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September 2013
Panther Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Germany-based dolly and crane manufacturer Panther GmbH is celebrating its 30th year in business.

Freakshow Showcases Mini Converters

Freakshow HD has announced a new line of four 3G HD/SD-SDI mini converters: the Mini 1x2 Re-Clocking D.A., the Battery Powered A/B Switch, the Battery Powered 1x3 Re-Clocking D.A. and the Analog-to-SDI Converter.

Cavision Redesigns Directors Viewfinder

Cavision Enterprises Ltd. has introduced the VFRW-11X rotating director’s viewfinder.

Clairmont, Schneider Filter Alexa In-Camera

Schneider Optics has begun manufacturing and distributing an in-camera filter system developed by Clairmont Camera for Arri’s Alexa camera systems.

Tiffen Creates Film Looks with Satin, Black Satin Filters

The Tiffen Co. is now shipping Satin and Black Satin Film Looks MPTV filters in 4"x4", 4"x5.65" and 6.6"x6.6" sizes.

Cooke Expands in U.K.

Cooke Optics has announced that it will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, England, to accommodate the growing demand for its hand-crafted lenses.

Congo Films Opens Panama Rental House

Congo Films has opened a rental house in Panama. Congo Films Panama offers customers in Central America and the Caribbean a one-stop rental location for cameras and accessories, grip equipment, lighting and electrical gear, and transportation.

Sim Digital Acquires PS Production Services

Sim Digital, a supplier of digital production equipment and post services, has acquired PS Production Services Ltd., one of Canada’s largest rental houses for lighting, grip, generators, digital cameras and dolly equipment. 

Cinelabs Finalizes Bucks Media Acquisition

Cinelabs International, a European provider of film laboratory services, has completed its acquisition of Bucks Media Services in London.

Prime Focus Plants Roots In Beijing

Prime Focus Ltd. has opened a new office in Beijing, China.

Vision Research Grows Phantom Miro Line

Vision Research is expanding its line of Phantom Miro cameras to include a rugged-body series.

Sony Unveils PMW-300 XDCam

Sony has introduced the PMW-300 XDCam, a semi-shoulder-mount camcorder that combines the benefits of ½"-type Exmor Full HD 3CMOS sensor technology with 50Mbps HD recording at MPEG HD422.

OConnor Supports Sony F5, F55

OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, offers camera support and lens accessories compatible with Sony’s F5 and F55 4K cameras.

Hot Rod Distributes Relentless Defy Stabilizers

Relentless, Inc. has unveiled a new addition to its Defy family of camera-stabilizing products.

Sachtler Expands Support Offerings

Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, has introduced the 75mm Ace L fluid head as part of its Ace family of camera-support systems.

Innovision Moves with Portable Polly Dolly

Innovision Optics is now distributing Pollysystem’s portable Polly dolly system, a compact and flexible solution for smooth tracking shots. 

Vacion Tracks Camera Moves

Vacion has introduced the CineLite and CineLite Ultra camera-tracking systems, which are designed for use with smartphones or lightweight digital cameras.

MovieTech Rolls Out Alpha Dolly

MovieTech has introduced the Alpha Dolly.

Telemetrics Enables Remote Control

Telemetrics has introduced the Remote Camera Control System, which provides a flexible architecture for a wide range of networked or standalone camera-automation applications.

Anton/Bauer Provides Fast Charge

Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, has released the PowerCharger 3000 InterActive series, which includes three chargers: FastCharger Quad with Wi-Fi, FastCharger Quad and FastCharger Dual with Wi-Fi.

Digital Vision Updates Nucoda, Phoenix

Digital Vision has released the Nucoda 2013 color-grading product line, as well as the latest version of Phoenix restoration software.

Ambient Generates Time Code

Ambient Clockit has introduced the Tiny Lockit, a time-code generator and receiver.


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Panther Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Germany-based dolly and crane manufacturer Panther GmbH is celebrating its 30th year in business. The company’s origins can be traced to the early 1970s, when Erich Fitz (pictured below, right) started a small, customer-service-oriented rental company that soon found itself developing a lightweight dolly to accommodate shooting aboard a ship. The first computer-controlled electro-mechanical dolly prototype was finished in 1982, and it was christened the Panther after its smooth, silent operation was compared with the movements of that animal. The next year, the second prototype dolly was put to use in Munich’s Bavaria Studios for the feature The NeverEnding Story, shot by Jost Vacano, ASC, BVK (pictured above, right).

Fitz officially founded Panther GmbH in 1986. In addition to producing and selling its own support systems, the company continued to nurture a rental division. Four years later, the company established a new headquarters in Oberhaching, near Munich, Germany, and expanded its product offerings with the Pegasus crane and other innovations. Also in 1990, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized the Super Panther dolly with a Scientific and Engineering Award. In the years since, the company has also received such accolades as a Golden Frog from Camerimage, the Camera Support System of the Year award from the Digitalstudio Industry Leadership Awards, and multiple Cinec awards.

After expanding the Oberhaching campus in 1999, Panther moved into a completely new facility in 2001. The following year, Panther Broadcast was founded to better support the video industry; Erich Fitz’s son, Andy (pictured with Erich), supervised the new range of products released under the Panther Broadcast banner. The company’s product offerings have also included the Galaxy Crane, the Foxy Advanced Crane, the Trixy Remote Head, the Twister Dolly, the PixyPlus Crane, and a line of tripods and fluid heads.

In 2011, Panther sold its rental operations to Arri and the Bavaria Studio Group. In 2012, Andy Fitz bought all of his family’s shares in the company, and he is currently the single shareholder in Panther GmbH.

contact info:

 
www.panther.tv
Freakshow Showcases Mini Converters

Freakshow HD has announced a new line of four 3G HD/SD-SDI mini converters: the Mini 1x2 Re-Clocking D.A., the Battery Powered A/B Switch, the Battery Powered 1x3 Re-Clocking D.A. and the Analog-to-SDI Converter.

“These mini converters were born out of our years of on-set experience as video-assist operators,” says Alex Cacciarellli, Freakshow’s chief technical officer. “They handle specific tasks that no other products address in such a cost-effective way. Each one takes an innovative approach to connecting 3G/HD/SD-SDI devices in the field or the studio at a very aggressive price point.”

The Mini 1x2 bridges the gap for professional cameras and devices with just one 3G/HD/SD-SDI output. Small and compact, it is unobtrusive and can extend cable lengths up to 350'. It features 5-36-volt DC operation, an AC adaptor, a locking power connector, and an internal power and 3G/HD/SD-SDI confidence LED.

The Battery Powered A/B Switch has the ability to select between two inputs and distribute the signal to one output for up to 160 hours of continuous battery operation, which solves the problem of having two sources and only one input. Rechargeable and cost-effective, it includes an internal lithium-polymer battery rated for a minimum of 500 charge cycles. The device accepts both analog composite NTSC/PAL and 3G/HD/SD-SDI signals, can operate and charge while connected to external 12-36-volt DC power, features low battery, fully charged and source indicators, and includes an AC adaptor.

The Battery Powered 1x3 Re-Clocking D.A. features a rechargeable, internal lithium-polymer battery, rated for a minimum of 500 charge cycles, with up to seven hours of continuous use. Other features include 12-36-volt DC operation, a locking power connector, an internal 3G/HD/SD-SDI and power confidence LED, low battery/fully charged indication and an AC adaptor. The 1x3 re-clocking D.A. can extend cable runs up to 350'.

The Analog-to-SDI Converter allows any NTSC or PAL signal to be efficiently converted to an SD-SDI signal. Its features include auto selection between NTSC or PAL standards, a locking power connector, an internal signal and power confidence LED, 5-36-volt DC operation and an AC adaptor.

contact info:

 
www.freakshowhd.com
Cavision Redesigns Directors Viewfinder

Cavision Enterprises Ltd. has introduced the VFRW-11X rotating director’s viewfinder. This redesigned product features common formats, including Anamorphic, Super 35mm, 35mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 1", ½", 1⁄3" and ¼", as well as full-frame DSLR, APS-C and digital cinema formats. The new design utilizes a window to display only the format currently in use, making it quicker and easier to check the format setting.

The VFRW-11X boasts an increased number of focal-length markings for greater accuracy and ease of use. Additionally, the eyepiece component offers a diopter adjustment. The viewfinder can also be used as a quick format converter; users can change the format setting while keeping the zoom ring in place, allowing them to quickly determine the equivalent focal length in a different format.

Cavision has also introduced a “mini” version of the next-generation director’s viewfinder; the VFTW-11X is extremely compact and lightweight but still provides a large viewing size. The company offers a hard case for both viewfinders.

contact info:

 
www.cavision.com
Clairmont, Schneider Filter Alexa In-Camera

Schneider Optics has begun manufacturing and distributing an in-camera filter system developed by Clairmont Camera for Arri’s Alexa camera systems. Working closely with Schneider, Clairmont Camera’s Andree Martin and Alan Albert designed custom assemblies that hold interchangeable Schneider filters in front of the Alexa’s CMOS sensor assembly.

The In-Camera Filter Kit includes a specially designed magnetic filter holder that replaces the light baffle in the Alexa camera. Once in place, the assembly allows secure mounting and precise positioning of the specially manufactured, ultra-precision Schneider filters. With the new system, users can change the filters in a few minutes. When no filtering is desired, a clear filter can be used to precisely maintain focus.  All filters for the system are high-efficiency, multi-layer coated to minimize flare and ghosting.

“One of the things cinematographers appreciate most about the Arri Alexa is the excellent light sensitivity,” says ASC associate Denny Clairmont, CEO of Clairmont Camera. “Working at higher ISO ratings can lead to lots of ND if you want to shoot wide open.”

The standard In-Camera Filter Kit consists of an in-camera filter holder with cover ring, all required shims, a filter installation tool, and seven mounted Schneider Ultra Precision Multi-Coated In-Camera Filters: Clear, IRND .3, .6, .9, 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8. The kit will interface with most PL lenses, but is not compatible with Zeiss T2.1 16mm, 24mm or 32mm; Arri Macro 16mm, 24mm or 32mm; or Cooke Series II and III 18mm, 25mm or 32mm. Lens extenders may also interfere with the kit’s filters.

The Alexa In-Camera Filter Kit is also available without filters, so users may buy only the filters desired. Schneider Optics anticipates adding other filters to fit the kit, such as Black Frost.

contact info:

 
www.schneideroptics.com
Tiffen Creates Film Looks with Satin, Black Satin Filters

The Tiffen Co. is now shipping Satin and Black Satin Film Looks MPTV filters in 4"x4", 4"x5.65" and 6.6"x6.6" sizes. These Film Looks filters were developed for use with modern digital camera systems.

“Optical filter development is the cornerstone of The Tiffen Co., and our new line of integrated Tiffen filters, which includes Film Looks, exemplifies the forward-thinking innovation behind our commitment to continued research and development,” says ASC associate Steve Tiffen, president and CEO of The Tiffen Co. “This year, we celebrate 75 years of filter engineering excellence, and it gives me great pleasure to cross this milestone by expanding the Tiffen filter product offerings yet again. We look forward to seeing the tremendous images the creative world will make with the new line of Tiffen MPTV filters, including the new Satin and Black Satin looks.”

Tiffen’s Satin and Black Satin filters offer subtle softening to fine details, with minimal signs of filtration. The combination of mild halation and delicate optical softening elements adds a gentle glow to highlights and moderates contrast. Satins produce a cleaner, muted diffusion compared to Black Satins, which produce a warmer, grainier feel. Both filter types have been designed to offer fine control over user images by maintaining an apparent clear, in-focus image. The filters are made from water-white glass and are available in ½, 1, 2 and 3 grades.

contact info:

 
www.tiffen.com
Cooke Expands in U.K.

Cooke Optics has announced that it will extend its factory and workforce in Leicester, England, to accommodate the growing demand for its hand-crafted lenses.

A growing order book for Cooke’s new range of Anamorphic/i lenses, as well as continuing demand for the miniS4/i, 5/i and S4/i ranges, have necessitated the factory expansion. Cooke will add 300 square meters, which will house more assembly and projection facilities as well as an R&D laboratory. A 10-percent increase in the workforce is also anticipated. 

“As the digital-camera revolution continues, people want the best PL lenses to tell their stories,” says ASC associate Les Zellan, chairman and owner of Cooke Optics. “We’re gratified by the demand for our lenses, particularly the recent interest that our Anamorphic/i lenses have garnered, and have taken these measures to increase production while maintaining our high standards. Our lenses are all individually hand-made in Leicester by a very skillful workforce, and our customers appreciate the time and effort that goes into making every lens as perfect as it can be.”

contact info:

 
www.cookeoptics.com
Congo Films Opens Panama Rental House

Congo Films has opened a rental house in Panama. Congo Films Panama offers customers in Central America and the Caribbean a one-stop rental location for cameras and accessories, grip equipment, lighting and electrical gear, and transportation. The camera inventory includes the Arri Alexa XT Plus and M, the Red Epic and the Sony F55. In-stock lenses include Cooke 5/i, S4/i and MiniS4; Arri/Zeiss Master Primes and Ultra Primes; and Angenieux Optimo zooms.

The facility’s grip offerings include cranes, jibs, doorway dollies, J.L. Fisher dollies, the SuperTechno ST-30, stabilized heads, aerial mounts and more. On the lighting front, Congo Films Panama offers a wide variety of fixtures from Luminys Systems, Arri, Kino Flo, Dedolight, Mole-Richardson, K5600 and more.

Congo Films will host an Open House at the Panama facility on Oct. 10. To RSVP, write to panama@congofilms.tv.

contact info:

 
www.congofilms.tv
Sim Digital Acquires PS Production Services

Sim Digital, a supplier of digital production equipment and post services, has acquired PS Production Services Ltd., one of Canada’s largest rental houses for lighting, grip, generators, digital cameras and dolly equipment. 

Founded by the late Doug Dales in 1972, PS Production Services serves U.S. and Canadian motion-picture and television productions through offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax, and has more than 130 employees. Since Dales’ death in 2010, the company has built on his legacy and continued to grow.

“Doug was someone I very much admired and respected,” says Rob Sim, president and CEO of Sim Digital. “Both of our companies came from humble beginnings and through hard work and constant dedication, we were able to successfully grow them into what they are today. Our cultures are very similar, so when this opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t think of two companies that better complemented one another. That thought was echoed by our management team, who worked diligently to see Sim and PS come together.”

Through this acquisition, SIM Digital gains additional resources, a strong regional sales network, and experienced staff.  Integration with SIM’s Canadian facilities will begin immediately. 

The acquisition of PS Production Services follows Sim’s recent acquisition of Bling Digital, a U.S. and Canadian specialist in postproduction technologies and workflows, and Master Key Finishing, a Los Angeles postproduction facility.

contact info:

 
www.simdigital.com
Cinelabs Finalizes Bucks Media Acquisition

Cinelabs International, a European provider of film laboratory services, has completed its acquisition of Bucks Media Services in London. The acquisition will build on the existing operations of Cinelab Romania and Cinelab Greece, which were acquired from Kodak in 2012.

“The addition of this operation is an essential stage in our European strategy,” says Rodrigo Ruiz-Tarazona, CEO of Cinelabs International. “We can now provide a Europe-wide, high-quality, reliable film service. The London business is staffed by an excellent team of people who care about their clients, and we are looking forward to establishing the Cinelab name as a center of excellence for everyone passionate about film.”

The operation currently provides color and black-and-white negative and print processing, but immediate priorities include increasing capacity and developing both film- and digital-dailies services and on-location services. The operation will continue to support film, commercial and television clients as well as content owners who wish to preserve and restore their film and media archives.

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Prime Focus Plants Roots In Beijing

Prime Focus Ltd. has opened a new office in Beijing, China. The move will bring the Prime Focus group of companies’ full array of services — including visual effects, 3-D conversion, animation via its Prime Focus World subsidiary, technology and media management solutions via its Prime Focus Technologies subsidiary, and overall production and postproduction services offered within the larger Prime Focus group — to China.

“We are enthusiastic about the shared opportunities our expansion into China brings,” says Namit Malhotra, founder of Prime Focus. “We have always recognized the advantages that globalization coupled with intense localization brings, and have evolved our business strategy accordingly…. I look forward to offering our full suite of creative and technology services to the Chinese market.”

In addition to the Beijing office, Prime Focus maintains offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, New York, London and Mumbai. Prime Focus expects to open the Beijing location later this year.

contact info:

 
www.primefocusltd.com
Vision Research Grows Phantom Miro Line

Vision Research is expanding its line of Phantom Miro cameras to include a rugged-body series. The Phantom Miro R-Series, the third member of the Phantom Miro family, is designed for applications in harsh environments where the camera must survive high shock and vibration, as well as a broad range of operating temperatures. The Miro R-Series comprises the same four performance levels available in the other Miro body styles: 110, 310, 120 and 320S.

The Miro R-series is ideal for applications such as automotive crash tests, high-speed sleds and explosives research. As with the other Miro models, the R-Series has an external rechargeable battery and the CineFlash non-volatile data-storage system. It includes flexible tools for both qualitative and quantitative analysis and is Phantom RCU compatible

Other key features of the Miro R-Series include 100G shock, -4 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit operating temperature, zero to 50,000-foot operational altitude, continuous recording, auto-exposure, image-based auto trigger, multi-cine acquisition and Gb Ethernet.

contact info:

 
www.visionresearch.com
Sony Unveils PMW-300 XDCam

Sony has introduced the PMW-300 XDCam, a semi-shoulder-mount camcorder that combines the benefits of ½"-type Exmor Full HD 3CMOS sensor technology with 50Mbps HD recording at MPEG HD422. The PMW-300 is designed for production professionals who require a flexible camcorder that adapts easily to a range of commercial shooting environments.

“We are continually advancing our XDCam HD422 technology based on customer feedback and the constantly changing needs of the production community,” says Tatsuro Kurachi, director of product marketing, Professional Solutions of America, Sony Electronics. “This newest camcorder delivers the incredible flexibility and high-end recording capabilities pro shooters at every level of production need, combined with very specific ergonomic and performance enhancements. The PMW-300 is a true workhorse camcorder.”

The PMW-300 boasts high light sensitivity and low image noise to deliver clear, high-resolution images even when shooting in low-light conditions. The camcorder also includes Sony’s advanced signal processing technology to suppress noise effectively and create noticeably clearer images. Additionally, the camcorder’s high bit rate ensures quality capture of fast-moving objects, while its chroma-subsampling feature is ideal for a wide range of video-encoding areas such as visual effects and greenscreen applications.

The PMW-300 features the same EX-mount interchangeable lens system as Sony’s PMW-EX3 for compatibility with ½" and 2⁄3" lenses.  The camcorder comes with a 14x zoom lens featuring a focus ring for quick switching between auto and manual focus. The camcorder also features an HD-resolution 3.5" color LCD viewfinder for precise focusing. Time code and genlock interfaces as well as an 8-pin remote connector give users added flexibility in multi-camera setups and 3-D configurations. HD-SD/SDI and HDMI outputs let users connect the camcorder to broadcast infrastructures and to compatible consumer devices.

The semi-shoulder design has a rotary handgrip for more comfortable recording over long periods of time, and the camcorder’s durable magnesium body is designed to withstand even the harshest production environments. The PMW-300 also allows users to record on Sony’s professional SxS memory card, as well as SD, Memory Stick and XQD cards.

contact info:

 
www.sony.com
OConnor Supports Sony F5, F55

OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, offers camera support and lens accessories compatible with Sony’s F5 and F55 4K cameras.

The F5 and F55 share the same camera-body form factor, weighing less than 5 pounds. When outfitted minimally with a simple prime lens and viewfinder, the cameras will remain under 10 pounds, within the range of OConnor’s 1030D and 1030Ds fluid heads. When users take advantage of the Sony cameras’ modular designs, the two heads can quickly adjust the counterbalance to account for the addition of optional viewfinders, recorders and batteries, with payload range to spare.

When the F5 and F55 are fully built-up with large zoom lenses and full-size cine-style accessories, OConnor’s 2575D fluid head, with its maximum payload of 90 pounds, can take over. Should the demands of the shoot require a quick stripping down of the F5 or F55, there is no need to switch to another fluid head.

OConnor’s Cine Follow Focus-1 provides professional lens control for the F5/F55 in larger setups. As a double-sided studio unit, OConnor’s follow focus is ideal for large-diameter lenses, and protects the user’s equipment investment by ensuring compatibility with optical systems now and into the future. The CFF-1 integrates well with existing accessories such as whips, gears and cranks.

OConnor’s Universal Baseplate is ideal for smaller 15mm LWS cine setups that involve a range of accessories. The sturdy camera platform is engineered to allow optical axis centering of the lens to the correct rod measurement. It also has the ability to interface with standard studio bridge plates for setups where large and weighty zoom lenses require solid support.

OConnor’s O-Focus Dual Mini delivers advantages for both the F5 and F55 in smaller setups. The compact, double-sided direct drive follow-focus unit comes in a Cine Set configuration that utilizes the CFF-1 Studio Handwheel to yield a transmission ratio well suited for cine lenses with an expanded focus scale.

The O-Box WM 2-stage mattebox, with integrated handgrip interfaces, can be used in a professional setup. Users can also add the O-Grip handles to complete the package.

contact info:

 
www.ocon.com
Hot Rod Distributes Relentless Defy Stabilizers

Relentless, Inc. has unveiled a new addition to its Defy family of camera-stabilizing products. The G5, a more capable version of the G2 custom handheld stabilized platform system, is designed for a camera and lens with a combined weight of 5 pounds or less.

“The Defy family of stabilizers are totally unique in that they are not a hodge-podge of off-the-shelf components,” says Illya Friedman, president of Hot Rod Cameras, the distributor for the Defy family of stabilizers. “Defy is a wholly original system, designed for this purpose from the ground up. It uses non-slip lightweight hexagonal carbon-fiber tubes and American-made CNC aluminum components, which are unlike anything else. The design is simple, lightweight and elegant. It’s unrivaled as a DSLR-sized camera stabilizer.” 

The Defy G5 is scalable and quickly adaptable to various cameras and lenses. The G5 is priced at $3,200.

contact info:

 
www.defygimbal.com
www.hotrodcameras.com
Sachtler Expands Support Offerings

Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, has introduced the 75mm Ace L fluid head as part of its Ace family of camera-support systems.

With a payload range of 0 to 13.2 pounds, the 75mm Ace L fluid head is appropriate for video-enabled DSLR and lightweight HDV camcorders as well as heavier setups with additional camera accessories. The fluid head with the SA drag damping system is available in a choice of two different tripod system configurations, one with a mid-level spreader, and the second with TT 75/2 legs for the greatest height range.

Sachtler has also unveiled its TT 75/2 CF 75mm tripod and ENG 75/2 D HD tripod. The TT 75/2 CF utilizes three-section single carbon fiber tubes. It offers an extensive height range, from as low as 10.6" to as high as 67.3". In addition to working with the Ace L, it is also available as a system with Sachtler’s FSB 6 and FSB 8 fluid heads. The tripod comes with footpads and retractable spikes. The ENG 75/2 D HD tripod features a wider tube diameter than standard tripods, providing solid stability for high payloads of up to 77 pounds. The 75mm system incorporates the fast-action clamp from the 100mm range. The tripod is available as a system with Sachtler’s FSB 6 and FSB 8 fluid heads.

contact info:

 
www.sachtler.com
Innovision Moves with Portable Polly Dolly

Innovision Optics is now distributing Pollysystem’s portable Polly dolly system, a compact and flexible solution for smooth tracking shots. 

The Polly features a flywheel gear made of high-grade steel that simultaneously accumulates kinetic energy and stabilizes movement; a scale on the flywheel enables precise stop-motion dolly shots. Capable of ultra-slow and precise tracking shots, the Polly engine moves the camera smoothly on flat surfaces or track. Additionally, the Polly-Arm allows the camera position to be extended in all directions; the Arm rotates and is adjustable both vertically and horizontally.

contact info:

 
www.innovisionoptics.com
Vacion Tracks Camera Moves

Vacion has introduced the CineLite and CineLite Ultra camera-tracking systems, which are designed for use with smartphones or lightweight digital cameras. Equipped with a mobile-phone mount and easy to transport in a backpack, the systems can move a camera from left to right or take shots that pan up and down.

Vacion is also taking advance orders for its CineTrack and CineTough hard-anodized rail-and-carriage units, which are designed to meet the exacting demands of on-location professional video production. Both products, manufactured in the U.K. using German technology, incorporate a self-lubricating bearing system to ensure the durable carriage will not stick or jam.

All Vacion products are upgradable, allowing customers to build upon their investments rather than having to buy a completely new system in order to take advantage of design innovations and other improvements.

contact info:

 
www.vacion.com
MovieTech Rolls Out Alpha Dolly

MovieTech has introduced the Alpha Dolly. This light, compact and highly flexible dolly combines the traditional dolly concepts of an electromechanical column and hydraulic arm with characteristics of a pedestal.

The Alpha Dolly uses three 14.4-volt, 10-amp lithium-ion batteries to move the column, which can bear payloads of 80-100 kg (176-220 pounds). The Alpha also allows for very low shooting positions without the need of a supplementary adapter, with a column lift of 710mm (28") at its lowest point. The seating position at the column is equivalent to that of familiar hydraulic-lift-arm dollies; through seat arm adapters available in different lengths and a new telescopic seat arm, the seating position may be adjusted in height. The camera operator may also rotate with the column thanks to the integrated 360-degree rotation system.

The Alpha Dolly comes in a complete basic setup and the system is compatible with many of the standard MovieTech accessories.

contact info:

 
www.movietech.de
Telemetrics Enables Remote Control

Telemetrics has introduced the Remote Camera Control System, which provides a flexible architecture for a wide range of networked or standalone camera-automation applications. The System includes the Robotic Camera Control Panel, Camera Shader Panel and Enterprise Database Control Software.

The Robotic Camera Control Panel supports RS-232 and Ethernet transmission with unlimited control locations and features a touch-screen graphical user interface for ROP controls, a joystick for trim controls (pan, tilt, zoom, etc.) and a special assignable knob control.

 The Camera Shader Panel offers a convenient and flexible solution for remotely matching multiple automated cameras. It features intuitive controls and a touch-screen interface, and supports control for iris, master pedestal and shading as well as CCU functions including master gain, white gain, black level, gamma knee, masking and test bars. Additional controls support environmental functions and auxiliary devices.

The Enterprise Database Control Software provides enterprise-level camera control utilizing an SQL database with configurable access control. It also offers remote access to all settings and functionality from any networked control location.

contact info:

 
www.telemetricsinc.com
Anton/Bauer Provides Fast Charge

Anton/Bauer, part of Vitec Videocom, has released the PowerCharger 3000 InterActive series, which includes three chargers: FastCharger Quad with Wi-Fi, FastCharger Quad and FastCharger Dual with Wi-Fi. The entire series builds on Anton/Bauer’s PowerCharger 2000 and T-Series chargers, combining their features to create the company’s most innovative line of simultaneous two- and four-position fast chargers. The PowerCharger 3000 units feature a 300-watt (Quad) or 150-watt (Dual) power supply, allowing them to safely and reliably charge Logic Series batteries in the shortest time possible.

The FastCharger Quad with Wi-Fi features LCD and Wi-Fi communications, and it offers four-position simultaneous charging, with 100-240-volt AC, 50/60Hz wide-range input. It includes field-upgradable software via USB or Wi-Fi. The FastCharger Quad also offers full-power four-position simultaneous charging, but without the LCD and Wi-Fi, making it a well-suited economical option for rental facilities or environments where diagnostics aren’t required.

The FastCharger Dual with Wi-Fi is a two-position charger suited for the owner-operator or smaller production houses with a lower quantity of batteries to manage. Its small footprint allows the charger to stay on a desk or shelf without taking up valuable space, while still offering diagnostic information. It offers 100-240-volt AC, 50/60Hz wide range input and field upgradable software via USB or Wi-Fi.

Each charger in the PowerCharger 3000 series includes the Maxx II Warranty, with the opportunity to secure an additional one-year warranty when a charger is registered online. The Wi-Fi-enabled chargers come with Anton/Bauer’s latest AB-BMS software. The user can connect the charger via USB or Wi-Fi to a PC running Microsoft Windows to get expanded battery/charger information.

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www.antonbauer.com
Digital Vision Updates Nucoda, Phoenix

Digital Vision has released the Nucoda 2013 color-grading product line, as well as the latest version of Phoenix restoration software.

New features and enhancements in Nucoda 2013 include expansion and refinement of the ACES workflow, as well as integration with Cortex Dailies from MTI, which allows for complex data to be shared between Nucoda and Cortex, including CDL, LUT and camera raw settings. Other new features include an updated DVO Stereo fix tool and updated stereo tools, including two new Warping tools as well as a De-Warper to fix lens distortion. 

The latest Phoenix restoration software release includes tools to fix chromatic aberration, Y/C alignment issues and a color component Align tool. There is also an addition of a 9-point and 4-point warper.

contact info:

 
www.digitalvision.se
Ambient Generates Time Code

Ambient Clockit has introduced the Tiny Lockit, a time-code generator and receiver. Tiny Lockit is an accurate, temperature-compensating time-code generator that, except for the sync signal output, comprises the full functionality of the original Lockit, including Ambient Clockit Network support, metadata transfer and logging. The Tiny Lockit can be used to send the camera’s time code to a recorder, providing the stability of an Ambient Clockit Generator with the flexibility of a wireless time-code system, without the fear of wireless dropouts.

The device offers a variable time-code output level for recording time code on an audio track, allowing users to synchronize even small non-time-code-capable cameras such as DSLRs or smartphones. Also, when users connect the Tiny Lockit to a PC or Mac, it will be recognized immediately as an Audio/Midi device.

Additional features of the Tiny Lockit include Midi Timecode Interface with MTC/LTC conversion, drift of less than one frame per day, universal frame-rate support, easily readable OLED display, conversion between LTC and MTC via a USB, a robust machined and anodized Aluminum body, and a built-in antenna.

The Tiny Lockit works for 12 hours on 2 AAA batteries and weighs approximately 118 grams.

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www.ambient.de