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Our annual Post-NAB event that we held in NY earlier this week was a success — we had a great turnout and more gear than ever before. During the event, we tried something new and streamed interviews with some manufacturers directly to Facebook Live. If you missed those interviews, don’t worry, you can watch them all below!

…continue reading Live from NY: It’s Post-NAB 2017

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Topics NAB 2017

NAB-Booth-Presentations

Our booth presentations were a big hit at this year’s NAB show. Featuring a range of topics from HDR and cinematography tools, to livestreaming and branded content, panelists included working cinematographers, technology specialists, industry experts, and more. Now that the show’s over, by popular demand, you can catch all our presentations in their highest quality versions.

…continue reading NAB 2017: AbelCine Booth Presentations Roundup

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Topics NAB 2017, Sony

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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At the Miller booth, I spoke with Joseph White about Miller’s new Skyline 90 Fluid Head. A design collaboration with storied tripod manufacturer Ronford-Baker, the Skyline 90 is a high-capacity cine-style head on a flat Mitchell base capable of supporting up to 165 lbs for really substantial broadcast or cinema payloads. It features 15 settings for drag, a large, easy to access counterbalance dial, and a unique fore-aft trim knob on the underside of the top plate. To see the head in action and hear more details, check out the video above.

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Topics Canon, NAB 2017

I chatted with Paul Hawxhurst about the new updates from Canon. As you might have heard, they are releasing a Canon Log update for their popular DSLR camera, the 5DIV. Customers have been asking for this, and Canon listened. This upgrade must be performed by a Canon factory service center and will cost around a hundred dollars. Moving forward, you will be able to purchase new 5DIV cameras with Canon Log pre-installed. This update is sure to make C-series users happy, as they can now integrate 5DIV footage seamlessly alongside their C300 Mark II or C100 Mark II clips.

Paul also talked about Canon’s recently released HDR reference displays, like the DP-V2420. These monitors feature an impressive 200,000:1 contrast ratio, as well as very impressive black levels for any screen, let alone one at 1000 nits like the DP-V2420. The displays also feature support for users to load their own custom LUTs. Canon also had a prototype version on display of a 30-inch size featuring an impressive 2000 nit maximum brightness level.

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I caught up with Les Zellan of ZGC and Cooke Optics to hear all about their new S7/i “full-frame plus” lenses, a new front-anamorphic zoom, and a new variant of the Anamorphic/i primes with modified coatings to provoke more cinematic flare. Stay tuned through the end of the video to see the new line of Panchro/i lenses, Cooke’s own reproductions of the classic Speed Panchro’s from the golden age of cinema.

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Topics Audio, NAB 2017

Brian Walker of Sennheiser was kind enough to join us for two videos. First, he shows us the MKE 440, followed by the EK 6042.

The MKE 440 is a shotgun microphone with a bit of an interesting twist. It is one mic featuring a pair of MKE 400 capsules to create a stereo perspective. The MKE 440 was designed to be mounted directly on top of a camcorder or DSLR, so it features a cold shoe mount as well as a 3.5mm audio jack. Sennheiser will also offer a stereo 3.5mm to XLR adapter for cameras with more professional audio inputs. The mic is powered using two AAA batteries, which will provide about thirty hours of power.

…continue reading NAB 2017: Sennheiser Updates

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