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Lex Products Launches Slim Dimmer Plus with DMX

Lex_DimmerLex Products announces the Slim Dimmer Plus, a new portable single 1,800W dimmer with both local and DMX512 control.

The Slim Dimmer Plus is a compact, rugged single dimmer that can operate on its own with an onboard fader, or as a part of a larger dimming system, utilizing DMX512 for remote control. It is enclosed in a rigid aluminum extrusion, making it durable enough for theatre, film and event rental use. The dimmer is UL Listed for use in both the U.S. and Canada.

The Slim Dimmer Plus joins the Lex Slim Dimmer in the company’s small, single dimmer product line. Both the Slim Dimmer and the Slim Dimmer Plus are compact 1800W dimmers, respectively, one has local control and the other has both local and DMX control.


Graham Likeness, Business Development Manager, says “Our customers often need simple, on the spot dimming. Sometimes they need dimmers to be stand alone and sometimes they need to be controlled remotely. In either case, the Slim Dimmer Plus is the perfect solution”.

For additional information on the Slim Dimmer Plus or Lex Dimming products, contact Lex Products, 15 Progress drive, Shelton, CT. 06484. Phone (800)-843-4460, or (203)-363-3742, or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Innovative Additions for DSLRs

InovativeGear_SonyPMWWithout a doubt, DSLR cameras have had a revolutionary impact on production technology and technique in a very short time. This is especially true for those involved in indie features, TV dramas, music videos and commercials. While the RED camera and its promised kid sister, the SCARLET, launched this bold new genre just a few years ago, DSLRs have since taken it to a new level.

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Digital Learning Curve

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You’d never know it, but one of the busiest production facilities in Southern California is based at the Dominguez Hills campus of Cal State University (CSUDH), where Bernie Clinch is a producer for the Distance Learning department. “We produce approximately 21 hours a week of live programming plus an average of five prerecorded programs every month,” explains Clinch. Most of that content takes the form of degree-granting courses that interested students can view through a local cable system and online at http://dhtv.csudh.edu/, and they can receive a full academic credit that’s transferable throughout the CSU system.

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Sought-After Asian Locations

TopAsia_HongKong_Victoria_HarbourSelecting the top three filming destinations in Asia is always a challenge, what with China’s vastness and financial strength, Japan’s stability, Singapore’s strong financial incentives and Hong Kong’s good business taxes. South Korea and Taiwan, both with established film industries, also offer various tax breaks, while Thailand’s cheap filming costs still manage to attract numerous films each year. And with Burma’s chaos alleviating and the emerging economies of Cambodia and Malaysia in good stead, the West continues to look to Asia as a source of financial capital and readily available markets, given the ongoing financial challenges plaguing the global economy.

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Western Canadian Filming Perks

Canada_Alberta_Jasper_compAlthough an abundance of great films and television shows have been shot in Vancouver, that production hub is just the gateway to British Columbia’s breathtaking sites and many other impressive locations throughout Western Canada. The increased exposure of Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories in film and TV productions is growing steadily thanks to ever-important incentives and other core attractions like great locations, crews and the exchange rate. And now state-of-the-art studios, postproduction houses, special effects facilities and other high-tech services are adding to the toolbox that’s available for producers, whether they’re shooting downtown Vancouver, the Saskatchewan prairie or ice-pressure ridges in the Northwest Territories.

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Servicing the Media From A-Z

Photo1_MediaServices_box_shots_rowSupporting film and television production requires heavy-hitting services and tools –– from accounting, payroll and top-notch crews to an online database of nationwide film/TV incentives and software for every step of the production process. Media Services is a company that has been providing all of this and more.

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Crewing and Gearing Up for Preproduction

Crewing_Img1147Robert Massey is a cinematographer and the president of Pulse Media, Inc., a full-service video production company. He recalls a producer once telling him, “I have a high-maintenance client, and I don’t need a high-maintenance vendor.” The message was clear: bogged down by pressures to cut costs and satisfy the often contradictory demands of clients, today’s producers have enough to worry about in preproduction. This is why the one-stop shop provided by many crew companies is more needed than ever. “Producers want things to be easy,” explains Massey. “We provide that.”

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GAME CREEK VIDEO’S TELEPHOTO COVERAGE OF SUPER BOWL XLV


CANON_100x_ZOOM_SUPE191ABC_2For the more than 111 million viewers that watched the Super Bowl they got to enjoy spectacular football up close and personal.  This was accomplished by Game Creek Video that outfitted all 18 of its HD field cameras with XJ100x9.3B long-zoom HD lenses from Canon U.S.A. In addition to using Canon's first triple-digit long-zoom HD field lens, Game Creek Video equipped its portable HD cameras with Canon HJ22ex7.6B and HJ11x4.7B ENG-style lenses, and HJ21ex7.5B portable EFP lenses.

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K-array makes Audio History at the Verona Opera Festival


The Verona Opera Festival is not only renowned for its sublime operatic performances, but for its historic venue--the 2,000-year-old Roman amphitheatre, built in 30 AD. Since the inception of the Verona Opera in 1913, performances at the Festival at the Arena di Verona have been without live sound reinforcement. K-array, along with the production company, Musical Box Rent, was asked to provide the first sound system to ever be utilized in the legendary arena. The change was prompted by a need for better overall sound quality throughout the venue, including its back rows and terraces.  This year marks a milestone in the history of open-air opera, where technology has finally met up with the artistic needs of the genre. To increase intelligibility and perception of detail without detracting from the raw nature of operatic performance, a completely transparent sound reinforcement system was required; K-array’s KK50 Kobra loudspeakers were selected to preserve the traditional atmosphere and acoustics of the theatre. Alessandro Tatini, CEO of K-array, recalls meeting with Musical Box Rent owner Giambattista Zerpelloni while working on the sound for a concert given by Elisa, the award-winning Italian-born singer-songwriter. “In short, the singers, musicians, and directors were afraid of losing the naturalness of the sound, due to the sound reinforcement system,” he says. “It was a difficult concept to convey that in reality, our system wouldn’t amplify at all, but would merely enrich the sound to a minimum degree.”

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Redrock Micro and Really Right Stuff Team for "Best of Both Worlds" HDSLR Rigs

Redrock Micro today announced the new microRRS clamp for adapting the Really Right Stuff line of quick release clamps and plates for use with Redrock's HDSLR camera rigs.

The explosion of video-capable DSLR cameras (HDSLR cameras) - including the Canon 5D MKII - has resulted in the immense popularity of support rigs from Redrock Micro.  Still photographers looking to embrace video have long desired to adapt and use Really Right Stuff, a mainstay in traditional still photography world. Redrock Micro, working in partnership with Really Right Stuff, now offers the microRRS clamp for adapting the Really Right Stuff quick release to Redrock's award-winning cinema rigs and accessories.

Redrock customers now have a choice of camera mounts for their Redrock rigs: the Redrock DSLR baseplate or the microRRS adapter clamp with Really Right Stuff. The Redrock DSLR baseplate continues to be the ideal solution for most video needs. The microRRS with Really Right stuff clamps are a great choice for still photographers who want to continue using their Really Right Stuff quick release system, or for high-end cinematographers who demand the ultimate stability in a camera mounting system.

Key advantages of the microRRS clamp include: 

  • Adapts Really Right Stuff clamps and plates to Redrock's standards-based support equipment
  • Incredibly solid camera support for the most demanding support requirements
  • Quick release system for fast camera or lens repositioning
  • Camera can be used vertically (advertising and digital signage applications)
  • Can be used with either camera or lens support plates
  • Uses standard Really Right Stuff clamps and plates
  • Completely standards-based solution for maximum compatibility
  • Works with virtually all Redrock rigs

"We're excited about collaborating with Redrock Micro to build superior video support solutions," said Joe Johnson, President of Really Right Stuff. "With their experience in video and Really Right Stuff's patented quick release technology, Redrock Micro and Really Right Stuff are a great team."

"It's great to see Redrock integrate Really Right Stuff as an option," said Vincent Laforet, award-winning director, cinematographer, and photographer. "I have been using both products together for close to a year now - on every single camera mount, tripod and slide mount - even technocranes. Redrock and Really Right Stuff are at the heart of any configuration that I use."

"Really Right Stuff is extremely well regarded and hugely popular in the photography world today," said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary for Redrock Micro. "Our new microRRS clamp really benefits customers by bringing together the best of both worlds for video DSLR rigs and accessories."

Pricing and Availability 

The microRRS clamp is available immediately and is priced at $229. The microRRS can be purchased direct from Redrock Micro at store.redrockmicro.com or through one of Redrock Micro's worldwide authorized resellers. Really Right Stuff quick release clamps and plates are available exclusively from Really Right Stuff direct at www.reallyrightstuff.com.

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