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ProGrade Digital Unveils 1TB Industry First CFexpress Memory card

By Jakub Han

ProGrade Digital is the first company to demonstrate the new CFexpress (CFx) 1.0 technology in 1TB capacity at NAB 2018. The new CFx Type B standard reaches Data Transfer speeds of 1,400MB/s in a same form factor as XQD cards. The company also introduced new high capacity CFast 2.0 and SDXC UHS-II cards.

New CFexpress Technology

CFexpress (CFx) is a new memory card standard promoted by the CompactFlash Association (CFA) as an evolution of the XQD standard. It is an outcome of the divided market of top-tier manufacturers, where some use the CFast standard, which is based on the older SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) interface and others (Sony and Nikon) use the XQD standard, based on a more advanced PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) interface.

The initial CFx card form factor – known as Type B – is the first version of the new standard that will hit the market and conforms exactly to that of XQD. Over time, other form factors within the CFx specification will likely include a Type A card (single lane) similar to SD, a Type C card (four lane) similar to storage modules from Codex and possibly an even larger Type D (eight lane) for very high capacity and performance. Compared to the older XQD standard, the CFx Type B form factor adds the second PCIe lane and the logical device interface capability of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory express), leveraging the performance capabilities.

There are several benefits to a CFx Type B card for use in digital imaging applications:

  • Form Factor ideally suited for higher capacities needed in imaging applications – up-to 1TB with current NAND flash memory technology
  • Physical size that is easy to handle – slightly larger than SD and slightly smaller than CFast or CompactFlash (29.6 x 38.5 x 3.8 mm)
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DJI Force Pro Wireless Gimbal Controller Hands-On

By Graham Sheldon

DJI Force Pro

The Force Pro from DJI is a movement control system designed for use with gimbals. Built with the DJI Ronin 2 and Ronin-S in mind the system also supports other non-DJI gimbal systems via SBUS. See below for a hands on video with the DJI Force Pro:

More information on the Force Pro and on the new DJI Master Wheels can be found HERE.

DJI Force Pro

Mount the Force Pro on a handlebar like this one or simply hold the device in your hand and you can control the roll, tilt and pan of the DJI Ronin 2 from up to 1.8 miles away (10 ms latency) using a dual 2.4G Hz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission. Adjustment dials on the top and the left side allow you to control the speed of each axis.

The handlebar configuration provides space for a monitor and wireless receiver and feels a little more natural to operate, versus simply holding the Force Pro in my opinion. You may also choose to control the Ronin 2 wirelessly with a thumb controller or on a tripod using the 1/4″-20 mounting threads (see right image).

A built-in 4750 mAh battery provides about five hours of runtime and is rechargeable through a USB-C port or DC-IN port, so external cell phone battery packs could keep the unit charged in the field. It takes 2,5 hours to charge the unit to full, however, so keep that in mind.

The Force Pro isn’t heavy and the intuitive menu isn’t tricky to navigate for a new user like myself. I couldn’t detect any delay while using the device in the Central Hall of NAB (a place filled with wireless interference).

Product video below:

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Powerbase EDGE and Hydracore 100 – Universal Battery Packs From Core SWX

By Jakub Han

Core SWX introduced their new battery packs – presented at NAB 2018: The universal and lightweight Powerbase EDGE and their first NiMH Gold Mount battery pack – the Hydracore 100.

Core SWX, the US company specializing in power solutions for cameras have introduced a couple of new products at this year’s NAB. Among those innovations are the universal Powerbase EDGE battery as well as their first NiMH brick battery pack, the Hydracore 100.

Powerbase EDGE

This interesting battery solution follows the path of its highly successful predecessor, the Powerbase 70, which has been introduced eight years ago. According to Core SWX the new Powerbase is packed with more features while being smaller than the original one.

The capacity of the Lithium-ion Powerbase EDGE is 49Wh (14.8V DC, 3.3Ah) and it is keeping the versatility of offering two mounting options, while being 30% smaller than the Powerbase 70. Mounting is possible via V-Mount for cine cameras such as RED or Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini cameras, as well as the 1/4-20 screw mount for DSLR and mirrorless cameras, such as the Panasonic GH5.

In addition, the Powerbase EDGE has 2 USBs and 2 Power-Taps (one of them being a SmartTap), as well as a runtime LCD for users to see the exact battery expectancy in minutes. It also features a quick release plate for fast detachment from the camera or rig.

Powerbase EDGE Key Specs:

  • Capacity: 49Wh (14.8V DC, 3.3Ah)
  • Size: 5.1” x 3.6” x 1.55” (12.95 x 9.14 x 3.94 cm)
  • Weight: 1.3lbs (0.59kg).
  • Normal Runtime: approx. 8.25 hours (Sony A7 w/o accessories )
  • Max Continuous Load: 8A

Hydracore 100

The Hydracore 100 is the first brick battery pack created by Core SWX that uses NiMH technology. The idea behind this product is to provide an → continue…

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Ikan PIVOT 3-Axis Gimbal with 8lbs Payload – Hands On

By Olaf von Voss

Ikan PIVOT

We’ve already covered the frshly announced Ikan PIVOT 3-axis gimbal in this article. Now, at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas we had the chance to take a closer look at it. Natalie Cheng from Ikan walked us through this little, yet powerful, gimbal.

This little guy can hold (and operate) cameras with a weight of up to 8lbs (3,63kg)! Since that’s gonna be quite tough to hold, you can get order a additional dual handgrip as an accessory.

Ikan PIVOT 3-Axis Gimbal

The market for handheld 3-axis gimbal systems gets quite crowded these days. Manufacturers need to have some nice trick up their sleeves in order to attrackt potential customers. In Ikan’s case it is the high maximum payload of the Ikan PIVOT gimbal. It can hold up to 8lbs. As you can see in the vdeo above they’ve managed to operate a Canon C200 with it. Since this camera weights 3.2lbs (1,5 kg) you should be able to add a lens, a baseplate, some 15mm rods and even a wireless focus of some kind. Very neat!


The gimbal itself comes as a classic gimbal-on-a-stick with an angled roll axis in order to preserve a plain view on the back of the camera. Since this gimbal is meant to be used with small mirrorless cameras as well as DSLRs and even bigger cameras, such as the Canon C200, this concept might get pretty fatiguing pretty quickly. In order to distribute the weight a little more evenly, you can get the optional DGH dual grip handle from Ikan.

Ikan PIVOT

Ikan PIVOT gimgal with attached dual grip handle.

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iZotope show us just why its software is so good

By noreply@redsharknews.com (RedShark News Staff)

iZotope show us just why its software is so good

iZotope never fails to amaze us with the capabilities of its software. NAB 2018 was no exception when we were shown just how versatile RX is!

  • iZotope
  • RX
  • sound editing
  • Pro Tools

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    Tiltaing by Tilta – Turn Your Gear Ideas Into Reality

    By Olaf von Voss

    Tiltaing

    We’ve already seen lots of very interesting new tech, software and bright ideas here at NAB 2018. But the new initiative by Tilta, called Tiltaing, might become a whole new host of bright ideas on its own. Let Tilta’s CEO Yang Shao walk you through this “crownfunding website for product ideas”.

    It’s not quite ready but the website Tiltaing.com is about to launch officially on May, 1st.

    Tiltaing by Tilta

    Let’s do a guided meditation, shall we? Imagine one of your usual work days as a filmmaker. Maybe something you’ve done numerous times before. Repetitive, so to say. But wait, what’s that? Every single time you’re HDMI cable breaks just before the actual shoot. Or you constantly (but accidentally, of course) bring empty batteries to the set. Or you’re tired of repeating the same lens-calibrating procedure every time you swap out lenses with your wireless focus control. The possibility of bugging little bits and bobs are literally endless. Tiltaing takes aim to tackle these everyday problems. With your help!


    And what about the big ideas? Motion-control wizardry! Hovering zero-gravity tripods! 4K RAW recorders the size of a matchbox with a 15-hour battery life! Again, Tiltaing is here to help and again, it needs your help!

    Tilta will put up to $10,000,000 into this. Here’s the deal to put this pile of money to work: 1) Enter your idea for a product. 2) Get a deal with Tilta. 3) Negotiate the terms. You’ll get up to 50% of the revenue if your idea is great, unique and, most importantly, complete. The more details you can provide in the first place, the better. When your idea for a cool gadget gets green light you now can access Tilta’s vast experience and supplier network in order to make your dream product a reality.

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    Major Frame.io Update Rundown and Interview with CEO Emery Wells

    By Graham Sheldon

    Frame.io

    My colleague, Olaf von Voss, posted about the new updates to the filmmaker collaboration platform Frame.io previously on cinema5d. We had an opportunity to run through the update with CEO/Co-Founder of Frame.io, Emery Wells, and we jumped at the chance at NAB 2018 to learn more about this impressive update. Details and the full interview below:

    Image credit: Frame.io

    Frame.io added several new updates to their platform, but the addition of 360 video/4K playback, version stacking, presence functionality and the ability for file uploads to the service to pickup without a hiccup after an upload interruption all stood out for me in this update.

    The All-New Frame.io

    The presence feature allows stakeholders in a particular video project to see where other team-members are watching in realtime on the player timeline. This gives the impression of having a team sitting around in a single room watching a video in unison, despite having members working remotely. It sounds simple in practice, but I agree with Emery that this will lead to more organic creative moments between collaborators.

    Another update standout for me was the introduction of annotations in 360 video. Want to direct viewers to a specific point in a 360 video that the team should see? Now doable in Frame.io.

    4K playback is compressed for streaming on the platform, but once the client has green-lit the project you can deliver an uncompressed 4K file through the site. Very handy. Oh, and in case you were concerned about the upload speeds with 4K, Frame.io now uploads footage in 20mb packets. Perhaps your dog pulls the ethernet cable out of the wall 12gb into a 15gb upload? No worries. Frame.io may lose 20mb of data during the incident, but your upload will pick up right around 12gb, versus forcing you to restart → continue…

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    Teradek Bolt XT and LT – Wireless Video Just Got Better

    By Olaf von Voss

    Bolt XT

    If you’re already knee-deep into the Teradek ecosystem of wireless video devices, this is good news for you! Here at NAB 2018 we’ve caught up with Teradek’s Michael Galling and he runs us through all the features of the new Bolt XT and LT lines.

    The Bolt XT and Bolt LT are two completely new lines within the Bolt ecosystem of wireless video transmitters and receivers. However, the good news here is that both lines are compatible with all existing Bolt 3000, Bolt 1000 and Bolt 500 systems.

    Teradek Bolt XT & LT

    These two new lines of wireless transmitters and receivers actually have a lot in common, you could think of them as siblings. In this metaphor the Bolt LT would be the younger brother/sister whereas the Bolt XT would be the big girl/boy. Both share the exact same video transmitting performance but when it comes to features, the Bolt XT sports the full package while the Bolt LT focuses on just the essential functions. But because of that it’s more affordable, of course.


    The Bolt LT starts at around $1.500 which gets you both, the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter offers video loop-through but tt’s HDMI only. For $500 more you’ll get the same version but with SDI ports for video input (plus loop-through) and output.

    The Bolt XT, however, gets you more features as well as more SDI/HDMI inputs outputs depending on the chosen model. It offers the same wirelsess transmission performance as the LT line, it’s really about flexibility in terms of video ports and more software features. The Bolt XT offers a 3D LUT engine, a manual frequency selection tool and a built-in 5Ghz spectrum analyzer. This will help a lot if you’re working on busy sets with a lot of interferences around or if you deploy multiple → continue…

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    Rosco MIX – a New Smart Color Mixing LED Light Fixture

    By Jakub Han

    DMG LUMIÈRE BY ROSCO unveiled a new LED fixture called MIX at NAB 2018. The light will be available in three different sizes, come with a high level of smart remote controlling and have a variety of cool features.

    MIX LED panel. Source: Rosco

    ROSCO is not a new company in the lighting industry and is well known for its light filters and other entertainment and lighting solutions. Now, after their recent acquisition of LED lighting specialist DMG Lumière, they presented their new LED fixture at this year’s NAB show, called the MIX.

    The MIX will initially be available in two sizes – the MINI and the SL1 – followed by the release of the third size , namely the MAXI. These sizes have the same parameters as used with the older LED panels by DMG Lumière (the Switch line). The MIX has three different functionality modes:

    • The white mode offers a wide range of tunable white light, from daylight to tungsten, along with green/magenta correction.
    • The color mode enables users to adjust hue, saturation using the 360° hue wheel — with the ability to desaturate colors to either daylight or tungsten — and intensity, including a dimming curve.
    • The gel mode allows users to select a Rosco gel from a vast library of gels and modify the gel’s hue, saturation, and green/magenta shift as needed.

    The different sizes of MIX fixtures. Source: Rosco

    What I think is very innovative about MIX is the amount of remote controlling and the cool, smart features. The company developed the so called myMIX app for smartphones to control the MIX LED fixtures. Users can choose a color from the color palette or capture a color by photographing it with a mobile phone, then save the color and transfer it wirelessly to the MIX fixture. The app controls → continue…

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    Z Cam E2 – A New Micro Four Thirds Camera Capable of Capturing 4K at 120fps

    By Graham Sheldon

    Manufacturer Z Cam is showing off a new micro 4/3rds mounted camera called the Z Cam E2 at NAB 2018. The E2 is 4K 120 fps capable and records 10bit H.264 and H.265 MOV or MP4 to Cfast 2.0 cards or to an external drive through USB-C. It’s an interesting camera aimed primarily at YouTubers or those aimed primarily at live streaming. Details and an interview with the CEO of Z Cam, Kinson Loo, is below:

    Having access to 4K 120fps at a max bitrate of 1,768Mbps in a camera aimed at the Youtube community and live streaming seems slightly overpowered, but better to have the slow motion option as opposed to not having it! The E2 is built around a 4/3″ Sony WDR CMOS micro four-thirds sensor and has the following resolution options:

    Beyond the recording options, a few standout features include timelapse modes, HDMI and full camera control (including monitoring) through a phone application. The camera is powered by Sony NP-F series batteries or through a DC 12V 5A, LEMO power port. You also have access to a 10-pin lemo port for timecode sync as well as a 2.5mm LANC jack and separate 3.5mm mic and headphone jack.

    The aluminum alloy body feels sturdy to the touch and there are multiple 1/4 20 mounting points around the exterior frame. Oddly the CFast card slot is on the underside of the body, so you would need to remove the tripod plate to change cards if you were mounting the camera in an upright configuration. Obviously this wouldn’t be a factor if you were streaming using the → continue…

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    Vimeo: Now anyone can start their own ‘Netflix’ service

    By noreply@redsharknews.com (RedShark News Staff)

    Vimeo: Now anyone can start their own 'Netflix' service

    If you’ve ever wanted to start your own NetFlix style streaming subscription service or need a way to stream live video easily, Vimeo had a number of services and products on show at this years NAB.

    • Vimeo
    • OTT
    • Studio 5
    • Studio One
    • Streaming
    • Live streaming

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      Forget all arguments against 8K. It’s better, and it will catch on as quickly as 4K

      By noreply@redsharknews.com (David Shapton)

      The advantage of 8K can even be seen in this photograph of the Sharp 8K screen

      If there is one thing RedShark Editor in Chief David Shapton took away from NAB 2018, it is a reinforcement that 8K really does have true benefits to our viewing experience, and it will become normal far faster than any of you think.

      • 8K
      • CLED screen
      • Sony
      • NAB 2018

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        NAB 2018 Megathread

        By Newsshooter

        Now that the dust has settled from last week’s NAB Show 2018, we have compiled a master list of all the stories from the show. Of course, we also have…

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        NAB 2018 Megathread

        By Newsshooter

        Now that the dust has settled from last week’s NAB Show 2018, we have compiled a master list of all the stories from the show. Of course, we also have…

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        Bright Tangerine Clash 138 and More Announced

        By Graham Sheldon

        Bright Tangerine is out at NAB 2018 with a slew of new products covering everything from Alexa Mini and prototype Canon C200 accessories to a new matte box dubbed the Clash 138. Details below:

        Clash 138 Matte Box:

        As a Misfit Atom owner I’ve enjoyed its lightweight, gimbal friendly and easy to use design that works with both 4×4 and 4×5.65 filters. Now, we have a newcomer matte box built on the foundation of the Misfit Atom: the Clash 138. Weighing only 177 grams, the Clash 138 can also accommodate up to two 4×4 or 4 x5.65 filters. You can also fit a single 138mm circular filter for polarization.

        Just like the Misfit Atom, the Clash 138 is aimed at ENG shooters, steadicam and aerial work.

        Titan Arm Quick Release System:

        The Titan Arm, Bright Tangerine’s answer to the articulating arm, now has several new accessories including a 15mm rod adaptor (see above picture) for use with 3/8″ or 1/4″ quick release brackets. A optional modification, the quick release system replaces the standard 1/4 or 3/8 ends that ship normally with the arm. Pricing on the new Titan Arm accessories are as follows: 15mm Rod Adaptor ($24.00), 15mm Rod Adaptor ($37.00 for a set of two), 3/8″ Quick Release Anti Twist Bracket ($79.00), 3/8″ to 1/4″ Anti-Twist Adaptor ($39.00) and 1/4″ Quick Release Bracket ($79.00).

        Alexa Mini Accessories:

        The Alexa Mini now has a full range of accessories including a power distribution module for both V and Gold Mount. The module includes the following ports: 1 x D-Tap, 1x Twist D-Tap, 3x Lemo 2-Pin, 1x5v → continue…

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