Ian spent some time in our NAB booth, looking at some of our new AbelCine optical accessories. The first one is the UMS Conversion Kit for Canon Cine-Servo. We removed the mount that comes on the Cine-Servo 17-120 lens, and we put a neutral mount in place of that, which is part of our UMS Conversion Kit. This allows you to quickly interchange between different mounts for different cameras, such as E-mount, Micro 4/3s, Nikon, and EF. You can adapt this lens for any camera you want to use it with while maintaining critical back focus. The next product I looked at is our new LANC Cable. This unique cable takes the switch closure many cameras use to initiate recording and translates it to a lanc connection, so any camera that uses lanc protocol to record on/off will be able to have record off capability through this cable. This is one of the many cables we are now manufacturing at AbelCine. In addition to these two AbelCine accessories, we have a number of optical adapters now on display in our NY, LA and Chicago showrooms. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.ab+ More details
Yesterday, I had the chance to visit the Sound Devices booth and talk to co-founder Jon Tatooles about the PIX-E5 4K recording monitor from their new Video Devices line. The PIX-E series is the next generation of the popular PIX-240i. The PIX-E is smaller and lighter, with more resolution and monitoring capabilities – it is also more cost effective. It features waveforms, vectorscopes and histograms – all the tools you’d expect from a pro monitor – with a 1920×1080 full raster panel, in a highly durable chassis. The PIX-E records 4K UHD or 4K DCI, as well as Apple ProRes 4444 XQ to new SpeedDrives, which are mSATA SSDs that double as USB 3.0 drives for fast offload of your media to any USB equipped computer. An optional audio interface will also be available, the PIX-LR, that allows mic and line level audio to be input and recorded on the PIX-E5 via Sound Device’s industry standard mic pre-amps. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/15/nab-2015-sound-devices-pix-e-monitors/+ More details
We recently covered the breakthrough mobility of the ALEXA Mini and we have the camera in our NAB booth this year. In the first configuration, it is fully rigged out with Arri accessories including a shoulder plate and battery plate. Although the camera is small and lightweight at 5 lbs, it can be built up for standard operation. You'll also notice that the ALEXA Mini is actually mounted upside down. You can mount the camera either way as the sensor is completely centered, making it usable for a variety of applications. Second, we mounted the ALEXA Mini on the MōVI M15 and rigged it out using lightweight options including top and bottom plates from Arri and the Misfit Atom Mattebox from Bright Tangerine. I also used the new wireless system from Freefly, the WEDGE, which is a wireless focus tool that integrates with the remote to pull focus using a variety of different motor systems. Finally, I looked at underwater and aerial applications. Gates recently announced their underwater housing for the ALEXA Mini and we have a prototype in our booth. Not only is the housing designed specifically for the ALEXA mini, it includes a monitor box that will hold the transvideo starlight monitor that monitors the camera's output as well as provide menu controls. Lastly, the Freefly ALTA, the latest drone from Freefly, is a great aerial application for the ALEXA Mini. It can hold up to 15 lbs, and a MōVI gimbal can snap on easily using their Toad in the Hole system. The gimbal can be mounted on the top or bottom and the ALTA can fly for up to 15 minutes. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/15/alexa-mini-camera-mobility-options/+ More details
Today I stopped by the Freefly booth to talk to Nick Hegge, Director of Marketing for Freefly, about the new Freefly MIMIC. The MIMIC is an intuitive remote camera controller that allows you to intuitively communicate with the MōVI and control the camera with just your fingertips. The Freefly MIMIC allows the operator to focus on the path and subject, and all you have to worry about is the framing. It is a system so intuitive and organic that operators can execute complex moving shots with precise framing after just minutes of practice, including roll. The Freefly MIMIC works with all of the MōVI systems, on the ground with the Freefly TERO, and in the sky with the brand new Freefly ALTA. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/15/nab-2015-freefly-systems-mimic/+ More details
I stopped by the Switronix booth to speak with Jose Flores, Product Specialist, about their new block battery system, Hypercine. This product is Switronix's answer to a battery system for the cinema market. It is an air travel friendly, block solution battery, giving you more power with a faster charging system. The unit allows the user to place four brick battery packs onto the device housing, creating one single unit, and offering both 14.4V and 28V power output. It has a self-sufficient charger and comes in 400, 600 and 800 watts. It features aluminum housing, providing extra protection and making it a great option for owner operators and rental houses. Watch the video above to learn more and look for the Hypercine to begin shipping in about 6 weeks. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/15/nab-2015-switronix-hypercine-batteries/+ More details
Today Ian and I spoke to Pierre Davezac, President and Founder of Exhauss, about the new Exhauss Exoskeleton, a gimbal support system designed to help take the weight off the operator and redistribute it over the core section of their body. The Exhauss holds up to 30 lbs and can be calibrated to the load of the gimbal. Watch as we demonstrate how to put on the Exoskeleton system with a MōVI M15 and ALEXA Mini. The Exhauss Exoskeleton will be shipping soon, so check back for more information on its availability. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/14/nab-2015-exhauss-exoskeleton/+ More details
Today I stopped by the Zeiss booth at NAB 2015 and talked to Richard Schleuning, National Sales Manager, about new developments in their product line. He showed me the CZ.2 15-30mm, which is now shipping. This lens is the latest addition to a family that includes the CZ.2 28-80mm and CZ.2 70-200. These lenses offer user-interchangeable lenses mounts and a removable servo controller, which will be available soon. The CZ.2’s cover a full frame sensor, making them a great fit for today’s cameras. I also looked at at the Loxia lenses, designed for large sensor, E-mount cameras, such as the Sony a7S. These de-clickable lenses are designed for still and video use. They are currently available in 35mm and 50mm focal lengths, with a wider lens expected later in the year. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/14/nab-2015-zeiss-booth-tour/+ More details
We recently covered Canon’s big pre-NAB announcement of the C300 Mark II, and today at the show I was able to stop by their booth for a closer look. This impressive camera has several great, new features as well as an ergonomic design. In order to record 4K internally, Canon is introducing a new XF-AVC codec, which can record 4K up to 30 fps, and a special 2K crop mode allows up to 120 fps. The camera also features a dual pixel autofocus, covering up to 80% of the viewable image area with an adjustable focus box. Additionally, the newly announced Canon Log 2 allows you to get up to 15 stops of dynamic range. Watch the video above to learn more about the C300 Mark II and all of its features. If you want to see the full post, visit our blog: http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/04/14/nab-2015-canon-c300-mark-ii/+ More details
Yes, more daffodils and the garden devastated by prolonged winter storms form the backdrop to this series of short test shots on the Sony FS7. I'm about to shoot a six part series for broadcast in Scotland over the next six months and a nice look straight from the camera is required. I downloaded some scene files from Abel Cine http://blog.abelcine.com/2015/02/12/new-sony-fs7-scene-files-from-abelcine/ I quite like the AB-HIGHTSAT settings. These shots are using that scene file straight from the camera, no grading or colour correction has been used. A few notes on the conditions. I was keen to try out the Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8 L MKII lens on the Speedbooster ULTRA adaptor and the day was very gloomy with misty drizzling rain. I wanted to see how the colours and contrast looked in such flat miserable conditions. The shots are quite random and I wanted a lot of subject detail with edges to see how natural they can look on the recordings. I chose lots bare bushes and the post winter remnants of the devastated garden with the newly emerging Spring daffodils. The image looks quite representative of the real scene and the saturation is slightly stronger than reality but not too much. I really need to do some people shots soon!+ More details
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