Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 05:09:52 PM
In July, Sony introduced the Anycast Touch AWS-750 live content producer, which features an all-touchscreen interface. Sony Anycast Touch Folding up into the size of a briefcase, the AWS-750 combines a video switcher, character generator, audio mixer, camera pan/tilt controller and web streaming encoder, all operated from two touchscreens. The system also includes a recorder, so that a live production can be recorded for future playback.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 04:09:37 PM
Jon Fauer of Film and Digital Times calls Sony's just announced PXW-Z100, a 4K camera that retails for less than $6500, a jaw-dropping announcement. He writes, "With the familiar 'Handycam' shape (viewfinder in back, hand inserted between grip and tight strap, integral zoom lens) this camera from Sony takes off where its previous lines of affordable HD cameras left off. Clearly, Sony is moving 4K not just into movies, but into the home, corporate world, sports, and government." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 04:09:47 PM
JVC will be demonstrating their GY-HM650's in-camera live-streaming capabilites by broadcasting a twice-daily live show from the IBC. The GY-HM650 has the ability to simultaneously record and broadcast in HD when connected via Wi-Fi, 3G or 4G. It has three full-HD 1/3-inch 12-bit CMOS sensors and an integrated wide angle 23x autofocus zoom lens. With dual JVC codecs, it records ready-to-edit .mov and XDCAM EXTM compatible MP4 or MXF files with metadata on one memory card, while simultaneously creating smaller, web-friendly files on a second card. Read more here on Live Production.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 11:09:55 AM
BERLIN, GERMANY – The HDMI Forum, Inc., a consortium of the world’s largest consumer electronics and computer manufacturing companies, has announced the release of Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, now offering what it terms a “significant increase” in bandwidth (up to 18Gbps) to accommodate 4K and up to 32 audio channels. The release was announced at IFA 2013 in Berlin. Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification, which is backward compatible with earlier versions of the specification, is the first spec to be developed by the HDMI Forum’s Technical Working Group. The HDMI Forum currently has a membership of 88 companies. Version 2.0 of the HDMI Specification does not define new cables or new connectors. Current High Speed cables (category 2 cables) are capable of carrying the increased bandwidth.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 11:09:00 AM
Sony has released sample footage from its brand new $4500 4K FDR-AX1. Writes DP Erik Naso on his blog, "I think this is a smart move for Sony since they need consumers to have 4K content in order to want to buy a new 4K television, and if they can create their own with a high end camera then the need would be more pressing to get a new display. This train has left the station and in order to get more people on board it has to be affordable. I’m sure we are going to see a lot more 4K offerings in this price range soon from Panasonic. They have been so quiet they must be getting something going soon." Read the full story here and watch the sample footage below.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 11:09:58 AM
In a notable expansion of its 4K broadcast equipment products, Sony is planning to launch a new 4K camcorder by the end of the year that will be targeted to the professional market but priced at under $6,500. The new PXW-Z100 4K handheld XDCAM camcorder is designed to expand the use of 4K equipment beyond motion picture or high-end TV production into the houses of worship, education, corporate, and live events business, where buyers demand less costly gear.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/05/13 11:09:03 AM
This fall, Canon will be releasing a series of firmware upgrades for its Cinema EOS line. Writes motionVFX, "Canon decided to further enhance the maximum ISO setting on the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100, from the current maximum of ISO 20,000, to ISO 80,000! In other words you will be able to shoot in even more extreme low light conditions." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/04/13 05:09:54 PM
Sony has announced two new 4K cameras: the PXW-Z100 and their first consumer-level 4K camcorder, the FDR-AX1E. Writes RedShark News, "The two devices are very similar and share the same sensor. The differences are in the codecs. The consumer-oriented FDR-AX1E will use XAVC-S - a 4K evolution of the AVC consumer forma and closely related to the professional XAVC. The professional PXW-Z100, the newest member of the XDCAM family, will use XAVC, making its media compatible with Sony’s high-end F55 camera." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/03/13 04:09:36 PM
In this short film from artist Ivan Cash, the filmmaker asks people to share the last picture they took on their cell phones and the stories that go with them. The results are a mixed bag that take us from the sublime to the inane. Says Cash, "[The project is] based on the idea that we all have our phones on us at all times. Most of us have smart phones so we can stay connected at any time. But the irony is, when you look around in a public space, half the people are on their phones, and it feels really isolating when people are not open to what's going on around them." Watch below and read more here on Huffington Post.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/03/13 03:09:26 PM
Successful behind-the-scenes videos benefit from the same kind of care and expertise that go into creating your main project. Writes Alan Steadman of PetaPixel, "In my experience there seems to be a common misconception that shooting production photography and behind the scenes videos/documentaries are an easy task. While it’s true that these sometimes don’t require the normal spit and polish, photographers are used to, especially in terms of video work, I can assure you they’re no walk in the park. As is the case any time you’re working around high level talent, or even low level talent for that matter, there’s still plenty that could go wrong. A lesson I quickly found out as I started shooting behind the scenes videos a few years ago." Read his full post here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,09/03/13 01:09:01 PM
Redrock Micro talks to A Couple of Night Owls' Captain Hook about his recent tests with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. He says, "I was really floored by the image and color, and that might seem strange having used the 2.5K version, but I'm still enamoured with that camera also. Both of these cameras cost less than our 2 Canon 5D3s we use for stills, it's just incredible. There will be a shock for some who don't know much about the BMD line of cameras currently, both good and bad. Missing firmware features like audio meters, in-camera formatting, remaining disc/record time, custom LUTs, etc, get requested often - but if you do your research prior and understand what you need to get going with these cameras then that stuff can be dealt with."
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/30/13 10:08:16 AM
Dan Chung of News Shooter recently took the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera out for a spin on a night shoot in Beijing. He writes, "Overall I found the results to be quite pleasing but marred by the presence of a ‘black dot’ issue from point light sources. These can be clearly seen in several frames of the video. I had encountered this before on the larger BMCC but was disappointed to see it on this camera too. Whilst this can be removed fairly easily in cinema post-production (harder if the object is moving), it makes life difficult for real world shooters on tight deadlines – who might have been hoping to use this camera for its stealth factor." Read his full post here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/29/13 02:08:21 PM
Black Betty Cameras have released their first camera, capable of recording up to 2K and with a Mac Mini built into the body. Writes Engadget, "The feature that made us triple-take, though, is the built-in Apple Mac Mini with a special dock for swapping in and out 2.5-inch SSDs. That Mini isn't just for recording, either, you can leverage its semi-portable power to edit and even upload videos in-camera." The camera is available for rental. Read more here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/29/13 10:08:55 AM
Panasonic has developed an ultra-wide (64:9) four-camera system that can capture a panoramic view of a sporting field all at once. Explains Gizmodo, "Its 160-degree panoramic view of the action is captured by four 16:9 high-def cameras that all move in unison inside a computer-controlled 88-pound rig. The cameras are all aligned so the edges of what they're shooting meet, with custom software used to seamlessly blend the transition between neighboring shots." Read more here.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/29/13 10:08:50 AM
Art Adams of DV Info interviews Rubber Monkey's Lance Lones to try and understand the guiding principle behind their filmic look software, FilmConvert.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/28/13 03:08:51 PM
Directed by MTh’s Grady Hall and featuring visual effects and postproduction from Mirada, the music video for Capital Cities’ “Safe and Sound” is a vibrant, celebratory mash-up of dance styles from the past century. “We wanted to cover every decade of dance,” the director explains, “but I think we might need a sequel to do it.” Hall and Mirada creative director Jonathan Wu guided a team of compositors through more than 80 visual effects shots for the video, with work including head replacements, animations, transformations and the integration of stock footage. Retro-inspired effects range from black and white silent film influences to psychedelia.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/28/13 02:08:22 PM
Team One worked with Lexus on “#LexusInstafilm,” a collaborative stop-motion film that consists entirely of Instagram photos. During Instagram’s recent #WorldwideInstameet, more than 200 participants joined Lexus at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., to contribute to the film, which stars the 2014 Lexus IS. Directed by Jacob Rosenberg of Bandito Brothers, the film was a collaborative, mobile effort in which all participating Instagrammers contributed at least one photo. The snapshots were filtered by the individual participants and uploaded to Instagram with specific hashtags that allowed Team One and Lexus to sequence them. Team One used 3D mapping to pinpoint where and at what angle each mobile photographer needed to be positioned to capture the right shot at the right moment.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/28/13 02:08:50 PM
For the independent feature The Kings of Summer, Blacklist Digital collaborated with director Jordan Vogt Roberts, creating data workflows and handling data storage and on-set transcoding, as well as ensuring the resulting footage delivered the director’s vision.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/28/13 02:08:30 PM
Production for the current NBC series Camp uses three Sony F65 cameras: two in a studio configuration, one on a Steadicam.
Added by Sarv Kreindler--Creative Planet Network,08/28/13 02:08:25 PM
Coinciding with the release of his Magna Carta Holy Grail album, Jay Z performed the track “Picasso Baby” live for six hours at Pace Gallery in Chelsea in June. Gallery-goers and luminaries in the worlds of art and music streamed in to be part of the surprise art installation. Directed by Mark Romanek, the ten-minute “Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film” based on that performance is currently airing on HBO.