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Cine Gear Expo Opens Today


Cine Gear Expo 2014 at Paramount Studios.

Cine Gear Expo opens today at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif. The annual event draws the motion picture, video and new media community together on the famous Paramount backlot to compare notes on the latest trends and technology. Hundreds of equipment vendors will be showing their latest innovations to the filmmaking community.

When it comes to cameras, attendees can get their hands on the latest, including the Blackmagic URSA Mini compact, lightweight Super 35 digital film camera that’s balanced for handheld use. Canon will highlight its new EOS C300 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera featuring 15 stops of dynamic range, internal 4K recording, and dual DIGIC DV5 processors. L.A.-based Digital Bolex will showcase its new native MFT-mount camera as well as the D16 Reflecting Monitor Hood and the D16 Skin. JVC will show its 4KCAM line of professional camcorders including the GY-LS300, which features JVC’s 4K Super 35 CMOS sensor.

In addition, Marshall will demo a 2-inch-long, all-weather full HD Lipstick Camera built around a high-performing 2-megapixel single chip 1/3-inch sensor and 3.6mm lens that’s ideal for vehicle mounts, hidden cameras, sportscasts and weather reporting.

The exhibit will also feature scores of companies dedicated to tools that work around the camera, like lenses, filters, monitors, tripods and power supplies. For power Blueshape will introduce new all-metal, rugged V-mount plates with four taps and a new line of waterproof batteries, the MVSPLASH. Lex Products will introduce the CineBox to its PowerHOUSE series of portable power distribution boxes, which are stackable, compact and non-conductive, with heavy-duty rubber enclosures to withstand the rugged conditions of location and studio shoots. Switronix will demo its VoltBridge battery monitoring platform that utilizes a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) UART to transmit smart battery data to iOS/Android devices, allowing the user to monitor and set functions on up to 25 devices.

Camera viewing innovations start with the premier of SmallHD‘s newest on-board 5 inch HD monitor, the 501. Plus attendees can tryout the much-anticipated Sidefinder viewfinder/monitor combo in its new 501 configuration. Atomos will demo the Shogun, 4K/HD all-in-one camera attachment for recording, monitoring, playback and editing. Sound Devices will preview its Video Devices PIX-E Series camera-mounted recording field monitors. Boland will offer two new camera-top DayBright models, plus 20, 24 and 27-inch production monitors for mobile DIT carts and location production. Zacuto will be offering bundle savings for the purchase of a Gratical HD combined with a Recoil Rig.

The lights are on at Cine Gear Expo with an array of new lighting advancements from more than a dozen companies. LED lighting will abound. AAdynTech‘s Hurricane Jr. compact Daylight LED is designed for newsgathering and field production with an output of 650 foot-candles at 10 feet. Litepanels line-up includes the new ASTRA 1×1 EP, ASTRA 1×1 E series and a new remote control via Bluetooth. F&V is introducing an innovative Z720 Ultracolor LED Ring Light. Light & Motion will premiere its new Stella LED lights with built-in Li-ion rechargeable batteries that allow cord-free operation up to 12 hours. LiteMat will join LiteGears’ established line of color-correct LED LiteRibbon and Flicker-Free LiteDimmers. Sumolight will show a new Bi-Color LED Sumospace fixture that matches the output of a tungsten 6K spacelight. Plus lights will be shown by Manfrotto, Hive, ETC, Reflex Motion Control and Gantom Lighting and Controls.

BBS Lighting will intro its new Pipeline LED System that has a unique linear form factor with individual Pipes to use alone, or in an array of modular fixtures to suit specific size and color temperature requirements. And Cineo Lighting will exhibit the Cineo Matchbox, portable Remote Phosphor Lighting, which outputs up to 1000 lumens of high-quality light at interchangeable color temperatures.

Other lighting innovations will be on hand from Chimera, Kino-Flo, K5600, Broncolor and ZaboLight. Matthews will show the new VATOR III series of lighting stands to suit fixtures of all sizes. There will also be dimmers including Magic Gadgets‘ Studio PRO and RatPac‘s LumenRadio wireless DMX, allowing control from up to a quarter mile.

There will also be several unmanned aerial vehicles on display, including the Aerigon by Intuitive Aerial, a professional cinema drone designed with 12 powerful counter-rotating rotors and pre-preg carbon-fiber exoskeleton to carry the weight of Hollywood’s most sophisticated camera configurations. Those interested in aerials will also be able to chat with Pictorvision about its full-sized rigs and drones.

Visitors can also check out the Camera Goat off-road dolly that has all-terrain capabilities and can get into the unlikeliest of places. Cinetech Italiana has chosen Cine Gear for the world premiere of its new lightweight dolly, Capinera. Several sliders will be on hand, including those by Reflex Motion Control and That Cat. Mad About Technology is displaying its MAT-TOWERCAM TWIN PEEK, portable, remote-controlled, telescoping column that positions a camera up to 24 feet vertically. Technocrane will offer three new camera support product lines. Plus Filmotechnic USA and Camera Car Systems will give visitors the lowdown on the new Russian Arm 6 addition to its crane, car and flight head systems.

Cine Gear Expo exhibits will be open from 12:00-8:00 p.m. today, and from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., June 6.

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