Suffragette uses Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio for grading

Suffragette uses Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Studio for grading

On the 2nd November 2015, Blackmagic Design announced that historical drama film Suffragette was graded by Goldcrest Post Production, London on DaVinci Resolve Studio. Here’s the press release from Blackmagic Design.

Opening the 59th BFI London Film Festival, Suffragette is the first feature film to tell the story of women’s right to vote, and united colourist Rob Pizzey with director Sarah Gavron and cinematographer Eduard Grau.

Not shying away from the violent aspects of the movement’s struggle, Grau and Pizzey were influenced by Saul Leiter in developing the film’s distinctively gritty style, shot on 16mm film and digital. A DaVinci Resolve plug-in, called Neat Video, was used in conjunction with a separate plug-in written by Pizzey so that the team could adjust the level of grain in real time, based on Gavron’s feedback.

“Suffragette is a wonderful film and thoroughly deserving of its place at the London Film Festival, it’s fantastic news and makes me feel very proud,” said managing director at Goldcrest Post London, Patrick Malone. “We have always been fortunate in terms of the diversity of projects we work on and it’s particularly rewarding when the more cerebral titles achieve exposure and acclaim.”

Also highly critically acclaimed was this year’s Hollywood remake of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, which saw Goldcrest Post London colourist Adam Glasman work with director Justin Kunzel and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw to create a film filled with palpable brutality, surreal hallucinatory scenes and stylised colour jumps that broke all the grading rules using DaVinci Resolve Studio.

Instead of fulfilling his normal role as a colourist, seamlessly matching the colour of every shot in a feature, Glasman deliberately made colours jump between shots for Macbeth, intentionally ensuring they didn’t match to bring audiences the classic Shakespeare play as they’d never seen it before.

“This is an intensively competitive business requiring us to maintain the highest standards of service to uphold the reputation we have all worked so hard to achieve. Any lapse in these standards, particularly when working on high profile titles such as Suffragette and Macbeth, could be extremely detrimental to the business,” Malone concluded. “Resolve has become the lynchpin of our workflow, allowing us to design an exceptionally reliable and efficient picture pipeline. We now have a process that effectively satisfies the editorial and delivery requirements of a project, while providing directors of photography with an incredibly powerful finishing tool.”

Check out our range of Blackmagic Design products here, or browse our DaVince Resolve hardware and configuration page here. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email davinci@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Jigsaw24 at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University

Jigsaw24 at Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University

On the 22nd October, we were invited to the official opening of the new Ruskin School of Arts building at Oxford University. Over the past year we’ve been working with them to build a robust infrastructure and AV solution, including building a film screen window display and three new editing suites. Here’s a sneak preview of what happened on their opening night.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Hamilton presented the opening ceremony. He introduced us to their brand new multimedia lab, three editing suites, a print room, and wood and metal workshops. We listened to speeches from Alumni Conrad Shawcross and Turner Prize Winner for 2012, Dr Elizabeth Price, and watched a special performance by Hannah Jones.

We’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at Ruskin School of Art and can’t wait to follow the work they produce in their new editing suites! Keep a look out for our full case study coming soon, and in the meantime take a nosy at our photos from the evening.

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Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

Weekly design inspiration: Coat of arms

This week, we unveiled our latest piece of Jigsaw24 artistry, our own coat of arms. Featuring all our best assets, zebra included, it got us thinking about our favourite and most memorable heraldic works (we’ve got odd hobbies). Here’s what the team came up with, including Canadian, local and magical coats of arms…

Visually stunning Canadian coats

First up, we’re marvelling at the brilliance and slight madness of the coats of arms of the Canadian states. Whereas us Europeans like to keep our coats traditional and feature lots of lions and medieval shields, we were thrilled to find the Canadians not taking things as seriously and thinking more creatively. Who wouldn’t want their coat of arms to feature bison mermaids, flying polar bears or rainbow jaguars?

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Visually stunning Canadian coats of arms via nationalpost.com

Nottingham coat of arms

Looking more locally now, we’ve been investigating Nottingham’s changing coat of arms. Our current coat of arms has been standing since 1933, and features a pair of stags and a castle. Missing is any reference to our beloved outlaw Robin Hood, who was removed from the coat way back in 1905. We’d quite like him to be reinstated, maybe in his Disney fox form.

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Nottingham coat of arms via ngw.nl

Hogwarts

We couldn’t talk about coats of arms without mentioning the wonderfully detailed and artistic coat of arms of our favourite magical school, Hogwarts. We love the school motto, which translates to ‘never tickle a sleeping dragon’ and the royal gold colour scheme, and who could forget the Hufflepuff badger?

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Hogwarts coat of arms via pinterest.com

Traditional pub signs

Carrying on from Hogwarts we thought we’d mention another one of our favourite things, pubs. While pub signs might not be the main reason we visit such an establishment, we all enjoy a good bit of pub signage, especially the example below, a hand-painted sign from artist Andrew Grundon.

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Traditional pub signs via marchantandmakers.com

Game of Thrones coat of arms

Our final piece for this week is a collection of Game of Thrones-inspired coat of arms for the Seven Kingdoms’ houses from Russian designer Ivan Belikov. We particularly like his illustrations for the House of Stark and House of Targaryen.

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Game of Thrones crests via Behance.net

Introducing the Jigsaw24 coat of arms

Let’s take a moment now to appreciate our new coat of arms in all of its lipstick-wearing zebra glory. You are welcome.

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Canon announce the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models

Canon announce the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models

Canon announce the release of three new projectors, the XEED 4K500ST and two new LV models. Here’s what you need to know and when you can get your hands on them…

Canon XEED 4K500ST

Weighing in at just 17.6kg (including the lens) the XEED 4K500ST is the world’s lightest 4K projector. Its compact size can fit unobtrusively into a variety of installed environments, meaning 4K projection can become a reality outside of the cinema set up.

Features:

– High definition 4096 x 2400 LCOS panel, meaning content exceeding the resolution of 4K digital cinema can be projected.

– Capable of displaying very fine, detailed images perfect for engineering applications where computer-aided design (CAD) work and 3D modelling require high levels of detail.

– Newly developed 4K wide zoom lens, capable of projecting large images from a short distance, as well as a peripheral focusing function that enables the projection of images onto curved screens.

– Designed for a wide range of applications including simulation, medical imaging and engineering, the projector offers 4K resolution whilst being compact and lightweight.

Canon LV-WX320 and LV-X320

LV-WX320: An WXGA portable projector that delivers bright, high-quality images and is impressively compact and lightweight. HDMI, MHL compatibility and a network port offer superior value for money.

LV-X320: A XGA portable projector that delivers bright images from a conveniently small and lightweight device.

The two new LV models offer increased brightness, contrast and connectivity options, bringing bright, high-performance projection with long lamp life at exceptionally good value to corporate and educational environments.

Availability:

We’re expecting the XEED 4K500ST to go on sale in early 2016 with release dates for the LV-WX320 and LV-X320 still to be confirmed. Keep checking back in for more information on release dates and pricing!

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Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

Weekly design inspiration: Theatre

This week, we’ve been getting into the acting spirit and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. So, we’ve all been donning our best accents, stage makeup and collecting our favourite pieces of theatre inspired artwork. We give you Vegas stage sets, acting tips, paper theatre and Les Misérables…

Le Reve “The Dream” at the Wynn, Las Vegas

First up we’re looking at set design from ‘Le Reve’ the popular Las Vegas show held at the Wynn Casino. A particularly impressive setup, the stage features water, fire, swimming, acrobatics and a great deal of trust from its performers. A definite must-see if you’re in Vegas!

Le Reve (The Dream) at the Wynn, Las Vegas via YouTube

Katrin Brack: Stage designer

Next up we’re looking at some of the stunning sets created by stage designer Katrin Brack. Simplicity is the key here, with lots of Katrin’s stagings featuring confetti, lights and balloons. Here’s a look at a few of our favourites.

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Katrin Brack stage design via goethe.de

Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action

Just the sort of thing every marketeer should be familiar with, rhetorical gestures and action. Today we learnt that without realising it, we’ve been displaying stances of fashionable impudence and jealous rage in our infographics. Going forwards we will all study ‘Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action’ in great depth so as not to confuse these actions again.

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‘Practical illustrations of rhetorical gesture and action’ via archive.org

Papercraft Dioramas

Turning now to everyone’s favourite combination: papercraft, set design and animation. We’ve been admiring the work of artist duo Davy and Kristin McGuire and their quaint paper dioramas. With the help of a little digital projection mapping they’ve produced a series of theatrical installations (which we all expected to be far more sinister than they were). We’ve included our favourite, a cheeky wildlife number, below.

Production designer: Eve Stewart

Our final piece is a homage to the film version of Les Misérables. Although, technically we’ve been looking at the film adaptation and not the theatre production, we were so taken with the set design that we felt it deserved a spot in our lineup.  We were all fascinated to discover the work that went into building the sets for the film, created by production designer Eve Stewart. It’s the most uses for plastic we’ve ever seen.

Les Miserable – craft featurette: production design via YouTube

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IBC 2015: Canon show off new low light camera

IBC 2015: Canon show off new low light camera

For Canon camera enthusiasts, IBC brought the news that the hotly anticipated EOS C300 Mk II would begin shipping imminently, and marked the arrival of a new low light camera, the ME20F-SH (which incidentally, we’ll be showing out Roadshow in October)…

Canon EOS C300 Mk II shipping imminently!

Back in April, Canon announced the release of their new C300 Mk ii ahead of NAB 2015 (which you can read about in more detail here). And now, it’s ready and raring to go! Pre-order your new camera over on our website now (no deposit required) and it’ll be shipped imminently!

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Welcome to the world Canon ME20F-SH

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 30 July 2015 – Canon today announces the launch of the ME20F-SH, a professional multi-purpose video camera capable of capturing full colour images in extremely low-light environments. Boasting an industry leading unrivalled maximum ISO in excess of 4 million (+75dB), the ME20F-SH is designed to be as small as possible whilst delivering high quality professional grade Full HD footage.

Supporting image capture in situations where it previously would not have been possible, the ME20F-SH is ideal for use within specialist applications such as TV productions of nighttime wildlife, deep sea/cave exploration, astronomy and surveillance. The ability to install the camera in a semi-permanent location, with remote control operability also means that for documentary and natural history filmmakers, long term projects and events can be captured with minimum staffing. Due to the specialist nature and demand for this product, the ME20F-SH will only be available to selected partners.

First class infrared capability 
Capturing video in low-light conditions often requires the use of infrared illumination, a technique that traditionally only yields footage in black and white. The ME20F-SH however, achieves impressive high-sensitivity performance enabling the capture of colour Full HD video with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions and without the need for infrared illumination.

Exceptionally high sensitivity 
Designed to be used in situations where ambient light levels are extremely low, the ME20F-SH features a newly developed Full Frame 35mm with 2.26 MP CMOS sensor and a DIGIC DV4 processor. The sensor’s pixels and readout circuitry use Canon’s proprietary technologies to achieve both reduced noise and exceptionally high sensitivity, allowing you to capture subjects illuminated with less than 0.0005 lux. Similar to Canon’s Cinema EOS cameras, the ME20F-SH includes Canon Log and Wide DR settings, which enable a wide dynamic range (800%), delivering high-quality results across a variety of ambient lighting conditions, without the need for supplemental lighting.

Connectivity 
The ME20F-SH offers several options with regard to connectivity to external third party devices for recording or remote viewing purposes, and is also compatible with Canon’s RC-V100¹ for full remote control over the camera.

Enabling a wide range of imaging possibilities 
The new ME20F-SH employs Canon’s EF mount with Cinema Lock, as found on the Cinema EOS C500, allowing users to take advantage of the company’s extensive lineup of interchangeable lenses². By enabling operators to select the ideal lens based on their shooting or application requirements, taking into consideration such factors as angle of view and level of brightness, the multi-purpose camera facilitates a wide range of shooting possibilities.

ME20F-SH key features

– Ultra low-light performance at ISO 4million.

– High quality Full HD 1080p/1080i/720p output.

– Flexible control with auto and custom settings.

– Compatible with a wide range of EF lenses.

– Remote control of camera settings and built-in ND and IR cut filters possible.

– Small and lightweight for ease of integration.

Want to get your hands on the new Canon ME20F-SH? Pop along to our post-IBC Roadshow stopping off in MediaCityUK on 6th October and Soho, London on the 8th October.

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IBC 2015: News from NewTek on TriCaster Mini

IBC 2015: News from NewTek on TriCaster Mini

If you’re a keen Tricaster fan, IBC will have been music to your ears, as NewTek announced a new Tricaster Mini HD-4 SDI and advanced IP Workflow.

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NewTek announce Advanced IP Workflow at IBC 2015, a new visionary live production approach enabled by the release of the new protocol for IP production workflow, NDI, and an update to TriCaster Advanced Edition. Both will be available later on this year. NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will allow production switchers to communicate with other systems and devices connected on a network, assign any of their cameras or video signals as inputs, and deliver multi-channel, high quality, frame-accurate video encoded in realtime, all over standard Ethernet networks.

This will be made possible for TriCaster customers in the Q4 update to TriCaster Advanced Edition, which includes NDI-ready capabilities that make exponential video sources available over the LAN. TriCaster Advanced Edition is available for any current pro-line TriCaster model and TriCaster Mini, and will give those TriCasters new Advanced IP Workflow capabilities, including additional inputs for cameras or any supported video source on a LAN. Users can configure all their inputs for IP-based sources if they choose, or mix IP sources with direct hardware and baseband connections.

Central to this announcement, NewTek have also introduced their own open IP protocol as standard, known as Network Device Interface (NDI). This will allow any enabled device on a standard gigabit Ethernet LAN to be recognised as a video source or destination by other systems and devices as part of an IP production workflow.

When installed, NDI will work automatically on compatible NewTek products and devices from top industry manufacturers already working with NewTek IP workflows. It is expected that at its release, NDI will be the widest adopted standard on the market, extending to over 100,000 compatible systems already deployed worldwide. A free software development kit (SDK) will be available for download so anyone will be able to share media to and from their production devices over Ethernet.

New Features in TriCaster Advanced Edition: Advanced IP workflow:

Video Over IP: Send and receive realtime, low-latency, frame-accurate video over IP on a standard network infrastructure via the Network Device Interface (NDI) protocol, with any NDI-enabled device on the same LAN available as a video source or destination.

IP Source Selection: Access the inputs and outputs of NDI-enabled devices on the same network from any external input on the TriCaster switcher dramatically increasing the amount of available video sources for any production.

IP Outputs: Distribute more video from your TriCaster system, supplying your choice of output signals, sub-mixes or individual sources to NDI-enabled devices with four fully configurable, IP video outputs.

Switching:

Switcher Inputs: Access more live sources with the number of external inputs on the switcher increasing from six to eight for TriCaster 460, 410 and Mini and from 10 to 12 for TriCaster 8000 and 860. (Four new IP inputs in TriCaster Advanced Edition take the place of two standard TriCaster network inputs.)

External Input Configuration: Freely configure the external inputs on the TriCaster switcher for any combination of connected cameras, hardware video sources, or IP video sources, and automatically work with any partner’s NDI video sources.

More about NewTek Advanced IP Workflow: 

Unlike expensive, dual-10Gbps Ethernet networks typical of emerging IP workflows that merely take the place of SDI cables and connections, a standard GigE LAN infrastructure can accommodate NewTek’s efficient, multi-source live IP video switching. Not only does this drastically reduce initial network infrastructure investment, NewTek Advanced IP Workflow can also:

– Minimise network component costs.

– Eliminate the logistical and physical limitations of SDI cables by making a source in one location usable in a production elsewhere.

– Eliminate concerns about the limited number of physical inputs on a switcher when an additional live video source is needed, just find a network connection on the LAN to plug it into.

– Raise the ceiling for video source proliferation.

– Demolish constraints caused by distance, walls and miles of coax cable.

Pricing:

The new version of TCAE with NewTek Advanced IP Workflow will be free to current TCAE customers.

TriCaster Mini Line Expands With New HD-SDI Model:

NewTek today launched TriCaster Mini HD-4 sdi — the world’s most complete and compact multimedia studio, now featuring HD-SDI hardware. The new model provides customers a choice between professional SDI I/O and the highly popular, ultra-portable HDMI version of TriCaster Mini allowing even more users to transform their ordinary presentations into engaging multimedia content that looks like network-style TV.

The Mini’s unmatched size, simplicity and feature set make it easy to carry in one hand, set up, create and share a complete program in a matter of minutes. Now broadcasters and video professionals adding the TriCaster Mini to their toolboxes can produce uncompromising multi-camera content from anywhere using SDI cameras, and take advantage of its portability and ease of use without adding adapters to convert to HDMI. They can create video coverage in more locations, with longer cable runs than possible with HDMI, and with the security of professional-standard BNC connections that lock in place.

“The SDI version of TriCaster Mini is a direct response to feedback we’ve received from SDI camera owners who like the form factor and small size coupled with its comprehensive capabilities,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO of NewTek. “We’re pleased to offer customers a choice of models to support either their SDI or HDMI equipment depending on preference. Not only professionals, people in every industry are seeking to deliver their messages like seasoned television professionals in order to engage their audiences. No other system in the world makes it as easy for them to create sophisticated broadcast content, webcasts, and presentations and stream them live, publish to social media or upload to a website from the office, an event, or any location with an Internet connection.”

Pre order your Newtek Tricaster Mini HD-4 SDI over on our website now from £7499 (£8998.80 inc VAT).

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IBC 2015: Blackmagic update URSA Mini & more

IBC 2015: Blackmagic update URSA Mini & more

It has been a busy IBC for Blackmagic Design, who have announced an update to the URSA Mini (with the 4K model shipping soon), new B4 adaptor available for the PL model, new Decklink Quad 2 released and updates to Teranex Mini 12G-SDI converter models…

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Blackmagic Design kicked off the first day of IBC 2015  by announcing the URSA Mini B4 Mount. Here’s the press release…
“Blackmagic Design today introduced the Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount which is a B4 lens mount modification for its new Blackmagic URSA Mini PL camera, that lets it broadcast HD lenses. Since URSA Mini’s launch at NAB, feedback from broadcasters has been overwhelmingly positive, and now they will also be able to use their existing high definition B4 broadcast lenses with Blackmagic URSA Mini.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is designed to replace the existing PL lens mount on Blackmagic URSA Mini PL, turning it into a B4 camera for HD. To install the B4 mount, customers simply take the PL lens mount off where it is normally removed for shimming PL lenses and bolt on the B4 lens mount.The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount is a true lens mount replacement that features precision glass optics specifically designed to match Blackmagic URSA Mini’s sensor with high definition broadcast B4 lenses. The B4 mount also features spherical aberration correction so customers can use their lenses wide open with no blooming effect. The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount can be used with both 4K and 4.6K PL models of URSA Mini.

Once the mount is installed, B4 lenses can be attached to the camera. Blackmagic URSA Mini PL also includes a new lens control connection that works with both PL and B4 lenses. This new connection supports both analogue and digital lens control standards and also provides iris control and power for the lens.

The built in PL lens mount on URSA Mini PL can be changed to the B4 lens mount whenever needed, giving customers the flexibility to use URSA Mini with their existing B4 broadcast lenses for HD today, and with PL cinema lenses for Ultra HD and 4K tomorrow.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini B4 Mount turns URSA Mini PL into an incredible ENG style camera. Crafted from advanced technology magnesium alloy, URSA Mini is a rugged, yet extremely lightweight and well balanced shoulder mount camera that is comfortable enough to be used all day. There’s a 5” fold out monitor, complete technical scopes, professional audio recording, and dual ProRes recorders all built right in as well as the optional URSA Viewfinder and URSA Mini Shoulder Kit. With URSA Mini, news crews can shoot a story, mount the card on a computer in the van and begin editing immediately without having to convert files so they can get stories on air fast.

Blackmagic URSA Mini PL can be purchased with either a 4K or a 4.6K image sensor and features up to 15 stops of dynamic range. When used with high definition B4 lenses, URSA Mini shoots incredibly clear HD images that have massive dynamic range and look far better than the images from a traditional broadcast HD camera. Plus, broadcasters can use their URSA Mini PL with B4 lenses on one job and then switch back to PL lenses for another job.

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“Since we announced URSA Mini at NAB earlier this year, broadcasters have been asking us for a B4 lens mount,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We listened carefully and designed a way for them to use the B4 lenses they already have for high definition production, and still give them a camera that works for Ultra HD and 4K production because they can switch back to a PL mount lens whenever they need! The most exciting part about this announcement is that broadcasters using URSA Mini get the HD camera they need today with modern file formats like RAW, ProRes and DNx plus they also get wide dynamic range so the quality of the images are much better. From our conversations with broadcasters everybody is talking about the excitement of having digital film capability in an ENG style camera and they are aware of the extra creativity that can bring to their production work.”

Blackmagic Design announce DeckLink Quad 2

IBC 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands – September 11, 2015 – Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Quad 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution that puts the power of 8 DeckLink cards onto a single circuit board that plugs into a single PCI Express slot. Designed for developers and OEMs, DeckLink Quad 2 is the ideal solution for media play-out servers, multi screen digital signage servers, real time processors and more. DeckLink Quad 2 will retail for $995.

This new model of DeckLink Quad 2 features 8 independent 3G-SDI connections so it can now work in high HD frame rates and it supports SDI formats in SD and HD up to 1080p60. Each SDI connection is completely independent, meaning that each of the 8 connections can input or output entirely different video standards and content streams, all at the same time. DeckLink Quad 2 can also capture and playback at the same time, and also includes a reference connection for black burst/tri-sync.

Developers can use the SDK to configure the eight SDI connections to be any combination of inputs and outputs.Featuring the latest, high performance 8 lane generation 2 PCI Express, DeckLink Quad 2 takes up only one single PCI slot in the computer, which makes it the perfect solution for system integrators and developers that need completely customizable, flexible I/O configurations on a single card. DeckLink Quad 2 appears as 8 independent SDI cards to the host computer, even though it only uses a single PCI Express slot and is ideal for use in servers that need to handle multiple video streams for both simultaneous capture and playback.

“Developers building playback servers have been asking us for ways to reduce equipment size,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The new DeckLink Quad 2 is exciting because it’s like getting 8 independent SDI capture and playback cards in one! Best of all, the new SDK lets OEMs and developers control each SDI connection independently for incredible flexibility. This means customers can have any combination of inputs or outputs and for example they could have 8 inputs or 8 outputs or 1 input with 7 outputs or simply 4 inputs and 4 outputs. It’s really their choice and they can use the one card even when the systems they are building could vary from customer to customer.”

Blackmagic Design Announces New Teranex Mini 12G-SDI Converter Models

Blackmagic Design today announced three new Teranex Mini video converter models, allowing customers to convert from 12G-SDI to Quad SDI, from Quad SDI to 12G-SDI, and to distribute a single SDI source to eight SDI outputs.

Teranex Mini 12G-SDI to Quad SDI converts 12G-SDI to Quad Link SDI so customers can connect the latest 12G-SDI Ultra HD equipment with Quad Link Ultra HD equipment. This model also allows Ultra HD SDI to be separated into four HD SDI outputs for using regular HD displays for creating video wall style displays.

Teranex Mini Quad SDI to 12G-SDI converts Quad Link SDI to 12G-SDI so customers can connect Quad Link Ultra HD equipment to the latest 12G-SDI Ultra HD equipment. This model allows equipment that uses four BNC cables to be connected using a single 12G-SDI BNC cable for connecting to the latest routers, switchers, projectors and more!

Teranex Mini SDI Distribution distributes a single SDI video input to up to eight SDI outputs. This model features the latest multi rate 12G-SDI connections with full SDI re-clocking allowing the converter to automatically switch between all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60. This is perfect for distributing a single SDI signal to multiple devices such as monitors, switchers and encoders.

All these new models include support for both Level A and Level B 3G-SDI equipment.

Because these new models are part of the Teranex Mini product family, customers can also take advantage of the Teranex Mini Smart Panel, which replaces the standard front panel and features push button and spin knob controls along with an LCD for monitoring conversions.

“Customers love 12G-SDI because it works with everything from SD all the way up to high frame rate Ultra HD 2160p60 over a single BNC connection,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It’s being adopted faster than any other broadcast technology we’ve ever seen. These new Teranex Mini models help bridge the gap by letting customers use first generation Dual Link SDI and Quad Link SDI Ultra HD equipment with the latest 12G-SDI cameras, routers, switchers and more!”

About Teranex Mini

Teranex Mini are the next generation 12G-SDI converters with award winning Teranex quality and support for all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60! All Teranex Minis include an internal AC power supply, professional XLR analog and AES/EBU audio connections and an ethernet connection for remote management and PoE alternate power! Teranex Mini features a user upgradable front panel that includes a color display and user controls so you can quickly monitor video and change settings right from the front of the converter! You get all of the same great features of regular mini converters and so much more!

There are now 15 models of Teranex Mini based on the conversion required. These include the new Teranex Mini 12G-SDI to Quad SDI, Teranex Mini Quad SDI to 12G-SDI and Teranex Mini SDI Distribution models, plus Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI, Teranex Mini HDMI to SDI, Teranex Mini SDI to Analog, Teranex Mini Analog to SDI, Teranex Mini SDI to Audio and Teranex Mini Audio to SDI. The optical fiber models that include a single SDI connection and a 12G-SDI SMPTE compatible optical SDI module include Teranex Mini Optical to HDMI, Teranex Mini HDMI to Optical, Teranex Mini Optical to Analog, Teranex Mini Analog to Optical, Teranex Mini Optical to Audio and Teranex Mini Audio to Optical.

All models include built in Ethernet so Teranex Mini can be remotely administered from a central location using Blackmagic Design’s Converter Utility for Mac OS X and Windows.

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IBC 2015: Sony release PXW-FS5 and the α7S II

IBC 2015: Sony release PXW-FS5 and the α7S II

Catch up with all the Sony highlights from IBC 2015, including the unveiling of the new PXW-FS5 and the α7S II (both of which are available to order on our website now). Don’t forget you can also sign up for our own post-IBC Roadshow in MediaCityUK and London. We’ve even included the signup form further down…

Excitement in Amsterdam as Sony unveil the PXW-FS5!

Amsterdam, September 11th 2015: Sony has today announced the PXW-FS5, the latest addition to its rugged range of professional camcorders with superior creative features and flexible shooting. The versatile “grab and shoot” style PXW-FS5 provides unsurpassed on-the-go shooting in the most demanding of conditions, with stunning image choices and creative features. Complementing the successful PXW-FS7, this compact camcorder delivers high quality imagery suitable for a range of professional applications from event videography to corporate and online video production.

The PXW-FS5 is ergonomically designed with the user in mind; the 0.8kg lightweight body has excellent weight balance ensuring reliability and all-day comfortable handheld shooting, for almost any location, even airborne mounted on a drone. Ease of use for a variety of shooting applications is possible with the one-touch rotatable grip; all of the key controls are at the user’s fingertips allowing for ultimate shooting flexibility and instant switch between low or high angle shooting. In response to users demand for more ergonomic flexibility, the 3.5-inch type LCD panel can be attached to different positions on the handle or the compact camera body, further supporting easy handheld operation and offering customisable shooting.

Superb creative expression is visible through the inclusion of 4K XAVC high-definition shooting, with the Super35 ExmorTM CMOS sensor incorporating 11.6 million pixels and 8.3 million effective pixels, capturing detail and image texture that even HD sensors cannot see. The high sensitivity and large size of the sensor delivers background defocus, increased low-light sensitivity and lower image noise coupled with stunning picture quality. High quality imagery is further ensured by High Frame Rate cache recording at 10bit 4:2:2 Full HD and an incredibly high frame rate of up to 240fps, in 8 second bursts, which makes 1/10 times Super Slow Motion possible without sacrificing bit depth or loss of image quality.

The PXW-FS5 is the world’s first* Super35mm camcorder to feature built-in electronic variable ND filters, further expanding the depth of field representation by the large-format sensor and enabling flexible exposure control, encouraging the user to reach their full creative potential. Professionals can push their work to the next level with a high-end cinematography feel to footage, coupled with the mobile feel of the camcorder. Get the exact shot needed for a project, even in difficult shooting locations; as the compact power zoom E lens PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS( SELP18105G), provided in the PXW-FS5K kit model, enables zoom operation with one hand.

Integrating easily with other camera lenses, α Mount System offers unsurpassed compatibility with both Sony and third-party lenses. The PXW-FS5’s E-mount can take virtually any lenses, such as SLR lenses via an adaptor, as well as Sony’s E-mount and A-mount lenses; ensuring the camcorder adapts to multiple environments. Sony’s α Mount System and its enhanced interfaces include 3G-SDI, HDMI output and SD dual card slots. Also equipped with Wi-Fi and a Wired LAN terminal, the PXW-FS5 features enhanced network functions such as file transfer and streaming transmission.

Furthermore, the future firmware update will provide RAW output.

“Last year we launched the PXW-FS7 at IBC, which changed the way broadcast programmes and documentaries were made. With that in mind and building on the success of the PXW-FS7, we’re introducing a lighter more compact camcorder, the PXW-FS5,” said Claus Pfeifer, Strategic Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

“The PXW-FS5 presents unrivalled flexibility coupled with complete creative control, equipping professionals with all the tools needed to exceed any brief. It stands apart in the current market as a comfortable handheld, lightweight camera, which at the same time delivers high quality imagery for content creation spanning; cinematic wedding videography, corporate footage, online and event videography. Professionals have all the practical and creative functionality at their disposal, leaving them without any limits to realise their full potential.”

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Sony get all sensitive on us with the new α7S II

Sony today at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam announced the latest addition to its award winning series of compact, full-frame α7 cameras with the introduction of the α7S II. Offering ultra-high sensitivity and wide dynamic range across the entire ISO range and 5-axis image stabilisation for greater shooting control, the α7S II delivers stunning image quality for photographers who shoot in the most challenging light conditions.

Be it the brightest of mornings or darkest of nights, the α7S II enables new levels of photographic expression at whatever shutter speed you wish to deploy. The α7S II also incorporates a host of pro-style movie functions including the ability to shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning in full-frame format, making it an extremely appealing proposition for photographers and videographers alike.

The α7S II delivers an awe-inspiring sensitivity range of ISO 50-409600, thanks to the combination of its 35mm full-frame 12.2 megapixel image sensor and BIONZ X image processing engine. The sensor optimises the dynamic range across the entire ISO range and broadens the range of tonal gradation in bright environments and minimises noise in dark scenes meaning that it delivers impressive results even in the most extreme conditions. The upgraded image processing algorithm of BIONZ X maximises the sensor’s capabilities and improves depiction throughout the full sensitivity range with particular emphasis on the mid-to-high range. This means that the resulting stills and movies demonstrate extra-fine detail with minimal noise.

Video Master

The α7S II can record 4K movies internally in the XAVC S format meaning that content is wonderfully detailed. Because information from all pixels is utilised without line skipping or pixel binning, the camera can maximise the expanded power of the full-frame image sensor and produce 4K movies with higher image clarity and negligible moiré. Full pixel readout without pixel binning is also employed when shooting Full HD movies which means that it collects information from approximately five times as many pixels that are required to generate Full HD and condenses the information to produce extremely high quality movies.

In a first for the α7 series, the α7S II can record 120fps at 100Mbps with full pixel readout without pixel binning in full frame format which can be edited into wonderful 4x/5x slow motion footage in Full HD. The α7S II also has the ability to shoot 4x/5 slow motion footage internally which can be immediately reviewed on the camera screen.

Video functionality has been further enhanced with new profiles; S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3 and S-Gamut3/S-Log3. These new profiles deliver wide dynamic range and colour correction is easier to perform. The α7S ll even offers impressive 14-stop latitude in the S-Log3 gamma setting. The camera also supports S-Gamut/S-Log2 which is very popular among cinematographers and videographers. Gamma Display Assist is a new function that allows users to monitor images or check focus when recording S-Log movies and the Zebra function has been improved for even greater control.

5-Axis Image Stabilisation

The new α7S II is equipped with the innovative 5-axis image stabilisation system that is proving extremely popular in the α7 II and α7R II cameras. The system corrects camera shake along five axes during shooting, including angular shake (pitch and yaw) which has the greatest impact on image quality and tends to occur with a telephoto lens, shift shake (X and Y axes) which becomes noticeable as magnification increases, and rotational shake (roll) that often affects night shooting or video recording.

Autofocus accuracy

The autofocus system on the α7S II has been upgraded and now offers 169 AF points for fast, precise focusing with greater accuracy. The power of the image sensor means that the absence of noise in images generated, enables the Fast Intelligent AF to detect contrast more easily and react speedily even in low-light situations (as low as EV-4), when it’s even tough to check with the naked eye. When shooting video, the AF performance is twice as fast as the predecessor model.

Electronic Viewfinder

The XGA OLED Tru-Finder in the α7S II has been upgraded and offers the world’s highest viewfinder magnificationxi of 0.78x (roughly 38.5 degrees in diagonal field of view) and shows clear images across the entire display area. The use of ZEISS T* Coating ensures sharp reduction of reflections on the viewfinder and unlike an optical viewfinder, the OLED Tru-Finder can be used to instantly show how exposure compensation, white balance and other selected settings are affecting the displayed image.

User upgrades

A number of enhancements have been made to the look and feel of the α7S II to make it more user friendly, reliable and intuitive. Its magnesium-alloy body is both light and highly robust and the grip and shutter buttons have been re-designed so that the camera feels more natural in the hand. For situations when you just want to blend into the background, silent shooting mode can be activated for 5fps continuous shooting and reliability has been enhanced with reduced-vibration shutter movement.

The lens mount has been further reinforced to ensure greater resilience, particularly when attaching third party lenses and users can now charge the camera via a USB power supply whilst the camera is in operation, thus extending battery life. For greater comfort and safety, Sony is also launching the LCS-EBF; a new premium leather body case for the α7S II which is also compatible with the α7R II and α7 II.

The α7S II is also Wi-Fi and NFC compatible and fully functional with Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application available for Android and iOS platforms, as well as Sony’s growing range of PlayMemories Camera Apps, which add a range of fun creative capabilities to the camera.

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IBC 2015: Price cuts and OS updates from Atomos

IBC 2015: Price cuts and OS updates from Atomos

Atomos caused many a gasp during their time in Amsterdam this year. Not only have they been creating hysteria by cutting the prices of products like the Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade and Ninja2, they’ve also announced updates to their OS AtomoOS6.5. 

Atomos expand 4K line up and break the $300 barrier for HD range

At IBC 2015 Atomos demonstrated for the first time, the 4K 3RU Shogun Studio for Broadcast & Live events, free Shogun upgrades including Canon Raw & Motion Blur time lapse, the 4K HDMI Ninja Assassin at $1295 and price changes on the HD range which see a world first Pro-Res/DNxHR monitor-recorder under $300. Here’s the press release…

Atomos have arrived at IBC in 2015 with a bag full of exciting announcements all the way through the product line-up.

– At the top of the line-up they will be demonstrating the 4K/HD 3RU 2ch dual 7” Shogun Studio live for the first time, targeted squarely at live event, broadcasters and mobile production.

– The popular 4K/HD Shogun unit is upgraded to AtomOS6.5 with 8 free features added, headlined by Canon Raw to ProRes/DNxHR recording for the C500 and C300MKII. For a limited time, get a free Shogun when you buy a C500.

– The much anticipated 4K upgrade to the Ninja range, the Ninja Assassin, is on show paired with the world’s most popular 4K HDMI cameras – it is available globally now.

– The industry standard Atomos HD monitor-recorders hit a record low price point with Ninja 2 dropping from $695 to $295 and both the Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade falling from $995 to $495.

Shogun Studio is the world’s first all-in-one 4K & HD, 2 channel, dual 7” 3RU rack recorder, monitor and playback deck. The dual record channels provide the ability to simultaneously record two separate inputs in your choice of resolution up to 4K 30p or HD 120p or two versions of the same input for parity. The dual 7” calibrated SuperAtom IPS monitors allows for collaboration on set, have built in scopes for shot setup and 4K to HD down scaling for connection with existing HD infrastructure or multi resolution master/proxy recording. From a control perspective, the Shogun Studio features 9 pin Sony RS422 machine control, AMP over Ethernet or start/stop trigger over both HDMI and SDI.

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Ninja Assassin was released just prior to IBC as the 4K upgrade to Atomos’ long running Ninja line- up. Ninja Assassin delivers 325ppi monitoring functionality and the 7” size needed to truly master 4K along with the only true 10-bit 4:2:2 professional recording solution for Apple, AVID & Adobe workflows and all with a price & weight the lowest on the market. This firmly targets 4K DSLM & video cameras such as the Sony a7s and a7RII, Canon XC-10, Panasonic GH4, Sony FS7 and Panasonic DVX-200 Assassin bypasses known camera limitations such as compressed MPEG/h.264 recording, 4:2:0 color compression, 30-minute time limits and the disadvantage of monitoring on a small 3” screen.

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AtomOS6.5 like all Atomos OS updates is a free download for existing and new Shogun and Ninja Assassin users adding significant functionality to the award winning products. Ninja Assassin key updates include;

– Motion Blur added to Time-lapse, blurring up to 64 continuous frames together in one sequence

– New and improved frame guides added for 16:9, 2.40:1, 2.35:1, 1.9:1, 1.85:1, 4:3

– 1:1 and 2:1 zoom can now be selected when anamorphic de-squeeze is enabled

Shogun will benefit from all of the above features as well as the following SDI and Raw based functionality;

– Canon C500 Raw and C300 Mk II Raw to ProRes and DNXHR recording, giving C500 users a viable 4K recording solution and C300MKII users a cost effective alternative to CFast recording media

– New 3D LUT’s preloaded onto the unit specifically for C500 and C300 MkII

– Start/stop trigger for JVC and Ikegami camera triggers

– Added LTC input via the Genlock input

New pricing on HD range has also been announced at IBC. The Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Ninja2 will see a price reduction in excess of 50%, taking the Ninja2 to the lowest price seen for a Recorder- Monitor and the Blade series offering incredible value for HD monitoring and ProRes / DNxHD recording.

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