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I had a chance to chat with Pamela Berry from Atomos about new firmware for their Shogun Inferno monitor/recorder as well as an exciting new product. Atomos recently released a free firmware update for their popular Shogun Inferno enabling all supported RAW formats to be saved in CinemaDNG format, preserving the RAW context of the files all the way through post, if required. Previously, supported RAW camera signals had to be debayered to Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR format for recording. Currently CinemaDNG recording is supported for the Sony FS5, FS7 and FS700, the Canon C300 Mk II and C500, and Panasonic VariCam LT.

Other “big” news is Atomos’ new Sumo monitor/recorder. Sumo provides the same functionality as the Shogun Inferno, but built into a 19” HDR production monitor, an interesting evolution of the monitor/recorder. Generally, all previous products in this category were meant to be mounted on a camera, but the Sumo is clearly the type of device that belongs on its own stand or on the DIT cart. It also features quad-SDI inputs, which can be configured to receive quadranted 4K from cameras like the Panasonic VariCam 35 or four separate 1080p signals, which can be recorded simultaneously or live switched (with the live cut recorded as well). The Sumo also features balanced full-size XLR inputs with phantom power and two four-pin power inputs allowing relay power and hot-swapping. It also features a dedicated calibration input configured to work with the popular i1Display Pro from X-Rite. Watch the video above to hear more about this exciting new offering from Atomos.

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You may remember our previous blog post about the release of the Titan HD Extract option for Convergent Design’s Apollo and Odyssey monitor/recorders. Titan allows multiple HD-resolution windows to be captured as distinctly framed shots from a single camera shooting in UHD 4K (3840×2160). 1920×1080 windows are supported at up to 30p; 1280×720 for 50p and 60p. The full 4K image is subsampled to 1920×1080 resolution along with two user-set frames that can be selected on the touch screen. A fourth 1920×1080 stream can be captured as either a quad split or a live switch of the three “shots.” With this setup, Titan delivers ISOs and a switch cut to the same drive. In the video above, I will show you how to set up a project and extract each video stream on the post side.

To purchase or rent Titan, visit Convergent Design’s site.

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Canon recently announced the new C700 camera, as well as the DP-V2420 4K reference display. We had our hands on an early prototype of the camera back in September, but the camera wasn’t production ready just yet. Now Canon has the camera ready to roll, and we had some more time with it for testing.

The C700 is a fully featured cinema camera, with all the features of the C300 Mark II and beyond. Some of the most exciting feature include a 4.5K sensor with 14+ stops of dynamic range, raw output and Codex integration, a simplified ‘cinema’ style interface, ProRes and XF-AVC internal recording, plus a shoulder mounted design perfect for both cinema and run & gun work. Watch the video above to learn more about the C700. I give a tour of both the camera and the great new interface.

…continue reading At the Bench: A Look at the Canon C700 and DP-V2420 Monitor

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Convergent Design has announced an exciting new upgrade option for their popular Odyssey and Apollo line of monitor/recorders. It allows a single camera shooting in UHD 3840×2160 to create the effect of shooting with multiple cameras. It does this by extracting HD resolution windows from the “master” 4K image. In addition to monitoring and recording the full image (supersampled down to HD resolution), the additional “angles” can be also be recorded. The full image and extracted windows can also be live switched, allowing for a total of up to four HD signals that can be recorded. Depending on how the wide shot is composed, and where subjects are placed in the frame, one could record a medium shot and a close-up in addition to the wide shot, two medium shots, or a variety of other shots.

For the one-man crew shooters out there, Titan HD Extract provides the incredible ability to record a multicam production with essentially nothing more than a single 4K-capable camera and an Odyssey or Apollo, which allows you to fit your kit into a single case. This makes transportation in the field much easier, especially when traveling to difficult or remote locations. Titan allows for the ultimate quick turn around on multi-cam jobs, allowing you to provide your client with a high-end looking production with no post-production work necessary. Should you want to polish your live cut, however, Titan will generate an Edit Decision List as an .EDL file compatible with many of the major post production software available.

Titan’s list price is set at $1295, with a special introductory offer of $995, and is expected to be available in the beginning of October. To learn more about Titan HD, visit Convergent Design’s site: convergent-design.com/titan


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Last week, Convergent Design unleashed its largest firmware yet into the wilds of the production world. Firmware v2016.06 is packed with new features — twenty-three new ones to be exact — on top of twenty-two different fixes and improvements. The best part of all? This is a completely free update!

While the majority of the updates in v2016.06 are Apollo/Apollo Option specific, the Odyssey7Q+/7Q was certainly not left out. The Odyssey RAW Bundle now supports both FS RAW from the PXW-FS5, as well as IO 4K RAW form the IO Industries Flare 4K. FS RAW can be recorded in either CinemaDNG or Apple ProRes continuously at up to 59.94 fps in 4K, 240 fps in 2K, and as much as 120 fps in 4K burst mode. In addition to the RAW bundle upgrade, the Odyssey7Q+/7Q now offer Dual-HD recording capabilities, allowing you to acquire two HD video signals simultaneously in Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT.

…continue reading New Apollo/Odyssey Firmware v2016.06

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I had the chance to drop by the Flanders Scientific booth, where Flanders CEO Bram Desmet showed off their new BoxIO LUT boxes, as well as the 17″ version of their popular DM250 display, the DM170. The BoxIO comes in two versions: the top-of-the-line version, which features two inputs, two clean loop-throughs and two outputs, and the BoxIO Lite, which has a single input and two outputs and which will retail for under $1000. On both, the two outputs show up in LiveGrade, Pomfort’s popular on-set color grading application, as separate devices meaning that each can receive a distinct LUT, essentially providing two LUT boxes in one. This means up to eight cameras could be independently colored using only four BoxIOs, all of which would fit in only 1U of rack space. The clean loop-throughs solve one of the age-old problems in on-set signal distribution, allowing the clean signal from the camera to travel beyond the LUT box, which has generally been an “end-of-chain” device requiring other hardware prior to it to loop out of cleanly. BoxIO can also save full-res frame grabs to LiveGrade and generate test patches internally, allowing it to be used directly with SpectraCal’s CalMan software and LightSpace CMS without a test signal generator.

…continue reading NAB 2016: Flanders Scientific Updates

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I visited the SmallHD booth today to speak with CEO Wes Phillips about the new SmallHDR monitors, which they announced right before NAB. As Andy mentioned in his previous blog, the monitors come in three sizes: 17″, 24″, and 32″. The monitors feature the same great operating system as the 502 and 702 displays, so you get all the features found in those monitors including scopes, false color modes, and ColorFlow 3D LUT processing. Both the 17″ and 24″ monitors have up to 1000 nit output, and the 32″ goes up to 1500 nit. Watch my video above to get a closer look at these exciting new monitors from SmallHD.


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