This year’s NAB show was the busiest one ever … on our blog at least. We posted a total of twenty-four videos from the show floor, which you can watch by clicking on our dedicated NAB 2013 category. If you didn’t get a chance to visit our booth this year, check out the videos below (some from the blog and some shot by our friends) to see a few of the highlights!
…continue reading NAB 2013: Booth Highlights
As IBC 2011 winds down, we’d like to take a moment to share some of the more exciting developments. In addition to the announcements from AJA, Arri, Blackmagic Design, Panasonic, and Sony, there were a few other highlights from this year we thought were worth mentioning.
Atomos has announced a very clever field converter that’s about the same size as a Sony “L” battery aptly called the Connect. Available as an SDI to HDMI or HDMI to SDI converter, the Connect features a built-in battery that will power the converter for two hours. Alternatively, you can attach a Sony “L” battery to power the Connect that will also pass power through to another Sony “L” device, such as the Atomos Ninja recorder. This will actually provide uninterrupted power to your Sony device, which is a nice touch. Other impressive features include a test pattern generator and real-time 3:2 pulldown removal that will extract 24p or 30p from a 60i signal (or 25p from a 50i signal for our PAL readers). This means that if you’re using a camera that only has an HDMI output (such as the Sony NEX-FS100) or a recorder that does not offer 3:2 pulldown removal, you can use the Connect for “on-the-fly” 3:2 pulldown removal. Pricing for the US has yet to be determined, but the current MSRP is €249.
…continue reading IBC 2011 Updates: Wrap up
Recently, Abel hosted a pair of seminars exploring Sony’s new XDCAM EX camera models. The events at Abel’s New York and Burbank facilities showcased the 2/3” CMOS EX350, which joins Sony’s popular XDCAM EX family. Each of the cameras in the line—the EX1R, the EX3 and the EX350—has a different feature set and form factor, which makes it ideally suited to a particular application. You can read more about these applications on abelcine.com.
At each event, Abel’s Andy Shipsides presented an overview of the XDCAM EX format and gave an EX350 camera tour. Filmmaker (and Abel Rental alumn) Ben Bloodwell joined Andy at the New York event to give his impressions of the EX350. He screened footage from a recent documentary on cyclist Lance Armstrong shot with the EX3. Veteran Network News Magazine shooter Dennis Dillon then spoke about combining the EX cameras with nanoFlash recorders and XDCAM optical discs.
Director of Photography Tim Paterson was the special guest at the LA event. He shared his thoughts on the EX350 and discussed his experiences shooting the recent documentary Michael Jackson’s This Is It with the EX1 and EX3.
Browse the image gallery above to see images from both events.
By the way, we are now taking pre-orders on the EX350, which will begin shipping right after the New Year.
Sony has released a new version of their XDCAM Transfer Software for Final Cut Pro. The new version is XDCAM Transfer 2.10.0 and is available right now at the Sony UK Site but it should show up on the Sony US site in the next couple of days. It’s a fairly minor update but worth the download. The new functions include: Support for mix recording mode (Mixed Rec) of XDCAM devices, ability to change subclip names, and the ability to edit ASCII Title(Title 1) and write back the metadata to discs. The support for mix format discs is important for 700 & F800 users with the latest firmware on the horizon. For F800 owners (or soon to be owners), slow motion clips are recorded in a slightly different codec, which is not currently supported by Final Cut. So, for now, all slow motion clips will appear with the words “NO CODEC” on them. Final Cut will release an update soon to resolve this. Finally, check out our Sony F900/F800/700 comparison chart, which we created to position the XDCAM cameras.
When the producers of ABC’s hit show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition contacted Ron Ayers of Abel LA about donating camera equipment to a teen who dreams of a career as a TV news reporter, he was happy to help out.
Abel contributed a Sony HVR-S270U HDV camera and secured donations of a Miller tripod and dolly and a Switronix power package. The team at EM:HE created a fabulous TV studio for Domonique McFarland using this equipment. We hope Domonique enjoys using the gear and wish him best of luck in his career.
You can see additional photos of the house and TV studio on the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition website.
We’ve had such a great response to our instructional videos and “At the Bench” series that we decided to start an Abel channel on Vimeo. Now you can watch all these videos in HD from one convenient place.
So, check us out at vimeo.com/channels/abelcinetech, and be sure to subscribe to stay on top of the latest releases from the Abel tech team.
When DP Owen Smith told us he was shooting a documentary about Al Gore’s Climate Project, we were excited to support the filmmaker’s efforts in creating awareness of this important work.
Al Gore founded the Climate Project in 2006 to create grass roots awareness of climate change. So far, more than 2,600 volunteers have been trained to teach their communities about the issue and possible solutions. These volunteers in the US, Australia, Canada, India, Spain and the UK have together reached more than 5 million people, and plans are in the works to open more Climate Project branches worldwide.
The Climate Project documentary is being filmed with Panasonic P2 cameras. The VariCam 3700, HPX170 and HVX200 have all been used along with a VariCam 27H. We look forward to bringing you more news on this project as it develops.
To learn more about the Climate Project and get involved with this outstanding organization, visit www.theclimateproject.org.