Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 12:04:48 PM
DP/editor Erik Naso is mighty impressed with Convergent Design's new Odyssey7, writing, "This new monitor and recorder is packed with features I have never seen before in a combo unit. The 7.7 OLED monitor is 1280×800 8bit RGB 3400:1 contrast. Super deep blacks with the OLEDs. The interesting idea behind this is it’s a monitor first. If you want to use it as a recorder you purchase the codecs and the SSD drives from Convergent Design." Read the full piece here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 11:04:34 AM
Matthew Allard of News Shooter interviews Kadir from EdelKrone who demonstrates their new SliderPLUS+. He explains, "We asked the customers what's the one problem that still needs to be solved about the sliders and many people responded that sliders need to be more portable. Of course, you want longer sliders when it comes to shooting, but you want smaller sliders when it comes to traveling with them. So we had to get them both in the same design. So this SliderPLUS+ delivers both: you get the longer camera travel, twice the original length of the slider itself. So that's what makes the system super portable and also delivers a quiet range of movement." Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/10/13 01:04:47 PM
Digital Video magazine, published by NewBay Media, has announced its Best of Show Black Diamond Awards today at the 2013 NAB Show. NewBay Media's Broadcast & Video Group of products, that also includes Digital Video Expo, and the Creative Planet Network of sites, is uniquely poised to recognize the full spectrum video technology on display here at NAB. A select panel of engineers, editors, and production and post professionals joined the magazine staff to judge the Best of Show awards for Digital Video.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/10/13 12:04:55 PM
E.M. Taboada of NoFilmSchool writes: If you’re a one-man band, you know how tough it can be to simultaneously handle the camera, capture sound and interact with your subject. More often than not, you’ll have to settle for a static shot, or hide behind the camera while trying to speak to the person you are interviewing. Redrock Micro’s new “parabolic track slider” — the One Man Crew — aims to add graceful motion to your shots, while freeing your hands to focus on other aspects of the shoot. How? READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/10/13 12:04:06 PM
Watch this video from News Shooter on the NAB floor in which Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss from Zacuto introduce their newest camera rigs including the Marauder and the DSLR Gorilla Kit.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/10/13 12:04:12 PM
Stu Maschwitz writes on his Prolost blog: Blackmagic Design announced today what was leaked last night—two new cameras. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a “4K for $4K” update to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Same not-quite-ideal-but-who-cares form factor, but now with a Super35 4K sensor with a global shutter. It’s priced at $3,995, and is available for pre-order at B&H.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/10/13 12:04:32 PM
The Department of Moving Picture Technologies of Fraunhofer IIS has announced the launch of its new camera array. With its enhanced flexibility, the array enables the use of new creative methods including multi-view, high dynamic range (HDR), high frame rate (HFR) and lightfield capturing. The new array reduces complexity for the digital media and cinema workflow. The array transfers trigger information, power and data through a single Ethernet connection that can be controlled and synchronized by one computer. It delivers a preview image for camera alignment, mounting and for quality control, making reconfiguration based on the amount of cameras and alignment set-up easy for the user.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/09/13 03:04:48 PM
Adrian Pennington of The Hollywood Reporter writes: LAS VEGAS — Sony previewed a prototype camera that is intended to marry high-end motion picture requirements with the design of a handheld DSLR on Sunday at an NAB press conference that was also highlighted by a visit from the Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), who recently lensed Universal’s Oblivion with Sony’s F65 4K camera. Described as “the embodiment of Sony’s future development,” the prototype camera and complementary lenses will not be previewed on the NAB show floor, and no other details were given, not even what resolution it would capture. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/09/13 02:04:58 PM
DP John Brawley is the first to have gotten his hands on the just-announced Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He writes, "What BMD have done with this camera is to take a super 16 size version of the exact same awesome sensor that’s in the current BMCC and shrink the form factor down to that of an iPhone with a lens mount. Then they added what many have clamoured for. An internal battery that can be easily switched out." Read his full acount here on his blog.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/09/13 11:04:51 AM
Check out this adorable stop-motion ode to Ms. Pac Man and the original Mario arcade game created by Michael Birken with the help of 4800 post-it notes. "Post-It Note Arcade" took almost a year to make. Watch below. (via Death and Taxes)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/09/13 10:04:49 AM
EOSHD writes: Sony have revealed two very early prototype cameras at NAB. They are hybrid stills / video cameras from the pro A/V division in Japan. One is a DSLR style camera with what looks like a PL mount. Sony is also committed to developing a range of full frame cinema prime lenses. Very few details were given about the products. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 03:04:13 PM
JVC Professional Products Company is showcasing the new DT-F9L5U 8.2-inch Verité broadcast studio monitor/viewfinder at the 2013 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth C4314). With an Anton/Bauer Gold Mount battery plate and tripod mount hardware, the compact HD field monitor is ideal for location shoots, but it also includes focus assist and zebra functions, as well as front and rear tally lamps, for viewfinder applications.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 02:04:12 PM
Blackmagic Design has announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, a pocket-sized digital cinema camera that includes features such as a Super 16mm sized 1080HD sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, a built-in SD card recorder for Apple ProRes, lossless compressed CinemaDNG RAW capture and an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 02:04:34 PM
NewTek has unveiled 3Play 4800, a multi-camera replay server for live sports production. The new system gives sports producers access to redundant capture, sophisticated visual effects, live replay switching, high quality slow motion, and social media publishing—all within a single, turnkey system. Top features of the system include redundant capture of up to 4 live video sources with the option to simultaneously record all 8 inputs as separate camera feeds; live, animated 3D visual transition effects for switching and in-program editing; live replay switching for easy output; clear slow-motion playback; and easy one-step publishing to social media sites. 3Play 4800 is available immediately for $39,995.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 11:04:30 AM
At NAB, Panasonic has unveiled its third-generation VariCam HD production camera, and a new 31" LCD production monitor with native 4K resolution for 4K/2K/HD cinema production.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 11:04:38 AM
Sony has announced its new PMW-400 shoulder-mount camcorder, the latest addition to its XDCAM HD 4:2:2 line. Created for live production or ENG, the new camcorder uses a 2/3-inch Exmor Full HD 3CMOS sensor to capture images with high sensitivity and low noise. Capable of MPEG HD422 50Mbps recording, the PMW-400 is unique among the field of 2/3-type camcorders with its noise reduction capabilities and diverse selection of formats. Its 3 Dimensional Noise Reducer (3DNR) technology accurately detects and processes images to reduce noise, achieving a Signal-to-Noise (S/N) ratio of 60dB. Other features include an improved viewfinder compared to previous models, an internal Flash Band reducer and two SDI connections. A wireless adapter for easy transmission over 3G/4G/LTE/Wi-Fi is under development.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/08/13 11:04:19 AM
Tony Reale of NextWaveDV writes: We’ve mentioned that Sony’s path to 4K on the FS700 won’t be cheap and the only other 4K recorder currently on the market is $4000. So when a recorder is announced for $1295 that promises 4K capabilities, it catches a lot of attention.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/07/13 06:04:51 PM
Fstoppers writes: NAB (National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow) is this week and Tiffen just announced their new Steadicam Fawcett Exovest for the show. It is a semi-rigid exoskeletal vest that transfers the weight and torque of supporting a Steadicam system into anatomically appropriate areas, without interfering with natural movement.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/07/13 06:04:11 PM
Vincent Laforet and Freefly Systems announce a new handheld camera stabilization system called MōVI.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/07/13 06:04:07 PM
RED writes: Most are familiar with how ISO controls a camera’s sensitivity to light and susceptibility to film grain. However, ISO has other consequences with digital, and its implementation often varies. This article explores how ISO is evolving and influencing camera technique in the digital era. BACKGROUND With film, one had to select and load a specific magazine in advance, so the ISO speed had to remain constant. If the exposure needed tweaking afterwards, the film could be “pushed” or “pulled” during development. However, doing so was only practical within a limited range of effective sensitivities—otherwise colors, contrast, grain and other qualities would suffer. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.