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Posts by Ian McCausland

Topics Lighting

The Fiilex P360 Pro Plus will look familiar to those accustomed to working with the flagship P360, but has several notable updates. Output has been increased to a 400W equivalent fixture, plus the adjustable color temperature range has been expanded from 2800K to 6500K. Fiilex has also added hue control for additional tunability. Weighing in at 1.8 lbs it is the right light for numerous applications.  The unit ships with an AC power supply and barn door. Additional accessories include a Fresnel lens attachment and a diffusion dome using magnets to hold it in place. A LED panel on the back panel displays light settings. In this blog, I give a walkthrough of the light; I also take the fixture outside and use it as a key light and as a fill instrument. Having the ability to change Kelvin as well as hue, I was able to easily match the light to the other sources. Watch my video above to learn more and see the P360 Pro Plus in action.

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The other day I had the chance to get a peek at the new Fujinon MK50-135 zoom lens. This lens compliments the recently-announced MK18-55 (watch Matt Porwoll’s video on the 18-55, part of his Behind the Lens documentary zoom series). The 50-135 shares many of the attributes of its wide angle companion: it is parfocal, meaning that it maintains focus through its entire zoom range, and as well maintains a T 2.9 stop from wide to tight. Macro focusing – down to 2′ 9″ – and a back focus adjustment are available as well. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the MK50-135 as well as some test footage.

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At the Miller booth, I spoke with Joseph White about Miller’s new Skyline 90 Fluid Head. A design collaboration with storied tripod manufacturer Ronford-Baker, the Skyline 90 is a high-capacity cine-style head on a flat Mitchell base capable of supporting up to 165 lbs for really substantial broadcast or cinema payloads. It features 15 settings for drag, a large, easy to access counterbalance dial, and a unique fore-aft trim knob on the underside of the top plate. To see the head in action and hear more details, check out the video above.

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Topics Audio, NAB 2017

Brian Walker of Sennheiser was kind enough to join us for two videos. First, he shows us the MKE 440, followed by the EK 6042.

The MKE 440 is a shotgun microphone with a bit of an interesting twist. It is one mic featuring a pair of MKE 400 capsules to create a stereo perspective. The MKE 440 was designed to be mounted directly on top of a camcorder or DSLR, so it features a cold shoe mount as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Sennheiser will also offer a stereo 3.5mm to XLR adapter for cameras with more professional audio inputs. The mic is powered using two AAA batteries, which will provide about thirty hours of power.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Sennheiser Updates

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I stopped by the G-Tech booth, where Matt Bennion showed me their latest update to the EV Series G-Speed Shuttle XL.

The G-Speed Shuttle XL is now available with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, allowing for up to 1500MB/s transfer rates. The Shuttle XL is an 8-bay RAID enclosure which, by default, is configured with with six hard drives and two EV bays. The EV bays can be populated with any EV compatible accessory, like the RED Mini-Mag reader Matt shows us, as well as Atomos Master Caddies and SSD drives.

This product will help DITs to manage offloading footage and creating backups without a confusing array of readers and a mess of cabled drives. The G-Speed Shuttle XL is compatible with all of the latest offload software, such as ShotPut Pro, Silverstack and Hedge, but footage can also easily be dragged onto the drives in a more plug-and-play sense, however, you will not have the benefit of a checksummed or monitored copy.

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In this video, Andy Munitz from Sony shows us the slot-loading version of their dual-channel wireless receiver, the URX-S03D Slot-In. The Slot-In version of the URX-S03D is designed to mount vertically inside a purpose-built slot at the rear of shoulder-mount cameras, such as Sony’s shoulder mount broadcast cameras or F5/F55 cameras with Sony’s ENG/EFP Build-Up Kit. As with the standalone version of the URX-P03D, which is also compatible with Sony’s Multi Interface shoe system, the Slot-In version can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters.

Additionally, these units feature true double tuner diversity for a total of four tuners, two per channel. DSP processing is on-board, as well as A/D and D/A converters (the last stage of D/A is bypassed when loaded into a camera so that a pure digital signal is sent to the camera’s memory card for recording). Check out the video for more details on Sony’s range of slot-load solutions and build options.

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Topics NAB 2017

I’m over at the Blackmagic Design booth talking with Jason Druss about their new affordable control surfaces for DaVinci Resolve: the Resolve Mini and Resolve Micro panels. Both panels feature a subset of the functionality available on the full-size Advanced panel targeted but at different user levels.

The Micro and Mini panels feature the same controls on the flat part of the surface, such as color wheels, keys and dials, while the Mini panel adds an angled deck at the rear containing additional controls as well as two five-inch screens for displaying parameters for the active tool or adjustment. The Micro panel is targeted at DITs, on set colorists and dailies colorists who need a portable yet powerful solution for color grading on the go. The Micro panels is bus-powered via a single USB-C connection. The Mini panel is targeted squarely at freelance colorists and gives access to a much broader selection of tools through dedicated physical controls. This allows for much a finer control and a more creative approach to color grading. Both panels use the same dial encoders, dampening, and trackball weighting as the full Advanced panel.

Jason also notes that there is a new version of the DaVinci Resolve software, version 14 currently available as a public beta, featuring the integration of Fairlight’s sophisticated multitrack sound design and editing capabilities (Blackmagic Design purchased Fairlight in September, 2016). Also, the price for the Studio version of Resolve has been lowered to $299 from $999, and in the future hardware dongles will no longer be necessary. Note that the Fairlight audio functionality is fully available in the free version of Resolve as well. Watch the above video for more details!

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