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Wooden Camera has always been known for innovative accessory ideas. In this video, Ryan from Wooden Camera shows off their new Director’s Monitor Cage, which is a height-adjustable, lightweight system that can accommodate a wide range of monitors, including popular ones from TVLogic, Convergent Design, and SmallHD. The Director’s Monitor Cage also has mounting options for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate, as well as mounting for wireless video. It can be worn on a lanyard and quick-released on and off of a C-stand. 

Ryan also showed off their Recorder Slide, which accommodates external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun, Convergent Design Odyssey7/7Q, Codex, Blackmagic HyperDeck, and Ki Pro Quad. The Recorder Slide articulates in two places, allowing the operator to configure it in many different positions, and has mounting for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate as well. Watch my video above to learn more about these versatile new accessories.

 

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Zeiss announced last week that they would be showing off a prototype of their servo unit for compact zooms at IBC this year and during the show I was able to stop by their booth and take a look. Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager at Zeiss, was nice enough to take a few moments and give me more information about the unit. 

As mentioned previously, the servo is designed specifically for Zeiss’ line of Compact Zoom lenses; an installation plate can be attached to each lens, allowing the user to easily move the servo between lenses as needed. Watch the video above as Helmut explains some of the specifics behind how the finished servo will work. 

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Sony has announced several updates for the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, including firmware version 5.0, due out in December. Version 5.0 adds several features, but also preps the camera for several big hardware updates.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Sony F5 & F55 Updates

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There’s definitely been a lot of buzz around Panasonic’s new VariCams (the 4K VariCam 35 and the high-speed VariCam HS) since last year’s NAB show, so I made sure to stop by Panasonic’s IBC booth this year. If you recall, Panasonic previously introduced two models: the VariCam 35 (Super-35mm 4K MOS sensor) and the VariCam HS (high speed 2/3″ camera head featuring three 1920×1080 MOS sensors). 

One of the VariCam 35′s new features I got to see up close was the ability to live grade the camera over ethernet or WiFi using Pomfort’s Livegrade software. Users will also have the option to save their data as a CDL file that is attached to the clip – especially handy for those who prefer to shoot in Log.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Panasonic VariCam 35 Updates

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Convergent Design’s upcoming firmware for the Odyssey7Q will add 4K ProRes 422 HQ recording, giving users an alternative to Raw workflows and allowing for hours of record time in this industry-standard codec. 

With the new update, Odyssey7Q users will now be able to record the 4K output from the Sony F55, Phantom Flex4K and Panasonic GH4 into 4K ProRes. Additionally, the 7Q will be able to take the Raw output from the Sony FS700 and Canon C500 and record it to 4K ProRes. At 24p, a 7Q with two 512GB Odyssey SSDs can capture 194 minutes of 4K. 

…continue reading IBC 2014: Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Gets 4K ProRes Recording

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Freefly Systems revealed some big news today: they’ve dropped prices on their popular MōVI M5 and M10 stabilizers, and released pricing info on the new M15. Freefly has definitely experienced some rapid growth during the last few years, and they’ve taken advantage of improved efficiency in their manufacturing process to pass these savings to the customers. Below is a rundown of the new pricing: 

…continue reading IBC 2014: Freefly Announces New Pricing for MoVI M5, M10, and M15

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Sony has just announced the newest member to the XDCAM family, the PXW-FS7, and we were able to stop by Sony’s IBC booth to get a closer look. Expected to ship this October, the FS7 is an E-mount Super 35 camera that records to XQD cards. It has been designed with ergonomics in mind, featuring a small profile and form factor that lends itself to vérité-style shooting.

The rounded back end means the camera can sit against your chest or on top of your shoulder, and the adjustable viewfinder is positioned in an ideal location for shoulder use. A smart grip comes mounted on an extension arm for various shooting positions and includes a zoom rocker, iris dial, navigation joystick, start/stop, and several assignable buttons. The handgrip uses a standard Arri rosette, and can be rotated via a quick release knob, or folded for transport.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Sony Introduces the New PXW-FS7 Camera

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