Creation Toolkit: June 2017

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AJA Video Systems

A 1RU universal converter/frame synchronizer, AJA’s FS-HDR provides HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) processing and conversion for real-time 4K/UHD and 2K/HD workflows. Capable of real-time processing of 4K/UHD and 2K/HD, including HDR conversions, and 4K/UHD HDR downconversion to HD HDR, the FS-HDR also enables the conversion of popular camera formats from multiple vendors into the HDR space, plus conversion to/from BT.2020/BT.709 as needed. The FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within Colorfront Engine, licensed by AJA from Colorfront.

Blackmagic Design
DaVinci Resolve 14

New features in DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, include up to 10x performance improvement, a new audio postproduction suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi-user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time. The new multi-user features of DaVinci Resolve 14 eliminate the need for importing, exporting, translating and conforming projects. DaVinci Resolve 14 dramatically changes postproduction from a linear to a parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative. Blackmagic recently announced a price reduction for DaVinci Resolve Studio from $995 to $299. A free version of DaVinci Resolve is also available.

Canon U.S.A.
Compact-Servo 70-200mm Telephoto Zoom

A compact and lightweight 4K lens, Canon’s Compact-Servo 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens is designed to serve as a bridge between traditional Canon EF lenses and CN-E cinema lenses. The cinema-style lens includes a servo drive unit as a standard feature, and offers image stabilization, autofocus and auto iris functionality. Compatible with EF-mount Super 35mm large-format cameras, the lens maintains brightness across the entire focal range at T4.4 (equal to f/4.0) and is compatible with both the Canon EF 1.4x III and EF 2x III external extenders, expanding the focal range of the lens for additional versatility. Users can control many of the features of the lens through the EF-mount communication, including Dual Pixel CMOS AF, push auto iris, and record start and stop.

Nitrotech N8 Fluid Video Head

Featuring a nitrogen piston mechanism for continuous counterbalance, Manfrotto’s Nitrotech N8 video head securely supports a load up to 17.6 lb. With a counterbalance system that holds and operates a wide array of video camera models, the Nitrotech head features a variable fluidity function on both pan and tilt, allowing for smooth, judder-free movement. The video head features a 3/8” Easy Link equipped with an anti-rotation function that enables an external monitor or other accessories to be mounted, as well as a side-lock sliding plate mechanism that ensures easy camera attachment. The flat base mount, equipped with a standard 3/8” thread, allows the head to be used for different support combinations, including tripods, sliders, rigs or cranes.

Sigma Corp.
Sigma FF High Speed Prime Lenses

Compatible with full-frame camera sensor technology and with an optical performance ready for resolutions up to 8K, Sigma’s FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 Cine Prime lenses feature a new mechanical lens body design. With this latest addition, Sigma’s FF High Speed Prime line now includes seven lenses covering 14mm to 135mm and T1.5 to T2. Designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts, these compact lenses offer 180° focus rotation.

1703-P3 Monitor

SmallHD’s 1703-P3, a 17-inch reference-grade monitor, features true 10-bit color processing to resolve more than 1 billion colors. It covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space and features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 179° viewing angle.The 1703-P3 is designed to serve the color display demands of both on-set and postproduction color grading professionals. It provides one HDMI and two SDI inputs, and one HDMI and two SDI outputs. On-screen tools like HD waveform, vectorscope, false color, focus peaking and 2x zebra bars may be ganged simultaneously, at the user’s preference. A Dual View function allows the user to monitor two input sources at the same time with a side-by-side view. The 1703-P3 has a bright 450-nit display that supports any LUT workflow through SmallHD’s ColorFlow 3D LUT Engine.


More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back!

Nothing makes gift giving as enjoyable as special prices on award-winning Sigma lenses and accessories; get the lens you’ve always craved or surprise a fellow shooter with the perfect present.


Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.