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  1. Hey guys. Check out this nice article about this full frame lens phenomenon we're seeing in 2017. If anyone was at NAB or followed it, you know how big full frame lenses have become this year. We sat down with Matt Duclos of Duclos Lenses and Mark LaFleur of Old Fast Glass to discuss what this means and where we're heading in cinema. http://blog.sharegrid.com/blog/why-full-frame-lenses-expose-the-future-of-cinema-cameras
  2. Award-Winning Technology Built by DigitalFilm Tree Experts NAB BOOTH: SL9016 (AWS) LOS ANGELES - Critique 4, developed by the people who brought you DigitalFilm Tree, will be unveiled at the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 18-21. This new version of the popular cloud-collaboration software will be showcased at the Amazon Web Services (AWS) booth (SL9016). Critique 4 is already utilized by award-winning productions such as Modern Family, The Simpsons and NCIS: Los Angeles, among others. "Critique has undergone a significant upgrade and offers many new features and security controls to take clients to the next level," says Critique CTO Chris Chen. "It is also the first time we have deployed the platform on AWS." Technologically advanced, Critique 4 is a secure digital media asset management (MAM) platform with extensive features to support creative processes and production workflow for both the media and entertainment space as well as enterprise. Built to be extremely easy to use, Critique facilitates collaboration through real-time chat, live annotations, and secure sharing over the internet to deliver productions on time and on budget. Real-time chat and drawing annotations are viewable across the Web and iOS - they even work with the new Apple Pencil for iPad Pro. Designed to improve workflow, the software facilitates every step from protected dailies screening to VFX workflows to post-production to distribution while capitalizing on enterprise-level security to protect valuable assets. Critique 4 was born of the minds of its executive team: Guillaume Aubuchon, a veteran in the production space having worked on such projects such as Her, NCIS:LA and Angie Tribeca, and Chris Chen, a heavyweight in production streaming space and the former CTO of DAX. With its ability to leverage DigitalFilm Tree's post-production facility, Critique is built to ensure it works in real-world media environments. Critique's new relationship with AWS is key to version 4. "AWS is not only the largest cloud provider, but they are the cloud provider of choice in the M&E space," says Aubuchon, CIO of Critique. "Our infrastructure shift to AWS afforded us the ability to architect the software to leverage the range of services in the AWS cloud platform. It allowed us to build Critique 4 from scratch in a matter of mere months." One of the new exciting features of Critique 4 is its ability to index Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to allow companies to manage their own content inside of Critique's award-winning interface. It also offers high-performance cloud MAM for simultaneous video and document management: Users can collaborate with Critique's review, approval and annotation workflows not only for video but also for production documents including scripts, graphics and still images. "Digital Rights Management (DRM) protection is rarely used, if at all, for unreleased content, which is arguably where it is needed the most," notes Chen. "Critique was designed to leverage DRM invisibly throughout its video distribution system on desktop, web, and mobile environments. This allows Critique to break through the legacy walled-garden approach, allowing a new level of flexibility in collaboration while maintaining security. But we do it in such a way where the users don't even know it's there." The ability to share assets in this way expands its mobility and Critique is available via web, phones, tablets and Apple TV. The video service is backed by a true CDN running multi bit-rate video to prevent glitches on any platform. "Users can take advantage of Critique anywhere - in their office, living room, the subway, or even a plane," explains Chen. "And it will be true to the original media. "One of the challenges of working offline is that people don't want to wait for content to download on their device before they leave," notes Chen. "They need to be able to grab and go. With Critique's new Sync feature, a push-based system that downloads selected content to your device while you are in the office or at home. It is ready to go when you are. For executives, there is an admin mode which permits assistants to specify content to push to an executive's device." Other highlights of Critique 4 include: Storage, archiving and management of Raw material Automatic transcoding of Raw material into a proxy format for viewing Granular permissions on files, folders, and projects Easy-to-manage sharing functions for users outside the system with the ability to time-limit and revoke/extend individual permissions Customizable watermarking on videos While Critique was born in the creative and operations side of the media and entertainment market, it is extending to enterprise, small to medium-size businesses, publishing, education and government/military sectors. "The diligence and demands of working with studios, and our ability succeed in that high-demand, high-output environment, has road tested our video and document management and our enterprise-level security, making Critique a perfect fit for new tiers of users," says Chen. This latest version of Critique is available now for a free 30-day trial (AWS usage fees apply). Pricing is extremely competitive with 10, 20, 50 and 100 user levels starting as low as $39 per user. Enterprise level contracts are available for larger projects and companies with multiple projects. The fee includes unlimited streaming of current content and 24/7 white-glove tech support. AppleTV, Apple iPad and iPhone apps are also included. For a nominal fee, users can add DRM, high-resolution cloud transcode and storage for camera raw and mezzanine files. For more information on Critique, visit www.critiquecloud.com, or follow us on Twitter.
  3. Hey Everyone! This is my first post! I am so stoked to be a part of this community. I just moved in to a sweet new abode with my lady here in LA, and have been enjoying the weather as I just came from a stint in Jackson Hole, Wyoming working on a snowboarding feature called The Fourth Phase. I will be at NAB the 19-21st and would love to meet up with some people! Below is a link to the trailer for the film. Let me know what you guys think! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9qWa0Yn6bo Cheers, Seth
  4. LOS ANGELES (April 13, 2016) - The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will put James Neihouse, ASC in the spotlight to discuss his experience making the IMAX film A Beautiful Planet. The panel, moderated by journalist David Heuring, is part of the Creative Master Series at The National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas. It will be held on Monday, April 18 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in room S220 at the convention center. Neihouse will reveal his multi-year preparations and last-minute adaptations for this IMAX-NASA collaboration, which will be released exclusively in IMAX and IMAX 3D theaters beginning April 29. Narrated by Academy Award®-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence and directed by Toni Myers, A Beautiful Planet is a breathtaking portrait of Earth from space, providing a unique perspective and increased understanding of the planet and galaxy as never seen before. Made in cooperation with NASA, the film features stunning footage of Earth - and the effects humanity has had on it over time - captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS). A veteran of large-format films, Neihouse has trained a number of astronauts to shoot in space, including those involved in the unforgettable Hubble 3D in 2010. On A Beautiful Planet, Neihouse was again responsible for choosing all the equipment and preparing the astronauts to photograph Earth's natural beauty and the electric intensity of human expansion. As part of the discussion, Neihouse will divulge his thought process from conception to execution, including his earthbound adaptations when the shuttle originally slated to bring the images home became inoperable. Neihouse worked on his first IMAX film, directed by Graeme Ferguson, one of the co-founders of IMAX, soon after graduating from the Brooks Institute of Photography. That project, Ocean, was the first underwater film made in the format. Since that time Neihouse has gone on to work on 30-plus IMAX and other large-format films. Neihouse's first credit as director of photography was on The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, the first IMAX film to be nominated for an Academy Award®. Neihouse has contributed to some of the most successful giant-screen films. His credits include The Dream Is Alive, Space Station 3D, HUBBLE 3D, and Ocean Oasis, to name a few. His work has garnered many awards and accolades, including two Giant Screen Cinema Association Achievement Awards for Best Cinematography, and a Kodak Vision Award. He is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, cinematographers branch, and became a member of the ASC last year. For more information, visit www.theasc.com, or www.nabshow.com.
  5. Peter Daffarn

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    Hi Everyone, If anyone is planning to attend NAB in Las Vegas next week and is looking for new lighting instruments then please do visit Photon Beard in Central Hall C7650. We will be launching our new LED soft light for use in studios. I have attached a picture of the large light which is a 360W (8 tube fluorescent equivalent). The range starts at 90W and goes to 180W, 270W and 360W. All units come with 5 year warranty on light output and quality. We will also have our LED Redhead, mains or battery powered and the very powerful Platinum Blonde 1200W HMI. I don't want to fill this post with sales blurb so if you need more info please email me or visit www.photonbeard.com Thanks Peter
  6. Next Generation ASTRA 1x1 Series Also Expands with New Models CHATSWORTH, Calif., (April 9, 2015 )--Litepanels® , a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has announced the launch of several new additions to their highly acclaimed ASTRA line of LED panels. The expanded lineup now includes the ASTRA 1x1 EP series, the ASTRA 1x1 E series, and two additional models in the ASTRA 1x1 series, which debuted last year. Building on the legacy of the company's original, trailblazing 1x1 fixture, the ASTRAs set a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels. ASTRA 1x1 EP Series: Ideally suited for independent and field production, the ASTRA 1x1 EP panels offer a light output that is two times brighter than the company's legacy 1x1 fixture. Featuring the Litepanels tradition of a one square foot form factor, the LED panels offer high CRI (Color Rendering Index). The new ASTRA 1x1 EP series includes both Daylight and tunable Bi-Color models. ASTRA 1x1 E Series: The ASTRA 1x1 E series offers entry-level access to Litepanels' state-of-the-art LED panels. Every design element has been meticulously crafted to deliver the form and function needed for the independent content creator. The new ASTRA 1x1 E series also includes Daylight and tunable Bi-Color models, and offers a light output that is comparable to earlier LED panels. With high CRI and a traditional form factor, the new series provides efficiency and versatility at an affordable price point. ASTRA 1x1 Series: To better complement studio operations, the ASTRA 1x1 series has been expanded to include ASTRA 1x1 Daylight and ASTRA 1x1 Tungsten fixtures. Joining the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel, these fixtures offer a light output that is four times brighter than Litepanels' original 1x1. For studio installations, a full lineup of accessories is available. In addition to studio use, the intensity levels in these battery-powered fixtures make the ASTRA 1x1s ideal for location shooting, especially in direct sunlight. "The response the filmmaking community had to the launch of the ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel last year exceeded our expectations," said Alan Ipakchian, product marketing manager for Litepanels. "The time, effort, research and development put into the ASTRA has produced a panel that once again revolutionizes the use of LED fixtures for the creation of professional content. We've created expansions to the line that offer a variety of intensity levels and price points, making the ASTRA available to everyone. Whatever your requirement, Litepanels has the perfect fixture to fit your needs and budget. And with the modular approach we've taken, your gear, accessories and lighting style can grow with you." All of the ASTRA panels are designed with select premium quality surface mount LEDs that are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. Both the new 1x1 EP and 1x1 E series offer a Bi-Color fixture, allowing users to adjust color from daylight to tungsten as needed. An internal microprocessor monitors the temperature and delivers smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero with no noticeable color shift, as well as ensuring a completely flicker-free performance at any frame rate or shutter angle. "At Litepanels, we're always striving to deliver for filmmakers," noted Ipakchian. "With the introduction of the new ASTRAs, Litepanels is bringing the most advanced LED technology available to content creators in all segments of the industry. Once people get their hands on these panels - which are sturdy, high-output fixtures packaged in a lightweight, flexible form factor - they're not going to want to light without them." The new ASTRA series employ a modern, modular design. The manual controls are ergonomically designed to allow for ease of use in the field, ensuring easy identification and manipulation of dimming controls, color controls, and power status. The panels are all produced with aluminum I-beam core construction to provide maximum durability and superior thermal management, and also feature strong, integrated aluminum accessory mounting points and lens/filter rails. All ASTRA fixtures offer an extensive list of features, including a curved yoke design with a wide tilt range, dual integrated cable guides, and a combination yoke mounted power supply with a 3-pin XLR locking power connector and optional Gold Mount® or V-Mount battery plates. The yoke also features a removable TVMP connector and additional 1/4-20 mounting points. The ASTRA 1x1, ASTRA 1x1 EP and ASTRA 1x1 E series have taken the place of Litepanels' original 1x1 panels, introduced almost a decade ago, and are now available worldwide. The ASTRA family of products was specifically crafted to meet the needs and price points of users in every sector of the market. The ASTRA EP series starts at $900 (£558), while the ASTRA 1x1 E Daylight is available at the low list price of $665 (£412). The ASTRA 1x1 Bi-Color panel has a list price of $1,500 (£930). For more detailed sales information, please visit http://store.litepanels.com/. More information on Litepanels can be found at www.litepanels.com or follow us on Facebook.
  7. Lightweight Kit Featuring New LED Fresnels Delivers for Mobile Users CHATSWORTH, Calif. (April 8, 2015) - Litepanels®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of LED lighting for the broadcast and production industries, has announced the debut of its new Caliber 3-Light KitTM. Ideal for webcasting, blogging and professional content creation the Caliber 3-Light Kit is designed specifically to provide the portable, out-of-the-box lighting solution that today's professional videographers require. The latest addition to Litepanels' award-winning line of LED Fresnels, the Caliber is a true Fresnel fixture with wide focus range that can be powered via AC or with AA batteries. The daylight-balanced LED offers the controllability and light-shaping properties inherent in a Fresnel light at a fraction of the power draw of conventional fixtures. Flicker-free at any frame rate or shutter angle, the Caliber Fresnel offers ultra-smooth dimming from 100 percent to zero, with no noticeable color shift throughout the entire range. With professional accessories like a color frame, correction filters and a 4-way barndoor, the LED Caliber brings the functionality of large Fresnels into a small size factor. The dimmable light provides a 1/4-20 post for direct mounting using common hardware. The fixture's compact size, high intensity output and portability make the Caliber 3-Light Kit a valuable production tool in the field. Litepanels' compact Caliber 3-Light Kit has been carefully crafted to enable ease of travel and a fast setup. Weighing in at less than 13 pounds (six kilograms), each kit contains three Caliber fixtures and AC Adapters with international plug sets. Also included are three multi-jointed flexible tripods, allowing the lights to be fixed in a number of positions, and a compact stand with stand adapter, offering additional placement options. The Caliber 3-Light Kit's contents are all packaged in a fully customizable soft case, with additional storage space provided for batteries, camera lenses and other items. Cinematographer Lan Bui recently served as a beta tester for the new Caliber Kit. "I'm often stuck in very hard situations with limited power choices, so having a standardized battery power option built right into the lights is a key feature for me," noted Bui. "Being able to set up the lights anywhere without running cables or worrying about location power is an incredible convenience. Using only the AA batteries, I'm able to use the lights to compliment the shot I'm composing." Bui added, "The Caliber lights have a surprisingly bright output for their size and power sources. The quality of light, coupled with the ability to focus the light down and use the provided barndoors, makes these fixtures a 'must have' on any travel or run-and-gun location shoot. I don't see how I'll ever go out on a shoot without the Caliber Kit again. " Caliber 3-Light Kit includes: Three Caliber Fresnels Fixtures (Beam Angle: 15° to 73°) Three Multi-Jointed Flexible Tripods Three Gel Sets and Color Frames Three 4-Way Barndoors One Compact Light Stand One Stand Adapter with Ball Head Three International Power Supplies One Soft Case with Customizable Interior Compartments "The Caliber is a game changer for professional shooters," said Alan Ipakchian, product marketing manager for Litepanels. "Our customers in this space have been requesting a Fresnel kit with high-production value at an affordable price, and the Caliber delivers for them. It's a true Fresnel fixture that produces soft, directional illumination, yet has a very low power draw. Its light weight means that it can run anywhere light is needed. We've also packaged it in a completely functional kit that is designed with an eye to future expandability." The new Litepanels kit delivers a portable, flexible and accessibly priced solution for content creators on the go. The Caliber 3-Light Kit is listed at $995 (£617) and is a great, low-cost investment for any professional looking to work more efficiently. For more detailed sales information, please visit http://store.litepanels.com/. More information on Litepanels can be found at www.litepanels.com or follow us on Facebook.
  8. Jill Wilk

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Academy Award nominee and “American Sniper” cinematographer Tom Stern will appear in a conversation at NAB Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. The session, “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation With Tom Stern” is the Keynote Presentation of the Creative Master Series (CMS) and is produced in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Local 600. It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. This one-on-one conversation will explore the career of Oscar nominee Tom Stern, whose close association with Clint Eastwood has yielded such critically acclaimed hits as “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Flags of Our Fathers.” Attendees will learn about Stern’s history as a gaffer, his on-set creative process, his insights into working with crews worldwide, and his experiences using digital capture to visualize 2014’s highest grossing film, “American Sniper.” Stern joins Creative Master Series participants Robert Yeoman, ASC, (Oscar nominee and cinematographer of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); Sandra Adair (editor of and Oscar nominee for “Boyhood”); animators and VFX artists of the smash hit video game “Destiny;” and music and SFX craftspeople from various projects including “Gone Girl” and the “Call of Duty” franchise, who will appear as part of a session discussing music selection and production. “Tom Stern is a consummate craftsman, one who has built an incredible body of work over the course of his career, from “Flags of our Fathers” to “The Hunger Games,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “His vast base of knowledge will be of enormous value to our attendees, and I join our partners at ICG in welcoming Mr. Stern to the lineup at the 2015 NAB Show.” The Creative Master Series at NAB Show celebrates the craftsmanship of content creation and attracts cinematographers, film and VFX editors, production management for film, TV and online, content creators, content owners, programmers, and aggregators. The 3-day CMS program provides an insiders’ perspective from directors, show runners, creative crew, studio and network production executives as they share their insights on award-winning television and film projects, as well as commercials, gaming properties, and live event productions. Additional conference partners for the Creative Master Series include American Cinema Editors (ACE), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), New York Festivals, Production Music Association (PMA), and the Visual Effects Society (VES). “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation with Tom Stern, ASC, AFC” will take place Tuesday, April 14, 1:45-2:45 p.m. in South Hall Room 220 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To attend this and other sessions, view registration packages. Tweet this: #AmericanSniper cinematographer Tom Stern joins @NABShow lineup as part of Creative Master Series, April 14: http://ctt.ec/9vc3f+ About NAB Show NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com. About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
  9. Jill Wilk

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Academy Award nominee and “American Sniper” cinematographer Tom Stern will appear in a conversation at NAB Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. The session, “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation With Tom Stern” is the Keynote Presentation of the Creative Master Series (CMS) and is produced in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Local 600. It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. This one-on-one conversation will explore the career of Oscar nominee Tom Stern, whose close association with Clint Eastwood has yielded such critically acclaimed hits as “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Flags of Our Fathers.” Attendees will learn about Stern’s history as a gaffer, his on-set creative process, his insights into working with crews worldwide, and his experiences using digital capture to visualize 2014’s highest grossing film, “American Sniper.” Stern joins Creative Master Series participants Robert Yeoman, ASC, (Oscar nominee and cinematographer of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); Sandra Adair (editor of and Oscar nominee for “Boyhood”); animators and VFX artists of the smash hit video game “Destiny;” and music and SFX craftspeople from various projects including “Gone Girl” and the “Call of Duty” franchise, who will appear as part of a session discussing music selection and production. “Tom Stern is a consummate craftsman, one who has built an incredible body of work over the course of his career, from “Flags of our Fathers” to “The Hunger Games,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “His vast base of knowledge will be of enormous value to our attendees, and I join our partners at ICG in welcoming Mr. Stern to the lineup at the 2015 NAB Show.” The Creative Master Series at NAB Show celebrates the craftsmanship of content creation and attracts cinematographers, film and VFX editors, production management for film, TV and online, content creators, content owners, programmers, and aggregators. The 3-day CMS program provides an insiders’ perspective from directors, show runners, creative crew, studio and network production executives as they share their insights on award-winning television and film projects, as well as commercials, gaming properties, and live event productions. Additional conference partners for the Creative Master Series include American Cinema Editors (ACE), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), New York Festivals, Production Music Association (PMA), and the Visual Effects Society (VES). “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation with Tom Stern, ASC, AFC” will take place Tuesday, April 14, 1:45-2:45 p.m. in South Hall Room 220 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To attend this and other sessions, view registration packages. Tweet this: #AmericanSniper cinematographer Tom Stern joins @NABShow lineup as part of Creative Master Series, April 14: http://ctt.ec/9vc3f+ About NAB Show NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com. About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
  10. Jill Wilk

    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Academy Award nominee and “American Sniper” cinematographer Tom Stern will appear in a conversation at NAB Show, which takes place in Las Vegas in April. The session, “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation With Tom Stern” is the Keynote Presentation of the Creative Master Series (CMS) and is produced in partnership with the International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) Local 600. It is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. This one-on-one conversation will explore the career of Oscar nominee Tom Stern, whose close association with Clint Eastwood has yielded such critically acclaimed hits as “Mystic River,” “Million Dollar Baby” and “Flags of Our Fathers.” Attendees will learn about Stern’s history as a gaffer, his on-set creative process, his insights into working with crews worldwide, and his experiences using digital capture to visualize 2014’s highest grossing film, “American Sniper.” Stern joins Creative Master Series participants Robert Yeoman, ASC, (Oscar nominee and cinematographer of “The Grand Budapest Hotel”); Sandra Adair (editor of and Oscar nominee for “Boyhood”); animators and VFX artists of the smash hit video game “Destiny;” and music and SFX craftspeople from various projects including “Gone Girl” and the “Call of Duty” franchise, who will appear as part of a session discussing music selection and production. “Tom Stern is a consummate craftsman, one who has built an incredible body of work over the course of his career, from “Flags of our Fathers” to “The Hunger Games,” said Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president, Conventions and Business Operations. “His vast base of knowledge will be of enormous value to our attendees, and I join our partners at ICG in welcoming Mr. Stern to the lineup at the 2015 NAB Show.” The Creative Master Series at NAB Show celebrates the craftsmanship of content creation and attracts cinematographers, film and VFX editors, production management for film, TV and online, content creators, content owners, programmers, and aggregators. The 3-day CMS program provides an insiders’ perspective from directors, show runners, creative crew, studio and network production executives as they share their insights on award-winning television and film projects, as well as commercials, gaming properties, and live event productions. Additional conference partners for the Creative Master Series include American Cinema Editors (ACE), American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE), New York Festivals, Production Music Association (PMA), and the Visual Effects Society (VES). “Heroes, Legends and ‘American Sniper’: A Conversation with Tom Stern, ASC, AFC” will take place Tuesday, April 14, 1:45-2:45 p.m. in South Hall Room 220 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. To attend this and other sessions, view registration packages. Tweet this: #AmericanSniper cinematographer Tom Stern joins @NABShow lineup as part of Creative Master Series, April 14: http://ctt.ec/9vc3f+ About NAB Show NAB Show, held April 11-16, 2015 in Las Vegas, is the world's largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With more than 98,000 attendees from 150 countries and 1,600+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways. For complete details, visit www.nabshow.com. About NAB The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.
  11. NAB 2015, Booth #C6025 Advanced Battery Safety Technology and Asset Tracking for the Digital Age Added to Latest Releases of Revolutionary Series SHELTON, CT (March 25, 2015) - Anton/Bauer®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, will be showcasing important new additions to its Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2015. Anton/Bauer's ground-breaking Digital Battery Series, first introduced at NAB 2014, redefines the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment, while the Performance Charger Series exceeds the high-efficiency standards required by today's rigorous shooting schedules. Anton/Bauer's latest innovations in battery safety technology and cloud-based asset tracking will be demonstrated at their exhibit (booth #C6025) at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, which runs April 13-16. With production safety at the forefront of the industry's agenda, Anton/Bauer has updated its Digital Battery Series with Fuse Link technology, a new connection technology that vendors developed as a result of Tesla Motors' research efforts. Fuse Link technology provides an added protection circuit within each cell pack, prohibiting damage to adjoining cells if a single cell is affected for any reason by severe impact, puncture or thermal runaway. "The safety of our users is the top priority at Anton/Bauer," says Neal Laneville, Product Manager of Mobile Power for the company. "Our Lithium-Ion Digital Batteries are the safest on the market, and they've undergone a rigorous process of research, design and testing to achieve it. We felt the developments in Fuse Link technology were significant enough to include in our design. If there's any incident with one of the cells, Fuse Link reacts like a giant fuse, isolating that single cell from the rest of the pack. We constantly strive to incorporate the latest technology into our batteries so our customers can handle them without any concern for their own safety or that of their team." Anton/Bauer will also be previewing their new Asset Management System (AMS) at NAB 2015. Heralding a new era of digital asset tracking, the cloud-based AMS is a game changer in the area of fleet management. "The cumbersome tasks associated with battery fleet management will soon be a thing of the past," notes Laneville. "Rental houses, broadcast studios, and news affiliates will be able to track the status of their batteries right from their computers." With Anton/Bauer's AMS, an asset's essential information, including remaining run-time, temperature, voltage, and present capacity, will be just a click away. When an Anton/Bauer battery is placed on a Wi-Fi enabled Performance Charger, the AMS will automatically upload its information to a secure, cloud-based server. All pertinent data required for tracking and performance analysis will be available with a simple user log-in and password. "We're looking forward to demonstrating the important features we've added to our Digital Battery and Performance Charger series at NAB," concludes Laneville. "Safety is obviously of the utmost concern, and increased efficiencies are vital to our customers. There are huge developments continuing in Lithium-Ion technology, and we're looking forward to delivering all of those benefits to our customers." The Digital Battery Series includes three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh, and 190 Wh), all with Anton/Bauer's high-quality cells that deliver a long performance life. The Digital Battery and Performance Charger Series are now available in both Anton/Bauer's signature Gold Mount® and in V-Mount. Anton/Bauer's Asset Management System will be available to the marketplace as a tier-based subscription in the third quarter of 2015. For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.
  12. Eching, Germany - Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, launches the SPEEDLEVEL Clamp - an innovative new bowl clamp that is the perfect accessory for Sachtler's renowned range of 100mm heads. As an industry leader, Sachtler offers premium quality camera support and the unique SPEEDLEVEL Clamp incorporates the company's SPEEDLEVEL technology, making leveling the head faster and more convenient. The innovative product is ideal for those broadcast applications where there is a need to frequently level the head when changing location. The new SPEEDLEVEL Clamp is the ultimate partner for Sachtler's 100mm range fluid head, enhancing the functionality and performance and making the leveling process even simpler and quicker. "Leveling a head on the move is no longer a time consuming task, as the new SPEEDLEVEL Clamp allows operators to get the most out of their fluid heads, and will significantly reduce the set up time," says Barbara Jaumann, product manager, Sachtler. "Like all of our products, it is built for fast use to allow camera operators to focus on capturing the moment. "There is nothing else like this on the market, it is a completely new design, and we're anticipating a high demand from all users of Sachtler 100mm heads," she adds. The new SPEEDLEVEL Clamp will make its debut to the industry at this year's NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas on stand C6025. Visitors will be able to see the product for themselves alongside the exciting launch of Sachtler's brand new Ace Accessories range. # About Sachtler Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of premium camera support systems, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast, documentary, film and pro-video applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Sachtler, visit www.sachtler.com. About Vitec Videocom Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business. Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide. Vitec Videocom - innovative products around the camera. Media Contact: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Stacey Humphrey stacey@ignite.bz (Editor's Note: For images, please visit the Sachtler folder on the Vitec Videocom/NAB 2014 FTP site: https://app.box.com/s/ppp1exkc9030noiwgfc9)
  13. Anton/Bauer NAB Booth #C6025 Innovative Battery and Charger Lines are Designed to Power the Digital Age Anton/Bauer®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, will unveil its Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014. Redefining the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment, Anton/Bauer's revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the professional broadcast, cinema and new media sectors. The Performance Charger Series utilizes new technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by today's rigorous shooting schedules. Anton/Bauer will showcase these ground-breaking innovations at their exhibit (booth #C6025) at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, which runs April 7-10. As cameras and technology have evolved, so have their power use profiles. The new Digital Battery Series meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. Delivered with a modern, ergonomic, mold-breaking design, the battery contains a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, eliminating the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. The series will include three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh, and 190 Wh), all with Anton/Bauer's signature Gold Mount connector and balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long performance life. The Digital Battery Series utilizes constant calibration to deliver a truly accurate power status and features a new, easy to read fuel gauge. When the battery is attached to a load, such as a camera or a light, it will conveniently report the remaining run-time in hours and minutes, allowing the user to effortlessly track usage. If the load varies, the run-time will update accordingly. When the battery is not attached to a load, it reflects the state of the battery charge as a percentage of capacity. The innovative Performance Charger Series supports the Digital Battery Series and features a new, efficient charging algorithm for multi-chemistry, simultaneous charging. The new algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. Software constantly monitors the charging process and discharge curves to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete. The stylish design and LCD touch screen reflect a truly 21st century system. The ergonomic chargers are easy to carry, and the batteries are easily removed from the charger, enabling smooth operation in the field. The Performance Charger series automatically detects which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. The new charger series also has a regulated XLR output to power a camera. "This is the most exciting thing that's happened to batteries for our industry in over 30 years," says Graham Sharp, Senior Vice President of Products for Vitec Videocom. "We're very pleased to be debuting battery and charger systems at NAB that were truly conceived to power the digital age. The Digital Battery Series is uniquely optimized for today's cameras, as well as all of the auxiliary equipment now being powered around a camera, and the Performance Charger series is both the 'greenest' and most efficient charger on the market. At Anton/Bauer, we pride ourselves on not only delivering the highest levels of quality and performance, but of safety as well. These batteries were extensively tested to meet the most demanding conditions and are specially engineered to encompass numerous safety features." Anton/Bauer's Lithium-Ion Digital Batteries are the safest on the market. From an electrical viewpoint, the batteries contain sensors that consistently check temperature and current, shutting the battery off if any rise in temperature or increase in current is detected. From a physical perspective, the batteries are designed to ensure that every cell in a pack stands alone, with 2 millimeters of space in between and air circulation corridors to prevent overheating. This is achieved with a unique, plastic honeycomb that creates an individual housing for each cell. With a high-impact resistant plastic molding, a double skin, and no danger of cells touching each other, thermal transfer is minimized should a battery be dropped or crushed in any way. The high performance, competitively priced Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series will be available to the marketplace in the second quarter of 2014. For more information, visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.
  14. Eching, Germany (March 19, 2014) - Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has redeveloped its Ace L fluid head to make it compatible with all types of sliders. The Ace L 75mm tripod head can now be conveniently converted to a flat base, through the removal of a bottom screw, and mounted on a range of sliders. The Ace L is extremely versatile with a payload range of up to 6 kilograms and can be used with three different carbon fibre tripods - the floor spreader, mid-level spreader or telescopic tripod system. The slider functionality was incorporated into the Ace L fluid head based on customer feedback. "The Ace L is a popular product and is particularly well suited to use with DSLR cameras. By adding the slider capability, our customers are now receiving a more efficient product with added versatility and functionality," says Barbara Jaumann, product manager, Sachtler. By now being compatible with sliders, the Ace L allows camera operators to pan easily and accurately during filming without having to switch between fluid heads for different settings. The premium quality Ace L features the seven-step counter balance, patented SAdrag, and illuminated level indicator, and ensures precise and smooth camera operation. All Ace L headers from 2014 onwards will feature this slider compatibility. The Ace L's new capability will be showcased at this year's NAB show in Las Vegas in April at booth #C6025. About Sachtler Sachtler, founded in 1958 by cameraman Wendelin Sachtler, is a worldwide market leader for professional camera support systems for cinematography and television production, its name a symbol of top quality and reliability for decades. With an extensive range of premium camera support systems, Sachtler is the highly qualified partner for broadcast, documentary, film and pro-video applications. Since 2000 Sachtler has been offering the artemis modular camera stabilizer system. With its numerous workshops and training sessions, the Wendelin Sachtler Academy has become a top address worldwide for invaluable know-how and the exchange of information, creating the ideal international platform for creative talents. Along with other leading brands in the broadcast and professional videographer industry, Sachtler is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company. For more information on Sachtler, visit www.sachtler.com. About Vitec Videocom Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business. Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide. Vitec Videocom - innovative products around the camera. Media Contacts: ignite strategic communications 818.980.3473 Lisa Muldowney, lisa@ignite.bz Jared Gay, jared@ignite.bz
  15. Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec group company, has released the next upgrade to its renowned FSB product line with its brand new ENG 75/2 D HD tripod. This high-quality tripod for ENG professionals is the latest design from Sachtler, who has been the partner of choice for camera operators for more than 50 years. Supporting a very wide payload range up to 35kg/77.2lbs, the ENG 75/2 D HD guarantees precise camera operation. The 75 mm bowl tripod offers operators the most robust and durable option providing the ease of use and quick set up vital for all ENG applications. The new aluminum tripod weighs just 3.1 kg/6.8 lbs, optional as ground and mid spreader versions, and incorporates premium Sachtler features such as easy and accessible controls and the high torsional stiffness required to deliver the ultimate professional performance for broadcasters. The tripod is the ideal companion for Sachtler's renowned range of FSB fluid heads, notably the FSB 6 and FSB 8, designed for all users of DSLR and HDV camcorders. Features of the FSB product family include Sideload or the Touch & Go mechanism that allows for super-fast connection of the camera to the head. When used in conjunction with the FSB 8 head, it is ideal choice for shooting in fast moving news set-ups - with a wide payload range of 1 to 10 kg (2.2 - 22lbs), and tried and tested Sachtler features such as the unique Speedbalance mechanism that enables even faster and finer counterbalance of the camera system. In addition, the robust tripod has been built to operate in an extreme temperature range of -40/+60 degrees centigrade (-40/+140 Fahrenheit). Tobias Keuthen, Sachtler's Global Brand Manager, says, "Even faced with extreme conditions in ENG applications, our tripods are extremely resilient and break-proof. Each tripod has been designed for ease of use, so camera operators can go from using the tripod to shooting from the shoulder in a matter of seconds. "This new ENG 75/2 D HD tripod allows trouble-free shooting in every environment with improved features that will provide all the control and flexibility required to deliver a best-in-class Sachtler performance." Sachtler will showcase the new tripod at their booth (#C6025) at NAB 2014.
  16. The International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) will play a prominent role at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. They will partner with the NAB for a Creative Master Series session in the Convention Center’s South Hall 220 on Monday, April 8, at 4:15 p.m., where filmmakers who worked on the hit NBC drama Revolution will discuss how two Cinematographers, their on-set camera departments, and CGI artists have helped make Revolution look like no other episodic on the small screen. Title of the session is, “You say you want a Revolution? How Cinematographers and VFX collaborate on the hit NBC drama.” Participants will include David Moxness, CSC, Director of Photography, Jay Worth, VFX Supervisor, Geoff Garrett, Associate Producer who oversees post production and Paul Grellong, Supervising Producer. David Geffner, Executive Editor of ICG Magazine, will moderate. This will be followed by a session titled “Emerging Technologies and Toolsets: Emerging Cinematographers Talk with Technology Companies,” to be held at 5:30 p.m. in room S219. Emerging Cinematographer Award-winners will discuss the benefits and hurdles for successful real-world application of the latest technologies. Participants are Steve Tiffen of the Tiffen company, Tim Smith, Canon USA, Daron Keet, 2012 ECA honoree and Pete Villani, 2012 honoree. Steven Poster, ASC, president of the ICG, will moderate. A cocktail reception honoring ECA winners will follow. These awards are given to ICG members who have demonstrated exceptional skill, even though they are not yet in the Director of Photography classification. Last year only 10, of the more than 100 films submitted, were selected. contact: rick@publicity4all.com
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