by Olaf von Voss | 7th September 2016
The Vinten Vantage remote head is the latest addition to the UK company’s lineup of camera support equipment. it’s a lightweight remote head which can be tightly integrated into your existing studio setup. Vinten Vantage Vinten just has released this little teaser of their newest product, the Vinten Vantage. As you can see, there’s not much to be explored, so maybe some additional information might come handy: The Vantage is a robotic PTZ (Pan – Tilt – Zoom) head which aims for lighter camera setups up to 4.5 kg (approx. 10 lbs). It is capable of ±90° tilt range and 355° pan range at a speed of 0.02 up to 60 deg/s. UPDATE: Vinten has approached us with a heads up in terms of capabilities of this new robotic head. I appreciate this and glady spread the news: The Vinten Vantage head offers distinct benefits over traditional PTZ cameras including: Continuous variable speed control and full synchronization of any movement versus a traditional PTZ’s limited set of speeds. Flexible mounting positioning for any convenient or restrained location while PTZ’s are dictated by the fixed focal length range of the internal, non–interchangeable lens. Just to be clear here, with this head you are not limited to a fixed-lens build-in camera, that’s for sure. It’s quite the opposite: Modern cameras such as the Canon C100 or Sony FS7 are fully compatible with the system. For all this you’ll not only need the head itself but also some way to control the system. For that, several workflows are being supported, for example serial connections, Ethernet, and LANC. Another way to integrate the Vantage head into your system would be the already existing control system called HDVRC. This is a Windows based touchscreen system wich enables you to fully control the Vinten Vantage head along other compatible gear. the Vinten HDVRC control surface If you need more than just one camera within your setup, you can add additional Vantage heads to your workflow. The HDVRC system can be used as a universal hub for all your existing pedestals, heads and elevation units you might own already. Exact positions of every single axis of the Vantage head are being stored as a screenshot of the current position. From there you are able to transition smoothly from one position to another. Full manual (and smooth) live control is also possible, of course. Not only pan and tilt can be controlled but also zoom if the attached lens features a zoom servo, of course. Since the Vantage head aims for smaller cameras, that might just be the case. A tally light is also provided, which emphasizes the fact that this head feels at home in a studio of some kind. Even a bubble level is integrated, so mounting the thing shouldn’t be any issue. It’s also small enough to discreetly fit into an existing studio environment. It might seem that the Vinten Vantage head is some kind of FX motion control device and it is one, indeed. But it is cleary aimed for studio work, not for FX creation. I don’t think that is precise enough for FX work such as shooting multiple layers of a scene for example. This task demands VERY accurate movement and depends on expensive hardware like servo motors with laser engraved glass disks for precise positioning. As the Vantage claims to be cost effective and lightweight I would be surprised if you could use it for such precise applications. I think the main purpose would be a semi-automated studio setup in which one operator can control multiple cameras from the comfort of his desk. Unfortunately, there is no word on pricing, yet. In terms of availability the Vinten Vantage should be availbale by the end of 2016. source: Vinten websiteRead more
by Olaf von Voss | 20th May 2016
That was fast! Just a few of weeks ago, SmallHD announced an entirely new series of, well, LargeHD monitors – the HDR Production line. Today, the company has announced yet another line of models, the SmallHD Studio Production Monitors. HDR Production vs. SmallHD Studio Production At first glance, the freshly announced Studio Production monitors look quite the same as their already available HDR Production line of monitors. That’s no coincidence since both models sport the same rugged design, the same built-in software, called pagebuilder OS, the same color accuracy and the same amount of inputs and outputs. Even the back of the monitors is the same so you can mount things like wireless video receivers or battery plates using the RapidRail Shoe Mount System. Check out the full details about the HDR Production line in our previous post by Tom and in the NAB post by Fabian. 17-inch and 24-inch models So why bother bringing out yet another line of almost identical monitors you ask? Good question. Daylight viewability is an incredibly convenient feature of our large HDR displays, but for those shooting in controlled lighting environments, the new 1703 and 2403 ‘Studio’ are perfect for the video village and ACs. Says Wes Phillips, SmallHD Co-Founder. They feature the exact same build quality and software feature set, but don’t carry the same price tag of high brightness HDR displays. The only real difference is the lower brightness of the SmallHD Studio Production line of monitors. Therefore, they come with a much friendlier price tag. I think this is a smart step that will grant the company some new customers. Let’s face it; the HDR models are quite pricey. As it gets a little confusing regarding specifications when looking at five quite similar monitors, check out the following chart: As you can see, the one difference between the models that truly stands out is the brightness. The much more expensive HDR models sport almost four times the brightness than the Studio versions. Same set of features Actually, that’s it. No more differences between the Studio Production line and the HDR Production line. All five models come with pagebuilder OS, a neat operating system originally developed for the 500 series and now being optimized for their larger monitors to control each and every setting of these devices. Just as with the HDR monitors you can store frame grabs to an SD card, hidden behind the SmallHD logo. You’ll also retain the ability to customize and save your very own page setup on that SD card. Pricing and availability As the SmallHD Studio Production line of monitors aren’t intended to be viewable in bright sunlight but in more controlled studio situations, the company was able to produce them at a much lower price point. The 17 inch model is $2,999, the 24 inch model is $3,499. That’s a $1,000 difference between the 17 inch HDR and Studio model and an even bigger $2,000 difference between the 24 inch HDR and Studio model. The whole range of monitors, HDR and Studio versions, is scheduled for May 2016 delivery, except for the 24 inch HDR model, which will be shipping in July. What do you think? Is this a smart move we’re seeing here or is it just a frantic price drop to sell duller monitors? Either way, it is good news for the customers – more choice is always better, that’s for sure! For all the details, visit SmallHD’s site.Read more
by Tim Fok | 2nd July 2014
Whilst on the subject of storage, G-Technology released some exciting new products at NAB that are now shipping. The G-Drive ev 220 is the latest portable hard drive from G-Technology that is also compatible with the G-Dock ev, boasting speeds of up to 220MB/s from a single USB 3.0 port. The new Studio drives enters a whole other league however, with the G-RAID Studio and G-Speed Studio supporting speeds of up to 360MB/s and 700MB/s respectively. I’ll discuss the G-Drive ev 220 first. If you haven’t already, check out the G-Dock ev, which is the mothership that the new G-Drive ev 220 is compatible with. The G-Dock ev is an enclosure accepting two hard drive caddies with SATA connection. These drives are configurable into either RAID 0 or 1, meaning it will duplicate data on either disc, or split data over both for speed. The G-Drive ev 220 is effectively a hard drive caddy for the G-Dock ev. However what’s clever is that it also has a USB 3.0 port on back so you can use it as a portable hard drive. What’s new about the G-Drive ev 220? Unlike its slimmer predecessor, the G-Drive ev 220 contains two 2.5″ drives inside that are RAID 0 configured for faster operation. This means they can obtain transfer speeds of up to 220MB/s (hence the name) via SATA or USB 3.0; a vast improvement from the single ev drives that have a maximum speed of 136MB/s. I love the dual protocols, you don’t have to own the whole system to unlock the full speed of what is a very fast and high capacity portable USB 3.0 hard drive. The G-Drive ev 220 has a storage capacity of 2TB, the drives are 5400rpm and comes with a limited 3-year warranty. Next are the new Studio drives from G-Technology. Gone is the sleek aluminium aesthetics, both Studio are easy to identify with their gloss black exteriors, no doubt to follow suit with Apples change of look with the new Mac Pro. The G-RAID Studio is a dual drive thunderbolt 2 system. Configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD the Studio line are built for capacity and speed. It ships with 2 7200rpm Enterprise drives with total capacities up to 12TB (8TB & 6TB also available). Transfer speeds can reach up to 360MB/s. The G-Speed Studio is effectively double the G-RAID Studio. With the same RAID configurations plus 10 and 5, it house 4 drives and has a capacity of up to 24TB (12TB & 16TB also available), with transfer speed of an impressive 700MB/s. The Studio Drives naturally come with a 3-year warranty, and both provide 2X Thunderbolt 2 ports. The Studio line is built specifically to keep up with the demand of 2k and 4k video, whilst retaining G-Technologies long standing track record for reliability. G-Technology only ever use Hitachi drives which have been independently proven as the industries most reliable drives. G-Technology 12TB G-RAID Studio External Storage System with Thunderbolt 2. G-Technology 24TB G-SPEED Studio External Storage System with Thunderbolt 2.Read more
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