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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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MAXON Cinema 4D and CV-VR Cam Software InspireVirtual Reality Film Satire, EXTRAVAGANZA Virtual Reality Film Satire, EXTRAVAGANZA

2017-05-17 14:18:13 vickygc1

Newbury Park, CA – MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, animation, painting and rendering solutions, is pleased to announce EXTRAVAGANZA, a new virtual reality (VR) short film satire directed by Ethan Shaftel, leverages the company’s acclaimed Cinema 4D software and its CV-VR Cam dedicated plug-in for rendering virtual reality (VR) content. The film, which stars Paul Scheer (The League, 30 Rock), John Gemberling (Broad City, Santa Clarita Diet), Will Greenberg (Wrecked), and Annie Tedesco (Bella and the Bulldogs), debuted to positive acclaim at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Immersive Virtual Arcade, April 19th-30th, 2017 and will make its European premiere during the Cannes Film Festival May 17th-28th, 2017 at the Marche du Film “NEXT” VR program. (Watch the EXTRAVAGANZA trailer here.)

EXTRAVAGANZA is an immersive experience where the viewer puts on a VR headset and becomes a programmed puppet forced to perform in a ludicrous show for a clueless executive (Paul Scheer). But things aren’t exactly what they seem and the viewer might yet break free of their programming. EXTRAVAGANZA asks the question, does technology change society for the better, or does it simply magnify our worst traits in new ways?

“In EXTRAVAGANZA the viewer finds themselves in the novel position of being ‘consumed’ by an audience, subjected to their insults and confronted with many of mainstream entertainment’s blind spots and prejudices,“ explains Shaftel. “Using MAXON’s 3D and virtual reality filmmaking tools allowed us to create an immersive environment so that we could bring assumptions to the surface we have about how stories are told that couldn’t otherwise be told in a traditional film medium.”

For the past five years, at his easyAction production studio, Shaftel and his lead animator Frank Stringini have relied on Cinema 4D as a visual effects and animation content creation tool on film projects, video installations for leading brands including Nike and Tokyo Disney and screen content for recording artists including Rhianna, as well as for a number of experimental or unfinished VR projects, mainly prototypes and experiments. EXTRAVAGANZA is the filmmaker’s first complete film in the nascent medium with an original cast and music.

“One of the cool things we did with EXTRAVAGANZA is to combine our live-action actor Paul Scheer, filmed with a traditional non-VR camera, within a fully 3D-animated world. When Scheer lifts up the VR puppet show where the viewer is ‘inside’ and straps it to his face, he is fully a part of their environment, staring down at them and the other VR puppets,” says Shaftel. “This required us to work out some tricky projection-mapping style techniques in Cinema 4D to blend the real footage and the animation. We also relied on the Xref tools to instance our mechanized instruments to better synch with our musical score, the Point Level Morph for our inflatable ballerinas, and various Character Constraint tags to rig-up all our puppets and the mechanized moving stage together.”

Virtual reality film content creation is challenging explains Shaftel because of the huge resolutions required in order to get a good quality render anywhere the viewer looks. “Before we discovered CV-VR Cam from the MAXON Cineversity site, we had actually developed our own completely home-brewed reflection-based VR camera system in Cinema 4D but were limited to monoscopic spherical outputs that didn’t support particles and we also experienced visual errors and glitches above and below the horizon.

“Using CV-VR Cam completely solved all the stereoscopic problems we were struggling with allowing for flawless equirectangular outputs,” added Shaftel. “The most powerful aspect of using the plug-in was that we could use the same animation and design workflow we were already comfortable with using in Cinema 4D for non-VR projects and focus on the storytelling challenges (and opportunities!) inherent in this completely new medium.”

Following the Cannes Film Festival, EXTRAVAGANZA will screen as an Official Selection of the Sydney Film Festival in Australia, June 7-18.

EXTRAVAGANZA image and video links:
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EXTRAVAGANZA trailer: https://vimeo.com/208265576
EXTRAVAGANZA behind-the scenes animation and modeling process: https://vimeo.com/216605490

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Cine Gear News: Manios Digital & Film to Show New Fluid Heads, Tripods and More!

2017-05-16 14:24:10 artisanspr

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Manios Digital & Film will showcase new camera accessories from Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik and Hawk-Woods at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood. Attendees will have a chance to inspect, up close, newly-developed fluid heads, tripods, specialty rigs, matte boxes, lights and power systems, and have their questions answered by Manios Digital & Film camera professionals.

“We look forward to Cine Gear every year because it’s an opportunity to talk one-on-one with the cinematographers and camera operators who use our products in the field,” said Manios Digital & Film president Steve Manios Jr. “We are particularly excited this year as we have several great new products that directly address situations pros face in the field every day.”

See Manios Digital & Film at Cine Gear Expo, Booth 57. Cine Gear Expo is June 1-4 at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Manios Digital & Film will be showing several new products from Italian camera support manufacturer Cartoni developed for film production. They include Total Dutch, a revolutionary head design for Dutch angle compositions. Based on Cartoni’s famed Dutch head, Total Dutch expands the canted angle to full 360-degree rotation. The Total Dutch head can be mounted on any heavy-duty pan-and-tilt head and provides nodal settings to any camera package up to 25 kg.

Other new Cartoni products include:

  • MAXIMA 30, a cinematography fluid head for payloads up to 66 lbs. MAXIMA 30 features Cartoni’s patented “wing” counterbalance system for perfect balance throughout the +/- 90 ° tilt range with no dead spots. Offered in a flat base, it can easily be converted to a 150-bowl base with optional adapter.
  • Lambda 25 3rd Axis is a new accessory for CARTONI’s popular Lambda 25 head. Its innovative design allows operators to perform complete 360° rotation on a third axis. With a nodal setting on three axes, it is ideal for shooting underslung off a jib arm, dolly shots, or on a slider.
  • SDS (Smart Deployment Series) Tripod is ideal for run-and-gun shooting on location. SDS adds to CARTONI’s popular Smart Stop two-stage, single-lever trigger technology with a new Smart Lock mid-level spreader for fast spreading and collapsing.

From Vocas Systems comes three new matte boxes with improvements to accommodate a wider variety of cameras and easier use. MB-216MB-256 and MB-436—each an upgrade of an earlier Vocas bestseller—can now be combined with 15 mm top bars that are a standard on the Vocas top handgrips. A top lens mount can also be added to the top bar, making it easier to change the set-up. Additionally, all three are now compatible with Vocas’ swing-away bracket.

Manios Digital & Film will also be showing Vocas’ latest accessories for the Sony PXW-FS7/FS7 II. They include three new base plates, a body and handgrip rosette adapter, and viewfinder bracket kit.

Kinotehnik’s latest is Practilite 604, a bi-color, variable beam LED light with smart control, where brightness and color adjustments are made via a smartphone app. Multiple Practilite units can now be linked in a daisy chain using Kinotehnik’s new SmartSync connectivity.

On view from Hawk-Woods will be its innovative Sticky Batteries, lightweight battery blocks that “stick” to cameras, monitors, drones, gimbal rigs and other devices via M3 dual-lock strips. Sticky Batteries are available in 38-watt and 75-watt capacities, and deliver up to 10 amps.

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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Director James Gunn and DP Henry Braham, BSC Take Us Behind the Scenes of Marvel’s "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2"

2017-05-11 11:22:59 ccwire-staff

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a sequel to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, made history last year when they announced it would be the first feature film captured with the ground-breaking WEAPON camera using an 8K RED DRAGON VV sensor.

The video takes us behind the scenes with director James Gunn and director of photography Henry Braham, BSC as they discuss their vision for the movie and the experience they wanted to give viewers. Their desire to display a larger-than-life adventure that is punctuated with intimate human moments made the compact form factor and large sensor size of the WEAPON 8K VV the perfect camera to capture the immersive experience they desired.

The camera’s ability to adapt to various rigs and handheld scenarios coupled with its ultra-high image quality led Braham to compliment the capabilities of WEAPON 8K VV, “It’s a large format camera, and yet it’s tiny. And that’s its brilliance.”

Watch!

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now showing in theaters worldwide.

 


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, modularity, superior image quality, and cutting edge performance – including up to 8K resolution. Find additional information at RED.com.

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Colortime LLC Increase Producers’ Productivity with JMR Mac Pro RAID Desktop Workstations

2017-05-04 16:58:32 ccwire-staff

Chatsworth, CA  – JMR Electronics, Inc. a leading design center and manufacturer of scalable storage solutions, announced today that Colortime LLC has purchased their latest Lightning(TM) Thunderbolt(TM) certified desktop workstations (LTNG-XQ-8-DTMP) for the Apple Mac Pro® to streamline their color correction workflow and approval process.

Colortime LLC specializes in all aspects of digital media content creation, management, and distribution. Their workflow requires the latest technologies, with 4K and HDR as standard features in all their color correction rooms, edit bays, and QC rooms. Bill Womack, CTO, Colortime LLC said, “A JMR workstation is placed in the producer’s office at the beginning of a season and each week it allows the producer and director to view final images just as if they drove across town to see them on our finishing system. They see exactly what our Senior Colorist, Russell Lynch sees in his color suite, with a modest internet connection carrying synchronization and color correction information to the remote system allowing real-time playback of the color corrected episode.”

“The JMR systems are robust enough that they can stand up to the production office environment for a whole season without maintenance and more importantly has the speed to support our very demanding data environment –12MB frames at 24 frames per second,” continued Womack. “The JMR Lightning chassis is an integrated, self contained workstation that looks like the Mac Pro tower workstation and for our purposes, contains a new Mac Pro, PCIe extender with RAID controller, and solid state RAID. Before the JMR Lightning workstation, we had systems that would overheat requiring maintenance once or twice a week. Setup was also more difficult requiring an outboard RAID with extra cables to manage.”

The JMR LTNG-XQ-8-DTMP is the only storage systems on the market featuring four full-bandwidth PCIe slots, using two independent Thunderbolt-2 20Gb/s bridge circuits. This one-of-a-kind product safely houses a new-generation Mac Pro computer, remotes its on-off power function and all of its I-O ports, and adds additional cooling to the computer to maintain lower operating temperatures. The system also includes a Thunderbolt-compatible ATTO SAS RAID controller installed in one of the PCIe slots, and an integrated, hot-swappable RAID disk storage subsystem which can be populated with any compatible 2.5” SFF drives, either rotating or SSDs – thus providing “on board” storage up to 32TB.

The top or side cover which is installed or removed with just two thumbscrews and takes 30 seconds allows access to any interior components, making new connections to the installed Mac Pro, or removing/installing different PCIe cards in the Thundebolt-PCIe card section quick and easy.

“The value of the JMR workstation for Colortime is speed, clean installation, and a rugged self-contained system with no required external wires or expansion chassis. The feedback from the producers’ is that they are very happy with the speed, the ability to view full resolution images, and that the system is quiet and unobtrusive allowing them to focus on their episode rather than negotiating LA traffic,” concluded Womack. “Next, we are considering the JMR Lightning system to do the same thing for remote editorial work.”

More details on the JMR Lightning Thunderbolt products are available at http://jmr.com/thunderbolt-storage-products-external-mac-pro-storage.

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New Sigma Cine and Global Vision Lenses Swipe Major Industry Accolades

2017-05-04 16:40:01 ccwire-staff

Ronkonkoma New York –  Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR and Cine lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, picked up six prestigious industry awards in the month of April for its 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 Cine Prime lenses, 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 Cine High Speed Zoom lenses, and 85mm F1.4 Art and 12-24mm F4 Art Global Vision lenses.

“Sigma design and engineering values are driven by performance and innovation. They push the boundaries of what photographic and video technology can achieve, crafting products of exceptional quality and unique capabilities that set the bar for user experience and image excellence for content creators of all kinds,” states Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America.

Sigma Cine Lens Awards
Debuting for the first time at NAB 2017, Sigma was presented awards on the show floor from notable industry media organizations NewBay Media, ProductionHUB and StudioDaily:

  • NewBay Best of Show Award presented by Digital Video went to the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 high-speed zoom lenses for outstanding new products shown at NAB.
  • ProductionHUB honored Sigma’s 14mm T2 and 135mm T2 cine prime lenses with theNAB Awards of Excellence, citing the recipients as trailblazers on the path of technological advancement, demonstrating excellence every step of the way.
  • StudioDaily Prime Awards also recognized the Sigma Cine 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2 high-speed zoom lenses as some of the best new production tools, highlighting innovative and uncompromising solutions for producing content.

Sigma Global Vision Lens Awards
The company also received two coveted TIPA awards and a Digital Imaging ReporterRetailers’ 2017 Choice Award for its recent groundbreaking Global Vision lens introductions:

  • The renowned TIPA judging panel named Sigma’s 85mm F1.4 Art as the Best DSLR Prime Lens and Sigma’s 12-24mm F4 Art as the Best DSLR Wide Angle Zoom Lens.
  • Digital Imaging Reporter’s 2017 Retailers’ Choice Awards named Sigma 85mm F1.4 as the Best Prime Lens, capturing 45% of polled retailers’ votes.

In addition to the wins, Digital Imaging Reporter gave an honorable mention to the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport in the Best Long Zoom Lens category. The Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art was named a StudioDaily Prime Awards finalist in the production category.

About Sigma Cine Lens Winners
Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2, Sigma Cine FF High Speed 135mm T2
The high-performance Sigma Cine Prime product line, which now includes the all-new focal lengths and apertures – 14mm T2 and 135mm T2, is compatible with the latest full-frame camera sensor technology. Compact in design, the Cine Prime line offers outstanding optical performance and is ready for higher resolution shooting (up to 6K-8K).

Sigma Cine High-Speed 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.

About Sigma Global Vision Lens Winners
Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Lens
The Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art lens is engineered to support the highest resolution sensors on the market with an exceptional degree of sharpness. The high-performance optical system is purpose-built by Sigma R&D to produce the attractive bokeh effect sought after by discerning photographers – ideal for portraiture.

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art
Encompassing the long history of Sigma’s wide-angle lens development expertise, the new 12-24mm F4 Art Lens’ performance highlights include constant F4 brightness and the brand new Sigma AF system with 1.3X torque boost. With a minimum focus distance of 9.4 inches from the image sensor at 24mm, photographers can compose incredible close-up shots with expansive backgrounds.

Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens
Building on the core capabilities of the Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, the award-winning Sigma 50-100 F1.8 Art lens covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths (85mm, 105mm and 135mm), offering a mid-range zoom that is ideal for both photographers and videographers. Key features include three FLD glass elements and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations; a redesigned, enhanced Hyper Sonic Motor; a durable polycarbonate diaphragm, and a versatile inner focusing and zoom design.

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens
Renowned for its superior optics and durability in fast-paced, high-action photo scenarios, the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sport is compact and lightweight. Performance capabilities include advanced two-mode optical stabilization, enhanced auto focus algorithm, sophisticated Hyper Sonic Motor for quiet and fast focusing, along with zoom locking at all marked focal lengths and performance.

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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Designed for the latest Super35 and Full-Frame Digital Cinema Cameras, Sigma Cine Lens Line Makes Its Debut at NAB 2017

2017-02-20 14:49:23 ccwire-staff

RONKONKOMA, NY – 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, at the NAB 2017 show at booth C11525. The Sigma Cine lens lineup at NAB 2017 includes the High Speed Super 35 Zoom Line: 18-35mm T2 and 50-100mm T2; the FF Zoom Lens: 24-35mm T2.2; and the High Speed Prime line: 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and the 85mm T1.5. Sigma lenses are designed for industry-standard E, EF and PL mounts, ensuring compatibility with all major digital cinema cameras.

“Sigma’s extensive background in optics and highly compact lens architecture appeals to cinematographers across all genres of filmmaking,” states Sigma Corporation of America President Mark Amir-Hamzeh. “NAB 2017 will serve as the platform to introduce new Sigma Cine lens models that, like its siblings, appeal to the vast and varying needs of cinematographers.”

100% Retained Sigma Optics, 100% New Design
Compatible with the latest high-resolution, full-frame digital cinema cameras, the Cine lenses 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.

What Sigma Lenses Will Be on Display

The Sigma Cine lens lineup at NAB 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 Lens: 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: 20mm T1.5 FF, 24mm T1.5 FF, 35mm T1.5 FF, 50mm T1.5 FF and 85mm T1.5 FF
The Cine High Speed Prime lineup features lenses ranging from 20mm to 85mm, with all five touting an aperture of T1.5. 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 began shipping in December 2016 for a retail price of $3999.00 USD. Pricing and availability for the remainder of the Sigma Cine Line will be revealed at NAB 2017.

Book a Private Press Briefing at NAB 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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cineSync 4.0 Has Launched - Watch the Video

2017-02-02 08:26:07 ccwire-staff

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – Cospective, creator of innovative software solutions to visual communication challenges, has announced the release of cineSync 4.0 – a ground-breaking update to its Academy Award-winning remote review and approval solution.

cineSync 4.0 introduces a new iOS app, an overhauled video playback system, deeper production tracking integrations with Shotgun and ftrack, and a wealth of enhanced security features in the new cineSync Pro Studio. cineSync Pro Studio includes on-demand watermarking via a new integration with MediaSilo’s Safestream.

Rory McGregor, Cospective CEO, commented, “We worked closely with the world’s biggest production studios on cineSync 4.0. Security was a key concern. Working in close collaboration with MediaSilo and SafeStream, we met these concerns and more, delivering a tool that’s not only better positioned to deliver efficient, streamlined reviews, but also doing so with the highest possible level of security in a completely dependable environment. cineSync 4.0 is poised to service the unique needs of creative collaboration today.”

Introducing cineSync Pro Studio

cineSync 4.0 has been developed in conjunction with the security departments of several major studios, meeting their requirements at every step. This has resulted in the creation of a new package in addition to cineSync Pro and cineSync Pro: cineSync Pro Studio.

cineSync Pro Studio includes all of the functionality of cineSync Pro, but introduces some major new security features:

Watermarking
A new integration with MediaSilo’s SafeStream technology allows for automated, on-demand, individual watermarking of all review files. All guests in the review will receive customisable files watermarked with their name, cineSync session key, IP address and the review time/date. The process is fast and efficient, due to Safestream’s scalable architecture.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Cospective to enable production and visual effects teams to collaborate securely on high-profile projects,” says Kai Pradel, CEO of MediaSilo. “Our joint goal is to remove friction from creative workflows while still ensuring the highest level of protection for valuable pre-release content.”

Guest authentication
For additional review security, guests must be authenticated in advance – only guests who have been approved will have review access. This system has been designed in conjunction with Hollywood studios, enabling maximum control over who has access to review material, while imposing as few technical hurdles as possible. All reviews are also tracked in the management portal, allowing admins to see when reviews occurred and who was involved.

Jake Morrison, Marvel Studios VFX supervisor, said, “Communication is vital in post-production, but not at the expense of security. The cineSync team has elegantly addressed this both across desktop and, most awesomely, on the go with a cineSync app. Anything that protects the filmmakers’ creative vision makes me sleep better at night and cineSync 4.0 will do just that.”

Other cineSync 4.0 features:

cineSync iOS
A new cineSync app for iOS is now available, enabling guests to join cineSync reviews from mobile devices. The app integrates seamlessly with Shotgun and ftrack, meaning review information and media can be pushed securely to mobile devices. Files are automatically deleted at the end of the review, but all drawings and saved frames can be saved back to Shotgun or ftrack by the session host.

Revamped video playback
cineSync 4.0 features an overhauled video playback system. QuickTime has been retired and replaced by a new, adaptable video architecture. This means that cineSync 4.0 can support a wide array of video formats, resolutions, and frame-rates across all platforms.

Production tracking integration
cineSync 4.0 features a deeper integration with production tracking tools Shotgun, ftrack, and NIM. Users can browse and load media playlists directly from these applications, as well as access seamless transfer and recording of review information, saved frames and other feedback.

cineSync 4.0 is out now. Cospective will continue to roll out new features for cineSync, cineSync Pro and cineSync Pro Studio over the coming months.

Users with a valid subscription to an existing cineSync package will be eligible to upgrade to the latest version.

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PRL Lighting Launches with Introduction of LUSTRA 50 High-Performance LED

2017-02-01 15:07:12 ignite

LOS ANGELES– PRL Lighting, provider of premium LED lighting for professional and avid amateur photographers and videographers, has unveiled its new product line. Founded by industry leaders Rudy Pohlert and Pat Ralston, PRL’s first offering is the LUSTRA 50™ high performance LED panel fixture. The LUSTRA 50 provides high-intensity output for continuous, full-spectrum lighting in a variety of situations.

The LUSTRA 50 combines LED surface mount technology (SMTs) and engineered TIR optics with an integrated dimmer and a simple, ergonomic design to deliver optimal intensity and full dispersion of light across the color spectrum.

Continuous light allows photographers to make real-time adjustments to lighting setups, eliminating the guesswork involved when using strobes and flash. Portraits, wedding, food, beverage, product stills, and corporate imagery all benefit from the “what you see is what you get” technique of continuous lighting.

“Our primary objective for launching PRL Lighting is to enable photographers and videographers to capture superior images,” noted Pohlert. “Full dispersion of light across the spectrum, high output, ergonomics­­­­­––every choice we have made has been in service of the creative vision. The LUSTRA 50 fills the need for a high-quality, reliable source for dimmable, flicker-free continuous lighting.”

The LUSTRA 50 offers a full 100% dimming range, powered by an internal microprocessor, guaranteeing a completely flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle. Each fixture is paired with a dedicated 12V power supply and incorporates circuitry for portable power via a Sony NPF L-series 7.2V DV battery.

Optional PRL Accessories include the LUSTRA 50 SofBox™, which expands the photographer’s tool kit by offering a wrap-around look with a single fixture when used as the key light source, and by creating separation or providing fill and edge lighting when used as a secondary source. The LUSTRA 50 FilterSet™, consisting of three distinct filters, may be used to improve the color rendition and quality of images.

“The LUSTRA 50 augmented with a SofBox or FilterSet is the perfect complement for photographers shooting static in-studio or on location, capturing video, or shooting news on the go,” added Ralston. “We are excited to bring this first product to market and look forward to advancing lighting technology for artists across many disciplines.”

For more information, visit PRL Lighting visit www.prllighting.com or follow PRL on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

About PRL Lighting

PRL Lighting was founded in 2016 by Rudy Pohlert and Pat Ralston, 30-year veterans of the motion picture and photography industries. With a passion for engineering, they have pioneered LED lighting for motion pictures and television. PRL Lighting was formed to meet the need for flexible, portable, high-performance LED panels designed for photographic use. For additional information about PRL Lighting, visit www.prllighting.com or join PRL on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.

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RED Digital Cinema to Show Newest Cameras at Camerimage

2016-11-03 20:51:10 ignite

Irvine, CA — RED Digital Cinema will be exhibiting at Camerimage International Film Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland from November 12-19. Those visiting RED’s stand can interact with RED’s DSMC2TM cameras including the newest cameras, RED EPIC-W and WEAPON® 8K S35, which feature RED’s new HELIUM™ sensor.

These RED cameras will be featured alongside Dedo Lights and Cooke Optics within the Main Foyer of The Festival Center. This stand will use a mock set displaying the Camerimage Frog Festival Trophies, rarely seen on the exhibit floor or outside the awards. Additional RED EPIC-W cameras will be featured on the Leica and Angenieux stands as well.

About RED Digital Cinema
RED Digital Cinema is a leading manufacturer of professional digital cameras and accessories. In 2006, RED Digital Cinema began a revolution with the 4K RED ONE® digital cinema camera. By 2008, the camera that changed cinema also began to change the world of stills. RED’s DSMC® (Digital Still and Motion Camera) system allows the same camera being used to shoot features like “The Hobbit” trilogy and “Gone Girl” — as well as the Emmy-winning “House of Cards” — to also be used to shoot covers for magazines such as “Vogue” and “Harper’s Bazaar”. In 2014, RED entered the broadcast space with the introduction of the REDCAST™ Module that allows streaming live 4K while recording 6K R3D masters. RED continues to innovate with its recent debut of the newest members of the RED DRAGON family, the RED RAVEN, SCARLET-W and WEAPON cameras. These cameras combine compact and lightweight design with cutting edge performance, and the 6K WEAPON includes an option to upgrade to a RED DRAGON 8K VV sensor at a later date. Additionally, all of these cameras are capable of simultaneous on-board recording of REDCODE RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR. All RED cameras are built around a modular foundation that gives the flexibility of full customization for each shoot. Find additional information at www.RED.com.  

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Panavision to Showcase Millennium DXL Camera and T Series Lenses at Camerimage

2016-11-02 16:34:48 ignite

Panavision LogoWOODLAND HILLS, CA (November 1, 2016) – Panavision, the motion picture industry’s most respected designer, manufacturer and provider of state-of-the-art cinema lenses and high-precision camera systems, will showcase many of its newest offerings, including the Millennium DXL 8K Camera and T Series anamorphic lenses at the 2016 edition of the Camerimage International Film Festival, which runs Nov. 12-19 in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Panavision is also presenting two workshops, and exhibiting alongside subsidiaries Light Iron, LEE Filters and Panalux.

Unveiled earlier this year, the Panavision Millennium DXL was developed through an unprecedented collaboration of three companies, bringing together large-format optics and modular accessories from Panavision; an 8K sensor from RED Digital Cinema; and new color science and optimized workflow from Light Iron. Presentations on the DXL will take place each day from Nov. 14 through Nov. 17, with demo footage screening at the MCK. The camera is expected to be available in early 2017 for rent exclusively through Panavision facilities worldwide.

The company also announces the availability of the Panavision T Series anamorphic lenses. At Panavision’s exhibit, attendees will see the product portfolio, ranging in current focal lengths of 35mm, 60mm, 100mm, 135mm, 150mm, and preview the upcoming additions to the lineup in 50mm, 75mm, 180mm. The lenses build on Panavision’s long tradition of designing and developing high-quality anamorphic lenses for motion picture. They combine new optical layouts with mechanical advances from the G Series, but have a larger sweet spot and focus closer than some of their predecessors. They are also tuned to be compatible with digital sensors without losing any of the imaging characteristics that have become part of the anamorphic grammar.

Camerimage’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Michael Chapman, ASC will be taking the stage at the MCK on Nov. 15 at 11:00 a.m. CET. This event is a highlight of the festival, which is presented by Panavision. Oscar® nominated for his work on Raging Bull in 1981 and The Fugitive in 1994, Chapman’s legacy of film images over four decades places him among the elite of cinematographers. His list of memorable credits includes The Last Detail, Taxi Driver, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Lost Boys, Rising Sun, Primal Fear, Space Jam, Six Days Seven Nights, The Story of Us, The Watcher, Evolution, and Eulogy, among many others.

Following Chapman’s seminar, Panavision’s Cinematography Workshop will explore the technical and artistic characteristics of anamorphic and larger format optics. Led by Dan Sasaki, Panavision’s VP of Optical Engineering, the workshop will be held Nov. 15 from 2:00 p.m. CET in the MCK.

Also on exhibit will be the new Outpost by Panavision, a powerful mobile post-production system for on-set or near-set workflows. Originally developed by Light Iron and refined with Panavision’s modular engineering, Outpost’s lightweight, compact form factor provides efficient solutions for both creative tasks, such as look setting and processing tasks, including  verified backups. Outpost helps creatives maximize their schedules with faster than real-time transcodes and same-day editorial deliverables, even for 8K footage. Like the DXL, Outpost is designed with many details and custom modules that can be configured to each production’s needs.

LEE Filters, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional quality light control filters, will debut their Cine Filters, a new range of glass neutral density camera filters. Also highlighted at the exhibit will be LEE’s Zircon Lighting Filters designed for LED lighting with new technology that gives them an increased lifespan of up to 200 times longer than standard lighting filters. Attendees can also pick up the latest copy of the famous LEE yellow swatch book, containing all their color effects filters as well as their full range of technical and diffusion filters for cinematography.

Panalux, the leading provider of lighting rental equipment for film, television, and media production, will display their latest in LED lighting technology. The rental and service provider will showcase and demo the lightweight, battery-powered Panalux LED Flex Light and yet-to-be-released soft box accessory. The bi-color, super-slim Panalux LED Flex Light is bendable and portable. The newest accessory to the Flex Light is a quick-assemble, large-format soft box that produces a beautiful, even soft light that makes the low-consumption Flex Light even more versatile. Also on display will be the Panalux Tektile2 slimline LED panels and Panalux NessLED Kit.

 

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.

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Kinothenik Introduces Practilite 600 LED Fresnel Light

2016-10-20 16:46:07 artisanspr

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Tartu, Estonia—Kinotehnik, the North-European manufacturer of photo and video accessories, introduces a new member of its Practilite range of smart Fresnel lights: the Practilite 600.

Practilite 600 is a mighty little sibling of the increasingly popular bi-color, focusable Practilite 602 LED light. Owing to its fixed 75-degree beam angle, the new light comes in a reduced size—and at a reduced price. Yet, Practilite 600 delivers 20% more output* than Practilite 602 in flood mode.

Kinotehnik will demonstrate Practilite 600 for the first time in the United States at LDI Show in Las Vegas on October 21-23, booth #1381.

Practilite 600’s is designed to replace 300-450W tungsten flood fixtures and offers the added benefit of changing the color temperature without gels. Furthermore, all Practilite 600s have been precision calibrated to achieve uniform lighting consistency from 3000 to 6000K. This makes Practilite 600 especially useful on-location and in mixed lighting conditions.

 

Practilite 600 also boasts smartphone app that enables fast and effortless setup when working with hard-to-reach fixtures such as backlight or hairlight. It also works perfectly in combination with Practilite 1.3×1.3″ Popup Softbox and 20″ Softtube, along with the 4.5″ Fresnel Spot Attachment.

“Practilite 600 fixture stands well above competition,” said Kinotehnik founder Tõnis Liivamägi. “Its greater projected output and variable color temperature are qualities not expected in this price range. It packs great punch, versatility and build quality – the unmistakable characteristics of any Kinotehnik product.”

* Much lumens. Such wow.

ABOUT KINOTEHNIK

Kinotehnik was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Tartu, Estonia, Northern-Europe.  Kinotehnik designs and develops photo and video accessories.  Reflecting the state of the art in camera support technology, Kinotehnik offers innovative, practical solutions for content creation.  The products are geared towards documentary filmmakers, journalists and small camera crews, as well as photographers, requiring compact, yet rugged products.  Kinotehnik values unparalleled design and usability, justified pricing and continuous involvement of the community. Kinotehnik’s mission is to design and develop accessories for a new era of content creation.

For detailed information on the Practilite 602, including specifications, features and images please go tohttp://www.kinotehnik.com/products/smart-led-light-practilite-602

KINOTEHNIK – Riia 185B, 51014 Tartu, Estonia, Reg nr. 11705471 Phone: +372 53305004
www.kinotehnik.com

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RED Digital Cinema Announces RED Epic-W and New Weapon Cameras

2016-10-12 16:50:24 ignite

SHOTonREDIrvine, CA — On October 11 RED Digital Cinema began shipping two new cameras – the highly anticipated RED EPIC-W and the newest WEAPON®. Both cameras feature the compact and intuitive design of the DSMC2™ form factor as well as the new HELIUM™ 8K S35 sensor. HELIUM – RED’s latest sensor technology – allows for higher resolution in an S35 frame, while maintaining the superior dynamic range found in the award-winning RED DRAGON® sensor.  

The EPIC-W 8K S35 camera carries on RED’s tradition of putting industry-leading cinema tools in the hands of the many. EPIC-W captures 8K Full Frame motion at up to 30 fps, produces ultra-detailed 35.4 megapixel stills and offers Super 35 lens coverage. Additionally, EPIC-W is capable of incredibly fast data speeds up to 275 MB/s. Best of all, it is priced at $29,500 (for the camera BRAIN), setting a new standard for making 8K accessible to professional filmmakers.

The WEAPON 8K S35 is the latest option in the WEAPON line of cameras, featuring data speeds up to 300 MB/s, the ability to capture 8K Full Frame motion at up to 60 fps, and a sensor upgrade path to the RED DRAGON 8K VV. It is available for the same price as the WEAPON 6K with RED DRAGON sensor, at $49,500 for the BRAIN.

“From the very beginning, we’ve strived to not only develop the best imaging technology on the planet, but also make it available to as many shooters as possible,” says Jarred Land, President of RED Digital Cinema.  “The WEAPON remains our premier camera – and now comes with the option to either go with the 8K HELIUM sensor or 6K DRAGON sensor. 

“Since we began shipping the EPIC in 2010, it has been the workhorse camera of the industry,” continues Land.  “Our latest camera, the EPIC-W, continues that legacy and features our current-gen DSMC2 form factor as well as the 8K HELIUM sensor.”

RED also announced special pricing on these new cameras for registered RED camera owners – as well as those that have placed a deposit for RED RAVEN and SCARLET-W – starting at $14,500.  See details on eligibility at red.com.

“As RED technology advances, we always strive to give our customers the opportunity to update their gear along the way,” says Land.  “Our pricing for RED owners-only will allow them to move into either an EPIC-W or WEAPON with the 8K HELIUM sensor.”

In related news, RED has pre-announced that it will introduce an improved image processing pipeline, including new color science, in the coming weeks. These improvements will be available in-camera on all BRAINs with a HELIUM sensor, and will be available to all footage shot on RED cameras in post production. The new image processing pipeline will be made available soon via free firmware  and software upgrades.     

All of RED’s DSMC2 cameras offer incredible dynamic range, shoot simultaneous REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording and adhere to the company’s dedication to OBSOLESCENCE OBSOLETE® — a core operating principle that allows current RED owners to upgrade their technology as innovations are unveiled and move between camera systems without having to purchase all new gear.

Visit red.com for details or find an authorized dealer or rental house in your area.


Link to product videos:

https://youtu.be/SB19g9Zs0yI

https://youtu.be/pRm4pdkhnqE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FSwQpnqqvY

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Polaroid Expands LED Lighting Accessories Options for Photographers

2016-09-08 21:20:04 ccwire-staff

EDISON, NJ – Expanding its power LED lighting options for photographers, Polaroid has added the ultra-compact and lightweight Polaroid LED photo studio color box light to its lineup. Ideal for on-the-go photographers, the turnkey lighting solution features an LCD display and infrared remote control with attachable handgrip and quiet buttons to accommodate any photography scenario. The Polaroid LED photo studio color box light connects to other photo boxes and tripods for maximum setup convenience.

Weighing in at just two pounds, the Polaroid LED photo studio color box light product highlights include:

Easy-to-use Features
Just insert batteries, select intensity and your shoot is beautifully lit and ready to go. The prominent LCD panel indicates the lighting mode, color temperature, brightness percentage and battery life. The up and down arrow buttons let users easily adjust the lighting, while a nifty handheld grip enables shooters to manually control the light with ease.

Convenient Controls
The infrared controller enables users to operate the Polaroid LED photo studio color box light from afar, eliminating the back-and-forth usually required to change settings. Set up on a traditional or tabletop tripod, step back and put the infrared controller to use.

Durable Design
The rugged design of the Polaroid LED photo studio color box light ensures a long life span for lengthy photography sessions. The low heating value makes it safe and reliable for both at-home and on-the-go projects.

Expandable System
Connect multiple LED light studios and operate the entire group from one controller.

Pricing and Availability
The Polaroid LED photo studio color box light is priced at $119.99 USD on Amazon. For more information, including availability, please visit https://www.amazon.com/Polaroid-Studio-Infrared-Remote-Control/dp/B01FE46KM8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0 .

The Polaroid Brand
Polaroid is one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands with a rich 75-year history beginning with Polaroid instant film. Our range of products include instant and digital still cameras, high-definition and mountable sports video cameras, tablets and flat-screen TVs that deliver the fun, instant gratification and value for which the brand has long stood. Today, the Polaroid Classic Border Logo rooted in our beginnings of instant photo sharing serves to designate genuine Polaroid branded products.  For more information, visit http://www.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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Panavision and Ludwig Kameraverleih to Showcase Premier Optics at Cinec

2016-09-01 20:56:53 ignite

WOODLAND HILLS, CALIF. – Panavision, the entertainment industry’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision optics and camera systems, will join Ludwig Kameraverleih at Cinec in Munich, Germany, from Sept. 17-19, to showcase their latest offerings. A wide selection of Panavision’s world-class lenses, which are available to filmmakers in the region through Ludwig Kameraverleih, will be on display.

“Panavision is pleased to join our partner Ludwig Kameraverleih at Cinec this year,” said Jeff Allen, Panavision’s managing director for Europe. “The show provides us with a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear from filmmakers, and to demonstrate our world-renowned optics and productions tools.”

Panavision will be showcasing their latest large format lenses, including the Primo 70, Ultra Panavision 70, Sphero 65, System 65 and Super Panavision 70. Attendees also can get a close up look at Panavision’s latest addition to their anamorphic portfolio, the T Series. The T Series lenses are tuned to be compatible with digital sensors without losing any of the imaging characteristics that have become part of the anamorphic grammar. The company’s selection of other popular anamorphic and spherical lenses also will be shown.

“Cinec gives us a chance to fully display the vast breadth of equipment now available to filmmakers throughout Germany,” says Martin Ludwig, founder and CEO of Ludwig Kameraverleih. “It’s a unique platform to offer technical advice and information on Panavision products in the heart of the German film and TV industry.”

As filmmakers migrate towards using advancing digital cameras with larger sensors, Panavision has continued to set the bar for optical quality and lens choice. The partnership between Panavision and Ludwig Kameraverleih has made it possible to support filmmakers in the region with the widest and best range of equipment available, backed by local, highly skilled services.

Ludwig Kamera has locations throughout Germany, including Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Leipzig, Hamburg and Erfurt

For more information on attending Cinec, visit http://www.cinec.de/

 

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 Ludwig Kamera
Over the last 20 years Ludwig Kameraverleih have established themselves as the most innovative and leading camera rental company in Germany. Enjoying a strong reputation for high quality service and support, Ludwig Kameraverleih offers an extensive range of cameras, lenses and accessories for all areas of cinematography. With offices in Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Leipzig, Hamburg and Erfurt, Ludwig Kameraverleih is serving the most important production spots over Germany. For more information, visit www.ludwigkamera.de or join the company on Facebook
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IBC 2016: CARTONI Launches Lightweight Fluid Head MASTER 30 Series

2016-08-16 09:33:42 artisanspr

Rome—Cartoni, a world leader in precision camera support, today announces the release of MASTER 30 Broadcast and MASTER 30 Cine, the latest additions to its innovative line of fluid heads. Designed respectively for broadcast production and digital cinematography, the two new heads include many of the features of the popular Cartoni MAXIMA fluid head in a unit that is lighter and more compact. Cartoni will demonstrate MASTER 30 Broadcast and MASTER 30 Cine for the first time at IBC 2016 (Stand 12.E30) 9-13 September in Amsterdam.

Both heads in the MASTER 30 Series feature Cartoni’s famed “wing” counterbalance system, which delivers perfect response, even for payloads with low centers of gravity (such as those with teleprompters) throughout the +/- 90 ° range. The head supports payloads up to 23kg (51lbs) at 200mm (8-inch) center of gravity, and heavier payloads up to 30kg (66lbs) and 40kg (88lbs) at 150 mm (6-inch) COG and 100mm (4-inc) COG, respectively.

MASTER 30 BroadcastThreeShot

“Camera operators will be thrilled with the smoothness and fluidity of MASTER 30,” says Cartoni CEO Elisabetta Cartoni. “The head’s unique feel is the result  of our patented ‘planetary’ drag mechanism. It delivers perfectly smooth movement in pan and tilt, going from virtually freewheeling to an extremely consistent, maximum drag, while also providing extraordinarily precise starts and stops.”

Other appealing features of MASTER 30 include a digital readout that allows operators to check counterbalance and pan & tilt settings at a glance, and an illuminated bubble level. For improved user friendliness, pan & tilt brakes are conveniently placed on the left side of the head. The camera latch has also been ergonomically designed. It can be activated with one hand to disengage the new safety lock and free the camera plate.

MASTER 30 Broadcast comes equipped with dual telescopic pan bars. MASTER 30 Cine features a single telescopic pan bar and a short, 90° pan bar.

MASTER 30 Cine

MASTER 30 Cine

Specifications

Model:                                                 MASTER 30 Broadcast and MASTER 30 Cine

Payload Capacity                             @200mm (8”)                    23 kg (51 lbs)

@150mm (6”)                    30 kg (66 lbs)

@100mm (4”)                    40 kg (88 lbs)

Weight                                                 10,5 kg (23 lbs)

Pan Range                                           360°

Tilt Range                                            360°

Counterbalance                               Continuous (Wing patented system)

Fluid Drag                                           Continuous (Planetary patented system)

Bowl Diameter                                 Flat Mitchell/150mm

Temp. Range                                     -40°/+60°C (-40°/+140°F)

Pan Bar (Broadcast)                        Dual

Pan Bar (Cine)                                   Telescopic and 90° pan bars

 

ABOUT CARTONI

Reflecting the state-of-the-art in camera support technology, Cartoni offers the industry’s widest product range. More than 80 years of know-how and experience, innovative solutions, patents, new technologies and the constant care of serving the professional in any shooting situation with any camera, make Cartoni synonymous with excellence in camera support. Cartoni designs and manufactures with pride from its headquarters in Rome, Italy, and currently exports to 67 countries in five continents, with a network of agents and distributors serving all major international users. Cartoni’s mission is to guarantee the cameraman the highest possible reliability, freedom and creativity in any environment.

 

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