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Sony is known for their reliable and proven Optical Disc technology. Many of us have countless numbers of their XDCAM discs on our shelves serving as an archive, just like we used to do with tape stock. Sony has recognized the need to archive material in a larger format with the same reliability (up to 50 years based on testing), so they built an Optical Disc Cartridge, which combines 12 discs into one container, sort of like a car CD changer. Cartridges come in sizes up to 1.5 TB, in either write-one or re-writable formats.

…continue reading At the Bench: Sony Optical Disc Archive System

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The Sony PXW-FS7 is causing a lot of buzz, and with good reason, since it can acquire multiple resolutions and codecs. The XDCA-FS7 is an extension unit that attaches to the back of the FS7, providing inputs and outputs, as well as the ability to export Raw for external recording. In addition, the XDCA-FS7 extension contains a codec board that enables ProRes 422 recording internally to XQD media. In the video above, I give a tour of the options that the XDCA opens up, as well as related menus in the camera. I also give a brief overview of how to set up the Odyssey7Q, which is what I used as my external source for recording Raw.

To learn more about shooting with the FS7, make sure to check out our Sony FS7 workshop coming up on both coasts.

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Although 4K compressed recording is still in the works for the Phantom Flex4K, you can now use Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ to capture high-speed 4K playback from the Phantom camera. The Flex4K uses dual 3G-SDI connectors to send out a clean Log or Rec709 4K signal, and with the latest firmware update 4.10.100 for the Odyssey 7Q, you can now capture that signal as UHD ProRes 4:2:2. I’ll take you through the steps necessary for setup:

…continue reading Quick Tip: Capturing 4K ProRes with the Flex4K & Odyssey7Q

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Now that Panasonic has released their highly-anticipated VariCam 35 and VariCam HS, we wanted to break down some lenses and accessories that complement these new cameras. With a 4K Super 35 sensor, the VariCam 35 is perfect for cinematic production, while the HS has a 2/3″ sensor perfect for sports and documentary production.

To further enhance the functionality of the VariCam 35 and HS, AbelCine has manufactured a variety of products to complement the camera, from our Production Pack to the Cine-Style Riser. We have also identified other products from lens adapters to P2 media to round out your camera package.

 

…continue reading VariCam 35 & HS Accessory Guide

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With the new Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras now shipping, I’m excited to give you a full tour of the camera system and its features. My first video, above, is an in-depth look at the cameras’ external controls, including a demonstration of how to separate the body and the head.

…continue reading A Tour of the Panasonic VariCam 35 & HS

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CineTechnica's Top Posts of 2014 (3)

As a busy 2014 comes to a close, it’s time for our annual wrap-up of the most popular posts of the year. This year’s list covers a broad range of topics – from new product announcements to how-to’s on creating and applying LUTs and our ever-popular lens and accessory guides.

Check out our Top 11 blogs below and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2015!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2014

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Sachtler recently introduced the SpeedLevel Clamp for its 100mm ball level heads. The unit ties down in typical fashion, however, the two levers allow users to quickly reset the level for their camera. In addition to very fast level adjustments, this comes in especially handy in the middle of a take or when you are about to roll. A common problem with standard tie downs is they inherently require some force to loosen, and that force gets transmitted to the camera and then to the screen. The SpeedLevel Clamp allows you to avoid this embarrassing problem; the levers can be oriented in any direction, making them easy to grab. In addition, the levers are easily operated when wearing gloves. Watch the video above to learn more about this quick and elegant solution to leveling your camera on the fly.

To learn more about tripods, fluid heads, and building a professional camera system, check out our Digital AC series coming up on both coasts.

Editor’s Note: In the video, Ian refers to the Sachtler Speed Lever – the official name of the product is the Sachtler SpeedLevel Clamp.

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