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When Canon announced the Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 last year, it was also announced that it would be part of a family of lenses. Today, the Compact Servo 70-200mm T4.4 joins the ranks as the second lens of the series. With particular attention to usability, the 70-200 is physically identical to the 18-80, down to the placement and gear pitch of the focus, iris, and zoom rings. It utilizes the same optional hand grip unit, and like its sister lens is a parfocal design. Optically it also pairs well with the Cinema Prime lenses and is compatible with the Canon 1.4x and 2.0x Extender.

…continue reading First Look: Canon 70-200 Compact Servo

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Topics NAB 2017

NAB is almost here and we’re all gearing up to head out to Vegas. To help kick off the show, we have once again gathered Andy, Jeff, and Megan in our Chicago Learning Point to discuss industry trends and what they’re excited about at NAB 2017. Some key themes they touched on include HDR, VR / 360º video, live streaming, large sensor cameras, optics, lighting, and connected devices.

On that note, we are also excited to announce that we will be featuring in-depth panel presentations on these topics and more in our booth this year. We will be joined by industry experts, cinematographers, directors, and other creatives on a series of panels that really dive into each theme. And like last year, we have arranged special tours to the top manufacturers’ booths — such as ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and Nokia — that you can sign up for to get the most inside information from our vendors. For the latest NAB information and to sign up for our tours, visit our dedicated NAB 2017 hub or stop by our booth at C8215!

We’ve also got good news for those who won’t be able to make it to NAB this year: we’ll be live streaming all of our presentations (as well as the panels we’re hosting at Teradek’s booth C6025) directly on our NAB page.

What are you most looking forward to seeing at the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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Topics Lighting

The Fiilex Matrix is a color-tunable (2800-6500K) panel light that has tremendous output for its size. A punchy source that can be lensed with a unique fresnel solution, it’s both DMX controllable and has WiFi control. In this video Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through some of the key features and accessories for the light.

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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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Topics Lighting

The Select 30 LED System is both a variable color temperature and multi-color light fixture that is housed in the familiar Kino Flo form factor. The wireless LED-150X DMX controller is the command center for the system and is modular in design. In this video Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through the key features and functionality of the light.

 

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The C300 Mark II‘s dual-pixel technology provides reliable and predictable autofocus. We now have the ability to dedicate autofocus to skin tones only, subjects coming in and out of frame, or multiple subjects in the same frame. The C300 Mark II also gives users lots of options for autofocus. As of firmware version v 1.4.4.1.00, we now have autofocus with the Canon 17-120 servo zoom. A free firmware update for the 17-120 lens is required to use autofocus with the C300 Mark II. This update can be done at a Canon service center or at AbelCine’s New York or Burbank locations.

…continue reading At the Bench: Autofocus Updates for Canon C300 Mark II & 17-120

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