From RedRock Micro: DSLR, Digital Cinema and Video Camera Rigs Get Softer Pad, Tool-less Counterweights, Other Improvements
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-grade cinema accessories, announced today the immediate availability of enhanced camera support rigs that improve performance, comfort and reliability for camera operators. Among these upgrades are the microShoulderPad with FieldTech™, tool-less microBalance QR counterweights, and improved hand grips. The new improvements now come standard on all Redrock rigs, and are available as upgrades to existing customers. New microShoulderPad with FieldTech Molds to Shape of Shoulder
The completely redesigned camera shoulder pad improves comfort and balance, critical requirements for long shooting days. The new microShoulderPad uses super-tough Cordura® and breathable 3D mesh, and is filled with soft free-forming microPoly beads that actively adapt to each shoulder's shape and slope. The microShoulderPad promotes proper alignment and better stability with this uniquely balanced pressure distribution, and ensures a new level of comfort and support. microBalance QR Delivers Tool-Less Counterweights and Battery Mount
Building on the success of Redrock's microBalance weights, the newly designed microBalance QR rig counterweight speeds rig balance and stability with one-of-a-kind features.
Weights can be added or removed just by pushing a button, and without any tools. Multiple weights can be added or removed at once. Battery mounting patterns on each weight enable brick batteries (such as Anton Bauer, Switronix, Sony, etc.) to be attached directly to the microBalance QR, making the battery mount quick release as well.
microBalance QR can be set up horizontally or vertically, and can be adjusted for left-right balance in the vertical setup, a capability unique to Redrock. These features result in the fastest, full-featured camera counterbalance system available today. Enhanced Handgrips Improve Grip, Add Features
Redrock's rig hand grips have also been updated with improved design and features. The new diamond pattern reduces potential for moisture build-up while the soft rubber surface keeps things comfortable. The added double-lock on each grip end offers an additional option for adding mounting points or rig extensions. A popular use of this feature is attaching the microRemote fingerwheel to the grip when grips are inverted, such as on the ManCam rig. Pricing and Availability
The new components are shipping now and are available on all Redrock Micro rigs at no additional cost. Redrock also offers components individually so customers can update their existing Redrock rigs to the latest features. All upgrades are available standalone or in upgrade bundles. As with all Redrock products, customers can purchase direct from Redrock Micro's website at redrockmicro.com, or from any Redrock worldwide authorized reseller. B&H
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TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch a new line of high performance CompactFlash®1
(CF) memory cards, the EXCERIA PRO™2
series, expressly targeting the digital single lens reflex camera market. The initial line-up of 16GB, 32GB, 64GB cards will come to market in spring of 2013 and offer the world's highest level3
read and write speeds. EXCERIA PRO™ will position Toshiba to meet the demands of the high-end DSLR market, including high resolution image capture, sustained continuous shooting, HD video recording and high speed data transfers to other devices.
The EXCERIA PRO™ CF cards integrate Toshiba's high performance NAND flash memory and specially developed dedicated firmware. They achieve a read speed of 160MB/s and write speed of 150MB/s4
, the highest level yet reported.
The new cards are compliant with the CompactFlash Association (CFA) standard CompactFlash®
Specification Revision 6.0 and compatible with the UDMA7 high speed interface, ensuring they can support high performance DSLRs to the full. The cards are also compatible with the latest Video Performance Guarantee standard, VPG-20. VPG-20 secures Full HD video capture streams at a minimum write speed of 20MB/s for compatible host devices and recording media. VPG-20 enables high quality Full HD video capture at high frame rates with no dropped frames.
The market for DSLR is expected to grow by some 50% in the period 2012 to 2015 and demand for CF cards will grow with it. Toshiba aims to capture a 30% market share by 2015 by developing high performance memory cards. Specifications
|Capacity ||64GB ||32GB ||16GB|
|Launch ||Spring 2013|
|Standard ||Card ||CF+™ *1 and CompactFlash® Specification Revision 6.0|
|Max read speed ||160MB/s|
|Max write speed ||150MB/s ||95MB/s|
|Interface ||UDMA 7(Ultra DMA Mode 7 theoretical:167MB/s)|
|Power Supply Voltage ||3.3/5.0V|
|File Format ||FAT32|
|External Dimensions ||36.4mm (L) × 42.8mm (W) × 3.3mm (T)|
|Approx. Weight ||Approx. 10g.|
1. CompactFlash® card is a memory card standardized by CompactFlash Association. VPG logo and CF+ are trademarks of CompactFlash Association. CompactFlash® is a registered trademark of CompactFlash Association.
2. EXCERIA PRO is a trademark of Toshiba Corporation.
3. As of December 2012, Toshiba.
4. 16GB cards will have 95MB/s maximum write speed. Read/Write speed was internally tested based on UDMA mode 7 16bit (LBA48). Read and write speed may vary, depending on user specifications such as devices used and file size read or written. (Transfer speed of 1MB/s calculated as 1,000,000 bytes/s)