition formats. “The offline edit took over a year to complete, during which Post Logic New York became our second home,” says Burstein. “We were able to plug into Post Logic’s technology infrastructure very easily — the facility has great technical services and support.”

For Phoebe in Wonderland, which was filmed on 3-perf 35mm, Post Logic Hollywood performed the 2K scan, color correction, final conform and film out. Throughout the postproduction process, colorist Doug Delaney worked closely with Daniel Barnz — the film’s writer and director — and cinematographer Bobby Bukowski. “Although the story takes place in the fall, it was shot in spring and summer, so we had to create a color palette with an autumnal feel that signified the cooling weather,” explains Delaney. “In contrast, Phoebe’s inner ‘wonderland’ is very warm and hyper-real, with super-saturated, vivid colors. It was a challenge to create two very separate looks that still complemented each other.

“[Barnz and Bukowski] both let me know early on what their intention for the film was, and what they were looking for,” the colorist continues. “It was great to be able to have that level of communication before we even entered the color suite.”

Additionally, Post Logic Studios provided end-to-end creative postproduction services — from on-set effects supervision to final delivery — for The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and photographed by Michael Barrett, the film marked the first full-length feature for which Post Logic provided on-set effects supervision in addition to visual-effects and DI services. Post Logic’s visual effects team provided sky replacements for weather continuity, compositing, greenscreen, clean up, 3-D camera tracking, rig removal, CG element creation, digital matte painting and other stylistic effects.

Post Logic Studios is a part of the Prime Focus Group family.  

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contact info:

Post Logic (323) 461-7887 

 

 
www.postlogic.com
New Addition to the XDCam Family

Band Pro Film & Digital’s recent “One World on HD” conference in Burbank, California, drew a crowd from across the globe, and one of the stars of the show was Sony’s new PMW-EX1 XDCam EX camcorder.

Designed in response to the demand for a networked hi-def product at an affordable price, the EX1 boasts three 1/2" CMOS sensors and 1920x1080 and 1280x720 HD recording capability, all in a compact, handheld body. Despite carrying the XDCam brand, most of the key components — including the digital signal processor and memory recording mechanism — have been newly designed specifically for the EX1.

For its recording media, the camcorder uses the newly developed SxS Pro memory card, which employs the PCI Express Interface to achieve a data-transfer speed of 800 Mb/s. Combining the moderate bit rate of MPEG-2 Long GOP compression adopted by the EX1 to the SxS Pro card, the camera offers long-form recording with nonlinear capabilities such as instantaneous random access and high-speed, file-based operation. Equipped with two memory-card slots, the EX1 can record up to 140 minutes of HD footage.

The EX1’s imaging devices are three newly designed, 1/2" Exmor CMOS sensors, each of which boasts an effective pixel count of 1920x1080, allowing images to be captured in 1080p, 720p and 1080i HD resolutions with a multiple frame recording capability that includes 59.94i, 50i, 29.97p, 25p and native 23.98p. Furthermore, the PMW-EX1 camcorder offers over- and undercranking functionality, allowing image capture at frame rates selectable from 1 fps to 60 fps in 720p mode and from 1 fps to 30 fps in 1080p mode, in increments of 1 fps.

Recording to a flash memory card, the EX1 assigns each shot its own space, preventing any accidental overwriting of captured footage. The camcorder also generates thumbnails for each clip, allowing users to easily navigate a memory card’s contents through the camera interface. An “Expand” function divides a selected clip into 12 evenly timed intervals, each with its own thumbnail identifier.

The EX1’s Fujinon 14x zoom lens features a newly developed, unique focus ring that offers two types of manual focus and an auto-focus operation. When the focus ring is in the front position, the lens works as one would expect on a handheld camcorder, but when the ring is set to the back position, the lens has an absolute focus position, giving the camcorder’s lens the functionality of a professional, interchangeable lens. Additionally, the lens features independent rings for zoom (5.8mm to 81.2mm, or 31.4mm to 439mm on a 35mm-format lens) and iris (F1.9 to F16).

Other highlights of the EX1 include selectable gamma curves, including four types of Cine Gamma identical to those on high-end CineAlta camcorders; a slow-shutter function; shutter controls adjustable by electronic shutter speed or by shutter angle; a 3.5" color LCD screen with a high resolution of 1920x480 pixels as well as a 16:9, color LCD viewfinder; a rotary hand grip; and two-channel, 16-bit, 48 kHz linear PCM uncompressed audio recording.

contact info:  
www.bandpro.com
www.sony.com/xdcamex
Chrosziel Dresses Up the EX1

Coinciding with the release of Sony’s PMW-EX1, Chrosziel recently introduced a series of accessories for the camera, including a mattebox, sunshade and follow focus.

Providing professional shading and filtering solutions, Chrosziel’s mattebox system features a true 16:9 housing that covers both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios, a filter stage for two filter holders (one 4x4 rotating and one 4x4/4x5.650 fixed), a full-size French flag, and a 110:91mm ring. For a secure mount, the system also comes with a center bracket and 15mm lightweight support with adjustable mattebox rods.

Complementing the mattebox, Chrosziel offers its DV follow focus, which was designed specifically for DV and HDV cameras and has been outfitted with the appropriate gear ring to fit the EX1’s Fujinon lens. Designed as a complete unit with a fixed handwheel, the DV follow focus is an excellent fit for the EX1’s fixed-focus lens operation.

Similar to the mattebox system, Chrosziel’s 4x4 sunshade covers both 16:9 and 4:3 shooting and features a filter stage for two filter holders (one rotating and one fixed) and a full-size French flag. Additionally, the sunshade boasts a 104:77mm screw-in step-down ring, offering a lightweight means of affixing wide-angle adapters.

For operators who prefer to keep the camera on their shoulder, Chrosziel is offering the DV Balancer, which clamps underneath the lightweight support found with the mattebox system.

All items are available in the U.S. through 16x9, Inc.

contact info:  
www.16x9inc.com
www.chrosziel.com
K-Tek Clamps onto Camcorders

K-Tek, the maker of professional boom poles, microphone-support products and windscreens, has set its sights on accessorizing digital-video cameras and recently introduced the Universal Camera Clamp Adapter Kit (K-CA).

The K-CA offers a simple and cost-effective way to mount accessories such as a shock mount or microphone suspension system to an array of DV cameras by converting the cameras’ existing microphone clamps to a standard 3/8"-16 thread. When attached, the K-CA allows the user to position the microphone away from the camera and better isolate it from the camera’s sounds and vibrations.

Designed to fit most DV camera microphone clamps, the K-CA comes complete with two rubber sleeves to accommodate clamps of different sizes.

contact info:

K-Tek (760) 727-0593

 
www.ktekboompoles.com
P2 on the Move

On the heels of the solid-state AJ-HPM100 P2 mobile recorder/player, Panasonic has unveiled the AJ-HPM110, dubbed the P2 Mobile, which adds native 1080/24p recording, a 1080/24 PsF input/output and longer recording times to an already-long list of capabilities.

Weighing 14.4 pounds, touting a magnesium die-cast frame that folds like a laptop for easy transport, and operating on either AC or DC power, the HPM110 is designed for use in the field, in mobile vehicles or in the studio.

In addition to recording in independent-frame DVCPro HD/50/25 and DV formats, the unit can also record master-quality, full-raster 1920x1080 AVC-Intra when used with the optional AJ-YBX200G codec board. The recorder/player also offers the flexibility of up/down/cross and aspect conversion.

With six P2 card slots, users can record continuous, extended clips in sequence or output an extended playlist from five mounted cards to the sixth slot. When used with Panasonic’s 32GB P2 cards, the HPM110 records for four hours in 1080p/24 in AVC-Intra 100 and eight hours in 720p/24 in AVC-Intra 100 or DVCPro HD. Additionally, the unit offers recording in multiple frame rates, 24p pull-down removal and real-time playback of 720p variable frame rates for over- and under-cranking effects.

Equipped with an array of AV/IT connections — including HD-SDI input/output, IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 — the HPM110 is designed to work with virtually any professional camera system, from tape-based digital cameras to high-end cinema cameras with 1080/24 PsF output (in full-raster 1920x1080 or 1280x720). The unit also offers eight 16-bit digital audio channels (including 5.1-channel surround sound with audio split/dubbing features), broadcast-level editing controls (including audio faders and a jog/shuttle dial with 100x speed in forward/reverse), standard analog component/composite and audio input/outputs, an SD card slot and assignable user files.

No matter which camera is connected to the P2 Mobile, clip thumbnails are readily accessible and allow for easy management and viewing of the recorded content on the unit’s built-in 9" LCD monitor. Further enhancing workflow, the HPM110 features an RS-422A remote (allowing the unit to be used as a play source in an edit session), an edit/copy function and a loop record function.

The suggested retail price for the HPM110 is $12,000.

contact info:

 
www.panasonic.com/broadcast
Sachtlers Soom Transforms Camera Support

Offering multifunctional camera support to a range of DV and HDV camcorders, Sachtler has unveiled the Soom, an innovative support that provides four distinct configurations within one compact, easy-to-carry system.

The device can function as a tripod with a 75mm bowl adapter for mating to a Sachtler FSB or other fluid head. With its single-stage legs, the Soom features a vertical height range from 27" to 56", and users have a choice of removable rubber feet or hardened steel spikes. The integrated TriSpread mid-level spreader delivers stability over any terrain.

When additional height is called for, the Soom TriPod transforms into the HiPod via its integrated center column, the Soom Tube, which is capable of telescoping vertically to a variable lens height of over 8'. Sachtler has also incorporated a protective dampening feature that automatically deploys as the center column is collapsed, preventing the camera payload from crashing down.

If operators want to go lower, the TriSpread mid-level spreader sports its own 75mm bowl, so that when it is removed from the standard tripod, it becomes a single-stage baby tripod with a height range of 8" to nearly 19".

Lastly, the Soom boasts a monopod configuration with a height range of 34" to 62". The telescoping Soom Tube quickly detaches from the tripod and features a foldaway foot bracket, allowing the operator to firmly secure its base to the floor.

The Soom is easily reconfigured from one mode to the next without tools, and when the day’s work is finished, it collapses to 37" for transportation in a single bag or case. The total weight of the Soom system is 11.4 pounds, and when used with an FSB 6 head, it can support up to 13.2 pounds. A custom-designed bag with carrying straps, wheels and backpack straps is also available.

The Soom can be purchased as a complete system or as individual components.

contact info:

Sachtler (845) 268-0100

 
www.sachtler.us
Telemetrics Rolls Out TeleGlide

Telemetrics recently introduced the TG-Tro-2 TeleGlide Camera Trolley System for use in studio and sports applications.

Able to be ceiling- or floor-mounted, the TeleGlide features an isolated motor to ensure quiet operation and a fully articulated dual trolley for optimal load stabilization and smoothness. The system can be easily configured to accommodate Telemetrics’ Televator Elevating Pedestal for floor positioning applications, and it includes an integrated cable management system designed to help maintain trouble-free operation.

Recognizing that no two installations are the same, Telemetrics has designed its curved and straight track to be easily cut to customer specifications. The TeleGlide Trolley works with all Telemetrics pan/tilt heads and linear elevation units and can support up to a 250-pound payload capacity with a maximum speed of two meters per second.

contact info:

Telemetrics (201) 848-9818

 
www.telemetricsinc.com
Reel 13 Salutes Shorts

New York’s public-television station, Thirteen/WNET, recently launched an initiative that offers independent filmmakers fresh opportunities to connect with audiences. Called Reel 13, the program is built around a Saturday-night broadcast lineup that showcases a classic film followed by an independent short and feature. Additionally, Reel 13 offers an online community where cinephiles can blog, critique, exchange ideas and even submit their own short projects for viewing. During the week, visitors to the site can vote on the shorts they watch, and the short with the most votes airs during Saturday night’s broadcast.

“Reel 13 is an exciting example of public television at its best, most original and most relevant,” says Neal Shapiro, president of Thirteen. “Saturday nights will now be an interactive experience, where movie buffs can create and participate in what they watch.”

In addition to the shorts programming, Reel 13’s weekly lineup of classics highlights great films from the early days of cinema to today, and its slate of indie features showcases works culled from festivals around the world.

For more information, including short-film submission guidelines, visit www.reel13.org.

contact info:

 
www.reel13.org