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CATEGORY: NAB 2012

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


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Rotolight

Anova puts out the light equivalent of a 1000 watt tungsten bulb but uses only 38 watts of power at full output. ANOVA is a bi-color LED system and is capable of accurately reproducing white light from candlelight through to full daylight. ANOVA features full wired DMX control, V-Lock battery mount, Wi-Fi, and Magic Eye (patent pending).

Rotolight’s new ‘ Magic Eye ‘ allows the user for the first time to accurately “ sample “ the color of ambient light in a room using an iPhone or iPad, and transmit that reading to the ANOVA light, which will accurately reproduce it. This revolutionary technology will also enable users to remotely measure color temperature and transmit that across the world to another studio, enabling synchronization of color both on location as well as the studio. In addition, the Magic Eye app allows the user to control either single or multiple Anova’s , and incorporates features such as fade, dimming, and color temperature control. A single control lets the user Dial through all working parameters, such as Brightness, Color Temperature, Wi-Fi, DMX, and Magic Eye.

The heart of the Rotolight System, the RL 48B, is a professional HD Ringlight system, designed for DSLR as well as Video cameras. The “heart“of the light is a series of 48 LED lights.

The RL 48 provides warm, shadowless, continuous, natural color, and is dimmable over 1.5 stops by using an ingeneous series of neutral density filters. In addition, a kit of filters (all filters are manufactured by Lee) give color correction of 3200K, 4300K, 5600K, and 6300K. All filters fit into the body of the RL 48 when not in use.

Powered by 3 AA batteries, which can give up to 4 hours of continuous use, the RL 48 mounts to your DSLR or Video camera via it’s simple but sturdy mounting stand, which includes a mount as well as an accessory shoe mount. As a bonus, the center circle (left when the mounting stand is not in use) fits perfectly onto most of the consumer microphones available through a variety of manufacturers.

With a beam angle of 110 degrees, and its matt black finish, the Rotolight RL 48 provides evenly balanced lighting. Solid state circuitry, a rubberized finish, a weather resistant on/off button and extreme light weight makes the RL 48 a pleasure to use. Available as a single unit or in two kit forms, the Rotolight RL 48B answers many lighting issues, and opens up a world of possibilities.

TruColor HS is a unique color-accurate digital soft source designed specifically to meet the strict standards of motion picture and broadcast production. With more than twice the output of a 2kW incandescent soft light, TruColor HS delivers an extended Color Rendering Index (CRI) over 95, generates a 160-degree beam spread, and uses only 400 watts of AC power.

The HS fixture utilizes a unique lighting method called Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT), which eliminates the color-accuracy limitations inherent in LED fixtures. Instead of relying on LEDs as the source of illumination, TruColor HS’ independent phosphor panels emit high-quality light when excited by the high-frequency wavelengths from blue LEDs.

The interchangeable polycarbonate phosphor panels allow users to achieve both daylight and tungsten with a single fixture. Additional panels are in development to provide a complete range of color temperatures.

TruColor HS incorporates anodized alloy construction and field-serviceable components. The fixture’s ballast includes both local and DMX control, and connects to the lamp head with a ruggedized multi-core cable up to 98 feet (30 meters) away. It’s passively cooled, flicker-free, and manufactured entirely in the U.S.

Pricing for TruColor HS will be competitive with traditional and digital lighting for film and television.

http://www.rotolight.com/

Sachtler

The new Sachtler Ace fluid head tripod systems are designed for the professional DSLR still and video photographer on a budget, yet they have all the quality features that Sachtler is known for. Models are available with either ground spreader or mid-level spreader. The Synchronized Actuated Drag system provides consistent and repeatable drag, and the 5 step counterbalance is easy to use. It is ideally suited for HDV and DSLR cameras up to 8.8 lbs. The head and tripod system weighs in at around 10 lbs. thanks to lightweight, yet sturdy two-stage aluminum legs. Maximum working height is 68”. Minimum height is 22” for the Ace M GS with ground spreader.

http://www.sachtler-ace.com/

Schneider Optics

Schneider makes renowned professional optics & high quality filters. Century add-on lenses include: Wide Angle Adapters, Fisheyes, Telephotos & Achromatic Diopters for broadcast, DV & HDV. Schneider’s respected glass filters include 77mm True-Match Vari-ND Thread-in Filter, ClassicSoft™s, True-Pol®s, ND’s, Color Correction, Color Effects, etc. Also Century 4x4 filter kit with filterholder. New iPro lenses for iPhone 4/4s.Offering Chrosziel matteboxes, follow focus systems, wireless controls.

Schneider Optics is also the exclusive U.S. Distributor of Chrosziel products. They displayed the full line of Chrosziel Matte Boxes, Sunshades, wireless lens control systems and test equipment, including a working demonstration of new Chrosziel LTBMKII lens and camera collimator. Chrosziel offers a broad range of professional camera accessories for all of today’s camera s including the new Canon C-300 and Sony F65.

http://www.schneideroptics.com/

SeaChanger

SeaChanger introduced a new tool for lighting designers this year, the SeaChanger HMI. This compliment to the already successful SeaChanger Tungsten Profile & Wash, and the energy efficient SeaChanger Plasma Profile & Wash, offers unparalleled brightness and uncompromising color control. The SeaChanger HMI boasts 24,000 lumens, and a very high CRI rating of 95, from a light source already familiar to the broadcast industry. The MSR 575w HR offers 1000 hours lamp life, a cool color temperature of 6000K. Like all of the current SeaChangers the new HMI offers .5 second color changes on each of the (3) color wheels (CYM) and the dimmer wheel allowing for quick color bumps as well as smooth color fades.

http://seachangeronline.com/

Spider Support Systems

Spider Support Systems has introduced The Ringo Head for Video Camera Professionals. The Ringo Head allows the camera operator to mount any video camera at a 90 degree angle. This allows the camera to capture images in a vertical orientation rather than the traditional horizontal position. The Ringo Head operates with existing tripod heads, jibs, and steadicams.

http://www.spidersupport.com/

Tiffen

Steadicam SmoothieThe Steadicam Smoothee is currently designed and engineered to work with your Apple iPhone 3GS, Apple iPhone 4/4S, Apple iPhone Touch, and GoPro with mounts for similar devices in the works. The Smoothee, developed by Steadicam, now allows these smart phones and Flip video camera owners to capture incredible video without the shakes normally associated with hand-held video shot on the go. The Steadicam Smoothee is approximately 8”W x 14.5” H x 2.5” D (20.3 x 36.8 x 6.4cm) in operating configuration. The patented quick release removable camera mounts can also serve as a tabletop stand or can be mounted to any tripod with a standard ¼ x20” camera mount

The Merlin 2 stabilizer lets you fly wherever the scene takes you-up and down steps, indoors and outdoors, through crowds-almost anywhere-with precise control. The Merlin 2 stabilizer can move as smoothly as the big Steadicam rigs used in Hollywood. And its quick-release mounts lets you instantly swap camera connections between your stabilizer and any tripod. The design of the Merlin 2 stabilizer significantly reduces fatigue for longer, more elegant shots. The rigidity of its construction permits longer focal lengths than you have ever imagined. The Merlin 2 supports a wide range of DSLR’s, compact and professional camcorders, point-and-shoot cameras and other video-capture device models weighting from 0.5 to 5lbs.

The new Tiffen Variable ND Filter was a huge success at this year’s NAB show. The Variable ND Filter which is a versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, the Variable ND is being sought in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small and light-weight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box.

The Tiffen Far Red Control Kit: Featuring the Tiffen T1 and the NEW T ½ is designed specifically for advancements in HD camera technology, reliably recreating true blacks in moving images has never been more challenging. Digital cameras with enhanced red response allows the DP to capture subtle hues of red never before seen digitally. However, opening up this channel leaves your images vulnerable to Far Red and Near Infrared contamination. The TIFFEN FAR RED CONTROL KIT has the unique ability to absorb this unwanted light while preserving the camera’s increased red response while maintaining crisp blacks and assisting the camera in capturing the wider color gamut it was designed for—minimal light loss—1/2 and 2/3 stop

Listec Z-ProThe Listec Z-PRO’s all-in-one design accommodates the lightest weight cameras with a minimum of fuss. Unlike conventional prompters, the Z-PRO mounts over the pan head’s balance point, eliminating the need for a full-sized balance plate and rear counterbalance. By reducing the overall weight of the prompter, the Z-PRO avoids placing undue stress on the support system. Now, a tripod with a capacity of only 25 lbs. can accommodate a mini DV cam and a fully professional 15-inch prompter — saving the need to upgrade to a more robust mounting.

With its compact design and choice of studio and fold-down hoods, the Z-PRO is ideal for in-house prompting, or for those on the move. While standard models feature Listec flat panels, a typical off the-shelf computer LCD* can be substituted, affording the user the option of selecting the display.

http://www.tiffen.com/

TMB / Green Hippo

TMB and Green Hippo were set up in the South hall showing the various Green Hippo media servers line for every need.

The Hippotizer Media Server is recognized as one of the world’s best solution for real-time video effects, manipulation and playback. Prominent productions worldwide, in a wide array of disciplines – Concerts, Theatre, Opera, Television, Worship, Corporate and more. Hippotizer was the media server used for this year's Super Bowl XLVI Bridgestone Halftime Show. With Hippotizer V3, Green Hippo have taken the role of media servers to a whole new level. Functions such as powerful timelines, HippoNet intelligent networking and a host of new media management features mean it's never been simpler to elevate your shows to radical new highs.


Industry-leading capabilities of the V3 Hippotizer Media Server include:




  • Class leading real-time video playback and manipulation

  • HippoNet Control Network (seamless networking for control, preview, and configuration)

  • ZooKeeper Control Software – intuitive network user interface that fully configurable

  • Built-in Timeline and Preset programming for all parameters and servers on the network.

  • Advanced Media Management and built-in automatic media encoder

  • Live Video Input options including free PC screen capture

  • Frame-accurate synchronization across servers

  • Soft-edge blending and HippoSnapper live masking tool

  • PixelMapper LED controller for DMX and Color Kinetics fixtures

  • Scenic Automation integration tools

  • Geometry, Color Correction and hundreds of customizable effects

  • Keystone and ScreenWarp for projection on non-linear surfaces

  • Many control protocols supported: TCP/MIDI/RS232/MTC/SMPTE/DMX/ArtNet/KiNet

  • VideoMapper for non-standard, versatile LED tile mapping

  • Text Engine for creating and displaying text for titles, song lyrics and credits

  • UberPan – Complete, automatic and customizable screen elements manager allows for multiple display devices to act and be controlled as one canvas, including media chopping, scaling, encoding and distribution to multiple servers.

  • Tour-ready custom-built chassis


In North America TMB also distributes:

http://www.tmb.com/

http://www.green-hippo.com/

Videssence

Videssence expanded their line of energy efficient lighting at NAB this year with the new LED Softkey makes Video Conference lighting more energy efficient, flexible and easy to install! Lighting for Video Conferencing and Distance Learning must provide good vertical illumination on the people being viewed, providing the camera with the proper quantity, quality and angle of light in architectural spaces. In these spaces the lighting is accomplished with luminaires that are architectural in design, recessed in the ceiling and providing an asymmetric throw of light. The small 12”x12” recessed mount housing shrouds an adjustable fixture that is tension held and rotates 359° and tilts 45°.Additional control and effects can be achieved with (5) spread lens gel options. Fixtures are supplied standard with gel frame and (1) lens of your choice.The 30,000 hour life is achieved through precision heat sink design and optimum driving of the LED’s. All units are made with a TGIC polyester powder coated finish. The fixture is available dimmable for Gypsum/Hard Ceiling and T-Bar installations.

TheExceLED LED Kit has three powerful 25 watt LED fixtures are ideal for broadcast or studio general accenting, key lighting or back lighting. Each fixture can generate a concentrated beam of light with even coverage of 3200K or 5600K, depending on which kit is ordered. The Multi-purpose fixtures can mount in tight quarters for ENG or OB lighting, and provide short or long throw depending on which spread lens is used. The Heavy-duty flight case is made of fiberglass laminate, internally framed with light metal and has metal corner braces and framing. Dense foam compartments protect components during travel and storage.

Each ExceLED 25 watt kit contains (3) 25 watts fixtures, (3) Gel Frames , (3) Barn Doors, (3) Stands, (3) Cords, (3) Spread Lens Gel Bags, each with a set of (6) Spread Lenses (5°, 10°, 15°, 20°, 30° & 30°x4) and (1) Flight Case. The kits are available in 120 or 230 Volt non-dim, and On Board dimming in 120 Volt. The fully loaded case weighs 58 lbs and measures 25” L x 16” W x 18” Ht.

Videssence has a rebate going on for those who want to upgrade from older fixtures. All you need to do is:


  • Buy a new Videssence Broadcast Fixture (any model).

  • Take a PHOTO of an old Videssence label with Serial Number (any model).

  • Mail Videssence the Photo(s) and a copy of your invoice for NEW fixtures.

  • Videssence will send you a check for $50.00 for each Photo, matching the quantity of new fixtures purchased!

  • You can keep the old fixtures & the MONEY!


http://www.videssence.tv/

Vinten

The BCPVA (British Columbia Professional Videographers Association) presented Vinten's new Vision blue5 with it's 2012 Video Innovation Award. Their new pan & tilt head is the latest addition to the “Vision blue” range of lightweight, compact and refined pan and tilt heads for today’s professional ENG and corporate user who has come to expect uncompromising performance from the premium quality of a Vinten system

Offering genuine Broadcast quality performance, the Vision blue5 offers the unique combination of continuous counterbalance and infinite drag. It provides a full ±90° of smooth tilt movement with a counterbalance range of 5.5 kg to 12 kg (@100mm CofG), perfect for supporting the latest portable digital cameras. In addition to the ‘infinitely variable’ LF drag system for silky smooth framing and on-demand whip pan movement, plus Vision’s perfect balancing system for total control, the new Vision blue5 also has the added advantage of an illuminated levelling bubble for quick and convenient set-up.

http://www.vinten.com/

Zylight

Zylight was awarded a TV Technology Award for the superior technology behind their F8 LED lighting instrument. This new ultra quiet concept LED Fresnel runs on only 90w but outputs the equivalent of a traditional 600w Fresnel and features a zoom range from 16 to 70 degrees. The 10.9lb F8 will perform in rain (IP54), snow, and sun with ease and the 14.4 battery option allows complete portability. Additionally, the sleek design will take up less space in your studio grid while providing an ultra-efficient, dimmable, bright output. The F8 is offered in either tungsten (3200k) or daylight (5600k) color temperatures and has a CRI rating of greater than 85. Both the ZyLink Wireless system and DMX control inputs comes standard with every instrument. Expected Ship date is September of '12

http://www.zylight.com/



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