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This year at CCW, Switronix highlighted the new HyperCore Gold batteries at their booth, and I was able to stop by and get a closer look. Product Specialist Jose Flores was nice enough to give me a walkthrough of the batteries, which are specifically designed to handle high power draws; they are also compatible with both Switronix and Anton Bauer chargers. Plus, Jose gave me some more details on the Jetpack-X, which Ian previewed back at Cine Gear, so watch my video above to learn more.

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Topics Lighting

If you stopped by our CCW booth earlier this month, you’ll remember that we featured a Phantom Photo Booth as part of our display. Of course, when shooting high-speed footage, one of the most important considerations is having enough light – and that’s where the new Litepanels Astra comes in. Building on the original 1×1, the Astra is a bi-color panel with dual rows of LEDs that can be tuned to daylight or tungsten. Watch my video above to get a closer look at the features of the Astra, and check out this interview with Litepanels’ Pat Grosswendt to learn even more about the technology behind it.

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Wooden Camera has always been known for innovative accessory ideas. In this video, Ryan from Wooden Camera shows off their new Director’s Monitor Cage, which is a height-adjustable, lightweight system that can accommodate a wide range of monitors, including popular ones from TVLogic, Convergent Design, and SmallHD. The Director’s Monitor Cage also has mounting options for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate, as well as mounting for wireless video. It can be worn on a lanyard and quick-released on and off of a C-stand. 

Ryan also showed off their Recorder Slide, which accommodates external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun, Convergent Design Odyssey7/7Q, Codex, Blackmagic HyperDeck, and Ki Pro Quad. The Recorder Slide articulates in two places, allowing the operator to configure it in many different positions, and has mounting for a Gold Mount or V-Mount battery plate as well. Watch my video above to learn more about these versatile new accessories.


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Zeiss announced last week that they would be showing off a prototype of their servo unit for compact zooms at IBC this year and during the show I was able to stop by their booth and take a look. Helmut Lenhof, Product Manager at Zeiss, was nice enough to take a few moments and give me more information about the unit. 

As mentioned previously, the servo is designed specifically for Zeiss’ line of Compact Zoom lenses; an installation plate can be attached to each lens, allowing the user to easily move the servo between lenses as needed. Watch the video above as Helmut explains some of the specifics behind how the finished servo will work. 

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Topics 4K, Featured, Sony

Sony has announced several updates for the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, including firmware version 5.0, due out in December. Version 5.0 adds several features, but also preps the camera for several big hardware updates.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Sony F5 & F55 Updates

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There’s definitely been a lot of buzz around Panasonic’s new VariCams (the 4K VariCam 35 and the high-speed VariCam HS) since last year’s NAB show, so I made sure to stop by Panasonic’s IBC booth this year. If you recall, Panasonic previously introduced two models: the VariCam 35 (Super-35mm 4K MOS sensor) and the VariCam HS (high speed 2/3″ camera head featuring three 1920×1080 MOS sensors). 

One of the VariCam 35’s new features I got to see up close was the ability to live grade the camera over ethernet or WiFi using Pomfort’s Livegrade software. Users will also have the option to save their data as a CDL file that is attached to the clip – especially handy for those who prefer to shoot in Log.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Panasonic VariCam 35 Updates

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Topics Featured, Sony

Sony has just announced the newest member to the XDCAM family, the PXW-FS7, and we were able to stop by Sony’s IBC booth to get a closer look. Expected to ship this October, the FS7 is an E-mount Super 35 camera that records to XQD cards. It has been designed with ergonomics in mind, featuring a small profile and form factor that lends itself to vérité-style shooting.

The rounded back end means the camera can sit against your chest or on top of your shoulder, and the adjustable viewfinder is positioned in an ideal location for shoulder use. A smart grip comes mounted on an extension arm for various shooting positions and includes a zoom rocker, iris dial, navigation joystick, start/stop, and several assignable buttons. The handgrip uses a standard Arri rosette, and can be rotated via a quick release knob, or folded for transport.

…continue reading IBC 2014: Sony Introduces the New PXW-FS7 Camera

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