NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new Blackmagic URSA studio viewfinder

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new Blackmagic URSA studio viewfinder

Turn URSA Mini into the ultimate professional studio camera with a 7 inch studio viewfinder! Blackmagic Design today announced the new Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder, a high resolution 7” studio viewfinder with variable tension mounting points, tally, external controls and more that turns Blackmagic URSA Mini into a true professional studio camera.

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Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2016 booth at #SL217.

The Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder features a large 7” high resolution screen and is perfect for camera operators working on live events at which they need to stand behind the camera and capture the action for hours on end. The all metal design is durable and features the highest quality variable tension mounting points available, as well as an articulated arm so the viewfinder can be raised, lowered, moved forward and backward. These mounting points can be set for the perfect amount of resistance so that customers can pan and tilt the viewfinder to whatever position they need.

This means camera operators can use the large viewfinder handles to move the camera completely independently of the viewfinder itself. This gives camera operators the ability to look directly into the viewfinder while the camera moves to follow the action.

The large RGB tally light on the rear of the monitor lights up red when the camera is on-air and orange for ISO recording. In addition, it includes customizable clip-on numbers that can be inserted for easy camera identification from up to 20 feet away.

When shooting a live event, it’s important to have physical buttons to quickly adjust settings on the fly. The Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder features a physical dial, knobs and three customizable function buttons that let camera operators quickly adjust brightness, contrast, and peaking without having to hunt through menus while live on air. The customizable function buttons can be used for zoom, false color, edge focus detection, loading 3D LUTs and more.

The Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder displays frame guides that can show the location of a lower third, graphic, logo or ticker so camera operators can accurately compose and frame shots. In addition to viewing the built in camera HDTV, 4:3, 2.4:1, 2.39:1, 1.85:1 and thirds frame guides, customers can also create up to three black or white custom cursors that can have variable height, width and position, making it easy to match the location for all the graphics that will be added live or during later broadcast. Frame guides are an essential function for every viewfinder, especially during live production where graphics and other elements are going to be keyed downstream.

When attached to URSA Mini, the camera sends information via the SDI connection to the viewfinder so customers can see the critical information they need such as recording status, camera settings, battery life and more while shooting.

The design of the Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder makes it familiar and easy to use for anyone that’s worked with other traditional studio cameras before, as the layout of the controls follows a familiar industry layout. The base of the viewfinder also features a standard V-lock bracket for mounting and detaching the monitor to the URSA Mini handle so it can be quickly set up and repositioned in seconds. This is especially important for camera operators at live events where they might need to set up the camera quickly or when they might want to quickly remove the viewfinder because the camera is going to be used with a shoulder mount.

Also available today is Camera Update 3.2, which is a free software update for URSA Mini that turns it into a true professional studio camera. The update enables features such as talkback, tally, camera control, color balancing, lens control and more from ATEM switchers. The update also lets customers set the camera ID, reference timing, and SDI output options that also make URSA Mini compatible with any live production switcher. In addition, customers can also use the headphone connection on URSA Mini for talkback communication with the director.

When combined with the URSA Studio Viewfinder, URSA Mini becomes the world’s most advanced Ultra HD live production camera. Unlike traditional studio cameras, which use older video technology, URSA Mini is a true digital film camera combined with a DaVinci Resolve YRGB primary color corrector and full broadcast studio camera features. That means customers get a new generation in image quality with incredible texture, detail, color and dynamic range that are far superior to standard broadcast cameras. There’s also a B4 lens mount available that lets customers use their existing broadcast HD lenses with full lens control on URSA Mini PL.

“The new Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder and the new Camera Update 3.2 software update turns Blackmagic Design’s URSA Mini cameras into a fully professional studio cameras that are better quality than traditional video based studio cameras but are also fully designed for an Ultra HD future,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The URSA Studio Viewfinder is designed to make it comfortable for camera operators to work on long events. Now broadcasters can get the same kind of amazing digital film quality that they can now use on live events that previously only Hollywood feature films has had access to!”

Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder features:

– Super bright 7” high resolution viewfinder with detachable sunshade.
– Large handles and variable tension articulated pivot points to adjust viewfinder position.
– Tactile physical dials, knobs and customizable function buttons for quickly adjusting settings.
– Large RGB LED tally indicator with clip on perspex camera numbers for easy camera identification.
– Integrated V-Lock mounting plate for quick setup and attaching to the URSA Mini top handle.
– Connects to SDI input and power from camera, so no extra cables or power supplies needed.
– Compatible with Blackmagic Video Device Embedded Control Protocol for full control of camera functions such as talkback, tally, color correction, image detail, gains, all lens functions and much more.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic URSA Studio Viewfinder is available to pre-order here.

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NAB 2016: NewTek Connect Pro tool bridges IP and SDI workflows

NAB 2016: NewTek Connect Pro tool bridges IP and SDI workflows

NewTek today announced NewTek Connect Pro, a multi-purpose software tool designed to seamlessly connect IP video formats of new and existing video production hardware and software to work together.

NewTek Connect Pro provides a simple, affordable bridge for producers and facilities transitioning to IP-based video production workflows that both minimizes expenses, and maximizes opportunities. Bringing together IP video standards including NDI and support for streaming IP formats found in cameras from JVC, Panasonic, PTZ Optics, Sony, and Vaddio, users can take advantage of a true end-to-end IP live production workflow.

Further, combining these IP video sources with SDI capture cards, customers can expand production capabilities as needs develop and grow. With announced support of ASPEN and SMPTE 2022, users can build production workflows with confidence regardless of format. NewTek Connect Pro transforms a host computer into a multi-channel video converter for stored media playback, local webcams, or video signals from compatible sources.

NewTek Connect Pro also includes NDI Connect Webserver. This additional application distributes video sources to the web browser of any suitable device on the network. Remote viewers can each select up to 16 different video sources, displaying them in a web browser in a variety of convenient layouts.

“IP-based workflows promise to connect all devices together on a single IP fabric to allow the best technologies to be used together. Competing standards, different devices, and different formats potentially make fulfilling the promise of IP interoperability very difficult,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “NewTek Connect Pro solves the problem of IP interoperability by being the glue that ties devices together and allows people to work with the best tools for a particular situation. It also provides a bridge from tools that they have today to the IP technologies of tomorrow.”

Once installed, NewTek Connect Pro provides any production workflow up to four video sources as inputs or outputs. Access the I/O of any cameras, decks, and devices connected via compatible capture cards, serve up stored media files for live playback, or increase camera count with local webcams. Tally and AutoPlay functions are also supported via NDI.

NDI Connect Pro Highlights

– Up to four input or output channels, independently configurable with built-in standards conversion.

– Support for a range of capture devices from vendors that include AJA, Blackmagic Design, Bluefish444, DELTACAST, Magewell, Matrox, Teradek and others; DirectShow devices, webcams, desktop computer capture, and more.

– Support for Key + Fill pairing on input and output.

– Support for common IP cameras including models from Panasonic, JVC, Vaddio, PTZ Optics, and Sony.

– Links common IP standards including NDI, ASPEN and other SMPTE 2022 integrations.

– Built-in media playback for video files and still images (including alpha channel) provided.

– Support for common computer system audio and sound sources, including professional audio cards, AES67, and Dante.

– 8-channel audio, with per-channel level control and headphone monitoring.

– Integration between hundreds of software solutions, including those from NewTek, VizRT, Chyron, BrainStorm, Broadcast Pix, and hundreds more.

– High-quality still image grab from any source, with motion adaptive deinterlacing.

– NDI Connect Webserver for remote viewing of NDI sources from the web browser of any networked device, including iOS and Android devices.

– Fully configurable color correction settings, including white balance, proc amp controls and automatic colour correction.

– Integrated Waveform and Vectorscope for real-time signal monitoring and adjustment.

– Full field-rate multi-view monitoring, with supplemental NDI program return monitor, selectable layouts, support for dual-monitor workspaces, and configurable graticule overlays, including VU meters, title safe, 4:3 safe, alpha channel checkerboard and center cross.

– Frame-rate and resolution cross conversion, frame sync and audio reclocking on all inputs.

Pricing and Availability

NewTek Connect Pro is available now as a one-time purchase for $995 US, or as a subscription for $49 per month. International pricing to be confirmed (we’ll let you know). A free version called NDI Connect, allowing for 2-channels, is also available.

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NAB 2016: G-Technology offers new NAS solution for content creators

NAB 2016: G-Technology offers new NAS solution for content creators

New 12-bay G-RACK 12 enables teams of creative professionals to streamline media and entertainment workflows with the reliability, scalability, and studio-friendly technology you’d expect from the trusted G-Technology brand.

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G-Technology, a trusted premium storage solutions provider, today announced its new G-RACK 12 network attached storage (NAS) solution – its first NAS-based device that enhances its award-winning product portfolio for content creation professionals worldwide. This along with a sneak peek of new technology demonstrations and the latest G-Technology products will be on display at NAB, April 18-21, in Las Vegas, Booth SL6005.

“From our flexible Evolution Series and high-capacity, high-performance portable G-SPEED Shuttle XL to our new 12-bay G-RACK 12 NAS solution, G-Technology offers one of the broadest storage portfolios for virtually any audio, video or content creation workflow,” said Mike Williams, vice president of marketing, G-Technology. “Our goal is to continue to optimize efficiencies in pre- and post- production workflows, so whether you’re working on a TV commercial, a corporate video, or major motion picture, we can help you through the most demanding production environments, while delivering capacity, reliability, performance and style.”

The G-RACK 12 streamlines demanding media and entertainment video workflows, including 4K and above resolution, with a scalable 12-bay server offering capacities up to 120TB. Its reliability, high-performance, and centralized storage capabilities are perfect for small-to-medium size post-production houses, TV/broadcast studios, ad agencies, and in-house creative departments using Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Avid Media Composer or other creative applications. An optional expansion chassis is available for expanding up to another 120TB of storage. The G-RACK 12 is the ideal storage solution for collaboration, utilizing quad 10-gigabit Ethernet connections for high-speed data transfers, saving both time and money.

“The G-RACK 12’s wickedly fast read/write speeds make it an unparalleled NAS option for professional environments, and its intuitive OS server interface allows us to get our entire department working off the G-RACK the same morning we unboxed it, all without hiring a specialist,” said Ted Pacult, post production supervisor for Documentary Now.

The G-RACK 12 incorporates a G-Technology-developed NAS operating system with BTRfs file system, with an easy-to-use graphical interface, removing the complexity of typical NAS administrative systems. The 12-bay, expandable units incorporate enterprise hard drives and are available in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB, and 120TB storage capacities.

“RED Studios Hollywood is constantly looking for the latest storage innovations, such as the G-RACK 12,” stated Jarred Land, president of RED Digital Cinema. “The 10-gigabit network speeds and ability to work within our Adobe, Final Cut Pro, and Avid ecosystems makes our G-RACK 12 an extremely valuable asset.”

G-RACK 12 pricing varies depending on capacity and configuration. You can pre-order G-RACK here.

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Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2016

Sony goes Beyond Definition at NAB 2016

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing new technologies and workflows for HD, 4K, high dynamic range, storage and IP transmission, providing the tools to drive professionals’ creativity. Sony’s exhibit will feature new models and updates to widely used products – camcorders, cameras, monitors, switchers, storage, archiving, and wireless transmission for broadcast, production, sports, live events and more.

“Sony at NAB 2016 is all about accelerating the momentum with our customers. For the past two years, we have been showcasing and delivering a variety of forward thinking solutions under the banner of Beyond Definition. This year we are continuing that story and sharing with our partners and customers our latest developments in the core enabling areas of Image, IP and Workflow, all founded on Sony’s reputation as a technology innovator, solutions provider and strategic business partner, that goes beyond the traditional vendor / customer relationship”, says Michael Harrit, Marketing Director Media Solutions, Sony Professional Solutions Europe.

At NAB, Sony will highlight its comprehensive and growing line of cameras, with 4K available at every level from full-frame interchangeable lens cameras and compact professional camcorders to high frame rate, high dynamic range studio and motion picture cameras.

Cameras and camcorders

Sony cameras are used in every production genre at every budget level: high-end feature films, low to mid-budget feature films, news, documentary, episodic television, sports, commercials, OTT and more.

Sony’s new HDC-4800 camera system combines 4K resolution with enhanced high frame rate capabilities — 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD. This is combined with HD cut-out and zoom capabilities for live sports and event production. The HDC-4800 is complemented by the BPU-4800, a baseband processor unit with a replay server capability that creates a fully networked, 4K live ultra-high speed production workflow.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and wide color space (BT.2020 and BT.709). It supports PL mount lenses enabling to capture high resolution, clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. In addition to this, HDR support is under development and will be available in near future.

Sony introduced the world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, the PXW-Z450. Capable of capturing superb 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from new 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the camcorder possesses exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features. Another addition to the XDCAM family is the PXW-Z150 with 1.0-type sensor that delivers low-light performance and networking features for fast turnaround, high-quality workflows.

IP Transmission

Sony further enhances its fully interoperable IP Live Production system with Networked Media Interface (NMI) IP Live Production system with Networked Media Interface (NMI). The new suite of solutions have been developed to help broadcasters make the most of IP technology, allowing them to deliver on the increasing demand for 4K live content while addressing the cost and scalability issues associated with conventional SDI live production workflows. Sony will be demonstrating its continued commitment to delivering IP interoperability among a wide range of compatible live production products through its IP Live Alliance. The Alliance has, with the recent participation by Grass Valley, now grown to 49 vendors across the live production space, and support is continuing to grow as more broadcasters adopt IP Live.

Storage

Sony is unveiling the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive (ODA) System, which adopts new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic. This affordable new media is rated with a 100-year shelf life and doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB. The Generation 2 ODA System also introduces the world’s first 8-channel optical drive unit, doubling the read/write speeds of the previous generation and helping to meet the data needs of real-time 4K production.

ODA technology is designed for use as a near-line, deep archive storage or disaster recovery systems, ranging from large scalable robotics down to stand-alone archive systems. Sony is also embracing an open platform approach for broad compatibility, providing technologies and support to encourage other manufacturers to develop complementary products for the technology. Currently, 42 companies have announced their support for ODA.

High Dynamic Range (HDR)

At NAB 2015, Sony introduced its first 4K OLED reference monitor for critical viewing – the BVM-X300. Already, it’s become the de facto reference standard for 4K and HDR grading.

This year, Sony adds a new monitor – the PVM-X550, a 55-inch, OLED panel with 12-bit signal processing, perfect for client viewing. The PVM-X550 supports HDR through various Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF), such as S-Log3, SMPTE ST.2084 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, covering applications for both cinematography and broadcast. The PVM-X550 is the world’s first quad-view OLED monitor, which allows customized individual display settings across four distinct views in HD. It is equipped with the same signal-processing engine as the BVM-X300, providing a 12-bit output signal for the best picture accuracy and consistency. It also supports various industry standard color spaces including the wider ITU-R BT.2020 for Ultra High Definition. These all work in tandem with TRIMASTER EL technology to ensure that professionals across the broadcast and cinematography industries are provided excellent, vibrant and reliable images.

Technology Upgrades

Sony is helping customers extend the life of their current Sony technologies by continually introducing new upgrades, enabling new features and performance. These include:

– BVM-X300 – update for support of both Hybrid Log-Gamma formats, safe and aspect markers, XYZ color modulation and 1.5G dual link inputs.
– F55 – version 8 adds support for XAVC 4K class 480, for professionals that want a higher data rate in XAVC.
– FS7 – adds center crop functionality, a feature traditionally found on higher-end models like the F55, flexible spot focus and true 24P.
– FS5 – adding RAW external recording and auto variable ND filters, among several other features.

Wireless mic systems

Rounding out the total workflow for professionals, Sony’s NAB 2016 exhibit also highlights new wireless microphone systems with enhanced diversity features, solutions for media asset management, and more, across its entire product line. These include HXC-FB75 Camera – a successor model to Sony’s HXC-D70, the HXC-FB75 is a cost-effective entry-level studio camera. No camera adapter is required for fiber transmission to the CCU, and Sony’s HDVF interface enables smoother and sharper focusing. The lens, viewfinder and microphone packaged model is available in addition to the camera body sole model.

In response to the growing demand for 4K production and IP interfaces, Sony is adding to its multi-format switcher line-up. Sony’s new XVS Series Switchers, the XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 join the XVS-8000 to create the family of 4K/IP professional production switcher systems. The XVS Series inherits versatile features from Sony’s widely used MVS Series of switchers including enhanced frame memory, format conversion, multi-viewer capabilities, and a wide range of input and output video formats. The XVS Series also supports HDR imaging. Users can configure SDI and IP option boards in a single processor. The XVS family offers smooth migration not only from SDI to IP, but also from HD to 4K, promising efficient return of investment:

– XVS-7000 supports: In HD, 6ME operation with 112 inputs; in 4K,3ME operations with 28 inputs
– XVS-6000 supports: In HD, 4ME operation with 48 inputs; in 4K, 2ME operation with 12 inputs

Sony’s XDCAM technology is a standard for ENG and field production, evolving from optical disc to file-based workflows. Sony is developing new wireless workflows to support the current requirements of news production, using 4G/LTE networks for media delivery. XDCAM Air is a cloud-based ENG service that integrates existing Sony wireless solutions and adds new features such as a mobile application, live streaming edit integration with NLE and enhanced remote control capabilities.

Sony’s new UWP-D Wireless Microphone System, the URX-P03D is the first 2-channel portable receiver in its UWP-D series, eliminating the need to attach two receivers on a camcorder, especially smaller models, making them unbalanced and unwieldy. The URX-P03D receiver supports an external input for an additional wired microphone, such as Sony’s BMP type lavaliere microphones or conventional plug-in-power supported microphones. 3-channel mixer function is included for switching audio signals in the receiver. A new 2-channel version of Sony’s Multi Interface (MI) shoe adaptor, model SMAD-P3D is available for the URX-P03D.

Also introduced, Sony’s LMD-B170 a 17-inch, lightweight, compact Full HD LCD monitor. The new monitor incorporates features and designs from Sony’s PVM-A Series OLED and LMD-A Series Premium LCD picture monitors to give users a familiar interface, especially when using multiple series of monitors. The LMD-B170 can be wall-mounted for in-house use or used as a field monitor with DC power. Interfaces include SDI, HDMI and composite video with stereo analog audio as standard. The monitor also has 2W+2W front stereo speakers, more powerful than a monaural speaker or a rear speaker system.

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NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

NAB 2016: Sony introduces the PVM-X550, a 55” quad-view large screen TRIMASTER EL 4K OLED monitor

Sony today announced the new PVM-X550, a 55-inch 4K OLED monitor ideal for verifying 4K footage during production. The PVM-X550 incorporates Sony’s exclusive TRIMASTER EL technology, achieving superb colour and picture quality reproduction, and making the monitor ideal for 4K cinema production and 4K live production.

As demand continues to grow for next generation video formats such as 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR), improved workflows will become even more critical for cameramen, directors and producers evaluating video in the field. A 4K OLED large display that can be used alongside the BVM-X300,Sony’s award winning 30-inch 4K OLED reference monitor, has long been desired. The new PVM-X550 is ideally suited for this use as it is equipped with the same signal processing system as the BVM-X300 for picture accuracy and calibration. The combination of the Sony BVM series master monitors for critical evaluation and the PVM-X550 client monitor deliver the ideal image reproduction and picture quality.

The PVM-X550 supports HDR through various Electro-Optical Transfer Functions (EOTF), such as S-Log3, SMPTE ST.2084 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, covering applications for both cinematography and broadcast. It is equipped with the same signal-processing engine as the BVM-X300, providing a 12-bit output signal for the best picture accuracy and consistency. It also supports various industry standard colour spaces including the wider ITU-R BT.2020 for Ultra High Definition. These all work in tandem with TRIMASTER EL technology to ensure that professionals across the broadcast and cinematography industries are provided excellent, vibrant and reliable images.

The PVM-X550 is the quad-view OLED monitor, which allows customized individual display settings across four distinct views, including:

– Electro-Optical Transfer Function (EOTF).

– Colour space, Transfer Matrix and colour temperature.

– Contrast, Bright and Chroma.

– Interface (3G-SDI,HD-SDI including Single Link/Dual Link and HDMI).

– Signal structure (RGBy and YCBCR).

With great off-axis viewing performance, the PVM-X550’s narrow bezel and lightweight design make it ideal for wall mounting, which is a particular benefit for integration into live production environments where space is often at a premium. At the same time, the 55-inch display also delivers a screen size that can fit in with the need for larger, more detailed monitors in the world of postproduction.

“Professional monitors are essential for 4K productions in the field and aid creators in visual storytelling”, said Daniel Dubreuil, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Sony has listened to its customers and partners about their individual needs during production and the result of those conversations is the PVM-X550 – high-performance, versatile, and customisable quad-view OLED monitor. Cameramen, directors and producers now have the capability to choose individual settings for each of the four displays to achieve their desired outcome. With this range of displays, Sony is putting image quality and dependability at the front of its agenda, giving professionals the confidence to count on excellent, reliable images for the longest time possible.”

The PVM-X550 will be available in Summer 2016.

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NAB 2016: Sony unveils world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder camcorder with 2/3-type image sensor

NAB 2016: Sony unveils world’s first 4K XDCAM shoulder camcorder with 2/3-type image sensor

Sony today introduced its latest XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder, PXW-Z450. Capable of capturing superb 4K (3840 x 2160) picture quality from new 2/3-type Exmor R CMOS sensor, the camcorder possesses exceptional weight balance and low power consumption alongside excellent networking features.

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“Sony further reinforces its position to drive technology forward and create solutions that answer to the needs of our clients in the 4K production space,” said Lucie Wendremaire, Marketing Manager, Sony Professional Solutions, Sony Europe, “As the first 4K XDCAM shoulder-mount camcorder in the world equipped with a 2/3-type 4K image sensor 1, Sony’s PXW-Z450 goes beyond what has been traditionally possible with a camcorder, making it the ideal choice for broadcasters producing various TV programs in 4K.”

The PXW-Z450 allows standard B4-mount lenses to be attached directly onto the body without the need for an adaptor, providing the flexibility to interchange between different lenses at ease. With high zoom ratio and deep depth of field (DOF), users are assured of stunning picture quality. The camcorder also supports multi-format recording for a variety of applications, allowing users to shoot at robust 1080p HD and switch over to 4K 59.94p when needed. The PXW-Z450 supports both XAVC Intra and XAVC Long for 4K recording as well as MPEG HD422.

Further, the PXW-Z450 can supports pool feed functions (HD/SD-SDI), allowing broadcasters to record an external signal on SxS card, from another camera on-site without a portable deck.

Suitable for field production, the PXW-Z450 inherits a lot of features from the PXW-X400. This includes the “ONLINE button” which simply allows users to transmit the proxy clips or direct streaming AV signals to other equipment connected on network, low power consumption equivalent, and the well-balanced lens and body resolve any front-heavy issues for all-day shooting comfort.

PXW-X400 gets 4K upgrade

For current PXW-X400 users, Sony will also introduce a 4K upgrade kit, CBK-Z450UK. The new kit offers the users with the same functionalities of PXW-Z4502 2.

The PXW-Z450 is body-only with no lens or viewfinder but it can be paired with the optional HDVF-series full HD OLED viewfinder (HDVF-EL20/EL30) for excellent focusing performance, making it a perfect fit for today’s demanding content creation requirements.

The PXW-Z450 will be exhibited during the 2016 NAB show at booth C11001, Central Hall, C-5, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, NV, US.

The PXW-Z450 is scheduled to be available by the end of 2016.

The CBK-Z450UK is scheduled to be available in 2017.

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NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function

Sony announced today the launch of the HDC-4800, its newest camera system which combines 4K & Wide Color Space with Ultra-High Frame Rate (UHFR) capabilities – 8x at 4K, and up to 16x in full HD- but also features dynamic cutout and zoom capabilities for live sports and special event productions.

The HDC-4800 reinforces the suite of 4K, HDR, IP-ready set of solutions offered by Sony Professional, from the awarded HDC-4300 camera, the XVS Switchers series and PWS-4500 servers to the Trimaster ELTM 4K OLED displays BVM-X300 & PVM-X550.

Today, most live sports productions already include high frame rate data, which has become one of the de facto visual tools to relay for the viewer the raw emotion, effort and feats of athletes and sporting teams. However, such ultra-high frame rate content requires the use of specialised crews, equipment and custom developed workflows that were not originally designed for a live production application, where time to air is critical.

Sony has brought all of its experience and deep understanding of live sports production workflows and operations to answer that challenge with the HDC-4800. This is Ultra High Frame Rate System Camera developed specifically for live sports environments, bringing together innovative technology with efficient workflows and simple operation.

The system is composed of a camera head that any traditional camera operator, shader or engineer can operate. It uses the familiar ergonomics and commands including dynamic focus assists, simple large lens adapter as well as all paint functions from Remote Control Panel and is compatible with other accessories from the range of Sony system cameras.

This means operators can control precisely the colour and general parameters of an HDC-4800 like they would any other HDC system. This cuts out the requirement of a dedicated operator for Ultra Frame Rate, as there is no need for a specialised and dedicated set of accessories, such as viewfinders, remote control panels or large lens adapters.

The other challenge faced in present day UHFR operations is recording. This is often limited to an on board memory located in the camera head block, restricting not only how much action can be captured but also slowing down the time to air, as the data needs to be first transferred to an external replay server.

This constrains directors and can force them to make some very strong editorial choices. With the HDC-4800 system, Sony has developed a new approach which solves this problem: the BPU-4800 baseband processor unit doubles up as a replay server. This innovation not only enables to record continuously up to 4 hours of Ultra High Frame rate 4K (8x super motion content) thus capturing all the action, but also allows instant replays that can be broadcast on air as a first replay immediately after the moment.

The BPU-4800 integrates directly with other servers for instant replay using the Real Time network “Share Play” introduced on the PWS-4500 server system.

Thanks to these features, the HDC-4800/BPU-4800 camera system also creates a companion system for Sony’s HDC-4300 4K/HD camera with 2/3-inch image sensor.

“Sony has developed the HDC-4800 taking into account the workflow as a whole”, says Norbert Paquet, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.” From capture to replay operations, the HDC-4800 System enables not only the best in class capture of emotions but also more efficient workflows for live sports replays.“

“Exchanging contents in real time between servers is essential” continues Paquet “Now, while the High Speed replay operator is proposing his clips to the director, the highlight editing operator can get at the same time his clips into the main story, assembling clips not only from the normal replay servers but also from this Ultra High Speed server”.

The HDC-4800 uses a new Super 35mm 4K CMOS sensor and wide colour space (BT.2020 and BT.709). It also supports PL mount lenses that can capture high resolution, clear and crisp images for live sports shooting. HDR support is under development and will be available in the near future.

The HDC-4800 and BPU-4800 will be displayed for the first time at NAB 2016 and will be available from August 2016, ready for major sporting events.

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NAB 2016: Atomos adds flagship Shogun Inferno to the HDR blaze of product announcements

NAB 2016: Atomos adds flagship Shogun Inferno to the HDR blaze of product announcements

Before you read this press release, we’d like you to put on Disco Inferno. Go on. We’ll wait. 

Atomos invented the all-in-one monitor recorder category and now redefine it with the Shogun Inferno. It is the combination of the most advanced monitor technologies – 1500nit/10bit/HDR, the latest recording capability – 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI, along with playback & editing functionality that encourages on set collaboration. Shogun Inferno makes mastering a high resolution, high frame rate, high dynamic range workflow available to all filmmakers.

Shogun Inferno sits as the flagship model in the new 8-strong Atomos HDR lineup, which has expanded to include HDR as a free update to the Blade HD series, Ninja Assassin, Shogun and Shogun Studio along with the recently announced Flame series.

“The best technology booms are the ones that truly wow long standing professionals. HDR on the Atomos products leaves even the most experienced video professional excited like a kid in a candy store – never before have you actually been able to monitor and shoot what you are actually seeing,” said Jeromy Young, Atomos’ CEO and Co-founder.

“Just as we opened up the changeover from MPEG to ProRes and the upgrade from HD to 4K, we’re focused on ensuring the exciting breakthrough that is HDR easily becomes part of every filmmaker’s arsenal. To do this all at 4K 60p is a real revolution.”

Shogun Inferno has all of the premium monitoring features previously announced on the Shogun Flame i.e. 10 stops of dynamic range with AtomHDR, 1500nit brightness for outdoor monitoring and 10-bit processing for smooth colour transitions. In addition, Inferno also adds:

– High quality 4K 60p and HD 240p ProRes and DNxHR recording, from either a video or Raw signal – perfect for sports broadcasters and slow motion recordings.

– Raw to Raw CDNG recording up to 4K DCI/UHD 30p or 2K/HD 120p. CDNG support will also be added to existing Shogun Flame, Shogun and Shogun Studio users one month after the launch of Inferno.

– Versatility of Quad SDI connections to let you input from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the need for converters – perfect for 4K HDR multicam events.

– PQ (ST-2084) input that allows you to use Inferno as a grading monitor in post

PQ (ST-2084) output standard HDR to compatible TVs and monitors. The Samurai Blade, Ninja Blade, Shogun and Ninja Assassin also benefit from getting a free upgrade to the AtomHDR image processing for their 400 nit, 8-bit displays. This is possible because Atomos control both OS and the LCD display 1 engine allowing previous generation HD products to receive this amazing feature for free. This gives a preview of the Post Production HDR result in the field so that judging exposure and bringing it into Post for HDR or SDR delivery is possible for shooters who have a Log output from their camera. The free OS upgrade to gain AtomHDR for Blade, Shogun, Ninja Assassin and Shogun Studio is scheduled for May 2016.

The Shogun Inferno in detail

–  AtomHDR AtomHDR lets you shoot with the high brightness range of your camera’s Log profile and preview the final, vibrant post production HDR result.

– 4K 60p Record and play out pristine ProRes/ DNxHR in 4K resolution and 24/25/30/50/60p frame rates.

– HD 240p Apart from 4K recording, high frame rate HD from 50p to 240p can be recorded from cameras that output these high frame rates.

– Quad SDI The Quad SDI inputs let you connect from cameras with 1.5/3/6/12G SDI outputs without the need for converters.

– RAW recording Capture the RAW output from Sony FS7/ FS700 and Canon C300MKII/C500 over SDI, recording to either ProRes, DNxHR or CDNG.

– 10-bit monitor 10-bit monitor processing increases the number of colors from 16.7 million for standard 8-bit panels to 1.07 billion, minimizing color banding on screen.

– 7” 1500nit brightness For Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) shooting ramp the brightness slider up to 1500 nit for hood-free outdoor monitoring.

– Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHR recording Record to visually lossless Apple ProRes or AVID DNxHD in Rec709 or Log formats as an edit friendly, visually lossless industry benchmark independent of the camera brand used.

– PQ in/out Take PQ out into larger HDR compatible screens or feed HDR from your NLE into the PQ input for HDR grading using the Inferno.

– Custom looks Apply a custom look to footage by uploading and applying “.cube” 3D LUT’s. View in full/half mode on screen, output it to a monitor or record into the footage.

– Continuous power Our patent pending Continuous power system automatically swaps to the second battery when power is low for uninterrupted recording in the field.

– Playlist generation Create playlists easily, either entire clips or tagged parts of clips, for playback on the unit or out to a larger screen.

Pricing and availability

The Shogun Inferno ships with host of accessories including a HPRC hard case, a snap-fast HDR sunhood, fast battery charger, control cable, 2 x NP-F750 4 cell batteries, USB 3 Docking Station, D-Tap Cable, 5 x Master Caddy Cases, Break-out XLR cable and a 12 V 3A AC-DC Power Adapter. MSRP is £1665 with availability in Q3 2016.

 

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NAB 2016: Premiere Pro and FCP X add support for Tangent panels

NAB 2016: Premiere Pro and FCP X add support for Tangent panels

As well as announcing availability of their long-awaited Ripple panel, Tangent Devices have revealed that Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple Final Cut Pro X now sport improved Tangent integration. 

“Adobe announced that they’re including support of our panels in the next release of Premier Pro. They have also implemented full support of our Mapper application, so you’ll be able to customise the layout of the controls on the panels. This is really exciting news for us and we’ve been looking forward to this as it’s been the source of a lot of requests from users,” said Tangent’s spokesperson. (You can see the Adobe announcement here).

Tangent also announced that support for FCP X’s Color Finale plug-in. “We already have pretty much full control of FCP X with our panels thanks to the efforts of Sam Mestman and his extensive use of our Mapper. Now the guys at Color Grading Central have announced full support of our panels in their Color Finale plug-in for FCP X. With Support for the Mapper included, you can customise your control layouts. We’re excited to see this expansion for the support of our panels within FCP X and we’re looking forward to the release of this new version. You can read more about Color Finale here.”

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NAB 2016: Tangent Ripple shipping soon!

NAB 2016: Tangent Ripple shipping soon!

Tangent’s long-awaited entry level Ripple panel has been on the horizon since IBC 2015, but now the design and details have been finalised and we’re closing in on a shipping date.

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Here’s the official blurb: “Getting in touch with your software has never been more affordable. Ripple is Tangent’s new entry level panel with a price-tag to match. Designed for the occasional colourist, editor, and student, Ripple provides the essential three-way trackerball controls to speed up primary grading. Its small footprint means it sits comfortably beside your keyboard, mouse and tablet.

“Like all Tangent panels, Ripple is supported by the Tangent Mapper, which means many applications will allow you to customise control layouts or build your own from scratch. Ripple is automatically supported by all applications which support the Tangent Hub which means that it should work right out of the box, for example. Resolve, Nucoda, SCRATCH, SpeedGrade, Premiere Pro etc. Ripple can also be combined with any panels from the Element range (including the element-Vs tablet app) so you can easily expand the functionality of your Tangent setup.”

Key features of Tangent Ripple:

– Three trackerballs with dials for masters.
– High resolution optical pick-ups for the balls and dials.
– Independent reset buttons for the balls and dials.
– Programmable A and B buttons.
– USB powered with integral cable.
– Lightweight and compact (600g and 325 x 148 x 52mm, specifically).

Pre-order the Ripple here for £250 (£300 inc VAT).

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