Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER

Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people and doesn’t want the bother of running cables.
Serv Pro on a GH4
Serv Pro on a GH4
VUER displaying Serv Pro's feed
VUER displaying Serv Pro’s feed
Serv Pro fills a unique niche. There are uncompressed camera-top transmitters like the Paralinx systems and Teradek’s own Bolt series; these are real-time links with zero
Serv Pro with iPhone 6 running VUER
Serv Pro left side
Serv Pro back
Serv Pro right side
Serv Pro front
Serv Pro underside
Serv Pro with supplied parts
Serv Pro booting
Serv Pro after startup
Serv Pro detecting video
Serv Pro showing video
Serv Pro with client connected
Serv Pro's web interface
VUER's screen with no inputs configured
VUER sees one Serv Pro on the network
You can use the same input for all four channels
VUER gives a snapshot tutorial on important controls
VUER's CDL editor, on iPad
VUER's Distort settings, set for 2.0x desqueeze
Comprehensive marker and mask settings
The result: 2.0x anamorphic with 2.39:1 framing
Quad-split display to show false color, WFM, focus assist
Three clients, no problems
Six iDevices receiving from Serv Pro
Serv Pro 4-way display delay
WFM: six steps from 0% to 100%
The menu bar overlays the data panel...
...and the picture too, as it turns out.
VUER screen, showing a cat.
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Tamron: a 100-400mm for Canon and Nikon

Tamron: a 100-400mm for Canon and Nikon The Tamron 100-400mm F/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD promises to be the lightest lens of its kind, when it arrives, by the end of 2017, for Nikon and Canon DSLRs. In development now, after a patent was revealed in the Summer of 2016, the new lens from Tamron is an ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras with, says the company, “superior image quality, advanced features and lightweight, compact design”. With 39.3 oz (1.1 Kg) the new lens is, at the moment, the lightest in this ultra-telephoto zoom lens category, and it will have to contend with “heavy-weight” lenses
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An Exclusive Look at the​ ​New​ ​EVA-1​ ​from​ ​Panasonic

On​ ​September​ ​14th,​ ​the​ ​new​ ​Super35​ ​EVA-1​ ​from​ ​Panasonic​ ​was​ ​presented​ ​for​ ​evaluation​ ​at the​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Motion​ ​Picture​ ​Arts​ ​and​ ​Sciences,​ ​along​ ​with​ ​three​ ​shorts​ ​in​ ​the​ ​lovely​ ​Linwood Dunn​ ​Theater​ ​to​ ​show​ ​off​ ​the​ ​images​ ​it​ ​can​ ​produce. I stopped by to see what they looked like.
My​ ​main​ ​camera​ ​is​ ​a​ ​Canon​ ​C100mkII​ ​and​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​eyeing​ ​this​ ​new​ ​Panasonic​ ​as​ ​a​ ​potential replacement​ ​since​ it was ​announced.​ ​I​ ​absolutely​ ​love​ ​the​ ​image​ ​I’ve​ ​been​ ​getting​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the Canon,​ ​especially​ ​after​ ​modifying​ ​some​ ​color​ ​and​ ​gamma​ ​settings,​ ​so​ ​I​ ​wasn’t​ ​in​ ​any​ ​hurry​ ​to switch​,
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Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12

Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12 Ultimatte 12 will be demonstrated at IBC 2017, on the Blackmagic Design booth. Discover a new realtime hardware compositing processor that’s perfect for broadcast quality keying and much more. The all new Ultimatte 12 is more than the world’s best keyer, it’s an advanced real time compositing processor designed for the next generation of broadcast graphics. Ultimatte 12 features entirely new algorithms and color science, incredible edge handling, greater color separation, amazing color fidelity and better spill suppression than ever before. The world’s most trusted keyer now has one touch keying, incredible new image processing for realistic composites with colors
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Blackmagic Design announces Ultimatte 12
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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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Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York

Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York Finding anything from urban lofts to traditional century homes or warehouses in New York to use as a set is practically at your fingertips, with Set Scouter’s listings giving you immediate access to tens of locations. Set Scouter is a full-service marketplace that connects film, TV and commercial producers with residential location owners looking to rent their spaces for production. Imagine a kind of “airbnb” for cinematographers, one able to get production crews into locations quicker and more affordably than traditional methods, while providing a safe and trusting way for homeowners to list their spaces. Set Scouter is now expanding
Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York
Set Scouter finds your ideal set in New York
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Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed

Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed Lighting fast AF, 24 fps continuous shooting for photos, a versatile 24-600mm in a compact body, that’s what the newest member of the Sony Cyber-shot RX family of cameras has to offer. Sony introduces the RX10 IV as the camera offering the world’s fastest – as of September 2017 – AF speed, with 24 fps continuous shooting with full AF/AE tracking. A first for Sony’s RX10 series of cameras, the new RX10 IV model features a Fast Hybrid AF system that combines the respective advantages of 315 phase-detection AF points covering approximately 65% of the sensor and contrast-detection AF to
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Sony RX10 IV: the world’s fastest AF speed
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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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New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED

New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED The SmallHD 1703-P3X is the company’s newest 17″ production monitor, eqquiped with a wide color gamut display that is bright enough to see outdoors, with an amazing viewing angle. Last February SmallHD expanded its 700 and 1700 series, and at the time introduced the 1703-P3, which is SmallHD’s first reference grade monitor. The 1703-P3 features true 10-bit color processing to deliver over a billion colors. It covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space, features a 1500:1 contrast ratio and 179° viewing angle, along with SmallHD’s Pagebuilder OS and large toolset. The 1703-P3 is designed to serve the color Continue reading "New SmallHD 1703-P3X rivals OLED"

Fujifilm shows smallest 4K HDR lens at IBC 2017

Fujifilm shows smallest 4K HDR lens at IBC 2017 The latest zoom lens in Fujifilm’s Premier UA Series of 4K 2/3” lenses, the new UA24x7.8 is a portable lens ideal for live sports and news coverage in remote locations. At the IBC convention in Amsterdam this month, the optical devices division of Fujifilm will introduce the world’s smallest (total length approx. 220.5mm) and lightest (approx. 1.98kg) broadcast lens that supports 4K production. Despite its compact body, the “UA24x7.8” features a 24x high magnification zoom, covering a focal length from the wide angle of 7.8mm to 187mm. This new portable lens allows users to shoot
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Fujifilm shows smallest 4K HDR lens at IBC 2017

Fujifilm shows smallest 4K HDR lens at IBC 2017 The latest zoom lens in Fujifilm’s Premier UA Series of 4K 2/3” lenses, the new UA24x7.8 is a portable lens ideal for live sports and news coverage in remote locations. At the IBC convention in Amsterdam this month, the optical devices division of Fujifilm will introduce the world’s smallest (total length approx. 220.5mm) and lightest (approx. 1.98kg) broadcast lens that supports 4K production. Despite its compact body, the “UA24x7.8” features a 24x high magnification zoom, covering a focal length from the wide angle of 7.8mm to 187mm. This new portable lens allows users to shoot
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ARRI celebrates 100 years

ARRI celebrates 100 years A special event celebrated the centenary of ARRI, before the company packed to showcase products at IBC 2017. A book, The Filmmaker´s View, has also been published for the occasion. Exactly 100 years to the day after ARRI’s inception, the film technology company held an exclusive centenary celebration for select guests at the Isarforum of Munich’s famed Deutsches Museum. ARRI’s Executive Board and members of the Stahl family, the company’s owners, welcomed around 100 guests on September 12, 2017, including long-standing clients, partners, and companions from the global film industry. “With this very special anniversary celebration, we wish to thank
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ARRI celebrates 100 years

ARRI celebrates 100 years A special event celebrated the centenary of ARRI, before the company packed to showcase products at IBC 2017. A book, The Filmmaker´s View, has also been published for the occasion. Exactly 100 years to the day after ARRI’s inception, the film technology company held an exclusive centenary celebration for select guests at the Isarforum of Munich’s famed Deutsches Museum. ARRI’s Executive Board and members of the Stahl family, the company’s owners, welcomed around 100 guests on September 12, 2017, including long-standing clients, partners, and companions from the global film industry. “With this very special anniversary celebration, we wish to thank
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ARRI celebrates 100 years

ARRI celebrates 100 years A special event celebrated the centenary of ARRI, before the company packed to showcase products at IBC 2017. A book, The Filmmaker´s View, has also been published for the occasion. Exactly 100 years to the day after ARRI’s inception, the film technology company held an exclusive centenary celebration for select guests at the Isarforum of Munich’s famed Deutsches Museum. ARRI’s Executive Board and members of the Stahl family, the company’s owners, welcomed around 100 guests on September 12, 2017, including long-standing clients, partners, and companions from the global film industry. “With this very special anniversary celebration, we wish to thank
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ARRI celebrates 100 years

ARRI celebrates 100 years A special event celebrated the centenary of ARRI, before the company packed to showcase products at IBC 2017. A book, The Filmmaker´s View, has also been published for the occasion. Exactly 100 years to the day after ARRI’s inception, the film technology company held an exclusive centenary celebration for select guests at the Isarforum of Munich’s famed Deutsches Museum. ARRI’s Executive Board and members of the Stahl family, the company’s owners, welcomed around 100 guests on September 12, 2017, including long-standing clients, partners, and companions from the global film industry. “With this very special anniversary celebration, we wish to thank
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Canon MM100-WS: a module camera for IBC 2017

Canon MM100-WS: a new module camera for IBC 2017 The new compact module camera from Canon follows the logic of previous models, being able to capture images in low-light environments with as little as 1 lux of illumination. The introduction of the Canon MM100-WS represents  a new direction for Canon, although the model integrates the family of multi-purpose cameras previous launched by the company. Now, to the ME20F-SH and ME200S-SH Canon adds this model, which is compact and modular, meaning it is designed to be used in narrow spaces besides being the core of what seems to be a new modular system. Canon does not provide much information about Continue reading "Canon MM100-WS: a module camera for IBC 2017"

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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Lenovo introduces ThinkStation P920 and P720

Lenovo introduces ThinkStation P920 and P720 Aware of the importance of increased performance, speed and power needed by professionals, Lenovo introduces two workstations with up to 43% faster performance than what you have today. Lenovo’s first stop on the world tour to introduce its ThinkStation P920 and P720  is Trojan Horse was a Unicorn, in Tróia, Portugal, a six-day conference for creative professionals and students within the production, animation, gaming, art and design worlds, which starts 18th of September and ends on the 23rd of September. Lenovo has been a dedicated sponsor of THU for several years, and the company is “excited to take on even
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Lenovo introduces ThinkStation P920 and P720
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Hydrogen ONE: RED and Leia confirm partnership

Hydrogen ONE: RED and Leia confirm partnership The official announcement of the partnership formed by RED and Leia confirms what ProVideo Coalition wrote about the Hydrogen ONE last July. The smartphone that is more than a smartphone has Leia’s touch! We wrote back in July, in a second article about RED’s smartphone, that we knew, then, a little more about the new product, which is, in fact, we wrote, “much more than an Android smartphone”. We pointed then to the evidence that Leia was the name behind the holographic technology RED says its smartphone  – let’s call it that to keep things simple, but please read Continue reading "Hydrogen ONE: RED and Leia confirm partnership"