BVE 2015 show exclusive: Sony FS7 with free Atomos Shogun

BVE 2015 show exclusive: Sony FS7 with free Atomos Shogun

Pre-BVE, we were working with Avid on 4K test footage and kept running into record time limits with our XQD cards. Tragic! Like any sensible person, we switched to an Atomos Shogun so that we could record for longer and shoot at a higher bit rate. Unlike any other people, we managed to get a pre-release version of the Shogun with DNxHR support, so we could shoot 4K directly to the latest flavour of DNx. 

The footage looks great. Special mention has to be made of the Shogun’s monitor, which was excellent and complemented the FS7’s onboard viewfinder. You can see the results at the Avid stand throughout BVE – the Shogun unit and FS7 are also on Atomos’ stand.

It doesn’t stop there. Riding high after touching world-first technology, our M&E team have launched a show promo that gets you a free Atomos Shogun when you buy the Sony FS7. We have one left in stock, so all our BVE orders are going into a hat and one lucky winner will get their order shipped on Friday – the rest of you will get yours as soon as the next wave of FS7s hits our warehouse.

Order the Sony FS7 during BVE and get a free Atomos Shogun.

The FS7 itself is due a firmware updated in March, along with several other Sony cameras. This will see it gain support for ProRes (including ProRes 422 and 422 HQ, so long as you don’t use any special recording modes), 4K XAVC-I and 4-channel audio input and recording, so you can use the internal and external mics simultaneously to record from different sources. Here’s a quick rundown of the newly-supported frame rates and formats:

 

 

To get your hands on the FS7/Shogun combo, order on our site now, while it’s just £7199 ex VAT and we’ve got stock to hand (don’t worry if we run out – anyone who gets their pre-order in before the end of the expo will have their name noted and be sent a free Shogun with their FS7 when it ships).

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BVE 2015: Sony announces 4K upgrade licence plus improved connectivity and efficiency for PXW-X70 & PXW-X200

BVE 2015: Sony announces 4K upgrade licence plus improved connectivity and efficiency for PXW-X70 & PXW-X200

Basingstoke, February 24, 2015: Sony has today announced the availability of updates that will unlock the flexibility and efficiency of its incredibly popular PXW-X70 and PXW-X200 camcorders. The XDCAM camcorders will benefit from a range of new features, including 4K capability via a paid licence for the PXW-X70, plus a range of free HD updates for both camcorders, including proxy recording, FTP transfer, streaming and simultaneous recording. These upgrades are expected to be available in April for the PXW-X200 and June for PXW-X70.

PXW-X70 users can upgrade their camcorders with 4K acquisition capability through a new paid 4K licence. The licence provides support for QFHD shooting at 30p, 25p, or 24p, bringing stunning quality and high resolution to an incredibly compact camcorder. This capability will be available from all Sony dealers to PXW-X70 users, either at the time of purchase or at any point afterwards. The list price (without tax) for the 4K upgrade (CBKZ-X70FX) will be €485.
The PXW-X70 will also benefit from a free HD firmware upgrade to version 2.0, which will unlock several features within the camera that will simplify and improve broadcast and editing workflows.

Proxy recording will increase efficiency for editing workflows and allow for easier contenttransmission to remote locations, while FTP transfer means that files created using proxy recording – as well as those shot in XAVC and AVCHD formats – can be sent via the internet for remote storage on an FTP server. This will be possible via the on-board wireless or by a wired LAN connection through a USB connector cable and network adapter. Images can now also be streamed live from the PXW-X70 for remote viewing or streaming.

The flexibility of the popular PXW-X200 has also been improved even further through its free v1.2 firmware upgrade, with streaming now possible via wired or wireless LAN, 3G, or 4G. Simultaneous recording means that the camcorder can also record on two different media simultaneously,enhancing workflow by creating, for example, one file for editing and another for archiving. GPS data can be recorded as metadata in the XAVC-I and XAVC-L format, while the MI Shoe has been activated to support Sony’s UWP-D wireless microphone system and HVL-LBPC battery video light.

Further detail on the schedule of firmware upgrades can be found here: pro.sony.eu/firmware

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BVE 2015: Atomos highlight award winning recording and monitoring solutions

BVE 2015: Atomos highlight award winning recording and monitoring solutions

At BVE 2015 Atomos will highlight their award winning touchscreen accessories for cameras that enable a faster, higher quality and more affordable end to end production. Outside of showing the existing range, Atomos will announce the world’s first implementation of AVID DNxHR recording for 4K, the first fully working sample of Power Station which is a must-have power management solution for the camera rig and the first post launch demonstration of the 4K Shogun complete with larger batteries and a custom developed Sun hood for outside applications.

Visitors to the Atomos stand at BVE 2015 can get hands on with the 4K Atomos Shogun, which combines a 4K/HD ProRes/DNxHR/DNxHD recorder with a 1920×1200 325ppi LCD IPS monitor, playback deck and cut edit suite into a single, affordable touchscreen device for the world’s leading cameras. Recording all content to 4:2:2 10-bit, giving the user the choice of HQ/422/LT bit rates, ability to create Favorite/Reject XML file markers and (unlike other ProRes monitor/recorders on the market) not restricted by FAT32 file size limits in the recording (e.g. 4GB or 2.5min). Outside of getting hands on with the product, you will also see the latest improvements made to Shogun including a larger capacity 4 cell battery, an optional Sun Hood accessory available in black or yellow, the opportunity to see the latest DNxHR enabled Shogun firmware and see a selection of amazing footage captured by Shogun users in the field.

Atomos Shogun Show Reel – BVE 2015 4K from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

Also on show is the latest product from Atomos, the Power Station. The new Power Station, scheduled for release in Q2 2015, utilises Atomos’ patented continuous power technology to give cameramen extra control over power consumption in remote field locations. With a flexible dual USB power source, the Power Station allows users to charge high-powered 2A devices (e.g. iPad), along with 3 DC out to power cameras, monitors and lighting sources. The DC input also means that the Power Station is a charging station, providing a fast charging solution for the included dual 5200mAh 4 cell batteries. The front LED display will let you know exactly how much power is left from a maximum of 5A output and the top & bottom mounting holes provide flexible mounting options no matter what the application.

“The speed of innovation continues unabated at Atomos.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder of Atomos. “Hot on the heels of a successful Shogun launch, we now are proud to announce enhanced functionality for the Shogun, brand new Shogun accessories and we are confident our Power Station product will not only prove to be popular with Video professionals but introduce the entire photography market to the Atomos brand. You can’t help but be excited by an all in one power and charging solution.”

At the heart of Atomos recording solutions are the Ninja and Samurai recorders, which have broken new ground in production by combining recording, monitoring, playback and deck functionality all in one easy to operate, portable device. Atomos also produce the world’s lightest recorder, the Ninja Star, which is perfect for Drones, RC Helicopters, or any POV set-up and offers edit ready format recording with ProRes.

Every Atomos recording option will record pristine, uncompressed images straight from the sensor of DSLRs or video cameras, or even switcher or ISO feeds from live events, directly to inexpensive, removable 2.5″ HDDs or SSDs, in a ready-to-edit format: Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD. Atomos recorders speed up any production workflow, improve recorded image quality and replace multiple devices for a fraction of their combined cost.

Atomos can be found at BVE Expo, London Excel, 24-26 February 2015, Hall/Stand: H30. Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest BVE news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook or keep an eye on our roundup post.

BVE 2015: Atomos announce world’s first Avid DNxHR 4K recording in the Shogun

BVE 2015: Atomos announce world’s first Avid DNxHR 4K recording in the Shogun

At BVE 2015, Atomos showcase four exciting new Shogun features, including a BVE exclusive world first, released for free to existing and new users of Shogun for the end of February 2015.

Melbourne, Australia – 24th February, 2015: BVE 2015 exclusive: Atomos announce the implementation of Avid DNxHR 4K recording, playback, playout and editing for the highly acclaimed Shogun. Atomos also confirm that DNxHD recording, 3D LUTs and 4KUHD to HD Down Convert will additionally be included in the free firmware update at the end of February 2015. Atomos is the “keystone” brand in the 4K mass market, bridging the camera world and post-production world by integrating functionality that streamlines post-production directly at the point of capture.

“Shogun is already the perfect partner for the exceptional Japanese 4K cameras. With this announcement we are the only brand to have a 4K solution for Apple, Adobe and Avid workflows for video capture directly from the sensor of Sony, Panasonic, Canon and Nikon cameras.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and co-founder of Atomos.  “We are driving 4K content pick up for the 4K hungry world and post-production professionals are demanding Shogun on set because we deliver a real solution. We are the only Monitor Recorder with 10-bit 4K HDMI recording, the only Monitor Recorder with Microsoft’s ExFAT recording beyond a 4GB size limit and now the only Monitor Recorder with recording options for Apple, Adobe and Avid.”

Atomos is already one of the fastest growing companies in pro video, and with Shogun sales fast approaching 10,000 units in the field this trend is set to continue in 2015. The reason for the success is a unique combination of cutting edge technology, an intuitive user interface and an open standards approach that together creates a faster, higher quality and more affordable end to end production schedule for end users. Perhaps the most exciting result for Atomos however is the creativity we see that Shogun unleashes for our end users – as seen in the latest show reel created for BVE:

Atomos Shogun Show Reel – BVE 2015 4K from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

The impressive Shogun has a long list of world firsts in the 4K/HD Monitor/Recorder space including first with 12G SDI & 4K HDMI connections, first with SDI to HDMI and HDMI to SDI conversion, first with pro monitor pixel density in excess of 300ppi and the first with balanced XLR audio in/out. By adding DNxHR to this list, filmmaking creatives can now work inside an AVID framework with a greater range of resolutions from lightweight yet highly detailed proxies, to mastering-quality HD or 4K. Additionally, since DNxHR is backward compatible with DNxHD you can mix both types of media on the same timeline.

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Canon unveil 5 new cameras, including 760D and 750D

Canon unveil 5 new cameras, including 760D and 750D

Canon are clearly in a generous mood today, choosing to reveal not one, not six, but five new cameras to the giddy public. The EOS 760D, 750D, 5DS, 5DS R and M3 will be available in the spring, but you can get all the key specs here, now…

EOS 5DS and 5DS R

The leading lights here are this pair of ultra high resolution full frame DSLRs with dual DIGIC 6 processors, due to grace our warehouse in June 2015. Offering you a frankly ridiculous 50.6MP to play with, these are going to be released alongside the new EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, “the world’s widest angle rectilinear zoom lens” and “the perfect companion for landscape and architecture photographers”, so I guess we know who these are aimed at.

Anyway, the 5DS and 5DS R combine that 50.6MP CMOS sensor with ISO 100-6400 sensitivity, expandable to 50-12,800. That massive resolution also allows three new in-camera cropping modes: 1.3x, 1.6x and 1:1. These are visible through the viewfinder and promise fairly spectacular results – an image you crop at 1:6x is still going to be over 19MP.

Those dual DIGIC 6 processors are designed to handle the huge amount of information coming from the sensor, reducing image noise and allowing you to shoot at up to five frames per second. The cameras also boast a 61-point autofocus system with 41 cross-type points, EOS Intelligent Tracking for tackling moving subjects and iTR facial recognition autofocus. Canon have also included their Mirror Vibration Control System, which uses cams to drive the cameras’ mirrors up and down in a more controlled fashion, avoiding sudden stops and gently softening your shutter sound. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, they also have flicker detection to ensure continuous exposure under artificial lights.

Further innovations prompted by that truly massive sensor include a new Fine Detail Picture style, which maximises the level of detail you can achieve and enables sharpness adjustments without any need for editing software.

The EOS 5DS body only camera will set you back £2999.99 come June, while an EOS 5DS R will be £3199.99 ex VAT and an EF 12-44mm f/4L USM will cost you a neat 2799.99 ex VAT and will be available from March.

Canon 760D and 750D

These beauties come with a 24.2 megapixel sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 6 image processor. If you’re the sort who’s often shooting in less than ideal conditions, you’ll be pleased to hear that they have an ISO range of 100-12,800 and the same flicker detection technology as the EOS 7D MkII, so your images will have consistent exposure, even under artificial light. You’re also supported by a 19-point autofocus system. Once you’ve taken your perfectly exposed, expertly focused photo, you can share it via WiFi or NFC directly from the camera.

Video-wise, the 750D and 760D are both compatible with STM lenses, can both shoot Full HD in mp4 format, and support Hybrid CMOS AF III autofocus so that you can track and swap focus while shooting video. However, the 760D has additional ‘creative movie modes’ which make it easier to achieve tilt-shift and HDR looks, among others.

The new EOS models are designed to be more ergonomic and easy to control (you have full manual control of the camera), with a rear control dial, top LCD panel and an intelligent viewfinder where you can review your settings and images.

The 760D will be with us in April, and will be available as a body-only camera costing £649.99 ex VAT. The 750D should appear at the same time, in both a £599.99 ex VAT body-only form and as a £689.99 bundle with a EF-S 18-55mm IS STM lens. Some other lenses will be eligible for cashback deals when purchased with either camera, but we’re yet to hear exactly which ones.

EOS M3

If you feel like the 5DS and 760D are slightly out of your league, there’s always the EOS M3, which Canon say offers “the power of EOS, only smaller.” Aimed mainly at consumers but potentially just sneaking into usefulness for some of you, it offers you the chance to get to grips with Canon’s first 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor, combined with a DIGIC 6 processor.

It has ISO 100-12800 sensitivity and a 49-point autofocus system based on the same Hybrid CMOS technology as the 760D’s, so you’ll be able to focus up to 6.1 times faster than some poor schmoe using an original EOS M. It comes with a 7.5cm/3″ viewfinder than can be tilted to anywhere between 45 and 180 degrees, a hot shoe for camera-mounted lights or tilt-type viewfinders.

The M3 can record Full HD video to mp4 at 24p, 25p, and 30p frame rates, all with support for continuous autofocus. There’s even a Touch AF feature that allows you to tap focus points on the touchscreen LCD display and then use them to shoot focus pulls. Once you’ve mastered the fine art of the M3 focus pull, you can share the results using on-board WiFi and NFC to share images or back them up to Canon’s cloud storage service.

The M3 will be joining us in March and cost £599.99.

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AVID | ISIS qualified for NewTek TriCaster and 3Play

AVID | ISIS qualified for NewTek TriCaster and 3Play

Avid’s ISIS | 5500 is the leading collaborative storage for a wide range of post-production and broadcast workflows, and is now qualified for live production with TriCaster and 3Play 4800. Using ISIS | 5500 as the recording drive for live sessions enables media to be immediately available to a variety of devices simultaneously including editors, transcoders and playout.

TriCaster 8000

Now, as an Avid Elite Partner for storage and a NewTek partner with one of the UK’s few certified trainers on staff, we’re obligated to get incredibly excited by news from either of these two, but according to Avid’s official press statement (and the aforementioned TriCaster trainer), this is legitimately awesome for anyone looking to record large-scale live broadcasts. Here are the official details of the test:

Avid ISIS | 5500 was tested with single and mirrored TriCaster 8000s. The mirrored configuration opens up a number of new workflows providing higher scale and redundancy for multi-screen productions. ISIS | 5500 enables the mirrored TriCasters to playback the same streams simultaneously. 3Play 4800 is NewTek’s leading integrated sports production solution, adding ISIS collaborative storage enables more creative workflows to deliver a more compelling experience for broadcasters, pro leagues and venues.

The combination of ISIS | 5500 and the NewTek portfolio allows up to eight streams to be recorded and simultaneously, play two streams and receive two channels of graphics simultaneously, with the added benefit of being able to instantaneously share and monetise your content. Gigabit Ethernet provides high speed, reliable connectivity between NewTek and ISIS. Qualified products include ISIS | 5500 and ISIS | 7500 and the NewTek TriCaster 8000, 860, 460, 410. Simply install the ISIS client on NewTek TriCaster Pro or 3Play and configure it to login and mount the required ISIS workspaces.

ISIS | 5500 is the leading collaborative media storage choice for facilities and workgroups. ISIS | 5500 scales in increments of 16, 32 or 64TB of capacity and delivers multiple GBs per second of throughput. The ISIS File System includes a number of patented mechanisms to provide predictable, reliable performance to multiple simultaneous connections. Predictable multi-stream performance as delivered by ISIS | 5500 is especially important in these live-to-air and fast turnaround workflows.

Avid ISIS | 5500 is now qualified through the NewTek Developer Network. Avid ISIS | 5500 and NewTek TriCaster and 3Play are available now.

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NAMM 2015 news: Avid announce Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First

NAMM 2015 news: Avid announce Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First

Avid have unveiled two new products at NAMM 2015 – Pro Tools 12 and Pro Tools First.

Pro Tools 12 is the final part of the transition from the old model of buy-a-new-version-of-the-software-every-18-months to a rolling contract model, where a yearly subscription entitles you to every update as it becomes available. Although greeted with some scepticism at first, this method is actually cheaper than buying every upgrade, increases the level of technical support you can receive and, importantly, means that you don’t get left behind.

Pro Tools 12 doesn’t introduce anything new from the outset, but establishes the platform for the forthcoming collaboration tools and Avid Marketplace, which will let users sell their work and collaborate online with other users of either Pro Tools or Media Composer – tools which are due to arrive shortly.

Customers currently on Pro Tools 11(HD or standard) with a support plan will get v12 rolled out as soon as it becomes available. If you’re an on an earlier version, you can upgrade now for a reduced price and get support included. Here are your useful shop links:

Upgrade from previous versions (standard) for £130 ex VAT.
Upgrade from previous versions (HD) for £380 ex VAT.
Crossgrade to Pro Tools from Pro Tools LE for £69 ex VAT.

Users of Pro Tools 11 who don’t currently have a support plan can purchase one on its own here. There will be no upgrade to Pro Tools 12 for users not currently enrolled in a support plan.

Also announced is Pro Tools First – a free, 16 track version of Pro Tools, which will provide an easy inroad into pro-level audio recording and editing. Pro Tools First offers 16 mono/stereo tracks at up to 96kHz, 16 MIDI tracks and 16 Instrument Tracks, but no Elastic Audio, Beat Detective or Video Support.

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NAMM 2015 news: RODE release RODELink digital on-camera wireless mic system and NTG 4+

NAMM 2015 news: RODE release RODELink digital on-camera wireless mic system and NTG 4+

Røde have made a few exciting announcements at this year’s NAMM, but our top picks are the RØDELink – an on-camera digital wireless microphone system which works in the 2.4GHz spectrum – and two new updates to their shotgun line the NTG 4 and NTG 4+.

RØDELink

Røde have identified a clear niche with this wireless on-camera mic, because although the 2.8GHz band is license free, we’ve yet to see the ENG crowd pick this technology up en masse.

However, with Røde’s exceptional lavalier mic included in the kit and the a really versatile receiver (it can be mounted on a standard camera shoe mount, 3/8″ thread or belt-clip, and for added versatility the shoe mount can be located in one of two positions), they’re clearly hoping this is the mic kit to drive news-hungry crews to 2.8GHz. We couldn’t agree more.

NTG 4 and NTG 4+

Aside from their new wireless mic system announcement, RODE’s other exciting NAMM announcements are the new additions to their already hugely successful shotgun mic range, the NTG 4 and NTG 4+.

Both are 270mm shotgun mics with a 1/2” diaphragm, and can be mounted on-camera housed a in rugged metal chassis. They both have a maximum SPL capacity of 135dB and feature a high pass filter, -10dB pad and intuitive digital switching. Both require phantom power, but the NTG4+ also houses an internal battery which can be charged via USB and is good for 150+ hours of use.

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G-Technology announce new rugged drives at CES

G-Technology announce new rugged drives at CES

G-Technology have chosen CES to announce a series of new rugged drives that will keep your content safe in “virtually all environments.” Compatible with the Evolution Series family of external hard drives, the new G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0, and the G-DRIVE ev RaW “marry rugged good looks with G-Technology’s known quality, performance and reliability.”

G-Technology also announced new Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 all-terrain cases (ATCs) for turning the original G-DRIVE ev, G-DRIVE ev RaW or G-DRIVE ev SSD into a rugged, all-terrain storage solution.

“Whether it’s the professional photographer on a shoot in Peru, the established executive traveling across the globe with important company files or the young student running across campus to print out their term paper, everyone can use a sturdy and high-functioning portable hard drive,” their press release reminds us. “G-Technology’s new rugged series is designed to withstand daily wear and tear and even more serious conditions as well, with features like a watertight drive compartment, which floats when dropped in water, and drop-resistance so they hold up to adventures, or accidents, big and small. Like all G-Technology external drives, the new rugged storage solutions come with a three-year limited warranty for even more peace of mind.”

Early endorsees include former Jigsaw24 blog fave Lucan Gilman, who said: “My work as an adventure photographer takes me around the world to remote and sometimes dangerous locations, and keeping my once-in-a-lifetime shots safe is top priority. Working closely with G-Technology, I was able to secure a G-DRIVE ev ATC and took it with me to Peru and Hawaii for recent surfing photo shoots. G-Technology’s newest G-DRIVE ev ATC helped ensure that my irreplaceable images were safe, all while withstanding sandy beaches, bumpy off-road terrain and ocean mist.” Take a look at the official descriptions below.

G-DRIVE ev RaW with Rugged Bumper

The G-DRIVE ev RaW is a rugged and lightweight portable hard drive that’s small enough to fit in a backpack, briefcase or purse, and strong enough to withstand a 1.5-meter drop, protecting up to 1TB of data. This durable, lightweight drive—35 percent lighter than the original G-DRIVE ev—is USB 3.0 bus-powered and designed to go anywhere, providing on-the-go access to photos, videos, music and more. The G-DRIVE ev RaW comes with a USB 3.0 cable, and can be used as a standalone device, or used with the Evolutions Series’ G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt or the new ev all-terrain case for ultra-fast transfers and editing. The drive is formatted for Mac and can be easily reformatted for Windows. The G-DRIVE ev RaW will be available this month. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is 1TB for $129.95 and 500GB for $99.95.

G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt and the G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0

These travel-tough external storage solutions feature an all-terrain case with a tethered Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 cable that shields a high-quality, lightweight removable G-DRIVE ev RaW USB hard drive. Featuring a watertight drive compartment, which floats when dropped in water, and the ability to withstand a two meter drop, data is protected from pressure, shock, water and dust. For added flexibility, the removable case is compatible with the Evolution Series4, easily fitting the G-DRIVE ev or G-DRIVE ev SSD. Perfect for in-the-field-backup, edit, transfer and storage, this durable enclosure leverages a 7,200 RPM-based external hard drive to maximize transfer speed using Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. Formatted for Mac, the external drive can be easily reformatted for Windows. The G-DRIVE ev ATC with Thunderbolt will be available this month. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is $229.95 for 1TB. The G-DRIVE ev ATC with USB 3.0 will be available in February. Manufacturer’s suggested retail pricing is $179.95 for 1TB.

For current G-DRIVE ev owners, a standalone all-terrain case can be purchased separately and turns the original G-DRIVE ev, the G-DRIVE ev RaW or the G-DRIVE ev SSD into a rugged, all-terrain storage solution, with a watertight compartment, which floats when dropped in water. The ev ATC with Thunderbolt (MSRP $129.95) and the ev ATC with USB 3.0 (MSRP $79.95) will be available in February.

“Whether you’re capturing a professional skier flying down the slopes or your family’s beach vacation, keeping your data safe is essential,” said Mike Williams, Vice President and General Manager, G-Technology. “We know how precious data is for professionals and consumers alike, and we’ve developed our rugged series to keep up with even the most active lifestyles and professions, so you can focus on capturing once-in-a-lifetime moments without worrying about your data.”

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JVC GY-LS300: perfect for corporate videography

JVC GY-LS300: perfect for corporate videography

JVC have announced three new cameras will be with us in March 2015. And while we love DSLRs as much as the next person, we think the GY-LS300 is probably the ultimate late Christmas present for your company videographer. Why? Well…

It’s fantastic value for money

First off, this is a Super 35mm 4K camera for under £3K ex VAT, which is extremely good value. And the fact that it supports a wide range of interchangeable lenses means that you can probably save again by reusing your existing still camera lenses to shoot video. Then of course there’s the fact that it shoots 4K Ultra HD, full HD with 4:2:2 sampling, SD and web-friendly proxy files, so you’re not going to need to replace or add to it for some time, meaning you’ll get great ROI.

You’ll use 4K more than you think

If a 4K-capable camera sounds a bit much for your business at the moment, bear in mind that if you use digital signage around your premises, ever want to take over a video wall at an event or have a large format display in your boardroom, shooting in 4K will give you the crispest possible images – far cleaner and more professional than scaling up a smaller image.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that the GY-LS300 supports dual format recording, so you can record a 4K or HD version of your footage on one memory card, and a low-res web-optimised version on another. That way, a single shoot covers you for all eventualities, and however customers are receiving your content (in an email or on that video wall), they’ll see the best quality image they can.

It supports live streaming

One of the GY-LS300’s neatest tricks is that it allows you to stream a live HD feed to a site like USTREAM while simultaneously recording it to an SDHC card, so you can broadcast and record events in one fell swoop. It can do this because it has WiFi built in – which means you can also control the camera remotely from an iPad or similar, remotely view what the camera is shooting if you can’t stand behind it, add metadata to clips as you shoot, and even use the GY-LS300’s FTP capabilities to send clips back to head office (great if you’ve got a team on the ground at an expo and your marketing bods need their footage asap).

It supports professional audio

One area where we feel a lot of cameras aimed at the corporate market fall down is onboard audio. JVC have gone some way towards restoring our faith in affordable camera manufacture by furnishing the GY-LS300 with professional quality audio in the shape of two-channel XLR audio inputs, and they’ve thrown in a free phantom power shotgun mic (ie one that’s powered by your camera’s battery, so you don’t need a second set of cables and chargers and batteries and general on-location stress). We approve of this policy wholeheartedly.

If you’re a hardcore specs sort of person, you can find out more about the GY-LS300 and JVC’s other new releases here. If you’re more easily swayed, you can find the LS300 here in our webstore.

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