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I stopped by the Redrock Micro booth where I was joined by Brian Valente to check out their latest products.

This year, Redrock has focused heavily on their lens control offerings. The first product Brian shows us is their new SLS Motor. This motor is extremely compact, with 300% more torque and twice the resolution of their current Torque motors. Weighing in at just over 4oz (120g), this motor is perfect for gimbal and aerial applications where every ounce becomes crucial. The SLS motors are being offered in a few versions, one of which is configured with the MoVI Pro FIZ Molex connector built-in.

The SLS is not the only MoVI Pro accessory Redrock Micro has released. To accompany the motors, they have also created the Navigator command module. This is MoVI API compatible for full focus, iris and zoom support of motors attached directly to the MoVI Pro.

The Eclipse system, which was shown last year as a preview, is back in full release form. The system starts with the Atlas motor, which features the same torque and resolution improvements as the SLS motors, with the addition of a built-in MDR. The Navigator module seen on their MoVI Pro setup is back, again allowing for FIZ control, but this time paired with the Atlas motors. The third piece of the system is called the Halo Explorer. This is a LIDAR-based range finding accessory to be used for marking actors’ locations and pulling focus. It also allows for focus tracking using cine lenses, essentially an autofocus option for manual lenses.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Redrock Micro Updates

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I met with Klaus Grosser of Ambient about their new NanoLockit wireless timecode generator. Even smaller than the Tiny Lockit, the NanoLockit isn’t much bigger than a nine-volt battery or matchbox. The NanoLockit aims to simplify dealing with timecode, while at the same time encapsulating Ambient’s 25+ years of experience producing location timecode equipment.

The NanoLockit can generate its own timecode, using a built-in Real Time Clock (based on time of day) and easily synchronize with, or “jam,” other NanoLockits that might be plugged into multiple cameras, audio recorder/mixers, and other equipment. Connections are made via a standard 5-pin Lemo connector. The NanoLockit’s “jamming” is a one-time event. For continuous jamming (“c-jam”) from a master clock, look to Ambient’s broader product line. However, the NanoLockit should only need to re-jam once per day. Also, the NanoLockit is a fully-enfranchised ACN client device (Ambient Communication Network, a wireless protocol for timecode created by Ambient) so it will receive timecode broadcast from Master Lockits, the Lockit Slate, and other Ambient hardware supporting ACN.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Ambient NanoLockit

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I spoke with Ryan Schorman from Wooden Camera about some of their new products. First up is Wooden’s Universal Follow Focus, a flexible and modular double-sided studio unit inspired by time-tested designs from OConnor and ARRI. The unit can be mounted on standard 19mm rods, as well as lightweight and studio 15mm rods. It will be available in Pro and Base kit trims (similar to other Wooden Camera products such as their Universal Mattebox) with prices of $1250 and $1995 respectively. Available for pre-order now, the unit is expected to ship by mid-June.

Ryan also shows their new director’s monitor cage, which sports a neck strap with better padding and a new folding sunshade sized to fit most popular 7” monitors. It also features fold-away handles and a cool swing-away battery plate that also serves to manage cables and protect any wireless receivers that may be mounted to the monitor. Watch the video above to learn more.

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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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