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Tools and Toys

New Gerber Steady is Tripod in your Pocket

The Leatherman or Gerber Multi-tool is a mainstay of the TV News Photographer. Who knows when your going to need to tighten some camera screws, strip some wires or open a bottle of wine. These heavy duty “swiss-army knives” are the perfect all-purpose tool.

Gerber is about to release the Gerber Steady, a multi-tool with a twist. Twelve individual tools including tripod legs and a threaded tripod screw.

Granted this will not hold your giant “fancy cam,” but in the world of tiny cameras like the Flip or GoPro, you never know when you might need a little stability for your “2nd Unit” camera.

Unfortunately, this isn’t scheduled until Spring 2012, but put this on my Easter gift list!

Check it out at Uncrate.

Special Prices in the b-roll.net STORE

We’ve added some great deals to the b-roll.net STORE. Over 600 items are available for purchase and we have some limited time only specials for you. You’ll note that these prices beat most of the BIG and HAPPENING mega store prices. Check out the store and tell us what you’d like to see on special next time!

Anton Bauer Battery Digital HyTRON 100 Anton Bauer Battery Digital HyTRON 100
Regular Price: $429.95
Special Price: $375.00

Azden FMX-42 4 Channel Pro Portable Mic Mixer
Azden FMX-42 4 Channel Pro Portable Mic Mixer
$469.99


Libec TH-650DV tripod system

Libec TH-650DV tripod system
$185.99


Miller Tripod System 1643 Solo DV Alloy Tripod with DS-20 Head

Miller Tripod System 1643 Solo DV Alloy Tripod with DS-20 Head
Regular Price: $1,324.95
Special Price: $1,299.00

Redrock Micro Creates DSLR Rig for Rambo

Feeling that your DSLR rig isn’t “Bad-Ass” enough?

Redrock Micro has your solution with the new Redrock|Ops product line. Made to survive anything you can through at it and available in modern camouflage.

Now this totally makes sense for a embedded DP covering the military like Danfung Dennis did for Frontline but something tells me you’d get some strange looks on a commercial shoot.

All the specs and prices can be found here: http://store.redrockmicro.com/Ops

Here’s the Press Release…

Redrock Micro Brings Redrock|ops to Light: a New Concept in Cinema Rigs

Camo-style camera rigs for video DSLR cameras fuse form, style

Hollywood, CA – Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, today announced the new Redrock|ops line of accessories and rigs for video DSLR cameras. The Redrock|ops line is an entirely new concept in cinema equipment that fuses the durability of professional cinema equipment with modern camouflage styling.

Redrock|ops rigs are limited edition versions of existing Redrock cinema rigs that employ a camouflage coating on the rigs. The camouflage coating is a chemical process that infuses the patterns into the materials, resulting in gear that is both attractive and wear resistant. In addition the professional matted finish is “movie set safe” and does not reflect any light.

The first Redrock|ops rig delivered was a modified Field Cinema Deluxe Bundle handed to Shane Hurlbut, ASC at the Hurlbut Visual’s DSLR Bootcamp. The Bootcamp is a first-ever of its kind to teach high-end filmmaking techniques using HDSLR to all-comers during an intensive weekend-long seminar (for more information see hdslrbootcamp.com).

“I love the idea of the Redrock|ops rigs,” said Mr. Hurlbut. “The rig embodies the style of shooting I love to do: rugged, down-and-dirty, out-of-the-ordinary.”

“Redrock|ops was developed in response to the growing interest of filmmakers to personalize their equipment,” said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary for Redrock Micro. “In addition to the obvious use for camouflage and outdoors shooting, filmmakers want to infuse a sense of style to their own equipment. The response has already been overwhelmingly positive.”

Pricing and Availability

Redrock|ops rigs are currently available directly from Redrock Micro’s online store and are priced at a slight premium over standard versions of the rigs. Due to the already high demand and limited edition, Redrock|ops rigs have a delivery lead time. More details and ordering can be found at Redrockmicro.com/ops

About Redrock Micro

Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 Encore cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning depth-of-field adapters, support rigs, focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information can always be found at redrockmicro.com.

About Shane Hurlbut

SHANE HURLBUT, ASC is an accomplished cinematographer who graduated from Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Film. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) nominated Hurlbut’s first feature, The Rat Pack, directed by Rob Cohen, for Best Cinematography in the category of Motion Picture, Miniseries or Pilot Television. Hurlbut recently finished shooting the feature “Men of Valor,” which details the covert operations of the US Navy SEALS. Directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy for Bandito Brothers and Legendary Pictures, this highly anticipated film was shot primarily on the Canon 5D Mark II camera and will be the first HDSLR full-length feature released by a major studio.

Hurlbut’s versatility, passion, work ethic and expertise give him the opportunity to work within any production budget. Of the 15 features Hurlbut has lensed, “Terminator: Salvation,” directed by McG, was the largest in scope and marked a visual reinvention of the Terminator franchise. Hurlbut and McG first collaborated on the sports genre film “We Are Marshall”; that film showcased the true events following a plane crash at Marshall University in West Virginia. “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” directed by Bill Paxton, was a period golf story that incorporated new age camera movement to jazz up the typically laconic sport. “Drumline,” directed by Charles Stone III, featured college show-style marching bands in the south competing for the Bayou Classic.

Panasonic To Unveil New HPX3100 Camera

From: CineTechnica

In just a few weeks, IBC begins in Amsterdam. The European version of the Vegas Broadcast show isn’t as monstrous as NAB, but still sneaks in a few exciting announcements.

The latest news from Panasonic includes a new camera model – the HPX3100. Basically they shoved a 2/3″ chip of the HPX3000 in the body of an HPX-300. So large image sensor, smaller camera. Sounds interesting to me. Especially if the price is closer to that of the 300.

No news on price just yet, but stay tuned.

Read more about it here…

867-5309 / A Whole New “Genny” from Liberty Pak

The headline of this post dates me. I’m a child of the 80’s and I was a big fan of the famous Tommy Tutone track musing about Jenny’s phone number on a bathroom wall.

While it has nothing to do with this story – that song has been in my head all day today after meeting with Gregg Hamlin of 16×9,Inc this morning.

Still on tour from NAB 2010, Hamlin was performing with “Big Genny,” a 960 watt hour silent generator in a suitcase. Charge it at home for about 3 hours, take it with you on a plane (more on that later) and power a 400 watt HMI light ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD for about 2 hours. Finally you can get a powerful HMI frying your talent on a sunny day in the middle of a field that is miles from a power line.

Back in April, when they sponsored the b-roll.net BASH, the folks at 16×9 were telling me about this new “green” power supply are starting to distribute from LibertyPak. My head was full of new gear of all shapes and sizes, so I didn’t fully absorb what the Big Genny could do.

This morning’s meeting at the Cox TV’s DC office with Hamlin along with photogs Jeff Williams and David Chase gave me a chance to see what LibertyPak is all about. You can read all about the specs on the 16×9 website, but here’s my “take-away.”

The LiberyPak System is completely UN-DOT / IATA approved for flight. This surprised me because of all the new changes with FAA about batteries in flight and due to the fact that when the case is opened, it looks like every sinister bomb in every Bruce Willis movie, complete with a power gauge made to look like a countdown timer.

It’s batteries use Lithium Iron Phosphate cells which are installed in such a way as to be considered airplane legal. LibertyPak calls this their Safe Lithium Chemistry (SLiC) technology. You can check the Genny with your luggage or even carry it on. Well, the Big Genny is 45lbs, so the weight might stop you from carrying it on – but the battery composition won’t. They even have all the certification information posted on the case so you can explain it to the TSA rep at the gate.

We plugged in our Kobold 400watt HMI ballast into the Big Genny, hit the power switch and it lit without a whimper. Time didn’t allow a full test, but a fully charged Big Genny should power this HMI for 2 hours. That’s plenty of time for your reporter to do 10 or 20 takes on that standup they can’t seem to spit out, pl;us you’ll even have juice to power your laptop and charge your camera batteries.

The system is made of solid construction and can handle the elements. The case is even built with a channel for your extension cord to feed through when the lid is closed.

My first impression was the $6500 price tag is a little pricey. But, considering it can do things other power-supplies can’t do and can go where other power-supplies can’t go, it may be the only solution for your next adventurous shoot.

The Big Genny’s little sister,  “Little Genny” is a more manageable size and weight and still puts out around 400 watt hours. That can easily run your battery charger, your cell phone charger, and your laptop editor. And if you want to be completely off-the-grid, the Little Genny and other LibertyPak battery belts can be charged with their flexible solar panel system.

Kinda makes you wanna go do a shoot in the middle of nowhere, doesn’t it?

Before I leave, I oughta scrub off the phone numbers I left on the bathroom wall.

Hearst Selects JVC GY-HM100 PROHD for Next Generation Newsroom

HEARST TELEVISION ADOPTS JVC GY-HM100 PROHD
CAMCORDERS FOR NEXT GENERATION NEWSROOM PROJECT

WAYNE, NJ (April 19, 2010) – JVC Professional Products, a division of JVC U.S.A., announced today that Hearst Television, a station group based in New York City that reaches about 18 percent of U.S. television households through its 29 television stations, is standardizing on JVC GY-HM100 ProHD camcorders for its Next Generation Newsroom Project, a new initiative that expands local news coverage.

After a successful pilot project in three stations last year, the Next Generation Newsroom Project was launched in 2010 with deployments at WPBF in West Palm Beach, FL (DMA #38), and KETV in Omaha, NE (DMA #76). Six additional Hearst stations are now using the GY-HM100 camcorder as part of the Next Generation Newsroom: KMBC in Kansas City, MO (DMA #32), WLWT in Cincinnati, OH (DMA #33), WISN in Milwaukee, WI (DMA #35), WGAL in Lancaster (DMA #39), KOCO in Oklahoma City, OK (DMA #45), and KCCI in Des Moines, IA (DMA #72).

According to Joe Addalia, director of technology projects, WMUR in Manchester, NH, which also serves the Boston market (DMA #7), and WESH in Orlando, FL (DMA #19), will deploy new GY-HM100s within the month. Hearst plans to purchase GY-HM100 camcorders for at least six more stations in 2010.

The Next Generation Newsroom Project represents a paradigm shift in news coverage for the station group. Rather than hold news for regularly scheduled newscasts, these news teams provide live streaming video to the Web, as well as produce edited packages for broadcast. The teams do not replace traditional news crews, but instead augment station coverage. “What we’re pushing is to get more content…faster and direct from the field,” Addalia explained. “Our goal is to increase our reach and win at local news. We’re always live.”

News teams have a portable kit built around a GY-HM100 ProHD camcorder paired with a Dell laptop loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 NLE software. For news packages from the field, the GY-HM100 records native .MOV files, which can now be used natively with Adobe Premiere Pro for editing – no ingest required. Addalia said the news packages are recorded and edited in HD, then downconverted to SD for FTP transport back to the station for the local news broadcast.

Addalia said the GY-HM100 is the ideal camcorder for the Next Generation Newsroom Project, because it is a full-featured professional camcorder that records to inexpensive SDHC solid-state media, yet it is not intimidating to non-technical personnel. “It’s a small, lightweight package and it’s easy to deploy,” he noted.

ABOUT JVC U.S.A.

Headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, JVC U.S.A. is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment for the consumer and professional markets. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://pro.jvc.com or call (800)582-5825.