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L-com Launches New USB 2.0 ECF-Style Panel Mount USB Adapter Cables

2017-11-15 12:33:50 ccwire-staff

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has launched a new series of USB 2.0 ECF-style, panel mount, adapter cables for use with data acquisition, test and measurement, entertainment and PC peripheral interconnect applications.

These new adapter cables allow USB 2.0 connections to be passed through panels or enclosures by utilizing L-com’s unique ECF flange design. The cables are fully shielded and feature USB 2.0 compliant cable. They feature a bulkhead, Type-A jack to a molded, Type-A, 90-degree plug and can be used with almost any panel thickness.

These USB 2.0 panel mount adapter cables are available in two connector options: the U2A00007-series features down-angle USB Type-A male connectors and the U2A00008-seriesfeatures up-angle USB Type-A male connectors.

These cables also feature 30 micro-inch gold-plated contacts for reliable connections even with repeated mating cycles. Screw mount hardware can be purchased separately. The cables are available in off-the-shelf lengths of 12, 24, 36, 72 and 120 inches.

“Our new USB 2.0 ECF-style, panel mount USB adapter cables provide installation flexibility by featuring a right-angle connector and allowing the cable to be passed through panels or enclosures. Many of our OEM customers will find these new cables very useful in their enclosure designs,” said Brian Gates, Product Manager.

L-com’s new USB 2.0, ECF-style, panel mount, USB adapter cables are in stock and available for immediate shipment.


About L-com Global Connectivity
L-com Global Connectivity, a leading manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, offers a wide range of solutions and unrivaled customer service for the electronics and data communications industries. The company’s product portfolio includes cable assemblies, connectors, adapters, antennas, enclosures, surge protectors and more. L-com is headquartered in North Andover, Mass., is ISO 9001: 2008 certified and many of its products are UL® recognized. L-com is an Infinite Electronics company.

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New Xsens engine will change motion capture forever

2017-11-11 09:48:34 ccwire-staff

Enschede, Netherlands  – Xsens, the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology, has announced the official launch of MVN Animate 2018 – a disruptive software solution that heralds a new dawn for motion capture.

Fundamentally different to past releases, MVN Animate 2018 is Xsens’ first motion capture software release to solve the “unsolvable” – it remedies several issues that have plagued inertial motion capture in the past; primarily magnetic distortion. This means users can capture anywhere, anytime, without concern for their environment, and receive Hollywood-grade data.

MVN Animate 2018 is now the only inertial-based motion capture solution that can go head to head with optical systems on accuracy of data.

Watch MVN Animate 2018 in action – Xsens has made the data captured in this video free for all to use, proving the power of the data.

MVN Animate is Xsens’ proprietary motion capture software. It is used in conjunction with Xsens MVN hardware to record, monitor and analyze movement. While optical solutions require markers, volumes and cameras, Xsens inertial technology can be used anywhere with no need for such paraphernalia. Users can capture anywhere, in any environment, with total reliability – and without the need for extensive post-capture clean-up or editing.

The ease, reliability and robustness of capturing motion in this way is comparable to GoPro in the world of action cameras.

Revolutionizing motion capture

Xsens MVN solutions are based on inertial technology – it uses gyroscopes, accelerometers, and magnetometers rather than digital cameras, volumes and markers to capture movement.

In the past, data captured using inertial techniques suffered from environmental magnetic distortion, caused by the presence of metals in furniture, buildings, vehicles and other objects. MVN Animate 2018 solves this issue – it is immune to magnetic distortion, thanks to a new mo-cap engine that extracts more information from the same data.
This brings the benefits of all types of motion capture into one streamlined package – MVN Animate 2018 offers flexibility, precision, and production-level data all in one solution.

Hollywood-grade data

MVN Animate 2018 eliminates drawbacks to previous iterations of inertial motion capture technology, such as drift, foot slide, contact handling, and distorted height tracking and 3D position. Using MVN Animate 2018 means that there is a much-reduced need for expensive clean-up – the post-capture data is astoundingly good. MVN Animate 2018 is ready to be used out of the box: it’s plug-and-play and works seamlessly with major 3D packages like Unity, Unreal and Autodesk tools.

Setting a new standard for inertial

Due to these groundbreaking advances in inertial technology, MVN Animate 2018 is positioned to democratize motion capture. While other inertial motion capture solutions promise a world of “mocap for everyone”, Xsens delivers on the promise with superior data under all circumstances, meaning more people can use it in entirely new markets, from indie devs, to live-entertainment, biomedical students, and big studio projects.

Hein Beute, Product Manager at Xsens, comments: “Xsens is now the obvious choice for studios that are on the lookout for a solid, dependable mocap solution. Now they can not only capture outside of the volume, but do so with total confidence that the data will be reliable. MVN Animate is set to turn the world of motion capture on its head.”

Matt Stoneham, Principal Technical Artist at Ninja Theory, comments: “There’s a certain level of understanding and knowledge required to extract the best from an optical stage – that’s not the case for Xsens. The barrier of entry is much lower: and not just the costs. It’s actually a joy to use Xsens, from putting it on to getting everything calibrated. Xsens just powers up, you can easily get the suit on – everything just works. Xsens is absolutely rock solid, and really reinforces the turnkey nature of the MVN suit.”

Xsens MVN Animate is available now and will be shipped with every new Xsens purchase. All current customers with a valid support contract can upgrade for free!

Xsens delivers state-of-the-art mocap solutions to the triple-A game developers and leading VFX studios across the globe. Xsens mocap systems have powered numerous high-end productions, including FIFA, X-Men, LawBreakers, Iron Man, Hellblade and Dunkirk.

Xsens is also set to release MVN Analyze 2018 – a new version of the software tailored to the sports science, biomechanics and ergonomics markets. Here, Xsens is enabling efficiencies in the speed and accuracy of results, resulting in more robust data with which to improve research.


About Xsens
Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion tracking technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in applications such as industrial control and stabilization, health, sports and 3D character animation. Clients and partners include Electronic Arts, NBC Universal, Daimler, Autodesk, ABB, Siemens and various other leading institutes and companies throughout the world.

Xsens has offices in Enschede, the Netherlands and Los Angeles, California.

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RED DIGITAL CINEMA to Feature the New Monstro 8k VV Sensor at 2017 Camerimage

2017-11-07 08:09:54 ignite

Irvine, CA – RED Digital Cinemaâ will be showcasing its new cinematic Full Frame sensor for WEAPON cameras, MONSTRO™ 8K VV,  at the 25th Camerimage International Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, from November 11-18.

The MONSTRO 8K VV sensor is an evolutionary step beyond the DRAGON 8K VV sensor with improvements in image quality including dynamic range and shadow detail. A WEAPON with MONSTRO 8K VV sensor offers Full Frame lens coverage, captures 8K full format motion at up to 60 fps, produces ultra-detailed 35.4 megapixel stills, and delivers incredibly fast data speeds — up to 300 MB/s.

Festival attendees visiting RED’s stand in the Opera Nova Main Foyer will have the opportunity to handle the company’s latest DSMC2® cameras, including WEAPON 8K VV, WEAPON 8K S35 and EPIC-W 8K S35. RED cameras will also be on display at Leica, Cooke, Zeiss, Angeniuex, Hawk and Panavision stands.

An official sponsor of Camerimage, RED will also host two seminars at the festival.  On Nov. 13, cinematographers Christopher Probst, ASC and Markus Förderer, BVK will discuss “The Future of Digital Formats.”  From music videos to feature films and original TV series, Christopher and Markus will share their process for evaluating tools, and approach to choosing a camera and lenses. Attendees will also learn how their progressive filmmaking, combined with the high resolution, large format and flexibility of RED cameras, helped to produce the desired results for their latest endeavors. The seminar will take place at 16:30 in the Miejskie Centrum Kultury (MCK).

On Nov. 15,  Light Iron Colorist Ian Vertovec and RED’s Dan Duran will discuss RED’s “High Resolution Image Processing Pipeline.” Attendees will learn about the color science behind RED’s Image Processing Pipeline (IPP2), which offers a completely overhauled workflow experience featuring enhancements such as better management of challenging colors, an improved demosaicing algorithm, smoother highlight roll-off, and more.  Light Iron will also be featuring modern high resolution workflow, HDR, and its unique color grade used in the Netflix original series, GLOW. The seminar will take place at 16:45 in the Miejskie Centrum Kultury (MCK).

About RED Digital Cinema

RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED announced the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian”, Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards”, and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. RED’s DSMC2 camera line — RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON — combine compact and lightweight design, superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, modularity, and cutting edge performance.  The WEAPON camera offers interchangeability across RED’s entire line of sensors including the cinematic full frame MONSTRO 8K. For more information, visit www.red.com.

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MAXON Adds New Dimension to Design with Cineware for Illustrator

2017-10-10 13:55:05 ccwire-staff

Friedrichsdorf, Germany – MAXON, the leading developer of the professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solution Cinema 4D, today announced the release of Cineware for Illustrator. This new plugin allows artists and designers to add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC, the industry-standard vector graphics application included in the Adobe Creative Cloud.

Cineware for Illustrator uses the same powerful 3D engine as Cinema 4D, MAXON’s industry-leading, intuitive, professional 3D application. Users can import any Cinema 4D file, and tweak the view, lighting and textures in order to integrate 3D elements with 2D designs or use 3D elements as templates when creating vector artwork in Adobe Illustrator. MAXON has partnered with Turbosquid, the leading online source for 3D models, to provide Cineware for Illustrator users a “jump start” into the third dimension with a collection of ready-to-use 3D models including common product packaging and other 3D objects. And, of course, users of Cinema 4D can create and share their own custom 3D content for use in Adobe Illustrator.

Motion designers have enjoyed similar integration of Cinema 4D technology within Adobe After Effects CC since the introduction of the Cineware bridge in 2013. Cineware for Illustrator offers even more power, allowing designers to adjust object visibility, textures and lighting from within Adobe Illustrator. This introduces a powerful workflow for designers to visualize product labels, incorporate rich 3D content into Illustrator composites, or even arrange 3D elements as guides for form and perspective when creating vector artwork.

“Cinema 4D has long offered a fantastic, easy-to-learn toolset for product visualization and graphic design,” says Harald Egel, managing partner at MAXON Computer GmbH. “With Cineware for Illustrator we’re making both the Cinema 4D toolset and 3D in general more accessible to designers, and plan to develop this workflow even further in the future.”

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator Feature Highlights

  • 3D Objects: Rotate, position and show/hide individual 3D objects from any Cinema 4D scene, all within Adobe Illustrator.
  • Materials: Adjust the color, reflection, luminance, transparency, and bump directly within Adobe Illustrator. Users can even apply vector artwork to the surface of 3D models.
  • Cameras: Switch between pre-set cameras or use simple navigation tools to choose preferred viewing angle.
  • Lights: Enable or disable lights, and change their color to set a mood and emphasize shapes.
  • Integrate: Workflow allows easy removal of the background by choosing the automatically created alpha map so 3D elements can be integrated into existing vector artwork.

Availability
Cineware for Illustrator is available at no cost for MacOS and Windows 10 on the MAXON web site.

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator at Adobe MAX and NAB Show New York
MAXON Cineware for Illustrator will debut in the MAXON booth in the Community Pavilion at Adobe MAX (October 18-20, 2017 in Las Vegas) and NAB Show New York, Booth N264 (October 18-19, 2017 in New York City).

Cineware for Adobe Illustrator Image
An image link to Cineware for Adobe Illustrator is available here.

Cinema 4D Upgrade Path
For Adobe Illustrator CC users that desire a rich, full-features 3D content creation experience, MAXON offers an attractive upgrade path to Cinema 4D.

About MAXON
Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek Group.

Additional information on MAXON can be obtained as follows:
Website: http://www.maxon.net/
Cineversity: http://www.cineversity.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maxon3d
Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxon3D
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxonC4D
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/791366
Google+: https://plus.google.com/+maxoncinema4d/posts
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/maxonc4d/

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Sigma Reveals its PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Line Up and a Brand New Lens

2017-10-04 20:14:29 ccwire-staff

Ronkonkoma, NY – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, will showcase its full line up of Sigma Global Vision lenses, including a brand-new addition to the line, at the upcoming PDN PhotoPlus Expo 2017 Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City from October 26-28, 2017 (booth 837). The company will also have on hand its breakthrough optics for the cinema market – the Sigma Cine high-speed Primes and Zooms – as well as the Foveon sensor-based sd Quattro and Quattro H cameras. “Sigma has had a landmark year with the introduction of seven new lenses across our Global Vision and Cine product lines,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Our research and development team is dedicated to creating superior optics that meet the ever-growing requirements of today’s high resolution cameras, taking advantage of every possible design and element to capture the greatest picture detail for both still and moving images. We look forward to showcasing the culmination of what has been a remarkable year in optical advancements for Sigma at this year’s PPE event.” Sigma 2017 introductions include the award-winning 14mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art, 135mm F1.8 DG HSM Art, 100-400mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM ContemporarySigma Global Vision lenses and the new Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 prime lenses.

Sigma Special PPE Presentation – Sigma Pro Phenom Jen Rozenbaum
Sigma Pro Jen Rozenbaum will take the PPE stage on Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM to deliver a PPE Master Class on “How to make every woman look amazing.”Jen will share with attendees her vast experience in boudoir photography, providing top tips and secret tricks – from wardrobe to posing – that flatter all women. Jen’s presentation will help attendees understand how to best dress and pose any woman of any size and shape as well as gain confidence behind the camera whether they are shooting boudoir, wedding or seniors!

Master Photographers Take the Sigma Stage
Showcasing the very best in photography craft, the expanded Sigma Pro family will headline the Sigma stage and offer attendees a behind the lens look at the techniques and technology that captured some of the year’s most outstanding photographs in the areas of aviation, editorial, glamour, landscapes, travel and weddings.

This year’s prestigious Sigma Pro PPE stage line-up includes outdoor sports and adventure travel photographer Liam Doran, aviation photo expert Jim Koepnick, renowned bird and travel photographer Roman Kurywczak, fearless woman photographer Jen Rozenbaum, and glamour and wedding photographer Jim Schmelzer.

The exciting topics include (listed by Sigma Pro) and showcase lenses from Sigma Global Vision Art, Contemporary and Sport lines:

The Sigma 100-400mm F5-6.3 Contemporary telephoto zoom lens

For the Sigma Pro presentation schedule days and times, please visit: https://blog.sigmaphoto.com/event/photoplus-2017/

Sigma’s ultra-wide-angle 14mm F1.4 Art lens

Sigma Super Giveaways at PPE 2017 
PPE 2017 attendees who visit Sigma at booth 837 will have a chance to enter and win a Sigma grand giveaway – a 24-70mm F2.8 Art – an MSRP value of $1299.00 USD!

Re-engineered and introduced in 2017, the newly updated 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens is Sigma’s workhorse zoom lens. It touts a brand new Optical Stabilizer (OS), Hypersonic Motor (HSM) for highly efficient and fast autofocus, as well as a dust- and splash-proof mount with rubber sealing.

The 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens embodies all the technical qualities and finesse that define the high-performance Sigma Global Vision Art series. A popular industry focal range covering a wide array of shooting scenarios, the 24-70mm’s optical design also includes three SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements and four aspherical elements to ensure image accuracy and sharpness. The 24-70mm F2.8 Art aspherical elements use Sigma’s thicker center glass design and highly precise polishing process, delivering stunning images and bokeh effects. The lens’ purpose-built structure boasts a new metal barrel for optimal durability with TSC composite internal moving components designed to resist thermal contraction and expansion. Available for Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera mounts.

The Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 workhorse zoom Art lens

About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning still photo and cinema camera lenses, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the cine lenses meet the needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Sigma’s portrait-perfect 135mm F1.8 Art lens

Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Blog.

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Frame.io Announces Series B Growth Round of Funding Led by FirstMark Capital

2017-10-03 13:45:38 ccwire-staff

New York City, NY – Frame.io, developers of the video review and collaboration platform for content creators, has raised $20 million in Series B growth funding led by FirstMark Capital. The latest round of funding was also supported by return backers Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures. This latest infusion of capital brings Frame.io’s total funding to date to $32 million, which the startup will use to develop in key areas including the core video review and collaboration product, cloud and content security, and the Frame.io developer ecosystem. Founded in 2014, Frame.io is also backed by Hollywood heavyweights Jared Leto and Kevin Spacey.

“We’re excited to continue to work with our existing partners at FirstMark Capital, Accel Partners, SignalFire and Shasta Ventures,” states Emery Wells, co-founder and CEO of Frame.io. “The round is an exciting milestone for our team, and more importantly our community, and will help us in elevating our mission from reimagining video collaboration to reimagining post production itself.”

“In today’s digital ecosystem, video is becoming an integral part of nearly every company’s media and content strategy,” said Amish Jani, a founder and Managing Director of FirstMark Capital. “Frame.io is transforming the way companies approach the business of creating video. This latest investment will help Frame.io scale and continue developing a world class product for a creative community that has traditionally been underserved by technology.”

Frame.io makes the process of sharing and collaborating on video projects incredibly simple, through an intuitive user interface where users can upload and organize projects, then share internally or with clients to review and add feedback. Used by leading media and entertainment companies including TechCrunch, BBC, Vice, The Onion, Facebook and many more, Frame.io has helped countless organizations in the transition to video, as more and more companies implement video into their branding strategies.

With the Series B funding, Frame.io will be making a sizable investment in iterating the core product, with a significant focus on cloud and content security. Trusted by some of the world’s largest media corporations, security is top of mind for leaders in the industry; as such, security has become a core pillar of the Frame.io product offering, and will continue to expand with features such as watermarking and a host of new security/compliance certifications including MPAA. This investment in security will also extend to the inclusion of artificial intelligence and machine learning into the core and enterprise product roadmap.

“Artificial Intelligence is going to play a huge role in Frame.io’s future,” states Matthew Ruttley, Head of Data at Frame.io, who spearheads the company’s Data Science initiatives. “Enterprise customers will benefit from a whole host of powerful, proprietary Machine Learning systems. These apply to everything from streamlining video review workflows, to robust, all-important security features.”

Read Emery Wells’ blog for more details on how Frame.io will use its latest round of funding to continue to build a hyper-secure, cloud-based platform that centralizes all tools and services needed for the creation of world-class video. Join the growing community of video creatives who are collaborating every day by signing up at Frame.io.

2017 has been a year of milestones for the New York City-based Frame.io, with the release of Frame.io 2 followed by the official launch of Frame.io Enterprise – the company’s enterprise-grade product designed to help the largest media clients, including Turner Broadcasting Systems and Buzzfeed, collaborate at scale. With over 370,000 users (and increasing every day) in over 170 countries, Frame.io will be using this investment to double down on strategic product innovation, offering content creators a platform that connects the many different creative tools, publishing tools, stock services, asset management and storage systems, and many other specialty products involved in the business of creating video.

The new funding will also help Frame.io expand its rapidly growing team, which has doubled in the past year, across the board. For more information on open roles, please visit the Frame.io careers page: https://jobs.lever.co/frame.io .

Frame.io Dashboard

About Frame.io
Frame.io is powering the future of creative collaboration. Today’s leading media companies use Frame.io to streamline their video review and collaboration process with teammates, clients and a variety of stakeholders. Frame.io is all about what happens before distribution. Before you reach the finish line. We make getting there faster, smoother and more efficient with a single platform that works seamlessly across web and mobile. Frame.io for iOS is the winner of a 2016 Apple Design Award.

Frame.io is backed by industry heavyweights including FirstMark Capital, Accel Partners, Jared Leto, and Kevin Spacey. To learn more please visit www.frame.io.

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Polaroid Announces the Polaroid Flexible LED Lighting Panel; Brings Bendable, Controlled Lighting to Photographers and Videographers

2017-09-30 20:33:38 ccwire-staff

Edison, NJ – Polaroid today announced the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel, an incredibly lightweight, bendable light source that is a must-have accessory for any photographer or videographer. Mold the light to the desired form and position, as the pliable flat-mat material can be reshaped to give focused control over the light’s direction and fall-off. Anyone from professional photographers to casual enthusiasts can use the simple wireless remote control to quickly dim the daylight balanced light source, making it perfect as a main light or as a versatile fill light in larger set-ups.

The Versatile Light That Fits Any Situation
Perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, the 5600K color temperature light source delivers flicker-free brilliant light wherever you take it. Bright and flexible enough to be part of a larger professional shoot, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel is also light enough for use at solo outings, weddings and location shoots. The compact design and bendable material make this the perfect accessory for the photographer on-the-go.

Perfect Lighting for Portraits, Products or Macro Photography
Measuring at 12×12” and just 16mm wide, the super slim Polaroid flexible LED panel mat weighs a mere one pound, making it easy to arrange and mold the light into your ideal position. Even at this ultra-portable size, the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel delivers superb color reproduction similar in comparison to a natural light source; with 256 LEDs it can produce up to 4500 Lumens – nearly the brightness of direct sunlight. For those looking to achieve a softer look, the included special diffusion filter turns the brilliant LED light into a dreamy glow – perfect for portraits and product shots!

Photographers and videographers can purchase the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel from Amazon for 124.99 USD.

Request a Media Review Kit
Members of the media are invited to review the Polaroid flexible LED lighting panel. To request a media review kit, please contact Karlie Fitzgerald at karlie@zazilmediagroup.com.

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the world’s most trusted, respected and recognizable brands, with a rich 80-year history built primarily on Polaroid instant cameras and film.  The company’s complete range of products was designed to deliver the fun, instant gratification and creative freedom for which the brand has long stood. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, rooted in the instant photo sharing that Polaroid pioneered, is the mark of genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit Polaroid.com.

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

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ShareGrid Brings the Production Community the Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test

2017-09-12 09:04:40 mgalas

ShareGrid has made the life of cinematographers a whole lot easier.  In the company’s earliest days, they collaborated with Duclos Lenses and Old Fast Glass to put together a test of 40 vintage lenses, calling it “The Ultimate Vintage Lens Test.”  Their results had just reached the ShareGrid audience when discussions began to take shape for their next massive undertaking.

“Ever since our last test, we knew we wanted to make another one, and we were pretty sure it would be anamorphic glass,” said Brent Barbano, co-founder of Sharegrid.

One hundred thirty 4K videos later, “The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test” is now available to the public.  The test was co-produced by ShareGrid and Old Fast Glass along with key team members Barbano (executive producer), Mark LaFleur (director), Kyle Stryker (DP), Nick Ferreiro (post supervisor/editor) and Matthew Duclos (contributor/consultant).  The lens test team recruited 29 crew members who worked over the lens tests’ three-day shoot.  With utmost dedication and care, they gathered the results of 42 different lenses.   Here are a few other stats to blow your mind: there were 518 tests conducted in total broken down over 131 main tests, 131 color chart tests, 131 focus tests, 47 distortion tests and 78 projection tests.

The thirteen brands were reviewed in the test.  There were ten prime lens with varying focal lengths including Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic (35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Atlas Lens Co. Orion Series Anamorphic (65mm), Cineovision Anamorphic (25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm), Cooke Anamorphic / iSpecial Flare (32mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Elite Anamorphic (24.5mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm) Hawk V-Life Vintage 74 Anamorphic (28mm, 55mm, 80mm, 110mm), Kowa Cine Prominar Anamorhic (32mm, 40mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Lomo Round-Front Anamorphic (35mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm), Panavision Auto-Panata Anamorphic (40mm, 50mm, 75mm) and Todd AO High-Speed Anamorphic (35mm, 55mm, 75mm).  There were two zoom lens manufacturers: Angenieux Optimo 44-440mm T4.5 AS-2 Anamorphic Zoom (44mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm) and P+S Technik 35.70mm T3.2 Cinemascope Zoom (35mm, 50mm, 70mm).  There was also one anamorphic Adapter manufacturer tested: the Iscorama pre-36 Anamorphic Lens Adapter with Nikon AI (50mm, 85mm, 105mm)

“Anamorphic is a very popular choice for DPs, but I still find that there are many cinematographers that aren’t aware of the choices and how widely different they are from one another,” said LaFleur.  “Even more than spherical lenses, these lenses are radically different from set to set, lens to lens within a set and even T stop to T stop.”

In addition to the lens test videos, viewers may also find some education videos on the ShareGrid page.  These include a page dedicated to learning the basics of anamorphic: https://learn.sharegrid.com/what-is-anamorphic and a flare chart video: https://learn.sharegrid.com/sharegrid-lens-test-flare-chart

To obtain The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test, please see the links below:

Homepage: https://learn.sharegrid.com/lenstest

4x Video Comparison Player (200 videos)

http://join.sharegrid.com/ultimate-lens-library.html

Released Tuesday, August 29th, the test is already securing fans in the esteemed cinematography community.  Greig Fraser, ASC, Oscar nominee and winner of the 2016 CameraImage Golden Frog and ASC’s Outstanding Cinematography in a Theatrical Release for “Lion” found the test a massive time saver.  He felt the test captured “the bigger picture”, allowing him more time to finesse details.

“I’m about to shoot on film.  I don’t have the luxury of seeing immediate high res digital results of the different T stops,”  said Fraser.  “When I do my own more refined tests, I can compare my results to the results (The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test) got shooting digitally.”

Source: Variety411

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NDR Moves Its Foreign Studios to EditShare

2017-08-28 10:15:04 ccwire-staff

Basingstoke, UK  – EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that ARD German Public News Broadcaster, Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), has implemented EditShare high-performance XStream EFS shared storage and Flow media asset management (MAM) for its Foreign Studios in Tokyo, Stockholm, Singapore and Beijing media infrastructure. The EditShare-driven workflow, which was designed and deployed by EditShare business partner MoovIT, features advanced automation and integration with the new HelmutFX Enterprise Service Bus solution (ESB) and Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, simplifying asset tracking and migration from acquisition to archive.

MoovIT, an expert in broadcast workflows, developed HelmutFX specifically for NDR. “NDR required a platform that would automate many repetitive tasks and in turn support a much faster turnaround on media packages as well as better integration with its Adobe Premiere CC editors,” comments David Merzenich of MoovIT. “We leveraged the Flow API to integrate HelmutFX ESB with EditShare solutions. This allowed us to deeply automate everything from importing clips and adding metadata to triggering projects right within Adobe Premiere Pro CC. NDR journalists never have to leave the Premiere Pro interface. HelmutFX handles the administrative tasks while, behind the scenes, Flow automatically manages transcoding, project setup, file synchronization and even media space creation on the EditShare shared storage platform, giving journalists the benefits of media asset management and shared storage right from their editing application.”

The automated workflow eliminates repetitive manual tasks and with them, mistakes such as copying files to wrong media spaces or using non-standard metadata indexing. The MoovIT developers leveraged the EditShare Flow API to create extensions that control metadata templates, file ingest and manage the AME render server. Howard Twine, director of software strategy, EditShare adds, “The Flow API is very easy to work with; the level of integration and automation our partners can achieve with applications such as Adobe Premiere and HelmutFX is extensive. At NDR specifically, MoovIT has been able to automate content movement exactly the way NDR wants it from the time it is ingested onto the server until it reaches the NDR archive and back into production. Taking it a step further, MoovIT leveraged the Flow API to custom automate the movement of media to the point that the NDR journalists power up Adobe Premiere and have their projects already created in the right media spaces and tagged accordingly. They just focus on creating the story itself, with EditShare Flow and XStream EFS working in concert with HelmutFX.”

Thanks to a near-identical workflow and advanced automation across studios, employees can move flexibly between sites without having to acclimate or train on a new system setup. Mr. Bruder, head of NDR Foreign Studios production, comments, “We have fulfilled the requirements for a standardised system at our overseas studios, with reliable tools and programs. As a result, small units with limited numbers of staff can deliver perfect-quality reports using an end-to-end workflow that is tailored to our needs – with easy-to-manage processes.”

The NDR workflow will be demonstrated on the EditShare IBC stand 7.C27. For more information or to book a private briefing to learn more about the NDR workflow, please email http://www.editshare.com/book-demo-ibc.

EditShare Press Briefings at IBC2017
Members of the media are invited to contact Janice Dolan at janice@zazilmediagroup.com to schedule a press briefing with an EditShare spokesperson during IBC2017.

About EditShare XStream EFS with Integrated Flow Media Asset Management
Based on a distributed, parallel and fault-tolerant file system, XStream EFS is designed to manage large volumes of media, ultra-high data rates and the complexities of collaborative media environments, leveraging key technologies like SwiftRead to mitigate resource contention. XStream EFS seamlessly integrates with EditShare Flow production asset management and Ark nearline and archiving solutions to facilitate an end-to-end media workflow across departments, facilities and remote production locations.

For more information on EditShare XStream EFS, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream-efs. For more information on EditShare Flow, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/flow.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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IBC News: Vocas Introduces Accessories for Canon EOS C200

2017-08-16 12:38:03 artisanspr

HILVERSUM, The Netherlands—Vocas Systems, European manufacturer of innovative, professional-calibre camera accessories, today announces several new products developed expressly for Canon’s ECS C200 digital cinema camera. They include a C200 viewfinder bracket, a top cheese plate, a camera adapter plate for the Vocas Sliding System, a special C200 cage and a handgrip relocator.

Introduced by Canon in June, the EOS C200 has become a popular option among camera professionals seeking to capture 4K video, and the new Vocas accessories make it easier to use and more stable in a variety of production applications. “Our new C200 accessories address some of the limitations of the standard accessories and make using the camera a little easier,” said.  Vocas Manager of Business Development Lars Verlinden. “We believe they will become must-have tools for committed C200 users.”

The new Viewfinder Bracket represents a complete C200 viewfinder solution. Based on NATO rail, the bracket overcomes the limitation of the standard Canon viewfinder bracket, which is not adjustable in a forward or backward direction as required when using the camera on the shoulder. The 15mm viewfinder adapter fits the original C200 top handle directly, and provides a 15mm horizontal rod to mount any NATO accessory. The result is a rigid and stable mounting solution for the C200 LCD that prevents the LCD from twisting, which can result in a crooked image horizon. An adjustable friction mechanism is integrated to tilt the LCD up and down.

The Top Cheese Plate features integrated holes for 15mm rails and allows the mounting of either the original C200 handgrip or the new Vocas top handgrip low. A top handgrip kit for the Canon EOS C200 including the top cheese plate, top handgrip low and viewfinder adapter is also available.

The new, dedicated C200 Camera Adaptor Plate includes four attachment points for greater camera stability and makes it possible to use the camera in tandem with the Vocas Sliding System.  It makes the C200 compatible with 15mm and 19mm setups, drones and gimbals.

The new, lightweight C200 Cage provides added steadiness and stability with heavy set-ups. The Cage connects to the Vocas Top Cheese Plate and the Vocas Adaptor Plate on both sides of the camera. On the operator side, a standard rosette is integrated into the Cage.

The Handgrip Relocator allows the C200 handgrip to be relocated to accommodate shooting from the shoulder. While the original C200 handgrip is fitted with a standard rosette, the Vocas handgrip extenders allows the handgrip to be positioned in any place the operator chooses.

The new Vocas accessories for the Canon EOS C200 camera are available now. Vocas will show the new C200 accessories at the IBC show in Amsterdam, 15 – 19 September, Stand 12.D56.

About Vocas Systems

Vocas Systems is a developer and manufacturer of high quality camera accessories like rail supports, shoulder pads, matte boxes and focus controllers. Vocas products are sold all around the world through selected resellers. Due to more than 25 years of experience, the Vocas products are both high quality and well tested.

http://www.vocas.com/

 

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Autodesk Highlights Next-Gen Storytelling & Collaboration Tools

2017-08-02 09:31:29 ccwire-staff
LOS ANGELES — Leading up to SIGGRAPH 2017, which kicks off in LA today, Autodesk released a series of updates for its media and entertainment tools, including Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection, Autodesk Maya, Shotgun, Arnold, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Autodesk Flame. Engineered to streamline and accelerate production on films, TV shows, games and immersive experiences, the new releases include improvements and user-requested enhancements that connect creative workflows and teams, helping them bring engaging stories to life for a worldwide audience.
“The continued growth of AR and VR and steady flow of new productions from Netflix, Amazon and others, mean animation and VFX houses are in more demand than ever,” notes Chris Bradshaw, senior vice president, media & entertainment, Autodesk. “We’re focused on helping our customers create, connect and compute faster and more efficiently so they can balance their increasing project loads with tighter schedules and budgets. Everything we’re showing at SIGGRAPH streamlines production and equips artists with the tools to handle nearly any creative scenario.”
Autodesk Media & Entertainment Collection – To build on the value, flexibility and simplicity the collection provides customers, new subscription benefits will be added including Cloud Rights and SketchBook for Enterprise. Additionally, Media & Entertainment Collection subscribers can take advantage of an Arnold 5-Pack promotion.
  • Arnold Packs – Immediate access to rendering power. Starting September 7th, new Media & Entertainment Collection subscribers will get an Arnold 5-Pack promotion at no additional cost. For more information about Arnold renderer, visit SolidAngle.com.
  • Cloud Rights – Subscribers can take advantage of on-demand compute resources on the cloud and easily scale their rendering pipelines. To learn more, go HERE
  • SketchBook for Enterprise – Autodesk’s popular drawing tool, SketchBook for Enterprise, moves into the collection and provides artists with more options and flexibility for content creation. Visit www.autodesk.com/sketchbook to learn more.
Maya 2018
Maya 2018 offers additional character creation, motion graphics, and rendering functionality. Improvements have made character creation easier, faster, and fun. The motion graphics toolset now includes dynamics and new instancing capabilities. Maya 2018 is available with the latest version of Arnold, including new features and core architecture improvements. These Maya 2018 updates empower artists to create content and to tell compelling stories through lifelike characters and environments and dynamic motion graphics. A complete list of new improvements in the release, is available here.
Shotgun
Continuing the commitment of making media collaboration easier, faster, and more secure for studios of all sizes, Shotgun has introduced features to simplify workflows, make it easier to integrate creation tools with Shotgun, and strengthen security. Shotgun 7.2 introduced plug-and-play integrations to accelerate artist workflows; updates to RV; and new single sign-on. The latest updates in Shotgun 7.3 continue to build on Shotgun’s secure and reliable foundation for studios by adding improvements that make it easier for site administrators to run and manage Shotgun. Shotgun 7.3 features include smart data retention for improved site performance and community-driven enhancements including improved action menu items (AMIs) and the ability to restart your own site.
Arnold v5.0.1
Arnold 5.0.1 builds on the strengths of the recent 5.0 release, and includes new functionality like AOV shaders for cryptomatte workflows, thin film for standard surface shader and additional updates and optimizations. Arnold 5.0.1 is available with the latest versions of Maya and 3ds Max or as a plugin for additional DCC applications. Arnold is now available for free to educational institutions through the Autodesk Education Portal.
3ds Max 2018.1
The newest update to 3ds Max adds VR authoring tools for design visualization artists and generalists; 3ds Max interactive, a VR engine that simplifies the creation of immersive and interactive architectural visualizations; and additional UX and UV unwrap improvements. It will be available to check out in a 3ds Max to VR Workflow demo at the Autodesk booth.
Flame Family 2018.2
Flame Family 2018.2 introduces new creative tools that enhance artist productivity and expand pipeline integration possibilities. Some new features in Flame 2018.2 are Pybox, a python scriptable software handler for processing images via external renderers; projector functionality, map inputs and a contextual menu in action; smart merge for the connected conform workflow; and the ability to drive the batch environment via scriptable commands.
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Katana 3.0 to ship with ground-breaking rendering tool 3Delight

2017-07-31 12:37:52 ccwire-staff

The collaboration is underpinned by Katana’s track record of solving the industry’s toughest look development and lighting problems. The exciting collaboration between Foundry and Illumination Research Pte Ltd will continue to drive efficiencies and help artists to deliver better, faster and more cost-effective animation and VFX work through improved workflows and technology.

3Delight is powered by NSI – which is both nodal and hierarchical – allowing for fully interactive live rendering. 3Delight promises to refine look development and lighting tasks to enhance the artist experience. Unique workflows like the plug-in’s light mixer technology allows artists to render final quality images and adjust lighting interactively, while the edits are fed back directly to lights or groups of lights in Katana’s GafferThree lighting tools. The fully OSL-based shading engine is compatible with both Katana and Maya, allowing for the direct transfer of look development files between the DCC apps. The geometry based lighting frees an artist to execute compelling lighting with straightforward real world techniques.

Key benefits include:

  • Fast, physically based rendering technology with open shading language (OSL) at its core
  • Fully interactive live rendering and a real-time light mixer especially well-suited for Katana’s workflow
  • Material nodes that are 100% compatible with the Maya version
  • Ability to use fur/hair and displacements extensively with negligible impact on performance
  • Better quality rendering with perfectly smooth subdivision surfaces
  • Network caching for efficient network utilization by automatic scene dependency localization

Jordan Thistlewood, senior product manager for look development and lighting at Foundry, commented: “We are very excited to offer Katana 3.0 with 3Delight as an out-of-the-box rendering solution. This provides new users with a “download and explore” experience and our existing users with a very powerful option for their pipelines. Multiverse, 3Delight and Katana combine to offer a complete Maya and Katana pipeline solution. Working with the 3Delight team has been great and we are really impressed how far they have stretched the interactive look development, lighting and rendering experience in Katana.”

Aghiles Kheffache, chief technical officer for Illumination Research Pte Ltd, commented: “After two years of development of the NSI architecture, we are excited to bring 3Delight to Katana built entirely on that new state of the art interface/technology. It makes the entire process of scene editing and manipulation fun and efficient, thanks to across the board live rendering.”

John Carey, vice president of production and technology at Toonbox Entertainment, commented: “All of Toonbox Entertainment’s projects have been rendered with 3Delight and we have used both proprietary and third party tools for look development and lighting, but developments at the Foundry, including the high level of integration between Katana and 3Delight have enabled us to bring to bear a whole new level of flexibility and power which we hope to leverage on all of our future projects. This will enable us to do better work faster while consuming fewer resources. Yes, it is faster, better AND cheaper and that is a pretty compelling combination.

3Delight will be available as a free plug-in for Katana 3.0, at no additional cost for new or existing users for interactive renders. Katana 3.0 with 3Delight will be showcased at SIGGRAPH 2017 as part of a public beta. Combined Katana/3Delight render licenses for production rendering will be available for purchase, with pricing to be announced at a later date.

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Picture Production Company Places First Order for the Brand New EditShare XStream EFS 300 Single-Node Solution

2017-07-27 23:17:55 ccwire-staff

London, UK — EditShare, a technology leader in intelligent shared storage and media management solutions, announced that elite film-marketing agency Picture Production Company (PPC) is the first facility to place an order for the brand new EditShare XStream EFS 300 single-node, scale-out storage platform. Renowned for its creative work, PPC has locations in Soho, London and Los Angeles, and produces trailers, television spots and online video for some of the world’s largest film studios. The full schedule keeps the two offices running 24 hours a day, working on multiple feature film campaigns at any given time.

“We have a range of systems in our London office, complementing our many workflows. To expand our portfolio, and specifically our Avid environment initially, we immediately thought of EditShare for our shared storage infrastructure, because EditShare supports the lot,” comments Nick Tipping, PPC technical director. “EditShare will work with Avid. It will work with Premiere Pro. It will even work with Final Cut Pro 7, and most other edit platforms you can think of. The new EFS 300 model is a very robust, cost-effective solution. We have had an EditShare system in our Los Angeles office for a couple of years now and have had nothing but good results, so it was a perfect choice.”

The EditShare XStream EFS 300 single-node, scale-out storage installation replaces the PPC Soho office’s aging Avid Unity system with a platform-agnostic EFS 300 solution that will futureproof the PPC infrastructure. The move to EditShare also provides a level of granularity in terms of managing media space access that well serves the PPC workflow. Tipping explains, “Given the nature of our business, security and media access are extremely important and with EditShare you can control who gets access to which media spaces very easily, with full Active Directory integration. We handle sensitive material for many of our clients, and are regularly inspected and audited to ensure we are security-compliant. Having the content on EditShare, completely locked down on its own media space, allowing access only to those editors who need it – that is an absolute necessity for us.”

The reliability of EFS combined with its fault-tolerant design also played a part in PPC’s decision to go with the new EFS 300 model. Tipping adds, “Content protection is certainly important to us. The distributed architecture means that EditShare is some of the most secure storage we have in the building. If we had a hardware failure, the fault-tolerant design means we are always protected, and would not experience any downtime or data loss.”

Paul Saint, who oversees the new EditShare Soho office, comments on key capabilities the new EFS single-node systems offer creative houses like PPC: “Facilities like PPC get the performance and protection they require without having to invest in a multi-node cluster out of the gate. They can scale as needed, without compromising on performance or security thanks to incredibly versatile data protection features. Plus, they can leverage the EditShare portfolio of products to expand workflows to include production asset management, parking content, QC and archiving within one fully connected media ecosystem.”

The EditShare Soho office opened in July 2017 and provides full consultation and support for the central London creative community.


About EditShare XStream EFS Platform
The premium XStream EFS storage platform is a powerful distributed scale-out file system combined with a highly resilient architecture, specifically developed for media intensive workflows. It’s designed from the ground up to support large-scale workgroups requiring high-bandwidth, high-volume media ingest, transcoding, online collaborative editing and multiplatform distribution of HD, 2K, 4K and beyond. Whether a one-node or multi-node system, every XStream EFS model can easily be expanded to increase capacity and bandwidth. For ease of use and administration, all XStream EFS systems present a single namespace, regardless of the system size. And unlike many SAN storage solutions, the performance of XStream EFS does not decrease as storage use increases. Its continual optimal performance and outstanding reliability are backed by RAID 6 technology.

For more information, please visit http://www.editshare.com/products/xstream.

About PPC
Picture Production Company is a leading International Creative Production agency that combines a dedicated award-winning creative team with unparalleled post-production facilities. PPC provides global marketing and localisation services to some of the top Hollywood film studios, independent film distributors and consumer brands.

With offices in London and LA, PPC provides a 24 hour full cross platform service 5 days a week that delivers on brief, on budget and on schedule with commitment, passion and attention to detail which can be seen on-screen in each and every job.

For more information, please visit http://www.theppc.com/Home.

About EditShare
EditShare is the technology pioneer in networked shared storage and tapeless, end-to-end workflow solutions for the post-production, TV, and film industries. EditShare’s ground-breaking products improve efficiency and workflow collaboration every step of the way. They include video capture and playout servers, high-performance central shared storage, archiving and backup software, media asset management, and Lightworks – the world’s first three-platform (Windows/OS X/Linux) professional non-linear video editing application.

©2017 EditShare LLC. All rights reserved. EditShare® is a registered trademark of EditShare LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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IBC News: CARTONI to Launch MASTER 65, “Smart Deployment System” Tripod and More

2017-07-25 11:12:09 artisanspr

ROME –  CARTONI, developer of innovative camera support systems designed and manufactured in Italy, will present at IBC 2017 (14 -18 September in Amsterdam) a new tripod system and significant expansions to its MASTER, MAXIMA and LAMBDA lines of fluid heads. CARTONI will be exhibiting at Stand 12.E30.

CARTONI will also debut for Europe a new patent concept for enabling 360° Dutch rotation in nodal mode: TOTAL DUTCH, a revolutionary head design for creating the ultimate in Dutch angle compositions. After setting the standard in 2000 with its famed Cartoni Dutch head, Cartoni has expanded the canted angle capability with total 360-degree rotation.

The TOTAL DUTCH head can be mounted on any existing heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.

Other debut highlights include the SDS (Smart Deployment Series) system tripod, MASTER 65 and MASTER 30 broadcast and studio heads, MAXIMA 30 Digital cinematography head, and a 3rd Axis for new Lambda 25.

Continuing its history of innovation, CARTONI’s new heads were developed to accommodate today’s most popular camera systems, both large and small, and provide maximum flexibility in the use of lenses and other accessories. “We’re very excited about technical advancements we were able to achieve in our new tripod and heads,” said CARTONI President and CEO Elisabetta Cartoni. “They were designed with direct feedback from operators worldwide and include a number of patented features that continue our legacy of advancing the art and science of image capture.”

New products include:

MASTER 65 is a heavy-duty head for broadcast cameras with larger zoom or box-type lenses. It features CARTONI’s patented MAGNUM counterbalance system and unique silicon fluid drag system, offering perfect balance, and the preference of heavier drag with smooth starts and stops and no backlash. The new drag system is essential for tight shots on long, zoomed lenses that are subject to subtle camera movements. At a payload capacity of 20 kg (44 lbs) to 70 kg (150 lbs), it’s the largest fluid head in the MASTER series.

MASTER 30 features the patented CARTONI, “wing” counterbalance system that provides perfect balance throughout the full +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. Offered in a flat base, it can easily be converted to a 150mm bowl base with optional adapter. Its rugged construction can handle payloads up to 30 kg (66 lbs).

SDS (Smart Deployment Series) Tripod expands and improves upon CARTONI’s popular Smart Stop two-stage, single-lever trigger technology with a new Smart Lock mid-level spreader. It features a patented “no-bind” mechanism for fast spreading and collapsing. Combined, they form the most intelligent and fastest deployed 100mm & 75mm tripod in the industry.

MAXIMA 30 is designed for Digital cinema camera packages. It comes with a patented counterbalance and fluid drag system, and a wide payload range of 3 kg (6.6 lbs) to 30 kg (66 lbs). Pan and tilt brake controls are placed conveniently on the left (where operator muscle memory expects them) along with 4-rosette attachments for pan bars. The camera plate stage accepts all industry standard plates (ARRI, RED, etc.), and the safety lock and release latch can be activated with one hand to either disengage or remove the camera plate.

LAMBDA 25 3rd Axis is the latest accessory for CARTONI’s popular LAMBDA 25 head, featuring an innovative design allowing operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis. Offering a nodal setting on three axes, it is ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly shots, or on a slider.

 

CARTONI has a long and rich history of developing innovative camera support systems. Its legacy of high quality Italian design and manufacturing has resulted in numerous patents and awards, and helped shape the modern broadcast and cinematography industries.

CARTONI SpA – Via Giuseppe Mirri 13 – Rome 00159 (Rm) Italy – Ph +39 06 4382002 www.cartoni.com

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Keslow Camera Announces Acquisition of Clairmont Camera

2017-07-17 21:44:03 ignite

CULVER CITY, CA – Keslow Camera, the largest privately held motion picture camera equipment rental house in North America, announced today that it is acquiring Clairmont Camera and its Vancouver and Toronto operations. The move will more than quadruple Keslow Camera’s anamorphic and vintage lens inventory, and add a substantial range of custom camera equipment to the company’s extensive portfolio. Simultaneously, Clairmont founder Denny Clairmont, one of the industry’s most respected talents in front and behind the camera, announced his retirement. The acquisition is expected to be complete on or before August 4.

Company Founder and CEO Robert Keslow said, “This acquisition perfectly aligns with Keslow Camera’s mission – to never stop growing, never stop learning, and never stop improving. The expansion into the two busiest Canadian markets delivers on our clients’ ongoing requests for us to service them in more areas of the world.”

Keslow Camera will retain the talented support staff and experienced team of Clairmont’s Vancouver and Toronto facilities, who have been offering professional digital and film cameras, lenses and accessories to the filmmaking community in the region since the 1980s. All operations within California will eventually be consolidated to Keslow Camera’s headquarters in Culver City.

Clairmont notes that this deal also serves as his endorsement. “Clairmont Camera is my life’s work and I never stopped searching for innovative ways to serve our clients. I have long respected Robert Keslow and the team at Keslow Camera for their integrity, quality of management, best-in-class customer service, and successful performance. I am confident they are the right company to honor my heritage and founding vision going forward,” says Clairmont.

Denny Clairmont, along with his brother, Terry, established one of the world’s most prestigious movie equipment and camera rental companies in 1976. In 2011, Clairmont received the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), awarded by the Academy Board of Governors upon the recommendation of the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee.  The Medal honors outstanding service and dedication in upholding the high standards of the Academy. Clairmont and Ken Robings won a Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the lens perspective system, and Clairmont has won two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his role in the development of special lens systems. These innovative solutions will immediately be available to Keslow Camera customers.

“We are honored to have earned Denny Clairmont’s trust, and recognize the work and innovation that he and his great team have brought to the industry over the past 70 years,” added Keslow’s Chief Operating Officer Dennis McDonald. “To be able to offer our personalized level of service in more locations, with a wider range of technology to serve the needs of the creative community, we’re poised to elevate the Keslow experience for current and new customers.”

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com.


About Keslow Camera
Since 1990, Keslow Camera has been providing camera equipment for motion picture, television and commercialproductions throughout North America and around the globe. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company also operates from locations in Chicago, Santa Fe, Atlanta and now Toronto and Vancouver. Keslow Camera has earned a reputation among the industry’s creative community for uncompromising service and innovative problem solving on projects of any size. The company’s tireless support of the art and craft of cinematography has resulted in many long-standing relationships with the world’s most talented filmmakers.

For more information, visit www.keslowcamera.com, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@keslowcamera).

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Manios Digital & Film to Show New Cartoni Products at Cine Gear and Matthews’ Garage Sale

2017-06-03 12:09:53 artisanspr

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.— Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will demonstrate the latest additions to Cartoni’s award-winning line of camera accessories at two events this weekend in Hollywood.

Lambda 25 3rd Axis is an innovative, new accessory for Cartoni’s Lambda 25, the industry standard nodal fluid head for specialty pan and tilt shots. The new attachment allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis, making it ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly, crane or slider.

Total Dutch similarly builds on Cartoni’s popular Dutch head, expanding the canted angle to full 360° rotation. It can be mounted to any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to camera packages up to 25 kg.

 

“Lambda 25 3rd Axis and Total Dutch provide operators with new freedom to be creative,” says Manios Digital & Film President Steve Manios Jr. “It’s now possible to achieve 360-degreee rotation with perfect control. And both products provide the Italian craftsmanship and reliability that are Cartoni hallmarks.”

At Cine Gear Expo, Total Dutch will be on display in the Cartoni/Manios Digital & Film booth. At the Matthews Studio Equipment booth, Lambda 25 3rd Axis will be on display, mounted on a Dutti dolly.

Cartoni USA and Manios Digital & Film will also take part in Matthews Studio Equipment’s annual Garage Sale Party, Sunday, June 4, in Burbank. There, a Cartoni Lambda 25 head will be part of a special demonstration put on by Grip Support owner and founder Greg Flores. The head will be mounted to a classic 1964 Ford Thunderbird and used to execute a variety of creative camera moves.

Cartoni has been the industry leader in nodal camera heads for more than 25 years. The company was awarded a 2016 Technical Achievement Award from the Society of Camera Operators (SOC) for the development of Lambda 25. “Cartoni Lambda has become the go-to head for all types of special effects shots,” explains Manios. “Compete rotation and panning of the head is possible at the same time with zero gravity weight. This is achieved by balancing the camera’s weight on both the horizontal and vertical axis of the Lambda.”

Cine Gear Expo

Exhibits: June 2 – 4

The Studios at Paramount, Hollywood

Manios Digital & Film, Booth 57

Registration: https://www.speedbadge.com/sreg2.php?s=cinegear&clear=1&t=1496344237

Mathews Studio Equipment Garage Sale Party

Sunday, June 4th, 2 – 6 p.m.

4520 W. Valerio St.

Burbank, CA 91505

Free Registration: https://matthews_garage_sale_2017.eventbrite.com

 About Manios Digital & Film

A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr.,  Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas and Kinotehnik. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.

Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.

www.maniosdigital.com

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Filmotechic USA Accelerates Into 2017 at Cine Gear Expo

2017-06-01 12:19:28 rpg246

Los Angeles — An expanding fleet and other exciting options highlight Filmotechnic USA’s ride into 2017. Upgraded flight heads, additional Russian Arms, new cars and new L.A. headquarters with expanded fabrication facilities mark brisk advancement for the company, along with rounding out our locations in Atlanta, Detroit and Orlando; Filmotechnic is known worldwide for its Academy-award winning fleet of stabilized camera car systems.

Heads Up
New for 2017 are advanced electronics on the new Flight Head 6, the successor to the well-proven Flight Head 5, allowing for better control and maneuverability. The Flight Head 6 also features programmable moves and custom image stability. The introduction of the Apex Head, the sister head of the lightweight Compact Head, offers multiple mounting options, fast and smooth response for more dynamic action sequences. “It’s been a very popular option,” says Filmotechnic USA Manager, John Urso. “All of our new Flight Heads have specially designed joysticks and hand wheels to provide backlash free operation.”

More Russian Arms
Because of popular demand, Filmotechnic USA is adding more Russian Arms to its stable, bringing the total to ten in the US. Three of which are our popular Russian Arm 6’s capable of drone-like shots at 25 feet and racing through the canyons at lengths of 15, 18, or 22 feet. The lightweight, ever versatile, Russian Arm Mini gives new perspective when mounted to the picture car. “We can box it up and ship it anywhere,” says Urso.

New Cars/Cross-trained Crew
Filmotechnic USA just built out its fifth Porsche Turbo Cayenne S and is currently fabricating its second Ford Raptor, both complete with HD monitors and picture recorders. “Our in-house fabricating crew works in concert with our cross-trained teams, resulting in the newest, best handling car platforms pairing perfectly with our arms and heads. Here at Filmo, we understand and strive to bring new energy to work with our veterans. Our cross-training program demonstrates our continuing commitment to the entertainment industry,” says Operations Manager Jeanine Wojtanowski.

New HQ/Fabrication Facility
Filmotechnic USA recently moved into an expanded 11,000 square foot Los Angeles based headquarters to support our locations in Atlanta, Detroit and Orlando. “It was time, we needed a bigger facility to work on our many custom fabrication projects,” comments Urso. “At twice the space, our new facility allows us complete flexibility.”

More Options
“We’re all about options,” adds Wojtanowksi. “We understand all the variables in play; from the camera package, how heavy or light, how fast or slow do you want to go? What’s the lens height you’re looking for? You going off-road or racetrack? East Coast or West Coast? We have eight different camera cars, eight different heads and five different cranes to give you the right combination for your shoot.”

About Filmotechnic
Filmotechnic is the original in the industry and established the innovative standards with which other companies are now measured by. Over the past 25 years, Oscar Award Winner Anotoliy Kokush, along with Denis Kokush have built a legacy of advancing camera car systems. Our Academy Award winning developments coupled with other respected achievements in enabling camera movements and image stabilization, deliver a diverse range of professional camera systems, camera cranes and gyro stabilized heads for film, motion picture, and advertising industries.
For more information and or bookings at any of our locations in Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles or Orlando please contact manager John Urso at 310-418-3311 or Jeanine Wojtanowski 310-710-9454 or go direct to http://www.filmotechnicusa.com

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Panavision to Unveil Powerful New Tools at Cine Gear

2017-06-01 10:12:29 ignite

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Panavision will reveal advanced new tools for its unprecedented, large-format Millennium DXL 8K camera at their booth in Stage 2 (#S302) at Cine Gear Expo, June 2-3. Demonstrating the evolution of their innovative approach to filmmaking, Panavision will debut a set of fast, wirelessly controlled Primo Artiste lenses that cover the full 8K HDR image; the world’s first HDR OLED Primo Viewfinder; a new color spectrum filter called PX-Pro; and DXL Control, an iPhone app for remote camera control. These new technologies support Panavision’s Millennium DXL, which was engineered to offer superior creative control over the entire imaging chain.

“The DXL was designed based on feedback from veteran filmmakers who wanted a large format digital system to serve their vision, and these new tools extend that level of innovation,” notes Panavision CEO Kim Snyder. “We are excited that the camera has been met with great enthusiasm for what it offers in terms of creative flexibility and progressive technology at the service of the artist.”

Featuring Panavision’s premier large format optics and modular accessories, advanced 8K sensor technology from RED, and unique color science and workflow optimization from Light Iron, the Millennium DXL has been the camera of choice for numerous productions since becoming available in January. “Filmmakers have chosen the camera to shoot major motion pictures, commercials and TV shows,” says Panavision and Light Iron Senior Vice President of Innovation Michael Cioni. “We’ve been listening to filmmakers and developing top-notch capabilities for the camera, as well as fine-tuning what’s next for its ecosystem. These savvy tools continue our solution-focused efforts to deliver the best in class.”

The Primo Viewfinder is the industry’s first HDR OLED viewfinder. Designed, engineered and manufactured at Panavision, the Primo Viewfinder offers Panavision optics and proprietary mechanics, an HDR OLED screen, 600-nit brightness, image smoothing, a heater, and custom Panavision glass to limit eye fatigue and make it easier to focus in very bright or dark environments. The viewfinder also boasts a theoretical contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. In creating the Primo Viewfinder, Panavision has made liberal use of customer feedback. “We have been extremely transparent with our trusted customers and shown them iterations along the way,” explains Cioni. “Their fingerprints go into this camera, because it’s their hands that touch the buttons.”

Panavision will be showcasing a prototype of its PX-Pro color spectrum filter, which ushers in a significant increase in color separation and dramatically higher color precision. The filters provide an infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) cut that improves color clarity and reduces noise and IR contamination, which can corrupt or distort digitally captured images. “PX-Pro was custom made for DXL,” says Haluki Sadahiro, director of Panavision Electronics and Product Development. “It has been specially designed to allow for a wider range of precise color that supports all color palettes and flare characterizes of lenses new and old, while reducing many of the optical artifacts we see on digital cinema cameras.”

The Primo Artiste lenses, available by the end of 2017, are a full series of T/1.8 Prime lenses, making them the fastest optics available for large format cinematography. The Artiste Series is an evolutionary step in large format optics design, becoming the second series of Panavision lenses to include a fully internalized motor and complete metadata compatibility. The essence of the Artiste concept is an innovative design that takes advantage of the aesthetic flexibility available within large format digital imagers, and the resulting look evokes a quality reminiscent of vintage optics. The series incorporates modern features such as focus breathing control, even field illumination and optimized close focus performance. “The primary goal of the Primo Artiste line is to balance the intricacies of aberration control and the art of lens design to create a lens that produces images that resonate with our instinct to relate to painterly images that are identified by smooth transitions between surrounding objects,” says Panavision VP Optical Engineer and Lens Strategy Dan Sasaki. An added feature of the Primo Artiste series is a true anamorphic glass attachment that retains the spherical nature of the base lens yet induces many of the artifacts associated with anamorphic photography such as directional flares and distorted bokeh. The Artiste lenses will initially come in eleven focal lengths (27mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 80mm, 100mm, 125mm, 150mm, 200mm, and 250mm) with expanded focal lengths available in 2018

New DXL Control software mirrors the camera menu system on the user’s Apple device, allowing wireless camera control. “It’s got all the familiar buttons and displays,” says Cioni, who notes the software is available now with a DXL camera rental, and will be available to download for free from the iTunes store starting June 2.

Cine Gear attendees will also see the Millennium DXL in action on three live sets that show different lighting conditions, mounted with the Primo Artiste and the Panavision T Series anamorphic lenses.

Also at the booth, Light Iron will have their unique post production solutions on display in a theater via an HDR Video Village Cart showcasing 8K HDR DXL footage. Light Iron representatives will be demonstrating how this system helps cinematographers evaluate their images simultaneously in high dynamic range and standard, or low, dynamic range. Having access to both image specs while in production enables cinematographers to better prepare for post-production color grading, given that distributors are frequently requiring both standard- and high-dynamic range deliverables. Light Iron colorists will also be on hand to discuss the finishing process as well as “Light Iron Color,” which is the custom color science built into the DXL.

LEE Filters will be exhibiting their ProGlass Cine range of neutral-density filters. ProGlass Cine filters are designed to meet the exacting needs of all cinematographers — whether shooting digitally or on film. They are remarkably neutral, eliminating infrared pollution and ensuring all colors remain accurate and true. This simplifies workflow, saves time and enables cinematographers to focus on their creative goals.

For more information on Panavision, visit www.panavision.com.


About Panavision
Panavision Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision camera systems, including both film and digital cameras, and lenses and accessories for the motion picture and television industries. Renowned for its world-wide service and support, Panavision systems are rented through its domestic and internationally owned and operated facilities and distributor network. Panavision also supplies lighting, grip and crane equipment for use by motion picture and television productions. For more information, visit www.panavision.com, or join the company on Instagram (panavisionofficial), Twitter (@Panavision), Facebook, LinkedIn, Vimeo, and YouTube.

About Light Iron
Light Iron, a Panavision company, specializes in dailies, digital intermediate, archival, and data services for projects originated on file-based motion cameras. With facilities in Hollywood, New York City, New Orleans, and Chicago, Light Iron serves projects at both the independent and studio level. The company distinguishes itself by providing clients with post production workflows that minimize time, maximize image fidelity, and increase creative control. Recent credits include features such as The Circle, CHiPs and Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water, commercial campaigns for Gap and Jaguar, and the television series The Walking Dead, Veep and I’m Dying Up Here. Follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Vimeo, or visit www.lightiron.com.

About LEE Filters
LEE Filters, a Panavision company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of lighting, architectural and camera filters. For more information, go to www.leefilters.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and their Tumblr blog.

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Sigma Presents Its Latest Cine Lens Line-up at Cine Gear Expo 2017

2017-05-31 17:31:47 ccwire-staff

Los Angeles, CA  – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, is showcasing its brand new line of Cine lenses, designed for the latest, high-resolution digital cinema cameras, for the first time at the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles, CA on June 2nd and 3rd, 2017 at booth 71A. The Sigma Cine lens lineup at Cine Gear includes the High Speed Super35 Zoom Line: 18-35mm T2 and50-100mm T2; the FF Zoom Lens: 24-35mm T2.2; and the High Speed Prime line: 14mm T2, 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 and 135mm T2. Sigma Cine lenses are designed for industry-standard E, EF and PL mounts, ensuring compatibility with all major digital cinema cameras.

“Sigma’s uncompromising Cine lenses appeal to a wide variety of cinematographers who need solutions for varying situations and needs,” comments Sigma Corporation of America President Mark Amir-Hamzeh. “Cine Gear gives us the perfect opportunity to connect with the Hollywood community to discuss the advancements in moving picture optics that specifically address their needs and wants whether they are shooting a feature film or TV episodic.”

100% Retained Sigma Optics, 100% New Design
Compatible with the latest high-resolution, full-frame digital cinema cameras, the Sigma Cine lenses are handcrafted in Aizu, Japan and combine 100% Sigma optics with a 100% new mechanical structure, offering an outstanding form factor with unbeatable optical performance that appeals to a wide range of cinematographers and videographers:

  • Appealing to feature film DPs, the Sigma Cine line offers unparalleled quality and versatility with consistency throughout the line, especially with its primes. Boasting great IQ, Sigma Cine features a wide range of primes for full-frame camera systems with all lenses resolving up to 8K.
  • Priced to meet the independent filmmaker budget, the lightweight and compact form factor makes it a win for one-man crews and smaller budgets.
  • The attractively priced, diverse suite of lenses makes it easy for editorial and commercial boutiques to invest in the full range of Sigma Cine lenses for a fraction of the cost of similar lens lines, without sacrificing quality, performance or versatility
  • High-quality, compact design and value price tag make Sigma Cine a natural fit forcorporate, education and house of worship productions.

Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2

What Sigma Lenses Will Be on Display
The Sigma Cine lens line-up at the Cine Gear Expo 2017 will include:

The Cine High Speed Super 35 Zoom Line: 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2
The High Speed Zoom line offers the constant aperture of T2 throughout the zoom range with superior optical performance that is capable of high-resolution 6K-8K shooting. Delivering the highest image quality in its class, the High Speed Zoom Line is ergonomically compact and designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.

The Cine FF Zoom Line: 24-35mm T2.2 FF
Compatible with a full-frame image sensor, the FF Zoom’s outstanding optical performance also supports 6K-8K shooting. Because so few lenses cater to the requirements of the latest digital cinema cameras’ image sensors, this line provides a rare option for cinematographers. The FF Zoom is designed for E and EF camera system mounts.

The Cine FF High Speed Prime Line: 14mm T2 FF, 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF, 85mm T1.5 FF and 135mm T2 FF
The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 14mm to 135mm. Highly compact and compatible with full-frame sensors, these lenses offer superior resolution. They bring a consistent level of light to the production, offering greater consistency to any film’s color, contrast and overall look before it enters post-production. The FF High Speed Prime line is designed for E, EF and PL camera system mounts.

Sigma Cine Lens Pricing & Availability
The Sigma Cine High Speed Zoom 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 lenses are available now for a retail price of $3999.00 USD each. The Sigma Cine High Speed Prime T1.5 lenses are available now in EF and E mounts with PL mount coming in June for a retail price of $3499.00 USD each. The Sigma Cine High Speed Prime T2 lenses will begin shipping in July 2017 with pricing coming soon. Pricing and availability for the Cine FF Zoom Line will be announced later this summer.

Book a Private Press Briefing at Cine Gear 2017
Members of the media are invited to book a private press briefing with a Sigma representative. For more information or to schedule a briefing, please contact Anya Nelson at anya@zazilmediagroup.com.

About Sigma Corporation
Craftsmanship. Precision. Dedication. Since 1961, Sigma has been devoted the pursuit of advancing photographic technology. Unique to the industry, the family-owned business produces its high-quality, award-winning camera lenses, Cinema lenses, DSLR cameras, flashes, filters and accessories from its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Aizu, Japan.

In 2012, the company introduced the Sigma Global Vision with three distinct lens lines: Art, Contemporary and Sport. Designed for industry camera mount systems including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sony and Sigma, each lens is handcrafted and tested in Japan to ensure a high-performance, premium product that is purpose-built to last. In 2016, Sigma entered into the world of Cinematography lens production. Embodying the core optical DNA that has defined the Sigma benchmark of excellence, the Cine lenses meet needs of advanced 6k and 8k cinema production.

Sigma continues its tradition of imaging excellence with the mirrorless sd Quattro, sd Quattro H and the compact dp Quattro camera line. Leveraging the ultra-high resolution Foveon sensor, the Sigma Quattro cameras are designed to produce the highest quality image with every shot.

For information about Sigma, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com or follow us on Twitter,Instagram, Facebook or Blog.

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RED Digital Cinema to Exhibit at Cine Gear Expo 2017

2017-05-18 10:55:49 ignite

IRVINE, CA — Cine Gear attendees can find RED Digital Cinema at booth S301 in Stage 2 of Paramount Studios at Cine Gear Expo 2017 from June 2-3. Visitors to RED can interact with a range of DSMC2™ cameras, including SCARLET-W™, RED EPIC-W™, WEAPON® 8K S35 and WEAPON 8K VV. Additionally, RED will be demonstrating the latest workflow options – covering their new image processing pipeline (IPP2), HDR, and 8K.

RED will be joined in their booth by a wide variety of manufacturers of lenses, camera modules and accessories, including RT Motion, Kippertie, foolcontrol, and Offhollywood.

RED will also take attendees behind the scenes with two panels in Paramount’s Sherry Lansing Theater:

  • June 2 at 12:45pm: Director Nicholas Schrunk and key members of Red Bull Media House’s production team will discuss the making of the feature documentary Blood Road. Blood Road follows the journey of ultra-endurance mountain bike athlete Rebecca Rusch and her Vietnamese riding partner, Huyen Nguyen, as they pedal 1,200 miles along the infamous Ho Chi Minh Trail. Their purpose was to reach the crash site and final resting place of Rusch’s father, a U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Laos. Panelists will discuss the creative and technical process, and how this incredibly demanding story came together visually. Moderated by Andrew Fish of American Cinematographer.
  • June 3 at 11:45am: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director of photography Henry Braham, BSC will talk about filmmakers’ escalating preference for shooting with larger format digital cameras. Braham shot Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 entirely on the RED WEAPON 8K VV. He will be joined by well-known producer, actor, and writer Dean Devlin. Devlin will discuss how new formats are driving an evolution in filmmaking for the big screen and touch on his experience using RED, including WEAPON 8K S35. Moderated by Carolyn Giardina of The Hollywood Reporter.

 All of RED’s cameras offer superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, and simultaneous recording of REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD, combined with cutting-edge performance in a compact, lightweight, and modular design.


About RED Digital Cinema
RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE digital cinema camera. By 2008, RED released the DSMC (Digital Stills and Motion Camera) system that allowed the same camera to be used on features like the “The Hobbit” trilogy and “The Martian”, Emmy-winning shows like “House of Cards”, and magazine covers such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. The cameras of RED’s DSMC2 line — RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W, RED EPIC-W, and WEAPON — combine compact and lightweight design, superior image quality, incredible dynamic range, modularity, and cutting edge performance — including up to 8K resolution. In 2017, RED’s newest 8K sensor, HELIUM, set the new image quality standard with the highest DxOMark score ever.

Find additional information at RED.com. For press inquiries, contact press@red.com.

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