Archive for September 4th, 2013

ENCO DAD AUTOMATION AND LAWO MIXING CONSOLES NOW SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATED

**** Photo: Lawo sapphire / DAD automation integration ****

Toronto, Ontario, Canada — September 5, 2013… With ENCO Systems, Lawo has won over an internationally renowned manufacturer of radio and TV automation systems for an integration partnership. As of now it is possible to automate a multitude of functions between the Lawo sapphire and crystal mixing consoles and ENCO’s DAD automation system. For all ENCO and Lawo customers, the seamless integration means convenient operation, since the DAD design reflects the visual appearance and philosophy of the console’s operational workflow. The bi-directional data transfer between the Lawo consoles and the DAD automation system is established entirely over IP, using RAVENNA technology for audio. more

SYMETRIX EXPANDS LIBRARY OF APPS FOR JUPITER TURN-KEY DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix announces the addition of seventeen new apps for its family of Jupiter app-based turn-key DSPs. The three different hardware units in the series – Jupiter 4, Jupiter 8, and Jupiter 12 – differ only in their input/output counts and are user-controllable from Symetrix ARC wall panel remotes, third-party systems, and Symetrix ARC-WEB browser-based software for smartphones. The addition brings the total number of available Jupiter apps close to one hundred and expands the already impressive range of situations for which the Symetrix Jupiter provides reliable processing at an extremely competitive price point.

“We’ve been listening to our customers,” said Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix, “and we’ve carefully chosen the new apps to release to ensure they offer functionality that addresses the breadth of requests we’ve received. Additionally, we’ve enhanced nearly all of the existing apps with multi-channel gain and mute controls to simplify user control.”

Everyone loves a free app that has more functionality, saves time and makes the user look smarter than the next guy (or gal). So, go to our website and download the apps that will make your next Jupiter installation a virtual breeze.”

Six core apps form the heart of the addition and are elaborated according to the input/output counts of the three Jupiter hardware devices. “BGM Zone Mixer 1” provides background music routing to multiple zones with two levels of priority. “Dual Matrix Mixer 1” provides flexible mixing and routing and allows integrators to assign any input to a mix, assign those mixes to submixes, and route submixes to outputs. “Gain-Sharing Automixer 3” provides a gain-sharing automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. Similarly, “Gating Automixer 3” provides a gating automixer with feedback processing on the outputs together with matrixed outputs. “Priority Zone Mixer 2” provides a multi-zone priority mixer with paging and SPL computing. Finally, “Sound Reinforcement 12” provides heavy input processing and full-range outputs with feedback processing.

The growing library of Jupiter apps are optimized for specific applications and venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, retail and hospitality establishments, sports facilities, and transportation terminals. The time needed to learn the software is zip. With Jupiter turn-key DSP sound contractors end up doing what they do best, which is to dial in really great sound.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

Front Porch Digital Sells 100th DIVAdirector(R) Media Asset Management System

Web-Based MAM in Use at Prominent Companies Around the World

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — Sept. 3, 2013 — Front Porch Digital, the global leader in cloud-based content storage management (CSM) solutions, today announced it has sold its 100th DIVAdirector(R) media asset management (MAM) system. more

2013 HPA Awards Announce Craft Category Nominees and Special Award Winners

Judges Award for Creativity & Innovation and Engineering Excellence Winners Revealed

(Los Angeles, CA) Today in a special on-line press event, the Hollywood Post Alliance(r) - the trade association for the post production community - announced the nominees for the craft categories of the 8th Annual HPA Awards and winners of several special awards. The HPA Awards honor excellence in post production and bring recognition to the achievements of individuals and companies who are engaged in significant and revolutionary work in post production. The HPA Awards will take place on the evening of November 7th, 2013 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA.

The number of entries in all categories and for special awards topped every year to date for this year's honors. The nominees in the 12 craft categories were chosen from a field of talented and innovative entries in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects for motion pictures, commercials and television.

Nominees for the 2013 HPA Awards are:

Outstanding Color Grading - Feature Film

"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

"Oblivion"
Mike Sowa // Technicolor

"Anna Karenina"
Adam Glasman // Company 3

"Life of Pi"
David Cole // Technicolor

"Pacific Rim"
Maxine Gervais // Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging

"Iron Man 3"
Steven J. Scott // Technicolor

"Man of Steel"
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Color Grading - Television

"Castle - Hunt"
Anthony Smith // Encore Hollywood

"Behind the Candelabra"
John Daro // FotoKem

"Hell on Wheels - Slaughterhouse"
Steven Porter // MTI FILM

"Game of Thrones - Kissed By Fire"
Joe Finley // Modern VideoFilm

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Ghosts of the Past"
Paul Westerbeck // Encore Hollywood

Outstanding Color Grading - Commercial

Call of Duty "Masks"
Dave Hussey // Company 3

Louis Vuitton "L'Invitation Au Voyage"
Tim Masick // Company 3

Procter & Gamble: Thank You, Mom "Best Job"
Adam Scott // The Mill

Under Armour "Brought To You By Under Armour"
Tom Poole // Company 3

Mercedes-Benz "Soul"
Stefan Sonnenfeld // Company 3

Outstanding Editing - Feature Film

"Zero Dark Thirty"
William Goldenberg, A.C.E. and Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E.

"Flight"
Jeremiah O'Driscoll

"Les Miserables"
Melanie Ann Oliver and Chris Dickens, A.C.E.

"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Maryann Brandon, A.C.E. and MaryJo Markey, A.C.E.

"Argo"
William Goldenberg, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing - Television

"Breaking Bad - Gliding Over All"
Kelley Dixon, A.C.E.

"Dexter - Are You...?"
Louis Cioffi, A.C.E.

"Downton Abbey - Series 3, Episode 5"
John Wilson, A.C.E. // Carnival Film & Television

"Breaking Bad - Dead Freight"
Skip MacDonald, A.C.E.

"American Horror Story: Asylum - Welcome To Briarcliff"
Joe Leonard and Bradley Buecker, A.C.E.

Outstanding Editing - Commercial

Verizon Wireless "Big Vision"
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Nextel/Ferrari "Combustion"
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Verizon Wireless "Brothers"
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Obama for America "Lena's First Time"
Cristina Rackoff // Big Sky Editorial

Ragu "Hamster"
Chris Franklin // Big Sky Editorial

Outstanding Sound - Feature Film

"Gangster Squad"
Cameron Frankley and Dean Zupancic // Warner Bros. Sound
Jason W. Jennings and Jon Taylor, CAS

"Argo"
Erik Aadahl and Ethan Van der Ryn
John Reitz and Gregg Rudloff // Warner Bros. Sound

"Pacific Rim"
Scott Gershin // Formosa Group
John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff and Timothy O. LeBlanc // Warner Bros. Sound

"Iron Man 3"
Mark Stoeckinger, Michael Keller, Mike Prestwood Smith and Andrew DeCrisofaro // Todd/Soundelux

"Turbo"
Richard King and Michael Babcock // Warner Bros. Sound
Andy Nelson // Fox Studios Post Production Services

Outstanding Sound - Television

"Banshee - Pilot"
Brad North, Elmo Ponsdomenech, William Freesh, Luis Galdames and Tiffany Griffith // Universal Sound

"Dexter - A Beautiful Day"
Pete Elia, CAS; Kevin Roache, CAS; Fredric Judkins, MPSE; Christian Buenaventura and John Snider // Technicolor Creative Services

"The Americans - Mutually Assured Destruction"
Ken Hahn, James Redding and Neil Cedar // Digital Cinema, LLC

"Homeland - Beirut is Back"
Alan Decker and Nello Torri // Universal Sound
Craig Dellinger, Larry Long and Jonathan Golodner // Sony Pictures Studios

"Game of Thrones - The Climb"
Paula Fairfield, Brad Katona, Jed Dodge, Onnalee Blank and Mathew Waters // Todd AO

Outstanding Sound - Commercial

Honda "Hands"
Anthony Moore // Factory

Lurpak "Weave Your Magic"
Aaron Reynolds // Wave Studios

Barclaycard "Toys"
Sam Robson // Factory

Nextel/Ferrari "Combustion"
Doobie White // Therapy Studios

Lurpak "Good, Proper Food"
Dan Beckwith // Factory

Outstanding Visual Effects - Feature Film

"Man of Steel"
Keith Miller, Daniel Barrett, Phillip Leonhardt, Thelvin Cabezas and Mark Tait // Weta Digital

"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Dan Pearson, Jay Cooper, Alex Prichard and Adrien Saint Girons // Industrial Light & Magic
Adam Watkins // Pixomondo

"Iron Man 3"
Guy Williams, Aaron Gilman, Matt Aitken, Dan Macarin and Thrain Shadbolt // Weta Digital

"Pacific Rim"
Lindy DeQuattro, Eddie Pasquarello, Nigel Sumner, Derrick Carlin and Chris Lentz // Industrial Light & Magic

"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey"
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White and Eric Reynolds // Weta Digital

Outstanding Visual Effects - Television

"Banshee - Pilot"
Armen Kevorkian, Mike Oakley, Jeremy Jozwik, Andranik Taranyan and Gevork Babityan // Encore VFX

"Under the Dome - Pilot"
Stephan Fleet, Matthieu Perin, Jeremy Jozwik, Chad Schott and Arutyun Arthur Sayan // Encore Hollywood

"Game of Thrones - Valar Dohaeris"
Joe Bauer and Jabbar Raisani
Jörn Grosshans and Sven Martin // Pixomondo
Doug Campbell // Spin VFX

"Magic City - Angels of Death"
Mark Velazquez, Seth Brower, Doug Ludwig, Jeremy Jozwik and Chad Schott // Encore Hollywood

"Hawaii Five-0 - La O Na Makuahine"
Armen Kevorkian, Jeremy Jozwik, Rick Ramirez, Gevork Babityan and Andranik Taranyan // Encore VFX

Outstanding Visual Effects - Commercial

Galaxy "Chauffeur"
Simon French, William Bartlett, Stephen Cullingford and Grant Walker // Framestore

Johnnie Walker "Where Flavour Is King"
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Kia "Space Babies"
Brian Burke, Charles Abou Aad, Jordan Harris and Patrick Ferguson // Method Studios

Abbott's Village Bakery "Free Range"
Colin Renshaw // Alt.vfx

Qualcomm Snapdragon "Coming Soon"
James Dick, Andy Rowan Robinson, Shayne Ryan and Russell Dodgson // Framestore

In addition to the craft categories, the HPA also announced the winners of the Engineering Excellence Award as well as the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production. These prestigious Awards recognize the technical excellence and creative innovation that is helping to drive the post industry forward.

The winners of the HPA Engineering Excellence Award sponsored by NAB Show are:

DTS, Inc.
MDA

NVIDIA
NVIDIA GRID(tm) Visual Computing Appliance (VCA)

Sony Pictures Imageworks and The Foundry
FLIX

Telestream
16 bit 4:4:4:4 Transcoding Technology

The winner of the HPA Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation in Post Production is:

Park Road Post Production
Next Generation Feature Film Workflow: Enabling HFR 48FPS Stereoscopic 3D On Set to On Screen

Tickets for the HPA Awards are available now and can be purchased online at www.hpaawards.net or by calling the HPA at 213.614.0860 or writing info@hpaawards.net.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

About the HPA(r) Awards
The HPA Awards were created to foster awareness of post production, promote creative and technical excellence, recognize the achievements of post production talent, and build involvement in the Hollywood Post Alliance.

The HPA Awards will be presented with generous support from Engineering Excellence Award Sponsor: NAB Show; Bronze Sponsor: Sohonet and Supporting Sponsors: Chainsaw, Inc., MESA and The Hollywood Reporter.

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Sony Announces First Lens-Style Cameras for Mobile Devices & Waterproof HD POV Camcorder – Available for Pre-Order at Adorama

Sony QX100

Sony offers two models of the innovative new cameras – DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 – and a hands-free POV camcorder – HDR-AS30V – that shoot high quality still photos and 1080p HD video; leading camera retailer Adorama is one of the first to sell these new Sony cameras, available for pre-order today.

New York, NY – September 4, 2013 – Sony’s innovative lens-style cameras and new hands-free, remote control-enabled high definition POV camcorder are available today for pre-order at Adorama.com (http://www.adorama.com), one of the first retailers to offer the cameras. A breakthrough in camera engineering, Sony’s new Smartphone Attachable Lens Cameras are the first of their kind. What appear, at first glance, to be everyday lenses are actually lens-sensor combination cameras, capable of capturing both still image and video. These innovative cameras synch to smartphones or tablets via Sony’s free PlayMemories app, to turn your iOS or Android device into a viewfinder for the cameras.

Leveraging NFC/Wi-Fi technology, the PlayMemories app turns a mobile device into a viewfinder for the camera. Photographers can see their subjects on the mobile device’s LCD screen and capture images by using controls located on the camera or on the mobile device. Both cameras come with a clip to hold them securely to a smartphone, but they do not need to be physically attached to a device to be operated, offering unlimited potential in recording video or still images. Both cameras offer outstanding image quality and zoom features with the ability to save images directly to a microSD card or mobile device.

The Sony DSC-QX10 Smartphone Attachable Lens Camera has an Exmor R® 18 megapixel sensor and Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, which provides significant clarity when handholding the camera. Its 10x zoom is the 35mm equivalent to 25-250mm, and it records video at 1080p and 30 frames per second, producing MP4, 12Mbps files that are great for sharing on the web.

Sony’s DSC-QX100 Digital Still Camera is the world’s first pro-grade lens and sensor combination camera that clips to a smartphone. Using the same sensor as found in the Sony RX100, the QX100’s one-inch sensor will capture high-resolution, high quality 20.1 megapixel images that will even have low-light images looking impeccable. The camera features a bright, f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and has optical magnification of 3.6x – the 35mm equivalent to 28-100mm. Images from the QX100 are crystal clear thanks to Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization, which works in both still photo and movie-active mode. Movies are recorded as 1080p at 30 frames per second, as 12Mbps, MP4 files.

The Sony HDR-AS30V is a new, hands-free, point-of-view camera that’s perfect for people with active lifestyles who want to share their favorite activities or prove themselves when they tackle tough terrains. The camera comes with a waterproof case down to nearly 200 feet to capture every adventure one takes. Shoot shake-free with Sony’s SteadyShot™ image stabilization and enjoy Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology that lets users remotely control, view and transfer images with a smartphone or tablet. GPS maps location and speed while recording in full HD 1080/60p or a choice of other resolutions, even 4x slow motion.

The AS30V also comes with a rechargeable battery pack, for on-the-go power, and records MP4 video files to either Memory Stick Micro™ cards or microSD, SDHC or SDXC cards. Still images are captured as 11.9 megapixel JPG files with 16:9 aspect ratio.

The first retailer to get a sneak preview of these brand new cameras, Adorama’s team of experts have developed a review article, available now for your reading pleasure at the Adorama Learning Center (read here). Watch the first Sony DSC-QX10 product overview video here for more information on these industry-leading compact cameras.

ABOUT ADORAMA

ADORAMA: More Than a Camera Store
Adorama is more than a camera store – it’s one of the world’s largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers. Serving customers for more than 30 years, Adorama has grown from its flagship NYC store to include the leading online destination for photography, imaging and consumer electronics. Adorama’s vast product offerings encompass home entertainment, mobile computing, and professional video and audio, while its services include an in-house photo lab, AdoramaPix, pro equipment rental at Adorama Rental Company, and the award-winning Adorama Learning Center, which offers free education for photographers in video channels such as the popular Adorama TV.

Adorama is listed as Forbes.com’s “Best of the Web” and in the Internet Retailers Top 100, and is the official Photo and Electronics Retailer of the NY Giants.

Visit ADORAMA at www.adorama.com.

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Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) to Showcase Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live Transmitter at IBC 2013

Industry-First Hybrid Video Transmission Solution Combines Bonded Cellular and Microwave

AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 – Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems serving the broadcast, sports and entertainment markets, will perform live demos of its Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter at the Nucomm/RF Central stand (1.D40) and Dejero stand (11.C21) at IBC 2013.

The Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live next-generation camera-mounted transmitter enables broadcasters to transmit video over cellular, microwave, Wi-Fi and satellite connections, offering ENG/OB teams a highly flexible and powerful alternative to traditional satellite and microwave links. The Connect Live transmitter is a powerful combination of Nucomm’s coded orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (COFDM) technology and Dejero’s patent-pending adaptive bitrate cellular bonding technologies and portal management system.

“This is an industry first, the most versatile SD/HD live-news wireless camera system on the market today that is a big win for those broadcast outlets looking for a cost-effective and reliable newsgathering solution that gives them greater range, mobility and flexibility,” says IMT Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “With its dual COFDM and bonded 4G LTE live video streaming capabilities, the Connect Live system is essentially two products in one. It combines IMT’s microwave expertise with Dejero’s cellular bonding technology, allowing broadcasters to cover live breaking news and provide real-time reporting from locations that are too costly or difficult to reach with traditional methods.”

The Dejero + Nucomm Connect Live transmitter is manufactured by IMT under its Nucomm brand and is fully integrated with the Dejero LIVE+ platform. The system is packaged with a five-inch, high-resolution touch-LCD monitor designed to mount directly onto a range of small-format HD cameras used in today’s broadcasts.

Using a single camera equipped with the Connect Live device, a mobile news crew can begin transmitting broadcast-quality live video in less than a minute from locations that are not practical or advisable for satellite or microwave trucks. The combination of microwave and cellular capabilities is an industry first, providing broadcasters with the highest flexibility of any product on the market. The Connect Live transmitter brings a whole world of immediacy and on-scene realism to live and breaking news, and is backed by Dejero’s industry-leading customer support.

For day-to-day news coverage, users can employ the bonded 4G LTE links to transport live video back to the station. The Connect Live system features built-in cellular modems as well as interfaces for Wi-Fi, Ethernet and COFDM. When the story is critical and cellular issues arise, news crews can feel confident the story will get covered by switching to microwave. The transmitter features adaptive bitrate and bonding technologies to compensate for changing network conditions by adjusting frame rate, resolution, encoding rates and streaming parameters. This enables the system to bond up to four cellular 4G LTE networks, as well as any combination of Wi-Fi, Ethernet or Ka-band satellite to provide maximum throughput for video transmissions. With a boot-up time of less than 30 seconds, the Connect Live device can be rapidly deployed in fast-breaking news situations.

Through Dejero’s exclusive Intelligent Connection Management, the Connect Live transmitter automatically manages the dataflow across each connection to realize the desired latency while maintaining a high-quality picture. At startup, the Connect Live transmitter will auto-convert the signal from HD to SD, depending on network conditions. Initiating a transmission is as simple as attaching the Connect Live device and power supply to the camera, selecting the desired latency and video quality and pressing the “start” button.

Depending on the operator’s specific needs in the field, latency versus video quality can be quickly tuned between interview, balanced and high-quality preset modes via the Connect Live intuitive-touch LCD display. In COFDM mode, the unit covers the entire BAS 2GHz band. Additionally, the unit is available for the 5.8GHz non-licensed band. Nucomm has outfitted the Connect Live hardware with an RJ45 Ethernet connector, allowing it to be configured to stream video over VSAT terminals.

Back in the studio, the Dejero LIVE+ Broadcast Server receives and decodes the transmissions and outputs real-time genlocked video from the Connect Live transmitter. The LIVE+ Portal provides real-time statistics, monitoring and switching capabilities in the cloud.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. The company comprises the leading microwave brands Nucomm, RF Central and Microwave Service Company (MSC), offering broadcasters worldwide complete broadcast solutions. Nucomm is a premium brand of digital microwave video systems (including COFDM and VSB) for portable and fixed link applications. RF Central is an innovative brand of compact microwave video equipment for licensed and license free broadcast applications. MSC is a premier provider of engineering, integration, technical support, installation and commissioning services. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

More information can be found at www.imt-broadcast.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the Broadcast & Video, Photographic and Military, Aerospace and Government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2012 revenue of £345.3 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three Divisions: Videocom, Imaging and Services.

Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.

Imaging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography and video.

Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support to TV production teams and film crews.

More information can be found at: www.vitecgroup.com.

About Dejero
Dejero offers the most extensive and versatile range of bonded wireless uplink solutions for mobile newsgathering. With its industry-leading LIVE+ platform, Dejero combines its patent-pending Intelligent Bonding with the latest advancements in 3G and 4G LTE mobile technologies to make electronic newsgathering (ENG) as immediate, portable, reliable, and cost-effective as possible. From any location around the world, the LIVE+ Platform enables both traditional and online broadcasters to transmit high-quality HD or SD live video using a variety of mobile devices, including professional-grade rugged transmitters, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Dejero LIVE+ products can be set up anywhere in seconds to broadcast live to television viewers, stream to the Web, transmit recorded video for later use, share video content with other organizations, or send files remotely. Innovative engineering from wireless experts combined with input from many of the world’s top broadcasters has produced the Dejero LIVE+ Platform. Dejero is based in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at www.dejero.com.

Canon Cinema EOS Cameras and XF300-Series Camcorders Receive Enhanced Upgrades through New Firmware

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced significant enhancements for the EOS C500 and EOS C300 Digital Cinema Cameras, and the EOS C100 HD Digital Video Camera, through new firmware scheduled to be available starting in November 2013 for the EOS C300 and EOS C100 camera and December 2013 for the EOS C500. In addition, the XF305 and XF300 series camcorders are scheduled to receive firmware updates in early 2014 that include GPS support and enhanced digital tele-converter capabilities. Based on input from the motion picture and television production communities, these updates are designed to extend image capture capabilities, increase operational convenience, enhance the versatility of recorded files, and facilitate postproduction workflow efficiencies, particularly with regard to maintaining accurate industry-standard color values.

“Canon is committed to supporting the motion picture and television production communities to the fullest extent possible,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon listens closely to comments from the production industry. These new Canon firmware updates for Cinema EOS cameras and XF300-series camcorders are designed to enhance the ability of filmmakers and professional content creators to meet their technical and creative needs, and help them tell their stories as they envisioned them.”

Among the updates for the Canon Cinema EOS C500 Cinema Camera are: an ACESproxy (Academy Color Encoding System) output from the camera’s 3G-SDI monitor terminal for immediate on-set color correction (using a compatible ACES monitor with ASC CDL [The American Society of Cinematographers Color Decision List]) while primary footage is being recorded in RAW; support for the DCI-P3+ color gamut (a selectable function providing a wider range of color than DCI-P3); Canon proprietary Cinema Gamut for an even greater color gamut than industry standards ITU-R BT.709 (Rec. 709) and DCI-P3; and greater still than DCI-P3+. The firmware also includes an increase in ISO of up to 80,000 for capturing usable footage in darker conditions (including moonlight). The ISO increase also applies to the Canon EOS C300 Cinema Camera and the Canon EOS C100 Digital Video Camera, both of which also share additional firmware enhancements with the EOS C500 Cinema Camera, including a Peripheral Lens Correction feature to maintain even illumination from corner to corner of the image when using select EF lenses. A full list of all firmware updates for each EOS camera appears below.

Canon EOS C500 Firmware Updates
• ACESproxy output from the camera’s 3G-SDI monitor terminal – Allows filmmakers to grade their footage (which is being recorded in RAW) immediately on-set using a compatible ACES monitor with ASC CDL. This provides an accurate representation of how the footage will look after being color graded in the DI suite when a project uses ACES.
• Support for DCI-P3+ color gamut (Cinema Raw Development) – DCI-P3 is the standard color gamut for digital movie projection. DCI-P3+ is an expanded gamut. This color space shares the same white point as DCI-P3, but encompasses a much greater range of color. By exceeding the DCI-P3 standard, the Canon EOS C500 camera offers filmmakers, in particular the cinematographer, an increase in saturated colors which can be faithfully reproduced, as well as a more accurate representation of the original subject color.
• Canon Proprietary Cinema Gamut– Cinema Gamut is the widest color space currently available for the EOS C500 Cinema Camera. Canon’s Cinema Gamut is wider than both Rec. 709 and DCI-P3+, allowing end users to faithfully record highly saturated color while retaining fine variations of both hue and saturation.
• Canon Log LUT (look-up-table) available over the 3G-SDI monitor terminal – When the camera is recording in Canon Log format, the image that is simultaneously outputted over the 3G-SDI terminal to an external monitor can be viewed in its original color space without the apparent lack of contrast and color saturation, resultant of the Log format.
• 4096 x 1080 RAW resolution – In this new shooting mode, in full RAW recording, the vertically cropped center of the EOS C500 camera’s Super 35mm CMOS sensor can now record in 4096 x 1080 native resolution, up to 120fps.

Canon EOS C500, C300 and C100 Camera Firmware Updates
• Peripheral lens correction feature – This maintains even illumination from corner to corner of the image and virtually eliminates vignetting across the image. There are 14 Canon EF-Series photographic lenses that benefit from this feature including the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, the EF500mm and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM. The seven Canon CN-E Series Cinema Lenses that benefit from this feature include the CN-E15.5-47mm and CN-E30-105mm T2.8L S compact Cinema zooms, the CN-E14mm T3.1L F, the CN-E24mm T1.5L F, the CN-E 50mm T1.3L F, the CN-E85mm T1.3L F, and the CN-E135mm T2.2L F Cinema prime lenses.
• ISO increased up to 80,000 – This provides the EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras with greater light sensitivity than ever before. Great for documentaries and other forms of reality production, this ISO increase can help capture shots that may have been previously impossible to capture.
• Ability to shift the magnification location in the viewfinder – Allows users to manually move the magnification view area to one of 25 different locations using the joystick on the camera. With this feature, the camera operator can easily check focus even on subjects that are not located directly in the center of the frame.
• Record button lock – The lock setting on the Key Lock now makes it possible to lock all operations, including the RECORD button, to prevent accidental operation during takes.

Canon EOS C500 and C300 Camera Firmware Updates
• Multi-person log-in for the Canon Wi-Fi® remote application – This allows two users to log-in to a single camera, allowing for camera operation/control with one log-in and metadata to be inputted by the second log-in simultaneously. This is essential when time is critical and production tasks need to be completed immediately.
• Ability to assign ISO and iris adjustments to the control dial (or, on the EOS C300 camera, the dial on the removable side grip handle) – This gives operators the option to allocate whichever setting they prefer to either dial, allowing for specific changes at a moment’s notice.

Canon EOS C300 Camera; XF305 & X300 Camcorder Firmware Updates
• GPS Support – Provides accurate metadata on the location and time of each clip, including longitude, latitude, and altitude for the EOS C300 camera when used with Canon’s optional GP-E1 or GPS Receiver and for the XF305 and XF300 camcorders when used with Canon’s optional GP-E2 GPS Receiver. This is an especially handy feature for documentaries, ENG (Electronic News Gathering) and reality programming.

Canon EOS C300 Firmware Updates
• Wide DR gamma –With a high dynamic range that maintains highlight detail and preserves perfect gradations of color, this feature is designed to help achieve perfect color without adjustment. Optimized for display monitors, wide DR gamma is well-suited for productions that do not allow for lengthy postproduction processing and color grading, such as budget-conscious indie films, web series, or documentaries.
• 1440 x 1080 35Mbps for broadcast requirements –This highly utilized recording mode (at 60i or 50i) is designed to enable the EOS C300 camera to seamlessly align with the standard workflows used by many major broadcast news networks.
• Push auto iris/one-shot AF –These new additions make the EOS C300 camera increasingly attractive for solo, run-and-gun style cinéma vérité shooting. These features (which are already included in the EOS C100 camera), automatically adjust the exposure and/or focus to the most suitable setting at the push of a button. They also provide support for the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM standard zoom lens. The new peripheral lens correction feature further benefits the use of this lens by virtually eliminating vignetting and maintaining even illumination across the image.
•Automatic Exposure (AE) Shift/ Selecting the Metering Mode/ Flicker Reduction – AE Shift can be used to compensate the automatic exposure set by the camera when using the push auto iris function. Users can engage AE Shift in the camera menu to make slight adjustments to the image brightness helping compensate for scenes that are slightly over or underexposed. The new AE Shift capability provides 15 steps, from -2 to +2. The new firmware also enables three light metering mode options to be selected: Standard, Backlight or Spotlight. By selecting a light-metering mode to match one of three recording conditions, users will help ensure the EOS C300 camera obtains a suitable exposure level when the push auto iris function is used. When recording under artificial light, the camera’s monitor may flicker depending on the shutter speed. By setting Flicker Reduction to “Automatic” the EOS C300 camera will automatically detect and reduce flicker on the camera’s monitor.

Canon EOS C100 Camera Firmware Update
• Menu Navigation now possible through buttons on camera body – Previously menu navigation on the EOS C100 camera was only possible through the removable joystick – when the joystick was detached, menu navigation ceased. Allowing users to easily navigate menu options, even with the removable joystick grip detached, buttons on the rear of the camera body will be able to navigate menu options with this new firmware. The buttons on the rear of the camera under the built-in monitor can be assigned as follows: 1) Set, 2) Up, 3) Left, 4) Down, 5) Right.

XF305 and XF300 Camcorder Firmware Update
• Digital Tele-Converter – This update extends the choice of magnification settings with two great options from the current 1.5X to 3X and 6X.

All products in the Canon Cinema EOS line are engineered to provide outstanding image creation capabilities for professionals in the motion picture, television and diverse high-resolution digital production industries. All of these products are designed to contribute to the continued advancement of tools for visual expression and they convey Canon’s ongoing commitment to the industry.

Model: EOS C500 EOS C300 EOS C100 XF305 XF300
Scheduled to be available in Dec. ‘13 Scheduled to be available in Nov. ‘13 Scheduled to be available in Nov. ‘13 Scheduled to be available in Q1 ‘14 Scheduled to be available in Q1 ‘14
ACESproxy X
DCI-P3+ Support X
Canon Cinema Gamut X
Canon Log LUT over SDI X
Cooling Fan Control X
4096 x 1080 RAW X
Peripheral Lens Correction X X X
ISO Up to 80,000 X X X
Magnify Location Shift X X X
Record Button Lock X X X
GPS Support X X X
Multi-Person Log-In X X
ISO/Iris Assignment X X
Wide DR Gamma X
1440 x 1080 at 35Mbps X
Push Auto Iris X
One-Shot AF X
AE Shift/ Metering Mode/ Flicker Reduction X
Menu Navigation through Camera Body Buttons X
Digital Tele-Converter X X

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digita imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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Canon Expands its Cinema Prime Lens Family to Six Models with the Introduction of the New CN-E35mm T1.5 L F for Single-Sensor 35mm Cameras

MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced today the new CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. Delivering outstanding optical performance in contemporary 4K / 2K / HD motion imaging, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F prime lens is the sixth member of Canon’s line of compact, precision-matched EF-mount Cinema prime lenses, which also includes 14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm EF-mount models.

Collectively, Canon’s Cinema prime lens family delivers a wide range of the most important choices in focal lengths to address a myriad of creative digital cinematography choices. All six Canon Cinema prime lenses provide a full-frame 36mm x 24mm image circle for full compatibility with the Canon EOS-1D C, EOS C500, EOS C300 Digital Cinema cameras, the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X DSLR cameras, the EOS C100 Digital Video Camera and EF-mount cameras made by other manufacturers. The lenses also feature consistent color balance, minimal focus breathing, water-resistant rubber gaskets, and an 11-blade aperture diaphragm to help achieve creative depth-of-field manipulation and pleasing “bokeh” effects. The six Canon Cinema prime lenses are also designed to facilitate production with uniform stepless gear-positioning rings for iris and focus, with an identical 300º smooth rotation angle on the focus ring. These control rings – switchable from feet to metric labeling – maintain just the right amount of resistance with consistent operating torque. Lens barrels are engraved with easy-to-read scale markings, and consistent 114mm front lens diameters can accommodate screw-on filters and other accessories.

“As with all Canon Cinema prime lenses, the new Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens has been crafted to meet the creative requirements of the most discerning cinematographers, directors and producers,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Filmmakers indicated a need for this lens in our lineup and with its launch, we now offer six cinema prime lenses covering some of the most important focal lengths.”

Canon EF Mount Advantages
All Canon Cinema prime lenses feature a genuine Canon EF-mount with electronic contacts that interface with corresponding contacts on Canon cameras for direct communication between each device. This communication allows lens data – including F-numbers – to be displayed in the viewfinder. Both the F-number and the lens model name are also recorded in the camera’s video file as metadata. The new upcoming firmware announced today for the Canon Cinema EOS C500, EOS C300 and EOS C100 cameras will provide Canon proprietary features, such as the Peripheral Illumination Correction function, for the CN-E14mm, 24mm, 50mm, 85mm and 135mm lenses and is scheduled to be available by the end of 2013. Such features are scheduled to be available for the new CN-E35mm lens in 2014.

Canon Cinema Prime Lens Comparison Chart
Focal Length CN-E14mm CN-E24mm CN-E35mm CN-E50mm CN-E85mm CN-E135mm
Maximum Aperture T3.1 T1.5 T1.5 T1.3 T1.3 T2.2
Image Circle Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm
Angle of View** 104.3°x 81.2° 73.7°?53.1° 54.4°x
37.8° 39.6°?27.0° 23.9°?16.1° 15.2°?10.2°
M.O.D.*** 0.2m 0.3m 0.3m 0.45m 0.95m 1.0m
Focus Rotation Angle 300º 300º 300º 300º 300º 300º
Outer Diameter 114mm 114mm 114mm 114mm 114mm 114mm
Length 94mm 101.5mm 101.5mm 101.5mm 101.5mm 116mm
Weight 2.65 lbs 2.65 lbs 2.43 lbs 2.42 lbs 2.87 lbs 3.09 lbs
Image Circle Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm Full Frame 35mm
Iris Blade 11-blade 11-blade 11-blade 11-blade 11-blade 11-blade
Optical Quality 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K
**Horizontal Angle of view for full frame 35mm (aspect ratio 1.5:1, 36.0×24.0mm)
***M.O.D: Minimum Object Distance

Canon Cinema Zoom Lenses
The versatility of image-capture options using Canon EOS Cinema Cameras can be further extended with Canon’s Cinema Zoom lenses (the CN-E14.5-60mm T2.6 wide-angle and the CN-E30-300mm T2.95-3.7 telephoto) and compact Cinema Zoom lenses (the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 wide-angle and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 telephoto). All four lenses are available in both EF- and PL-mount versions; the mount can be switched at a Canon service facility in the United States for added flexibility. Almost all of Canon’s EF Series photographic lenses can also be used with Canon Cinema EOS Cameras, including Image Stabilized zoom, tilt-shift and macro lenses.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens is expected to be available in December 2013 for an estimated retail price of $5,200. For a visual representation of the power of Canon’s Cinema optics, please visit: pro.usa.canon.com/cineoptics.

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With approximately $40 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents registered in 2012† and is one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies in 2013. In 2012, Canon U.S.A. has received the PCMag.com Readers’ Choice Award for Service and Reliability in the digital camera and printer categories for the ninth consecutive year, and for camcorders for the past two years. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA.

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Broadcast Pix Flint Integrated Production System Adds Audio Mixer, New Streaming and Recording Options at IBC 2013

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced Version 2.0 of its new Flint™ integrated production system, as well as upgrades to its new Granite X large-scale live production system. Flint V2 adds an internal eight-channel audio mixer, as well as broadcast quality internal H.264 recording and .WMV Web streaming, while Granite X has improved its multi-view monitoring. The upgraded features will be demonstrated at IBC 2013 (Stand 7.B21), which runs Sept. 13-17 at Amsterdam RAI.

Flint’s audio mixer takes audio from any camera input or internal clip stores. It is controlled through an intuitive audio interface with on-screen stereo faders and VU meters, with peak hold capability, mute and solo functions, and built-in audio-follow-video. Two outputs allow separate mixes with independent control for master recording and Web presentations. The audio mixer can also be controlled through Fluent Macros, an advanced macro system that easily executes any combination of video, audio, files, and device moves for complex effects.

“The addition of an integrated audio mixer was an important component in our approach to end-to-end integration,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “For operations with modest budgets and limited manpower, it means easier audio control and one less piece of hardware.”

Flint V2 also adds built-in recording of the program output to the internal hard drive. Broadcast quality 1080i H.264 .MOV clips can be added to a show automatically using Fluent Watch Folders, Flint’s built-in file management system, or exported to an NLE system for later use. Expanding on the included Adobe Flash streaming, Flint V2 adds the ability to steam to a Windows Media Server using Microsoft Expression Encoder in up to 720p resolution.

Another enhancement adds a network input that allows video and audio from a Windows-based PC to be accessed as a source in Flint’s built-in production switcher. This reduces the amount of physical inputs that are used, and taps the power of the cloud to allow presentations, Skype calls, and other remote applications to be seamlessly integrated into a live production.

Flint’s multi-format production switcher supports up to six HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and analog cameras, plus eight channels of clips and graphics. It includes three keyers for layering, each with PiP and customizable DVE. An internal Harris Inscriber CG provides six graphic channels, while a built-in, two-channel clip server stores up to 30 hours of clips and animations in a variety of file formats. Other features include the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, customizable virtual sets, and control of robotic cameras, video servers, external audio mixers, and other devices.

Granite X improvements include advanced multi-view capabilities, with 16 full motion source windows. It also offers enhanced DDR control that allows for different clips in each of the four channels of Harris, Omneon, Grass Valley K2, and 360 Systems servers. All three Granite X models support 22 cameras and seven channels of files. Both Granite X and Flint can add cloud-based content – from Skype, Twitter, RSS feeds, Dropbox, and a variety of other online sources – during a live production while maintaining lip sync.

Flint V2 is a free upgrade for all Flint systems under warranty and will ship with all new Flint systems in late October. Granite X is now shipping and the new upgrades are available for any current user.

About Broadcast Pix The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent, Flint, and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

HARMAN’s Martin M6 Console Lights Up UK’s Global Gathering Dance Festival

AARHUS, Denmark – As one of the largest dance festivals in the world, the Global Gathering, in its 12th year, brought some of the world’s most renowned DJs and live acts to numerous stages during one weekend of non-stop dance and electronic music in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK. Electric Fly Productions was contracted to design and supply the lighting for all seven arenas involved in the 2013 festival and deployed a HARMAN’s Martin M6 lighting console on the main stage for full control of the intense lighting, in addition to deploying a vast amount of Martin lighting fixtures.

Martin EC-20 video screens were used to backlight the stages throughout the Gathering, controlled by P3 system controllers and a Maxedia PRO interface. Numerous Atomic strobes were strategically placed to light up all of the stages.

The M6 is a state-of-the-art lighting console that functions as an advanced ‘visual control’ surface, and is designed from the ground up to control anything from conventional and moving lights, digital fixtures, LED pixels and a full range of media servers.

“I was able to demo the M6 during the Global Gathering and I loved it,” said Nick Jevons, Main Stage Lighting Designer, Electric Fly Productions. “I have my own M1 and with its similar operating system, I was very comfortable relying on the M6 at the main stage throughout the festival. It’s quick to program, quick to edit and there is plenty of space to lay out the desk for playback.”

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin Professional is a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors. Martin lighting solutions are industry standard on top tours and events, grace prestigious theatres, energize nightclubs and decorate major television studios around the globe. Other important areas of application are indoor and outdoor architecture and commercial applications where Martin products are increasingly being used to transform spaces with dynamic light. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. The company operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Martin Professional joined the HARMAN families of category-leading technology and lifestyle brands in March 2013.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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