The NAB Show 2023 has seen the announcement of many incredible new products for all levels of Cinematographers and filmmakers. Have a quick look at some of this year’s highlights below.
DJI Inspire 3
DJI's Inspire 3 drone is a powerful new tool for film and commercial productions. It features the Zenmuse X9-8K Air camera module which is capable of recording 8K video at up to 75fps in Apple ProRes RAW (with a paid licence) or up to 4K 120fps ProRes RAW. The drone can fly for up to 28 minutes on a single charge and has a swappable 1TB SSD and intelligent batteries. In addition, the Inspire 3 supports RTK-powered Waypoint Pro and omnidirectional sensing to perform precise pre-programmed flights. The drone will be available by the end of June 2023.
With RTK, users can take advantage of the new Waypoint Pro function for customizable pre-programmed flight routes. This includes Repeatable Routes mode, which allows pilots full control of repeatable flight routes while maintaining all settings such as altitude, speed, gimbal angle, and camera settings. The drone also offers a 3D Dolly mode that simulates a crane, cable cam, or dolly that allows users to create an aerial motion path where the pilot can move backward and forward along the path with adjustable speed and full gimbal control according to the needs of the shot.
LumenArc Active Diffusion
LumenArc has introduced an active diffusion system in a 4×4 frame that works independently of any light. This innovation gives active diffusion in a large and practical 4×4 frame, and the intensity can be operated through a hand unit. This allows for changing light softness within a shot, which will open some new options for the way diffusion is used in production.
Intellytech LiteCloth 3.0
Intellytech has announced the new updated Mega LiteCloth 3.0 and Mini-Mega LiteCloth 3.0 product line available in bi-color and RGBWW. The LiteCloth lineup is a fast and effective way to get broad and soft lighting on set because their size and built-in frames make them very quick to use once setup.
Amaran 300C & 150C
Aputure has released two new point source, Bowens mount, full-colour RGBWW lights. The Amaran 300C and 150C are super affordable and offer the same colour control as many of Aputure’s other lights, including a CCT range of 2500K to 7500K with plus/minus green adjustments and 360-degree HSI colour. Along with these lights, Aputure has also released a new Spotlight Mount or the Spotlight SE, which is a super affordable option for those looking for a spotlight.
Aputure Mc Pro
Aputure's newest product is the MC Pro, an upgrade to their smallest light. The MC Pro is a 5 Watt RGBWW LED panel that is almost 4x brighter than the original MC with approximately 120 mins of run time. It easily fits in your pocket, measuring just 10.8 x 7.0 x 2.5 cm and weighing only 247g. The MC Pro continues to have built-in magnets for mounting, along with a ¼ -20inch thread at the base, and is IP65 Dust & Water-Resistant.
Rode Wireless GO Charging Cases:
Rode Wireless GO II Mic systems are renowned for their flexibility and ease of use. Rode has recently announced a new charging case that will store and charge both the transmitters and the receiver for Wireless GO II’s. The Rode GO charging cases feature an integrated battery that allows for three full recharges, providing up to 30 hours of continuous use.
Portkeys Monitors with Signal Cross-Conversion
Portkeys MT22DS Monitor:
The Portkeys MT22DS is a 21.5" 1920x1080 monitor that features a brightness of 1000nits and a contrast ratio of 1000:1. It offers 100% coverage of Rec.709 and features two SDI and a single HDMI in/out ports. The monitor supports signal cross-conversion between HDMI and SDI connectors in both directions, making it incredibly versatile for production monitoring on set. The monitor also includes two 48V XLR phantom audio embedded SDI output connectors, two 12-24V DC inputs, a USB-A, and a headphone output jack and an optional Vesa mount is also available. Preorder today!
Portkeys BM7IIDS Monitor:
The Portkeys BM7IIDS is a 7" 1920x1080 on-camera monitor that boasts a brightness of 2200nits, which is more than 2 times brighter than the LH7P monitor. It comes with a single HDMI input that supports signals up to 1080p60, 1x HDMI output, dual SDI input (up to 1080p60), and 1x SDI output. The monitor allows for a signal cross-conversion between HDMI and SDI connectors in any direction, eliminating the need for an external conversion box.
Looking to invest in any of the new gear you’ve seen announced at NAB this year? Get in contact with us here at Cinemachine as we are dealers for a large number of filmmaking brands and can order for you or point you in the right direction.