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K-Tek has announced the Squid, a multi-purpose mounting solution to connect a transmitter, monitor, mobile device or remote to a boom pole, tripod, handgrip or other tube shaped object.

Made in Austria of strong elastic silicone, K-Tek said the lightweight (0.74 ounce) Squid solidly holds the device with a silicone barrier that shields equipment — acting as a shock absorber.

There are no snaps, buckles or hook and loop fabric to break or complicate mounting. Made of see-through silicone, the low-profile Squid lets the user view the controls and status monitors.

With the trend toward wireless booming and smaller size transmitters, it’s become common to attach a transmitter to the top end of the boom pole. The Squid will hold mini-transmitters as well as traditional plug-on transmitters.

When transmitters are secured to a pole using the Squid, unwanted movement is eliminated. There are no metal parts to add weight to the end of the pole. The strength of the elastic silicone firmly holds the device even when swinging the boom.

Another popular application is to attach an on-board viewing monitor or a mobile phone to the bottom section of a boom pole. Not just for boom poles, the Squid is a useful accessory for an array of on-set needs. It works with any tube shaped object like the legs of a tripod, the antenna mast, C-stands and handles on sound carts.

In many situations, cameras with gimbals are finding their way to the top of boom and camera poles, creating drone-like shots without the risk, expense and permits associated with drone use. The Squid allows viewing devices and remotes to be attached to the bottom section of a pole.

Priced at $20.00, the Squid is now shipping.

Think Tank said the new bag adds a special “clothing optional” divider that creates space for the users personal effects as well as equipment. The bag was designed to maximize gear for carry-on and meets most U.S. and International airline carry-on requirements.

The multi-used bag has a front pocket that fits up to a 17-inch laptop and 10-inch tablet or an Eagle Creek Medium Clothing Folder for overnight trips. A custom-designed retractable handle with inset channel on aluminum tubing is for added strength and durability. A side pocket for tripod mount or water bottle is included.

Sony Electronics’ Pro Audio Division has previewed next the generation of DWX Digital Wireless. Suited for theater, broadcast or other live applications, Sony’s 3rd generation DWX series delivers ultra-low audio latency of 1.2ms with extended bandwidth and high-density multi-channel operation.

A high dynamic range RF circuit and 4 diversity antenna configuration ensures reliable operation, and the system supports Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. The new DWX components include the smaller and lightweight DWT-B03R digital wireless bodypack transmitter, the DWR-R03D digital wireless rackmount receiver, the BC-DWX1 battery charger and the ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone.

Key features of the new products include:

DWT-B03R

The small, lightweight and sweat-proof bodypack transmitter is ideal for theatre, drama and movie production. It offers ultra-low audio latency of 1.2ms, with 148MHz wideband operation, and uses a rechargeable Li-ion battery for extended operation.

DWR-R03D

The 1U ultra-wideband 2-channel rack-mount receiver (244MHz) is equipped with Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. Two Dante Ports provide network redundancy, and headphone monitoring with loop-thru capability. Additionally both Analog and AES/EBU outputs are provided as well as AES 256bit encryption. A high dynamic range RF circuit provides enhanced performance, and 4 diversity antenna operation ensures stable reception. The included Wireless Studio software is compatible with the DWR-R03D and BC-DWX1 and provides system control & monitoring of all vital functions while the front panel equipped with two OLED displays provides direct access to menus via simplified controls.

BC-DWX1

The battery charger for DWT-B03R and NP-BX1 is equipped with Power over Ethernet (PoE) capabilities. Users can monitor the charging status via PC software, and can also charge up to two bodypacks or two batteries at one time. The BC-DWX1 includes an interlocking mechanism which allows easy integration for storage and transportation.

ECM-77LM

The new addition ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone now uses the small 3-pin connector. It provides a wide frequency response, high sensitivity, and low-noise characteristics. Sony is continually expanding to meet the needs of audio professionals.

Sachtler has introduced two new ACE XL aluminum tripod systems, both equipped with the new ACE XL 75mm fluid head.

Sachtler said the new ACE XL GS AL and ACE XL MS AL tripod systems offer many of the benefits of their carbon-fiber counterparts in a lower-cost package.

“Camera operators would be hard pressed to find a more cost-effective professional tripod system that can support 17.6 pound payload,” said Tobias Keuthen, director of global product marketing management for the Vitec Group, Sachtler’s owner.

“Not only are our new ACE XL GS AL and ACE XL MS AL among the lightest-weight tripod systems on the market, but they offer completely jerk-free camera movements and maximum stability.”

Both the ACE XL GS AL (with a ground spreader) and ACE XL MS AL (with a mid-level spreader) are ideal for use with DLSR cameras and with the latest cine-style cameras. The 75mm fluid head supports an extended payload range of 4.4 to 17.6 pounds. It can handle a lightweight, video-enabled DSLR camera to a heavier rig with camera accessories.

Both tripod systems offer eight counterbalance steps for quick camera balancing, and the ACE XL’s patented SA drag (synchronized actuated drag) damping provides an authentic broadcast feel and familiar dependability for precise panning and tilting. The long 4.1-inch sliding range of the ACE camera plate allows camera setup. Clearly marked counterbalance settings aid in setting repeatable moves and provide a tilt range of +90 degrees to -75 degrees.

Both the ACE XL GS AL and ACE XL MS AL can operate in a broad temperature range and weigh only a fraction more than their carbon-fiber counterparts at 9.9 pounds for the ACE XL MS XL and nine pounds for the ACE XL GS AL.

The ACE XL GS AL with ground spreader provides a height range of 22 to 68 inches, and the ACE XL MS AL offers a height range of 31 to 67 inches with mid-level spreaders. Both models are available now.

xG Technology, Inc. announced that its Vislink business has received a $535,000 order from NEP UK for the latest Vislink HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) 4K-capable HCAM Wireless Camera Systems with Focal Point Camera Control. The systems will be used at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018 and at The Commonwealth Games in Australia in August 2018.

“This commitment from NEP further solidifies our relationship, and continues to highlight the market confidence in the HCAM with pre-orders now over $2 million. I’m delighted with our progress and how our relationship with NEP continues to grow globally,” said James Walton, president of IMT, Ltd. and head of all IMT and Vislink business operations outside of the Americas.

The Vislink HCAM represents the next generation of HEVC 4K UHD wireless transmitters capable of supporting premium live broadcast events, and continues Vislink’s tradition of innovative, high-performance wireless camera systems. HCAM permits 4K UHD wireless video with a 70ms latency via Vislink’s world- leading RF modulation.

xG Technology, Inc. is a developer of technology for wireless communications and spectrum sharing. The company is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida with engineering facilities located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Tenba Air Case Attaché cases are the ultimate lightweight multipurpose transportation solution for every style and size of photographic and filmmaking gear. They provide the strength and rigidity of a hard case at a fraction of the weight, allowing more gear — and heavier gear — to be stored in the case while keeping the overall weight within airline limitations. Air Cases are shippable and airline checkable, so they deliver the same safety as a hard case, but with smoother, steadier performance and better usability and when travelling.

Hard Case Protection — Less Weight

Air Cases are strong enough to withstand more than 400 pounds stacked on top, yet they weigh up to 35% less than the average plastic hard case. They also solve many of the common issues with plastic hard cases by having stronger, smoother rolling wheels, more customizable interior layouts with softer padding, rolling luggage handles that extend to a more comfortable walking height, zippered interior pockets to organize cables and smaller accessories, and much more.

Designed to Move

In addition to their weight and performance advantages, Air Cases provide a user experience more akin to high-end luggage, with corner-mounted wheels and a wide wheelbase to ensure stability when moving heavy loads, lockable #10 YKK® zippers on the main compartment, and a look that doesn’t draw unwanted attention at the airport. Air Cases can also be stacked safely on handcarts and luggage carts because the natural friction between them is more stable than the contact between two smooth panels on a typical plastic case.

Durable Materials

Air Cases are made with a water-repellent 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior, Hypalon® reinforced corners and heavily reinforced stitching to ensure years of reliable use. They come in six sizes, three of which meet airline carry-on regulations, and they available immediately.

Think Tank Photo has introduced the Video Tripod Manager 44, a well-cushioned, highly rigid rolling case that provides hard case protection in a soft case for tripods and heads.

Think Tank said the new case features robust handles on four sizes, making it easy to load into a vehicle. It’s rectangular shape stacks easily, saving space.

The case has crush resistant ABS twinwall end-to-end reinforcement. It’s shock-absorbing wheels roll smoothly and hold up under the toughest conditions. It has protective zipper flaps to keep zippers running smooth after years of use. An included lock and cable secure the main compartment and bag to a fixed object.

Inside, there are multiple tie-down straps to secure the tripod on the inside of the bag. The interior accommodates tripods 44-inches in length. A removable divider increases gear capacity when carrying shorter tripods.

Exterior Dimensions are 12.6-inches wide, 44.5-inches high and 12.6-inches deep. The bag weighs 17.8 pounds. Price is $349.75.

Think Tank Photo is a U.S. based manufacturer that designs and sells camera bags and accessories designed for use by professional and advanced amateur photographers and multimedia producers, especially those who use digital SLR cameras.