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Posts by Jeff Lee

Topics NAB 2017, Sony

I stopped by the Sony booth, where Joseph Schimizzi talked me through their recent updates. A big focus for Sony this year has been increased support for HDR, and with these updates they are making the technology much more accessible to a larger base of users, and a wider audience.

The first camera we discuss is the feature packed PXW-FS5, which is getting even more updates and future upgrade options. Sony will be adding Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) curves as a picture profile, and this update will be available for the PXW-Z150 as well. Three different HLG curves will be available. While Joe said the white paper has not been published yet, it looks as though they are set up for 600%, 800% and 1000% levels. Be sure to keep an eye out for the technical specifications that will go into detail on how to expose these various settings. Perhaps of most interest to FS5 shooters will be a decrease in the native ISO when using S-LOG3, down to 2000 ISO. This now falls in line with both the FS7 and F5, allowing all three cameras to be exposed the same. One final update on the FS5 side will be a future paid upgrade, enabling continuous recording at up to 120 fps in Full HD.

On the monitoring side, Sony has released a new HDR display. The new BVM-E171 is a 17-inch HD HDR display that conforms to BT.2084 standards and supports HLG. This is a companion offering to their flagship HDR monitor, the BVM-X300. This monitor is much smaller and lighter than its counterpart, making it much easier to transport and carry around on set.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Sony Updates

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Topics Canon, NAB 2017

I chatted with Paul Hawxhurst about the new updates from Canon. As you might have heard, they are releasing a Canon Log update for their popular DSLR camera, the 5DIV. Customers have been asking for this, and Canon listened. This upgrade must be performed by a Canon factory service center and will cost around a hundred dollars. Moving forward, you will be able to purchase new 5DIV cameras with Canon Log pre-installed. This update is sure to make C-series users happy, as they can now integrate 5DIV footage seamlessly alongside their C300 Mark II or C100 Mark II clips.

Paul also talked about Canon’s recently released HDR reference displays, like the DP-V2420. These monitors feature an impressive 200,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as very impressive black levels for any screen, let alone one at 1000 nits like the DP-V2420. The displays also feature support for users to load their own custom LUTs. Canon also had a prototype version on display of a 30-inch size featuring an impressive 2000 nit maximum brightness level.

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Topics Arri, NAB 2017

I spent some time at the ARRI booth today talking to Chase Hagen, Phil Vischer and Hendrik Voss about the company’s new products and updates. We managed to cover a lot of information. Check out the video to learn about:

ALEXA SXT-W — ‘W’ for wireless, adding a rich first-party wireless feature set to the ALEXA SXT, including camera control, color grading, video transmission, and more.

Diopter Frame & Stage — accessory diopter trays to make working with these powerful lens modifiers easier. The Stage model features a friction wheel for rotating a split diopter.

ARRI Master Grips — with SUP 5 installed on the AMIRA or ALEXA MINI, the Master Grips now provide fine-grained control of focus and iris on Canon EF lenses via a Master Grip thumbwheel.

WCU-4 — ARRI’s wireless hand unit has received a software update (SUP 3) enabling wireless upload of lens table files to ARRI cameras, footage playback, and customizable user setups. A new Lens Table Marketplace allows for the exchange of lens table files by camera department crew, as well as visualizations and ratings of different lens files.

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When Canon announced the Compact Servo 18-80mm T4.4 last year, it was also announced that it would be part of a family of lenses. Today, the Compact Servo 70-200mm T4.4 joins the ranks as the second lens of the series. With particular attention to usability, the 70-200 is physically identical to the 18-80, down to the placement and gear pitch of the focus, iris, and zoom rings. It utilizes the same optional hand grip unit, and like its sister lens is a parfocal design. Optically it also pairs well with the Cinema Prime lenses and is compatible with the Canon 1.4x and 2.0x Extender.

…continue reading First Look: Canon 70-200 Compact Servo

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The Phantom VEO from Vision Research brings many of the features and tools from their Flex cameras into a compact and rugged form factor. Using the same 2.5K global sensor as the Flex and Miro, the VEO 640S is capable of recording up to 1400 frames at full resolution (2560×1600) or over 2800 frames at HD resolution. The VEO uses readily-available CFast2.0 media and includes a bevy of integrated control IO ports, while the body maintains a small footprint at 5″x5″x5″.

…continue reading At the Bench: Introducing the Phantom VEO

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RED recently announced the EPIC-W, a DSMC2-based brain with the new HELIUM 8K S35 sensor. At 29.9mm x 15.77mm, the HELIUM 8K is slightly smaller than the DRAGON 6K sensor found in the EPIC or WEAPON, so lens choices should be very straightforward. Previously, the HELIUM 8K was only found in a limited quantity, special-edition body with a unique white finish (affectionately dubbed “Storm Trooper” models). Only a handful were available for sale on reduser.net, but they were never meant for general release. With the release of the EPIC-W, the HELIUM sensor is the fourth and latest evolution of RED sensor technology. What’s important to remember is that although HELIUM 8K offers the same 8192 x 4320 resolution as the previously announced WEAPON DRAGON 8K Vista Vision upgrade, the HELIUM is an all new design. It does use smaller photosites (3.65 micron compared to the DRAGON’s 5 micron), but the image processing has evolved as well, and lends itself to some remarkable footage – Mark Toia’s footage is a great example.

RED also announced that WEAPON bodies can be updated with the HELIUM 8K S35 sensor, as well as a comprehensive upgrade path for all RED owners. Check here for more information on upgrade options.

Watch my video above to learn more about the EPIC-W and be sure to view our full list of upcoming REDucation workshops in all our locations!

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Topics Canon, Featured

Canon announced today their new C700 Cinema Camera, the XC15 4K video / still camera, and two new 4K production monitors. Recently, I had the opportunity to talk to Canon’s Jesse Mineo about these exciting additions to the Canon line, as well as the DP-V1710 and DP-V2420 HDR reference monitors.

…continue reading AbelCine First Look: Canon’s IBC 2016 Announcements

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