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New Products & Services

Sony Expands Camcorder Line
Sony has expanded its line of large-sensor 4K technologies
with the introduction of the PXW-FS5 compact Super 35mm
camcorder. The new model fills a niche between cameras like Sony's
PXW-FS7 and the NEX-FS700, and complements Sony's consumer
a7R II and a7S II models.
The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed for handheld shooting. The lightweight body has excellent weight distribution for reliability and comfort. It can be used in an array of applications, including airborne on a drone. A one-touch rotatable grip allows for
instant switching between low- or high-angle shooting. Users can
also attach the 3.5" LCD panel to different positions on the handle
or the compact camera body.
Capable of 4K XAVC high-definition shooting, the camera's
Super35 Exmor CMOS sensor incorporates 11.6 million pixels and
8.3 million effective pixels. The high sensitivity and large size of the
sensor enable out-of-focus backgrounds, increased low-light sensitivity and lower image noise. The camera also boasts 14 stops of latitude, as well as high-frame-rate cache recording at 10-bit 4:2:2 Full
HD and a high frame rate of up to 240 fps in 8-second bursts.
The PXW-FS5 features built-in electronic variable-ND filters.
The compact power zoom E lens PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS
(SELP18105G), provided in the PXW-FS5 kit model, enables zoom
operation with one hand. The PXW-FS5's E-mount can take virtually
any lens, such as SLR lenses via an adapter, as well as Sony's E-mount
and A-mount lenses. The lightweight (1 pound, 13.2 ounce)
camera's interfaces include 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI output, MI shoe, dual
SD card slots, Wi-Fi and wired LAN terminal, supporting various
system configurations and enhanced network functions such as file
transfer and streaming transmission. A planned future firmware
update will provide raw output.
For additional information, visit www.sony.com/fs5.

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Convergent Design Launches Apollo
Convergent Design has introduced the Apollo, a portable HD
multi-camera recorder/switcher. The Apollo can simultaneously
record up to four HD video signals, along with a fifth channel of
either a live-switch between the four or a quad-split reference view.
The Apollo can also function as a four-channel live switcher while
simultaneously recording the four isolated HD video signals.
All cameras stay in perfect sync with matching time code. A
single SSD contains all of the multi-camera media, dramatically
reducing turnaround time for
post. Two SSD slots allow
for twice the record time
or mirror recording for
safety backup. The Apollo
utilizes industry-standard
2.5" SSD media, either manufactured by Convergent Design
or qualified third-party models.
Using the new Apollo
Media Manager app, recordings can
be exported as separate Apple ProRes files or as a single multicamera QuickTime file that drops directly into the timeline of
supporting NLEs, such as Final Cut Pro X.
Additional functions are planned for release in the first quarter of 2016, including two-channel 4K/UHD video recording,
DNxHD recording, and cascade interconnect between up to three
Apollos for up to 12 HD-channel or six 4K/UHD-channel simultaneous recording. These and other functions will be made available via
a free firmware update. A remote keypad control unit will be offered
along with a rack mount and other accessories.
For additional information, visit www.convergentdesign.com/apollo.
Keslow, Tilta Put Alexa Mini in Cage
Keslow Camera has introduced the Tilta Cage, a custommade, lightweight cage accessory manufactured by Tilta and
designed for the Arri Alexa Mini camera. The cage can be configured as a lightweight cage that works with shoulder rigs, gimbal
systems, or in a traditional studio setup.
The Tilta Cage boasts integrated electronics and up to 10
12-volt power-output ports, allowing users to power accessories
from modular junction boxes. The top plate and handle J-boxes
each incorporate two three-pin Fischer ports and one two-pin Lemo
port, and the battery plate incorporates two three-pin Fisher and
two two-pin Lemo ports.
The battery plate also features a built-in HD-SDI distribution
amp and a built-in adjustable-speed fan. Accommodating Gold
Mount or V-Mount battery plates, the plate is also adjustable front-

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