IDX DUO-C198 Batteries Chosen for 6K Shoot by Portugal’s António Morais

IDX’s DUO-C198 batteries were chosen to power Sony’s recently introduced Venice 35 mm 6K camera in a short movie shoot by the cinematographer António Morais of Golpe Filmes in Porto, Portugal.

With typically a 198-watt hour capacity and compact size, the IDX DUO-C198 is designed to power digital cinema cameras and stabilizer systems where long run times are required. Fully compatible with all IDX ENDURA V-Mount batteries chargers and accessories, the DUO-C198 uses top grade lithium-ion cells to ensure the highest reliability. 

António Morais

António Morais

"We chose the IDX DUO-C198 batteries for their very high power capacity, compactness and robust build quality," Morais said. "They were able to sustain long production shoots and quick to recharge. The battery also delivers remaining capacity or runtime data direct to the camera's viewfinder, which added to the production team's confidence during each filming session. Each battery also has an indicator with five built-in LEDs displaying available power in ten percent increments from fully charged to below ten percent capacity.

"The project itself had two main purposes. First to test the capabilities of the new camera and secondly to create a powerful and memorable film about issues related to social inclusion. Through sounds, not speech, words or verbal expression, we wanted to relay a positive message and display a clear gaze upon that difference.

”Our production team tested the camera and the batteries to the limit. Background to the film is the world of dance, using a combination of music, rhythm, ambient sound and silence as tools while exploring each action in each scene through the eyes and the emotions of a deaf person. Our message is that there is no such thing as hardship, only a different perspective."

Introduced earlier this year, the DUO-C198 weighs just over 2.2 pounds and has an output range of 16.8 to 11 volts at up to 14 amps discharge. Each battery incorporates two D-Tap ports which can deliver up to 80 watts to power accessories such as monitors, lights and wireless receivers.

In addition, five volts at up to 2.3 amps are accessible from a USB port for devices such as tablet computers and mobile phones. Full protection is provided against reverse charge, over-charge, over-discharge and over-current. Each DUO-C198 battery is also temperature protected. 

On the shoot, the IDX VL-2000S two-channel simultaneous lithium-ion V-Mount battery charger gave the fast turnaround time needed. In a less time pressured environment, the compact VL-DT-1 single-channel D-Tap charger is a low cost portable charging solution using the third pin in the D-Tap Advanced socket to monitor the battery condition and ensure safe charging.

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