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Topics NAB 2017, Power

In this video, I’m joined by Jose Flores of Core SWX to tell us about some new and exciting battery technologies they are showing off this year.

The first product Jose shares with us is the new HCM9, a Hypercore Mini battery featuring a 12A power draw, 98Wh capacity and both a USB and a PowerTap for providing power to accessories.

The Fleet charger has also received some upgrades, including a bump in charging speed, solidifying its place as the fastest charger on the market. One of the newest and most innovative features include a Safe Fly mode, which intelligently discharges your batteries down to 25% to adhere with FAA requirements. Make sure to watch the video above to learn more.

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Topics Arri, NAB 2017

I spent some time at the ARRI booth today talking to Chase Hagen, Phil Vischer and Hendrik Voss about the company’s new products and updates. We managed to cover a lot of information. Check out the video to learn about:

ALEXA SXT-W — ‘W’ for wireless, adding a rich first-party wireless feature set to the ALEXA SXT, including camera control, color grading, video transmission, and more.

Diopter Frame & Stage — accessory diopter trays to make working with these powerful lens modifiers easier. The Stage model features a friction wheel for rotating a split diopter.

ARRI Master Grips — with SUP 5 installed on the AMIRA or ALEXA MINI, the Master Grips now provide fine-grained control of focus and iris on Canon EF lenses via a Master Grip thumbwheel.

WCU-4 — ARRI’s wireless hand unit has received a software update (SUP 3) enabling wireless upload of lens table files to ARRI cameras, footage playback, and customizable user setups. A new Lens Table Marketplace allows for the exchange of lens table files by camera department crew, as well as visualizations and ratings of different lens files.

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I stopped by the G-Tech booth, where Matt Bennion showed me their latest update to the EV Series G-Speed Shuttle XL.

The G-Speed Shuttle XL is now available with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, allowing for up to 1500MB/s transfer rates. The Shuttle XL is an 8-bay RAID enclosure which, by default, is configured with with six hard drives and two EV bays. The EV bays can be populated with any EV compatible accessory, like the RED Mini-Mag reader Matt shows us, as well as Atomos Master Caddies and SSD drives.

This product will help DITs to manage offloading footage and creating backups without a confusing array of readers and a mess of cabled drives. The G-Speed Shuttle XL is compatible with all of the latest offload software, such as ShotPut Pro, Silverstack and Hedge, but footage can also easily be dragged onto the drives in a more plug-and-play sense, however, you will not have the benefit of a checksummed or monitored copy.

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In this video, Andy Munitz from Sony shows us the slot-loading version of their dual-channel wireless receiver, the URX-S03D Slot-In. The Slot-In version of the URX-S03D is designed to mount vertically inside a purpose-built slot at the rear of shoulder-mount cameras, such as Sony’s shoulder mount broadcast cameras or F5/F55 cameras with Sony’s ENG/EFP Build-Up Kit. As with the standalone version of the URX-P03D, which is also compatible with Sony’s Multi Interface shoe system, the Slot-In version can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters.

Additionally, these units feature true double tuner diversity for a total of four tuners, two per channel. DSP processing is on-board, as well as A/D and D/A converters (the last stage of D/A is bypassed when loaded into a camera so that a pure digital signal is sent to the camera’s memory card for recording). Check out the video for more details on Sony’s range of slot-load solutions and build options.

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In this video, Toni Lucatorto of Vision Research tells me all about the latest update to the Flex4K, a Global Shutter option. This important update is the first to the Flex4K system since it was released around three years ago. The camera retains rolling shutter capabilities, so you can choose between rolling and global options depending on the needs of production. Rolling shutter mode provides the full 12 stops of dynamic range, while global shutter provides 9 stops of dynamic range with a boost in ISO. All existing Flex4K cameras can be outfitted with the global shutter upgrade.

Vision Research also released new Phantom media, the CineMag IV Pro, which is compatible with all existing Flex4K cameras. This mag was designed specifically for ProRes encoding. Clips will be saved faster to the media, and you are able to record at even higher maximum frame rates directly to the mag.

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Topics NAB 2017

I’m over at the Blackmagic Design booth talking with Jason Druss about their new affordable control surfaces for DaVinci Resolve: the Resolve Mini and Resolve Micro panels. Both panels feature a subset of the functionality available on the full-size Advanced panel targeted but at different user levels.

The Micro and Mini panels feature the same controls on the flat part of the surface, such as color wheels, keys and dials, while the Mini panel adds an angled deck at the rear containing additional controls as well as two five-inch screens for displaying parameters for the active tool or adjustment. The Micro panel is targeted at DITs, on set colorists and dailies colorists who need a portable yet powerful solution for color grading on the go. The Micro panels is bus-powered via a single USB-C connection. The Mini panel is targeted squarely at freelance colorists and gives access to a much broader selection of tools through dedicated physical controls. This allows for much a finer control and a more creative approach to color grading. Both panels use the same dial encoders, dampening, and trackball weighting as the full Advanced panel.

Jason also notes that there is a new version of the DaVinci Resolve software, version 14 currently available as a public beta, featuring the integration of Fairlight’s sophisticated multitrack sound design and editing capabilities (Blackmagic Design purchased Fairlight in September, 2016). Also, the price for the Studio version of Resolve has been lowered to $299 from $999, and in the future hardware dongles will no longer be necessary. Note that the Fairlight audio functionality is fully available in the free version of Resolve as well. Watch the above video for more details!

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Topics NAB 2017

I visited the Sony booth to speak with Andy Munitz about their dual channel wireless microphone receiver, the URX-P03D. This receiver is in the same family as the UWP-D single channel receiver, meaning that it can be powered by the multi-interface smart shoe found on Alpha 7 and PXW series cameras from Sony (the M-I shoe also routes audio into the camera for recording). Being a dual-channel receiver, the P03D can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters. The receiver features a wide range of bandwidth (up to 72MHz), thousands of tunable frequencies and the ability to bus each transmitter’s signal to either, or both, of the two outputs. Additionally, the unit features a stereo microphone input jack, taking advantage of the receiver’s position on or near the camera to enable either the camera operator to be recorded – if, for example, the camera operator is also the interviewer in a “one person band” shoot – or to record ambient sound to mix under the talent mic to give a sense of location and environment (such as at a sports game). The unit is also available with a cold shoe mount for use with cameras by other manufacturers.

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