It was a busy NAB for our technical specialists with visits to the Panasonic, RED, Arri, Zeiss, Canon, Sony and Freefly booths, to name a few. With so much to cover, we thought we’d round up all our NAB blogs in one place for you.
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I visited the Panasonic booth at NAB to look at some new products. The first one is the VariCam Extension Unit, a modular system with a recorder and a head that can be separated. This extension unit allows you to send the data from the head back into the recorder and allows you to go up to 5 meters away.
AbelCine is now an authorized reseller for RED Digital Cinema, so I was excited to check out the brand new, just announced WEAPON at the RED booth. The latest version in the RED DRAGON family, the WEAPON is the smallest camera in the lineup and features the same sensor as the DRAGON. In developing the design of the camera, RED incorporated user feedback to develop several unique features. Watch the video above to learn more about the WEAPON including a modular design, impressive sensor and post production options.
I spoke to David Missall, the Manager of Customer Development & Application Engineering for Sennheiser USA, about the new AVX. The AVX plugs into an XLR connector on your camera, camcorder, or DSLR. AVX is a single channel digital wireless receiver/transmitter system. The AVX is perfect for run-n-gun to capture unpredictable levels of audio due to its ability to automatically set the receiver levels by itself. With a unique form factor, the AVX will fit on any camera with XLR connectors. The AVX will be available in May 2015.
Watch my video above to learn more about the new Sennheiser AVX.
I spent some time in our NAB booth, looking at some of our new AbelCine accessories. The first one is the UMS Conversion Kit for Canon Cine-Servo. We removed the mount that comes on the Cine-Servo 17-120 lens, and we put a neutral mount in place of that, which is part of our UMS Conversion Kit. This allows you to quickly interchange between different mounts for different cameras, such as E-mount, Micro 4/3s, Nikon, and EF. You can adapt this lens for any camera you want to use it with while maintaining critical back focus.
You may have seen my earlier blog on how to put AES audio into your camera using Sound Devices gear. I stopped by the Sound Devices booth at NAB to learn about their new 688 Field Mixer and its SL-6 Super Slot powering and wireless system. This combination makes for a powerful multi-track recording system. It’s perfect for owner/operators who may need to record their own audio, in addition to their camera duties, and it is especially helpful in situations where there are numerous mics and talent to be recorded.
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We recently covered the breakthrough mobility of the ALEXA Mini, and we have the camera in our NAB booth this year. In the first configuration, it is fully rigged out with Arri accessories including a shoulder plate and battery plate. Although the camera is small and lightweight at 5 lbs, it can be built up for standard operation. You’ll also notice that the ALEXA Mini is actually mounted upside down. You can mount the camera either way as the sensor is completely centered, making it usable for a variety of applications.
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