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Vitec Group brand Anton/Bauer has debuted an LPD Discharger that can discharge up to four Li-ion batteries simultaneously to ensure compliance with IATA air transport regulations.

Anton/Bauer, the industry leader in mobile power solutions for the broadcast, film, and pro-video industries and a Vitec Group brand, today launched its all-new LPD Discharger. Developed in partnership with one of the world’s largest rental houses, the LPD Discharger can discharge up to four 90 Wh batteries in three hours or less, helping customers comply with the IATA regulations that state that Li-ion batteries transported as cargo must be charged to no more than 30 percent of their rated capacity.

“When the IATA tightened its regulations for battery transport last year, it created a big dilemma for rental houses and international broadcasters whose customers or crews needed to fly home from a remote shoot,” said Andrew Butler, product manager of Anton/Bauer. “Until now, there’s been no elegant way to discharge batteries below the 30 percent threshold, and it simply isn’t feasible for the crew to carry large quantities of bulky batteries into the cabin as carry-on luggage. But with our new LPD, our customers can discharge and ship their batteries in full compliance with the regulations and then fly through security.”

As a dedicated battery discharge unit, the LPD requires no external power; rather, it uses energy from the batteries it is discharging. This allows for travel-friendly operation and ensures that the discharging process does not damage the batteries. Weighing less than 1 kilogram, the system is fan-cooled and thermally protected, making it safe to use and leave unattended in any environment. With its robust metal chassis, the Anton/Bauer’s LPD Discharger is designed to be shipped to any location with the batteries attached for the user’s convenience.

Ultra-Shot is is priced at $499.00 list.

The pressures of production won’t tolerate the temerity of a touchscreen, so DNF gave us real buttons to control AJA’s Ki Pro recorders.

“In this era of virtualizing, technology tends to move away from hardware,” began Dan Fogel, CTO at DNF Controls during our one-on-one interview, “but designers tend to forget that humans need to touch things. Sometimes a touchscreen or a mouse and keypad aren’t sufficient because they force you to focus your attention on their surface. With tactile buttons, your fingers do the talking.”

That’s why at the 2017 NAB Show, DNF (which Fogel insists stands for “Darn Nice Folks”) is debuting an Ethernet-based, button-centric control panel, the new ST600-KIPRO, designed exclusively for AJA Video System’s Ki Pro family of file based recording and playback devices.

As you can imagine, the ST600-KIPRO will be on display at both the DNF and the AJA booth exhibits.

“We needed to use the Ethernet interface in order to achieve clip control on the Ki Pro devices,” Fogel said. “You could go wireless, but for as crucial a function as recording deck control, you really need the reliability of a wired connection.”

All four of AJA’s Ki Pro models are supported, including the 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD HFR Ki Pro Ultra unit with fiber connectivity, its non-fiber cousin Ki Pro Rack, an HD/SD-SDI rackmount edition, the Ki Pro Quad 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD camera-mountable recorder and the compact Ki Pro Mini HD/SD camera-mountable recorder.

“The goal behind this controller is: ‘Simple Stupid’”, laughs Fogel. “It does what you need to accomplish without a steep learning curve. When you look at it, you see what it’s supposed to do. And it does it.”

DNF’s ST600-KIPRO supports up to four AJA recorders with full IP controls for record, play, stop, rewind, fast forward and jog.

Using a dedicated Web page for the metadata, the ST600-KIPRO can also create, name and record clips as well as view, select, load and play from a user-specified timecode location.

“Depending on your workflow, you have options,” Fogel explained. “You can just control the recorders by hitting the buttons, or through the Web screen you can create clips, name them and manipulate them.”

Tactile and simple, but if you are under production pressure, also downright clever.

The TH-X is Libec’s new high-spec entry-level tripod system, featuring the flat base/65mm video head. Now the company is offering the popular head as an individual model. The TH-X is an all-in-one tripod system designed for 4K UHD/HD/DV camcorders and DSLR cameras for a variety of applications, from docs, to weddings and events, to nature, sports and news.

The lightweight and versatile TH-X H video fluid head with pan handle ($139 MSRP) weighs 2.2 pounds, supporting camera systems weighing up to 9 pounds. It has a +90º/-80º tilt angle with a sliding camera plate. It uses a ¼-inch screw with video pin.

Additional highlights from Libec include:

• Dual-head design for flat base equipment with 3/8” screws/65mm bowl tripods
• Built-in counterbalance for precise camera balance and tilt movements
• Snap on/off sliding plate for easy camera balance adjustments
• Sliding plate compatible with Sachtler and Manfrotto heads
• Dual pan handle rosettes for additional pan handle or support arm

Additionally, Libec is offering a special ZFC-L promotion. Buy a hands-free monopod kit or TH-X tripod system, and add on a ZFC-L Zoom and Focus Controller for LANC video cameras for $10 dollars. The Libec HFMP kit is especially appealing to new DSLR filmmakers, featuring a free-stand base, step lock/release foot pedal, smooth panoramic rotations and fast adjustments for increased mobility. The HFMP KIT includes the TH-X dual base video head. The new ZFC-L Zoom Focus Control for LANC (Sony, Canon, and JVC) cameras features smooth, precise zoom speeds, with an Invert Switch to change zoom direction and a Double-Sided Zoom Rocker design to zoom with your fingers. The Libec ZFC-L will be officially released in June so this is an opportunity to get it now.

Shure’s Axient Digital wireless microphone provides high-performance RF, exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability.

The Axient Digital digital wireless system builds on the superior performance of Shure's UHF-R, ULX-D, line of mics to create the most advanced wireless platform to date. This microphone will handle all wireless assignments and situations.

The Axient Digital system is especially applicable for use in complicated and noisy RF environments. The system provides high RF performance, exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability.

Axient Digital features a receiver that is compatible with its two transmitters, the Shure AD and ADX series. When used with the AD series transmitters, the Axient Digital delivers a tremendous benefits, including exceptional RF performance, digital audio, and networking. The ADX series transmitters incorporate ShowLink, which provides real-time control of all transmitter parameters with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX series also includes the first micro-bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort.

Key performance features:

• High-Performance RF—The Axient Digital system provides maximum signal stability. Using Quadversity receiver technology, it features true digital diversity, significantly mitigating the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause dropouts. The Quadversity mode allows users to place sets of diversity antennas in different zones, or double the number of antennas in a single zone, to improve RF signal-to-noise in challenging environments. When operated in the High Density mode, the maximum simultaneous system channel count is increased from 17 to 47 per 6-MHz TV band (from 23 to 63 per 8-MHz TV band), while maintaining exceptional audio quality.
• Audio Quality—Featuring transparent digital audio via Dante and AES3, Axient Digital has a 20Hz to 20 kHz range with a flat frequency response and accurate transient response. The system also boasts wide dynamic range, AES-256 encryption, and a minimal 2ms latency from the mic transducer to the analog output.
• Command and Control— Axient Digital is compatible with Shure's Wireless Workbench for efficient control and configuration, as well as the ShurePlus Channels App for optimal spectrum management and frequency monitoring. The system’s Dante Cue and Dante Browse features enable headphone monitoring from any Dante-enable device. Axient Digital provides networked charging via a suite of smart, high-performance batteries and chargers.
• Hardware and Scalability—Axient Digital system has an extended spectrum range of up to 184 MHz for all transmitters and receivers. Dual and quad receiver options, combined with a common receiver platform while supporting AD and ADX transmitters, maximize user flexibility and scalability
• Axient Digital also is compatible with the Shure Battery Rack Charger (SBRC), which supports up to eight rechargeable batteries in a single, compact rack space. Providing a seamless, tour-ready battery charging and storage solution, the SBRC features an easy-to-read front panel that displays critical battery parameters, including charge status, time-to-full, and battery health indicators. When connected to a network, Shure Wireless Workbench and ShurePlus Channels software provide remote monitoring of the SBRC to track battery status.

Tenba has debuted the Cineluxe Collection of video camera bags in a range of sizes to accommodate professional video gear.

Tenba said the bags have capacities that can hold professional camcorders, cinema cameras and ENG rigs from most major manufacturers, as well as mirrorless or DSLR cameras with three to five lenses.

Speed, versatility, protection and performance are what the pros asked for, Tenba said. A “doctor bag”-style opening provides quick access to an interior that holds a fully assembled camera and a variety of components.

All the bags feature water-repellent nylon, waterproof bottom panels and YKK self-healing zippers. Tenba’s Flex-Core dividers are both rigid and flexible, with an included set of padded wraps that help maximize the interior storage space. The bags meet air travel requirements.

The Cineluxe bags are available in seven models — the Roller 21, Backpack 24, Backpack 21, Shoulder Bag 24, Shoulder Bag 21 Hightop, Shoulder Bag 21 and Shoulder Bag 16. They range in price from $169.95 to $359.95.