Something I didn’t mention in my report on Tuesday’s BOSCPUG meeting is that Rob Bessette of Finish Boston also demoed Blackmagic’s Resolve 9. Resolve is a sophisticated color grading application, and this new release features a significant UI improvement.
The previous version had the distinct impression of being designed for Linux, but this release actually is starting to look like a regular Mac/Windows app.
On the downside, you still need to know how to do color correction, but the program seems simpler now; and don’t forget there’s a free version you can download and use.
Wednesday night was SMPTE New England’s meeting at Rule Boston, and Juan Martinez, Senior Product Manager, Broadcast & Professional Solutions of Sony was there to talk about 4K. They’d brought a Sony F65 and a 4K projector along, though the demo fairies struck and they had a lot of problems getting the 4K version of the Taylor Swift movie shot on the F65 to play, and had to use a 2K version instead.
I will say one thing about that F65 - it is a very wide camera; much bigger than I’d realized. I don’t think you’d be using that shoulder-mounted very much.
Juan talked about a variety of things from sensor design to AVCHD compression, but most interesting was the little bits of NEX-FS700 news.
Unfortunately, there was no official news on the NEX-FS700 4K upgrade, but they did say to check back in a month and a half. As expected, there will be a Sony 4K recording option for the FS700, but they had no comment on whether there would be support for a third-party solution. There was, perhaps, a hint that there might be…but there might not be.
Will the upgrade cost anything? No comment, though he did say his preference was not to charge unless there was a hardware change.
The FS700 has four Cinegamma’s, but no S-Log. When I asked why that was, he said that because the camera was outputting 8-bit, S-Log wouldn’t really make much difference.
Someone asked if the FS100 could be upgraded to support the new Cinegamma’s and got a definitive ‘maybe.’
Juan also delivered a spirited defense of the AVCHD compression, and when asked if they’d support 50 Mbps he said that he didn’t think they needed to.