EFI proves LED is ready for fast printer production systems

The new VUTEk LED/UV Pin & Cure imaging press is a 3.2 m high-speed roll-to-roll printer that targets the replacement of older solvent printers for the high-volume production of vehicle wraps, bus sides, banners, posters and more. It has six colours plus white ink with multi-layer print capability for the production of perfect day/night backlit…

Episode 6.5

Telestream upgrades Episode 6.5, adds HEVC, VP9 and multi-track audio

Telestream has upgraded Episode, their transcoding application, to version 6.5. The upgrade includes support for formats such as HEVC, XAVC, VP9 and MXF AS-11, caption insertion with encoding and pass-through of formats such as MCC, SCC and CEA-608/708, multi-bitrate streaming support, support for multi-track audio, and image sequence support directly from the GUI. Some jobs using the new codecs turned out to be too memory intensive and crashed.

RoHS 2 mercury ban

Misunderstandings about the EU mercury ban for UV curing may cost printers dearly

There is growing concern among printers and vendors of UV curing systems with regards to the mercury ban that will come into force in July 2016. That concern is justified and they would be wise not to let themselves be misled by commercial directors who lack legal expertise. In a piece that appeared on Print Monthly’s website the 15th of May, the commercial director of Alpha Cure UV was given a forum to contest the mercury ban. It seems their deputy editor is ignorant of the existence of RoHS 2 and will go along with Alpha Cure UV’s irrelevant referrals to environmental regulations.

Rhino SLider EVO camera slider & Rhino Motion

Smooth, fluid and motorised: Rhino Motion and the Rhino Slider EVO

When Rhino Camera Gear released its camera slider in 2013, the company promised they would follow up with a motor. Focusing on quality and the needs of its users, the company took two years to come up with a motorised solution they believe to be a best fit for their users. The Rhino Motion is accompanied by a new generation of sliders, the Rhino Slider EVO, with an optional flywheel accessory for those who prefer to operate their slider by hand. I was given the opportunity to test and review a pre-release 24in (60cm) Rhino Slider EVO Motorized Camera Slider with a Rhino Motion motor system.

The Rhino Motion and Rhino Slider EVO camera slider

Camera sliders: adding dynamism to static scenes

As equipment has become increasingly more affordable, we’ve seen the rise of of a new generation of freelance video journalists and individual film makers producing digital films like documentaries, corporate videos, short movies and news. Many of them are using dSLRs because these can be handled by a single operator while offering excellent image quality. While most of them lack a team necessary to handle dollies and cranes, they will often take a camera slider with them to introduce dynamism in otherwise static scenes. Sliders are great to pull the viewer into the scene.