by Nino Leitner | 17th April 2016
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
by Tim Fok | 25th November 2015
IDX has developed a new set of V-Lock batteries that are nearly half the physical size, great news for filmmakers looking for slimline solutions for gimbals, compact camera setups and cutting down weight for travel. Thanks to Newsshooter for the scoop at Interbee 2015 in Japan, where IDX unveiled their new Endura Duo batteries that are half the physical size of previous lines. V-Locks have become a fairly staple powering solution for the filmmaking industry. Nowadays there are many different manufacturers yet all follow a fairly similar formula in features and form factor. IDX has shaken things up a bit by using new cell technology to reduce the size of their new Endura Duo batteries. Yep, they still look like a standard V-Lock, but size levels have effectively moved up the chain in terms of capacity. The Endura Duo 90HC and Endura Duo 190HC hold a capacity of 93Wh and 183Wh respectively, the slimline Duo 95HC coming in at around the same size as a current 73Wh and the Duo 190HC similar to a current 91Wh. A slimline V-Lock with full-size capacity is great news for gimbal users and travellers looking to keep weight and size to a minimum (only Duo 90HC suitable for travel due to flying restrictions for batteries over 150Wh in capacity) as well as users of the Alexa Mini and Blackmagic URSA Mini cameras that prefer a smaller Slimline V-Lock to match their relatively smaller camera setups. Like some previous IDX V-Locks, the new Endura Duos feature a pair of D-Tap outputs for camera accessories and a 5v USB port for powering wireless link devices and even your smartphone. Gone are the days of judging a V-Locks capacity by its size. Technology like this as well as the High Load V-Locks for lighting solutions concludes bigger no longer simply means better. The New IDX Endura Duo batteries will be released after NAB 2016.Read more
by Tim Fok | 13th September 2014
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
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