Best Unexpected Product of NAB


Sometimes the most unexpected thing pops up at NAB, and success surprises even its own manufacturer. True Lens Services rolled out a newly re-housed Cooke Series 1 to go with their updated cam-focus PL mount rehoused Panchro series 2 and 3 lenses.

But the buzz was also all about their new PL rear lens caps in clear polycarbonate and an O-ring to keep it on. How many times do our regular PL caps fall off in the case or in our hands? These things grip nicely, don’t come off, and have a wide bottom so you can usually rest the lens standing up on a table or camera cart. They come in all kinds of colors — but clear is cool because you can see what’s inside.

Rental houses were buying these TLS PL rear caps by the bucket, presumably with custom logos.

FDTimes doesn’t really bestow plaques, statues or NAB top something awards…but a little, clear cap  got our attention.


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Angenieux Style


Angenieux’s stylish annual NAB party for distributors, customers, and rental houses took place Tuesday night at Tryst. The usual notable suspects were twirling on the dance floor,   enjoying the ambiance and fine dining, and watching Yoginis floating by in bubbles: Denny Clairmont, Otto Nemenz, Tng Sieu Moi, Robert Keslow, and many more. Pierre Andurand, President of Thales Angenieux, gave a welcoming speech. He said that Angenieux is developing new products and  achieving its goal of delivering products on time.

The distributor award of the year was presented to Jebsen Managing Director Maximilian von Stillfried.

Dominique Rouchon, International Sales Director, said that customers were the source of inspiration in developing successful Angenieux products. “Competition is getting stronger, but that is not a worry because competition is healthy and Angenieux has a talisman.” (THALESMAN!). “The Angenieux talisman is the customer–the cinematographer. Angenieux is a brand with a lot of affection,” It is a very unique brand–with a lot of style, and a new line of lenses, named “Angenieux Style.”



Panavision Primo 70


Panavision officially announced their long-awaited Primo 70 series lenses — for 35mm digital motion picture cameras.  Presented in proof of concept Powerpoint in a SMPTE paper last year for a 70mm camera, these lenses are now offered for specially Panavised 35mm motion picture cameras with new Panavision 70 mount: ARRI Alexa, RED Dragon, Sony F55, Phantom 65. 

I have seen some of these lenses projected. They are superb. The flange focal depth is shorter than PL, which enables the design to be around the same size and weight as current 35mm Panavision Primos.

So this is an interesting wrinkle in lens design: never mind fighting for a few extra millimeters of 35mm format image circle–just go to the next big major motion picture format–70mm–and let the sensors grow in size.

Some specs from Panavision:


4P27 4P35 4P40 4P50 4P65
FOCAL LENGTH 27 35 40 50 65
T-STOP 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
CLOSE FOCUS (in) 14 14 14 16 20
CLOSE FOCUS (mm) 356 356 356 406 508
FRONT DIAMETER (in) 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44
FRONT DIAMETER (mm) 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8
4P80 4P100 4P125 4P150 4P200
FOCAL LENGTH 80 100 125 150 200
T-STOP 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.8
CLOSE FOCUS (in) 24 30 36 48 48
CLOSE FOCUS (mm) 610 762 914 1219 1219
FRONT DIAMETER (in) 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44 4.44
FRONT DIAMETER (mm) 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8 112.8
4P250 4PZM 4PZT
FOCAL LENGTH 250 70-185 200-400
T-STOP 2.8 3.5 4.5
CLOSE FOCUS (in) 48 60 78
CLOSE FOCUS (mm) 1219 1524 1981
FRONT DIAMETER (in) 4.44 4.44 4.98
FRONT DIAMETER (mm) 112.8 112.8 126.5





RED Runway

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RED once again wowed with creative, imaginative NAB booth presentation — a full-on fashion runway show with models…photographed of course RED 19 megapixel cameras with cool portrait-landscape mode tripod cradle.

New NAB stuff

Lots of new NAB gear that didn’t make it into FDTimes April Edition:

  • AJA announces 4K 35mm camera(s).
  • Blackmagic announces 4K 35mm camera(s).
  • Blackmagic announces Cintel 4K film scanner.
  • Panasonic announces 4K 35mm with Codex RAW back.
  • ARRI Studio mattebox has a very cool tilt feature to get rid of annoying reflections bouncing off filters.
  • Prototype RED remote 2-axis remote
  • Angenieux showing new Style 25-250 with /i lens data displayed on Transvideo monitor: real-time depth of field read-out

lots more…



Sony F55 ENG & Doc Dock


Photo: Mark Forman


Sony introduced a totally new F5/F55 shoulder dock. From the people who brought you many shoulder-resting ENG camcorders—this kit provides familiar camcorder functions to the F5/F55. Basically, it’s a base and rear that attaches to the bottom of the camera. It gets power and signals through the rear multi-pin connector where the AXS-R5 Recorder previously plugged in. The top handle gets a redesign. The words “modular, unibody, and convertible” come to mind. A dock for documentaries and ENG: ENG & DOC DOCK.

All conventional operations of Sony Camcorder

  • Wireless Audio is supported
  • Only 5 minutes to attach
  • New Handle with Mic holder
  • Wireless Audio (Analog or Digital)
  • Audio Control Panel
  • Sliding shoulder pad – Amira-like
  • Gain/BARS/White Three Assignable Buttons in front, Audio Monitor Select

The doc dock kit has front controls for:

  • Rec Start/Stop, Mic Volume, Shutter, Auto WB
  • Gain H/M/L, White Balance A,B, Preset, Assignable  buttons, Monitor Select switch
  • Audio control
  • Connections at the rear provide:
  • XLR 5pin Audio OUT
  • XLR 3pin Audio IN x2 (AES/EBU, Line, Mic, +48V)
  • Headphone jack
  • Hirose DC 12V OUT
  • XLR 4pin DC IN
  • Connections in front
  • XLR 5pin Audio IN
  • Headphone jack

Accessory connectors:

  • Hirose DC 12V OUT
  • D-TAP DC 12V OUT

Wireless audio receivers will be accommodated onboard. NAB Booth C11001

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Sony α7s 4K Camera


My favorite part of Sony’s annual NAB press conference is the new product  unveiling. This year, it was Mr. Shigeki Ishizuka, Sony Deputy President of Imaging Products (he’s in charge of still and motion picture cameras) who announced the new Sony α7s camera. Saying that the two worlds of consumer and professional imaging are merging, he introduced this third member of the Alpha 7 line (joining the α7 and α7r). Like its siblings, the α7s is a mirrorless camera with a 24x36mm CMOS sensor and E-mount (18mm flange focal depth.)

But there are big differences. This camera’s 12.2 megapixel sensor has a sensitivity up to an astonishing ISO 409,600.

It shoots stills and UHD4K video: 3840 x 2160–to be recorded to an external device.

Steadicam Tango, Movi, stabilizer and other camera operators were imagining the possibilities when this camera is released this summer.





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FDTimes NAB Booth C10006



Setting up at NAB 2014. You’ll find us when the show opens on Monday under the Film and Digital Times Airstar balloon in Booth C10006 — next to Sony, across Band Pro and Pole Cam.

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ARRI Ultra Wide Zoom 9.5-18 mm



More details on ARRI’s UWZ 9.5-18 mm T2.9 Ultra Wide Zoom. But first some thoughts on where it might be used, and on what kind of scenes: underwater, aerials, POVs from trains, planes, automobiles. The 8R is a wonderful lens, but sometimes we have the irresistible urge to zoom in slightly or change focal length during the shot–especially when the lens is mounted in a rig or remote. VFX and plate shots. A low angle gliding shot looking forward if anyone is thinking of a sequel, “Son of The Shining.” “Here’s UWZ!”

  • Image circle of 34.5 mm
  • Very low image distortion even at 9.5mm
  • Distortion less than 1% at 9.5 mm and less than 0.1% at 18 mm (straight lines stay straight) Due to a new multi
  • Telecentric optical design – uniform field illumination, no shading or vignetting
  • Almost no image breathing
  • Entrance pupil position stays constant over the entire zoom range
  • LDS for lens metadata
  • Matches other ARRI/Fujinon or ARRI/ZEISS Lenses
  • Available in ARRI PL LDS or Canon EF mount
  • Lens Mount                                                               PL-LDS or Canon EF
  • Aperture
  • Focal length                                                              9.5-18mm
  • Close Focus                                                               0.55m/1.8ft from image sensor
  • Mechanical length                                                   352.6mm/13.9in
  • Front Diameter                                                        156mm or 134mm
  • Max. diameter excluding front and gear:             112mm
  • Weight                                                                       4.8kg/10.6lb

The UWZ 9.5-18/T2.9 will be delivered with a detachable lens support, zoom lever and interchangeable EF mount. Meter and Feet scales are integrated in the lens barrel.

Expected to ship in May 2014. Price around 38,000 Euros.






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Angénieux Style & Servos

Angénieux Style Zoom Lenses

Angénieux introduces a new line of lenses and the Angénieux Servo Unit (ASU) at NAB. The new Optimo Style series will consist of 3 zooms: 2 handheld, 1 full size.

The 16-40 and 30-76 are lightweight at 4.2 lb each and well-balanced for shoulder or handheld shooting.

The 25-250 is an all-purpose, classic-range zoom for most production situations. It is a 10x zoom with a wide angle of 25 mm, and weighs 16 lb. It was presented at IBC 2013 with a temporarily name “25-250 Optimo DP.”

The Style series of zooms are designed to be fully compatible with the latest and next generation of digital cameras, as well as spinning-mirror cameras, providing the  look of the Optimo line at an affordable price. In other words, there is no protruding rear element as there was on the Optimo DP zooms.

The Optimo DP line (30-80 and 16-42) introduced in 2008 and 2009 is being discontinued, except as 3D kits.

Of course, the Optimo Cine lenses (15-40, 28-76, 45-120, 19.5-94, 28-340 and 24-290) continue to be manufactured.

Optimo Style zooms are compatible with existing Optimo accessories: 1.4x and 2x extender, DSLR mount, and Wide Angle Attachment 0.75x (for Optimo Style 16-40 only). Easily interchangeable mounts will be available for PL, Canon EF, Panavision cameras.

Optimo Style lightweight zooms 16-40 and 30-76 will be offered with or without the optional ASU Angenieux Servo Unit.

An Angénieux executive said, “The new Optimo Style lenses inherit the virtues of our Optimo Cine lenses. The rise of multimedia viewing and trend to Ultra definition television is escalating the demand for high quality motion picture content. More productions are  demanding a cinematic look with 4K quality and equipment that’s adaptable to a large variety of cameras, configurations and budgets.”

ASU Angénieux Servo Unit

Angénieux 16-40 and 30-76 Optimo Style lightweight zooms will be offered with or without the optional ASU—which provides control of zoom, focus and iris.

  • The ASU works with broadcast remote handles, cinema remote controls, and existing wireless remotes like Preston or others (on request).
  • It generates lens metadata based on the  Cooke /i technology protocol.
  • The ASU is not a rocker-zoom control handgrip. It weighs 1.5 lb / 0.7 kg.
  • The ASU and lenses are matched and calibrated at the Angénieux factory.
  • The ASU will also be available as an option for the Optimo Lightweight Cine Zooms: Optimo 15-40, Optimo 28-76, and Optimo 45-120.

The Optimo Style line will be available around Summer 2014. As announced at NAB 2013, the first Angénieux 56-152 2S anamorphic zooms have been delivered in United States, Asia and Europe.

NAB booth C7419


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Anamorphic Screenings at NAB


Servicevision will screen their Scorpiolens 2x Anamorphic short “Walk in Barcelona” at NAB on Wed. April 9 from 10am – 6pm in room S107, every 2 hours.

Their 35, 40, 50, 75, and 100 mm Scorpiolens 2x anamorphics will be on display in their booth, C10542.

Cooke Optics

Cooke Optics will show 4 shorts shot with their anamorphic lenses in Paris, London, New York and Toronto on a monitor in their booth C6143 during NAB. Now also on Vimeo. Their 32, 40, 50, 75, and 100 mm 2x anamorphics will be shown.


ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic 35, 40, 50, 60, 75, 100 (shipping), and 135 mm (ships in July) 2x lenses will be shown at ZEISS C9042 and ARRI C4337. ARRI will probably show footage.


The Angenieux Optimo 2x Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 zoom has begun to ship.
Footage will probably be shown in the Angenieux Booth C 7419.

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Canon 17-120 T2.9-3.9 w/ Servo Grip


This is Canon’s first 35mm zoom lens with servo handgrip for documentary, handheld or ENG.

Canon’s 17-120 mm T2.9-3.9 zoom seems impossibly small for a lens that can deliver superb image quality with so much range.

The servo focus/iris/zoom handgrip detaches with 3 screws. When re-installed, there’s no need for manual re-alignment.

I tried out a prototype 17-120 at AbelCine just as we were going to press, and took these photos with the help of Jeff Lee, AbelCine, and Ryan Kamata, Canon.

The lens motors inside the handgrip are quiet and extremely quick. The focus barrel can whip from M.O.D. (Minimum Object Distance) to infinity in 1.6 seconds. The rocker switch in the handgrip is comfortable, sensitive, and offers smoothly feathered starts and stops. You can zap zoom in a blazingly quick .5 seconds, or dial it down to 300 seconds for that slow zoom in title sequence landscape shot.

Lens communicates with camera a number of ways. There’s a familiar broadcast lens style 12-pin serial connector. Cooke /i Technology metadata is supported when using /i equipped PL mount lenses. An added benefit of Cooke /i on PL lenses is that its contacts can also power the focus, iris and zoom motors. Canon Cinema EOS lens data is also enabled, providing power, lens information as well as image compensation of shading and geometry when using  Canon EF mount lenses.

One of the most thoughtful touches is how the focus marks are engraved on the slanted part of the lens focus barrel, so you can see the distance with your left eye while shooting.

Canon EF Mount Model: CN7x17 KAS S/E1
PL Mount Model: CN7x17 KAS S/P1

  • Focal Length: 17-120 mm
  • Zoom Ratio: 7x
  • Maximum Aperture: T2.95 at 17-91 mm
  • ramp to T3.9 91-120 mm
  • Iris  Blades: 11
  • M.O.D: 0.85 m / 2.8’
  • Macro Function: Push button control
  • Front Diameter: 114 mm
  • Approx. Weight: 2.9 kg / 6.4 lb
  • Approx Width: 174.2 mm
  • Approx Height: 125 mm
  • Approx Length (EF): 262.9mm
  • Approx Length (PL): 254.9 mm
  • Focus Gear Pitch (forward / rear): 0.8 mm / 0.5 mm
  • Zoom Gear Pitch: 0.5 mm
  • Iris Gear Pitch: 0.4 mm
  • Fastest Focus Barrel Travel end to end: 1.6 sec
  • Fastest Zoom Barrel Speed: .5 sec
  • Slowest Zoom Barrel Speed: 300 sec
  • Metadata /i Technology
  • Canon EOS Lens Data
  • Angle of View
  • Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
  • (Sensor Dimensions: 24.6 x 13.8 mm)
  • At 17 mm: 71.8°x 44.2°
  • At 120 mm: 11.7°x 6.6°
  • Aspect ratio 1.9:1
  • (Sensor Dimensions: 26.2 x 13.8 mm)
  • At 17 mm: 75.2°x 44.2°
  • At 120 mm: 12.5°x 6.6°
  • Object Dimensions at M.O.D.
  • Aspect ratio 1.78:1
  • (Sensor Dimensions: 24.6 x 13.8 mm)
  • At 17 mm:  86.3 x 48.4 cm
  • At 120 mm: 12.0 x 6.7 cm
  • Aspect ratio 1.9:1
  • (Sensor Dimensions: 26.2 x 13.8 mm)
  • At 17 mm: 92.1 x 48.5 cm
  • At 120 mm: 12.7 x 6.7 cm
  • (M.O.D. is Minimum Object Distance from Image Plane)


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32 New Hawk Anamorphics


Things have been too quiet at Vantage. With all the recent news of new anamorphic lenses from A through Z (Angenieux, Cooke, Scorpio, ZEISS/ARRI) – the company in Weiden building Hawk anamorphics for the past 20 years has been uncharacteristically silent.

Peter Martin and Wolfgang Baumler, above, were smiling in Paris at Micro Salon a couple of months ago, but not saying anything.

Now we know why. Credible sources have confirmed with FDTimes (and Vantage continued smiling) that a massive launch of 32 totally new models of Hawk anamorphic lenses, in two sets, will be announced sometime this year. These two new sets are expected to include front anamorphic zooms, macros, and teles – intended for major motion picture productions that need many choices of focal lengths, apertures, and sizes.  As with previous Hawks, the new sets are designed and built by the same team in Weiden, Germany, and will have similar 2x anamorphic characteristics. Most of the sets will be rented through Vantage Film and their partners.



Look: Cooke NYC Test

New York Test of Cooke Anamorphics now on Vimeo.

Presented by Handheld Films, Cooke Optics, Goldcrest Post Production

Director/Cameraman Jon Fauer, ASC
Line Producer Marc Paturet
First Camera Assistant Timothée Arene
Second Camera Assistant Shaun Malkovich
Gaffer Jackson Lorentz
Grip Joe Janasiewicz

Camera, Lighting and Studio Hand Held Films NYC
Captured with ARRI Alexa Studio
Data ARRIRAW on Codex Onboard
Lenses Cooke Anamorphic/i 32, 40, 50, 75 mm T2.3

Lead Yogini Alison Cramer
Yogini #2 Stéphanie Landouer
Yogini #3 Essence Wall

Finishing Goldcrest Post Production NYC
Supervisor Tim Spitzer
Editor Ricardo Madan
Colorist John Dowdell

Original Score
Music Toby Harting

Special Thanks
Nick Quested, Ellison Santos, Les Zellan, Matthew Jaker, Li Yan Ping Zhu



Fujinon Cabrio 25-300 T3.5


Lens announcements are heating up today.

Fujinon announcement for NAB: a new 25-300 mm joins the growing Cabrio series PL zoom lens family. Its range extends beyond the familiar 10:1 ratio — offering a 12:1 zoom in a comfortable size and weight. It is intended to be used as an all-around zoom lens for exteriors, locations, action, aerials, sports, cars, running shots, as well as interiors.

With a size and weight comparable to the Fujinon Premier 24-180, the new Fujinon Cabrio 25-300 provides a longer range of focal lengths. A detachable digital servo drive unit with Focus, Iris and Zoom motors will be an option mid-year. The lens has rear flange focal depth adjustment. Macro (close-up) capability is available standard on the lens.

All Cabrios can connect for power and data to contacts in the lens mount of many PL cameras. All Cabrio drive units connect with familiar industry FIZ wireless and wired lens control systems. Also plug and play to Fujinon Broadcast style accessories for single operator/ pedestal applications. Optional power and control cables are available. The servo handgrip detaches with 4 screws. When re-attaching, the drive is self-centering.

Official Fujinon Model ZK12x25

  • Focal Length: 25-300
  • Mount: 35mm PL Mount
  • Zoom Ratio: 12x
  • Aperture: T3.5 from 25-273 mm
  • T3.85 at 300 mm
  • Iris Blades: 9
  • Focus Rotation: 280°
  • Zoom Rotation: 120°
  • Front Diameter: 136 mm
  • Length: 401 mm / 15.78”
  • Weight: approx 8.9 kg / 19.62 lb
  • M.O.D. (from Image Plane): 1.2 m / 3’11”
  • also Macro Mode
  • Object Dimensions at M.O.D
  • 1.78 : 1 Aspect Ratio 25 mm    937 x 527 mm
  • 300 mm  77 x 43 mm
  • Angular Field of View
  • 1.78 : 1 Aspect Ratio 25 mm       57° 32’ x 34°19’
  • 300 mm 5°14’ x 2°57’

NAB Booth C7025


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ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphics


The new ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic 135 mm MA will be shown at NAB.

The set made their debut at IBC Amsterdam in September 2012 with a 50 mm T1.9. The MA 35 mm T1.9 and 75 mm T1.9 were unveiled at NAB 2013, followed by the 100 mm T1.9 at IBC 2013, then the 40 mm T1.9 and 60 mm T1.9 at ZEISS Cine Lens Day in November 2013. The family will be complete when the MA 135 mm T1.9 is presented at NAB 2014. (Lens sets are rarely “complete.” DPs, like Oliver Twist, always ask for more.)

ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses have an innovative optical design, with almost no breathing and minimal distortion. Anamorphic “mumps” (faces looking wider in close-ups) is automatically compensated by careful positioning of the cylindrical lens elements. There are 4 to 8 cylindrical elements in each lens. The optical design reduces chromatic aberrations and shading (darkening) at the corners of the image. Master Anamorphic lenses produce a smooth anamorphic bokeh, free of artifacts. The 15-blade iris helps create a bokeh that is elliptical (oval) and consistently illuminated. See the framegrabs (below).

The lenses are compact, light, and have a fast aperture of T1.9 at all focal lengths. They are typically “ZEISS” with reliable and durable mechanical construction. Improved protection against dust and spray means less downtime and fewer repairs.
The ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses herald the return to an era of anamorphic big-screen productions at a new, previously unseen, level of quality.
ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses were developed by ARRI and ZEISS, manufactured by ZEISS, and exclusively distributed by ARRI. So far, about 50 mini-sets (MA35, 50, 75) have been delivered to customers, with many more orders placed. The MA100 is shipping now, and the MA40 and MA60 ship around the end of March. The MA135 will follow after NAB.
Both ZEISS and ARRI will be showing the Master Anamorphics at NAB 2014.

  •           NAB booth C9042
  •                       NAB booth C4337
Sheng Lu, “I See”  (China) MA 50 mm

Sheng Lu, “I See” (China) MA 50 mm

Michel Abramowicz, AFC, “A trip to remember”  (France)  MA 50 mm

Michel Abramowicz, AFC, “A trip to remember” (France) MA 50 mm


Preview NAB Edition

Download a free 12-page PDF preview of Film and Digital Times’ NAB Edition.

But lots more is coming. The complete 96-page epic is brimming with new and up-to-now NDA (non-disclosure) products — printing in a secret location, delivering to NAB in undisclosed trucks, as usual, in time for opening day. Free copies of the printed edition will be found in our big publication bins at the entrances to Central Hall and  South Lower Hall. Also in our booth C10006 — usual spot — next to Sony and across Band Pro. And in the booths of most of our terrific sponsors.

Subscribers editions ship and online downloads begin on Monday, May 7.



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Pegasus2 R4 Thunderbolt JBOD


Use the 4 drives from your old Mac Pro with your new Mac Pro in a new Thunderbolt enclosure from Promise.

The Promise Pegasus2 R4 “Diskless” System lets us remove the 4 drives from an old Mac Pro tower and put them into the 4 drive trays of the Pegasus2 for Thunderbolt access on new Mac Pros and MacBook Pros.

We popped the drives in, plugged in the Thunderbolt cable, and the 4 drives painlessly appeared on the desktop the way they did in the past — as 4 separate icons. This JBOD mode (Just a Bunch Of Disks) is called Pass-Thru Mode by Promise, and it worked by default without any scary setup.

Promise calls this thing “Diskless” — they could call it BYOD – bring your own disks. You can purchase similar Pegasuses with drives and with more bays.

The drives go to sleep and wake up when the computer does. I think this could prove to be a very useful download-storage-cloning-backup data wrangling center for DITs on-set, dailies creators near-set, and editors evderywhere.

FDTimes had moved (“migrated,” “meandered”?) data to the LaCie 5big Thunderbolt (20 TB)  storage cube a few weeks ago. This solved the problem of where to put all those drives that previously lived inside the old Mac Pro but now were living like snails without their shells outside the new MacBook Pro and the yet to arrive new Mac Pro.

The only quibble was that pulling the old drives out of the old MacPro and installing them inside the with the LaCie 5big voided the warranty unless you purchased LaCie spare drives from 2 to 4 TB in hot-swappable trays.

Promise Pegasus2 R4 “Diskless” System is another excellent choice.


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Codex Action Cam



FDTimes begins a few online teasers and excerpts from our upcoming 96-page NAB edition.

Codex gets into the camera business. 

At NAB 2014, Codex Digital introduces Action CAM, a tiny camera with big potential.

Why is this so interesting and how is it different from itty bitty cameras that have come before? Look at the picture above and see what the cameras plug into. It’s a Codex Recorder and it looks very similar to a Codex Onboard S Recorder that’s no longer onboard, but has all the familiar features and controls, and accepts a standard Codex Capture Drive.

Codex Action CAM is a complete camera, capture, transcoding, recording and data management system for places and spaces where the “A” camera is just too big to fit.

The Codex Action CAM itself is a tiny remote camera head that shoots up to 60 fps. It comes packaged with the Codex Camera Control Recorder that delivers full remote control of the camera, along with the familiar features of the industry-standard Codex recorder.

Size: The Action CAM camera head measures just 45 x 42 x 53 mm / 1.7 x 1.6 x 2.1 in. The Codex Camera Control Recorder is only 83 x 139 x 188 mm / 3.3 x 5.5 x 7.4 in.

Weight: Camera set consisting of the recorder and two camera heads, weighs 1.5 kg. / 3.3 lb.

Connections: A single coax cable connects the base unit and camera head, carrying video, control signals and power. With industrial-grade cables, the base unit and camera head can be up to 180 meters / 590 ft apart.

CCD Sensor: Action CAM uses a Kodak 2⁄3″ CCD sensor. Codex reports great sensitivity, extended dynamic range, low signal-to-noise, temperature stability and no visible fixed-pattern-noise. A global shutter means there is no distortion of fast-moving objects.

Image: 14-bit image processing, 12-bit RAW output and Codex debayering.

Native Stereo 3D: Connect two camera heads to the Codex Camera Control Recorder, and the signals undergo the same image-processing. You get completely synchronous 3D output and identical image properties, such as white balance and contrast. This makes shooting S3D simple and straightforward, almost plug-and-play, saving time and money in post production.

Upgraded C-Mount: Action CAM makes back focus adjustment quick, easy and precise. It has a special mechanism with a sturdy locking lever, and an accurate back focus wheel that rotates independently of the lens mount. This makes it possible to quickly adjust the flange focal distance of C-Mount lenses.
NAB booth C6048


Clairmont gets Optimo Anamorphic


The first Angenieux Optimo Anamorphic 56-152 mm T4 zoom lens was just delivered to Clairmont Camera Hollywood. “We just checked it out and it looks great,” said a happy Denny Clairmont. “It’s ready to go out on any one of a number of anamorphic shows we’re prepping.”

This is a lightweight zoom with 2x anamorphic squeeze—approximately the size and weight of an Optimo 38-76.

  • Focal lengths: 56-152 mm
  • Aperture:  T4
  • Zoom ratio: 2.7x
  • Weight (approx.): 4.8 lb / 2.2 kg
  • Length: 210 mm
  • Minimum Focus (MOD):  2’1’’ / 0.63 m
  • Image coverage: 4 perf. scope + / 28.8 mm diagonal
  • Anamorphic squeeze: 2x

More info on the Angenieux website.

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