by Richard Lackey | 8th January 2016
The Tangent Ripple is the latest entry level 3-way color control panel from Tangent Devices. While the cost of professional color grading software has dropped dramatically, hardware control panels have not, until now. If you don’t know them already, Tangent Devices is a well respected UK company that make the popular Tangent Element and Tangent Wave control surfaces compatible with Resolve, SCRATCH, Speedgrade, Nucoda and many more. Tangent Devices have answered the demand for a professional grade low cost controller with the Tangent Ripple, introduced back in September 2015 at IBC. While it doesn’t provide all of the mappable keys of the larger panels, it does provide the most essential control for anyone stuck grading with a keyboard and mouse. Ripple features three trackerballs with dials and user assignable A and B buttons. The controls can be assigned in any software compatible with the Mapper, as well as natively by any software that uses the Tangent Hub. The Tangent Ripple is USB powered and will be great for editors and colourists when tethered to a laptop on the go as well as users without any kind of control panel who want to invest in something small and affordable to enhance their color correction experience. Features: 3 trackerballs with dials for masters. High resolution optical pick-ups for the balls and dials. Independent reset buttons for the balls and dials. Programmable A and B buttons. USB powered with integral cable. Light-weight compact size. The Tangent Ripple is due early 2016 with an estimated price of $350. This makes it the most affordable professional color correction panel on the market. Check out the Tangent Devices website for more info and updates.Read more
by Tim Fok | 15th September 2015
Arri has announced a new control panel at IBC for its Amira and Alexa Mini cameras. They also showcased firmware 3.0 for their cameras which, among other things adds new high & low end recording codec features in the form of MPEG 2 and ProRes 4444 XQ. Arris camera all adhere to a very simply and easy to use menu system (probably the easiest I’ve used). On the Amira and Alexa Mini the menu and screen can be found on the side of the viewfinder. The problem with this? You have to buy the viewfinder in order to operate either camera (physically, Arris new app allows you to control camera wirelessly with a the same interface). As a fairly regular user of the Amira I think this the viewfinder is one of it’s weaker features. Similar to old school broadcast cameras there’s a certain ‘sweet spot’ where if the angle of your eye is not quite right, it’s hard to gauge whether you are in focus. Third party systems like the Zacuto Gratical HD and SmallHD 502 offer a much crisper, feature rich option for monitoring. However adding another viewfinder/monitor to your existing Arri system can be counter productive, particularly if you’re trying to keep things compact (Alexa Mini owners). Enter the Arri Control Panel. This is exactly the same as the panel found on the side of the Arri viewfinder (minus the viewfinder). This saves you cost and real estate with doubling up on viewfinders; buy the one that suits you best and get the Control Panel separately. Of course this will also work in other ways (the way Arri will have no doubt originally intended it), it will remove the Control Panel from the operators side for the AC to on the dumbside (like the full size Alexa). The device is tethered via a cable and will cost in the region of €2,600. Check out Newsshooters video from IBC at the Arri booth: We can see firmware 3.0 in use here, it brings an interesting feature in the form of an intervalometer for timelapsing but most important is the additions of two new recording codecs. MPEG2 in an .mxf wrapper is now supported, working well in an XDCAM environment or original Canon C300 workflow. This means the Arri cameras now support a highly compressed (by Arri standards) option should you require a bit more quantity over quality. If you’re in favour of quality however, firmware 3.0 also brings in ProRes 4444 XQ support. This is a high quality codec supporting up to 16 bits in color information. A target rate of 500 Mbps for 4:4:4 sources at 1920×1080 and shooting at up to 120fps in HD and 60P in UHD. via/ NewsShooterRead more
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