You may have seen my earlier blog on how to put AES audio into your camera using Sound Devices gear. I stopped by the Sound Devices booth at NAB to learn about their new 688 Field Mixer and its SL-6 Super Slot powering and wireless system. This combination makes for a powerful multi-track recording system. It’s perfect for owner/operators who may need to record their own audio, in addition to their camera duties, and it is especially helpful in situations where there are numerous mics and talent to be recorded.
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I stopped by the Codex booth today to chat with Sarah Priestnall, VP Market Development, about their new VariCam V-RAW Recorder. Designed specifically for the Panasonic VariCam 35, the unit attaches directly to the back of the camera. The V-RAW Recorder captures uncompressed VariCam-RAW (V-RAW) 4K at up to 120 fps using the new 1TB or 2TB Capture Drive 2.0 media. These Codex Capture Drives offer 52 minutes or 1 hour 45 minutes of run time at 24 fps respectively and easily accommodates higher frame rates. The V-RAW Recorder uses the standard Codex workflow, including the Vault Platform and Vault Review, which now run on Mac OS.
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Today I met with Kaur Kallas, Co-Founder of Digital Sputnik, to talk about their new DS LED System, the DS 3. The DS 3 is a modular system, so you can put the modules together or use them separately with one power supply driving up to three modules. The RGBW module has comparable output to 100W HMI or 500W Tungsten, with 16-bit, 4-channel, high precision dimming allowing for an array of possible effective color combinations. There is no limit as to how many modules you can assemble together. The DS 3 will be available starting in June at a price point around $8,000, which includes three lights, power supply, case and accessories
Watch my full video for details on the new DS 3.
Today I met with Juan Martinez, the Senior Product Manager at Sony, to check out the new Sony FS7 with Version 2.0 Firmware that launched just before NAB. The new firmware has three important new features: 4-channel audio input and support for ProRes 422 HQ and ProRes 422. I also got a sneak peak of the 3.0 Firmware updates that will implement 2K center crop to enable the use of Super 16mm lenses directly and 2/3 lenses with a low loss adapter.
I also got a look at the X300 Monitor, Sony’s 4K OLED display which has an HDR mode, and enables you to take the output of a camera in S Log and display it properly, giving you massive range.
Watch the full video to see more about the Sony FS7 with Version 2.0 Firmware and the X300 Monitor.
I have some exciting updates to share from Arri on the AMIRA and ALEXA SXT. First, the AMIRA Software Update Packet (SUP) 2.0 is now available for download. Features include 4K UHD recording, a process for delivering high-end resolution for your production, and ProRes 4444 up to 60 fps.
I also headed over to the Arri booth where I spoke to Marc Shipman-Mueller, Product Manager, about the new ALEXA SXT family of cameras. There are three new cameras, the ALEXA SXT EV, SXT Plus and SXT Studio models, replacing the current ALEXA XT camera, though the classic EV model will remain in the lineup. These cameras keep the 3.4K ALEV III sensor of previous ALEXAs while adding new electronics to improve image processing, pixel correction and noise reduction.
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Today I stopped by the Freefly booth to talk to Nick Hegge, Director of Marketing for Freefly, about the new Freefly MIMIC. The MIMIC is an intuitive remote camera controller that allows you to intuitively communicate with the MōVI and control the camera with just your fingertips. The Freefly MIMIC allows the operator to focus on the path and subject, and all you have to worry about is the framing. It is a system so intuitive and organic that operators can execute complex moving shots with precise framing after just minutes of practice, including roll. The Freefly MIMIC works with all of the MōVI systems, on the ground with the Freefly TERO, and in the sky with the brand new Freefly ALTA.
Watch my full video for the details on the new Freefly MIMIC.
I stopped by the Switronix booth to speak with Jose Flores, Product Specialist, about their new block battery system, Hypercine. This product is Switronix’s answer to a battery system for the cinema market. It is an air travel friendly, block solution battery, giving you more power with a faster charging system. The unit allows the user to place four brick battery packs onto the device housing, creating one single unit, and offering both 14.4V and 28V power output. It has a self-sufficient charger and comes in 400, 600 and 800 watts. It features aluminum housing, providing extra protection and making it a great option for owner operators and rental houses. Watch the video above to learn more and look for the Hypercine to begin shipping in about 6 weeks.