At IBC 2010 the Band Pro booth was a veritable who's who in the world of digital cinematography movers and shakers. From our glass-tastic tower of lenses featuring all the top manufacturers to new cameras and 3D solutions.
Among the innovative technologies featured by Band Pro were a number of digital recording and digital asset managment/workflow solutions. Some were familiar names, like S.two and Codex Digital. The S.two OB-1 was mounted on the back of a Sony F35 on a Steadicam, showing a powerful and portable option for high quality, uncompressed recording. The Codex Onboard was also present, now with direct pin connection to the F35 for controlled ramping, a new innovation and the first of its kind outside the Sony product line. Also on display were the Codex Transfer Station, a fantastically flexible solution for generating LTO back ups and capable of outputting almost any file format imaginable. What was new from Codex was the Desktop Transfer Station. This unit, about the size of a shoe, can connect directly to a high-powered CPU and emulate all the file management functionality of the full-size transfer station.
Newcomer to the world of digital asset management was Marvin. From Marvin Technologies, this unit streamlines and automates the back up and verification of files from digital cameras, greatly removing the chance of human error. Simply plug in a CF card (or hard drive, P2, etc.) and Marvin creates a verified back up copy on an internal RAID, copies to LTO tape, creates proxy files for editing and at the end of the day burns a DVD of the dailies for the director. All parameters are created at the beginning of production so the system is plug-and-play throughout the day.
Band Pro also had on display the most diverse collection of professional lenses on the show floor. Headlined by the new Leica Summilux-C Primes in a black and red showcase straight from Leica Headquarters in Wetzler, the collection also included the Carl Zeiss Compact Primes CP.2 lenses in PL, Canon and Nikon mount, Zeiss DigiPrimes and DigiZooms, Schneider Cine-Xenar Primes, Ruby Zoom, and more.
In the camera department, the selection was also diverse. Sony's top line cameras, including the SRW-9000PL and F35 were shown with full production accessories. An Arri Alexa showed Codex Onboard recording and sported a Leica Summilux-C Prime. Also wearing Leica was the new camera from Red, the 5K EPIC. Ted Schilowitz spent over an hour each day in the Band Pro booth discussing the benefits of high resolution imaging, hence the 5K camera with the 5K+ Leica lens.