Monday, September 20, 2010

News from Here & There

Zacuto HDSLR V-Mount Battery Pack POWERBASE-70
Zacuto offers a Lithium Ion Battery pack for use with Canon OEM batteries.

The PowerBase 70 mounts under the camera doubling as a grip or attach to a HDSLR support via its 1/4-20 release plate or V-mount.
Wired as a 14.8v battery pack it can provide extended power to up to two additional 12vdc devices, as well as other devices requiring lower voltage through an additional XP power regulation cable. The pack is also furnished with a 1/4-20 on either side to mount accessories.
Zacuto: POWERBASE-70

Flip announces the ultraHD
Flip has announced updates to their cameras, most notably increasing the frame-rate to 60fps (video is 720p) and adding image stabilization. The ultraHD also adds a FlipPort connector that can be used for attaching accessories (companies are evidently working on microphones and chargers for the camera.)
The addition of image stabilization could almost make me want to carry this camera in addition to my iPhone!
Flip: ultraHD
Amazon: Flip UltraHD Video Camera -- Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (Newest Model)
[available now]

Indie filmmakers: Piracy and Google threaten us
Greg Sandoval at Cnet writes:
While the antipiracy efforts of the top studios, such as Disney, Paramount, and Warner Bros., and their trade group, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), have attracted plenty of attention, the impacts of illegal file sharing on indie studios are much more dramatic, according to three indie movie makers who spoke to CNET.
CNET: Indie filmmakers: Piracy and Google threaten us

Photokina starts tomorrow!
The Photokina camera show starts tomorrow, and already there are several still-camera announcements. Whether there will be any interesting video announcements (i.e. HDSLRs) remains to be seen.

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