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First Photos of The GoPro Fusion 360 Camera Appear Online!

Although GoPro announced the Fusion (or at least their Pilot Programme) back in April, there have been very little images available of this new camera. As of this morning all that has changed…

 

Front

The folks over at Engadget have been able to get their hands on one and share it with the rest of the world giving us the first real look at GoPro’s compact 360-degree action cam. We can see that the Fusion is clearly bigger than the Hero5 Black but this is due to the fact that one you flip the camera over there is another lens on the rear. Gopro have done well to pack two cameras, any extra hardware, plus the battery into such a small housing and, at a guess, about a 40% increase. Speaking of lenses, the one thing GoPro has removed is the protective cover that we saw on the Hero5 allowing full, unrestricted 180 degree views.

 

Rear

Everything else on the camera body is instantly recognisable to the trusty GoPro user. The front has the familiar LCD screen, record stop/start button and recording light. Turn it over and you’ll find the mic, what seems like a speaker and another recording light. The key thing to note out of those is the inclusion of the speaker which indicates that this will not be waterproof and will require a housing if you plan to get wet. Both the Power and Mode buttons can be found on the left side of the body. No word on where the battery will be placed inside the body but we suspect the compartment door is on the bottom next to the standard GoPro mount.

 

 

 

Still no word on the official release date for the Fusion but as soon as we know, you’ll know.

Full article at Engadget. Photo credit: AOL

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BPS to Exhibit the Very Best Of ARRI.

In less than a week the 2nd Media Production Show will kick off at the Olympia in west London and BPS are proud to be joining forces with one the greatest manufacturers in the cinema and broadcast industry, ARRI. Unsurpassed, the ARRI family of acquisition products range from the ALEXA SXT-W to the AMIRA and ALEXA Mini.

The latest ARRI PCA rigs including the Master Grips, giving the operator maximum control at their fingertips will be available for demo. Also on show will be the ARRI flagship wireless follow focus, the WCU-4. Plus, ARRI Master Prime and Alura Zoom lenses. All these products and much more will be available to demo over both days.

Sharp to Showcase New Touchscreen

The PN-40TC1 is the latest in their ‘Intelligent Touch Board’ series, perfect as a small interactive screen for talent or even just in the meeting room. Boasting a 10 point, full HD screen it can be installed in a landscape, portrait or horizontal (face-up) orientation.

This will be joined with Sharp’s 90″ PN-R903 screen.

 

 

 

 

Also On The Stand…

Mobile Viewpoint’s Agile Livelink will also make an appearance at the show. The workhorse of the range, the Livelink has been used by such broadcasters as Sky Sports News in their coverage of the EURO 2016 tournament. To minimise risk of drop-off, Mobile Viewpoint can bond up to ten signals to create a more robust transmission allowing users to shoot with peace of mind.

The GoPro Karma system will be available for some ‘hands on’ experience too. Comprising of the Grip, Drone and Backpack you can take fully stabilised footage in any situation anywhere at anytime. If VR is more your thing, the GoPro OMNI 360 system will also be there. Using 6 GoPro Hero 4 cameras placed inside of a compact rig and paired with Kolor’s Autopano Video Pro software you can capture amazing 360 video with just a few simple clicks.

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Flight of The Swans Wins Campaign of the Year at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Award

Flight of the Swans won Campaign of the Year at the 2017 ENDS Environmental Impact Awards.

Sacha was there at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London to accept the award. The judging panel apparently chose Flight of the Swans for the scale of its ambition, huge profile and international reach.

Also commended in the category was the innovative Pumpkin Rescue campaign by Hubbub UK.

It is the first year that long-running environment magazine, the ENDS Report, has run the awards. A full list of nominees and winners is available on their website.

WWT have thanked BPS and all the other Partners for the roles they’ve played in making a success of Flight of the Swans.

Below is an excerpt from the ENDS Environmental Impact Awards

FLIGHT OF THE SWANS

WILDFOWL & WETLANDS TRUST

‘Flight of the Swans’ was an expedition and a campaign that saw a ‘human swan’ flying the entire migration route of the Bewick’s swan, from Arctic Russia back to the UK, to try to find out why the species is disappearing, and what we can do to save them. As she and the swans raced to keep ahead of the arctic winter, she also dropped in on even remote communities for face to face meetings with schools, hunting groups, politicians and others, and shared footage and stories of her experiences with the media to raise local and international awareness.

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NEW – ZEISS CP.3 LENSES

 

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

18MM T2.9 – 21MM T2.9 – 25MM T2.135MM T2.1 50MM – T2.1 – 85MM T2.1100MM T2.1135MM T2.1

Tailored for today’s cinema and beyond.

Digital technologies have transformed traditional filmmaking and refashioned the market. New and innovative technologies in both production and post-production have paved the way for a more versatile, cost effective and advanced workflow. The ZEISS CP.3 family is the latest contribution from ZEISS to support creative and progressive filmmaking with an affordable, future-proof and premium quality lens set.

The ZEISS CP.3 lenses offer the perfect combination of high image quality and reliable usability. They exhibit the clean, crisp characteristics ZEISS is known for, together with an interchangeable mount system and full-frame coverage.
The ZEISS CP.3 XD version features innovative and ground-breaking lens data technology to speed-up and simplify the workflow on set and in post-production.

The ZEISS eXtended Data is a unique technology which is based on the Technology and provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time. With the ZEISS CP.3 XD lenses, even small productions on a limited budget gain access to the advanced techniques common in state-of-the-art, big budget films, commercials and television shows.

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True cine look

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

Ranging from 15 mm to 135 mm, the ten focal lengths available in the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 or CP.3 XD series cover all applications from wide-angle to telephoto. The ZEISS CP.3 lenses feature advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims and special light traps within the barrel to eliminate unwelcome veiling glare and flares. The result is higher contrast, richer blacks and more saturated colors.

  • Clean and crisp ZEISS look which matches perfectly with other ZEISS cinema lenses
  • Color matching and covering full frame across the full range of focal lengths from 15 to 135 mm
  • Special lens coatings support high-dynamic range projects
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New ZEISS eXtended Data technology

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

The ZEISS eXtended Data technology adds new opportunities to simplify and increase the accuracy of the image capture and processing workflow. ZEISS eXtended Data unifies two data sets: key lens data based on the open /i Technology standard and supported by a wide range of cameras and accessories, plus ZEISS specific lens data that contains precise lens characteristics.

  • A unique technology that provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time to speed-up the workflow on set and in post-production
  • Lens settings are digitally captured on every frame, avoiding the need to manually record the lens settings for every shot
  • Documentation of the lens’ characteristics enhances creativity by allowing more complex shots to be handled in post-production
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Ultimate cine ergonomics

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

The ZEISS CP.3 lenses are a professional toolset that simplifies your work on set. They are easy to handle, allow for fast changeover of equipment and give you great creative freedom to make your ideas come to life.

  • Standardized positioning of the focus rings and a consistent 95 mm front diameter allows for fast and easy changeover while on set
  • Extraordinarily smooth focus rotation even in extreme temperature conditions thanks to a new, sophisticated construction design
  • Consistent T-stops simplifies lighting on set and exposure compensations (T2.9 for 15 to 21 mm and T2.1 for 25 to 135 mm)
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Compactness redefined

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses

The compact and light-weight design enables you to use different stabilizing systems and to have a compact camera setup that is ideal for shooting in narrow spaces and for capturing dynamic shots.

  • The compact and light-weight design is ideal for handheld, gimbal, drone and Steadicam applications
  • Consistent size and weight across most of the focal lengths enables quick change of lenses when used on drones and gimbals
  • The ultra-smooth focus rotation allows use of small focus motors
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The Journey So Far…

As you know, BPS are proud sponsors of Flight Of The Swans (a conservation project where Sacha Dench will fly via paramotor for 4,000km to raise awareness & find out about the rapid decline of the Bewick’s Swans).

So, what’s been going on?

Well, it’s been 15 days since Sacha took off from the tundra in Russia. Her journey however, has not been easy. After a paramotor was down, the team were out on the tundra with half of their survival kit! They were luckily helped by reindeer breeders so they were okay. After the first long two weeks, the ground-team that finally met with Sacha in Mezen, we’re told it was an emotional reunion. Sacha and her paramotor partners, Dan Burton and Alexander Bogdanov, had made great time flying the 600km over the tundra and arrived in the coastal town first. The ground crew arrived soon after, having found the Russian roads challenging.

Seeing the paramotorists complete what many considered the most challenging part of the expedition was a relief all round, but the physical challenges, the extreme cold and a few hiccups with the paramotor had all taken their toll. So just like the swans the team needed time to rest and refuel after the gruelling flight.

“I have found it very physically challenging. The flying’s been tough, I’m carrying a heavy weight and my face particularly has been getting a battering from the cold, but I can feel that my body is slowly adjusting,” said Sacha.

Engine failure as they were crossing the tundra meant a helicopter rescue and then the help of local reindeer herders to get them to safety.

“We were stranded with little kit and no food,’” said Sacha. But local people helped them out and they were given food and shelter.

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After a weekend of resting the Flight of the Swans team set off together for the first time with hopes that it would all be easier as a unit. But crossing the dense taiga forest that lay ahead was not without its challenges.

The main issue for Sacha was finding somewhere to land. The swans tend to do this part of their migration in one go but Sacha has to land and refuel every few hours. The only possible landing spot in the acres of dense forest was the dirt road winding its way through the trees.

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The risks of landing on a road are probably obvious but a convoy of Mitsubishi 4x4s has its uses and acting as impromptu roadblocks would prove to be one of them.

The crew arrived in Arkhangelsk on Thursday, the journey had taken longer than they expected and the road through the forest had proved a difficult and challenging route, even for the 4x4s.

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For the swans the migration has just one focus, to get to their overwintering grounds safely. But Sacha, who has events to attend along the way and a serious conservation message to get across, has to consider other things too like whether there’s anything suitable to wear when you’re invited to a local opera, or the challenges of addressing a conservation conference in your flying gear.

In Arkhangelsk, Sacha has been speaking about the challenges the Bewick’s face along the flyway to school children as well as addressing officials and the press at a conservation conference. The ground crew have been teaching the local children how to play frisbee (and doing some filming).

Today (Friday 30/09) the weather has become the biggest challenge and we are told there will be no flying. The team are on a tight schedule to get to pre planned events in Olonets, so we hope they are not going to be grounded for too long.

And the swans?

Leho, another of our tagged Bewicks has joined Daisy Clarke on migration and Sacha has reported seeing groups of swans – both Bewick’s and Whoopers – gathering for migration so we expect more birds to be on the move soon.

Be sure to keep an eye out for further updates from our friends on their epic journey

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INTRODUCING: THE NEW GOPRO FAMILY

 


HERE IT IS!

The new GoPro family! The incredibly enthusiastic Nick Woodman, founder of GoPro, presented a captivating presentation and out of this world new products. So, let’s get straight to it.

Firstly, Woodman stressed that we should always be able to make the ordinary into the extraordinary and presented to us, the GoPro HERO5 Black.

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4K 30p video
WATERPROOF up to 33ft without housing!
VOICE CONTROL, think it, say it, do it.
IMAGE STABILIZATION
New & improved USER INTERFACE
3 MICROPHONES – ensuring the best audio from each shot!
LOCATION CAPTURE
TOUCH DISPLAY                                                           

Yes, impressive! Now we won’t have the problem of worrying about getting the accessories to keep our pretty GoPro safe. Waterproof. And voice controlled? Start your videos in the kayak… on the way down a waterfall… the opportunities are endless. That is exactly what the GoPro HERO5 is for, creating the opportunities for breathtaking photo & videos.


Then, he showed us the GoPro HERO5 Session. 

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10 Megapixel Photos
Improved Stabilization 
Voice Controlled
Only ONE button!
Most durable 
WATERPROOF to 33ft straight out of the box

WOW. Oh and you know the brand new voice control? It’s programmed to understand 7 different languages! So you can believe everything he’s saying is just captivating the audience at this point… But of course there was more.


Introducing…. the GoPro Karma. karma-drone-web

Portable
Can be folded to fit neatly into a backpack case
It isn’t just any drone… it can be transformed by removing the stabilizer and attaching it into a handgrip!
The controller is presented as a smart device, making it simple & easy to use
1 button to take off & land
Flight simulator before starting the Karma’s first journey
A way of combining the controller’s shots & programmed shots to create the perfect scene
Compatible with both HERO4 & HERO5 


And you think after all of that it might be over? Nope. They’ve also come out with a new app, the GoPro Plus. This app will allow you to access all of the content you have recorded, anytime, anywhere.

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The benefits of the GoPro Plus are:
– auto uploading to the cloud
– on the go editing
– soundtrack library
– 20% off mounts & accessories
– exclusive apparel
– premium support

(you can sign up to be notified when this is available in your region here)


OH BUT THERE’S ONE MORE THING! (Honestly, they admitted they’ve spent 14 years trying to perfect this! How will they possibly top this?)

The Quik Key

The Quik Key can transfer footage from your GoPro straight to your phone. In the app (Quik App) you can easily edit your images and videos, Woodman even demonstrated how he edited the footage of his kids learning how to ride bikes without stabilizers (Couldn’t make this up)! In the app, exists clever features such as ‘Instagram’ which will produce your videos in the format and length allowed for Instagram. So useful!

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Overall, I think it’s safe to say GoPro have completely nailed all the problems we had on the head. We can’t wait to test out these babies! Make sure you pre-order today…. they’re coming SOON!


Explore our whole range of GoPro products here

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Sacha Dench Takes Flight! Learn More About the Tech Involved

This morning the exciting news came that Sacha Dench has departed on her 4,500 mile expedition! With great pleasure we are supporting her & the ground crew through the journey with a Dejero LIVE+ GoBox, Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Server, MILLER ArrowX 5 Fluid Head with Sprinter II 2-Stage Carbon Fibre Tripod and last but not least a 360 Rize Pro7.

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about with Sacha & the expedition, have a look at this post, it should clear it up a bit for you!)

So, what are all these nifty products you ask? Well, first lets talk about the Dejero LIVE+ gear. The LIVE+ GoBox is the most rugged mobile transmitter that is designed to enable you to broadcast live from virtually anywhere. If there isn’t any Wi-Fi, portable satellite connections, you’re able to record up to 40 hours of HD video which you can broadcast later! Fantastic stuff, isn’t it? The GoBox is known for it’s dependability, robustness, exceptional performance in terms of picture quality, it’s incredibly easy to use and versatile. So, need one of these babies in your life? Check it out here.

Dejero LIVE 20/20 Transmitter

Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Server

Next is the LIVE+ Broadcast Server, receives the video transmissions and integrates into the current workflow. The Quad-core Intel Xeon processor ensures high performance processing that is designed for all day, every day reliability. The server is also able to support two live feeds simultaneously from different sources. The broadcast server is also compact which is always a plus (1U rackmount, 1.7” H x 17.2” W x 19.85” D (43 x 437 x 504 mm) ) as it is designed to fit directly into the rack mount area in your facility.

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We also helped the ground crew out by supplying them with a MILLER ArrowX 5 Fluid Head and Sprinter II 2-Stage Carbon Fibre Tripod. The Fluid Head is compact, lightweight & versatile, with controls all in one location for fast, easy and practical use. The Head has been constructed for rugged outdoor shooting conditions – which will be specifically good for the ground team when recording in cold harsh conditions! Learn more here. The tripod needed to be lightweight and easily accessible, so the Miller 1576 was the perfect choice for them.

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And finally, as a last minute add on, we provided the crew with a 360 Rize Pro7, THE tool for filming 360 degree virtual reality. We think on their journey there will definitely be some amazing scenes that they’ll be using this product for. If you’re interested in this product, we have more information here.

And that’s all! Call/email us if you have any questions about the products, or if you just want a chat, we’re friendly! Make sure you check out the live map of the expedition, you can track the paramotor, Daisy Clarke (the pretty swan they’ve tagged) and the ground crew!

See you on the next update…

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IBC 2016 Weekend Round Up

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Blackmagic Design today announced Teranex AV, a new broadcast quality standards converter designed specifically for AV professionals. Teranex AV features 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a inputs, outputs and loop through, along with AV specific features such as low latency, a still store, freeze frame, and HiFi audio inputs for professionals working on live, staged presentations and conferences. Teranex AV will be available in September for $1,695 from Blackmagic Design re-sellers worldwide.The new Teranex AV features low latency that’s as low as 67 milliseconds, which means that customers can convert any HDMI or SDI video format instantaneously to a different format and output it for projection in sync with the live event. For example, customers using Teranex AV at a concert can project a close up of a virtuoso pianist as their fingers fly across the keys on a big screen projector in synchronization with the live performance.

For audio, Teranex AV also features 2 channel consumer HiFi connections, as well as XLR connections for 4 channels of AES/EBU or 2 channels of balanced analog audio. The consumer HiFi connections are critical for professional AV customers because they allow lapel microphones, laptop computers and other devices with consumer audio connections to be used with Teranex AV. Now customers can connect virtually any audio source to Teranex AV and use it to embed the audio with the video and output the signal in any format.

  • Ultra low latency, as low as 67 milliseconds.
  • HDMI 2.0a, 12G-SDI in, out and loop through connections.
  • XLR connections for 2 channels of balanced analog and 4 channels of AES/EBU audio input.
  • Consumer HiFi connections for 2 channels of audio input from devices like laptops and iPods.
  • Optical fiber cage for adding optional SMPTE compatible fiber optic SDI modules.
  • Internal still store and live freeze modes.
  • Patented Teranex processing for extremely high quality up, down, cross and standards conversions.
  • Retains all ancillary data such as timecode and subtitles.
  • 16 channels of frame accurate audio conversions and full audio channel remapping.
  • Classic Teranex front panel makes it extremely easy for Teranex customers to integrate and use.
  • Reference input for built in frame sync feature and reference output for sync generation.
  • Built-in video test pattern generation with audio test tones.
  • Gigabit Ethernet connectivity for remote control.
  • Built in power supply supports 110V to 240V AC.

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Blackmagic Design today announced new DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K PCIe capture cards

T
hese cards include all the powerful features of the HD models but include new Ultra HD and HDR (high dynamic range) features.

These new cards are available in two models, DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K and both models support all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. DeckLink Mini 4K models are available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only $195 each.

DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K will be demonstrated at IBC on the Blackmagic Design booth in Hall 7, Stand 7 H.20.

The new DeckLink Mini 4K models are low profile 4 lane generation 2 PCI Express cards that include 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections. This means the high quality connections support broadcast quality 10-bit YUV and 12-bit RGB video, along with the latest Rec. 2020 color and support for high dynamic range (HDR) formats and HDR metadata. Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are fully compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK, making them perfect for OEMs or developers that are building custom playback or recording solutions.

BlackMagic Design has announced their acquisition of Both Fairlight, which creates professional digital audio products for live broadcast event production, film and television post production, as well as immersive 3D audio mixing and finishing and Ultimatte, the worldwide leader in blue and green screen removal technology for the broadcast television, commercial and feature film industries.

Fairlight has an impressive history of designing and manufacturing integrated audio control surfaces and software that are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. Fairlight Live products feature consoles that are designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, giving customers leading edge audio processing and control surfaces that range from 12 to 60 faders, along with audio I/O interfaces with full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast facilities, outside broadcast trucks, performing arts venues and houses of worship.For post production solutions, Fairlight creates everything from compact desktop audio post systems to large format mixing consoles with dedicated controls. Fairlight audio engines can deliver up to 1000 tracks which lets customers create complex productions without premixing, along with a massive 64 channels of monitoring.

Ultimatte is known worldwide for delivering broadcast quality compositing results that make virtual sets indistinguishable from real sets. Ultimatte creates realtime blue and green screen removal hardware that is used in broadcast studios around the world to seamlessly composite reporters, talk show hosts and more into virtual sets. Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware or software responsible for keying these people in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics. In fact, many of these newscasters are using Ultimatte to place them into completely virtual sets.Ultimatte uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets customers accurately separate the subject from the background. Customers also get matte correction features, indirect and direct lighting features, spill suppression tools, edge artifact controls and more, all in realtime.


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IBC 2016 Day 1 Round-Up

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Wheel: Solid, ergonomically designed left or right-side camera handgrip with assignable user buttons and a control rocker for super-smooth zooming. Includes a steel ARRI rosette and two LBUS interfaces

 

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Rocker: Solid, ergonomically designed left or right-side camera handgrip with assignable user buttons and a control rocker for super-smooth zooming. Includes a steel ARRI rosette and two LBUS interface.

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Compatibility: ALEXA, AMIRA, ALEXA Mini, UMC-4, SMC-1, EMC-1, AMC-1, Sony/Red via CUB-1, ENG Lens via CUB-2

 


LCUBE CUB-2

ecub2Adapts servo-zoom lenses (Hirose 12 pin) to LBUS (Lemo 4 pin). Enables Master Grips to directly control focus, iris and zoom of a servo-zoom lens. Provides a switch to select between iris control from camera (auto-iris via camera Hirose 12 pin interface) or Master Grips (via LBUS). The LCUBE has an integrated dovetail for mounting the LCUBE Bracket (K2.0009620) or the CLM-5/cforce mini Clamp Console 19/15 mm (K2.0006176).


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HandGrip Extensions:

  • Three lengths: 80, 160, 240 mm
  • 15 mm lightweight tube design
  • Solid steel rosette
  • Including cable clips
  • Designed for Master Grips and other handgripswith ARRI rosette

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Side Accessory Bracket:

  • Offers additional accessory threaded interfaces to the ALEXA Mini
  • Compatible with Mini Side Bracket MSB-1
  • Compatible with Rod Mounting Bracket RMB-3

 

 

 

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Viewfinder Brackets for third-party EVF:

  • Fits to the ARRI Viewfinder bracket MVF-1
  • Adapters to Alphatron EVF, Zacuto Gratical, Monitor unit for Canon C300 and SmallHD Sidefinder
  • Provides sold nad adjustable viewfinder positioning

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An exciting advancement comes from Sennheiser, who are talking about developing a new action camera microphone which will allow GoPro users to finally match their breathtaking footage captured at the extremes with high-quality audio.

Sennheiser’s product, on show in the Future Zone, is a mini external microphone that the company claimed is waterproof and nearly immune against snow, ice, and wind. Based on a lavalier design, it features an internal protective device, the Umbrella Diaphragm, which is located above the acoustically active membrane. A windshield made of a special foam material ensures that the mic can even be used for water sports while fully retaining its wind protection properties.According to Sennheiser, the microphone’s windshield is being fine-tuned. It needs to protect the mic reliably against wind noise and must retain this quality even when completely immersed in water. A classic hairy windshield or a classic foam windshield could not do the job – if they get wet, quality sound has a hard time travelling through it.

We can’t wait to see the finished product!


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SmallHD has announced two new 13” production monitors. The first is called the 1303 HDR , which features a bright 1500 nit display (viewable in full sunlight), and provides HDR (high dynamic range) viewing capabilities. The second is the 1303 Studio, designed for use in more controlled lighting environments. The 1303 Studio features a 400-nit display and provides the same feature set, minus the high brightness and HDR capabilities of the 1303 HDR.

According to SmallHD the 1303 HDR and Studio feature an extremely wide viewing angle with little to no visible color shift. The 1303 HDR also utilizes an optically bonded glass screen with an anti-reflective coating for added protection while eliminating glare.

The 1303 HDR builds on the HDR technology that SmallHD developed for its 17”, 24” and 32” Production Monitors, but in a much smaller package. The 1303 HDR looks to be a good field monitor for small crews, who don’t require a large monitor, but need something bigger than your typical 5/7″ on camera display.

The new monitors can display a 1920×1080 image on 10bit IPS LCD panels, with a 4-up signal view. The 1303 HDR offers a high color range, capable of reproducing the P3 color gamut. Plus it provides an HDR Preview function with built-in tools for real-time monitoring and customizable camera gamma settings.

Both 1303 HDR and Studio can support any 3D LUTs using SmallHD’s ColorFlow technology. Previously created look-up tables can be used on-set, or LUTS can be loaded via the monitor’s full-size SD card slot.

The new monitors can be fed via either HDMI or SDI inputs and can output to either format as well. Cross conversion takes place in a mere single frame.

Like the rest of the SmallHD Production and Studio monitors, the 13” versions are extremely rugged—built with a solid, milled aluminum chassis. To deal with on-set realities, even the 3mm thick screen impact protector can be replaced in seconds.

For quick deployment the monitors can be used at home on a rack, table-top, arm, C-stand or cart. The feature numerous ¼-20 mounting options all around the frames, plus the RapidRail system that can provide quick mounting of various accessories like wireless receivers and focus systems.

Power is via 12VDC through a 4-pin XLR connector. An optional onboard Anton/Bauer Gold mount or V-mount battery plate with a 4-pin XLR connector can be attached. A video receiver (Teradek, Paralinx, etc) can be mounted to the RapidRail system and powered by the LEMO accessory connection on the back of the monitor or D-TAP through the battery bracket.

Both monitors will be available on SmallHD.com and through SmallHD authorized resellers in Fall 2016. For more information visit: smallhd.com.

 


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Sphere

Any Rig in Any Environment
Compatible with any HDMI or HD-SDI camera, the Sphere is the most flexible 360º monitoring and streaming solution for 4-camera VR rigs. Its 4 USB ports offer an integrated power solution for GoPro rigs and its stereo analog audio input allows you to embed the output of your soundboard right into the live feed.

Sphere also includes twin Lemo connectors for redundant power and dual 10/100 Ethernet ports for Internet connectivity and attaching a second Sphere unit.

Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.

Sphere Stitching Engine
Sphere is unique in that it doesn’t require a PC to stitch panoramic footage into a 360º format. Instead, the stitching engine is iOS based and offers real-time compositing of up to 8 1080p camera feeds, allowing you and your crew to be more mobile than ever before.

Color Calibration Settings
Users can calibrate each camera’s white balance, tint, and color profile right from the Sphere application. If you need a quick calibration, the application can color match across all video feeds at the same time to provide a balanced image instantly.

In-App Recording
The Sphere iOS application allows you to save individual 360º snapshots and your stitched video footage directly to your iPad’s hard drive in MP4 format.

Wireless and Internet Connectivity
Sphere connects to wireless access points and the Internet via a 10/100 Ethernet jack. To enhance the wireless range of your Sphere stream, we recommend connecting the device to a Ubiquiti access point for a robust WiFi signal up to several thousand feet.

Support for up to 8 Cameras
Should you need more than 4 cameras for your 360º production, a second Sphere can be daisy-chained using the device’s 10/100 Ethernet port.

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Flight of the Swans: Update

 


 

It’s been a while since FotS_SDparamotor_shots-8566we last spoke about how the Flight of the Swans expedition was going, so here’s an update for you!

From what we know, Sacha has reached Moscow with two WWT swan researchers, Julia Newth & Dr Eileen Rees. They are currently meeting media and other officials before they set off to Naryan-Mar. Once there, they will be meeting more people – this time, Nenets nature reserve representatives as well as hunting groups to discuss how they can help to minimize the illegal shooting of Bewick’s swans.

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Sacha, after having a very busy couple of weeks, will then be waiting on the swans to begin their migration from the Arctic. Swans usually fly in family groups, thus Sacha will be choosing one of the first few waves to depart with, as she will be overtaken multiple times due to the nature of flying with a para-motor.

Once the flight starts – which should be between 15th-25th Sep – we will be able to provide updates on how Sacha & the team are finding using their Dejero LIVE+ GoBox, LIVE+ Broadcast Server & Miller ArrowX 5 Tripod. Eventually we’ll have some incredible videos & photos from the inspirational journey!

So the countdown begins…

 

Check out our previous blog on the topic here: Flight of the Swans Blog 1


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