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Cartoni has introduced several innovative additions to its product line at NAB 2018. The new fluid heads, tripods, pedestals and remote devices address critical needs of broadcasters, rental houses and independent camera operators for versatile solutions to meet new and emerging production demands.

New products include—after the hot-selling 100mm base presented last year—a new 75mm base SDS (Smart Deployment Series) tripod and spreader support system for ultra-lightweight cameras. It combines Cartoni’s popular Focus 8 fluid head with a new version of its SDS featuring Cartoni’s SMART Stop two stage/single lever tripod and SMART LOCK mid-level spreader technology. Available in aluminium and carbon fibre, the SDS system is super-fast to spread and collapse, making it a perfect choice for ENG, documentaries and other on-the-go shooting. The 75mm SDS system is also available for separate purchase.

The FOCUS 8 fluid head is suitable for payloads from 0 to 8Kg (17.7 lbs) and features a continuously variable fluid damping system on pan and tilt movements and Cartoni’s patented variable counterbalance.

In response to numerous operator requests, comes an upgraded version of the Focus 22 having both Flat and 150mm bowl. The new head’s dual design is compatible with many popular pedestals and sliders, making it ideal for rental houses and broadcast production environments that employ a variety of camera and support systems. The new base interfaces directly with 150mm tripods and to pedestals via 4 bolts. The tie-down shaft can be easily removed with 10mm wrench from the 3/8” thread to interface with sliders. Focus 22 has now a super wide range of applications, supporting cameras from 3 to 22 kg (49 lbs) with the patented Cartoni perfect wing counterbalance.

A new version of the bestselling P70 Pedestal now includes steering wheels. P70 is a compact, lightweight, portable support for studio and OB applications with a drive that is super-smooth, allowing for easy travelling. The new version includes three sets of double, heavy-duty, individually-lockable wheels.

The new E-CUBE 7 is a performing encoded pan and tilt head with 7 steps of drag in both pan and tilt. This fluid head acts as a sophisticated pan bar when connected to a remote head, and is the ideal remote control for cameras on cranes, jibs and drones. It features high resolution encoders with accuracy at 40.000 c/t. E-CUBE 7 comes with flat Mitchell base and optional 150mm adapter.

As the standard E-Cube (100mm base and continuous pan and tilt drag) the E CUBE 7 can be supplied in 3 different options, with the CARTONI electronics to operate the Cartoni E-REM 25, with encoders only, transmitting position data to any OEM electronics or bare-bone Fluid Head accepting different encoders and electronics in total OEM configuration.

The E-REM 25 newest release showcases an extremely smooth, reliable, silent, remote pan and tilt head with no back-lash. The maximum payload of 25 kg (56 lbs) covers almost all camera/lens configuration in studio, dollies, towers, cranes or pedestals. A wide variety of speed options from minimum 0,12 rpm and 0.7 °/sec to maximum 120 rpm and 720°/sec give to this head an outstanding flexibility. Pan/tilt resolution ix 800.000 c/t. It interfaces with a variety of remote command options as, the E-CUBE, Joystick or hand wheels. The Data transmission works on RS232/CAN protocol; Zoom and Focus control for digital lenses complete the setup.

Vinten introduced the Vantage external lens drive, a new option for the company’s award-winning Vantage robotic camera head. Vinten’s newest device significantly increases the number of lenses that can be used on Vinten Vantage-mounted cameras, and delivers full servo functionality, including virtual reality (VR) tracking, to manual lenses.

In a compact and lightweight form factor, the Vinten Vantage pan/tilt head enables broadcast-quality video and superior motion control at the same price point as a traditional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera head. Vantage enables customers to choose the camera and lens that meet their requirements, ensuring that they can match manual camera positions, work over long distances, and manage low-light conditions.

Ideally suited to cine, teleconference, or ENG manual lenses, the new external lens drive can drive up to three axes of any manual lens, giving users the ability to drive zoom, focus, and iris. Encoded motors enable the use of stored shots within Vinten’s μVRC (microVRC) and HD-VRC control software (sold separately), and allow users to adapt lower-cost camera setups lacking encoded digital lenses for use on virtual sets and in other VR applications.

“Our Vinten Vantage pan/tilt head is a compact robotic solution that offers unmatched broadcast-quality control and flexibility — and it’s more versatile than ever with the addition of this new option,” said Neil Gardner, global product manager, Vinten Automation. “Combining Vantage with the new external lens drive ensures users can maximise the price and functionality of their camera combinations to suit their specific applications and ensure superior image quality.”

The Vantage external lens drive assembly kit includes everything required to mount the lens drive to the camera setup, including a single motor to drive one axis, two sizes of drive gear, and a flexi gear ring. Additional motors are available as required to drive up to three axes.

Steadicam, a division of The Tiffen Company and Master Cinematographers teamed up to release the Steadicam Air, a revolutionary monopod that is gas lift activated by a foot pedal for adjustable height.

Setting a new standard, the Steadicam Air brings versatility back to the monopod. With its gas lift spring, the Air makes it easy for professional photographers and cinematographers to raise their heights and never miss a moment. Available in two different configurations, a 25 lb and soon after a 15 lb weight capacity, the Air is the perfect complement for professional image-makers to stabilize and support their equipment.

What sets the Steadicam Air apart from any other monopod is that it’s gas lift and spring activated. Weighing only 3.5 lbs, the Steadicam Air is made up of three sections including one twist leg lock that allows for a 360 degree rotation. The height adjustment is activated by the rubberized foot pedal which allows for a non-slip operation.

Made of carbon fiber, the Steadicam Air is lightweight and compact making it easy for travel. The Air is accompanied by a deluxe carrying bag with added protection and an ergonomic shoulder strap. The Steadicam Air-25 is available from 2 February 2018 at $499 USD. The Steadicam Air-15 will available at a later date for $399 USD.

Core SWX has introduced the Voltbridge Fleet Battery Management Platform along with Bluetooth Low Energy enabled versions of its Quad Fleet and Quad Fleet Micro Chargers, Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi, at NAB 2018. This innovative platform allows a single user to oversee dozens of professional camera battery chargers and hundreds of battery packs, all controlled and monitored by a mobile device via its dedicated app. Core SWX also announces the Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi quad chargers with built in Bluetooth capability to complement the Voltbridge system for a complete battery management solution.

“Camera battery power is the most critical part of any mobile/field production. With the Voltbridge platform and new Fleet Qi and QMi chargers, large production/broadcast houses, as well as professional video and cinema rental companies will be able to manage their battery fleet,” says Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “This battery management system will also help to reduce the risk of potential Li-Ion battery related issues, by allowing the user to quickly determine and address any battery packs that may be of concern.”

Building upon Core SWX’s patented wireless battery communication platform, Voltbridge streamlines the process of determining what V-mount and Gold mount battery packs are viable, and which should be inspected more closely by simultaneously monitoring multiple chargers and those batteries connected to it. It also offers the ability to sort, highlight and select hundreds of connected battery packs’ based on a variety of smart data so users can quickly identify packs with diminished service life or cell imbalance, providing an opportunity to test and evaluate the packs through the system. Once the test and calibration is completed, the user can view or email the results of the pack, to maintain a service log. Prior to this innovation, service technicians were required to review each charger’s display manually, and the most sophisticated charging systems’ LCD would only display the data for up to four battery packs at a time.

Lithium-Ion battery packs are the most prevalently used batteries in the production industry today, however there are well documented, inherent risks with the chemistry. The quicker you learn of a potential issue, the better the chance battery capacity can be restored through Core SWX’s proprietary cell balancing algorithm. This helps maximize the ROI and service life of the pack, as well as preventing a potential future battery related concern. The Voltbridge Fleet battery management system also allows users to remotely initiate Core SWX’s SafeFly mode to discharge packs to under 30 percent charge capacity, which is the current Lithium-Ion threshold for safe transport according to the FAA and IATA.

The Fleet Qi and Fleet QMi quad battery chargers support numerous battery packs, including those from Core SWX, RED and Anton/Bauer, providing peace-of-mind to multiple crews on location with legacy packs or rental batteries. The new chargers have four independent charge bays, allowing each bay to focus on the individual battery connected, completing a recharge on four 98wh battery packs in 2.5 hours.