NOW AVAILABLE IN 3-D
The SI-3D, Silicon Imaging’s stereoscopic camera setup for capturing high-definition 3-D video, is an evolution in 3-D setups. Conventional systems use independent left and right cameras to capture two channels of video. The SI-3D circumvents the elaborate postprocessing involved in correcting alternating color controls, record start, time code, content management and monitoring outputs resulting from independent capture with two different cameras. It does so by capturing uncompressed raw imagery with two synchronized SI-2K cameras and encoding them to a single stereo CineForm RAW QuickTime file. The stereo file, which includes 3-D LUT color and convergence metadata, then can be played back and edited in full 3-D on an Apple Final Cut timeline without the need for proxy conversions. Each camera can be viewed individually or `in stereo mixed modes with modern 3-D LCD and DLP displays; control of the SI-3D is performed via a SiliconDVR touch-screen interface. Various tools are available for adjusting focus, lighting and 3-D effects, including alignment grid overlays, false color zebras, digital zooming, edge detection, spot meters, dual histograms, parallax shifts, anaglyph mixing and wiggle displays. The SI-3D records dual-stream, 12-bit directly to mobile 2.5-inch solid-state drives with peak rates up to 200 MBps (1.6 Gbps), with a total recording time of up to one hour of footage per camera. Call for pricing. Contact: Silicon Imaging, (518) 279-9098, www.siliconimaging.com.
LOOK AT ALL THE COLORSIS3 Intelligent LED light from Zylight also offers a fully adjustable range of changeable color temperatures, including adjustable plus or minus green color correction and full-color output for washes, highlights and effects. The IS3 is capable of extreme brightness, thanks to 22 four-color LED modules, and a built-in DMX control allows you to dim from 0 to 100 percent without any color shift via full-sized XLR connectors. The IS3 also can be controlled remotely via ZyLink compatibility, which also allows you to wirelessly link together other IS3 lights that can be controlled in unison from one source. A USB port is included for field upgrades, and the shock-absorption panel design includes a carry handle for easy transport. List Price: $3,495. Contact: Zylight, (978) 244-0011, www.zylight.com.
ARRILASER 2is the next generation in film-to-digital recording. Supporting a 16-bit image path and doubled recording speeds over the ARRILASER, the ARRILASER 2 offers speeds of 0.9 sec./frame in 2K resolution and 1.5 sec./frame in 4K. The Linux-based software package includes a newly designed GUI for a constant overview of jobs in progress, and multiple lasers now can be controlled and operated from within one application. The new client-server architecture also permits ARRILASER software applications to be accessed from anywhere in a secure network of users. The upgrades only start there, and several configurations are available for best tailoring to the needs of your production house. List Price: Starts at $280,000. Contact: ARRI Inc., (818) 841-7070, www.arri.com.
Canon Day/Night DJ40x14Blens allow spectral transmittance of the lens in the near-IR region with over 60 percent transmittance at the 900nm wavelength. With application in everything from wildlife videography to creative filmmaking to security, this means that the Day/Night lens is able to capture subjects in total darkness when illuminated by near-infrared light. The lens also includes an extended zoom range and built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilization with on/off and motorized extender functions for remote-control operation when silent running is mandatory. The lens is designed for compatibility with many day/night broadcast-grade video cameras available from professional camera manufacturers. List Price: $103,800. Contact: Broadcast and Communications Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc., (800) 321-4388, www.canonbroadcast.com.
A BALANCING ACT
Sachtler’s Cine 7+7 HD 100mm bowl-mount fluid head brings professional possibility to cinema productions with a 16-step counterbalance mechanism and seven grades of horizontal and vertical drag for precise balancing and smooth panning. A side-load mounting mechanism for the camera plate allows easy mounting and dismounting, as well as five inches of travel for setting the ideal center of gravity for a camera. A Boost Button can switch payload capabilities between High and Low, and the Cine 7+7 HD supports up to 48.5 pounds, more than enough for most professional-camera setups with accessories included. The fluid head itself is lightweight at 7.3 pounds, but is built to be tough, with an operating temperature range from -40º F to 140º F and a dual compound molding process used for the brake lever and swivel arm that provides a reliable grip. The head also includes a mount for a front pan bar. Estimated Street Price: $5,999. Contact: Sachtler, (845) 268-0100, www.sachtler.com.
A SCANNER QUICKLY
SteadyFrame Universal Format Scanner from P+S Technik is designed to ingest 16mm and 35mm film stock in a short time without causing damage to delicate film material. The system can be switched easily between 16mm and 35mm, and is prepared for 25 fps. Scanning can be set manually for optimum results, thanks to an intuitive graphical interface, and the scanner also is built specifically to handle the deterioration, glitches and common problems that older film is prone to. The Perforation Recognition System utilizes software-based pattern-recognition algorithms for replacing mechanical operation with sprocket-free transport and the ability to handle different perforation patterns, types and pitches, as well. The SteadyFrame works with film formats in positive, negative and intermediates. List Price: Starts at $160,000. Contact: ZGC, Inc., (973) 335-4460, www.zgc.com.
Manfrotto’s Quick Stack series of lighting stands save room, reduce clutter in the studio and pack away comfortably for shooting on location. The 5⁄8-inch male spigot Quick Stack Stands are compact and ergonomic and, as the name suggests, multiple stands connect together when folded down, thanks to the Quick Stack System of storing. A one-touch locking device allows effortless detachment for setting up, newly developed bi-injection casting provides an improved ergonomic grip for securely tightening riser locks, and an air-cushioned system prevents loads from plummeting when handles are unlocked. Maximum load, up to 22 pounds, varies by model, and a 3⁄8-inch female screw top to a 1⁄4-inch male adapter is available to allow attachment of other accessories. The stands are sold individually or in bundles of three. List Price: Starts at $80. Contact: Manfrotto (Bogen Imaging), (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.
ON THE V-DOCK
V-DOCK professional mounting systemfrom Element Technica is designed to eliminate jerry-rigging with gaffer’s tape once and for all. The system features a female component with a spring-loaded split clamp that mounts to the camera through any industry-standard 15mm or 19mm iris rod. The separate male V-LOCK attaches to accessories, and the SpeedyClamp quick-release system allows users to add or remove items instantly. Featuring compatibility with many major camera systems, including the RED ONE, the V-DOCK can be used for a wide range of commonly attached devices, like drives, batteries, other Element Technica products and more. List Price: Starts at $250. Contact: Element Technica, (323) 641-7327, www.elementtechnica.com.
Anton/Bauer’s Dionic HC camera battery allows you to take charge of your professional camcorder. With operating times of more than two hours for a single charge on a 40-watt system, the Dionic HC includes an LCD fuel gauge for tracking up to nine hours of run time in real time. A seven-segment numerical icon graphically displays hours, while circular arcs illustrate 15-minute time intervals. It weighs only 1.8 pounds at dimensions of 4.06×5.46×2.34 inches. The Dionic HC is compatible with many high-end cameras, even able to power on-camera lighting. List Price: $549. Contact: Anton/Bauer, (800) 422-3473, www.antonbauer.com.
FROM DUSK ’TIL DAWN
Helios Sun Position Calculator iPhone/iPod Touch application, cinematog-raphers can accurately predict the path of the sun in the present or in the future, no matter where they are in the world. Helios offers three modes; HelioMeter displays a graphical representation of the sun’s position on a compass dial with elevation and proportional length of shadow; SkyView shows an overall view of the sun’s path through the day; and Inclinometer predicts the sun’s height at any given time. An internal database of over 30,000 locations includes longitude, latitude, time zone and daylight-savings information. You also can save favorite locations and add GPS data, though core functionality doesn’t rely on cell-phone reception, making the Helios an ideal solution for remote shoots. The Helios Sun Position Calculator is available as a download via iTunes. List Price: $30. Contact: Chemical Wedding, [email protected], www.chemicalwedding.tv.
LIGHT AS AIR
Flashpoint 10ACH Heavy Duty Pro 10-foot lightstandallows you to pull down heavy lights slowly, carefully and safely while packing up from a shoot. Weighing in at only 4.5 pounds, the three-section body collapses to a mere 43 inches when closed, ideal for portability and storage. Durable black aluminum construction and heavy-duty collars provide support of up to 25 pounds, and the 10ACH is capable of extending all the way up to 91⁄2 feet when set up. The lightstand also features an aggressive price point. List Price: $49. Contact: Adorama, (800) 223-2500, www.adorama.com.
A BIG RACK
LaCie 12big Rack series, including the 12big Rack Fibre, 12big Rack Serial and 12big Rack Network, offers extensive storage capabilities and support of up to six streams of 4:2:2 uncompressed video streams for video productions and editing. With multiple RAID levels up to RAID 6, each system offers plenty of redundancy, even to power supplies and cooling units for protecting operation. There’s also a dual-controller option for the Fibre and Rack Serial models, and the class 2U rack-mounted line provides (respectively) SAN, DAS and NAS storage solutions with a multipath 4x 4 Gbps fiber channel, dual mini-SAS or dual 1 Gbps Ethernet connections. The drives utilize Enterprise Class SATA disks, and the series can be added to current server systems via compatibility with a wide range of fiber-channel switches, fiber-channel HBAs and RAID controllers. List Price: Starts at $5,490. Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
GET READY TO ROLL
Rololight SoftBox 2GO. Available in 15-inch and 25-inch widths at daylight and tungsten color temperatures, the SoftBox 2GO light bank rolls up for handle-bag transport in an included carrying case. Weighing only five pounds, this four-bank system is modular, including a unique daisy-chain twist-lock connector. It’s also built to be impact-resistant for withstanding transit. The SoftBox 2GO can be used flat or in a multiangle configuration for intensifying lighting. The two-lamp ballasts are flicker-free, and power consumption is very low—.28 amps per ballast. (A European version includes a built-in 240V ballast.) List Price: Starts at $499 (U.S.); $649 (Euro). Contact: Rololight, (866) 297-3252, www.rololight.com.
A SMOOTH TRANSITION
The Omni-Tracker HD camera dolly uses independently adjustable Friction-Fit wheels that provide even, level panning and camera-follows in straight lines, arcs or any combination thereof. With the ability to support professional HD camera rigs of up to 85 pounds, the Omni-Tracker HD includes a position brake for locking down setups and several 3⁄8-16 and 1⁄4-20 threaded holes for mounting grip, lighting, field monitors and other equipment directly to the setup. Any standard tripod head with 3⁄8-16 mounts is compatible, or there’s a 100mm or 75mm bowl-type tripod-head adapter. The body is constructed of durable aluminum with an anodized finish, and the 80mm elastomer wheels roll smoothly, thanks to ABEC 7 bearings. A custom carrying case is included. List Price: $1,495. Contact: Omni-Tracker, [email protected], www.omni-tracker.com.
Zacutohas introduced three gunstock-style supports for video-capable D-SLRs. These Gorilla Kits—the DSLR Rapid Fire, DSLR Quick Draw and DSLR Tactical Shooter—provide stability and comfort while still being lightweight, affordable and adjustable for needs. The Rapid Fire has two points of contact, with the gunstock mounted on your shoulder and your hand on the camera. The Quick Draw is the lightest setup, with a handgrip in one hand and the other hand placed on the camera lens. The Tactical Shooter includes a handgrip and shoulder gunstock, while the other hand is placed on the lens for focusing. The kits feature compatibility with Zacuto’s extensive system of accessories and add-ons for a kit as comprehensive as you need it to be. List Price: $580 (Rapid Fire); $715 (Quick Draw); $1,176 (Tactical Shooter). Contact: Zacuto, (888) 294-3456, www.zacuto.com.
FUJINON TELE LENS
XA50X9.5B ESM-D HD telephoto lensfrom Fujinon offers 50x magnification, extending an impressive focal length from 9.5mm to 475mm. The lens features the same optics as the XA50X9.5, but has been designed as a cost-effective substitute for use in smaller venues that don’t require extreme magnifications, like basketball arenas, houses of worship and corporate events. The XA50X9.5B ESM-D HD features Fujinon’s Digi Power digital servo control system for enhanced performance of zoom and focus functions. Incorporation by ENG cameras that use system expanders is ideal, too, as the lens comes standard with a remote-control 2x extender. There’s proficient ƒ-stop ramping, with a 1.7 relative aperture from 9.5mm to 311mm and a stop of 2.6 at 475mm. Minimum object distance is only 9.8 feet from the front of the lens, and moisture-absorbing technology reduces fogging from humidity. Estimated Street Price: $77,000. Contact: Fujinon, (973) 633-5600, www.fujinonbroadcast.com.
A SUBSTITUTE MEMORY
SxSxSDHC memory adapterfrom Hoodman offers replacement of the Sony SxS 16 GB card in EX1 and EX3 camcorders with a cost-effective Turnkey Kit that includes the SxS adapter and a 16 GB SDHC Class 6 card. The SDHC memory card locks into the back slot of the adapter, which fits in the slot. Once the green light goes on, close the door, and your kit is loaded and ready to capture video. After ejecting the card, you can download data through an express card port, or you can place the SDHC card in an SDHC-to-USB reader. List Price: $139 (Turnkey Kit). Contact: Hoodman, (800) 818-3946, www.hoodmanusa.com.
A BEAUTY FILTER THAT MAKES YOU SAY WOW!
Designed for headshots, talking heads and interviews, the WOW Soft Center Beauty Filter from Formatt Filters diffuses features in the center of your frame, gradually reducing in strength to the edges. This provides a shot that maintains sharp background details and also adds a flattering appeal to your subject by reducing the flaws that HD is so capable of picking up. The WOW filter uses a combination of three grades. The center is grade 3, where the subject is placed, feathering out to a grade 2, which then diffuses to a grade 1 at the edges. The WOW filter is currently available in six 4mm sizes: 4×4, 4×5.65, 5×5, 5.65×5.65, 6×4 and 6.6×6.6. List Price: $275 (4×4); $420 (4×5.65); $500 (5×5 and up). Contact: Bogen Imaging, (201) 818-9500, www.bogenimaging.us.