Vinten, Canon Collaborate on DigiSuper HD

May 16, 2008
Vinten’s Vector 950 Active pan/tilt head can now be used with most existing Canon HD field “Shift-IS” lenses, the companies said.

The Vector 950 Active—which complements Canon Broadcast’s lens stabilization Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (“Shift-IS”) technology—is a heavy-duty pan/tilt head designed to carry studio/OB cameras equipped with large zoom lenses weighing up to 264 pounds (120kg). Vinten’s digital electronic positioning technology allows for precise and accurate pan and tilt data from the head to be transmitted to the stabilization systems of Canon’s DigiSuper 100xs and DigiSuper 86xs long-field zoom lenses. That technology is now also available as an optional upgrade on the DigiSuper 100xs, DigiSuper 86xs II, and DigiSuper 75xs “legacy” models equipped with Canon’s Shift-IS lens technology.

Special encoders in the Vector 950 Active provide pan/tilt data at a resolution higher than any other product on the market. This data is linked through a high security protocol to the Canon lens where it is processed to maximize the performance of the Shift-IS image stabilization system. The result is a dynamic image stabilization system that can determine intentional camera movement from unintentional vibration.

“The exclusive technology collaboration between Canon and Vinten increases the value of the Canon HD field lenses with Shift IS already in use,” said Gordon Tubbs, director of the Broadcast and Communications division at Canon U.S.A. “It’s an honor to participate in this exclusive technology collaboration with them and bring new benefits to users of both companies’ products. Now the advanced capabilities of Vinten’s Vector 950 Active system can be applied to many more Canon HD field lenses, making them an even greater asset for the exacting demands of HD camera operators and program producers.”

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