3rd October 2014
What a cracking day we had in the Prokit showroom on 30th. September .
Experts educated, inspired, and explained a raft of new products and ideas released in recent months, including hot new offerings from IBC 2014.
Sony showed us their new (soon to be released) PMW-X70; a 4K ready fully-featured camcorder.
Prokit have also committed to the sensational new PXW-FS7. Can’t wait? Just ask us to get in touch with you as soon as we have stock.
Panasonic were here showing the exciting new DMC-GH4 – the true, full 4K camera with 200mbs recording, and its YAGH interface which lets you go from 8-bit to 10-bit, from compressed to uncompressed, from mic input to XLR.
Canon had a major presence (as always at Prokit) with a full selection of their Cinema EOS range for close inspection, including their new Cine Zoom with servo, the CN7x17. We also featured the Canon XF200 and were lucky enough to have the enthralling Phil Coates to talk about how he used the camera on recent extreme adventures – what better way to test a new camera than to take it to the extremes of our planet.
Phil’s seminar was followed by one from our own Damien King. He gave a breakdown of gimbal systems available from DEFY, with balancing demonstrations and interactive training. Thank you to those who couldn’t wait a moment longer and bought systems there and then.
After a second seminar by Phil Coates on streaming and remote control, it was over to Nick Warburton from Atomos to tell us about his range of external monitors and recorders, including a workflow synopsis. Again, hot from IBC he told us about the Atomos Shogun 4K ProRes recorder; a game changer!
To round things off Sebastian Kanabar enlightened us with a state of the art review of the Colour Rendering performance of the latest LED lights, explaining evaluation and measurement options. He made a live evaluation of the new Lowel Pro focusing LED (the very first units arrived in the UK the day before): the CRI reading was 93, and CTLI reading was 94. That’s excellent.
Scoring 95 on TLCI was the Hexolux 7D LED light; this was the first UK event for this Prokit distributed brand. Everybody was impressed not only by the generous light output, but also by the versatility. It has a focusing fresnel lens ranging from 11 to 70 degrees, which can also tilt through 15 degrees to light evenly from the side. It runs off AC or DC. It accepts a fabulous pop-up soft box, or umbrella if you wish, and can also be used on its own as a practical. You need to see it!
There’s no debate anymore about whether LED light sources can satisfy the needs of our industry. EVERY new light is LED. Established and exciting new manufacturers abound with great new sources. We also had many of them at Prokit on 30th. September.
NILA showed the latest incarnation of their powerful Boxer fixture, together with the popular Varsa and Zaila units.
Dedo were there with DLED9, DLED4 and the new battery powered DLED2.
Lowel, as well as showing the new Pro LED mentioned earlier, also had their new robust flat panel: Prime Location 200 – this one is weatherproof to IP65.
BB&S showed their market leading remote phosphor soft source, AREA 48, also in a four array rig (pictured), as well the new super-lightweight Flyer. An AC or DC powered lantern-filling source for mobile and omni-light applications.
Litepanels lead the LED revolution and may be about to take the lead again with a 1x1 panel that is four times as bright as their original – The Astra.
To round off the “What’s new?” day, we had SmallHD Monitors with a full display including new firmware for their DP7-PRO LCD. In addition to many preset LUTs, the DP7-Pro is able to detect and display nearly every type of LUT you throw at it, allowing you to view a graded image even as it’s being captured.
A tiny pre-first shipment from ORCA bags arrived in time for us to show an audio bag and harness.
Phew! Lots going on. Thank you, if you’ve read to the end.