American Cinematographer Magazine: May 2007 - New Products
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May 2007
Kobold DW 200
The Kobold DW 200 fixture is designed for heavy-duty use with the added benefit of maximum reliability, even in extreme weather.
Iridas SpeedGrade OnSet Update
Iridas has released Service Pack 1 for SpeedGrade OnSet 2006, its look-management application. 
Cine-tal Cinemage 2.1
Cine-tal recently released version 2.1 software for the Cinemage intelligent display server. 
Magic Bullet Colorista Plug-in
Red Giant Software has introduced Magic Bullet Colorista, an easy-to-use color-correction plug-in. It is a native plug-in for all major host applications, including Apple’s Final Cut Pro (FX Plug) and Motion, Adobe’s After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Avid AVX-compatible systems.
Steadicam Merlin Accessory Plate
The Merlin Accessory Plate allows the Steadicam Merlin to hold an external hard drive, wireless microphone or any additional equipment for the camera without adding weight.

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Kobold DW 200

The Kobold DW 200 fixture is designed for heavy-duty use with the added benefit of maximum reliability, even in extreme weather. The new 200 system can be configured as a Par or focusing Open Face and also can be used for bare-bulb applications such as softboxes or lanterns. Conversion from one mode to another is simple (no tools are needed) and fast (10 seconds). The soft box adapter takes a standard 5" circular speed ring for direct attachment of a soft box or lantern. The system uses the Kobold EWB 200-watt AC ballast unit or the BB 200/c 30V DC ballast. The DW 200 fixture is water resistant to IP 54.

The fixture casing is made of high-strength aluminium. The HMI/hr lamp mounts in a standard GZY9.5 single-ended socket for high efficiency. The igniter is watertight and will start hot or cold, even in wet conditions. The small DW 200 weighs in at 2.6 pounds with reflector and measures 4"x4"x3.75" without the reflector. In the open-face version, the light angle can be focused between 14° and 51° using the ergonomic focus knob. In the Par version, there are four lenses and the optional Fresnel lens to either spot or flood the light beam.

The EWB 200 AC ballast accompanies the new DW 200 fixtures. This extremely compact and lightweight (just 3.7 pounds), all-weather ballast is rated IP 43. The EWB 200 is equipped with an automatic voltage selection (90V AC to 265V AC, 50/60Hz) and is dimmable.

contact info:

Bron Kobold (866) 504-2766

 
www.bron-kobold-usa.com
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Iridas SpeedGrade OnSet Update

Iridas has released Service Pack 1 for SpeedGrade OnSet 2006, its look-management application. The update includes a new matrix control that allows filmmakers to shift the color space in which they are working so that it matches the sensor characteristics of various digital cameras. It adds up to a more accurate representation of the final output against which artists develop their looks.

Service Pack 1 of SpeedGrade OnSet 2006 is a Universal Binary application providing improved performance on Intel Macs. It is available immediately for Mac OS X and Windows by download from the Iridas Web site. Personal licenses are cross-platform and can be used on multiple machines. SpeedGrade OnSet costs $399 per seat and trial licenses are available. The update is free for owners of the current version. 

contact info:

 
www.speedgrade.com
www.iridas.com
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Cine-tal Cinemage 2.1

Cine-tal recently released version 2.1 software for the Cinemage intelligent display server. Cinemage 2.1 provides new features and a software developer’s kit. An important new feature is the DVI input, with which Cinemage provides a calibrated desktop monitor and an HDSDI/SDI reference monitor integrated into a single package. Cinemage version 2.1 adds compatibility with standard-definition video formats. Both standard-definition and 720p video formats may be viewed pixel to pixel or scaled to full screen for optimum viewing accuracy.

The Software Development Kit provides access to the Cinemage extensible architecture. With the SOAP-based SDK software, developers can integrate Cinemage features into software applications. Facilities can easily create custom applications to fit specific workflows. Software developers may contact Cine-tal Technical Support via e-mail at support@cine-tal.com to learn more about the SDK.

A key feature in Cinemage 2.1 is the expanded support for 3-D look-up tables (LUTs) generated by third-party software applications. The 2.1 release adds LUT support for Quantel iQ, Discreet Flame and Assimilate Scratch, and non-encrypted LUTs from Kodak CMS and FilmLight. Cinemage also supports LUTs from Iridas, Pandora, Arri, Gamma & Density and Digital Vision.

contact info:

 

 
www.cine-tal.com
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Magic Bullet Colorista Plug-in

Red Giant Software has introduced Magic Bullet Colorista, an easy-to-use color-correction plug-in. It is a native plug-in for all major host applications, including Apple’s Final Cut Pro (FX Plug) and Motion, Adobe’s After Effects and Premiere Pro, and Avid AVX-compatible systems.

Key features include precise color balance with controls for modifying shadows, midtones and highlights. The familiar Lift, Gamma, Gain color wheels allow for easy adjustment of color balance and luminance with precise results. Additionally, Saturation and Exposure options let the user make flesh tones look natural and set the highlight and shadow levels exactly.

Performance is maximized with the power of the real-time DeepColor RT engine inside Colorista. Play back standard- and high-definition (720p) projects in real-time by efficiently using the computer system’s graphics processing power. The next-generation DeepColor RT engine preserves quality in every application host so that 10-bit projects remain 10-bit.

With Colorista, users can create a simple circular or rectangular shape to isolate a specific zone. No longer is it necessary to pre-mask a shot to deepen the color of a sky or emphasize the action in a shot. The animatable controls for area and feather let users work right in the canvas or composer window.

Magic Bullet Colorista is available for $199.  

contact info:

 
www.redgiantsoftware.com
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Steadicam Merlin Accessory Plate

The Merlin Accessory Plate allows the Steadicam Merlin to hold an external hard drive, wireless microphone or any additional equipment for the camera without adding weight.

Weighing 4 ounces, the device allows an operator to exchange the counter-balancing weight system at the end of the lower spar (round weights) with the weight of any professional accessory weighing up to 1.5 pounds. Any accessory will fit securely to the Velcro surface on the plate. If the accessory does not weigh enough to balance the unit, the balancing weights included with the Steadicam Merlin can be attached to the underside of the plate. The Steadicam Merlin Accessory Plate is not limited to just one external device. It is possible to attach an additional unit to the bottom of the Velcro surface on the plate.

The Steadicam Merlin Accessory Plate is priced at $149. 

contact info:  
www.steadicam.com
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