Introduced recently, HELIOS is the new camera-tracking beacon designed for all environments to enable extended and augmented reality for the broadcast, cinematic and touring industries.
Unveiled at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, the new camera-tracking beacon, HELIOS, is a part of BlackTrax’s CONVRG camera automation ecosystem launched in April 2019. Mounted directly onto a camera to suit any filming needs, the unified ecosystem of BlackTrax, CONVRG and HELIOS will allow users the flexibility of placing BTSensors in vantage points and areas that best suit the specific environment of any production.
The system expands the concept of the smart studio that was
The Atomos Shinobi SDI model was announced back in February. It is essentially exactly the same as the HDMI only version of the Shinobi, with you guessed it, the addition of SDI. For years customers have been hounding Atomos to make a monitor without a recorder. Well, they came to the rescue with the Shinobi, … Continued
We stopped by the booths. We saw the gear. We talked to as many industry manufacturers as we could. Then, after the exhibit floor closed, we dived into long edit sessions. Our game plan was simple: Cover NAB as much as possible, and edit throughout the day and into the evenings. We turned to Adobe Premiere Rush to speed up the log jam NAB video editing can become. Premiere Rush not only kept the river of completed edits moving along but also sped up the process. Let me tell you about our team’s experiences using Adobe Premiere Rush during NAB
NAB 2019 was what we have come to accept, organized chaos. Our team crisscrossed the convention hall floors in search of one-on-one booth interviews, oddball gear, and the “hidden gems.” We ran into a damaged mic during our first booth visit, which threw us for a loop. Again and again, we came across drool-worthy lenses. But more importantly, our camera of choice, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, never failed us.
Carrying a heavy camera as you move from one interview to the next can make for an
At NAB 2019, I asked the lead programmers at FiLMiC Pro whether the VFR (variable frame rate) recording situation remained the same, in order to help you —our reader— to both understand and follow best practice regarding framerates when shooting on iOS, and later editing and distributing it. At their booth in Las Vegas, FiLMiC engineers reaffirmed something that hadn’t been mentioned publicly since my 2017 article called Understanding iPhone framerates for shooting, editing & distribution. Ahead I’ll update that information.
When you shoot video on iOS (including iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), framerates don’t work the way they
The new generation of graphics cards has enough power to allow real-time playback, edit and color grade of 8K footage, making it easier for filmmakers to use even higher resolutions.
Earlier in 2018 NVIDIA and RED Digital Cinema announced they had solved the 8K bottleneck. Last December both companies showed in Hollywood how new processors allow for even faster workflows, demonstrating how to edit 8K video in real time. The new Turing architecture from NVIDIA, allowing to shift hundreds of trillions of pixels, is the “engine” behind the magic announced by NVIDIA and RED. With it creators can, effectively, edit
At NAB 2019, Datavideo announced the NVS-33, an H.264 standalone streaming encoder and recorder. The NVS-33 has HD-SDI and HDMI inputs for video as well as stereo RCA unbalanced audio connections, for use when embedded audio is not available or desired. The NVS-33 can stream and record at different bit rates simultaneously, although I am disappointed to see how low the maximum is, as I’ll explain ahead, together with four questions I asked Datavideo. The NVS-33 records onto an SD card in NTFS, FAT, or exFAT. The latter is my favorite.
Datavideo states that the front panel operation with
On this weeks episode of the Go Creative Show, Erik and I speak to host Ben Consoli about NAB 2019. Listen as we dive deep into most important announcements for cameras, lenses, lights, audio, grip gear and Keyboards.. yes, we said keyboards. Topics Covered ARRI Alexa Mini LF Sharp 8K Camera Z Cam E2 6K … Continued
The 18th annual Tribeca Film Festival will celebrate excellence in branded storytelling through its Tribeca X Award, this year expanding to 4 categories: best feature film, short film, episodic, and VR.
Virtual Reality is not dead. Although there was not much talk about its technology at NAB 2019, it may well gain momentum this year, as the technology evolves to give users a better grasp of the virtual worlds they visit. But the technology is just one side of the story, as the content is what justifies using the technology in the first place. A good example of what VR
At NAB 2019, AJA Video Systems announced Desktop Software v15.2, a free update packed with solid new features and performance enhancements for AJA KONA, Io and T-TAP products. Desktop Software v15.2 enhances creative freedom and flexibility with support for Apple ProRes family capture/playback across Windows, Linux and macOS in AJA Control Room, at up to 8K resolutions. It also adds new IP SMPTE ST 2110 workflows using AJA Io IP, and updates for KONA IP including ST 2110-40 ANC support.
At NAB 2019 AJA showed me their HDR Image Analyzer. Now, this tech is a little bit over my camera operator’s head. So I am sharing what AJA has said about it. AJA Video Systems announced HDR Image Analyzer v1.1, a free firmware update for its powerful, real-time HDR waveform, histogram and vectorscope monitoring and analysis solution. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 introduces feature updates that help high dynamic range (HDR) productions deliver more engaging content with deeper color and greater luminosity.
HDR Image Analyzer v1.1 improves the user experience with Web UI
During NAB 2019 PVC talked to Zacuto about their latest Electronic Viewfinder, the Kameleon and how it fits within their realm of EVFs. One of the features we learned, at least the short of it, was this, the Kameleon EVF can take a 4K input and make it work for an HD EVF. In some cameras, you have one choice for output and that is either HD or 4K. If you are sending a 4K signal to video village then you may be stuck with a 4K signal to send to your EVF. The Kameleon EVF makes that 4K
The creators of ftrack Studio have a new standalone product, ftrack Review. Until May you are able to purchase the new ftrack Review at 50% off with an annual subscription.
Revealed prior to NAB 2019, and demonstrated in Las Vegas during the show, ftrack Review is presented as “a new collaborative media review platform for content creators”. ftrack Review is a cloud-based collaborative media review and approval tool designed for creative teams who must iterate on media and gain feedback from stakeholders. Whereas providing feedback via email can be inefficient and lead to confusion, ftrack Review helps content creators to
At NAB 2019 PVC and Nikon talk about their two new mirrorless cameras the Z7 and Z6. There are a ton of features in both cameras filmmakers can love. 8K time-lapse in the Z7 and 4K UHD 10-bit raw output in both full-frame cameras. With the introduction of the Z7 and Z6 Nikon introduced the new Z mount which features a 65% shorter flange distance, measuring just 16mm, which allows for dramatically slimmed down body designs. The larger mount also supports faster and larger-volume communications between the body and lens to improve overall performance throughout the system. It also means
F-mount To Z-mount that is what FTZ means. More importantly, FTZ means opening up more than 90 currently available Nikkor F-Mount lenses to the Z-mount Z6 or Z7. An incredible number of older, and many cases vintage, lenses can be used on the newest modern mirrorless camera technology Nikon can make. In total, if one looks through Nikkor’s entire collection of lenses shooters have an option for 360 F-Mount Nikkor lenses. 360! Now those are a lot of options.
“Keep shooting on the lenses you love”
My wife Angela is a loyal Nikon shooter. She has the Nikkor holy
One could touch it. You could even look through the camera to see how the lens performed. But, at NAB 2019, you could not take a picture with the camera mounted to the Nikkor 58mm f/0.95. I say “camera mounted to the lens,” because the Nikon Z6 attached to the 58mm f/0.95 looked… well… small in comparison. What PVC saw at NAB 2019 was the sharpest f/0.95 aperture lens we’ve ever seen. What is the NIKKOR Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct? It is an evolution based around Nikon’s new Z-mount, the fastest lens in Nikon’s history,
Debuting at NAB 2019, the new Steadicam Steadimate-S ends the show receiving the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Award in the “Camera Support” category.
Introduced during the Las Vegas event, as Provideo Coalition mentioned, the Steadicam Steadimate-S camera stabilizer has received the 2019 NAB Show Product of the Year Award in the “Camera Support” category. The first official awards that recognize innovative new products at NAB Show, the program recognizes the most significant and promising new products and technologies showcased by exhibitors at the 2019 NAB Show.
Presented for the first time last week at NAB 2019, the
As a camera operator, I am guilty of it. I bet you are guilty of it too. Do you know what “It” I’m talking about? Thinking about sound last. For me, the work is all about how it looks. Do the visuals match the story? And, I am wrong. We all know bad sound can ruin a production. Hell, we even ran into audio problems during our NAB 2019 coverage. We had lost a mic to travel damage. Well, K-Tek talks to me about why I should be investing in better sound equipment like boom poles.
Make no bones about it, digital cinema cameras have gotten smaller. From the Red Raven to the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 to many more the size of these cameras have progressively gotten smaller and smaller. It is also time to have batteries sized to fit these cameras well instead of standing taller than a camera. Bebob has taken this to heart and showed us their V-Mount Micro Batteries.
The Bebob Vmicro battery line is available in a few different capacities: 14,4V 43 Wh, 98Wh and 147Wh. Compared to their bigger
Dan May from Blackmagic Design and I had a quick chat about the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2. While the URSA Mini Pro G2 is not necessarily new to NAB 2019 it might as well be new to the show. Rarely a person has seen one on sets or shoots since the camera’s original announcement. Shipping for the updated URSA Mini Pro started right around the time NAB 2019 began.
The new URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 is an advancement over the original model as it now features entirely new electronics for higher speed processing. Also included is