Toolkit: November 2015

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Manfrotto’s new sliders, available in two lengths, ensure a smooth and accurate sliding movement thanks to their eight high-precision steel ball bearings and quality machined surface. The 24-inch MVS060A ($450) weighs 4.8 pounds; the 39-inch MVS100A ($500) weighs 6.17 pounds. Each slider has a 3/8-inch head with a maximum payload of 22 pounds. Both kits have flat base video heads with professional fluid cartridges on both tilt and pan movements. This enables users to take advantage of precise, fluid movements of the camera while operating with the slider. The coupling between the rails and the carriage can be easily adjusted, as well as the friction on the carriage itself. 

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With IT/wireless connectivity capabilities and dual codec recording for simultaneous high resolution and proxy image capture, Panasonic’s AJ-PX380 1/3-inch 2.2-megapixel 3MOS AVC-ULTRA shoulder-mount camcorder is available in two versions. The AJ-PX380GF (camera body, AG-CVF15 color viewfinder and XT17x4.5 BRM 17x Fujinon lens) is available for a suggested list price of $11,995, while the AJ-PX380G (camera body only) sells for a suggested list price of $8,395. The PX380’s multi-codec AVC-ULTRA offers master-quality and/or low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full raster HD. The camcorder records in three AVC-LongG bit rates: AVC-LongG50 and LongG25, providing 10-bit, 4:2:2 quality at bit rates of approximately 50 and 25 Mb/s; and the more economical AVC-LongG12. 

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RED Digital Cinema

RED Raven

Weighing in at 3.5 pounds, RED’s Raven camera is equipped with a 4K RED Dragon sensor and is capable of recording REDCODE RAW (R3D) in 4K at up to 120 fps and in 2K at up to 240 fps, capturing a dynamic range of 16.5+ stops. Simultaneous capture options in both R3D and Apple ProRes 422, 422 LT or 422 HQ are available. REDCODE RAW is compatible with most editing programs. Pricing starts at $5,950 for the camera “brain” only, and complete packages start at $10,000. 

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SmallHD’s 702-Bright is a daylight viewable 7-inch on-camera monitor. Its 323 ppi, 1920 x 1080 display yields a Full HD picture that enables critical focus, exposure and color evaluation, even in broad daylight. Features include 3D lookup table (LUT) video output to downstream devices, the Pages system of tool presets, and built-in dual-purpose battery slots for either Canon LP-E6 or Sony L-Series batteries. Operators will appreciate tools like HD waveform, RGB parade, HDMI/SDI signal conversion, image capture, and on-screen audio meters, accompanied by audio line headphone output. The monitor also provides peaking and focus assist tools. List price is less than $1,500. 

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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.