Miss getting your cameras and gear fix at NAB? You've got another shot at it today and tomorrow, as Cine Gear Expo takes place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. The just-announced Panavision Millennium DXL camera system will generate a lot of buzz during the event, but there's plenty of other stuff to look at, too. Exhibits are set up on the New York Street section of the Paramount lot, with indoor stands on Stages 16, 31 and 32. Special events take place at the Sherry Lansing Theatre. The exhibits open at noon today and close at 8 p.m., and run tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Here's a sampling of what's on offer this year.
AAdyntech is showing its Punch Plus Variable, a new fixture that delivers a variable range of light with color temperature between daylight and tungsten. Because it only uses 4,78 amps of power, the company notes, four fixtures can run on a single 20-amp circuit. A wireless receiver is built in for DMX/RDM control. New versions of the JAB V2 Variable, JAB Daylight, and JAB Hurricane fictures will be on display, as well a 50 percent brighter version of the original Punch Plus.
American Society of Cinematographers
A Saturday afternoon panel scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Sherry Lansing Theater will bring together ASC member DPs to talk cinematographic art. The stated purpose of the panel may be vague — "the seminar is designed to inspire the next generation of filmmakers and educate the industry on the role of the cinematographer," ASC says — but the participants are heavy-hitters. Slated to appear, schedules permitting, are Bill Bennett, ASC; Dean Cundey, ASC; Michael Goi, ASC, ISC; David Klein, ASC; Chuck Minsky, ASC; Don A. Morgan, ASC; Guillermo Navarro, ASC; James Neihouse, ASC; Daniel Pearl, ASC; David Perkal, ASC; Cynthia Pusheck, ASC and Lisa Wiegand, ASC. ASC Education and Public Outreach Committee Chairman George Spiro Dibie, ASC, will moderate.
Amimon is partnering with Quadrocopter to demo its Connex drone vision system. The Connex HD will be mounted on a Freefly MoVI gimbal and flown on a Freefly Alta 6 multirotor UAV, and will deliver 1080p60 uncompressed HD to the ground with no delay, the company said.
Angenieux is bringing the Optimo 44–440 A2S T 4.5 zoom lens, introduced at NAB, to Cine Gear. It's the third in a series of anamorphic zooms from Angenieux.
Display maker BenQ is bringing its Technicolor Color Certified 32-inch UHD PV3200PT post-production monitor to Cine Gear. Its color gamut is said to cover 100% of Rec. 709 and sRGB. It has hardware calibration support, a built-in 14-bit 3D LUT, and 24p frame-rate support.
Cooke Optics will display the front-anamorphic /i 35–140mm T 3.1 zoom lens that debuted at NAB, along with the newest additions to its 10-lens Anamorphic/i prime set.
CW Sonderoptic will be bringing two of its NAB debuts to Cine Gear — the 40mm T 2.0 and 15mm T 2.0 Leica Summicron-C prime lenses.
Fujinon's new XK6x20 PL-mount 20–120mm T 3.5 Cabrio zoom lens will be on display after first appearing at NAB.
G-Technology will show prototypes of gear that may emerge from its just-announced partnership with Atomos. Expect to see products that extend workflow from the capture stage where Atomos specializes all the way through to post-production storage by G-Technology.
International Cinematographers Guild
The ICG is convening a panel on VR, assembling DPs Eve Cohen, Evan Penses, and Andrew Shulkind, director and 1st AC Céline Tricart, and DIT Ben Schwartz to discuss approaches to lighting, blocking and composition for VR, as well as camera and rigging options. The panel is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Sherry Lansing Theater. Also, the ICG will be partnering with AMPAS and the American Society of Cinematographers for demonstrations of ACES workflow during show hours at ACES Central. See a schedule at the AMPAS website.
Matthews Studio Equipment
Matthews is bringing its new Infinity Arm; The Wedge, a low-angle camera support holding up to 25 pounds of camera and gear; the Cam Tank for putting large- and medium-format cameras at low positions; the Dutti Dolly; and the Kerri Kart. Additionally, Matthews is holding a Post-CineGear "Garage Sale & Party" with food, drink, live music and discounts on overstock gear. The party runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the company's 4520 W. Valerio St. offices in Burbank.
Ovide will be at Cine Gear with the new Smart Assist 4, a video assist that works with four 2K or HD cameras — or with a single camera at 4K resolution. The unit has four SDI inputs and up to 12 SDI outputs (three in 4K mode); the outputs can be configured using the built-in touchscreen or via iPhone app control. A standard 1 TB SSD (user-replaceable) allows up to 40 hours of ProRes proxy recording.
P+S Technik is showing its newest zoom, the T 3.4 35–70mm CS, covering full-format VistaVision (36×18.3mm) with a 1.5x anamorphic squeeze (the "CS" is for CinemaScope) for a 16×9 sensor. The company is alos offering lens rehousing for full-frame lenses and its own IMS interchangeable mount system.
Schneider Kreuznach Optics
Schneider will be showing its new 18mm Xenon FF-Prime lens, now expected to ship this fall. Like others in the line-up, it's designed for 4K capture and covers a full 45mm image circle for use with DSLR and other cameras.
Look for a new Scorpio Anamorphic 2x T 4.3 zoom lens with a 138–405mm range at the Servicevision booth, along with a new Scorpio stabilized head.
SmallHD made a splash at NAB with its new daylight-viewable HDR production monitors, and its following that up with "Studio" versions of the 17-inch and 24-inch displays that are designed to be used in more controlled environments like the video village, rather than in sunlight. That means they're not nearly as bright, but it also ensures a price break — the 2403 Studio is $3499 (compared to $5499 for the daylight version), and the 1703 Studio is $2999 (vs. $3999).
Sony will, obviously, be touting its camera line at the show, but the company is also presenting a pair of special screenings. At 7 p.m. tonight, Friday, the Paramount Theatre will host a screening of Woody Allen's new film, Café Society, followed by a Q&A with cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC. And at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sony presents a screening of Mysteries of China, which debuts October 7 on Imax screens. Producer-director Keith Melton and DP Reed Smoot, ASC, will attend a post-film Q&A. The screenings are free, but they are expected to fill up, so make sure to arrive early to snag a seat.
Sound Devices will show its PIX-E line of 4K recording field monitors and accessories, including new H.264 codec support and simultaneous ProRes/MP4 file recording. Also on display will be the 688 12-input/16-track mixer and recorder, along with the SL-6 power and wireless control system and the CL-12 linear fader controller for cart-based mixing over a single USB cable. A new RF Scan feature on the 688 scans the RF spectrum to help identify less noisy frequencies.
Timecode Systems will be showing its new SyncBac Pro for syncing footage from multiple GoPro cameras, either on a 360-degree/VR rig or used in conjunction with traditional digital cinema cameras. The company will also demonstrate its new B:Link Hub production dashboard and device control app, which is integrated with its :pulse and :wave boxes for multicamera and sound-mixing.
Zylight is showing its ZyLink Bridge (for remote-control via iOS app), its F8-200 LED Fresnel in tungsten and daylight versions, the IS3c LED soft light, and its Aladdin Bi-Flex lighting system.
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