Welcome to the latest episode of our weekly roundup of news from the TV and film industry.

This week we are featuring the latest kit from Cine Gear Expo 2023 including the new CCM-1 monitor from ARRI with full camera control for ALEXA 35 and ALEXA Mini LF, KinoFlo Mimik 120 for virtual productions, the latest Sony FR7 firmware v1.1 update, as well as the innovative CMotion Mainstation MST1 power solution and the GFM Turtle Base grip kit.

ARRI CCM-1 Monitor with camera control for ALEXA 35 and ALEXA Mini LF

ARRI has announced a new on-board monitor with full camera and menu control for the ALEXA 35 and ALEXA Mini LF. The ARRI CCM-1 is a sleek, but rugged 7-inch monitor developed in partnership with SmallHD provides an alternative camera, menu, and image control interface to the MVF-2 viewfinder, which it can either replace entirely or work alongside. The daylight viewable, high contrast display makes it easy to monitor a colour accurate image, and just like the MVF-2 viewfinder, the CCM-1 connects via the camera’s VF connector providing critical sensor level monitoring. Cables up to 10 meters are supported, and by using the camera’s VF connector both SDI outputs are free to be used with other equipment. This makes the CCM-1 suitable for use in confined spaces, on jibs, cranes, and car rigs. The touchscreen functionality allows for easy one hand navigation, while the tactile users buttons ensure a more ergonomic feel.

Kino Flo Mimik 120

Kino Flo also showed of their new and quite impressive Mimik 120. A image-based hybrid video lighting tile for virtual productions, the Mimik is a full spectrum LED system that mirrors video content while delivering cinematic colour when lighting talent and set elements. Patented Kino Flo technology helps to translate an incoming RGB video signal and generate synchronized foreground lighting that realistically represents the physical world on virtual sets.

Sony FR7 Firmware Update v1.1

Sony has released the first major firmware for the FR7. Then new firmware v1.1 brings more remote control options to the FR7 such the ability to be controlled from Sony’s Remote Control Panel such as the RCP-1500, 3100, and 1530 models as well as their MCU devices, such as the MSU-3500, 3000, and 1500 models. Other new features include support Genlock support for Full HD at 24p and 23.98p as well as recording and playback when powered via PoE++.

CMotion Mainstation MST1

CMotion also came to Cine Gear to show off their new and unique Mainstation MST1 power solution. A true multi-purpose power tool, the MST1 can serve as a smart charger on set, a power input manager, or a multi-rail converter all while satisfying the needs of even the most power-hungry camera rigs or DIT stations. With five inputs and six always-on outputs, the MST1 can power anything from 5V accessories to the most demanding 28V camears and 48V LED lights.

Grip Factory Munich - GF Turtle Base

Grip Factory Munich and debut their newest GF-Turtle Base at Cine Gear. A versatile and rugged Swiss-army knife, the innovative grip device is available as a 3 or 4-leg base with foldable leg design for efficient transport and a vast amount of industry standard holes in a cheese plate pattern. The tool-free design enables a quick and easy setup, while the 48.3mm clamp supports scaffold tubes and various adapters. More than just a base, the GF-Turtle Base can also be used as a dolly on standard and narrow tracks.

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