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SWIT Releases S-8U63 Battery Pack Compatible with Sony FS7

SONY PMW-EX1/3/F3/200/FS7 Compatible

Similar battery as SONY BP-U60
Display remaining power info

S-8U63 is the replacement battery for Sony BP-U60, complete compatible with SONY Camcorder PMW-EX1/EX1R/EX3/F3, PMW-100/200, and the latest PXW-FS7, PXW-X160/180. S-8U63 can exchange digital info with the camera, and display remaining power info on the camera viewfinder.

63Wh / 4.4Ah High Capacity

With 14.4V nominal voltage, the S-8U63 has 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity,
higher than the original battery, and can run approx 4.5 hours on SONY PMW-200 camcorder when LCD monitor is on.

Build-in D-tap DC Output Socket

A D-tap DC output socket is equipped on the side of S-8U63 battery, for DC14.4V (Nominate) connection. You can connect on-camera LED light, monitor or wireless transmitter on the D-tap socket, and get power simultaneously with camera.
The Max power from D-tap is 50W, 3.5A.
The D-tap socket can also be used as charging input, by SWIT portable charger S-3010B.

Build-in 5V/1A USB Socket

Use S-8U63 as Power Station to your cell phone! It’s rather a
fantastic function to have a USB socket on the DV battery! Connect
your smart phone or pad to the USB socket, press the “Check”
button, and then the S-8U63 starts to output 5V/1A power to charge
your devices!

4-level LED Power Indicator

The S-8U63 battery has the 4-level LED power indicators to check the battery remaining capacity. You can get a quick view of capacity before using. The “Check” button can also be used to trigger USB charging.

Easy Charging

The S-8U63 can be charged on SWIT Dual channel charger S-3602U or SONY original charger BC-U1 single channel charger. It takes about 2 hours and 50minutes to charge from empty to 100%. And you can also use SWIT S-3010B Portable D-tap Charger for S-8U63. It will take 3 hours to fully charge.

Features

  • Li-ion battery pack of 14.4V nominal votage
  • Complete compatible with SONY EX1/3/F3/100/200
  • Display remaining power info on camera viewfinder
  • 63Wh / 4.4Ah capacity
  • 4-level LED power indicator
  • 14.4V D-tap DC output
  • 5V/1A USB charging output
  • Multiple circuit protections

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ARRI AMIRA to Record 4K UHD and MPEG-2 MXF with New Software Update

ARRI announces the upcoming release of Software Update Packet (SUP) 2.0 for AMIRA cameras, and the subsequent release of SUP 3.0. The former unlocks 4K UHD recording for high-resolution pipelines, while the latter enables MPEG-2 MXF recording for streamlined, broadcast-friendly workflows. Together they stretch the already wide spectrum of AMIRA’s deliverable options at both ends of the scale, making the camera an even more versatile production tool.

Underlining the positioning and success of AMIRA as the perfect camera for productions ranging from documentaries, reportage and corporate films to TV and low-budget movies, these two major software updates in the first half of 2015 will enhance the feature-set in ways that respond specifically to customer requests and industry trends. With its flexible, re-programmable system architecture, AMIRA will continue to expand in functionality over the coming years in the same way that ALEXA has done since 2010, allowing it to keep pace with a rapidly evolving market and deliver a strong return on investment.

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AMIRA SUP 2.0 — scheduled for release in March 2015

4K UHD recording is the major new feature of AMIRA SUP 2.0. Enabled by the software update, it is activated through the purchase of a 4K UHD license at the ARRI License Shop (and a camera sensor calibration at an ARRI service center for cameras purchased in 2014).

The new 4K UHD recording format has been developed for productions that need to generate high-resolution deliverables. It allows ProRes codecs up to ProRes 4444 to be recorded in Ultra High Definition 3840 x 2160 resolution directly onto the in-camera CFast 2.0 cards, at up to 60 fps. Optional in-camera de-noising, sharpening and detailing tools permit the image to be optimized for specific applications or matched to different cameras and lenses.

Further enhancements provided by AMIRA SUP 2.0 include ProRes 3.2K recording (allowing cross-compatibility with ALEXA cameras running ALEXA SUP 11.0); WiFi remote support; the ability to monitor audio channels individually; additional lock functions to prevent the accidental pressing of buttons or switches; frame rate adjustments while in pre-record mode; frame grabs from the live camera image; and many more.

AMIRA SUP 3.0 — scheduled for release mid-2015

The key new feature of AMIRA SUP 3.0 is the ability to record MPEG-2 422P@HL at 50 Mbit/s in an MXF wrapper. This XDCAM-compatible MPEG-2 recording format allows television productions to take advantage of AMIRA’s superior image quality and ergonomics, while utilizing a low-bandwidth codec that can easily be integrated into typical broadcast environments and workflows.

Recording MPEG-2 MXF with AMIRA ensures 100% compatibility with the format already used by many low budget or time-pressured television productions, for which a streamlined workflow through ingest, editing and post is vital. This cost-efficient format minimizes the number of memory cards needed on set, but also reduces postproduction and archiving costs through reduced data rates and seamless integration with standard tools.

In order to further ease the integration of AMIRA into fast-paced television production environments, a new audio accessory will be released. Taking the form of an extension to the back of the camera body, it will equip AMIRA with a slot for a portable audio tuner/receiver. This will allow signals to be received wirelessly from either the sound recordist’s mixer or straight from radio microphones, accommodating the needs of ENG-style productions that capture audio directly in-camera, but value the most cable-free configuration possible.

Other features of SUP 3.0 will include a versatile camera remote control interface for multi-camera live or scripted productions; Super 16 mm lens support; an intervalometer function for time-lapse applications; and a host of general usability enhancements.

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