New Gear: Cinevate, Microboards, Datavideo, Convergent Design, Kino Flo

This year’s National Association of Broadcasters Show had a huge selection of new products for the professional video producer. Here are a few we looked at, for more, read 2011 NAB Wrap – Checking Out The Show.

Cinevate

Atlas 10 DSLR Camera Slider – Improving on its already popular Atlas line, Cinevate released a new Atlas 10 LTS slider dolly for DSLRs. This slider has a full ball bearing linear tracking system with 7 tripod mount plate locations, micro-adjust non-marking feet, vertical operation, and best of all vertical counter-balanced operation for smooth dolly shots in any direction.

www.cinevate.com

MSRP $630

Microboards

USB Flash Duplicator – Microboards has been making disc duplicators for years, but now they’ve introduced a new kid to the block: flash-drive USB duplicators. Available in 7, 11, or 15-slot configurations, they allow you to duplicate data simultaneously to multiple flash drives. As a bonus, with asynchronous copying, users are also able to remove and insert drives at any point during the copying process.

www.microboards.com

MSRP $1,145 – $1,795, depending on size

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Datavideo

Datavideo released its HS-2000 5 Channel HD Mobile Studio which can handle 1080i and 720p video signals all in a small form factor. The switcher can handle 4 HD-SDI and a DVI-D inputs, can output over HD-SDI, and offers a 17-inch multi-image video monitor for each source along with a preview and program window. The best part about this small package is that it allows for seamless switching between all sources since it has a built-in frame synchronizer.

www.datavideo.info

MSRP $8,700

Convergent Design

Gemini 4:4:4 from Convergent Designs is a different type of portable video recorder. More than just a transfer device, it records 10-bit uncompressed 4:4:4/4:2:2 video in many formats, including 1080p24 and 1080p50. Additionally, it operates on low power, is light-weight, and has a touch-screen interface. A 3D option is also available at an extra cost, which allows dual recording and playback.

www.convergent-design.com

MSRP: $5,995

Kino Flo

Barfly and CFL Bulbs – As anyone who has been forced to lug around a ballast knows, Kino Flo’s newest announcement of a ballast-free Barfly is welcomed news. The company also re-introduced their new “practicals” line which offers 12-volt, 26-watt spiral CFL bulbs that can mount on any household lamp, allowing video enthusiasts to use practical lighting indoors without having to suffer with color temperature inconsistencies.

www.kinoflo.com

for CFL bulbs: $21-$24

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