AJA has announced a line of USB 3.0-enabled KiStor Drives alongside the new KiStor Dock with Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity. Available in three capacities—250 GB, 500 GB and 750 GB—KiStor drives provide enough capacity for almost eight hours of 1080p Apple ProRes 422 HQ material or nearly 13 hours of Avid DNxHD 145 quality files. With both Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 output, the KiStor Dock accessory with internal SATA connection makes adding a KiStor drive to a computer or laptop almost as simple as plug-and-play. The enclosure is also custom-designed to fit the drives. List Price: $495 (KiStor Dock); Begins at $265 (KiStor USB3 drive). Contact: AJA Video Systems, Inc., (800) 251-4224, www.aja.com.
PortableACPower.com, Inc. has just released the new Freedom-1™ portable AC power solution, a lightweight power system that will enable crewmembers to take 110V or 230V AC power to any location. The Freedom-1 AC power system is a great source for lightweight and portable lighting gear, but also can power video monitors, or charge a cell phone or camera batteries. Its technology provides pure sine-wave AC power that you would find in studio environments and provides three outlets. The Freedom-1 comes with a re-movable F1 Power Module that can be easily swapped out and recharged from an AC or a DC power source. Each F1 Power Module can power a Litepanels 1x1 for 2 hours, 20 minutes, and while in HD or high-current mode, the battery can power a Joker 200 for 30 minutes. List Price: $749. Contact: PortableACPower.com, Inc., (800) 762-1435, www.portableacpower.com.
Redrock Micro has announced two new ultraCage | blue kits for two new releases, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and the Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera. Form-fitting designs minimize the bulk while establishing a secure, aircraft-grade aluminum modular rig system. Each model sports industry-standard 15mm rods for compatibility with follow-focus units, matteboxes and other devices. With more than 400 cinema accessories, kits also can be built as needed. There are several complete rig solutions available, including the balanced ultraEvent kit for handheld shooting, the ergonomic ultra Field Cinema Bundle for extended shoots, the ultra eyeSpy shouldermount design for accommodating a rear LCD monitor and the ultimate Studio Bundle configuration for working with tripods, dollies, jibs and cranes. The BMCC version is available in baseplate-only, top plate-only or full-cage configurations while the Canon version is available as a standalone cage or in kits. List Price: Begins at $499. Contact: Redrock Micro, (888) 214-3903, www.redrockmicro.com
The T-Slate by ikan converts your iPad (all current versions) into use as a production slate. The device acts like a traditional clapboard, and when used with the optional MovieSlate app, it frames an iPad with a clapper stick border. The device works with most iPad cases (not recommended for magnetic Smart Covers), and it also will function as a traditional marker board when not used with an iPad. The white acrylic clapboard includes engraved lines and titles in black, and the wood clapper produces a loud and crisp clap. The MovieSlate app is available separately in the Apple App store. List Price: $99 (T-Slate); $24 (MovieSlate). Contact: ikan Corporation, (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
The lightweight Flashpoint Matte Box System II is an affordable way to prevent lens flare and glare. The sturdy construction includes ABS plastic filter frames and stages. It can accommodate both 4x4-inch and 4x4.5-inch filters, with one stage able to rotate 360º for use with a circular polarizer or gradient filter. The Matte Box II includes three neoprene donuts in 48mm, 64mm and 74mm sizes that will fit the lens snugly to the 100mm back-mount opening. A removable aluminum French flag and two side doors can be attached and removed, and blades can be folded flat for storage. Estimated Street Price: $249. Contact: Flashpoint, (Adorama), (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.