Ideal for ENG news, sports, documentaries, events and other location shoots, the JVC GY-HM750U ProHD compact shoulder-mount camcorder features native “ready-to-edit” HD and SD file-format recording. The camcorder’s recording formats are XDCAM EX files (.MP4) at 35, 25 and 19 Mb/s, which can be wrapped in .MOV files for native ingest into Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere, and DV .AVI files (which can be .MOV wrapped as well) for use with widespread standard-definition systems. Native file recording enables immediate access of the content without having to go through a transcoding or rewrapping process. The dual SDHC memory card slots have simultaneous recording capability for redundant backup or instant client copies. Inheriting the top-of-the-line 3-CCD imaging system from JVC’s flagship GY-HM790U ProHD camcorder, the GY-HM750U delivers full 1920×1080 image capture. The ergonomic body design features a 68-pin, direct-docking interface for seamless connections to a variety of modules, providing such features as direct feeds to microwave transmitters, fiber and Multicore studio systems, and an SxS recorder for media flexibility. The Pre Rec feature stores 20 seconds of footage in continuous cache memory before recording begins, helping to capture breaking events and prevent missed shots. Other features include variable frame-rate recording, extensive image customization, a high-resolution LCOS viewfinder and a 4.3-inch, flip-out LCD monitor. Two XLR audio inputs with phantom power and manual audio level controls with an audio meter provide professional audio control. The standard camcorder system includes a Canon 14:1 zoom lens and accommodates 1⁄3-inch bayonet lenses. List Price: $7,450. Contact: JVC U.S.A., (800) 526-5308, www.pro.jvc.com.
SEEING RED IN 3DElement Technica brings its Atom line of stereoscopic 3D rigs to RED Epic digital cameras. Available in aluminum or with a lighter magnesium construction, the Atom features a design streamlined for a twin set of RED Epics, with a minimal weight of only 13 pounds and dimensions optimized for the bodies of the RED Epic. Accommodating full-sized PL and PV prime lenses as well as smaller zooms, the Atom provides a full 5K-3D beamsplitter system that can weigh as little as 36 pounds when rigged with a pair of RED Epics. Like the other Technica 3D rigs, the Atom provides full interocular (IO) and convergence (C or toe-in) control, as well as metadata recording. The Atom also integrates with the familiar cine-style lens control available for Element Technica’s Quasar, Pulsar and Neutron 3D rigs. For an even more efficient setup, an optional Atom Pro Kit integrates multiplexing, sync and power-conditioning electronics in the Atom that eliminates three external components from the basic Atom rig while also including a pair of RED Epic-specific 3D I/O modules that remove up to 12 cables from the rig. List Price: Begins at $64,000. Contact: Element Technica, (323) 641-7327, www.elementtechnica.com.
A VIDEO MIXER
The Panasonic AG-HMX100 HD/SD digital A/V mixer combines high-quality video-switching and audio-mixing features in a low-cost, compact unit. Designed to support multiple camera workflows, the flexible user interface supports HD and SD formats, as well as switching of live 3D sources. The 5.7-inch LCD display and control panel allow easy access to digital effects such as basic pattern key, fades, chroma and luminance keys, downstream keying, title key and time effects, including still and strobe and transition wipes with over 100 wipe patterns. The unit also features preset/event memory buttons and storing of up to 100 event memories. The verbose interface includes four HD/SD-HDI inputs/outputs, two HDMI inputs, two analog composite inputs, a DVI-I input for computer use, two DVI-D outputs (PGM and MultiViewer), a microphone input, dual aux in and audio outputs and a headphone jack, as well as connections for genlock, GPI, RS-232C and tally output. For additional audio needs, the mixer has eight XLR and two RCA connectors for line-level audio inputs and embedded audio output with two channels of analog audio out. The MultiViewer output displays video sources, audio levels and a waveform monitor in multiple windows on a single high-resolution monitor. List Price: $5,800. Contact: Panasonic Solutions Company, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.
THE BIG PICTURE
For a large monitor solution with both studio and ENG/EFP applications, the 17-inch ikan V17e HD monitor offers a high-resolution 1366×768 screen with a viewing panel that has been improved over the popular previous model for better viewing and more accurate color representation. With an HDMI input, the V17e supports a wide range of HD signals. Additional inputs include standard-definition signals with BNC composite loop-through, S-Video loop-through and DVI and VGA inputs. The unit is packaged with a Table Stand and Rack Ears, and there’s also a rack-mount option and a three-color tally light display for meeting the needs of specific studio configurations. The V17e Field Kit (V17e-FK) includes a basic stand, yoke mount, protective screen, sun hood and pro battery adapter kit. List Price: $1,199 (V17e); $1,499 (V17e-FK). Contact: ikan Corp., (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
NEW TECH FROM NEW TEK
With network-style virtual sets and the ability to simultaneously broadcast, live-stream, project and record video, the TCXD850 CS hardware control surface for the TriCaster TCXD850 high-definition portable live production system from NewTek provides an instant physical connection to the 24-channel system’s functions and effects, with illuminated push buttons, twist knobs, a premium T-bar and three-axis joystick. The TriCaster TCXD850 CS control surface is mapped directly to the TCXD850 Live Desktop, providing a condensed and versatile 4U rack-mount system that’s convenient for both desktop and portable productions, with up to 1080p resolution and live-streaming to the Internet and other digital media in up to 720p resolution. The TriCaster TCXD850 supports video input from up to eight cameras with four channels of AES digital audio or balanced XLR analog audio per camera. List Price: $5,995. Contact: NewTek, (800) 368-5441, www.newtek.com.
Transvideo’s CineMonitorHD 3DView S is an HD/SDI monitor that includes a synchronizer for 3D D-Cinema field use. The monitor has several modes for helping operators to correlate cameras and to preview the stereoscopic image in anaglyph mode. There are multiformat inputs (HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and composite video) and a genlock analyzer for precise graphic synchronization status of the cameras. The 3DView S is available with 10- and 12-inch screens. List Price: Begins at $7,150. Contact: Transvideo, (818) 985-4903, www.transvideo.eu.
CANON VIXIA HF G10
With a 10x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent of 30.4-304mm) and a 3.5-inch, 922K resolution Touch Panel LCD screen, the Canon VIXIA HF G10 incorporates sophisticated shooting controls and options in a handheld, highly portable camcorder. The HF G10 includes a newly designed HD CMOS Pro 1⁄3-inch native 1920×1080 chip that’s only 2.07 megapixels, but utilizes the entire real estate of the image sensor with larger and more sensitive pixels for better image quality and 25% better low-light performance over the previous model. Dynamic range has been expanded by 280%. Internal flash memory of 32 GB is built in to the HF G10, and dual SDXC-compatible memory card slots provide further capacity and automatic backup options with simultaneous recording capabilities. There’s a Custom Key and Dial for commonly used functions, with feature highlights including Face-Only AF, manual color temperature adjustment, color bars with test tone, manual shutter speed and aperture control, a built-in Remote Control Terminal with LANC support and Native 24p recording. A Tele Macro shooting mode reduces minimum focusing distance from 3 feet to 1.3 feet, with 37 other presets to choose from when using Canon’s Smart Auto mode. Nine Cinema-Look Filters can add cinematic looks to video—Cinema Standard, Cool, Dramatic B&W, Dream, Memory, Nostalgic, Old Movie, Sepia and Vivid. The HF G10 also carries over many features available on previous VIXIA models, including Touch & Track subject tracking, Relay Recording, Powered IS image-shake compensation and more. The internal microphone has four directional options with Monaural, Normal (Stereo), Wide and Synced with Zooming modes. List Price: $1,499. Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
The Sonifex Redbox RB-VHEDD8 3G/HD/SD-SDI Dolby E Encoder and Embedder gives you a tool for moving video with complex, multichannel audio between postproduction facilities in an efficient manner. Multitrack audio takes up a huge amount of resources, and the RB-VHEDD8 uses the Dolby E format to convert up to eight channels to two channels and then back up to the original channels. The conversion process preserves all metadata and time-code information. The unit also features automatic input rate detection and equalization along with support of the full range of 3G, HD and SD standards from NTSC and PAL up to 1080p 60 Hz. List Price: TBD. Contact: Sonifex, www.sonifex.co.uk.
SHARE THE VIEW
Featuring a unique HDMI loop-through that passes video input from the seven-inch monitor to another monitor for clients, directors, focus pullers or crew and talent to see, the V-LCD70XP-HDMIPT on-camera LCD monitor from Marshall Electronics bypasses the need for HDMI splitters, additional power sources and other requirements for splitting monitor signals. The high-resolution 800×480 LCD panel has been upgraded over the previous model with DSLR Ratio Adjustment that scales video from Canon video-capable DSLRs, adjustable backlight and markers, HDMI Auto Color Space and Ratio detect, manual gamma adjustment, Image Flip, ¼”-20 mounting on all sides and a more robust power switch. Four front-panel function buttons are user-configurable for frequently used settings, plus False Color and Peaking filters help achieve optimum exposure and sharpness. Other highlights include composite and component inputs, a variety of screen formats and markers, RGB Check Field/Field Detect and RGB gain and bias control. List Price: Begins at $1,199. Contact: Marshall Electronics, (800) 800-6608, www.lcdracks.com.
The Petrol PD331 Digiback DSLR backpack is built specifically for the needs of video-capable still cameras. The interior offers an upper compartment contoured to fit a DSLR with lens, and the lower chamber is spacious enough for accessories with removable internal dividers that will secure contents and create pockets for holding a mattebox, camera plate, follow focus, extra lenses, camera light, spare batteries, viewfinder and other accessories. An internal laptop sleeve accommodates personal computers with up to a 12-inch screen, and the ergonomic shell design of the bag includes ballistic nylon fabrics for external ruggedness. The system is constructed of breathable mesh with padded shoulder straps, adjustable sternum and waist straps, and an opening system designed to protect from dirt and wear and tear when set on the ground. Contents are accessible from either side, and a rear zipper exposes the complete interior for easy access. Estimated Street Price: $185. Contact: Petrol Bags, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
FOLLOWING THE ACTION
The Telemetrics PT-RM-1 Pan/Tilt head features 360º of smooth, programmable, high-speed swivel, ideal for use in shooting environments like sporting events where fast tracking is essential. In manual mode, the pan/tilt head offers fluid movement, and the head is capable of variable operating speeds, with a velocity range of 0.005º to 90º per second and an acceleration speed of up to 180º per second. There’s multi-axis control with pan, tilt, zoom, focus, track, Televator, dolly, iris and master pedestal, and up to 255 presets can be memorized. The preset recall function allows on-the-fly time parameters for starting and stopping all axes simultaneously. The PT-RM-1 is compatible with a variety of standard interfaces for controlling the camera, lens and movements. Heavy-duty bearings and a belt-drive system provide quiet and smooth operation. Contact: Telemetrics, (201) 848-9818, www.telemetricsinc.com.
Smooth camera operation is especially important for video-capable DSLRs, which are prone to jelly motion. The artemis Handheld camera stabilizer system from Sachtler provides a single handgrip that frees the other hand for controlling camera functions. With a low weight of only 2.2 pounds, the unit is ideal for use with HD DSLRs and lightweight camcorders in setups up to 6.6 pounds. Designed in the shape of a bow, the artemis Handheld is machined from a single part to promote stability and torsional strength while reducing vibration. The handgrip, optional TTF monitor mount and counterweights can be positioned individually, and dynamic balance technology enables fine counterbalance adjustment. The artemis Handheld camera plate is compatible with Sachtler FSB fluid heads for fast change over to tripods. The artemis Handheld fits compactly in a case that includes a stand and counterbalance weights. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $700. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.com.
FREE FOR ALL
Available as a free download and compatible with Apple Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express and Motion and Adobe After Effects, the FxFactory-based Manifesto plug-in pack from Noise Industries provides static title and title roll/crawl generators for creation of dynamic titles on video projects. Compatibility with existing RTF files allows users to rely entirely on an external program for text input and layout while built-in motion blurring and deflickering provides the ability to reduce interlacing artifacts at any frame rate. Easy masking abilities allow use of external media for determining which portions of the title are visible, and another highlight is optional keyframing. Contact: Noise Industries, www.noiseindustries.com.
For professional audio mixing and recording, the CL-9 controller works with the 788T Digital Recorder and other existing 7-Series products from Sound Devices for a complete mixing/recording system. Acting as a dedicated mixing surface for the 788T, the CL-9 is a compact, linear fader controller with enhanced monitoring. The CL-9 includes eight 100mm low-latency linear faders and rotary input trim controls with ring LED metering for precise critical gain changes. When the CL-9 is connected, the 788T offers a sweepable, single-band parametric EQ for the eight inputs with variable frequency, gain and filter Q, plus adds an input pan to the 788T. The CL-9 is convenient, with bus-powering via the USB cable, and additional monitoring features are available through the headphone output of the 788T. List Price: $2,250. Contact: Sound Devices LLC, (608) 524-0625, www.sounddevices.com.
For remote shoots, keeping digital equipment powered long enough to work remotely is an absolute necessity. Compatible with cameras, laptops, cell phones, GPS units and more, the Goal Zero Sherpa line of portable power sources recharges gear while staying lightweight and portable enough to fit comfortably into packs. They’re also built tough, with optimal operating temperatures between 32º F and 104º F. The Sherpa series includes the Sherpa 50 or 120 batteries and Nomad Solar Panels for recharging the Sherpa batteries when the only power source to which you have access is the sun. There are a variety of kits available for best fitting your needs, among them the top-of-the-line Sherpa 120 Explorer Kit with the Sherpa 120 Power Pack, Nomad 27 Solar Panel, Sherpa Universal Inverter (110V to 220V) for use overseas, an AC Wall Charger, a 12V female cigarette adapter and three aluminum support rods. Goal Zero also offers full base camp kits for extended shoots. List Price: Begins at $249 (Sherpa 50 Battery). Contact: GOALØ, (888) 794-6250, www.goal0.com.
K-Stackers are a simple lighting solution that changes single fluorescent bulbs into a powerful light source. Up to six four-foot fixtures can be tied together in a single K-Stacker unit, while two K-Stackers on a stand or a base allow for placement of four four-foot fixtures vertically around the stand for a campfire-like lighting source. They can be placed in the K-Stacker in a tight pattern for more punch or as a dead down light that can be hung from a boom or telescoping hanger. Rotate the pin 90º, and the K-Stackers can be switched from a horizontal to a vertical light fixture mode. List Price: $280. Contact: Matthews Studio Equipment, (800) CE-STAND, www.msegrip.com.
For HD shooting on video-capable DSLRs, the Sony CLM-V55 five-inch, clip-on LCD monitor includes 90º of tilt and 360º of swivel for comfortable framing from any position, even in front of the camera. The panel is a high-resolution WVGA LCD screen with 800×480 pixel resolution and a Pixel Magnification mode for enlarging views of a selected portion of the full HD image to check focus. Color peaking highlights edges of the accurately focused areas of the video image, and the control wheel allows easy access to a range of monitor settings without interrupting video, including adjustable parameters like aspect ratio (16:9/4:3), volume, brightness, contrast, color tone, color temperature and auto dimmer. There are on-screen markers for precise framing of 16:9 or 4:3 display areas, and the mono speaker is complemented by a headphone jack for audio monitoring. Signal connection from camera to monitor is provided via an included HDMI cable, while power can be supplied with an optional battery pack or AC adapter. The CLM-V55 attaches to most interchangeable-lens digital cameras with an auto-lock accessory shoe or ISO shoe, and a detachable LCD hood supplies shading in direct light. Estimated Street Price: $400. Contact: Sony, (800) 883-6817, www.pro-sony.com.
DAIWA offers two new tripods for use with professional video productions, the DST-43 and DST-73. Both tripods include a true fluid pan head and come complete with one pan handle and two handle mounts on both sides of the head for two-handle use if desired. A long-side quick-release plate allows easy mounting and dismounting of the camera, with an illuminated bubble level that lights for 20 seconds when pressed. A built-in, mid-level spreader and three-stage legs with dual rails on the upper two stages add stability and prevent snap-back at the termination of panning movements. For compact pro camcorders and video-capable still cameras, the smaller DST-43 can handle up to 8.8 pounds with a 60mm ball mount. Offering an industry-standard 75mm ball mount and weight capacity of 15 pounds, the DST-73 is suitable for shooting with higher-end camcorders, lightweight ENG cameras and HD-capable DSLRs that have heavy lenses or accessory brackets attached. The legs of the DST-73 also can fit into the standard DAIWA FL-9 floor spreader or use standard DAIWA Foot Pads. List Price: $349 (DST-43); $599 (DST-73). Contact: Daiwa (THK Photo Products), (800) 421-1141, www.thkphoto.com.
LED VIDEO LIGHT
For onboard camcorder lighting on a budget, the dimmable Flashpoint 160 (FPVL160) shoe-mountable LED video light runs approximately 2.5 hours on a fresh set of batteries. It features an LED battery status test indicator, and fluorescent, amber and diffuser panels are included. For an even more cost-effective solution, Flashpoint also offers the VL-35 (FPVL36) battery-operated 35 LED video light with bracket. List Price: $79 (FPVL160); $24 (FPVL36). Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
NEEDING SOME SPACE
SanDisk’s new Extreme Pro CompactFlash memory card offers videographers plenty of room for video and files. Topping off at an incredible 128 GB, the Extreme Pro CF card features read and write speeds of up to 100 MB/s. With a Power Core controller that distributes data equally across the card and a UDMA-7 interface for quality data transfer between card and camera, the card is ideally suited for imaging applications that require full HD 1920×1080 resolution with up to a 50 Mb/s bit rate and 4:2:2 color sampling. Video performance is guaranteed thanks to a sustained 20 MB/s write speed. The card includes RTV silicone coating for added protection. List Price: $1,499. Contact: SanDisk, (866) SANDISK, www.sandisk.com.
Video and photo accessory manufacturer Manfrotto has entered the LED lighting space with a new line of lights that provides a singular light source for both video and stills, including HD-capable DSLRs and camcorders. With the ability to provide continuous light while also working as a high-powered flash, the series ranges in capability from the economy model of the POCKET to the complex capabilities of the professionally oriented MAXIMA. The range currently includes five models, the MAXIMA, MIDI PLUS, MIDI, MINI and POCKET, plus the AURA 48-LED Ringlite. List Price: Begins at $60 (POCKET). Contact: Manfrotto Distribution, (201) 818-9500, www.manfrottodistribution.us.