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Petroff Introduces A New Generation of Matte Boxes at NAB

Only professional matte box for use on Sony HVR-Z1/HDR/FX1 cameras (April 11, 2005)

R.D. Petroff's matte box

R.D. Petroff's matte box

R.D. Petroffs radical new design ideas are the result of 25 years of hands on production experience. This new generation matte box is the most versatile ever developed. The fully modular matte box comes in three different sizes (4x4, 4x5 and 5x5), and supports a wide variety of film and video lenses. The Petroff design can go from a sunshade to a three-rotating stage matte box in seconds, without the use of any tools. A single stage filter can rotate 360 and the unique snap-on system makes adding filter stages easy, fast and convenient. The special design of the top and side flags allow for an extended bellows effect for maximum light control. This matte box design is the ultimate for performance in the field.

Petroff's radical new matte box design is the only professional matte box that you can use on the Sony HVR-Z1/HDR/FX1 cameras with up to three filter stages. Only the Petroff matte box has been engineered to hold three filters and avoids the first filter stage being blocked by the microphone, allowing it to rotate 360. This innovative design makes possible the use all filter stages without restriction.

Both MiniDV and professional ENG cameras will benefit from the design of Petroffs bridge support system engineered to keep the weight off internal focus lenses. For MiniDV systems, Petroff has designed a Universal Camera Plate that will mount to any MiniDV camera. With a Universal Mount, adjustments can be made horizontally and vertically in seconds and without the need of any tools, to fit all DV cameras on the market. The unique sliding plate assists in achieving perfect balance on any tripod.

Petroffs new, high-precision MiniDV follow-focus provides users creative control, allowing focus selectively within a scene for maximum dramatic effect. This new feature gives precise focus control for professional results with MiniDV cameras.

For truly professional filmmaking, a matte box is needed to control the light and allow the use of filters for color and effect control. A follow focus has also become an essential tool in order to be able to consistently achieve sharp images within a scene.

R.D. Petroff products are distributed in the US by Ste-Man, Inc. For more information about Ste-Man visit

About R.D. Petroff
R.D. Petroff Inc. designs matte boxes and follow focus systems for filmmakers using any type of camera and lens. Since 1979, they have been engineering professional film and video camera accessories. Put their experience to work for you.

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