We interviewed Mark Anderson from G-Technology about their latest evolution-series products. The new Studio XL 8-Bay Raid now taking ev modules, a RED card reader and a Firewire adapter for EV-series harddrives. The Thunderbolt 8-Bay G-Speed Studio XL consists of a 6-Bay Raid with up to 48TB capacity and two ev bays, which can either be used with existing EV-series hard drives or with their new RED Reader. The RED card reader also has a USB3 port so that it can be used on its own. Due to its form factor, it also fits into the existing G-Drive ev Dock. Using the RED card reader in the 8-Bay G-Speed Studio XL will allow a DIT to have one system from which he/she can make copies from the card directly to an ev series drive and onto the RAID. The G-Drive ev can then be sent off set for post production or editing. G-Technology also introduced a new G-DOCK ev Solo with USB3 connections which is going to cost less than 100 Euros. To serve people who still use Macs with Firewire 800 connectors in their workflows (like the old Mac Pro), G-Technology now offers a Firewire to ev series adapter that allows you to attach G-Drives ev directly to computers with Firewire 800.Read more
Atomos updates the Samurai, their famous SDI harddisk recorder, and adds a high quality 720p lcd screen on top making it a true solution as a monitor / disk recorder combination. We have checked out the Atomos products several times in the past as they offer an affordable solution to get more quality out of our large sensor cameras. These devices allow you to record the live hdmi or SDI feed from your camera directly into a high quality format, widely used Apple ProRes among others.Read more
Convergent Design, maker of the famous nanoFlash & Gemini 4:4:4 just announced a new recorder that looks very nice and promising. This field recorder + oled monitor is targeted at HDSLR indie filmmakers as well as professionals with a codec license lease system. Many filmmakers, especially in documentary are often struggling with too much gear hanging from their camera rig and cameras taking too long to setup. Harddisk recorders and monitors could be built into cameras, but so far the camera manufacturers have not come up with a device that fulfills those needs. Once again a gear manufacturer wants to make our lives easier: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 Atomos had something else nice to show us. We really like how this company reacts to market needs and listens to the customers. The Ronin is just what I would’ve needed on my shoot with the Alexa two weeks ago ;) Description from the website: The Ronin portable Recorder/Player/Monitor is a smart solution for both fixed-facility and on-location video production. Based on the award-winning Samurai field recorder, the Ronin features touchscreen ease of use, capture to Apple ProRes® or Avid DNxHD◊, professional monitoring and edit review. Like the Samurai, it can operate on location with battery or DC power, but it can be used in a fixed facility, rack-mounted environment using AC power. More info on the Atomos website: http://www.atomos.com/ronin/Read more
We thank our sponsor B&H who has made cinema5D’s news coverage of NAB 2012 possible. Get your gear through B&H to support this platform: www.bhphotovideo.com What gear was used to record this video? Take a guess in the comments, we’ll reveal later. The reason we like Atomos harddisk recorders is that they are affordable and easy to use. We’ve seen the Ninja at IBC 2011 and reviewed its counterpart the Samurai (link to review) that sports SDI connectivity. At NAB 2012 ceo Jermoy Young presented their Ninja 2 device, a hardware upgraded version of the existing Ninja model that adds hdmi out and an improved screen. The old Ninja’s screen didn’t perform very well outdoors because it wasn’t very bright and lacked resolution (480×270). The new Ninja 2 has a 800×480 display with improved brightness and a viewing angle of 170°. It should start shipping shortly and costs $995 like its predecessor:Read more
When we had our first 1 day no-budget Scarlet-X shoot two weeks ago (see short and field report here) we bumped into one major problem: Backing up the data on this MacBook Pro via FW800 just took too long (30 minutes for a 64GB card) and we ended up not having a second backup (!). This is a situation you simply can’t have. If that backup dies the work (and money) that went into that shooting day dies with it. Read on for the solution to this problem:Read more
via Macrumors: Japanese blog Macotakara reports that Apple is apparently set to launch its new Final Cut Pro X offerings next week, to be accompanied by the release of a number of new Thunderbolt-equipped accessories from third-party vendors. As usual Apple remains silent about it’s product updates until they’re here, but according to the rumors we’ll finally see Final Cut Pro X next week alongside some new peripherals that make use of the new Thunderbolt highspeed ports. Is it the LaCie Little Big Disk that we were told would come out in spring? At NAB 2011 in April Apple announced that Final Cut Pro X would be released in the Apple App Store by June and cost $299. Here’s a grab of the 30 minute presentation from NAB 2011:Read more
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