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    With the National Association of Boardcasters’ annual trade show underway in Las Vegas, accessory makers appear to have announced several new products, all of which are designed to serve the needs of media professionals who are vested into iOS and Mac devices.

    Mac storage manufacturer, OWC, revealed two new high-speed external storage solutions these past few days: the Viper Pro Thunderbolt 2 external drive and the Envoy Pro mini USB 3.0 thumb drive, both of which feature internal SSDs. The Viper Pro sports dual Thunderbolt 2 interfaces that OWC says can transfer data at roughly 1,350 megabytes per second. The unit has an aluminum enclosure which is designed for desktop use. The unit is said to be made available this summer in a 4-terabyte capacity for $2,999 or an 8-terabyte configuration for $4,799. The Envoy Pro mini on the other hand is a small, aluminum thumb drive that will sustain transfer speeds up to 433 megabytes per second. OWC calls the Envoy Pro mini’s internal SSD “desktop class,” with units being available now: 120 GB for $119 and 240 GB for $199. A 480 GB model is said to be on its way soon too, touting a cost of $599.



    The tripod manufacturer, Manfrotto, showcased its new Digital Director, a device that lets photographers turn an iPad into a remote control for SLR cameras. The Digital Director features a small, dedicated CPU that attaches to a Canon or Nikon camera via a USB cable as well as a metal mount for an iPad Air or Air 2. Users can connect their iPad to the Digital Director wirelessly and use Manfrotto’s Digital Director app to remotely control their camera. Features include live view; access to settings like exposure, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, focus, image quality, camera modes, and battery status; as well as the ability to share images via FTP. The Digital Director is set to launch publicly next month for a price tag of $499 and can be pre-ordered through Manfrotto resellers like B&H Photo.



    The camera maker, Blackmagic Design, recently introduced its new Micro Cinema Camera, which is a miniature Super 16mm digital film camera. It features a micro four thirds lens mount and is designed to be used on set and in action shots or tethered to a drone. The Micro Cinema Camera is said to be made available in both 1080p and 4K variants, sporting a new expansion port with PWM and S.Bus connections that cinematographers can use to control the camera from a standard model aircraft remote. Images can be recorded in 12-bit log CinemaDNG Raw or Apple ProRes. In addition to a number of accessories, the device can be connected to the DB-HD15 connector. The Micro Cinema Camera will be made available in july starting at $995 with the 4K variant starting at $1,295.



    Blackmagic also debuted its lighter URSA Mini camera which is capable of record in 4.6k. The URSA Mini camera is set to launch in July for $4,995 with an EF lens mount or $5,495 with a PL lens mount. A 4K URSA Mini version is also expected to ship in July for $2,995 with an EF mount or $3,495 with a PL mount.

    Are any of you media professionals excited about the slew of iOS and Mac-friendly products launching at this year’s NAB trade show?

    Source: Macsales (blog), OWC (eShop), B&H Photo (Digital Director) (Micro Cinema Camera) via AppleInsider

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2015-04-16 04:29 AM
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