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This year at CCW, Switronix highlighted the new HyperCore Gold batteries at their booth, and I was able to stop by and get a closer look. Product Specialist Jose Flores was nice enough to give me a walkthrough of the batteries, which are specifically designed to handle high power draws; they are also compatible with both Switronix and Anton Bauer chargers. Plus, Jose gave me some more details on the Jetpack-X, which Ian previewed back at Cine Gear, so watch my video above to learn more.

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Topics Lighting

If you stopped by our CCW booth earlier this month, you’ll remember that we featured a Phantom Photo Booth as part of our display. Of course, when shooting high-speed footage, one of the most important considerations is having enough light – and that’s where the new Litepanels Astra comes in. Building on the original 1×1, the Astra is a bi-color panel with dual rows of LEDs that can be tuned to daylight or tungsten. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the features of the Astra, and check out this interview with Litepanels’ Pat Grosswendt to learn even more about the technology behind it.

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Topics Community

Last month we celebrated our 25th anniversary as a company with a party at our LA location. Over 400 people attended the event, which included raffles, a silent auction, a Phantom Photo Booth, lunch and a bar, as well as a number of panel discussions on different topics, from technology to craft. 

For those who weren’t able to attend (or for those who’d like to revisit one of their favorites), we recorded some of the panels and made them available to watch below. 

…continue reading Discussions of Technology and Craft at AbelCine’s 25 Year Event in LA

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Panasonic has released their highly anticipated VariCam 35 and VariCam HS. These cameras are designed to be modular, featuring interchangeable heads that are compatible with a single recording module. If you often switch between 2/3″-inch and Super 35mm video acquisition, you can purchase an additional head without having to buy a complete second camera. Our feature set comparison gives an overview of the two camera heads and compares specs side-by-side.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download the pdf.

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Topics 4K, Accessories

Convergent Design recently announced their newest firmware update, v3.10.100, for the Odyssey7 and Odyssey7Q. This update enables several new features on both recorders. One of the biggest additions specific to the 7Q is the ability to record 4K ProRes via 4x HDSDI inputs. Along with 4K ProRes, the 7Q can now also capture 2K (2048×1080) ProRes 422(HQ) at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 50, and 59.94 fps. 

…continue reading Convergent Design Releases Firmware 3.10.100 for Odyssey7/7Q

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Now that the Sony a7S is out in the field and shooting, we thought it would be a good time to put together a lens and accessory guide for this powerful new addition to the line of Sony mirrorless cameras. With a cutting-edge full frame sensor design that utilizes large pixels, the a7S is able to capture images up to 409,600 ISO. It also has an S-log gamma curve and is able to capture 14 stops of dynamic range, making it ideal for low light and for creating a cinematic look under high contrast situations. Additionally, the a7S can output 4K video via HDMI up to 60p and HD up to 120 fps. 

…continue reading Lenses & Accessories for the Sony a7S

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Topics Canon

Canon has just unveiled the successor to their popular C100, the EOS C100 Mark II. This new camera offers several valuable modifications and upgrades to both image quality and functionality. While keeping the same Super 35 sensor as the original C100, the advanced Canon DIGIC DV4 image processor in the Mark II interpolates HD from the 4K sensor, much like the C500 processes 2K information. The camera separates the RGB output from the camera’s 8.3 Megapixel CMOS imager into three individual 8 megapixel signals (as opposed to 2MB in the C100) for noticeably improved image quality. It also has a new debayering algorithm to help minimize moiré and reduce video noise even at high ISO speeds. (ISO range 320 to 102,400). 

Canon has also increased the Mark II’s recording capabilities with the incorporation of the MP4 format, in addition to the existing AVCHD format. Simultaneous recording of both codecs to two different cards is also supported, great for those with numerous post requirements. Both modes allow you to record to a maximum frame rate of 1080p60, with the MP4 mode also supporting Slow and Fast recording up to 60 fps.

…continue reading Canon Announces New EOS C100 Mark II

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