Conventional Wisdom vs. Delivery Reality

We were fortunate to get in on the desktop editing and motion graphics revolutions at the very beginning. One of the ways we kept our ahead above water in those turbulent earlier years was by making sure we studied technical delivery issues, as both video and film’s requirements were so different than the way computers normally handled and displayed images. You would think that by now, life would be easier: non-square-pixel D1 and DV video have all but gone away; delivery for theatrical release is almost an entirely digital rather than chemical process these days; heck, the computer itself is
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Win an Epiphan AV.io 4K Video Grabber from Videoguys.com

Videoguys is giving away one Epiphan AV.io 4K Video Grabber to a lucky winner on June 1st 2017

Enter now and take advantage of our chances for bonus entries…All entries must be received by 5/31/17. Or, buy an Epiphan AV.io 4K today and save $50 off with our instant rebate when you enter coupon code 4KSAVE. 

The easiest way to capture 4K video

The plug and play Epiphan AV.io 4K™ capture card is auto-detected by Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems. To capture HDMI video sources, simply connect the included cables from your video source to
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Blackmagic Design Announces NAB 2017 Roadshow

Blackmagic is coming to a town near you this summer with their newly announced roadshow. Think of this as Blackmagic Design’s NAB 2017 show booth hitting the road for all of those who could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the April broadcasting convention. The extension of NAB tour will hit up eight major North American cities in nine weeks. Roadshow

NAB 2017 Roadshow

At these events, you will be able to stop by and get your grubby hands all over Blackmagic’s new gear they showed off at NAB 2017. But, hands-on is only part of the tour. Blackmagic Design
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iPhone 7 Plus vs $82,000 Arri Alexa

A few months back, a viral video showed how the iPhone 7 could (in some respects) hold its own against a $50,000 RED Weapon. This side-by-side comparison of the iPhone 7 Plus against an $82,000 Arri Alexa is a bit more… what you expect. First off, that original video—created by Parker Walbeck of Fulltime Filmmaker—is definitely worth a watch. Walbeck’s point is that, with some post-processing work and if you know what you’re doing, you can get some decent footage from cheap gear. His point is not that the iPhone is just as good as a RED Weapon cinema
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Sony Shows Off The UMC-S3CA: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Sony showed off the UMC-S3CA. This is a camera with the same extreme low-light sensor as Sony’s popular A7S II. So what is the difference? Leading off the UMC-S3CA has no record limit. Card size is all that dictates how long the UMC-S3CA can record. There are zero operating buttons or a screen on the outside of the camera body. About now, someone may be wondering what is the upside to the UMC-S3CA over the A7S II? Believe it or not, the UMC-S3CA might be a much more production-friendly camera with its Genlock support which enables multiple
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ART OF THE SHOT: “Atlanta” DP Christian Sprenger

In this edition of the Art of the Shot, I had to opportunity to talk to “Atlanta” Director of Photography Christian Sprenger. The FX show starring Donald Glover is about two cousins, with different views on art versus commerce, as they work their way through the Atlanta rap scene. Christian and I talked about how he achieved the in-camera look unique to “Atlanta,” and the future of lighting fixtures: HMI versus LEDs.

HALLETT: Tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got to where you are in your career?

SPRENGER: I’m from Chicago originally studied cinematography at Columbia

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Fujinon goes Fuji X-Mount With Cine Style Zooms: NAB 2017

At NAB 2017 Fujinon showed off their Cine style zoom lens the MK 18-55 T2.9 not only in the Sony E-mount but also a Fuji X-mount. Fujinon

FUJINON MK 18-55 T2.9 WITH FUJI X-MOUNT

While Fuji may not a video camera they did release firmware updates to their still cameras enabling video features. The Fuji XT-2 has a 4K video recording option. The XT-2 could be a great “B” or “C” camera to go alongside a Sony FS5 or FS7. The Fujinon MK 18-55 T2.9 X-mount is identical to the E-mount version. Both feature a T2.9 aperture
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AJA Talks High Dynamic Range with their FS-HDR: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, AJA showed off their high pursuit for helping companies deliver High Dynamic Range (HDR) so their viewers can watch footage that better resembles how the human eye sees. AJA has designed their FS-HDR to get us all there faster with a low profile, stand alone and real-time device uniquely designed to bridge SDR to HDR, HDR to SDR and HDR to HDR, all in real time. HDR Conversions:
  • HDR to HDR
  • HDR to SDR
  • SDR to HDR
WCG Conversions:
  • BT.709 to BT.2020
  • BT.2020 to BT.709
Up and Down Conversions:

Spatial audio in VR: Ricoh meets InstaVR

Spatial audio in VR: Ricoh meets InstaVR Ricoh showed at NAB a prototype of its new Theta camera, which will be launched late this year. Meanwhile, InstaVR showcased its solution for immersive spatial sound, an important part of 360 media. The presentation by Ricoh of the latest Theta confirms the heavy investment the company made in this type of cameras. Ricoh offers, at the moment, the industry’s most extensive line of spherical imaging cameras. First introduced in 2013, Theta cameras allow consumers to record fully spherical images that show the entirety of a scene in photos or videos. The camera line’s combination of small size, high quality
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Spatial audio in VR: Ricoh meets InstaVR

Spatial audio in VR: Ricoh meets InstaVR Ricoh showed at NAB a prototype of its new Theta camera, which will be launched late this year. Meanwhile, InstaVR showcased its solution for immersive spatial sound, an important part of 360 media. The presentation by Ricoh of the latest Theta confirms the heavy investment the company made in this type of cameras. Ricoh offers, at the moment, the industry’s most extensive line of spherical imaging cameras. First introduced in 2013, Theta cameras allow consumers to record fully spherical images that show the entirety of a scene in photos or videos. The camera line’s combination of small size, high quality
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SmallHD talks Big Production Monitors: NAB 2017 Video

SmallHD started with… well small HD on-camera monitors. Now, the North Carolina company has moved up to full-sized HDR Production monitors for on-set viewing, editors, and colorists. At NAB 2017, SmallHD not only showed off their 17-inch Production monitor but displayed their new 24-inch production monitor.

SmallHD Announce A New Price

Formerly the 17-inch production monitor by SmallHD was priced at $3999.00. The new price has dropped by $500 to $3499.00. What is the price for the larger 24-inch production monitor? SmallHD is not saying just yet, but they emphasize the 24-inch sized monitor will be priced in
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Panasonic Talks New XPD3 Card Reader: NAB 2017 Video

Seven minutes to download a 512GB Express P2 Card with Panasonic’s new XPD3 card reader! Eight minutes to download two 512 Express P2 Cards with twoXPD3 card readers! Those are some incredible offload speeds.

XPD3 Card Reader

Utilizing Thunderbolt 3 and it’s 40 Gbps data transfer speed Panasonic delivers a blazing fast card reader allowing for a super fast offload of Express P2 Cards. The news XPD3 card reader was specifically designed to work with high-quality, high frame rate recording of 4K. Think 4K 120fps and 4K 240fps. At those speeds, a 512Gb P2 card can be full in a matter

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Panasonic Talks VariCam LT Firmware Updates: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Panasonic continued to update and add features to the VariCam LT. This is such a great camera to use and I am interested to see what else the add to the software in the years to come.

VariCam LT 240fps Windowed 2K RAW

Panasonic announced its plans to add 2K RAW output up to 240fps in a free firmware update to the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder. The 2K RAW signal will be supported by Convergent Design and Atomos. Both companies plan to release free firmware updates in June 2017. The 2K RAW frame is windowed from
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Canon Announces 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo Zoom: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off the newest member of their Compact-Servo the 70–200mm. The new compact-servo 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens combines 4K optical performance with a small size. The 70-200mm T4.4 only measures 7.2 in. in length and has a weight of only 2.76 lbs. While not too big or too small of a lens Canon appears to have hit a sweet spot for lens size. Many shooters come from an ENG or Broadcast world where B4 lenses come with the ability to control focus, iris, and zoom (FIZ). Since the DSLR age came along
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Canon Shows Off EOS C700 Camera: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off their new EOS Flagship camera the C700. Canon’s EOS C700 Super35 format camera is designed to be a flexible “A” camera for various types of shooting scenarios. The EOS C700 features both internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording. With the optional 4K Codex CDX-3150 recorder, the EOS C700 is capable of recording uncompressed RAW up to 120 frames per second.

Canon C700

As Canon’s flagship cinema camera, the EOS C700 features the choice of one of two new Super 35mm CMOS sensors. With three models to choose from, users can choose the best tool
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YI 360 VR: virtual reality under $400

YI 360 VR: virtual reality under $400 The new camera from YI Technology offers 360-degree video capture, mobile application for easy use along with 4K instant, in-device stitching and 2.5K live-streaming. Discover the YI 360 VR. Available June 2017, the new YI 360 VR camera from YI Technology was showcased at NAB 2017. The company considers its new product to be “a major step in making truly high-end virtual reality video easy and accessible to anyone who wants to create and share content. The company also announced the YI HALO, the newest professional-grade 360-degree, stereoscopic camera for the Jump platform from Google, but the YI 360
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Adding C-Log to Canon 5D MkIV: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off C-Log for their 5D Mark IV DSLR. Now, this is a paid update to the Canon 5D Mark IV with a cost of $99.00. Owners will also need to send in their Canon 5D Mark IV to the manufacturer to install the update. For my dynamic range, around 12 stops, this seems like not a huge ordeal. In my opinion, it’s cool to see Canon put a feature in the 5D Mark IV that was originally in a much more expensive video camera. In the video below, Canon takes the time to show
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Blackmagic Announces Fairlight Addition: NAB 2017

Blackmagic is stating since they included Fairlight in DaVinci Resolve 14 that audio is no longer an afterthought in post production.  Now, professional audio post production is fully integrated into DaVinci Resolve 14 giving sound editors, colorists, and video editors everything they need to seamlessly collaborate and create.

Powerful Mixing

Each track corresponds to a channel strip on the mixer. You get real time 6 band parametric EQ, along with expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics on every single track. In addition, clip time warping lets you stretch or compress audio without shifting pitch. It works at the subframe level for
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Blackmagic Shows Off Micro and Mini Control Panels: NAB 2017 Video

In March, Blackmagic Design announced two new portable hardware control panels for DaVinci Resolve. These new control panels are designed to allow color correction workflows to be mixed in with editing workflows while introducing new levels of quality in affordable hardware control panels.  From what I have heard from the early adopters are these panels definitley speed up their color correction time and make the whole process more enjoyable.

DaVinci Resolve Panels

The new DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel and the DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel are considered professional grade hardware that feature three exceptional quality high resolutions trackballs, precision machined control knobs,
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