A first look at the new Sony FDR-AX100 4K Handycam®. Christina from the Sony Digital…
PMG MultiRotors, from Cinegear LA 2014.
Once again this year, CineGear LA 2014 proved to be a big hit. Right outside the main entrance, I ran into the baddest multi rotor ‘copter I have ever seen. No, make that THREE of them, ranging in lift capacity from 100 lbs to an incredible 200 lb lifting monster with fifteen inch props. Yep, you read that right. A multi rotor that could lift ME AND MY CAMERA! The company doing all this marvelous technology? www.pmgmultirotors.com I didn’t get a chance to hear these bad boys fired up and lifting, but I did get a chance to discuss what they offer with Connor Weiss, one of the more knowledgable sales people I met all day. Thank you Connor for spending the time letting our readers in on your great products!
CineGear was again held at:
The Studios at Paramount
Hollywood, CA 90038
(No Entrance at the Front Gate on Melrose)
The original Litepanels 1×1 panel is the mainstay of many news camera operator’s lighting kits, but let’s face facts, the total light output was not all that much. You see them all over the world being used to light interviews and stand ups. In many of these setups you find multiple lights used to boost overall lighting, as no higher output was available. Times have now changed. Now Litepanels have introduced a brand new Astra 1×1 that is up to four times brighter than the original and has high CRI (color rendering index). Four times brighter, portable battery power able, AND a high color index? The holy grail of lighting!
One main difference to the original is that the power supply and battery mount no longer mount directly to the rear of the unit – instead they are on a yoke bar underneath the panel. This makes the panel taller than before and it will be interesting to see the the reaction of shooters and gaffers. I think the added stability and light output from this improved design will be well received. I know I’d sure be more interested in testing these new units myself than I was in using the earlier Litepanels model.
B+H is listing the Astra 1×1 at $1350 US, you can find out more on the Litepanels website.
Still on the subject of lighting, I ran across the
Varibeam Cool Film 5350°K—5600°K (+/-250°K) CRI 81 by Ianiro.
I had not seen these Italian made lights before, though it appears after researching the subject that this company has a long history of providing some excellent lighting products for the movie making industry at remarkably low prices. These lights have a surprising amount of power, and a remarkable ability to throw the light a long way. While I was impressed with the power for an LED, the low CRI made me think this light would not be that good for stills and video, or a hybrid storytellers bag of tools. I was wrong, as the following photo shows. The light quality of these is excellent! Why? I have no idea. Most other LED based lights with a CRI this low are awful. This one is pretty, and the color temp I have set in Lightroom when I rendered this from the RAW was 3900 degrees.
- ultra-compact design and rugged construction
- custom designed heatsink
- yoke with universal 16mm – 5/8” spigot
- onboard dimmer without color temperature variation
- possible to control dimmer and remote dmx
with Workaround module
- uniform and optimized focus by the mirror
- no shadow fragmentation
- selection and arrangement of the leds on customized
PCBs for high rendering index and colorimetric stability
- 99.99% extra pure German aluminum mirror (high reflection)
polishing calibrated for the leds with lightly-hammered mirror
for uniformity of the treatment on every item and over time.
More info on the Ianiro website here.
PMG wasn’t the only company showing off aerial camera platforms by any means. Here is the Aerigon RED Camera platform from Intuitive Aerial.
You have to love 4k cameras that feature wooden handgrips and leather covered shoulder pads. CION™ is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Unite production and post by shooting directly to edit-ready Apple ProRes 4444 at up to 4K 30fps, ProRes 422 at up to 4K 60fps, or output AJA Raw at up to 4K 120fps. For only $8,995, this puppy will hit far above its weight and cost! More information available here on the new CION™.
As always, Van Nguyen and El Dean Naude were quite helpful showing everyone the latest gear from Sony, including the incredible new A7S due for release possibly as early as next week! Thanks guys, my readers and I appreciate all your help.
I’ve written before on the fabulous low light recording ability of the Sony A7S, but I never get tired of seeing it shoot video footage in total darkness! Here’s another recent test. This camera is truly going to become a game changer.
And finally, to round down towards the finish of our coverage of CineGear 2014, from the “Yes Martha, it certainly is Hollywood” collection comes the ultimate gimbal stabilization device. This puppy will fly about any camera you care to- attached to a FULL SIZE helicopter. Talk about an “eye in the sky.”
Remind you of Robo Cop? It sure did me!
And finally, what Hollywood high tech show would be complete without the appearance of Darth Vader? Or in this case his cousin, DARTH VIDEOGRAPHER!
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