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Toolkit: July 2016

AJA Video Systems

HA5-Fiber Mini-Converter

The small size of AJA’s HA5-Fiber enables this HDMI to 3G-SDI Mini-Converter to fit onto the back of a camera or neatly behind an equipment rack, extending HDMI signals up to 10 km. HA5-Fiber enables conversion of HDMI to 3G-SDI over single mode optical fiber, with up to 8-channel embedded audio supported in the HDMI input. The Mini-Converter features a two-channel RCA style audio input, an SDI embedded audio output, an optical output and a five-year warranty. HA5-Fiber will be available in July for a U.S. MSRP of $695. It will ship with a power supply and USB 2.0 cable. 

Panasonic

VariCam 35/HS Firmware Update

A June firmware update for Panasonic’s VariCam 35 and VariCam HS camera recorders expands recording options and enables workflow improvements including non-destructive in-camera color correction and the ability to save in-camera-created LUTs/CDLs on SD cards as standalone files. The upgrade encompasses support for writing data to Panasonic’s new B series expressP2 cards for 4K and high-frame-rate recording, which feature faster read/write speeds. Viewfinder and Viewfinder-SDI outputs will now be able to display in different selected color settings. The update also includes compatibility with Panasonic’s new AJ-WM50 wireless module that facilitates dual-band connectivity at both 2.4 and 5 GHz in a smaller unit. This firmware upgrade, version 6.0, is available for download at the Panasonic service support web site. 

Panavision

Millennium DXL Camera

The recently unveiled Millennium DXL combines large-format optics and modular accessories from Panavision, an 8K image sensor from RED Digital Cinema, and new color science and optimized workflow from Light Iron. Michael Cioni, DXL product director and president of Light Iron, says, “Our streamlined workflow includes simultaneous recording of 4K proxy files—ProRes or DNx—alongside the 8K raw files. This creates a direct-to-edit workflow with the NLE of your choice. Using efficient SSD media, the cost of capturing 8K files with DXL is more economical than using third-party recorders on lower-resolution cameras. Light Iron Color and our Panavised Outpost Systems provide a workflow for DXL that can be easily adopted for shooting large-format photography.” The Millennium DXL will be rented exclusively through Panavision and will be available in early 2017. 

Photon Beard

Highlight LED

Photon Beard’s latest product range, Highlight LED, duplicates all the attributes of its long-popular Highlight fluorescent luminaire line while increasing efficiency and removing the need for periodic lamp replacement. The range includes four models ranging from 90W to 360W and includes the same selection of accessories as the previous products. Use of remote phosphor technology means accurate and consistent light quality with high CRI and TLCI ratings. Phosphor strips can be snapped in and out to change from tungsten to daylight when needed. Cooling is entirely passive, so the lights are completely silent, with no moving parts. 

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