LAS VEGAS --
While camera companies fight
it out in resolution wars and
lens makers wrestle with wider
and tighter, those who make camera
support equipment work their creative
skill to add new ways to aid production
values Attendees at the 2013 NAB
Show will see hundreds of such devices.
ikan will introduce its O-Fly Shoulder
Rig, which uses a unique offset design that
makes it easy to shoot using a DSLR’s LCD
display. Vertical adjustments available in
two locations make it easy to position camera
at eye level
K-Tek will showcase its Norbert
frame, a rock-solid mounting system for
DSLR and compact high-definition video
K-Tek’s Norbert frame
Sachtler will demo its artemis Camera
Stabilizer systems, with features such
as HiCap cabling and hot swap capability.
Sachtler’s artemis Camera Stabilizer system
VariZoom will debut the Stealthy,
which features a steady motion stabilizer,
3-point shooter, mini monopod, full monopod,
and tripod, all in one device. Stealthy
hangs from a belt clip and can be quickly
positioned to capture images.
Cartoni will present its Magnum fluid
head designed to support fully decked
studio and ENG cameras with long boxed
lenses, 7-inch viewfinders or large prompters.
Libec will launch its RSPLUS, a brand
new tripod and pedestal system with 100
mm ball head RHP75/85, and a payload
range of up to 55 pounds. Libec will also
introduce its LX10 100 mm ball tripod a
successor of the company’s LS-60/-70 systems.
Matthews Studio Equipment
will introduce the Extreme Pod,
which gives DSLR and micro/macro camera
users the ability to go low or high.
Miller Camera Support will
premier its Skyline 70 fluid head, designed
to provide robust, reliable and versatile
150 mm ball leveling support for lighter
weight sports, studio, EFP and OB productions.
Also new is the Compass 12 Solo
two-stage tripod system, designed for videographers
using DSLR and lightweight
Miller Camera Support’s Skyline 70 fluid head
OConnor will debut its 60L carbon
fiber tripod, which is designed to support
the OConnor Ultimate 2065 and 2575D
fluid heads. OConnor will also showcase
its 1030D and 1030Ds fluid heads offering
seamless transition from heavier to lighter
payload camera setups, such as RED Scarlet,
Blackmagic Design, Canon C300/C500
and Sony F5 models.
Sachtler will introduce its Ace L tripod
system, which accepts payloads up to
13.2 pounds, and the ENG 75/2 D HD, designed
for payloads up to 77 pounds.
Shotoku will debut its ergonomically
designed SX-300, a robust state-of-theart
pan/tilt fluid head designed for field
production, OB and studio use. Shotoku
will also premier its SG-900 manual pan
and tilt head, which provides vibrationfree
speed in an ergonomically designed
sturdy package, along with a 198-pound
Tiffen’s Davis & Sanford brand will
introduce its CrossWise CR3-60 tripod,
featuring a lateral swivel centerpost—
without head. Also new is the Artisan tripod,
designed for nature and sports shooters
on the go and a maximum working
height of 60 inches.
Vinten will introduce its Vision blue3
pan and tilt head, the third pan and tilt
head in the Vision blue line, and designed
for today’s intermediate weight camcorders
and highly accessorized DSLRs. Also
debuting is the Vinten Vision blueBridge,
which extends the payloads on any of
the Vision blue series pan and tilt heads.
Vinten’s Vision blue3 pan and tilt head
Cartoni will premiere a new fluid
action central head for its JIBO compact
jib. It includes a fluid module that adds viscous
damping to both pan and lift movements
for extra-smooth operation.
Glidecam Industries will introduce
the Vista Track series of camera
sliders, which combine a miniature linear
track and dolly system to provide smooth,
accurate, and vibration-free camera movements.
Glidecam will also showcase the
VistaTrack 200-48, a linear track and dolly
system designed for cameras up to 200
Glidecam’s VistaTrack 200-48 linear track and dolly system
Matthews Studio Equipment
will introduce its Lite Intel A
jib, a smaller version of the company’s
robust Intel A jib. The new model features
an eight-foot arm with a capacity of 20
pounds and an extruded arm for solid operation.
Also new is the HD DC slider, a
beefed up version of the
Floatcam DC slider with a
70 pound capacity.
OConnor will showcase
its camera accessory
line, which is matched for
Blackmagic cinema camera.
The universality of the
OConnor accessory family
allows each of the OConnor
accessories —the Universal
Camera Baseplate, O-Focus Dual Mini Follow
Focus, O-Box WM Mattebox and OGrips
handgrips—to interface seamlessly
with the Blackmagic camera.
Camera Corps will demonstrate
its new RF Q-Ball, a complete wireless remote
camera system that can be installed
quickly and easily in practically any location,
and gives the operator full control of
pan, tilt, zoom and focus. (RF Q-Ball will
initially be available only for rent.)
Matthews Studio Equipment
will introduce the Malaku pan
and tilt head that features proprietary Mo-
CoNet software to allow the use of precise
motion control applications when mounted
to the Floatcam HDDC slider.
Ross Video will demonstrate the
integration of its Furio and CamBot robotic
systems into a combination virtual
and hard set that’s automated using Ross’
Ross Video Furio and CamBot robotic systems
Shotoku will introduce its SX-300VR
virtual tracking EFP head, which offers
precise tracking and an ergonomic design
for robust, reliable operation of a wide
range of camera and lens configurations.
Also new are the TK-53LVRII/TK-53VRII
VR dolly crane systems for virtual studio
operation. They allow any studio to be easily
transformed into a virtual environment
without the need for targets on walls, or
Telemetrics will introduce its CSP
camera shader panel, designed to provide
remote matching of multiple automated
cameras and featuring intuitive controls
and touchscreen interface. Also new is the
RCCP-1 robotic camera control panel, a
next-generation system for camera automation.
Vinten Radamec will introduce
a new robotics system that combines easy
installation with leading camera control
technology. It uses Vinten Radamec’s unified
software and engineering to deliver
smooth camera control, and is designed to
work with most makes of cameras, lenses,
and accessories. Also new is the CP4 robotics
control for easy robotic control.
Autoscript will introduce E.P.I.C.
(Enhanced Prompting Information Centre),
an all-in-one prompter display and on-air
talent monitor that simplifies studio equipment,
reduces power consumption and enables
easier location prompting, while still
retaining the advanced features and functions
of Autoscript’s LED prompter series.
Autoscript’s E.P.I.C. (Enhanced Prompting Information Centre) prompter display and on-air talent monitor
Ikan Corp. will show off its new
PT ELITE|Elite iPad teleprompter kit that’s
designed to turn an iPad into a field-ready
Mirror Image will debut its new
IP-10 tablet teleprompter and the lowcost
PB-15 “Price Buster,” as well as a new
line of outdoor capable podium/speech
EQUIPMENT BAGS AND
Petrol Bags will introduce the Deca
Air-Flow camera backpack. It’s designed for
small cameras and also provides pace for a
17-inch laptop computers and other accessories.
The backpack features a unique design
shape to provide air flow for enhanced
user comfort in warm weather. Petrol will
also be showcasing its Deca camera and accessories
bag, which includes a set of builtin
wheels and trolley.
Tiffen’s Domke brand will premier
its Next Generation Domke equipment
bags which feature the new Domke
GearProtex divider and PocketFlex pocket
and pouch personalization and customization