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May 2014
Panasonic Updates VariCam Line

Panasonic has expanded its VariCam line with a pair of cameras: the VariCam 35, a 4K camera that incorporates a newly developed super 35mm MOS image sensor, and the VariCam HS, a third-generation 2⁄3" VariCam with high-speed 1080p image capture of up to 240 fps.

 

Alan Gordon Distributes Panavision’s AC Bag

Alan Gordon Enterprises is the exclusive distributor for a new camera assistant’s bag made by Panavision.

Cinedeck Tackles 4K

Cinedeck has introduced the MX4K recorder and the v5 software release for the RX3G and MX recorders.

For-A Upgrades FT-One

For-A has unveiled a new version of its FT-One 4K super-slow-motion camera, which offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting in the field.

App Translates Hollywood for China, Hong Kong

Cinematographer Dean Head, ACS has introduced the Hollywood in China and Hollywood in Hong Kong apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.0 or later.


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Panasonic Updates VariCam Line

Panasonic has expanded its VariCam line with a pair of cameras: the VariCam 35, a 4K camera that incorporates a newly developed super 35mm MOS image sensor, and the VariCam HS, a third-generation 2⁄3" VariCam with high-speed 1080p image capture of up to 240 fps.

Both models boast an inventive design whereby the 4K (AU-V35C1) and 2⁄3" (AU-V23HS1) camera heads are separate from but dockable to the recording module (AU-VREC1), enabling users to switch between whichever head best suits the project at hand. The flexibility can be further expanded with an umbilical cable between the camera head and recorder, providing box functionality for jibs, cranes and other remote camera heads.

The VariCam 35 boasts superb image handling in multiple formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-Ultra 4K, and 2K and FHD in AVC-Intra 100/200. The camera’s super 35mm MOS sensor, which enables 4096x2160 4K capture, provides 14+ stops of latitude and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide-dynamic-range imagery. Powerful color-management capabilities provide an extended color gamut for further image fidelity, and support of the Academy Color Encoding System enables fully faithful mastering of original source material.

Among the VariCam 35’s top-level production features are a standard 35mm PL mount; real-time high-frame-rate variable-speed 4K recording up to 120 fps, providing the capability for master-level 2K/FHD recording; and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring/editing ease. The camera also features a newly developed OLED electronic viewfinder with optical zoom functionality, and 14-bit LPCM audio for in-camera audio master recording. Professional interfaces include 3G-HD-SDI x4 for 4K Quad output, 3G-HD-SDI x2 for raw output, an HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K) and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit 48KHz audio.

The VariCam HS utilizes three newly developed 1920x1080p MOS imagers with 14 stops of dynamic range, providing full control over a wide range of lighting conditions. The HS system boasts a classical RGB imager/prism system that provides equi-band full-resolution color processing for critical applications. Among the camcorder’s key features are real-time high-frame-rate and off-speed recording up to 240 fps in 1080p (using AVC-Intra 100), plus the ability to change frame rates while recording. Image controls such as matrix, detail, gammas and a new Log recording capability allow precise creative control over image parameters. The VariCam HS also features Panasonic’s Emmy Award-winning Chromatic Aberration Compensation technology to minimize lateral chromatic aberrations and improve the Modulation Transfer Function of the optical system.

The VariCam HS features a range of high-quality recording formats, including AVC-Intra 100 (recording as 1080/24p, 30p or 60p format with VFR, up to 240p), AVC-Intra 200 (up to 30p/60i) and AVC-Intra 4:4:4 (up to 30p). Professional interfaces on the VariCam HS include RGB 4:4:4, a 3G-HD-SDI out to support 1080/60p, an HD-SDI out for monitoring, and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. The camera’s 2⁄3" B4 lens mount enables the use of a wide variety of prime lenses and servo zooms.

Both the VariCam 35 and VariCam HS will utilize Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high-frame-rate (VariCam HS) and 4K (VariCam 35) recording. The camera recording module unit is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content, or about 32 minutes of 240p 1080 HD video; the microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.

The VariCam 35 and VariCam HS will launch this fall, with pricing to be announced.

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www.panasonic.com/broadcast
Alan Gordon Distributes Panavision’s AC Bag

Alan Gordon Enterprises is the exclusive distributor for a new camera assistant’s bag made by Panavision. The bag has been designed to satisfy a wide range of professional camera assistant needs.

The bag’s interior is lined with Velcro-compatible gray polyester atop foam backing, allowing for an array of bag-division options. The bag also houses an easily removable accessory tray, two sets of dividers and four clear plastic pouches (one 17"x5" and three 5"x5") with Velcro-exposed flaps.

The bag’s exterior is wrapped in black canvas reinforced with rugged PVC, providing superb water resistance and structural integrity. The exterior also features three water-resistant, zippered pockets and three drawstring pouches, which allow easy access to gear. The bag’s padded shoulder strap is made from heavy-duty nylon security-belt material and fashioned with nickel-plated snap-hooks, which lock to both sides of the bag.

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www.alangordon.com
Cinedeck Tackles 4K

Cinedeck has introduced the MX4K recorder and the v5 software release for the RX3G and MX recorders.

The Cinedeck MX4K features two channels of 4K YUV10 30 fps recording from 4K and Ultra HD sources, including the Sony F55 camera, while simultaneously creating edit-ready HD master and proxy deliverables as well as H.264 for streaming. The MX4K also down-converts the 4K camera feeds in real time for on-set HD monitoring. The 4K, HD master and proxies are all simultaneously recorded to the MX4K’s embedded SSD drives, with edit-ready deliverables written to SAN for immediate access, and can be encoded to the full gamut of ProRes or Cineform profiles. Users can apply a variety of industry-standard or custom look-up tables to the proxy, H.264, onboard display and HD outputs.

A key feature of Cinedeck’s v5 software release for the RX3G and MX is the addition of the AS10/AS11-compliant acquisition and delivery standards — XDCam HD Op1A, AVC-Intra 100 Op1A and D-10 (IMX) Op1A. These codec/wrapper specifications remove ambiguities during production and delivery processes by including editorial and technical metadata, and ensure a consistent set of information for the processing, review and scheduling of programs. The v5 software release also includes enhanced Edit While Record, EDL and H.264 support features.

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www.cinedeck.com
For-A Upgrades FT-One

For-A has unveiled a new version of its FT-One 4K super-slow-motion camera, which offers fiber I/O connections built directly into the unit for ease of use when shooting in the field. The company has also introduced the ZE-One 4K Extraction system.

The FT-One employs For-A’s high-sensitivity FT1-CMOS color sensor and plays back full 4K (4096x2160). One output channel can provide QFHD (four 1080p 3G-SDI) outputs, while the other output channel provides down-converted HD-SDI for live viewing and playback. The FT-One captures images as uncompressed raw data on the system’s internal memory, which has a recording capacity of 9.4 seconds. This data is then stored on one of two hot-swappable SSD cartridges, each of which is capable of storing 84 seconds of full 4K resolution images at 900 fps.

The ZE-One allows FT-One users to frame and extract desired 4K image areas to capture the action for HD replays. The 4K extraction system provides operators with an intuitive touch-screen interface to frame and extract specified HD scenes at any size from 4K sources. The ZE-One allows users to smoothly zoom in or out, and includes an embedded audio delay processor.

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www.for-a.com
App Translates Hollywood for China, Hong Kong

Cinematographer Dean Head, ACS has introduced the Hollywood in China and Hollywood in Hong Kong apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices running iOS 5.0 or later.

The apps translate more than 1,000 film and video terms and phrases — such as “change lens,” “minimum focus” and “camera car” — with pre-recorded voice files that can be heard and played face-to-face, or over a phone or walkie-talkie. Hollywood in China translates English to Mandarin, and Hollywood in Hong Kong translates English to Cantonese.

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http://tinyurl.com/nfnlgnv