The system's 16:9 housing design covers both 16:9 and 4:3. Features include a filterstage for 2 filterholders (one 4x4 rotating and one 4x4/4x5.650 fixed), full-size French flag, 16:9 insert mask, and 110-72mm screw-in adapter ring. For a secure mount, the mattebox comes equipped with center bracket and 1ightweight support rods.
Chrosziel's design includes many new operating advantages, according to 16x9. The HDV Mattebox is compatible with both wide and tele attachments. Dual pivot mechanisms are integrated into the housing for more cost-efficient use of side wings. The system's articulating French flag can be teamed with optional side wings for precise manipulation of light. Protection against flair and loss of contrast is provided by the 16:9 insert mask. A one-sided quick-lock mechanism anchors both sides of the system with a twist of a knob. Truncated filterholders offer clearance for the camcorder's microphone. A new HDV focus gear ring lets operators add Chrosziel's DV Studio rig follow focus.
The Chrosziel HDV Mattebox is available exclusively in the U.S. from 16x9 Inc. As an introductory special, 16x9 Inc. is offering the complete HDV Mattebox system (#450-HDVKIT) at the reduced price of $1566 (suggested U.S. list price $1800) and the complete system with follow focus, gear drive, and gear ring (#HDV-HDVKIT2) at $3188.50 (suggested U.S. list price $3665). Optional sidewings may be ordered at an introductory price of $335 (suggested U.S. list price $410).