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IBC 2014 video: Walimex Aptaris cage adds new options

By site editor Dan Chung:

We first saw the Walimex Aptaris cage at NAB earlier this year. Since then the system has evolved and is now more complete. The beauty of this cage is that it not only fits a range of DSLRs and Compact system cameras, it can also be fitted to cameras like Sony’s FS100 and even the Canon C300. To give added flexibility there is now an extension piece that allows the top plate to move even further from the baseplate for very tall cameras.

It is nice to see manufacturers trying to build in as much future proof-ness as possible to their products. One thing to note though is that, like most other cages, the Aptaris doesn’t permit the fitting of new Sony XLR-K2m audio backpack fitted to the top of the a7S.

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Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Blueshape’s IP65 water resistant Splash Granite battery

By site editor Dan Chung:

At IBC Italian battery maker Blueshape had a small perspex box with a battery inside powering a LED panel on display. The amazing thing was that the battery was under a constant shower of water.

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The Splash Granite range are IP65 rated battery bricks. Designed to withstand a downpour – the obvious application for these batteries is on water resistant LED lights, so that the combination can be used for broadcasts in all weather conditions.

For more info go to the Blueshape website.

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Batteries, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Blueshape Bubblepack battery for mounting under a DSLR or camcorder

By contributor Clinton Harn:

Italian battery maker Blueshape were showing a compact camera mounted battery pack at IBC. The Bubblepack is designed to run DSLRs and camcorders and also features D-tap and special B-tap connectors. The B-tap connections link to special power cables that can be purchased for specific cameos.

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Another very nice feature is that the pack is mounted to the camera via a sliding plate which can be adjusted for balance.

For more info go to the Blueshape website.

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Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Clinton Harn | Category: Batteries, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: Motionnine show a7S/GH4 cages and folding brushless gimbal

By newsshooter contributor Clinton Harn:

Korean company Motionine were showing several new products including a new brushless gimbal and cages for the Sony a7S and Panasonic GH4.

The gimbal has a unique design that folds in half and has a reasonable load capacity. The price is not yet announced.

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Motionnine have cages for the Sony a7S, Panasonic GH4 and BMPCC. The wrap around designs have a unique thumb rest that allows for easier handholding. The fit and finish seems good and an interesting HDMI port protector/grip also come with the cages.

You read more about Motionnine products on their website.

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Camera support systems, Panasonic GH4, Sony a7S | Permalink | Comments (0)

Canon 7D mkII features 1080/60P video with dual-pixel CMOS AF and timecode

By site editor Dan Chung:

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Announced yesterday the Canon 7D mkII at the Photokina trade show in Cologne. Strangely there was no-one we could speak to about the camera at the IBC show in Amsterdam – which was still running. Perhaps this says something about the camera – gone are the heady days of the DSLR revolution. Even though the 7D mkII has some significant video advances such as timecode and speed adjustable Dual Pixel CMOS AF, the company did not see fit to market it at Europe’s major broadcast show – even though they had a big booth there. Canon clearly don’t see the 7D mkII being aimed at video professionals.

From the outside very little has changed with Canon’s update of the 7D. The body styling is similar and the control layout is very similar to a 5D mkIII. Under the hood however lies a new sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF across 80% of its frame. There is a bump in frame rates up to 1080/60P, but there is no sign of 4K or newer codecs like Sony’s XAVC-S. HDMI output is clean and uncompressed 4:2:2, which means it should play nice with external recorders like the Atomos Ninja Star.

The autofocus speed adjustment feature allows the user to choose how fast or slow they want the AF system to track. This feature works in video recording mode and is one of the key advances in this camera. Face tracking AF is also on the 7D mkII. Another nice touch is that in video mode the AF can be paused at the touch of a button.

The rear screen on the camera isn’t touchscreen and can’t be articulated and this somewhat limits the appeal of the Dual-Pixel AF with this model – one of the nice things about the cheaper 60D is the ability to flip the screen out and drag the AF point to where you want it to be.

It is nice to see both a headphone jack and microphone socket on the camera – hopefully this is now a standard feature for cameras at this price. MP4 recording is also on the camera. The main unknown at the moment is the image quality. Hopefully we will find that out soon.

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Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: Canon 7D mkII | Permalink | Comments (1)

IBC 2014 video: Nila Varsa and Boxer LED Lights get IP65 rating

By site editor Dan Chung:

At IBC LED light maker Nila were showing versions of their Nila and Varsa LED lights that have an IP65 water resistance rating. This should allow them to stand in pouring rain and should be of interest to shooters who do a lot of outside broadcast.

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Dan Chung | Category: LED lights, Uncategorized | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014 video: PAGlink batteries and power plate featuring USB output

By technical editor Matt Allard:

David Hardy from PAG gives me a tour of the PAGlink power plate. This super slimline adapter for PAGlink batteries can power a combination of different interchangeable sockets. D-tap, lemo and hirose connectors can all be swapped in and out of the plate, which also provides a USB port to power or charge other devices.

This looks like a very smart power distribution system for shooters using the PAG system.

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Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: Batteries | Permalink | Comments (0)

IBC 2014: F&V EVF with 1280×720 resolutions

By technical editor Matt Allard:

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At IBC 2014 Connor Hartnett of F&V’s talked to us about the updates to their upcoming electronic viewfinder since we last saw it at NAB. The main attraction is a 4.3″ LCD display which F&V claim is bright and clear. It should make for easier focussing due to its 1280×720 resolution. The unit also features HDMI and SDI loop-through, a tally light and multiple mounting-point options. The unit looks much more finished than the last time we saw it and shipping is expected soon. One nice touch is the addition of a ARRI style rosette on one side of the EVF.

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Matthew Allard | Category: EVF, IBC show | Permalink | Comments (0)

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