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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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In this video, Andy Munitz from Sony shows us the slot-loading version of their dual-channel wireless receiver, the URX-S03D Slot-In. The Slot-In version of the URX-S03D is designed to mount vertically inside a purpose-built slot at the rear of shoulder-mount cameras, such as Sony’s shoulder mount broadcast cameras or F5/F55 cameras with Sony’s ENG/EFP Build-Up Kit. As with the standalone version of the URX-P03D, which is also compatible with Sony’s Multi Interface shoe system, the Slot-In version can receive two distinct frequencies from two separate Sony wireless transmitters.

Additionally, these units feature true double tuner diversity for a total of four tuners, two per channel. DSP processing is on-board, as well as A/D and D/A converters (the last stage of D/A is bypassed when loaded into a camera so that a pure digital signal is sent to the camera’s memory card for recording). Check out the video for more details on Sony’s range of slot-load solutions and build options.

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topblogs2016

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!

…continue reading Top Blogs of 2016

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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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Sony recently announced the AXS-R7 recorder for their F5 and F55 cameras. The new AXS-R7 is a robust dual-slot RAW recorder that enables recording up to 120 fps in 4K on the F55. At 120p, you’ll need one of two new AXS media cards. Available in 1 TB and 512 GB capacities, these cards can support sustained read and write speeds of 4.8 Gbps, delivering 44 minutes at 59.94p or 22 minutes at 120 fps (1 TB version). The dual-slot recorder also accepts current AXS media, but the new cards are designed to support the write speeds required for 4K RAW 120 fps.

In addition, the R7 now also enables Cache (buffer) Recording in RAW at 23.98p for up to approximately 30 seconds. With the recorder, the F55 and F5 will both get this feature, which is great for wildlife and documentary production where you never know what you are going to miss. Watch my video above to learn more about the R7 and also the new firmware, version 8, for the F5 and F55.

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In this Tech Talk, Sony’s Peter Crithary came by with the new AXS-R7 Raw Recorder. We posted about this dual-slot Raw recorder when it was first announced, but now we were able to take a closer look at the unit mounted on the F55. Peter also gave us a few more details about the upcoming firmware updates for the F5/F55 and the new XAVC recording mode. DP Jody Eldred, one of the first people to use the AXS-R7 recorder in the field, joined us on stage for the second half to discuss his experiences.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Audio levels are resolved around 0:17.

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If a giant tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? If a 7’3” Knicks power forward hits from half court during warm-ups does anyone outside the arena see it? In slow motion?

Now they do, thanks to the reach of social media and the work of New York Knicks Digital Video Producer Tom Zweibel.

The Knicks may not be having their most winning season this year, but the video being created by Tom puts the team at the top of the league. Tom shoots court-side play, where following quick action is an obvious necessity. A couple of years ago, AbelCine helped him put together a custom solution for his small DSLR with a shoulder rig and follow focus system. This year, Tom wanted to step up his game with a higher-end solution for greater quality and flexibility.

The Sony FS7 is the heart of his new kit. The camera is well known for 4K or 1080p recording in various codecs in a lightweight, shoulder-mount form factor. Sony has been able to fit so much performance, including high-speed capability, into a low-priced package. 

…continue reading Tom Zweibel Takes It to the Net with Sony FS7 & AbelCine Accessories

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