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VaricamWe’ve seen plenty of impressive cameras be unveiled at NAB in the last week from Blackmagic, Sony, JVC, and even AJA. Although we’ve known about Panasonic’s first 4K VariCam for a while, we were able to chat with Steve Cooperman about the modular camera, as well as take a closer look at its features, which include a Super 35mm CMOS sensor, 14+ stops of dynamic range, PL mount, and internal 4K up to 120fps. We’re also told by Cooperman that, with all components included, the camera will be sold for under $60K. More »

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Convergent Desgin Odyssey 7Q-Apple-ProRes-MenuWhen Sony first announced the FS700, they somewhat cryptically stated that there would be a 4K upgrade path to this formerly 1080p-only camera. It wasn’t long before we found out what that upgrade option was going to be, and it includes purchasing another module along with the Sony AXS-R5 recorder (the same one that can be used for 4K RAW on the F5 and F55). This rig, besides doubling the price of the camera, is quite a bit unwieldy. Fortunately, there are other options out there. Convergent Design recently announced an update to their much more affordable Odyssey 7Q that gives 4K RAW and ProRes to the FS700 (along with ProRes to any other camera). More »

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Screen Shot 2014-03-29 at 2.26.41 PMAbout a month ago, the future of Panasonic’s video production tools became clear when we got the first details of the brand new Varicam camera system, which consists of a 4K-capable s35 module, a 2/3 HD module, and an external recorder that is interchangeable between the two systems. While all of the official details will be released at NAB in just one week’s time, the director of Panasonic’s digital imaging division, Kunihiko Miyagi, has just divulged some new information and given us some new pictures at which to grovel. Check it all out below. More »

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teradek bolt wireless hd high definition hd-sdi hdmi video monitoring odyssey7q convergent design monitor recorder camera shootingWe’ve recently talked quite a bit about the Teradek Cube’s unique combination of capabilities – but if zero-latency, “mission critical” wireless HD monitoring is needed, the Bolt is Teradek’s purpose-built solution. Offering both HDMI and HD-SDI pairs, the Bolt is capable of completing a wireless follow-focus package or rough-and-ready director’s monitor. When paired with Convergent Design’s monitor/recorder Odyssey7Q, twin Bolt receivers allow the 7Q to monitor not one but two camera feeds wirelessly. This, in addition to the two-thousand foot range of the upcoming Bolt Pro 2000 unit, may present some exciting monitoring options for the future. More »

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Camera technology is not the only reason it’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker. Manufacturers such as AJA, Atomos, Blackmagic Design, Convergent Design and others offer increasingly inexpensive solutions for bolstering and customizing camera workflow — especially when it comes to external media recording and monitoring. Some of these devices provide functionality shooters have long sought after, and still others bring capabilities some of us may never have even dreamed of. The Teradek Cube is one such device, and here is the first part of my full review. More »

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FS700 & R5 Recorder SonyWhen Sony announced the FS700 camcorder a year and a half ago, there was a vague promise that the camera would be able to shoot 4K video with a firmware update sometime down the road. At the time, little did we know that the FS700, when paired with a 4K RAW recorder like Sony’s R5, would become a legitimate option in the ever-expanding field of 4K RAW acquisition and a direct competitor to some of the other major cameras in that category, including the RED SCARLET and Sony’s own F5. However, if you’re an FS700 owner, or if you’re renting one out for your next production, and you’re not quite sure how to set up the camera/recorder for 4K recording, then Magnanimous Media has the perfect tutorial for you, as well as some gorgeous new footage. More »

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Atomos Samurai BladeThe new Atomos Samurai Blade, a follow-up to the original 5″ HD-SDI Samurai, is now shipping (though stock seems to be low at the moment). Originally introduced at NAB, the external monitor/recorder has a 5″ 1280 x 720 touch screen, which is quite an upgrade from 800 x 480 panel in the previous model. Check out some videos and specs for the recorder below. More »

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sony_nexfs700The Sony FS700 made quite a bit of noise at last year’s NAB, not only for its extremely high frame rates, but because the camera was going to get 4K RAW support at some point in the future. While concrete info was almost nonexistent at that time (and for many months later), the details have started to emerge, and it looks like 4K on the camera will only come with a paid hardware upgrade. We’ve also got more details from Convergent Design about their new monitor/recorder the Odyssey, and how that fits into Sony’s 4K/2K recording plan, as well as some of the first footage available showing off the 4K RAW mode. More »

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Since its release last year, we’ve know that Sony’s FS700 — the high-speed ‘little brother to-be’ of the F5 and F55 — had 4K capabilities awaiting in its future. This option, with 4K RAW speeds up to 120fps burst shooting and 2K RAW up to 240fps (continuous) is made possible by a ‘middle-man’ interface/adapter module, the HXR-IF5 along with the AXS-R5 recorder. What we probably didn’t expect was support for 2K CinemaDNG at up to 240fps, or even 4K DPX at a more modest 30fps (still — it’s DPX) by way of another external recorder, the Convergent Design Odyssey7Q. Click through for further details from Sony, some speculative pricing on the R5, and a quick look at these beastly additions to the FS700 system. More »

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Convergent Design, one of the first companies to introduce a small and portable external recorder with the Nanoflash, just unleashed a brand new 7.7″ OLED 1280 x 800 external monitor that also doubles as an external recorder capable of receiving 4K RAW as well as uncompressed and DNxHD formats. That’s right, the company has decided that your external monitor isn’t good enough, and your external recorder is a little boring, so the best of both worlds should be combined into one device to rule them all. Here is the introduction video from the company: More »

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The Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 might be the cheapest RAW recorder on the market, but it just got some company as far as 4:4:4 recording is concerned. Sound Devices, better known for their superb audio recording equipment, has just announced that they are offering a free upgrade to their PIX series of external monitor/recorders that is capable of giving access to the full power of the 3G-SDI, thereby allowing you to record in the 12-bit ProRes 4:4:4:4 codec at up to 30fps. More »

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It was one of the most requested features for the Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle 2 external recorder that was released earlier this year, and now Apple’s ProRes HQ codec has finally been made available on the device in a free firmware update. Certainly it’s some good news from a company that hasn’t had too much of it in recent weeks, but the device that currently retails for about $328 is now a serious piece of filmmaking gear considering it takes any standard SSD drive and can record uncompressed Quicktime, Avid DNxHD, and Apple ProRes codecs. More »

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Unless you’re shooting with cameras like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera or the Arri Alexa, you’re probably recording internally to a somewhat (or very highly) compressed format. Even though compression schemes have improved greatly since the humble beginnings of digital video, the image on many cameras can fall apart very easily if pushed too far in color grading or if serious noise reduction must be done. Matt Allard of DSLR News Shooter takes a look at an external recorder from Atomos called the Samurai, which features an HD-SDI input and ProRes recording (along with DNxHD with an optional upgrade). More »

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After Atomos made quite the splash with their Ninja ProRes SSD external recorder, they announced at this year’s NAB an update to that model, the Ninja 2, as well as a new operating system called AtomOS 3.0. While users of the original Ninja recorder will not be able to benefit from the updated software and its new features, owners of the Atomos Samurai HD-SDI recorder can download the firmware update now. Here is an overview of some of the new additions in the brand new version of their operating system: More »

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At the recent NAB show, Atomos, the popular external recorder company who made a splash with the Ninja, introduced an updated version called the Ninja 2. Along with the new 3.0 version of their operating system, Atomos has made metadata a priority, much like the new Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Tagging clips is an essential part of the new OS, and I had a chance to talk with Matt Ivey from Atomos about the Ninja 2 as well as other products, including the very handy Connect HD-SDI and HDMI pass-through converters. More »

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There is no shortage of 4K RAW ready cameras being announced recently, from the Sony FS700 to the Canon C500 (and one internally recording 4K camera). It reminds me a little of when HDTVs were first released and many didn’t include HDTV tuners internally to actually get HD over the air. It’s a nice gesture and a smart idea to attempt to future proof a camera line – but details are a little more hazy on actually recording those 4K video streams to external recorders. Well, for a solution right now, you need to look no further than Convergent Design’s new Gemini RAW recorder. More »

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Have any of you used last year’s Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle? I ask because it always seemed like an incredible deal. An uncompressed HD-SDI recorder for less than $350 that lets you swap in SSDs of your choice. Seems like a perfect device to pair with the Sony FS100 or F3 (or any DSLR with a clean output). Despite not having used it myself, I bring it up because at CES last week Blackmagic released the Hyperdeck Shuttle 2, which adds an important feature: the ability to record to a high-quality compressed codec. More »

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I’ve mentioned the AJA Ki Pro Mini ($2,000) and Nanoflash ($3,000) in the past as the new kids on the block when it comes to compact field recorders. However, there’s a startup by the name of Atomos who is now shipping a $995 field recorder. The Atomos Ninja records an HDMI output direct to ProRes (HQ, 422, or LT), and despite its lower price, it also offers a touch LCD screen. Here’s a look at the announcement of the Atomos a few months ago from UrbanFox.tv: More »