August 2013

PALM-SIZED RAW 2K

Offering an interchangeable lens mount system for PL-, Canon-, Nikon- or C-mount (with 16mm coverage of lenses as wide as 3mm to as long as 200mm) lenses, the diminutive Novo 2K is an incredibly efficient camera head design that builds on Silicon Imaging’s SI-2K camera technology to deliver uncompressed RAW format video. With resolution of 2048×1152 at 23.98 fps, the versatile, lens-friendly Novo 2K includes a C-mount with PL-mount adapter, back-focus adjustment for macro work, manual-aperture adjustment and exposure-control capabilities. The 2⁄3" CMOS sensor offers 11 stops of dynamic range in 12-bit CineForm RAW. A 240 GB drive will capture approximately 40 minutes of record time. The Novo 2K is available for rental exclusively at Radiant Images in Los Angeles and via P+S Technik in Europe. Rental Price: $895 daily; $2,685 weekly. Contact: Radiant Images (US), (323) 737-1314, www.novocamera.com; P+S Technik (EUR), www.pstechnik.de.

SPORTS CENTER

With two fully independent playout channels, the 3Play 4800 multi-camera replay server from NewTek offers live sports productions a complete broadcast package with extended real-time capabilities and features like redundant capture, live replay switching, high-quality motion effects, sophisticated graphics and integrated social-media publishing to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more. The interface of the 3Play 4800 provides monitoring of up to eight separate video feeds or four live sources when using Redundant capture mode to automatically produce duplicate recordings at native resolutions (in high-quality QuickTime format) for media publishing, postproduction or archival purposes. Freeze-frames can be quickly captured from every angle simultaneously and then published to social media or storage targets. Multiple-view monitoring allows additional layouts and support of a second display. The turnkey system also supports live animations and 3D-warped visual transition effects for switching, as well as in-program editing, custom animation creation and import of graphic elements from other sources. Primary outputs are individually configurable as HD-SDI, HD Component, SD-SDI, SD Component or Y/C (BNC) plus Composite, as well as supplemental HDMI output and an Ethernet connection for output of playout channels over a local network to NewTek TriCaster systems. List Price: $39,995. Contact: NewTek, (800) 368-5441, www.newtek.com.

FLEXIBLE ZOOMING

Available with interchangeable cinematic PL-mount, Canon EF-mount, Nikon F-mount, Sony E-mount and Micro Four Thirds-mount, the versatile Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 28-80mm T2.9 lens offers a front diameter of 95mm and a minimum close focus distance of 2 feet, 8 inches. At 5.5 pounds, the lightweight lens incorporates a continuous T2.9 aperture and three independently movable zoom groups with no focus shift over the zoom range. With full 36x24mm coverage, a 25º-66º angle of view is covered with full-frame cameras, and the lens provides uniform illumination when used with Super 35mm sensors. Calibrated focus scales are located on the cine-style oversized housing, which also gives a generous focus rotation of almost 300º. T* anti-reflective coatings reduce aberrations and flare, and the iris is circular in shape for natural bokeh. Designed to meet 4K resolution standards, the Zeiss Compact Zoom Family also includes the CZ.2 70-200mm T2.9 telephoto zoom with a minimum close focusing distance of 5 inches and similar specs. A third lens in the line is planned. List Price: $19,900 each. Contact: Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC, (800) 233-2343, lenses.zeiss.com.

COLOR CORRECTION

RED has announced several new accessories for their digital cinema cameras, including the release of the DSMC FAN 2.0 UPGRADE KIT (TOP/BOTTOM) fan systems. The bottom fans offer a quieter and more robust design over previous models. They work in concert with a top fan to cool your camera system while effectively improving camera noise and overall efficiency. Available for the EPIC MYSTERIUM-X, DRAGON and SCARLET cameras, the DSMC FAN 2.0 UPGRADE KIT COLLECTION includes the TACTICAL TOP PLATE 2.0, announced concurrently. (The TOP PLATE 2.0 mounts to the top of the DSMC brain to provide a litany of industry-standard attachment points for adding cinematic accessories, TACTICAL RIBS and PLATES to your setup.) The DSMC FAN 2.0 UPGRADE KIT COLLECTION is also available piecemeal for adding individual components to the SCARLET, EPIC or DRAGON systems. For the EPIC and SCARLET, RED also released the BACKPACK QUICKPLATE (SHORT) COLLECTION and TACTICAL EVF MOUNT. The BACKPACK QUICKPLATE (SHORT) COLLECTION adds a baseplate and quickplate for mounting a RED BRICK battery to the rear of the camera’s brain. The TACTICAL EVF MOUNT is a low-profile mount for adding BOMB EVF OLED or LCOS viewfinders with an adjustable platform to accommodate desired viewing angles. List Price: $1,050 (BACKPACK QUICKPLATE SHORT COLLECTION); $875 (DSMC FAN 2.0 UPGRADE KIT COLLECTION EPIC M-X); $450 (DSMC FAN 2.0 UPGRADE KIT); $425 (TACTICAL TOP PLATE 2.0); $375 (TACTICAL EVF MOUNT). Contact: RED.com Inc., (949) 206-7900, www.red.com.

PRIME TIME

Suited for both studio work or on-location productions and events, the Lowel Prime LED 800 is available in dedicated 5600º Daylight or 3300º Tungsten modules. Offering a high CRI of 90+ for accurate color rendition, the Prime LED 800 produces a wide 50º beam angle with a 126-foot candle rating at nine feet (or 74-foot candles at 12 feet). The Prime LED 800 draws only 210 watts with manual dimming available through the back of the unit or via DMX. Each unit includes a gel frame, C-clamp hanging mount and female 5⁄8-inch stand fitting. Accessories like a barndoor softening set and honeycomb grids are available. List Price: $3,895. Contact: Lowel Light Inc., (800) 645-2522, www.lowel.com.

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