Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

Claim up to £400 cashback on your Sony accessories until March

If you buy an FS5 or FS7 between 1st December 2017 and 31st March 2018, Sony will give you up to £400 cashback against a huge range of their accessories. This effectively means you get up to £400 worth of accessories for free, making it the most cost effective way to a) kit out your camera or b) buy everyone you know a memory card for Christmas (full disclosure: we tried this last year, responses were… not excellent). 

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What do I have to do?

All you have to is purchase an eligible camera and accessories at the same time, at some point before 31st March (the camera and accessories need to be on the same invoice). As a Sony authorised dealer, we keep a range of the eligible models in stock and ready to deliver, so you could be enjoying your new camera and accessories in days.

You’ll then need to send Sony a scan of your invoice and pictures of the serial numbers of the products you’ve bought, which you can do by filling out the participation form here. You’ll need to have submitted this by 30th April 2018 to claim your cash.

Which models are eligible?

More specifically, anyone buying the FS5 or FS5K can claim £220 cashback, while anyone buying a Sony FS7, FS7 Mk II, or FS7K Mk II can claim £400. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’re claiming cash back against the value of the accessories, not the camera, so if you buy an FS7 and £200 worth of accessories, you can only claim £200 back.

The full list of eligible accessories is available here, and includes batteries, chargers, lenses, adaptors, mics, media and mounts, so there’s something for everyone.

Any recommendations?

Official word from our Sony product specialist is as follows:

“The list of potential freebie accessories is huge, so there’s plenty to take your pick from, whether you want to treat yourself to an extra lens or cover off some essentials like spare batteries.

“If you’re going down the FS7 route, it might be useful to get a bit of money off the XDCA-FS7 extension unit, to allow a RAW data output to record 12-bit RAW footage to an external recorder.

“We’re also big fans of using the lenses Sony have collaborated with Zeiss on, so you could pair a ZEISS Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA wide angle Prime lens with the FS5. If you’re not sure how best to take advantage of this great offer, feel free to drop us a line for some further recommendations.”

To get those further recommendations, 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.

Get up to £855 cashback when you buy a Canon camera and lens

Get up to £855 cashback when you buy a Canon camera and lens

If the prospect of getting a new lens with your new camera wasn’t tempting enough, Canon are now offering up to £855 cashback to customers who buy a compatible camera and lens within 90 days. 

If you’ve recently purchased, or are about to purchase, a camcorder from Canon’s Professional or Cinema EOS lines, you can claim cashback of between £60 and £855 if you buy a Canon lens within 90 days of buying your camera.

In case, unlike us, you haven’t dedicated yourself to memorising Canon’s camera sub-categories, the eligible models are:

– C700

– C300 Mk II

– C300

– C200

– C100 Mk II

– C100

– ME200S-SH

– 1DX Mk II

– 5D Mk IV

They’re available for order here on our website.

The amount of cashback you receive depends on which lens you opt for. The EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM will get you £65, while a 200 – 400mm f/5.6 IS USM will net you the princely sum of £855. Here’s the list:

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You can read the full terms and conditions here, or get in touch with our team on the details below to choose your camera/lens combo.

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ZEISS’s new CP.3 XD lenses explained

ZEISS’s new CP.3 XD lenses explained

ZEISS’s new CP.3 XD lenses boast eXtended Data – new metadata that provides frame-accurate information about the shading and distortion properties of each individual lens, along with metadata about focal length, calibrated T-stop value and focusing distance. We sat down with ZEISS’s Luke Tait to find out what this means for you.

So, how does eXtended Data work?

It’s based on Cooke /i technology, so the lenses communicate with the camera through the mount, with information on where they’re focused (accurate to 1mm) and what the iris is set to (accurate to within one tenth of a stop).

What XD does is take that communication a lot further. Each individual lens has its shading and distortion characteristics measured at factory level, so the lens knows all that stuff about itself. When you plug in to the XD port on the camera, it can communicate that information to software in post, or those characteristics can be seen and changed live on set.

How is this going to affect production?

It allows you to change the look of a shot quite dramatically on set. Not only can you remove the distortion and shading, but you can exaggerate it, and really change the way the lens looks.

And because that circuitry’s inside the lens now, we can release firmware updates and plug-ins to make them do other things. People have suggested built-in ND effects, so they can slide in ND changes in production or post without having to use other glass or a matte box – we want to keep everything light and easy for drone shooting. The potential for us to add more information and characteristics into the XDs is what makes them exciting. It makes them very future proof.

Presumably the idea is a big hit with post houses?

It’s particularly useful for VFX and augmented reality stuff – Ember Films recently used the XD lenses to recreate the HALO drop scene from the Godzilla movie, which is very VFX heavy. Using XD lenses saved them a lot of time in post, because they could dial out all the distortion and shading characteristics of the lens, do their VFX and then put that information back in to maintain the look of the lenses.

Sensors are getting bigger and higher res, therefore the time needed in post is getting longer because the information is more cumbersome. Anything that can save time in post is useful, and these lenses can do that.

Blackmagic Design have announced that they’re building XD integration into Resolve. Are you dealing with any other manufacturers?

We want XD to be universal, so we’re talking to every camera and software manufacturer – NUKE support is next.

The CP.2 was extremely popular. Why did you decide it was time to move on?

The CP.2 is ten years old, and we’re always asking ourselves ‘how can we improve our products? What’s going on in the world that we need to respond to?’ And the main things were the amount of drone footage people shoot, and the amount of handheld gimbal work that’s going on, both of which mean we need to make our lenses smaller and lighter – that’s something we’ve done on the standard CP.3s and the XD versions.

The CP.3 is available in XD and non-XD models. What are the new features can we look forward to besides the XD port?

One of the niggles people had with the CP.2 was the focusing, which could be quite stiff, particularly if you were somewhere cold. So we’ve taken some technologies from our Ultra Prime and Master Prime lenses and put them into the CP.3, so the focus is silky smooth. We’ve also updated the coatings on every single bit of glass inside the lens, which means that it’s a lot sharper. They deal with flares and aberrations better. So overall: lighter, smaller, cheaper, smoother, sharper.

But people can still expect that the CP.3 will shoot like the CP.2?

There are a lot of good things about the CP.2 that we’ve maintained. So the out of focus qualities are beautiful – it’s really en vogue at the moment to have nice looking bokeh, and the out of focus bits on the CP.2 are beautiful, they have a really cinematic look to them, and we’ve kept that.

We kept the interchangeable mount system. A lot of our customers use different cameras for different jobs, which usually means you have to invest in a lot of lenses. But with the CP.3 and the CP.3 XD you can just change the mount – if you’re using an FS7, you can put an E mount on it, and then if you’re using a RED EPIC DRAGON, you can swap that out for a PL mount.

The CP.3 and CP.3 XD are available for pre-order now, and are due to ship in December. If you’d like to know more, get in touch with the team on the details below.

If you want to know more, 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 2017: Canon unveil new pro lens

NAB 2017: Canon unveil new pro lens

Canon are out of the gate early this year, releasing news of a new lens just as our team set off for NAB. 

The CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S, which we look forward to watching our product managers attempt to spell, is designed for professional and advanced amateur videographers who use large-format, single-sensor cameras.

Canon’s official statement says that it ensures that movies, documentaries, weddings and corporate videos can be captured with the utmost precision and quality. Offering an impressive focal length of 70-200mm in the Super 35 image circle, the versatile lens joins the CN-E18-80mm launched in 2016 and completes Canon’s compact cine-servo lens lineup.

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Here are the highlights from the press release:

Ideal for sports shoots The new CN-E70-200 is a parfocal lens with three modes of image stabilisation. By combining with the CN-E18-80 lens, videographers can enjoy a versatile focal range of 18-400mm, perfect for when filming must take place from a safe distance such as in sport.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF Designed to function with Canon EF mount DSLRs and compatible detachable lens video cameras, the CN-E70-200 leverages a wide range of mount functions and super-fast autofocusing (AF). Powerful Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables a quick and accurate focus via a single button push (one-shot AF), while continuous AF allows for a subject to be tracked with no loss of focus, ideal for capturing wildlife footage.

4K optical quality Canon’s heritage in optical design and performance means the CN-E70-200 has super accurate resolving power; maintaining quality from the middle of the lens to the edge. The modulation transfer function has been specifically enhanced for the requirements of 4K cameras and with colour balance matched to other Canon cinema EOS lenses, the CN-E70-200 delivers exceptional image quality – whether filming in 4K or HD.

Enhanced operability Thanks to its compact size and lightweight, the CN-E70-200 can be used in a range of challenging shooting scenarios such as on spider cameras or drones. This, combined with its ergonomic design and optional Canon ZSG-C10 zoom grip, means the lens is able to unlock a broad range of new shooting styles. Attached to the body of the lens with a 20-pin cable, the ZSG-C10 allows for smooth remote activation of the zoom servo and one-shot AF. It can be operated while mounted on the lens barrel for comfortable shoulder-mounted shooting, or removed from the lens and operated by hand. The ZSG-C10 comprises an easy-to-use rocker switch, start/stop record button, one-shot AF button and an adjustable grip angle for optimum comfort.

If these are the features you need, you’ll have to wait until October to get your hands on a CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S, but you can pre-order now for £5045 ex VAT (£6054 inc VAT).

If you want to know more on the biggest and best 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‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our roundup post.

 

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re now an authorised Fujifilm reseller for Fujinon lenses!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve just teamed up with Fujifilm to become an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller. That means we can now offer video production customers the full range of Fujifilm’s awesome Fujinon TV and Cine lenses. 

About Fujinon lenses

Fujinon lenses have been renowned in the world of television broadcasting for years – even bagging a few Emmy awards along the way – but because of their ultra high quality optical technology and extensive range, they’re also perfect for any application from movie production to sports, entertainment and electronic news gathering.

And with the rise of 4K broadcasting over the past couple of years, Fujifilm have responded to the new resolution demands of broadcasters by enhancing their high precision optical technologies to support the cutting edge of TV and film production. Their UA-Series 4K UHD range of lenses was recently honoured at the IBC Innovation Awards for the part it played in allowing BT Sport to deliver a Ultra HD channel.

Their Cine range boasts the ultimate in 4K optical performance lenses for cinema production, including the HK 4K Plus Premier Series, ZK 4K Premier Cabrio Series and XK 4K Premier Cabrio Series, while the TV range covers all kinds of TV videography, including studio and field box lenses, and ENG and EFP portable lenses.

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As we’re now an authorised Fujifilm UK reseller, if you’d like any more information on the full range of Fujifilm Fujinon TV and Cine lenses, just get in touch with the sales team for a chat on the details below.

Want to know more about Fujinon lenses? 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.

 

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss announce new Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, plus new Milvus additions

Zeiss have just announced some new additions to their lens lineup, with the Loxia 2.4/85 telephoto lens, and three new additions to the Milvus range in 2.8/15, 2.8/18 and 2.0/135 flavours. And they’ll all be shipping in time for Christmas. 

The Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85 lens

The Loxia range are perfect for both photography and video, being both compact and portable, as well as the most affordable of Zeiss’s high quality lenses. Now, joining the current Loxia 2.8/21, Loxia 2.0/35 and Loxia 2.0/50 is this new focal length in 85mm moderate telephoto, the Zeiss Loxia 2.4/85. It features:

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Optimised Zeiss Sonnar design. Designed for digital sensors, with a minimum object distance of 0.80 metres and a manual focus ring with 220 degrees rotation for subtle focusing, large aperture and high-quality optical design for appealing bokeh, and electronic interface to transfer lens data (EXIF) and focus movements, and activate the camera’s magnification.

Great video features. The lens is designed for video as well as photography, in particular, mirrorless full-frame cameras with E-mount like the Sony PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS5. Video-friendly features include the De-Click function which lets you mechanically deactivate the click stops on the aperture ring for silent and smooth adjustments of the aperture while you’re filming, and a robust but compact design.

Zeiss Lens Gears. Loxia lenses can also be used with a follow focus system. Slide the Lens Gears onto your lens to mount your follow focus system for the precise focusing you’d get from a full-scale cine lens. The Zeiss Lens Gear Rings in the sizes mini (62 – 69mm, 60 – 67mm with GumGum) will fit Loxia lenses.

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New Zeiss Milvus lenses

Zeiss also announced the addition of three new lenses to the Milvus family of manual focus lenses optimised for high-resolution DSLR cameras – with two super-wide angle lenses, the Zeiss Milvus 2.8/15 and Zeiss Milvus 2.8/18, and the telephoto lens Zeiss Milvus 2.0/135.

All three lenses feature the floating elements design and ZEISS T anti-reflective coating for outstanding bokeh and a high degree of control over ghosting, flare or shading effects. Dust and water spray protection means they’re great for outdoor use too. On top of that, the Milvus 2.8/18 also boasts a newly-calculated Distagon optical design and now offers full-frame coverage.

Want to know more about Zeiss lenses? 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.

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.

For more on the latest IBC releases, take a look at our roundup post, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Canon debuts the EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon debuts the EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon today debuts the eagerly-anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV, the newest addition to the legendary EOS 5D family, designed for photographers on a quest to capture the perfect shot. Early reviews are positive, including this one from the good people of DP Review

Renowned for enabling people to tell the stories that need to be told, the EOS 5D series has captured many of the world’s most significant moments in history. As successor to the EOS 5D Mark III, the camera has been designed using first-hand feedback from the photographic community to create the most versatile EOS model yet.

Featuring a 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with wide exposure latitude, 7 frames per second (fps) high speed shooting, internal 4K movie recording and built-in WiFi and GPS, the camera fuses speed and resolution with excellent low light capability and movie functionality.

The EOS 5D Mark IV is also the first EOS camera to premiere the innovative Dual Pixel RAW file format, allowing photographers to fine-tune images in post-production by adjusting or correcting the point of sharpness, shifting the foreground bokeh or reducing image ghosting.

To work hand-in-hand with the camera, Canon today also introduces two new high performance L-series lenses; the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM.

EOS 5D Mark IV key features include: 

– 30.4 megapixel CMOS sensor with high exposure latitude.
– Engineered to perform with the innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Dual Pixel RAW.
– Step up to cinematic 4K with DCI 4K up to 30p.
– Stay connected with Built-in WiFi, NFC and GPS.

EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM key features:

– Versatile 24-105mm zoom range.
– Constant f/4 max aperture.
– L-series weatherproof construction.
– 4-stop image stabiliser.
– Advanced optical construction.

EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM key features:
– Versatile collection of wide-angle focal lengths.
– Premium image quality.
– Fast, constant f/2.8 aperture.
– Durable L-series construction.
– Advanced autofocus.

The EOS 5D Mark IV will be available as a body-only kit from 8th September, and the lenses will join it in October.

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Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

If you’re after the lowdown on all new Zeiss’s lenses, then look no further. We caught up with Zeiss’ Luke Tait who talked all about the shiny new Batis range and NAB 2016.

Jigsaw24: It’s an exciting time for Zeiss!

Luke: It is, there’s a lot to talk about.

So let’s get right to it, how does the Batis 2.8/18 fit in with the rest of the Zeiss Batis range?

Well, the 18mm Batis is the widest full frame prime lens currently available. With its extremely wide 99 degree field of view, it is well suited for astrophotography, interior and architectural photography.

Batis is a bit of an odd name, where did that come from?

Just like the other families of Zeiss lenses, Batis is the latin name for a species of bird. Batis (pronounced BAT-iss) is a genus of passerine in the wattle-eye family – it’s found south of the Sahara. 

So just how important is the OLED display to show the focus distance and depth of field?

The OLED display is very useful as it gives information on the distance to the subject and depth of field. Once you’ve used it, you won’t want to go back.

How do you think the lens was received at NAB?

The lenses were received very well. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the lenses when we were in Vegas, from both photographers and videographers. We were very pleased with the warm reception we got at NAB.  

What do you think sets the Batis range apart from other, similar lenses?

First off, the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 are the very first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display. Not only that, but the new Batis lenses are built for professional use, with extremely durable construction and excellent sharpness. It’s everything you could want, and it’s pioneering a new era.

So, tell us, when can we get our hands on one?

The lenses have already started to ship!

You can find Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 lenses over at our store. If you want to know more on the biggest and best 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: 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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