Toolkit: October 2015

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Adder Technology
AdderView DDX30

AdderView DDX30, Adder's latest innovation in high-performance KVM, is compact, has a choice of DVI and DisplayPort transmitters, and provides up to 1920 x 1200 resolutions at 60 fps without loss, delivering an "at the PC" experience to users. With extension distances of up to 50 meters over a single standard CATx cable, it also features transparent EDID management, full-speed USB and an intuitive GUI with multiview thumbnail display. The flexible 30-port KVM matrix can be reconfigured to match a facility's requirements. In addition to seven fixed users ports, there are 23 flexi-ports that can be configured as computer inputs or user outputs.

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AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems debuted several Mini-Converters at IBC 2015, including the HB-T-SDI, HB-R-SDI, ROI-HDMI and HD10MD4. AJA is also introducing new firmware for the HA5-4K Mini-Converter. HB-T-SDI and HB-R-SDI extend 3G-SDI signals for monitoring and device control over Ethernet cable. ROI-HDMI allows conversion and region-of-interest scaling of computer HDMI outputs to baseband SDI video. HD10MD4 downconverts HD-SDI video to standard-definition SDI and analog component/composite video. New firmware for the HA5-4K includes HDMI 2.0 support.
The HA5-4K, Hi5-4K and 4K2HD Mini-Converters all gain two-sample interleaved and quadrant modes support, and all Mini-Converters with USB support gain faster up- and download speeds with the updated AJA Mini-Config software.

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Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin extends the capabilities of Atomos' Ninja lineup to support 4K UHD and 1080 60p. The unit combines professional 4K UHD/HD recording; a 7-inch, 1920 x 1080, 325 ppi monitor; and advanced playback and editing features in a 15 oz. package. Ninja Assassin boasts the same screen size, screen resolution, recording capability and scopes of Atomos' premium Shogun model, but forgoes the 12G/6G/3G-SDI connectivity, raw recording functionality, built-in conversion, genlock and balanced XLR audio connections. Ninja Assassin is 10 percent lighter and, at $1,295, several hundred dollars cheaper than Shogun.

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Canon Inc.
Cinema EOS System 8K Camera

Canon announced at IBC that it is developing a Cinema EOS System 8K camera and professional-use 8K reference display that will support the production of next-generation 8K video content. Canon aims to contribute to smooth production workflows, facilitating not only the input and output of 8K video content, but also such processes as 8K to 4K downconversion and 4K cropping. The Cinema EOS System 8K camera will be equipped with a Canon Super 35mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance, even at a frame rate of up to to 60 fps, with 13 stops of dynamic range and a richly expressive wide color gamut.

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V-Station HD Pro4 DVR

The V-Station HD Pro4 multichannel DVR is able to record four simultaneous video tracks of full HD 1080p video at 60 fps in H.264 format. Designed to meet the needs of event videographers, it can do live switching—plus line cuts to create an EDL—while simultaneously recording the output program as a fifth track. V-Station HD Pro4 can record all video inputs, including four-line audio inputs, in perfect sync. It has a built-in 1 TB HDD, which holds approximately 80 hours of 1920 x 1080p 60 fps full HD video when four cameras are simultaneously being recorded. MSRP is $2,995.

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Brick Bi-Color

The Litepanels Brick builds on the legacy of Litepanels' MiniPlus. Now more robust, bi-color and IP-65 rated, Brick is an on-camera lighting solution ideal for ENG camera operators on the go or needing full-spectrum lighting during wet conditions. With Litepanels' familiar rectangular form factor, the Brick is designed with high-CRI surface-mount LEDs and paired with custom-designed TIR optics, resulting in superior color reproduction and a light output that is up to four times brighter than the original MiniPlus. This higher intensity results in a longer throw and illuminates a wider area, allowing the Brick to compete with strong exterior light sources or illuminate a larger area effectively.

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Sony Electronics

Bringing a smaller, handheld form factor to Sony's line of digital cinema cameras, the PXW-FS5 captures UHD video using a 4K Super 35 Exmor sensor that features approximately 14 stops of latitude and a wide color gamut. The lightweight (1 lb., 13.2 oz.) body ensures comfortable handheld shooting as well as an easy fit with a drone or gimbal. The PXW-FS5 offers built-in electronic variable ND filters. The camera accepts E mount lenses, and its shallow flange distance allows the use of most 35mm lens types, such as PL, DSLR and legacy SLR lenses, as well as many others with mechanical adapters. MSRP is $6,699, body only, and the camera is expected to ship in November.

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Bolt Sidekick

Bolt Sidekick joins Teradek's zero-delay wireless video transmitter lineup, offering 300 feet of range, a lightweight aluminum chassis and universal connectivity to all Bolt Pro 300/600/2000 systems. The 9 oz. Bolt Sidekick is an ideal companion for handheld monitors used by 1st ACs and directors. With its minimal footprint and straightforward design, the Sidekick receiver includes a 7-17V range, 2-pin Lemo power input, LED status indicators and HDMI/3G-SDI flavors. Bolt Sidekick ships this fall for $1,990.


More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

More than 55 of the 2018 Fall Television and Streaming Series Rely on Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design today announced that the company’s production and post products were used to complete many of the fall 2018 season’s new and returning television shows and streaming series. More than 55 shows rely on Blackmagic Design’s digital film cameras; Fusion visual effects (VFX), compositing, 3D and motion graphics software; and DaVinci Resolve editing, color correction, VFX and digital audio software; as well as its switchers, routers, monitors and capture and playback devices.


Jingle All the Way: Luxul's XMS-1208P Managed Gigabit Switch is Available for All CI Integrators this Holiday Season

Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions for AV integrators, today announced that it's giving CI integrators the gift of enterprise-level performance at affordable price points this holiday season. It doesn't matter if they've been naughty or nice, the company's XMS-1208P 12-port/18 PoE+ managed Gigabit switch — that delivers high-speed performance while enabling simple network expansion — is now available for all. And to ring in the new year, Luxul will begin shipping its AMS-1816P 18-port/16 PoE+ L2/L3 managed Gigabit switch in early January.


HoverCam Transforms Classrooms Fit for Future-Ready Students at Val Verde USD

HoverCam, an innovative technology leader in the digital education market, announced that Val Verde Unified School District (USD) in Parris, California, successfully installed HoverCam's Pilot digital teaching stations and CenterStage interactive flat panels (IFPs) in new STEM labs in the elementary schools, with plans for an eventual rollout to the district's middle and high schools. As part of the district's goal to create future-ready students, Val Verde USD chose HoverCam digital education solutions to address the rising challenge of updating classrooms and introducing curriculum with advanced systems that will prepare students for a rapidly changing career landscape.


The Sigma Holiday Sale Is Back!

Nothing makes gift giving as enjoyable as special prices on award-winning Sigma lenses and accessories; get the lens you’ve always craved or surprise a fellow shooter with the perfect present.


Global News Agency Ruptly Relies on Riedel's MediorNet and Artist on Board New OB and DSNG Vehicles

Riedel's MediorNet real-time media network and Artist digital matrix intercom are providing the decentralized and redundant signal routing and communications backbone on board two all-new, state-of-the-art OB vehicles for Ruptly, a Berlin-based international news agency. Qvest Media, a world-leading system architect and integrator for the broadcast and media industries, designed and built the new broadcast van and DSNG vehicle.