Confused about XAVC-S, XAVC-L, XAVC-I? We spoke to Claus Pfeifer from Sony Europe about the Sony FS5 and how it uses XAVC in a surprising way. The latest addition to the sony digital cinema camera family, the Sony FS5 has caused quite a stir. We wanted to follow up on some open questions. Will the FS7 receive a 240fps firmware upgrade? What are the main differences between the FS7 and FS5? Which codec is used in which situation and what are the benefits? All questions answered in our exclusive interview. Interestingly, we found out that the 240fps high speed shooting mode is “only” a burst mode similar to the FS700, not like in the FS7, where you can record 180fps continuously internally if you use the faster XQD memory cards. A big junk of the interview was dedicated to learn about XAVC. Nino asked Claus about XAVC-L, which is an interframe codec (as opposed to XAVC-I, which is intraframe), with the FS5 being the first camera using XAVC-L as its exclusive codec. It’s 4:2:0 color space in UHD (the “broadcast 4K”) and 4:2:2 color space in 1080p resolutions. As a reminder here are the specs of the new camera. See the details in our Sony FS5 announcement article. Sensor Size: 4352 x 2662, 11.6 Megapixels (8.4 Megapixels Effective) Sensor type – EXMOR 4K Super35mm E-Mount Lens type S-Gamut3.Cine & S-Log3 Native 3,200 ISO with 14 Stops of Dynamic Range Built in Electric Variable ND from 1/4 to 1/128 Codec: XAVC-L 3840 x 2160 8-bit, 4:2:0, up to 30fps continuous. 1080p 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 60fps continuous S&Q Mode: 120, 240, 480, 960 fps (buffered like FS700) Less than 5 sec boot time, Direct Access Menu, No rebooting for Rec format changes, etc., 2K Center Crop 4K RAW output via future firmware Dual SD Card Slots Built-in microphone Dual XLR input (one on body, one on handle) 3G-SDI, 4K HDMI, WiFi, Wired LAN, Same batteries as FS7 Weighs: 0.8kg List Price: $6,700 without lens, $7,300 with 18-105mm f/4 PRE-ORDER HERERead more
Ever wondered how long those cards would last on that camera? Or whether all those rushes would fit on that one hard drive? How about whether your edit system would like that file type? Or whether that specific codec is supported by that specific camera? Grey Hour Media has produced an app that answers all those questions. Formats is an easy-to-use catalogue of commonly used codecs, cameras and editing software and how each of them work and line up against each other. The Formats app has three main tabs, Camera, Formats and Calculator. The Cameras library is a comprehensive list of commonly used & hired cameras, with information on all available in-camera codecs. Expanding on a camera system will provide you information such as compatible resolutions, framerates, bit rates, sampling and color space. The Formats tab is a long list of popular (you guessed it) codecs & formats. The page has a simple color coding system highlighting whether a format is suitable for Acquisition, Intermedate or Delivery use (or any combination of the three). Expanding on a format provides you information on how it gets on with the top NLE software packages (FCP 7 & 10, Premier Pro and Avid) as well as a long specification list including compatible resolution, framerates, bit depth, sampling, color space and audio channels. The third tab is a very useful Calculator. Starting with either the format or camera and inputting your framerate duration and resolution will provide you with a filesize. This will be a fantastic tool for in-the-field calculations; working out whether you’ll have enough cards for a shoot, what compression ratio to set your RED to, or whether to pick ProRes LT over HQ. With the abundance of camera formats now out there, it’s easy to get lost with which system can do what, with the Formats app this information is now at your fingertips. I can see this working great with kit you plan to hire and want the quick specs of, and working out how much hard drive space to allocate for certain projects. The Formats app is currently available for iOS only, and can be purchased here.Read more
China based camera manufacturer Kinefinity is known for their very affordable RAW shooting cameras that were released earlier this year. Now they introduced a new codec that improves storage space by 3x. Kinefinity has created a lot of headlines for their very affordable 4K KineMINI camera and the 6K KineMAX that is to arrive next. We notice that Kinefinity is still working on improving the camera firmware and eco system around it. The introduction of their proprietary KineRAW codec and the continued improvement of the internal color matrix is just another step in making their cameras more accessible to filmmakers. Previously users could only record uncompressed DNG files in camera, the KineRAW codec promises a 3:1 compression without loss of quality. The new codec will be available soon. For more information check out their website: www.kinefinity.tv image via newsshooterRead more
Not quite, but it has a nice ring doesn’t it? Japanese broadcasters NHK are further pushing notions for 8k broadcast streams by 2016. Broadcast Engineering have published an article highlighting an 8K camera by Astro Design, presented at NHK’s Open House. The camera features a 2.5in, 33-megapixel CMOS sensor. Producing 8k output and 4K monitoring. Another product at the Open House also unveiled development of the world’s first HEVC/H.265 real-time encoder for 8K Ultra HD.Read more
A little more than a year ago Panasonics video dslr the GH1 was hacked. It was an amazing breakthrough that made a barely useful hdslr a real 5D competitor. Many people claimed the hacked GH1 would even outmatch the 5D mark ii in terms of picture quality. The GH2 was released in October 2010 as a successor to the GH1 and has some very convincing advantages in terms of image quality over Canon’s lineup. Compared to the 60D and 7D, the GH2 has virtually no moire, less rolling shutter and even delivers a sharper picture in some occasions.Read more
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