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Toolkit: August 2016

AJA Video Systems


AJA is now shipping its FS4 frame synchronizer and converter supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows. Encased in a sleek 1RU chassis, FS4 provides flexibility for broadcast and ProAV professionals with a single-channel mode for 4K/UltraHD video processing and up/down/cross-conversion to/from 2K/HD/SD, as well as a four-channel mode for multichannel density that enables four 2K/HD/SD channels of simultaneous conversion and processing. I/O options for 4K/UltraHD include Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional fiber choices. MSRP is $4,995. 

Cooke Optics

Anamorphic/i Zoom Lens

The Cooke 35-140mm Anamorphic/i zoom is a true front anamorphic with oval bokeh throughout zoom and focus with patented optical zoom. To be demonstrated at IBC in September, the new lens benefits from a combination of attributes that allow shooting from very wide angle to telephoto with a 4x zoom ratio and 2x anamorphic squeeze. It features T3.1-22 aperture and anamorphic oval bokeh, and the color and depth of field characteristics are matched to the existing Anamorphic/i primes. 

Limelite by Bowens

Mosaic2 LED Panels

Manfrotto Distribution, distributor of Bowens and Limelite products in the United States, announces the launch of Mosaic2 LED panels from Limelite by Bowens. Available in daylight (5,600°K) and bi-color (3,000°K to 5,000°K) options, Mosaic2 uses 576 high-fidelity LEDs, dimmable from 100 to 0 percent, to create powerful 1×1 panels (up to 4,000 lux @ 1m) with greater color fidelity (CRI 94/TLCI 94) than previous models. The new panels are designed for video and broadcast work, both in studio and on location, with optional battery mounting accessories. Mosaic2 can be controlled remotely via an external DMX mixer, and multiple panels can easily be linked and used as a single panel. Mosaic2 Daylight is $840 and Mosaic2 Bi-Color is $1,000.

Western Digital

256 GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Card

The 256 GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card delivers transfer speeds of up to 100 MB/s, allowing users to save time transferring large files, as well as write speeds of up to 90 MB/s for rapid capture of photos. Users can record an estimated 14 hours of 4K UHD video on the 256 GB card, making it ideal for high-performance drones, action cameras and 4K-capable smartphones, among other devices. Built to perform in harsh conditions, the new cards are also waterproof, temperature proof, shock proof and X-ray proof. The 256 GB SanDisk Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card will be available in the fall with a U.S. MSRP of $200.