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    Core SWX Powers Renan Ozturk Through Extreme Conditions

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    Director of Photography, Renan Ozturk, travels the globe filming in the most remote locations from Mount Everest, to the deserts of Utah.  Often the conditions he shoots in stresses his equipment to the point of failure while filming. Along with extreme temperatures, his shoots are usually incredibly remote, requiring his equipment to be the utmost reliable.

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    Throughout the years Renan as relied on Core SWX battery packs for filming while on location. Whether shooting in extreme cold of the mountains, or the extreme heat(and dust) of the desert, he has always remained Core Driven, entrusting us to deliver high quality packs which perform in every environment.  From the old school Hypercore Slim 8, all the way to the new NEO 150 Mini, and all in-between, Core SWX packs have never let him down.

     

    Trade In & Save

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    We’re offering two “Trade In & Save” programs. One is for our line of smart brick battery packs of capacities ranging from 98wh-292wh and the second one is for our advanced chargers including the VoltBridge Fleet Micro and the Fleet Quantum. We’re accepting any older models of batteries or chargers in v-mount or gold mount (either ours or from another manufacturer). If you are interested, please contact our sales team or your local reseller listed below.

     

    How does it work?

    1. Contact Core SWX or your local dealer for a trade-in quote.

    2. Order your packs at the discounted rate (up to 25% off).

    3. Receive your packs and/or charger along with a shipping call tag.

    4. Ship back your old products to Core SWX by dropping off at a shipping center.

     

    Available through the following resellers:

     

    Band Pro Film and Digital, Inc.
    3403 W. Pacific Avenue
    Burbank, CA 91505
    (818) 841-9655
    Birns and Sawyer Inc.
    3039 Roswell Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90065
    (323) 466-8211
    Cinema Shot, LLC
    7344 South Alton Way
    Suite 8-D
    Centennial, CO 80112
    (303) 997-4420
    DV Shop Inc
    3422 Dundas St W
    Toronto, ON M6S 2S1
    (416) 604-1492
    Filmtools
    1400 W. Burbank Blvd
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (818) 845-8066
    Hot Rod Cameras
    772. N. Mariposa Street
    Burbank, CA 91506
    (323) 230-3589
    Glazers Camera
    811 Republican St
    Seattle, WA 98109
    (206) 624-1100
    Maxx Digital
    3189 Red Hill Ave
    Unit B
    Costa Mesa, CA 92626
    (714) 374-4944
    Sight + Sound
    Na Lama Kukui
    560 North Nimitz Highway
    Honolulu, HI 96817
    (808) 599-7600
    Transylvania Film
    10619 Burbank Blvd
    N. Hollywood, CA 91601
    (818) 763-2036
    TWIST IST
    3915 Dacoma Street
    Suite F
    Houston, TX 77092
    (713) 688-0696
    Voice and Video
    4909 Ruffner St.
    San Diego, CA 92111
    (858) 467-7111

    2019 Recap

    We can’t believe another year flew by. They do say time flies when you’re having fun and when are busy, which sums up our past year.  Before looking back to what highlighted our year, we’d like to thank our incredible customers, partners and ambassadors because we know we couldn’t have done it without you all!

    Now, onto the highlights! In 2019 alone, we’ve introduced many innovative power solutions such as our unique Helix battery system, next generation NEO line of battery packs, Fleet Quantum charger, and specific camera accessories like the FX9 plates and the NANO Canon BP-A style battery.

    At NAB 2019, we announced the Helix battery system which answered the need for high voltage power solutions, while also being able to integrate the packs seamlessly into one’s current battery fleet because they can operate as a standard voltage battery pack as well.  Standard voltage equipment like RED DSMC2, Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro, a monitor, or even CHARGERS, meaning you don’t need to invest in a new charger to have a high voltage battery. To access the high voltage function of the pack, you simply have to couple it with the appropriate mount plate whether you’re operating an ARRI camera, Sony Venice camera, or a large panel light.  The Helix battery line is offered in v-mount and gold mount, in four different capacities:  Helix 9 Mini (98wh), Helix 150 Mini (147wh), Helix Prime (2-part 190wh), and Helix XL (293wh).

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    Fast forward to IBC 2019 where we introduced NEO. First came the NEO 9 Mini which took the form factor of the Hypercore 9 Mini, but with many more features that have never been seen in any other standard brick battery pack. Then in December, we came out with the NEO 98 Slim which took the form factor of the Hypercore 98 Slim. Both NEO models are 98wh packs utilizing 8 Panasonic cells that can sustain up to a 16A peak load (12A continuous). It’s built with a modular design which reduces wiring and insures the maximum build integrity, making the pack more robust. The batteries are feature-packed with a firmware upgradeable USB port, RFID for users to view all battery vitals from a mobile app, a new multipurpose backlit LCD, and a smart p-tap. Of course like our other brick battery packs, they communicate SMBUS data with cameras and are charger compatible with other manufacturer’s chargers (although we do have the most advanced chargers in the game ;))

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    Speaking of chargers, at IBC 2019 we also came out with the Fleet Quantum charger that offers a highly efficient “2×2” 4A simultaneous charge. When four packs are connected, the charger will detect which two have the most charge capacity and charge those to full capacity first. On the front of the charger is a large color touchscreen LCD with a graphical user interface that provides the utmost transparency on stored smart battery data and a battery health analysis.

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    Lastly on the product side of the year, we move onto the specific camera accessories. We introduced the NANO-C98 to address the want from Canon EOS Cine camera operators for a BP-A style pack that features a p-tap and USB. This 98wh battery communicates with Canon cameras such as the Canon C200, C300 Mark II, and the new C500 Mark II.

    For Sony PXW-FX9 operators, we came out with FX9 mount plates as an alternative power option to the Sony XDCA-FX9. Available in both v-mount and gold mount, the milled aluminum plate inserts into the battery slot of the camera and also attaches into the top of the camera (with included screw hardware) to provide a secure platform for mounting brick batteries. It’s equipped a 19.5v output, a visual low battery warning LED, a 4-pin XLR DC input for hotswapping between on-board and external power, two p-taps, and a USB firmware update port.

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    To showcase these products, we had fun traveling as much as possible to chat with as many of our customers as possible. Shows we attended included BSC in London, NAB Las Vegas, Texas Production Roundup, Cine Gear LA, MPS in London, IBC in Amsterdam, Cine Gear Atlanta, NAB NY, and many dealer shows in-between. Thank you to those who came by our booths at those tradeshows, and if you happened to miss us in 2019, we will be at all of the same ones in 2020 so keep an eye out to see us then.

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    In addition to the tradeshows, we had the pleasure of attending many other types of events like the ASC Awards, SOC Awards, various PERG events, and some industry parties because why not have some extra fun while working!?

    Once again, thank you to everyone for your support and inspiration for us to keep Providing the Power to Create™. We look forward to having another incredible year ahead 🙂

    How to Power Sony a7, Sony FS5, Sony FS7, Sony Venice, and Broadcast

     

    Sony, as we all know, is a widely diversified corporation selling products from consumer electronics, to their array of professional cameras. Of course they offer many of their own power solutions along with those, but we’re here to offer even more unique options that they might not have.

    A7S_edge_webLet’s start first with the Sony a7 series of cameras. The new Powerbase Edge is a 49Wh lithium ion battery that is the most versatile pack on the market. It will either mount to the bottom of the camera using a ¼-20 screw mount, or if you have it set up as a rig, it can mount using the V-Mount on the other side of the pack. The battery is feature packed with two P-taps and two USB ports for additional accessories such a monitor or to even charge your cell phone. In addition, it has a multipurpose runtime LCD to provide remaining runtime in hours and minutes when connected to the camera, which when fully charged will read approximately 8.25 hours as that’s how long the Powerbase Edge will last on the a7 camera series. The LCD also acts as a charge indicator when connected to a charger, providing remaining charge time in hours and minutes. The appropriate Edge sku for the a7 cameras using FW50 batteries is the PBE-A7, and the sku for the a7 cameras using the FZ100 style battery is the PBE-A7FZ.

    For Sony cameras accepting the L-Series batteries such as the HXR-NX100 or PXW-Z150, there is a Powerbase Edge model capability for those as well. The sku is PBE-S.

    All of Powerbase Edge models mentioned here will come with the 6” adapter cable and PB70-C15 charger. If you need additional cable length there is an extension cable (PBEC-EXT) offered which provides an extra 18”.

    nanou98_fs5_blogUp next for the professional Sony cameras are the Sony FS5 and Sony FS7. Luckily for you (and us), we offer the most unique BP style option out there, the NANO-U98. This 98Wh lithium ion pack equipped with a LED power gauge, 1 USB, and 1 p-tap, making it capable of powering additional accessories such as an on-camera light. The batteries will charge on Sony OEM chargers, allowing you to extend the service life on your already existent chargers.

    If you’d rather use more of a brick style battery option for your FS7, we have V-Mount and Gold Mount options as well as the appropriate mount plates. The plates, GP-S-FS7 (V-mount) and GP-A-FS7 (Gold mount), mount directly to the back of the FS7 as alternative options to the XDCA-FS7. Our plates do not have any video related processing capabilities as the XDCA, just adapting the camera to V-mount.  They have a 4-pin XLR input option and two p-taps. If you prefer an even more advanced mounting option, we have our compact Jetpack series offering all the power outputs you’ll need.  In addition to having the same power options offered on the plates, the JP-V-FS7 (V-mount) and JP-A-FS7 (Gold mount) also includes one USB, one 5v Lemo output, and two 12v regulated Hirose 4-pin outputs.  Again, no video related processing, just a power option.

    Now let’s talk what batteries to put onto these mounts! The Hypercore series of lithium ion battery packs offer different capacities from 98Wh to 293Wh, in either V-mount or Gold mount. The 98Wh options are the Hypercore 9 Mini and Hypercore Slim 98 (both 12A continuous load), the 150Wh is Hypercore 150 (10A continuous load), the 190Wh is Hypercore Prime (10A continuous load) which is a two-part split battery to make it acceptable for air travel, and lastly the beefiest of them all is the 293wh (15A continuous load) Hypercore XL.

    All Hypercore batteries deliver SMBUS data to the cameras LCD/VF, and are equipped with rubberized housing, a backlit multipurpose runtime LCD, LED power gauge, 1 P-tap, 1 USB, hibernation mode, storage mode, and compatible charging (What more could you need!?). For more in-depth information on the Hypercore series, visit the “road map” here.

     

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    Even more advanced from the Hypercore series is our new Helix series. This line encompasses all of the same capacity offerings (98wh, 150wh, 190wh, 293wh) and features of Hypercore (besides USB), but has dual voltage and RFID as additional features. The packs can function as standard voltage battery packs allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your current battery fleet, but when paired with a Helix mount plate, a user can access the high voltage to simultaneously output 14v/28v. This series comes in handy for the next camera we’re going to talk about, Sony Venice.

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    In the Helix system, we have a Helix mount plates for the Sony Venice which outputs standard voltage to the camera as that’s what the camera accepts but then outputs 24-34v for the two 3-pin Fischers on the top of the plate, providing 100% efficiency rather than using a standard 14v pack that has to boost voltage. These plates come in a v-mount to v-mount model (HLX-VEN-V) and a v-mount to gold mount model (HLX-VEN-G). Furthermore, we have a Helix power management control plate for the Sony Venice, providing a “hot swappable” platform between on-board and block battery/AC mains. There’s an on-board LCD to monitor input percentage/voltage of the power sources, as well as current draw of the whole setup. As with the other plate, these come in v-mount to v-mount (HLX-VEN-VP) and v-mount to gold mount (HLX-VEN-GP) as well.

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    The brick style battery packs can also be used with the Sony a7 cameras mentioned earlier as long as they have the appropriate p-tap, PTC-A7SR.

    Other cameras within the CineAlta or Broadcast lines are compatible with our brick battery offerings as well.

    We hope this covered all the ground work for you to get your Sony camera’s powered up. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

    How To: Power Anything BlackMagic (URSA Mini Pro, Pocket, Micro Cinema Camera, BMCC)

    How To: Power Anything Blackmagic (URSA Mini Pro, Micro Cinema Camera, Pocket, BMCC)

    As the preferred power solution for Blackmagic, we pride ourselves on making affordable, durable and unique solutions for all of their cameras.

    IMG_8802Just like the Pocket 4K Camera, the Powerbase EDGE battery pack was released at NAB 2018 and is the go-to power solution for long runtimes with the Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K. The PBE-BMPC4 model will keep your Pocket setup compact by mounting right to the bottom of your camera with a ¼-20 screw, and it also has multiple accessory outputs (2 P-taps and 2 USB’s) providing the chance to power an on-camera light, monitor, or whatever else you may need to power right from the battery pack (or even just charge your phone). The battery is also equipped with a backlit runtime LCD to give you remaining power runtime down to the minute. As an extra bonus in case you want to use the camera on a rig with a V-Mount plate or even power a URSA Mini Pro with it as well, the Powerbase EDGE has a V-Mount option – What a versatile battery! If you’re curious about runtimes, the EDGE will power the Pocket 4K for about 4 hours and 10 mins, and it will power the Pocket 6K for about 3 hours and 50 minutes.  Keep in mind though that runtimes can vary depending on certain variables such as frame rate and the use of additional accessories.

    In case you don’t want to use the LP-E6 dummy battery cable, we do also offer a powertap to the 2-pin DC-in on both Pocket 4K and 6K models. This cable is the PTC-BMPC4, and while using this, you are also able to keep the internal LPE6 battery in which provides an opportunity to hotswap the Powerbase Edge battery without losing power.

    In addition, the Powerbase Edge LPE6 model (PBE-LPE6) will work with the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera. The LP-E6 dummy battery locks into the back of the Micro Cinema camera where a standard LP-E6 battery would normally go, and the battery pack can attached to the bottom of the camera like on the Pocket, or wherever else you wish to mount the battery pack. This option allows you to power your Micro Cinema Camera for about 6 hours.

    Now if do you happen to also have an URSA Mini Pro briefly mentioned above, there are many other battery offerings for it as well.  Before we discuss more batteries though, let’s mention the appropriate plates you will need for the URSA Mini Pro (as well as URSA Mini and URSA). The GP-S-URSA (v-mount) and GP-A-URSA (3-stud/Gold mount) mount appropriately to the camera, and the choice in mount style is a matter of preference if you are starting new. The choice is simple should you already have either mount battery packs in your arsenal. Each mount plate is outfitted with 2 P-taps and the specific BMD URSA 12way Molex connector needed to power the camera as well as screw hardware for proper attachment. Now, onto the batteries!

    The Hypercore series of battery packs employ the very latest in lithium ion technology, and are constructed with the specific purpose of handling and sustaining high power draws. They entail many great features; 1000 charge/discharge cycle rating, Runtime LCD, built in accelerometer/sleep mode function, to name a few.

    The Hypercore batteries are the most charge compatible in the industry as well, so if you have pre-existing charging stations, there is a good chance you only need to invest in the battery packs for the camera, furthering your ROI on your charger.

    Hypercore capacity offerings are 98wh (HC9 Mini and HC Slim 98), 150wh (Hypercore 150), a travel friendly 190Wh (Hypercore Prime), and a 293wh (Hypercore XL). They are all available in both v-mount and 3-stud (gold) mount.

    Even more advanced from the Hypercore series is our new Helix series. This line encompasses all of the same capacity offerings (98wh150wh190wh293wh) and features of Hypercore (besides a USB port), but has an updated intuitive runtime LCD, dual voltage, and RFID as additional features. The packs can function as standard voltage battery packs allowing them to seamlessly integrate into your current battery fleet, but when paired with a Helix mount plate, a user can access the high voltage to simultaneously output 14v/28v. High voltage isn’t required for any Blackmagic Design cameras, but it’s a good function if you happen to have a high voltage LED panel, or if you would like to future proof yourself should you invest in high voltage equipment in the future.

    If you have a BMCC, these Hypercore and Helix battery options will work with this camera as well. All you will need is a different battery mount plate. The appropriate plates customized for the Black Magic 2.5k/4k are GP-S-BMCC (V-mount) and GP-A-BMCC (3-stud/Gold mount). Each plate has a 20” cable to plug into the DC input on the camera and offers two additional P-taps, to power other production accessories.

    Another battery option for the BMCC is the Powerbase Edge’s successful predecessor, the PowerBase 70. Our PB70-BMCC has undoubtedly been the most popular power option for this camera, and we know why. The 77wh lithium-ion battery pack will quadruple the run-time of your BMCC 2K or 4K (we have heard from users that it has lasted more than 6 hours in some instances!) The PB70-BMCC can also double as a grip at the bottom on the camera. In addition (just like the Powerbase Edge), the battery component of the PB70-BMCC can be used as a standard V-mount battery as well.

    If you have any further questions on how to power your Blackmagic cameras, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    SmallHD FOCUS with Core SWX NPF Flat Pack GIVEAWAY

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    This giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who have entered, and congrats to the lucky winner selected at random, Tyler Hollman.  Stay tuned for the next giveaway, we’re sure we’ll have something else up our sleeves soon 😉

    With end of summer blues coming everyone’s way, we here, along with our friends at SmallHD, wanted to cheer everyone up with a giveaway!

    Is it silly to even ask, who wants a new SmallHD FOCUS Monitor powered by an NPF Flat Pack battery for free? Because I’m pretty sure every camera operator would dream for this perfect combo.

    Also, not only will you receive the monitor by itself, you’ll be receiving a whole kit including the FOCUS tilt arm, 12-inch micro to micro HDMI cable, micro HDMI to full HDMI adapter, and three FOCUS cable clips. In addition, you’re not just receiving one NPF-SHD battery in this deal; you’re going to receive THREE plus the DC-in to p-tap charger and wall charger for them.

    In case you’re looking for some info and specs on the monitor kit, head over to the SmallHD MON-FOCUS product page here.

    For more information on the Core SWX power solutions, head over to those product pages: battery pack (NPF-SHD), DC-in to p-tap charger (PT-NSHD3), and L-Series wall charger (SHD-CHG).

    Okay now to enter you have to use the widget below by entering your email and following both Core SWX and SmallHD on Instagram. Then to give you more chances to win, optional entries are to subscribe to Core SWX channel on YouTube, like SmallHD’s page on Facebook, and/or to send out the pre-made tweet. To make sure we receive all of the entries, be sure to do it all through the widget.

    The giveaway will run for two weeks and be over on August 28, 2019. We will choose the winner at random on August 29 and contact them via email.

    Good luck to all and enjoy the rest of your summer! 🙂

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    Win up to $500 in Core Cash!

    The giveaway is now over. Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to the 3 winners selected at random – Tim Buttner, Charlie Round-Turner, and Dustin Kukuk.

    Stay tuned for the next one!

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    We’re starting the summer off with some fun! I mean a huge giveaway for some hard “Core” cash and more video content, what more could you ask for?

    Watch the video below for more details and be sure to enter by June 19 using the widget underneath.

    The lucky winners will be announced on June 20. Good luck! 🙂

    Recap of NAB 2019

     

    NAB 2019 kicked off our tradeshow season with a bang between chatting with all of our great industry friends and meeting new ones, winning a Production HUB award for HELIX, releasing a new NPF style battery, having awesome interviews, and drinks at our annual Core Happy Hour. If you happened to miss the show this year, don’t worry because we’re recapping it all for you right here.

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    The new award winning Helix series provides the most complete on-board battery solution ever offered in the market.  The uniquely designed Helix series allows the battery packs to function as a standard 14v V-mount or Gold mount pack in all applications, including charging on standard V-mount and Gold mount chargers.  Then when coupled with a Helix mount plate, users are able to access the higher voltage function, yet still have access to 14v for other production accessories such as a monitor. The packs encompass the features of Hypercore, with the added function of 14v/28v simultaneous voltage output and RFID to read battery vitals via the VoltBridge ID app.

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    To accompany the Helix batteries to access the high voltage feature are the Helix mount plates and power management control (PMC) plates. Currently there are models for different high end Cine cameras such as direct mounts for ARRI cameras, and V-mount and Gold mount adapters for Sony Venice and RED Ranger. In addition there are shark-fin plates in V-mount and Gold mount. Even further, the PMC plates take power management concerns away from the camera, and provide a “hot swappable” platform between on-board and block battery/AC mains. The plates use a standard 2-pin Fischer connector for the power input on the plates, simplifying the array of cables production companies and rental companies need to inventory, while addressing many different camera makes. Also equipped on the PMC plates is an on-board LCD to monitor input percentage/voltage of the power sources, as well as current draw of the entire camera setup.

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    Additionally at NAB, we introduced the NPF Flat Pack and Cube-24. The NPF-SHD is a near 60wh battery designed to provide a lower profile powering solution for the SmallHD Focus monitors, allowing full rotation of the monitor on a tilt arm while not blocking the air vents on the back of the monitor. The pack features a 4-stage LED gauge along with a 7-17v DC input to allow users to powertap into the battery pack on larger camera rig configurations and to also charge from. Although the pack can be charged via the DC input, it can also be charged on standard L-series chargers.

    The Cube-24 follows the footsteps of the original Core Cube. This new Cube-24 is a 200w AC to DC 24v power supply. It’s lightweight, all aluminum, fan-less, and capable of powering the most power hungry cameras through the two 3-pin XLR outputs.

    To help cover the new products, we were fortunate to have our friends from Newsshooter, Cinema 5D, Production HUB, Digital Cinema Society, Abel Cine, Broadcast Beat, Indie Shooter, and DIY Photography stop by for interviews. Click on each of their names to be able to watch and learn more info about the products, including some other tidbits about power such as travel regulations.

    Not only did we have our gear in our two booths, we had them spread throughout the show floor. Companies such as RED, Blackmagic Design, Band Pro, Zacuto, Zeiss, Atomos, Tilta, and HIVE had Core SWX power solutions displayed which we’d also like to thank them. In addition, we’d like to thank RED, Blackmagic Design, SmallHD, Freefly Systems, HIVE, and Zacuto for your loaners during the show as well.

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    Lastly, the Core SWX team would like to thank everyone who stopped by to check out the gear and chatted with us. If you missed us at this show, don’t worry, we’ll be at many others throughout the year so stay connected on social to see where we’ll be next!

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    2018 in Review

    Over at Core SWX, we had another wonderful year. We know we couldn’t have done it without our incredible customers, partners and ambassadors, and we’d like to thank all of you before we look back into what highlighted our year.

    We had multiple new and innovative power solutions released this year, but a few that especially highlighted our year were the Powerbase Edge, EVO, and the expansion of our VoltBridge technology with a revamped app and VoltBridge enabled Fleet chargers.

    The Powerbase Edge, announced prior to NAB 2018, is the most unique power solution for a DSLR or small form cine setup, allowing extended runtimes for hundreds of different cameras (Blackmagic Pocket 4K, Sony a7 series, Panasonic GH series, to name a few) as well as the option to power additional accessories such a monitor or light through the two powertaps and the two USBs. In addition, the 49wh battery pack has two mounting options, the 1/4-20 screw mount or standard v-mount, and a runtime LCD providing you battery expectancy down to the minute.

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    The second product that hit it off in 2018 is the battery backup and power distribution block, EVO. The built-in 49wh lithium-ion battery pack capable of handling up to a 15A draw provides more than enough time to keep your camera running for a battery swap. In addition to the backup function, the EVO has a “boost” or battery assist function should your on-board pack be unable to handle the startup current necessary.  To easily monitor remaining battery percentage of your on-board pack, the backup battery status, and the current load your camera system is consuming, there is a backlit LCD screen.

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    Lastly, the release of our new and improved VoltBridge app, along with the integration of our VoltBridge technology into our advanced Fleet chargers.  Having the Bluetooth based technology in the chargers makes it easier than ever to manage your battery fleet right from an iOS or Android device. The functions of the charger capable to control from the app include viewing all your smart battery data from cycle count to temperature, putting your packs into SafeFly mode (discharging or charge to 30%), test mode (determines battery health and recharge performance), and of course charge mode.

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    To showcase all of these new products, we attended many tradeshows throughout the year where we saw many old friends as well as made many new ones. Starting with NAB in Las Vegas is always a blast and it spirals from there. Shortly after, we headed to Dallas for Texas Production Roundup, LA and Atlanta for each Cine Gear Expo, and to round out our shows in the States was NAB NY. We also had fun attending shows in the UK/EU region at MPS Show in London, IBC Show in Amsterdam, and Cinec in Germany. Speaking of UK/EU, we were also thrilled to announce in 2018 our new partnership with the UK distributor, Holdan. They now assist in making the Core SWX product line more accessible in the UK and European markets.

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    Just like 2017, we had the pleasure of attending many events such as all of the ones during the tradeshows, the SOC Awards, and the ASC Awards. In addition, we were an annual sponsor of PERG where we enjoyed all of their events as well.

    We look forward to having another great year and would like thank everyone again who keeps supporting and inspiring us to keep Providing the Power to CreateTM.

    In the spirit of giving, we’re giving away big!

     

    This epic giveaway is now over. We would love to thank all of you who have entered and showed so much support for this giveaway. We’d also like to congratulate the lucky winner selected at random, Matt Liparulo.

    Stay tuned with us on social media for any possible future giveaways, specials, product announcements, or some awesome BTS content  🙂 

     

    Between Thanksgiving time and the upcoming Holiday season, we were feeling extra cheerful to throw a big giveaway as a thank you to all of our awesome customers.

    In collaboration with our friends at Wooden Camera, we’re giving away a Blackmagic Design Pocket 4K camera, a Wooden Camera Unified BMPCC4K Camera Cage, and a Core SWX Powerbase Edge kit.

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    A quick recap of what each product in the kit entails:

     

    pocket-4k-edge-cage-togetherThe Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K features a 4/3″ sensor for capturing up to 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K images at rates up to 60 fps in a variety of codecs including CinemaDNG Raw/Raw 3:1/Raw 4:1, and various ProRes 422 options. Slow-motion rates up to 120 fps are available in cropped Full HD. Its Micro Four Thirds lens mount accommodates the original, lightweight Pocket Cinema Camera lenses, and can be used with PL, C, EF, and other lenses with the use of separately available adapters. A dual-native ISO up to 25,600 is featured for low-light capture, and 13 stops of dynamic range provide rich HDR images. For more information on the camera, please visit Blackmagic’s site here.

     

    The Core SWX Powerbase Edge is a versatile 49wh lithium ion battery pack providing up to 4 hours of runtime on the BMD Pocket 4K. There are two mount options on the pack, either by using the ¼-20 quick release plate which is how it’s mounted using this setup, or if you’d like to use it as a standard v-mount pack, you have that option for other setups as well. In addition to powering the camera, two on-board powertaps are accessible to power monitors, lights, wireless transmitters, etc. The two available USB ports are a welcoming addition to power/charge mobile devices on the fly, as well as power any 5v accessories (i.e. select audio recorders). Along with the battery pack, there will be a dummy battery adapter cable and p-tap charger. For more information on this Powerbase Edge model, go here.

     

    The Wooden Camera Unified BMPCC4K Camera Cage features a minimalist design that provides mounting points on the top and side while leaving all of the camera’s vital controls on the right grip and left side easily viewable and accessible. The cage includes a reversible top rubber handle, which can be repositioned over the lens area when an XLR adapter is in use. Built into the handle is a cold shoe mount and a 15mm tube clamp for mounting any of our UVF Mount kits used with 3rd party electronic viewfinders. The handle can also fold down when packing your bag and can even be reconfigured onto the left, vertical 15mm rod for a secondary grip. The bottom portion of the cage includes a Manfrotto quick release dovetail which can attach to a variety of Manfrotto tripod heads. Quick release functionality works the same as existing Manfrotto plates. Simply turn the thumbscrew and depress the release pin to slide the plate backward out of the base. For more information on the cage, take a look at Wooden Camera’s page here.

     

    The giveaway is open to all countries and will run from November 19, 2018 through December 2, 2018 at 11:59pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random on December 3, 2018.

     

    To enter, you must use the widget below to provide your email address and follow both @CoreSWX and @WoodenCamera on Instagram. As additional (optional) entry options, also feel free to like both of our pages on Facebook, as well as tweet out the message about the giveaway.

     

    Now that you know what this giveaway is all about, get to entering and good luck! 🙂

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    *This giveaway is for brand new product, however packaging has been opened for promotional photography.

    How to Power Panasonic Cameras

     

    Although Panasonic is known all around the World for a wide variety of products and technology, we’re going to focus on powering their Professional Video segment, from smaller DSLR type cameras, to their cinema line. Like many other camera manufacturers, they offer their own line of power solutions, but there is always room for some alternative power solutions which might be a better fit for the operator. All of our battery packs also use Panasonic lithium ion cells, so it’s a win-win for all parties involved.

     
    GH5_PB_SquareLet’s begin with how to power the GH series ranging from the older Panasonic GH2, up to the latest new addition, Panasonic GH5S. All of the models in the series will be compatible with the Powerbase Edge battery pack using the DMW-BLF19 battery adapter cable which is routed through the cable exit point on the battery door of the camera, making the integration seamless. Both items come together in a kit with a p-tap charger, providing an all-in-one power solution (Sku: PBE-GH). The 49wh pack with an 8A load will keep the camera running for approximately 7.5 hours! The Edge is also outfitted with two powertaps and two USB ports for additional accessories, a backlit runtime LCD providing remaining battery life down to the minute, and two different mounting options. The camera operator has the ability to mount by using either the ¼-20 screw mount that can go anywhere such as directly under the camera, on a cage, or any other type of accessory that as a ¼-20 thread, or it can also be mounted by using the standard v-mount side.

     
    To make the Edge battery pack even more versatile, you can use the same battery for many other cameras as long as you have the appropriate adapter cable. We offer an adapter cable for select Panasonic cameras that take the VBR style battery such as the EVA1 camera. It comes in a kit as well with model number PBE-VBR. If you already have the battery pack and/or charger and don’t want to purchase as an all-in-one kit then all of the Powerbase Edge adapter cables are also available separately. All Powerbase Edge adapter cables are 6” in length, but if needed, there is an extension cable (PBEC-EXT) offered which provides an extra 18”.

     
    Moving forward, another solution we offer to power Panasonic cameras accepting the VBR style battery pack, is the small yet powerful, NANO-VBR98. The NANO-VBR98 is a 98wh (7.4v, 13200mah) pack with a 12vdc boosted powertap. Being that the NANO-VBR98 is a 7.4v, yet with the 12vdc powertap, it allows you to simultaneously power the camera and additional accessories including external monitor, light, wireless transmitter, etc. The pack is also equipped with a 4-stage LED to easily gauge how much juice you have left, and when you run out; you can charge it back up on the OEM Panasonic chargers.

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    Now onto our intelligent brick style battery packs, the Nano and Hypercore series. The Nano series is a slim 98wh pack, and is the more entry level option, with the difference from Hypercore being that they have a lower continuous load at 8A and no multipurpose runtime LCD. The Hypercore series capacities range from 98wh to 293wh (wow, that’s macho!). The Hypercore series all have a multipurpose runtime LCD, and have load handling capabilities. There are two 98wh options, depending on the operators form factor preference, the smaller form Hypercore 9 Mini and slimmer yet taller Hypercore Slim 98 (both 12A load). There are also higher capacity offerings, from the Hypercore 150, 150wh pack, and the travel friendly Hypercore Prime which is a two-part split 190wh battery to make it acceptable for air travel. Last but not least, the king of them all is the Hypercore XL, a 293wh pack with a 15A continuous load (20A peak).

     
    All of the brick battery models communicate data to the cameras LCD/VF, come in both the standard v-mount and gold mount style packs, and have a p-tap and USB. If you are using any camera within the Panasonic lineup that is outfitted with either a v-mount or gold mount plate such as the Panasonic VariCam LT, then any of these will be great for you. Of course, the higher the capacity, the longer the operational runtime. Please also keep in the mind that anything under 100wh is air travel friendly for up to 15 packs in your carry-on bag. The Hypercore 150 is allowed as 2 standalone and 1 connected to your device. Anything over 160wh is not acceptable for air travel.

    We hope this covers all the bases for you to get your Panasonic camera’s powered up with reliable long-lasting power solutions. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us.

    Core Driven at Winter Olympics 2018

     

    Every four years another Winter Olympics rolls around where we get to see athletes from all over the world compete for their dream of winning Gold. To capture the event’s award winning moments as well as the Korean culture, NBC selected many camera operators, making sure not one moment was missed during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games held in PyeongChang. We had the pleasure of knowing a few talented camera operators relying on our battery packs to power their gear.

     

    Corey_Olympics1Corey Koniniec from production company Motion State was one of the only RED Digital Cinema camera operators and only MoVI operator selected. He filmed an array of events from halfpipe skiing, to aerials, and freestyle, but his primary focus was documenting snowboarding, composing a story of the history of snowboarding in the Olympics, in celebration of it’s 20th anniversary at the Games. To make sure he had the best spot to film each event, he would arrive to the venue hours before to scope out the locations. He had to also leave extra time to carry all of his gear up the mountain.  Every morning, scaling the mountain and hauling both of his RED camera packages took him 2-3 hours!  He employed HC9Mini’s and HCSlim8’s to power his DSMC2 with a Fujinon 25-300 lens to get long lens coverage.  His second rig was another DSMC2 on a MoVI Pro to get the stabilized, steady-cam style shots. In the negative degree temperatures, Corey was blown away by how well the Hypercore packs held up for a day of shooting without needing to go back to base to charge up. He had told us that “the Hypercore’s truly saved my ass.”  After a day of shooting, he would go back to charge up the batteries for the next day, and take his media cards to the dedicated media ingest facility at the venue.  There, the crews would transcode and feed all of their footage to the main broadcasting facility at the Games. From there, it would be shared with the NBC editors to use for daily highlights and the documentary project.

     

    Other Core Driven camera operators include Zach Trinca, using a Sony FS7 powered by HC9 Mini, and his colleague Brett Carlsen who was using a Canon C100 rig powered by HC9 Mini as well.  Before the games started, Zach and Brett shot a number of cultural features in Seoul, from cafes where you could pet sheep, to exploring old traditional villages. Once the events started, they shot a lot of fan centric content, slow-motion shots of people’s reactions, interviews, and specific athletes in action for feature pieces, focusing on slope style skiing, women’s half pipe, and hockey. Since their job was to focus both on the Korean culture and the sporting events, everyday was different, mentioning “Some days we would be going from event to event, other days we were getting up at 4am to go shoot a sunrise or going off the beaten path to shoot at a coffee factory.”

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    While they were all over PyeongChang filming, the weather conditions varied greatly, at times down by the beach, and then alongside a snowy mountain, but no matter what the conditions, the battery packs performed just the same. Brett couldn’t find enough words to say how impressed he was with the HC9 Minis, but one of his favorite features was the runtime LCD, stating “The readout is so awesome; being able to check your battery life with the touch of a button and know your percentage and run time was priceless.” Zach also added that the lightweight and long camera runtimes using the HC9 Mini batteries made a difference when needing to lug his gear around all day. He said “The Core SWX batteries played a huge role in maintaining a reliable camera rig throughout the Olympic Games.”