Adorama is offering the Flashpoint 500 LED Video 2-Light Kit for $399. The package features two Flashpoint 500C LED dimmable lights, two Flashpoint 7.1-foot air-cushioned three-section light stands and an Adorama 30-inch Deluxe padded tripod case. The Flashpoint 500C LED Dimmable Light is a flexible tool perfect for all video and still photography needs. Designed to run on AC and battery, the 500 daylight-balanced LEDs are controlled in two groups, allowing users to fine-tune the light output to their specific needs. Photographers can further modify their lighting setup by adjusting the built-in barn doors, which enable users to spill or flag light wherever needed.
Datavideo has introduced two new prompting systems: the TP-500 and TP-600. These units will join the existing TP-300, Datavideo's original tablet-based model for medium sized camcorders, such as Panasonic's AG-HPX250 or Sony's PMW-200. All three teleprompting units are designed for use with iPad or Android tablets and Datavideo's free DV Prompter App, delivering a teleprompting solution that is cost-effective and versatile. The TP-500 is streamlined for DSLR and small handheld camcorders--ideal for webcasts, low-cost documentary makers and student productions that need instant prompting services in the field or on-set. The larger TP-600 unit is ideal for news and studio environments and assembles quickly to deliver through-the-lens prompting using shoulder-mount cameras either in the field or in the television studio.
JVC's new GY-HM600 is ideally suited to run-and-gun style video journalism, with its array of manual controls, wide selection of useful formats, extensive zoom range, and compact size. While larger camcorders with interchangeable lenses have their place, the JVC GY-HM600 comes with various quick access controls, can record in multiple formats, offers a fixed 23x zoom lens, and at a price that is affordable (under $5,000) for most video journalists.
The official launch of Oregon-based LED light manufacturer Fill-Lite will take place at the upcoming Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles on May 31, 2013. Band Pro Film & Digital has partnered with Fill-Light as a premiere North American reseller of the entire Fill-Lite line. Cinematographer, inventor and Fill-Lite president Owen Stephens, SOC created Fill-Lite as an answer to the short-comings of existing LED lighting technology.
Black Magic Design has announced at NAB a pocket-sized 1080p movie camera capable of 422 ProRes capture with promises of lossless CinemaDNG to be added via firmware. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera uses a Super 16 crop (around 12.5 x 7.4mm), of the sensor used in its existing camera, and an "active" Micro Four Thirds lens mount, giving full aperture control of native lenses. The shipping camera can capture footage in Apple's 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes format. It will $995 and be available in July.
Tascam has introduced anew audio recording solution for on-set filmmakers and videographers using DSLR cameras. Until now, filmmakers have been using bulky audio recorders designed for music, and also trying to transform the inferior audio technology built-into DSLR Cameras. The DR-60D is a 4-track solid-state recorder utilizing Tascam's decades of experience. The recorder employs high-grade pre-amps, legendary D/A converters and a durable but lightweight structure and shape. This device will fit snuggly under any camera or into any rig, and record up to 96kHz/24-bit high quality audio straight to SD/SDHC media.
Unveiling a new camcorder for video enthusiasts and advanced amateurs, Canon has announced a new flagship model--the VIXIA HF G30 camcorder. The camcorder features a 20x Canon HD video lens, MP4 recording and built-in Wi-Fi capability with dual band wireless support. It is currently scheduled to ship in June with an estimated retail price of $1,699.99. "The new VIXIA HF G30 camcorder opens up new possibilities for advanced amateurs looking to explore their creative potential with professional-level performance and wireless capabilities in a consumer camcorder," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group at Canon.
Zylight, a manufacturer of innovative LED lighting solutions, will showcase its new F8 LED Fresnel at the 2013 NAB Show next month in Las Vegas. Available in tungsten (3200K) or daylight (5600K) versions, the compact lighting instrument collapses to less than four inches thick for easy transport and storage. "When we showed our F8 concept at NAB last year, we received an overwhelmingly positive response," said Charlie Collias, senior vice president, worldwide sales. "We've taken the traditionally hot and bulky Fresnel technology and replaced it with compact LED technology. The F8 delivers all the performance of a traditional Fresnel lighting instrument in a much more portable and energy efficient design."
In the coming world of 4 and 8K video cameras, a tried and true technology — the three-sensor camera — may fall to the wayside in favor of more cost-effective single-sensor image-making tools. In the Executive HDTV Report, Tore B. Nordahl writes that three-sensor CCD and CMOS cameras are impractical and too expensive for producing ultra high-definition television. The market, he predicts, will shift to a single-sensor Bayer color filter array configuration.
Anton/Bauer, a provider of batteries, chargers lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will introduce its newest lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery, the DIONIC HD, for broadcast and digital media professionals at the 2013 NAB Show next month. Part of the company's Logic Series of batteries, the DIONIC HD powers high-current applications in a lightweight and robust package, making it ideal for digital cinema cameras such as the Sony F65, RED cameras, ARRI Alexa, the Vision Research Phantom series and more.