SmallHD has released the first firmware update for its line of 17-inch, 24-inch and 32-inch production monitors. “Based on industry and customer feedback, we created the greatly expanded firmware 1.0,” said company co-founder Wes Phillips. “We’ve integrated a ton of features to customize color and brightness. We believe we have truly unlocked the power of HDR Preview. Our customers will love the convenience and flexibility the new firmware adds.”
“When Woody Allen asked me to do Café Society, he had never done a digital capture before, but I knew that I had to jump completely into this new chance we had,” said Vittorio Storaro. “I wanted to see images on set that would be very close to the final result and afterwards on dailies even closer, almost 90 percent of that way to what we would see at the end.”
Assimilate’s Scratch 8.5, build 909, now includes support for Red’s new 8K Weapon Helium Sensor, as well as the 8K Weapon VistaVision-sized full frame sensor. Support includes the Log3G10 gamma space and RedWideGamutRGB color space.
Scott Farr is one of the busiest and most sought after production sound mixers in Southern California. So he’s quite familiar with the rigors of carrying his audio kit over a long day of work.“The trick”, he explains “is how to best carry the weight in the front, and distribute it evenly so you don’t tear up your back, while keeping your shoulders free. And you have to be able to easily interface with your equipment.” Farr was one of the first to use the new K-Tek Stingray Harness, designed specifically for carrying and working with front-mounted audio bags filled with equipment.
Stray Angel Films, a Los Angeles-based digital motion picture rental, production and production services company, has purchased six Cartoni Focus 12 fluid heads and tripods from Manios Digital & Film. The company has added the fluid heads to its rental inventory and is including them in packages for mid-sized cameras.
Panasonic has announced that an AG Remote Operation Panel application facilitating remote control of the AG-DVX200PJ 4K camcorder from an iPad is immediately available as a free download from the Apple App Store. Installation of a wireless module, AJ-WM30 or ASUS USB-N53 (both sold separately), is required. The firmware in the camcorder may need to be updated to the newest version. With iPad, iOS7.1, iOS8.1, iOS9 are supported. iPhone is not supported.
Wildlife cinematographer Danny Schmidt plunged into Colombia’s remote Magdalena River Valley earlier this year to document the plight of the critically endangered brown spider monkey in a project for National Geographic. Schmidt and camera operator Federico Pardo had just eight days to locate the rare albino spider monkeys (their albinism is a genetic abnormality cause by habitat degradation), record their story and capture the fragile environment in which they live.
SmallHD announces new sale pricing on its seven-inch AC7-OLED series of monitors for video production. Now starting at $749, the AC7-OLED is priced $500 below any other professional OLED seven-inch monitor on the market.
If you’re one of the 23 million who have seen the Top 10 iTunes WTF (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO_3Qgib6RQ) video of Missy Elliot featuring Pharrell Williams, you likely recognize the signature moves and grooves director Dave Meyers lent to the comeback queen’s rap performance. This year Scott Cunningham, his director of photography and long-time producer, is adding his own visual influence to Elliot’s storied career.
K-Tek has extended its smart line of Stingray Audio bags, with the first made specifically for the Tascam DR-70D and DR-701D. The new KSTG70 incorporates Stingray’s hallmark big-bag features into a small, yet sturdy form factor to enhance the versatility and applications of Tascam’s compact package. The Stingray KSTG70 is ideal for audio and video professionals, documentarians, serious enthusiasts and musicians.