Toolkit: October 2014

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Adder Technology

AdderLink Infinity 1002

AdderLink Infinity 1002, a high performance KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) extender, forms part of the ALIF matrix solution, which enables users to locate and control critical computing hardware from anywhere in the world over a standard IP network. The device uses EDID management, along with a maximum resolution of 1920 x 2100 @60Hz, to ensure perfect video display with real-time control. To preserve resolution between devices, AdderLink Infinity capitalizes on a spatially lossless encoding system, with 1:1 pixel mapping, guaranteeing the digital video received is the same as the digital video leaving the remote computer. 

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Ruige

TL1730HDA-CO

This compact picture monitor is designed for easy transport as carry-on flight luggage. It has a 1920 x 1080 resolution 17.3” screen based on a 10-bit IPS panel with a 178° horizontal and vertical viewing angle. The monitor offers 300 cd/m² image brightness, 600:1 contrast ratio, 3 millisecond response time and 0.1989mm x 0.1989mm dot pitch. Display mode can be switched between 16:9 and 4:3. The monitor is equipped with 3G/HD/SD-SDI, HDMI and composite inputs and outputs. The TL1730HDA-CO can be operated for up to six hours from a 130Wh standard broadcast lithium battery, connected via V mount or Gold mount battery plate. AV BrandBuilder Corp. is the Ruige master distributor for North America. 

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Cinedeck

Cinedeck ZX

The modular Cinedeck ZX platform comes in three hardware options, to which a range of Cinedeck-developed plug-in workflow packages can be added, enabling the custom-building of pipeline capabilities to meet specific ingest, playback and transcoding needs for 4K, UHDTV-1, 2K, HD and SD. Starting at $21,995, the base level Cinedeck ZX20 provides two channels of 2K, HD or SD, with optional 4K playback. The mid-level Cinedeck ZX40 can deliver four channels of 2K, HD or SD; when fully loaded with plug-in packages, ZX40 is equivalent to the 4K-capable Cinedeck MX. Cinedeck ZX45 can support 4K and UHDTV-1 at 60p and four channels of 2K, HD or SD at 60p, including JPEG2000. Cinedeck ZX is scheduled to ship during the fourth quarter of 2014. 

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Freefly Systems

MoVI M15

Freefly Systems has added the MoVI M15 to its lineup of camera stabilizers, which includes the smaller M10 and M5 units. The M15 offers a maximum payload of 15 pounds, yet itself weighs just 5.4. The M15 features a fully enclosed camera cage for maximum rigidity and shot stability, as well as fully protected wiring with an adjustable camera plate. Similar to the M5 and M10, the M15 may be configured in “inverted mode” for a more comfortable eye-level camera angle. The MoVI’s Majestic Mode allows for a single operator to intuitively control the pointing of the stabilizer by moving the handles, without compromising the stabilization of the image. In Dual Operator Mode, the MoVI stabilizer’s framing can be controlled by a second operator, who controls pan and tilt remotely using the MoVI Controller. MSRP for the MoVI M15 is $11,995. It will be available in October. 

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G-Technology

G-SPEED Studio XL

Expanding on the two-bay G-RAID Studio and four-bay G-SPEED Studio Thunderbolt 2 storage solutions that launched earlier this year, the G-SPEED Studio XL holds up to eight removable enterprise-class 7,200 rpm hard drives, offering capacity up to 64 TB and performance suitable for the most demanding digital content creation applications. It supports 4K workflows with user-configurable RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50 and 60, and transfer rates of up to 1,350 MB/s in RAID 0. Like other products in the Studio line, the G-SPEED Studio XL can be daisy-chained via its dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. The storage device will be available in November starting at $3,600 for 24 TB. 

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Ikegami

HC-HD300

The HC-HD300, part of Ikegami’s Unicam HD product line, is a compact and aggressively priced high-definition camera. It’s equipped with a 1/3-inch bayonet lens mount and employs three 1/3-inch CMOS progressive-scan sensors, each with 2.2 million pixels, in RGB prism formation. It delivers pictures in all commonly used HD video formats: 1920 x 1080/59.94i and 50i, 1280 x 720/59.94p and 50p, 720 x 480/59.94i (NTSC) and 720 x 576/50i (PAL). Available options include FA-300 fiber adapter and BSF-300 base station. Up to 250 meters of cable can be connected direct to the camera, extendable to 10 kilometers by using external power. The Ikegami HC-HD300 is planned to ship in December. 

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IO Industries

4KSDI

The 4KSDI is a single-piece 4K/UHD camera head with four 3G/HD-SDI outputs for connection to separate recorders and monitors. It features a Super 35mm size global shutter CMOS sensor, interchangeable lens mount, and multiple output formats (10-bit 4:2:2/raw up to 60p, 10-bit 4:4:4 up to 30p) to support various applications. Designed for use in professional broadcast and production environments, it also suits remote video applications with unmanned aerial or underwater vehicles. The camera weighs about 1.6 lb. (not including lens mount) and measures 90mm x 90mm x 60mm. Lens mount options including PL, Nikon F and Canon EF allow familiar lenses to be used, while an integrated optical low pass filter helps remove moiré artifacts. 

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NewTek

TalkShow

The TalkShow VS-100 video calling production system enables any television studio or live video producer to incorporate a Skype connection into live programs with full-frame Skype video calls. TalkShow builds on Skype TX software from Microsoft with added features from NewTek that allow operators to adjust video and audio quality.

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“Almost every live TV and video program includes a conversation between people—whether it’s a news or entertainment show, a sporting event or even a corporate meeting,” says NewTek president Dr. Andrew Cross. “While there’s been a growing trend to incorporate social media—such as live Twitter feeds—directly into these programs, integrating a two-way dialogue over Skype dramatically shifts the experience to a more engaging and participatory event.”

TalkShow VS-100 is expected to ship in Q4 2014. Introductory pricing of $3,995 is in effect through November 26. 

Panasonic

AJ-PX800

A 2/3-inch, three-chip shoulder-mount camcorder with AVC-Ultra recording, the AJ-PX800 is engineered with built-in network functions to support wired LAN, wireless LAN and 4G/LTE connections, allowing on-site preview, streaming and the ability to upload data to a server. Users can connect to the camera via Wi-Fi to control, add or edit metadata, view proxies, or watch live streaming for logging or monitoring. The camera’s multi-codec AVC-Ultra offers both master-quality and low-bit-rate 10-bit, 4:2:2 recording in full-raster HD. The AJ-PX800’s high-resolution AVC-Proxy encodes in parallel with higher-bandwidth production formats, allowing offline editing at bit rates from 6 Mb/s down to 800 Kb/s. 

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Pronology

ProLogger

ProLogger is a dedicated standalone production logging software application that allows users to create timecode-referenced notes from a simple, lightweight application that runs on any Windows-compatible computer or laptop. ProLogger works with the Pronology platform and offers a data export pathway into other NLEs. Preset tags eliminate human variability when entering information. All ProLogger notes can be exported as Excel or text documents for easy import into Avid Media Composer, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro CC and other NLEs. ProLogger includes the ability to color-code log entries for easy differentiation in a crowded comment section. This information transfers to the edit systems as color-coded locators that reference specific points in a clip as notes travel through different stages of the production workflow. 

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Rotolight

NEO

Rotolight NEO is an on-camera or location LED lighting fixture. It features bi-color LED lighting technology with an accurate electronic color temperature display (CCT) to enable tunable color on location. NEO delivers a powerful 1,077 lux at 3 feet, while providing a gorgeous soft light source (50° beam angle). NEO’s 120 LEDs offer full-spectrum color reproduction with an overall CRI of 95 (skin tone >98) and can be accurately dialed from 3,150° K to 6,300° K in 10° K steps. It can be powered by six AA batteries for up to five hours (or three hours at 100 percent power), by AC adapter or by D-Tap cable. It draws 9W at full power. 

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TASCAM

DR-44WL

The DR-44WL is a 4-track recorder that includes Wi-Fi for transport control, file transfer and audio streaming to smartphones or PCs. Built-in stereo condenser microphones feature shock-mounting and are mounted in a true XY pattern for perfect stereo imaging. A pair of XLR inputs is available for 4-track recording, and all four feed an improved microphone preamp and AD/DA stage. For video shooters, the recorder includes a hot shoe mount and a stable internal clock to maintain sync with camera. The DR-44WL will be available in October for $300. 

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Versa-Flex

VTB Video Tripod Bag

The heavy-duty TS-0842.08 VTB Video Tripod Bag from Versa-Flex offers superior protection, with an adjustable/removable head plate, foot plate, head strap and side plate pouch. Its 10” handle on 3” heavy-duty webbing offers better balance and less hand fatigue. Features include “self-healing” zipper, zippered pockets on both sides of case and travel ID window on bag exterior. The bag weighs 6 lb. with the main plastic bottom pad. Outside dimensions are 9” x 9” x 45”. List price is $344.90 with padded shoulder strap and $299.95 without. 

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Zeiss

Loxia 2/35 and 2/50

The Loxia 2/35 and Loxia 2/50 lenses are the first members of a new family of manual focus lenses for the E-mount full frame. They are optimized for digital sensors and electronic viewfinders and feature a mechanical aperture setting and the mechanical deactivation of the click stop (de-click) for ambitious videography.

 Both Loxia lenses have an aperture range of f/2 to f/22. The Loxia 2/50 will be available in October (recommended retail price $949) and the Loxia 2/35 at end of the year ($1,299). 

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