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Highlights from NAB 2012

Written by: Jill Remensnyder

To say this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas was action-packed would be an understatement! The Zacuto/Kessler booth was multi-purpose this year. Not only did Zacuto introduce over 30 new products, we provided an oasis for networking, complete with a lounge and a full service bar.

Our big draws were the new Plasma Lights, the Tornado, and the C300 Grip Relocator. People lined up to get a closer look at these products and get the cameras on their shoulders with our new rigs.

 

We’re proud to announce we were recognized with a Best of NAB Show Award for Best Support from Videomaker Magazine, as well as a BCPVA Video Innovation Award for our new Plasma Light. Other big hits include our FS100 Top Handle and our new QR shoulder pad (coming soon). If you weren’t able to make NAB, be sure to check out one of the many interviews below of Steve and Jens with different press organizations such as Wide Open Camera and FreshDV.

Not everything went as planned. The highly anticipated Revenge Of The Great Camera Shootout 2012 was cancelled after a technical problem was discovered by test administer Bruce Logan, ASC. If you missed the screening at NAB there will be additional screenings scheduled around the world, click here to check out all the locations, dates and times. A Chicago screening is scheduled for May 11th at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy. Other venues include Hollywood DI and Lucasfilm SkyWalker Ranch.

The bar and Indie Filmmaker lounge was quite a draw. This was the perfect solution for quenching your thirst after walking the convention center floor and was a place to rest your feet for a moment- if you could get a seat. The lounge was packed with shooters and camera enthusiasts talking shop and comparing notes on what they liked at NAB.

“It was great to be able to grab a cocktail and catch up with new and old friends from all around the world”, says Steve Weiss. “There was no gear talk. We all talked about filmmaking projects we were working on.”

Here’s a rundown on some of items that caught our attention this year:

Joe Rubinstein and Elle Schneider were at the booth with a prototype of the highly anticipated Digital Bolex camera. The camera shoots RAW 2k footage and has a 16mm sized sensor. The camera will come with its own software to handle the RAW workflow. This camera and its workflow is designed to be user-friendly so you can jump in and start using it right out of the box.

Hands down, some of the best lenses in the industry. Anyone looking through a HD-DSLR camera lens will be excited about their new Cine Style lenses. These professional level lenses don’t require any special adapters or modifications and fit directly onto your camera.

If the C300 wasn’t enough for you, try the new 4K EOS C500! We had one on display at the booth (attached to Zacuto gear, of course). Everyone was amazed by the possibilities of the C500, and perhaps more exciting is Canon’s EOS-1D C. The 1D C is the world’s first 4K DSLR camera and is the solution for achieving great low-light performance and creating content at resolutions beyond full HD.

If you’re a hands-on gear lover, Kessler had a lot of gear to play with. Their line-up of new products included the Kessler Fusion motion control system, the ION battery system with over 4 times the life of other battery systems, and the new Kwik release system. Also, the mini Stealth slider caught some attention. This slider comes in 18”, 24”, and 36” and is portable and lightweight- perfect for travelers who can fit this piece in their luggage.

And the 2011 Emmy goes to...     The New Zacuto Light     Bruce Logan     Rachel Kenton     Edi Schneider in the Zacuto booth

At the Zacuto Booth     Tom Guilmette checking out the Zacuto C300 Recoil Rig!      Jens interviewing with FilmTools.tv     Eric Kessler checking out the Recoil     Bob Primes ASC and Phil Arntz

Nino Leitner checking out the C300 Recoil Rig with the Tornado and Grip Relocator. IT was the hit of the show!     Zacuto Booth, NAB 2012 — with Bruce Logan ASC and Stephen Goldblatt ASC     Stephen Goldblatt ASC checking out the C300 Recoil Rig with the Zacuto EVF.

 

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29 Responses to “Highlights from NAB 2012”

  1. julien ringdahl on May 10th, 2012 12:54 pm

    Hi, when r u guys going to come with a good should-rig solution for the anticipated black magic cam?

  2. julien ringdahl on May 10th, 2012 12:55 pm

    Hi, when r u guys going to come with a good should-rig solution for the anticipated black magic cam?

  3. julien ringdahl on May 10th, 2012 12:55 pm

    Hi, when r u guys going to come with a good should-rig solution for the anticipated black magic cam?

  4. Mandy on May 10th, 2012 1:10 pm

    Since Zacuto gear is customizable and adaptable most likely any rig we have will work. We are working on a specific BMD camera rig that should be available by the time the camera ships. 

  5. Kevin Marlow on May 11th, 2012 9:59 am

    Can you give a release date for the new recoil and the tornado? I am holding out to place an order until these are available.

  6. Mandy on May 11th, 2012 10:32 am

    Hi Kevin- We don’t have a firm date yet. We are shooting for 3-4 weeks. We are making a couple tweaks.

  7. Anonymous on June 1st, 2012 2:05 pm

    Ok I will hold out to end of July to place an order. Thnxs

  8. Anonymous on June 1st, 2012 2:05 pm

    Ok I will hold out to end of July to place an order. Thnxs

  9. Anonymous on June 1st, 2012 2:05 pm

    Ok I will hold out to end of July to place an order. Thnxs

  10. James Starkey on June 11th, 2012 2:56 pm

    How long until all this good stuff comes out? Can’t wait for the recoil kit and plasma lights!

    js

  11. Mandy on June 11th, 2012 3:10 pm

    Hi James-

    The Recoil Kit we are looking at Mid July. Plasma Lights= end of summer. 

  12. James Starkey on June 12th, 2012 3:29 pm

    Thanks Mandy. I noticed you guys also have a new plate/release system. When will that be available?

  13. Zacuto on June 13th, 2012 10:19 am

    Hi James, 

    The new plate and quick release shoulder pad system should be out around the same time as the Light – close to the end of Summer.  You can sign up for release updates here: http://www.zacuto.com/original-web-content/mailing-list

  14. James Starkey on June 14th, 2012 4:34 am

    So the recoil kit release in july wont have the shoulder pad you featured at NAB? thats dissapointing…what exactly is the recoil kit going to be made up of?

    js

  15. Cbyrne on June 17th, 2012 9:27 pm

    Looking forward to the tornado!!

  16. James Starky on June 18th, 2012 5:33 am

    Hi Mandy,

    What will the july recoil release be made up of? How much of it can be purchased now and retrofitted later?

  17. Mandy on June 20th, 2012 3:28 pm

    We just released the C300 Grip Relocator today. You can buy eveything now except the Torando and Quick Release Shoulder Pad which won’t be available until late July. 

  18. Leo Ferenc on June 23rd, 2012 12:20 pm

    What’s the baseplate featured in the video above? It looks like the studio baseplate but has some type of zacuto thumbscrew in the back.

    It appears at 00:10-00:14 on this video: http://vimeo.com/40936608

  19. Leo Ferenc on July 4th, 2012 4:59 am

    What’s the baseplate featured in the video above? It looks like the studio baseplate but has some type of zacuto thumbscrew in the back.  
     
    It appears at 00:10-00:14 on this video: http://vimeo.com/40936608

  20. Leo Ferenc on July 9th, 2012 4:46 am

    What’s the baseplate featured in the video above? It looks like the studio baseplate but has some type of zacuto thumbscrew in the back.    
       
    It appears at 00:10-00:14 on this video: http://vimeo.com/40936608

  21. Leo Ferenc on July 21st, 2012 5:14 am

    Will the baseplate in the video be available soon? Steve Weiss refers to it as the c300 qr plate. Also, is the rest of the kit still coming out this month? I.e the tornado ff?

  22. Mandy on July 23rd, 2012 8:55 am

    Hi Leo- We are still working on the QR Studio Baseplate, QR shoulder pad and Torando. We are hoping to have them ready mid September. 

  23. Anonymous on August 29th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Anything new on the Recoil? Looks like a good fit with the Blackmagic Cinema camera.
    I am in a purchasing phase but I need put in the order soon… 

  24. Anonymous on August 29th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Anything new on the Recoil? Looks like a good fit with the Blackmagic Cinema camera.
    I am in a purchasing phase but I need put in the order soon… 

  25. Anonymous on August 29th, 2012 2:28 pm

    Anything new on the Recoil? Looks like a good fit with the Blackmagic Cinema camera.
    I am in a purchasing phase but I need put in the order soon… 

  26. Anonymous on September 7th, 2012 7:23 pm

    Coming up to mid September now. Will the QR range and recoil be released soon?

  27. Conny fridh on February 14th, 2013 11:13 am

    Hi,

    Will the Tornado for the C300 ever come? I have bought zacuto rigg and was told last summer that it would come in september 2012. Still nothing? Will it ever come or should I sell My zacuto rigg and change To an other companys products?

    Conny F

  28. Sara DePasquale on March 8th, 2013 3:58 pm

    Conny and others,

    The Tornado had a huge design overhaul after last year’s NAB. Its not an easy product to make and it had some problems that we had to work out. We have worked them out and we’re hoping it will be on the shelves shortly after this year’s NAB. We wish it wasn’t taking so long, but we don’t want to put a product out into the world before we’re 100% happy! Thank you for your patience. Stay tuned to our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates and you can sign up here to get emails when we release new products or start taking pre-orders. http://www.zacuto.com/original-web-content/mailing-list

  29. Rob on May 13th, 2013 4:25 pm

    Any possible update on the Tornado’s release date?