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The LED Gold Rush

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by Fabrizia Ianiro Whoever observes the LED lighting industry’s current “Gold Rush” may feel overwhelmed. Is the bubble about to burst? We think not. Worldwide energy goals widely proclaimed by governments, albeit not at the same pace, suggest that this…

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Panasonic Varicam 4K Ships

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 Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras are shipping. The VariCam 35 has a 35mm sensor, PL mount, and records 4K RAW,  4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes. The Varicam HS has three 2/3″ sensors, B4 mount, and records 1080p up…

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Blackmagic Camera Update 1.9.7

Blackmagic Design Camera 1.9.7 software is now available on the Blackmagic Design website. It includes dashboard on screen menus and disk formatting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The new disk formatting feature lets us format SSDs and…

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ARRI Alexa SUP 10.0 Bug

ALEXA Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0 has been removed temporarily from the ARRI website because of a critical recording bug. This bug could cause distorted images being recorded — while the image in the viewfinder, REC OUT and MON OUT looks OK. ARRI recommends…

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AbelCine 25 Year Anniversary

10/18 – 10/18
AbelCine 25th Anniversary: Burbank Event
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Celebrate the 25th anniversary of AbelCine at their Burbank location: Saturday, October 18 — 10am to 5pm AbelCine 801 South Main Street Burbank, CA 91506 Phone: 888-700-4416 www.abelcine.com Filmmakers have been going to AbelCine for 25 years for individual sales, support, service,…

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Sony F55 Doc Dock

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The Doc Dock for Sony’s F55 Camera is officially named “CBK-55BK build-up kit.” It bolts to the base and turns the F55 into a single-operator, documentary/ENG-style, shoulder-resting camera. A working prototype of the Doc Dock (CBK-55BK) will spend an evening in Los Angeles at the…

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Panavision Flare Lenses, PVintage, F55

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An interview with Scott Kevan on “Deliver Us From Evil” with Panavized Sony F55 Cameras, Panavision Flare and PVintage lenses. JON FAUER: “Deliver Us From Evil” was released in July. What was the concept and visual style? SCOTT KEVAN: It’s a story inspired…

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ZEISS Distributor Event 2014

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The ZEISS 2014 Distributor Event was held yesterday evening at the stellar Schloss Bensberg grand hotel and Michelin 3-star restaurant. Before we get to the main event, a Food and Drink Times digression is in order. The following headline appeared in today’s International…

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Film and Digital Times double issue 62-63 paper edition at IBC at entrance to Hall 11, booth 11.F31 (home of Aaton-Digital, Transvideo, FDTimes) and at the many booths of our sponsors. We’re printing this IBC September 2014 Edition simultaneously in Los Angeles and in Amsterdam. Worldwide edition is being shipped to subscribers now.

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Jeffrey Reyes joins ZGC Inc.

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Jeffrey A. Reyes has joined ZGC as Director of Sales for the Americas—North and South. (ZGC distributes Cooke lenses in the Americas.) Jeffrey  worked in sales, customer service, and independent film production. He recently worked for 6 years at ARRI as…

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50 Years Ago Today: Ranger 7

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50 years ago, on July 31, 1964, Ranger 7 took the first pictures at close range of the Moon. These pictures were made with Angenieux 25mm f: 0.95 M1 lenses. Ranger 7 was the first US space probe to successfully transmit close images of the lunar surface back to Earth. It was also the first completely successful flight of the Ranger program. Launched on July 28, 1964, Ranger 7 was designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface during the final minutes of flight up to impact. Ranger 7 reached the Moon on July 31, 1964.

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Luc Besson’s “Lucy” Opens Today… Interview with Thierry Arbogast, AFC

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“Lucy” opened in July. It was directed by Luc Besson–famous for “The Big Blue” (1988), “La Femme Nikita” (1990), “The Fifth Element” and Léon, the Professional. He built the Cité du Cinema stages and post facilities in Saint-Denis, and worked on more than 50 films as writer, director and producer. Luc Besson’s films are renowned for their highly visual style, edge-of-the-seat action, quirky characters, and delicious dialog (Léon: “And stop saying ‘okay’ all the time. Okay? Mathilda: ‘Okay.’ Léon: ‘Good.’)…

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Criterion Collection on British Airways

British Airways began showing some Criterion Collection in-flight movies this month. Criterion Collection has provided some of the highest quality DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming transfers of original films since 1984 — uncut and in the original aspect ratio. Hopefully they will be presented without the dreaded…

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Passport Expirations and Travel Woes

With the IBC-Photokina-Cinec trifeca rapidly approaching, check your passport. Does it expire in 6 months? Do you have at least 2-4 blank pages for stamps/visas? The tales of woe from many colleagues and the lack of clear guidance from the airlines means it’s wise to check….

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Leica Cine Camera 1911

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Leica Camera. Wetzlar, Gemany. We’re back at Leica’s new headquarters, investigating a mystery. Last month several jaws dropped at the sight of a 1911 hand-cranked 35mm cine camera, built by Oskar Barnack, on display in the lobby. Why did this camera not…

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ARRI Alexa gets ProRes 4444 XQ

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ARRI Alexa now supports Apple’s new ProRes 4444 XQ codec. This is now the highest quality version of ProRes — with a 1:4.5 compression ratio and a data rate of around 500 Mbps. (In comparison, ProRes 4444 had a compression of 1:6.8 and…

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Keslow Camera’s New Space

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Keslow Camera has moved to a stunningly beautiful new building on Blackwelder Street in Culver City (off La Cienega, just south of I-10). The 35,000 square foot space looks like it jumped right out of the pages of a coffee-table book on architecture….

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Cine Gear Expo 2014

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Cine Gear Expo 2014 LA Slideshow.

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Cine Gear Expo 2014 Slideshow

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More images from Cine Gear Expo 2014.

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Issue 61 Now Online

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Film and Digital Times Issue 61, June 2014 Cine Gear Edition is now online. Subscribers can download the 16 MB PDF. iPad Edition goes lives Friday, May 30. Print Editions ship week of June 1. Free copies of the 48-page…

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