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Topics NAB 2017

NAB is almost here and we’re all gearing up to head out to Vegas. To help kick off the show, we have once again gathered Andy, Jeff, and Megan in our Chicago Learning Point to discuss industry trends and what they’re excited about at NAB 2017. Some key themes they touched on include HDR, VR / 360º video, live streaming, large sensor cameras, optics, lighting, and connected devices.

On that note, we are also excited to announce that we will be featuring in-depth panel presentations on these topics and more in our booth this year. We will be joined by industry experts, cinematographers, directors, and other creatives on a series of panels that really dive into each theme. And like last year, we have arranged special tours to the top manufacturers’ booths — such as ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Sony, and Nokia — that you can sign up for to get the most inside information from our vendors. For the latest NAB information and to sign up for our tours, visit our dedicated NAB 2017 hub or stop by our booth at C8215!

We’ve also got good news for those who won’t be able to make it to NAB this year: we’ll be live streaming all of our presentations (as well as the panels we’re hosting at Teradek’s booth C6025) directly on our NAB page.

What are you most looking forward to seeing at the show? Let us know in the comments below.

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We’re proud to show off our Cameo VESA mount, part of the Cameo line of digital camera accessories manufactured by AbelCine. This flexible and well-thought-out system was designed by AbelCine’s own Jesse Rosen, Director of Technical Development, and his team. The Cameo VESA Mount is a production monitor support with 230º of tilt and a full 360º of rotation, enabling monitoring for vertical shooting as well as the odd shot where a camera is upside down (such as when inverted on a MoVI or other specialty rig). The Cameo VESA Mount also allows mounting of wireless video receivers and pro “brick” batteries to create a self-contained, fully wireless and mobile monitoring solution. In this video, I built the VESA mount and its related accessories on a production monitor.

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Topics Lighting

The Fiilex Matrix is a color-tunable (2800-6500K) panel light that has tremendous output for its size. A punchy source that can be lensed with a unique fresnel solution, it’s both DMX controllable and has WiFi control. In this video Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through some of the key features and accessories for the light.

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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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Topics Lighting

The Select 30 LED System is both a variable color temperature and multi-color light fixture that is housed in the familiar Kino Flo form factor. The wireless LED-150X DMX controller is the command center for the system and is modular in design. In this video Jem Schofield of theC47 takes you through the key features and functionality of the light.

 

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VRReady

It can be tough to pinpoint exactly where virtual reality fits within the current landscape of content creation. Is it the next big thing? Is it a flash-in-the-pan? Or is it, perhaps, somewhere in between?

Only time will tell for certain, but with all the positioning and experimentation of 2016 in the rear view mirror, 2017 is shaping up to be the year that VR content production really hits its stride.

At AbelCine, we sit in a unique position alongside the creatives, digital agencies, and brands producing VR content; we’re plugged into the companies that are not only creating the technology, but those improving the overall VR experience as well. From our vantage point, we’re beginning to see a rapid surge in brand-driven, narrative, and doc-style, non-scripted VR pieces. This VR content isn’t just aimed at the Head Mounted Display (HMD) consumer; it’s also being created for dome installation experiences, mobile devices, and even television. As technology improvements in both the acquisition and display devices keep pace with this rising demand, we anticipate that more ground-breaking creators will emerge to push the genre forward.

…continue reading VR Ready and Looking Towards the Future

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This year is shaping up to be a definitive one for virtual reality cameras. There have been some major strides recently, with plenty of new options opening up for the VR world, such as live VR streaming, underwater capability, and 6K to 8K resolutions.

Check out our new chart, above, for an overview of the key technical specs for each model. These specifications also translate into differences in production workflow, all of which need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right VR camera for your project.

Click the image above to view a larger version of the chart, or download our Virtual Reality Camera Lineup chart.

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