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.