Monday, September 12, 2011

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IBC 2011: JVC 4k camera, Sony F65 and more | Philip Bloom | Philip Bloom
Sony announced the price of the F65 4K camera last week, but JVC showed a prototype 4K camera at IBC that may be announced early next year, and may cost less than $10,000. It's about the size of a handicam, and probably won't have all the bells and whistles of the F65, but could this be another game changer?
1/2″ 4k CMOS sensor.

Records at 144 mb/s AVCHD. To do this it has FOUR SDXC slots onboard (!) to record the 4k image split into 4 quadrants. There are also 4 HDMI sockets to externally record 4 streams. Bundled software with it joins the 4 quadrants on ingest before going into your NLE.

Sony Professional - IBC 2011 - Introduction to the F65 and 4K Workflow | Sony | Vimeo
Speaking of the Sony F65, Sony has posted this short video description of the F65 workflow.

Video Showing The New Sony SCL-Z18X140 Zoom Lens for the F3 | Cinescopophilia
back when it was introduced, Sony hinted/promised lenses for the PMW-F3 that would take advantage of the rocker switch on the camera, and help turn it into a "real" videocamera, and now they are showing one of them at IBC. It isn't cheap at about $12,000.

Resolve 8.1–Do the Engineers at DaVinci Ever Sleep? | Alexis van Hurkam
Blackmagic announced the 8.1 update to Resolve last week. The release includes several new effects, ACES "Academy Color Encoding Specification" support, AAF import/export and Media Composer roundtrip. Aleix covers the new features:
Top of the list is is enhanced AAF round trip support. A new Format popup in the Export Session dialog (that appears when you click the Export button in the Conform page) lets you choose whether to export XML or AAF (previously it only expoted XML). Choosing AAF generates a file for Media Composer that can be directly relinked to the media you output from Resolve.

Sony Professional - IBC 2011 - The Videographer's Path | Sony | Vimeo
Sony's Bill Drummond does a quick intro to the PMW-F3 and FS100, the MCS-8M switcher. Not a whole lot to see but he does show the MTF Canon EOS to NEX adapter briefly.

ALEXA Studio & ALEXA M Cameras at IBC
| Cinescopophilia
ARRI showed the two newest members of the Alexa line; the Alexa Studio camera, and the M at IBC:
The ALEXA M is a flexible solution consisting of a separate camera head and body; it is tailored for action and aerial photography, tight corner shots and 3D productions.
See also: EOSHD: New anamorphic Arri Alexa Studio and Alexa M

Launch Date for Panasonic AG-3DP1 3D P2 HD Camera | Cinescopophilia
The AG-3DP1, a 3D twin-lens P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorder with 10 bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, full 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra recording will ship in December 2011 at an RRP of $37,000 (€27,000 ex VAT)

Apple Embarrassed by Rival | Dan Radovsky | The Motley Fool
The heading reads "Apple Embarrassed," and it's about Adobe and Avid experiencing increases in sales, but don't miss the last line:
That said, though, Apple's loss would be much less than either of their gains.

Bullish Avid Announces New Ongoing Crossgrade Offer for Final Cut Pro Users | HD Magazine
Though they won't be continuing the $995 cross-grade offer for Final Cut Pro Users, Avid says they will have an ongoing cross-grade offer of $1499.

A Week in Rumors | CanonRumors
Now it looks like no new DSLR in 2011, though this story has gone back and forth several times. It seems Canon is following RED's new strategy:
“Canon will announce a new camera when it’s done, and not a minute before”.

The Rollercoaster Ride of Landing a Film Crew Gig | Evan Luzi
| The Black And Blue
This post appears to be about the ups and down and mental torment you go through before working on a movie job, and how's it's "fun"....except that the conclusion suggests that if you thought that was hard, just wait until you actually have to do the job; you ain't seen nothing yet!
In essence, you fall in love with the rollercoaster, just as you fall in love with the film industry before a job. All the opportunities lie ahead of you and you enjoy every loop, corkscrew, and turn of the process each more than the last.

The 3D Dilema and TV production squeeze! | Philip Johnston | HD Warrior
An interesting post from Philip that starts out suggesting that economics will kill 3D...
3D is an expensive gimmick and the truth was exposed earlier on this year when Nintendo brought out their 3DS a hand held 3D games machine that did not need glasses to watch 3D and what did all the kids do…switch off the 3D because it was too hard to consentrate on the game with 3D activated.
...before turning into a commentary on the cost cutting that is effecting much of UK television.
It’s all down to cutting costs which means cutting corners in productions or worse losing good television footage all in the name of what…so the share holders are happy at the top of the tree but once you fillet out the flesh of good television you are left with the bones are you surprised people are turning away from watching television.

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