Circumventing the large-scale two-camera and mirrored setups and dual recorders of traditional 3D systems, the soon-to-be-released twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder from Panasonic uses a single camera head with two lenses and a dual memory card recorder to capture high-definition, three-dimensional video. The convergence point and other features can be adjusted, and there are functions for automatically correcting horizontal and vertical displacement in-camera. Solid-state memory file-based recording on SDHC/SD cards provides shock- and temperature-resistant right- and left-channel video streaming, and the smaller size and lighter weight than other 3D setups gives flexibility for shooting in challenging environments—making it a workable solution in the field, ideal for sports, documentaries and filmmaking. A Full HD 3D LCD monitor is also planned for review of captured 3D video on location. List Price: $21,000. Contact: Panasonic, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com/broadcast.
SOLID-STATE SONYSThe latest in Sony’s NXCAM family of video products, the HXR-NX5U brings the efficient AVCHD codec to Sony video professionals. Featuring an Exmor CMOS sensor with ClearVid array, the HXR-NX5U records AVCHD up to 24 Mb/s, delivering high-def images with support of progressive and interlace modes, including 1080/24P, 720/60P and MPEG-2 standard definition. The camera includes HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, two-channel linear PCM audio capabilities and a 20x optical zoom G lens. HD content can be recorded to Memory Stick PRO Duo and SDHC (Class 4 or higher) media cards. Other features include a built-in GPS function, SMPTE Time Code I/O and optional 60i/50i switchable-format capability. Sony also is releasing an optional HXR-FMU128 128 GB Flash Memory Unit that will allow more than 11 hours of recording time at 24 Mb/s. List Price: $4,950 (HXR-NX5U); $800 (HXR-FMU128). Contact: Sony, (800) 883-6817, www.pro.sony.com.
Band Pro Film & Digital is introducing a new set of high-performance PL mount prime lenses. Code-named Mystery Primes for the time being, the T1.4 lenses will total 15 different models, with focal lengths ranging from 12mm to 150mm. Allowing quick interchange of lenses, the entire set features unified distance focus scales, common size and location of focus and iris rings, and a 95mm threaded lens front for uniform use of filters. Special emphasis also has been placed on the aspherical design of the lenses, resulting in superior edge-to-edge suppression of color fringing. The mount and lens barrel in each lens are manufactured using lightweight, high-strength titanium materials, resulting in an average weight of about three pounds. Eight of the lenses are planned to be available this summer. List Price: TBD. Contact: Band Pro Film & Digital Inc., (818) 841-9655, www.bandpro.com.
The ultra-portable, camera-mounted Cinedeck series of cinema-grade direct-to-disk recorders provides production crews with a versatile solution for capturing and evaluating video in the field. The built-in, seven-inch, high-resolution monitor is situated with a physical button interface for accessing commonly used functions, while a touch screen or wireless interface provides control over record settings and playback transport. There’s an on-screen histogram/waveform for checking proper exposure, and audio is monitored through an on-board headphone jack with recording levels viewable on the screen. The Cinedeck also enables users to edit dailies on site, as it’s a full-featured PC capable of running your NLE software of choice (with optional dual boot OS and a recommended boot disk upgrade to 64 GB). The Cinedeck captures platform agnostic 10-bit 4:2:2 or 12-bit 4:4:4 CineForm digital intermediaries in MOV or AVI format via HDMI and a single- or dual-link HD/SDI interface. Metadata can be edited directly on screen or through Bluetooth keyboards. List Price: Starts at $3,995. Contact: Cinedeck, www.cinedeck.com.
CANON HF S VIXIA SERIES
The new top-of-the-line VIXIA HF S21, HF S20 and HF S200 camcorders from Canon bring professional-level options to prosumer-level pricing. Two SD card slots are included in all three cameras for maximum storage capacity, and the S21 and S20 also incorporate 64 GB and 32 GB of internal flash memory, respectively, for secure, solid-state video capture. The 3.5-inch, 922,000-dot, high-resolution Touch Panel LCD screen provides a large, bright display and easy menu navigation with Touch & Track technology. There are a host of professional features, like a built-in LANC terminal and native 24p AVCHD recording. A Relay Recording feature automatically switches video capture between storage devices, and there’s also Powered IS image stabilization, HD-to-SD Downconversion and Advanced Video Snapshot for previewing options. Each camera in the series includes a Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens coupled with a Canon 1/2.6-inch, 8.59-megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor. List Price: $1,399 (HF S21); $1,099 (HF S20); $999 (HF S200). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
A STEADY HAND
With a model available for small to large video cameras, including HD DSLRs, the Camtrol stabilizing platform gives you image stabilization the old-fashioned way. The Camtrol’s action control grip (ACG) provides natural hand positioning and control through anatomical articulating ergonomics. The ambidextrous handle has a hollow inside for accommodating remote control of mounted camera functions. Balance is provided through the centering platform channels, and the platform also adds critical weight for cameras and HD DSLRs that are too light for proper stability. The cushioned platform prevents camera slippage and vibration, and the T-6 aluminum body helps to absorb shock in case of a fall. Swing-out quad pod legs are provided for resting the system, while three 360º rotating ball joints are easily configurable for swiveling and tracking. The vertical stabilizing bar allows an adjustable center of gravity and also makes the rig a two-handed setup for additional stability. List Price: Starts at $399. Contact: Camtrol, (888) 7CAMTROL, www.camtrol.com.
DOMKE VIDEO BAGS
The Domke line of Pro V camcorder bags combines heavy, secure padding with Domke’s classic design and features. Available in two sizes, the Pro V-1 (14.5×7.0x7.0-inch interior) and Pro V-2 (19.5×9.8×9.3-inch interior) include plenty of storage, pockets and compartments for extras and accoutrements. The padded bottom adds cushioned support while keeping equipment off the ground and dry, while removable padded dividers separate contents and maximize storage. The bag is comprised of resilient ballistic nylon for toughness and heavyweight, water-resistant, breathable cotton canvas material for minimizing condensation. The red interior helps you to locate electrical components, and there’s also a removable ergonomic handle and shoulder strap. List Price: $229 (Pro V-1); $299 (Pro V-2). Contact: Domke (Tiffen), (631) 273-2500, www.tiffen.com.
Delivering real-time collaboration, review and approval to content creation and postproduction, Fuze Movie provides a single workflow for any number of multiple parties. By leveraging Skype as the video/audio chat communications backbone, Fuze Movie combines a frame-accurate media player that supports any media file compatible with QuickTime v7.1 and above, including Windows Media and MXF files for compatibility, with Sony’s Blu-ray-based XDCAM format. Editors, VFX artists and digital media designers are able to add timecode-based text annotations and markers, draw and make notes directly on shared media, record audio notes for adding comments, recommendations and ideas, and track a database of all assets throughout servers, and local and networked drives. There’s also built-in FTP functionality with automatic updating of files to multiple locations, and printed video frames with graphics, titles, notes and timecode can be exported as HTML files for viewing locally or online. XML locator annotations can be exported to nonlinear editing solutions like Final Cut Pro, and advanced license management is included for extending flexible temporary licenses for limited client and colleague access. Pricing is based on quarterly subscriptions. List Price: Begins at $229 (two-seat, three-month license). Contact: Fuze Box, (415) 367-4598, www.fuzemovie.com.
A SMOKING-FAST WORKFLOW
Autodesk’s Smoke 2010 editorial finishing and 3D effects software for Mac OS X Snow Leopard allows editors and creatives to handle video projects from editing to coloring to visual effects to final output. The all-in-one toolset includes advanced image-processing technologies like Modular Keyer, Master Keyer and Colour Warper for control over a variety of tasks, including editing, conforming, 2D and 3D titling, color correction, image stabilization, tracking, keying, compositing, paint, rotoscoping, retouching and design. Smoke integrates into existing Mac-based solutions with Final Cut Studio or Media Composer, and entire timelines can be imported using AAF or XML formats. There’s support of Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD media, as well as native support for popular files-based QuickTime, Panasonic P2 HD and Sony XDCAM formats, and uncompressed DPX, TIFF and OpenEXR workflows. Smoke 2010 also is available as a full turnkey workstation with the open Linux operating system, and Autodesk’s Subscription Program is available as a yearly membership charge, which includes software extensions, version upgrades, product support and access to exclusive training materials. List Price: $14,995 (Mac OS X license); $1,995 per year (Autodesk Subscription Program). Contact: Autodesk, usa.autodesk.com.
Available as a free download from the Apple iTunes Store, the AJA Video Systems DataCalc storage-requirement calculator is designed for video professionals as a fast and simple iPhone/iPod Touch tool for determining capacity requirements of projects. The intuitive user interface allows most settings to be entered with a simple finger scroll through common file format configurations, and durations can be entered in units of days, hours, seconds and timecode frame counts. A More button allows the user more detailed input of frame rates, sizes, compression type, audio sample rates and bits per sample. A wide range of video compression formats are supported, like Apple ProRes, DVCProHD, HDV, XDCAM, DV, RGB, YUB Uncompressed and more. Video standards include NTSC, PAL, 1080p/i, 720p, 2K and 4K. List Price: Free. Contact: AJA Video Systems, (530) 274-2048, www.aja.com.
Nominated as the first new Avid Gold Premier reseller in more than six years, Media Distributors is extending its comprehensive professional recording, editing and storage offerings to Southern California productions with support and sale of the full line of Avid editing and postproduction solutions. Centered in Studio City just outside of Los Angeles, Media Distributors also provides integrated proprietary systems with Avid technologies for a complete tailored solution from production to post. An Avid demonstration room is available for previewing system capabilities, and the company will help new customers to migrate efficiently to Avid-based workflows, including Avid’s MediaNetwork for storing, accessing and sharing of media in collaborative workgroups. The company also offers a large array of products and production solutions, including professional videotape, motion picture film, data media, storage, video-editing systems, rentals, software, disc duplication/publishing systems and media accessories. In addition, Media Distributors is available for a number of value-added services, including product recertification, recycling and disposal, custom barcoding, consultation and systems integration. Contact: Media Distributors (West), (888) 889-3130, www.mediadistributors.com.
A BURNING DESIRE
Make your production professional with the Bravo Xi-Series of disc publishers. With 100-disc capacity, the Xi-Series is able to quickly print and burn high-quality Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs. The built-in Lexmark inkjet technology offers up to 4800 dpi for incredibly high-resolution surface graphics, and the system is compatible with most brands of inkjet-printable optical media, including Primera’s durable high-gloss TuffCoat with WaterShield CDs and DVDs. Throughput has been maximized in the Xi-Series, thanks to a belt-driven microprocessor-controlled stepper motor, and Primera’s AccuDisc technology prevents misfeeds. The Xi-Series also comes bundled with PTPublisher Software for Windows and DiscCover for Macs for customizing the look of your discs. The BravoPro Xi AutoPrinter offers a print-only version with no drives for side-by-side use with tower-style disc duplicators. The BravoPro Xi and Xi2 include one and two recording drives, respectively, and they can be ordered with Blu-ray Disc drives for support of both 25 GB single-layer and 50 GB dual-layer discs. List Price: $1,995 (BravoPro Xi AutoPrinter); $2,995 (BravoPro Xi); $3,295 (BravoPro Xi2). Contact: Primera Technology, (800) 797-2772, www.primera.com.
Engineered as an incredibly flexible lighting solution, the Litepanels 1×1 SuperSpot LED light fixture focuses its uniform 5600K light output beam to a 15-degree beam that’s able to concentrate illumination into a smaller area, resulting in a much farther light throw. The weight of the unit is only three pounds, and the flat profile and compact dimensions (12x12x1.75 inches) make it a versatile solution for lighting a scene. It’s also silent, easily hidden and produces incredibly little heat so that it’s cool to the touch and a comfortable light source even when positioned close to talent. The integrated control knob on the back enables dimming from 100% to 0 with minimal shift in color temperature, and dimming can be enacted remotely. The yoke allows for mounting through standard TVMP receptacles, and the housing enables multipanel configurations for customizing to light needs. The unit can be powered from a variety of 12V to 30V sources, including an optional battery, a car battery or AC adapter charger, and there’s an on-board 1.75-hour battery pack available for providing untethered mobility. Estimated Street Price: $1,799. Contact: Litepanels, Inc., (818) 752-2437, www.litepanels.com.
A RED ONE IN THE BAG
The Petrol Red Bag (PRB-15) is customized specifically to snugly fit and protect the RED ONE camera system. The interior contains a lower padded compartment for safe transport of the RED ONE, while a removable upper tray with detachable dividers is provided for stowing the highly specialized accessories of the system. Nylon handgrips on either side of the tray allow it to be carried on its own, and the RED ONE can be fitted in the bag with viewfinder attached, thanks to a removable panel. Four detachable padded dividers secure the compartment’s contents and form pockets for additional storage options. A separate fabric sleeve is provided for stashing the RED ONE’s steel support rods, and dual-directional upside-down zippers provide easy access. The bag also features Petrol’s built-in, smooth-gliding wheel and tote assembly, a Griplock interlocking carrying handle and a padded shoulder strap. List Price: $499. Contact: Petrol, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
FUJINON PL MOUNT ZOOM
Featuring an extended zoom range and fast T-stop apertures, the 75-400mm T2.8-T3.8 PL mount lens (HK5.3×75) from Fujinon is designed for bridging the gap between new digital cinematography and old-school 35mm film cameras. The PL Mount Series is designed with color-matched quality, minimal breathing, 280º focus barrel rotation and accurately placed outer markings. The 75-400mm shares the same front barrel diameter (136mm), consistent gear position and production-friendly size and mass as the other three zoom lenses in Fujinon’s PL zoom lens line (18-85mm T2.0, 24-180mm T2.6, 14.5-45mm T2.0) for easy switching and operation in fast-paced production environments. List Price: TBD. Contact: Fujinon, (973) 633-5600, www.fujinonbroadcast.com.
At an aggressive price point, the Flashpoint video bi-post tripod with fluid head, distributed by Adorama, offers extra support and stability to budget-minded productions. With a load capacity of 15.4 pounds, the three-section legs are constructed of durable aluminum. The spiked feet feature retractable rubber for secure ground placement on any variety of surfaces and angles, and the 2-way spring counter-balanced fluid head includes a quick-release plate for removing the camera easily to follow the action when you have to go handheld. There’s also a full pan range of 360 degrees when mounted. The Flashpoint video tripod weighs only 7 pounds, extends up to 59 inches and is easily portable as it collapses all the way down to half its size at 30 inches. Estimated Street Price: $139. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
Fully compatible with HD DSLRs, the Glidetrack HD Range camera slider system is built to be a more portable and intimate solution for dolly-tracking shots and image stability. Thanks to the five-foot track dimensions, the track can be placed on the floor for low shots and in tighter spaces such as cars. The system requires two tripods for varying track height (included with rental). Also available is the Glidetrack HD Shooter, a smaller track that doubles as a shoulder support. It can be adjusted quickly to function as a floor-mounted slider, tripod-mounted slider or shoulder support, with hand grips that act additionally as levelers for uneven surfaces. The Glidetrack HD Range and HD Shooter are both available for rental and for sale. List Price: $765 (Range); $650 (Shooter); $100 a day (Range rental); $45 a day (Shooter rental). Contact: Alan Gordon Enterprises, (323) 466-3561, www.alangordon.com.