IBC 2017: Adobe reveals new tools for Premiere Pro and Audition

IBC 2017: Adobe reveals new tools for Premiere Pro and Audition

Adobe’s MAX conference isn’t until October, but being good sports they’ve joined the general IBC announcement scrum and announced some exciting new video and audio tools to coincide with the show. (They’re also live streaming demos on Facebook, if you need something to distract you from the fact that you’re not in Amsterdam.)

Adobe are focusing on four big changes: Character Animator, a VR viewing environment, Team Projects, and auto-ducking in Audition. Here’s the official breakdown:

Character Animator 1.0 is unveiled with changes to core and custom animation functions, such as pose-to-pose blending, new physics behaviors and visual puppet controls. Adobe Sensei helps improve lip-sync capability by accurately matching mouth shape with spoken sounds.

Virtual reality video creation will be possible with a dedicated viewing environment in Premiere Pro. Editors can experience the deeply engaging qualities of content, review their timeline and use keyboard driven editing for trimming and markers while wearing the same VR head-mounts as their audience. In addition, audio can be determined by orientation or position and exported as ambisonics audio for VR-enabled platforms such as YouTube and Facebook. VR effects and transitions are now native and accelerated via the Mercury playback engine.

With the release of Team Projects, Adobe has improved collaborative workflows on the Local Area Network with managed access features that allow users to lock projects and provide read-only access to others. Formerly in beta, Team Projects will offer smoother workflows hosted in Creative Cloud and the ability to more easily manage versions with auto-save history.

Adobe Audition adds flexible session organisation to multi-take workflows and continuous playback while editing. Powered by Adobe Sensei, auto-ducking is added to the Essential Sound panel that automatically adjusts levels by type: dialogue, background sound or music.

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IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

At IBC2017, FilmLight is celebrating the formal release of Baselight 5.0, as well as exhibiting the 5.0 colour tools across its entire product range.

The update includes over 50 features, including a new primary grading environment known as Base Grade, a new Gamut Compression tool for HDR workflows, and new creative tools like  Grid Warp, Paint, Perspective Tracker and Texture Equaliser. get the full details in the press release, below.

 

Offering over 50 new features, version 5.0 has been comprehensively put through its paces over the last year on a variety of real projects with complex workflows. Baselight 5.0 has been at the heart of blockbusters, high-end television series and commercials. The feedback from colourists around the world has been very positive, and the results are stunning.

One of the key features in version 5.0 is Base Grade, a new primary grading environment for modern colour workflows and HDR.

“Base Grade makes you so much faster in matching and creating stunning looks – in a single layer,” said Philipp Horsch, Senior Colourist and CEO at BFS Entertainment GmbH Munich. “The new subdivision of dim/dark shadows and light/bright highlights, each with its own pivot and falloff, basically gives you four keys already integrated in the layer.”

Version 5.0 aims to make grading for HDR even easier with the addition of colour space ‘families’, and the new Gamut Compression tool. It makes moving between colour spaces simple and seamless.

“The new colour space families make delivering diverse masters really easy,” added Horsch. “With 5.0 I can now concentrate exclusively on the creative job and don’t have to worry so much about the colour science.”

“Gamut Compression is so useful, especially when dealing with car commercials, where the LED brake lights often push the saturation too far,” added Mick Vincent, Senior Colourist at The Mill, London. “Baselight 5.0 has been so exciting already, and there are so many more tools to try out – we have a great year ahead of us with this system at our fingertips.”

The addition of many new creative features – including Grid Warp, Paint, Perspective Tracker and Texture Equaliser – have also proven to be very popular.

“Baselight 5.0 has made finishing projects much faster and with less hassle – which is key for television content with a demanding production schedule,” said James Perry, Editor/Colourist on The Dr. Phil Show. “Instead of having to send shots to our graphics department for wire removal or general touch-ups, I can fix them easily in Baselight.”

Martin Tlaskal, Lead Developer at FilmLight, added, “These are just a handful of many comments from talented colourists, who have collaborated with us on the testing and refinement of version 5.0. It is extremely gratifying to know that our ideas have proven so valuable in practice among the creative community.”

With Baselight 5.0 now launched, the new features will soon be deployed across FilmLight’s other BLG-enabled products; Daylight 5.0, the dailies and media management platform, as well as Baselight for Avid 5.0 and Baselight for NUKE 5.0 in the Baselight Editions range, will enter beta after IBC, with Prelight 5.0 to follow soon. FilmLight is showing all of these products at IBC2017 on stand 7.F31.

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IBC 2017: NewTek demo new LivePanel

IBC 2017: NewTek demo new LivePanel

It’s day one of IBC, and NewTek have already unveiled LivePanel, a fully customisable browser-based control system that they’ll be including with NewTek IP Series multi-camera production systems, and which will be available as an option with TriCaster TC1.

As NewTek explain, LivePanel will be “accessible from smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop devices – wired or wireless.” It “allows users to access their own customised video workflows from any web browser on the same network. Users can also preview and monitor videos of any video source within the browser for immediate visual feedback. Even casual users can design and drive complex productions with a few button pushes, providing a level of quality and consistency rivaling seasoned professionals.”

Investing in LivePanel will also allow more operators to get behind the TriCaster TC1 and IP Series systems in larger-scale production environments – NewTek are particularly keen that you try using it for scoreboard control and stats feeds at sporting events.

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“Producers who want to leverage the cutting-edge IP production workflow and horsepower of NewTek live production systems without requiring highly-trained production personnel can now use NewTek LivePanel to simplify the user experience and create high-quality, consistent programming,” said Brian Olson, Vice President of Product Management for NewTek. “LivePanel makes designing and running a complex production easy and fun, and illustrates NewTek’s commitment to innovating the way production is performed and leading the move to full IP based workflows. Not only can your video production devices be connected anywhere on the network over IP, now you can control your production from anywhere on the network as well.”

LivePanel ships with panels designed to control various aspects of the workflow – including switching, audio, media playback, scoreboards, and macro triggering. LivePanel makes it possible for every operator to design their own layouts, controls and video preview windows as necessary. Basic user-defined panels can be created with LivePanel Builder to assign complex sequences and time-based effects to a single button. Fully configurable custom menus and buttons of any size may be built with custom images, text, color and video previews identifying each control function.

From an IP Series platform for example, LivePanel can be configured to preview any of the up to 44 video inputs, including 4K inputs, 20 internal graphics and media channles, or any outputs over SDI or IP. LivePanel is served directly from software built into the IP Series or TriCaster TC1 and devices do not require any installation or even a connection to a public internet. It runs on any device, browser, or operating system – Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, or iOS. This makes it simple to have on-camera talent control portions of the production with a tablet or even their mobile phone.

Availability

NewTek LivePanel is available now on NewTek IP Series at no additional cost and optionally available on TriCaster TC1 in the next software release for $995 (UK pricing coming your way when we have it).

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IBC 2017: HP launch HP Z workstations with up to 3TB RAM

IBC 2017: HP launch HP Z workstations with up to 3TB RAM

In news that we’re sure will be of interest to IBC attendees , HP have announced a new line of HP Z workstations, the Z8, Z6 and Z4, that are designed to be the most powerful, scalable workstations on the planet.

And when we say “most powerful”, we mean that the top of the line Z8 promises “realtime 8K editing” and contains 24 RAM slots, giving you up to 3TB – that’s three terabytes – of RAM. Unsurprisingly, it’s already been certified by major software vendors, including Avid, Adobe and Autodesk, and can be configured with CPU and graphics options from HP’s VR Ready range, should you want a workstation optimised for VR.

In an age where other computers are leaning toward high-speed, low capacity Flash storage, the HP Z8 can hold up to 48TB of internal storage in addition to its 3TB – again, three terabytes – of RAM, a spec we will not be getting over any time soon. This is all driven up by dual Intel Xeon chips that have up to 56 cores between them, and any graphics work you throw at it is handled by three NVIDIA Quadro P6000 graphics cards by default, although AMD configurations are available. You can expand your Z8 by making use of its nine PCIe slots. We are not making any of this up.

When you get to the Z6 and Z4 things calm down somewhat, with the Z6 topping out at a mere 384 GB memory, 42 cores, 22TB of internal storage and dual Quadro P5000 GPUs, while the Z4 offers up to 18 cores, 256GB of memory, 22TB storage and dual Quadro P4000 GPUs.

The Z8 and Z6 are due to join us in October, with UK pricing still on the horizon. The Z4 will follow in November.

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Canon release 24-inch 4K reference display with 12G-SDI and HDR

Canon release 24-inch 4K reference display with 12G-SDI and HDR

On top of the five new cameras they’re announced this week, Canon have dropped details of the DP-V2411, a 24″ professional reference display offering stunning image quality with high luminance and a wide colour gamut, along with extensive functionality for HDR production.

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The DP-V2411 is Canon’s first display to feature 12G-SDI interface to receive 4K signal over single cable. It has four 12G-SDI inputs, which can also accept four-channel 4K inputs, plus legacy Quad 3G and 2SI signals. The DP-V2411’s HDMI port will also accept 4K UHD signals up to 50P, so you can connect to cameras and playout systems.

The DP-V2411 comes with “extensive 4K HDR shooting assist functions”, a feature set that includes an HDR and SDR comparison function, a built-in 4K HDR waveform monitor, and an HDR False colour function to enable more efficient and higher quality production. “The DP-V2411 is perfectly equipped for HDR production workflow,” the press release tells us confidently, and who are we to question it?

“Delivering accurate colour reproduction, high uniformity and smooth gradation, DP-V2411 uses a direct matrix backlight LED panel which has been optimised to the LCD panel to achieve stable, uniform and a much wider colour gamut,” it continues. “The DP-V2411 supports 4K, UHD, 2K and HD with various frame rates and XYZ, RGB and YCbCr signals are also supported.”

A new feature of the DP-V2411 is what Canon are calling the Camera Link Up, which allows seamless linking to the Cinema EOS system cameras and the ARRI camera system, allowing for increased flexibility when you’re monitoring on set. Additionally, the DP-V2411 supports real time RAW development from Cinema EOS camera RAW signal output.

Body-wise, a light but sturdy aluminium casing helps keep the DP-V2411’s weight down, tipping the scales at just 12kg. Its slimline body is just 105mm thick, meaning it’s easy to find space for in an OB van, and a removable carrying handle ensures optimum convenience.

Availability

Like the XF405, the DP-V2411 is going to be available in November, but final UK pricing is yet to be confirmed.

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IBC 2017: The highlights

IBC 2017: The highlights

Half the team have decamped to Amsterdam, our product managers are poised to start making manic calls to suppliers and there’s a master post on the blog. It must be IBC again. 

As per usual, we’ll be linking to all the biggest news stories from this post, as they happen, so all you need to do is bookmark it and hit refresh every time you want another hit of news. Enjoy!

Adobe

IBC 2017: Adobe reveals new tools for Premiere Pro and Audition

Adobe’s MAX conference isn’t until October, but being good sports they’ve joined the general IBC announcement scrum and announced some exciting new video and audio tools to coincide with the show. (They’re also live streaming demos on Facebook, if you need something to distract you from the fact that you’re not in Amsterdam.) Read more.

AJA

IBC 2017: AJA debut openGear 3G-SDI multi-mode Fiber cards

AJA Video Systems announced today that it has added new 3G-SDI Multi-Mode fiber extender cards to its line of openGear compatible video and audio rack cards for use in openGear frames and AJA’s OG-3 2RU frame. openGear is Ross Video’s open architecture, modular frame system supported by a diverse range of equipment manufacturers. Read more.

AJA announces HDR 10+ SDK support for KONA 4, Io 4K, Io 4K Plus and Corvid 4K developer cards

AJA Video Systems today announced support for HDR 10+ in the developer SDK for the company’s award-winning video and audio I/O products that support 4K workflows. This new development will be demonstrated at IBC with pre-release SDK software supporting the dynamic metadata that HDR 10+ delivers. Read more.

IBC 2017: AJA debuts Ki Pro Ultra Plus firmware v2.0 with HLG and HDR 10 support

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems announced new v2.0 firmware for the Ki Pro Ultra Plus multi-channel HD recorder and 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD recorder and player. The new update enables the latest HDR formats with HLG and HDR10 playback, and adds support for recording and playing ProRes 4444 XQ up to 2K60p, among several other feature enhancements. Read more.

IBC 2017: AJA introduces new FiDO 12G SDI/optical Fiber mini-converters

At IBC 2017, AJA Video Systems unveiled a new line of FiDO 12G to Fiber/Fiber to 12G Mini-Converters. New price reductions have also been announced for the Hi5-4K-Plus (3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0) and 3GM (3G/1.5G Mux/DeMux) Mini-Converters, bringing the costs down from $695 to $595, and $795 to $495 respectively. Read more

IBC 2017: AJA announces desktop software v14 for KONA, Io and T-TAP products

AJA Video Systems today announced new Desktop Software v14 for its family of KONA, Io and T-TAP products. Desktop Software v14 adds new features that simplify 4K/UltraHD and HDR workflows, as well as new audio capabilities for individuals working in broadcast, TV, film, post-production, ProAV and OTT. Read more

IBC 2017: AJA Announces Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3

AJA Video Systems today announced the new Io 4K Plus capture and output device with support for Thunderbolt 3. Io 4K Plus offers the latest 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O connectivity, advanced audio features and 4K/UltraHD support up to 50p/60p frame rates. Read more

Atomos

IBC 2017: Atomos launches $2K Sumo19M HDR 1200nit high brightness monitor

Atomos are always good value at IBC, and this year they’re on our must-see list yet again thanks to their sub-$2K high brightness HDR monitor, the Sumo19M (UK pricing to follow). Read more.

IBC 2017: Atomos’s Connect convertor storms the show

The new Atomos Connect converter range has landed and is ready to colour-code your world. They form a comprehensive and versatile lineup of 15 different conversion, signal processing and system integration boxes that connect, convert, scale, sync, split and repeat your video signals. Read more.

Avid

IBC 2017: Avid add SSD support to NEXIS storage

Avid’s NEXIS software is ‘software-defined’, meaning you can manage the storage system independently from its underlying hardware – something you’ll get to do very soon, as Avid have released another update. Read more.

IBC 2017: Avid unveils next gen post-production workflow solutions based on MediaCentral

Avid have introduced new MediaCentral solutions for post production. Integrating industry-leading Media Composer video editing software with a new cutting-edge collaborative asset management module, new video I/O hardware and Avid NEXIS software-defined storage, MediaCentral for Post is a scalable solution for small and mid-sized creative teams to enhance collaboration and deliver their best work faster, as well as working more efficiently with 4K and other demanding formats. Read more.

IBC 2017: Avid accelerates UHD/4K production and move to IP with new generation video server family

Avid have announced the new Avid FastServe family of video servers. Building on the rich heritage of industry-leading AirSpeed and PlayMaker video servers, Avid’s new generation of video servers are tightly integrated into the Avid MediaCentral platform as part of the industry’s most comprehensive UHD/4K workflows. Read more.

IBC 2017: Avid leads the media industry forward with new cloud solutions

New Avid cloud offerings and certified solutions for Azure deliver on Avid’s promise to help media professionals navigate the media cloud era with unprecedented workflow efficiency and flexibility. Read more.

IBC 2017: Avid extends MediaCentral platform with next-generation media production suite

It’s a “groundbreaking modular platform design with innovative user experience delivers a full suite of applications, modules, services, and connectors to drive unprecedented scalability, extensibility, and efficiency,” according the the latest IBC press release. Read more.

BirdDog Studio

Don’t miss BirdDog Studio NDI and more at IBC 2017

BirdDog are bringing their new Studio NDI to IBC in Amsterdam this month. First demoed back at NAB to resounding success, this impressive bit of kit allows your existing cameras to be included in a new IP workflow for your live productions. Read more.

Blackmagic Design

IBC 2017: Blackmagic Design announce Ultimatte 12

12 months after acquiring the company, Blackmagic Design have announced Ultimatte 12, a new realtime hardware compositing processor for broadcast quality keying, adding augmented reality elements into shots, working with virtual sets and more. Ultimatte 12 is available immediately, and US pricing is $9,995 – we’ll confirm the UK price as soon as we can. Read more.

Canon

Introducing the XF400 and XF405

Not content to wait sensibly for IBC like everyone else, Canon have released a slew of new kit, including two new CMOS compact camcorders, the XF400 and XF405, which sit above the XC15 in Canon’s range and offer ENG crews the chance to shoot 4K UHD at up to 60p. Read more.

Canon launch two new Full HD cameras, XA15 and XA11

For those of you who don’t need the full 4K functionality of the newly-announced XF400 and XF405, Canon have also announced Full HD camcorders in the shape of the XA15 and XA11 (the XA15 gets an SDI output; the XA11 does not). Read more.

Canon unveil new 4K handheld camera, the Legria GX10

Canon’s latest handheld camera captures 4K 50p video, supports dual pixel CMOS autofocus and can shoot 100fps full HD slow motion. We already want one. Read more.

FilmLight

IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

At IBC2017, FilmLight is celebrating the formal release of Baselight 5.0, as well as exhibiting the 5.0 colour tools across its entire product range. The update includes over 50 features, including a new primary grading environment known as Base Grade, a new Gamut Compression tool for HDR workflows. Read more.

G-Technology

IBC 2017: G-Technology releases SDK for G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution

Western Digital Corp., a global data storage technology and solutions leader, today announced the availability of a new software development kit (SDK) for its G-Technology 12-bay G-RACK 12 high-performance NAS solution for content creation professionals managing libraries of video and audio. Read more

HP

IBC 2017: HP launch HP Z workstations with up to 3TB RAM

In news that we’re sure will be of interest to IBC attendees , HP have announced a new line of HP Z workstations, the Z8, Z6 and Z4, that are designed to be the most powerful, scalable workstations on the planet. Read more.

NewTek

IBC 2017: NewTek demo new LivePanel

It’s day one of IBC, and NewTek have already unveiled LivePanel, a fully customisable browser-based control system that they’ll be including with NewTek IP Series multi-camera production systems, and which will be available as an option with TriCaster TC1. Read more.

Panasonic

IBC 2017: Panasonic showcase first footage from the EVA1

Panasonic introduced the EVA1 at Cine Expo, and we’ve been waiting to get our hands on it ever since. Those of you lucky enough to be in Amsterdam can see it on their stand at IBC, but we can all enjoy the first test footage, released today. Read more.

Rohde & Schwarz

IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz introduces new generation of ingest, live production and channel playout platform

At IBC 2017, Rohde & Schwarz will introduce a new approach to live ingest, media processing and channel playout that cost-effectively provides bridging technology between hybrid SDI and IP broadcast operations. Designated R&S VENICE, such is the stability of this software-based media processing and distribution platform that it can be used as a channel playout solution in 24/7 operation applications within medium and large-scale broadcasters. Read more

IBC 2017: Encoding and multiplexing solution from Rohde & Schwarz with premium transcoding for OTT live streaming

Rohde & Schwarz enhances its successful R&S AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution by adding premium-quality adaptive bit rate (ABR) encoding as well as packetising for all established formats for OTT live streaming. The R&S AVHE100 also fully supports high dynamic range (HDR) video transmissions. Read more.

IBC 2017: Rohde & Schwarz to present monitoring and multiviewer solution

Rohde & Schwarz will showcase its recently launched R&S PRISMON monitoring and multiviewer solution for broadcast and streaming media with enhanced functionality at IBC 2017. The new solution will also be presented in live demonstrations at IP Showcase, a highlight of the trade show. At IP Showcase, vendors can demonstrate IP interoperability of their products under real-world conditions, based on SMPTE 2110 final draft standards and AMWA IS-04. Read more.

IBC 2017: GMIT launches enhanced RelayCaster for live content contribution over public Internet

At IBC 2017, GMIT GmbH will showcase its newly acquired RelayCaster and CodecCaster products for the first time since acquiring the technology of Motama GmbH earlier this year. The company will introduce the latest version of RelayCaster for content contribution over public IP networks and CodecCaster for high-density live transcoding. Read more.

IBC 2017: GMIT with world’s first internet-based broadcast and OTT network monitoring app

At IBC 2017, GMIT GmbH will introduce a new commercial web service to supplement the Rohde & Schwarz content monitoring and multiviewing solution R&S PRISMON. R&S PRISMON was launched early this year as a convergent solution for content monitoring in both broadcast and streaming media/OTT environments. Read more.

SmallHD

IBC 2017: SmallHD debuts brighter daylight viewable 17″ monitor

Due to the success of its daylight viewable monitors, SmallHD introduces its brightest, full-featured 17” reference grade monitor ever made, the 1703-P3X. Double the brightness of other 17” reference monitors, it is at home in full sunlight, and covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 and Rec 709 color spaces. Read more

See SmallHD’s great show deals here.

Sony

Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony have announced VENICE, their first full frame camera designed for high end film production. Pitched as a camera “created by and for the cinematographer”, VENICE has had a cracking reception so far, including a winning review from Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony announce support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD

Sony will support the SMPTE ST 2095 and 2022-7 media transports over IP, the company has revealed at its IBC press conference. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

PXW-Z450 users, there’s new firmware coming your way. Granted, it’s not due until December, but in three short months you’ll be the proud owner of a camera with far better HDR, 4K and audio support. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

Sony have released updates for several monitors at IBC, including improved brightness and colour performance for many monitors. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony announce support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD

Sony will support the SMPTE ST 2095 and 2022-7 media transports over IP, the company has revealed at its IBC press conference. Read more.

IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

Sony have announced a major update to their SR Live workflow at IBC, with new features including S-Log3 and Hybrid Log-Gamma support. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony announce PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80

Sony have kicked off IBC by announcing two new small form factor cameras, the PXW-Z90 and HXR-NX80. Both offer 273-point phase detection autofocus and an instant HDR workflow, thanks to HLG and BT.2020 support. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera

Sony today unveiled the UHC-8300, its first 8K camera system to include 1.25-inch three 8K sensors, which will be demonstrated at the Sony stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017 for the first time globally. It opens up the world of 8K with the flexibility to offer customers new capturing technology for shooting in 4K and more. Read more.

IBC 2017: Sony announces a new generation DWX Series digital wireless microphone system with 1.2ms latency

At IBC 2017, Sony is announcing a new generation digital wireless microphone system to meet the demands for theatres and live applications. The latest DWX series provides high-quality sound with low audio latency of 1.2ms, reliable operation by using a high dynamic range RF circuit and four diversity antenna operation, and supports Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. Read more.

Soliton

Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

Ahead of Europe’s leading media, entertainment and technology show, Soliton have announced exciting new updates to their leading H.265 bonded solutions, ZAO and Zao-S. For those of you who are already fans of the Soliton products, updated features to enhance their Smart telecaster range are below. Read more.

For more on any of the new releases at IBC, or to place pre-orders, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing the XF400 and XF405

Introducing the XF400 and XF405

Not content to wait sensibly for IBC like everyone else, Canon have released a slew of new kit, including two new CMOS compact camcorders, the XF400 and XF405, which sit above the XC15 in Canon’s range and offer ENG crews the chance to shoot 4K UHD at up to 60p. (If you only need Full HD, take a look at the equally new XA15 and XA11 here.)

According to the Canon press corps, the XF405 offers “broadcast quality UHD and Full HD capability into a handheld, lightweight body with a 1.0 type CMOS sensor, a 15x 4K zoom lens and Dual Pixel CMOS AF. The XF405 produces outstanding clarity and sharpness. With the addition of a 100P high frame rate and network capability for FTP transfer and remote control, this camcorder is ideal for newsgathering, documentary or corporate use.”

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What’s the difference?

The only difference between the two is that the XF405 includes a 3G-SDI terminal, providing a secure BNC connection and enabling a 1920×1080 4:2:2 10-bit signal output for broadcast. The XF400 doesn’t, but still boasts all the features listed below…

Key features

4K UHD/50P recording on SD cards with high frame rates.
– The XF405 supports UHD/50P MP4 and XF-AVC format (150Mbps) recording along with additional XF-AVC support coming via a firmware update in 2018.

– The XF405 offers 100P high frame rate recording, which brings stunning slow motion in Full HD.

– The combination of 1.0-Type CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC DV6 offers high image quality footage with clarity and detail with outstanding high sensitivity and low noise.

– ‘Wide DR’ mode enables the user to shoot with an 800% wide dynamic range, providing details in mid to high tone.

High quality 4K lens with 15x zoom
– A newly developed 4K lens for the 1.0 type CMOS sensor, using Super UD elements which minimise chromic aberration.

– The XF405 features an ultra-wide 25.5mm along with high magnification 15x optical zoom in 4K.

– A 30x Advanced Zoom capability in Full HD mode without image deterioration.

– A 9-blade iris diaphragm allows the operator to shoot beautiful and natural bokeh.

– An advanced five-axis image stabiliser helps to reduce image distortion.

– XF405 features three built-in ND filters of 1/4, 1/16 and 1/64 (2, 4 and 6 stops).

– 0.8x Wide angle and 1.5x tele-converter for additional flexibility and coverage in 4K and Full HD.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF for high-speed, precise autofocus
– The XF405 offers Dual Pixel CMOS AF, fast and accurate autofocusing in area of approx. 80% (vertically) x 80% (horizontally) of the image.

– The XF405’s touchscreen allows focus control and camera operation for an intuitive operation.

– Various AF options are offered including Face Priority AF and Face Only AF.

– The innovative Dual Pixel Focus Guide supports manual focus shooting by telling the focus position visually.

Network capability with FTP transfer and remote control
– The XF405 gives you more mobility – FTP files transfer directly from the camcorder or wirelessly by built-in WiFi.

– Using the XF405’s built-in WiFi, it is possible to control via a smartphone or tablet using a Browser Remote. Additionally, the camcorder is fully compatible with the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100.

– IP Streaming (Full HD) firmware update planned in 2018.

Compact and lightweight body, professional operability
– Compact in size, lightweight and fully featured, the XF405 can meet a wide range of individual needs.

– The XF405 features an Infrared Mode allowing users to capture video in conditions with little to no ambient light.

– With Dual SD card slots the XF405 can record simultaneously to each of the two SD cards, providing an instant backup. With relay recording, the camera automatically switches recording from one SD card to the other when the first memory card becomes full.

– Variety of connectivity options feature on the XF405, including 3G-SDI (A model only), HDMI and two XLRs on the detachable handle.

– Flexible and high quality linear PCM 4ch audio is supported

– Five assignable buttons on the XF405 body provide a convenient way to set up the camera to individual requirements and to customise control based on user preference.

– Remote operation of the XF405 is possible with the Canon Remote Controller RC-V100, allowing users to operate from a distance.

Availability

The XF400 and XF405 are due to ship in November, but you can pre-order them on our site now. Here’s the XF400, and here’s the XF405.

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Canon unveil new 4K handheld camera, the Legria GX10

Canon unveil new 4K handheld camera, the Legria GX10

Canon’s latest handheld camera captures 4K 50p video, supports dual pixel CMOS autofocus and can shoot 100fps full HD slow motion. We already want one. 

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Other key features of Legria GX10, for that be its name, include a large sensor, a 8.3 – 124.5mm lens with 15x zoom, an 8-stop ND filter with three densities and support for wide dynamic range. The camera allows for manual control via buttons and dials, but also features an optimised 4K Auto Mode. There’s a built-in image stabilisation function, should you have a particularly shaky day, and a face tracking feature should you need to track a face (the GX10 can detect up to nine faces in a shot, but only track one face or object).

The GX10 has dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, and supports either continuous relay recording or simultaneous recording to MP4 format. Once you’ve captured your footage, you can share it wirelessly with the GX10’s built-in, dual-band WiFi, which can also be used to control the camera remotely, or connect to a third party audio recorder – the GX10 itself has a mono-directional mic built in, but no XLR port.

Here’s the official Canon statement on the GX10’s virtues:

“Capture incredibly vibrant Wide DR 4K footage at up to 50fps for smooth, lifelike results. Record pin-sharp, broad landscapes and shallow focus, detailed close ups – even in demanding light – with the 15x wide angle zoom lens, high sensitivity 1.0 type CMOS sensor and 8-stop ND filter.

“Use intuitively thanks to refined handheld ergonomics with dedicated controls, professional zoom rocker, lens ring and 8.8cm (3.5”) Vari-angle widescreen display with touch-autofocus. A 5-Axis Image Stabilizer with powerful optical lens shift and Dual Pixel CMOS AF ensure steady, smooth, sharp footage.

“Speed up operation – so you capture every shot – with customisable function buttons and dial plus included wireless remote control. Instantly get incredibly professional results using Automatic mode. A high resolution, tilting viewfinder allows comfortable, stable use in even the brightest conditions.

“Experience versatility to match your vision. Shoot 50p footage, even in 4K, for stunning fluidity and realism. Slow action to half or even quarter speed with 50fps 4K and up to 100fps Full HD. Enjoy dual card relay recording for long sessions and simultaneous recording confidence.

“Dual Band 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi enables remote shooting and control via smart devices and browsers, as well as wireless transfer of your movies. The audio input and Canon Mini Advanced Shoe allow connection of a 3.5mm mic, line level audio source or the directly connected optional DM-100 Microphone.”

Availability

The Legria GX10 is due to join us in November this year, with an RRP of £1289.99 inc VAT.

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Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony have announced VENICE, their first full frame camera designed for high end film production. Pitched as a camera “created by and for the cinematographer”, VENICE has had a cracking reception so far, including a winning review from Life of Pi cinematographer Claudio Miranda.

 

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As NewsShooter point out, VENICE doesn’t feel like a traditional ‘filmmaker’s camera’, including as it does several of the popular features from the F55 and F5, chief among them the built-in variable ND filter. However, its most radical departure from tradition is that the entire front sensor block is user-removable. Sony plan to release different sensor blocks optimised for different types of shooting, which users will be able to swap in the field, without the need for a clean room or paid upgrade from the Sony team.

Image capture

The camera has a full frame 36 x 24mm sensor. It supports full frame, anamorphic and spherical Super35 framing, with additional modes slated to be added in future upgrades. Natively, VENICE uses E mount lenses, but is designed to work with adaptors to give you access to PL lenses – Sony’s end goal is to make a camera that’s lens and aspect ratio agnostic. You get 15-plus stops of latitude, and while the decision to limit the camera to ISO 500 has been slightly controversial, Sony insist that this limit gives you the best performance from the camera.

The camera captures footage in 16-bit Scene Linear RAW and X-OCN formats, and that NewsShooter interview reveals that ProRes is set to join the party either before shipping or slightly after as a free upgrade. It supports dual card recording, and will work with your existing R7 recorder.

Other nice touches include dual menus – one for you and one for your assistant, on each side of the camera – and an advanced cooling system that means the camera runs very little danger of overheating, despite its small form factor (133 x 159 x 172 mm and 3.9kg).

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Why 6K?

Sony say they chose to limit the camera to 6K rather than 8K because at 6K they can deliver better skin tones, richer colours which blend more smoothly, and more detail in the highlights of your shot. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll already know our team’s feelings about shooting over 6K, but to reiterate: we support Sony’s decision to go with the wider colour gamut over the additional Ks.

Availability

While final pricing and a release date are yet to be 100% confirmed, the estimated release date is next February.

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The kit list: Expanding into live streaming on social media

The kit list: Expanding into live streaming on social media

Unsure about bringing video live streaming in-house? Looking for the best kit that will allow you to branch out into live social, and stream directly to various social media platforms? We’ve taken a look at the successful marketing trend that’s dominating feeds in 2017.

With faster internet speeds and the advent of mobile devices, video marketing has increased in popularity as a quick and easy way of showcasing your products or services to an audience. YouTube estimates that one billion hours of content are watched daily, across 88 countries – that’s a lot of reach.

Live streaming then adds another element of marketability to video, with audiences drawn to the appeal of experiencing something as it happens, rather than a recorded event. Live social media gives users immediate access to content and the ability to give instant feedback, heightening user engagement. In fact, according to the Livestream and New York Magazine Survey, 81% of internet and mobile audiences watched more live video in 2016 than 2015, with 67% of live video viewers more likely to buy event tickets after watching a live video of the same event or similar.

All of which begs the question, is this something you should be doing in-house? A case could be made for outsourcing to specialists, but the increased control and agility that comes with doing things in-house – especially when considering the immediate nature of live video – has led many creative teams, including ours, to wonder if they could take this on themselves.

What could you be creating?

As Facebook, YouTube and other large platforms add support for live video, it’s becoming an integral part of many social campaigns, and an extension of the traditional video content you might produce for a cross-platform project.

By utilising live streaming in your marketing, you can create:

Q&As and conversations with your audience. Engage directly with your end users to promote services or share general tips about your industry. Experian hosted a live chat in July on tips for buying a new car, with specialist speakers and interaction with users via the hashtag #CreditChat.

Special announcements and product introductions. Keep your audience up to date with live announcements and immediate access to information as it becomes available, as Nissan did with the launch of its 2016 Maxima at the New York auto show.

Live event streams. Drive ticket sales and participation by giving users a taste of the kind of live experiences your brand can offer. In June this year, endurance event brand Tough Mudder streamed a training event that offered tips and encouraged involvement.

Backstage pass and behind-the-scenes glimpses. Make your audience feel part of your event by granting exclusive live access to places they might not typically be able to go. Grazia UK had success with this by live streaming events from Facebook’s London HQ.

So what kit do you need to invest in?

Relying on one of your team being able to film and stream an event on their iPhone isn’t quite going to cut it for professional events – you need to be able to ensure professional quality audio and video across all your streams, especially if you want to record the stream and repurpose the footage elsewhere in your campaign. Phones typically can’t stream and record simultaneously, so you lose this feature entirely if you base your setup around a mobile, and adding titles and graphics that keep your stream on-brand isn’t something you can do with an iPhone setup.

Luckily, there are plenty of dedicated live streaming products that will give you the high quality, reusable footage. The range of options available can seem daunting, so we’ve asked our production experts to pick out a simple kit to get you started on creating and broadcasting live video directly to your social media platforms.

The Blackmagic Design Web Presenter allows you to stream to all popular platforms, including Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Twitch.tv and Periscope. It makes any SDI or HDMI video source appear as a USB webcam, so you can use professional cameras for higher quality web streaming.

Also from Blackmagic Design is the Micro Studio Camera 4K, the world’s smallest broadcast quality live production camera capable of HD, Ultra HD and 4K shooting. The camera body is not much bigger than the lens mount, so it’s a super flexible camera head that can be rigged for larger production, and you can control the focus, iris and zoom remotely with an ATEM switcher. Audio-wise, it has its own built-in mic, plus a 3.5mm jack so you can add a dedicated microphone.

And with the Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio Mini, you can record and play back your live stream for later use. This professional deck records and plays back broadcast quality 10-bit video as ProRes files on commonly available SD cards.

How can we help?

We can provide all the kit you need for live streaming from one place, with 30 day credit accounts (subject to you passing a credit check) and next day delivery on many key items.

If you’re not quite ready to buy, our longstanding relationships with leading media vendors mean that we’re perfectly placed to advise on the directions different suppliers are taking with live streaming, and help you find kit, storage solutions and workstations to support the direction you want to take, as well as advice on how to fit them all together.

If you want to know more about live streaming, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email designsolutions@Jigsaw24.com. If you’re ready to start shopping head to our design store, here.