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Radiant Images to Unveil Novo 2K – a Novo that Shoots Uncompressed RAW – at Cine Gear Expo this Weekend

Radiant Images, a leading L.A.-based rental house and digital cinema innovator, will unveil an updated Novo action camera that shoots uncompressed RAW – called the Novo 2K – in Exhibition Booth S309 at the Cine Gear Expo.

Radiant Images also will showcase its original palm-sized Novo action camera and the new ARRI Alexa XT, release a new iPhone and iPad app to search and compare cameras, and share an array of custom 2D and 3D rigs and gear at Cine Gear 2013 at The Studios at Paramount in Hollywood. The Radiant Images booth, located in Stage 31, will be staffed from 2-9 p.m. on Fri., May 31 and from 10-5 p.m. on Sat., June 1.

The Cine Gear Expo, an annual four-day conference, is the premier film, video and digital media expo for the entertainment industry, attracting the most dedicated specialists from every major department of the entertainment production and post production world.

Radiant Images is focused on simplicity and ease of use in its digital cinema creations, which are attracting attention from a loyal and growing number of cinematographers, camera operators and producers. Co-founder Michael Mansouri and his team are known to stretch the boundaries of digital cinema with creative, user-friendly solutions – specializing in designing and building custom 2D and 3D rigs as well as modifying cameras and gear.

The Novo digital cinema camera – the entertainment industry’s newest small form factor action camera – is a prime example.

Co-created by View Factor Studios and Radiant Images, the lens-friendly Novo is viewed as an ideal solution for professional filmmakers enamored with the capabilities of the GoPro Hero3 but stymied by cinematic limitations.

Key features of the Novo include a C-mount lens system plus a PL mount adapter, back focus adjustment, and exposure control capabilities that open up a wide-range of artistic possibilities for cinematographers and camera operators. The auto exposure function standard with the GoPro can be disabled on the Novo, permitting cinematographers to use the lens to manually adjust the aperture. The Novo achieves this while retaining all the key functionality, versatility and accessories of the GoPro Hero 3.

The tiny Novo, released in February, won a MARIO Award for innovation at NAB 2013. The camera is available for rental only at Radiant Images in the U.S. and new European rental partner P+S Technik.

This weekend at Cine Gear, Radiant Images will unveil an updated version called the Novo 2K. By shooting 2K uncompressed RAW, the Novo 2K enables filmmakers to have full control of latitude, exposure and color renditions, for example, giving them another powerful tool at their disposal.

Radiant Images also is one of the first companies to receive delivery of the new ARRI Alexa XT (Xtended Technology) cameras. Its Alexa XT Plus model will be on display at Cine Gear, giving visitors an up-close look at one of 2013’s most anticipated pieces of equipment, which will eventually replace all Alexa models.

Radiant Images techs will be on hand in Booth S309 (Stage 31) to demonstrate and discuss the Novo and Novo 2K and a wide range of other custom equipment, including the user-friendly CC3D Gen-2 lightweight rig outfitted with twin Sony F65s – used on a Steadicam for the first-time ever on a recent 3D IMAX production in Panama.

Legendary designer Marty Mueller of Converging Concepts worked closely with Radiant Images to create a CC3D Gen-2 rig that carried two full-sized production cameras, lens, lens control, motors and brackets, yet was light and well-balanced enough to work on a Steadicam – marking a step forward in 3D production.

In addition, visitors to the Radiant Images booth will be able to demo and download a new iOS application created by Radiant Images and compatible with both iPhone and iPad. The free, fully-featured app allows users – including cinematographers, directors, camera assistants and operators, lens techs and producers – to intuitively browse inventory, searching by category, keywords or alpha.

The new app contains non-biased, detailed information about all available production cameras, including a range of camera specs – sensor size, resolution, frame rate, base ISO, latitude, bit rate, recording format, recording time, weight and dimension – plus numerous photos of each product. A 360-degree panorama view is available for select products.

As an organizational tool, the app allows users to set up an infinite number of “projects” (similar to ‘shopping carts’) and switch between them, adding items to whichever project they chose and then submitting for a price quote. The app will be available through the App Store beginning May 31.

Click to find out more about finding Radiant Images and other exhibitors at this year’s Cine Gear Expo.

Sachtler Offers Dependable Camera Support for Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Cameras

There’s never been a more versatile and modular design than the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K image sensor cameras. Thank goodness Sachtler offers fluid head tripod systems to match the variety of configuration possibilities. The Video 18 S1, Video 20 S1, Cine 7+7 HD and Cine 30 HD are all ideal partners for Sony F5 and F55 projects.

The bestsellers: Video 18 S1 & Video 20 S1

Camera operators worldwide rely on Sachtler Video 18 fluid heads. F5/F55 shooters can choose either the Video 18 S1 (4-40 lbs /2-18 kg) or Video 20 S1 (4-55 lbs /2-25 kg). This gives users enough leeway to equip cameras minimally (9-11 lbs /4-5 kg) or elaborately with heavy lenses, handgrips, mattebox, monitors and other accessories. Operators appreciate the tried-and-tested Sachtler Speedbalance technology, 16-step Counterbalance and Boost Button for instant and precise setup. For the ultimate alignment ease regardless of load, add the 150mm C.O.G. Plate. And there’s nothing like the robust versatility of Sachter’s renowned 100mm aluminum or carbon fiber tripods.

7+7 & Cine 30 HD Quick Action Cine heads

Complex set-ups are no problem with the smartly practical Sideload mechanism on Sachtler Cine 7+7 HD fluid heads. Along with Speedbalance technology, the Boost Button, and the 16-step counterbalance, the especially long 150mm sliding range of the camera plate guarantees optimal counterbalancing of set-ups up to 48 pounds (22 kg). For even heavier set-ups–up to 77 pounds, the 150mm Cine 30 HD fluid head is available with sideload and ARRI dovetail compatibility.

What better companion for your new Sony, than Sachtler’s state of the art camera supports? See them in action at Cine Gear, booth #S312.

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Digital Production Buzz — May 30, 2013

  • Banff Film Festival Moves Massive Files Fast – with Signiant
  • Making Final Cut Pro X Backups Actually Easy
  • Writing the Book on How Editors Make Movie Magic
  • Overcome the Competition in Your Job Search

GUESTS: Woody MacPhail, Luke Van Dyk, Nicholas Pisarro, Jr., Bobbie O’Steen, and Jessica Sitomer

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New interviews every show! Join Larry Jordan and Mike Horton LIVE this week as they talk with:

Woody MacPhail, Producer, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and Luke Van Dyk, Head Engineer, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

Gone are the days of sending film reels to film festivals. Everything is now digital. But the media files are massive! Woody MacPhail is the Producer of the renowned Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival and World Tour and Luke van Dyk is the Head Engineer, Film & Media for the Banff Centre. The Festival makes extensive use of Signiant’s Media Shuttle for high-speed file transfers between producers and the festival. We want to learn more about how this whole process works.

Nicholas Pisarro, President, NP Associates, LLC

Making backups of your projects is supposed to be easy. But when media files are involved, suddenly, “easy” isn’t so simple. Nicholas Pisarro, president of NP Associates, developed “Backups,” new software that makes backing up Final Cut Pro X files easy again. Too good to be true? Tune in this week to learn more.

Bobbie O’Steen, Author and Film Editing Historian

Bobbie O’Steen is the driving force behind the “Inside The Cutting Room” event being held at Manhattan Editing Workshop in NYC on June 8th. She is also the author of two prestigious books on editors and editing: “The Invisible Cut – How Editors Make Movie Magic,” and “Cut to the Chase – 45 Years of Editing America’s Favorite Movies.” She joins us this week to talk about the craft of editing, what works, what doesn’t, and who does it best.

Jessica Sitomer, President, The Greenlight Coach

Recently on The BuZZ we discussed the “10 Worst” College Majors with Jessica Sitomer, President of The Greenlight Coach. During that conversation, Larry and Jessica started talking about the intense competition that exists for all media jobs. So, on this week’s BuZZ, we invited Jessica back to provide answers to how we can rise above the competition and land the job.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Noise Industries Debuts Final Cut Pro X Title Pop Effects

Noise Industries is proud to announce Title Pop, a new set of titles for Final Cut Pro X, with over 50 animatable styles ready to be dropped in your timeline.

Watch their latest demo and tutorial videos to see Title Pop in action:

The FREE trial version of Title Pop is available by installing FxFactory.

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Vaddio Launches IP Video Streaming Support for ClearVIEW HD-USB Cameras

Vaddio, the global leader in robotic PTZ cameras and camera control systems, has announced a major software update to the ClearVIEW HD-USB PTZ camera. In addition to the current USB streaming, version 2.0 allows for IP HD video streaming and remote PTZ camera control through the Ethernet network interface. Integrators now have the design flexibility to choose between USB or Network streaming – all in one device.

Streaming Protocols supported are Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS). Encoding for video will be H.264 (Main Profile) and the audio encoding will be AAC. Streaming adaptive network bandwidth allocation is supported with Adaptive Bitrate technology by detecting a user’s bandwidth and CPU capacity in real time and adjusting the quality of a video stream accordingly. This results in a smoother more life-like motion streaming experience. Supported resolutions include both SD and HD high definition resolutions up to 1080p.

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iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 Updated with WebDAV Support and Push Notifications

Boinx Software has just released iStopMotion for iPad 2.1. The latest update to the software company’s stop motion animation app for the iPad 2 or higher now offers WebDAV support and push notifications. With WebDAV support, teachers using iStopMotion for iPad to enhance the curriculum can easily set up a local server to collect work created on multiple iPads, allowing students to collaborate on class- or school-wide projects. This eliminates the need for a cloud service such as YouTube or Dropbox, which is especially important since using the cloud is often restricted in many schools.

Users can now enable the new push notifications feature in both iStopMotion for iPad and the iStopMotion Remote Camera app (available for iPhone 4 and newer, iPod touch 4th generation and newer, iPad 2 and newer, and iPad mini) to receive an alert whenever great new iStopMotion examples are available in the Theater, so they do not need to check periodically themselves.

iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 and Remote Camera Pricing and Availability

iStopMotion for iPad 2.1 is now available for sale in the iPad App Store or as a free update for existing users.  The iStopMotion Remote Camera is available for free in the App Store.

About iStopMotion

Boinx iStopMotion is the leading solution for stop motion animation and time-lapse capture, used by many thousands of parents, kids, teachers, brickfilmers, pro animators and anyone with an interest in this fascinating movie making technique. From tilt shift and color correction to creating high quality HD movies, iStopMotion for the Mac is a comprehensive application that makes it possible for users of all skill levels to create exciting stop motion animations. In 2011, Boinx Software added iStopMotion for iPad to its family of stop motion animation products. The app won the Mac Observer’s Editors Choice Award at Macworld/iWorld 2012 and Macworld Magazine’s Macworld/iWorld Best of Show award in 2012 and 2013. Whether you just want to spend a magical weekend with your kids or are a serious animator, now is the time to tell your story, frame by frame with iStopMotion.

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Music 2 Hues Releases New Royalty-Free Flagship Series CD – “Global Pulse”

Music 2 Hues, a leading supplier of Production Music & Sound Effects to the Film, Video, Animation, & Multimedia Industries has just added a royalty-free title to their Flagship Series line of production music.

This Flagship title: “Global Pulse” is now shipping worldwide and is available on Audio CD, or can be downloaded in Mp3 and WAV file formats.

In addition to audio CD’s, our new updated Music Download Center offers the ability to purchase individual tracks from all of our current Flagship Series titles, or entire CD categories with just one click in either Mp3 or Wav file formats. For just one price, clients will get all the edited versions of any one music track, including the full length theme, and any 30 and 60 seconds versions when available. New production music will be added monthly.

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Shutterstock Offers Astounding Underwater Footage from Josh Jensen

Shutterstock, leading provider of high-quality, royalty-free digital footage, is now offering imagery from Australia-based cameraman Josh Jensen and his company Undersea Productions.

Undersea Productions specializes in filming marine life and underwater habitats. His next trip, in August of 2013, will take him back for another eleven days of humpback interactions. Jensen is now training for the trip that will be 99% shot while freediving rather than his usual Scuba diving.

Jensen’s passion and focus on marine biodiversity shows in over 11,000 pieces of footage available through Shutterstock. It’s the complexity and variety of life and habitats underwater that fascinate him. Shutterstock has over four-and-a-half hours of his humpback footage alone, available to download.

Jensen’s shooting package is customized for his needs. In addition to a Panasonic HVX200, high definition DVCPRO-HD 1080p, Gates underwater housing and HD video monitor with Fathoms SWP44 optics, Jensen carries LED underwater lights and UR-PRO filters.

With skills, knowledge, and support, Josh Jensen has been able to capture the character and characters in this underwater world with an uncanny intimacy. He’s shot footage of Pygmy seahorses looking around in Indonesia, Minke whales in Australia, and he even got up-close and personal with a whale shark in Ecuador.

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Digital Production Buzz – May 23, 2013

  • Meet Alan Heim, President of the American Cinema Editors (ACE)
  • Creating Rain in Post-Production
  • New Cameras and Codecs (AVC-Ultra) From Panasonic
  • Why Are the Writers of “Fashion Police” on Strike?

GUESTS: Alan Heim, Michele Yamazaki, Michael Bergeron, and Jonathan Handel

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Alan Heim, President, American Cinema Editors (ACE)

Alan Heim is President of the American Cinema Editors, with a list of credits a mile long, including the current release: “Gods Behaving Badly.” He joins us this week to talk about the upcoming “Inside the Cutting Room” workshop in New York City, his outstanding book on editing, “The Cutting Edge History of Film,” and his experiences as an editor.

Michele Yamazaki, Vice-President of Marketing, ToolFarm

Michele Yamazaki, VP of Marketing for Toolfarm, is a regular on The Buzz, bringing us the latest news on great plug-ins for our editing software. This week she has new ideas on how to create rain effects during editing, as well as tips on how to integrate standard-definition (SD) video into a high-definition (HD) project.

Michael Bergeron, Sr. Business Development Manager, Panasonic

Our producer, Cirina Catania, interviewed Michael Bergeron, Senior Business Development Manager of Panasonic last month at NAB. During this insightful talk, he discusses the benefits of shooting and editing AVC Ultra, along with showcasing his favorite camcorder.

Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter

Unrest continues between labor unions and producers. This week, the writers for the Fashion Police are on strike. Jonathan Handel, Entertainment Labor Reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, joins us to discuss the news and explain why it matters.

The Buzz is all the information you need now to know what’s coming next!

The Digital Production BuZZ airs LIVE Thursday from 6-7 PM Pacific Daylight Time. Ask questions during the show on our Live Chat, listen live, download an episode from the archives, or subscribe to the podcast either through iTunes or our website. Whatever you do, DON’T miss this week’s show!

Petrol Bags Releases Deca Camera and Accessories Bag for Sony F65, Alexa and More

Petrol Bags, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, introduces the Deca Camera and Accessories Bag, designed for easy transport, superior protection and quick access on the set. Featuring an ultra-wide opening, this new wheeled carrier is ideal for toting a fully equipped camera such as the Sony F65 or ARRI Alexa and is also an easy-to-organize accessories case.

The Camera and Accessories Bag (PA1000) offers a squared design with a smooth rolling built-in wheel and trolley system to facilitate easy transport to any set or location. For enhanced fortification, this carrier’s internal structure is made from a one-piece honeycomb frame, offering strength and protection without adding extra weight. Within, the fully-loaded camera or other contents are cushioned with soft padded brushed polyester in an easy to view orange color.

The quick-access top lid section really sets this bag apart. A run-around heavy-duty zipper reveals the contents. Inside a spacious removable tray with detachable dividers provide for storing essential accessories. Plus, the top lid is equipped with a handy zippered pouch of clear, transparent mesh. Below, the lower floor can be customized with padded dividers or they can be removed to create a single large compartment for a large camera or any mix of accessories. Twin storage pouches provide room for other accessories.

This is one bag that is not a drag to carry. It features a built-in telescoping, square-frame tote bar, and inline skate wheels for smooth rolling. Outside it features ergonomic interlocking grip handles and external top straps to secure a tripod.

The Camera and Accessories Bag (PA1000) weighs 13.2 pounds (6kg) and has exterior dimensions of: 22.8 in. length x 13.8 in. width x 15.7 in. height (58cm length x 35cm width x 40cm height).

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