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Toolkit: February 2014

Freefly Systems

MoVI M10

A gyro-stabilized three-axis gimbal system, Freefly Systems’ MoVI M10 features proprietary control software/hardware and three-dimensional navigation avionics for smooth stabilization and acceleration correction. Designed to hand-hold camera packages up to 12 lb., MoVI M10 operates both in single-operator mode, where the cameraperson steers the camera’s panning and tilting, as well as in a dual-operator mode, which gives a remote operator the same camera-steering control via the included remote controller and a wireless connection.


Filmmaking Case for Apple iPad

iOgrapher is a multifunctional mobile filmmaking tool that allows the user to shoot video with an iPad or iPad mini either handheld or mounted on a tripod. With handles on each side of the case, iOgrapher greatly reduces shaky footage common when shooting video with mobile devices. Users can add 37mm lenses to the iOgrapher’s lens mount area and attach lighting and audio gear to the three accessory shoes on top. Any standard tripod, monopod or portable dolly can be mounted to the bottom of the case. iOgrapher is $70 for the iPad version, $65 for iPad mini.


Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2

A portable storage solution with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, LaCie’s Little Big Disk delivers speeds up to 1375 Mb/s, allowing users in the field to capture 250 GB of 4K footage and transfer that content to the postproduction team in less than 10 minutes. Built on a pair of 500 GB PCIe Gen 2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration, the Little Big Disk utilizes a thermo-regulated fan that turns on only when necessary and produces nearly no noise.

Marshall Electronics

CV500-MB Palm-Size Broadcast Camera

Measuring 1.5” square, Marshall’s CV500-MB HD-SDI miniature camera provides full HD 1920 x 1080i/59.94 video for a range of of broadcast applications. Incorporating a Sony Exmor 2.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, the camera is equipped with a miniature HD prime lens. Marshall offers a variety of other miniature HD lenses to accommodate specific conditions in the field. Video enhancement features include wide dynamic range, digital noise reduction, automatic white balance, privacy masking, digital zoom and motion detection. CV500-MB is available now with a single-unit price of $499.


BT-4LH310 Monitor

This 31” 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor is designed for 4K/2K monitoring in the field, in an edit room or on set, as well as in a video village for live viewing of 4K cameras. The BT-4LH310 provides native viewing of 4K DCI content, as well as UHD/QFHD 3840 x 2160, by means of a slight matte crop. Offering a wide viewing angle and faithful reproduction of up to 1.07 billion colors, the 4LH310 includes a 3D lookup table (LUT), AC and 28V DC operation for field use and a panel with mercury-free LED backlight. The 4LH310’s high-contrast (1450:1), horizontally aligned IPS panel has 178° vertical and horizontal viewing angles.

Sony Electronics

Handycam FDR-AX100 Camcorder

Sony’s compact Handycam FDR-AX100, a 4K camcorder with 1” sensor, offers a 14.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated 1.0-type Exmor R CMOS sensor that captures 4K Ultra HD images (3840 x 2160 pixels) even in low light. The FDR-AX100 records in XAVC S, a format based on the XAVC codec developed for 4K/HD that uses MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 for video compression and linear PCM for audio compression, while saving files in an MP4 wrapper. The camera is Wi-Fi enabled for file transfer, playback and remote control. The AX100 is expected to be available in March for about $1,999.