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November 2013
Arri Unveils Amira

Arri has introduced the Amira, a versatile, documentary-style camera with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, the Amira can record at up to 200 fps and features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3-D LUTs.

Kodak Emerges from Bankruptcy

Antonio M. Perez, Kodak chairman and chief executive officer, has announced the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company, following completion of the final steps in the restructuring process.

Glidecam Offers Stability

Glidecam Industries, Inc. has introduced the Glidecam X-20 Professional Camera Stabilization System.

Band Pro Opens Atlanta Location

Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc. has announced the opening of Band Pro South. Based in Atlanta, Ga., the facility will be overseen by broadcast professional and longtime Atlanta resident Phillip Ghee (pictured, next page).

Assimilate Adds Subscriptions, Offers Free Scratch Play

Assimilate, a provider of dailies and postproduction tools for digital cinema and broadcast workflows, has introduced an annual subscription option for both Scratch and Scratch Lab software.

Gamma & Density Goes Mobile

Gamma & Density Co. has introduced ExpressColor, a mobile color-correction tool for the iPhone and iPad.

Adorama Glows with Flashpoint

Adorama has introduced the Glow by Flashpoint diffusion and accessory line. Glow by Flashpoint offers R Series soft boxes in varying shapes and sizes and HexaPop products that combine the diffusion of a soft box with the soft, focused light from the reflective, curved surface of an umbrella. All Glow lighting accessories are completely heat resistant.

Pro8mm Upgrades Rhonda Cam

Pro8mm has introduced its second consumer-friendly Super 8 film camera, the Rhonda Cam Deluxe.

Denz Supports Blackmagic Production Camera

Denz has introduced the Blackmagic Production Camera Support Kit, which includes a frame, top plate and camera table with integrated PL adapter, enabling the use of PL lenses with Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

Petrol Bags Provides Airflow, Rain Cover

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Deca Airflow Camera Backpack PC306, which features a rainbow shape to allow air flow-through while enhancing the wearer’s comfort.

Nexto DI Provides Backup

Nexto DI, a provider of high-speed handheld backup drives for video, film and broadcast, has introduced the Video Storage-Air, model NVS2825.


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Arri Unveils Amira

Arri has introduced the Amira, a versatile, documentary-style camera with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, the Amira can record at up to 200 fps and features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3-D LUTs.

The Amira features the same sensor and image quality as the Arri Alexa, recording HD 1080 or 2K pictures suitable for any distribution format. The camera records Rec 709 or Log C images using ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs. By recording to in-camera CFast 2.0 flash memory cards with super-quick data rates, the route into postproduction is made as simple as possible. The camera also boasts a dynamic range of more than 14 stops, low noise levels, subtle highlight handling and natural color rendering.

Integrated, motorized ND filters as well as zebra and false-color tools aid exposure control, while an advanced peaking function makes accurate focusing easy and fast. Access to switches and configurable user buttons is quick and intuitive. An innovative multi-viewfinder combines a high-resolution OLED eyepiece with a foldaway LCD monitor that displays a live image when the eyepiece is not in use and also provides full access to camera functions without having to remove the camera from the operator’s shoulder. Flexible multi-channel audio options are accessed from the camera-right side, minimizing disturbance to the operator.

The Amira camera system is designed to be a safe, long-term investment built to withstand the rigors of life on a professional set. A solid internal skeleton guarantees camera and lens stability, sealed electronics provide protection against humidity and dust, and an integrated thermal core enables highly efficient cooling.

contact info:

 
www.arri.com
Kodak Emerges from Bankruptcy

Antonio M. Perez, Kodak chairman and chief executive officer, has announced the company’s emergence from Chapter 11 as a reorganized company, following completion of the final steps in the restructuring process.

“We have emerged as a technology company serving imaging for business markets, including packaging, functional printing, graphic communications and professional services,” says Perez. “We have been revitalized by our transformation and restructured to become a formidable competitor — leaner, with a strong capital structure, a healthy balance sheet and the industry’s best technology.”

Andrew Evenski, president, Entertainment & Commercial Films, Kodak, adds, “The motion picture film business will continue to be part of the company’s future. We are manufacturing film, we’ve inked contracts with six studios, labs around the world are dedicated to quality service and, most importantly, filmmakers are choosing film. Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging represents a stable and profitable division of the company. Moving forward, I am confident in our ongoing ability to provide value to the motion picture and television industries, which have been our honor to serve for so many years. We are grateful to our customers and partners for standing by Kodak throughout this process.”

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Glidecam Offers Stability

Glidecam Industries, Inc. has introduced the Glidecam X-20 Professional Camera Stabilization System. The professional, affordable, dual-articulating body-mounted stabilization system is designed for film and video cameras weighing up to 20 pounds. The X-20 System incorporates advanced engineering and precision machining, and the complete system comprises a Vest, Support Arm and Sled.

The X-20 Support Vest is lightweight and comfortable, and can be adjusted to fit a wide range of operators. High endurance, dual density, EVA foam padding and integral T6 aluminum alloy allow the Vest to hold and evenly distribute the weight of the system across the operator’s shoulders, back and hips. For safety, quick-release high-impact buckles allow the Vest to be removed quickly. The Vest’s outer shell is made of 1000 denier cordura fabric and seven-panel seat-belt strapping. The Vest also incorporates a proprietary Arm-to-Vest Connector that allows the Support Arm to be attached and removed from the Vest without affecting the operator’s trim settings.

The X-20’s Dyna-Elastic Dual-Articulating Support Arm incorporates precision radial bearings and needle roller bearings within its machined T6 aluminum structure. The placement and implementation of these bearings produce minimal friction and allow the Dyna-Elastic Support Arm to pivot and boom smoothly, with virtually no noise.

The system’s Sled incorporates sophisticated engineering and precision machining to make it lightweight and strong. The precision, x-y-adjustable head assembly features a drop-in style dovetail camera plate for quick front-to-back balance; ergonomic fine-tuning knobs control front-to-back and side-to-side balance adjustments. The Sled also features a “no-tools” Telescoping Center Post that allows users to easily adjust the Sled length and position of the LCD and battery. The X-20 base platform can be set up with one Anton/Bauer or V-Mount-style battery.

Glidecam has also introduced the iGlide Hand-Held Camera Stabilizer, which is designed for use with a GoPro, iPhone or other lightweight camera. By utilizing small counterweight discs, the iGlide eliminates undesirable motions, leaving the operator free to pan, tilt, boom or run with the camera. Manufactured from lightweight aircraft aluminum, the iGlide is available in four different color finishes: orange, green, blue or black.

Glidecam products are manufactured in the U.S. The X-20 Stabilization System is available for $5,900, and the iGlide is available for $149.

contact info:

 
www.glidecam.com
Band Pro Opens Atlanta Location

Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc. has announced the opening of Band Pro South. Based in Atlanta, Ga., the facility will be overseen by broadcast professional and longtime Atlanta resident Phillip Ghee (pictured, next page).

Ghee’s professional experience includes working as a news photographer and cameraman for WAGA, CBS, NBC, PBS and a wide range of communication outlets from around the world for more than 20 years. Additionally, Ghee managed Black Entertainment Television’s Los Angeles-based production facility and oversaw his own Atlanta-based production house, PG-3 Productions. Ghee’s understanding of new and emerging technology includes 4K cameras and workflows, as well as HD, standard definition and online streaming video production.

“Phillips’ work in the industry is extensive, and the knowledge he brings to Band Pro South is a great asset,” says ASC associate Amnon Ban, president and CEO of Band Pro.

Bolstering Band Pro’s coast-to-coast presence, Band Pro South was created in response to the growing cinematography needs of Georgia and the South as a whole. The facility stands poised as a key partner for the local production community and will act as a connected link between the existing Burbank and New York offices.

Band Pro’s full line of product offerings — from manufacturers including Sony, Canon, Red, Leica, Fujinon, Codex, Leader and MovCam — will be available through the Atlanta office. As with Band Pro’s other offices worldwide, Band Pro South will actively foster hands-on learning opportunities through local training events.

Contact info:

Band Pro South

100 Hartsfield Center Parkway, Suite 508

Atlanta, Ga. 30354

 
www.bandpro.com
Assimilate Adds Subscriptions, Offers Free Scratch Play

Assimilate, a provider of dailies and postproduction tools for digital cinema and broadcast workflows, has introduced an annual subscription option for both Scratch and Scratch Lab software. The subscription is ideal for DI artists and on-set professionals who need daily access to Scratch or Scratch Lab, and who want the ability to annually license the latest software version with the newest features.

Assimilate also continues to offer rental options for periods as little as one day or as long as one month, as well as permanent license purchases and a site-license program. “We’ve learned from listening to our dailies and post artists that the realities of their businesses have changed,” says Steve Bannerman, vice president of marketing at Assimilate. “Not only are budgets tighter, but work ebbs and flows. Today, the way artists and facilities pay for their tools has become just as important as how much they pay, or even what features they get. Our array of flexible options combine the best of both worlds: incredible affordability, with the flexibility of knowing that you can turn the licenses on and off, if and when you need to, or own an asset if you prefer. From a one-day rental to a worldwide site license, Scratch and Scratch Lab purchase options are designed to fit the new way artists work, making them more productive and helping them make more money.”

Assimilate has also launched Scratch Play, a comprehensive, no-cost media player. Scratch Play supports camera raw footage from Red, Arri, Sony and Canon; common visual-effects and editorial formats such as MXF, DPX, OpenEXR and ProRes; and commonly encountered Web files such as QuickTime, WMV and MP4. Scratch Play also features Assimilate’s Construct media-management timeline, versatile color grading based on the ASC CDL standard, and robust metadata-handling capabilities.

The annual subscription for Scratch and Scratch Lab is available through the Assimilate Store for $5,000 per year and $995 per year, respectively, and includes all software updates, maintenance and support during the activation period. The ad-supported version of Scratch Play is completely free; Scratch Play Premium, which offers the same feature set without the ads, can be downloaded for $5.00.

contact info:

 
www.assimilateinc.com
Gamma & Density Goes Mobile

Gamma & Density Co. has introduced ExpressColor, a mobile color-correction tool for the iPhone and iPad. The app answers the demand for an easy-to-understand, high-performance handheld tool that allows for fast look-creation and effective communication.

ExpressColor allows users to import a still frame from the original footage, grade it on the iPhone with color wheels and preset looks, and export the graded still along with a LUT or ASC CDL file, sending it to post or the DIT via email or Dropbox. With the help of ExpressColor’s calibration utility, the iPhone or iPad’s screen can be internally calibrated for accurate display of Rec 709 imagery.

The app features lift/gamma/gain color wheels with density sliders for the ultimate control over color and brightness. Exposure changes are shown as f-stops. ExpressColor also comes with hundreds of preset looks that can be applied to any image, including Alexa Log-C to Rec 709 adjustment, Kodak and Fuji negative- and print-stock emulators, and an array of colored gels, including the Rosco Storaro selection.

ExpressColor is compatible with iPhones and iPads running iOS 6.0 or later. The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for $2.99.

contact info:

 
www.gammadensity.com
Adorama Glows with Flashpoint

Adorama has introduced the Glow by Flashpoint diffusion and accessory line. Glow by Flashpoint offers R Series soft boxes in varying shapes and sizes and HexaPop products that combine the diffusion of a soft box with the soft, focused light from the reflective, curved surface of an umbrella. All Glow lighting accessories are completely heat resistant.

Every Glow R Series product features removable double diffusers and extremely soft, even, contrast-balanced light spread. Reinforced support-rod pockets, seams and Velcro closures make assembly and setup trouble-free. The R Series includes the 71" and 47" Glow Grand Softboxes; 12"x36", 16"x48" and 30"x60" Glow Strip Rectangle Softboxes; 24"x36", 36"x48" and 40"x56" Glow Rectangle Softboxes; 28"x28" Glow Square Softboxes; and the Glow Softbox Octo, available in 24", 36" and 60" sizes.

Glow HexaPop lighting solutions offer a parabolic umbrella that creates more natural, sun-like shadows and fill. The reflector shape directs all the light in one controllable direction, while the added diffuser softens the light. The Glow HexaPop is available in 20" and 24" sizes.

Adorama has also introduced the Flashpoint 500 LED Video 2-Light Kit, which includes two Flashpoint 500C LED dimmable lights, two Flashpoint 7.1' air-cushioned three-section light stands and an Adorama 30" deluxe padded tripod case. The daylight-balanced Flashpoint 500C LED is designed to run on AC and battery, and the fixture features built-in barn doors.

contact info:

 
www.adorama.com
Pro8mm Upgrades Rhonda Cam

Pro8mm has introduced its second consumer-friendly Super 8 film camera, the Rhonda Cam Deluxe. More than a retro throwback with a modern look, the Rhonda Cam and Rhonda Cam Deluxe are specifically calibrated to work with modern color negative Super 8 film stocks.

While similar to the original Rhonda Cam in size and style, the Rhonda Cam Deluxe is restored from a Canon 514 XL and offers a few more sophisticated features, including 9 fps and 18 fps shooting speeds, an f-stop scale in the viewfinder with the ability to lock a given exposure, split-screen focusing, a locking ring in the diopter adjustment, and a larger zoom range of 9-45mm. The Rhonda Cam Deluxe comes in a variety of skins that offer an assortment of colors and patterns.

Pro8mm also has a special Super 8 film workflow designed specifically for use with the Rhonda Cam or other Super 8 cameras intended for consumer use. Called the Rhonda Roll, the workflow package includes one roll of Super 8 film, processing, HD scanning and Internet delivery.

Additionally, Pro8mm has introduced Super8/88 and Pro16/88 color-reversal stock, cut down, notched and loaded into Super 8 cartridges and Super 16mm daylight spools, respectively, from Agfa-Gevaert raw stock. The 200 ASA, daylight-balanced stock is polyester based (not triacetate).

The Rhonda Cam Deluxe sells for $495.00; the Rhonda Roll Super 8 Film workflow is available for $88.88. Super8/88 is available for $45 per roll, and Pro16/88 is available for $85 per 100' load; both prices include processing.

contact info:

 
www.pro8mm.com
Denz Supports Blackmagic Production Camera

Denz has introduced the Blackmagic Production Camera Support Kit, which includes a frame, top plate and camera table with integrated PL adapter, enabling the use of PL lenses with Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

The camera is mounted to the Support Kit with screws on the top and bottom. By connecting the PL mount to the camera table, the Support Kit evenly distributes the system’s weight; the underside of the camera table is fitted with fastenings for tripods, the Denz BP-Multi camera table and products from other manufacturers. The top plate features 23 1⁄4" and 10 3⁄8" threaded holes, and the superstructure frame incorporates an additional 20 ¼" and eight 3⁄8" threaded holes.

Used in conjunction with the Pivot Shoulder Mount and Denz Premium Lightweight Handle System, the Support Kit can convert the Blackmagic Production Camera into an efficient, shoulder-mounted system for handheld operating. Additionally, users can attach the Support Kit to the Denz BP-Multi for studio-style operating.

contact info:

 
www.denz-deniz.com
Petrol Bags Provides Airflow, Rain Cover

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, has introduced the Deca Airflow Camera Backpack PC306, which features a rainbow shape to allow air flow-through while enhancing the wearer’s comfort.

Ideal for small cameras up to the size of Sony’s PMW-200, this hands-free carrier provides ample space for a 17" laptop and accessories. The main compartment offers a wraparound heavy-duty zipper for easy camera access. Other features include a sternum strap and a padded waist strap, and exterior pockets for extra storage. The PC306 also features two exterior rings to attach a Petrol PD700 tripod carrier, a multi-cushioned interior, removable articulated dividers, a built-in rain cover and a padded top carry handle. It weighs 6.2 pounds and the outside measures 20.5" long, 13.4" wide and 10.6" high.

Petrol Bags has also introduced the Rain Cover PR400 to provide waterproof protection for the Canon Cinema EOS C100 camera. Fashioned to fit over the C100 even when the flip-out screen is open, the cover allows for fast and easy setup and keeps all camera controls fully accessible. The smart design makes the Rain Cover extremely easy to install while shooting.

The C100 Rain Cover’s transparent polyurethane construction provides for maximum visibility while remaining serviceable down to -4° Fahrenheit/-20° Celsius. A front cover section features a microphone sleeve of rip-stop fabric that attaches to the Rain Cover via two waterproof zippers for extra weather protection. A hot-shoe connector in the cover’s rigid front hood section anchors and stabilizes the rain cover on the camera. The PR400 also includes a 6" ABS track that allows for the addition of a mini light.

contact info:

 
www.petrolbags.com
Nexto DI Provides Backup

Nexto DI, a provider of high-speed handheld backup drives for video, film and broadcast, has introduced the Video Storage-Air, model NVS2825. The unit is a portable, Wi-Fi enabled video backup device that allows users to back up footage from SxS, P2, CF, SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards onto the drive, then preview clips either on the unit itself (via the 2.4" color LCD screen) or with an iPad, iPhone or Android device. Software is also available that allows users to pre-edit clips on an iPad. Other features include PCM audio play, FireWire 800 and USB 3.0 interfaces, internal motion/free-fall sensor, and the ability to back up to internal and external drives simultaneously.

The NVS2825 supports multiple file formats, and it boasts fast backup speeds, including 90 MB/s for SxS and 80 MB/s for CF. The unit’s bit-by-bit verification ensures 100-percent backup success, and it notifies the user if the memory card is corrupt or if a connected hard drive is faulty.

The NVS2825 ships with a rechargeable lithium battery and is available in either a 750 GB internal 2.5" SATA hard drive that is forward compatible to 2 TB, or a 512 GB solid-state drive. Retail price is $2,500 for the 750 GB HDD and $3,000 for the SSD.

Nexto DI products are distributed in the U.S. by International Supplies.

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www.nextodiusa.com
www.internationalsupplies.com