Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New

Magazine article American Cinematographer

What's New

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Steadicam Workshop

Cinema Products, manufacturer of Steadicam will hold a training course covering their Academy Award-winning camera stabilization system. The chief instructor will be Ted Churchill. The seminar will include several guest speakers and assistant instructors. Emphasis will be on small group instruction. Moviecam Super Rental and Clairmont Camera will contribute Steadicam systems and Panavision will contribute a Panaglide system.

The course will be held in the greater Los Angeles area from December 4-10, 1988. Enrollment will be limited to 25 people.

For further information: Cinema Products, 3211 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016, (213) 836-7991.

Remote Control Head

IMC introduces the new Remote Control Head, which replaces the old keyboard, plasma display and 8-axis jogging console. The remote head combines all of these features into a single compact and portable unit. Two versions of the remote head are available. The first version has a 640 by 400 pixel electroluminescent (EL) flat panel display. The second version has a video output which allows any 12 megaHz monitor to be the system display.

The use of menus as well as graphics makes for a user-friendly interface. Also, the remote head is portable, and the fact that its coax communication cable can be as long as 4000 feet means that it can operate from any suite or stage area in your facility. Dual 3.5'' PC-Dos compatible floppy drives are built right into the remote head.

For more information: Interactive Motion Control, 8671 Hayden Place, Culver City, CA 90232. (213) 559-6146.

Tough Filters

Fries Engineering, Inc. introduces Fries/Formatt Filters. This new product, imported from the U.K., is produced from an advanced resin compound that has a surface hardness close to that of glass. This new technology makes these filters very difficult to damage. The colors are dyed-inthe-mass which prevents them from fading. Fries/Formatt not only offers many types and sizes of filters, but in addition, offers specialty filters made to a customer's specifications.

For more information: Fries Engineering, Inc. 12032 Vose Street, North Hollywood, California 91605, (818) 765-3600.

Wideband Switching System

A featured item in the BTS booth at SMPTE was the new TVS/TAS-2001 video/audio routing switcher, which provides a video bandwidth of more than 30 MHz (measured with a 1 V P-P sine wave or video signal). The TVS-2001 uses the newest technology to reduce signal path length, providing the flattest possible response through every stage. With a new approach to switcher bus architecture, and a companion line of 30 MHz distribution amplifiers, the TVS/TAS-2001 is designed to maintain wide bandwidth performance with matrix sizes of 200 inputs ? 200 outputs or more.

The BVA-350 30 MHz Video Distribution Amplifiers were developed by BTS specifically for close integration with largescale switchers. This provides the customer with a complete system that is 100% timed, tested, and guaranteed by one supplier.

Both the TVS/TAS-2001 and the standard bandwidth TVS/TAS-2000 system were shown with a broad range of userconfigurable video-audio switching and control panels, including facilities for adding extra units to expand existing systems.

Also on display in the BTS booth was the MCS-2000 Master Control Switcher. The MCS-2000 offers more functions than traditional MC switchers, such as mix keys, key mixes, bordered video keys and color bordered matte keys.

The MCS-2000 was designed especially for integration with the BTS TVS/TAS-2000 Distribution Switcher, using five of the switchers output buses to provide immediate access to every signal in the plant.

When integrated with the BTS TCS-1 Machine Control System, the MCS-2000 also provides full-function interface to VTRs and telecines - including multi-roll of A/V splits and backup machines.

For more information: (801) 972-8000. …

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