Ben Hughes, Director of Photography and owner of independent crewing and facilities company Fracture TV, chose IDX DUO-C95 batteries to power Arri Alexa Mini auxiliary equipment during nearly two months of production for ITV's 2016 'Love Island' series.
"Each DUO-C95 battery gave us more than 75 minutes of power using the Alexa Mini on the Freefly MoVI M15," Ben comments. "The batteries simultaneously powered the follow-focus and I used a second DUO-C95 on the crossbar to power the video sender and monitor. We were mainly on location on beaches away from mains power so the batteries had to be reliable and deliver every time. All outdoors, day and night in extreme temperatures.
"In prepping for 'Love Island' I knew that I wanted to power the camera on the gimbal and minimise cables from the camera to the cross bar. The Alexa Minis small form factor lends itself to side-mounting power on the MoVI. The DUO-C95 gave me all the powering options with its two D-Taps plus a USB power port in a super-slim and lightweight body. Operators who use gimbals regularly know that anything which can keep weight down and also provides both camera and ancillary power is a huge benefit. IDX really seems to have solved this.
IDX is launching D-Tap charging at IBC. This plugs into the D-Tap advanced socket and ultimately means a much more portable and compact charging solution when flying or travelling."
The IDX DUO-C95 is a high-capacity Li-ion professional battery with multiple power out- puts. It is equipped with two built-in D-Taps and a single built-in USB output to power ancillary devices, allowing easy integration into handheld gimbal and aerial setups. Weighing less than 620 g, the battery has a capacity of 93 Wh and delivers 14.4 V nominal at 6.3 Ah. Each of the two D-Tap ports can deliver up to 50 W. The USB port can supply up to 2.3 A. WHD dimensions are 97 x 146 x 38 mm. Battery protection is provided against reverse charge, over charge, over discharge and over current. The DUO-C95 is also temperature protected.
Introduced at the London BVE exhibition in February, the DUO-C95 makes its first IBC show appearance on IDX stand 12.C25 in Amsterdam this September.
'Love Island' is a British dating reality show produced in HD by ITV Studios on location at Mallorca, Spain. It is a revival of the earlier series of the same name which aired for two series in 2005 and 2006 respectively on ITV. The show was launched live on ITV2 on June 7 2015, presented by Caroline Flack and narrated by Iain Stirling. Unlike the original series, the contestants are members of the public rather than celebrities. The show returned for a second series on 30 May 2016 which ended on 11 July 2016. 'Love Island' has been recommissioned for a third series to air in 2017
Fracture TV (www.fracturetv.com) is a camera and lighting company run by Ben Hughes, Director of Photography. Ben has worked on some of the UKs biggest and most loved television shows and was part of the camera team on short film Stutterer that won Best Live action short at the 2016 Oscars.
IDX Technology (www.idx.tv) is the premier manufacturer of Lithium Ion battery power systems, HD wireless transmission solutions, and V-Mount technology for the broadcast, professional video, professional audio and portable electronics industries. Its mission is to develop products that professionals can use with confidence and convenience. By offering the highest quality of product and world-class service, IDX customers are allowed to operate their equipment as expected and concentrate solely on capturing and creating.
As pioneers in the use of Lithium Ion, IDX was the first to produce Lithium Ion NP batteries which meet the needs of camera users demanding higher power and less battery weight. IDX built on that award-winning Lithium Ion NP success by introducing the Endura System with revolutionary features such as PowerLink which provides the exclusive ability to stack a second battery and double the power. The evolution then continued with the introduction of the E-HL9 Series featuring high draw capabilities and excellent performance in an extreme range of environments. IDX provides sales support and service second to none from locations in Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the Americas.