Inferno or Flame? What you need to know before choosing a Ninja

Inferno or Flame? What you need to know before choosing a Ninja

There have been some big changes to the Atomos Ninja family recently, with Ninja 2 and Ninja Star going end of life (we have the last stock of the Star over on our official eBay page) and the price of the Ninja Blade getting slashed. So which of the surviving models, the Ninja Flame and the Ninja Inferno, is right for you? 

Ninja Flame: basic vs bling versions

A 4K 30p-capable monitor and recorder, the Flame comes in two flavours: the original kit, complete with accessories that include an HPRC case, cables, batteries and charger, a docking station, five Master Caddy IIs, two AC adaptors and HDR sun hood, which will set you back £970 ex VAT; and a no frills Basic Kit for £695 which just includes a Master Caddy, power supply and travel case.

If you’re new to the Ninja range, or the Atomos lineup generally, it’s a good idea to go for the full kit, as the interchangeable cables, storage etc will serve you well as your Atomos lineup inevitably grows (we’re yet to meet anyone who’s managed to stop at one Atomos device). If you’ve already got a full complement of accessories, obviously feel free to save yourself a few quid and opt for the Basic Kit.

Ninja Flame vs Ninja Inferno

The Ninja Flame and Inferno share many similar specs: they’re both HDMI-only, they both sport HDR-ready monitors supported by Atomos’s AtomHDR technology, they can both be linked to larger HDR-ready monitors, both have 10-bit processing and 1500 nits of brightness, and both support ProRes and DNxHR.

They also boast all the features that made us fall hard for the original Ninja monitor, such as start/stop trigger recording, metadata tagging and the ability to record to spacious SSDs rather than SDXC cards.

So what’s the difference between a Flame and a full-blown Inferno? Well, while the Ninja Flame tops out at 4K 30p, the £875 Inferno can keep going all the way up to 4K 60p. Because of this, it’s done particularly well as a partner to the Panasonic DC-GH5, the first compact camera to ever hit the 4K 60p milestone, but we also like it with the Sony FS7 (on which you can now get £346 cashback) or the Panasonic DVX200.

The Inferno is also the only model that’s able to record 4K DCI – aka ‘cinema 4K’ rather than the kind used for television, so if you’re shooting for the big screen, opt for an Inferno over a Flame.

And let’s not forget G-Tech

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Whether you opt for the Flame or the Inferno, we’d recommend investing in a G-Tech Atomos Master Caddy, too. It may sound like a piece of futuristic golfing equipment, but it’s actually an Atomos-endorsed line of storage made of G-Technology SSDs (which can achieve transfer rates of 500 MBps +). The Atomos Master Caddy (pictured above) inserts directly into any Atomos recorder. The caddy then slides into the ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition, which slips into any G-DOCK ev or ev Series Bay Adapter, so footage is part of your established G-Technology storage workflow as soon as you’ve finished shooting.

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Rohde and Schwarz release Venice 4K

Rohde and Schwarz release Venice 4K

We first saw Rohde & Schwarz’s upgraded VENICE 4K ingest system back at NAB, but are happy to announce it’s now out in the world, in stock and available for you to buy. Here’s a quick reminder of why you might want to.

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It’s fairly format agnostic. VENICE 4K features native 4K/UHD-1 acquisition, playback and transform functions, delivering leading 4K/UHD-1 performance and the highest picture quality to production and TV studios. It’s based on a modern, open system architecture, offering support for a wide variety of file formats, codecs and interfaces, and effectively makes handling 4K/UHD-1 material with up to 60p as easy as handling HD footage.

It gets rid of stitching VENICE 4K records material directly with 4K/UHD-1 resolution, so there’s no need to carry out time-consuming stitching processes.

It automatically records HD proxies While it’s recording 4K, VENICE 4K can simultaneously generate an  HD derivative to provide compatibility with existing HD workflows.

It supports dual destination UHD-1 signals VENICE 4K supports Sony XAVC and Apple ProRes for the recording of UHD-1 signals, and the dual destination feature makes it possible to save UHD-1 signals in parallel and independently of one another to two different storage environments, eliminating transfer times for copy processes. UHD-1 signals can be directly recorded to internal and external storage media, and the recorded material can be directly accessed.

There are more codecs to come Rohde & Schwarz have committed to releasing regular software upgrades to expand the variety of supported codecs, meaning you can adapt the VENICE 4K Workflow to your individual needs.

It allows users to control multiple channels even in tense playout scenarios Users can directly access all important functions and make changes to processes until immediately before content goes on the air, even in hectic production environments. The clear display of multiple channels in parallel makes it possible to simultaneously view channels in A/B mode and auxiliary channels and to control them even under difficult live conditions.

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IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime Support, IP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors.

The HDC-P43; a 4K point-of-view from any angle

The HDC-P43 is Sony’s new, unique camera ready for 4K HDR and HFR shooting. A 4K point-of-view camera, the HDC-P43 is based on the HDC-4300 platform, with a light and compact body as well as low power consumption.

The HDC-P43 supports a variety of applications and greatly expands 4K shooting capabilities for production teams: it can be used as large studio camera systems, including the PMW-F55 and CA4000, as stand-alone 4K camera for setup in limited space, as well as for shooting on a crane and shooting overhead views of hall and event venue. The HDC-P43 is also highly configurable using optional software licenses. Licenses are available for 4K and HFR capture, allowing for a customizable solution for HD, 4K, HDR, and HFR live productions

4K/HD PTZ remote cameras

The new BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 provide impressive picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise. Ideal for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow

Interchangeable lens E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm/APS-C lens with power zoom capability

The latest addition to α interchangeable lens line-up is an ideal companion to α Mount System cameras, from PXW-FS7 professional camcorders to α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras offering 18mm to 110mm (27mm to 165mm in 35mm format) standard zoom range and greater operability. It benefits from Sony’s Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design developed to eliminate unwanted image shifts during movie shooting like focus shift and axial shift during zooming, and focus breathing as well.

Professional Master monitors for HD production

Sony’s recently announced BVM-E171 (17-inch) and BVM-E251 (25-inch) TRIMASTER ELTM OLED Master Monitors support ITU-R BT.2020 colour space, the broadcasting standard for Ultra HD, for accurate colour reproduction. To eliminate possible flicker especially in case that low frequency signal is displayed (24p, 24PsF 50i and so on), the BVM-E171 and BVM-E251 are equipped with flicker-free mode

Professional audio

Sony has introduced new ENG models in the DWX-N series, the DWR-S02DN dual channel slot-in receiver and the DWT-P01N plug-on transmitter. In addition to current codec mode one, mode two (high sound quality with low latency) and mode three (more reliable RF transmission) will be added. Also, a new configuration menu for XDCAM Shoulder Camcorders will add wireless audio features such as remote control of transmitter’s RF output power and a power save setting.

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IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

IBC 2016: Grant Petty on Teranex AV, DeckLink Mini 4K and Blackmagic acquisitions

Blackmagic Design always arrive at events like IBC with a raft of new releases, and for those among who struggle to keep up, Grant Petty’s regular roundups are one of the highlights of the event. Read on to see what the man himself has to say about this year’s releases and the future of Blackmagic Design.

Hi,

I just wanted to send a quick email to update you on our new product announcements and other major news about Blackmagic Design at IBC this year!

First, we are excited to announce two major acquisitions! Blackmagic Design has acquired Ultimatte and Fairlight. Ultimatte is the worldwide leader in realtime blue and green screen removal solutions for broadcast television, while Fairlight creates cutting edge professional digital audio products for everything from live events to film and television post production!

We’re also thrilled to be introducing Teranex AV, a new broadcast standards converter designed specifically for the professional AV market. We’ve also got updates to our popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and DeckLink Mini Recorder products that bring them from HD up to 4K so you can work with everything up to Ultra HD 2160p30, even HDR! In addition, we have a new low price on our popular HyperDeck Studio 12G.

We’ve also been working on some incredible new software updates. Today we’re announcing an update for the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K which adds false color support, new bit rates for DNx formats and more. We’re also releasing the the final GM for Fusion 8.2 on Linux, along with a great new update for DaVinci Resolve 12.5 customers!

Blackmagic Design Acquires Ultimatte

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Almost every newscaster and weather reporter stands in front of a green or blue screen while delivering the news and weather. For the past 40 years, Ultimatte has been the industry standard hardware and software used to place these reporters in front of weather maps, stock charts, and other info graphics.

More recently, Ultimatte’s technology has been used to place entire news teams, sports commentators and talk show hosts into completely virtual sets! So this acquisition is very exciting for us and there is a fantastic team at Ultimate who are excited to be part of Blackmagic Design!

 

Blackmagic Design Acquires Fairlight

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The next acquisition is Fairlight who create some of the world’s most powerful digital audio software and hardware for film and television production. Fairlight also designs consoles for very demanding on-air live productions and these consoles feature full redundancy for mission critical work in broadcast and broadcast trucks plus other areas such as performing arts venues etc.

For post production, Fairlight makes a very wide range of products including compact desktop audio post consoles as well as large format mixers with dedicated controls and audio engines that can deliver up to 1000 tracks of audio with 64 channels of monitoring! Fairlight’s also has some very exciting IP including immersive 3D audio workstations let you deliver 3D sound in formats such as 5.1, DTS, Dolby and more! Its really quite amazing!

The new Teranex AV

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Teranex AV is a new broadcast quality standards converter specifically designed for AV professionals. This model is similar to the Teranex Express, however there is specific features for live production use such as low latency, a live freeze frame and internal still store for adding logos and graphics, plus the 1,089 conversions for any format to any other formats up to 2160p60. The very low latency lets you convert video and output it to a projector in sync with the live presenter which is very important for live production.

One exciting feature is that Teranex AV features both 12G-SDI outputs and simultaneous Quad SDI output connections so you can use it for video walls. Another important feature is HDMI 2.0a input with both a loop HDMI output before the processing and a separate HDMI output after the processing. You also get balanced XLR professional audio inputs and consumer HiFi connections so you can plug in laptop computer audio, lapel mics, iPods and more!

The new Teranex AV will be available in September for US$1,695.

New DeckLink Mini 4K Models

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We have also announced upgrades to our popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder products. These new models include all of the same powerful features of the HD models, but add Ultra HD and HDR support.

Both models are low profile 4 lane generation 2 PCIe cards that feature 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections for working in all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. You get both full height and half height PCIe shields so you don’t have to buy any costly extra accessories! Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are fully compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK, making them perfect for OEMs or developers that are building custom playback or recording solutions.

The DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K are both available now for US$195 each.

New Lower HyperDeck Studio 12G Price

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Today we announced a US$1,000 price reduction for HyperDeck Studio 12G to only $1,495! This is exciting and it’s possible because more customers have adopted 12G-SDI technology so we have been able to put a lot more work into the manufacturing of the design. This has allowed us to reduce the construction costs and so pass those savings!

This will really help boost 12G-SDI workflows and because 12G-SDI is compatible with all existing equipment it will work with all SD, HD, and of course Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 over a single cable! This allows you to replace older Quad Link equipment with single cable. HyperDeck Studio 12G has been very popular and it’s the world’s most advanced Ultra HD solid state broadcast recorder with VTR style controls, 12G-SDI and HDMI connections, 10-bit 4:2:2 uncompressed recording, and both ProRes and DNxHD file formats for recording to smaller files that are beyond broadcast quality!

HyperDeck Studio 12G is available now for US$1,495.

New Video Assist 2.2 Update

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We will also be showing the new Video Assist 2.2 Update at IBC! This is a major new update which adds new features to the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model. These new features make it easier for you to adjust exposure and check focus, because it adds new false color monitoring exposure tools and expanded focus assist options.

In addition, if you are using Avid systems running on Windows you now have the ability to save DNxHD 220, 145 and 45, along with DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB files as MXF instead of .mov which improves compatibility and performance. It also adds the ability to manually control the screen orientation and turn off the auto rotate feature which makes it easier for customers to use Video Assist 4K with handheld gimbals and other equipment designed to move the camera and rig simultaneously.

Video Assist 2.2 Update will be available next week as a free update from the Blackmagic Design support web site. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available now for US$895.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2

Today we released DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2, a new update that adds support for additional metadata embedded into the RAW files from Blackmagic URSA Mini cameras running the new operating software, new color space tag support when exporting QuickTime, Fusion Connect for Linux, additional smart bin options, new color page timeline filtering based on plug-in use and much more! Download it now here.

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

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

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.

CION v1.3 firmware, available today as a free software download, was created based on customer feedback, and adds features that improve the CION imagery pipeline. AJA has also announced that CION purchases made after April 18, 2016 will qualify for a complimentary Pak1000 drive (US MSRP $1,495.00) provided directly from AJA.

CION v1.3 firmware new features:

– Improved highlight handling and black detail in every gamma mode.

– New gamma naming conventions make the modes more closely aligned to industry standards.

– New renamed gamma settings are now available in the CION menu and include new options for Standard, Expanded, Video and Cine modes.

“Our new firmware update and promo were created in direct response to community feedback. CION v1.3 offers a more gentle roll off of highlights, and a greater level of detail in the blacks, while the new promo makes the camera even more accessible to shooters looking to capture stunning footage,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “We’ve seen great adoption of CION from the commercial and industrial production community and we look forward to getting this update into our customers’ hands.”

Pricing and availability

CION v1.3 firmware is available today as a free download from AJA’s site. CION is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. To redeem a complimentary Pak1000 drive with a CION purchase made through an authorized AJA Reseller, submit a claim directly here. For more information about CION, visit the AJA site.

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NAB 2016: AJA Unveils FS4 frame synchroniser and converter

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.

FS4 offers unparalleled flexibility and offers two modes. Single-channel mode provides a full suite of video processing options for 4K/UltraHD with the ability to up, down, cross-convert to and from a 2K/HD/SD input or output. Four-channel mode enables four channels of 2K/HD/SD simultaneous processing, offering multi-channel density at a very reasonable cost per channel.

FS4 will be available for a US MSRP of $4995.00; significant price reductions of between $500-$1000 have also been announced for AJA’s FS family including: FS1, FS1-X, FS1-X-FRC and FS2.

“FS4 is the first frame synchronizer to market with this range of 4K/UltraHD conversion options that can also be easily switched to multi-channel mode with up to 4 channels of simultaneous processing for 2K/HD and SD workflows,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems. “It is endlessly extensible, and packs an incredible range of functionality and features into a very small 1RU footprint perfect for mobile production trucks and small facilities—really any production or post scenario where multiple formats are being used.”

Key FS4 features include:

– Support for two modes: Four independent channels of 2K/HD/SD or Single-channel 4K/UltraHD frame–sync and conversion.

– 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD video processing and up, down, cross-conversion.

– Full range of I/O options for 4K/UltraHD include Quad 1.5G; Dual 3G; and Quad 3G, 6G and 12G over a range of SDI and optional Fiber choices.

– SMPTE 2SI I/O support for 4K/UltraHD workflow options.

– Unprecedented four-channel 2K/HD/SD video processing and conversion.

– 1RU frame offering space, power and cost efficiencies ideal for broadcast trucks, post production or broadcast settings.

– Audio I/O processing with an incredible 272×272 matrix of audio possibilities; FS4 offers support for a flexible range of audio feeds from discrete AES to MADI and embedded SDI audio.

– Simple operation, a redesigned menu structure and quick access to features via front panel buttons or web UI.

Pricing and availability

FS4 will be available by summer through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $4995.00. Additionally, there are new lower prices for other models in the FS family of frame synchronizers including: FS1 US MSRP $2995.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X US MSRP $3495.00 ($500.00 price drop), FS1-X-FRC US MSRP $4995.00 ($500.00 price drop) and FS2 US MSRP $3995.00 ($1000.00 price drop). Pricing for the recently delivered FS3 remains unchanged at US MSRP $2995.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/family/fs.

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

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.

Concurrently AJA has extended its range of reliable, cost-effective openGear-compatible video and audio rackframe cards with the new OG-2×4-DA-SDI, a 3G-SDI Distribution Amplifier and the OG-3G-AM, a 3G-SDI 8-channel AES Audio Embedder/Disembedder.

“Building on the core functionality of our Hi5-4K and HDP2 Mini-Converters, and our family of openGear-compatible cards, we’ve engineered these products with new features that address the growing demands of professionals in film, broadcast and AV, while also delivering the performance and reliability that our customers deserve at a cost-effective price point,” said Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems.

Hi5-4K-Plus facilitates pristine image fidelity and HFR support up to 60p for 4K/UltraHD SDI to HDMI 2.0 conversion. It provides a simple monitoring connection from professional 4K devices using Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI outputs to new displays with HDMI 2.0 inputs, for cost-effective monitoring in film and broadcast workflows. Key features include: full support for HDMI 2.0 increased data rate of 18GBps; 4K/UltraHD 4:2:2/4:4:4 support at 50/59.94/60p over Quad 3G-SDI, Quad 1.5G-SDI or Dual 3G-SDI; quadrant and 2SI support; unprecedented color fidelity; additional output controls and status with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

HDP3 is a miniature 3G-SDI to DVI-D scan converter for converting and scaling HD source footage, including 1080p 60, for use on common DVI and HDMI display and projection devices in film, broadcast and AV. It offers motion adaptive de-interlacing, automatic output format and scaling adjustment, filtering, video to VESA frame rate conversion and 1 to 1 pixel mapping. Feature highlights include: support for 3G-SDI (1080p50/59.94/60 formats) and HD/SD-SDI inputs; frame rate input adjustment for monitor compatibility; a high quality scaling engine and de-interlacer to automatically size 4:3 or 16:9 inputs to DVI-D monitors; 2-channel audio monitoring; looping output of the SDI input; a DVI output connector that also supports HDMI; additional input status information with Mini-Config v2.15.0; 5-20VDC power; and a 5-year warranty.

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is a compact, openGear-compatible re-clocking and distribution amplifier with dual 3G-SDI input support to 4 x 3G-SDI outputs each. It automatically detects and configures to the input video and can also be configured as a 1 x 8-channel distribution amplifier, allowing the same signals to be sent to multiple destinations simultaneously. Other features include: dual 1×4 3G-SDI DA, enabling one 2RU OG-3-FR frame to hold 20 1×4 DAs; automatic cable equalizer and re-clocker bypass; automatic detection and re-clocking of 270Mb, 1.5Gb and 3Gb SDI data rates; advanced input jitter tolerance and low jitter re-clocked outputs; excellent input/output return loss; “Input Present” and “Input SMPTE Lock” LEDs for each channel; hot-swap capabilities; and compatibility with any openGear frame, in addition to the AJA OG3-FR.

OG-3G-AM is an openGear-compatible 8-channel SDI/AES audio embedder/ disembedder with support for 3G-SDI input and output up to 1080p-60. The flexible rack mount card is compatible with any openGear frame and automatically detects and configures to the input video standard. Other features include: 4x AES BNC inputs, 4x AES BNC outputs, a 3G-SDI input and 3G-SDI output; 3G/HD/SD-SDI audio disembedding, embedding or both in one card; selectable channel group mapping and channel pair to pass 3G-SDI input audio or embed input AES audio; remote control with Mini-Config via USB connection to a host PC or Mac; local and remote modes; 10 position dip switch for local configuration; audio sample rate conversion to eliminate clicks and pops; 3G Level B support for Sony products; low latency; and flexible configuration to pass or drop non-audio HANC packets.

Mini-Converter Pricing and Availability

Hi5-4K-Plus will be available next month through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. HDP3 is now available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $695.00. For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/mini-converters.

openGear Card Pricing and Availability

OG-2×4-DA-SDI is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $550.00. OG-3G-AM is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network at a US MSRP of $795.00.For more information about these products, visit: https://www.aja.com/en/category/rackframes.

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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: 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 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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