Convergent Design Announces Odyssey And Apollo Firmware Update

Firmware v2017.06 adds Avid DNxHD recording, VariCam LT RAW support and Titan HD Extract free upgrade
Convergent Design Apollo and Odyssey
Convergent Design has announced firmware update v2017.06 for Odyssey and Apollo recorders and monitors. The highlights include the addition of Avid DNxHD recording to Odyssey and Apollo products, support for Panasonic Varicam LT RAW at up to 2K/240 fps through the Odyssey RAW bundle, and the Titan HD Extract free upgrade, as well as fixes and general... Read more

OWC Introduces SMART Alec Disk Utility For Mac

Available now in a free Beta, the tool is designed to predict drive failures; a Windows version is in development
disk failure
Modern hard drives have built-in diagnostic tools to warn of a drive failure before it happens, called S.M.A.R.T (which stands for Smart Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology), but few users know it’s there. By analyzing the performance of components in the drive, it’s possible to tell if a drive is likely to fail in much the same way that... Read more

New From K-Tek: Stingray Lav Pouch

A handy solution for convenient storage of lavalier mics and other small accessories
K-Tek Stingray Lav Pouches
K-Tek has introduced the Stingray Lav Pouch, a handy solution for convenient storage of lavalier mics, adapters and other small accessories. Joining K-Tek’s Stingray line of useful accessories, the pouches are designed to help sound mixers and boom operators stay safe and organized on set. Sized to hold most popular lavs, the pouches measure 3 inches... Read more

Premiere Pro 11.1.2 Available Now

Adobe’s update includes support for 10-bit formats of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5, plus important performance enhancements and bug fixes
Adobe Premiere Pro 11.1.2
Adobe has released an update for Premiere Pro CC 2017, available immediately. Premiere Pro 11.1.2 includes support for 10-bit formats of the Panasonic LUMIX GH5—Adobe notes this is a critical and highly recommended update for creatives—as well as performance enhancements and bug fixes. The most important improvement is found in the Media Cache.... Read more

Manfrotto Announces Pro Light Bumblebee Camera Bag Series

The versatile backpacks and messengers are designed for pros and enthusiasts shooting both photos and video on outdoor adventures
Manfrotto Pro Light Bumblebee camera bags
Manfrotto Bumblebee-230 PL Backpack The new Pro Light Bumblebee camera bag series from Manfrotto is an update to the company’s previous line of Bumblebee packs, which in turn updated the legendary Kata Bumblebee bags that were popular when the Kata and Manfrotto bag lines merged. We’ve just received our samples, so look for our hands-on review of... Read more

Benro Releases Aero 7 Video Tripod

Built for travel, the compact support is designed for filmmakers and videographers on the road and in the field
Benro Aero 7 video tripod
Benro expands the Aero family of video tripods with the release of the new Aero 7 travel video tripod, a compact support designed for filmmakers and videographers on the road and in the field. Small enough to carry in a backpack or airline carry-on, the portable tripod weighs 7.8 pounds and supports rigs weighing up to 15 pounds for creatives working... Read more

Tenba Roadie Rolling Cases Get An Upgrade

The series is designed for photographers and filmmakers, with professional looks and features while maintaining an understated profile
Tenba cases
Tenba has upgraded its Roadie series of rolling cases for photographers and filmmakers. Designed with professionals in mind, the line features pro looks and features while maintaining an understated profile. Eight models make up the series—the Roller 18, Roller 21, Hybrid Roller 21, Air Case Roller 21, Roller 24, HDSLR/Video Backpack 20-inch, HDSLR/Video... Read more

AbelCine Hosts Photorealism In VR With Dado Valentic

The free presentation with the award-winning color-grading artist is slated for June 14 in Los Angeles
virtual reality
Color-grading artist Dado Valentic AbelCine is hosting a presentation with award-winning color-grading artist Dado Valentic, “On the Path to Photorealism in VR with Dado Valentic.” The free event will be held June 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. in Los Angeles. In addition to his talent as a color grader—his credits include Total Recall, Gulliver’s Travels,... Read more

Adorama Screens Chris Burkard Documentary “Under an Arctic Sky”

Tickets are on sale for the June 8 screening of the adventure film, which follows Burkard and six surfers in remote northern Iceland
Chris Burkard
Adorama will host a June 8th New York City screening of the documentary film “Under an Arctic Sky,” which follows adventure photographer Chris Burkard and six surfers on the northern coast of Iceland. The film will have two seatings, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., at the AMC Empire 25 Theater on W. 42nd Street. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival... Read more

Panasonic Announces AU-EVA1 System

The new cine camera fills the space between the GH5 and the VariCam
Panasonic AU-EVA1
At a press conference at Cine Gear, Panasonic announced the new AU-EVA1 System, a 5.7K Super 35 handheld cine camera that nicely fills the space between the GH5 and the company’s higher-end VariCam. Here are the highlights. The EVA1 captures 5.7K footage (and will, with a firmware upgrade, export 5.7K RAW video). A swing-out IR cut filter enables... Read more