Quasar Science LED Lights – The Future of Film Lighting!

Quasar Science has released some exciting lighting products that DP’s, Grips, and lighting technicians will love. All of their bulbs are LED powered meaning they are dimmable and are more durable than Kino Flo bulbs while providing nice, even flicker-free lighting.

Photo by Jason Youngblood

Do you have an old Kino fixture lying around because you got tired of replacing the bulbs when they break? Just buy some Quasar tubes, throw them in the fixture and you’re good to go. All of Quasar’s light tubes have a milk glass plastic diffuser coating that gives it a nice soft quality and subject falloff like you would expect to find with Kino Flo’s.

These lights are truly the LEGO of the lighting world. You can rig them up like you would Kino Flo’s or you can strip it down to just a bulb and mount it anywhere.

Photo by Jason Youngblood

There are five main types of lights Quasar makes. The Q-LED Rainbow Linear Lamps with RGBX comes in either 2′ or 4′ and gives you a color temperature range of 2000 to 6000 Kelvin. They also are able to reproduce a full 360° hue palette for vibrant fully saturated color or mixed with X-fade white light for soft beautiful pastels. Includes color presets for Blue, Cyan, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, Magenta, and Purple. All Rainbow Lamps are equipped with on-board digital interface giving you command of Intensity, Kelvin, hue & saturation. Each lamp has a built in Lumen Radio CRMX chip for wireless control. The Rainbow can also be wired to DMX via Cat5 I/O Port.

The Q-LED T-8 comes in 2′ or 4′ at either 5600 or 3 Kelvin. The Q-LED Crossfade comes in 1′, 2′, 4′, 6′, and 8′ and offers a changeable color temperature range from 2000 to 6000 Kelvin. They also make a battery powered light called the Q-LED Lithium Ion Battery LED that comes with magnets on either end making it a really handy option to add a hair light, eye light, or adding a little fill without having to run extension cords all over the place. Quasar also makes a line of practical lighting bulbs.

Quasar Science

Each light tube comes with a P1G or “PIG” as we are calling it at Texas Media Systems. This plugs into the end of the light and will let you plug the light in to power it. If you are running more than one light together you’ll probably want to pick up the Cluster Power Adapter so you can plug lights into this (depending on the cluster power adapter) and then into your dimmer or the wall. If you are going to be using more than one light and don’t have an old Kino-Flo lying around you may want to consider getting a backplate. These come in 1, 2, and 4 light configurations making it simple to run multiple lights on one stand. We are also carrying the Mathews MQ Mount designed to hold the bulbs with minimal light loss. They are also designed to make it impossible to crush your light.

Kill Switch and Reset Button

Quasar Science has a nifty option to ensure that your lights don’t turn on when traveling or transporting your gear. All you need to do is follow the steps below!

  • To disable the Power Button when traveling, using a pen, press and hold the the KILL button button on the side for 5 seconds.
  • To enable the Power Button after it has been killed, plug it into your charger.
  • To Reset the lamp to default settings of 5600k and 100%, press the RST button.

Check out Cameron Gallagher’s review of Quasar lights and check out the Quasar Science kit here

 We are authorized Quasar Science dealers so stop by and try them out or place your order online today! Give us a call at 512-440-1400.

 

Panasonic Firmware Releases Update for GH5s and GH5 Cameras

Panasonic has announced a new firmware update for the DC-GH5 (Firmware Version 2.3) and DC-GH5S (Firmware Version 1.1) to further enhance their performance and usability. The new firmware update download is available now and can be found here. Let’s dig into the details of what the new update includes and fixes.

The new firmware includes the following upgrades:

LUMIX DC-GH5 

1. Improvement of AF performance
• AF tracking performance in video recording has been improved.
• AF speed at 180d (180°) has been improved when displaying the shutter speed in degrees in SS/Gain Operation>ANGLE/ISO.

2. Improvement of Body I.S.(Image Stabilizer) performance
• There were cases where peripheral distortion occurred in video recording while walking when used with Panasonic wide zoom lenses (H-F007014, H-E08018). This bug has been fixed.

3. Improvement of sound recording performance
• Sound quality has been improved by optimizing the noise reduction performance of internal noise canceling microphone.

4. New functions
L.Monochrome D has been added to Photo Style.
Grain Effect can be added and adjusted in Photo Style.
Live View Boost has been added, which makes it easy to check the composition on the monitor in low-light environment.
Night Mode has been added, which reduces glaring on the screens when recording in low-light environment.
• Maximum 20x enlarged view is available in MF Assist.
Focus Ring Lock has been added to [Custom] menu, which disables focus ring operation to lock the focus.
WB/ISO/Expo. Button has been added, which enables adjustment of WB/ISO/Exposure only while the exposure compensation button is pressed. This can be set at Custom>Operation.
Dial has been added to the Custom>Operation Lock Setting.
• Power/Wireless Indicator has been added in the Setup menu, which enables turning off the status indicator and wireless connection lamp.

5. Other improvements
Like 709,V-LogL* and V-LogL View Assist* in Photo Style can be used in photo shooting.
LUT Monitor Display* and LUT HDMI Display* can be used in playback mode.
• Focus Ring Lock, E-Stabilization(Video), Mic Rec Level Disp., Live View Boost, Night Mode and L.Monochrome D can be assigned to the Fn button that works in recording mode.
LUT Monitor Display*, LUT HDMI Display* and Night Mode can be assigned to the Fn button that works in playback mode.
• Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance.
• It is possible to choose images from group display such as burst shots in RAW Processing mode.
• Restarting time from sleep mode has been shortened while using Image App and Bluetooth connection.
You can choose to shorten the time of remote operation and image transfer or remote shutter control by going to Setup>Bluetooth>Returning from Sleep Mode.
• Remaining battery status is indicated by 1/4-gauge, indicating approximately 25% per gauge.
• There were cases where folder name was garbled when connecting wirelessly with Windows10-based PC. This bug has been fixed.

* Upgrade Software Key DMW-SFU1(sold separately) is required.

LUMIX DC-GH5S 

1. Improvement of AF performance
• AF performance of photo shooting under low-light, low-contrast environment has been improved.
• AF speed at 180d (180°) has been improved when displaying the shutter speed in degrees by going to SS/Gain Operation>ANGLE/ISO.

2. Improvement of sound recording performance
• Sound quality has been improved by optimizing the noise reduction performance of internal noise canceling microphone.

3. New functions
L.Monochrome D has been added to Photo Style.
Grain Effect can be added and adjusted in Photo Style.
Focus Ring Lock has been added to Custom menu, which disables focus ring operation to lock the focus.
WB/ISO/Expo. Button has been added, which enables adjustment of WB/ISO/Exposure only while the exposure compensation button is pressed. This can be set by going to Custom>Operation.
Dial has been added to Custom>Operation Lock Setting.

4. Other improvements
Focus Ring Lock, E-Stabilization(Video), Sound Rec Level Disp. and L.Monochrome D can be assigned to the Fn button that works in recording mode.
• Vector Scope can be displayed on the screen while adjusting white balance.
• It is possible to choose images from group display such as burst shots in RAW Processing mode.
• There were cases where the Image Stabilizer icon was not displayed when switching the settings of Image Stabilizer using the Fn button on the H-ES200 interchangeable lens. This bug has been fixed.
• There were cases where folder name was garbled when connecting wirelessly with Windows10-based PC. This bug has been fixed.

The details of each firmware program is also available on the following pages:

LUMIX DC-GH5 Firmware Ver.2.3

LUMIX DC-GH5S Firmware Ver.1.1

To buy or rent either the GH5 or GH5s give us a call at 512-440-1400 or visit the Texas Media Systems online store here. 

RED Simplifies Camera Lineup & Reduces Prices

RED DIGITAL CINEMA announced a new simplified camera lineup. The new camera lineup consists of a single BRAIN, the DSMC2, with three sensor options (Monstro 8K VV, Helium 8K S35, Gemini 5K S35) at lower price points. The RED WEAPON and EPIC-W cameras are no longer available.

Meet RED’s New DSCMC2 Camera Lineup:

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 CF BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV  $59,500

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ MONSTRO 8K VV AND AI PL MOUNT  $54,500

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ HELIUM 8K S35 SENSOR $24,500

RED DIGITAL CINEMA DSMC2 BRAIN W/ GEMINI 5K S35 SENSOR  $19,500 

Lease to own options are available.

Online Lease Application

When you upgrade the firmware on your existing camera to v7.0.3 or later, the name of your camera will now change when you navigate to:

Menu > Settings > Maintenance > System Status > Camera Info

Current Camera Name New Camera Name in v7.0.3
WEAPON MONSTRO 8K VV DSMC2 MONSTRO 8K VV
WEAPON RED DRAGON 8K VV DSMC2 DRAGON 8K VV
WEAPON 8K VV ANAMORPHIC DSMC2 DRAGON 8K VV ANAMORPHIC
WEAPON 8K S35 DSMC2 HELIUM 8K S35
WEAPON 8K S35 MONOCHROME DSMC2 HELIUM 8K S35 MONOCHROME
WEAPON 6K (CARBON FIBER) DSMC2 DRAGON 6K S35 (CF)
WEAPON 6K (MAGNESIUM) DSMC2 DRAGON 6K S35 (Mg)

The following cameras are eligible to be upgraded to the new DSMC2 MONSTRO, DSMC2 HELIUM, DSMC2 GEMINI Cameras:

  • WEAPON HELIUM 8K S35
  • EPIC-W HELIUM 8K S35
  • WEAPON RED DRAGON 6K
  • EPIC-W GEMINI 5K S35
  • SCARLET-W RED DRAGON 5K
  • EPIC DRAGON
  • SCARLET DRAGON

The following cameras are NOT eligible to upgrade to the DSMC2 MONSTRO, DSMC2 HELIUM, or DSMC2 GEMINI Cameras:

  • RED ONE
  • EPIC MYSTERIUM-X
  • SCARLET MYSTERIUM-X
  • RED RAVEN

Pricing and Specifications for the RED Raven and RED SCARLET cameras remained unchanged:

RED DIGITAL CINEMA RAVEN BRAIN WITH 4.5K DRAGON SENSOR  $8950

RED DIGITAL CINEMA SCARLET-W WITH RED DRAGON 5K SENSOR (STANDARD OLPF)  $12,500

For more information on any of the products above, give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep!

Panasonic EVA1 Promotion: Two Free 64GB SD Memory Cards $499.98

Panasonic EVA1 Promo

Buy a new Panasonic EVA1 and get Two Free 64GB V90 SD Memory Cards for Free.

Promo can be combined with with 0% 24 Month Lease Financing Offer.

Promo can be used on the following EVA1 body or kits:

Panasonic EVA1 Body, AU-EVA1PJ $7345

Panasonic EVA1 Basic Bundle, AU-EVA1BASIC, $9795

Panasonic EVA1 Pro Bundle, AU-EVA1PRO, $12795

Panasonic RP-SDZA64GAK V90 class 64GB SDXC memory card $249.99 

Lease Financing at Texas Media Systems

Promotion Rules – Effective for AU-EVA1 cameras purchased between April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018

AU-EVA1 must be purchased from authorized Panasonic US Resellers and shipped to a US address

End-Users must fill out online application at www.PanasonicPSSNARebate.com

End-Users will need to provide camera serial number and a photo or scan of the original camera purchase invoice

Online form must be submitted by July 31, 2018

Delivery only to US addresses

Panasonic reserves the right to substitute equivalent or higher performance Panasonic SDXC or MicroP2 V90-class memory cards

AU-EVA1 is the only camera eligible for this offer

This offer is not valid on used, demo, b-stock or other specially priced equipment.

Panasonic EVA1 Approved for Netflix!

The Panasonic EVA1 has just been approved as an accepted camera for Netflix content. The requirements for original content are strict and have only included higher end cameras that cost 10’s of thousands of dollars. Cameras must shoot in 4K, at a bit rate of at least 240Mbps, be in raw or Log formats and files must contain all metadata and no color correction baked in. While Arri and Red have high cost cameras that meet these specs easily, The Panasonic Eva1 joins the Blackmagic Ursa Mini cameras as the only ones that come in under $10,000. This opens up the opportunity for more independent film makers to get their content in larger distribution channels.

Click here a full list of Netflix approved cameras.

You can Contact Joe Kelly at JOE@TMSAV.COM or (512) 440-1400 ext 202 to get yours today.

Panasonic EVA1 Body, AU-EVA1PJ $7345

Panasonic EVA1 Basic Bundle, AU-EVA1BASIC, $9795

Panasonic EVA1 Pro Bundle, AU-EVA1PRO, $12795

 

Canon C200 & C200B Training Videos

Canon C200 & C200B Video Training Series:

Jem Schofield Canon C200

Camera Overview

Host Jem Schofield gives an overview of the Canon C200 and C200B digital cinema camera systems. This episode explains the differences and similarities of the two models, takes a look at the design features, external accessories, sensor, processors, recording capabilities, touchscreen LCD, electronic viewfinder, inputs and outputs. Get familiar with the location and functions of the camera’s buttons, dials and controls.

Setting Up for Shooting – Part 1

In this episode, host Jem Schofield explains the Function (FUNC) button controls, examining White Balance, Iris and Shutter control, and the options when adjusting white balance, shutter, gain and aperture to achieve great results.

Setting Up for Shooting – Part 2

Explore some of the key Menu features and how to set up the Menu for your projects. Host Jem Schofield looks at buttons, dials and switches, activating LUTs, saving and loading camera settings, time code, video outputs, assignable buttons, the Status menu, My Menu features, and more.

Audio Setup

Host Jem Schofield explains the audio recording and monitoring capabilities of the Canon EOS C200 and C200B cameras. He walks you through setting up either 2-channel or 4-channel recording, and shows how to adjust and monitor the microphone levels using the Mic terminal, XLR inputs and camera body microphone.

Shooting with the Camera

In this video, host Jem Schofield demonstrates strategies for shooting with the Canon EOS C200 and C200B for best results. He goes in-depth about shooting with the cameras including the Focus Guide, focus assistance functions, recording formats (Cinema RAW Light/MP4), Color Space, Gamma and Custom Pictures/HDR settings, HDR/LUT options, exposure recommendations using the waveform, proxy recording, and more.

Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus Features

In this video, host Jem Schofield demonstrates the key features of Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus and touchscreen control of autofocus to get you ready for shooting with this important camera option.

Special Recording Modes & Browser Remote

Take a close look at Special Recoding Modes and explore the options for remote control operation of Canon’s EOS C200 and C200B camera systems. Host Jem Schofield takes a close look at slow motion recording options based upon recording format. Also, look at how to remotely operate the cameras when they are out of reach by using the Browser Remote feature and a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Cinema RAW Light & Post Production

Host Jem Schofield is joined by post-production experts Loren Simons and Nicholas Recano to explore the best practices for working with Cinema RAW Light in a variety of post-production workflows including Cinema RAW Development software, BlackMagic Design DaVinci Resolve, and Avid Media Composer. Also, visit Canon Burbank’s DI Suite to examine at the intricacies of finishing a project with an OpenEXR/Aces finish using SGO’s Mistika color grading and finishing system.

CANON C200 DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA 4K RAW INTERNAL – 2215C002 $7499

CANON C200B DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA BODY W/O EVF – 2216C002 $5999

CANON C200B COMPLETE:

C200B + GR-V1 Grip, HDU-2 Handle, LM-V1 LCD, LA-V1 Attachment Unit, UN-5 Cable $7499

Canon C200 Leasing Apply Online Button

 

 

View Original Canon Digital Learning Center Article

 

 

 

Panasonic EVA1 Video Series with Mitch Gross

Panasonic has produced a new series of educational videos for the new EVA1 5.7K Cinema Camera featuring Mitch Gross, Cinema Product Manager at Panasonic Media and Entertainment Company.

The series of nine videos are available on YouTube at the links below.

Panasonic EVA1 5.7K Sensor: Learn What It Means for the Image:

Panasonic EVA1 Modularity: Learn How The Camera’s Modular Design is Useful for Shooting

Panasonic EVA1 Focus Aides: Learn How the Camera’s Numerous Focus Aides Interact to Support the User’s Preference

Panasonic EVA1 Video Routing: Learn How to Adjust the Camera’s Multiple Video Outputs

Panasonic EVA1 Wi-Fi Remote:

Learn How to Remotely Control the Camera’s Menu Functions using an IOS or Android Device

Panasonic EVA1 Image Stabilization:

Learn About The Multiple Forms of Image Stabilization Supported

Panasonic EVA1 Dual Native ISO: Explains the Cameras 800/2500 Dual Native ISO Functionality

Panasonic EVA1 Media: Learn About Recording to Inexpensive SDXC Cards

Panasonic EVA1 Menus: Offering Multiple Paths to Control & Interface with the Camera

Panasonic EVA1 Camera Body

In Stock!

$7345

Free UPS Ground Shipping

 

 

Canon 1DC Factory Update: Firmware Version 1.4.1

Canon has announced a free firmware update for the 1DC which must be performed by Canon Cinema EOS Support.

Details below.

Firmware Version 1.4.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which a synchronization failure may occur during multiple flash shooting.
  3. Fixes a phenomenon in which Error 80 occurs depending on the shutter release timing.

Firmware Version 1.4.1 includes all improvements and fixes provided in previous firmware versions.

Support

Canon USA will perform this Firmware Update on the EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future Firmware Updates become available for download. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries 
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free) 1-855-246-3367
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
Email: CinemaEOS@cits.canon.com
For additional support options: www.usa.canon.com/support

Canon C300 Mark II Firmware Update: LM-V1 LCD Now Supported

Firmware Version 1.1.0.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
1. Support for LCD monitor LM-V1*1,2 (separately sold) has been added.
2. Peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction has been added for the following lenses:
- EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
- EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM
- EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM

*1 The LA-V1 LCD Attachment Unit cannot be used to attach the LM-V1 to the EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL cameras. 3rd party mounting options are required to use the monitor on this model camera.
*2 When using the LM-V1 with the separately-sold WFT-E6 or WFT-E8 Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver, please be sure to maintain space between the two accessories.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW FIRMWARE

The Canon C300 Mark II qualifies for a promotional 24 month 0% financing from Canon.

Canon C300 Mark II Cinema Camera In Stock

Canon LM-V1 LCD Monitor for C200 / C200B / C300 Mark II In Stock 

Canon UN-10 100cm Unit Cable In Stock 

Caution:
– You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card that is 64MB or more for the firmware update.
– Firmware version 1.1.0.1.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C300 Mark II cameras running firmware version 1.0.0.1.00 – 1.0.9.1.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 1.1.0.1.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
– Please note that after updating the camera to Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 or later, if you wish to continue using CFast (VPG130) cards that were used before the firmware update, you will need to format the CFast cards with the camera. After the firmware update, and before formatting the CFast cards with the camera, make sure to back up the clips saved to the CFast cards.
– For further information, please refer to the latest version of the unit’s Instruction Manual that is released with the firmware update.

 

Preparations for the Firmware Update:
After the Firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu and custom picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and custom picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. For further information on this, please refer to the section in the unit’s Instruction Manual titled “Saving and Loading Camera Settings”.

The downloaded folder contains the firmware (file name: VLB1.FIM / file size: 43,843,616 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures (a PDF file in five languages: Japanese, English, French, Spanish and Simplified Chinese). Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.

The following things are required to perform this firmware update:
1. A Cinema EOS C300 Mark II / EOS C300 Mark II PL camera body
2. A computer (OS Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1)
3. A 64 MB or higher-capacity SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card (both commercially available)
4. An SD card reader/writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot built into the computer
5. A fully charged battery pack for the camera
6. Compact power adapter bundled with the camera
7. The firmware (the downloaded file)

New shipment – Canon Compact-Servo 70-200mm

We have a new shipment of Canon Compact-Servo 70-200mm lenses tracking to arrive on Friday. The Compact-Servo lenses have a $300 Instant Rebate + Free ZSG-C10 Grip $474.05 promos running.

The Compact-Servo Instant Rebate increases from $300 to $500-$800 if you bundle a lens the following camera bodies:

  • C300 Mark II $800
  • C200 $600
  • C200B $600
  • C100 Mark II $500

The 0% 24 Month or 1.99% 36 Month Lease Promos can be combined with the Rebates.

Canon Compact-Servo 70-200MM W/ ZSG-C10 GRIP UNIT – 2568C002                                                                      $6,274.05 – $774.05 Discounts = $5,500 In Stock

Canon Compact – Servo 18-80MM W/ SERVO UNIT ZSG-C10 – 1714C002                                                                  $5,699.05 – $774.05 Discounts = $4,925 In Stock

Canon C300 Mark II Body + Compact-Servo 18-80mm Lens Bundle                                                                                $9,999 + $5,225 + $474.05 – $800 Rebate – $474.05 Rebate = $14,424 In Stock

Canon C300 Mark II EF Camera Body 0635C002 – $9999 In Stock

Canon C200 Camera Body with EVF, LCD & Grip 22155C002 – $7,499 In Stock

C200 24-105mm II Lens Kit 2244C002 – $8,399 In Stock

Canon C200B Body (No EVF, LCD, Grip, or Handle) – $5,999 In Stock

Canon C200 B Complete Kit – $7,499 In Stock

Canon C200 Body + 18-80mm Compact-Servo Lens Kit – $12,124 In Stock

Canon C200B Body + 18-80mm Compact-Servo Lens Kit – $11,198.05 In Stock

Canon C200B Accessories $199 $699 In Stock

Canon BP-A30 3200 mAh Battery – $299 In Stock

Canon BP-A60 6400 mAh Battery – $499 In Stock