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FAST AND WIDE LUMIX LENS
Ovide’s Koko monitor/recorder uses its own video assist system, but incorporates Convergent Design’s recorder tech. It has assist functions to work with cinema cameras from the likes of Arri, Sony, Red and Canon. The Koko has a ten-inch touchscreen, records on removable SSDs, has six 12G-SDI in/out sockets, USB-C connectivity, audio in/out and Ethernet connection. It’s a hardware solution that needs no additional software to offer automatic metadata capture, clip database, histogram, waveform, focus assist, zebra and false colour. The Ovide Koko records up to four cameras in 1080/60p and is powered by V-Mount, Gold Mount or B-Mount batteries. ovide.com
A new 18mm ultra wide-angle prime with a fast f/1.8 aperture has been launched by Panasonic, to fit its range of full-frame Lumix S Series cameras, costing £799. This compact and light optic is the fifth high-speed f/1.8 Lumix L-Mount lens. All five f/1.8 lenses – the 85, 50, 35, 24 and 18mm – are uniform in size and position of controls. This makes them ideal for use on a gimbal or in a rig, where fast set-up is essential. The lens has 13 elements in 12 groups, including three aspherical, three ED, one UED and one UHR lens. The three ED lenses suppress chromatic aberration, while a circular nine-bladed aperture provides smooth bokeh. The Lumix S 18mm f/1.8 works both smoothly and silently with the camera’s fast AF system, reading the sensor at a maximum of 240fps. Manually, the focus is shifted by a variable amount according to the speed of rotation of the focusing ring – or can be set to shift by a specific amount according to the angle of rotation of the focusing ring. Degree of focus shift can be selected from 90° to 360° in 30° increments. The optic is designed to suppress focus breathing and has micro-step iris control for smooth exposure changes. The dust and splash-proof design allows use in harsh conditions, down to -10°C. panasonic.com
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The platform is ideal for venues, corporate events or art installations. Prism Zero is straightforward and connects directly with all Avolites Titan lighting consoles via NDI. avolites.com
Avolites has released its new stand- alone video display application Prism Zero, to simplify complex video design and integration. It expands the range of live production tools, alongside significant upgrades to Prism Player.
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