Introduced this year was Manfrotto’s new 504 HD head which is a crossover between Photo and Video. This head features a four stop counterbalance with a continuous variable spring which allows you to set for different weight loads ranging from a Video camera or a DSLR camera on a rig. Also included is an easy to use adjustable Pan which not only controls the speed of your pan, but enhances the fluid motions over some previous models.
New from PAG was the snap on L95e battery. It is a high-quality Li-Ion budget broadcast battery that can replace the Anton-Bauer Dionic 90 and it charges on Anton-Bauer Li-Ion chargers, compatible with Anton-Bauer mounts. It is 14.8V 6.5Ah 95Wh, with 7A maximum continuous output, 5 LED Run-Time, Capacity Indicator, Electronic protection system Circuit protected against damage, Compact and lightweight and has no air transport restrictions with a 18 month warranty
ETC demonstrated their Selador line of 7 color led lighting fixtures on camera using the new Arri Alexa in a broadcast or film environment. The Selador LED line emits bold colors, lush pastels, luminous whites. Seven discrete colors of LED allow for spectacular gel-like saturation for color washes or for flattering flesh tones–with astounding light output and energy-savings. http://www.etcconnect.com/products.ledfixtures.aspx
ETC was also showing for the first time at NAB the new rigging Quick Touch controllers from their line of motorized rigging Prodigy. QuickTouch controllers all feature: LCD display of position, load and error messages, load learning and load profiling, 3rd-position preset, Self-Test Safety Check at turn-on, annual inspection alert message, E-Stop Circuit, with optional multiple E-Stop locations and Optional handheld remote control. http://www.etcrigging.com/products_quickTouch.html
Barco was showing their new RHDM Series High Definition reference monitors. They are now available in both a 17” and 23” version. These units have no fans are 16 x 9 native and have a much better compression ration. Available in the B series supporting standard SD and HD-SDI signal with optional dual line and 3Gb/s HD-SDI and the P Series supporting dual link HD-SDI for post production use.
New from CK were the ColorBlaze TRX and ColorBlast TR units. The ColorBlaze TRX has a throw of 60feet with an on board SD card where you can save shows. It is ACN capable containing RGBAW leds. The Color Blast TR has similar features with new color mixing through RGBAW leds. The ColorBlast also has on board touch screen for control with preprogrammed functions. Also new from CK is a line of accessories for the Color Reach from Tempest Lighting. www.tempestlighting.com
Lowel proudly introduced three new distinctive lighting systems, each designed with today’s professional imaging needs in mind. Blender mixes daylight & tungsten LED’s to quickly match the light quality of your location. SoftCore brings constant source, high C.R.I, fluorescent versatility to your soft box. And TRIO, a lightweight 3 lamp fluorescent fixture, let’s you take your studio on the road.
Lowel Blender is a quick, easy to use, LED fixture for location lighting. 2 sets of LED’s in Tungsten & Daylight color are quickly & easily blended. Perfectly match the mixed light sources of your real world location, or create a contrasting color blend to make your subject stand out. The Blender can be powered by AC or battery for maximum flexibility.
Twin sets of 5000k Daylight and 3000k Tungsten LED’s, with rotary dimmer controls for each on the back of the fixture. Blender packs more punch than you’ve come to expect from compact LED lights. The lamphead’s compact size (4 x 3 x 3″) makes it small enough to fit on a pistol grip or compact light stand. Powered by AC, Camcorder Battery Sleds, or conventional 12v connections. Supplied with a set of front diffusers for variable softening & diffusing of the blended output.
Lowel SoftCore™, a compact light fixture that adds versatility and control to fluorescent softbox lighting setups. This multi-patented modular system uses the fluorescent lampheads of the Rifa eXchange System to light with up to 5 lamps, using most standard softboxes. The SoftCore folds down small for storage or travel. Add there 80 Watt daylight fluorescent lamps for high output with accurate color. Its high frequency ballast is designed for flicker-free hi-res digital still, video, and slow-motion cinema use.
The Lowel Trio is for that small studio that you need to occasionally pack up & take on the road? Lowel’s new TRIOTM 3 lamp fluorescent fixture folds down slim, & carries easily. As comfortable in the studio as it is on location, TM delivers a beautiful soft source of high CRI daylight or tungsten color. Its 3 lamps are individually switched, to control light output. Designed with Lowel’s legendary attention to detail, TRIO’s mounting system keeps the light balanced over the stand while allowing a full range of tilting positions.
The new Focal Spot 200/400 gives joker bugs projection capability, at less than 10 inches in length and under 1.5lbs. Includes 20 and 40 degree objective lenses, includes four blade cutter and m size gobo holder. Attaches to Joker Bug with no additional parts, assembly or disassembly.
Also new from Joker the weatherproof 200/400 and 800 ballasts. Weatherproof, fanless 200/400 auto-sensing weatherproof ballasts with input voltage range of 90-132 180-265 vac with automatic line voltage selection. Amber power ready indicator, easy on/off push button. Grounded US type 120vac power plug.
Porta Brace introduced their new line of DSLR Camera Carrying Cases. The cases are made of the 1000 denier cordura material, with the same handcrafted quality construction we are all used to. They have plenty of pockets for accessories and cables and also include a suede shoulder strap. The cases have the slip not dot anti skid bottom panel which is also water resistant. Interiors include the bendable dividers and a combination of padded pouches and fleece microbead pillows for a custom protective interior. The cases are available in the standard porta blue, black , adventure camo and also mossy oak camo.
Anton Bauer introduced the Dionic HCX at NAB. Not only does the Dionice HCX have a 120 watt-hour capacity, they also have a unique, built-in motion detection sensor. After a two-week period without a load, the DIONIC HCX automatically goes into “deep sleep,” significantly reducing self-discharge and allowing extended storage with nearly zero capacity loss. To “awaken” the battery for normal use, customers need only move the battery, thus activating the motion detection feature and as a result, “wake up” the battery. This new motion detection feature significantly increases the overall life of the battery by mitigating lithium-ion battery self-discharge when the battery is not in use. Anton/Bauer also has plans to integrate the DIONIC HCX with its signature Anton/Bauer Battery Management System (AB-BMS), which, in the future, will allow users to program the inactivity time length prior to the battery “going to sleep,” further allowing the customer to tailor their battery systems to their specific needs.
Weighing just 2.4 pounds (1.09 kg), the DIONIC HCX is capable of withstanding high instantaneous current draws in addition to 10 amp sustained current draws. The DIONIC HCX can power a 40 watt camera with a 20 watt light for over two hours – making it a good choice for users working with on-camera lighting applications requiring a high current draw.
In addition, the DIONIC HCX offers an enhanced LCD RealTime® fuel gauge. Users can now quickly and easily check their run-time, with the display showing up to nine hours of run-time when used under low-power load conditions. The new LCD display clearly indicates remaining run-time and battery capacity, showing the number of hours available with a seven segment display surrounded by arcs indicating 15 minute intervals. A battery “gas gauge” indicator also shows remaining capacity in 20 percent intervals underneath the remaining run-time indicators.