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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Sigma Announces New Lenses and Prices: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017 Sigma announced two new lenses to their brand new Cine Lenses line-up of cinema style lenses. The 14mm T2.0 and the 135mm T2.0. These two new lenses mean the entire Sigma Prime Cine Lens line-up numbers seven covering focal lengths from 14mm up to 135mm. One last piece of information before you watch the video… Sigma finally announced the prices for their Prime Cine Lenses. These lenses are priced at $3,500 each with Sigma looking at bundled pricing soon. $3,500 is a nice affordable price for a single lens, but I really wonder what kind
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Panasonic’s Secret Surprise Camera: NAB 2017 Video

This is not an official announcement. At least this is the feeling Panasonic is projecting at NAB 2017 with their new mystery camera hiding under a veil. So much drama! Is it too much drama? Maybe melodramatic? Who knows. See what Panasonic is saying… er not saying about their new camera.

Panasonic’s Missing Link

Panasonic has the VariCam LT which is a wonderful camera if not a little expensive for some owner/operators. Then Panasonic has the GH5 a mirrorless Micro 4/3 camera which is becoming very popular and is very affordable. Now, Panasonic has no camera in the mid-range.  Nothing.
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Bluetooth For Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro: NAB 2017 Video

AT NAB 2017, Blackmagic announced all URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built-in Bluetooth, but it hasn’t been enabled until now. The built-in Bluetooth allows shooters to send/receive commands from up to 30 feet away. To make the new Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions. With a fully open API and developer support for URSA Mini Pro Bluetooth, owner/operators can go beyond the basic idea of the app. They can also build an iPad
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JVC GY-LS300 adds 4:2:2 internal 4K recording

At NAB 2017, JVC Professional Video just announced the free version 4.0 firmware upgrade for its GY-LS300CH 4KCAM Super 35mm handheld camcorder. This update increases color resolution to 4:2:2 in 4K mode recording and expands 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) output to include 59.94p and 50p. JVC is demonstrating the new capabilities at its booth C4315, from April 24-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. There are many technical details related to this upgrade that I’ll cover ahead. As I have covered in past articles, despite some innocent misinformation published on some dealer websites, the GY-LS300 (Amazon link Continue reading "JVC GY-LS300 adds 4:2:2 internal 4K recording"

RED Epic Dragon: streaming from ISS to NAB

RED Epic Dragon aboard the ISS Hasselblad went to the Moon, but RED cameras have been orbiting Earth for over two years now. Today they will make History, in 4K, in a direct link from space to Las Vegas. The first-ever live 4K video stream from space happens today during the 2017 NAB Show. “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26 in room N249. It’s a unique moment that those not attending the NAB Show can still enjoy, as the live broadcast is streaming online. America’s space agency is a Continue reading "RED Epic Dragon: streaming from ISS to NAB"

Atlas Lens Co. “Affordable” Anamorphic Primes at NAB 2017

“Anamorphic for all of us.” This is the backbone of the Altas Lens Co. The company behind the newly announced Orion series 2x anamorphic prime lenses: 40mm, 65mm, and 100mm all with T2 apertures. After they deliver those first three lenses in the first quarter of 2018 Atlas Lens Co. will roll out three additional focal lengths within twelve months. Those lenses will be a 32mm, 50mm, and an 80mm. These lenses are designed to cover sensors sizes up to the Alexa open-gate size and will also sport interchangeable lens mounts. Those mounts will be a standard PL, and Canon
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Panasonic Press Announcements at NAB 2017

Panasonic NAB 2017 Panasonic announced a new camera to the VariCam line-up. Will it be at NAB 2017? Nope, you will have to wait until Cinegear Expo in June to get your grubby hands on this one. What I, and likely you, can tell from the single silhouette image above is this new cinema camera will be smaller than the VariCam 35 and VariCam LT. I may even bet money this new camera is a similar weight and size to Sony FS5. For now, all we know is Panasonic has a new camera coming soon. Everything else about this new camera is a
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Sony NAB 2017 Press Event Announcements

Sony announced their new products and software the day before the National Association of broadcasters 2017 opened up the Las Vegas Convention floor. What we saw was a continued improvement for the Cine Alta line of cameras like the F55/F5. The continued expansion of High Dynamic Range for broadcast television specifically with sports and, if you work in TV News this might be important, IP workflows for Sony’s ENG cameras line-up. Check out the press conference below.

Updating F5/F55

The F5/F55 will be updated to firmware Version 9. This will enable new recording frame rates to both cameras. It appears
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Atomos Sumo: 19″ HDR Monitor / Recorder / Switcher

Atomos has come out the NAB 2017 gate with the appropriately named Atomos Sumo. The Sumo is a larger 19″ Monitor-Recorder delivering 4K HDR in 12bit raw or 10bit ProRes/DNxHR codecs. The monitor – recorder also features 1080 60p live switching and recording and a 1200nit bright screen suitable for monitoring in bright sunlight Atomos has broken open the workflow options for video professionals by creating the first production/studio monitor to combine a 19” HDR 1200nit 10+ stop panel with 4K 12bit raw or 10bit 422 ProRes/DNxHR recording and HD recording up to 240p or live switching and recording of
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Extreme 4K Footage Puts Your Right Next to a Massive Tornado in Colorado

Incredible… and terrifying. Last year, extreme storm chaser Reed Timmer got up close and personal with an EF-2 tornado outside of Wray, CO, and captured 4K footage of the twister that will leave you slack-jawed. The video was published back in May of 2016, around the same time Timmer uploaded the 360 footage we featured here, but we somehow missed the ultra-high definition 4K footage until yesterday when it blew up again on Reddit. To say the resulting footage is jaw-dropping might actually be an understatement. This screenshot, for example, isn’t even the closest they got to the tornado,
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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced: a new camera, a new drone

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced: a new camera, a new drone The arrival of the Phantom 4 Advanced from DJI means one thing: April 30 the Phantom 4 model will reach its End of Life (EOL). The (old) king is dead, all hail the (new) king. Rumors suggest DJI will have a 100MB drone for NAB 2017. It’s interesting to realize that drones can also be measured by the millions of pixels their cameras offer, but the rumor may not be far from reality, as the relation between DJI and Hasselblad expands. While the 100 megapixel sensor drone may be a rumor for now, the 20 megapixel sensor present on the
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The Rise of 8K: Pros, Cons, and Why You Should Adopt it ASAP

8K is the future… at least that’s what Matt Granger believes. And so he recorded this educational video at the YouTube studio in NYC to prove his point, explain some of the benefits and pitfalls of ultra-high res footage, and convince you to adopt 8K just as soon as you can. If you’ve never even shot 4K—or you’ve spent any time looking at the price of the few 8K-capable cameras out there—this video probably comes as a shock. Many people don’t even have 4K capable monitors yet, most graphics cards groan under the weight of even 5K and 6K footage,
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NASA: streaming 4K from space to NAB

NASA: streaming 4K from space to NAB The show “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood” will go live April 26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Directly from the International Space Station (ISS)! It’s a first for the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and it will help us understand and experience how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level. The first-ever live 4K video stream from 250 miles above Earth will be encoded AWS Elemental encoding software on board the International Space Station (ISS) and on the ground at Johnson Continue reading "NASA: streaming 4K from space to NAB"