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Posts by Ian McCausland

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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Topics NAB 2017

I visited the Sony booth to speak with Andy Munitz about their dual channel wireless microphone receiver, the URX-P03D. This receiver is in the same family as the UWP-D single channel receiver, meaning that it can be powered by the multi-interface smart shoe found on Alpha 7 and PXW series cameras from Sony (the M-I shoe also routes audio into the camera for recording). Being a dual-channel receiver, the P03D can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters. The receiver features a wide range of bandwidth (up to 72MHz), thousands of tunable frequencies and the ability to bus each transmitter’s signal to either, or both, of the two outputs. Additionally, the unit features a stereo microphone input jack, taking advantage of the receiver’s position on or near the camera to enable either the camera operator to be recorded – if, for example, the camera operator is also the interviewer in a “one person band” shoot – or to record ambient sound to mix under the talent mic to give a sense of location and environment (such as at a sports game). The unit is also available with a cold shoe mount for use with cameras by other manufacturers.

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I swung by the Bright Tangerine booth today to talk to Brian Goff and Robert Eagle about the company’s expansion into camera accessories and other new developments. First up is their modular power distribution box for ARRI’s ALEXA Mini which allows the camera battery to remain in place when changing out recording media. An additional module under development will allow for up to four SDI output terminals to be added to the camera and will have an internal low-capacity “puffer” battery with a run time of four minutes to allow for swapping batteries without having to turn off the camera. The main distribution unit also features a cleverly “reversible” P-tap/D-tap power output as well as 5v USB, multiple two-pin power outs and R/S.

Robert showed off the new Revolvr Atom, a compact single-sided follow focus unit capable of mounting to 15mm or 19mm rods. It features nearly 3″ of gear arm travel to accommodate a wider range of lenses. Also, the unit can be mounted on a NATO rail if the camera’s rigging makes it impractical to mount to rods. The Revolvr Atom will list for $1600 and will be available by the middle-to-end of June, 2017.

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