Apple has updated the Final Cut Pro X nonlinear editing system, incorporating significant improvements for streamlining the overall experience and addressing the concerns of video professionals about the initial release. New multicam editing will automatically sync up to 64 angles of video and photos using audio waveforms, time and date or timecode, which can include mixed formats, frame sizes and frame rates. Chromakeying has been improved with the addition of more advanced controls, like color sampling, edge adjustment and light wrap. You also can key natively from within the FCPX app. A broadcast monitoring beta will allow you to connect to waveform displays, vectorscopes and calibrated monitors with support of Thunderbolt I/O devices and third-party PCIe cards. XML support has been enhanced through third-party apps and plug-ins like DaVinci's Resolve and CatDV for color correction and media management, while the 7toX app from Intelligent Assistance will import older FCP7 projects into FCPX. The update is free to FCPX users, and the program is available with a 30-day free trial. List Price: $299 (Final Cut Pro X). Contact: Apple, (800) MY-APPLE, www.apple.com.
Featuring WiFi control, ambient light measurement and efficient LED technology, the ANOVA LED EcoFlood light is the first product in a technologically advanced series from Rotolight called the AlphaNova line. The ANOVA One is available in daylight (5600K) or tungsten (3200K), providing studio and location lighting with the equivalent of a 1,000-watt tungsten bulb while drawing only 38 watts of power at full output. The more advanced ANOVA Two is a bicolor LED system that's capable of reproducing a range of white light from candlelight to full daylight. All versions of the ANOVA system include wired DMX control, a V-Lock battery mount and, uniquely, WiFi, for wireless control over brightness, color, system settings and firmware updates. The system also features Rotolight's new Magic Eye ambient light sampling and matching technology. Magic Eye will enable users to transmit color temperature to other locations for synchronization of remote locations. The light will be available on its own or in kits. List Price: Begins at $139. Contact: Rotolight (R.T.S. Inc.), (631) 242-6801, www.rtsphoto.com.
The HDX-SDI with Thunderbolt technology from MOTU converts Thunderbolt-enabled Macs and PCs into powerful video-capable workstations for professional capture and monitoring. The system is simple to use with plug-and-play ease, but also offers verbose capabilities with support for footage from standard definition up to and including full HD at 1080p30, as well as 720p, 1080i and 1080PsF. There's also compatibility with Final Cut Pro, Media Composer 6 and Premiere Pro. Users can capture in uncompressed HD through HD-SDI or HDMI with 4:2:2 10-bit color depth, or for compressed workflows, there's a choice of ProRes, ProRes HQ, Avid DNxHD and other codecs. Advanced features include ASC CDL color grading, RS-422 (SONY 9-pin) machine control, bilevel and trilevel video ref sync, timecode in/out with front-panel display, 16 channels of simultaneous audio input and output, multi-stem 5.1 and 7.1 surround-sound capture and monitoring, 8-channel SDI and HDMI audio with embedding and de-embedding and more. The HDX-SDI is the first product from MOTU to incorporate the speedy Thunderbolt input/output format, and the housing is a one-rack space, cast-metal enclosure with removable brackets for use with desktops. Estimated Street Price: $849. Contact: MOTU, (617) 576-2760, www.motu.com.
With an easy-to-use interface, Séance provides Mac users with a simplified route to operating the Phantom line of high-speed digital camcorders over previous PC-based workarounds. Built from the ground up as a Mac application, Séance allows Mac users to operate Phantom cameras (Phantom Flex, Phantom HD, Phantom 65) or the Phantom CineStation setup, including controls for brightness, gamma, saturation, hue and more. The Phantom Cine Movie files can be saved to multiple destinations and drives simultaneously, and Phantom Flex-compatible SMPTE Time Code also can be embedded within the Cine file. The program uses AppleScript support for performing other jobs concurrently in the background, like rendering, and faulty pixel detection and repair will fix broken pixels before corrupt data is saved into the Cine file. Séance is also available with the Phantom Cine Toolkit for Final Cut Studio. List Price: $1,599 (Séance for Macintosh); $599 (Annual Support License); $2,099 (Séance/Phantom Cine Toolkit bundle). Contact: Glue Tools, (805) 456-7997, www.gluetools.com.
For addressing the ergonomic needs of DSLR video shooters, the ikan line of Elements camera rigs can be pieced together for efficiently accommodating extra peripherals like monitors, lights, lens controls, microphones, recorders, batteries and more. The cost-effective stabilization and mounting solutions are available as preconfigured kits or as individual components that fit together intuitively. Components can be combined into a number of configurations for shooting comfortably from any vantage point, and maneuverable baseplates accommodate any number of cameras with or without accessories. A variety of affordable kits are available, from the bare-bones STARTER FLY kit to the more elaborate ELE-SBP EV2 DSLR Baseplate kit with vertical and lateral adjustment and industry-standard 15mm rods for adding a follow-focus unit, matte box, articulating arm and other rod-based accessories. On the end of the scale, at just under $900, the ELE-MASTER Elements Master kit includes all of the hardware components necessary for constructing a number of ikan kits, including one setup each for the STARTER FLY, BASIC FLY, DELUXE FLY or SUPER FLY rigs, as well as a number of custom configurations. List Price: Begins at $69 (STARTER FLY kit). Contact: ikan Corporation, (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
Building on the success of the VideoMic Pro, popular with HD DSLR users, the Stereo VideoMic Pro from RØDE offers a matched pair of 1⁄2-inch condenser capsules in an XY stereo configuration and ergonomic rear accessto power and equalization controls. A -10 dB PAD reduces mic sensitivity for recording louder sources, and a +20 dB level boost provides a better quality signal over the preamp of DSLR cameras. A two-step, 75 HZ high-pass filter is designed to cut out the ambient noise generated by common sources like air-conditioners, traffic and other low-frequency interference. The integrated shock-mounting system reduces vibrations and mechanical noise, and the lightweight multistrand cable reduces transference noise. A 9V battery powers the system for over 100 hours. Announced at the same time, the VideoMic HD is a high-fidelity shotgun microphone with an integrated digital recorder. Based on RØDE's flagship NTG3 shotgun mic, the VideoMic HD contains a condenser supercardioid shotgun configuration with radio frequency bias technology for reducing RF interference and condensation. File storage is performed to a microSD card, and a microUSB port is supplied for file access. Other planned features include an integrated headphone jack with level control, various output channels, a 3.5mm mono line for secondary mics like lavaliers or headsets and a high-contrast LCD display for visual metering and basic recording control. List Price: $299 (Stereo VideoMic Pro); TBA (VideoMic HD). Contact: Røde, (805) 566-7777, www.rodemic.com.