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This year’s Cine Gear Expo was definitely one of the most eventful ones. From new camera announcements to the latest in lighting technology and more, there was a little something for everyone to get excited about. In that vein, we’ve rounded up some of the most relevant coverage — both from our own specialists as well as our friends over at Newsshooter. Watch the video above, featuring Erik Naso (Newsshooter), Jem Schofield (theC47) and our own Jeff Lee for a great round up and discussion of Cine Gear 2017 highlights, then continue below for specific product videos.

…continue reading Cine Gear 2017 Roundup

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In this video, I speak with newly-minted Panasonic Cinema Product Manager Mitch Gross about upcoming updates to the VariCam LT and other Panasonic products. In June 2017, Panasonic will release a free firmware update for the VariCam LT enabling RAW output of 2K at up to 240 fps. As when recording 240 fps internally, the RAW output uses a central 2K crop of the camera’s 4K sensor at 1:1, avoiding artifacts that can be introduced due to pixel binning or line-skipping. Additionally, Convergent Design’s Odyssey 7Q and 7Q+ external monitor/recorders will also receive a free firmware update in the June time frame to enable RAW recording of the 240 fps output from the VariCam LT. Also new is an updated Express P2 card reader, the AU-XPD3, which features Thunderbolt 3 connections for incredibly fast transfer rates when used with the latest computer hardware.

Be sure to stay tuned throughout the entire video for some tantalizing news about a new cinema camera in Panasonic’s line-up, sitting between the new GH5 and the VariCam LT. According to Mitch, the new camera will be formally previewed at the Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles in early June.

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This week Panasonic released firmware Version 7.0 for the VariCam 35 and HS, and Version 5.0 for the VariCam LT. These updates feature expanded ProRes recording, including higher bit rate Apple ProRes codecs and VFR to allow for more internal recording options to support your production’s needs.

…continue reading VariCam Firmware Updates

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The Panasonic VariCam LT offers a legendary look in a compact digital cinema camera. Combining the VariCam LT with the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ recorder opens up the ability to capture Raw files. In this blog, I explore how to set up both the VariCam and the Odyssey in order to capture in Raw. The VariCam outputs Raw files in either 12 bit or 10 bit, requiring single and dual-link SDI connections,  so I step through both of these scenarios. After setting up the camera, I went out and shot some test footage in both 10 and 12 bit. I then took the footage into DaVinci Resolve for finishing. Check out the video above to learn more.

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As the year officially draws to a close, it’s time for our annual round-up of the most popular CineTechnica blog posts over the last 12 months. It’s been a busy 2016, and as usual a wide range of topics was represented – including new product announcements, comparison charts, workflow how-tos, custom scene files, and more.

Our Top 15 blogs are listed below in no particular order. Make sure to check them out, and let us know in the comments what you’d like to see us cover in 2017!

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Panasonic’s VariCam cameras are capable of capturing a wide dynamic range. In order to do this, Panasonic has their own Log recording codec, V-Log. V-Log is a gamma response designed to capture the full dynamic range off the sensor. If you are familiar with Log, you know that what you see in Log is not like anything you see in the finished product. Therefore, we need tools in the camera to expose Log properly. Thankfully, Panasonic has included several ways to evaluate exposure in the VariCam. In this blog, I will show you the tools to get great results from the VariCam.

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Fall Tech Expo

On Saturday, October 8, AbelCine held its first Fall Tech Expo. Taking place in our Chicago location on the Cinespace Studios lot, the expo featured a number of manufacturers displaying new gear for attendees to get their hands on. In addition, throughout the day, multiple raffles were held, along with presentations from manufacturer experts and our technical specialists on the showroom stage. Thank you again to all the manufacturers that participated as well to everyone who attended – we had a record turnout!

…continue reading Chicago Fall Tech Expo Recap

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