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May 2013
Radiant Images, View Factor Launch Novo

Los Angeles-based rental house Radiant Images is now renting View Factor Studios’ Novo digital cinema camera. Radiant Images collaborated with View Factor Studios on the camera, which is designed to provide filmmakers with the power and versatility of a small form-factor camera, but with fewer cinematic limitations.

Panasonic Unveils PX5000G Camcorder

Panasonic has introduced the AJ-PX5000G, the company’s first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-Ultra recording and built-in MicroP2 card slots.

JVC Announces GY-HM70 Shoulder-Mount Camcorder

JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., has introduced the GY-HM70 ProHD shoulder-supported camcorder. The GY-HM70 delivers 60p full HD images and, with a 12-megapixel CMOS imager, records 1920x1080 footage in the AVCHD Progressive format at 28 Mbps to dual solid-state memory cards.

Hitachi Kokusai Introduces Studio Camera

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America has introduced the Z-HD6000 CMOS HDTV studio camera, which features a new 2⁄3" CMOS camera processor.

Adorama Grows Flashpoint Accessory Line

Adorama has expanded its line of Flashpoint accessories with the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II and the Flashpoint ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer.


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Radiant Images, View Factor Launch Novo

Los Angeles-based rental house Radiant Images is now renting View Factor Studios’ Novo digital cinema camera. Radiant Images collaborated with View Factor Studios on the camera, which is designed to provide filmmakers with the power and versatility of a small form-factor camera, but with fewer cinematic limitations.

Key features of the Novo include a C-mount lens system with back-focus adjustment to eliminate a fish-eye look or bubble effect, as well as exposure-control capabilities that enable a wide range of possibilities for camera operators and cinematographers. The camera is capable of recording at 2K and 4K resolution.

Due to the cost of development and ongoing improvements that are still being added to the camera, the Novo is only being offered for rental, exclusively through Radiant Images. The Novo rental package includes the camera, custom-geared C-Mount lenses and all the required accessories.

contact info:

 
www.radiantimages.com
www.viewfactor.net
Panasonic Unveils PX5000G Camcorder

Panasonic has introduced the AJ-PX5000G, the company’s first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-Ultra recording and built-in MicroP2 card slots. The 2⁄3" 3-MOS camera features 720p and 1080p/i recording, and is the first P2 camcorder that will record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra100). AVC-LongG is standard, and the camcorder also offers optional AVC-Intra200 recording, which, at twice the bit rate per frame of AVC-Intra100, is virtually lossless and delivers a master-quality codec in an affordable, file-based shoulder-mount camera. High-resolution AVC-Proxy recording is also an option.

The PX5000G’s three 2.2-megapixel MOS sensors deliver a horizontal resolution of 1,000 TV lines and sensitivity of f12 over 60i. The camcorder’s 2⁄3" format accommodates a variety of interchangeable lenses. Recording formats include AVC-LongG and AVC-Intra100/50, with optional recording in DVCPro HD, DVCPro50, DVCPro and DV. The camcorder is also switchable between 50 and 59.94 Hz for worldwide use.

Panasonic’s AVC-Ultra offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in Full HD to meet a variety of user needs from mastering to transmission. AVC-LongG offers up to 10-bit 4:2:2 recording in a much smaller file size, saving storage costs and transfer times while maintaining video quality comparable to MPEG-2. The PX5000G incorporates a selection of AVC-LongG quality levels, including AVC-LongG50 and AVC-LongG25. Additionally, AVC-Proxy encodes can be made in parallel with higher-bandwidth production formats to enable fast, efficient offline editing at bit rates from 3.5 megabits down to 800 kilobits per second.

Weighing just over 8 pounds, the PX5000G is equipped with two MicroP2 slots, two standard P2 slots and an SD-card slot for proxy/metadata recording. The camera also boasts Chromatic Aberration Compensation to maximize lens performance, Dynamic Range Stretch to help compensate for wide variations in lighting, and a highly accurate flash-band detection and compensation algorithm. The camcorder also delivers seven-mode gamma selection and extensive image settings. The camera’s functions can be accessed through an LCD display on the side of the camera. The system also incorporates a 16:9, 3.5", 920,000-dot-resolution LCD color viewfinder that doubles as an LCD monitor when open; a simplified waveform and vectorscope; and a 10-pin remote terminal for remote operation.

Other standard features include Scan Reverse for use with a cinema lens adaptor; Digital Zoom function for 2x and 4x close-ups; Variable Shutter Speed from 1⁄12 to 1⁄2000 plus Synchro Scan; and a four-position (Clear,1/4, 1⁄16 and 1⁄64) optical neutral-density filter wheel. Professional interfaces include MON out, HDMI out, HD/SD-SDI in/out, 3G-SDI out, genlock, time-code in/out, USB 3.0 and a two-channel UniSlot-compatible wireless receiver.

Additional features of the PX5000G include wireless and wired connection ability with Wi-Fi, USB and Gigabit Ethernet, including wireless control of key camera functions from a smart phone, and optional support of operational integration with live video uplink transmitter devices from Panasonic partners including LiveU, AVIWest, Streambox and TVU Networks. The PX5000G is scheduled for availability in the fall with a suggested retail price under $28,000.

Panasonic is also now delivering its 64GB and 32GB MicroP2 memory cards. Boasting an SD-card form factor, the AJ-P2M064A 64GB and AJ-P2M032A 32GB cards are available for a suggested price of $380 and $250, respectively. The AJ-P2AD1 MicroP2 adapter, which enables use of MicroP2 cards in a standard P2 card slot, is also available for a suggested price of $199, and the AJ-MPD1 MicroP2 drive is available for $350.

contact info:

 
www.panasonic.com/broadcast
JVC Announces GY-HM70 Shoulder-Mount Camcorder

JVC Professional Products Company, a division of JVC Americas Corp., has introduced the GY-HM70 ProHD shoulder-supported camcorder. The GY-HM70 delivers 60p full HD images and, with a 12-megapixel CMOS imager, records 1920x1080 footage in the AVCHD Progressive format at 28 Mbps to dual solid-state memory cards.

Additional features of the GY-HM70 include manual focus, iris and shutter controls, as well as manual and automatic white balance. The GY-HM70 also provides an optical image stabilizer, auto focus and focus assist.

JVC’s swappable dual-battery system allows hours of continuous, uninterrupted shooting. For shoulder-supported shooting, the GY-HM70 has a .24" LCOS color viewfinder, but also features a 3" LCD flip-out touch-screen display for tripod shots and playback. Audio features include a built-in zoom microphone, 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack.

“With the introduction of the GY-HM70, JVC immediately focuses on the entry-level professional video market with a very cost-effective shoulder-mount camera,” says Craig Yanagi, JVC’s national marketing and brand manager. “At this price, and packed with innovative features, the GY-HM70 will appeal to various market segments where budget is limited but a full-sized camcorder is the preferred choice.”

Suggested retail price for the GY-HM70 is $1,995.

contact info:

 
http://pro.jvc.com
Hitachi Kokusai Introduces Studio Camera

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America has introduced the Z-HD6000 CMOS HDTV studio camera, which features a new 2⁄3" CMOS camera processor.

“We’ve designed the Z-HD6000 camera with integrated features that enhance the studio production workflow, while saving our customers money,” says Sean Moran, vice president of Sales, Broadcast & Professional Division at Hitachi. “By incorporating useful operational features in the camera system, we’ve eliminated the need for external hardware and extra wiring, making our system simpler to use, integrate and deploy.”

The Z-HD6000 camera head provides built-in access points, which decrease or eliminate the need for external power sources. The camera also provides two IFB channels for listen only, two auxiliary feeds that can send video to the operator, two video feeds that can go to talent and studio monitors, a second intercom channel for the floor manager or spotter, and a tally viewable in the talent prompter.

Additional features include f12 standard sensitivity with more than 60dB of signal-to-noise ratio and an RLAC real-time lens-aberration-correction function. The camera also boasts no vertical smear.

contact info:

 
www.hitachikokusai.com
Adorama Grows Flashpoint Accessory Line

Adorama has expanded its line of Flashpoint accessories with the Flashpoint Swivi HD DSLR LCD Universal Foldable Viewfinder Version II and the Flashpoint ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer.

The Flashpoint Swivi is designed for use with DSLR cameras and provides a clear view of the camera LCD. The viewfinder’s 3x magnification mode assists shooters in ensuring a subject remains in focus, and its standard mode hoods the view of the LCD from sunlight. The Flashpoint Swivi also features a comfortable rubber eyecup, which can be rotated to suit left- or right-eye shooting, and its mounting plate makes it easy to install and remove. This model of Flashpoint Swivi retails for $150.

The Flashpoint ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer is designed to allow shooters to control camera movement with precision, ease and comfort while mitigating shakes and bumps. DSLR cameras can be attached to the ZeroGrav platform directly or by way of a quick-release adapter. The ZeroGrav Camera Stabilizer retails for $300.

Adorama has also introduced the Flashpoint All-Inclusive DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle, which ships with Flashpoint’s DSLR Shoulder Rig II with Rails and Quick-Release System, a Matte Box System II, and the Follow-Focus Pro II with clip-on system. This solidly constructed, customizable Bundle allows users to position and accessorize their DSLR or camcorder for their individual shooting requirements. All items in the Cinema Bundle are backed by a two-year warranty.

contact info:

 
www.adorama.com