B&H Gear News Update for March 7, 2014

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This Week in the News:

  • Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
  • Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
  • Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
  • K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633 

The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35

This week Panasonic officially announced the VariCam 35, a new, 4K-capable video camera/recorder that's equipped with a super 35mm MOS sensor and a PL mount for cinema lenses. Internally, the VariCam 35 can capture 4K video with Panasonic's efficient AVC-ULTRA codecs, in addition to UHD, 2K, and HD video. This new camera system can also provide 4K raw footage to an external recorder.

The sensor module and the recording module of the VariCam 35 exist as separate components, and can be configured in various ways, depending on the needs of your camera rig. Its sensor features 4096 x 2160 native resolution with 14 stops of dynamic range. The VariCam 35 is expected to ship in the fall of 2014.

The full details on the new Panasonic VariCam 35 are provided in this Explora post.

The new Roku Streaming Stick

One of the drawbacks of using a web video-streaming device in your home entertainment system is the form factor; it's a drag to have to find a place to put yet another electronic box. In response to this, manufacturers have been shrinking the size of these devices to almost nothing, and the new Roku Streaming Stick, announced this week, isn't much larger than an average USB flash drive.

Designed to connect directly to an HDMI port on the rear of your TV, out of sight, the new Roku Streaming Stick essentially provides the same functionality as the Roku 1 streaming box. It doesn't have all of the features of some of their more advanced, "set-top-box" style systems, but the new Streaming Stick offers a clean solution at an attractive price. 

Keep your Hands on the Wheel, with Apple CarPlay

If you were planning to buy a new Ferrari, you might want to hold off a little longer to get your hands on the latest tech from Apple. Announced earlier this week, CarPlay is a new system that was designed to integrate the iPhone with your new automobile of choice, seamlessly.

The cars that come outfitted with CarPlay will feature an integrated button on the steering wheel to enable Siri voice commands, which is the primary method for controlling the system. CarPlay will control the music files on your iPhone, as well as provide maps and navigation, various online music services, and, of course, control calls, voicemail, and texts. If you don't plan on joining the Ferrari club, fear not. CarPlay will also be making its way to new cars from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ford, and many others.

The new K-Tek Stingray Audio Bag has some Innovative Design Features


For most people, a new audio bag design isn't the most intriguing news in the universe, but if you work in location sound, it's pretty compelling stuff. For those who routinely sling heavy bags of portable mixers, recorders, and wireless systems, K-Tek has a new option called the Stringray, whose design is well suited to working with the new Sound Devices 633. The Stingray is bristling with interesting features, such as its ergonomically concave frame, which reduces pressure against the body of the wearer, as well as its ability to stand upright when you're not wearing it.   

Learn all of the little details about the new K-Tek Stringray in this Explora post

More news:

  • A judge ruled in favor of a commercial videographer, over the FAA, for his use of a drone to capture aerial footage. Read more about it over at Fstoppers.  
  • Getty Images now allows anyone to embed one of their images online, providing that you use their embed code, which links the image back to their site. Learn more about it at Slate.
  • Leica issued a "Save the Date" notification to the media. More info and speculation can be found at PetaPixel.
  • Novation announced the Launchpad S Control Pack, which includes a Launchpad S, Launch Control, Ableton Live Lite 9, 1GB of sounds, and two custom cases. More info is available at Novation.

...and that's your news update for the first week of March 2014.