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
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
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!
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
I caught up with Robert Eagle of Bright Tangerine, who has some exciting new products to share with us this year. Bright Tangerine has been listening to feedback and saw the longevity of current monitor arm solutions as a big problem, so they are introducing their solution, the Titan articulating arm. The Titan was built to last; capable of withstanding around two and a half tons of pressure, the arm can hold just over 17.6 lbs. Bright Tangerine is so confident they have created a durable, lasting solution that they are offering a three-year warranty on the product.
…continue reading NAB 2016: Bright Tangerine Updates
In this video, Tilta North America CEO Yang Shao introduces the TiltaMAX line of high-end camera cages and powered accessories. Up first is their Advanced Cage for RED’s new WEAPON camera. This is a complete and very robust-looking solution providing a myriad of power and I/O options for the camera. Different pieces of the cage contain pin contacts that, when assembled, allow power to be routed through the cage itself, without cables, unifying power distribution via the main battery on the back of the camera. Many of the accessories receiving power from the cage, such as their wireless focus system, can be controlled via Tilta’s hand unit. Soon camera controls themselves, such as exposure, ISO and white balance, will be controllable remotely via their hand unit.
…continue reading NAB 2016: TiltaMAX Updates
In addition to manufacturer Tech Talks at our NAB booth this year, we also presented short AbelCine training sessions every day. In the first session, Andy discussed creating 3D LUTs with Pomfort Livegrade. In the second session, Jeff did a short presentation on RED cameras and DSMC2 updates.
For our third session, we had guest instructor Warren Eagles (who has taught some of the ICA classes in our LA office) show off some of his favorite tips and tricks in the newest version of DaVinci Resolve. Make sure to watch all three sessions above and check out all our upcoming AbelCine Training workshops!
…continue reading NAB 2016: AbelCine Training Presentations