Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 11:04:13 AM
Cinescopophilia writes: So you went to NAB 2013 and got caught up in the “Game Changing” hype didn’t you? Of course you did, it was a relentless machine, but what if we told you the game is still the same and just the rules have changed. Wait we already did that didn’t we. Enter the world of RC, and flying your camera rock steadi is nothing new. Try out a few RC forums and you will find open source and professional projects working on getting the perfect rig up and flying. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/17/13 11:04:38 AM
Sarah Silbert of Engadget writes: The Anycast Touch is not only a sleeker incarnation of Sony's all-in-one studio, with a slider design and a manageable-enough 6.6-kg (13-pound) body; it's also the company's first such system to feature a touchscreen interface. The machine sports two touch-enabled displays, allowing users to adjust audio controls, type via an on-screen keyboard and edit footage, among other functions. Video sources are assigned to one side of the panel, and tapping a particular input will bring up the footage in the middle preview window.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/16/13 05:04:37 PM
Watch this quick and gorgeous timelapse from Dan Marker-Moore, who captured an orange moon making its way up through an L.A. sky. Marker-Moore captured the photographs for the timelapse over the course of a half-hour. (via Huffington Post)
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/16/13 03:04:42 PM
Zach Honig of Engadget writes: One of the hottest gadgets at NAB isn't quite what you'd expect. Freefly, the company behind a series of professional-grade cinema hexacopters, is demoing its new Movi three-axis stabilized camera gimbal. We heard some rumblings about such a device last week, but the $15,000 price tag is quite a turnoff -- until you see it in action. We dropped by the company's booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center to check it out with an attached Canon EOS-1D C. Movi weighs in at just 3.5 pounds, jumping to 10 pounds once you mount the Canon camera and lens. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 03:04:19 PM
In the below video from News Shooter at NAB, a representative from Kinefinity introduces the KineRAW Mini which records at 2K and has the same sensor as the KineRAW S35. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 03:04:18 PM
Chase Jarvis writes on his blog: Last week we checked out the Supraflux Video Camera Stabilizer, a small stabilizer that has been lighting up kickstarter, already making over double their goal with almost a month left. Today we’ve got the other side of the spectrum with the MoVi from my very good friends Tabb and Hugh at Firefly Systems. I’ve used these guy for several years now as go-to help for aerial RC choppers and other fun toys… but in the past week they’ve dropped a much more hi-tech entry that’s already built a lot of worthy buzz as the next big thing in camera stabilization.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 02:04:24 PM
In this video from News Shooter on the NAB floor, Will from Manfrotto introduces their new pro line of LEDs that will consist of five on-board models and three 1x1 models. Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 02:04:47 PM
Max A. Cherney of Indiewire writes: To select a camera for Scott Waugh's street racing film "Need For Speed," cinematographer Shane Hurlbut pitted nine cameras against one another in dozens of tests simulating every possible shooting condition. Then, Hurlbut had each camera’s footage color graded and presented with a 4K projector on a 42 foot screen. Hurlbut didn’t tell anyone working on the project, including the director, which camera was which. It would be a blind test. Eventually, Hurlbut revealed the details, but the unanimous, final decision was based on the picture alone. READ THE FULL STORY HERE.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/15/13 11:04:47 AM
In this video from News Shooter at NAB, Colin from DJI Innovations talks about their Phantom copter for aerial photography. He says, "Currently there exists a gap between what a storyteller sees in his mind's eye, and what kind of shot they can get, and what they can actually put on the screen. So we're trying to create creative tools for creative people to be able to close that gap between what they see in their mind and what they can see on the screen at the end of the day." Watch below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 01:04:24 PM
Sony has introduced XAVC S, which they are positioning as a more consumer-friendly version of their 4K codec. Explains RedShark News, "Dispensing with the decidedly 'pro' MXF wrapper, XAVC S uses MPEG-4 instead. It is based around the familiar h.264, which should ensure wide compatibility once applications support the XAVC S format. Designed to 'encourage growth of 4K content in the consumer market,' we can probably take this announcement as a prelude to Sony's launch of a range of consumer and prosumer 4K cameras." Read the full story here.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 01:04:58 PM
Toronto studio Teehan & Lax has released a free, open-source system that allows users to turn Google's Street View images into a hyperlapse, a timelapse with movement. Jon Lax tells the New York Times, "“Our intention in releasing the source code is to allow people to make things with this." Read the full piece here. Watch the software in action below.
Added by Sarv Taghavian--Creative Planet Network,04/12/13 12:04:55 PM
EOSHD.com give their thoughts on Blackmagic's two new cameras (the Pocket Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K). They write, "For the second NAB in succession Blackmagic are bulldozing down the image quality / price barrier for film production. 4K compressed raw, global shutter and Super 35mm was the unique preserve of Sony with the F55 until today, and that was a $36,000 camera. This is a $4000 one. Gone is that extra margin – unsettling stuff for the big guys. Here’s my own personal look at the cameras and the consequences."
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.