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Bluebell Strengthens Organizational Structure and Enhances Agility With Four Key Leadership Appointments Posted: 20/09/2021
Bluebell Strengthens Organizational Structure and Enhances Agility With Four Key Leadership Appointments

Bluebell Opticom Ltd., the Emmy® Award-winning provider of innovative fibre-optic solutions for fixed and remote applications, is undertaking a series of new appointments that will enable even greater agility and responsiveness to both customer and market demands. Effective Oct. 1, Samir Mansuri will serve as technical director, Anil Parmar as sales and marketing director, Peter Murray as manufacturing and production director, and Paul Gibbins as non-executive director.

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Live Streaming and Video Production Guidebook Released to Help Amateurs Gain Studio-Level Skills Posted: 01/10/2020
Live Streaming and Video Production Guidebook Released to Help Amateurs Gain Studio-Level Skills

"The Unofficial Guide to vMix," a book focused on uncovering live video production with vMix software -- one of the most powerful video production solutions available for live streaming, recording and IP video connectivity -- is now available. Written by live streaming and video production expert Paul Richards, Chief Streaming Officer for StreamGeeks and PTZOptics, the book is meant to be used as a guide for anyone interested in sharpening their video production skills with one of the world's top streaming software solutions. The book is part of a blended learning environment and has an accompanying on-demand Udemy course.

Tags: PTZOptics | StreamGeeks | Paul Richards | live | streaming | video | production | recording | IP | software | vMix | book | course
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Lindsey Optics Intro and rsquo;s First Ever FSND Rota-Grad Filters Posted: 15/09/2020
Lindsey Optics Intro and rsquo;s First Ever FSND Rota-Grad Filters

Lindsey Optics adds a new twist on FSND filters with its unique range of Brilliant² Rota-Grads. This family of rotating full spectrum graduated neutral density filters fits directly into popular 4x5.65 rod-mounted matte boxes and clip-on style, where rotation of a 4x5.65 filter was uncommon—until now.

Tags: Lindsey Optics | optics | lenses | FSND | filters | rotating | Rota-Grads | full spectrum | graduated | neutral density | matte boxes | aperture | cinematographers | videographers | broadcast | film | video | proper exposure | balance | photography | wide-angle lenses | light
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Cooke Optics Anamorphic i Special Flair Lenses Bring Big Screen Epic Saga Feel to Star Trek: Picard Posted: 29/01/2020
Cooke Optics Anamorphic i Special Flair Lenses Bring Big Screen Epic Saga Feel to Star Trek: Picard

DP Philip Lanyon goes for a different look for follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation while remaining true to the TV and film franchise

Star Trek: Picard, the highly anticipated streaming series from CBS All Access, relied on two complete sets of Cooke Optics Anamorphic/i SF (“Special Flair”) lenses to tell the story for the follow-up series to Star Trek: The Next Generation, and centres on Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) in the next chapter of his life. Director of Photography Philip Lanyon’s goal was to give this new series a big movie adventure epic saga feel — while keeping fans in a familiar visual world.

“Almost all of the Star Trek movies have been shot using anamorphic lenses and so is the [CBS All Access] Star Trek: Discovery series, which switched to Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses in its second season,” explained Lanyon. “I was given the opportunity to shoot the second season’s sixth episode and I just fell in love with the Cooke lenses. I tested a lot of lenses for Picard and a lot of different looks. But in the end, the Cooke Anamorphic/i SF lenses gave me the exact look and control I wanted.”

 

 

 

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Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet Posted: 16/12/2019
Cooke miniS4 i Lenses Capture Unique Wildlife Footage for Seven Worlds, One Planet

 

BBC's new landmark wildlife series, Seven Worlds, One Planet, documents the unique wildlife to be found across all seven continents. The series, which began airing in the UK in October 2019 was shot by Director of Photography, Mark MacEwen on a set of Cooke miniS4/I lenses.

MacEwen, who has over 20 years’ experience in wildlife cinematography, chose the miniS4/i lenses for his sequences to bring the ‘Cooke Look’ in a smaller, more light weight form.“I’ve used Cooke lenses before and always loved them. The look of the Cooke lenses does it all for me, and the way they separate the subject and background and flare is the way I see the world. I also like the way they work on digital sensors - to me, they just help take some of the digital edge off the camera and help keep it looking more organic and natural,” he said. “The miniS4/i’s were great as the size and weight of them allowed me to use them not only for tripod work, but for hand-held gimbal work with animals where I have to hold the MVI Pro rig for hours, following the animals waiting for the right moment or bit of behaviour. The build quality is also amazing and works so well with the follow focus gear.”

“Outside of the flora and fauna, it’s the huge amounts of time we have to invest and of course the extreme demands we place on the kit, due to the environments we subject them to. I am happy to say that the miniS4/i’s performed flawlessly in every situation.”

 

 

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Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support in key market Posted: 26/11/2019
Cooke Optics opens LA service operation for increased customer support  in key market

Cooke Optics announced today that it has opened a service operation in Los Angeles, CA to provide full lens servicing and testing. This new operation further strengthens Cooke Optics’ dedication to worldwide service and support.

Les Zellan, Chairman, Cooke Optics, said, “With hundreds of movies and TV shows shot in and around LA each year, and many local rental houses stocking Cooke lenses, we’re proud to offer full lens servicing at a convenient location. The LA operation joins the Cooke service operations around the world, so customers can now reach us directly on both US coasts, the UK, São Paulo in Brazil and Shanghai in China.”

Michael Nadas has joined Cooke Americas as the company’s Optical Engineer in LA. He comes to the team with 28-plus years of technical experience in the film and television production industry, specializing in evaluating, testing and repairing both cinematic and broadcast lenses from multiple manufacturers to factory specifications. Michael established the quality control standards for lens testing and evaluating procedures company-wide at Sim, a leading supplier of studios, production equipment, workflow/dailies and post-production solutions. Over the course of his career, he has acquired an in-depth technical knowledge of specific types of lenses that are unique to our industry and most recently led Sim’s Motion Picture Optics department out of Los Angeles.

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Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K Posted: 01/11/2019
Cooke Optics Brings BAFTA award-winner Peaky Blinders Season 5 into the World of Anamorphic and 4K

Cinematographer Si Bell and Director Anthony Byrne move crime drama series to a more cinematic look and feel

For four seasons, Thomas Shelby, his family and his gang — Peaky Blinders — have been captivating audiences around the world with this crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. But the fifth season would mean a total change in how the series was to be shot, moving from Cooke S4/i spherical lenses (used since season three) to anamorphic with Cooke Optics' Anamorphic/i prime lenses as well as 4K for this season’s Netflix full-season distribution in the US, which became available on 4 October 2019 (UK distribution on BBC One began in early September with one episode per week).

One of the challenges for cinematographer Si Bell and director Anthony Byrne — both big fans of the series — was maintaining continuity with the four seasons that came before them, regardless of the new production changes.

“Anthony and I had wanted to do this series for a number of years, having watched all of it and always talking about it,” explained Bell. “When we got the gig, we both watched the entire series again and paid special attention to the things we loved, things we thought could be different and things we thought could be better. But we obviously had to keep continuity.”

Tags: Cooke Optics | Peaky Blinders | Season 5 | Anamorphic
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Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019 Posted: 29/10/2019
Cooke Optics to Show The Best in Cinematography Lenses at EnergaCAMERIMAGE 2019

At the 27th Edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (EnergaCAMERIMAGE) held in Toru, Poland from 9-16 November 2019, Cooke Optics will be showcasing the best in cinematography with its latest full frame and prime lenses. This will give cinematographers the opportunity to see for themselves just what is meant by “The Cooke Look®”.

The first of three lenses to be highlighted at EnergaCAMERIMAGE will be the new S7/i Full Frame Plus T2.0 prime lenses — available in focal lengths of 16,18, 21, 25, 27, 32, 40, 50, 65, 75, 100, 135mm and 180mm. The S7/i Full Frame Plus features superb optical and mechanical performance, control of flare, distortion, veiling glare and spherical aberrations at full aperture. Its cam-type focus mechanism allows for smooth focus adjustments, while its modular construction increases ease of maintenance and serviceability.

The Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus T2.3 prime lenses brings full frame capture capabilities to those shooting large format with the anamorphic characteristics cinematographers expect, including flare and oval bokeh. Avaliable in 40, 50, 75 and 100mm focal lengths in both Standard and Special Flare (SF) versions. This initial set of Anamorphic/i Full Frame Plus prime lenses will be joined by the 32, 135 and 180mm later this year.

Tags: Cooke Optics | Lenses | EnergaCAMERIMAGE | Film Festival
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Joe Anderson Helps Resurrect Top Boy with Cooke S7 i Prime Lenses Posted: 24/09/2019
Joe Anderson Helps Resurrect Top Boy with Cooke S7 i Prime Lenses

When the original two mini-series of Top Boy ended on the UK’s Channel 4 in 2013, few people thought the critically-acclaimed drama about two London street gangs would ever come back.

Tags: Cooke Optics | Top Boy | Joe Anderson | Cooke S7/i Prime Lenses | Netflix | ARRI
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disguise powers new workflow for The House of Dancing Water Posted: 18/06/2019
disguise powers new workflow for The House of Dancing Water

The House of Dancing Water is the world’s largest water-based theatre production, produced by veteran Las Vegas show-maker Franco Dragone, responsible for some of the most prestigious spectacles in Las Vegas. The House of Dancing Water combines water stunts, acrobatics, aerial arts and theatre, and is considered one of the jewels in the entertainment crown in Macau, China.

Tags: House of Dancing Water | Dragone | disguise | theatre production | VFC card | OmniCal | OpticShock | 4x4 pro | gx 1 server
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New Value-Added Distributor MVD Europe Brings Focused Expertise to Support Broadcast and Pro AV Channel Partners Posted: 29/10/2018
New Value-Added Distributor MVD Europe Brings Focused Expertise to Support Broadcast and Pro AV Channel Partners

Systems integrators, resellers and OEMs in the European broadcast and professional A/V markets have a new expert distributor they can rely on as they strive to keep pace with rapidly-evolving technologies fueled by IP-based innovations. Launched earlier this year, MVD Europe B.V. provides value-added distribution services and manufacturer representation in Europe with a focus on the latest video production and streaming media solutions.

Tags: MVD Europe | distribution | NDI | converter | live | magewell | ptzoptics | huddlecamhd | capture | cameras | newtek | hardware | software | convert | conversion | IP | stream | streaming | network | encoder | broadcast | professional AV
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Schneider-Kreuznach Adds True-Streak Gold Filter See it at Cine Gear Expo Booth 46 Posted: 29/05/2018
Schneider-Kreuznach Adds True-Streak and reg; Gold Filter See it at Cine Gear Expo Booth 46

Schneider-Kreuznach expands its line of front-of-lens effects filters with the new True-Streak® Gold. Available in intensities of 1mm, 2mm, 3mm and 4mm, it allows the lens, anamorphic or not, to simulate the popular streak look in a vivid deep yellow tone. Depending on the strength chosen and the lighting, True-Streaks can create an effect from subtle to dramatic.

Tags: Schneider | Schneider optics | innovative | technology | filters | gold filter | lighting | cinegearexpo | cinegearexpo2018
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Schneider-Kreuznach Announces RHOdium Full Spectrum ND Filters Available for viewing at IBC Stand# 12.D53 Posted: 18/08/2017
Schneider-Kreuznach Announces RHOdium Full Spectrum ND Filters Available for viewing at IBC Stand# 12.D53

Schneider-Kreuznach introduces new RHOdium Full Spectrum Neutral Density (FSND) filters, a lineup of high-end neutral density filters made to exceed the critical color standards of the newest 4K, 6K, and 8K resolution cameras. Available in 6x6 and 4x5.65 sizes, they come in a full range of densities: 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.1, 2.4, 2.7 and 3.0.

Tags: Schneider | filters | camera | optics | IBC 2017 | IBC 2017
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New B+W Full Spectrum Neutral Density Filters Posted: 30/12/2016
New B+W Full Spectrum Neutral Density Filters

Schneider-Kreuznach expands their renowned B+W filter line with the new XS-Pro Neutral Density series. Made of select finely cut and polished glass, these innovative NDs employ new-technology, full spectrum coatings, (not a dye) to assure that light absorption is extremely even across the entire visible area, producing pristine, color-neutral images.

Tags: Schneider Optics | B+W | Filters | Full Spectrum Neutral Density | AbouttheGear
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Bakewell Pairs Schneider Xenon FF-Primes and Panasonic VariCam LT Posted: 24/10/2016
Bakewell Pairs Schneider Xenon FF-Primes and Panasonic VariCam LT

Richard Bakewell, best known for his camerawork on such television shows as Cops and Intervention, recently penned his second film. To create a proof-of-concept and short film based on an 80s throwback horror-genre feature-length screenplay Postpartum, he took the helm as Director and Executive Producer.

Tags: User Story | Schneider Optics | Richard Bakewell | About the Gear | Lenses | Xenon FF-Primes | Panasonic VariCam LT
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