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.”

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Win a DPA and Sony wireless mic system worth over £1000!

Win a DPA and Sony wireless mic system worth over £1000!

DPA Microphones are celebrating 25 years in the business this year, and to make sure we all get in a party mood too, we’re running a sweepstake in which you can win a complete wireless lavalier system worth over £1000, comprising a Sony UWP D-11 wireless system with camera mounted receiver and a DPA 4060 Omni Lavalier microphone! 

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For the discerning videographer, the Sony UWP and DPA bundle is one of the best sounding systems on the market. DPA microphones are recognised as possibly the best performers in their field and are the most common upgrade for the users who are dissatisfied with the sound quality from traditionally bundled lavalier microphones. The DPA SC4060 is the omnidirectional version, making it suitable for all kinds of piece-to-camera work.

The Sony UWP wireless system features a body pack transmitter and camera-mountable/belt pack format receiver, and is amongst the best sounding and most reliable systems available. Of particular interest to users of Sony cameras, the optional S-MAD P3 adapter allows the receiver to be directly mounted to cameras which have Sony’s MI (Multi Interface) shoe, which allows for a cable-free setup and also for the receiver to be directly powered by the camera itself.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is click the link below:

Register here for your chance to win.

We also offer the full range of Sony and DPA bundles, which you can buy via our web store.

If you want to know more about your audio options, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

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

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

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

Since its debut in 2008, Sony’s innovative DWX series has been widely adopted to streamline workflows for multiple applications including live events, news gathering, theatres, field production, broadcast studios, as well as sound recording. Successfully deployed at various field operations with positive customer case studies, the digital wireless microphone system seamlessly brings world-leading analogue microphone and wireless audio transmission technologies into the digital domain.

Building on the DWX-N series, the new third generation system includes the DWT-B03R digital wireless transmitter, the DWR-R03D digital wireless receiver, the BC-DWX1 battery charger and the ECM-77LM electret condenser microphone.

DWT-B03R The small, lightweight and sweat-proof bodypack transmitter is ideal for theatre, drama and movie production. It offers a remarkably low audio latency of 1.2ms, with 148MHz wideband operation. It utilises a rechargeable Li-ion battery that equips users with many hours of battery operation time.

DWR-R03D The 1U wideband two channel rackmount receiver is equipped with Dante, a digital audio over IP networking technology. It supports redundancy and headphone monitoring, as well as multi-channel network audio. Accompanied with a high dynamic range RF circuit that has excellent input characteristics for great receiving performance, and four diversity antenna operation, the digital wireless receiver achieves reliable transmission stability. Wireless Studio software is compatible with DWR-R03D and BC-DWX1.

BC-DWX1 The battery charger for DWT-B03R and NP-BX1 is equipped with PoE (Power over Ethernet) capabilities. Users can monitor the charging status via PC software, and can also charge up to two bodypacks or two batteries at one time. The interlocking mechanism allows easy integration for storage and transportation.

ECM-77LM The new addition ECM-77LM miniature, omnidirectional electret condenser microphone now utilises the small three-pin connector. It provides a wide frequency response, high sensitivity, and low-noise characteristics.

The new generation digital wireless microphone system is scheduled for release from spring 2018. Sony will be exhibiting at IBC, stand 13.A10, RAI Amsterdam from 15 to 19 September.

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

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

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

The Z90 has a 1.0 type Exmor RS CMOS sensor with aforementioned 273-point autofocus sensor, designed to give you faster Hybrid Auto Focus. It can shoot up to 960 fps super slow motion, or up to 120 fps in HFR mode for high speed recording. You can also shoot up to 120 fps in Slow & Quick Mode, and proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are all supported in order to give you the most flexible shooting workflow possible.

As well as HGL and BT.2020, it supports S-Log2 and S-Log3, and has 3G SDI and HDMI Type A outputs. You can also stream your footage as part of Sony’s XDCAM Air workflow. Time Code and User Bit are both supported, so the cameras can easily be integrated into multi-camera environments.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot,” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”

The Z90 will be joining us in December, and has a predicted price of €2900.

The NX80 is very similar, but you trade that SDI port for USTREAM support, and its predicted to cost €2350.

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

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

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

It’ll also be adding support for the AMWA NMOS Device Discovery and Registration standards (NMOS IS-O4). The existing XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 4K/IP ready video switchers will get support for SMPTE ST 2110 in HD in their version 2.6 firmware upgrade.

They’ll be joined by a new 1.5U camera control unit, currently under development, which will work with HSC series cameras, and support full SMPTE ST 2110 in HD transmission. From the press release:

“Broadcasters around the world are increasingly embracing IP for its proven flexibility. Sony is dedicated to contributing to and promoting standardisation to make sure our customers can be confident all the technology in their IP Live workflows will work seamlessly together,” said Norbert Paquet, Head of Product Management at Sony Professional Europe. “That’s why we’re announcing today that we already have SMPTE ST 2110 compliant products in the pipeline, and are working closely with AMWA to support the NMOS IS-04 Device Discovery and Registration API, and NMOS-IS-05 Connection Management API. This all means our customers can truly build systems that are ready today and open for tomorrow.”

A technological exhibition of Audio Intercom for a brand new Camera Control Unit (CCU) currently under development will be demonstrated for the first time at IBC 2017. This exhibition will support SMPTE ST 2110 in HD with IP video transmission and return. The new CCU will be compatible with HDC and HSC camera series. It will support a wide range of formats, including 1080P, and a versatile selection of legacy inputs and outputs including 3G-SDI and 1.5G –SDI. The CCU is highly compact, with a 1.5 rack mount size, making it ideal for space-limited production areas. This new CCU is being developed with a target of being available from April 2018.

The Sony XVS-8000, XVS-7000 and XVS-6000 4K/IP Ready video switchers that sit at the heart of IP Live production operations will support SMPTE ST 2110 in HD with a v2.6 firmware update. The XVS series switchers deliver flexibility with a mix of SDI and IP, and highly configurable control panels to suit different types of operation. Combined with the resource-sharing capabilities of the XVS series, this will enable customers to build more flexible production architectures. The firmware update will be available to customers from April 2018.

All SMPTE ST 2110 compliant products will be on show at stand 13.A10, where Sony will also be showcasing its end-to-end IP Live production offering with a number of:

• REMote Integration (REMI):Sony will showcase how IP Live enables more efficient use of resources and faster turnaround times between productions. The demonstration will connect a host production facility (camera set and production gallery) at the Sony booth in Amsterdam to the Level3 Data Centre in London, where the processing resources are located, including all switchers and servers

• Remote Production over a limited bandwidth connection: Sony will collaborate with Suitcase.tv to showcase a solution for remote production using its IP Live Production system over a 1GbE network link

Sony is also appearing at the IP Showcase, hosted jointly by AES, AIMS, AMWA, EBU, IABM, MNA, SMPTE and VSF. The showcase will see more than 40 vendors working together to demonstrate real-world IP interoperability based on SMPTE ST 2110 final draft standards and AMWA NMOS IS-O4 specifications. Sony’s cameras, switchers, converters and Registration Discovery Service (RDS) application will all be demonstrated as part of the exhibit. Visitors will be able to speak to Sony about the successful interoperability tests it has undertaken alongside other vendors present at the event.

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IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

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

PVM-X550 update

The X550 monitor is the first to get an update, with Sony adding a High Brightness Mode. The X550’s HDR Peak Luminance will be over 160% higher after the upgrade – that’s over 600 nits – and the accuracy of brightness and saturation will be controlled by Sony’s own 12-bit engine for OLED, already in use in its BVM series monitors.

Users can expect to see better black performance, too, and enjoy a new quad view display mode that allows for different ETOF and colour gamut settings in each quadrant.

PVM-A and LMD-A Series version 2.0

In answer to the rising demand for 4K content and associated workflows, Sony are upgrading their PVM-A and LMD-A series monitors to a wider colour gamut, for more accurate colour reproduction that more fully utilises the displays’ graphics capabilities. Post-update, the monitors will support the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space and be able to accept Quad-link 2SI 3G-SDI signals. It will also allow the monitors to offer DCI-P3, S-Gamut3/S-Gamut3.cine and Adobe RGB. They will have consistent colour reproduction to the BVM-X300 reference monitor.

The updates also adds new functions to support live event and shooting workflows, including audio muting, false colour for faster exposure checks, sync-free side-by-side (the ability to monitor two pictures at once without syncing) and flexible area markers that allow you to create unique screen layouts (for example, if you need to show footage of a product and its cmmercial data in footage for a shopping channel).

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BVM-E171 users will have the option to buy a HDR licence for their monitor. Available now, with European pricing at €3400, the licence would give the BVM-E171 support for EOTF 2.2, 2.4, 2.6 CRT, S-Log3 (HDR), S-Log3 (Live HDR), S-Log2 (HDR), ITU-R BT.2100 (HLG), SMPTE ST2084 and 2.4 (HDR).

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IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

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

Sony are really pushing to get their lineup HDR-friendly, and the Z450 receives support for Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and S-Log3 recording and output, and support for the BT.2020 colour space. You’ll also be able to record 4K HDR and HD SDR simultaneously to one card, and record HDR with BT-709 for an SDI output.

While you’re shooting in HLG or S-Log3, your viewfinder will display your image using the BT.709 colour space.

4K shooters will get Slow & Quick mode to play with (you can record up t 60 fps in it) and XAVC-L cache recording for your 4K footage, and a 4K resolution Focus Mag option.

Updates on the audio side are largely practical, with improved support for Power Save Mode being the headline. It’ll be available on your assignable keys, will sync with power off, and can even be used to control the power level of some belt transmitters. You’ll also see the power save status on the viewfinder when said mode is enabled.

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IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

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

The new update is being demonstrated live on the Sony stand at IBC (you can’t miss it – it takes up half of Hall 13). There are two main changes to SR Live: S-Log3 support and the introduction of HLG Live.

SR live now supports S-Log3 HDR production, with conversion to ITU-R Bt.2100 (PQ or HLG) for HDR delivery, conversion to ITU-R BT.709 for SDR delivery.

SR Live will also support an end to end Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) workflow called HLG Live, which will include simultaneous HDR and SDR delivery.

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‘Like’ us on Facebook or take a look at our IBC roundup.

IBC 2017: The highlights

IBC 2017: The highlights

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

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

Adobe

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

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

AJA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Atomos

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

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

IBC 2017: Atomos’s Connect convertor storms the show

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

Avid

IBC 2017: Avid add SSD support to NEXIS storage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BirdDog Studio

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

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

Blackmagic Design

IBC 2017: Blackmagic Design announce Ultimatte 12

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

Canon

Introducing the XF400 and XF405

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

Canon launch two new Full HD cameras, XA15 and XA11

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

Canon unveil new 4K handheld camera, the Legria GX10

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

FilmLight

IBC 2017: FilmLight releases Baselight 5.0

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

G-Technology

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

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

HP

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

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

NewTek

IBC 2017: NewTek demo new LivePanel

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

Panasonic

IBC 2017: Panasonic showcase first footage from the EVA1

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

IBC 2017: Panasonic announce new live mixer and 360 degree camera

Panasonic’s IBC offering are focused live streaming and broadcast, with the announcement of a new “live streaming production centre”, the AV-HLC100, and a 360 degree 4K live camera. Read more.

Rohde & Schwarz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SmallHD

IBC 2017: SmallHD debuts brighter daylight viewable 17″ monitor

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

See SmallHD’s great show deals here.

Sony

Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

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

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

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

IBC 2017: Sony’s Z450 gets new firmware

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

IBC 2017: Sony update their monitor range

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

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

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

IBC 2017: HLG comes to SR Live

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

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

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

IBC 2017: Sony unveils its first 8K System Camera

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

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

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

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Soliton announces NewTek integration and improved live streaming ahead of IBC

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

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Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

Sony announce VENICE ahead of IBC 2017

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

 

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

Image capture

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

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

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

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Why 6K?

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

Availability

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

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