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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.