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March 2014
Cavision Re-imagines Electronic Slate

Cavision Enterprises Ltd. has introduced a series of redesigned clapper slates, including a standard slate, a slate with strobe light, a slate with stopwatch, and a slate with both strobe and stopwatch.

Lumos Illuminates Trip Pro LED

International Supplies, a distributor for the photo and video industry, has introduced the Lumos Trip Pro, a portable, continuous LED light for HD camcorders and DSLRs.

KGS Development Launches Pneumatic Bazooka

Key Grip Systems Development has introduced a pneumatic-bazooka camera support, which comprises a triangular base, three pneumatic columns and two types of wheels.

Colorfront Unveils 2014 Lineup

Colorfront has introduced its 2014 versions of On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder.

Autodesk Announces Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk, Inc. has announced the new capabilities of its Flame Premium 2014 software.

Digital Vision Unleashes Thor

Digital Vision, a supplier of color grading, restoration and film-scanning solutions, has introduced Thor, a dedicated hardware platform for advanced image processing.

Blackmagic Enhances UltraStudio 4K

Blackmagic Design has introduced an updated model of UltraStudio 4K equipped with Thunderbolt 2 technology.

Sony Takes Storage on the Go

Sony has introduced portable storage solutions for professionals who need high-speed, highly reliable data storage for backup and transfer of content in the field.

Avid Shares Storage with Isis

Avid has introduced the Isis 5500 online shared-storage system, which provides critical capabilities to help small- to mid-sized postproduction, broadcast, education and corporate facilities more easily and efficiently deliver high-quality content by streamlining and accelerating editorial workflows.

Dolby PRM Integrates LightSpace CMS

Light Illusion, a U.K.-based color-management specialist, has announced the integration of its LightSpace CMS color-management system with the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor.


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Cavision Re-imagines Electronic Slate

Cavision Enterprises Ltd. has introduced a series of redesigned clapper slates, including a standard slate, a slate with strobe light, a slate with stopwatch, and a slate with both strobe and stopwatch.

The strobe-light feature, which illuminates the film-title area, can be set to continuous, fast-flash or slow-flash mode. This function serves to obtain the attention of the crew when filming is set to commence. The light automatically shuts off as the clapper sticks are closed.

The stopwatch function provides clock time in 1⁄25-second increments. Because the time on the watch freezes when the clapper sticks are shut, it can also be used as a visual aid for synching sound in post.

A sleek design and reinforced three-dimensional structure offer added durability, and a slot at the back provides a convenient way to hold the slate during operation. The slates also feature fine, crisp text printed inside the acrylic surface. The small, lightweight lithium-ion battery provides three hours of “on” time and can be recharged via USB or regular wall outlet.

All versions are available with color or black-and-white clapper sticks, which feature a new hinge mechanism for ultra-smooth movement as well as a newly designed latch system — rather than a magnet, which could cause interference with other devices — to keep the sticks in the closed position.

contact info:

 
www.cavision.biz
Lumos Illuminates Trip Pro LED

International Supplies, a distributor for the photo and video industry, has introduced the Lumos Trip Pro, a portable, continuous LED light for HD camcorders and DSLRs. Built by DMLite, the Trip Pro boasts an adjustable color range from 3,200K to 5,600K as well as 100-to-0-percent dimming with minimal color shift.

The Trip Pro features flicker-free operation, a color-rendering index as high as 97 Ra at its tungsten setting, and a maximum Lux rating of 560 at a distance of 3'. The light can be powered by an AC adaptor, a Canon LP-E6 battery, or an Anton/Bauer or V-mount battery via a D-Tap power cable.

The Trip Pro is available through International Supplies for $399, and comes with one small grid, five spare lenses, a pouch and a manual. A strobe and continuous version for DSLRs, called the Trip, is also available.

contact info:

 
www.lumosusa.com
www.internationalsupplies.com
KGS Development Launches Pneumatic Bazooka

Key Grip Systems Development has introduced a pneumatic-bazooka camera support, which comprises a triangular base, three pneumatic columns and two types of wheels.

The pneumatic columns cover a range of 110cm (approximately 43") to enable quick and easy positioning of the camera. The combined wheels allow the bazooka to be used on rails or on the ground; the wheels feature a directional blocking mechanism for stable, locked-off shots.

contact info:

 
www.kgsd.eu
Colorfront Unveils 2014 Lineup

Colorfront has introduced its 2014 versions of On-Set Dailies, Express Dailies and Transkoder. The updates boast performance-boosting advances for 4K and Ultra High Definition Television production and postproduction.

On-Set Dailies 2014 introduces accelerated CPU and GPU processing of HD/2K/4K video via Nvidia’s latest Quadro K6000, Tesla K20 and GeForce GTX Titan cards. The latest release also supports AJA Corvid Ultra with simultaneous HD/4K/UHDTV high-frame-rate video output. Additionally, On-Set Dailies 2014 sports an improved grading toolset with new primary and selective grading tools, masks and curves, and mapping for third-party control panels. Playback and review tools have been significantly enhanced with new timeline and editing features, plus extended Bin and Lookstore functionality, which enables users to rapidly search for, organize and manage media for an entire production. On-Set Dailies 2014 also features extended audio and video format support, including embedded audio on Sony F55, Arriraw, Red, QuickTime and MXF footage, rendering of DCPs, IMF AS-02 MXF, and support for the latest High Efficiency Video Coding H.265 video-compression formats.

Express Dailies 2014 extends support across new MacPro, iMac and MacBook Pro platforms and adds background rendering using the latest Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan and AMD FirePro graphics cards for fast 4K video display, 4K deBayer and 4K deliverables. For visual-effects plate pulls, Express Dailies 2014 also supports the export of 2K/3K/4K/5K/6K DPX, TIFF and EXR file formats. Express Dailies 2014 also features enhanced grading capabilities with the addition of vignettes, gradients, effects and filters on simple grades. Other enhanced features include a new timeline user interface and editing features, LUT import/export, waveform and vectorscope, 2K ProRes output, and live grading.

On-Set Live, which allows DITs or on-set graders to create and manage looks, preview footage and grade on live raw/SDI camera signals, is included in On-Set Dailies 2014 with support for external 3-D LUT boxes and improved burn-in capabilities for time code, watermarks, and camera and lens metadata.

Transkoder 2014, Colorfront’s standalone, automated system for fast, high-quality digital file conversion, has been updated with a new, easy-to-use user interface, a multi-track timeline, EDL conform editing tools, support for subtitling, and automatic watch folder processing. Additionally, Transkoder 2014 features extended support for CinemaDNG, R3D, Arriraw, F65/F55, Canon C500 and Phantom camera formats, as well as deliverables including DCPs, IMF AS-02 and HEVC.

contact info:

 
www.colorfront.com
Autodesk Announces Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk, Inc. has announced the new capabilities of its Flame Premium 2014 software. The latest release of Flame Premium combines the creative capabilities of Autodesk Flame 2013 20th Anniversary Edition software, Autodesk Smoke Advanced software and Autodesk Lustre software in an efficient, intuitive workflow that integrates visual effects and editorial finishing. Flame Premium 2014 also features powerful new 3-D visual-effects creation tools, a graphics processing unit pipeline that extends across the application for improved interactivity in the workflow, and enhanced real-time color-grading tools, helping simplify and accelerate complex production tasks.

 “Expectations of visual-effects artists and editors are higher than ever, and there’s no room for production bottlenecks that can derail the creative process and delay project delivery,” says Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, Autodesk Media & Entertainment. “Flame Premium 2014 software’s holistic workflow and powerful new creative capabilities allow customers to seamlessly shepherd the creative process for an entire project from start to finish.”

contact info:

 
www.autodesk.com/flame
Digital Vision Unleashes Thor

Digital Vision, a supplier of color grading, restoration and film-scanning solutions, has introduced Thor, a dedicated hardware platform for advanced image processing. Thor enables real-time processing for 4K and faster-than-real-time processing for HD and SD sources. Digital Vision plans to enable 8K processing this year.

Thor will initially feature the award-winning DVO Clarity noise and grain management tool, followed by other tools including DVO Dust 2.0, DVO Steady and DVO Upscale. Thor will be available as part of the Nucoda and Phoenix ecosystem, but will also function independently across multiple platforms, making the tools available to broadcasters and archives in a file-based or video environment, including live broadcast applications.

“The enthusiastic feedback we have received about Thor shows that there is a great demand for better, faster image processing,” says Kelvin Bolah, Digital Vision’s managing director. “By incorporating our DVO image-enhancement and restoration tools into Thor, we have created a formidable toolset.”

contact info:

 
www.digitalvision.se
Blackmagic Enhances UltraStudio 4K

Blackmagic Design has introduced an updated model of UltraStudio 4K equipped with Thunderbolt 2 technology. The rack-mount capture and playback device features a machined aluminum front panel with an integrated color LCD as well as fast-to-use video and audio input buttons. The rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection, including 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K, analog component/s-video/composite, as well as balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio.

With the 20Gb/s speed of Thunderbolt 2, UltraStudio 4K boasts more bandwidth to work with higher-quality video and frame rates. Users can capture and play back Ultra HD 4K YUV video at 60 fps and Ultra HD 4K RGB video at 30 fps via the advanced 6G-SDI video connections. The Thunderbolt loop-through allows connection of up to six devices, so users can connect fast disk arrays for massive amounts of video storage with a single Thunderbolt connection to their computer.

The 6G-SDI connections enable UltraStudio 4K to support virtually every television format; users can instantly switch between SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K, making UltraStudio 4K an ideal solution for post and broadcast users working on design, editing, paint, color correction and visual-effects tasks. UltraStudio 4K is also suited to 3-D workflows, as it features both interleaved/side-by-side and dual-stream capture and playback.

UltraStudio 4K users can also take advantage of Blackmagic Design’s Desktop Video 10, which has been optimized for high-speed computers and the emerging Ultra HD television formats that require massive data speeds. Additionally, users of Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 10 will benefit from the simultaneous capture and playback support that lets them capture directly from cameras on set and grade the live video with multiple nodes of color correction for live onset monitoring.

The updated UltraStudio 4K replaces the previous model and is available now for $995.

contact info:

 
www.blackmagicdesign.com
Sony Takes Storage on the Go

Sony has introduced portable storage solutions for professionals who need high-speed, highly reliable data storage for backup and transfer of content in the field. The line includes a 256GB solid-state drive (PSZ-SA25) and two hard-disk models with capacities of 500GB and 1TB (PSZ-HA50 and PSZ-HA1T, respectively).

Each drive features one USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 interfaces, allowing users to transfer video at up to 400MBps with the SSD model and 120MBps with the HDD models via USB 3.0. At these speeds, users can transfer approximately 30GB of video to the SSD drive in less than 90 seconds via USB 3.0.

The drives also connect to compatible Sony hardware such as the PMW-50 or PMW-1000 decks. Each has a heavy silicon cover and protective case to withstand the rigors of field production and reduce shipping damage. Built-in shock resistance can absorb falls of up to 7.5' for SSD and up to 6.5' for HDD.

The drives are compliant with the MIL-STD-810G standard, the IP5X dust-resistant standard ant the IP4X splash-resistant standard, so data can be used in a range of environments and conditions. Pre-installed formatting software allows users to easily switch between FAT32, HFS+ and NTFS formats, and an LED indicator lets users know the status of data transfers. The drives are also stackable for easy daisy-chaining with a design that allows for increased airflow between each to reduce heat build-up.

The drives come with a full three-year limited warranty.

contact info:

 
pro.sony.com
Avid Shares Storage with Isis

Avid has introduced the Isis 5500 online shared-storage system, which provides critical capabilities to help small- to mid-sized postproduction, broadcast, education and corporate facilities more easily and efficiently deliver high-quality content by streamlining and accelerating editorial workflows.

The successor to Avid’s Isis 5000, Isis 5500 provides exceptional scalability, performance and real-time collaboration, as well as media access, sharing and protection. The 64TB engine doubles storage capacity at the same price point as the Isis 5000 32TB system, and Avid will continue to offer a 32TB system at a 25-percent reduced rate.

contact info:

 
www.avid.com
Dolby PRM Integrates LightSpace CMS

Light Illusion, a U.K.-based color-management specialist, has announced the integration of its LightSpace CMS color-management system with the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor. With this integration, LightSpace CMS users can perform automated calibration of the Dolby monitor and build custom profiles that can be loaded onto the monitor as 1-D and 3-D look-up tables. With custom 3-D LUT import capabilities, which allow for the direct application of calibration LUTs via LightSpace CMS, the system delivers a new level of flexibility for users of the Dolby PRM.

“In discussion with Dolby, we proposed how LightSpace CMS could assist with user calibration and color manipulation of their displays, and it has been extremely enjoyable seeing the results of this discussion directly assist end users,” says Steve Shaw, CEO of Light Illusion. “The ability for color specialists to self-verify calibration when needed should appeal to users of the Dolby monitor, helping ensure high levels of expected display accuracy.”

LightSpace CMS has the ability to integrate with a wide range of calibration probes, which enables users to choose their own calibration workflows and level of equipment investment.

contact info:

 
www.lightillusion.com
www.dolby.com