Monthly Archives: March 2019

ARRI ALEXA Mini LF – Large Format

Here’s the new little camera from ARRI that shoots big pictures.  It’s ARRI’s latest addition to their large-format camera system. This is what many cinematographers were asking for: Large Format, lighter, smaller, modular. ARRI ALEXA Mini LF is quintessentially an ALEXA LF stuffed into the body of a Super35 ALEXA Mini. It uses the same large format CMOS sensor (36.70 x 25.54 mm). To picture the engineering involved, imagine unloading the entire contents of your 22-foot long camera truck and squeezing almost everything inside a BMW X3. ALEXA Mini LF’s carbon fiber body plus LPL lens mount weighs a mere 2.6 Kg.  How convenient—that’s the same size and weight (about 5.7 lb) as the ubiquitous Maß (1-liter beer mug) at Oktoberfest. Read the full 22-page FDTimes Report. read more…

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Sasaki, Cioni and Panavision Large Format

Dan Sasaki, VP of Optical Engineering at Panavision, and Michael Cioni, Senior VP of Innovation at Panavision and Light Iron, have a few things to say about Large Format. Dan began, “In the last two years, I have seen more changes to lens imaging traits than I have over my entire time at Panavision. The changes in cinematography trends have made it possible for a new lens class to be introduced at nearly all of the major trade shows.” Read the entire interview.

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Amimon and Creative Solutions Report

Amimon Inc. was acquired by The Vitec Group on November 9, 2018. Amimon will be integrated into Vitec’s Creative Solutions division. Creative Solutions, with headquarters in Southern California, comprises Teradek, SmallHD, Wooden Camera, Paralinx, Rycote—and now Amimon. If you work with wireless video, chances are that an Amimon chipset is inside. It’s somewhat like computers having the label “Intel Inside.” Amimon designs and provides the proprietary chips and circuits inside most of the wireless products from Teradek, Paralinx and SmallHD, as well as ARRI, Transvideo and other companies. Amimon’s technology paved the way for user-friendly and reliable wireless systems that “cut the cables” between camera, video village and video monitors on set—and has grown to the point where wireless video is now an expected and essential ingredient of most productions. read more…

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Sony’s Atsugi Technology Center

The Sony Atsugi Technology Center sits on about 25 acres next to the Sagami River in Kanagawa, Japan. It’s a 1 hour ride southwest of Tokyo. Opened in 1960, this is where Sony engineers devised Electronic News Gathering (ENG) in 1971. The digital VTR was launched here in 1987. F35 was Sony’s first Super35mm, PL-mount, single-CCD Cinealta camera–it came in 2008. Next came a rapid succession of digital cine cameras. And then came VENICE, in 2017. That’s the reason we’re here in Atsugi: to visit the team that developed, and continues to support, the Sony VENICE camera. read more…

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Designing Sony VENICE

We now came to the high point of the visit: a meeting mechanical, styling, electronic and software engineers who designed VENICE at the Sony Atsugi Technology Center. read more…

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NAB 2019 Show Preview

The 2019 NAB Show exhibits will be open from April 8-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center with many product announcements, a greater focus on cinema and a new area in Central Hall called Cine Central. read more…

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Vitec acquires Syrp Sliders & MoCo

Vitec Imaging Solutions has acquired Syrp Limited. This New Zealand company makes highly portable sliders and motion control equipment. Syrp designs and develops hardware and software aimed at the independent owner-operator market. Those beautiful night sky scenes where the camera slides past rock formations are often achieve with Syrp’s motorized sliders and timelapse controls. read more…

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ARRI WVR-1s Small Video Receiver

ARRI WVR-1s Small Video Receiver The new WVR-1s from ARRI is a smaller, lighter Wireless Video Receiver. The WVR-1s is part of ARRI’s WVS family of integrated (in-camera) and standalone transmitters, receivers, monitors and associated accessories. The WVR-1s is smaller and lighter than ARRI’s WVR-1 receiver. It will be at home attached to a Wireless Lens Control Hand Unit and… read more…

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