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Today we’re here with Greg Smokler of Teradek to talk about their latest LUT box, the COLR Duo. The Duo is an upgraded version of the previous COLR, now sporting two, independent 3G-SDI outputs each capable of displaying their own 33x33x33 sided cube LUTs. Using system RAM, the DUO can store 30+ 3D LUTs. Probably among the most useful features on the unit are the hardware controls and integrated display, allowing you to control output settings and configure your network without the need to be tied to a computer.

The DUO’s 802.11 WiFi network is capable of generating its own ad-hoc network or can integrate into an existing WiFi network. Settings can be edited and LUTs can be loaded through the easy to use web interface that is found by navigating to the Duo’s IP address. The Duo features a gigabit Ethernet port for camera control, so any camera featuring a port for Ethernet control protocol will be able to be controlled remotely.

Be sure to watch the video above to learn more.

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We’re proud to show off our Cameo VESA mount, part of the Cameo line of digital camera accessories manufactured by AbelCine. This flexible and well-thought-out system was designed by AbelCine’s own Jesse Rosen, Director of Technical Development, and his team. The Cameo VESA Mount is a production monitor support with 230º of tilt and a full 360º of rotation, enabling monitoring for vertical shooting as well as the odd shot where a camera is upside down (such as when inverted on a MoVI or other specialty rig). The Cameo VESA Mount also allows mounting of wireless video receivers and pro “brick” batteries to create a self-contained, fully wireless and mobile monitoring solution. In this video, I built the VESA mount and its related accessories on a production monitor.

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You may remember our previous blog post about the release of the Titan HD Extract option for Convergent Design’s Apollo and Odyssey monitor/recorders. Titan allows multiple HD-resolution windows to be captured as distinctly framed shots from a single camera shooting in UHD 4K (3840×2160). 1920×1080 windows are supported at up to 30p; 1280×720 for 50p and 60p. The full 4K image is subsampled to 1920×1080 resolution along with two user-set frames that can be selected on the touch screen. A fourth 1920×1080 stream can be captured as either a quad split or a live switch of the three “shots.” With this setup, Titan delivers ISOs and a switch cut to the same drive. In the video above, I will show you how to set up a project and extract each video stream on the post side.

To purchase or rent Titan, visit Convergent Design’s site.

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AB-cine-chartSMAnton Bauer quickly became a staple for both video and broadcast cinematographers with their robust and reliable batteries. With their new CINE 90 and 90 VM, along with the CINE 150 and 150 VM breaking into the market in 2016, they’re only getting better. The CINE battery series is designed specifically for digital cinema cameras and camera stabilizer systems. The lightweight, Li-Ion CINE batteries are available in either Gold Mount or V-Mount and boast up to 12 amps of continuous power.

Check out our new charts for an overview of the key technical specs for both the CINE and Broadcast models. These specifications also translate into differences in production workflow, all of which need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right Anton Bauer battery for your project.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download the pdfs: cine and broadcast.

…continue reading Anton Bauer Broadcast and Cine Battery Comparison Chart

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The OConnor 2560 can be thought of as the little brother to the 2575. However, with a payload weight of up to 83 lbs it is hardly a lightweight. The 2560 has a smaller profile than the 2575, but enjoys the same functionality. In this blog, I take you through all the key features of this head that make it infinitely adjustable. Whether using mounting platforms from OConnor or third-party configurations, the 2560 delivers exceptional camera movement every time.

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As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.

Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016

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The Sachtler FSB 10 is the latest addition to their FSB line. This fluid head features a 100mm ball mount, allowing the head to be used on a wide variety of tripod options from Sachtler. Although the head is compact, it will handle camera payloads of eight to twenty-six pounds. Sachtler offers the FSB 10 model and the “T” model; the T stands for Touch & Go. This model is the traditional style of quick release plate that has been a part of Sachtler design for years. The FSB 10 incorporates a sideload plate, which acts as a sliding balance plate. This is a great option when changing lenses and having to recenter the camera to the head. Additionally, the head features an illuminated bubble level and ten counterbalance settings. Watch my video above to get a more detailed look at the FSB 10.

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