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Toolkit: November 2015

Manfrotto

Sliders

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. 

Panasonic

AJ-PX380

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. 

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. 

SmallHD

702-Bright

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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