Out of the blue, on March 23rd, HP announced the development of its new Virtual Reality headset, Reverb G2, in collaboration with Valve and Microsoft. The mystery unfolded today, at AWE 2020.
Announced today, the Reverb G2 Virtual Reality headset is presented as the solution to remove distance barriers, a clear allusion to the times we are living through. It’s interesting to see how HP, Valve and Microsoft refer to the social distancing aspect of life under the pandemic to present a next-gen VR headset that is designed for everything from design and training to gaming. From virtual meetings where
Following on Canon’s footsteps, Fujifilm just introduced the company’s solution to turn X series and GFX system digital cameras into webcams. Now you can have a 102 million pixels webcam!
If you’ve a Fujifilm GFX100 camera and a Windows computer, you’ve a webcam that will make everybody go “Wow”. Not only do you have a huge sensor, with 102 million pixels, but you also have the option to choose the lens best adapted to each situation, and even the freedom to choose the Film Simulation mode that best suits your mood for each web-conference. Now, that’s a whole new world
Designed for filming at a maximum resolution of 8K UHD, the new Irix Cine 15mm T2.6 lens, available with PL, Canon EF, Sony E and MFT mount, is a fast, ultra-wide-angle lens for cinematographers.
Irix has finally revealed the lens hidden in its teaser from recent weeks, and the revelation confirms what everybody expected: the new lens introduced for cinematographers is the Irix Cine 15mm T2.6. It should not be a surprise, if you’ve followed the path of the company, which since its very beginning said: our intention is to provide the cinematographers with the most advanced
Vloggers are always looking for new solutions to use and Sony has just introduced its Vlog Camera ZV-1, a compact, lightweight that will be available in Europe next June, for approximately €800.
If you’re looking for a webcam, this Sony ZV-1 might be a good option… if you also need a video camera. In fact, the Sony ZV-1 an be transformed into a webcam by connecting it to a PC via USB, says the company. The announcement seems to be Sony’s reply to Canon’s recent release of an app that transforms many of Canon’s camera models in high-quality webcams. Competition
Available in black, with Android 10 pre-installed, the Sony Xperia 1 II is the world’s first smartphone with up to 20 fps continuous shooting capability, and with CineAlta and Alpha technologies inside.
The Xperia 1 II will be available for pre-sales starting June 1st and shipping July 24th unlocked from Sony authorized retailers. Xperia 1 II has a suggested retail price of $1199.99 USD. Pre-order by June 28th to get the WF-1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling earbuds with Xperia 1 II (a $230 value). The new flagship model from Sony leverages even more of the company’s most innovative technologies, breaking
Kyno 1.8 comes with DaVinci Resolve and Avid Media Composer integration, Blackmagic RAW support, and adds performance and workflow improvements, with requested features and some surprises.
Kyno’s development has been the result of a continued dialog between the developers at Lesspain Software and the community of users. In 2018, with Kyno 1.5, the company introduced two versions – Standard and Premium – with a series of new features requested by users of Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro. The Premium version is geared towards larger teams and organizations in the broadcast, news & film industry.
Designed as a solution for videographers, photographers, and designers, the new Lexar Professional NM700 M.2 2280 offers speeds of up to 3500MB/s read and 2000MB/s write.
While hard drives continue to be a good choice in terms of capacity and are good for data that you don’t need to access regularly, SSDs have become the new norm for operating systems, programs and data that you need to access continuously. Regular SSDs are still the choice for many, even in terms of data storage, but if your system supports it, then you should consider NVMe for the operating system (if
The PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines document aims to proactively provide the rental industry with a unified set of guidelines to address the challenge of reopening safely.
Now available to download from the Production Equipment Rental Group website, the PERG Safe Return to Work Guidelines .pdf document is a draft document, 59 pages long, which provides recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 for camera and lighting equipment rental operations, sound stage facilities, and vehicles used by rental companies.
The PERG Safe Return Task Group, who created the guidelines, used recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and
With transfer speeds of up to 1,050MB/s, the Samsung T7 portable SSD is now available for purchase in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity options.
Announced last January at CES 2020, the Samsung T7 SSD is the second device of this type introduced by the company, the first being the Samsung T7 Touch, featuring the first built-in fingerprint scanner to an SSD on top of password protection and AES 256-bit hardware encryption. The Samsung T7 does not offer the same extra layer of security, but keeps data secure thanks to password protection with AES 256-bit hardware encryption. In fact, it shares
Dell Technologies and Google Cloud want to offer Cloud users greater flexibility, while reducing the barrier of entry and costs through their new solution, which aims to offer a Cloud without compromise.
The Cloud is no longer a destination. It’s an operating model, state Dell Technologies, Google Cloud and VMware while presenting new solutions to help organizations control exponential data and application growth and ease the flow of files across their private clouds and Google Cloud. The Media and Entertainment industry is a potential client for these new solutions.
Now, more than ever, users look at the Cloud as an
With project timelines shrinking, working from home as the new normal and creative workflows more demanding, fast and reliable computers are needed. Dell, HP and Microsoft have new solutions.
Microsoft’s Surface Book 3 is a good laptop to open this note about the options available for creatives working from home. The most powerful laptop ever coming from Microsoft, providing up to 50% more performance than Surface Book 2 and up to 17.5 hours of battery life (on the 15-inch model), the laptop is powered by Quadro RTX and GeForce GTX graphics from NVIDIA and 10th Generation Intel Core processors.
With NVIDIA encoder acceleration in Adobe Premiere Pro, editors can export high-resolution videos up to 5x faster than on CPU. Like reducing export time from 3:48 to a mere 47 seconds.
With the latest release of Adobe Premiere Pro, 14.2, creators can get new NVIDIA GPU-enhanced features that help them deliver high-quality content faster than ever. This is good news for all content creators, especially at a time when so many people are working from home, and video editors are being challenged to deliver content in new ways. Many are using footage shot at home or getting creative with
With most productions halted due to the pandemic, the usage of stock footage and music in projects has expanded, but not all users are fully aware of how content licensing works, so Pond5 decided to help.
Once upon a time, licensing of photographs was almost trouble free. Content was mostly Rights Managed (RM) so you did not have to think much about any acquisition: either you were willing to pay the price requested for the usage needed or not. Royalty-Free, which at its base refers to a license where the user has the right to use the picture without many
The Work From Home generation has discovered the hard way that many webcams do a poor job for online meetings. If you own an old Canon EOS camera, you may have a FREE high quality solution.
Faced with a new Work From Home dynamic, many professionals discovered how poor their webcams were, whether those included in laptops or the models acquired to use with desktop monitors. With Zoom video conferencing, Skype recording and remote education – some professionals, as photographer Niall Benvie, are moving towards online live classes or workshops – being the new norm for now and, apparently,
Minolta introduced fuzzy logic in its cameras back in the early 90s and 30 years later Sony says Artificial Intelligence has arrived to sensors. It’s not for your camera yet, but it may arrive in the future.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence is not just the name for a 2001 Spielberg film, a project that Stanley Kubrick had in mind after acquiring the rights to Brian Aldiss’ story in the early 1970s. AI is everywhere these days, so much present, sometimes, that some will say it is a virus that has grown with this generation, used in imaging both for marketing
Designed for professionals who need desktop-level performance from anywhere, the new Microsoft Surface Book 3 is the powerhouse workstation, with up to 32GB memory, says the company.
With Working From Home being the norm for many people now and in the foreseen future, Microsoft’s concept of designing devices to help you do what you need, from anywhere, has taken, says the company, “on new weight since we first started working on these products”. Instead of planes, coffee shops and offices, continues Microsoft, “we’re moving from home office to kitchen table to couch, but our need for devices that keep us
Compatible with full-size SD Card devices – DSLRs and mirrorless – as well as aerial or action cameras, the new microSD cards offer a step-up in read performance and a lower price, says ProGrade Digital.
Founded with a mission to provide the highest quality professional grade digital memory cards and workflow solutions, ProGrade Digital announced improvements to its microSD line of memory cards with a step-up in read performance to 250MB/second as well as support for ProGrade Digital’s Refresh Pro Software.
These microSD cards, says the company, are coming to market at a lower price than the prior generation cards,
The new Unreal Engine 4.25 is the first to offer a production-ready Niagara visual effects (VFX) system, used for games, high-end technical demonstration projects and virtual production for TV and film.
The new version of Unreal Engine, now available for download, launches with a host of new and enhanced features for industries across the board. The popular game Fortnite, from Epic Games, has been the test ground for the Niagara VFX and Chaos physics, and the team responsible for development confirmed that Niagara is now production-ready, with a polished new UI and significant performance and stability improvements. There are
Bamboo Paper turns smartphones, iPads and tablets into a digital notebook. The Wacom app is free, but you’ve to pay for its premium features. Here is how to get them FREE… but only for a limited time.
Whether you need to share some notes or quickly explain something through a sketch, like a new light setting you tried in your studio, tools like Bamboo paper, from Wacom, make it easy to not only create but also share online those ideas. Now more than ever, tools that allow to share new ideas or complex thoughts while staying home are crucial.
With more than 160 pictures and an 8000 word text in a 137 spread PDF eBook, Retrospective: Thirty Years of Photography is not your common photography eBook, more a window to visual adventures.
This lock down period has been, for some, a period of intense work. Photographer Niall Benvie published recently a new version of his Field Studio eBook, which I reviewed here at Provideo Coalition, and now he has a new one. Retrospective: Thirty Years of Photography is, as Niall Benvie says, “a lavishly-illustrated story of living on your wits – with a camera”.