At NAB this year, we were able to get a peek at the new Video Devices PIX-E5. The folks at Video Devices like to say that it’s “a monitor that happens to record,” which is certainly an understatement. The PIX-E5 is indeed an impressive monitor — it has 1920×1080 resolution and provides 3G HD-SDI as well as HDMI input and output. In addition, it records ProRes files up to 4444 XQ 12-bit files. The monitor layout has also been designed so that the tools you need most for evaluating exposure and focus are easily accessible. For anyone who has used a PIX recorder before, the PIX-E5’s internal menu structure will be very familiar. A unique feature of the PIX-E5 is its use of Speed Drives for recording media. Speed Drives are mSATA drives in an enclosure that uses USB 3 to plug into your computer, making offloads fast and easy. In my video above, I will take you on a short tour of the PIX-E5 and highlight more of its features.
At NAB 2015 I reported on Sennheiser’s AVX system, which includes a lavalier mic, transmitter and receiver. What makes this system unique is the fact that it is able to set its own levels. Camera operators in “one-man-band” situations can now be confident that the audio they are recording will be pro quality and at optimal levels. This gives these filmmakers working on unscripted projects the freedom to concentrate on composing the frame while knowing audio will be recorded properly.
…continue reading At the Bench: Sennheiser AVX Audio System
TVLogic has released their latest firmware for the VFM-058W. This firmware adds some major updates for those using the monitor with any ALEXA camera. Metadata from the ALEXA is transported through the SDI outputs of the camera, and TVLogic is now able to take this info and display it on the monitor. If a lens that transmits lens data is attached, the status of the lens can be viewed as well. In addition, TVLogic has added the ability to apply LUTs to the outbound Log signal. This feature is not unique for the ALEXA line; in fact, a LUT for every major camera manufacturer has been included. This provides a Rec. 709 interpretation of the Log image being recorded. In this blog, I will show you how to set up the ALEXA and the menus in the VFM-058W to take advantage of these exciting new capabilities.
…continue reading TVLogic VFM-058W Firmware Update: Features for ALEXA Cameras
The design of the ARRI ALEXA Mini lends itself to all kinds of rigging scenarios. It may be used in an aerial rig, or underwater housing, where the camera is not easily accessible and a viewfinder is not attached. In these situations, another method of changing the camera settings is required. Every ALEXA Mini has Wi-Fi built into it, and by default it is turned on. In the video above, I will show you how to quickly set up and control the Mini using a Wi-Fi connected device. On a desktop computer you will need to use Chrome or Firefox, but the Mini also supports mobile Safari on iOS devices. Once connected, menu navigation is identical to using the viewfinder, and you have additional options like record and playback control.
This year’s IBC show was a busy one. We’ve been posting a few of my blogs from the show floor, but they were certainly not the only product updates worth paying attention to. In this roundup, we’ll focus on some of the new camera accessory products from Anton Bauer, ARRI, Boxx, RED, and Wooden Camera. Make sure to check out all the videos below the cut.
…continue reading IBC 2015: Camera Accessory Updates
I visited the Tiffen booth to speak with Robin Thwaites, International Director of Sales, about two new products that had their first showing at IBC: the Pilot 2 and the SteadiMate. The Pilot 2 is an update to the popular Steadicam Pilot, featuring a more robust construction and the ability to carry up to 8 kg (17.6 lbs). The SteadiMate is designed to work with the DJI Ronin and allows you to mount the gimbal onto a Steadicam arm. Watch my video above to learn more and see this new gear from Tiffen in action.
I stopped by Panasonic’s booth to get a closer look at their new DVX200 camera, which they introduced at NAB earlier this year. Like its namesake DVX100, the DVX200 is designed for handheld, run-n-gun work, but incorporates features commonly found in modern cinema cameras. With 12 stops of dynamic range from the new Panasonic V-Log “L” (Light) gamma, this fixed lens 4/3″ sensor camera is a welcome hybrid in the world of large sensor acquisition. The DVX200 has a newly designed Leica lens and the ability to record in 4K (4096×2160) and UHD (3840×2160), as well as HD up to 120 fps. Watch my video above as I get more details on the DVX200 from Luc Bara, Panasonic Technical Product Manager.