The Lexar Professional Workflow hub, the HR2, is quite possibly the product editors and DITs have been looking for for years.
The HR2 hub is designed for complete customization, with four open bays accommodating a variety of card readers and storage drives. This allows the user to offload and backup footage and other files from multiple memory cards at once. While the HR2 was designed primarily for a home or office desktop workstation, the individual readers and drives can all still be used independently of the hub for maximum portability whether in the field, or on set. Because there aren’t any software or drivers to accompany the HR2, the system will have no problem integrating into your workflow already in place, including industry standard software like Silverstack and ShotPut Pro.
The HR2 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 technology, and allows for concurrent transfers from all four bays for quick transfer speeds. The readers and drives themselves all feature USB 3.0 for stand-alone usage, utilizing USB type B ports for their large and robust connectors that allow the modules to be inserted into the bay without worry of damaging contacts. The hub itself features a USB 3.0 port as well as two Thunderbolt 2 ports so that you can daisy-chain the other components of your system together. Thankfully, the unit is also backwards compatible with both Thunderbolt and USB 2.0.
This hub will easily find a permanent home at your workstation. By utilizing the bay structure, you can eliminate a large amount of cable and clutter, allowing you to stay organized. Unfortunately, the device is not bus powered and includes an AC power supply, however, the two cables needed for this system can free you up from the web of cables typically required by multiple readers and storage drives. The modular design allows for ultimate flexibility in offloading media – whether you find yourself capturing XQD media from an FS7 one day, or handling the CFast 2.0 card from an AMIRA the next day, you’ll always be well equipped for the job. This modularity also future-proofs the system, as Lexar adds new card formats and readers to their offerings, you’ll be able to swap in the new components and continue working.
To learn more about Lexar’s HR2, visit their Professional Workflow products FAQ page.
RED has opened the doors for third party manufacturers to work natively with their DSMC2 cameras, including the WEAPON, SCARLET-W, and RAVEN. This allows for some some fantastic integrations, both mechanically and electronically. In addition, a number of lens manufacturers have options that work perfectly with the RED platform. Below, we have put together a list of the latest RED accessories available at AbelCine.
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As IBC 2016 draws closer, the internet is abuzz with rumors and announcements of new products to be introduced at this year’s show. One of the first official product announcements, published today, was the introduction of Zeiss’s newest offering in the lightweight zoom category, the LWZ.3 21-100mm T2.9-3.9.
The new 21-100mm lens weighs in at just over four pounds and features a speed of T2.9 on the wide end, which linearly ramps to around T3.9 when fully zoomed in. It is a very smooth and fairly subtle transition as you zoom in, one that is almost unseen in these type of variable aperture lenses. The minimum focus distance for the lens is right at about 2.9 feet with a generous 300 degrees of focus rotation, making this an extremely flexible option for both narrative and documentary shooters. Designed to match with both Ultra and Master primes, this lens will make a nice addition to round out a kit and provide the flexibility lacking in prime lenses’ single, fixed-focal lengths.
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Last week, Convergent Design unleashed its largest firmware yet into the wilds of the production world. Firmware v2016.06 is packed with new features — twenty-three new ones to be exact — on top of twenty-two different fixes and improvements. The best part of all? This is a completely free update!
While the majority of the updates in v2016.06 are Apollo/Apollo Option specific, the Odyssey7Q+/7Q was certainly not left out. The Odyssey RAW Bundle now supports both FS RAW from the PXW-FS5, as well as IO 4K RAW form the IO Industries Flare 4K. FS RAW can be recorded in either CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes continuously at up to 59.94 fps in 4K, 240 fps in 2K, and as much as 120 fps in 4K burst mode. In addition to the RAW bundle upgrade, the Odyssey7Q+/7Q now offer Dual-HD recording capabilities, allowing you to acquire two HD video signals simultaneously in Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT.
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