LIVE PRODUCTION CAPABILITIES
The TriCaster 850 EXTREME from NewTek offers a full onsite production board and 3D animation system in a compact unit. The NewTek IsoCorder multitrack recording technology provides up to eight channels of recorded video from either inputs or outputs, with direct network support of any Apple AirPlay-enabled application or device, as well as EQ and compressor/limiter capabilities on every audio input and output. Transitions can be embedded with full-color, motion video effects and audio from a total of 11 animation stores, while the Animation Store Creator transition editor allows users to customize animation and effects. Favorite streaming setups can be configured as presets, and the integrated web browser accesses online accounts for managing, testing or viewing shows even during live productions. Each audio input and output, including internal sources, includes a seven-channel equalizer and compressor/limiter for extensive audio control. All types of media files, including Apple ProRes, can be selected and imported with expanded file format compatibilities and quick batch processing. List Price: $39,995. Contact: NewTek, (800) 368-5441, www.newtek.com.
MODULAR STABILITYThe artemis Cine HD Pro from Sachtler revises the traditional functions of previous systems, offering a new 1.8-inch post with a no-tool clamp and a refined gimbal with more control, higher precision and nicer handling. Dual video processing allows HD/SDI and SD video signals to be used simultaneously, and hot-swap technology allows continuous powering, even while changing batteries, so that the camera, monitor and radio channels can stay live. HiCap wiring provides more than 200 watts to the camera and can work in tandem with the hot-swap technology for longer battery operation. The modular design of the artemis systems also allows previous systems to be upgraded with the new CT2 1.8-inch post and gimbal, and the functionality of the Cine HD Pro can be expanded with available modules. Estimated Street Price: $40,000 (with monitor). Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.com.
Compared to typical tungsten Fresnels, the L-Series of LED Fresnel fixtures from ARRI reduce electricity use by more than 75% while utilizing LED technology for continuous focusability from spot to flood in a smooth, homogenous light pattern. Available in three models, the L7-T, L7-D and L7-C each features a seven-inch Fresnel-like lens in varying color temperatures at 3200º K Tungsten (L7-T), 5600º K Daylight (L7-D) and the color-controllable L7-C, which is adjustable for skin tone, camera sensor and mixed-light environments. The L-Series is extremely weather-resistant and fanless with a passive and silent cooling system. List Price: Begins at $2,850. Contact: ARRI, (818) 841-7070, www.arridigital.com.
Available with a pair of either 16-42mm or 30-80mm Optimo DP lenses, the Angénieux Optimo DP 3D Ready Lens Package offers DPs an optically matched set of lenses for ensuring seamless 3D image capture. Calibrated and factory-optimized with adjustable tracking and harmonized focus marks between the lenses, the compact, lightweight set of zooms allows focal-length changes without the need for time-intensive dismantling of stereoscopic rigs. Both sets come with accessories in a customized carrying case. List Price: $44,100 each. Contact: Thales Angénieux, (973) 812-3858, www.angenieux.com.
ZEISS PRIME TIME
With several new camcorders being released with large CMOS sensors, Carl Zeiss has released two new mounts for its popular CP.2 lenses. The MFT mount is suitable for new professional camcorders, and the E mount is aimed at the latest Sony E-mount camcorders like the NEX-FS100U. Zeiss is releasing all nine fixed focal lengths of the Compact Prime CP.2 series from 18mm to 100mm. The lenses are highly compact with a robust construction and can withstand any demand that cinematographers or photographers throw at them. List Price: TBD. Contact: Carl Zeiss AG, (800) 543-1033, www.zeiss.com.
4K ZOOM LENSES
Canon is introducing two advanced PL-mount lenses that target the emerging 4K production standards. The FK14.5-60 wide-angle cine zoom and FK30-300 telephoto cine zoom are precision-matched zoom lenses that incorporate breakthrough Canon optical designs, which optimize and enhance multiple imaging attributes while minimizing optical aberrations and distortions. Both lenses are more compact and weigh less than other PL-mount zooms, and feature a new optical design that eliminates focus breathing. List Price: TBD. Contact: Canon Broadcast, (800) 321-HDTV, www.canonbroadcast.com.
OConnor releases the new 2065 Fluid Head, which is designed to handle professional digital cameras like the RED ONE, Sony F35 and ARRI ALEXA. OConnor’s stepless, ultrasmooth pan-and-tilt fluid drag is specifically designed to deliver the ultimate control and stability necessary for film-style shooting. Their patented sinusoidal counterbalance system provides true, accurate balance at any point in the tilt range. With a greater payload and drag than its predecessor, the 2060HD, this new head weighs just 2.9 pounds and has a payload of 0 to 71 pounds. List Price: $11,995. Contact: OConnor, (818) 847-8666, www.ocon.com.
The new 4K Mode for AJA‘s popular KONA 3G video capture card supports true 4K playout and monitoring for the ultimate in resolution. KONA 3G is a multiformat, SD/HD/Dual Link/3G and 2K video input/output solution that can deliver flexible workflows for pro audio and video applications. The KONA 3G can play back 4K in both YCbCr and RGB color spaces at resolutions of up to 4096×2160. When selected, the four SDI connectors on the KONA 3G are remapped as outputs for driving four quadrants of a 4K-resolution display. The 4K Mode is available for free for the KONA 3G on Macs; a PC-supported version is planned to be available at a later date. List Price: $1,995. Contact: AJA, (800) 251-4224, www.aja.com.
Autodesk has updated its comprehensive line of software for animation, visual effects, editorial finishing and color grading with the 2012 Digital Entertainment Creation suite of programs. Flame Premium 2012 offers a finishing solution for real-time color grading and 3D visual effects, with new features such as stereoscopic 3D finishing enhancements, improvements to workflows and a new relighting mode for changing the look of a scene thanks to lighting, shading, shadows and 3D lens flares. Flare works as its assistant, with powerful 3D node-based compositing. The all-in-one editorial finishing tool, Smoke 2012, includes an integrated 3D visual-effects toolset and key features like comprehensive stereo 3D toolsets, a redesigned 3D lighting system, support for geometry cache animation import and integrated tools for color correction, keying and 3D compositing. Improvements to the 3D modeling, animation, visual effects, rendering and compositing software Maya 2012 include full-screen effects, node-based render passes, editable motion trails, sequencer enhancements and more. Various software packages, pricing and upgrades are available. Contact: Autodesk, usa.autodesk.com.
Utilizing a high-performance array of 72 one-watt daylight (5600º K) LEDs for a light output equivalent to a 1000w legacy lighting fixture, the H2 Hi-Output LED from Litepanels extends illumination over a long 20- to 25-foot distance while using only an approximate 10% of the energy of traditional bulbs. Focused to a 10º angle, the LED lights generate limited heat, and the H2 can be dimmed from 100% to zero with minimal color shift via the onboard knob or through a DMX dimmer board. H2 fixtures also have an integrated yoke and gimbal system for hanging in a grid or light-stand positioning. List Price: $3,495. Contact: Litepanels, (818) 752-7009, www.litepanels.com.
Expanding its line of portable hard-disk recording products for audio, the PIX 220 and PIX 240 recorders from Sound Devices offer video capabilities as well, with a 5-inch, 800×480-pixel LCD display for checking recording, playback and audio metering. A side-panel rotary control and four front-panel buttons provide access to setup options, and the large, illuminated record controls give instant confirmation of recording status. Both models connect to a camera over HDMI and record Apple ProRes 422 or optional Avid DNxHD QuickTime files to CompactFlash or removable 2.5-inch solid-state hard drives. The PIX 240 adds more flexibility, with a built-in Ambient Clockit time-code generator/reader with Genlock output for multicamera and double-system sound applications, an HD-SDI input and simultaneous HD-SDI and HDMI outputs. Estimated Street Price: $1,795 (PIX 220); $2,895 (PIX 240). Contact: Sound Devices LLC, (608) 524-0625, www.sounddevices.com.
THE SHOTGUN APPROACH
Sennheiser has added two mics to the MKH Series, the MKH 8060 and MKH 8070 shotgun mics. Ideally compact at 5.7 inches and lightweight at only 4 ounces, the MKH 8060 is a versatile short shotgun mic for camera mounting and boompole applications. The MKH 8070 is a long shotgun with high directivity for long distances in situations like sporting events or nature and wildlife videography. Both mics feature a new interference tube design for suppression of off-axis sound without coloration of audio that results in more natural and lifelike sound. The MKH series of mics uses the radio-frequency principle to resist the dampening effects of cold and moisture. Estimated Street Price: $1,249 (MKH 8060); $1,699 (MKH 8070). Contact: Sennheiser USA, (860) 434-9190, www.sennheiserusa.com.
THE FEATURES YOU NEED
The VX7e introduces Peaking and False Color features to ikan‘s popular VX series of HD monitors. The VX7e is equipped with both Monochrome and Color Peaking features, which highlight sharp lines and stark contrasts for optimal focus control. The False Color feature utilizes a full spectrum of assigned color indicators, ensuring flawless shot exposure. The VX7e also provides every connection needed in the professional video industry, including HD-SDI, HDMI, composite and component inputs. With a sparkling screen resolution of 1024×600 and features such as Clip Guide, Over Exposure Warning and Under Exposure Warning, Native 5D Live View Output, Blue Gun and Movable Pixel to Pixel, ikan’s VX7e is the professional-grade, on-camera monitor that you can’t work without. List Price: $1,049. Contact: ikan, (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
The AT2022 dual-element condenser microphone from Audio-Technica features two unidirectional condenser capsules in an X/Y configuration for allowing narrow 90º or wide 120º operation for versatile stereo recording of audio. The AT2022 includes a 1.6-foot cable with a three-pin XLRF-type to 1⁄8-inch (3.5mm) stereo connector for use with professional camcorders or video-capable DSLRs, and the mic is AA-battery-powered for mobility. Choose between flat response and low-frequency roll-off with the 80 Hz high-pass filter for controlling ambient noise. The capsules fold flat for storage and transportation. List Price: $439. Contact: Audio-Technica U.S., www.audio-technica.com.
Compatible with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and Rebel T2i and the Nikon D7000 video-capable DSLRs, the Varavon ProFinder low-angle viewfinder attaches to the camera and uses two built-in angled mirrors to correct for parallax while flipping the image of the LCD screen for a perfectly proportioned image. A 3x zoom magnifies focus, and there’s an included diopter for near- and farsighted shooters, plus a loupe. It also can be used as a sun hood in bright situations and attaches to the camera via a base plate rather than adhesives or magnets. Estimated Street Price: $365. Contact: International Supplies, (800) 999-1984, www.internationalsupplies.com.
ATLAS FLT CAMERA SLIDER
Measuring only 26 inches long and weighing less than 10 pounds, the Atlas FLT DSLR camera slider from Cinevate is an extremely portable tracking and dolly solution for video-capable still cameras. The vertical pulley system and counterbalance is able to provide filmmakers with a horizontal to vertical solution for stable and steady movements at any angle. The nonreflective, black anodized finish and full CNC aluminum and steel construction provides durability, and the camera slider is equipped with a 3⁄8-inch screw for compatibility with standard 3⁄8-inch ballheads. List Price: Begins at $579. Contact: Cinevate, (807) 344-7153, www.cinevate.com.
For the new generation of small handheld recorders and efficiently designed cameras like the GoPro, K-Tek Tadpoles are more efficient versions of the company’s Camera poles. With a ball-and-socket joint at the top of the Tadpoles, mounted devices can be positioned for best video or audio, and the poles are made from the same aluminum as K-Tek’s Avalon Aluminum poles. The Tadpole Short is a three-section mini-boompole that extends from one to two feet. The four-section Tadpole Long collapses to one foot, two inches, with a maximum reach of almost three feet at 91cm. List Price: $98 (KTAD Tadpole Short); $115 (KTADL Tadpole Long). Contact: K-Tek, (760) 727-0593, www.ktekbooms.com.
The Dashwood Stereo3D CAT on-location software calibration and analysis system simplifies the calibration of left- and right-eye cameras for optimization of stereoscopic productions. Equipped with an eyestrain warning system for comparison of left and right eyes, Stereo3D CAT scans 3D footage and calculates correct camera alignment points with feedback guides that illustrate the depth of the 3D shot, while providing a visual aid for making proper convergence adjustments and interaxial separation within minutes. Stereo3D CAT supports all 3D single or dual input and output modes, flip/flop left and/or right eye orientation, automatic or manual disparity correction (with the Dashwood 3D chart) and HIT convergence adjustment with automatic scaling. The Stereo 3D inspector also displays the positive parallax limit over any detail, and the system magnifies 3D misalignments. List Price: TBD. Contact: Dashwood Cinema Solutions, (888) 580-3274, www.dashwood3d.com.
For Final Cut Pro editors, the Get dialog search tool from AV3 Software locates footage based on phonetic search technology. Get goes through sequences and clip metadata and then indexes associated media files for searching snippets of live dialogue through input search terms. Users can preselect content for use within editing applications and projects, including bins, clips, sub-clips or sequences. List Price: $249. Contact: AV3 Software, www.av3software.com.
For the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS 60D video-capable DSLRs, the Anton/Bauer QR-DSLR power solution provides extended run times and reduces the need for multiple batteries. Utilizing the Logic Series Batteries, the QR-DSLR provides 7.2v of power to the camera via the optional Canon DR-E6 Coupler and 14.4v of power through the PowerTap for accessories, onboard monitors and external hard drives. The QR-DSLR offers needed counterbalance for the smaller HD DSLR rigs and can mount to most third-party support rigs. The Logic Series Battery’s RealTime LCD indicates the remaining run time for all items being powered. The QR-DSLR can be worn as a pouch pack during handheld productions, as well. Estimated Street Price: $229 (QR-DSLR); $49 (DR-E6). Contact: Anton/Bauer, (800) 422-3473, www.antonbauer.com.
Designed for broadcast and voiceover performances and other audio applications, the MXL BCC-1 microphone from MXL Microphones employs a small diaphragm (22mm/0.87 inches) gold sputtered, pressure gradient condenser capsule for pristine audio within an efficient design. The BCC-1 offers a narrow cardioid polar pattern for highly specific directional audio. The high pass filter is set at 6 dB octaves at 150 Hz, with a roll-off switch that provides more control over low-frequency sounds like background and ambient noise. The tuned grill exterior reduces internal distortion, and a built-in isolation shockmount reduces the sound from physical vibrations and bumps. Estimated Street Price: $179. Contact: MXL Microphones, (800) 800-6608, www.mxlmics.com.
The Flashpoint FPVL500 LED 500 on-camera dimmable light panel with barndoors includes a removable stand mount and an AC power cord that measures a little over 13 inches in length. The 5mm round soft-light LED lights can be dimmed from 100% to 0 in either full strength, at 500 LEDs, or at half strength, at 250 LEDs. Color temperature measures in at 5300-5900K with a 60º beam angle. The panel features black anodized aluminum construction, and four barndoors utilize reflective materials on the surface. Estimated Street Price: $219. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.