New product developments and RNG design
Since appearing at NAB in April, we’ve been quite busy. There are a few interesting things going on that we wanted to talk about, including some new tools, LLBx Studio design and new camera compatibility. Without further ado, here’s the scoop:
One of the things we keep coming across when talking to video pros is timecode. Over the years, there have been many great solutions for finding ways to sync timecode to a DSLR. Let’s face it — many DSLR shooters have kinda gotten lazy and given up. Tools like PluralEyes are great for dealing with that great “f**k it” moment, giving us a way to sync our audio effortlessly in post. This works well for some smaller shows and your own personal freelance work, but now that larger productions such as reality television shows have integrated DSLRs into their workflow, their editors don’t have time for all of the “f**k it” ‘s frazzled DSLR shooters tend to subject them to. Having the ability to run timecode to a DSLR can be a real lifesaver.
So, the good news is that we’ve already made great headway on integrating timecode natively into future models. We’re currently in the process of building and testing a timecode board with our existing electronics. We can’t make any official announcements yet, but the outlook is good.
We’ve heard a lot of inquiries about HDMI to SDI conversion. We have to admit that this is a fantastic idea, and we’re currently looking into ways to do it. Unfortunately there’s some dirt under the rug when it comes to the HDMI technology itself. I won’t get into specifics here, but I can say that it might take some time to iron out. We’re also looking for ways to achieve this affordably so as to keep the price under control. In the meantime, we really like Blackmagic’s HDMI-SDI converter. Their converters can also receive power from the RNG via a 12-31v input.
CANON 300 / C100 COMPATIBILITY
We’ve done the necessary tests and it’s official — the C300 and C100 will have to be stragglers for just a little longer. While these cameras only draw 8.4v, the combination of the lower voltage and higher power requirements can cause problems with our power supply when working in really hot environments. We were hoping to be able to sneak these in to our current RNG models but it looks like we’re going to have to wait to include these cameras in another product we’re developing. At this time we can’t say how long development on this will take, but we’re hoping to be able to make an official announcement early this fall.
LOGGER’S LUNCHBOX STUDIO DESIGN
The LLBx Studio was promised to our Kickstarter backers last May, and we’ve been quite tied up with the RNG. Alas, it’s not been forgotten! We’re currently developing a smaller box that will be a bit more customizable by design. We’re not going to be making announcements on final design or price until we get it locked in. Since we’re just getting started, our production costs have been a roller-coaster as we work out our sourcing, causing some fluctuation in our final retail pricing. We can say that it won’t weigh in at the same $2k price point as its heftier counterpart, the RNG.