Three New 4K Camcorders With Fast Auto Focus Announced By Sony

Small, light-weight and with killer Auto Focus the three newest members of  Sony’s camcorders club were announced today. Sony has beefed the trio up with phase detection Auto Focus, 4K, and HDR capable tools for shooting in every application whether it be home videos to corporate and events to broadcast and TV production.
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Three New Camcorders

The three new camcorders are the XDCAM PXW-Z90, the NXCAM HXR-NX80, and the Handycam FDR-AX700. The Fast Hybrid AF system can nail your focus needs and track your subject while keeping it in focus. This is especially helpful during 4K shooting when a small dip
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New Movie Edit Pro is 4K and 5x faster

New Movie Edit Pro is 4K and 5x faster A smoother display for up to 4K resolution and video editing that is 5x faster are some of the features of the new version of MAGIX’s Movie Edit Pro. Faster speed and smoother previews were two of the requests made by customers of MAGIX’x Movie Edit Pro, and faster speeds and smoother previews they got. The company says this release brings to the market a software that has been designed completely to customer feedback and is the result of close cooperation between MAGIX developers and Movie Edit Pro users. The brand new version of Movie Edit Pro represents a new
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Why Your Phone Shoots 4K But Your Camera Still Doesn’t

The new iPhone will shoot 4K at 60 fps and 1080p at 240 fps. But why is it that smartphones seem to be shooting “better” video resolution than most “serious” cameras? In this 8-minute video, Max Yuryev looks into the technical reasons behind this. It seems to boil down to the fact that the CPUs inside many cameras aren’t good enough to handle such high-speed video. In smartphones, the processor is “insanely powerful,” and it enables them to deal with that massive amount of information at 240 frames per second. So why don’t they just put bigger processors inside cameras?
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Canon DP-V2411: new 4K reference display

Canon DP-V2411: new 4K reference display The new 24-inch reference display from Canon features stable high luminance and 12G-SDI terminals, ideal for use on-set in broadcasting vans, and in-studio needs. The line up of Canon’s reference displays continues to grow, with yet a new reference, the DP-V2411 4K HDR reference display, which provides users with detailed and precise color reproduction as well as high resolution, high contrast and high luminance, allowing for accurate review and confirmation of 4K and HDR video content. Highlighting Canon’s proprietary display image processor, LED direct backlight system design and an In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD screen, the DP-V2411 display reaches peak luminance
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Art Of The Shot: “Menashe” Cinematographer Yoni Brook

In this version of Art of the Shot, I had the opportunity to talk to “Menashe” cinematographer Yoni Brook. Brook is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an Independent Spirit Award-nominated cinematographer for “Vally of Saints” the feature film shot under military curfew in Kashmir. Premiering at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “Vally of Saints” won the Audience Award and Alfred P. Sloan Award. As a documentary director, Brook’s films have premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, True/False Film Festival, and International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Brook started as a photojournalist at the
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Real time HDR/WCG conversion with AJA’s FS-HDR

Real time HDR and WCG processing with AJA’s FS-HDR Presented as a real world answer for realtime HDR processing, the new FS-HDR from AJA provides the flexibility to convert between HDR and SDR standards and formats, without extra bandwidth, or an infrastructure overhaul. The new AJA FS-HDR is a versatile 1RU, rack-mount universal converter/frame synchronizer for real time HDR transforms as well as 4K/HD up/down/cross conversions. FS-HDR delivers breakthrough real time High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) conversion and processing capabilities for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD HDR workflows. Fusing AJA’s production-proven FS frame synchronization and conversion technology with video and color space processing algorithms from the Academy and Emmy Continue reading "Real time HDR/WCG conversion with AJA’s FS-HDR"

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm announced today that a series of firmware updates are coming to X Series mirrorless cameras later this year. As rumors foretold, the X-Pro2 will be getting 4K video recording as part of its update. The new firmware versions will be released for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F, and X-T20 to add new features and improve operability. Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to each camera:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Version 4.0

  1. Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes (excluding HDMI output for recording).
  2. Supports tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi using compatible software to enable transfer of images
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Sony Unveils VENICE, its Full-Frame Flagship Cinema Camera

This is a Sony first; releasing a camera with a name, VENICE. It’s a Full-Frame digital motion picture camera system. Otherwise, think of VENICE as the next generation of Sony’s CineAlta camera system. The VENICE is designed to expand the filmmaker’s creative freedom through immersive, large-format, Full Frame capture of filmic imagery producing natural skin tones, elegant highlight handling, and wide dynamic range. VENICE was designed through close collaboration with the creative community, fulfilling the requirements for filmmakers and production professionals.

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Officially, VENICE will be unveiled in front of a select audience of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members
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What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like in 4K, Close-Up, and Real-Time

During the Great American Eclipse, photographer JunHo Oh captured this incredible close-up 4K footage of totality in real time. You can see a great deal of detail on the moon’s surface and in the Sun’s corona. The footage was captured from Warm Springs, Oregon, using a 2160mm f/12 telescope, a Panasonic GX85, and a RST-150H robotic mount by RainbowAstro to trace the edge of totality as it occurred. “RST-150H weighs only 3.5kg (7.7 lbs) but carries up to 15kg (33 lbs) of optical equipment without any counter weight,” the creator writes. “RST-150H mount is specially programmed to
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Sony RX0: an ultra compact video camera

Sony RX0: an ultra compact video camera The RX0 is waterproof, shockproof and crush proof in a an ultra-compact and tough body says Sony, allowing to capture high-quality photos and videos in any shooting conditions. Announced at IFA Berlin, the RX0 marries the hallmark leading image quality of the Sony RX series with advanced photo and video capabilities, all compressed into a robust and ultra-compact body. Sony says this new type of camera offers entirely new imaging possibilities for today’s creators. Designed to facilitate creative expression beyond current limitations, RX0 is equally adept at shooting still images or filming video on its own, as well as when
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Sony RX0: an ultra compact video camera

Sony RX0: an ultra compact video camera The RX0 is waterproof, shockproof and crush proof in a an ultra-compact and tough body says Sony, allowing to capture high-quality photos and videos in any shooting conditions. Announced at IFA Berlin, the RX0 marries the hallmark leading image quality of the Sony RX series with advanced photo and video capabilities, all compressed into a robust and ultra-compact body. Sony says this new type of camera offers entirely new imaging possibilities for today’s creators. Designed to facilitate creative expression beyond current limitations, RX0 is equally adept at shooting still images or filming video on its own, as well as when
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Vintage Lens Tests on Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro by Jody Eldred and Todd Fisher

A museum of cinema artifacts is the birthplace of this lens test. Todd Fisher, son of Debbie Reynolds and brother of Carrie Fisher, and Jody Eldred, who is a talented director of photography in his own right, dug into the Reynolds/Fisher vintage cinema artifact collection Reynolds started to amass decades ago and pulled out vintage lens after vintage lens used on some of Cinema’s most historic films and tested them on Blackmagic’s URSA Mini Pro. Below are their results. Personal note, the Stanley Kubrick 9.8mm looks sensational! The lenses shown off had been used on some
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Ricoh Theta V is a 360-Camera with 4K, Spatial Audio, and Live Streaming

360-degree cameras are evolving at a rapid pace in recent times, and the latest addition to the increasingly crowded marketplace is the new Ricoh Theta V. This incarnation of a 360-camera will allow you to record a 360-degree video in 4K, as well as live stream it (also in 4K). There’s spatial audio recording too, using its built-in 4-channel microphone, providing “surround-sound,” and high-speed image transfer that “makes it simple to capture highly realistic imagery.” Dual 12-megapixel sensors and a twin-lens system allow for 14-megapixel 360-degree photo output with minimal stitching artifacts. All-in-all, this is a new flagship camera
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Sigma Cine Zoom Lens Review: 18-35mm and 50-100mm

Is there a better subject for a shooter than their own three-month-old baby? During these early months of fatherhood, Sigma sent me their 18-35mm and 50-100mm Cine Zoom Lenses to try out for a little bit. My home movies haven’t been better. Technical details first, Sigma sent me their E-mount versions of their Cine Zooms. I shot on Contrast Visuals and Consulting’s Sony FS7 and I use LiteGear’s LiteMate 4 and 2L hybrid LEDs to light the bedroom. I enjoyed these lights just as much as I enjoyed the lenses. Check out the video below.

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These lenses are robust,
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ProShow 9 introduces 4K video slideshows

ProShow 9 introduces 4K video slideshows Slideshows in 4K in ProShow 9 come with a faster video output and a centralized interface to manage videos. 4K video is a feature for both the professional ProShow 9 Producer and the Gold version, for enthusiasts. ProShow has been my slideshow creator since I discovered it, a long long time ago (like the Star Wars saga…). It’s been an amazing ride seeing it evolve from version to version, expanding the tools available for creating amazing slideshows. While the program is a typical slideshow creator, it is much more than that, also including video tools for those users who want
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video via a ‘Kaizen’ Firmware Update: Report

If you’re a Fujifilm X-Pro2 photographer who also shoots video, here’s some huge news for you: according to a new report, 4K video recording is coming to the X-Pro2 through an upcoming firmware update. Fuji Rumors is hearing from trusted sources that Fuji is planning to “level up” the X-Pro2’s video capabilities (and more) with a major new firmware version. The X-Pro2 is currently limited on the video front to shooting 1080p/60fps video with a maximum clip length of 28 minutes. Fujifilm’s “Kaizen” philosophy of frequent firmware updates has delivered major new features to its stable of cameras over the
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Sony releases Catalyst Version 2017.2

Sony releases Catalyst Version 2017.2 A simple, fast, and reliable path from camera to post on both Windows and macOS is the promise of the Catalyst software line, which now offers a new version. The Catalyst Production Suite fuses powerful media preparation and fast, focused video editing to provide the backbone for your video productions. With support for 4K, Sony RAW, and HD media, the Catalyst Production Suite gives you the power to make the most of your camera’s high dynamic range and wide color gamut as well as the stunning resolution of 4K from beginning to end. “The driving force behind the Catalyst product Continue reading "Sony releases Catalyst Version 2017.2"