DESKTOP PRODUCTION STUDIO
The newly updated NewTek TriCaster 40 is an entry-level HD live production system where you can mix multiple cameras, video, computer sources, graphics, and custom visuals and titles. Version 2 of the software now offers customizable animated transitions and network-style titles and graphics through the Animation Store Creator, with full color motion overlays and audio for both directions, as well as warped video mapping against 3D surfaces for high-impact graphics. The LiveText application creates unique HD titles and graphics with vector-based drawing tools, extensive text options and hundreds of preloaded templates. Verbose file types are supported by the system, and other features include live desktop monitors, wireless network support, recording and live streaming options, 14 video channels and much more. Existing TriCaster 40 customers can upgrade to the version 2 software. List Price: $5,995 (TriCaster 40 system); $995 (TriCaster 40 version 2 software); $1,995 (Optional Control Surface). Contact: NewTek, (800) 368-5441, www.newtek.com.
CANON LIVE BLOGGING
Canon‘s new VIXIA mini compact personal camcorder will allow shooters to record and share videos to their favorite social-network sites like YouTube and Facebook via built-in WiFi or the free Canon Movie Uploader app. There’s also a Live Streaming app, Canon CameraAccess2, that lets you control the mini remotely from your iOS or Android device. The mini has an ultrawide-angle Canon ƒ/2.8 fisheye lens (160º movies/170º photos) similar in viewing angle to GoPro’s HERO3 (170º). You can toggle between wide-angle and a Close-Up Mode where you can record a centered 1920×1440-resolution image by touching the camcorder’s 2.7-inch capacitive-tilt touch-panel LCD display. The display is attached by two parallel hinges that allow you to monitor low-, high- and self-angle shots with mirrored capability for viewing yourself. The camcorder also has a 12.8-megapixel CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC DV 4 image processor that allows you to record full HD video in MP4 format as well as JPEG stills to a removable microSD card. The mini contains a mechanical shutter for shooting moving subjects with less distortion, and it records high-quality audio with a built-in stereo microphone. You can select different audio modes that will match your surroundings, such as live music, road noise or others. An optional VIXIA mini carrying case and strap are available in black or white. List Price: $299 (VIXIA mini); $14 (CS-10 VIXIA mini case and strap). Contact: Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.
EXPRESS DAILIES 2013
Express Dailies 2013 is an on-set dailies system designed for the high-performance needs of commercials, motion pictures and episodic television productions. The 2013 release adds a performance-enhancing 64-bit architecture alongside a new set of productivity features like On-Set Live! color grading. Faster-than-realtime encoding of multiple deliverable file types is supported with checksum-verified ingest of video files, as well as copying and LTO archiving through the Copy Central mode. Media and metadata can be managed through a new Bin tool, which offers creation of bins and timelines, advanced sort and search through metadata, and file export with PDF manifest reports for project management. The drag-and-drop interface includes integrated waveform monitor and histogram analysis tools. The software is compatible with Mac Pro and MacBook Pro workstations with support for AJA KONA 3 and Io XT cards for realtime HD and RAW video playback, including ARRIRAW and F55RAW files. Most popular cameras and formats from ARRI, Canon, GoPro, Phantom, RED, Sony and others are compatible, and an annual subscription is required for support and updates. Express Dailies 2014 is also planned with support for the new Mac Pro, iMac and MacBook Pro platforms, parallel background rendering and NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan and AMD FirePro graphics cards compatibility for 4K video display, 4K deBayer and 4K deliverables. For VFX plate pulls, the new version will export 2K/3K/4K/5K and 6K in DPX, TIFF and EXR file formats. List Price: $15,000 (software only). Contact: Colorfront, www.colorfront.com.
ikan‘s Featherweight series of LED lighting units are available in your choice of Daylight or Dual Color arrays with low heat output, minimal power consumption and weight-saving form factors. Weighing a little over four pounds, the 576 Featherweight Daylight and 576 Featherweight Dual Color lights include 576 LED bulb modules while the Dual Color also offers a selectable color temperature range of 3200K-5600K. Similarly, the six-pound 1024 Featherweight Daylight and 1024 Featherweight Dual Color offer the same features with double the output. The touch-sensitive LCD display shows battery life, color temperature and intensity, which are controllable through knobs on the rear of the unit. A V-mount or AB-Mount Pro Battery Plate is included, as is a diffuser and integrated barn doors with intensifier reflection and gel grips. The lights also sport an integrated yoke mount for attaching to light stands or grids. List Price: $1,099 (1024 Featherweight Dual Color); $999 (1024 Featherweight Daylight); $549 (576 Featherweight Dual Color); $499 (576 Featherweight Daylight). Contact: ikan Corporation, (713) 272-8822, www.ikancorp.com.
RIGGING THE SYSTEM
Zacuto has announced three new filmmaking accessory systems for DSLR users and filmmakers. Designed as foldable run-and-gun rigs for DSLRs, the Marauder and Enforcer handheld camera supports are small enough to fit into a pocket when folded. Both models unfold instantly to provide a shooting support with minimal setup time. Both systems are based on an adjustable gunstock shoulder support with rubber pad. The Marauder adds a front articulating handgrip to the rig, and both kits include the Gorilla Plate V2 quick-release platform, which is compatible with the optional Zacuto Z-Finder viewfinder. Also announced, the Digital Recorder Rod Mount accessory will let you attach large external recorders to Zacuto kits with industry-standard 15mm rods to add compatible systems like the HXR-IFR5 Sony Recorder, AstroDesign HR-7510 and other popular models. List Price: $775 (Marauder); $475 (Enforcer); $195 (Digital Recorder Rod Mount). Contact: Zacuto, (888) 294-3456, www.zacuto.com.