Tuesday, April 09, 2013

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Perhaps the biggest surprise of NAB this year is Blackmagic's announcement of a 4K version of their Cinema Camera. Using the same housing as the original, and only $1,000 more, this camera features a couple of notable improvements over the original (beside the 4K capability.) The sensor is now a Super35 sized sensor, and the camera has a global shutter, which should reduce image artifact issues that appear with fast motion and flashing lights.

Blackmagic also announced a smaller Pocket Camera that will sell for $1,000, which will have an amazing 13 stops of dynamic range, but I'm not sure I'd rush out and buy that one.
Both cameras will reportedly ship in July.

You can pre-order the Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Production Camera 4K [$3,995] and the Blackmagic Design Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera [$995] from B & H now.

The pocket rocket…Blackmagic downsizes the BMCC and does a 4K upsize of the orginal ! | John Brawley
What BMD have done with this camera is to take a super 16 size version of the exact same awesome sensor that’s in the current BMCC and shrink the form factor down to that of an iPhone with a lens mount. Then they added what many have clamoured for. An internal battery that can be easily switched out.
Note: Blackmagic said that the sensor is the same size as the BMCC, but it's not the same sensor...

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Puts 1080 RAW In Your Pocket | DL Cade
| PetaPixel
The camera debuted today at NAB in Las Vegas alongside a few other impressive introductions from Blackmagic. On the hardware side of things, the pocket-sized cinema camera sports a 1080HD Super 16mm sensor, a built in SD card slot for Apple ProRes (no more removable hard drives) and an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount — all at less than an inch thick.

Matthew Allard talks to Blackmagic Design about their brand new Production Camera, capable of shooting 4K. The camera has an identical body to the 2.5K version but, as opposed to the previous model, shoots full 4K on a Super35mm sensor and has a global shutter, along with many other features.

Blackmagic's New Cameras | Stu Maschwitz | ProLost
The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a “4K for $4K” update to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Same not-quite-ideal-but-who-cares form factor, but now with a Super35 4K sensor with a global shutter. It’s priced at $3,995, and is available for pre-order at B&H.

Blackmagic announce new products, major upgrades | MovieScope
With a price tag of US$995, the Pocket Cinema Camera comes equipped with a Super 16mm sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an MFT mount and the ability to record in ProRes and 12 bit RAW.

NAB 2013 – DaVinci Resolve 10 and Blackmagic Scopes | FreshDV
FreshDV post-production host Scott Simmons dropped by Blackmagic to get the scoop on the DaVinci Resolve 10 and Scopes updates.

Save $1,000 on the Canon C100 [$5,499] | B & H
I always thought the C100 was a nice camera that was a little too expensive. Now you can get it for $1000 off through April 11.
Which reminds me....what happened to that talk of a Canon C50 being announced at NAB? Guess that isn't happening after all...

Carl Zeiss Presents Compact Zoom Lenses | Planet5D
For the first time, the new CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 will be presented in the US. The Compact Zoom Family currently comprises the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 70-200/T2.9; the latter won the prestigious iF product design award in February 2013.

Also launched was the Steadicam Curve, which is a mini-stabiliser designed especially for the GoPro. No pricing as yet, but certainly looks like a desirable piece of gear for the outwardly mobile. It will come in several colours and can also be used as a mini handgrip.

Rick Macomber chats with Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss from Zacuto about their latest camera rigs. New products include the DSLR Gorilla kit, The Marauder and the ergonomic Recoil System with EVF Dogbone, Z-Drive follow focus and Tornado grip.

A look at Red Giant’s new BulletProof | Scott Simmons | Pro Video Coalition
BulletProof is an intriguing tool. It’s not the only DIT-centric software tool out there and I’m sure it won’t be the last. If we know anything about Red Giant Software we know that they make or associate themselves with quality tools that provide a lot usefulness and value for the dollar.

Redrock Micro's New Curving Slider Aims to Make You a 'One Man Crew'
| E.M. Taboada | No Film School
The big difference between this slider and others on the market is the parabolic curve — with no need for an operator, you can get nice slider moves while keeping the subject anchored in frame.

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