Author Archives: FDT Staff

King Peter (DENZ) Sensor Positioning Gauge

King Peter (KP for short) is the latest optical measuring device for professional digital cinema cameras from DENZ. It provides accurate measurements of the image sensor’s position—including the optical center, rotation around the optical axis, and any deviation of the chip away from perpendicular. read more…

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The Rolling Stones in Cuba—Worldwide Release

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon feature-length film of the historic concert by The Rolling Stones in Havana, Cuba will be shown on September 23, 2016, for one night only, in cinemas around the world. Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele, Coldplay) this concert film features ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, ‘It’s Only Rock ’n Roll’, ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Satisfaction’ and more. The concert film and documentary were produced by JA Digital. SR Films handled all outside broadcast services, with PhotoCineRent Paris providing cameras, lenses, controls and heads. read more…

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Paralinx ACE

Paralinx updated their ACE close-range, zero delay, uncompressed wireless system. The chassis is improved and the DC IN connector is now a professional grade 2-pin LEMO. read more…

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Brexit, Part 2

Yas Mitsuwa, Business Development Director, Import Dept. NAC Image Technology Inc. in Japan, spoke with two industry insiders and finds out their take on the Brexit vote in the UK. Ronan Girre is Chief Executive & Head of Studies of ace (ateliers du cinema european) in Paris, France—a center for training and development to help independent European producers. Adam Torel is a British producer living in Japan and CEO of Third Window Films, distributing Japanese and other Asian films in the UK.

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Preston LR2 Demo and Keslow Open House

On Saturday, July 16, the crew from Preston Cinema Systems pulled into Keslow Camera’s Culver City headquarters on Blackwelder Street for a day of Light Ranger 2 demos and a Keslow Camera Open House. Howard Preston, Alanna Berkson and Matt Davis provided hands-on demos with a large variety of camera and lens combinations equipped with the LR2. The Light Ranger 2 is described by Howard Preston as… read more…

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Teradek Color Cine

COLR CINE is a new version of Teradek COLR with updated features and a new set of outputs. read more…

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Teradek Sphere

Teradek’s new Sphere is the core to monitoring a stitched 360 degree VR  quad HD stream wirelessly—without seeing yourself in the shot. It’s like VR Video Assist. Sphere also can do live web streaming of 360 VR content to compatible online platforms. read more…

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LED Lens Projector & News From Chrosziel

Chrosziel introduced a new, cool, bright LED lens projector with remote focus capability. No more burnt fingers fumbling in the dark of a lens testing room at the rental house or lens repair facility. Chrosziel also has a new Handgrip Extender and Zoom Rocker. read more…

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Creative Solutions Open House New York

Creative Solutions opened their doors on June 23rd in the new Greenpoint Creative Solutions Showroom at 190 West Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222. Mark Pederson (CEO / Co-Founder) and Aldey Sanchez (COO / Co-Founder)  hosted about 100 members of the New York production community. CSNY will provide rentals and sales of motion picture and television equipment. read more…

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Sony α6300 Camera and G Master Lenses

Sony Electronics invited 32 members of the press to Miami, Florida. The reason was to try out the new Sony α6300 E-mount APS-C format camera along with 2 new Sony G Master E-mount full frame lenses, 85mm f/1.4 and the 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom. read more…

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Sony a7RII

August 3, 2015. Twenty-two journalists gathered in Portland, Oregon for two 16-hour days and one evening of shooting Digital Stills and 4K UHD Video with the new Sony Alpha 7R Mark II and the RX10 Mark II Cameras. The new Sony a7RII  is an important camera for Sony as it is capable of shooting both 42 Megapixel ARW (Sony RAW) and JPG stills internally and MP4 4K (UHD) motion equally well. One would not hesitate to shoot a documentary with it or use it as a lightweight “B” camera on a feature. It has a versatile e-mount lens mount (18 mm flange focal depth). read more…

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Filming in Israel and Band Pro Open House

The Israeli film market is seeing changes in production. Even some of the more prominent movies are being shot with basic DSLRs or even iPhones. There’s a shift in what filmmakers essentially need and use to make their films. To address this, the 4th Band Pro Film and Digital Open House in Israel took place on July 30th with hands-on product demos and in-depth technical seminars. read more…

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Preston Light Ranger 2 Updates

Preston Cinema is shipping the new Light Ranger 2 and they are now working on some major productions. One big surprise is how great the range is. Initial specs put the far distance at around 40-60 feet. Actual practice is astoundingly several hundred feet. And the close distance is several millimeters in front of the lens. Updates were shown at Cine Gear. read more…

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ARRI Alexa Mini Factory Visit

I visited ARRI in Munich this May to get a first-hand look at assembly of the Alexa Mini. This is a reprint from the report in FDTimes Issue 70 — June 2015. read more…

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Canon HDR Monitors

At NAB, Canon showed a prototype HDR 4K monitor. That led to some questions for Mr. Shinichi Yamato, head of the Display Product Business Unit of Canon Inc, Japan, and Mr. Hitoshi Doi, Future Product & Solution Group at Canon U.S.A. read more…

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Leica M PL Mount

The Leica M PL Mount lets you attach PL mount cine lenses onto Leica M (Typ 240) and M Monochrom (Type 246) rangefinder cameras. Of course, you’ll want to use Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C primes, but the adapter will work with almost any other PL cine lens. read more…

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Leica’s new M Monochrom (246)

Leica’s new M Monochrom (Typ 246) was introduced in May. We spoke with Jesko von Oeynhausen, the Leica M Monochrom Product Manager. “The sensor for the Leica M (Typ 240 and 246) was designed and constructed specifically for photography with Leica M-Lenses. Thanks to the use of only one cover glass instead of three, the number of air-to-glass surfaces is reduced from six to only two. This means that less light is absorbed, fewer reflections occur, and more light can reach the sensor. On top of this, the cover glass used for the sensor in M-Cameras is also multi-coated to reduce reflections…” read more…

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The Business of the Business: Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom

Matt Danilowicz, CEO Vitec Videocom: “Our marketplace is moving much faster than it ever has before. I feel like there are more changes, more people entering the business… All of those things require a faster and more powerful response from companies… I think the market’s always going to be tiered. It’s going to be the high-end of the pyramid where people really demand the best and they have to have it and absolutely are going to pay for it. Then you have an intermediate part of the market where people are going to aspire to have those products. Maybe they can’t always afford them. And then you have the part of the market that’s growing the fastest, that’s broadening the fastest: all the people who are entering the business and buying their first camera, buying their first tripod…” read more…

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Steadicam M-1, Steadicam 40th Anniversary, Cartoni 80th Anniversary

Tiffen introduced the new Steadicam M-1. Its modular, ultra-rigid design and innovative features make it the most hotly anticipated “big rig” in decades. AT NAB, Steadicam celebrated their 40th Anniversary and Cartoni celebrated their 80th Anniversary. read more…

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Editing: Sight, Sound and Story

Stephanie Mergal reports on the Manhattan Edit Workshop Seminar “Sight, Sound and Story” held on Saturday, June 13. With William Goldenberg, Gordon Burkell,  Alanda Yudin, Joe Schuck, Jolie “Bob” Lombardi, Garret Savage, Andy Grieve, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Pax Wassermann, Fabienne Bouville, Jesse Averna, and Sidney Wolinsky. read more…

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