Blackmagic Design has announced an update to the Blackmagic Video Assist. Firmware 1.2 brings a few new features, most notably DNxHD codec support, HDMI start/stop trigger & SD record time remaining. For those who don’t know, the Blackmagic Video Assist is a very affordable field monitor/recorder. It accepts HDMI and SDI (via mini inputs) recording ProRes to cheap SD cards. This latest update adds DNxHD to the mix allowing for a wider variety of codec options in post. Adding to that, firmware 1.2 brings a couple of fundamental features such as record time remaining on the SD card and clip info on play back as well as start/trigger via HDMI and extended Zebra range. What’s new in Blackmagic Video Assist 1.2 Adds DNxHD codec Adds extended Zebra range Adds SD card record time remaining on status overlays Adds clip playback information panel Adds HDMI record trigger Click here to download Firmware 1.2 for the Blackmagic Video Assist.Read more
MyCaseBuilder is a fantastic website-based service that enables you to design your own foam inserts, for any case. Our friends over at NewsShooter caught up with the team at PhotoPlus Expo to learn more. I’m yet to find another service that is this easy to use. Whether you’re looking for a specific case & foam combo, or just a custom foam insert for your current case, MyCaseBuilder can supply either. The website uses your required case size as a base point, and using their shape library you add products to design your custom foam cut out. If you’re piece of kit is not in the shape library, simply add an image of your kit on a clean background, and trace it using the pen tool. Once you’ve tweaked the trace and added some measurements, MyCaseBuilder will instantly convert this into a 3D render and add this to your custom insert. I’ve slaved over many an insert in the past, faffing around with pick and pluck foam to try and get that perfect custom cut out; it’s time consuming, doesn’t last and doesn’t look professional. This service tackles all of these; with the finger notch feature, and use of polyethylene foam (denser than your standard pick and pluck) the foam will last much longer. I can see this being fantastic for awkward shaped bits of kit, drones and motorised stabilizers immediately spring to mind. The company are US based offering a flat rate shipping anywhere within the US, plus international shipping. Orders take 7-9 working days to process.Read more
Just a month on from firmware version 1.8, and just a week on from version 1.8.2. Firmware 1.9 has been released for the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K, improving the sensor calibration and adding histogram, audio levels and time remaining to its features. It seems every other article I write at present is related to Blackmagic Design, they weren’t kidding when they promised more regular, substantial updates to their cameras firmware. Some say that the Blackmagic cameras exclude a fair amount of staple features that any camera should include; version 1.9 shortens that list. A swiping action activates the new heads up translucent display, which features a histogram, audio levels and time remaining on the memory card. Firmware version 1.9 has also improved sensor calibration, which is said to improve the image quality and potentially solve some issues users were having such as fixed pattern noise. To what extent this has been fixed we will see. Without having a unit back in for testing we don’t know for sure. However trusted shooter James Miller has tried out the new firmware update, and has positive remarks on the image quality. Blackmagic stated that a uniform numbering system for their firmware meant consistency across all their cameras, so expect a similar update soon for both the Pocket and Cinema cameras. So, what’s next, formatting of cards? Write your wish lists below!Read more
The Sony EA50 was announced two months ago (LINK) and impressed us with its very interesting and ergonomic looking design, the zoom rocker functionality and a good price-point. What we didn’t know was how it performed before we got a chance to see it and play with it (LINK) Now Johnnie Behiri got a chance to test the Sony NEX-EA50 large sensor camera and shared these nice clips and some insightful thoughts with us. In Johnnie Behiri’s own words:Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of IBC 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com Who would have thought we’d see another surprise from Blackmagic Design this year. The much anticipated Blackmagic Cinema Camera with its EF Canon mount we hear is starting to be rolled out in limited quantities. Today, on the first day of IBC 2012 Blackmagic announced a second version of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. This version is identical to the EF version except it has an Passive Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount, which offers a much wider range of adapter compatibility to allow for other lens mounts, PL among many others.Read more
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