Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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NAB 2012: Matt Allard talks in detail to Blackmagic about their $2995 Digital Cinema Camera | Matt Allard | DSLR News Shooter
A video interview with Tim from Blackmagic:
It has a Micro 4/3 sensor which utilizes a crop that is slightly smaller (16.64 x 14.04mm) than the whole sensor and marries that with either a Canon EF or Nikon lens mount. Footage is recorded at 2.5K (2432 x 1366) in 12bit RAW and the company claim a dynamic range of 13 stops.

Digital Bolex D16 vs. Blackmagic Cinema Camera (comparison table) | Nikita Pavlov | Blog
A table comparing the features of these two similar cameras (except that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera will be out sooner):
Well, I knew that putting my money in Digital Bolex Kickstater’s project just few days before NAB is risky. But then I saw prices of Canon’s C500 and 1D Cinema, and I thought that there couldn’t be two miracles in one time. And I can always sell Digital Bolex and buy that 5D Mark III.
Seems like there is a place for two miracles.

NAB update: Exclusive interview with Blackmagic Cine shooter John Brawley / Panasonic AF100 successor ‘deleted’…? | Andrew Reid | EOSHD
An interview with John Brawley, who has got to play with a pre-production camera. Also some interesting speculation that Panasonic has given up on the AG-AF100:
EOSHD: Does the camera have a rolling shutter, or global readout? If it is rolling how is the skew, pretty well controlled?

JB: I believe it has a rolling shutter. Like any camera with a rolling shutter, it’s there if you go looking for it. But it’s no worse to me than any other dSLR camera in this price range. It was the first thing I asked about and wanted to address. But it’s just a simple fact that for a camera with a CMOS sensor at this price point, it’s not something you can just “magic” it away. The rolling shutter is very acceptable and I would happily shoot with it, knowing it was there.

NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera featured live on Matt and Dan's NAB Geek Out | DSLR News Shooter
An hour-long video chat about different gadgets, including, "the single most-coveted item at the show..:"
We’ve just finished our second live show from NAB on Livestream. We were extremely lucky to get an exclusive first live Q and A session about the new Blackmagic Design’s Digital Cinema camera with the company’s Director of Sales Simon Westland. He brought the camera to the booth and you can check out what he had to say in the video below:

NAB 2012: Matt Allard talks to Den Lennie about shooting with the Sony NEX FS700 | DSLR News Shooter
Den was involved in the planning of the NEX-FS100 and he's been able to play with the NEX-FS700. This video goes through the features of the camera and discusses the pros of the FS100 and FS700.

No more | Peter Prevec | Too Much Information
Peter also got to play with the NEX-FS700, and posts another shoot done with the camera:
I mainly used the new lens from SLR Magic HiperPrime CINE T0.95 for the romantic scenes as it is perfect for this kind of stuff. Soft backgrounds, creamy bokeh. The lens was also very kind to the skin. I really enjoyed working with it. I put an old lens gear from shoot35 on the lens as the lens has quite small radius and using zip gears from Half Inch Rails wouldn’t be enough for Genus Follow Focus to make contact with the lens. I also used Fader ND on the lens for finer control of the exposure in relation with the built in NDs.

Sony NEX-FS700 cinema camera hands-on (video) | Zach Honig | Engadget
Engadget also looks at the camera:
Company reps confirmed that the camera is expected to retail for "under $10,000" when it hits the market in June, while that 4K update should hit before the year is out, once Sony's external recorder becomes available

AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K & 2K Recording | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
AJA has a 4K capable recorder that will be available later in the year for $3,995 US:
Ki Pro Quad is capable of capturing high-quality edit-ready files in formats including 4K (4096 x 2160), Quad HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080), and HD (1920 x 1080), for the fastest path from camera-to-editorial with 10-bit 4:4:4 and 10-bit 4:2:2 color support.

Gemini RAW 4K Recorder : NAB 2012 | Wide Open Camera
Gemini doesn't want to be left behind either:
Karol talks with the folks over at Gemini about how they plan to record all the new high speed frame rates and large frame sizes (4K) with their new Gemini RAW recorder.

Adobe and AMD Bring OpenCL Powered Real-Time Editing and Effects to Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 | AMD
An article at AMD about their work with Adobe on OpenCL acceleration:
AMD and Adobe have been hard at work collaborating on integrating OpenCL into Adobe Premiere Pro CS6. In fact, I ran into Adobe’s Director of Video Product Management, Bill Roberts at the Adobe booth (#SL2624) here at NAB, where they are showcasing the OpenCL powered real-time editing and effects, and he reiterated their enthusiasm for bringing open standards to life through Adobe Premiere Pro:

Audio interview with Steve Forde of Adobe about the latest innovations in After Effects CS6. "He says this is the biggest release of After Effects in over 10 years."

ALEXA Advances Anamorphic Cinematography | CreativePlanetNetwork
Arri announces a new camera. It's not 4K (shock!) but it is anamorphic. Note that they say "It is not possible to upgrade from any version of the ALEXA to the ALEXA Plus 4:3 since the yield for ALEXA 4:3 sensors is lower than that for 16:9 sensors."
ARRI unveils the ALEXA Plus 4:3, a new ALEXA model with similar functionality to the ALEXA Plus but featuring a 4:3 Super 35 sensor, the ability to switch from 16:9 sensor mode to 4:3 sensor mode and built-in licenses for high speed shooting, anamorphic de-squeeze and DNxHD.

GoPro Partners with Technicolor to Incorporate CineStyle™ into GoPro’s new Protune™ Firmware for HD HERO2 at NAB 2012 | GoPro
GoPro announces CineStyle support for their cameras!
GoPro, the world’s most versatile camera, and Technicolor, a worldwide leader in technology and color-science, announced today at the NAB 2012 Show in Las Vegas they have worked to embed Technicolor’s CineStyle™ color profile for the debut of the new GoPro Protune™ (a free firmware upgrade available for the HD HERO2 camera, available this summer).

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