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September 2011
P+S Unveils X35
P+S Technik has introduced the PS-Cam X35, a robust digital camera that combines sync-sound and high-speed capabilities. 
Flying-Cam III Takes Flight
Flying-Cam has introduced the Flying-Cam III, a.k.a. Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter, an all-electric vertical-take-off-and-landing miniature unmanned aerial system boasting 30 minutes of flight time. 
Oppenheimer Powers Alexa
Oppenheimer Camera Products has introduced the Alexa On-Board Mains Power Supply, offering a complete AC power solution for Arri’s Alexa digital camera. 
Meduza Offers Modular Stereo Shooting
Meduza Systems recently unveiled the Meduza Camera System, a digital stereoscopic 3-D camera.
Rule, Fastec Go High Speed with TS3Cine
Rule Boston Camera and Fastec Imaging have introduced the TS3Cine high-speed camera. 
Schneider Offers True-Match ND Kit
Schneider Optics has introduced the True-Match 10-stop variable ND filter kit, designed to work in conjunction with Schneider’s DSLR 4" Filter Support system.
ABC Products Makes Moves with Jib 100
ABC Products has introduced the Jib 100, which was designed to accommodate a wide range of professional camcorders.
Polecam Goes Wide for DSLRs
Polecam has unveiled the Polecam Wide motorized camera head, a single-operator broadcast-quality head designed to accommodate DSLR cameras or small camcorders.
Transvideo Expands Monitor Line
Transvideo has introduced its TitanHD monitor and CineMonitorHD 3DView family of monitors to the U.S. market.
Flanders Scientific Takes Monitor into Field
Flanders Scientific, Inc., has introduced the LM-1760WF Field Unit. Based on the LM-1760W, this lightweight 17" monitor has been specifically modified for field use and supports 12-volt DC directly, without the need for an external 12-volt to 24-volt DC adapter. The unit is also equipped with a standard AC power connection.
Innovision Gets Close With Probe II-Plus
Innovision Optics has released the Probe II-Plus, which features a mounting system for DSLR camera systems. 
DaVinci Shares Resolve Lite
Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of DaVinci Resolve Lite, a reduced-feature version of DaVinci Resolve that includes many powerful color-correction features in a downloadable software package free of charge.
Third Floor, Framestore Join for London Office
Previsualization company The Third Floor, Inc., has joined visual-effects company Framestore to provide European filmmakers with top-tier previs expertise.
Keyframe Details Cam Report
Norwegian developer Keyframe Software has released Cam Report 2.5 for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
Soluble Apps Puts ShotList in Pocket
Soluble Apps, in collaboration with Northern Film & Media, has introduced the ShotList app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
Tamajii Draws Storyboards
Toronto-based company Tamajii has introduced Storyboards, an iPad app designed to help filmmakers create, edit and share storyboards with ease. 
StoryBoard Artist Gets Update
PowerProduction Software has released StoryBoard Artist Version 5, which enables fast creation of digital storyboards.

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P+S Unveils X35

P+S Technik has introduced the PS-Cam X35, a robust digital camera that combines sync-sound and high-speed capabilities. 

The PS-Cam X35’s design allows continuously adjustable speed rates from 1-450 fps, and the camera boasts a dynamic range of 11 T-stops. The 18 GB internal memory allows for more than four minutes of 24 fps recording; a 36 GB memory upgrade is planned. The camera also features two switchable HD-SDI interfaces in 1.5G and 3G for external recording and monitoring.

The camera features a CMOS 35Digital sensor with a 21.1x11.9mm capture size for 1920x1080 full HD. It currently features HD 4:2:2 10-bit uncompressed recording, but options are in the works for 4:4:4 10-bit and raw 12-bit uncompressed. The camera is also 3-D compatible and features time code in/out and genlock in/out, as well as RS232, USB, GigE and planned WLAN control.

Numerous IMS-mount adapters are available for the X35’s PS-IMS lens mount. Other accessories include a hand unit for remote control, HD-SDI recorders, standard batteries and an electronic viewfinder. 

contact info:  
www.pstechnik.de
Flying-Cam III Takes Flight

Flying-Cam has introduced the Flying-Cam III, a.k.a. Special Aerial Response Automatic Helicopter, an all-electric vertical-take-off-and-landing miniature unmanned aerial system boasting 30 minutes of flight time. The system is the result of seven years of R&D. 

Incorporating efficient aerodynamics, innovative automatic flight modes and modular interchangeable payloads in a portable, quickly deployable system, SARAH boasts a new gyrostabilized camera head that is integrated using motion-control technology for repeatable moves. The head features automatic horizon leveling and can hold cameras such as the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Red Epic, Sony PMW-F3 and Panasonic AG-AF100. The system offers a heading accuracy of 0.5 degrees and a DGPS boasting 2.5cm precision.

contact info:  
www.flying-cam.com
Oppenheimer Powers Alexa

Oppenheimer Camera Products has introduced the Alexa On-Board Mains Power Supply, offering a complete AC power solution for Arri’s Alexa digital camera. 

The device provides universal world power capability from 90-264-volt AC at 50/60Hz. It mounts mechanically (not electrically) to the Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate; electrically, it provides 28-volt DC power from its outlet to the camera’s two-pin Fischer inlet with a custom cable. If necessary, users can interchange the Power Supply mounting between Gold Mount and V Mount. The system weighs less than 3 pounds and is cooled by a quiet fan.

The Power Supply includes four accessory ports, supplying one 14-volt outlet in the Arri-standard two-pin Lemo and three 28-volt outlets in the Arri-standard three-pin Fischer. The total capacity of the Power Supply is 250 watts, giving users more than 100 watts of headroom over what the camera (and its own accessory ports) might draw.

The system is housed in a custom enclosure that is powder coated for durability. The main components are rated at more than 3 million hours. The Power Supply comes with a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

contact info:  
www.oppenheimercameraproducts.com
Meduza Offers Modular Stereo Shooting

Meduza Systems recently unveiled the Meduza Camera System, a digital stereoscopic 3-D camera.

Designed and built specifically to shoot 3-D, the Meduza allows filmmakers to shoot in native 4:3 format at 4096x3072 resolution. “The camera format and resolution level mean the image is being acquired at a 1:1 pixel ratio for 15-perf/70mm format and still allows for smaller extraction for traditional cinema and TV screens,” says Jonathan Kitzen, president of Meduza Systems.

The Meduza features interchangeable lenses and precise, remote-controlled variable interaxial and convergence. Weighing less than 15 pounds, the Meduza is a single camera with a single set of electronics and a single set of controls that powers two imaging sensors at the same time, eliminating synchronization issues.

“The Meduza is completely modular,” says Chris Cary, CEO of 3D Visual Enterprises, the parent company of Meduza Systems. “This is a completely new approach to the very specific needs of stereoscopic 3-D content creation …. The camera is not sensor dependent. As sensor capability advances, new modules will be available in weeks, not years. Filmmakers can choose the sensor and custom configuration that fits their needs and still have the ability to completely change over the camera in seconds.”

contact info:  
www.meduzasystems.com
Rule, Fastec Go High Speed with TS3Cine

Rule Boston Camera and Fastec Imaging have introduced the TS3Cine high-speed camera. This portable digital camera features a unique 7" built-in LCD screen and records 1280x1024 images at up to 500 fps; the camera can also record up to 20,000 fps at reduced resolutions.

Built by Fastec, the TS3Cine is offered exclusively through Rule Boston Camera.

The TS3Cine boasts an accessible, easy-to-navigate menu system that can also be operated over Gigabit Ethernet using either a PC or Mac with standard Web browser for long-distance control. Additionally, multiple storage options allow users to easily download images to thumb drives, SD cards or portable storage drives. The TS3Cine’s built-in solid-state drive provides up to 256 GB of internal storage.

contact info:  
www.rule.com
www.fastecimaging.com
www.ts3cine.com
Schneider Offers True-Match ND Kit

Schneider Optics has introduced the True-Match 10-stop variable ND filter kit, designed to work in conjunction with Schneider’s DSLR 4" Filter Support system.

The filters in the True-Match kit work in combination to produce a density range from 11⁄3 to 11 stops with no blue color shift at maximum density. The kit comprises a screw-on True-Match filter in 67mm to 95mm sizes that mounts on the camera lens, a Schneider 4"x4" rotating two-slot filter holder and a True-Match 4"x4" filter. The filters can be purchased separately, without the filter holder, for those who already have a 4"x4" rotating mattebox with 4mm slots. 
contact info:  
www.schneideroptics.com
ABC Products Makes Moves with Jib 100

ABC Products has introduced the Jib 100, which was designed to accommodate a wide range of professional camcorders.

The Jib 100 boasts high stability and weighs only 41.8 pounds, and it packs down to 59"x14"x9", making it easy to transport. The jib features a boom length of 64", a total crane length of 94" and a lift of 84" with a maximum payload of 44 pounds.

Additional features include an integrated horizontal and vertical brake and a trimmer to precisely level the jib. The Jib 100 also provides a euro-mount adapter at the jib head that permits the mounting of such accessories as low rigs or remote heads. The crane support can be mounted on any solid tripod with a 100-150mm-diameter ball adapter. 

contact info:  
www.abc-products.de
Polecam Goes Wide for DSLRs

Polecam has unveiled the Polecam Wide motorized camera head, a single-operator broadcast-quality head designed to accommodate DSLR cameras or small camcorders. The Polecam Wide is fully compatible with Polecam rigs of up to 6-meters span.

“The new head operates under high-precision electronic controls, which allow slow or fast action to be tracked with great finesse,” says Steffan Hewitt, Polecam’s founder and managing director. “Pan and tilt angle can be smoothly adjusted or continuously varied at a wide range of speeds, from ultra-slow 4 seconds per degree up to a fast 7 seconds per complete 360-degree rotation. Integral slip-rings can be used to convey power to the camera and to export composite video for monitoring. That provides the capability of shooting unlimited horizontal pans without getting cables in a tangle.

“Pan and tilt speeds are joystick controlled via an electronic drive system programmed with a U-shaped acceleration and deceleration profile,” Hewitt continues. “This delivers fine control when the stick is in its central range, becoming faster as the stick is deflected towards its maximum angle.”

Technical features of the Polecam Wide include high-resolution pulse-width-modulated electronic drive, replacing the bipolar direct-current feed used on Polecam’s previous joystick control system. Optical pulse encoders fitted to the pan and tilt motors provide feedback to the motor controller, ensuring smooth and stable operation. Motor braking is activated whenever the joystick is stationary. An integral 12-pin connector delivers up to 12 volts at 1 ampere to power a camera.

contact info:  
www.polecam.com
Transvideo Expands Monitor Line

Transvideo has introduced its TitanHD monitor and CineMonitorHD 3DView family of monitors to the U.S. market. 

The wireless TitanHD system incorporates MiMo OFDM technology, which provides up to 300' of clear, interference-free HD/SD/composite signal. The wireless capability allows users to remain near the camera rather than tied to a power source away from the action.

The CineMonitorHD 3DView Evolution is an all-in-one monitor for stereographers that includes all the necessary functions to make 3-D pictures easily from HD-SDI cameras. The 3DView Evolution includes a patented gen-lock analyzer, two HDMI inputs and two HD-SDI inputs.

The CineMonitorHD 3DView “S” includes all the functionality of the evolution model, plus it synchronizes the HD-SDI or HDMI inputs to make 3-D movies with DSLRs or high-speed cameras such as the Phantom HD or Weisscam. The synchronized signals are available on HD-SDI outputs.

contact info:  
https://transvideo.eu
Flanders Scientific Takes Monitor into Field

Flanders Scientific, Inc., has introduced the LM-1760WF Field Unit. Based on the LM-1760W, this lightweight 17" monitor has been specifically modified for field use and supports 12-volt DC directly, without the need for an external 12-volt to 24-volt DC adapter. The unit is also equipped with a standard AC power connection.

The LM-1760WF comes with a carrying bag with integrated hood, which can be used in both a desktop and light-stand configuration. The combined weight of the monitor and carrying bag is 17.5 pounds. Made of durable cordura and ballistic nylon, the interior of the bag helps protect the monitor with foam padding and a single-piece honeycomb frame. The built-in four-sided hood provides shade for viewing, and the back leg can be adjusted for optimal tilt.

The Field Unit also comes with two clear protective covers, which can be attached to the front of the monitor via simple hook-and-loop fastener strips. These covers help protect the LCD panel from damage. The covers are made of high-quality, scratch-resistant, optical-grade acrylic.

The Field Unit also ships with a lightweight, durable VESA to 5⁄8" spigot light-stand adapter, which allows for quick and easy mounting on a light stand. The adapter features two pivot points for maximum adjustability, and it can be left attached even when not in use.

The LM-1760WF with carrying bag and hood, protective covers, and VESA adapter is available for $2,795. 

contact info:  
www.flandersscientific.com
Innovision Gets Close With Probe II-Plus

Innovision Optics has released the Probe II-Plus, which features a mounting system for DSLR camera systems. The unique periscope attachment allows users to capture extreme close-ups and different angles of view, putting the lens less than ¾" from the ground and allowing it to fit in small spaces. The Probe II-Plus is also waterproof.

The attachment features high-resolution glass elements and relay optics for images with remarkable edge-to-edge sharpness, flat field and extreme depth of field. State-of-the-art multiple coatings provide sharp, low-dispersion images.

The Probe II-Plus is available with a variety of standard-resolution focal lengths (9mm, 12mm, 16mm, 20mm and 32mm) and with high-resolution focal lengths (12mm, 20mm, 28mm, 40mm and 55mm). Additionally, the Probe II-Plus is available in interchangeable Straight 45-degree and 90-degree Periscope attachments.

contact info:  
www.innovision-optics.com
DaVinci Shares Resolve Lite

Blackmagic Design has announced the availability of DaVinci Resolve Lite, a reduced-feature version of DaVinci Resolve that includes many powerful color-correction features in a downloadable software package free of charge.

Based on DaVinci Resolve 8, DaVinci Resolve Lite runs on the latest iMac, 17" MacBook Pro and Mac Pro computers. Resolve Lite limits projects to SD and HD resolutions, two color-correction nodes, a single processing GPU and a single Red Rocket card. Resolve Lite can still accept high-resolution source footage in 2K and 4K from the latest digital cameras, such as those from Red and Arri, and it does include high-quality optical resizing, curve grading, XML import and export, 32-bit float processing, YRGB image processing, multi-layer timelines, stabilization, window tracking, primary and secondary color correction, real-time processing, capture and playback with deck control, compatibility with third-party control panels, and more.

Stereoscopic 3-D features, noise reduction, power mastering, remote grading and sharing projects with an external server are only offered in the full DaVinci Resolve. Users who want to eliminate these restrictions can purchase the full DaVinci Resolve software for $995.

contact info:  
www.blackmagic-design.com
Third Floor, Framestore Join for London Office

Previsualization company The Third Floor, Inc., has joined visual-effects company Framestore to provide European filmmakers with top-tier previs expertise. Based in the U.K., the new venture is known as The Third Floor – London, and it will see the two companies sharing staff, tools, skills, philosophies and an initial headquarters at Framestore’s Wells Street office. 

“This partnership enables us to help directors and their entire crews maintain and realize their vision from early development through to the final visual effects through a collaborative and efficient process,” enthuses Chris Edwards, The Third Floor’s CEO and creative director.

William Sargent, CEO of Framestore, adds, “This is a genuinely exciting venture that will be a serious boost to the burgeoning European market. I have long been an admirer of The Third Floor team. We have a shared passion for filmmaking, visual excellence and storytelling, and we can further harness these mutual passions by combining skills, contacts and resources.”

contact info:  
www.thethirdfloor.com
www.framestore.com
Keyframe Details Cam Report

Norwegian developer Keyframe Software has released Cam Report 2.5 for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This update of the camera-reporting system covers both European “slate” and American and German “shot” conventions, as well as supporting Arri, Red and Canon file names.

Cam Report’s digital reporting system gives users a unique toolset for metadata handling, report generation and communication of data across all aspects of the workflow. The app provides user-specified and pre-defined tags that follow the report through to the final edit and color grade. Additionally, reports can be reviewed, printed and shared securely over the Web, and they can also be exported as PDFs. Cam Report 2.5 also allows users to add reference pictures to a take, either from the user’s library or directly from the iPhone’s built-in camera.

Cam Report is available in the Apple App store for $29.

contact info:  
www.kfapps.com
Soluble Apps Puts ShotList in Pocket

Soluble Apps, in collaboration with Northern Film & Media, has introduced the ShotList app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The app brings the production strip-boards system to mobile devices, allowing users to plan and track every scene of a shoot as it happens.

Users can enter as much or as little information into the app as they want. ShotList can be used to provide a series of shot numbers and storyboard frames, or it can contain all of the detail which would usually be pulled from a script and entered into a production strip board as part of the scheduling process. This powerful pocket-sized tool lets filmmakers react and respond quickly to on-the-day challenges, such as weather conditions or issues with locations or cast.

Within ShotList, users can add, edit, delete or re-order scenes freely across multiple shooting days, with instant updating of the total number of script pages to be shot each day. Each scene can be clearly marked as “To Do,” “Delay,” “Cut” or “Done” as the production progresses. Up to six storyboard frames can be viewed for each scene, and storyboards can be marked off as they are shot. Hot-linked notes can also be stored for each scene, and users can keep everyone on the production informed of changes by emailing the latest one-line schedule or exchanging updated project files with other ShotList users via Dropbox.

ShotList is available via the Apple App Store for $29.99.

contact info:  
www.solubleapps.com
Tamajii Draws Storyboards

Toronto-based company Tamajii has introduced Storyboards, an iPad app designed to help filmmakers create, edit and share storyboards with ease. 

Developed for filmmakers of all levels, Storyboards offers thousands of drawings of characters and props to allow shots to be composed quickly and easily. Tamajii also offers a custom drawing service to provide users with specific characters and props for their storylines. All elements can be dragged, dropped, rotated and edited using standard iPad gesture controls. Shots can also be fine-tuned without the need to redraw or reconstruct entire frames.

Storyboards can be printed and exported in both PDF and proprietary Storyboards format, allowing them to be shared with other iPad users via iTunes or email. Individual frames can also be viewed in the iPad Photo Album. The application also allows storyboards to be outputted to an external monitor or projector using a digital AV or VGA adapter.

The app is available for free in a Basic Edition via the iTunes and Apple App Store, and it can then be upgraded to a Premium Edition for $14.99 via an in-app purchase.

contact info:  
www.tamajii.com
StoryBoard Artist Gets Update

PowerProduction Software has released StoryBoard Artist Version 5, which enables fast creation of digital storyboards. Extended file import options, new built-in artwork, automatic storyboard generation and sketch-style presentations headline an array of new features in Version 5.

“StoryBoard Artist has served as a high-end storyboarding solution for [more than] a decade,” says Paul Clatworthy, CTO of PowerProduction Software. “Since the initial StoryBoard Artist release, we have added indispensible features such as the Timeline, which sets storyboard frames in time with tracks of audio … and Non-Linear Links, which accounts for user interactivity in game and mobile app development. Version 5 builds upon this rich history of innovation by introducing automatic storyboard generation and sketch-style presentations.”

New features include extended file import options such as 3-D Google SketchUp files; built-in artwork including Character, Prop and Location options; object effects, which allow users to easily customize built-in artwork; Sketch Mode for printing, working and presenting; and QuickShots Technology for fast, automated storyboard creation.

StoryBoard Artist Version 5 is available through the PowerProduction Software worldwide reseller channel and direct from the PowerProduction Software website for $799.99.

contact info:  
www.powerproduction.com