December 2013

TRAYS IN THE UPRIGHT POSITION

The Media Tools stand from Matthews is capable of supporting computers, laptops and other payloads weighing up to 35 pounds. The tray is equipped with a 3⁄8" female thread on the bottom for use with tripods and mounts. A removable 5⁄8" baby adapter will also mount it to light stands or other hardware. The Media Tools stand weighs only two pounds, and there are air slots on the base to prevent laptops from overheating. List Price: TBA. Contact: Matthews Studio Equipment, (800) CE-STAND, www.msegrip.com.

4K VARIABLE FRAME RATES

With high-speed, slow-motion frame rates of up to 1000 fps at 4K resolution (4096×2160), the Phantom Flex4K cinema camera will extend those capabilities even further with an available 2000 fps at 2K pixel resolution and over 3000 fps when capturing at 1280×720. At full 4K resolution of 4096×2304, the Super-35mm 9.4-megapixel sensor is capable of high image quality and remarkable low-light performance with a base ISO of 250T and an exposure index range from ISO 250-2000. Available with an interchangeable-lens mount between cinematic PL, Canon EF and Nikon F/G lens mounts, the Flex4K is also planned to offer uncompressed RAW footage or industry-standard compressed files via a future firmware update. Three 3G HD-SDI video outputs are included for field recorder capture with independent 4:4:4 1080p channels or as a dual-link 4K output with live HD signal on the additional channel for monitoring. The Phantom HD OLED electronic viewfinder has full HD resolution with a variety of overlay menus and display modes, while both component- and HD-SDI-based viewfinders are also supported. Internal features include up to 64 GB of internal RAM memory and a hot-swappable Phantom CineMag IV hard drive available in sizes of up to 2 TB. The camera sports a full-featured on-camera interface for setting parameters and modes from the built-in menu, with presets and shortcuts available for frequently used functions. Pricing is based on hard drive space and accessories, and the camera is both PC- and Mac-compatible out of the box. List Price: Begins at $100,000. Contact: Vision Research, (866) 450-7426, www.visionresearch.com.

RUN-AND-GUN WITH ARRI

Offered as a high-end camcorder solution for documentarists and single operators, the ARRI AMIRA documentary camcorder features the same 35mm sensor and 14-stop dynamic range of the ALEXA digital cinema camera in a lighter, more efficient package. The first camcorder to incorporate the new CFast 2.0 format memory cards, the camera offers 2K picture in Rec. 709 or Log C color spaces with full-resolution frame rates at up to 200 fps in ProRes LT, 422, 422HQ or 444 codecs. In-camera options include color grading and preloaded looks based on customizable 3D LUTs, as well as integrated ND filters and zebra, peaking and false color tools for working with exposure and focus. The interchangeable PL lens mount includes options for Canon EF- and classic ENG B-mount lenses. The multi-viewfinder provides menu access and a high-resolution OLED eyepiece with fold-away live-view LCD monitor. ARRI also announced shipping for the complete line of ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses, including the already available MA 35mm, MA 50mm and MA 75mm lenses, as well as new MA 100mm, MA 60mm and MA 40mm focal lengths. Each 2.39:1-format lens features 15 iris blades for smooth out-of-focus elements and a fast aperture of T1.9 alongside a matching front diameter of 95mm across the line. List Price: TBA. Contact: ARRI, (818) 841-7070, www.arridigital.com.

CONSUMER 4K

Providing 4K-resolution video capture at consumer pricing, the Sony FDR-AX1 Handycam houses a 1/2.3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor capable of 3840×2160 resolution in up to 60 fps frame rates. The camera captures video in the new XAVC S format, which offers MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Long GOP video and Linear PCM audio compression for an MP4 file wrapper that will hold almost two hours of 4K video or almost three hours of 1080p/60 fps on a 64 GB XQD card. (Two hot-swappable XQD media slots are included.) The 20x G lens has a 31.5-630mm equivalent focal range and Optical SteadyShot for camera shake reduction. Audio features include two external XLR connectors alongside the internal microphone. Camera functions can be assigned to external buttons with available features including Marker, Zebra, Peaking, Focus Magnifier, Auto Exposure Level, Color Bars, Rec Lamp and more. There are three ND filters for controlling light and five paint functions for adding in-camera creative effects. The camera will function as a 4K playback device on Sony Bravia 4K televisions through HDMI or in full HD to other televisions. Further support for 4K televisions is planned once an HDMI 2.0 firmware update is released. List Price: $4,499. Contact: Sony, (800) 883-6817, pro.sony.com.

PANASONIC 4K

Panasonic has announced several new 4K video solutions at IBC 2013, including the 4K VariCam camera recorder and BT-4LH310 LCD production monitor with 4K resolution. Details at press are scarce, but the 4K VariCam camera recorder is planned to shoot 4K at frame rates from 24p to 100/120p with a newly developed 4K-resolution Super-35mm-sized sensor. The BT-4LH310 is a 31-inch LCD monitor with 4096×2160 resolution for 4K/2K monitoring of video in the studio or in the field. The 4LH310’s 10-bit IPS panel affords a wide viewing angle and faithful reproduction of up to 1.07 billion colors, as well as multiple inputs (HD-SDI, 3G-SDI and HDMI), true color processing with a 3D lookup table (LUT), HD/SD closed captioning and an eco-friendly panel with mercury-free LED backlight. Panasonic also unveiled Ultra P2 solid-state memory cards with the same dimensions of traditional P2 cards, but at a much faster data-transfer rate thanks to a PCIe interface. List Price: TBA. Contact: Panasonic Solutions Company, (800) 211-PANA, www.panasonic.com.

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