Ashford, Kent, UNITED KINGDOM—Hawk-Woods, innovative developer of broadcast power solutions, has introduced a new camera mount plate that permits its best-selling Mini V-Lok batteries to be employed as onboard power sources with Sony’s lightweight PXW-FS5 XDCAM Super 35 camera system. Mini V-Lok batteries allow the FS5 to be operated for up to 50 percent longer before recharging over standard BP-U batteries. They also include two Power-Con outlets, making it possible to simultaneously power accessories such as transmitters and monitors.
The Hawk-Woods VLM-FS5 plate is available in the United States through Manios Digital & Film.
The Sony FS5 has become a popular choice among documentarians, independent filmmakers and other camera professionals. Its compact, lightweight design, coupled with a 4K sensor, makes it ideal for shooting hand-held or with gimbals and rigs.
Hawk-Woods Mini V-Lok batteries add to the camera’s versatility. “Mini V-Lok batteries provide a significant boost in terms of power capacity,” says Hawk-Woods sales manager Jason Stewart. “Operators can shoot for hours without recharging or changing batteries.”
The VLM-FS5 plate fits directly into the FS5 battery port. A Hawk-Woods Mini V-Lok M-98 battery can then be snapped into the plate and connected to the camera’s DC input via a lead line. The flying lead is regulated to deliver a steady 12v. (When using the adaptor, the camera’s ethernet port is blocked.)
“We developed Mini V-Lok batteries with today’s smaller cameras in mind,” says Stewart. “They pack a lot of power without adding significantly to the weight of the camera package.”
With more than 25 years of experience and expertise in the broadcast industry, Hawk-Woods offers a wide range of products for camera operators, sound recordists and lighting engineers including broadcast camera batteries, chargers, power adaptors, cables and plugs.
About Manios Digital & Film
A division of Ste-Man, Inc. and led by President Steven Manios, Jr., Manios Digital & Film has been bringing the world’s highest quality products to professional filmmakers, videographers and ENG crews in the United States since 1992. The company has longstanding relationships with leading manufacturers around the globe and an extensive dealer network spanning the United States. It is an authorized distributor for Cartoni, Vocas, Kinotehnik, Hawk-Woods and the Veydra 1.2x Expander. By working closely with its customers, and by listening to and understanding their needs, Manios Digital & Film has become a trusted partner to film and video professionals worldwide.
Manios Digital & Film 10663 Burbank Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601; 818.760.8290.