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November 2011
OConnor Offers Ultimate Control

OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Ultimate 1030 D and 1030 Ds fluid heads, which are designed especially for use with lightweight, large-format-sensor cameras such as the Red Epic and Sony F3.

Sachtler Steadies Lightweight Tripod

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the TT 75/2 CF, a lightweight, two-stage carbon-fiber tripod ideally suited to lightweight digital cameras, including video-enabled DSLRs. The tripod features a 75mm bowl and three-section single carbon-fiber tubes.

3ality Digital Acquires Element Technica

3ality Digital has acquired Element Technica. the combined company, which has been rebranded 3ality Technica, provides all of the control, accuracy, breadth, automation, modularity, accessories and design of both existing product lines.

Alan Gordon Cages DSLRs
Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. has introduced the Hollywood HDSLR Cage.
Chrosziel's Aladin Offers Lens Control
Chrosziel has introduced the versatile Aladin MK II remote lens control, which comprises a modular handset and a small receiver that can control up to eight motors.
Zacuto Upgrades Z-Finder Firmware
Zacuto has released the free firmware upgrade number 1.01.00 for the company’s popular Z-Finder EVF electronic viewfinder.
Vocas Expands Accessory Line
Vocas Systems has introduced the Flexible Gear Ring, the Pro Rail Support, the E-to-PL-Mount Adapter and the Shoulder Support.
LevelJib Completes LevelCam Kit
The LevelCam camera stabilizer is now available in a LevelCam Complete kit, which connects to a tripod and turns the system into a jib.

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OConnor Offers Ultimate Control

OConnor, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the Ultimate 1030 D and 1030 Ds fluid heads, which are designed especially for use with lightweight, large-format-sensor cameras such as the Red Epic and Sony F3.

Updating and replacing OConnor’s popular Ultimate 1030HD and HDs heads, the new line offers a sporty industrial design and a range of features borrowed from larger OConnor fluid heads. Features include the step-less, ultra-smooth pan-and-tilt fluid drag specifically enhanced to provide ultimate control and stability for digital cinematography shooting; the patented OConnor Sinusoidal Counterbalance system, which provides accurate balance at any point in the tilt range; and the ability to counterbalance down to zero.

The 1030 D series also features a new ergonomic crank-style counterbalance control that pulls out of the rear of the head, action brakes for pan-and-tilt unlock via a single-handed squeeze, and the OConnor drag system for constant control.

The 1030 D supports a payload of up to 30 pounds at a 6" center of gravity with a +/-90-degree tilt range. The 1030 Ds supports up to 41 pounds at a 6" center of gravity with a +/-60-degree tilt range.
    Like the rest of the OConnor Ultimate heads, the 1030 D and Ds have interchangeable bases, accept the same front-box mount as larger heads and offer full compatibility with other OConnor 1030 accessories.

contact info:  
www.ocon.com
Sachtler Steadies Lightweight Tripod

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand, has introduced the TT 75/2 CF, a lightweight, two-stage carbon-fiber tripod ideally suited to lightweight digital cameras, including video-enabled DSLRs. The tripod features a 75mm bowl and three-section single carbon-fiber tubes.

The TT 75/2 CF offers Sachtler’s hallmark stability and easy setup. Varying leg angles can be quickly deployed and adjusted. The tripod comes with Sachtler’s distinctive red footpads with retractable spikes.

The lightweight tripod weighs only 5.1 pounds and offers a height range from 10.6" to 67.3". The tripod is also available in a system with a Sachtler FSB 4, Cine DSLR, FSB 6 or FSB 8 fluid head plus the convenient DV 75 L padded carrier.

contact info:  
www.sachtler.com
3ality Digital Acquires Element Technica

3ality Digital has acquired Element Technica. the combined company, which has been rebranded 3ality Technica, provides all of the control, accuracy, breadth, automation, modularity, accessories and design of both existing product lines.

In acquiring Element Technica, 3ality Digital gains an in-house manufacturing and design capability, as well as the opportunity to further expand its already sizable R&D infrastructure. The companies will combine in an expansion to the 3ality Digital headquarters in Burbank, Calif.

“We have always had great respect for Element Technica and their achievements,” says ASC associate member Steve Schklair, CEO of 3ality Technica. “The complete compatibility and lack of redundancy between the companies has made this an ideal acquisition, strengthening the company’s position to provide the most advanced and dependable [3-D] solutions to the market. Perhaps the greatest benefit of this acquisition will be to the motion picture and broadcast producers who will now have an unprecedented amount of tools and technology tailored to meet their specific needs.”

The combined expertise of 3ality Technica includes work for Hollywood feature films and television, live-broadcast sports events and concert performances, and NASA. “We have already integrated some of the best aspects of both companies’ product offerings, so the market will see an immediate improvement in tool sets, component integration and customer service,” says Schklair.

Element Technica is also well known for its line of both 2-D and 3-D accessories, and 3ality Technica plans to continue this product line under the existing Element Technica banner.

contact info:  
3alitytechnica.com
Alan Gordon Cages DSLRs

Alan Gordon Enterprises, Inc. has introduced the Hollywood HDSLR Cage.

Designed for Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 7D DSLR cameras, the Hollywood HDSLR Cage features an HDMI cable protector and multiple ¼"-20 and 3⁄8"-16 threaded holes for mounting accessories. The hard-anodized cage is precision-machined and boasts lightweight construction. Alan Gordon offers a number of accessories for the cage, including a battery mount and a mini rod adapter.

The Hollywood HDSLR Cage is available through Alan Gordon for a recommended price of $489.

contact info:  
www.alangordon.com
Chrosziel's Aladin Offers Lens Control

Chrosziel has introduced the versatile Aladin MK II remote lens control, which comprises a modular handset and a small receiver that can control up to eight motors.

The easy-to-use Aladin MK II calibrates motors automatically, allowing users to simply plug in and start shooting. For more advanced setups, the receiver features a built-in display with a straightforward operating menu, so settings can be adjusted quickly and easily. Furthermore, the Aladin MK II allows users to control and power the internal zoom, focus and iris motors of digital Canon and Fujinon lenses. Communication and power run through the serial auxiliary port of the Aladin’s control box.

The Aladin MK II’s eight channels of control make the system 3-D compatible, allowing simultaneous control over focus, zoom and aperture on two lenses while also controlling the angles and distance between the cameras.

The Aladin’s handheld modules are equipped with military-grade connectors for maximum reliability. An RF spectrum analyzer can help identify sources of wireless interference and pick the best transmission channel at any particular location. The Aladin also allows users to cable to the camera via the BNC connector.

At press time, Chrosziel was also in the process of integrating an option to record time code and metadata.

contact info:  
www.chrosziel.com
Zacuto Upgrades Z-Finder Firmware

Zacuto has released the free firmware upgrade number 1.01.00 for the company’s popular Z-Finder EVF electronic viewfinder.

“With these frequent firmware upgrades, we can constantly make improvements to our Z-Finder EVF,” says Patrick Fee, product designer for Zacuto. “Anytime we find something that people want or a problem that we can fix, we can just upgrade the firmware and our clients can download it from the website.”

This firmware upgrade boasts new audio meters and a battery meter that can be positioned in any of the four corners of the EVF screen, an audio loop-through feature, implemented underscan, and Red One and Sony FS100 scaling presets. As suggested by customers, the firmware upgrade also allows users to save and recall chroma, contrast and brightness settings as presets; changes to color, brightness and contrast will now save when the EVF is powered down, and return when it is next powered up.

contact info:  
www.zacuto.com
Vocas Expands Accessory Line

Vocas Systems has introduced the Flexible Gear Ring, the Pro Rail Support, the E-to-PL-Mount Adapter and the Shoulder Support.

The Flexible Gear Ring can be attached directly to a lens, making the lens compatible with a follow-focus system. The Pro Rail Support allows 15mm rods to be mounted beneath an array of cameras from a host of manufacturers. Attaching the Pro Rail Support further enables users to employ such accessories as the E-to-PL-Mount Adapter; the Adapter allows PL-mount lenses to be mounted on cameras with an E-mount. Finally, the Shoulder Support distributes the camera’s weight and enables comfortable operating. The Support works with commonly used 15mm rails, and it can be quickly attached to or removed from the rails without the need to disassemble the entire system.
contact info:  
www.vocas.com
LevelJib Completes LevelCam Kit

The LevelCam camera stabilizer is now available in a LevelCam Complete kit, which connects to a tripod and turns the system into a jib. Each component is detachable via a quick-release lock, making the system extremely versatile and portable. LevelCam works with most palm-sized cameras and DSLRs weighing up to 9 pounds.

“LevelCam started as a personal solution for moving from a tripod directly to handheld shooting without interruption,” says Tim Nixon, owner of Baughan Productions, Inc. and the inventor of the LevelCam. “LevelCam evolved into LevelCam Complete, with a counter-weighted monopod called LevelPod. Connecting LevelPod to most any medium-sized tripod now turns it into LevelJib.

“Producing video content is my day job, and LevelCam evolved out of my need to minimize handheld twitch in small video cameras,” Nixon continues. “The DSLR revolution has made my job even more challenging, as the camera is harder to handhold than most camcorders. These cameras also need extra equipment, like and audio recorder and microphone, to be truly useful for a one-person crew. LevelCam’s design allows for plenty of space for these accessories.”

LevelCam is sold on its own for $79.95, or in the LevelCam Complete kit, which includes the LevelPod and LevelJib adapter, for $399.95.

contact info:  
www.levelcam.com
www.baughan.com