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GO BEHIND THE SCENES TO DISCOVER THE RØDE DIFFERENCE

RØDE Microphones is proud to announce the launch of ‘The RØDE Difference’ (therodedifference.com), a new web site and online campaign that goes behind the scenes of the Australian microphone manufacturer, publicly sharing for the very first time the secrets and techniques behind how they produce their world-class microphones.

For over 20 years RØDE has designed and manufactured professional microphones and accessories from its headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
Bucking the trend and maintaining its manufacturing outside of the current low cost labour regions, RØDE relies on passionate and innovative product design, combined with precision automation and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques to bring its products to market at prices that defy conventional logic.

This passion and ideology is encapsulated in The RØDE Difference. It represents an ethos that sets RØDE apart amongst its pro audio peers.

“In the early 1990s RØDE was one of a handful of companies that changed the status quo.” commented Peter Freedman, Founder and President of RØDE.
“We knew the time was right to produce world class recording equipment that was accessible to everyone.”

“It wasn’t easy. Lots of hard work, but history has proven that we made the right decision to invest in precision Australian design and manufacturing. Now almost 20 years later there are close to a million musicians, artists, filmmakers and engineers worldwide that have and continue to benefit from The RØDE Difference.”

Visitors to therodedifference.com will get to join Mr Freedman as he personally guides them on an intimate tour, sharing and explaining the company’s innovative manufacturing techniques and processes that were once closely guarded trade secrets.

Mr Freedman considers it an appropriate time to open the doors to the audio community and allow them to discover the extent of RØDE’s commitment to creating the very finest microphones.

“There are some companies that like to tout the romantic notion of ‘handmade’ microphones – visions of the grey-haired engineer in a pristine white lab coat spending days meticulously assembling a single transducer. But this isn’t what handmade means to microphones. You cannot produce products equal to the quality and consistency of RØDE in this way, when you are dealing in tolerance of thousandths of a millimetre and you demand ultimate accuracy and consistency – it’s really a bit of a joke. Somewhat like suggesting you would purchase a laptop computer someone had ‘handmade’ with hobby shop parts and a soldering iron.”

RØDE’s manufacturing and product design methodologies are shared by only a handful of large and well established European and US based microphone manufacturers, but a key aspect to The RØDE Difference is that all the design, testing, manufacturing and technical expertise is owned and controlled in-house by RØDE.

The CNC machines RØDE have invested in are the same as those used by Swiss watch makers and high-end European and Japanese auto makers. Along with this RØDE designs and manufactures custom machines made in the RØDE engineering shop.

“The RØDE facility and engineering expertise is actually unique in the world of microphone manufacturing.” continued Mr Freedman. “Even the largest and most prestigious names subcontract infrequently-used test and analysis devices, as well as some complex machining processes. Some of the companies that supply our equipment have even asked us to show them how we are able to achieve the results we do. As an engineer and manufacturer, that makes me exceptionally proud.”

RØDE invites you to discover The RØDE Difference at www.therodedifference.com

Redrock Micro’s New LiveLens MFT™ Delivers Canon EF Lens Compatability for Micro Four-Thirds (MFT) Cameras

Redrock Micro recently announced the release of the new Redrock Micro LiveLens MFT™. The LiveLens MFT is the first active lens mount to allow Canon EF lenses to be used with any micro four-thirds camera body, including the Panasonic AG-AF100, Panasonic GH2, and Olympus E-P3. Now, the exceptional sharpness and clarity of Canon optics can be mated with the compact, powerful capabilities of micro four-thirds cameras.

Small Lens Adapter with Big Capabilities

Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT provides the required power and electronics to control Canon EF lenses when attached to a micro four-thirds camera body. With the LiveLens MFT’s control touchpad, the EF lens’ aperture can be open and closed in increments as small as 1/3 stop. The LiveLens MFT works with virtually every EF lens available today, including variable aperture zoom lenses, prime lenses, consumer-level lenses, professional L-series lenses and most third party EF-compatible lenses. A marvel of advanced design, the LiveLens MFT is incredibly compact and weighs less than 6oz.

LiveLens MFT uses Canon lens control technology proven for over three years in professional productions. For operators and DPs who have invested in Canon EF lenses and want to extend their investment to MFT cameras like the AF100, LiveLens MFT is an invaluable tool.

Pricing and Availability

Introductory pricing for the LiveLens MFT is $442.50. Redrock Micro’s LiveLens MFT is a limited edition product and is available immediately. LiveLens MFT can be purchased direct from Redrock Micro at redrockmicro.com/livelensmft.

Redrock Micro’s new microTies Solve Cinema Rig Cabling Conundrum.

New rig accessory streamlines cables, reduces snags and disconnects.

Hollywood, CA: Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, announced today the immediate availability of microTies, the perfect accessory for managing all cables on video camera or HDSLR rigs. microTies attach to your rig to enable camera operators and ACs control of all types of cables on their rigs for safety, convenience, and professionalism.

Simple and Effective Cable Management on Video or HDSLR Rigs

microTies can be used on any standard 15mm rod and has inside and outside channels for wrangling three or more cables. microTies work with almost all cables (video, audio, power, data) and reduces the chance of snags, accidental disconnects or cable fatigue due to bending or repeated insertions. The microTie also has an added special channel to hold a grease pencil for a follow focus.

microTies are made of ultra lightweight aerospace composites that add virtually no weight and do not scratch other surfaces. microTies can be quickly attached, repositioned, and removed to speed rig changes.

microTies–Small Accessories with Big Purpose

microTies summary of key features include:

  • Secure any type of cable to any rig: video, audio, power, data, etc.
  • Special channel holds a follow focus grease pencil
  • Reduces cable fatigue and potential disconnects
  • Clamps on to industry-standard 15mm rails
  • Virtually weightless and does not scratch

Redrock microTies can be used on any type of camera rig including cameras from Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Red Digital Cinema, Arri, and others.

Pricing and Availability

microTies are available immediately, and can be purchased direct from Redrock Micro at http://store.redrockmicro.com or through one of Redrock Micro’s worldwide authorized resellers. microTies are sold in a pack of three for $24.50

About Redrock Micro

Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning depth-of-field adapters, support rigs, focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information is available at redrockmicro.com.

Technicolor “CineStyle” released for EOS DSLRs

Canon and Technicolor have teamed up to produce “CineStyle”, a freely downloadable picture style for Canon EOS DSLR cameras.

The style uses the notion of a flat ‘digital negative’ as its basis and manages to extend the latitude of EOS cameras even closer towards what can be recorded with traditional film. Furthermore, the style is supported by an S-curve look-up table (LUT) for use with Final Cut Pro.

The image produced by the style is very thin, grey almost, which is the perfect starting point when colour correction (CC) is an integral part of your workflow.

If you’re unfamiliar with CC, or are happy to use images straight out of the camera, this is not the picture style for you but it’s a great picture style, when a digital negative is called for.

Cinevate Debuts Simplis and Grip Sticks

New DSLR Rig is the ideal solution for filmmakers that need a customized, lightweight support rig.

Cinevate debuts their line of Simplis DSLR handheld rigs. The Simplis DSLR Rig is the ideal solution for any filmmaker needing a lightweight, “run and gun” support rig. Incorporating a revolutionary system that allows a filmmaker the unique ability to customize and scale their rig as desired, Simplis is ideal for any filmmaker seeking a versatile, modular and upgradeable DSLR Support System.

To complement the Simplis Rigs, Cinevate also launches its line of mounting accessories called Grip Sticks. Based on components of the new Simplis system, Grip Sticks allow users to mount standard accessories with ¼-20 threads such as on-camera monitors and external audio recorders in virtually any orientation imaginable.

Sturdy and simple, Grip Sticks are the perfect companion to the Simplis Quick Release plate with its multiple ¼-20 thread mount points. They will be available in four variations: Universal, 11”, 13” and 15” lengths.

Grip Sticks is a versatile accessory mounting solution for any camera or kit that supports a ¼-20 thread.

Starting at just $399, Simplis is one of the most affordable solutions for filmmakers of all levels.

These highly anticipated Simplis Rigs and Grip Sticks have been designed to complement Cinevate’s complete line of products including HDSLR packages, camera sliders, table dollies, viewfinders and more.

Video, pictures and more information on both the Atlas FLT and Grip Sticks are available at cinevate.com/atlasflt and cinevate.com/gripsticks .

Availability
Simplis DSLR Rigs and Grip Sticks are available for purchase at Cinevate.com

Redrock Micro Releases micro3D rig for Digital Video Cameras

3D may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s here to stay and you’d be foolish to ignore it.

Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-quality cinema accessories, today announced the new Redrock Micro micro3D rig for professional stereoscopic 3D production. The micro3D delivers professional features and build quality at a price that makes 3D accessible to virtually anyone wanting to shoot 3D. The micro3D was recently awarded Best Support Rig of NAB 2011 by Videomaker magazine.

Recent advances in camera technology have dramatically reduced the price and size of video cameras that meet the requirements for professional quality 3D production. As an example, the Canon XF105 series digital video camera packs all the features needed into a compact powerful and inexpensive camera body. Despite these camera innovations, 3D support rigs have lagged behind, remaining heavy, cumbersome and expensive: that is until now. The new Redrock micro3D rig delivers professional features in new compact affordable solutions.

The micro3D rig is a state-of-the-art side-by-side (SxS) support rig for two-camera stereoscopic production. It is designed for today’s smaller format cameras and price-conscious stereographers looking to own high quality 3D gear. Like all Redrock equipment, the micro3D is built to the highest standards of professional quality and carries a lifetime warranty.

Key advantages of the Redrock micro3D rig include:

Full featured side-by-side (SxS) stereoscopic rig for digital video cameras
18″ rail for range of interaxial adjustments with locking knobs
Unique tool less 3-point xyz adjustment plates for precision camera alignment
Bottom mounting plate with ?” and 3/8″ taps for virtually any tripod mount
Innovative quick-release camera plates
Laser engraved markings for convergence, interaxial distance
Optional shroud designed for Canon XF105 series or similarly sized digital video camera
Support for a broad range of cameras including HDSLRs, Canon XF105, Canon XF305, Sony EX3, Red Epic, Red ONE
Rugged all-metal precision construction

Pricing and Availability
Redrock micro3D rigs are available for ordering immediately direct from Redrock Micro at http://store.redrockmicro.com and through one of Redrock Micro’s worldwide authorized resellers. Pricing is $895 for the 18″ rail version, and $995 for the 18″ rail version with shroud. micro3D rigs start shipping May 1st 2011.

About Redrock Micro

Redrock Micro revolutionized independent film production in the early 2000s with the M2 cinema lens adapter, and reinvented digital filmmaking in 2008 with HDSLR cinema rigs and accessories. Today, Redrock Micro continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning depth-of-field adapters, support rigs, focus controllers, and advanced cinema accessories. More information is available at redrockmicro.com.

Canon announces latest update for EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro

Launching to coincide with the start of the 2011 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas, EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will make the importing of EOS Movie files even easier, allowing users to transfer files from any folder, without needing to mirror the folder structure on the camera itself. The update also enables smoother importing from Canon’s EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV models, allowing users to import footage without requiring the THM file generated by the camera.

Originally launched in February 2010, EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro is designed to quickly and seamlessly convert EOS Movie footage from Canon’s leading range of EOS DSLR cameras to Apple’s high-quality ProRes 422 codec. The plug-in allows users to convert footage at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion, creating a smoother workflow for the rapidly growing number of videographers shooting HD video content on DSLR cameras.

EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.2 will be available to download for free from 25th April 2011.

RØDE EXTENDS MICON™ COMPATIBILITY

RØDE Microphones is happy to announce the release of three new MiCon™ connectors to add additional compatibility with its line of compact wearable microphones that include the RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 headset and the innovative RØDE PinMic™.

The MiCon-6 adaptor provides connectivity with selected AKG systems including the PT40, PT60, PT61, PT80, PT81, PT400, PT2000 and PT4000. The MiCon-7 adaptor provides connectivity with selected Lectrosonics systems including the SM, UMa and LMa Series, as well as the UM450. The MiCon-8 adaptor provides connectivty for the Sony UWP series of wireless transmitters.

Released in late 2010, the original five MiCon™ adaptors allow for connectivity with both 3.5mm stereo and XLR as well as selected wireless systems from manufacturers including Shure, Sennheiser and Audio Technica. For a full list of compatibility and to find the right MiCon™ for your needs, simply visit www.rodemic.com/micon.

RØDE has also announced an additional PinMic™ with longer pins to allow for use with heavier clothing and fabric. Both PinMics offer a unique and innovative take on the traditional lapel microphone. While lapel microphones are the industry standard for close-miking presenters and talent, depending on the application their presence on a collar or lapel can be distracting or entirely undesirable. The PinMic™ features a detachable capsule head that mounts onto three pins on the microphone backplate, providing a discreet alternative that can be located almost anywhere on a wide range of clothing and fabrics.

The RØDE Lavalier, HS-1 (black/pink), PinMic™, entire suite of MiCon™ adaptors, cables are shipping now and will be available shortly from all authorised RØDE retailers.



RØDE University lands on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch!

RØDE Microphones is extremely excited to announce the release of its RØDE University audio education course for the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This free app includes all the video content from both the musical and broadcast syllabus from RØDE’s award winning website, rodeuniversity.com.

First launched in 2008, RØDE University guides viewers through the basics of recording audio via short, entertaining videos, followed by multiple choice questions to reinforce the key points of the lesson.

The instrument recording course covers various ways to record a typical band including vocals, drums, guitars and bass. Across the 28 video segments users will learn key audio fundamentals, as well as discover a range of ways to mic instruments and vocals, with the pros and cons of each technique explained and discussed. Filmed in the world renowned Studio 301 and featuring rock band “Hell City Glamours” this course will definitely rock your pocket!

Veteran sound designer and best-selling author Ric Viers takes the helm in the broadcast recording course, guiding viewers through a wide range of topics including location recording, ENG, voice-over and ADR, podcasting, DLSR on-camera miking, foley and sound effect recording.

After installing the app, users can browse the available courses and individual videos and download those that they are interested in to their Apple device. A one-touch trash function makes it easy to manage the videos stored on your iPhone and iPad.

Users also have the opportunity to share segments that they find particularly insightful or entertaining via Facebook, Twitter or email.

“The iPhone and iPad are perfect platforms for RØDE University.” commented Damien Wilson, Global Marketing Director for RØDE Microphones “From the very beginning we designed RØDE Uni to fit in with the lifestyle of our users by ensuring all the content was to-the-point and entertaining. Now the added convenience of being able to watch anywhere at any time, even without a data connection makes it really easy and simple to get your audio knowledge up-to-speed while on the train, waiting for a bus, or between classes”.

The RØDE University app is available as a free download now through the App Store, or can be downloaded by visiting www.rodeuniversity.com/iphone
Visit RØDE University online at www.rodeuniversity.com

EOS 600d unveiled

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight Digital SLR (DSLR) that makes capturing exciting, fun and creative images easier than ever. The perfect choice for aspiring photographers looking for a combination of outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, the EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D.First-class image quality
The EOS 600D provides all the tools to capture beautiful stills and HD movies. Amazing picture detail is provided by a high-resolution 18 Megapixel (MP) APS-C CMOS sensor, which combines with 14-bit DIGIC 4 processing so you can capture the wonder of a beautiful blue sky and enjoy exceptionally smooth gradients between colours. The camera’s low light shooting capability enables you to achieve clear, natural images in darker conditions, with an ISO range of 100-6400 that can be further expanded to 12800.

Great for shooting pets, children or wildlife, the EOS 600D allows high-speed shooting at 3.7 frames per second (fps), enabling you to capture fast-moving action. Each shot will be captured in sharp detail thanks to the 9-point Auto Focus system, which can track subjects using the auto focus points across the frame. Even more accurate focusing is providing by an extra-sensitive central AF Sensor, while the iFCL Metering system from the semi-professional EOS 7D features a 63-zone Dual-layer metering sensor, helping you to ensure your shot is correctly exposed, even in difficult lighting conditions.

Easy shooting, amazing results
New fully-automatic Scene Intelligent Auto mode makes it easy for you to capture outstanding quality shots with almost no effort. Allowing you to focus exclusively on framing your picture, Scene Intelligent Auto analyses the scene for you and automatically picks the best settings to capture it. Your images will look better than ever thanks to a new ‘Auto’ Picture Style, which automatically makes fine adjustments to colours while you focus on capturing the scene you want.

The EOS 600D also makes it easy for you to instantly add creativity to your pictures. Change the atmosphere of a scene with Basic+, which allows you to pick the mood you want to achieve from one of eight options, including ‘Warm’, ‘Cool’ or ‘Intense’. Whether you’re shooting landscapes, portraits, or close-up macro shots, Basic+ makes it easy to capture the perfect image.

Simple, flexible, artistic
Ideal for beginners, a Feature Guide has been added to the EOS 600D’s menu system, offering a brief description of each key setting and its effect, helping you learn more about the camera as you use it.

You can also shoot overhead, at ground level or around corners with the EOS 600D’s Vari-angle 7.7cm 3:2 ratio ClearView LCD. Rich on-screen detail is provided in 1.04 million-dot resolution, and the side-mounted hinge allows users to comfortably and creatively shoot from a range of unusual angles, or when using a tripod. A smudge-resistant fluorine coating and three anti-reflection coatings also ensure you can see the LCD in clear detail, wherever you are.

Allowing you to apply your own stamp to your shots, the EOS 600D is perfect for experimenting with different Creative Filters. Fish-eye-Effect creates a barrel-shaped distortion similar to a fish-eye lens, and you can instantly turn a scene into a small-scale model with Miniature Effect. Toy Camera Effect, Grainy B/W and Soft Focus offer additional options, allowing you to experiment with your images in a number of different ways.

Capture stunning detail with EOS movie
Capture your memories in superb clarity with Full HD (1080p) movie mode, while a dedicated movie shooting mode means you can switch between stills and HD video instantly. You can also reach distant subjects using new Movie Digital Zoom function, which crops the centre of the sensor from 3x to 10x while still maintaining Full HD quality – great for capturing wildlife on a safari holiday.

Enabling you to capture more engaging videos, Video Snapshot mode shoots video in two, four, or eight second segments, creating clips that are short, easy to edit and of similar lengths to clips used in most TV programmes. As they are recorded, the clips are saved to a Video Snapshot Album and combined into one movie. A soundtrack can be added by choosing from tracks uploaded to the camera and the result viewed on the camera’s LCD, or on an HDTV via the built-in mini HDMI connection.

The EOS system – unrestricted creativity
As your skills develop, the EOS 600D grows with you. As part of Canon’s EOS range, the camera is compatible with the unrivalled selection of EF lenses and a range of accessories, so you can add to your kitbag as your ability and style develops. Over 60 lenses provide you with unlimited creative possibilities: wide-angle lenses capture sweeping landscapes, macro lenses capture the most intricate beauty of the tiniest creatures, and telephoto lenses make distant scenes appear as if they are right in front of you.

Using Canon’s range of Speedlite flashes and the EOS 600D’s Integrated Speedlite Transmitter, you can also experiment with different lighting techniques, or use your flash off-camera, to give your subject or scene a completely different look and feel. With the Easy Wireless function, the camera will also take care of the complicated settings whilst you focus on framing and lighting your scene as you wish.

Introducing the new EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II
Launching with the EOS 600D is the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II – a new kit lens that provides excellent performance for beginners. A lightweight construction makes it easy to carry, and Canon’s acclaimed optical Image Stabilization also minimises the risk of blur, allowing photographers to use shutter speeds 4 stops slower while still maintaining a blur-free shot. The EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II will succeed the existing EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS in Canon’s lens line-up.

EOS 600D – key features:

* 18-megapixel CMOS sensor
* Scene Intelligent Auto mode
* Full-HD EOS Movie
* On-screen Feature Guide
* 3.7fps continuous shooting
* Wide-area 9-point AF
* 1,040k-dot vari-angle 7.7cm (3.0”) screen
* Basic+ and Creative Filters
* Built-in wireless flash control

Pricing and Availability

* The EOS 600D (body only) is available from early April 2011, priced at £679.00/€819.00 RRP incl. VAT.
* The EOS 600D EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II is available from early April 2011, priced at £769.00/€929.00 RRP incl. VAT.
* The EOS 600D EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS is available from early April 2011, priced at £949.00/€1,149.00 RRP incl. VAT.