NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

More and more news organizations and broadcasters worldwide are now shooting in the Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG video format, since it provides high quality media at smaller bandwidth rates. Some of the world’s largest broadcasters are already using this AVC Ultra-LongG format, including NBC and Cox Media, and many more organizations will be adopting the format soon.

Read the original article over at Avid’s site.
By offering end-to-end AVC Ultra-LongG workflows and support across the MediaCentral Platform, we are extending Avid Resolution Independence and providing our customers and partners with unprecedented performance and efficiency.Avid’s end-to-end workflow for AVC Ultra-LongG spans the Avid Artist, Media, and Storage Suites, and includes baseband and file-based ingest, editorial and logging, send-to-playback, and archive. Through seamless integration with the Avid MediaCentral Platform, you can now safely replace old camera inventory and invest in this new camera platform without risking interruption of well-established operational practices.

“We are excited to announce the AVC Ultra-LongG workflow integration with Avid systems. Many of our customers are seeking a total workflow that spans the production continuum from acquisition to archive, and that is exactly what this solution offers,” said Kunihiko Miyagi, executive vice president of Cinema and Broadcasting, Imaging Network Business Division, Panasonic Corporation.

The following Avid solutions will offer Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG support during the second quarter of 2016:

– Media Composer Edit SD, HD, and high-res media with the film, TV, and broadcast industry standard.
– Avid NEXIS Accelerate production with the world’s first software-defined storage platform.
– Interplay | Production Manage assets, collaborate, and automate workflows for high-volume media delivery.
– Interplay | MAM Unify and coordinate every aspect of media production with a comprehensive system.
– AirSpeed | 5500 Speed up SD, HD, and high-res workflows with a multichannel ingest/playout server.
– Media | Director Automate file-based media ingest, parking, and transcoding.
– MediaCentral | UX Access media and work on projects anywhere using a cloud-based interface.

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NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, will introduce a new fiber studio system based on its 800 Series ProHD cameras at the 2016 NAB Show (Booth C4314), which runs April 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. Built exclusively for JVC by MultiDyne Video & Fiber-Optic Systems, the system supports 3G-SDI 1080p/60 camera feeds and returns, and takes advantage of the camera’s built-in streaming engine for video-over-IP functionality.

The camera module connects directly to the back of GY-HM890 camcorder via 68-pin interface – no external cables required – for full studio functionality. It transports multiple bi-directional 3G-SDI signals as well as control, audio, sync, and intercom between the camera and the FS-900 Base Station.

Up to three cameras are supported by the Base Station, and its redundant power supplies provide up to 150 watts for each camera, as well as prompters and talent monitors. Its three-in-one configuration provides a more cost efficient solution than other multi-camera solutions previously offered by JVC and other manufacturers.

With built-in gigabit Ethernet, the lightweight, 2 RU Base Station also allows video-over-IP, control and advanced configuration. The high quality 1080p video signals are ideal for webcasts, virtual sets, and image magnification (I-MAG) applications. The system integrates easily with any studio, mobile truck, or portable flypack, and connects directly with a facility’s switcher, router, intercom, and house sync systems.

“The integration of three cameras with a single base station provides an elegant, compact, and cost effective solution,” explained Edgar Shane, general manager of engineering, JVC Professional Video. “This does it all – at a lower cost than a conventional system with three base stations. Plus, you can add SMPTE 2022 SDI-over-IP functionality, so the system will support your future transition to a fully IP-based workflow.”

JVC will offer an optional multi-viewer card for the Base Station, and the module will be available in multiple configurations to address specific customer cable and intercom requirements. Both the camera module and base station will be available in June 2016, with pricing starting at under $32,000 for a three-camera system.

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NAB 2016: The highlights

NAB 2016: The highlights

Here we go. Bookmark this page and periodically hit refresh to be kept up to date with all the big announcements from NAB Show 2016, including live streams, key links and the most interesting new releases.

AJA

AJA Releases CION v1.3 Firmware with New Gamma Settings; Announces New Pak1000 Promo for CION Purchases

AJA Video Systems today released new v1.3 firmware for the AJA CION, AJA’s 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that shoots edit-ready Apple ProRes files at up to 4K 60fps. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

AJA Video Systems today unveiled FS4, the most advanced all digital frame sync and universal up/down/cross converter ever from AJA, supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows in a 1RU frame. Read more 

NAB 2016: AJA Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 update to add ExFAT, 16-channel audio, CC support, 2SI; Pak-Adapt-eSATA to bring third party eSATA media compatibility

AJA Video Systems today announced Ki Pro Ultra v1.2 firmware adding 16-channel embedded SDI audio, ExFAT file system, Closed Captioning (CC) and SMPTE 2SI I/O support. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA announces U-TAP USB 3.0 capture devices

AJA Video Systems today announced U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI offering high quality HD/SD capture through a bus powered USB 3.0 port. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA introduces new Mini-Converters and openGear-Compatible rack cards

At NAB 2016, AJA Video Systems expanded its line of portable Mini-Converters with the introduction of the Hi5-4K-Plus, a 4K/UltraHD 3G-SDI to HDMI 2.0 converter, and the HDP3, a 3G-SDI to DVI-D converter with 1080p 60 support. Read more

NAB 2016: AJA Announces KONA IP at NAB 2016

AJA Video Systems today announced KONA IP, its first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s industry-leading KONA line of PCIe capture cards and works with AJA Control Room and Control Panel software and SDK tools along with leading third-party content creation applications. Read more

Atomos

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

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. Read more

Avid

NAB 2016: Avid demonstrate cloud collaboration within ProTools

Avid have demonstrated a new cloud collaboration platform for ProTools built directly into the application. The demo was done live at the Avid ACA event prior to NAB opening for select ACA members attending the event. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid announce Adobe Premiere integration with Interplay Media Central

Avid today have announced and demonstrated a huge move toward making their production asset management system, Interplay Media Central, the open arena they have talked about for a number of years now. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid announce NEXIS storage at Avid Connect

AVID today have announced a number of new and updated products at their Avid Connect event, prior to the NAB show which begins on Monday. One of the major headlines is a series of new storage systems, called NEXIS, building on the same hardware and operating system used with the ISIS 1000, launched last year. Read more

NAB 2016: Avid introduces industry’s first end-to-end production workflow for Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG

More and more news organizations and broadcasters worldwide are now shooting in the Panasonic AVC Ultra-LongG video format, since it provides high quality media at smaller bandwidth rates. Some of the world’s largest broadcasters are already using this AVC Ultra-LongG format, including NBC and Cox Media, and many more organizations will be adopting the format soon. Read more

Moving from Avid ISIS to NEXIS | PRO? Here’s what we know…

As you’ve probably heard, Avid have announced that they’re rebranding their ISIS storage range as the NEXIS range of shared storage products. For those of you who were about to buy an ISIS, have just bought an ISIS or have based your entire storage setup around the ISIS, this might have been slightly unwelcome news, but actually the move to NEXIS seems pretty simple. Here’s what you need to know. Read more 

axle Video

NAB 2016: New axle Pulse turns audiences into contributors

Today axle Video announced the first-ever integrated solution for news organisations and brands to gather and stream video directly from their audiences. Read more

Blackmagic Design

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. Read more

NAB 2016:  New URSA Mini camera OS adds new UI, dozens of features and improves camera performance!

Blackmagic Design today announced a major new camera operating system for its URSA Mini cameras. This new camera OS features an incredible new user interface along with dozens of new features and will be available later this year free of charge for all URSA Mini customers. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design introduces new Blackmagic Micro Converters

Introducing the world’s smallest broadcast quality video converters! Blackmagic Design today introduced Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI and Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI, two new super small, pocket size broadcast quality video converters. Both models are available immediately for only US$85 each. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces ATEM Switcher 6.8 update with HyperDeck Control integration

Blackmagic Design today announced the immediate availability of ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update which adds control of all HyperDeck Studio disk recorders to all ATEM switchers. ATEM Switcher 6.8 Update is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website and is free of charge for all Blackmagic ATEM switcher customers. Read more 

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3

The world’s most advanced capture and playback solution now with 40Gb/s Thunderbolt 3 technology. Blackmagic Design today announced UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, the world’s most advanced Thunderbolt video capture and playback solution. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design selects Tico lightweight compression to move to live video production over IP

Blackmagic Design is now an adopter of the ultra low latency TICO compression technology developed by intoPIX, enabling high resolution video over IP networks. Read more 

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design launches DaVinci Resolve 12.5!

Our friends over at the Resolve development team have done it again! This year’s NAB release of Resolve has over 250 new features and 1000 enhancements and bug fixes. The new features range from downright incredible to improving your day to day experience, saving time and bringing the sort of tools we’ll need for the next generation of content creation requirements. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announce new Blackmagic MultiView 4

Monitor 4 completely independent SD, HD or Ultra HD SDI video sources on a single display! Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic MultiView 4, a new multi viewer that lets customers monitor 4 completely independent SDI video sources on a single display. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design convertor upgrades with HDMI instant lock and 33 point LUT support

Mini Converter SDI to HDMI 4K and Teranex Mini SDI to HDMI 12G both get new HDMI instant lock feature, and Teranex Mini also adds 33 point LUT support. Read more

NAB 2016: Blackmagic Design announces new DeckLink Duo 2 PCIe capture and playback card

Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink Duo 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution with 4 independent channels that can be assigned to either record or playback in any combination, all on a single plug in PCI Express card. Read more

Blackmagic Design announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 update with HDR

New software update adds HDR support to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G! Blackmagic Design today announced Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update which adds support for HDR playback over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. Desktop Video 10.6.4 is available as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website. Read more

Canon

NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

Canon have unveiled the CN-E 18-80mm cine lens, a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers using large format, single sensor cameras, the lens strengthens Canon’s line of cine-servo lenses, following in the footsteps of the CN7x17 and CN20x50. Read more

NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

Canon’s pro video lineup is getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of NAB 2016, with many of the range getting major firmware updates. Here’s the official statement. Read more

G-Technology

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. Read more

GB Labs

GB Labs adopts NewTek NDI for IP production workflow

GB Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of Network Attached Storage (NAS), today announced its adoption of NewTek’s open Network Device Interface (NDI) standard for IP-based production workflows for its range of high speed, media specific storage. Read more

JVC

NAB 2016: New JVC ProHD fiber system supports multi-camera Video-Over-IP workflows

The camera module connects directly to the back of GY-HM890 camcorder via 68-pin interface – no external cables required – for full studio functionality. It transports multiple bi-directional 3G-SDI signals as well as control, audio, sync, and intercom between the camera and the FS-900 Base Station. Read more

NAB 2016: JVC introduces robotic PTZ Video-Over-IP production camera

JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, today introduced its first robotic PTZ IP video production camera, the KY-PZ100, which is ideal for studio or field applications. In addition to its 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, the KY-PZ100 features JVC’s unique IP-based communications engine to provide streaming HD video at a variety of bit rates with minimal latency. Read more

LaCie

NAB 2016: LaCie Goes Big with Thunderbolt 3 debut

Today at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention, LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, announced the LaCie 12big Thunderbolt 3, a professional 12-bay desktop RAID storage unit. Read more

NewTek

NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

Announced just prior to this year’s NAB Show, NewTek’s latest talk show update handles up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows. Read more

NAB 2016: NDI Source set to make a splash

With so much hardware and software lined-up for the big event, we’re starting to get really excited for NAB 2016. One thing we’re particularly excited about is NDI Source. Read more

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. Read more

NAB 2016: NewTek’s NDI For Adobe Creative Cloud applications eliminates pre- and post-production render and upload times, streamlining video review & approval

At NAB 2016, NewTek today announced NDI for Adobe Creative Cloud, a software plug-in with NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface (NDI) technology. The NDI integration enables users of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC and other Adobe Creative Cloud applications to send real-time video and audio to any NDI-enabled receiving product, such as production switchers or capture cards, across a standard Ethernet network. Read more

What are NDI Transit and Telestrator?

NewTek’s NDI IP protocol was one of the big talking points at this year’s NAB, and two of the key apps they released to work within it were NDI Transit and NDI Telestrator. Which begs the question, what are they? Read more 

Matrox

NAB 2016: Matrox release new lecture capture system, the Monarch LCS

Matrox video have launched an exciting new product for HE at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Their Monarch LCS is a lecture capture system (in case you were wondering what LCS meant), which Matrox promise is “simple to set up and integrate into any open Video Management System”. Read more

Small HD

NAB 2016: SmallHD announces production monitor prices and proves value with slow-mo durability demo

SmallHD announces pricing of their new daylight-viewable SmallHDR Production Monitors and releases a new video on SmallHDR.com featuring extreme durability tests of the displays in super slow motion. Read more

Sony

NAB 2016: Sony Unveils 4K 8x Super Motion Camera System with Replay Server Function, built for sports live production

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more

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. Read more 

NAB 2016: Sony showcases 4K IP Live and ASPEN Interoperability in collaboration with Evertz

At NAB 2016, Sony is showcasing IP interoperability through its continuing collaboration on Sony’s IP Live Production System and Evertz’ Software Defined Video Networking (SDVN) solution. Read more

NAB 2106: Sony’s new Media Backbone Hive wins IABM Game Changer Award

IABM has chosen Sony’s Media Backbone Hive as the winner of its IABM Game Changer Award in the hotly contested Post Production category. The IABM Game Changer Awards, announced yearly at NAB, honour the efforts vendors devote to bringing cutting-edge solutions to the broadcast industry. Read more

Symply

NAB 2016: Symply slip StorNext 5 into storage

The team haven’t even touched down in Vegas for NAB 2016 yet, but big news is already filtering in. First of all, we’re hearing Symply Inc have announced they’re embedding the StorNext 5 storage management platform into their hard drive lineup. Read more

NAB 2016: Symply unveils first product series, SymplyStor and SymplyShare

Symply, Inc., the new startup in high-performance storage for media and creative professionals, today unveiled its first product series, SymplyStor desktop RAID and SymplyShare for Thunderbolt and IP-connected workgroups. Read more

Tangent Devices

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. Read more

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. Read more

Zeiss

NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

Zeiss is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Batis family of autofocus lenses with the launch of the new 2.8/18 lens. Featuring a super wide-angle, the launch of the Batis 2.8/18 marks the expansion of ZEISS’ family of full-frame lenses for Sony α system E-Mount cameras. Sales of the new lens will commence on 2nd May 2016. Read more

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NAB 2016: New FUJINON UA107x is industry’s longest, widest 4K UHD lens

NAB 2016: New FUJINON UA107x is industry’s longest, widest 4K UHD lens

Ground-breaking lens delivers crisp 4K images across entire zoom range, better colour capture, and high dynamic range.

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At the NAB Show, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America will introduce its cutting-edge FUJINON UA107x8.4 (UA107x) broadcast lens – the longest and widest 4K lens ever created for Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast applications. The UA107x 4K UHD lens can be seen along with the complete FUJINON Premier 4K product family at Booth C7125 during the NAB Show, running from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Destined to set a new standard for 4K UHD and HD production worldwide, the UA107x provides superb 4K optical quality across the entire zoom focal range – a hallmark of the FUJINON ZK series of Cine-Style lenses.

“With an F number of 1.7 and a focal length of 8.4 to 900mm, the UA107 raises the bar for 4K UHD and HD production worldwide,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “A proprietary anti-fogging system reduces downtime due to moisture, which is a critical concern when shooting in all types of weather. And it comes with patented OS-TECH optical image stabilisation technology for rock-steady performance, even when making the longest UHD shots. The UA107x produces images that are sure to impress.”

The UA107’s refined optical quality has been engineered using FUJIFILM’s latest optical simulation software, which was used to model the UA107’s large diameter aspherical elements. This lens has a multi-group zoom system that suppresses image distortion and ensures that 4K UHD images captured remain consistent and accurate from center to corner, making the UA107x a solid choice to complement today’s 4K 2/3” UHD cameras.

High resolution, high contrast, and high dynamic range are hallmarks of the Premier 4K UA Series. The UA107x’s aspherical elements have been treated with the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC). Using HT-EBC in tandem with FUJIFILM’s exclusive Aspheric Technology, the UA107 is able to reduce ghosting and lens flares, while increasing the amount of light transmitted through the lens to the camera’s sensors.

“The UA107 delivers richer colors plus greatly enhanced blue response and transmittance, due to its use of the latest High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC),” said Calabro. “Coupled with FUJIFILM’s exclusive Aspheric Technology, and the UA107x is able to reduce ghosts and flares while increasing light transmission to the camera sensors.”

Users of FUJINON’s UA80x and XA99X lenses will feel right at home using the XA107x, because this new 4K lens retains all the same digital features, including: F number limit, Quick Zoom, two-shot presets, a 2X extender, and other precision digital functions designed to increase production flexibility.

A video of Calabro explaining the features of the UA107 and other FUJINON lenses being introduced at the NAB convention next week can be seen here:

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NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

NAB 2016: Canon announce the new CN-E 18-80mm lens

Canon have unveiled the CN-E 18-80mm cine lens, a new Cinema EOS lens with cine-servo style functionality. Designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers using large format, single sensor cameras, the lens strengthens Canon’s line of cine-servo lenses, following in the footsteps of the CN7x17 and CN20x50. The latest addition offers the perfect balance of operability with outstanding precision and quality, giving videographers the power to capture exceptional images.

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Available out-of-the-box, the lens includes a servo engine which is powered via EF mount connectors, supporting hand-held shooting. For increased versatility, Canon is launching the ZSG-C10, an optional dedicated zoom grip, ideal for use with hand-held rigs.

Key Features

– High optical resolving power and optomechanical design to meet all 4K shooting requirements.

– Canon EF mount compatibility provides support for fast and accurate Dual Pixel CMOS auto focus, camera-to-lens servo power supply, automatic lens metadata acquisition for easy post-processing, and lens functions such as peripheral illumination correction.

– The 18-80mm focal length equates to 4.4x zoom ratio with table T4.4 number maintained across the entire zoom range.

– 3 modes of image stabilisation for crisp, clear video.

– Includes 9 blade diaphragm, to give the much loved ‘bokeh’ look.

– Weighs a drone-friendly 1.2kg.

– Features minimal focus breathing, thanks to the 3-group inner focus system, meaning less distortion and more consistent shooting.

– Optional Canon ZSG-C10 remote zoom grip (sold separately) offers fluid zoom control, a dedicated one-shot AF button, and the flexibility to use handheld, shoulder-mounted or with a tripod.

– DC and USM motors for fast, fluid and quiet servo zoom and focus control.

 

Pricing and availability 

The CN-E 18-80mm is slated for release in late 2016 and can be pre-ordered from Jigsaw24.

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NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

NAB 2016: Canon video range gets a firmware refresh

Canon’s pro video lineup is getting a fresh coat of paint ahead of NAB 2016, with many of the range getting major firmware updates. Here’s the official statement: 

“I am delighted to announce firmware upgrades to several products in the Canon video range. The new firmware updates support a number of feature upgrades for professional user, including improvement of workflow, ease of use, focusing and lens corrections, colour space and creative flexibility for products in the Cinema EOS, HD Vide and 4K reference display lines.

EOS C300 Mark II The updates will include various functions such as introducing Canon Log 3, viewfinder magnification during recording, focus guide with EF cinema prime lenses, push Auto Irish and Zoom function on the grip joystick with new compact-servo and cine-servo zoom lens and overall images improvements such as noise level reductions in low light for Canon log 2. More information will be available about these updates after NAB.

EOS C100 Mark II Digital Cinema Camera Updates will allow various functions such as Push Auto Iris and Zoom function on the grip joystick with the new COMPACT-SERVO and CINE-SERVO series lenses, Canon DAF with COMPACT-SERVO 18-80mm and CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lenses, and peripheral illumination correction updates and selectable disabling of the microphone.

DP-V2410 4K Reference Display Firmware will be updated to support ARRI Log C and ARRI metadata; improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.

DP-V3010 4K Reference Display Firmware will be updated to improve display contrast and dynamic range; add support for Canon Log3 and Hybrid Log Gamma; and display of SMPTE 2084 input signal on the waveform monitor.

CINE-SERVO 17-120mm lens Will be updated to be compatible with Canon’s DAF function in the EOS C300 Mark II and EOS C100 Mark II Cameras.

ME20F-SH Camera Will include lens support for an additional 19 EF and CINE lenses allowing for more creative choices in a wider variety of shooting applications including television and film production.

XA35 and XA30 professional camcorders and LEGRIA HF G40 camcorder Updates include a new MP4 file format at 8Mbps (720 / 59.94P, 50P) allowing the user to shoot low bit rate footage.

XF305 and XF300 professional camcorders Include new shooting modes allowing for greater creative flexibility, Wide DR Gamma (600%) Mode, Highlight Priority Mode, and Signal/Noise priority mode.

XC10 4K camcorder Firmware will be updated to include a new file format MP4 in HD mode, improved AF speed, and shutter speed options for flicker reduction.

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NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

NAB 2016: Zeiss announce the new Batis 2.8/18 lens for Sony E mount cameras

ZEISS is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Batis family of autofocus lenses with the launch of the new 2.8/18 lens.

Featuring a super wide-angle, the launch of the Batis 2.8/18 marks the expansion of ZEISS’ family of full-frame lenses for Sony α system E-Mount cameras. Sales of the new lens will commence on 2nd May 2016.

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Batis 2.8/18 key features include:

– Diagonal angular field of 99 degrees, making it ideal for landscape, architechtural and astro photography, along with unique interior shots of small spaces.
– Currently the shortest autofocus full-frame lens with fixed focal length on the market.
– Impressive image quality across the entire image field.
– Innovative OLED display to show focus distance and depth of field.
– Optics based on the ZEISS Distagon optical design, featuring 11 lens elements in ten groups.
– The floating elements design allows for consistently high image performance in the focal plane – from the minimum object distance to infinity.
– Creative freedom with the option of manual or autofocus.
– Dust and weather sealed.

The Batis 2.8/18 can be pre-ordered now for £990 ex VAT. Stock will start shipping on 2nd May 2016.

Want to know more? For more on the latest NAB Show releases, 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.

 

NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

NAB 2016: NewTek announces TalkShow VS 4000 multi-channel video calling system

Announced just prior to this year’s NAB Show, NewTek’s latest talk show update handles up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows.

SAN ANTONIO, April 14, 2016––NewTek™ today announced NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, the only professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction with any combination or sequence of contacts in the world you can reach online via Skype to facilitate compelling conversation and in-depth discussion between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location.

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TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of the newly released Skype TX 4 from Microsoft. More flexible and scalable than its predecessor, Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into the broadcasting workflow.

“Incorporating multiple remote video guests into a production typically required broadcasters and media organisations to consume valuable time, effort and resources coordinating the travel or technology,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “With NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, they can integrate Skype video calls with any combination of contacts they
can reach online, simultaneously or in sequence, for compelling live conversation, expert analysis, real-time commentary and in-depth discussion—in distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD.”

“Reducing the control room footprint, saving costs and finding better ways for broadcasters and media partners to interact with their audiences are common goals we set with NewTek,” said Eugene Ho, partner director of Product Management for Skype. “We met these goals with Skype TX 4, in combination with the NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, a flexible and scalable solution that offers the ability to stream multiple studio-grade Skype video calls simultaneously. This makes it even easier for broadcasters to interact in real-time with over 300 million Skype users wherever they are, with whatever device they choose.”

TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with 4-in, 4-out industry standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDI, NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface technology. It features standalone call control and production control interfaces for independent call management and technical configuration. Comprehensive, behind the scenes video, audio, communication and monitoring capabilities are included.

Additionally, bundled with TalkShow VS 4000 is NewTek’s Webserver app for remote viewing of NDI sources from a web
browser of any networked device, including iOS and Android devices. Skype TX 4 is optimized to minimize distractions so producers can focus on great interviews with clean, full-resolution HD video. TalkShow VS 4000 adds functionality comparable to what professional broadcasters are familiar and comfortable with like proc amp, white balance, advanced colour configuration and automatic color correction, gain, graphic equalizer, compressor/limiter and noise gate controls.

TalkShow VS 4000 helps broadcasters and media organizations achieve direct access to expertise so viewers will turn to them for information, which grows viewership, which grows business. The immediacy of expertise makes them a credible, reliable trusted source that is quoted and credited.

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 will be available in Q2, 2016 for $7,995 USMSRP. International pricing to be confirmed.

Want to know more? For more on the latest NAB Show releases, 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.

Did you see us at RBTE?

Did you see us at RBTE?

We’ve been to our first Retail Business Technology Expo! We were exhibiting with physical security vendors TabLatch – we do the iPad and app, they make sure no one can nick it from your POS display with solutions like docking stations and table mounts. Along with their solutions, we were showing off our RetailEngage24 platform, which is designed to help sales assistants have more informed conversations with customers and streamline internal training. Plus, device management legends JAMF Software were on hand to help out with unruly devices. 

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What happened at RTBE…

Our retail team were on the ground for the combined Retail Business Technology Expo, Retail Digital Signage Expo and Retail Design Expo. We were over at the RBTE end, promoting our new RetailEngage24 platform. This is a dual purpose app that arms your sales assistants with the same information the public has.

What is RetailEngage24?

When a customer hits your sales assistant with a question, they can use the customer-facing side of the app to drill down into product information, pull reviews of products from the website, show the customer digital assets that may have originally been delivered on web or social channels and access information such as stock levels.

When the customer’s away, staff can… not play, exactly, but use the colleague side of the app to view and complete training materials, monitor the company’s internal news feeds and social media accounts, record sales tips and share them with colleagues via the app and more.

Our app development team are rightly proud of their work, and we encourage you to get in touch with them at appdevelopment@Jigsaw24.com to find out more about how they can modify RetailEngage24 to suit your organisation.

What else were we up to?

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Of course, it wasn’t all about the one app. TabLatch and the retail team were there to promote their new eight step plan for implementing iPad in store. Together, we can cover:

1. iPad devices. Prior to delivery, we’ll enrol your devices in Apple’s DEP, so when you come to turn it on, it will auto-enrol in your MDM solution, with all the apps and settings you need to get up and running right out of the box.

2. Retail apps. Our RetailEngage24 app is an interactive catalogue and integrated learning and development platform, designed to support sales advisors in their engagement with customers, increasing sales conversion through informed conversation.

3. App development. Need a bespoke app? We’ve developed various apps for retail and other businesses, supporting sales assistant conversations, staff development, access to live product info/stock/pricing, quoting tools, integration with beacons, CRM, ERP, PIM, ePOS systems and more, right through to solving logistics issues and reducing costs associated to paper-based workflows.

4. TabLatch security. Passcode-lockable physical security to dock, charge and secure iPad. Authorised members of staff can release the iPad from the dock with a PIN code, so it can be used as both a kiosk tool and a hand to hand sales assistant tool.

5. TabLatch unique benefits. An app and portal included in the price of the unit, whereby administrators can view which members of staff are using the device most, and the potential ROI based on usage of the device when released from the dock with PIN. This adds an additional level of security, as you always know who used the device last.

6. Mobile device management. We provide a hosted, fully managed mobile device management service for some of the UK’s largest businesses. Using JAMF Software’s Casper Suite, we help you control device settings, permissions, applications and managed iOS updates.

7. Deployment. Large-scale device rollout, including integration and training. We can handle rollouts from one to 15,000+ devices for customers nationwide, all integrated into your necessary systems. We’ll even provide onsite training and helpdesks during rollouts to get your staff up to speed.

8. Tech support. Our bespoke support contracts can be tailored to your requirements and in-house capabilities, including advance replacements for key components. They can cover: phone, email, remote and onsite support; SLAs; guaranteed response and break-fix times; emergency replacements and regular ‘health checks’ to spot problems before they arise.

What else was there?

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As exciting as we are, we weren’t allowed to take over the entire expo (we’re as disappointed as you). Highlights include some great discussion about alternative payment methods and Apple Pay, led by Barclaycard and MasterCard; Vensecure’s vending machine-style dispensers for high-risk items; some particularly snazzy-looking holographic trainers and Brumark’s particularly wooden-looking magnetic floors.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email retail@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

We’ve tried out the new URSA 4.6K!

We’ve tried out the new URSA 4.6K!

We got an exclusive preview of Blackmagic Design’s Ursa Mini 4.6K and the Micro Cinema Camera, both hotly anticipated ultra lightweight handheld cameras, and we got our hands on one of only two UK demo units (give us a call on the details below if you’d like to borrow it, by the way). 

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The lovely Kim and Richard from Blackmagic distributors Holdan were on hand to give the lucky few a live demo of the Ursa Mini 4.6K, including a trip out into Golden Square to collect footage which was then screened back at ours in order to show just how high quality the camera’s images are (really quite high, for anyone who’s been hiding under a rock).

The new Ursa Mini 4.6K’s key crowd-pleasing features include:
– New 4.6K sensor. As the name suggests, the camera has a 4.6K image sensor that captures up to 4608 x 2592 pixels, bigger than full DCI 4K.

– 15 stops of dynamic range compared to the 12 stops on the Ursa Mini, meaning you can capture an even fuller range of highlights and shadows in your image.

– Dual CFast 2.0 cards, which use the latest CFast technology to ensure non-stop shooting at amazing speeds.

The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera’s charms include: 
– Micro digital film camera with Super 16mm sensor and 13 stops of dynamic range.

– Designed to be operated remotely.

– Iris control via Rewind and Forward buttons, plus remote control via expansion connector when using compatible lenses.

– The ability to record in RAW.

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Judging by the response on the day, people are keen on the cameras despite the fact that they’re shipping without global shutter. “This is upsetting for us because we really wanted to produce a high dynamic range camera that had a global shutter in an all in one design,” Grant admitted in a video prior to the cameras shipping, but points out that users can now choose between the Ursa Mini 4K if they’re working on fast-moving projects like sports coverage and want 60fps 4K, or opt for the 4.6K if their priority is to get that high dynamic range.

Aside from the chance to shoot with the newest cameras ahead of NAB, the main draw at our event was the free beer, so we’re a little fuzzy on everything after the demos. If you think we owe you a call, get in touch on the details below.

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Want a go? Check out our upcoming events here. You can also book your own demo of the Ursa 4.6K by giving us a call on 03332 409 306 or e-mailing broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.