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ARRI was inspired to create their own FSND external filter due to the high expectations for modern d eliverables, current industry image quality demands, and a growth in customer and end-user demand for top-quality external filters. ARRI is already very familiar with premium filters; the ALEXA Mini and the AMIRA cameras come equipped with an internal FSND filter that is highly respected in the industry and purely colour neutral. Now, the unsurpassed dynamic range of ARRI’s camera sensors do not have to be diminished or distorted by external filters of lesser quality.

The ARRI FSND filter comes in 6.6”x 6.6” and 4”x 5.65” sizes. The optical quality, Schott B270i glass used in the ARRI FSND filter is manufactured to a very high standard. The glass is polished completely flat on both sides of the filter with completely parallel surfaces. Plane parallelism is especially important when using a wide-open telephoto lens, as areas of the focal plane can become soft. FSND filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens, allowing the filmmaker to shoot at wider t-stops under bright conditions without overexposure. FSND filters also make it possible to blur moving elements such as water or traffic in bright conditions.

Different from most competing external filters which have square, bumpy edges, the edges of the ARRI FSND filters are perfectly c-shaped. This curved edge reduces glass chipping and makes for easier and safer mounting. ARRI’s FSND filter edges have also been colored black to prevent the scattering of light. Close to the filter’s edge, the glass surface also features an engraved unique Direct Product Marking (DPM) which will improve inventory security at rental houses and with individual owners. This GS1 bar code, which is readable by most camera-based bar code 2 readers around the world, makes rental check-ins and check-outs easier, provides proof of ownership, and eliminates the need for stickers that can fall off or leave residue on the filter.

Not only have the filter materials and shape been expertly selected, but ARRI has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the various coatings of the ARRI FSND Filters. Multiple layers of ND coating, anti-reflective (AR) coating, hydrophobic coating, oleophobic coating, as well as a final “hard” coating have been applied to both sides of the filter (a feature only offered by ARRI). The normal air-facing filter has a 4% - 6% reflectivity rating at each air-glass surface, but ARRI has been able to achieve 0.2% reflectivity. Since crews often stack filters together and reflectivity is cumulative, reducing this aspect down by a factor of 20 is a sensation. Reducing reflectivity maximizes contrast, allowing the full dynamic range of the sensor to be captured, facilitating HDR workflows. The additional coatings, hydrophobic and oleophobic, keep water and grease, respectively, from adhering to the surface of the glass, thereby cutting down on cleaning time dramatically. The hard coating, used to prevent scratches on the filter, is extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear. In tests, competitor filters were far less able to withstand repeated rubbing or cleaning in the same area without leaving a mark. This coating makes the filters more robust and extends their life, prolonging the return on investment.

The pouches provided with each ARRI Filter are also high-quality items designed to provide the best possible protection throughout the filter’s operational life. The outer fabric is durable and water-resistant CORDURA® while the lining is made of a microfiber-like material called MICRODEAR®. Anti-static MICRODEAR® is not only silky to the touch, but it also cleans the surface of the filter every time it’s taken out of the pouch or put back in.

Marshall Electronics has showcased its new CV-RCP-100 Remote Touchscreen RCP camera controller for broadcast POV cameras at IBC 2017.

As cameras evolve and offer higher video quality with more broadcast features, Marshall now offers the convenience of remote adjustment of various camera brands and models from 300 meters away without having to go to the on-screen menu.

The CV-RCP-100 features an intuitive touchscreen interface, designed with intelligent menu and sub-menu layouts, pre-programmed with self-help dialogs, favourites settings, save features and auto-updating firmware. A pair of fine-tune controls enable precision adjustments for white balance, red/blue gain, gamma, brightness, exposure, shutter, frame rate and more.

Remote adjustments can be applied globally to multiple cameras simultaneously or individually ­­for each camera. The CV-RCP-100 utilises an easy and secure locking 3-pin XLR connector for reliable transmission of VISCA protocols over RS485/RS232 up to 300 meters away.

The CV-RCP-100 is compatible with all current Marshall ProSeries POV, Zoom Block and PTZ Cameras, and comes pre-programmed with control protocols for popular non-Marshall branded cameras on the market including Sony, AJA and Panasonic models.

K-Tek has introduced a new Stingray case to protect a pair of long shotgun microphones during transport, storage and while on the set. The elegant semi-rigid mic case offers a sleek yet practical moulded design to enable easy handling by sound mixers, boom operators and utilities.

A rugged thermoformed exterior offers a superior grip, thanks to moulded ribs that also add additional strength to better protect the microphones. Inside, the clamshell design provides a soft orange easy-view interior with contoured centre dividers to separate the two microphones from both below and above. An elastic-edged, black mesh sleeve further secures mics of various lengths. In addition to keeping the microphones secure and easy to access, the Stingray Mic Case features a label area on the back for quick identification of the case’s contents.

Sized to handle most popular shotgun mics, the Stingray Microphone Case has an interior dimension of 12.9” x 2.4” (327mm x 60mm) that accommodates microphone diameters up to 1.1” (27mm), so it even suits the large diameter MKH60 or the long ME66/K6 combination. The exterior size is 14” x 3.5” x 1.5” (256mm x 89mm x 38mm).

Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc. has reached an agreement on a product and marketing collaboration with Lino Manfrotto + Co. SpA (“Manfrotto”), designers, producers and distributors of photography, videography, and camera accessories. The collaboration will span a range of products, including both premium models aimed at professionals and those geared towards travellers and camera enthusiasts. The first product is planned to be launched from Manfrotto in 2018, a brand new line of products developed for Sony’s α™ interchangeable lens cameras. Further collaboration is also underway to launch a new product line for professional use under the company’s Gitzo and Manfrotto brands. Sony and Manfrotto plan to showcase products from this collaboration at future exhibitions they attend within Japan and around the world. Sales and customer support for these products will be overseen by Manfrotto’s sales & marketing team. Through this collaboration, Sony aims to contribute to the further development of digital imaging by stimulating photographers’ and videographers’ creativity through an expanded line-up of accessories.

Pelican Products has launched of three new deeper cases in the re-engineered, up to 40% lighter, Pelican Air Case line. The entire Pelican Air case line, constructed of lightweight, next-generation HPX resin, is available in nine travel-ready sizes, in both long and, now, deep options. With over 13” of depth available, the new cases provide room for fragile and valuable equipment, such as drones and cinema-grade cameras. Pelican Air cases continue to be the gold-standard of premium equipment protection while remaining 40% lighter and now 45% deeper. All Pelican Air cases are available in black, yellow, orange, and gray.

Available configurations offer the choice of four unique interior options to meet almost any performance needs:

The TrekPak Divider system (not available with 1607 or 1637), feature durable, waterproof, closed-cell foam, laminated to corrugated panels to provide a fully customisable and precise protection grid without wasting space.

The Classic Pick N’ Pluck Foam offers a manually customisable solution for fast and simple protection with pre-scored foam to fit almost any equipment.

The Padded Divider configuration includes infinitely customisable, protective, padded dividers with Velcro so users can change their equipment organization scheme on a moment’s notice.

The No Foam configuration allows a blank slate for custom interior solutions (visit pelicanfoam.com for more details).

The new 1607 and 1637 cases have wheels, roll tested over 914 meters. The line’s newest three products all boast classic Pelican case features including a watertight O-ring gasket, a crushproof and dustproof exterior, stainless steel hasp protectors, rubberized, over-molded handles and proven tough double-throw latches. Each Pelican Air Case meets the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion and high and low temperatures).