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May 2009
Liquid Pictures Dives into 3-D
Specializing in 3-D production and cinematography, Liquid Pictures has unveiled the Liquid Pictures 4K 3-D Digital Cinema Camera System, which is uniquely built for a range of acquisition options and includes a digital 3-D underwater beam-splitter housing.
2 Dollies from Grip Factory Munich
Grip Factory Munich has introduced the GF-Primo and GF-Secondo electromechanical dollies. 
Sohonet Launches Vessel
Sohonet Solutions, the digital workflow consultancy arm of Sohonet, has launched Vessel, its digital-negative management service aimed at feature productions.
FilmLight Serves up BLT
FilmLight has introduced the Baselight Transfer, a low-cost near-set and postproduction solution for rapidly viewing, grading and transferring Redcode RAW camera content to editable dailies or online conforms. 
Barger Illuminates Litestrips
Barger-Lite has introduced Litestrips, available in six- and four-bulb configurations and incorporating 650-watt FRK single-ended bulbs. 
Bron Kobold Adds All-Weather HMI
Bron Kobold USA has unveiled the DW 400 All-Weather HMI and a line of new production kits.
Rololight Reduces Softbox Pricing
The Rololight Softbox is a continuous fluorescent lighting system for photographers and videographers with a number of unique benefits.
Gyoury Lighting Evolves
Mean St. Productions has updated its Gyoury Light System — developed by director/cinematographer Chris Gyoury — and re-branded it as Gyoury Evolved Lighting, which now boasts an expanded offering of lighting kits as well as an educational Web site.
Ikan Intros Director
Ikan has introduced the Director, a handheld production monitor with built-in LANC control for zoom, focus and record functions for Sony and Canon cameras, enabling hands-free camera operation in locked-off shots.
LCD Monitor from Plura
Plura Broadcast has introduced the PBM-070 monitor, a true-black, widescreen, 7" LCD with LED backlighting and support for HD/SD-SDI, RGB, component and composite signals, including digital and analog audio.

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Liquid Pictures Dives into 3-D

Specializing in 3-D production and cinematography, Liquid Pictures has unveiled the Liquid Pictures 4K 3-D Digital Cinema Camera System, which is uniquely built for a range of acquisition options and includes a digital 3-D underwater beam-splitter housing.

“We’re committed to producing mainstream 3-D films and content that will entertain audiences with an immersive stereoscopic experience,” says D.J. Roller, company founder. “Until now, there was no all-in-one 3-D camera system capable of wet or dry [shooting] in a beam-splitter configuration. Because we’re working on 3-D features, commercials and films for 3-D Imax theaters, we needed a completely self-contained system capable of shooting a spectacular vista, Hollywood action sequences or a fingernail-sized creature at the bottom of the ocean.”

Roller’s design was executed by a team of engineers tasked with creating a streamlined process for manufacturing multiple units on demand and “future-proofing” the system for compatibility with upcoming Red cameras, such as the Epic and Scarlet. The 4K 3-D Digital Cinema Camera System can also be adapted to Sony F35, Phantom HD and Phantom 65 cameras.

contact info:  
www.liquidpictures3d.com
2 Dollies from Grip Factory Munich

Grip Factory Munich has introduced the GF-Primo and GF-Secondo electromechanical dollies. 

The deluxe GF-Primo provides a “one-touch” central gearbox for selecting front, rear and crab steering. The new, patented, electromechanical vertical column requires minimal maintenance and provides a quiet, smooth movement to lift the camera and two operators; the movement can be controlled either via wireless radio or a secondary cable control. Additionally, a turnstile mount and a dolly platform system offer new possibilities for camera rigging and movement.

The GF-Secondo is effectively the more economical of the two dollies, although it is possible to upgrade the GF-Secondo to a GF-Primo. The main differences between the two dollies are a fifth, central steering position on the GF-Primo and no “one-touch” control for the GF-Secondo. With both dollies, all essential data is displayed on the screen of the hand control, ergonomically designed by CMotion, with which the operator can monitor battery consumption and status, column limits and markers, motor temperature and more. Position markers are easily set to repeat shots, and editing the positions is a simple process.

Both the GF-Primo and GF-Secondo’s columns can rotate and separate from the dolly base. The starting position on the column is a low 27", with a lift range of 27" for a maximum height of 54", achievable in 2.5 seconds. The turnstile mount accepts four adapters to provide a wider range of seating and camera positions, including two cameras and two persons, and the stable, multi-functional platform is machined to provide a selection of holes for mounting various adapters such as lighting stands, monitor holders and seat-arm extensions while also giving the operator a secure base to stand on. The telescopic, inclining steering rod provides increased maneuverability, and steering-mode selection is a simple matter of twisting a switch. A “drop-and-go” battery system enables batteries to be quickly slotted into position.

contact info:  
www.g-f-m.net
Sohonet Launches Vessel

Sohonet Solutions, the digital workflow consultancy arm of Sohonet, has launched Vessel, its digital-negative management service aimed at feature productions. Through continuous, automated tracking of editorial decisions made during production, Vessel is able to make intelligent decisions about management of the digital negative, maintaining constant production access to active, uncompressed frames. This streamlines operations and gives filmmakers greater control over their projects at all stages.

Vessel’s intelligent automation drastically reduces the volume and optimizes the movement of uncompressed data flow during production. Compared with brute-force data-management approaches, the system reduces the volume of data movement by up to 200:1 while working with completely uncompressed files. Additionally, Vessel automatically collates files to be handed off to every branch of production and post, from editorial to visual effects and digital intermediate.

“With digital-film cameras such as the D21, Genesis and F35, complete file-based workflows are finally becoming possible for digital productions,” says Jon Ferguy, Sohonet Solutions senior partner and Sohonet CTO. “Vessel provides a streamlined solution for data-heavy digital productions. Its intelligent design assures that critical frames from the digital negative are always in the right place at the right time and in the right format.”

Vessel is inherently secure; continuous tracking of the data critical to the production enables the system to create a continuously updated safety net for digital negative data, leading to an exceptional ability for rapid disaster recovery.

contact info:  
www.sohonet.co.uk
FilmLight Serves up BLT

FilmLight has introduced the Baselight Transfer, a low-cost near-set and postproduction solution for rapidly viewing, grading and transferring Redcode RAW camera content to editable dailies or online conforms. 

Consisting of a 5U 12TB RAID5 chassis, the BLT is a standalone system and incorporates Baselight’s powerful conform and primary-grading toolsets, 16 CPU cores, GPU acceleration, three compact flash (CF) card readers and Truelight color management. The BLT can be used near set to instantly view Redcode RAW camera rushes and confirm shot integrity; it can also be used in a post environment to enable rapid conversion of Redcode RAW content into either graded dailies or a conformed online.

Mike Grieve, sales director at FilmLight, says, “BLT was designed to address the four most common requirements that our customers requested from a Red workflow: immediate real-time playback, near-real-time DNxHD MXF disc deliverables, metadata maintained regardless of output, and fast, problem-free conforms.”

contact info:  
www.filmlight.ltd.uk
Barger Illuminates Litestrips

Barger-Lite has introduced Litestrips, available in six- and four-bulb configurations and incorporating 650-watt FRK single-ended bulbs. The units can be used in either horizontal or vertical configurations and can be combined with Chimera Strip Banks and Lighttools Soft Egg Crates to create a soft, controlled source.

The six-bulb Litestrip weighs 22 pounds and measures 33.5" wide, 16" high and 11.25" deep; the four-bulb Litestrip measures 23" wide, 16" high and 11.25" deep. In addition to 650-watt FRK (120-volt) globes, the fixtures are also compatible with 650-watt FRM (240-volt) and FRL (230-volt) globes; 500-watt FRG (120-volt), FRJ (240-volt) and FRH (230-volt) globes; and 300-watt FKW (120-volt), FSK (240-volt) and FSI (230-volt) globes.
contact info:  
www.barger-lite.com
Bron Kobold Adds All-Weather HMI

Bron Kobold USA has unveiled the DW 400 All-Weather HMI and a line of new production kits.

Completing the company’s line of small-wattage, all-weather (IP 54), multi-functional HMIs, the DW 400 can be configured as a Par or open-face unit; it can also be used for bare-bulb applications with softboxes and lanterns, and it can be used with the ETC Source Four ellipsoidal. Conversion from one configuration to another is fast and simple, requiring no tools.

The fixture casing is made of high-strength aluminum, and the HMI/hr lamp mounts in a standard GZZ9.5 single-ended socket for high efficiency. The igniter is watertight and will start hot or cold even in wet conditions. With its reflector, the DW 400 weighs only 5.5 pounds, and without the reflector it measures 4.5"x4"x3.5". Open-faced, the light angle can be focused between 15 and 45 degrees using the ergonomic focus knob, and four lenses complement the Par configuration to either spot or flood the beam.

The system comes with the Kobold EWB 400-575-watt AC ballast, and it is also compatible with the EWB 400-575-800 ballast. The EWB 400-575 weighs just 7.3 pounds, is rated IP 43, and features automatic voltage selection and dimming capability.

The company has also designed new cases and Par kits for the complete line of all-weather HMIs. Each Par kit is designed to be complete and ready for any type of location or studio shoot, featuring an extra head cable, extra scrims and — in the DW 200 and DW 400 kits — a Soft Box Adapter.

contact info:  
www.bron-kobold-usa.com
Rololight Reduces Softbox Pricing

The Rololight Softbox is a continuous fluorescent lighting system for photographers and videographers with a number of unique benefits. As the name suggests, the Rololight can be rolled up to fit into a small carrying bag for ease of transport; a standard light kit and bag weighs less than 10 pounds. 

Each fluorescent light on the Softbox contains its own built-in electronic ballast, allowing each individual light to be detached and still light up. In an eight-light unit, users actually get eight lights that can be used together in a rigid bank or as individual lights.

“Over the past year, we made significant investment to streamline our manufacturing process, have increased production capacity and worked closely with suppliers to reduce raw-material costs,” says Robert Landry, president of Rololight Corp. “We are happy to pass these savings on to our customers. Pricing varies depending on accessories and number of lights, however, generally speaking we are talking about a 20-to 25-percent decrease in price.”

Each kit comes with four or eight lights and is available in either daylight- or tungsten-balanced color temperatures. Additionally, more lights can be added to the basic Softbox by simply daisy-chaining them together. Power consumption is minimal, so multiple units can be plugged into one electrical outlet without affecting output. Also, each fluorescent tube comes coated in a protective polycarbonate tubing to avoid breakage.

contact info:  
www.rololight.com
Gyoury Lighting Evolves

Mean St. Productions has updated its Gyoury Light System — developed by director/cinematographer Chris Gyoury — and re-branded it as Gyoury Evolved Lighting, which now boasts an expanded offering of lighting kits as well as an educational Web site.

“We’re excited about our new Web presence and its ability to share the greater story of the Gyoury Evolved Lighting system,” says Christopher Harper, director of marketing for Mean St. Productions. “The new site provides users a variety of educational videos for those already using the system, as well as sharing how, with the significant upgrades made over the years, its versatility has been optimized for the ever-evolving needs of the industry. And with the new addition of our lighting-kit line, professionals and beginners alike will enjoy new economies and value like never before.”

The Gyoury Evolved Lighting system enables filmmakers to easily attend to indoor and outdoor lighting needs, in studio or on location. Gyoury Light Wands comprise the heart of the system; the dimmable 55-watt fluorescent lights are available in daylight and tungsten color temperatures. Each Light Wand requires only ½ amp of power, maximizing mobility and multi-hour operation. Color filter sleeves are also available and slide over the Wands.

Gyoury Evolved Lighting offers three lighting kits: Basic, Premium and Elite. The Elite comes fully loaded with two removable reflectors, six Gyoury Wands, a lantern kit, a portable carrying case, 20' Wand extension cords, two ball mounts, two removable dimming ballasts, a pin-ball adapter, two mini reflectors, an egg crate and a pistol grip.

contact info:  
www.evolvedlighting.com
Ikan Intros Director

Ikan has introduced the Director, a handheld production monitor with built-in LANC control for zoom, focus and record functions for Sony and Canon cameras, enabling hands-free camera operation in locked-off shots.

The high-resolution LCD monitor boasts variable aspect ratio, safe-area guides, a headphone-out port and A/V input. The unit can be powered by either the included AC Power adaptor or the internal rechargeable battery. The Director retails for $499 and also comes with a 6" break-out AV cable, a 6' LANC cable and a 6' A/V-R cable. An optional sun hood is also available for $34.95.
contact info:  
www.ikancorp.com
LCD Monitor from Plura

Plura Broadcast has introduced the PBM-070 monitor, a true-black, widescreen, 7" LCD with LED backlighting and support for HD/SD-SDI, RGB, component and composite signals, including digital and analog audio.

With a slim design and fast response time, the PBM-070 offers smooth video streaming, high brightness and contrast ratio, wide viewing angles and accurate color reproduction. Other features include support for closed captioning CEA (608/708), V-Chip, advanced waveform (YCbCr selectable), vectorscope (75 or 100 percent), EBU/user markers, source-ID display, V-mount and more. The monitor also supports an auto-calibration mechanism using ICAC (Intelligent Connection for Alignment and Calibration) and sophisticated calibration tools to adjust color temperatures and gamma settings.

The PBM-070 has a suggested price of $2,500

contact info:  
www.plurabroadcast.com