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Chicago Cinema Tech Expo 2017 Roundup

On Saturday, October 7, we held our Chicago Cinema Tech Expo. We expanded the event into a new space so that we could include more gear, workshops, panels, and unique community programming. Over twenty manufacturers were in attendance, with booths filling up the large ballroom at Cinespace. Over the course of the day, our technical specialists were able to visit the booths and get a closer look at some of the most exciting gear that was on display.

To get a better idea of all the different activites that were scheduled throughout the day, make sure to check out the #CHItechexpo feed on Instagram. Thank you again to all the manufacturers who participated, our community partners, our rental house partners — and of course, to all the attendees. We had an amazing turnout and we hope to see everyone again next year!

ARRI CSS (Camera Stabilizer Systems)

In this video, Geoff chats with newly-minted ARRI CSS representative Alan Lennox as he takes us through ARRI’s range of stabilization products built around their powerful MAXIMA gimbal.


ARRI Lighting

Geoff stopped by the ARRI Lighting booth and spent some time with Technical Sales Rep. Andre Beckford who showed him ARRI’s new SkyPanel Remote, as well as some of the cool features enabled in the recent firmware update for their popular SkyPanel fixtures.



Over at the Canon booth, Geoff spoke with Jesse Mineo, who took us through Canon’s new C200 Cinema EOS camera body as well as the new 70-200mm Compact Servo lens.



At the Vitec booth, Megan spoke with Territory Manager Jon Walsh about the recently-launched Gemini from Litepanels. Watch as Jon gives a quick overview and demos some of the interesting features of this new LED.



Nico from Shape showed off a new cage for the Canon C200 as well as their new multi-axis Push Button Magic Arm, an exciting new take on the ubiquitous holding arm utilizing a minature version of Shape's well-loved spring-loaded locking technology.



Jeff stopped by Sony's booth, where they were displaying the brand new VENICE. He got a chance to speak with Account Manager Megan Walton for a sneak peek at what Sony's planning for the VENICE roadmap.



Geoff got a chance to talk to Teradek representative (and native Chicagoan!) Gary Adcock who gave us the low-down on their new ServPro WiFi-based wireless video monitoring solution. This is a killer way to distribute live video throughout a set directly to iOS phones and tablets — including the ability to add LUTs!



Over at the ZEISS booth, Megan was able to get a mini tour, courtesy of Snehal Patel. He showed off the popular CP.3 lenses and highlights the metadata workflow with LiveGrade and DaVinci Resolve. We also took a look at the full-frame 15-30mm CZ.2 Compact Zoom, as well as the 21-100mm Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 lens.

AbelCine Team
Our Technical Specialists contributed to this blog.

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