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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Yamaha Unified Communications Simplifies UC Deployments at Enterprise Connect

Yamaha Unified Communications is helping enterprises move toward consistent, simple, and high-quality collaboration experiences in any conference room and meeting space with its latest solutions in booth 1027 at Enterprise Connect, March 18-20 in Orlando, Florida. Phil Marechal, Yamaha UC's vice president of business development and product management, will participate in an expert panel on huddle room trends.


BenQ's Interactive Flat Panel Display Takes Home Tech & Learning's TCEA Best of Show Award

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, announced today that its latest interactive flat panel (IFP) display for education, the RP7501K, received the prestigious Tech & Learning Best of Show Award at the TCEA conference in San Antonio. Tech & Learning's TCEA 2019 Best of Show Awards celebrated the products and services exhibited at the expo that demonstrate great promise, according to the country's most tech-savvy educators.


InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show

At the 2019 NAB Show, InSync will announce availability of the new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS. This addition to the range provides further flexibility and options for deploying FrameFormer.