Last year at NAB in Las Vegas, Justin and Daryl Goff took a few minutes to walk the showroom floor to check out all the new gear from companies like Matthews Studio Equipment, SmallHD, and Wooden Camera. Justin set out with his ActionCam Raptor Pro, a modular camera stabilizer produced by ActionProducts - equipped with a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K to document the voyage through the busy exhibit halls. The sequence was shot completely with a Schneider Optics Cine-Xenar III 25mm/T2.2 cinema lens supported by a lightweight Bright Tangerine VIV matte box. This demo rig was on display at the Innocinema/ActionProducts booth last year and was a key interest for aspiring operators and seasoned professionals alike, looking for a high quality stabilizer suited for a variety of today's lightweight digital cameras like the BMPC 4K.
We have upload the tour video through Vimeo and YouTube. The quality on vimeo looks terrific and really shows off the image characteristics of Schneider's Cine-Xenar III lens but if you want to see it at it's full resolution check out the YouTube video below!
In the case you missed the show in 2014, here is a run down of products that caught our attention at the show last year and what we think you can expect from these companies in 2015. We hope to see you there!
The biggest announcement at the Atomos booth last year was definitely the Shogun - a 7" recording monitor engineered to take on 4K footage up to 30fps via HDMI and 12G SDI I/O. This got most of the attention at the booth but we were equally interested in the Ninja Star, a tiny Prores recording module designed mainly for RC drone and helicopter use. Based on how fast the the RC market is growing we expect Atomos to design and build more products that cater to drone and helicopter use.
We took a close look at Wooden Camera's 19mm/15mm Studio Lens Support system. A convertable bracket that comes with a traditional 1/4 20" and a 'Y' lens adapter with rollers that work well with rotating focus barrels. Being known for their fast response to new camera systems, it's a safe to bet that Wooden Camera will be showing off some useful accessories for new camera systems like the Blackmagic Design URSA and AJA CION.
The Amira was all over the ARRI booth this year and for good reason. The 'baby Alexa' is a slimmed down version of their top of the line camera system and was of particular interest to the ENG crowd as it featured ProRes recording, single operator controls, B4 mount option and a newly designed OLED viewfinder with a built in LCD screen on the side. To some this would seem like a step back from the Alexa but whispers of an 6K 65mm cinema camera are floating around.
The booth hasn't had an update in a while but you can guarantee on a few new lens announcements each year. Zeiss unveiled two new lenses, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 and the Arri/Zeiss Master Anamorphic MA 135/1.9 which is the last addition to the Master Anamorphic line. We think next years show will be a good platform to announce additions to SLR lens families like the OTUS after having releasing the highly praised 55mm/1.4 last year.
The guys at SmallHD took their newest monitor, the DP7-PRO field monitor, to the next level by offering a terrific real-time color grading functionality through a DP7 firmware update. This update allows the user to color grade on set, straight from the monitor and send the grade downstream to clients or the Director's monitor. SmallHD has really pushed their firmware functionality this year and we don't see them stopping anytime soon.
Anton Bauer has been better know in the film and broadcast realm but they are making strides to cover other markets such as healthcare - that is pushing the designs and engineering of their power solutions to interesting levels. Their most recent announcement highlights safety designs to their battery packs as it relates to impacts and over heating issues. Anton Bauer has also implemented a refresh on their cells that are rated for a thousand cycles and P-tap connection for accessories. We can see Anton Bauer moving into the V-Mount market through sister company Sachtler, so we would guess that more V-Mount solutions could pop up in the future.