NAB 2012: Day 1 Recap - Blackmagic, AJA, SmallHD, RED
This being my first time at NAB, it’s a little overwhelming with the incredible amount of exhibitors on hand. It should also be noted there are not a team of shooters and editors on hand to help me out – just me shooting and uploading everything you see (if you’re wondering why some videos might take so long to be uploaded). Some of the biggest news of the first day was the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera, which I had a few moments to play with and take a look at, and I also had a great interview with Simon Westland of Blackmagic. Some other big news was the announcement of the AJA Ki Pro Quad 4K recorder, and SmallHD’s new DP7 display, which has two versions – one with a very bright LCD and the other with an OLED – which reproduces colors impeccably.
As I don’t currently have a personal camera of acceptable quality, my good friend and DP Nick Novotny supplied me with his Canon 7D and Rode mic. It is much appreciated and you should check out some of his work as we’ve worked together quite a bit.
I wasn’t able to see the RED short film Loom being shown using the RED Projector, which was announced at the REDUser event that I attended Sunday night, but it seems they might have been having some difficulty with the full 4K 3D output – so I will try to check that out later in the week when it is working properly. They were not the only exhibitor with some technical difficulties – the Zacuto shootout that I was scheduled to see was cancelled due to some sort of technical glitch. My interviews with Blackmagic, AJA, and SmallHD will be up as soon as possible, but the internet in my hotel room is terribly slow – which makes an internet profession (like blogging) quite difficult.
Below are some pictures of the Ki Pro Quad – the new 4K recorder from AJA. I’ll get more info about the new RED products, but for now check out some photos of the RED Dragon Sensor, RED modules and Mounts, and RED projector and RED Ray recorder (and a video when it can be uploaded).