Tuesday, July 28, 2009
New Tools Of The Trade
If you’re a video shooter who does a lot of traveling, the Inflatable Airline Bag from Petrol was created specifically for full-sized broadcast cameras. The duffle-style carrier is stored in a handy zippered nylon pouch for easy transport through airport security and on board. Once you’re on the plane, just insert the camera inside the duffle and blow into a tube that fills the bag’s internal inflation system. The camera is instantly surrounded by a firm, protective air cushion that’s ready to be stored in the overhead compartment. Estimated Street Price: TBA. Contact: Petrol, (845) 268-0100, www.petrolbags.com.
The OConnor 120EXe Encoded Heavy Duty Fluid Head delivers high-precision pan-and-tilt position information for cinema-quality visual-effects productions. Based on EX-technology, the head features a new kind of stepless counterbalance system, as well as a new ultrasmooth pan-and-tilt fluid drag designed for film-style shooting. The 120EXe debuts in conjunction with the latest Mo-Sys camera motion-capture systems and can support up to 120 pounds through its entire tilt range of +/- 90 degrees. Mo-Sys systems fully integrate into the visual effects workflow to ease and accelerate all steps from shooting through to the final effects composite. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Mo-Sys Hollywood, (818) 827-1315, www.Mo-Sys.com.
Ensure that your images look as good in the final print as they did onscreen by using Museo IIGS Archival Double-Sided inkjet paper. The 250 gsm, 100-percent cotton paper features an extra-smooth finish on both sides and contains no optical brighteners for long-term color stability. The paper is optimized for pigment-based inks and is available in 25-sheet boxes of 8.5x11, 11x17 and 13x19 inches. Also available are 17x22-inch sheets. Estimated Street Price: Varies. Contact: Museo, www.museofineart.com.
Designed to mount on most professional tripods and camera stands, the Tallyn Series Laptop Deck provides an all-in-one studio solution for wireless or tethered shooting. The 3/8-inch thread mounts to any Manfrotto tripod or Studio Titan Camera Stand and features an external locking bolt to provide added stability and secure mounting. The sturdy ballhead allows for a full range of mounting angles. Adjustable brackets allow the deck to support laptops up to 17 inches wide and 8.8 pounds. Estimated Street Price: $84. Contact: Tallyn’s, (800) 433-8685, www.tallyns.com.
Network Storage Upgrade
For improved performance, the LaCie 5big Network now comes with a gigabit Ethernet connection, features five hot-swappable drives that support seven RAID modes and includes a 10 TB model. Strengthening its support for Mac users, the 5big Network is compatible with Apple’s Time Machine backup software and the iTunes server, which allows you to access the NAS device from the application software. The 2big Network, which is a two-bay RAID unit that provides up to 4 TB of storage, also has been enhanced with expanded backup capabilities for performing incremental and scheduled backups to external devices. Estimated Street Price: $799 (5big); $319 (2big). Contact: LaCie, (503) 844-4500, www.lacie.com.
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