The Anton/Bauer Cine line of batteries feature a shape that is more in tune with the form factor of modern cinema cameras. They also offer a series of features that make shooting a lot easier. Batteries are an important topic, albeit not a very sexy one. With modern digital cinema cameras coming in different shapes and sizes, the amount of different batteries we are using is quite staggering. External viewfinders, monitors, gimbals and other accessories can easily end up using 5 different types of batteries on one camera rig, if you don’t pay attention to your power solutions. V-lock and Gold Mount batteries have long been the standard in the broadcast world of bigger cameras, and they are experiencing a kind of renaissance since they can make our battery chaos a little more organized. One brick mount battery easily has enough power to not only power the camera, but all our accessories using, for example, a D-Tap port. However, most battery solutions on the market are a bit “uncreative” to say the least. They haven’t changed so much over the past decades other increasing in capacity, or implementation of sizes to comply with airline travel regulations. When I first heard of the new Anton/Bauer Cine line of batteries, I was intrigued. Shaped like a little cube, here was something that finally didn’t look like a brick, and which would fit most modern cinema cameras better. The accurate percentage reading of their capacity is much more precise than the little lights on the side of a battery or the voltage displayed in your camera. In my test, the percentage number went down evenly as the batteries drained, meaning the read-out is accurate if the power consumption of your rig is constant. Personally, I think their coolest feature is the remaining time count that displays as soon as you power up a camera. The battery display will tell you down to the minute how long they are going to last under the current power draw. And if you add more devices via D-Tap, the display will adjust accordingly in real time. A definite no-brainer as you will always know how long you have until you run out of juice. The Anton/Bauer Cine line is available in 90 and 150 W/h models which share the exact same size, although of course the more powerful one is a little heavier. I think their shape will allow them to be used on gimbal-mounted cameras, where their brick-shaped counterparts are often too tall to allow for a full range of motion. CONCLUSION I really liked the Anton/Bauer Cine line of batteries, even more so than their broadcast line. They look slick and have features that make shooting life easier, which can’t be said of many other battery solution in the market.Read more
The Italian company BlueShape is world renowned for their incredibly reliant batteries. They are set to introduce a new line of Granite batteries that have a WIFI feature. Introducing the new Granite Batteries The all-new Granite Two series batteries will come in models of the HD Splash series (100Wh, 190Wh, and 270Wh). The second product, the Granite Mini has a small footprint of 110mm x 96mm (4,33″ x 3.78″) , and a high drain capability of 12A of continuous discharge. There are two models available: 95Wh and 142Wh. Previously only available as a V-Lock battery, the new Granite Two and Granite Mini batteries will also be available with the 3-stud mount. Both Granite Two and Granite Mini will have WiFi embedded, which will allow the user to control their batteries via an iOS or Android App on their phone or tablet. Unique in the industry, the Blueshape Granite Two and Granite Mini models allow rental houses to set a rental period on their battery. The batteries lock themselves once the rental period has expired. Something that caught my attention was a new flight case that they have developed. Little is known about it and we will find out more about it during NAB. Apparently it is a UN certified solution and IATA approved, and allows you to ship large Lithium Ion battery packs. “If it’s not Blueshape, it’s just a battery” is the companies slogan. I must personally give them credit. I use Blueshape Granite BV270HD V-Lock batteries on my Phantom Flex 4K, and there is no other product that I would choose over their batteries. For more information on Blueshape Batteries, feel free to a look at their website. Have you had similar experiences with granite batteries? Or do you have another “go to” battery manufacturer? Let me know in the comments!Read more
With all the different cameras and camera accessories we use on set these days simultaneously, the need for versatile battery solutions is becoming more and more of a pressing issue. The problem with many though is that they are large and easily in your way at times … in comes Hawk-Woods’ Sticky battery, a little battery block available in 38Wh and 75Wh versions, both of which can be attached to cameras using M3 Dual Lock Strips. They have D-Tap build in. These batteries are particularly designed for smaller cameras or drone and gimbal setups, where balancing can become an issue if the battery isn’t returned to exactly its same exact place every time. Hawk-Woods also offers a quick release plate that ensures that the position is absolutely the same. The ST-38W weighs 240 grams, the ST-75 weighs 465 grams. The batteries output 7 amps, which is enough to even satisfy notoriously power hungry cameras like the ARRI Alexa Mini. No word about pricing or availability yet, but keep your eyes peeled on the Hawk-Woods website.Read more
Blueshape has premiered a new set of v-lock batteries at IBC that offer a high level of protection from dust and water. Nicknamed the splash series, their designed to function in the pouring rain and are impact resistant. The new splashproof v-lock batteries carry an IP rating of 65, which when defined offers complete resilience to dust, & protection against low pressure jets of water from all directions. The Splash series comes in three capacities – 100Wh, 190Wh and 266Wh. The D-tap port and terminals are equipped with sealed covers to ensure complete protection. Check out Blueshape at IBC, hall 11 stand 11.A20 for more info on the splash series, as well as their drop resistant granite line and power options for cameras such as the C300 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema.Read more
Don’t say you haven’t been warned about batteries in planes before, but this incident proves that batteries can pose a real danger on airplanes: The news was only just published by ABC Australia, but on April 26 this year, there was a fire in the cargo hold of a plane that was about to take off from Melbourne airport to Nadi (Fiji). Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigated and found that the smoke came from some kind of Pelicase type suitcase which contained lithium-polymer batteries for a camera drone.Read more
On the go? Subscribe to the Cinema5D ON THE COUCH audio and video podcasts on iTunes! In the fifth episode of ON THE COUCH, we hosted our sponsor Vitec Videocom at our suite at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Vitec Videocom owns a number of well-known brands such as Sachtler, Litepanels, OConnor, Anton Bauer and many others. These three brands had quite a few new things in store. First and foremost I want to mention the new Sachtler Ace Accessories: An inexpensive follow focus, a mattebox and a baseplate under the Sachtler brand. I was lucky enough to be involved with the development of these accessories and I have to say that Vitec can be proud of what they achieved, especially the follow focus is extremely versatile for its price point … see for yourself in the video (and watch this space for a review soon).Read more
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