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
You’ve heard about the new Sony A7s that delivers a very fine 4K at unprecedented lowlight levels. Unfortunately the camera is not laid out for internal 4K recording and only outputs that signal via its hdmi port. Atomos and Sony have worked closely together here to offer a seamless integration in recording the feed to the new Atomos Shogun 4K disk recorder that doubles as a very nice display. CEO Jeromy young gave us the details in the video above. The Atomos Shogun records ProRes 422 in 4K and up to 10bit via its hdmi input and can also record 12bit RAW via SDI, while the Sony A7s delivers an 8bit hdmi stream. The results are never the less very pleasing which you can check out yourselves in the video we posted here. The full HD IPS screen doubles as a field monitor and is factory calibrated to SMPTE Rec.709 with 100% gamut and D65 white point. The Shogun records to hard disks, to a dedicated RAID module or the new Cfast CF cards and can even take slow motion up to 120fps. While the Atomos Shogun was announced together with the Sony A7s it does also work with other cameras like the new Panasonic GH4 or the flagship cinemaEOS camera the Canon EOS C500. The Shogun will be $1995 and start shipping in October. It is available for pre-order here. We reported about another nice product by Atomos, the Atomos “Ninja Star” which is their first disk recorder without a display. The Ninja Star can record in both HD and Apple ProRes to capture pristine, 422 10-bit images straight from any camera sensor directly to inexpensive first generation CFast media with up to 3hrs Apple Proes for $250. It also features Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line-in. The Ninja Star is available for pre-order and cost $295. More information on atomos.comRead 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
Atomos just announced a firmware update for their harddisk recorders that brings the long awaited Avid DNxHD codec support. People who have been using the Atomos Ninja 2 and Atomos Samurai field recorders were limited to the use of the Apple ProRes codec the devices support. Last year Atomos announced the addition of Avid DNxHD, but up until this point people have been waiting for the upgrade to happen. The new firmware is already available for download here: LINKRead more
Apparently the Canon 5D mark III has been firmware hacked, just like its predecessor the mark II was hacked by Trammell Hudson some years ago to slowly enable things like manual audio controls, higher video bitrates and several display guides. There are no features in Magic Lantern’s mark III hack yet, they only announced that they got in which seems to be the first important to step to start messing with a camera firmware. With the mark III giving us most of the features desired in a modern HDSLR the question remains which features will be added through the hack. One possibility that has been pointed out is the enabling of a clean hdmi-out signal to enable recording video in higher quality via an external harddisk recorder. On a sidenote Canon has just released 5D mark III firmware update 1.1.2 with no mentioned updates to the video side of the camera. Magic Lantern Page: LINK via Joe from nofilmschoolRead more
The problem when using Canon glass on a camera like the Sony F3 or FS100 is that you cannot control aperture unless you have a mount that accesses the lenses aperture control. If you switch(ed) from Canon hdslr to one of the new large sensor cameras this mount makes it possible to take your EF lenses along. MTF has produced some other mounts like the Nikon G to Sony F3 mount or a PL to Sony E that I’ve heard are of very good quality. The MTF adaptor will allow you to use Canon glass on the Sony F3, FS100 and Panasonic AF100 cameras and control aperture electronically in 1/8th increments. It’s precise and will also show you your exact focal length. You buy the control box and you can upgrade with future adapters for different cameras. We’ve heard about the similar Birger mount at NAB, but so far they haven’t been able to deliver. MTF is expecting to start shipping “in a couple of months”. Mike doesn’t know about pricing yet, but said it would be below 1150€ / $1600. I can imagine this thing will be more affordable if more peopl buy it so if you’re interested you should contact these guys at MTF: their website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
SONY VG-20 – Interview with Kanta Yamamoto Testing the SONY VG-20 – recorded via hdmi out As you know by now the Sony VG-20 seems to be the only one of Sony’s newly announced large sensor cameras that has a clean hdmi output (no overlays or picture in picture). Theoretically the advantage of a clean hdmi output is that we can record the feed directly to a harddisk recorder like the Atomos Ninja thus avoiding the bad internal AVCHD compression and giving us better quality and color correction possibilities in post. At the IBC 2011 exhibition we got the chance to test the hdmi output of the VG-20 and you can see the results in the video above. On the left hand side are very low compression jpeg screenshots of the video to give you a better idea how the original footage really looks like as it is compressed to 8mbit and more on YouTube. This is not a scientific test, just a quick grab of some footage to get a first idea of what we could expect from this camera. And to be honest, our shitty recordings are enough to make up my mind: This camera fails for me! The results: Unfortunately what we got out of the hdmi port of the VG-20 was only marginally better looking than the VG-20 internal AVCHD recording. If you can see what I see you might agree that the hdmi signal looks like it has undergone very much processing. There wasn’t much light at the Sony booth so the cameras are shooting very low light, but to me it looks like there is a lot of compression noise, even on the Atomos footage. Maybe the image is compressed before it gets sent out to hdmi. What do you guys think? Tell me in the comments. I have included a still of the HX9v+Atomos grab and the noise looiks totally different there, more like real sensor noise (small dots) as opposed to the large blocky noise I can see in the vg20+Atomos footage here. Maybe I’m doing the camera some injustice as the lighting conditions were really bad. Unfortunately the camera was chained to the table. Despite the 7D being out of focus at one point, overall it looks less sharp than the VG-20. However the sharpness in the VG-20 footage looks a lot like it has gone through a heavy sharpening filter. And our friends at eosHD were right: There’s also a lot of aliasing and some moiré in the footage, much more than there should be, to an extend that I’d suggest not to buy this camera, any Canon DSLR will do as good and the HX9v will do better (albeit not being a true video alternative). How can a video camera have aliasing like this? Scary. If you still want to buy this camera here’s a link to B&H: B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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