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Movcam RED I/O module gives you everything except the kitchen sink

The new Movcam RED I/O Module is specifically designed for RED DSMC2 cameras. It adds additional features and functionality to your RED camera to make it easier to use.

At first glance it’s hard to tell that it’s actually a module, and not part of the original camera. The module has a host of features including an integrated receiver for lens control on up to three-axes, XLR inputs with line/mic capability and phantom power, a hot-swap battery plate, and an optional high-resolution, zero-delay wireless video transmission unit.

By adding a built-in receiver for three-axis lens control and the option of wireless video transmission, Movcam are joining the latest trend of integrating software with hardware. It’s unclear at this stage just what FIZ and video transmission systems this will be compatible with, but Movcams’s own picture shows a C-Motion FIZ system being used.

The other nice feature on the I/O module that I personally like is the hot swappable battery plate. This is similar to the Ambient system I use on my Arri Amira. The way it works is when you put a V-mount battery on the plate it not only powers your camera but it also charges up a small internal battery. This battery then allows you to hot-swap batteries even while you are recording without needing to shut down the camera. If the internal battery is fully charged it will provide power to your camera for up to 120 seconds.

The module also features good options for recording audio on your RED. There are two full-sized XLR inputs that are line/mic switchable and both can supply +48V phantom power.

For connectivity there are three SDI outputs, an HDMI 2.0, as well as timecode and genlock. There is also a USB power output if you need to charge other accessories such as your phone.

Movcam RED I/O module features
RED designed and manufactured I/O circuitry
Hot-swap battery plate
Multiple HD-SDI outputs
XLR audio inputs with +48V phantom power
Timecode and Genlock
HDMI output
Lemo power: 2x 6-pin (11.5V-17V power in), 1x 5-pin 0B LEMO, 1x 4-pin 00B LEMO
DC power input
3.5mm Headphone jack
USB – Power only, max.1.5A
MBUS port – 6-pin 0B LEMO for integrated receiver for lens control system (up to three-axis)
160-pin port
13-pin pogo pad array
UPS battery box – three high power 18650, discharge current 15A,providing power and image for up to 120 seconds via UPS
WiFi – built-in, signal via antenna
SD card slot for saving and loading up settings
Optional high-resolution, zero-delay wireless video transmission unit

Movcam are certainly not the first company to produce I/O modules for RED cameras and they certainly won’t be the last. They now join other companies such as Off Hollywood who have been making RED I/O modules for quite some time.

There is currently no indication of pricing or availability, but we will update the post once we find out more information.

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Chefs & Champagne 2017 Event Honors Marcus Samuelsson

Honoree Marcus Samuelsson celebrates with the participating chefs during the 2017 JBF Chefs and Champagne at Wolffer estate on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Sagaponack, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for James Beard Foundation/)

The phenomenal James Beard Foundation hosted an incredible soiree and honored multiple James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef, author and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson at its 27th annual Chefs Champagne summer fundraiser.

More than 1,000 guests attended the grand Chefs Champagne benefit at the Wölffer Estate where 35 chefs presented their artwork. The Foundation’s tasting party featured flowing Champagne Barons de Rothschild, wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

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Wolffer Estate Sparkling Rose at the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Champagne® annual summer fundraiser at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons on July 29, 2017. Photo by David Chow / Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation.

The summertime event is always one of the most popular Saturday nights out east, and it is all for an amazing cause. Food tastings experienced were delightful; and at the same time a silent auction consisting of one-of-a-kind dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages raised over $100,000 to support the JBF’s mission, scholarship, education and JBF Impact Programs, which include the annual Food Summit and Leadership Awards that help promote a better food system.

The foundation also announced Jordan Werner as the recipient of the 2017 Christian Wölffer Scholarship and the ICC Intensive Sommelier Course tuition waiver. Established in 2006, the Christian Wölffer Scholarship assists students in their study of food and wine. Also in attendance was multiple Christian Wölffer Scholarship recipient Christina Cassel and JBF National Scholars recipient Earlene Cruz.

This year’s summer fundraiser honoring Marcus Samuelsson was one of our most successful ever,” said Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Marcus is a role model for chefs, restaurateurs and culinary entrepreneurs worldwide. His extraordinary talent, philanthropic endeavors, and boundless energy to help others complements our mission to celebrate, nurture, and honor chefs and other leaders making America’s food culture, more delicious, diverse, and sustainable for everyone.”

Chefs Champagne’s guest of honor, Marcus Samuelsson, joined the ranks of gastronomic giantssuch as Bobby Flay, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, and Martha Stewart, who have all been fêted at prior events.

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James Beard Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Honoree Marcus Samuelsson seen at the 2017 JBF Chefs and Champagne at Wolffer estate on Saturday, July 29, 2017 in Sagaponack, N.Y. (Photo by Mark Von Holden/Invision for James Beard Foundation)

Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, and Streetbird Rotisserie. A committed philanthropist and the youngest person to ever receive a three-star review from The New York Times, he has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State dinner.

Sponsors for the James Beard Foundation’s Chefs Champagne include Wölffer Estate Vineyard (host venue); Champagne Barons de Rothschild (exclusive champagne); Neuman’s Kitchen, Events Catering (VIP after-party); Alfredo Prodotti, Audi, Big Green Egg, Brewery Ommegang, FreshDirect + FoodKick, Gokokuya,, Hamptons Magazine, KAMUT®, Melissa’s® Produce, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Miami Beach, Royal Cup Coffee and Tea, Saratoga Spring Water, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, VerTerra Dinnerware, Windstar Cruises, and WVVH.

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Shopsster launches attractive deals on home decor and kitchen appliances is an online shopping store that has recently announced exciting deals and discounts on some of the most popular home décor items, kitchen appliances, as well as women clothing accessories. Under the limited period sale, the customers can find a wide range of home décor items at up to 60% off, huge discounts on kitchen appliances and sports outdoor items. Some of the popular kitchen items such as silicone diamond ice tray, ceramic knife set, silicone plastic dish sealing wrap are now available at a discounted price.

The company also believes in contributing to the community and for that, it donates a portion of its proceeds towards charity and projects that include gifting toys to the poor children and feeding the homeless among others. Every time a customer buys a product on, they’ll know a portion will be donated towards doing good and betterment of the community.

The website offers a variety of beautiful home décor items including wall papers, wall stickers, DIY paintings, emoji pillows, wall lamps, antique items, luxury tea sets and much more. With over hundreds of décor items to choose from, the customers will always find something best suited for their home. The online store also offers a variety of unique toys and décor items for kids including fidget spinners, minion lights, Hello kitty bathroom set and more.

Under the weekly sale for her category, the online store brings carefully curated jewelry and accessories for women in a wide range of designs. The sale features boho jewelry, silk scarves, stylish sunglasses, anklets, ear cuffs, bath bomb mold sea shells, vintage pendants and much more, all available at attractive prices. The round beach towels and bikini cover ups in vibrant colors and prints are especially gaining popularity among the customers this summer.

Shopsster offers over thousands of products in different categories and aims to become a leading shopper’s paradise where they can find all kinds of useful and fun items.The customers can also find phone cases, power banks and other mobile accessories on the online store. The shop also features necessary items for outdoor adventures and sports such as bicycle waterproof hand protectors, flamingo pool accessory, inflatable pillow, portable fishing trap net, camping sets and more. All the products can be seen on

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Bosch home appliances and Drop Debut Smart Kitchen Partnership …

IRVINE, CA–(Marketwired – August 21, 2017) –

  • Bosch home appliances announces Drop Recipes app and Connected Scale are now fully integrated with smart Bosch Wall Ovens, with Home Connect.
  • Bosch customers can now enjoy a simplified cooking experience with step by step recipe guidance, remote monitoring and control capabilities.
  • Integration adds to the growing list of Home Connect partners and Bosch smart appliance functions.

Bosch home appliances, the “Invented for Life” brand, today announced a smart kitchen integration with Drop that simplifies the cooking experience like never before. Beginning today, the Drop Recipes app is fully integrated with the Bosch Wall Oven, with Home Connect in the U.S. This partnership provides Bosch users with access to Drop’s growing digital recipe book featuring more than 700 recipes from renowned chefs and contributors including Food52, Good Housekeeping, Donal Skehan, The Kitchen Paper and The Sophisticated Gourmet, among others. Through the app, users can connect to the Drop Scale for seamless step by step recipe instructions and monitor or control a variety of cooking functions including recipe time and temperature for a simplified, interactive cooking experience.

“We’re excited to introduce these smart kitchen capabilities to the U.S. market as we continue on our mission to make the connected kitchen a reality for everyone,” said Ben Harris, CEO of Drop. “Kitchens are getting smarter, and our partnership with Bosch illustrates the value these smart functions bring to everyday life. We’re thrilled to be working with a partner such as Bosch, our first official kitchen appliance partner, who shares in this vision for a truly connected kitchen and home.”

Through Home Connect and Drop, Bosch is introducing a new layer of intelligence and convenience to the kitchen that will help home cooks at every level enjoy a simplified cooking experience. The Drop Recipes app and Connected Scale add to the expansive list of smart functions currently offered by the Bosch Wall Oven, with Home Connect. In addition to the new Drop-enabled functionalities, the Bosch Wall Oven provides an array of smart features via the Home Connect App, including remote diagnostics, maintenance and care, as well as the ability to seamlessly purchase appliance accessories.

“As a brand committed to developing solutions that simplify life and enrich the kitchen experience for our consumers, we couldn’t be happier to bring this partnership to the U.S.,” said Anja Prescher, Director of Brand Marketing at Bosch home appliances. “Our integration with Drop will help simplify the way our customers cook at home by streamlining the process into a more intuitive and interactive experience.”

Bosch has worked diligently on connecting its home appliances to bring easy and intuitive smart control to the kitchen through its open Home Connect platform. Working with and integrating partners such as Drop into Home Connect’s open digital ecosystem allows Bosch to continually increase its IoT footprint, as well as provide innovative features and services that benefit the consumer. Home Connect facilitates connectivity and offers a range of beneficial applications that allow for a worry-free daily routine, from doing the dishes, to brewing coffee and remotely controlling the oven.

For more information about Bosch home appliances, with Home Connect, visit, like Bosch, connect on Twitter @BoschAppliances and Instagram @BoschhomeUS, or follow along at A Modern Haven.

About Bosch home appliances
Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Home Appliances Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BSH Hausgeräte GmbH, based in Munich, Germany. As part of the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe, and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide, Bosch has been selling high performance German-engineered appliances in the United States since 1991. Known nationwide for raising the standards in quietness, efficiency and design for appliances, Bosch frequently receives top ratings in leading consumer publications and received awards from ENERGY STAR for eight consecutive years, from 2007-2014. With U.S. headquarters in Irvine, Calif., the company also operates manufacturing facilities in LaFollette, Tenn. and in New Bern, N.C., housing state-of-the-art factories for dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops.

About Home Connect
With Home Connect, Bosch has established a cross-brand solution for smart control of connected home appliances, enabling consumers to make their everyday lives smart and intuitive in today’s fully connected kitchen. Through the Home Connect App, consumers can operate their appliances, including select built-in coffee machines, dishwashers, laundry, wall ovens and refrigeration, remotely. With this growing Home Connect product line, creating the perfect cup of coffee while hosting friends and family, or preheating the wall oven from another room, is as simple as the touch of a button via the app.

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Cooking With Your Mom’s Copper Pots Could Make You Sick


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‘Bambi’ turns 75; PBS salutes unsung artist – Orlando Sentinel

Happy 75th anniversary, “Bambi.”

The animated Disney classic has thrilled, charmed and scared moviegoers since its release Aug. 21, 1942.

PBS’ “American Masters” is drawing attention to “Bambi” and Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who helped give the nature drama its unusual atmospherics. Walt Disney liked Wong’s paintings and made him the inspirational sketch artist for the movie.

Wong will be celebrated in the documentary “Tyrus,” which debuts nationwide at 9 p.m. Sept. 8.

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Draft Horses to Racing Pigs, Fair Brings Fun and Friendly Competition – The Vineyard Gazette

For four days, the 156th Martha’s Vineyard Agricultural Fair put West Tisbury at center stage for late summer activities. Although the weather took fairgoers on a journey of near biblical proportions, neither pounding rain nor blistering sun could keep the crowds away.

Friday’s rainstorm turned the fairgounds into veritable mud pits. But not for long. When the weather cleared the next day so did spirits — the Midway pulsed in its hold over children with parents in tow, and the events ring held court with burly woodsmen, statuesque draft horses, dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments and women tossing skillets with the same gusto and accuracy as the axe throwers.

And, of course, there was the food, from tacos and burgers to funnel cake and cotton candy. No one went home with an empty stomach.

On Friday, the draft horses showed that rain could not out-muscle them. In fact, the wet weather kept the dust to a minimum and the hardworking animals cool. Those watching (who weren’t pulling up to 8,800 pounds) kept umbrellas close at hand.

Jay and Frank, Abe and Rocky, and Tom and Ted competed in the lightweight division. The announcer pointed to a new safety fence at the end of the rink, built after a draft horse escaped at the fair last year.

In the outside stables, cows greeted the weather by lying down. Inside the barn, chickens clucked and shifted in their pens. Brian Athearn of Runamok Farm in West Tisbury and Tom Rancich held a two-month old sheep named Heather, a cross between a Dorset sheep and a Texel sheep. Heather was still acclimating to wearing a halter, and occasionally trying to run off.

“Most of my sheep I could walk through a Macy’s,” said Mr. Athearn.

But with Mr. Rancich’s calming grip and a trowel full of corn covered in molasses (a rare treat) from Mr. Athearn, she was learning.

“They’re at the fair. Everybody gets a treat at the fair,” Mr. Athearn said.

Back outside at the heavyweight division of the horse pull, six teams lined up, including those who competed in the lightweight division. The rain was falling in earnest and the bleachers remained relatively empty as spectators crowded under trees and umbrellas.

During the competition, one horse threw a shoe and had to be reshod on the field. Another, Jay, stopped wearing his blinders, due to a broken halter, but it didn’t seem to affect his performance at all.

The horses pulled up to 10,600 pounds before it was declared a three-way tie and judges stopped the competition due to the weather. With the rain pounding down, the fairgrounds had emptied considerably. Painted horses on the merry-go-round stood still, no riders mounted or waiting in line, and the Ferris wheel spun lazily, every carriage empty except for rain drops.

On Saturday morning volunteers readjusted plastic fencing to create pathways to start the third day of the fair. By mid-morning the clouds had disappeared, replaced by a clear blue sky, and the ground, although still muddy in places, began to dry.

And the crowds returned too, trickling through the gate as the sounds of chainsaws ripped through the air.

Just inside the fairgrounds, about 200 people squeezed into the small area of shade by the Pulling Ring. Many fanned themselves with newspapers as the morning sun started to sizzle. Matt Galabos was undeterred by the heat as he introduced the participants in the 41st annual Woodsmen Contest,

The first heat had three women battling it out to make three slices in a large beam as quickly as possible. A woman named Brenda set the record to be beat with a time of 5.6 seconds.

Participants had nicknames like Bull’s Eye and Buckwheat printed on their shirts. Mr. Galabos told the crowd that Buckwheat had never once shaved his upper lip. His moustache was “virgin timber,” he said.

As the heats progressed, raffle tickets for two chainsaws and a cord of wood from Island company Lickety Split Logs were sold. “We’re changing lives here,” said Mr. Galabos, adding that everyone remembers their first chainsaw.

Elsewhere on the grounds, the Blue Hill brass band made an impromptu stage under the shade of a tree. Down By the River and Uptown Funk got little children jumping and bobbing.

Inside the exhibit hall of homegrown entries, the air was still. A glass case of butter dripped with condensation. A few flies bumped into the case of baked goods. In the junior preserving category, Sara C. Payne, 14, won so many awards for her pineapple, mint, peach jelly that the judges had to pin them around her translucent green jars. “Bravo” and “gorgeous” were written on her tag.

In the produce category, there were creamy white patty pan squashes, oxblood-colored onions and Indigo Rose tomatoes that faded from nearly black to pale green. Five purple peppers won a big purple ribbon for “most outstanding vegetable.”

Back out on the midway, a father held his young son on his lap at the top of the Super Slide. The boy yelled and kicked until they started to descend. Then his face melted into a grin and the pair slid out of sight.

Sunday brought with it the dog show, and most of the early arrivals to the fair had canine companions in tow. Barks pierced the air as owners discussed their breeds. Handlers received last minute advice and double-checked their treat supplies. Then Rosemarie Haigazian, who has organized the dog show for 42 years, made the announcement for the first category, mixed breeds, to enter the ring.

As the pets made their way around the ring, the judges looked on, spoke with the handlers and interacted with the dogs. They awarded ribbons based on temperament, appearance and more intangible factors, like the stories shared by handlers.

One entry presented a challenge to the judges, as the breed is not yet American Kennel Club approved. So Libby, an exotic barbet, received an honorable mention. Typically for breeds with only one entry, the contestant automatically receives first place, unless he or she misbehaves. Behavior varied among contestants; some laid down mid-trot and one was carried briefly by her handler.

Pearl, an English bulldog wearing a pink harness, was named best in show.

Spectators started to drift away from the dog show around 11 a.m., as they made their way to another animal attraction, Robinson’s Racing Pigs. Oreo cookies served as an effective lure for the squealing racers. Raring to go, Justin Biebercue secured the treat with his speedy performance.

At the midway, a clown sat above a pool of his own in Drown the Clown. He heckled those attempting to dunk him with a terrifying laugh and sarcastic barbs. Beside him was the Zipper, where riders clung to bars inside metal cages as they soared through the air. Jackson Munson, 8, staggered out after a dizzying few minutes on board. He proclaimed the ride awesome, if a little scary.

“It’s my new favorite ride,” he said. And he is an expert, having tried them all, except the Gravitron. Even Jackson has his limits.

At the end of day fairgoers trickled out, many headed down-Island to attend the rescheduled Oak Bluffs fireworks. Others headed home, either on-Island or to awaiting ferries and their off-season lives. The end of the fair means many things, but perhaps highest on the ladder is the approaching school year.

By Monday morning the fairgrounds were a place of disassembly, with rides packed up on trailers and being transported slowly down State Road. Booths stood empty and the ferris wheel looked rather somber in the early morning light, with no crowds to entertain. And somewhere in the distance an anonymous voice called out, sounding very much like the angry clown, declaring Martha’s Vineyard a place of weak arms and no aim. He hadn’t been dunked nearly enough.

More photos from the Agricultural Fair.

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