THE SCARLET LETTER
RED’s SCARLET-W is the latest addition to their RED DRAGON family of cinema cameras. Updating the SCARLET-series 5K camera system to heightened frame rates of up to 60 fps (48 fps in the previous iteration), the SCARLET-W is also capable of impressive 4K slow-motion at 150 fps, 3K at 200 fps and 2K at 300 fps. With integrated mounting points and interchangeable-lens mount options (historically, your choice of Canon, Nikon, Leica or PL), the 3.5-pound SCARLET-W is capable of simultaneous REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes 422/422 LT/422 HQ, as well as in-camera 3D LUT output, a maximum data rate of 140 MB/s (when used with RED MINI-MAG capture cards) and a potential 16.5+ stops of dynamic range. The 13.8-megapixel CMOS RED DRAGON sensor is available in color or monochrome, which produces enhanced resolution and dynamic range over the standard sensor. The interchangeable, intelligent OLPF (optical low-pass filter) system is available in three iterations: standard configuration, heightened light sensitivity or better skin tone renditions. A SCARLET-W Base I/O V-Lock package comes with key components like an AI Canon mount, V-Lock battery mount, 120 GB RED MINI-MAG, DSMC RED Touch 4.7-inch LCD monitor, DSMC AC power adapter and DSMC Universal Handle for a ready-to-shoot solution right out of the box. List Price: Begins at $9,950. Contact: RED, red.com.
X MARKS THE SPOT
With DCI 4K video at 60p and HD at 120 fps, a first for EOS cameras, the EOS-1D X Mark II is the new top-of-the-line, full-frame DSLR from Canon. With a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6+ image processors, the 1D X Mark II utilizes Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus technology for touchscreen focus and quiet camcorder-like tracking and facial recognition that has been enhanced through a 360,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. With expandable ISO settings of up to 409,600, the camera is compatible with both CF and CFast memory cards for optimal writing performance. For promotional materials and more, the 1D X Mark II can also do in-camera frame grabs from captured 4K video. Still camera features include up to 170 consecutive RAW images in 14 fps bursts and 16 fps in Live View mode, improved autofocus, built-in GPS geotagging and a weather-resistant magnesium body. There’s a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. List Price: $5,999 (body); $6,299 (Premium Kit with 64 GB CFast memory card and reader). Contact: Canon, usa.canon.com.
WIRELESS LENS CONTROL
Compatible with popular cameras from RED, Canon, Sony, ARRI and Blackmagic (which requires an additional cable sold separately), Movcam has entered the lens-control market with their first wireless system. Available in Single Axis and Dual Axis, the lens-control systems are based around the SCU-1 Hand Control, a modular unit with a silent motor that can be upgraded to dual channel with the addition of an extra motor and necessary modules. A standard Sony NP-F570/F550 2600 mAh battery powers the systems (not included). Indoor transmission ranges up to 30 meters and outdoor transmission up to 200 meters, with a transmission delay of less than 12ms. A 1.56-inch OLED screen shows settings and is readable in sunlight. Both models are adjustable with configurable lens motor torque, as well as automatic calibrations. They come with a carrying case. List Price: $5,995 (Dual Axis); $3,995 (Single Axis). Contact: 16×9 Inc., 16x9inc.com.
Crafted with sturdy aluminum frames, the Sunray Translyte LED systems house 6-, 12- or 24-tube setups in lengths of 4 feet. The hard-body fixtures include onboard, two-circuit dimmers with local, DMX or wireless control over a smooth curve of output that can be reduced to less than 10% with no shift in Kelvin color temperature. The harness with locking end caps will allow for blending of both tungsten and daylight, which are available at 3200K and 5600K. LED tubes come in clear or frosted at approximately 50% less output. The Translyte fixtures can be affixed with diffusion or bounce materials such as solid or silk skirts and fabric egg crates through Velcro® on the front. The full fixtures also can be bolted side-by-side or stacked to build a wall of light. List Price: $2,988 (Translyte 406 fixture without tubes); $5,288 (with tubes); $3,988 (Translyte 412 fixture without tubes); $7,948 (with tubes); $4,388 (Translyte 424 fixture without tubes); $12,308 (with tubes); $330 (Filmgear 4-foot T12 LED tubes in daylight or tungsten/clear or frosted). Contact: Sunray, sunray-lighting.com.
ON THE ROAD
The 3.9-pound Panasonic Toughbook 20 functions as both a lightweight laptop and a detachable 10.1-inch tablet. Unlike many other convertibles, the Toughbook 20 is built for rugged use, with a magnesium-alloy chassis, security options like fingerprint identification, an 800-nit sunlight-viewable multi-touch display (that even will work with gloved hands), a weather- and water-resistant rating of IP65 and a MIL-STD-810G design for sturdiness against drop, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, altitude, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, humidity and explosive atmospheres. The built-in handle also functions as a kickstand, and an optional bridge battery will allow for hot-swap battery replacements, which can be done in the field without disruption to operation. The Toughbook 20 runs with Windows 10 Professional, and there’s a Windows 7 Pro downgrade option available. There are several ports including microSDXC, HDMI, Ethernet, Optional Serial, Headphone/mic, Micro-SIM and three USB connections via the keyboard dock. For field use, there’s also an option for a 4G LTE multi-carrier. Estimated Street Price: Begins at $3,099. Contact: Panasonic, business.panasonic.com/Toughbook.
Designed by dolly grip James Saldutti, the Dutti Dolly from Matthews Studio Equipment is a multi-configurable system that’s lightweight for portability and versatile for low-to-the-ground shots. The Dutti can fit in tighter spaces than a conventional dolly, like airplane or bus aisles, and its stability allows it to be used with tripods or bazooka mounts for height. It can roll on the ground or be run on stands or a track on either the top or bottom. At 20”x24”, the Dutti Dolly is based on a rectangular aluminum plate support with eight inline skate wheels that mount in pairs for shots that ride extremely close to the ground. List Price: Begins at $1,399. Contact: Matthews Studio Equipment, msegrip.com.
Dracast’s affordable new Fresnel Series are DMX-controllable studio fixtures that offer the benefits of energy-efficient LED with the output of classic Fresnel designs. The fixtures generate very little heat in a silent system ideally suited for studio applications. They’re currently available in five sizes: Fresnel200, 500, 700, 1000 and 2000. The Fresnel2000 produces the same amount of light as traditional 2K while only using 200 watts. Available in 3200K (Tungsten), 5600K (Daylight) and 3200K-5600K (Variable CCT), all three color temperature models deliver a 95 CRI color rendition with 0-100% dimming that can be performed remotely via 3-pin DMX in/out ports or locally with onboard controls. Each model includes 4-way barndoors with a mounting yoke. List Price: Begins at $595. Contact: Dracast, dracast.com/Fresnel.
VISUALIZATION IS KEY
Featuring animated and easily alterable storyboards, StoryBoard Artist 7 adds enhanced 3D capabilities, plus an unlimited number of character poses, advanced motion graphics and mobile app integration to the previsualization software suite. Native screenplay formats from Final Draft, Microsoft Word and Screenwriter can be brought into the interface where you can plug in sequences alongside text. Built-in art, video imports and real-world backgrounds with masking tools, as well as Photoshop layer support, let you intuitively add characters to high-resolution backdrops that are easily maneuverable thanks to articulation points and an extensive library of scenes and avatars. Lighting, effects, perspective control, audio and camera movements can be utilized in cuts and exported as QuickTime, Flash or customizable presets, which then can be imported into NLE software from Adobe, Apple, Avid and others to produce temporary edit tracks. Upgrade pricing is available for previous users. List Price: $499; $199 (upgrade). Contact: PowerProduction Software, powerproduction.com.
Sennheiser has teamed with Apogee to release lavalier microphone solutions that capture directly to an iOS device via a Lightning connection. Available in two models, the ClipMic digital and MKE 2 digital combine Sennheiser microphone technology with Apogee’s A/D conversion process for a captured audio resolution of up to 24-bit/96 kHz when used with Apogee’s MetaRecorder app. MetaRecorder also includes mic levels, recording presets, multi-take capture, tagging, metadata, file organization and Dropbox integration. A headphone socket on each mic provides audio monitoring. The MKE 2 digital solution steps up audio capture from the ME 2 capsule in the ClipMic digital to the MKE 2 microphone, which offers a superior signal-to-noise ratio and durable Umbrella diaphragm design to impede moisture from entering the acoustics of the capsule. MetaRecorder is free with purchase of a Sennheiser or an Apogee device or $4.99 to unlock through in-app purchasing. List Price: $499 (MKE 2 digital); $199 (ClipMic digital). Contact: Apogee, apogeedigital.com; Sennheiser, sennheiser.com.
At 5.8×2.8×2.2 inches and 16 ounces, Zylight’s Newz on-camera phosphor light is capable of a variable color temperature range of 3200K-5600K while outputting a CRI of 95 for high color rendition. The beam angle can be honed from 60º to 90º and, with 0-100% dimming and a one-touch quick-release mount, it’s an excellent solution for run-and-gunners who need to move quickly from indoors to outdoors. The light combines a phosphor substrate with Quantum nanoparticles for a low-consumption light that can be powered through a worldwide AC power adapter or standard 7.2V or 14.4V camera batteries. The Newz also features an operational temperature range of -20 to +40 C and an IP54 rating for water-resistance in inclement weather. Estimated Street Price: $429. Contact: Zylight, zylight.com/newz.
Providing filmmakers, cinematographers, colorists, editors, videographers and motion photographers with consistent, predictable and repeatable color results from frame-to-frame and camera-to-camera, X-Rite’s ColorChecker Video and ColorChecker Passport Video are affordable color target solutions compatible with Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve and others. The smaller ColorChecker Passport Video is meant for travel, with four color/camera calibration targets in ruggedized pocket-sized hard cases. The focus target can be used for lens calibration, while white balance and grayscale cards, as well as a color chip chart, provide reference for color balance in post whether intercutting between two cameras or changing lighting setups. The chromatic row includes yellow, red, magenta, blue, cyan and green for an accurate range of skin tones from dark to light. The X-Rite ColorChecker Video is a combination of a color chip chart and a grayscale card with 60% white balance that has been sized for studio and location work. The grayscale provides white, black, dark gray and 40 IRE exposure patches to prevent highlight clipping while preserving shadow detail. List Price: $149 (ColorChecker Passport Video); $129 (ColorChecker Video). Contact: X-Rite, xritephoto.com.
The Mac program Sound Particles is a new way of looking at immersive sound design, using particle systems to create millions of sound sources over a 3D space. “Imagine a traditional CGI software like Maya or Blender, but replace the 3D objects by sound sources and replace the virtual camera by a virtual microphone,” explains project creator Nuno Fonseca. “To create the sound of a battlefield, a user can pick up 100 war-related sounds from a sound library, and based on those files, create 20,000 particles (sound sources), spread over a square mile, capturing the overall sound using a 5.1 or a 9.1 virtual microphone.” Through the use of movement and audio modifiers like gain, delay models, random EQ band filters or pitch-shifters, audio effects are randomized for each source. A number of virtual mics are offered: mono (omni, cardioid, hypercardioid, figure-of-eight), stereo (MS, XY, AB, Blumlein, ORTF, Decca Tree), ambisonics (up to 6th order), multichannel (5.1, 6.1, 7.1) and immersive (Dolby Atmos 9.1 bed, Auro-3D 11.1/13.1, NHK 22.2) or custom speaker formats. List Price: $299. Contact: Sound Particles, sound-particles.com.
The CineBags CB40 High Roller camera bag offers wheels and a telescoping handle for easy travel. Its customizable interior with seven padded removable dividers will fit camcorders or DSLR kits with multiple bodies and lenses, as well as accessories plus a 15-inch laptop in the bag’s padded overhead compartment. Available in the traditional CineBags color scheme of charcoal/gray, as well as a newly designed Black Tactical Camo, the bag features a waterproof fabric exterior and back padding to cushion the bag from riding at your hip. The heavy-duty bags are designed for medium-sized systems with interior spacing of 21.5x11x9.5 inches, exterior dimensions of 25×15.5×10 inches and a weight of 10.3 pounds. There are three side cargo pouches and protective bottom rails, as well. List Price: $299; $330 (Black Tactical Camo/Limited Edition). Contact: CineBags Inc., cinebags.com.
The Martini storyboarding plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro CC on Mac and Windows easily creates replacement shots when needed materials aren’t available for an edit. Designed as an easy way to create “white text on black” substitutions, Martini quickly produces composite shots through a simple interface where you can select styles like over-the-shoulder shots, two and three shots or close-ups, as well as fight scenes, chases and other pre-composed multiple-shot sequences. There are hundreds of pre-loaded interiors, exteriors and customized digital locations. In addition to new Adobe Premiere Pro support, Martini supports Adobe CS, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer, and Sony Vegas Pro and Movie Studio Suite. List Price: $200. Contact: MacVideo Promo, martiniquickshot.com.
iSERIES CANON CASE FROM SKB
With a custom-cut foam interior that has been sized for the diminutive, yet powerful Canon XC10 UHD camera, the iSeries 3i-13096XC10 Canon XC10 case from SKB Pro AV Sales also packs in additional room for a viewfinder, lens hood, AC power adapter, battery charger and accoutrements like batteries, memory cards and more. The waterproof case is injection-molded with an ultra-high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin shell that incorporates a gasketed and submersible design. The case is also resistant to corrosion and impact, with molded-in hinges, a trigger-release latching system and a snap-down rubber handle. Multiple cases can be stacked securely, and they also incorporate an automatic ambient pressure-equalization valve for safe air transport. List Price: $119. Contact: SKB Pro AV Sales, skbcases.com.