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I caught up with Robert Eagle of Bright Tangerine, who has some exciting new products to share with us this year. Bright Tangerine has been listening to feedback and saw the longevity of current monitor arm solutions as a big problem, so they are introducing their solution, the Titan articulating arm. The Titan was built to last; capable of withstanding around two and a half tons of pressure, the arm can hold just over 17.6 lbs. Bright Tangerine is so confident they have created a durable, lasting solution that they are offering a three-year warranty on the product.

…continue reading NAB 2016: Bright Tangerine Updates

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In this Tech Talk, AbelCine’s Moe Shore, Director of Advanced Imaging, discusses the history of Phantom cameras, as well as what’s new for 2016 in terms of recording options. He is joined by Megan Donnelly, who goes over the latest camera offering by Vision Research, the Phantom VEO. VEO is a mid-range option, capable of capturing up to 1,500 fps at 2.5K resolution. It transfers its internal RAM buffer directly to onboard CFast 2.0 media. Moe and Megan also discuss some of the Cameo accessories that have been designed to work specifically with the new VEO. The Phantom VEO will be available in the second half of 2016. For a more detailed look at the camera, watch the video above.

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I had the chance to drop by the Flanders Scientific booth, where Flanders CEO Bram Desmet showed off their new BoxIO LUT boxes, as well as the 17″ version of their popular DM250 display, the DM170. The BoxIO comes in two versions: the top-of-the-line version, which features two inputs, two clean loop-throughs and two outputs, and the BoxIO Lite, which has a single input and two outputs and which will retail for under $1000. On both, the two outputs show up in LiveGrade, Pomfort’s popular on-set color grading application, as separate devices meaning that each can receive a distinct LUT, essentially providing two LUT boxes in one. This means up to eight cameras could be independently colored using only four BoxIOs, all of which would fit in only 1U of rack space. The clean loop-throughs solve one of the age-old problems in on-set signal distribution, allowing the clean signal from the camera to travel beyond the LUT box, which has generally been an “end-of-chain” device requiring other hardware prior to it to loop out of cleanly. BoxIO can also save full-res frame grabs to LiveGrade and generate test patches internally, allowing it to be used directly with SpectraCal’s CalMan software and LightSpace CMS without a test signal generator.

…continue reading NAB 2016: Flanders Scientific Updates

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In this video, Tilta North America CEO Yang Shao introduces the TiltaMAX line of high-end camera cages and powered accessories. Up first is their Advanced Cage for RED’s new WEAPON camera. This is a complete and very robust-looking solution providing a myriad of power and I/O options for the camera. Different pieces of the cage contain pin contacts that, when assembled, allow power to be routed through the cage itself, without cables, unifying power distribution via the main battery on the back of the camera. Many of the accessories receiving power from the cage, such as their wireless focus system, can be controlled via Tilta’s hand unit. Soon camera controls themselves, such as exposure, ISO and white balance, will be controllable remotely via their hand unit.

…continue reading NAB 2016: TiltaMAX Updates

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In addition to manufacturer Tech Talks at our NAB booth this year, we also presented short AbelCine training sessions every day. In the first session, Andy discussed creating 3D LUTs with Pomfort Livegrade. In the second session, Jeff did a short presentation on RED cameras and DSMC2 updates.

For our third session, we had guest instructor Warren Eagles (who has taught some of the ICA classes in our LA office) show off some of his favorite tips and tricks in the newest version of DaVinci Resolve. Make sure to watch all three sessions above and check out all our upcoming AbelCine Training workshops!

…continue reading NAB 2016: AbelCine Training Presentations

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For this Tech Talk, Stuart English of Nokia stopped by to talk a little bit more about OZO and what the company has coming up. In addition to software updates, post workflow options, a new player, and distribution methods, Stuart discusses the philosophy behind the camera and VR’s potential as a communication and storytelling tool.

Also, be sure to check out my detailed first look at the OZO, which we posted earlier this month, to learn more about this exciting VR camera and its workflow.

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I’m here with Sean Brown, the President of Motorized Precision, who is showing off their high-speed, cinematic robot, KIRA. While KIRA is not the only robot like this on the market, it is certainly one of the most advanced and one of the easiest to use. What sets this system apart from others is, despite being such a technologically advanced product, it can be programmed and controlled as simply as playing a video game – as Sean demonstrates in the video.

KIRA is currently capable of integrating with both RED and Phantom cameras for control, and the 3D PreVIZ system allows for import and export of data to animation software like Maya and C4D. The ten axes of control, including focus, iris, and zoom, allow complete creative control over your takes. Be sure to watch the video above to see KIRA in action.

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