At NAB 2014, Rycote introduced its new Super-Softie microphone windshield, with the new 3D Tex fabric. B&H interviews Rycote's Scott Boland about this non-furry material, which offers several advantages for wind attenuation over the traditional "dead-cat" style windscreens. Also, see the new... READ MORE
Steven Gladstone, of B&H, and Paul Cousins, of Schneider Optics, are reviewing lenses that were announced at NAB 2014. Schneider Optics introduced two new wide, fast cine lenses: the Xenon 18mm T2.4 full-frame lens (available in EF, F, and PL mounts) and the Super 35-format Cine-Xenar III 14mm T2.2 lens (PL and EF versions). Prime lenses are probably one of the currently most-watched... READ MORE
At NAB 2014, Sound Devices introduces its Pix 270i Video Audio Recorder that records ProRes or DNxHD video as well as 64 channels of audio, with MADI & Dante I/O for audio and 3G-SDI & HDMI I/O for video. There's also a hardware scaler and frame-rate converter to record video at a different rate from what the input camera might support. The PIX 270i can be grouped with other PIX 270i... READ MORE
Steven Gladstone, from B&H, interviews Kieran Foster, of Vitec Videocom, about the company's new Sachtler-branded Anton Bauer batteries with V-mounts, which offer 1,000 charge/discharge cycles and are available in 90W, 150W, and 190W sizes. Anton Bauer also offers a new Performance Charger in dual and quad configurations. With their honeycomb safety design, these batteries ensure that cell... READ MORE
B&H interviews Sony's Mark Weir about the new Sony a7S, a 4K mirrorless camera that shares a body (and full-frame E mount) with the a7/a7R, but introduces a new 12.2 MP sensor with large photosites that enable shooting in extremely low light. The camera records HD internally and... READ MORE
LiveGrade PRO Color Look management system gets a Version 2 update with some useful new features for on-set color grading.
The LivePro App adds remote control of the LiveGrade software using a compatible iOS smartphone or tablet, allowing you to turn on false color, apply grades from the library, or bypass the grading.
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With all the pomp and circumstance around 4K cameras and large-sensor, interchangeable-lens cinema cameras, you would be forgiven if you thought traditional 3-chip ENG-style cameras had been forgotten by camera manufacturers. But fear not, ENG and event shooters, the new PXW-X180 from Sony aims to give the 1080p ENG market the attention it deserves.... READ MORE
For NAB, Intel® announced the wider adoption of Thunderbolt 2 and the introduction of Thunderbolt Networking technology. Thunderbolt 2 improves over Thunderbolt by allowing the full 20Gbp/s channel to be used for I/O, whereas before, 10Gbp/s was always reserved for display data.
Thunderbolt 2 was announced at last year's NAB; however, it has previously only been available on the Late 2013 Mac... READ MORE
Teradek has announced an upgraded lineup of Bolt Pro wireless video transmitters and receivers, the Bolt Pro 300, 600, and 2000. These new models are all equipped with both SDI and HDMI connections and feature several other outstanding updates. Among the most notable, the Bolt Pro 600 and 2000 receivers have an LCD screen that allows scanning for transmitters and pairing them right from the... READ MORE
Now with Thunderbolt connectivity, this video input/output from MOTU provides efficient video capture from both digital and analog video sources. Inputting and outputting full high-definition video and audio via Thunderbolt cable makes perfect sense for the new Mac Pro and Thunderbolt-equipped MacBook Pros and PCs.... READ MORE
ARRI has just announced the L5 Fresnel as the lightweight, compact addition to its L-series LED Fresnels. Half the weight and half the size of the L7, the L5 adds direct battery input to make it an ideal choice for on-location productions. Considering its smaller form factor, the output is still 45% brighter than a traditional 300W tungsten Fresnel, yet it consumes only 115W of power.
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Thunderbolt 2 is a big deal. In fact, so was Thunderbolt 1. Developed by Intel®, Thunderbolt 1 provides two separate 10Gb/s channels, running in opposite directions. Thunderbolt 2 can combine the two separate 10Gb/s channels into a single 20Gb/s channel, but flowing in only one direction. It’s like opening both sides of a bridge to traffic in the same direction during rush hour. So, Thunderbolt 2... READ MORE
For NAB 2014, Autodesk has announced the release of Maya 2015. Autodesk has made a number of changes for the 2015 version, mostly in the workflow. Perhaps the most notable of those is to XGen and Bifrost.
XGen is a geometry-simulation engine that has been used for some time by studios, Disney in particular. Similar to other 3D tools, it creates surface features using a polygon mesh but allows the... READ MORE
For NAB, Adobe has announced a number of significant updates to its Creative Cloud video post-production applications.
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The most significant new feature for CC of note for video editors is the increased availability of After Effects features directly from Premiere Pro. You no longer have to leave the application to accomplish many frequently used... READ MORE
From NAB, Avid releases a new manifesto outlining its vision for the future of digital content creation—what it is calling Avid Everywhere.
At this stage, concrete details are scant. But it can arguably be seen as prophesying a paradigm shift for the company, one that in many ways mirrors similar moves on Adobe's part. In a... READ MORE