Sennheiser is looking to expand its already considerable influence both in the ENG and studio worlds with the announcement of the Esfera Surround Microphone System and MK 8 Condenser Microphone.
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Some recent camera designs have proven to be so compact that they require a shorter shotgun mic to avoid having the mic appear in the shot. Que Audio’s Q 210 Microphone Kit addresses this problem head on. The kit is centered on the supercardioid QLM4 shotgun mic, which at a compact 210mm,... READ MORE
For NAB 2014, Blackmagic Design introduced a new 4K cinema camera—the URSA. The URSA features a flexible form factor that is designed to adapt easily to shoots of all sizes, from solo shooters to full-scale production crews.
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Zylight announced the addition of a new and improved F8 LED Fresnel, at NAB, on 4/7/14. Not content with last year's awards, the company hunkered down to outdo themselves by squeezing even better performance out of an already great design.
Initial improvements include a boost in output from a 650W tungsten equivalent to 1,000W while still drawing just 100W. This new F8 also features a slightly... READ MORE
Over the past few years, Livestream has grown from being solely a software-based video streaming service aimed at the consumer market to a serious competitor to professional live-switching and mixing services such as TriCaster. The current LiveStream Studio software and hardware is able to perform many of the same complex real-time mixing and graphics functions of high-end systems for a fraction... READ MORE
AJA entered the digital cinema camera market with the announcement of their CION 4K Production Camera, capable of recording both DCI and UHD 4K, as well as 2K and HD resolution video. From its sleek, elegant 6.4-lb magnesium body to the contoured suede shoulder pad, the camera is both aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically functional. But what's going on inside a camera is what really counts,... READ MORE
Blackmagic seeks entry into the broadcast-camera market with its newly announced Studio Camera, available in Full HD and 4K (Ultra HD) models. Designed for live... READ MORE
When it comes to 4K TV, bigger is always better. More specifically, big TVs are always better if they’re 4K. Even though very little native 4K content is currently available, 4K TVs can up-convert standard HD content to near-4K quality. You see, once you get beyond 60 inches or so in size, full-HD TVs don’t look all that sharp, especially when viewed from a short distance. But with four times the... 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.
Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts... READ MORE
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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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