Mediacast distributes CalDigit
MediaCast has been appointed as official distributor of CalDigit products for the Middle East region. CalDigit offers various RAID solutions for end users in the creative industries. All of CalDigit’s products can be configured to various RAID levels, from RAID 0, 1, and JBOD to RAID 5, 6, 10, 50 and 60 for the most advanced models. Storage capacities vary from 1TB up to 48TB.
The CalDigit VR mini is a compact, bus-powered two drive RAID system, supporting a quadruple interface for easy connectivity and up to 1TB of storage. The CalDigit VR mini’s modular design provides two removable drive modules and an easy to read front side LCD. It supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD.
The CalDigit HDOne Comes with eight drive modules for up to 16TB of storage. It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and JBOD. The HDOne performs at over 400 MB/s in RAID Level 5.
HDPro2 is an eight-drive hardware RAID supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and JBOD. Active Sustained Transfer Technology (ASTT) maintains stable performance and supports professional video editing. With CalDigit PCIe switch, users can connect as many HDPro2s as they want.
The CalDigit HDPro-24 is a 24-drive hardware RAID solution, supporting up to 48TB of storage capacity. The HDPro-24 provides hardware RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60 and JBOD support.
Barco projects clearer subtitles
Digital cinema firm Barco has announced that its DP2K family of digital cinema projectors is now available with integrated CineCanvas subtitling support. The new functionality can be installed via a firmware upgrade.
Developed by Texas Instruments, CineCanvas technology eliminates the need for distributors to make a special print for each language version, which lowers the cost of distribution for digital releases.
Previously, Series 2 digital projectors depended on the cinema server to render movie subtitles. In practice, this meant that subtitles sometimes had to be burned into each release and for each individual language version. Subtitling overlay can now be done inside the projector itself, eliminating interoperability issues and providing a uniform look across all theatre screens. www.barco.com
Canon launches MPEG-2 Full HD camcorders
Canon Middle East has launched two file-based video cameras that use the new MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) recording codec. This allows the cameras to film with 4:2:2 colour sampling at up to 50Mbps.
The new models, the XF305 and XF300, use a Canon L-series HD Video Lens, 3CMOS sensor system and DIGIC DV III processing. The lens combines a 29.3mm wide-angle with fast maximum aperture (F1.6) and an 18x zoom.
The cameras record industry standard MXF files, an open-source file format compatible with major file-based workflow. XF camcorders are compatible with major editing and processing software packages from Adobe, Apple, Avid and Grass Valley.
Both models record 16-bit linear PCM audio at 48kHz and an integrated microphone records stereo sound, with the option of connecting external microphones or other sources via two in-built XLR terminals.
The ergonomics of the new models are apparently based on feedback from professional users. Control layout is designed to provide intuitive operation and a centrally positioned grip helps achieves optimum balance.
Chrosziel introduces DSLR accessories
Chrosziel’s LightWeight Support 401-425 (pictured) is now available for the modified Canon EOS 7D. The product comes equipped with 15 mm rods that slide under the camera. It is based on Chrosziel’s 401-400 series and owners of these existing supports can upgrade with an upgrade kit.
Additionally, Chrosziel’s LightWeight Support 401-93 is designed for cameras with large bodies. The support accommodates the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II with battery grip, and Nikon D3s.
Ikegami's new LCD Monitors
Ikegami has released three new models of multi-format LCD monitors: the HLM-1750WR, HLM-1704WR and HLM-904WR.
HLM-1750WR is a Full HD 10bit 17” LCD monitor, which supports 3G-SDI input as an option.
HLM-1704WR and HLM-904WR are 'affordable' models, offering a wide-XGA (1280x768 dots) LCD panel on the HLM-1704WR and a wide-VGA (800 x 400 dots) LCD panel on the HLM-904WR.
They support diverse input sources (HD/SD-SDIx2/VBSx1/DVI-Dx1/Analog Audio) as standard and offer embedded audio, a built-in marker and a two-picture split display function.
NOA Audio upgrades mediarc
NOA Audio Solutions has released mediARC 1.5, which adds numerous upgrades to its audio archive management system. These include expedited cataloguing, a more user-friendly interface, upgraded responsiveness and better security.
Specific new features include a language manager so that users can customise the interface to their preferred language, full Unicode support for the metadata side and enhanced cataloging that facilitates bulk and consolidation updates.
Enhanced search support within NOA mediARC 1.5 includes the ability to search common fields across multiple categories; expanded support for drag-and-drop operations, including the ability to copy a group of links quickly and all at once; faster form response and refresh mechanisms; and an improved user interface. A new linking clipboard with multiple tabs — including a local store/recall option — allows users to define the most common metadata editing actions and gives them the ability to drag and drop items to the item tree to speed cataloguing.