Magazine article American Cinematographer

New Products & Services

Magazine article American Cinematographer

New Products & Services

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Ovide Provides 4K Smart Assist

Ovide has upgraded the Smart Assist, the company's all-in-one video-assist solution, enabling the system to record, play back, and tackle visual-effects tasks in 4K with one camera or in 2K or HD with up to four cameras. Additionally, by linking eight Smart Assists and Quad Splits, up to 128 cameras can be connected for a single take at HD or 2K resolution.

The Smart Assist combines a 22" (1920x1080) capacitive touch screen with 4K video recording and edit-ready visual effects. An updated display offers improved picture quality with brighter performance; the display is available with a matte finish to mitigate reflections or a special finish that makes it viewable in sunlight. The updated system also incorporates SMA connectors for Wi-Fi compatibility and has a built-in Bluetooth antenna. Video can be streamed live or played back to up to 16 connected iPhones or iPads.

Ovide Smart Assist now features 12 routed SDI outputs so users can choose 12 independent video feeds, including multi-viewers. Smart Assist can still be powered with mains, block batteries or regular camera batteries, and the system is hot-swappable. The updated Smart Assist warns users when all power sources are disconnected; the system can be run for two minutes without any power source attached.

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Aerial Mob Partners With Panavision

Aerial Mob, LLC, a leader in drone aerial technology, has reached an exclusive agreement with Panavision, whereby Panavision will recommend Aerial Mob as its preferred drone company in the United States.

"Aerial Mob is very excited and honored to be forming this alliance with Panavision," says Tony Carmean, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Aerial Mob. "We will now be able to utilize the most innovative lens and camera systems with our ultra-hightech drone platforms, offering filmmakers a combined aerospace technology package unmatched in the motion-picture industry."

ASC associate Bob Harvey Panavision's EVP of global sales and marketing, adds, "We consistently strive to support our customers with the latest creative tools and services, and aligning with Aerial Mob meets that objective. Their focus on providing advanced aerial technology, with an emphasis on safely and performance, forms a natural alliance of our two companies [and provides] our clients with the best filmmaking experience."

Aerial Mob was a pioneer in the development of drone safety standards with the Motion Picture Association of America and the Federal Aviation Administration, and the company was the first in the U.S. to gain FAA approval for the use of drones for film production.

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Procam Expands in U.S.

U.K.-based rental facility Procam has embarked on the next phase of its expansion into the U.S. market with the rebranding of HotCam New York - which it acquired earlier this year - to Procam New York. The company is also expanding its New York operation with new staff appointments and a large financial investment in the latest digital cinematography equipment. …

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