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“ Show report from our team at the National Association of Broadcasters Show held April 16-20 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ”


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Electronic Theatre Controls

ETC’s ‘Layers of Light’ studio was designed to demonstrate how broadcast-lighting designers can create light that looks great in person and on camera by layering different types of fixtures , from conventional tungsten units to contemporary LED luminaires , into a scene. Their rig included the Source Four LED profile spot, Selador Classic Pearl LED striplights, Selador Desire Studio LED luminaires and conventional Source Four Fresnels, Source Four ellipsoidal fixtures. ETC’s new Sensor3 Power Control system provided power management, and the newest control console from the Eos family, Gio, provided overall control of the rig. The studio arrangement included a news desk and a backdrop mural. A camera and monitor were used for on screen viewing, and to show how changes to the lighting would affect the look of the scene.

New to NAB from Electronic Theatre Controls was the 6” Fresnel, it uses standard quartz HPL 375, 750 or 575 watt lamps. Using the 750 lamp produces the equivalent light output of a 1K unit. A familiar light in the arsenal the Source 4 Fresnel variable focus goes from 9 -52 degree beam angle. It’s available in white or black. http://www.etcconnect.com/product.overview.aspx?Id=22043

The ETC Desire unit is an LED wash light using a seven color LED technology. It’s -rated for indoor use and has 50,000-hour LEDs. The Desire has Power pass through and DMX in/thru connections for easy setup. No-noise, fan-free convection-cooling for Broadcast applications. There is also the entire family of Desire units, Vivid for high brightness and saturate colors, Lustr for white and tinted colors and Fire and Ice for warm spectrum colors. http://www.etcconnect.com/product.overview.aspx?Id=22040

The Source Four LED made its NAB debut this year. Designed with a light quality to live up to the ‘Source Four’ brand, including smooth fades, a flat field, sharp shuttering, image clarity and a rich, full spectrum. The Source Four LED can produce either a sharp beam of focusable light or a smooth wash, while outperforming other profile LEDs with its 30 to 40 lumens-per-watt ratio. The Source Four LED also features the same user-interface that made ETC’s Selador Desire line of LED luminaires popular, allowing you to customize each fixture for specific applications like studio work. It is available in three versions: Daylight for high-efficiency, cool-spectrum white light; Tungsten for super-efficient, warm-spectrum white light that emulates tungsten lighting; and Lustr for vibrant colored lighting courtesy of the x7 Color System, or for use as color adjustable white light that flatters skin tones. It’s available in black or white. http://www.etcconnect.com/products.family.aspx?ID=30031

Also exhibited at the booth was the Sensor3 Power Control, a forward thinking control system for ultimately flexibility to control a variety of loads. Designed to regulate conventional fixtures, arc light sources and solid-state fixtures - all the latest fixtures found on studio rigs now and into the future. The ThruPower three-in-one module can be remotely configured to change between constant power, on/off relay switching, and dimming to address changes to the load. Sensor3’s RideThru and BatteryPack options ensure power to the controller during outages, and the CEM3 module offers 16-bit fade resolution and advanced curve adjustments for tuning fades across load types.

http://www.etcconnect.com/

Frezzi Energy Systems

Get the best video possible with Frezzi's HH-1 Kit, a professional support and lighting kit for all handheld cameras. Hold all your accessories on-board and stabilize the camera for smooth and steady shooting.

You can shoot like a pro and achieve professional results. The kit includes a quartz tungsten 3200K and a new energy efficient 8 Watt 5000K LED lamps, battery system and support/stabilizer arm. The versatile system can be mounted on a tripod or quick released for smooth handheld operation.

The kit packs up quickly and neatly in your camera bag, great for today's video multimedia journalist and producer packs.

Save money by utilizing your existing gear with our Wireless Receiver Bracket (FWA) and camera adapter cables. All options easily integrate into the HH-1 system.

http://www.frezzi.com/

Glidecam Industries

Glidecam Industries, Inc. introduced the re-designed Glidecam XR-Series™ from Glidecam, lightweight and state-of-the-art the XR-1000, XR-2000 and XR-4000 are hand-held Camera Stabilizers will transform your hard to watch, shaky camera footage into hypnotically smooth, professional footage.

Each XR-Series Stabilizer's offset, foam cushioned, Handle Grip is attached to a free floating, three axis Gimbal. This allows your hand to move up and down, and side-to-side, thereby isolating your hand's unwanted motions from the camera. This up and down movement alleviates the bouncing, pogo-type action often associated with our competitor's system because their handle cannot move up and down. This design feature, coupled with the overall higher inertia of the XR-Series systems, produces superior stabilization when compared with our competition.

A unique and proprietary, precision, three-axis Gimbal incorporates several adjustable, axis convergence controls. This allows all three axes to intersect for proper operational alignment.

The Camera Mounting Platform can be adjusted to move back and forth, and side to side, to quickly allow you to adjust the camera's horizontal balance.

By varying the amount of Counter Weight Disks on the Base Platform, or by changing the length of the no-tools telescoping Central Post, you adjust the camera's vertical balance. When balanced properly the camera floats, ready for you to move into action.

http://www.glidecam.com/

Hoodman

Hoodman’s Hood Loupe 3.0 gives you the ability to capture better images in an outdoor situation. With the use of the Hood Loupe it isolates the LCD screen from ambient light. It eliminates the glare and its Diopter System allows you for focus adjustment. Some additional information: Fits up to 3 inch screens, it has 1 x 1 magnification, German Glass Optics, and +/-3 Diopter System.

http://www.hoodmanusa.com/

Ikan

As expected, Ikan’s booth at NAB was flooded with new and interesting products for the lighting and camera departments in their trademark black and yellow colors. Many items were there in beta or prototype form, but let’s talk about what is real and available now.

In on-camera video monitoring, Ikan has introduced the D7W and D5W panels, both of which now feature well-integrated Waveform, Vectorscope and RGB Parade displays. These can be displayed full-screen or in the lower-third area of the 16:9 monitors, which are both configured as IPS (In-Plane Switching) LED arrays for better off-axis viewing. HDMI and 3G-SDI inputs / loop-through are standard. D7W will list at $1299 and the D5W at $1199.

For camera support systems, Ikan was showing new pieces of the Elements 2 line, including rubberized BMX-style pistol grips. These components will be backward compatible with their small and large system base plates.

In LED lighting, Ikan showed the upcoming IB1500 Dual Color Studio Light, which is a metal-bodied fixture with dimensions similar to a 2-bank 4’ fluorescent. The dimmable fixture can operate between 3200K and 5600K and comes with four-way barn doors. There is no DMX option available at this time. List price on the IB1500 is $1399.

For the production office, Ikan is releasing a comprehensive set of standard-language digital documents called Cinema Forms. Call sheets, deal memos, releases and other commonly needed documents can be sent as PDFs and the program saves metadata for import across other forms. The basic application package will be available as a download in May 2012 at an expected list price of $5.99. Additional forms will be available for download a la carte.

Ikan’s Elite Prompter now features a remote for the iPad with connectivity via Bluetooth. Cueing, scroll speed and other functions can be managed from the remote. Cue points can be added within any existing script through the touch-screen interface to quickly add shortcuts to certain points within the sides. Elite Prompter is $699 list, less the iPad.

http://ikancorp.com/

K5600

NAB 2012 saw a couple of new daylight options from K5600, primarily in the 1600W range, with new Joker and Alpha Fresnel fixtures in the spotlight.

The Joker1600 is advertised to deliver the equivalent of nearly 6000W, compared to a like-configured quartz-halogen fixture. In Bug configuration, a UV glass beaker takes the place of lensing and is designed for use in lanterns and soft boxes. It can be burned in any position. The Beamer model includes an efficient specular 8” reflector and Medium, Wide, Super-Wide and Frosted lenses. A new Zoom Beamer is available as an option, with 15 – 65 degree spot / flood range. All share a common 90-265V (50 or 60Hz) dimmable (down to 50%) ballast.

A new 1600W fixture joins the Alpha line, which includes the “Black-Jack” 400, 4k and 18K heads. With a permanently-installed UV borosilicate filter, it is possible to burn the lamp in any position for the same hard images you’d expect from a lens-less Fresnel fixture. With Fresnel lens fitted, the spot – zoom range is 5 – 60 degrees from a fixture that is roughly 50% smaller than a conventional 5K quartz-halogen senior lamp head. Call Barbizon for kit pricing.

http://www.k5600.com/

Kata Bags

At NAB 2012, Kata-bags introduced they’re new line of video backpacks, rain covers and shoulder bags designed especially for professional videographers.
The Pro-Light Pro-V Backpacks accommodate a broad range of HDV camcorders, large HDSLR rig configurations or a DLSR with an attached lens of up to 300mm. The slim, streamlined exterior has full front access to the main compartment so four padded storage pouches can be accessed from outside or inside the bag. The pouches conform to gear size and shape for protection, and a four-color zipper identification system makes organization and access quick and easy.

Also Included in the Pro line series is they’re award winning Rain Covers. Made from waterproof materials, the cover features a crystal clear TPU panel that allows controlled monitoring and viewing of the LCD screen at any angle. It also features designated microphone and viewfinder sleeves and an overlapping top opening with modular sleeves to easily extract a shoulder strap, mini light or rig handle. When the camera is shoulder-mounted or handheld, a full bottom opening and dedicated hand sleeve make it easy to work with both hands; on a tripod the bottom opening seals closed. Pro-Light rain covers slip quickly over a camera to protect it from sudden rain and are secured by a quick pull of the drawstrings.

Kata’s best selling line of video shoulder bags, the CC series, are now updated as part of the Pro-Light collection. The industry standard for carrying video cameras, these bags have been updated as part of the Pro-Light line of lightweight protective Kata products and come in black Rip-Stop nylon with fiery red accents. The CC bags are designed around a large main compartment to fit the camera set up with essential working accessories. Additional accessories can be stored in an internal side compartment or large external pocket. Carrying options for Pro-Light CC bags include sturdy handles on top and both ends, a Gecko shoulder strap or the Insert trolley sleeve for sliding the case over a luggage handle and Kata's Insert Trolley (part # KT VG-DTS sold separately).

http://www.kata-bags.us/

Kino Flo

The Celeb 200 LED is Kino Flo’s first LED fixture, after many years of fluorescent light production for the video and film market. Dimensions of this portable softlight are 24” x 14” x 5” with a weight of 15 lbs. It has programmable color temperature presets from 2700K to 5500k. There is no output change when changing color temperatures, and no color shift during dimming. The Celeb 200 provides 100 watts of soft light and operates on 1 amp of AC power or 4 amps of DC battery power. It features on-board or remote dimming, quiet operation, and comes with a variety of accessories. It is also available in single fixture kit form.

http://kinoflo.com/

Libec

Libec' stand had three new products of note. The WIFT JIB50 is smooth, portable, lightweight, and offers all-around support. It is designed to accommodate every shooting scenario including small indoor and outdoor spaces for detailed and wide-angle shots.

Together with our REMO30 Pan & Tilt Remote Head and AFC-5HD Zoom and Focus Controls, you can achieve and master smooth operations having complete control of your video shots. At extended lengths, the SWIFT JIB50 and REMO 30 will help the operator achieve high-angle dynamic shots while perfecting delicate camerawork operated from the front of the jib.

Exclusively for LANC cameras, the ZFC-5HD is equipped with a 2-step zoom-speed control and has an on/off remote power switch function which allows your camera to power on/off remotely. This is ideal when shooting with a jib arm or crane. The end of the ZFC-5HD cable splits into two parts with a 2.5mm submini-jack and 3.5mm mini-jack on each end. When using Panasonic cameras, simultaneous control of zoom and focus can be achieved by plugging 2.5mm and 3.5mm jacks into the zoom and focus terminals, respectively. The ZCF-5HD can be clamped on various equipment including tripod pan handles, jib arms, crane weight bars, stabilizers, monopods, and other accessories. Extension focus cables are available for Panasonic cameras. Our EX-530HD Extension Cable offers an added extension length of 5.3m / 17.5ft.

The REMO30 is equipped with a unique drive system that transmits motor power accuracy. The REMO30 ensures a perfect camera balance and offers smooth camerawork at all times. For center of gravity positioning, fine tune adjustments can be achieved with the tilt arm at 90 degrees. Other features include all-in-one cable connections.Pan & tilt controls, LANC, and monitor cables are combined in a single control cable. A pan & tilt head and control box can also be connected with this single cable. The REMO30 is equipped with a Pan & Tilt Lock System that allows an operator to lock pan and tilt motions. This enables you to focus on a single moving direction for an accurate pan or tilt operation. It is dust and splash proof and can tolerate outdoor shootings under severe climate conditions.

http://www.libecsales.com/

Light Panels

Litepanels brought out several new fixtures to NAB this year, including the new Inca and Sola LED fresnels. The Inca 4 and Inca 6 are 4” and 6” tungsten fresnel fixtures with outputs equivalent to conventional 300 and 650 watt fixtures. They draw less than 1/3 of the power of conventional tungsten incandescents, and weigh 1/3 of their counterparts. They feature both on-board and DMX dimming, with no noticeable heat generation, thanks to their quiet on-board cooling fans.

The Sola daylight balanced fixtures come in three sizes, with the 4” and 6” fresnel, and a 3” fresnel in the Sola ENG, meant for on-camera use. The Sola 4 and 6 share all the features of the Inca series and are equivalent to 125w and 350w HMIs respectively. The Sola ENG is equivalent to a 100w HMI. All of these fixtures can be powered by AC or DC.

Litepanels also unveiled a new on-camera LED lighting fixtures, the Croma™ (variable color-temperature) and Luma™ (daylight). The Croma can illuminate in any color temperature from daylight to tungsten via an on-fixture control knob, making it a versatile solution for run-and-gun news shooters, event videographers, and still photographers who move rapidly from one light environment to the next. The Luma provides powerful daylight illumination that is perfect for fill light when shooting outdoors or in similar color temperature conditions. Both the Croma and Luma are sleekly designed fixtures that can be dimmed from 100% to 0 via an on-fixture knob, with no noticeable shift in color balance. They draw just 9W of current, with comparable light output to that of a 40W (HMI) to 90W (tungsten) fixture. This miserly use of power provides long life from AA batteries, or both fixtures can also be powered off an AC adapter.

Also making its NAB debut was the Hilio high-intensity LED lighting fixture. The daylight-balanced Hilio is a small-footprint LED fixture capable of emitting daylight illumination over a 20’ to 25’ (6.1 - 7.6 M) distance, without requiring an external ballast. Early users of the Hilio compare the new Litepanels fixture favorably to the venerable HMI fixtures used by the television and motion picture industry, but without the HMI disadvantages such as heat generation, power hunger, short bulb life and required off down-time before restrike. The new high-intensity Hilio draws just 115W (while providing comparable illumination equivalent to a 575W HMI), and offers bulb life of 50,000 hours while operating from 100-240VAC 50/60 Hz, or 24VDC battery.

And just in time for NAB LightPanels has a limited time $100 rebate on the purchase of a Sola ENG or Chroma fixture.Purchase a Litepanels Croma™ part #905-4023 or Sola ENG™ part # 906-1002 between April 15, 2012 and July 15, 2012 and qualifying submissions will receive a$100rebate check for more info and to register click this LINK

http://www.litepanels.com/



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