Magazine article American Cinematographer

New Products

Magazine article American Cinematographer

New Products

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Nine Pound Newsmaker

Weighing just nine pounds (including lens, battery and tape cassette) the Sony Betacam Newsmaker camera/VTR represents a dramatic breakthrough in electronic news gathering technology. Extremely compact, the single piece Newsmaker(TM) is almost half the size of Sony's popular Betacam(TM) camera/VTR units and weighs less than proposed competitive ¼'' systems.

Its one-piece design minimizes interconnections, enhances reliability, is simple to operate and is completely compatible with the Betacam recording format. The unit is designed to capture airable pictures under reasonable lighting conditions and is perfect for handheld coverage of events requiring great maneuverability, or as a low cost emergency back-up.

The low cost, minimum facility approach of the Newsmaker BVW-2 also makes it ideal for applications such as ENG coverage in high risk environments (e.g. war zones, politically sensitive areas), video assists to a variety of production and institutional projects, training tools for cinematographers and reporters, and emergency back-up to conventional BVW-1/BVW-3 .Betacam systems.

In addition to its total weight of 9 lbs., the Newsmaker represents a dramatic technological breakthrough in VTR transport/scanner systems. It maintains complete compatibility with the Betacam format on playback and provides registration-free piek-up. The BVW-2 records a single audio track. There is no provision for video or time code output.

For more information contact Sony Broadcast Products Company, Sony Drive, Park Ridge, NJ 07656, (212) 575-1976.

Fresnel Spotlight

Cinema Products Corporation announces the availability of a new BOOOW daylight-balanced (5600 degrees K) luminaire, the latest in the RDS/HMI focusing Fresnel spotlight series, ideal for motion picture and video location shooting assignments.

Ruggedly constructed of die cast aluminum and stainless steel, the RDS/HMI 600OW spotlight is the lightest (51 kg approx.), most compact spotlight in its class. It features a proven 14'' Fresnel lens specifically designed by Ryudensha of Japan, to provide an extremely efficient optical system resulting in a smoother field of light, as well as a wider focusing ratio (11:1 spot-to-flood).

Featuring all the outstanding design and safety characteristics of the popular RDS/HMI 575W, 120OW, 250OW, and 400OW Fresnels, the new 6000W RDS/HMI spotlight uses an electronic ballast for greater safety and longer service life.

For further information, contact Cinema Products Corp., 2037 Granville Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025. …

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