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This week Panasonic officially announced the VariCam 35, a new, 4K-capable video camera/recorder that's equipped with a super 35mm MOS sensor and a PL mount for cinema lenses. Internally, the VariCam 35 can capture 4K video with Panasonic's efficient AVC-ULTRA codecs, in addition to UHD, 2K, and HD video. This new camera system can also provide 4K raw footage to an external recorder.
The sensor module and the recording module of the VariCam 35 exist as separate components, and can be configured in various ways, depending on the needs of your camera rig. Its sensor features 4096 x 2160 native resolution with 14 stops of dynamic range. The VariCam 35 is expected to ship in the fall of 2014.
The full details on the new Panasonic VariCam 35 are provided in this Explora post.
One of the drawbacks of using a web video-streaming device in your home entertainment system is the form factor; it's a drag to have to find a place to put yet another electronic box. In response to this, manufacturers have been shrinking the size of these devices to almost nothing, and the new Roku Streaming Stick, announced this week, isn't much larger than an average USB flash drive.
Designed to connect directly to an HDMI port on the rear of your TV, out of sight, the new Roku Streaming Stick essentially provides the same functionality as the Roku 1 streaming box. It doesn't have all of the features of some of their more advanced, "set-top-box" style systems, but the new Streaming Stick offers a clean solution at an attractive price.
If you were planning to buy a new Ferrari, you might want to hold off a little longer to get your hands on the latest tech from Apple. Announced earlier this week, CarPlay is a new system that was designed to integrate the iPhone with your new automobile of choice, seamlessly.
The cars that come outfitted with CarPlay will feature an integrated button on the steering wheel to enable Siri voice commands, which is the primary method for controlling the system. CarPlay will control the music files on your iPhone, as well as provide maps and navigation, various online music services, and, of course, control calls, voicemail, and texts. If you don't plan on joining the Ferrari club, fear not. CarPlay will also be making its way to new cars from Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ford, and many others.
For most people, a new audio bag design isn't the most intriguing news in the universe, but if you work in location sound, it's pretty compelling stuff. For those who routinely sling heavy bags of portable mixers, recorders, and wireless systems, K-Tek has a new option called the Stringray, whose design is well suited to working with the new Sound Devices 633. The Stingray is bristling with interesting features, such as its ergonomically concave frame, which reduces pressure against the body of the wearer, as well as its ability to stand upright when you're not wearing it.
Learn all of the little details about the new K-Tek Stringray in this Explora post.
...and that's your news update for the first week of March 2014.