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McNeely Chooses Litepanels For The Outdoorsman Adventure Series

LP_B_McNeely_2Litepanels, a Vitec Group brand, announces that Buck McNeely has chosen Litepanels as his premiere lighting for the widely syndicated The Outdoorsman adventure series. Each week McNeely, along with a celebrity guest, bring important conservation issues to their national and international audience.

“When you move around as much as we do, you need lighting that is up to the often rugged conditions and variety of atmospheric elements you get on location,” says McNeely. “Litepanels fit the bill. They are rugged in design, have a great light intensity and brilliance and a soft light that can function as key or fill lights outdoors or indoors.

“Since I’ve started using Litepanels LED products, I’ll never go back to my hot lamp kit again!” he adds. “I’ve used the Mini and MicroPros as camera top lights in cloudy conditions for fill. I can dial the intensity up or down to make it look more natural as outdoors light. The dimming feature prevents hot or shiny spots on human skin. And at night, it spreads a nice wide area of illumination at close range that works well for lighting faces or surfaces.”

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HD Camera Rentals' Michael and Bobby Mansouri on the Oscar-nominated film 127 Hours and the SI-2K

SI2KAcclaimed Director Danny Boyle's belief in the groundbreaking SI-2K is getting rewarded again with multiple Oscar nominations for 127 Hours. The SI-2K was the first digital camera to win an Academy Award when Boyle's masterpiece Slumdog Millionaire in 2008 won eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Cinematography for Anthony Dod Mantle's work.

And now, with the powerhouse 127 Hours, Boyle, Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak again have collaborated on a film that utilized the SI-2K's abilities to the fullest, this time with our help in pre-production and on the set in Utah. We were able to find solutions and innovations that took the SI-2K beyond what had been achieved in Slumdog, as 127 Hours garnered an impressive six nominations, including Best Picture!

Visit www.hdcamerarentals.com for detailed info on all of our cameras and gear. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 323.737.1314. We also invite you to stop by the expanded HD Camera Rentals showroom at 4125 West Jefferson Blvd. in Los Angeles

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Lighting the Darkness of Black Swan

Lighting_Lighting_BlackSwan3V2Talk about revolutionary. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky’s latest R-rated film Black Swan just might have created its own new genre –– the noir thriller/horror ballet film –– thanks to its melodramatic, pulpy plot and dark, moody lighting and imagery that underscores the inner psychological disintegration of Natalie Portman’s obsessive ballerina.

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CACHE-A ACQUIRES IP AND ASSETS OF JDV SOLUTIONS TO BROADEN PORTFOLIO IN DATA STORAGE SYSTEMS

Cache-A Corporation, a supplier of network-attached archive appliances for the digital film, broadcast and professional video industries, announced today that it has acquired the intellectual property and assets of JDV Solutions, LLC, which specializes in high-performance data storage systems.  This agreement will enable Cache-A to develop new tiers of managed storage and provide even broader archive solutions for the professional media & entertainment industry.   The first of these innovations is scheduled to make its debut at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas, NV, in April.

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Eddie Kramer Uses JBL LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors In Producing West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology

JBL_EddieKramerProducer/engineer Eddie Kramer has participated in some of rock music’s most important recordings, including the soundtrack to the original 1969 Woodstock festival and albums by Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Traffic, Santana, Kiss, The Rolling Stones, Carly Simon and many more. Most recently, Kramer remastered the recordings for the new CD and DVD Hendrix box set, West Coast Seattle Boy – The Jimi Hendrix Anthology.

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Capital Region

OnLoc_DC_Georgetown_Canal_credit_Destination_DCBlessed with a wealth of locations just waiting to be discovered, West Virginia hit the cinematographic limelight with ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution,” which filmed for four months in Huntington. Interspersed amongst raw stretches of diverse natural vistas, West Virginia offers filmmakers a series of superb location settings that include palaces, bunkers, observatories and prisons.

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What is Fairplex and Why You Should Care?

Sidebar_Fairplex_mel300Film production in California has been a major contributor to the state's economy since the beginning of motion pictures and television. While other states have recently used tax incentives to tempt producers, the Los Angeles area still remains the production hub.

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WaCru Announces the WaCru DSLR Cage™

WaCru2Digital media firm WaCru announces the WaCru DSLR Cage™, a camera accessory gear support and stabilization platform for the new breed of still camera-HD video hybrids.

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Litepanels SolaENG LED Fresnel Lights Now Shipping

The Litepanels Sola ENG LED Fresnel model is now shipping. Offering beam control of 10° to 70°, the revolutionary new daylight-balanced Solas provide the controllability and single-shadow properties inherent in a Fresnel light, but utilize just a fraction of the power of conventional fixtures. Employing a proprietary 7.62cm (3”) lens, it draws just 30 watts yet produces light output equivalent to a 250W tungsten.

Like all Litepanels, Sola ENG Fresnels feature instant dimming from 100% to 0 with no noticeable color shift. The SolaENG provides manual focus and dimming control via camera lens style ergonomic controls. Output is fully flicker free, and remains consistent even as the battery voltage goes down.

Employing Litepanels’ ultra-efficient LEDs, Solas draw 90% less power than conventional tungsten lights, with very little heat generation. Designed for both on-camera and off-camera mounting, the SolaENG is only 102mm x 102mm x 127mm (4” x 4” x 5”) and weighs just .28kg (10 ounces). The SolaENG runs on 10-20VDC sources such as camera batteries.

Litepanels SolaENG fixtues are available wordwide through the Litepanels dealer network. For more information on Litepanels HD-friendly LED lighting systems, contact Litepanels, Inc., 16152 Saticoy Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406, Phone: 818/752-7009, Fax: 818/752-2437 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.litepanels.com

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MK 4 – Large-diaphragm studio microphone from Sennheiser

At the NAMM Show in Anaheim, audio specialist Sennheiser is presenting the new MK 4, a large-diaphragm true condenser microphone. This cardioid microphone, which is manufactured in Germany, is Sennheiser’s first large-diaphragm side-address microphone and focuses on giving the best possible sound quality rather than technical extravagance. It provides a powerful yet warm sound that is both direct and tight with fine treble resolution.

The MK 4 with its nickel-coloured finish was developed for professional users in project studios, but is equally well suited for other recording environments and is tough enough for use on stage. It is also a microphone that is affordable for home recordists and musicians. “In the development of the MK 4, we invested every euro in getting the best possible sound,” explained Product Manager Sebastian Schmitz, “and we focused on the key elements of a good studio microphone to ensure that we can offer the MK 4 to our customers at an attractive price.” The finest sound structures are well resolved, and sound coming from the sides is picked up without colouration and so does not change  the overall sound quality. The microphone has a very harmonious presence; it has vivid mids and is also very detailed in the bass range. At the same time, typical cardioid cancellation is relatively frequency-independent.

Sturdy large-diaphragm model
The MK 4 has a large 1-inch diaphragm precisely spattered with 24-carat gold. The sturdy metal housing and the elastically mounted capsule make the microphone tough enough for even the most energetic recording situations. The excellent suppression of handling noise offered by the internal capsule mount can be even further improved by the use of an elastic suspension, which is available as an accessory. The open front of the suspension mount enables the MK 4 to be positioned close to the sound source. The microphone has a maximum sound pressure level of 140 dB, and its self-noise of 10 dB(A) is extremely low. “The MK 4 is highly versatile for vocals, acoustic guitars and grand pianos as well as for strings and wind instruments,” Sebastian Schmitz explained. “What is more, in numerous field trials it has proven to be an excellent microphone with guitar amplifiers, drums and percussion. To sum up: it is an unpretentious microphone with outstanding sound.”

The MK 4 will be available after NAMM and comes complete with a microphone clip and a protective pouch. Optional accessories include an elastic suspension, a foam windshield and a popshield.

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