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October 2006
Kodaks 16mm Package Deal
Kodak is offering a new package of film and postproduction services to film-school students and faculty in the United States. The Kodak Vision2 16mm Film Kit combines motion-picture film with processing and telecine transfer services. It is priced at $1,150.
Bron Kobold DW 800
Bron Kobold’s DW 800 fixture is designed for heavy-duty use with the added benefit of maximum reliability, even in extreme weather conditions.
Kenwells Inverter Mobile HMI
Kenwell International, located in Glendale, California, has introduced the Inverter 75W HMI, a mobile, compact 75-watt HMI.
Classic Max16 from Pro8mm
The Max16 is a new way to partner traditional 16mm film and equipment technology in the new digital workflow. It takes advantage of all the assets of traditional 16mm cameras, lenses and film and maximizes their capacity in the 16x9 widescreen digital world.
ArriMax 18/12 and MaxMover
Arri has unveiled the ArriMax 18/12 HMI, providing a new choice for productions requiring maximum light output.
16x9 Inc. Moves to Larger Facility
16x9 Inc, distributor and manufacturer of professional accessories for film and video cameras, has moved to a spacious new facility in Valencia, California.
LRX Lighting Systems Versatile Robotic Fixture
The LRX Single from LRX Lighting Systems is a completely self-contained robotic lighting system.
Mini Moons
The new Moonlight glare-free lighting systems from Multiquip eliminate the fans found in other types that are required to maintain air in the balloon.
Litepanels Ringlite Mini
Available in 5600°K and 3200°K models, the Ringlite Mini brings the advantages of the original Litepanels Ringlite in a smaller package, measuring only 10.5" in diameter and 2" thick, with a weight of 3.5 pounds.
Chrosziel DigiFox
The Chrosziel single-channel remote focus Fox becomes “digital.”
New Items from Panther
The Foxy Advanced compact crane, the Trixy three-axis remote head and the EvoPlus dolly.
Canon XH A1 and XH G1 HD Camcorders
Both of Canon’s new three-CCD HD camcorders — the XH A1 and XH G1 models — provide broadcasters, cinematographers and production facilities with a full line of professional, high-quality, low-cost HD solutions. These two camcorders offer selectable frame rates and deliver 1080i HD video.
Cine-tal eLumaHD Display Processor
Cine-tal has introduced the eLumaHD visual display processor.
JVC GY-HD110U ProHD Camcorder
JVC has released the GY-HD110U, the latest version of the HD100 series of ProHD camcorders.
Schneider .8X Wide Angle Converter; Century Lens Accessories for Canon XL H1 and Panasonic HVX200 Online
Schneider Optics has unveiled a range of new products, including the Century HD Compact .8X Wide Angle Converter and new Century lens accessories for the Canon XL H1 and Panasonic HVX200.
Steadicam Archer SE from Tiffen Online
Enjoying its 30th year in the industry, Steadicam, a division of Tiffen, has introduced the Archer SE system, the second generation Archer lightweight Steadicam.
Steadicam Merlin Travel Bag Online
Complementing the Merlin Steadicam Stabilizer system, Tiffen has introduced the Merlin Travel Bag.
Steadicam Ultra2 with G-70 Arm Online
Steadicam has added the Ultra2 to its line of camera-stabilization systems.
Steadicam F-24SE Online
Based on the award-winning features of the Steadicam Flyer, the F-24SE Camera Stabilization System is engineered to accommodated a wide range of both lightweight television cameras and also lightweight 16mm and 35mm film cameras (the system has a weight lifting range of 4-15 lbs).
Steadicam Power Cube Online
Steadicam has unveiled its new Power Cube dual 6000mAh IDX batteries, which utilize new Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) technology — never before used in the broadcast/film industry — to handle any camera’s power requirements.
Tiffen HDTV/FX and Digital Diffusion/FX Filters Online
Responding to HD video’s high contrast, the Tiffen Company has introduced the HDTV/FX filter line.
Davis & Sanford Tripods ProVista Airlift Online
Davis & Sanford Tripods, a division of the Tiffen Company, recently introduced the ProVista Airlift lightweight aluminum tripod, designed to handle the many new MiniDV camcorders being developed.
JVC and DuArt Form the Digital Den Online
JVC Professional Products Company and the New York-based film and video facility DuArt have announced the creation of the Digital Den at DuArt, a complimentary service and resource center for filmmakers and postproduction specialists.
JVC DLA-HRM1 Reference Monitor Online
JVC has introduced the 48" DLA-HRM1, the first reference monitor that utilizes the company’s 3-chip Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier (D-ILA) technology with 1920x1080 pixels.
JVC DT-V24L1D and DT-V20L1D Monitors Online
JVC Professional Products Company has introduced two new professional broadcast LCD monitors, the DT-V24L1D and DT-V20L1D. Measuring 24" and 20", respectively, the monitors feature a wide viewing angle, high-speed LCD, precise color reproduction and inputs for HD-SDI/SD-SDI and DVI-D.
JVC GM-H40L2GU 40 Online
Expanding its family of flat panel displays, JVC has introduced the GM-H40L2GU 40” high-definition LCD monitor.
JVC GY-HD200U Camcorder with Optional HZ-CA13U Lens Adapter Online
Expanding its ProHD family line of products, JVC has introduced the GY-HD200U camcorder, which carries the “Compact-Shoulder” form factor from the GY-D100U and is capable of HDV 720/60p true progressive image acquisition due to the implementation of JVC’s new “Super Encoder.”
JVC GY-HD250U Camcorder Online
Responding to demand for an affordable, studio-capable HD camera, JVC has developed the versatile and compact GY-HD250U. Allowing customers to utilize much of their existing infrastructure, including cabling, the HD250U also offers the comfort and stability of a shoulder-style camcorder with a complement of features needed for ENG and cinematography applications.
JVC SA-HD50U Encoder/Decoder Online
JVC offers the SA-HD50U HDV MPEG-2 encoder/decoder to the broadcast, television, and postproduction industries.
JVC TM-1011GU and TM-1051DGU Monitors Online
Designed for broadcast and production applications, JVC has unveiled the TM-1011GU 10" portable color CRT monitor and the TM-1051DGU 10" monitor with dual Serial Digital Interface (SDI) inputs.
MTI Film Unveils Control Dailies 2K and Correct DRS v5.0 Online
MTI Film has introduced a newly developed 2K version of its Control Dailies system, as well as Version 5.0 of its Correct DRS image restoration software.
Assimilate Scratch with Support for Colorspace True35 and MaxPac9200XL Online
Assimilate’s Scratch Data-Centric Workflow Solution is finding work with a number of other companies. Now within a streamlined, end-to-end, postproduction pipeline, creative and post professionals can work with or combine HD, SD and film (2K, 4K and beyond) files and output to any format.
Panasonics P2 Lineup: AJ-HPC2000, AJ-HPS1500, AJ-HPM100 and AJ-PCD20 Online
NAB 2006 witnessed the expansion of Panasonic’s P2 DVCPro HD product line. These multi-format P2 products allow users to record in the 720p or 1080i HD formats or 480i SD, in addition to offering full bandwidth, contribution quality HD with independent intra-frame encoding, 4:2:2 color sampling and less compression. These products are also backwards compatible with existing DVCPro50, DVCPro and DV-based facilities.
Panasonic AG-DVC20 Shoulder-Style Camcorder Online
Aimed at educators and entry-level shooters, Panasonic has introduced the AG-DVC20 3-CCD MiniDV camcorder.
Panasonic AK-HC1500G Camera Online
Panasonic has unveiled its new 1080i/720 switchable HD camera, the multi-format AK-HC1500G, which is compatible with all international HD standards. The camera further distinguishes itself with its inclusion of a variable frame rate functionality and cine gamma curve similar to those found in Panasonic’s VariCam HD Cinema Camcorder.
Panasonic BT-LH2600W LCD Monitor Online
Building on the success of its 17” BT-LH1700W production monitor, Panasonic has introduced the BT-LH2600W 26” HD LCD monitor with a true 16x9 widescreen panel, one-piece design (eliminating the need for an umbilical cord or separate AC power supply), high resolution (1336x768), low delay, and integrated HD-SDI/SDI I/O with embedded audio.

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Kodaks 16mm Package Deal

“We want to make it easier and more affordable for students and educators to use film,” says Colette Scott, worldwide education segment manager for Kodak’s Entertainment Imaging Division. “The kit also provides step-by-step instructions on how to get the best results from a lab or post house.”

Each kit includes five 400' rolls of Kodak Vision2 color negative film in 16mm single-perforation format. Users can choose from any of the six Vision2 stocks. The kit also includes a redeemable certificate for processing and one-light transfers at a participating postproduction house, a Kodak Gray Card Plus, an aspect-ratio target, camera reports, stickers warning against X-rays, labels for cans of exposed film, and instructional literature detailing the use of motion-picture films, industry practices and laboratory communications.

“The next generation of filmmakers is extremely important to Kodak,” says Scott. “We designed the Kodak Vision2 16mm Film Kit to assist in providing more students and educators access to film-based workflows being used by professionals today.”

The kit is now available to high-school and college students and faculty at institutions with educational programs that teach film and/or video production. Participating laboratories include LaserPacific, a mainstream post facility in Los Angeles. Additional U.S. facilities will be added throughout 2006.

contact info:

 
www.kodak.com/go/studentkits
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Bron Kobold DW 800

Bron Kobold’s DW 800 fixture is designed for heavy-duty use with the added benefit of maximum reliability, even in extreme weather conditions. The new system can be configured as a Par or focusing Open Face, and also can be used for bare-bulb applications such as softboxes or lanterns. The lamp head is water resistant to IP54.

The fixture can provide all the capabilities of a Par, Open-Face or bare-bulb lamp, depending on requirements and the attachment selected. Conversion from one mode to another is simple (no tools are needed) and fast (15 seconds). The softbox adapter takes a standard 9" circular speed ring for direct attachment of a Chimera softbox or lantern.

The fixture casing is made of high-strength aluminium. The HMI/hr lamp mounts in a standard G22 single-ended socket for high efficiency, and the socket has a locking mechanism to prevent the lamp from releasing during shipment. The igniter is watertight and will start hot or cold, even in wet conditions. The optimized design of the reflectors provides light output equal to some 1,200 HMIs, yet has the size and weight advantage of an 800. In the Open-Face version, the light angle can be focused between 12° and 70° using the ergo-nomic focus knob. In the Par version, there are four lenses and an optional Fresnel lens to either spot or flood the light beam.

The system uses the accompanying Bron Kobold 400-575-800 multi-wattage AC ballast unit. This compact and lightweight ballast (5.6 pounds) has an automatic lamp detect function for simple “plug and play” operation of 400W, 575W, and 800W daylight lamps. The EWB 400-575-800 is equipped with an automatic voltage selection (90VAC to 265VAC, 50/60 Hz) and is splash-resistant to IP43. The DW 800 and EWB 400-575 800 draws a low 8.9 amps at 110 volts, ideal for location work with portable generators and battery operation, or for location interiors were only household current is available.

contact info:
Bron Kobold (866) 504-2766

 
www.bron-kobold-usa.com
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Kenwells Inverter Mobile HMI

Kenwell International, located in Glendale, California, has introduced the Inverter 75W HMI, a mobile, compact 75-watt HMI. The light head and a silent electronic ballast are integrated into a steel lighting housing with handle grip. Total weight is 2.1kg (4.6 pounds). Size is 200mm (7.87") x 100mm (3.93") x 60mm (2.36"). The handle grip also allows for the light to be mounted on a small tripod.

The 75-watt, 5600°K HMI can be powered by AC or DC. Kenwell’s specially designed shoulder power pack — VRLA DC12V18Ah — provides a minimum of 90 minutes of illumination. Also included is a DC12V cable with cigarette-lighter plug adapter for powering via auto. Yet another option is the NiMH 12V13Ah shoulder power pack.

Extra-thick glass cover for HMI lamp is necessary as per international safety standard. The glass cover’s surface heat temperature is about 150°C. The 75-watt HMI lamp is equal to a 300-watt tungsten lamp, with 5600lm (luminous flux), illuminating a room area 15-20m2. The customized German-made lamp is guaranteed for at least 2,000 hours of life.

contact info:
Kenwell International USA (service office)
1616 Victory Blvd. Suite 202
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 662-9889

 
www.kenwellintl.com
kenwellintl@sbcglobal.net
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Classic Max16 from Pro8mm

The new Classic Max16 has an expanded gate aperture so that a wider image is captured on film. This gives a 20-percent increase in picture quality when framing for 16x9. The optical path has been centered to maximize the lens and film performance in widescreen. This is done while maintaining traditional 4x3 (1:33) 16mm capacity, 1.58mm Max16 and 1:68 Super16mm capacity with certain limits.

The Classic Max16 can be modified for crystal sync to accomplish sync sound and HMI production at 24 fps. The camera has variable film speeds from 2-48 fps. When integrated with the Meta Speed Digital Transfers and TLC Sync, all speed combinations, including slow motion, time compressing and real-time off speed and sync sound, can be created.

The Classic Max16 supports a C-mount system for interchangeable lens capacity for all C-mount lenses or any lens adapted to C-mount. An internal through-the-lens light meter makes exposure easier by give the light reading in the viewfinder and through the lens. The Classic Max16 films with 100' daylight spools that can be loaded in subdued light. These 100' daylight loads are available from Pro8mm in film stocks ranging from ASA 64 to ASA 500. These films can be purchased in the company’s EZ16mm film packages, which include film, processing and digital transfer. Each film is supported with Pro8mm’s on-site processing methods, including cross-processing, skip bleach and push- and pull-processing.

The Classic Max16 is sold in a “Maxed Out Camera Package” that includes the camera, Angenieux 12-120mm lens and 2100 Ma Power pouch — all packaged in a watertight transport case — for $4,995.

contact info:
Pro8mm (818) 848-5522

 
www.pro8mm.com
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ArriMax 18/12 and MaxMover

Arri has unveiled the ArriMax 18/12 HMI, providing a new choice for productions requiring maximum light output. According to Arri’s data, a spotted ArriMax delivers 14,400 footcandles from 30' away with a 15° beam angle. (From the same distance but set to full flood, the ArriMax provides 1,495 footcandles with a 50° beam angle.)

Combining the variable-beam spread of a Fresnel and the light output of a Par, the ArriMax uses a unique reflector concept for beam control that eliminates the need for spread lenses. Additional features of the ArriMax 18/12 include lens-less design; 50-percent brighter output than a 12K Par; arc-like shadow quality; 15-50° beam angle with the Standard Reflector, and 8-15° beam angle with the Spot Reflector; easy relamping; support for lamps with GX52 or GX38 base; and the ability to use 18K or 12K SE lamps.

Features of the new ArriMax ballast include 12/18K Auto Detection; Input Voltage Regulation; Input Frequency Regulation; Active Line Filter (ALF); DMX control option; 12/18K power indication; dimming to 50 percent; Low Noise Mode (50/60Hz); and Flicker Free Mode.

Additionally, Arri has introduced a new automated stirrup, the MaxMover, offering remote pan, tilt and focus for large lighting fixtures. Arri boasts that most large fixtures (6K-24K) can be fitted to the MaxMover and mounted on boom arms, tall platforms, or in hard-to-reach positions. These fixtures can then be operated safely and conveniently from the ground using a simple analog or optional DMX (wired or wireless) control. Additional features include a universal adapter plate, variable width adjustment, 176-pound capacity and an included remote control.

contact info:

 
www.arri.com
lighting-info@arri.com
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16x9 Inc. Moves to Larger Facility

16x9 Inc, distributor and manufacturer of professional accessories for film and video cameras, has moved to a spacious new facility in Valencia, California. 16x9 Inc.’s growing line of products include Chrosziel Mattebox/Sunshade and Studio Rig Follow Focus Systems; Bebob’s Foxi and Zoe Remote Lens Controls, Coco-DVL Power Converter, and Lux Camera Light; Noga Mounting Systems; Easy Rig Camera Supports; 16x9’s proprietary camera bags, 0.7X Wide Angle Converters, and more.

contact info:
16x9 Inc.
28314 Constellation Road
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 295-3313

 
www.16x9inc.com
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LRX Lighting Systems Versatile Robotic Fixture

The LRX Single from LRX Lighting Systems is a completely self-contained robotic lighting system. The LRX Single lamp fixtures are designed to work with existing cables, power supplies and industry standard dimmers. Setup takes only minutes.

Switching the lamp fixture from HMI (daylight) to tungsten is handled automatically in the LRX Single; all you do is change the globe and power supply in just a few minutes, and the LRX Single will do the rest. The LRX Single lighting system comes complete with a robotic lighting fixture, integrated gel frames, DMX hardwire remote control, DMX cable and a shipping case. There is an optional Condor mounting system and cable management system that is exclusive to LRX Lighting Systems.

Each LRX Single lamp fixture will accept a standard single-ended 6K or 12K HMI globe or 12K tungsten bulb. For maximum unrestricted output, it is paired with a radiant-engineered parabolic reflector that allows the lamp fixture a smooth transition between a very narrow spot and a wide flood.

The lamp fixture is integrated with a robotic yoke, which provides a wide range of tilt, pan, spot and flood functions from a hardwire remote control. The LRX Single, weighing less than 135 pounds each, can be mounted on most aerial lifts, grids, pipes, and trusses, and is designed to work flawlessly in the rain without additional weather protection.

The LRX Single gel-frame holder is also integrated to the lamp body so that it moves with the lamp as it tilts and pans. The holder is engineered and constructed to quickly and easily accept any combination of color, diffusion and heat shield on a 30"-square gel-frame provided with the light. The gel-frame holder prevents any backscatter of light kicking off the lamp side of the gel. You will no longer have to deal with hanging teasers off the back of the light or cocoon it in black foil wrap to prevent light spill.

Tight locations are not a problem. The fixture’s 360-degree pan and 225-degree tilt and spot and flood functions are all done by remote control, giving the director of photography and gaffer numerous solutions to their lighting setups.

contact info:
LRX Lighting Systems (323) 422-2470

 
www.lrxlightingsystems.com
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Mini Moons

The new Moonlight glare-free lighting systems from Multiquip eliminate the fans found in other types that are required to maintain air in the balloon. The balloon inflates in seconds, and a simple plug maintains air pressure and protects the light. Eliminating the need for a fan means dirt and other debris are not blown into the unit, thus extending balloon and component life while maximizing productivity.

The Moonlights, which rise to a maximum height of 10' (3m), are available in 150-, 400- and 1,000-watt outputs and effectively illuminate areas up to 100' from the light source. These lighting systems feature bulbs that last up to 10,000 hours, durable water-resistant PVC balloon material and a compact design that stows away into a protective case when not in use. They’re also stable in winds up to 55 mph.

The Moonlights come with a host of accessories for unique applications. The five units in the series are offered in convenient push-cart, wheeled-stand and tripod-stand configurations. Each is shipped in a storage case that includes the balloon, bulb, cord, extrusion, plastic base, blower, ballast, electric system and patch-up kit, so the operator can quickly repair any damage to the balloon on site.

contact info:
Multiquip (800) 421-1244

 
www.multiquip.com
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Litepanels Ringlite Mini

Available in 5600°K and 3200°K models, the Ringlite Mini brings the advantages of the original Litepanels Ringlite in a smaller package, measuring only 10.5" in diameter and 2" thick, with a weight of 3.5 pounds.

Employing LEDs laid out in a tightly plotted concentric grid, the Ringlite Mini features three user-selectable channels of light output, each controlled by an independent, adjustable circuit. Additionally, the Ringlite Mini features an integrated control knob for instant dimming from 100-0 percent with no color shift, as well as remote dimming capability and flicker-free and heat-free operating.

Drawing only 3.5 amps, the Ringlite Mini’s power is provided by an external 110-220V AC international AC adapter. Equipped with an XLR power connector cable, the system can also be run off a variety of 9-30V DC sources.

The Ringlite Mini can interface with popular DV camcorders via an adjustable Camera Adapter bracket, by mounting directly on the camera lens, or, when used with larger camera and lens systems, by sliding onto standard lens support rods.

contact info:
Litepanels (818) 752-7009

 
www.litepanels.com
info@litepanels.com
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Chrosziel DigiFox

The Chrosziel single-channel remote focus Fox becomes “digital.” It can control the Panasonic HVX200 internal focus and start/stop of recording through the camera’s remote jack. Within the frequency band of 434MHz, 16 channels are selectable. As only digital data packages are transmitted, safe signalling under any conditions andt precise control is achieved. The range is approximately 600m (2,000') outdoors and 80m (260') inside buildings. The receiver measures only 8cm x 4cm x 9.5cm (3"x1.5"x3.7") and is lightweight — 260 g (9 ounces), which gives a large degree of freedom in using the system with body mounts.

External motors with incremental encoders as well those internal focus drives of ENG-lenses from Canon and Fujinon can be controlled. The new DigiFox does this much more precise with 32-bit resolution. The function of switching the camera on/off is integrated.

The transmission ratio between the hand wheel and the lens focus ring (turning angle) can be selected individually. The gearing for extension or compression is all electronic. Automatic settings like the detection of end stops, checks for proper connections, power state and compensating for lower power make the usage safe and easy. Even after power interruption, the last settings are stored for immediate continuation.

Another new function of the DigiFox focus control is in conjunction with the Aladin Dimmer Module, allowing the wireless dimming of a 12-volt onboard light up to 75 watts. Also new is the serial interface RS232 for convenient software updates without service visits and the preparation for control by PC or PDA. The basic configuration comprises the battery, charger, transmitter and receiver and is available from Chrosziel resellers.

contact info:

 

 
www.chrosziel.com
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New Items from Panther

Panther’s new Foxy Advanced compact crane will reach an overall length of over 13m (43') from the central pivot section to the remote mount. In taking a cameraman on board, the Foxy Advanced will reach over 7m (24') on the longest platform version. The Foxy Advanced is based on the proven principle of the Foxy Crane system — lightweight design and compact in transport. Existing Foxy cranes can be upgraded into Foxy Advanced cranes.

The new three-axis remote head — Trixy — weighs in at a mere 5 kg (11 pounds) and will carry as much camera load as 15 kg (33 pounds). The method of lens controlling is totally independent from the lens brand. External motors will drive zoom, focus and iris of all known manufacturers. All motors are controlled via CAN bus. One single cable neatly provides the head with all necessary controls, signal and power. Slip rings allow unlimited movements in all three axes.

The new EvoPlus is the successor to the Evolution dolly, and it displays some decisive advantages: the body as well as the crab and steer mechanism are reinforced; a new plug connection on the control cable better protects the cable; optional H wheels come with a new brake system and a 360° rotatable Euro mount is part of the unit.

contact info:
Panther Dollies and Cranes (818) 841-3110

 
www.panther.us
contact@panther.us
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Canon XH A1 and XH G1 HD Camcorders

Building on the image quality of the XL H1 model, the XH A1 and XH G1 HD camcorders offer: a Canon 20x HD zoom lens; Super Range Optical Image Stabilization; 60i, 30f, 24f frame rates; and total image control. The XH A1 model will be available in late October for an estimated selling price of $3,999, while the XH G1 model adds HD-SDI output with embedded audio and time code, Genlock synchronization and time code In/Out and will be available in mid-November for an estimated selling price of $6,999.

“Canon is now offering a full range of HD solutions that give professionals the control they need at a price point they can afford,” says Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon U.S.A., Inc.. “Joining the open architecture of the XL H1 model, Canon’s newest camcorders round out our high definition line by providing features and design demanded by a wide variety of professionals.”

Both camcorders have three 1⁄3" native 16x9 1440x1080 CCDs that capture images at 1080i resolution. The camcorders feature 60i, 30f and 24f selectable frame rates to allow users to adapt to each assignment. At the 30-frame rate, camera operators can capture high-speed subjects with great clarity. Filmmakers can utilize the 24-frame rate to create the look and motion of movie film. The 60i-frame rate works well in applications such as ENG or reality TV. For a fee, users can also send their cameras in to Canon’s Factory Service Center for an optional 50i/60i upgrade to conform to PAL standards.

The Canon 20x HD Video Lens includes both fluorite and UD (Ultra-Low Dispersion) glass elements to achieve HD performance throughout the whole zoom range. These elements minimize color fringing even at high magnifications. Multi-Coating reduces flare and ghosting. The “L” series lens has a focal range of 32.5–650mm (35mm equivalent), delivering exceptional versatility for a wide variety of shooting situations. In addition to manual focus and zoom rings, the lens includes a manual iris ring for smooth, fine adjustment. For added control, a High Speed Zoom Mode allows the zoom to respond more quickly and intuitively. Furthermore, the lens contains two built-in Neutral Density Filters (1⁄6 and 1⁄32).

The Canon XH A1 and XH G1 HD camcorders feature Canon’s Super-Range Optical Image Stabilization to help deliver smooth, steady video, even at longer focal lengths. The system uses two detection methods (gyro and vector) to sense the widest range of vibrations from handheld shake, to vibration from a moving vehicle. By using optical stabilization, it can compensate for a greater degree of camera shake and avoid any loss in image quality, unlike electronic image stabilizers.

The XH A1 and XH G1 models feature Canon’s new Instant AF focusing system. It offers a dramatic improvement in auto focus speed and accuracy (compared to traditional auto focus systems). The Instant AF feature uses an external sensor, in combination with Canon’s auto focus system, to significantly decrease the time it takes to find focus, even in low light conditions. This new system achieves focus instantaneously, reducing focus “hunting.” Users can especially see the benefits of Instant AF in high brightness, and night shooting situations. Camera operators can capture fast, accurate focusing, even when following a moving subject.

The XH A1 and XH G1 cam-corders feature Canon’s DIGIC DV II proprietary digital signal processor, which Canon designed specifically for HD acquisition. Found also in Canon’s flagship XL H1 HD camcorder, the DIGIC DV II processor provides highly accurate color and tonal reproduction needed for high HD image quality. A new noise reduction system, combined with a new gamma system, helps to reduce noise in monotone and shadow areas. The fast processing speed of the DIGIC DV II chip allows video and photos to be shot simultaneously. Furthermore, the processor’s low power consumption contributes to longer battery life.

The camcorders are designed to handle a variety of different shooting situations. Canon housed the 2.7" Widescreen LCD securely beneath the handle, which allows it to swing out easily when needed. The handle provides an additional record start/stop and a zoom control, making it ideal for low-angle shooting. The new models include toggle switches, which are standard on high-end video equipment for gain, color bars, and white balance. To reduce camcorder size, an internal battery compartment holds one Canon BP-950G or the large capacity BP-970G battery. Both camcorders offer two built-in XLR terminals with mike/line level and phantom power, an external microphone holder for attaching shotgun microphones, a voice-recording mode, and two-channel manual audio level adjustment that allows precise control.

The image, display items, and functions of the Canon XH A1 and XH G1 camcorders can be uniquely customized for different applications and users. Camera operators can finely adjust a total of 23 image settings, including color gain, RGB independent gain, and six-axis matrix. These cameras provide a wide range and degree of image adjustment. Users can store a total of nine image presets in the internal memory, or to a Secure Digital (SD) Memory Card for exporting to other XH A1 or XH G1 camcorders.

Users can fully customize the camcorder’s display as well, matching the preference of the shooter or setup for a specific application. The camera operator can hide or display up to 21 different items and they can also personalize (or design for different shooting conditions) up to 20 custom camera functions. Users can save and read up to three groups of settings from an SD Card.

Additionally, camera operators can use the “sky detail” function for removing detail or noise in the sky without affecting other areas of the picture. Users can also increase video gain up to +36dB, for capturing images in extreme low-light situations.

Like the XL H1 model, the XH G1 HD camcorder includes Canon’s Professional Jackpack Terminals, which are a trio of connections that provide: HD-SDI/SD-SDI Output, SMPTE Time code Input/Output, and Genlock Input.

The HD-SDI connection outputs an uncompressed 1.485 Gbps digital signal with embedded audio and LTC Time code (SMPTE 299M), reducing the number of cables and improving the camera operator’s mobility, or integrating seamlessly into broadcast studios. Professionals can also use the HD-SDI output for playback or easy capture and transfer. The signal can also be set to SD-SDI, during shooting or playback (SMPTE 272M). Users can easily facilitate multi-camera shoots with the XH G1 model due to the camcorder’s Genlock synchronization input. This feature permits trouble free switching of XH G1 camcorders in a multi-camera situation. With its SMPTE time code input/output terminal, each camera on a shoot can lay down synchronous time code.

The XH A1 and XH G1 camcorders can capture 2.0-megapixel photos at 1920x1080 resolution to an SD card, which comes in handy in pre- and postproduction, storyboarding and continuity applications. The user can capture photos in video color space while simultaneously recording video to tape. In addition, professionals can use the camcorder as full featured digital still camera, capturing photos in digital camera color space, complete with metering modes, shooting modes, and the option of using a Canon EX Series Speedlite Flash on its dedicated flash shoe. The camcorder includes a still image histogram and EXIF display for exposure verification.

Canon’s optional Console Image Control and Storage software Version 1.1 allows users to control camcorder functions and settings remotely from a Windows-based laptop or desktop computer. They can record footage directly to a computer’s hard drive as well as monitor their shoot with onscreen Vectorscope and Waveform monitors. Camera operators can use the software in a variety of shooting conditions, like mounting the camcorders on a crane, in studio, or in an inaccessible location. Console software Version 1.1 will be available as a free upgrade to owners of the original software or a complete version can be purchased in October for an estimated selling price of $599.

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Canon 1-800-OK-CANON

 
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Cine-tal eLumaHD Display Processor

Cine-tal has introduced the eLumaHD visual display processor. ELumaHD delivers precision HD monitoring and color management in the digital workflow process for both production and postproduction environments. The open architecture system provides display device profiling, calibration and digital color processing for monitors and projector technologies including CRT, LCD, Plasma, DLP and D-ILA. ELumaHD provides four Single-Link HD-SDI (4:2:2) inputs or two (2) Dual-Link HD-SDI (4:4:4) inputs. In addition to the HD-SDI inputs, there is a DVI-D input supporting 1920x1080 and 1920x1200 resolutions. Outputs include two Single-Link HD-SDI (4:2:2) or one Dual-Link HD-SDI (4:4:4). A DVI-D output supports resolutions of 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. ELumaHD provides calibration and color management on professional displays that support HDSDI and industrial or consumer displays that support DVI-D or HDMI.

The processor provides display device profiling and dynamic calibration on two independent HD-SDI outputs and a DVI-D output. The 10-bit precision calibration of each HD-SDI and DVI-D output allow dynamic adjustments of white point, gamma, RGB gain, RGB bias and x,y CIE coordinates. The dynamic adjustments can be made on the full 10-bit scale, highs, mids and lows or any one of 17 points. When using eLumaHD, automated display profiling is supported through a GretagMacBeth EyeOne Display 2 for emissive display technology such as LCD, Plasma, CRT or DLP or the GretagMacBeth EyeOne Design for any reflective display such as a projector. Display profiles can be created manually with eLuma’s open format profiling and any measurement instrument providing x,y CIE data.

ELuma supports a 65x65x65 3-D LUT for color processing any of eLuma’s four HD-SDI inputs, DVI-D input, frame store or test pattern generator. 3-D LUTs can be stored locally on eLuma, on network file servers or on a portable USB datakey. ELumaHD supports LUT formats from Nucoda, Arri, Iridas, Rising Sun Research, and Gamma & Density. 1-Dx3 input LUTs for each input source can be used for log to linear transformation such as the case with 10-bit log image streams or to adjust gamma individually on each input source.

A 30-frame real-time frame store provides image load and grab functions. Images can be stored and read in DPX, TIFF, JPG and BMP file formats. The eLumaHD has an internal test pattern generator providing custom patterns for setup and testing of the display under profile and any other downstream process.

ELuma provides dedicated monitoring of image data values. User-defined alarms for gamut limits and illegal values can be set to produce visible error alarms as well as an error pixel count for each incident. Range and Gamut monitoring provide assurance that your data values are not exceeding display requirements or legal values for transmission.

ELumaHD provides a split-screen function to simultaneously display any two signal sources, such as comparing two sources for matching, captured frames from previous sessions to current sources or a color-graded source to an original source. The quad split can view four input sources at once.

ELuma is a network appliance. The user interface for setup and control of eLuma is available through any Web browser. This provides control of eLuma from an existing workstation without the need of another dedicated keyboard or control panel. A dedicated user interface is also available through the use of a standard VGA monitor, keyboard and mouse.

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Cine-tal (317) 576-0091

 
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JVC GY-HD110U ProHD Camcorder

JVC has released the GY-HD110U, the latest version of the HD100 series of ProHD camcorders. With the same design as the GY-HD100U, the GY-HD110U implements a number of additional features requested by the growing circle of cinematographers, adding: true 24-frame progressive recording; full HD resolution 1280x720 image capture; interchangeable lenses with bayonet mount; three 1/3" native high-definition CCDs; output in multiple HD formats including 1080i; HDV and DV compatible; time code; standard 1/4" tripod mount; black-and-white viewfinder display mode; simultaneous use of both eyepiece viewfinder and tri-mode LCD display when powered by Anton Bauer or IDX battery system; selectable mirror mode on vertically flipped LCD display; adjustable setting of Focus Assist function; choice of three image formats on composite out (letterbox, squeeze, side cut); user-selectable DNR ON/OFF menu setting; 13 segment audio level indicator; manual audio control within FAS (Full Auto Shooting) mode; audio limiter available in manual mode; parallel power off management of DR-HD100 hard disk recorder

The GY-HD110U is able to use all accessories including lenses and battery system adapters designed for the HD100 series of camcorders with no modifications necessary.

The introductory suggested list price for the GY-HD110U will be $6,295, which is identical to the preceding model.

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Schneider .8X Wide Angle Converter; Century Lens Accessories for Canon XL H1 and Panasonic HVX200

Schneider Optics has unveiled a range of new products, including the Century HD Compact .8X Wide Angle Converter and new Century lens accessories for the Canon XL H1 and Panasonic HVX200.

Featuring universal screw-on threads for camcorders with 72mm lens fronts, the .8X Wide Angle Converter is about half the size and weight of other wide angle converters, measuring 1.14" long, 3.54” wide and weighing 10 ounces. Providing 20-percent wider coverage, the Converter also features 86mm front threads to accommodate screw-on filters, and it comes with a lightweight, polymer-constructed rectangular sunshade. The list price for the .8X and sunshade is $595.

For users of the Canon XL H1, new Century lens add-ons from Schneider include a .6X Wide Angle Adapter, .7X Wide Angle Converter, .8X Wide Angle Converter, Fisheye Adapter, 1.6X Tele-Converter and Achromatic Diopters in strengths of +2.0 and +3.5. All of these accessories feature multi-coated glass elements and are equipped with a bayonet mount for quick mounting and removal from the front of the camera’s 20X lens.

Complementing Panasonic’s HVX200 camcorder, Schneider has announced new Century lens add-ons including a .6X Wide Angle Adapter, .75X Wide Angle Converter, Fisheye Adapter, 1.6X Tele-Converter and Achromatic Diopters in strengths of +1.6, +2.0 and +2.6. Additionally, Schneider’s Century DV Wide Angle Matte Box MK II and Sunshade are fully compatible with the HVX200.

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Schneider Optics (818) 505-9865

 
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Steadicam Archer SE from Tiffen

With a fold-down design that reduces its size by more than 30 percent, the Archer SE’s sled features a combination aluminum framework, two section extending carbon fibre post assembly, 2.3"-width yoke-mounted monitor and precision-adjustable battery. The sleek, lightweight design allows the sled to be kept closer to the operator’s body, significantly minimizing fatigue.

Included with the Archer SE system is the G-50 GEO variable iso support arm. In addition to touting Steadicam’s proprietary no-tools adjustment of lift, the G-50 also features “Ride” (knob-adjustable iso-elasticity) and “Geo” (an active tie-rod geometry that automatically extends the performance curve).

According to Steadicam, these features make the entire vertical range of the G-50 its sweet spot.
For the operator’s comfort, the Archer SE system also includes an exclusive Leather LX vest constructed of “dynamite” weather-resistant black nylon. Improved features of the vest include an integrated lower back support pad; improved front waist support for a flex-free vest to arm interface; buckle indexing mechanism for quick, positive latching or unlatching; vertically-adjustable wide-stance chest plate with stiffer central spar and two-position chest buckles for varying body sizes; anti-squeak buckle design with rubber bumpers; and no-pinch chest strap grips.

Taking advantage of the new camera mounting system incorporated in the Archer SE, the system also includes a 7" LCD, NTSC/PAL 700-nit, 16x9 monitor. Powering the entire system is Steadicam’s new “Power Cube,” made up of dual 6000mah IDX batteries and able to handle any camera’s power requirements.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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Steadicam Merlin Travel Bag

Complementing the Merlin Steadicam Stabilizer system, Tiffen has introduced the Merlin Travel Bag. Featuring a layer of foam on all sides sandwiched between high quality canvas, the bag facilitates the ability to mount a camera onto the Merlin and have it available for instant use.

Features of the Travel Bag include a front zippered pocket for storing cables, tapes, and other camera accessories; a rear pocket with fabric closure to carry travel documents and manuals; an internal window pouch for business cards; and the option to either carry the system with the provided handle or shoulder strap.

The Merlin Travel Bag has a suggested price of $129.00 and is available from Tiffen dealers worldwide.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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Steadicam Ultra2 with G-70 Arm

Steadicam has added the Ultra2 to its line of camera-stabilization systems. A comprehensive re-engineering effort based around the original Ultra, the Ultra2 promises significant improvements to the sled, including a super-stiff camera mounting stage with “go-to” motors, a deeply integrated tilt head, a wider range of adjustments, electronics on cards to avoid wiring harnesses and new positive locking post clamps.

The Ultra2’s gimbal has also been improved, with a post clamp that blends into the handle for a better operating grip and remote control for the stage motors ergonomically designed and adjustable to fit the operator’s hand.

An UltraBRITE2 monitor is also included in the system. Able to display HD-SDI, HD component and composite video, and more, the 8.4" monitor @ 1400 nits delivers solid performance when viewed under daylight and features anti-reflective coatings to minimize reflections from the sun or other lights.

New dual Steadicam/IDX 6000mAh batteries ensure the system will be able to handle any camera’s power requirements, and a significantly smaller electronics box contains the new “backplane,” eliminating the wiring harness and incorporating electronics on cards for easy upgrades and service.

Able to lift 13-70 pounds, the new G-70 arm comes standard with the Ultra2 system, bringing with it a 32" boom range and the “Ride” and “Geo” tuning features. Additionally, the Ultra2’s vest has been improved to include a super-stiff adjustable spar, “Double Vee” 100-percent positive shoulder clips, improved padding and new over-center ratcheting buckles.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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Steadicam F-24SE

Based on the award-winning features of the Steadicam Flyer, the F-24SE Camera Stabilization System is engineered to accommodated a wide range of both lightweight television cameras and also lightweight 16mm and 35mm film cameras (the system has a weight lifting range of 4-15 lbs). Incorporating a 7" LCD monitor with variable framelines, the Iso-Elastic Steadicam Flyer arm and a lightweight leather vest, the F-24SE is wired for 12/24 volts (switchable-standard) and is designed for use with the new Steadicam Power Cube battery system.

Sporting a dual-articulated no-tools design, the two-section long-travel Iso-Elastic arm can be adjusted while supporting the camera. Additionally, the F-24SE’s vest touts 100-percent positive vest to shoulder clips, stiff front spar and yoke, positive clamps throughout, steel socket block that can be instantly adjusted vertically on the spar for extra lens height, exclusive new metal over-center buckles, and availability in two basic sizes.

Additional features of the F-24SE include a proven fully ball-raced three-axis gimbal; no-tools precision camera stage with exclusive new long dovetail plate, aluminum post and interface to the stage; a low mode kit; turtle base C-stand; hard case; and self-instructing SK videotape with manual.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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Steadicam Power Cube

Steadicam has unveiled its new Power Cube dual 6000mAh IDX batteries, which utilize new Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) technology — never before used in the broadcast/film industry — to handle any camera’s power requirements.

Conservatively rated at 6000 mAh @ 14.8 volts, the new batteries easily handle 10 amps continuously, and up to 20 amps for short periods of time. Additionally, the Power Cube is designed to withstand extreme in-rush for high-rate film speeds (such as the Arri 435 shooting at 150 fps). Charging time for the Power Cube is about an hour, and once charged, the battery should hold through the recording of an entire tape (52 minutes) with power to spare. Maintaining the attributes of previous Li-Ion battery systems, the Power Cube features high energy to weight ratio (it weighs about the same as the single 28v NiCad used by the original Ultra), no memory effect, and cold temp performance.

The Power Cube features triple safety protections — in the pack circuit board, in the IDX Charger, and in each individual cell — and it can be recharged with a variety of IDX Li-Ion charging devices. Power Cube batteries attach to Steadicam sleds via IDX’s standard, extremely positive V-Lock system, and “regular” IDX batteries can also be used when the amp loads are not too high.

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Tiffen HDTV/FX and Digital Diffusion/FX Filters

Responding to HD video’s high contrast, the Tiffen Company has introduced the HDTV/FX filter line. Designed to take the edge off undesired “tack sharpness” associated with HD, the filters create a so-called “film look” by reducing contrast and providing subtle improvements in shadow detail.

Made of the highest quality optical glass and backed by Tiffen’s 10-year warranty, HDTV/FX filters combine Tiffen’s Ultra Contrast Filter with the new Digital Diffusion/FX filter. The filters are available in 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 densities in sizes 4x4, 4x5.650, 6.6x6.6, 138mm and 4 1⁄2" in addition to screw-in sizes ranging from 52mm to 82mm. Although results may be very subtle with still photography, the effects of the filters are seen more substantially with digital and video applications.

Similar to Tiffen Black Diffusion/FX but without the internal dot pattern, Tiffen’s new Digital Diffusion/FX filters create a silky smooth look on textured surfaces and suppress facial blemishes and wrinkles while maintaining a clear, overall in-focus image. Made of solid ultra-quality glass, these filters offer a minimum of highlight flare and reduction in contrast, creating a subtler version of a “film look” for video applications.

As with the HDTV/FX filters, Digital Diffusion/FX filters are backed by a 10-year warranty and are available in 1⁄4, 1⁄2, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 densities in sizes 4x4, 4x5.650, 6.6x6.6, 138mm and 4-1/2" as well as screw-in sizes from 52mm-82mm.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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Davis & Sanford Tripods ProVista Airlift

Davis & Sanford Tripods, a division of the Tiffen Company, recently introduced the ProVista Airlift lightweight aluminum tripod, designed to handle the many new MiniDV camcorders being developed.

Able to support cameras up to 10 lbs, the ProVista Airlift Tripod features a 1-3/8" hydraulic center post to create a “floating action” for quick and easy height adjustments, three-section aluminum design with non-glare black anodized finish, quick release leg locks and a padded carrying bag.

Other features include a top-leg section with double-strut construction for stability; 3/8"-16 mounting screw that accepts most professional tripod heads; rubber feet that provide traction on any surface; maximum height of 68" and a minimum height of 32"; and a weight of 9 lbs without a head.

Complementing the ProVista Airlift tripod, Davis & Sanford also offer the FM18 Fluid Head that can hold up to 18 lbs and features 360-degree panning, 90-degree up and down tilting, easy-grip lock knobs, a large platform (3-3/4"x3"); a quick-release plate with 3/8"-16 and 1⁄4"-20 mounting screws; two handles; and a weight of 3-3⁄4 lbs. All Davis & Sanford products come with a 10-year warranty.

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Tiffen Company (631) 273-2500

 
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JVC and DuArt Form the Digital Den

JVC Professional Products Company and the New York-based film and video facility DuArt have announced the creation of the Digital Den at DuArt, a complimentary service and resource center for filmmakers and postproduction specialists.

As low-cost HD acquisition has opened new doors for filmmakers, it has also sent more than one back to the drawing board scratching their heads. To shed some light on the situation, the Digital Den will offer filmmakers technical consultation on their digital projects, including camera options and settings, workflow analysis, and the opportunity to screen their works-in-progress on a JVC Digital Cinema projection system.

Contributing its eight decades of experience in the industry, DuArt will host the Digital Den at its New York location at 245 West 55 Street. JVC will provide key equipment to bring the Digital Den to fruition.

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Andrew Young at DuArt (917) 522-5668

JVC (800) 582-5825

 

 
www.duart.com
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JVC DLA-HRM1 Reference Monitor

JVC has introduced the 48" DLA-HRM1, the first reference monitor that utilizes the company’s 3-chip Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier (D-ILA) technology with 1920x1080 pixels.

Departing from conventional CRT based reference monitors, the DLA-HRM1 promises superior digital processing with a color gamut that exceeds Rec.709 and a remarkable contrast ratio of 3000:1. Furthermore, the case’s design allows the monitor to be mounted upright or inverted to achieve optimum screen height of either a standing or seated workstation.

Designed with a custom high-resolution and low geometric distortion lens, image clarity is maintained even at the extreme edge of the image. Further benefiting the monitor’s imaging performance is its high resolution, anti-glare screen.

Lightweight and 30" deep, the DLA-HRM1 is easily transportable. Other features include a 2,000-hour, 250-watt NSH lamp 170 cd/m2 (50 ft.L) with an optional brightness adjust option, and an array of acceptable computer-signal and digital-video inputs, including HD-SDI (SMPTE 292), SDI, DVI and HDMI and analog inputs that include a wide selection of computer resolutions, component, S-Video and composite.

The DLA-HRM1 is currently available at a suggested list price of $44,995.

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JVC DT-V24L1D and DT-V20L1D Monitors

JVC Professional Products Company has introduced two new professional broadcast LCD monitors, the DT-V24L1D and DT-V20L1D. Measuring 24" and 20", respectively, the monitors feature a wide viewing angle, high-speed LCD, precise color reproduction and inputs for HD-SDI/SD-SDI and DVI-D.

Key professional features of both monitors include blue check, color off, two-color tally lamp, area markers, all-in-one metal design with rotary-type and direct function image controls, audio speakers and high-speed LCD panel. Additionally, the DT-V24L1D features an ultra-high native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels.

Both monitors are compatible with a variety of external control interfaces such as RS-232 and RS-485, and both can be mounted using standard VESA-compliant mounting brackets and tabletop stands (a rack-mount kit is available for the DT-V20L1D).

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JVC (800) 582-5825

 
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JVC GM-H40L2GU 40

Expanding its family of flat panel displays, JVC has introduced the GM-H40L2GU 40” high-definition LCD monitor.

Accepting multi-format signals including 1080p 24/24sF, this ProHD monitor is compatible with all video formats, such as analog, DVI-D and optional HD-SDI. Additionally, it utilizes state-of-the-art LCD technology to eliminate screen burn-in, and an automatic sleep function turns off the monitor after a specified time when no signal is detected, increasing screen life and minimizing energy consumption.

The GM-H40L2GU’s slim design allows the monitor to be mounted either flush against a wall or mounted from the ceiling using standard VESA-compliant mounting brackets. Other features include an easily replaceable bezel, a built-in Eco sensor that adjusts brightness for various ambient light conditions, front control lock to prevent unauthorized tampering, and compatibility with a variety of external control interfaces, such as RS-232 and RS-485.

The suggested list price for the GM-H40L2GU is $4,995.

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JVC GY-HD200U Camcorder with Optional HZ-CA13U Lens Adapter

Expanding its ProHD family line of products, JVC has introduced the GY-HD200U camcorder, which carries the “Compact-Shoulder” form factor from the GY-D100U and is capable of HDV 720/60p true progressive image acquisition due to the implementation of JVC’s new “Super Encoder.”

Utilizing all of the accessories currently available for the GY-HD100U, the new camcorder can also accept JVC’s new HZ-CA13U optional lens adapter, specifically designed for the 1/3” bayonet mount of JVC ProHD camcorders and enabling the use of 16mm film prime lenses with a PL (Positive Lock) mount. Also, the 200U is capable of inverting the image from a prime lens.

Other features of the new camcorder include Enhanced Cinema Gamma capability; recordablility in both SD (including 24p and 24pA) and HDV; JVC’s patented focus assist function; two XLR connectors for each audio channel; and CD-quality audio recording at 384Kbps in the MPEG1 Layer 2 format with the audio level indicators visible on the viewfinder and on the flip-out LCD display.

Currently, the tentative list price for the GY-HD200U is $7,995. Both the camcorder and the HZ-CA13U lens adapter are expected to begin shipping in October 2006.

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JVC GY-HD250U Camcorder

Responding to demand for an affordable, studio-capable HD camera, JVC has developed the versatile and compact GY-HD250U. Allowing customers to utilize much of their existing infrastructure, including cabling, the HD250U also offers the comfort and stability of a shoulder-style camcorder with a complement of features needed for ENG and cinematography applications.

General features of the new camcorder include true 1280x720 progressive recording at 60 fps thanks to a new advanced codec that provides ultra efficient compression without visible motion artifacts; built-in genlock capability; component HD-SDI output with connectors mounted on a magnesium die cast chassis; the choice of several interchangeable lenses; enhanced cinema gamma; external time-code synchronization; BNC connectors; built-in mount for a 14.4V battery; and JVC’s focus assist feature.

While the camera’s built-in HDV recording system records full raster high-definition video on inexpensive MiniDV cassettes, the optional DR-HD100U Direct-to-Edit recorder is also available, providing a hard disk workflow while simultaneously creating backup material on digital tape.

For studio work, JVC offers the KY-HD250 studio adapter, an optional pan-and-tilt head, and 16x9 LCD studio viewfinder. Plus, the camera’s optional CCU provides connection to industry standard 26-pin multicore cabling for power, genlock, R/B gain, black level and intercom up to 300’.

With operation controls placed in positions familiar to electronic photojournalists and shoulder-style shooting design, the HD250U is also well suited to ENG work. Other attributes for ENG include the built-in Anton-Bauer battery bracket and a pool feed input.

Finally, speaking to cinematographers looking to utilize the GY-HD250U, JVC praises the camera’s real 24p and 30p acquisition; time code recorded in native 24p mode; user customization; and 1/3" bayonet mount for use with various accessories and interchangeable lenses from Fujinon, Canon and other third party manufacturers.

Delivery is expected to begin in October 2006, and the camera has a suggested list price of $8,995.

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JVC SA-HD50U Encoder/Decoder

JVC offers the SA-HD50U HDV MPEG-2 encoder/decoder to the broadcast, television, and postproduction industries.

Taking uncompressed HD-SDI signals, the SA-HD50U encodes them into a compressed HDV 720P 19Mbps or HDV 1080i 25Mbps stream in real time, which can be recorded directly on an HDV 720P (19.7Mbps) or HDV 1080i (25Mbps) studio deck, or transferred directly to a disk-based recording or editing system.

The SA-HD50U comes equipped with a number of mulit-format interfaces, including HD-SDI with embedded audio, IEEE 1394, and Analog Component connections. Input/Output capabilities include HD-SDI 720/60P/50p and 1080/60i/50i. IEEE 1394 interface includes 720/60p/50p/30p/25p/24p and 1080/60i/50i.

With low power consumption and a small size, the encoder/decoder can be mounted in otherwise limited space. When coupled with the BR-HD50U recorder/player, the SA-HD50U spools audio and video content from varied HD sources to a native HDV editing system. Furthermore, the BR-HD50U ProHD VTR can store up to 276 minutes of HD programming on a single LA-DV276PRO standard size Professional DV cassette.

Delivery of the SA-HD50U is expected to begin in November, with a suggested list price of $8,995.

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JVC TM-1011GU and TM-1051DGU Monitors

Designed for broadcast and production applications, JVC has unveiled the TM-1011GU 10" portable color CRT monitor and the TM-1051DGU 10" monitor with dual Serial Digital Interface (SDI) inputs.

Equipped with a carrying handle designed for studio and field use, the TM-1011GU also features AC/DC capability (accepting virtually every AC power source from 100 -230 volts, 50/60Hz), threaded mounting holes for an Anton Bauer or PAG battery bracket, 4-pin XLR connector for 12 volt DC input and two-line audio input/output.

The TM-1051DGU is a color CRT monitor compatible with 480/60i and 576/50i signals. Additional features include embedded audio, onscreen menu, and two analog audio outputs.

Other features of both monitors include an RJ-45 connector located on the rear panel, multi-format NTSC and PAL compatibility, and a digital comb filter and an underscan mode.

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MTI Film Unveils Control Dailies 2K and Correct DRS v5.0

MTI Film has introduced a newly developed 2K version of its Control Dailies system, as well as Version 5.0 of its Correct DRS image restoration software.

First, Control Dailies 2K provides for generation and resizing of DPX 2K files to HD and SD. Also featured in the new system is Control Color, a fully integrated primary color corrector with built-in Still Store co-developed with Silicon Color. According to MTI, benefits of Control Dailies include faster than real-time image transfer and audio ingest, complete metadata collection, post synchronization in SD and HD resolutions, and output to various deliverables.

Next, Correct DRS (Digital Restoration System) Version 5 offers users new tools as well as upgrades to the previous toolset, making restoration and finishing jobs easier and more efficient. Features of the new software include the ablility to record to image files (DPX), three-layer dirt detection, Save and Reuse custom LUTs, solo channel (RGB/grey) monitor, optional Dewarp and Apha Filter plugins, plugin speed enhancements, clip-to-clip rendering, bin/clip rename and drag and drop, new recording console, improved cut detection, reticles, DRS override shortcuts and pan constraints.

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Assimilate Scratch with Support for Colorspace True35 and MaxPac9200XL

Assimilate’s Scratch Data-Centric Workflow Solution is finding work with a number of other companies. Now within a streamlined, end-to-end, postproduction pipeline, creative and post professionals can work with or combine HD, SD and film (2K, 4K and beyond) files and output to any format. Features of Scratch include data management and simultaneous, real-time, multi-resolution review/playback, assemble/edit, conform, primary and secondary color grading, multi-layer grading stack, audio, visual effects (enhanced by third-party plugins), and final mastering to any format. Furthermore, Scratch supports 1-D, 3-D and customer-developed look-up tables (LUTs), running in real time.

Working with Assimilate, Colorspace is integrating Scratch into its hard-disk recorder workflow for the True35 camera. Now Scratch can be used for real-time monitoring, playback, clip organization, and color correction. Footage within Scratch can be manually color corrected or adjusted using external look-up table reference files. In addition, Colorspace will freely bundle with each recorder a set of LUTs designed to mimic the color and gamma response of popular film stocks.

In addition to the True35 digital-cinema camera system, Colorspace also offers the True16. Both camera systems offer uncompressed and compressed recording of images at industry-standard resolutions (2K, 1080p, 720p) and frame rates (24p, 25p, 30p, 60p), to a variety of common file formats.

MaxVision has also teamed with Assimilate for Scratch support for the MaxPac9200XL portable workstation. Features of the MaxPac9200XL include a 23” 1920x1200 resolution LCD display and the HDPac8 removable hard-drive system. The HDPac8 holds eight 500GB SATA hard drives (4TB) configured as a RAID 5 array. Additionally, the HDPac8 is able to record uncompressed HD and 2K video through a dual-link SDI interface card (such as those available from AJA or Bluefish444).

Scratch is also being supported by Bluefish444 with the company’s new Catalyst 2K video I/O card; Rising Sun’s cineSpace Color Management System; the Foundry’s suite of visual-effects- and image-processing tools, including Tinder, Furnace and Keylight; and Facilis Technology’s SAN storage TerraBlock 2.0.

To learn more about Assimilate Scratch, visit www.assimilateinc.com. For information regarding the True35 and True16 camera systems, go to www.colorspaceinc.com. For information about other companies and products employing the Scratch workflow, visit www.maxvision.com, www.bluefish444.com, www.risingsunresearch.com, www.thefoundry.co.uk, www.facilistech.com.

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Panasonics P2 Lineup: AJ-HPC2000, AJ-HPS1500, AJ-HPM100 and AJ-PCD20

NAB 2006 witnessed the expansion of Panasonic’s P2 DVCPro HD product line. These multi-format P2 products allow users to record in the 720p or 1080i HD formats or 480i SD, in addition to offering full bandwidth, contribution quality HD with independent intra-frame encoding, 4:2:2 color sampling and less compression. These products are also backwards compatible with existing DVCPro50, DVCPro and DV-based facilities.

First on the table is the new AJ-HPC2000 shoulder-mount camcorder, equipped with three HD-resolution 2/3" CCDs and 14-bit A/D processing. While the 2/3" imager allows the use of professional quality lenses and accessories, the camera also offers high sensitivity (f/10 at 2,000 lux) and can capture images at a minimum illumination of 0.032 lux (at +62dB). Other features include five P2 card slots (with hot-swap function) for enhanced onboard recording capacity; an SD card slot for recording and replicating setup information; extensive signal connectivity and control capability (HD-SDI, genlock, time code, composite video, IEEE 1394 (AVC), and USB 2.0); four channels of uncompressed audio supported with XLRs, stereo front mike, and Unislot wireless mike connections; prerecord function; and color LCD monitor with GUI menu control.

Next up, the AJ-HPS1500 is a high-performance P2 DVCPro HD solid-state memory studio recorder that serves as a bridge between HD and SD, with capabilities including optional down-converting and up-converting, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394 (AVC), and HD-SDI and SD-SDI input/outputs. With five P2 card slots, the recorder also offers two slots for adding removable hard-disk drives. Other features include VTR-like panel with Jog/Shuttle dial, Video Encoder adjustment control, a front-panel Graphic User Interface (GUI) and play list making and playback capabilities; a built in 3.5" color LCD; standard A/V outputs/inputs, including analog component, composite and reference video, digital audio (AES/EBU Ch 1-Ch 8), analog audio (XLR, Ch1-Ch 2), monitor out, and time code in/output; and remote control capability with RS-422A, RS-232C and GPI.

With a 9" widescreen LCD monitor, a six-slot P2 drive, an SD card slot, jog/shuttle dial, function buttons, stereo speakers, and AC/DC operation, the compact AJ-HPM100 mobile recorder/player is fully equipped for fieldwork. Able to play back with up-converting and down-converting between standard- and high-definition formats, the recorder (with 8GB cards in the six P2 slots) can record for 192 minutes in DVCPro, 96 minutes in DVCPro50, and 48 minutes in 1080i and 720p. Other features include IEEE 1394 (AVC) and USB 2.0 interfaces, RS-422 for remote control, and an array of input/outputs such as switchable HD/SD SDIs, analog composite, analog HD component, analog 4-channel audio, time code and analog HD component out.

Lastly, the AJ-PCD20 internal/external drive incorporates five 8GB P2 card slots for high-speed file transfer. As an internal drive, the AJ-PCD20 installs in a standard PC-type 5.25" bay drive enclosure and, through its high-speed USB 2.0 or IEEE 1394b interfaces, connects to the host computer. For in-the-field use, the AJ-PCD20 serves as a standalone external drive and teams with a notebook PC or Mac PowerBook for editing and playback.

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Panasonic AG-DVC20 Shoulder-Style Camcorder

Aimed at educators and entry-level shooters, Panasonic has introduced the AG-DVC20 3-CCD MiniDV camcorder.

Equipped with three 460,000-pixel CCDs, the camcorder also sports an optical 10x zoom with Electric Image Stabilizer, and IEEE 1394 DV interface, “Color Night View” for shooting under virtually no light and a six-language menu, and it only weighs 4.4 lbs in full operating condition.

New One-Touch Navigation facilitates the control of all basic operations with one hand for manipulation while shooting. Also, a Power LCD function brightens the backlight for shooting in bright sunlight, and under low light conditions, the same 2.5" color LCD can be used as a light source by turning it towards the subject and activating the Zero Lux Night View mode.

Other features include 8-bit digital recording system and 16-bit digital audio system (48kHz/16-bit, 2-channel recording); Cinema (letterbox), tele-macro, and soft skin shooting modes; five program AE settings that optimize shutter and iris; 14 shutter speeds (from 1/60 to 1/8000); digital gain selection (0 to +18dB); color electronic viewfinder; composite video, S-video and audio outs, mike in; auto/manual focus and iris; and white balance, white balance selection (indoor, outdoor, set) and auto tracking white balance.

The AG-DVC20 is available at the suggested list price of $1,850.

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Panasonic AK-HC1500G Camera

Panasonic has unveiled its new 1080i/720 switchable HD camera, the multi-format AK-HC1500G, which is compatible with all international HD standards. The camera further distinguishes itself with its inclusion of a variable frame rate functionality and cine gamma curve similar to those found in Panasonic’s VariCam HD Cinema Camcorder.

Incorporating proprietary Panasonic innovations, including new IT-CCDs, 14-bit A/D converter and digital signal processors, the new camera boasts 1-megapixel, 2/3" 3-CCDs with outstanding color accuracy and improved on-chip lenses for a standard sensitivity of f/10.0 at 2,000 lux and a smear level of less than -130dB.

Offering both 1080 (60i/59.94i, 50i, 30p, 25p/24p) and 720 (60p. 59.94p/50p), the camera also features variable frame rates ranging from 4-60fps. Additionally, the remotely-controllable AK-HC1500G is compatible with Panasonic’s comprehensive line of indoor and outdoor pan-tilt heads, pan-tilt controllers, and camera control units. The camera also has a rear option slot for expansion (e.g., down-converter, analog or fiber output unit).

Other key features include a standard HD-SDI output; a 12-axis color-correction circuit for adjustment of saturation and hue; an Electronic Extender for magnifying the image by 2x; genlock; DC (+12V) operation; a mini 15-pin connector; tally function; and iris and zoom/focus controls. The camera has a low power consumption of about 18 watts and compact footprint of 3.5"W x 4.6"H x 6.2"D and weighs in at just 3.3 pounds.

The AK-HC1500G is available at a suggested list price of $19,950.

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Panasonic BT-LH2600W LCD Monitor

Building on the success of its 17” BT-LH1700W production monitor, Panasonic has introduced the BT-LH2600W 26” HD LCD monitor with a true 16x9 widescreen panel, one-piece design (eliminating the need for an umbilical cord or separate AC power supply), high resolution (1336x768), low delay, and integrated HD-SDI/SDI I/O with embedded audio.

Some of the performance characteristics incorporated from the 17" monitor include two auto switching SDI/HD-SDI inputs; high-speed response with no blurring; waveform monitor that graphically displays luminance levels from -5 to 108 IRE in any of the monitor’s four corners; and a split-screen/freeze-frame function. New to the 26” model are “Pixel to Pixel” mode, audio level meters superimposed and translucent (eight channels in HD-SDI and four channels in SDI), a safe-area frame, and the ability to use an external quad splitter to yield four 13" wide pictures on the screen.

With a 700:1 contrast ratio, the monitor is compatible with multiple HD/SD formats including 1080/24PsF, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i, and it can reproduce up to 16.7 million colors. The monitor also offers selectable color temperature, adjustable gamma, and cine gamma compensation for monitoring with Panasonic’s VariCam HD Cinema Camera.

Other features include frame marker lines (including 4x3, 16x9, and 2.35:1); component (YPbPr), PC RGB, Y/C and composite inputs/outputs; wide vertical and horizontal viewing angle of 176°; GPI and RS-232C ports for external control of many functions; built-in, amplified stereo speakers; and a red/green/amber tally lamp.

The BT-LH2600W is available at a suggested list price of $4,950.

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