The star of the NAB show for Frezzi is the advancement of the Frezzi HyLight with the introduction of the new Skylight. Drawing only 75 watts, the Skylight has the equivalent light output of a 650 watt tungsten or 125 watt HMI and in a compact fixture 10”x5”x2” weighing only 4.25 lbs. The compact size coupled with the AC power supply or Frezzi FLB-100 battery make this ideal for traveling.
This year at NAB Creamsource showed the solidly built, Mini 1×1 light available in three flavors. This very bright light boosts 4 times as much output as competing 1×1 fixtures. It has built in DMX, dimming from 0-100% and integrated effects such as strobe and lightning flicker.
The Creamsource Mini Classic has 36 high power LEDs. Available in both Tungsten and Daylight color temperatures, it has similar light output to a 200W HMI, but draws only 90W.
The Creamsource Mini Doppio has 60 high power LEDs with double density spacing. Available in both Tungsten and Daylight color temperatures, it has similar light output to a 400W HMI, but draws only 155W.
The Creamsource Mini Bender is a bi-color fixture, and the color temperature can be smoothly adjusted from around 2700K to 6500K. With 60 high power LEDs, it has similar output to a 200W HMI (or a 400W HMI when running in the middle of the color temperature range)
These same units are available in double wide 1 x 2 with same features as the minis. The Creamsource units are ready to accept Chimera softboxes.
This year Prism Projection had the RevEAL Studio a Fresnel with high lumen output, tunable CCT from 2800-8000K, and beam quality guaranteed by TrueSource™ color management technology. The unit provides 7600 lumens, local, DMX, and ethernet control options including color, intensity and spot/flood (20-70°). In addition, with the MicroLouver beam shaping accessory, the beam can be controlled to cut light analogous to barn doors for conventional lighting fixtures.
They also showed the Profile Junior a tunable white, true high-CRI, LED profile spot with high lumen output. The Profile Junior’s size and weight are similar to conventional tungsten source ellipsoidals. The new 10,000-lumen fixture features a variable CCT range of 2800K to 6500K. It has adjustable focus from hard to soft edge and accommodates all standard ETC SOURCE FOUR® lens barrels. It also offers four shutters on a tri-plane; a B-Sized GOBO; DMX, Artnet and local control; and universal AC input from 85-265 VAC.
Finally Prism showed the PowerNET which allows for DMX control over the existing power grid. Thus the system eliminates the need for the DMX infrastructure. The system can handle 1000s of lighting units by taking ArtNet or DMX out of a console into the PowerNet unit. PowerNet then directly controls the Prism fixtures plugged into the power grid. Look Mom no DMX cable!
This year Matthews Studio Equipment introduces a new array of camera platforms and accessories.
The new ‘Intel-A-Jib LITE’ is a sturdy, lightweight jib arm. This high performance jib is constructed with the same X-Box aluminum beam as its big brother the ‘Intel-A-Jib.’ When paired with the ‘UnderSling LITE,’ the operator is free to work, at ground level, as high as they can reach without any obstruction from the arm itself. This system is beautifully simple and sets up quickly without tools. The maximum weight capacity at Full Stick is 20 lbs. and 45 lbs. at Short Stick. The ‘Intel-A-Jib’ weighs in at 45 lbs in case and requires 100mm bowl tripod with a 100lbs. payload.
The Matthews-Slider is light weight and sturdy due to its open frame design. It is maintenance free and field adjustable. The stainless bearings coupled with the ceramic balls make it fast and quiet. While the Matthews-Slider is available in three basic sizes, 29”, 35” and 45” it is available in custom sizes in increments of 4.5” up to 12’. It allows an inverted camera position for low angle shots and can accept a second carriage for A and B cameras on the same track. The 360 degree Swiveling Mitchel Base can be mounted at any point along the frames cross members. This system has many great features and comes read to work. It has too many accessories and working configurations to mention them all here. The Matthews-Slider is another quality product, at an affordable price.
The Makalu is a lightweight remote head providing pan and tilt for live action, visual effects or time lapse shooting. The interface is a multi axis jog control via wi-fi to an iPad mini. This configuration gives precise control and by adding a sync box, it will give frame accurate repeatable motion control shots.
Specifically designed for the Matthews HD & DC-Sliders, this wireless remote focus unit allows you to record and sync with linear motion control. It uses nine memory banks to provide programmable functionality and has a range of almost 500 feet of open air distance.
Aadyn had two new fixtures to add to their domestically-made LED lighting Line.
The new ECO Space LED Light features 20 LED and measures 52 Foot Candles at 25′. The CRI rating of 95+ is the only LED fixture available on the market today. Super bright and high quality light in one solution. The fixture has no UV or IR emissions and is certified for UL, ETL, CSA, CE and RoHS compliance. The Space Light is equipped with an industry standard PowerCon locking A/C cord.
JAB Hurricane LED is The JAB Hurricane is weatherproof, IP65 Rated, totally protected against dust and protected against low pressure water jets. It emits 1,771 fc @ 10 feet; all while consuming only 1.77 amps of AC power, 187 watts, or 30v DC battery power! The JAB series is available in three other models: Daylight, Tungsten, and Variable to fit your creative needs without sacrificing output and color-temperature. AadynTech has developed engineered & assembled these color-corrected, single-source LED white lights right here in the USA.
Several pieces of big new from our friend at Nila this year. Remote
Phosphor protype fixtures were on display and will soon be available for purchase in Boxer, Versa and 1/2 Varsa (working title) models. Anyone has a suggestion for a cool new name for the 1/2 Versa, the factory would love to hear from you.
The 1/2 Varsa will be fanless, includes a 6 LED cluster and consume less than 37 watts. It will replacing the NH unit in the existing line. An ENG kit will be available. Details to follow shortly.
The brand new 90w fan-less Varsa fixture was on display! The Lumen output equivalent to a 400 HMI. Perfect for locations shoots, ENG, small studio’s and Architectural applications. ENG kit will be available in a stock size that will include two heads. It includes rotating barn doors, both AC 100v to 240v and DC 10 to 18v switching power supply which are hot swappable.
Upgraded to the 200w, fan-less Boxer includes….
1. The new housing is more rugged and is a sleeker lines
2. 15 percent more light output with the 7th generation of Nila LED technology produces the equivalent output greater than an 800 watt HMI.
3. New AC/DC switching power supply 20v to 28v DC or 100v to 240v DC.
DSC Laboratories has bunch of new and unique products at this years NAB
including the “Ambi-3” Quartz haligon full spectrum light box $5425
The new “OneShot” Dailies Reference Chart in the front-box size was
released and includes 6 colors, 4 skin tomes, and a Black/gray/ white.
The back includes CamWhite and 18 percent Gray. Very small and portable.
Travels well in you brief case for only $287 MSRP.
“Chroma Duet – Junior” For LED. Very cool way to compare LED fixtures
and Tungsten sources on camera. It’s a combination of two charts. The
front color chart is light with a traditional tungsten source and the
identical back color chart is let with the LED fixtures your testing.
The front charge has holes cut in each color square and when properly
lined up with the back chart, your camera can act as your color meter.
This is a far more accurate way to measure color for LED lights
especially since LED’s do not create a full color spectrum and can
easily generate false reading from a color meter.
The days of needing your old Vector Scope and Wave Monitor are officially
over! The new DSC Laboratories “ChromaMatch” is a combination of
electronic chart and paper chart in a split screen. When displayed on a
Sony O-LED monitor of broadcast quality (BVME250 recommended), shading
can properly balance the digital signal against the paper chart being
light by any combination of lighting fixtures technology to deliver a
perfect match. As a foot note this O-LED LCD monitor is considered by
many to be the closet to CRT quality available today.
At this years NAB, Shotoku introduced some of the world’s most advanced Camera Support Systems including Robotic Cameras, VR Camera Tracking, Manual Pedestals, Heads and Tripods for almost any broadcast application.
SHOTOKU has robotic camera support products ideal for broadcast applications that require a remote control/robotic camera system and offer accuracy, smooth movements, versatility and reliability. You can choose from robotic camera heads, camera motion control, robotic pedestals and camera control systems, including a variety of control panels and the Orchestra Camera Management System.
If you need precision and reliability in a virtual reality studio, Shotoku’s range of VR data equipped camera support products provide versatility and compatibility with all leading graphic and virtual studio systems. Shotoku’s VR sensing technology has minimal setup and calibration requirements and will not affect the normal operation of the camera equipment, maintaining a balanced operation. Shotoku’s camera support products for virtual reality studios include camera heads, camera pedestals and cranes.
Their manual camera support products offer good maneuverability, perfect balance, ergonomic design, reliability and durability. You can choose from manual camera heads, including pan & tilt heads and crescent heads, manual pedestals, camera tripods and dollies.
At this years NAB, Manfrotto showcases their NEW lineup of Spectra series LED 1×1 panels. These high quality LED panels will be geared towards the independent photographer or videographer to be the lightest and most compact units on the market.
These units are available in daylight spot and flood versions as well as a bi-color unit to accurately blend light for various shooting conditions without the need for gels. To more directly address the specific needs of field productions these units can be powered with professional DC batteries via an optional adapter.
Manfrotto also unveiled the new 500 lightweight heads which boasts a wider platform for HDSLR bodies and the sliding plate travels to balance the latest interchangeable lens cameras. Faster, easier and safer to use: the side lock system allows the camera and sliding QR plate to click quickly into the head from above, instead of needing to be aligned and slid in from the back. No secondary safety lock is necessary. The side lock system also makes it quicker and simpler to lift the camera out of the head from above. The entry-level 500 ensures smooth shots and fine control with up to 5kg of equipment. It’s the most compact head in their successful Bridging Technology range, it also replaces the Manfrotto 701HDV video head. The 500 is available as a stand-alone head or in kits with twin-leg or single-tube tripods.
As a company, MYT works not only develops new and innovative equipment, but they are constantly improving and upgrading their existing product line. They design, manufacture, and assemble everything in New York City. At this years NAB, they introduced an array of innovative prototypes which include the Sparkle doughnut camera platform kit which includes the sparkle platform, a 75mm or 100mm doughnut, a bullseye level, and four sets of skater wheels (picture in center above). They have a complete selection of camera support products ranging from SLR’s to any full size camera on the market.
At this years NAB, Dana dolly introduced their new precision triangular track which can be expandable up to your desired length. The new track system is made of two custom extrusions which allows for an extremely smooth dolly movement. Having tested this track we can say that this is one of the smoothest tracks on the market.
At NAB ClearCom released their new HelixNet Partyline Intercom System, the first digital network partyline intercom to combine the simplicity of a traditional analog partyline intercom with the advanced network management capabilities of a matrix intercom. As it uses a single-pair, shielded cable for supporting all audio channels, program audio, and power for beltpacks, it is ideal for broadcast applications that require quick setup and distribution of multiple channels of intercom.
Functionality in version 1.1 includes the ability to link up to five HMS-4X Main Stations and up to 100 HBP-2X Digital Beltpacks via Ethernet to build larger and more sophisticated partyline intercom systems. HelixNet’s station-to-station networking function makes this possible by defining up to five Main Stations that can be connected via the new HLI-ET2 Ethernet Module. Main Stations can connect directly or through a LAN using standard IT switches. A new HLI-FBS Fiber Module is also available for linking stations over long distances. The Fiber Module has two fiber ports using SFP modules for simple exchange of fiber transceivers. It also allows linking to four other Main Stations in a fiber daisy-chain. The standard connection is Single-Mode with Multi-Mode offered as an option.
Litepanels had production models of the largest members of its Fresnel fixture family, the Inca 12™ (tungsten balanced) and Sola 12™ (daylight balanced) fixtures. These cool-running powerhouses combine the performance of large Fresnel fixtures with the advantages of LED technology. Both versions supply powerful and controllable illumination comparable to a 2K while using just a small fraction of the energy required by traditional tungsten or daylight Fresnel fixtures. With custom designed, lightweight Fresnel lenses, they emit even light that is easily controlled manually or via an integrated DMX module to facilitate remote dimming and flood-spot focusing simultaneously.
The new 1×1 LS Bi-Color™ is the latest in the Litepanels revolutionary family of flat panel 1’x1’ fixtures. This versatile light provides dependable, soft, directional output that is adjustable from daylight to tungsten, and 100% to zero dimming with no color shift. Color and dimming adjustments are provided via convenient on-fixture knobs. LS Series fixtures maintain features such as flicker-free analog dimming and power by AC or DC, but without studio-specific components such as DMX control for dimming and color changes. The entry-level priced 1×1 LS Bi-Color is perfect for budget-conscious markets.
Litepanels has three new traveling kits featuring the company’s new cost-effective 1×1 LS fixtures: the LS Traveler Duo Kit, with one 1×1 LS Flood and one 1×1 LS Spot; the LS Traveler Trio Kit, with two 1×1 LS Floods and one 1×1 LS Spot; and the LS Traveler Trio Plus Kit, with two 1×1 LS Bi-Colors and one 1×1 LS Flood. The kits come with light stands for each fixture and a hard sided carrying case.
In addition to their wide line of fluorescent and punchy LED fixtures Visessence released their new Vidnel 100 LED Fresnel. Designed to deliver tungsten performance in an extremely powerful LED package and boasts amazing color at 98 CRI. The new 100-watt Vidnel provides the single shadow and focusing characteristics essential to fresnel fixtures while using a fraction of the power of tungsten units. It delivers a soft directional beam of adjustable light and has flicker-free dimming without color shift. Manual slide bar at the side of the fixture focuses the beam and locks in place. Heat dissipation is designed with passive LED cooling to avoid the noise and failure of internal fans. A simple touch pad at the back allows easy programing for DMX control and dimming.The fixtures utilize standard six-inch Gel Frame and Barn Doors. Units are available in tungsten and daylight.
LED fixtures aren’t just for lighting scenery anymore. ETC’s three Selador Desire Studio arrays – Studio HD™, Studio Tungsten™, and Studio Daylight™ – give you three different ways to produce powerful white light. While other LED luminaires produce artificial, flat light, the Studio HD uses the patented x7 Color System™, mixing five colors with two different white LEDs to create brilliant ‘HD white light’ with higher color-rendering qualities. The Studio Tungsten and Studio Daylight use some of the most efficient white LEDs available to create high volumes of color-temperature-specific light on an extreme power budget. All of the Desire Studio luminaires produce brilliant white light that naturally illuminates talent – on screen or on stage.
The Source Four LED Studio HD utilizes the color technology of ETC’s Selador x7 Color System™ for a more spectrally-complete white light that can be finely tuned to the talent. The Studio HD is designed to perform in a high-definition production world where people (with varying flesh tones) need to look their best. The Studio HD combines exceptional light output with an ultra-flexible, variable white light (2700K-6500K), for truer color rendition on camera. This is a white-light LED spotlight worthy of professional broadcast, film, and video production.
For control ETC has a wide-array of options in their Eos line of lighting desks. From the entry-level Element desk to the company’s newly-released Eos TI desk with large, articulating multitouch displays giving programmers ample real estate for Magic Sheets. With discrete user workspaces, Ti adapts easily to the needs of programmers, designers, ALDs, and stage managers – all at the same time.
ETC also has dimming and switching options for any size studio from single fixture-mounted dimmers to full installation racks with modules that can dim or be switched to operate as a pass-through relay.
The new portable Pelican ProGear 9420 LED Work Light is equipped with two LEDs (1000 lumens of light and 4 hours of burn time), plus a 5 foot high mast deploys easily in seconds and illuminates your entire work area. With the 9420 you will get the job done without the hassle of power cords.
Accessing the basement or the attic is easy when you sling the lightweight and collapsible 9420 over your shoulder. The new Pelican ProGear 9420 LED Work Light: Keeps you moving at the speed of light.
The 9420XL LED Work Light Kit includes the following:
• Blow-molded Case
• 2 – Cat #9421 Lithium-ion Batteries
• Cat #9422 DC Vehicle Charger
• Cat #9423 AC Main Charger with Transformer
• Cat #9424 Charging Station
• Cat #9427 Easy Carry Shoulder Strap
Also from Pelican their ProGear Urban BackPacks. 4 Pelican ProGear backpacks – the U100 Elite Laptop Backpack, the U105 Lite Laptop Backpack, U140 Elite Tablet Backpack, and the U145 Lite Tablet Backpack ranging from $98 – $270.
U100 – Urban Elite Laptop Backpack – Fits 15″-17″ Laptops plus more!
U105 – Urban Laptop Backpack – Fits up to 15.6″ Laptops plus more!
U140 – Urban Elite Tablet Backpack – Fits Tablets, Netbooks, and iPads and a compartment for a digital SLR and 2 lenses plus more!
U145 – Urban Tablet Backpack – Fits Tablets, Netbooks, and iPads plus more!
The RS Plus Tripod is a versatile camera tripod offering comfort of operation ability in quick, slow, vertical and diagonal shot. It captures every single movement. Setup, shooting, and transportation.
The head has a balance stabilizer mechanism that prevents even the slightest wobble on the image caused by the spring-back effect at a stopping tilt movement.
This new tripod system also has a unique torque system that contributes to the smooth start and stop of pan and tilt movement, and produces precise camera work just as intended.
The camera plate is attachable and detachable with just one touch, promoting speedy and easy setup.
Built from the same circuit platform as the PT12/20/30 controller the Feather Touch Zoom is controlled from eight 100 MHZ microprocessors in chip, doing over 100,000,000 instructions/second. Ramping, motor feedback controls, as well as rocker angle filtering are all done simultaneously at lightning speed.
This is what creates the smooth slow movement of the Feather Touch Zoom while still having the capability of extremely fast movement. If your video zoom lens starts and stops when trying to go very slow, the Feather Touch will drive it better than a high quality Broadcast lens module. And the slip clutch means you don’t have to know where the end stops are as the clutch releases as soon as it hits the stops for a seamless end.
The NEW NorthStar Lite by Photoflex is made of a robust extruded aluminum housing, the light consists of a 100watt single LED, equivalent to 1K Tungsten output with a daylight color balance. The high-power LED is low in heat; facilitating its use with a regular cool light softbox. The NorthStar has an auto voltage sensing unit for worldwide use and has an S-type mount for use with a reflector, beauty dish, OctoDome, LiteDome and HalfDome. The 120° light dispersion is perfect for softboxes and reflectors. The NorthStar Lite utilizes the robust Photoflex SwivelMount and can be adjusted along the housing to balance the weight load with any size softbox.
Zylight was showing their new LED Fresnel. This fresnel has a unique flat form factor. The lens moves in/out to adjust spot/flood as opposed to moving the light source. The fixture has a water-resistant IP64 rating, with very rugged construction for field reliability. Available in both 3200K or 5600K color temperature versions, the Zylight F8 is extremely compact, durable. The unit with ZyLink Wireless controls which allows the user to control multiple fixtures together with one small handheld controller.
Zylight was also showing their Z90 Palm size LED for video/broadcast that is variable white and also controllable via ZyLink.
Middle Atlantic has several new power distro options including their own UPS’s. Also, there are several options for offsite power monitoring, including a small rack monitor for remote reporting of power events that’s just a few hundred dollars.
Also offered was a 1U Power Cool cooling unit that we hadn’t seen before. It draws air from the rack interior and exhausts it through the 1U front panel. The unit is available with a front panel convenience outlet and several rear receptacles for basic power distibution.
In addition, they are introducing soft-boxes for their broadcast lines.
Spots and fresnels are now available, and while these fixtures may not be as feature rich as their higher priced competitors this may be a solution for smaller market stations with limited budgets looking for energy efficient solutions.
Da-Lite was highlighting their HD Progressive Screens. HD Progressive Screens offer a smoother surface to facilitate HD. They are available in 0.6 Gain for Ultra high Def, 0.9 Gain for High Def and 1.1 Gain for Hi Res. All are GreenGuard Certified for VOC off gassing.
Da-Lite also offers custom shaped screens. They recently completed star shaped screens for the Macy’s Logo.
FloLight is introducing the CycLight, “The World’s First Single Light Green Screen Fixture.’’
According to FloLight, by placing this fixture just 12 inches from the cyc, it will give a saturated green screen perfectly every time. The CycLight uses an exclusive lensing technology that gives an even field of green light over an 8 x 8 foot area.
This year American Grip is reinventing some of its standard pieces while listening to their customer’s needs. Something as simple as a bale block, now with a threaded receiver instead of a male threaded end to allow use of a longer bolt for those wider yokes.
Their new streamlined four inch grip head, now centered directly over the inch and an eighth junior pin, works perfectly with their new menace arm. It doesn’t have the junior receiver above allowing the weight to be directly over the head.
They have made available a two and a half inch grip head, previously only available on their meat axe. The difference with this head is that the side that usually grips the arm now is tightened through the opposite side which allows a one touch tightening for both sides. The point of pressure is now evenly displaced over a larger area on the arm preventing a single point of distortion on the arm.
American has introduced two new metal flags, 18 x 24 and 24 x 36. These work very well nearest to those hot fixtures where flammability might be an issue.
Some of these are so simple it just makes perfect sense. The really interesting part of these new products is that they were created from their customer requests. American is working to bring more of the machining of their product pieces back in house so that they are more responsive to their customers needs.
Chrosziel has developed, with the help of their customers, the CUSTOM CAGE, a compact cage for DSLR and compact size cameras. It is modular so it fits many different cameras keeping it current with whatever camera you have or grow into. It is lightweight as it is made of a hardened aluminum alloy and provides 360 degree positioning for accessories with multiple thread sizes as well.
With a host of accessories, handle rosettes, hot shoe, 15mm rod holders and mounting options the CUSTOM CAGE can be configured for tripod or shoulder shooting. It comes in a sturdy case which keeps it quite convenient and easy to pack.
New RIG Cases transport and protect your camera rig without disassembling. RIGs are durable, rigid-frame 1000-denier Cordura camera cases designed to hold fully assembled camera rigs in Shoot Ready position.
One of the cases is the New Ultra-Light CAR-2CAM. The cargo Case Camera Edition (CAR-2CAM) has an ultra-light design, featuring dual-rigidity foam for maximum equipment protection. It is designed to fit Pro Video Cameras up to 16.5” long and works best for camera including the HM600, PMW200, AC160, HPX250, XF100, XF305, C300 and Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Reversed zippers and a slip-not anti-skid waterproof bottom panel are used for water-resistance and durability. The 9” interior height allows for shoot-ready equipment configurations with an easy-open, quick-draw design.
The Camera Shield protective camera cover is the latest innovation from Porta Brace, straight from the cutting edge of camera protection. The Camera Shield is constructed with our waterproof / breathable Taslan material, ensuring that your gear stays dry and cool. The “Snub Nose” hood design is perfect for wide lenses. Rigid framing on the front and back provide protection around the lens as well as around battery and cable output. Dual “Gull Wing” design provides a sunhood & weather protection for your LCD screen on one side, and hand protection when “Running and Gunning”.
The new Messenger-Style HDSLR camera bags are for all your photo needs. Whether you’re just walking around town, behind the scenes, or around a press conference, the MS-DSLR1 is a lightweight perfect for most DSLR cameras. While the large HDSLR Messenger Bag is designed to carry camera, lenses, memory cards, and an iPad. The main compartment is large enough to fit a camera body and 2 lenses or multiple camera bodies. There is an additional storage area for up to 3 lenses. On the front of the case there is a fold-out flap, lined with anti-skid material, to hold a mono-pod. The case body is constructed of a padded, semi-rigid frame and durable, 1000-denier Cordura® material. The inside of the lid is designed to hold memory cards, with clear vinyl windows to easily identify cards. A comfortable suede shoulder strap is included.
The new PAG L96T Time Battery is an enhanced version of the PAG L95 Time Battery, and a replacement for it. The L96T offers enhanced features and a superior performance at a greatly reduced price (from $440-$700 US Dollars). It provides a maximum continuous output of 8A, compared to the 7A offered by the L95, and performs better at low temperatures. The L96T is available in VMount and PAGlok models. The V-Mount version is compatible with multiple viewfinder data systems that display capacity in the
viewfinder, such as those used by Sony and Red cameras. The L96T features a numeric run-time and capacity display, providing added convenience for hard-pressed camera operators. The new version has an improved maximum continuous output of
8A, compared to the 7A of the previous version. It is compatible with multiple viewfinder data systems, providing a percentage display of capacity, and has an improved performance at low temperatures.
A new camera accessory power device for use with the PAGlink system of high-power linking batteries, designed for power-hungry applications. The PowerHub provides the multiple outputs that are required to power high-load camera set-ups that may feature accessories such as a camera light, a monitor, and audio or transmission devices. The PowerHub can be used sandwiched between two batteries to maintain the hot-swap feature, or connected to the rear battery to allow accessory mounting.
Hoodman’s new Custom Finder Kit for 3.2 inch viewfinders includes the new H32 HoodLoupe with German glass optics, a ±3 diopter adjustment and a ¼ 20 mounting solution. The Kit’s Customer Finder Base Plate provides a way to mount the HoodLoupe for DSLR video capture and live view. Base plates are built in the USA exclusively for Hoodman by Custom Brackets.
Plates are milled black anodized aluminum designed to fit all DSLR camera bodies.
Additional features of the base plate are antitwist bars, two ¼ 20 tripod mount holes, a hand strap slot and an improved camera sling strap attachment point. The Custom Finder Kit retails at $199.99 and began shipping March 15, 2013.
For Hoodman customers already owning a HoodLoupe 3.0 or 3.2 and wishing for a great
way to mount the HoodLoupe to their DSLR camera, the Custom Finder Base Plate can be purchased separately for $99.99.
P50 is a portable and compact system for both STUDIO and OB applications. Extremely stable yet lightweight, its ideal performance is reached with camera/lens combination of around 100 lbs (45 kg). The air filled, one shot column is fast and safe to operate: the air can be set in manually or by compressor, and a safety air pressure valve prevents danger of over pumping. The innovative column design provides outstanding stability end jerk-free control with exceptional smoothness and precise movements. Accurate camera balance is achieved at full extension by simply activating the bleed valve, releasing excess air pressure. The column supports a maximum payload of 121 lbs (55 kg) at 180 psi and the safety valve is adjusted at maximum 250 psi.
On the foldable dolly, six position track lock, foot operated brake on each of the 125mm twin wheels and cable guards provide smooth movements in any desired direction. The column is firmly secured to the dolly by a double clamp, easily engaged by two ergonomic locking levers. A set of 200mm PNEUMATIC TIRES with wheel brakes are available for OB use. Price includes hand pump and one adapter.
Tiffen has been a leading manufacturer of photographic filters, lens accessories, software, and camera accessories for the consumer/professional imaging and the motion picture and broadcast television industries for 75 years.
This year they released the Tiffen IRND + GlimmerGlass Motion Picture/TV Filters.
Designed for sensitive controlled filtration in exterior and interior environments, the IRND + GlimmerGlass Filter’s three-in-one combination softens fine details in a unique manner, while adding mild glow to highlights. As it removes unwanted glare and hotspots and the contrast is reduced, the resulting look is one of enhanced beauty. With a distinct silver “sparkle” to the glass, images are sure to dazzle audiences.
The new Davis & Sanford ProElite Series includes snap-in center support brace with boots for uneven ground plus adjustable ground spreader for maximum rigidity and a true fluid head design, providing shooters a system that performs flawlessly on both flat and uneven surfaces. The ergonomically designed lever offers shooters incredibly smooth pan, scan and tilt with counter balance control capabilities that support a wide range of camera weights. The variable quick release lets users to easily fine tune the camera balance.
Tiffen has boldly embraced the digital age with their DFX software suite now in it’s third version. Simulating 2,000+ popular award-winning Tiffen glass filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, exacting color correction, plus natural light and photographic effects, the Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite is the definitive set of digital optical filters for professional photographers, top motion picture filmmakers, video editors, and visual effects artists around the world.
Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer, a video or film editor, or graphic designer, Dfx’s visual workflow and easy to use tools will help you create stunning images.
O’Connor Engineering is a manufacturer of high quality fluid heads, tripods and camera accessories. In 2010 OConnor introduced an all-new camera accessory line engineered for creative cinematography, which now includes the CFF-1 Follow Focus, O-Box WM Mattebox, O-Grip Handgrips and new O-Focus DM Follow Focus.
Designed to meet the exacting needs of professional camera operators and assistants, the OConnor O-Focus Dual Mini is a compact, double-sided direct drive follow focus unit optimized for both still and cine-style camera lenses. The hard stops enable the operator to set minimum and maximum focus points for lenses with unlimited rotation and to carry out hard focus stop pulls. To allow the focus-puller to react to unexpected movements, the unique single-handoperated hard stop on/off switch, allows for instantaneous disengagement of the end stops for critical adjustments even during the shot.
The O-Box system delivers the expected and more. This precision mechanical device adeptly accepts up to three filters: two in top-loading filter frames (two 4×4″ and two 4×5.65″ frames are included). The rear frame is rotatable 360 degrees. A third 138mm round filter sleekly fits in the optional bellows ring.
Constructed of OConnor’s proprietary rugged composite, the sunshade is lightweight yet substantially stronger and more impact resistant than existing units. This translates to fewer sunshade replacements arising from the rigors of professional production environments.
The O-Box is the first commercially produced mattebox to have integrated handgrip interfaces. While traditionally operators have used the sunshade as a handle, this precarious handling is remedied by OConnor’s O-Grips that can be conveniently attached directly to the O-Box support cage in three locations: camera left, right or bottom center. The bottom center position is particularly useful for small setups such as HDSLR cameras when the O-Grips turn into a pistol-style grip for the operator’s right hand while the follow focus handwheel is in their left.
Glidecam Industries Inc. offers a wide variety of camera stabilizers (camera stabilization systems) for use with motion picture cameras, video cameras, and video camcorders. These hand-held and body-mounted camera stabilizers create super smooth shots, and allow the operator to walk, run, go up and down stairs, shoot from moving vehicles, and travel over uneven terrain without any camera instability or shake. They also provide camera cranes, pan-tilt heads and LCD monitors.
In addition to the person camera stabilizer systems, they couple of the interesting items on display including the Stunt Bar and the Vista Track system. As you may imagine, the Stunt Bar is designed with action sports in mind. It can be quickly positioned to varied lengths and is great for shooting in Low mode, High mode and Shoulder mode positions.
The Glidecam VistaTrack systems are a combined, miniature Linear Dual Track and Dolly System. Made to professional standards with precision components. The Glidecam VistaTracks are the premier Camera Sliders of the industry at their price point. They allow you to create super-smooth camera movements from your tripod that are accurate and vibration free, greatly increasing the value of your productions.
Anton Bauer was showcasing their wireless system which allows the camera operator to transmit an HD signal remotely from up to ½ mile away from the central receiving location (booth, satellite truck, et al). It allows for multiple cameras to transmit to one central location allowing a director to make real time adjustments. Here is Anton Bauer’s description:
“The Gold Spectrum Wireless Series, a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system which transmits a robust HD signal over great distances, all the while being powered by Anton/Bauer Logic Series® batteries.
The system utilizes the 5.8 GHz frequency band allowing operation without the need for an FCC license. The AB-HDTX transmitter sends its signal directly to the AB-HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the AB DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.
The Gold Spectrum Series products have an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats along with embedded audio from the HD SDI output on the camera. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel more than a half-mile in line-of-site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to be able to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit to ensure the least amount of interference. The Gold Spectrum Wireless Series products are certified with CE and FCC Part 15. “
Vinten’s Vision Blue 3 is a new addition to the Vision Blue line of heads for the DSLR/Lightweight DV user. It slots in between the original Vision Blue and the Vision Blue 5, offering a payload range of 6.6 to 15 lbs, full Vinten features including “perfect balance” at a competitive price point. If you are using an even lighter weight camera, the Blue Bridge is an option that quickly and simply attaches to the underside of the camera, raising it above the platform, allowing lower weight cameras to be used that would otherwise be too light for the counterbalance system to balance perfectly.
Though it’s already a year old, Miller was featuring the Compass 12 Fluid Head/tripod system in their booth this year. The Compass 12 is the newest addition to the popular Compass line of fluid heads, that has offerings for the DV/DSLR user, to the ENG professional. The Compass 12 head has three selectable pan/tilt positions, plus a zero, and four selectable counterbalance positions. The payload range is from 4 to 22 lbs. With the popular Solo DV 2 Stage Carbon Fiber Tripod, the system weighs in at under 15 lbs. If you are looking for a smooth, stable, lightweight fluid head/tripod system for under $2k, the Miller Compass 12 is worth a look.
Backstage Equipment brought the “mini” versions of most of their popular production carts to NAB this year. Previously, only available in the Asian markets, these carts are geared towards the lighting/grip professional that doesn’t operate out of a 5 ton truck. Their dimensions of 48” x 21 ¼” make transport in a “Sprinter” type van possible. So, if you need a grip or lighting cart, but don’t have a big truck or trailer, go to their website for complete specs on Backstage Equipment’s complete line of hard-working carts.
UK based Gekkolite brought out a new portable LED light kit featuring the compact K7 daylight balanced spotlight, and the Karesslite 2006 compact softlight. The two K7 fixtures consume 18w of power each and are equipped with barndoors, diffusion filters, and tungsten color correction. It is IP65 rated and can be operated from an Anton-Bauer D-Tap or via an AC power supply. It is small enough to be mounted on either a lightstand or the top of a camera. The K7 also includes onboard dimming.
The Karesslite 2006, also included in the kit, is a compact soflight to compliment the 2 K7 spots. It is 7.5” long x 4” wide and draws 45w. It is available in tungsten, daylight, bi-color, and the FX version, which is swithcgable from blue to green for chromakey operation. The 2006 has an onboard dimmer, and a lightweight softbox is also available. The kit will be available in June 2013.
As color temperature adjustable 2600 K – 3600 K tungsten version of the popular L7-C, the L7-TT (Tuneable Tungsten) is more than 20% brighter than the L7-C (color adjustable) fresnel, while maintaining the same size and weight. It offers the same calibrated color quality and adjustable green-magenta point as the L7-C, and is particularly suited to applications requiring precise color matching to conventional tungsten fixtures or where slight remote adjustments to the color of white light is desired.
L-Series fixtures can reduce electricity usage by more than 75% and further savings are achieved with the extended l life span of the LED light engine, which lasts around 200 times longer than a conventional tungsten lamp. The reduced maintenance and minimized power distribution combine with other cost-saving attributes such as built-in dimming to provide a rapid return on investment for both studio and location applications.
L7 units provide the same light quality and simplicity-of-use as conventional tungsten Fresnels, and can easily be used alongside them. This allows studio facilities to make a gradual transition from older tungsten fixtures to the L-Series, spreading the cost over a longer period without workflow inefficiencies or changes to working practices.
NAB 2013 finds ARRI starting production on the M90, the latest addition to their popular M-Series of advanced HMI lighting units. The M90 introduces a new power class for daylight fixtures at 9,000 W; half the wattage of the ARRIMAX 18/12 and just over double that of the M40/25. With the M18 at the lower end, the M-Series now offers a versatile range of eight wattage options from 1,200 W to 18,000 W.
As with all M-Series lampheads, the M90 is equipped with MAX Technology, a unique, patented reflector design that unifies the advantages of a Fresnel and a PAR fixture. The unit is open-faced and very bright; it is also focusable from 16° up to 49°, producing a remarkably even light field and a crisp, clear shadow. Osram developed a new 9,000 W lamp for the M90, which is stable at 1,000 Hz and almost as small as the 6,000 W lamp that can alternatively be used. This allowed ARRI to design the M90 in a very compact housing, barely larger than the ARRISUN 60.
Accompanying the M90 is a new ballast, the EB 6/9 kW, available in standard and high speed versions. Like other recent ballasts from ARRI, it features CCL (Compensation for Cable Loss) technology and the power-saving ALF (Active Line Filter). The EB 6/9 kW is DMX compatible and no bigger than ARRI’s existing EB 6000 Baby ballast.
A.C. Lighting, Inc. brought new fixtures from the popular Chroma-Q line. The Color Force RGBA (Red, Green, Blue, Amber) line of fixtures has been a staple of theatrical and broadcast set lighting but they have now added the Studio Force line. This line offers fixed Tungsten and Daylight options as well as 3,000K to 6,100K variable color temperature and remote phosphor fixtures. The remote phosphor fixtures are intended to be used as softlights and will be available in three models. As might be expected, there will be 3,200K Tungsten and 5,600K Daylight models. Most exciting is the Variable White fixture. Combining a 3,200K to 5,600K range with a remote phosphor panel for a soft, smooth field the fixture also adds the ability to adjust for green and magenta tints with its unique population of 6 each Red, Green, Amber and 12 Blue LEDs to provide a CRI of up to 91.
Prime Time Lighting Systems (formerly KW/2) has been known for many years for their fluorescent fixtures. But they now provide some interesting options in the LED fixture space as well. They offer two sizes of fixtures (15 or 40 LEDs) in two beam angles (11 or 48 degrees). What stands out in their implementation of LED technology are three things. First, they are choosing a quality LED from CREE and then they are under-driving them to assist in thermal management and help to ensure the LEDs last the 50,000 hours that everyone advertises. Second, since barndoors don’t really work on multi-source fixtures they are offering a range honeycombs for beam control and holographic spread lenses in symmetrical round and asymmetrical oval patterns. Of special interest is the “extended” or “far aperture” frame. This holds a gel or lens a few inches from the array of LEDs and creates a much more homogeneous source than fixtures that put the lenses right up against the LEDs. Finally, they offer a range of dimming options including local control, line voltage, 0-10V, and DMX. They are also proud to say that they are made in the USA.
Philips Color Kinetics still offers the most complete range of options of fixture shapes in the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) LED fixture range while continuing to expand on their fixed and variable white offerings. The iW line of fixtures provides 2,700K to 6,500K in a range of form factors from the 4.5” round iW Burst Compact Powercore to the massive iW Reach for large exterior washes. A strength of these fixtures is the use of 2,700K, 4,000K, and 6,500K to provide more even light levels across the middle of the Kelvin range. Lenses and accessories like top hats for glare control increase the flexibility of the fixtures. For set lighting, The iW Graze and iW Fuse Powercore products give lighting designers the ability to bring this same range of variable color temperature white to close lighting applications to assist in matching background color temperature to talent lighting.
Kobold continues to focus on the weatherproof HMI fixtures that have brought them such success. The availability of options across the fixture wattage range gives the user flexibility and familiarity from fixture to fixture. Starting with a lamp base in 200W, 400W, 575W, or 800W the user can then configure a fixture as an open face, a PAR or a softbox in any of the wattages. With the 200W and 400W the user also has a choice of using the lamp base to power a Litepipe (think fluorescent on steroids!) as well as collapsible reflector systems wit