Sony’s new RAW Viewer 1.1 adds waveforms, histograms and LUTs

Sony’s new RAW Viewer 1.1 adds waveforms, histograms and LUTs

Hot on the heels of a firmware update to their F-series cameras and 4K R5 recorder, Sony have announced an update to Raw Viewer, the app that lets you view and perform basic grades on RAW footage from the F65, F55, F5 or NEX-FS700.

Although it’s labelled as release v1.1, Sony have been quick to insist that this is a major update, and the official spec list looks pretty impressive. Highlights include:

– RAW 4K and 2K support for the NEX-FS700

– Look profile LUTs for 709 grading

– Colour wheels for ASC-CDL

– Tone Curve editor

– The ability to save colour parameters (Gamma, Monitor LUT for F65, 3D-LUT for Post Pro Tools, ASC-CDL)

– 3D LUT import

– 3D-LUT export to Blackmagic Design HDLink

– Waveform/Line Waveform/Histogram window support

– ACES workflow improvement (AcesProxy v1.0/RRT,ODT WGR5.0)

– Exporting to SR File 220Mbps 4:2:2 (SStP)

– Exporting in Letter Box (HD resolution)

– RAW Exporter (Command line tool of RAW Viewer’s export feature)

You can New features in Sony Raw Viewer 1.1 , or download the firmware update yourself here.

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Sony announce new 50Mbps PMW-300 arriving in October

Sony announce new 50Mbps PMW-300 arriving in October

Sony are adding two new versions of the PMW-300 to the XDCAM lineup – one with a 14x zoom  13.4 – 439mm lens (with us in October) and one with a 16x zoom 31.5 – 503mm lens (due to hit some time this year). Both are equipped with 1/2″ Exmor Full HD 3CMOS sensors, and aimed at ENG and events crews who are after a flexible new semi-shoulder-mount model that meets the common broadcast standard of shooting 50Mbps HD420. You can also use 1/2″and 2/3″ bayonet mounts to replace the included lens with proper ENG glass, if you’re looking to make this part of a pro broadcast setup. 

Representing the next step up from the recently discontinued EX3, the PMS-300K1 and PMW-300K2 sit just above the PMW-200 in the XDCAM lineup, and are XAVC-ready, though you’ll have to wait for a 2014 firmware update to use that capability. They record SD and HD 4:2:2/4:2:0 switchable to two SxS cards, and boast HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, Genlock, Timecode, and Remote 700 support. Both cameras have four channels available for audio – two for the internal microphone and two for external inputs.

The trio of 3CMOS 12″ sensors makes the PMW-300 ideal for shooting in low light environments, and Sony claim it also offers more colour information than other 1/3 type camcorders on the market. They’ve included their 3DNR noise reduction technology on both models, which reduces noise between frames and therefore gives you a better overall signal to noise ratio, and you can check these pristine images in the on-camera 3.5″ HD-resolution screen (actual pixel count: 960×540).

Cacheing, continuous recording and other helpful features…

The PMW-300K1 and PMW-300K2 both offer a massive 15 second picture cache, which allows you to store footage on the camera’s internal memory before the record button is pressed, and avoid missing crucial shots. While you’re using the camera in UDF mode, you can also activate continuous recording in order to record multiple clips as a single clip. And if you don’t feel like getting your hands dirty, you can control the iris, gain and shutter automatically rather than manually. S&Q motion is available, as are frame recording and interval recording

Not content with, y’know, launching two cameras, Sony have also announced that there’s a compatible wireless adaptor on the way that’ll enable proxy recording, media transfers, remote WiFi viewing and metadata input on the PMW-300K1 and PMW-300K2. The CBK-WA01 WiFi Remote Control is already supported, though.

Recording formats

Both versions of the PMW-300 have a myriad of recording formats available, which Sony have summarised for us in this handy table:

 

 

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ATTO reveal how they’ll support Apple’s latest

ATTO reveal how they’ll support Apple’s latest

Worried about how your ATTO gear will work with the Apple kit you’ve been lusting after since WWDC? Have no fear. ATTO have kindly rushed out a press release explaining how they’re going to support the latest releases. Have a read…

Amherst, NY (June 12, 2013) – ATTO Technology, Inc., a global leader of storage and network connectivity and infrastructure solutions for data-intensive computing environments for 25 years, today confirmed continued commitment to the newly announced line of product updates and innovations from Apple. With the powerful OS X Mavericks operating system, the radically redesigned Mac Pro and the efficiently updated MacBook Air, ATTO continues to support the new offerings from this industry leading manufacturer. “Our long standing relationship with Apple over the last 25 years continues to drive our position as a leading force within the Apple community,” said Timothy J. Klein, president and CEO at ATTO Technology.

The new OS X Mavericks operating system sets a new standard for Apple OS performance and complements why users select ATTO products. As Apple pushes the boundaries of OS X functionality, ATTO continues to provide industry leading products that optimize compatibility and performance.

Apple’s highly anticipated fall release of the Mac Pro, along with OS X Mavericks, has sparked the imagination of the high-end creative professional. ATTO is the recognized leader in powering high-performance audio and video workflows including 2K, 4K, 3D stereoscopic and high-definition production. With an unprecedented six Thunderbolt 2 ports, connectivity to the Mac Pro for high-performance network and storage infrastructures is enabled via the ATTO Desklink family of products.

As a pioneer in Thunderbolt enabled solutions, ATTO has worked closely with Apple to provide connectivity to high-performance Fibre Channel and SAS/SATA storage, as well as 10Gb/s Ethernet networks in their ThunderLink Desklink line, supporting Apple’s full range of platforms. Additionally, the ThunderStream Desklink line further enhances this connectivity and consists of embedded or desktop SAS/SATA RAID storage controllers that are designed to optimise unified storage typically found in a variety of high-performance markets. Also supported by the Deskink line is the newly announced and currently shipping MacBook Air.

“ATTO is very pleased with the announcements coming out of WWDC 2013,” said Wayne Arvidson, Vice-President of Marketing at ATTO Technology. “Like ATTO, Apple has reaffirmed their commitment to the high-performance professional market and supporting the exciting next generation of Thunderbolt technology,” he added.

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TriCaster 40 v2 has arrived!

TriCaster 40 v2 has arrived!

NewTek have released a major software update for their entry-level TriCaster 40, giving users access to new features like LiveText and Animation Store Creator. The new features will allow anyone using the TriCaster 40 to create more engaging, professional titles, graphics and transitions. There are also new recording options and resolutions available, as well as better scopes and a smoother workflow. 

NewTek TriCaster 40

According to NewTek, anyone who buys the upgrade can look forward to:

– Creating more engaging content with network-style, highly designed visuals that deliver a polished, post-production look to live productions, in real time.

– Creating and customising transitions and effects, using the now included Animation Store Creator to produce full colour, full motion overlays, audio for both directions and even warped video mapped against any 3D surface for the highest-impact presentations possible.

– Adding a dedicated title station with the included LiveText application for creating unique HD titles and graphics with hundreds of pre-loaded templates, displaying real-time data and using vector-based drawing tools and extensive text options for designing custom graphics.

Enhancing the viewing experience with new video formats, recording options and session resolutions to reach more viewers on the platforms they watch. (Flexible 1080/30p, 1080/24p, 720/30p and 720/24p are all available now, and you can record in QuickTime, AVI, MPEG2 or H264 files with optional MP3 audio.)

- Maximising production efficiency and minimising disruptions with new workflows for capturing to disk and exporting to external applications for the smoothest content creation.

– Improving visual quality and consistency, correcting for variances in the video signal on every input, and tightly calibrating white, black and colour levels for every source to broadcast-acceptable standards with preview scopes.

If you’re thinking of picking up a TriCaster, you might want to take a look at our starter kits, which are available on lease hire with three years’ 0% finance. If you want to know more about your TriCaster options, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @Jigsaw24Video on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Sony’s F5, F55, R5 and ASX memory card get firmware updates

Sony’s F5, F55, R5 and ASX memory card get firmware updates

Not to be outdone by WWDC, Sony have snuck out a fair few announcements of their own. Admittedly, they’re not quite on the level of a new Mac Pro, but these soon-to-be-available firmware updates are going to be welcome news for anyone shooting with an F5 or F55 (both of which are still available with up to 24 months’ 0% finance, by the way) or who uses an R5 recorder

Here’s the full feature list from Sony:

F55 / 5 v1.14 includes: 

– 2:1 de-anamorphic v/f (not SDI) display

– AXS card 3D naming (left, right and centre)

– APR alert – gives a warning after five days to run APR (black balance). Sony advise you to “please be sure to run it when suggested, we have put a lot of work into this it’s very powerful!”

– Various bug fixess including fan run control

Download v1.14 for the Sony F5 and F55 here

Download 3D LUTs for your F55 and F65 here, and see the F55’s Ultra Colour Gamut in action here 

R5 V1.20n includes:

– Support for interface unit for FS700 (HXR-IFR5)

– Improved memory card support and recovery function

– A number of bug fixes, so please update even if you’re using it with a freshly updated F55

Download firmware v1.20 for the AXS-R5 recorder here

AXSMemory card V1.20 includes: 

– Improved reliability and end of life indication (“Please update all your cards!” Sony remind us)

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Top production deals: 3 years’ finance on TriCaster lease hires

Top production deals: 3 years’ finance on TriCaster lease hires

We’re long-term fans of NewTek’s TriCaster: it’s a really scalable, versatile mixer with a simple workflow and one of the most powerful chromakey setups available thrown in for free! To celebrate its glory (and to help you get the best setup for your needs) we’ve gotten together with NewTek and JVC to put together some streaming starter kits with different specifications that include TriCaster units, JVC cameras, training and support – everything you need to kick start content creation. And not only that, but we’ve arranged for 3 years finance deal for anyone who wants to lease the kit rather than buy it outright (and who passes a credit check, obviously). Never say we do nothing for you…

First up: what’s in the kit? 

We’ve got four key kits for you to choose from: one with a TriCaster 40 and three JVC GY-HM70 cameras, one with a TriCaster 455 and three JVC GY-HM650 cameras, one with a TriCaster 855 and four JVC GY-HM750 cameras, and a final one with the almighty TriCaster 8000 and four JVC GY-HM790 cameras, in case you’re feeling especially ambitious.

All of these bundles come with free support courtesy of our in-house tech team and half a day’s training from our on-staff NewTek Certified Operator, so there’ll be nothing to stop you hitting the ground running.

Why would I want to lease rather than buy? 

While we reckon TriCaster units are excellent value for money, the fact remains that for a lot of users they represent a serious investment. With video production being quite a changeable industry and new standards and connections cropping up all the time, NewTek’s updates to TriCaster tend to be quite significant, and if you can’t afford to update your hardware regularly, there is the potential for you to get left behind. A lease hire scheme allows you to spread the cost of a unit over a longer period of time, and gives you far more flexibility over which hardware you use. If you need to use a new standard, you simply return your existing unit and hire a newer machine. If you’re working on a project that requires old school equipment, you just hire the previous version of TriCaster. Simple.

There are financial benefits, too – leasing equipment on a month-by-month basis can go down in your books as a (tax deductible) operating expense rather than a (non-deductible) capital expense. Plus, this may well work out cheaper for you in the long run.

Which is right for me?

I work in education, and need to create HD content on a budget. Go for the TriCaster 40 and JVC GY-HM70. The only downside here is that the TriCaster 40 is only component, not SDI, so you won’t get quite as high image quality, and will need to use an extra output to get audio. That said, we reckon that component will be plenty good enough for any education types looking to record and share lessons or lectures, and will look fine if what you really need is HD now, and cheap – it just means you have to plug in a couple of extra cables.

I want to create content for my own digital signage, or I’m in education but I still need SDI. If you want the superior image quality of SDI but don’t want to break the bank, go for the TriCaster 455 and JVC GY-HM650. Allowing you to work with up to four cameras in ready-to-edit formats, the 455 offers increased functionality without complicating the TriCaster workflow. The GY-HM650’s wireless capabilities make it perfect for anyone who needs to stream footage back to a central facility (be that a studio or a classroom) while they’re still in the field.

The 855, on the other hand, is a durable rack mount system that we’d recommend for any sports or ENG team. It provides the highest quality, 32-bit floating point with 4:4:4:4 video processing, while the lightweight GY-HM750 will let you shoot SD or HD footage and comes in a form factor that’s perfect for events work, or anywhere you need to move quickly to cover the latest action.

I’m an OB and live streaming pro, or a house of worship. The TriCaster 8000 is for you. It has the widest variety of connections and inputs, and its built-in social media sharing options mean it’s the easiest way to share your content instantly. You’ll also benefit from having the versatile GY-HM790E, which can shoot SD or Full HD, and is equally at home as a standalone camera if you’re shooting in the field or as part of a studio setup if you have your own facility. (If you’re working on greenscreen, it’s also worth bearing in mind that the TriCaster 8000 gives you the most options possible when it comes to creating virtual backdrops, allowing you to create custom virtual studios to drop in behind your presenter, so you can ensure the entire production is on brand.

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Building your 4K workflow: UltraStudio, DeckLink and the PVM-X300

Building your 4K workflow: UltraStudio, DeckLink and the PVM-X300

If you think it’s time to get cracking with 4K but aren’t sure where to start, the good news is that there are plenty of increasingly affordable options out there for you. One of the leading 4K pushers is Blackmagic Design, whose popular UltraStudio and DeckLink lines are now both 4K capable. And if anyone’s been hanging round the blog long enough to remember the time we stitched four monitors together to get a 4K image, you’ll be pleased to hear Sony have a far simpler solution to hand now…

For capture and playback: Blackmagic Design Decklink 4k

Blackmagic Design’s popular Decklink range of capture cards allow you to get your hands on SD, HD, 2K and 4K footage faster, with throughput rates of up to 40 Gbps. The key thing about Decklink 4k cards is their flexibility: you can plug them into Mac, PC or Linux workstations, and choose to work to a range of film and television standards to ensure that whatever assets you create are in the correct format for your client from the get go. And, despite coming in at a very reasonable £625 ex VAT, these cards offer fantastic image quality. You can work in 10-bit SD, 10 or 12-bit HD, and for 2k and 4k in YUV 4:2:2 and RGB 4:4:4. Each pixel is copied like for like with no generational loss or damaging compression.

Another boon for anyone working in 4K is the inclusion of the new 6G-SDI and HDMI 4K connections on the Decklink 4K Extreme. This takes the old quad link HD-SDI connections and multiplexes them in order to reduce your cable count, giving you the ability to get four times the resolution of standard HD using only two BNC SDI cables. All of which means that working on 4K projects in programmes like Nuke and Resolve is now far more affordable, and will require far fewer changes to your infrastructure due to the lower cable and router point count.

For connecting to decks, cameras and monitors: Blackmagic Design UltraStudio 4K

UltraStudio 4K is Blackmagic Design’s leading breakout box for 4K workflows. Thunderbolt-equipped for faster throughput and featuring virtually every type of video and audio connection you’re likely to encounter, this unit is perfect for a rack or your desktop. Like the Decklink range, it supports  6G-SDI video technology for a more streamlined 4K workflow, and well as including HDMI 4K, analogue component video, 16 channels of SDI audio, two channels of balanced analogue, two channels of unbalanced AES/EBU audio, timecode, up/down/cross conversion, reference and serial deck control.

The latest Thunderbolt cables mean that your UltraStudio 4K can now be up to 30 metres away from your main computer, and the internal power supply means there’s no need to clutter your desktop with (or fork out for) an external plug pack. Win.

For monitoring: Sony PVM-X300

This 30″ LCD monitor is currently available with 24 months’ 0% finance, but that’s not the only reason why we’re keen on it. The IPS LCD screen ensures a wide viewing angle, while the inclusion of the same Trimaster technology that powers Sony’s OLED monitors means you can be sure of high colour quality and accuracy. The PVM-X300’s four 3G-SDI and HDMI 1.4a connections are designed to work natively with the F55, allowing you to connect the camera via a single HDMI cable to view 4K, which is great for on-set monitoring.

Sony have a direct SxS 4K player in the works that will allow you to play back XAVC 4K material directly from an SXS Pro + card, and control it from the PVM-X300’s control panel. Full details of this are still to be announced, but it’s an option that will be available after launch of the monitor this summer.

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e7 in action at Netherfield Primary School

e7 in action at Netherfield Primary School

Assistant Head Nadeem Shah explains how iPad is helping to engage students at Netherfield Primary, an inclusive urban primary school in the second most deprived quintile in the East Midlands whose head teacher was recently named teacher of the year at the Pride of Britain awards

You provided staff with iPad devices back in 2012 – what were your main goals in doing so?

We wanted to introduce staff to the new technologies available. With iPad, that was mostly
the vast App Store, that would open up so many new opportunities for the children, and also the touchscreen technology that made it so accessible for students and for adults. We took an educated guess as to whether people would be totally involved with it, and they were. Some of our staff who were maybe reluctant ICT users actually turned to keen ICT users very quickly.

Was it important to you that staff got comfortable using the devices before handing them out to pupils?

Absolutely, which is why we invested in having 18 for staff across the school, mostly in areas where we were going to deploy iPad devices to students. When we had the whole school iPad training session it was just such fun. The laughter around the staff room was fantastic. The staff engaged very much straight away, and giving them that time to go away and get familiar with the iPad first meant that they were able to engage fully with the learning on the iPad in the term that followed. It was absolutely the right decision to make.

What made you decide it was time to trial a student 1:1 scheme?

We need to keep up with the times. ICT is constantly evolving and developing, and this is what they’re used to at home. They have access to this kind of technology on a daily basis, and if we don’t provide them with it in school then very soon […] children aren’t engaging with ICT because the technology that we’re using is obsolete, and then the learning across the curriculum can be at a disadvantage. We obviously want to keep up to date so kids are engaged and involved with new technologies as they happen.

Why did you choose the e7 Project?

We stumbled across the e7 Project and are delighted we did. We were at a seminar where Apple and some education agencies were running a session, and one of the teachers mentioned that they were having an e7 rollout and that the Jigsaw24 team were at the event. In our inimitable style we tried to crash the party and see if any more iPad devices were going.

Did you have to do any work to prepare for the trial?

Yes, we had to make sure the WiFi was capable of handling the workload, so we actually had some guys from Jigsaw24 in to do a survey for us. We’re really glad we did it because it brought up some blips and some gaps as well as some over-use of the WiFi – where the signals were too close and bouncing off each other. We had a bit of a redeployment and moved around some of the access points, and it made a big difference.

Talk us through how you used the iPad devices during your e7 term.

We had 16 based in our Foundation unit along with ten staff ones. We had eight in our Nurture provision classes, and then the other 16 around school to be booked out. They were out in every class, all the time. We had to create a separate log out book for the tablets because they were being used so often and so positively, to move the students’ learning on with the fantastic array of apps available, so that was brilliant.

Tell us a bit about how you went about finding apps for your classes.

Because we were able to give staff the opportunity to try out iPad over the holidays, they
found some fantastic stuff app-wise that we were able to install, and as the weeks and months progressed we would have regular weekly meetings where staff would talk about apps that they’d found and recommend that we should roll them out.

GarageBand was phenomenal for our music tuition. What has been particularly good for us has been being able to target specific aspects [of apps] to pupils’ individual learning. So if a whole class is doing something, you can tailor the apps to suit their individual needs and learning gaps.

It’s not just, ‘Right kids, you’re all going on this program’; they might be going on different apps, or they might be going to different aspects of the same app to hit their individual needs, which is perfect for us. Rather than generic teaching, it’s all about personalising the learning, and iPad and the apps are a fantastic tool to help personalise learning for the children.

What were the main benefits of the trial for students?

We specialise in supporting children with challenging behaviours, and this is a fantastic carrot for them to have. I’ve got a pupil with me now who’s a great example of a pupil who’s gone from having specific difficulties to really turning himself around and getting on in class, and the iPad has been a fantastic tool for doing that. Not only does it engage the children, who want to learn through those devices, it supports them in being occupied but in a positive way, a learning way.

You’re not just saying ‘Here, play on this game,’ it’s about learning. And it’s a fun way for them to engage with their learning, he’s telling me. The opportunities that they may have had to switch off in a classroom, which led to negative behaviours, become much less of an occurrence because they’re engaged in their learning full time.

How have parents responded to the scheme?

It’s been great, the parents are getting involved and the kids are coming in saying ‘We’ve downloaded this app at home, Sir, have a look at this one, it’ll be great for what we’re doing at the moment’, so the home learning is being engaged in that way as well.

Did you encounter any problems, and if so how did you overcome them?

There’s always the funding thing. Obviously ideally we want one per person full time, but the funding issue involved in that is what it is. Because they were so popular, getting them to everyone who needed them was an issue, but it was workable because we had what we had. I think if we had any more it would have been easier.

The one issue we did have was that we weren’t able to get Apple TVs working, but straight away Chris came to me and said that he’d found a solution to that at another school, so we should be able to use them effectively now.

What were the key factors in deciding whether or not to keep the iPad deployment?

Once that resource had been in school and the children had access to it, there was no way we could take it away from them. The learning that they’d done, the enjoyment they got out of it and the engagement that they’d had meant we couldn’t. And the staff ’s faces when we said that the iPad deployment was going back were, ‘What are we going to do now?!’

How did you find working with the e7 team?

Great! Chris was always at the end of the phone.

I’d often call him or send him an email and to his credit, he was available at hours I wasn’t expecting him to be. I’d send an email at nine, ten o’clock at night expecting him to pick it up in the morning, and I’d get a reply within a couple of minutes nine times out of ten. And he was local as well, so if there was an issue we couldn’t handle over the phone or digitally, he would pop in either for an extended period of time or on his way to somewhere else, so the support was always to hand, prompt and of a very professional standard.

We’re just delighted with the project and long may it continue!

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R5 and new firmware give Sony NEX-FS700E 4K capabilities

R5 and new firmware give Sony NEX-FS700E 4K capabilities

Sony have announced a new paid firmware update that’ll let you pair your FS7000E with an HXR-IFR5 recorder and shoot 120 fps 4K RAW super slow motion (or just regular 4K, in case you’re working on the kind of project that doesn’t involve people walking away from explosions very, very slowly). 

The firmware is free to anyone who buys their IFR5 before December 31st, or €500 otherwise. 4K aside, key features include the addition of S-Log for HD production. The full list of additions from Sony currently stands at:

– S-Log Gamma in PictureProfile for AVCHD/HD-SDI/HDMI and RAW

– 709( 800%) Gamma in PictureProfile for AVCHD/HD-SDI/HDMI and RAW

– 4K/2K RAW recording on IFR5

– 120fps 4K RAW super slow motion on R5 (up to four seconds)

– 240fps 2K RAW super slow motion on R5 (continuous/unlimited)

– Rec trigger to a compatible external recorder via HD-SDI or HDMI

The IFR5 itself is still to ship, but can be pre-ordered now for £4500 (that price includes your firmware update if you get your order in before the end of the year).

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