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AGITO hard at work in The Netherlands Posted: 24/02/2021
AGITO hard at work in The Netherlands

With offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Spain, Eurogrip is one of Europe‚Äôs largest suppliers of specialist camera equipment and brings 25 years of experience to a whole range of productions across the continent. It was one of the first buyers of one of the AGITO modular dolly systems and has seen it come into its own for broadcast work in the current production environments necessitated by the Covid pandemic.

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RUSHWORKS Announces Plans to Launch Portable, Powerful and Affordable Additions to Production, Playback and Streaming Platforms Posted: 21/02/2020
RUSHWORKS Announces Plans to Launch Portable, Powerful and Affordable Additions to Production, Playback and Streaming Platforms

RUSHWORKS, provider of cool technology for production, playback and streaming since 2001, will be demonstrating additions to its core solution series at NAB 2020 that will offer easy-to-operate, affordable systems to a broad cross-section of markets including Broadcast, Houses of Worship, Education, Government, Legal and Sports. The Company has revealed plans to introduce its latest generation pan/tilt head, a servo zoom control system, robotic dolly camera platform, affordable prompter and a turnkey portable production system. RUSHWORKS will also display the PTX Model 2, VDESK, VNEWS and VDEPO in Booth SL7406.

RUSHWORKS Puts the PTX Model 1L in the Spotlight

RUSHWORKS will showcase the new PTX Model 1L PanTilt head that includes a more powerful tilt motor and a larger L-shaped tilt platform. The latest in the PTX series allows expanded compatibility with wider and heavier camera/lens combinations, including DSLR and mirrorless bodies like the Sony Alpha series and the versatile RX10 IV “bridge” camera with a 25x optical zoom lens.

Like the previous PTX Model 1, the Model 1L can be controlled using RS-422 VISCA devices as well as DMX hardware and software. It includes connections for cameras that can be controlled using RS-422, RS-232, RS-485, LANC and Panasonic REMOTE (2-wire) communications.

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WEIGL and Avolites Collaborate on Dollywood Wildwood Grove Installation Posted: 22/11/2019
WEIGL and Avolites Collaborate on Dollywood and rsquo;s Wildwood Grove Installation

Avolites and Weigl were proud to recently partner on The Wildwood Tree, a unique installation located within Wildwood Grove at Dollywood. The centrepiece of this new land is majestic and unlike any other tree in the world. It was designed & built by LifeFormations with creative from The Imagination House. All involved were able to bring this to life using pioneering lighting and video technologies.

Weigl designs and manufactures a range of fascinating software and hardware products for permanent theme park and interactive experience installations. The story of their collaboration with Avolites starts back in the mid 2000’s where Weigl used Avolites’ DMX Pearl and Azure consoles to create single universe ‘single pass’ moving light profiles for their animatronics shows. This shifted at the NAMM show in 2018 when things got a bit more interesting.

Mike Blasko, President of Weigl, met Stephen Baird-Smith, sales manager of Avolites, who was demonstrating Synergy on the stand – the groundbreaking feature set of Avolites’ Titan and Ai V12 software that integrates lighting and video control together. As the two began discussing the ins and outs of the software in more depth, Blasko was intrigued to see how it could work for the unique applications Weigl was being challenged with from their customers and partners. Weigl’s installations recently have relied more and more on lighting and video at their core and the team had been searching to find the most efficient way to generate DMX streams built partially from traditional lighting cues and partially from video. Their workflow also often relied heavily on traditional ‘busking’ approaches, which was what brought them to Avolites in the first place.

Although Synergy was still at its beta stage when it was introduced to Blasko, he decided to give it a shot in his upcoming projects and as product developers themselves, Weigl knew what they were getting into. From there, a strong partnership began. Weigl worked directly with engineers at Avolites and the team at Group One in US (the exclusive distributor of Avolites in the US) to start integrating Synergy into their Wildwood Grove project at Dollywood.

Using beta software on projects can be risky and requires a huge amount of support; however, it is the perfect opportunity to accelerate development. Weigl worked closely with Avolites, providing clear and concise feedback without the pressure of a live performance setting.

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RUSHWORKS NAB 2017 Puts the Show into Trade Show Posted: 27/03/2017
RUSHWORKS NAB 2017 Puts the Show into Trade Show

RUSHWORKS, a Dallas area-based software development company that produces cool technology for production, playback, and streaming, will be demonstrating the latest tools in its arsenal of powerfully simple products at NAB 2017 in Booth SL12713. Company President Rush Beesley today revealed that each product offers unique elements or features that separate RUSHWORKS solutions from the field. Included in the line up: LOCKED ON, an object tracking solution that eliminates the need for video camera operators; the upgraded PTX Model 1 and 2 Universal PanTilt heads controlled from DMX and/or VISCA devices; SegmentR PRO, a robust utility that transcodes and optimizes multiple formats in a file-based workflow; and NEWSDOLLY, a robotic camera dolly that introduces dynamic PTZ camera motion and anchor tracking to news and other studio and stage productions.

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TNDV Provides Turnkey Production Services for Dolly Partons Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Posted: 24/01/2017
TNDV Provides Turnkey Production Services for Dolly Partons Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon

Nashville-based mobile production specialist TNDV recently gave back to its community on a project that hit close to home, delivering turnkey production services for country music superstar Dolly Partons Smoky Mountains Rise telethon to aid families affected by the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires that began in late November. Working within an extraordinarily short timeline, TNDV provided production and uplink trucks, equipment, crews and expertise while managing all key video, audio and lighting elements for the live television event. 

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Polecam Systems keeps on innovating Autopod and other new products at IBC 2016 Posted: 18/08/2016
Polecam Systems keeps on innovating  Autopod and other new products at IBC 2016

Polecam Systems will show the latest Polecam rigs and new innovations and products, including the global launch of Autopod, a remotely operated programmable elevation unit for rigs, remote heads and cameras. This new production model features a new lightweight base and a custom foam flight case and other enhancements.

Tags: Polecam | IBC | IBC 2016 | Autopod | Cross Terrain Dolly | Steffan Hewitt | Fujinon | Toshiba | UHD WA adaptor | camera jib | camera crane | Ronin | PICO | Ultra Slo Mo | dolly | minicamn
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KFX Technology takes its Aurora Remote Head and new products to Cinegear with high end KFX-Ronford Baker Motorized Slider and KFX-MYT new products Velvet Remote Head and Constellation Skater Dolly Posted: 23/05/2016
KFX Technology takes its Aurora Remote Head and new products to Cinegear with high end KFX-Ronford Baker Motorized Slider and KFX-MYT new products Velvet Remote Head and Constellation Skater Dolly

KFX Technology will show their new high-end product, the KFX-Ronford Baker Motorized Slider at Cinegear Expo 2016 on booth #60C. KFX Technology was chosen by Ronford Baker to collaborate on motorizing their well known sliders after impressing them with the high quality engineering of the KFX Aurora Remote Head. The Aurora Remote Head is precision engineered, easy and intuitive to use, with more than enough power for the most demanding applications, and already has an established success and reputation in the movie industry worldwide. Recent productions include Mission Impossible 5, Spectre, Star Wars the Force Awakens, Insurgent, Daddy's Home and Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Victor Frankenstein.

Tags: KFX | KFX Technology | Aurora Remote Head | Ronford Baker | MYT Works | Steve Scammell | Cinegear | Expo | KFX-Ronford Baker Motorized Slider | Velvet Remote Head | Constellation Skater Dolly | KFX-MYT
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KFX Technology collaborates with MYT Works to debut three new products at NAB 2016 Posted: 06/04/2016
KFX Technology collaborates with MYT Works to debut three new products at NAB 2016

KFX CEO Stephen Scammell said KFX Technology  is located in New York but I started in London, designing and building portable motion control equipment that would function reliably in the extreme conditions encountered in BBCs Frozen Planet series. In 2012 I moved my base to New York and subsequently designed the Aurora Remote Head, which has been very successful and has been used in some of Hollywoods blockbuster movies.

Tags: KFX Technology | MYT Works | KFX | MYT | NAB | NAB 2016 | Aurora Head | GlideLine slider | Velvet Remote Head | Stephen Scammell | Frozen Planet | Etienne Sauret | Constellation skater dolly
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Mo-Sys will focus on robotics in 2016, launching the new ViaRail dolly at NAB Posted: 01/04/2016
Mo-Sys will focus on robotics in 2016, launching the new ViaRail dolly at NAB

Bringing robotics expertise directly from the set of Gravity, Mo-Sys Engineering will showcase a range of robotic camera systems at NAB 2016.

Tags: M0-Sys | robotics | Gravity | ViaRail | dolly | virtual sets | NAB | NAB 2016 | camera robotics | travelling rail systems | augmented reality | virtual reality
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The latest Flyka electric tracking vehicle arrives smooth, silent and slim, built around Steadicam and the focus-puller Posted: 21/05/2015
The latest Flyka electric tracking vehicle arrives  smooth, silent and slim, built around Steadicam and the focus-puller

Flyka Ltd has officially launched its tenth Flyka electric tracking vehicle for the film and television industries. Designed by Tony Holker, the Flyka is the culmination of several years of R&D and live trials.

Tags: Flyka | electric tracking vehicle | Steadicam | Tony Holker | electric dolly | Alf Tramontin | Roger Tooley | Klassen mount | MoVI | David Crute
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Egripment Support Systems Unveils the New 225 G-Track Generic Track System at NAB 2015 Posted: 15/04/2015
Egripment Support Systems Unveils the New 225 G-Track Generic Track System at NAB 2015

Egripment Support Systems, manufacturer of high-end camera support systems and remote broadcast solutions for the film and broadcast industries, is introducing the new intelligent 225 G-Track Generic Track System at the 2015 NAB Show (Booth C8612). Featuring leading innovations that are paramount for live applications as well as virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) studios, the G-Track is a multi-faceted system that will greatly benefit a variety of productions. 

Tags: Egripment | Generic Track System | Support System | Crane | Dolly | StarCam | Virtual Reality | Augmented Reality | brodcast production
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Senna launches Lightstation and brings its innovative products to BVE London Posted: 14/01/2014
Senna launches Lightstation and brings its innovative products to BVE London

Senna Innovation Factory will exhibit at BVE London for the first time showing their innovative DSLR and movie equipment, and will be launching a new product, Lightstation, at the show.

Senad Galijaevi, founder and CEO of Senna Ltd, said I am very proud to launch our Lightstation product at BVE London. It gives us an opportunity to show the UK broadcast and movie industries and the videography sector that Senna is a source of creative, innovative and well thought out products that are very well engineered, and yet come at a fair price. I invite you to come and see Lightstation and other exciting products like our Auto Dolly - the only camera dolly in the world that allows the operator sitting on the dolly to control the camera and move the dolly at the same time. We will also show the All Recall Focus Duo and the Five Second Head. These and more will be at the show, and I will be there to demonstrate them.

Tags: Senna | innovation | innovative | Lightstation | total recall | Auto Dolly | BVE | BVE London | new product | new product at BVE | ExCel | Senad Galijaevi | fair price | All Recall Focus Duo | Five Second Head | wireless LED light system | LED panels | Croatia | DSLR products | BVE 2014 | BVE 2014
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Michos Takes On Music and Dance With OConnor for Langston Hughes Memoire Black Nativity Posted: 24/10/2013
Michos Takes On Music and Dance With OConnor for Langston Hughes Memoire Black Nativity
Music and dance are a big part of the contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes holiday musical drama, Black Nativity. It follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. While attending his Grandfathers church production of Black Nativity, Langston falls asleep and escapes into a dreamscape of song, dance, and a little divine intervention. Practically every dance or song number relied on instinct and the ability to whip pan. Snap zoom, or even grab the focus in the process of discovering the most dynamic shots, says cinematographer Anastas Michos, ASC. Thats where my favorite support the OConnor 2575 was invaluable. OConnor is part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company.
Tags: OConnor | Vitec Videocom | Vitec Group | Black Nativity | cinematographer | Anastas Michos | ASC | tripod head | fluid head | 2575 | ALEXA | Panavision Primo | lenses | 100 | reliable | smooth | intuitive controls | ergonometric | easy | repeatable | dolly | perpendicular tracks | 4-1 zoom | 11-1 zoom
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Sachtlers Video 18 Dutch Fluid Head for Thoughtful University Film Posted: 24/06/2013
Sachtlers Video 18 Dutch Fluid Head for Thoughtful University Film
"We all have flaws nobody is perfect." Art school graduate Benjamin Pfitzner was guided by this principle during the making of his thesis film George 90°. The film focuses on the cohabitation of handicapped and non-handicapped people, the desire to integrate, and the fallibility of each individual. However, Pfitzner does not rely on tragedy or pity. Using the comedy genre, the every-day problems of a disabled boy are portrayed, which do not differ to those of other teenagers. 19-year-old George is unhappy with himself. He would prefer to be somebody else. The reason: His cervical spine is severely deformed by an approximately 90° bend. He is disabled. For the film, Pfitzner combined a Canon EOS 7D equipped with a PL-Mount with the Video 15 SB fluid head and the Speed Lock CF tripod by Sachtler, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group brand. Additionally, in some scenes, the Video 18 Dutch was used to portray George's angle as realistically as possible. This fluid head is special because it features a lateral sliding range of the camera plate of up to 60 mm and a lateral tilt range of ±80°, so that the camera can also be perfectly operated in the third axis. 
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Ianiro introduces new dolly with V-lock battery power Posted: 24/05/2013
Ianiro introduces new dolly with V-lock battery power

MovieTechs Alpha Dolly, available from distributor Ianiro International, is a new concept for the digital film set. It combines the features of a dolly, such as a mechanical column and hydraulic arm, with the agility, light weight and speed of a pedestal. Its use of standard camera batteries for power completes an innovative and versatile package.  

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