Teradek Serv Pro and VUER – ProVideo Coalition

“Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people.”

I really can’t encapsulate it easier than that.  As the reviewer mentions, with some of Teradek’s products, you need a degree in arcane networking to make them work. I’ve been leary of their solutions for that reason, but they seem to have made this one very easy.

Source: Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER by Adam Wilt – ProVideo Coalition

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DWT-B03R : Sony’s Third Generation Digital Transmitter

Sony has their 3rd generation of digital wireless transmitters hitting the market.  It’s kind of a shame that Sony hasn’t made many inroads with the professional “bag audio” users, as I’ve always thought they brought a lot to the game.  I like Zaxcom in this space, but I have to say that none of their transmitters ever looked this sexy!

One thing that might help Sony in this space is if they made their slot-in receivers dual compatible: with their camcorders but also with the SuperSlot alliance.  Lectro does it by allowing the multipin connector on the bottom of their receivers to be swapped out, and Sony could do the same.

Maybe the SuperSlot alliance wouldn’t like them as a member though, because Sony continues to only allow access to the second internal channel of their camcorders by Sony receivers: if you plug in a Lectro receiver you have to do the silly work around of a specially modded receiver with a bloody external cable.  Ridiculous.

 

 

Source: DWT-B03R (DWTB03R) : Features : United Kingdom : Sony Professional

ARRI Rolls Out New Master Grips, Remote Head, Wireless Lighting System and More

ARRI has announced a number of new products at IBC.  I’m interested in the news that they have adopted the Lumen Radio standard for controlling their LED panels. With Kino-Flo also building Lumen wireless into their lights, I guess it’s “safe” now to invest in what the industry seems to have chosen as a de facto standard.  Check out my two video reports from CineGear on this.

One talks with Lumen Radio about their laptop control software:

The other talks with the company Cinelex, who are making fader/lighting control panels with a Lumen Radio built in:

Source: ARRI Rolls Out New Master Grips, Remote Head, Wireless Lighting System and More

Zaxcom Unveils A Wireless Stick Mic That Also Functions As A Wired Stick Mic

I’ve often wondered why nobody else has done this.  I think the easier way to think of it is as a wired stick mic that has a wireless transmitter built into its handle.  The XLR connector is covered with a rubber plug when not in use.  All the standard Zaxcom wireless transmitter pluses are onboard including NeverClip™ and onboard recording.  It has exchangeable mic heads on the Shure standard, and a LED ring that can change colours for marking or to represent active functions.

Source: Zaxcom unveils first-of-its-kind handheld microphone | Zaxcom

Sony’s VENICE Full Frame + S35 Camera | Film and Digital Times

UPDATE: Newsshooter has an interview discussing the camera

 

Well, Sony’s long teased Full Frame cinema camera has finally been revealed.  Jon Fauer had early access and has a 28 page report on it if you want to dive deep.

My first impressions?  Promising, but hampered.  It will ship with only limited capabilities.  Sony has teased this long enough that you would think it would be a little more fully baked on release.

The positive?  They have learned a few things.  The viewfinder uses a LEMO connector rather than their proprietary flat multipin, and the connector is mounted at a point that it won’t immediately snap off (it might get in the way of lens accessories though).  It has industry standard 12V and 24V power connections.  The lens mount is really interesting.  Flat to the sensor is a locking E-mount, but fitted overtop of that, is a really solid looking PL mount that can be removed with 6 screws.  The camera has 8 levels of ND filters built in, and they can be activated remotely.  The sensor itself is replaceable, in an attempt to future-proof.  The body is relatively compact, roughly the same size as a RED with a jack pack attached, but the Sony does get significantly bigger when you add the optional external RAW recorder.  They are rating it at 500 ISO, with the option to go up to 4000 ISO.  They say that it has a better signal to noise ratio than the F65.  They are also emphasizing new colour science over outright resolution.  It will eventually record 6K RAW, whereas the F65 was an 8K camera.

The negative?  It does not have a global shutter, but Sony says “jello vision” should not be a problem.  At this point, it only seems able to do 60 frames per second.  I think the biggest negative is the incomplete feature set at launch.  This used to be a problem with RED, but unfortunately Sony has adopted this “ship it and fix it later” approach.  Those firmware updates will be free, but like ARRI, they will be charging for licenses to enable higher end features.  In my opinion, the F65 (and even the F55, in terms of a “cinema” camera) never really took off.  RED and the Alexa 65 have a lead in the full frame market, and in the cinema market in general. To quote Top Gun:

“And let’s not bullshit Maverick. Your family name ain’t the best in the Navy. You need to be doing it better, and cleaner than the other guy. Now what is it with you?”

If Sony wants to break into the high end, they need to offer better technology and complete feature sets at a lower price.  This latest offering does not cut it.

Source: Sony’s VENICE Full Frame + S35 Camera | Film and Digital Times

Flowtech – Sachtler and Vinten rethink the tripod – Newsshooter

The Vitec group is launching a new tripod that has been three years in development.  It is a re-think of how carbon fibre tripods have been made, and it will come out under the Sachtler and Vinten brands.  My biggest like from what I’ve seen so far is that all three legs can be height adjusted almost at once from the same area, with locks that you don’t have to bend over to undo.  O’Connor is also a member of the Vitec group now (seems like everyone is), and I used to love their “crazy legs”.  They were a fast set-up, but tended to not function in the cold very well, and had rigidity problems in my experience.  Vitec says they’ve tested this new Flowtech beastie to death, here’s hoping it holds up.  Sachtler in particular has made great field tripods, but my main peeve with them has been the cap on their bottom legs.  When you undid the brake, gravity would allow the leg to fall with some speed and only stop when it “crash landed” on the end cap.  That end cap was only glued on, and repeated use would have it come off, whereupon the entire leg would simply fall out of the brake/support.  It was a poor design, and hard to fix.  I hope they’ve solved that here.  Keeping the legs closed using magnets is an interesting solution, as is the easier snap of the detachable feet.  They’ve obviously thought things through.

The Flowtech is being launched in 75mm form.  I would have thought a 100mm bowl version would be more suitable for a launch of this magnitude, but I’m sure they have polling and internal numbers to back their decision.  I can see no mention in the article of whether they plan a 100mm version or not.  At any rate, I’m glad to see a company trying something legitimately new in the tripod space, I wish them luck.

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Source: Flowtech – Sachtler and Vinten rethink the tripod – Newsshooter

Sony will launch the new CineAlta full frame 36x24mm camera on September 6 – sonyalpharumors

Two weeks out from finally seeing what Sony has in store for the cinema world. I had played devil’s advocate that they might reveal this as a curved sensor, but I don’t seriously think that’s going to happen, it would alienate them with too many rental houses in terms of lensing.  I will predict that it will be very good in low light, capable of very high frame rates, and continue with their history of offering a global shutter.  I’m curious to see how big its body will be, and where they price it.

Source: Sony will launch the new CineAlta full frame 36x24mm camera on September 6 – sonyalpharumors sonyalpharumors