Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! In our second episode of ON THE COUCH, I had our good friends Philip Bloom plus Ryan Koo and Joe Marine from NoFilmSchool on the show. Obviously, we talked for 45 minutes about the big news at NAB 2014: New cameras from many new manufacturers, including Sony with the A7s 4K mirrorless compact camera, Blackmagic Design with their URSA and Studio Cameras, AJA with their CION camera, JVC with their new Super35mm camera offerings and Panasonic with the Varicam 35. Part of our camera talk was Blackmagic’s decision to announce even more cameras before they were able to ship many of the existing Blackmagic 4k orders, or upgrade their existing cameras with essential firmware upgrades that would enable them to format cards within the camera, for example – all of which upset a lot of owners, quite understandably.Read more
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Subscribe to our Vimeo, YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! This is the premiere episode of ON THE COUCH, with the cinema5D news team that will be roaming the show floor – Sebastian Wöber and Tim Fok, Katharina Dietl on the live edit and me moderating. In this episode, we are talking about what to expect from NAB 2014 that is set to start in only a few hours. Due to all the pre-announcements, we can already see that there is a lot happing with regards to 4K cameras again, and we are talking about the relevance of all of that and where the industry seems to be added. We also deal with Gimbal stabilizers and where we are one year after the MoVi was announced. We also talk about our pdatepcoming shows that will be recorded over the next four days – who we will talk to and what it will all about. In case you missed the initial post with the show schedule, click here to see the full list of people and companies coming to our show. Feel free to add questions you might have in the comments or in our forum. See you tomorrow again after in the show with my dear friend Philip Bloom and Ryan Koo and Joe Marine from NoFilmSchool, talking about what excites us at this year’s NAB! For our entire NAB 2014 coverage, click here.Read more
Vincent compares the 1Dmk4 to a Phantom? By: Sebastian Wöber I passed Vincents presentation at the Canon booth the other day. I really liked the very cinematic 1Dmk4 footage he showed but was surprised when he compared the 1Dmk4 to a Phantom camera. I managed to grab a blurry image of the slide (see above) in which you can see a $750k Phantom setup on the left and a $50k 1D mark 4 setup on the right. His words: “Do the math! You know, none of us have 50 thousand dollars laying around, maybe 2 in the audience do, but I can take a lot more of the cameras on the right than I can of the cameras on the left, that’s why it becomes much more versatile.” He also added: “That being said the camera on the left does things the camera on the right does not.” I feel like Canon wants to sell their dslrs in a way that is very misleading. The Phantom model shown in that slide was a highspeed camera that records 1500fps uncompressed 1080p to be exact. In his speech Vincent showed some of his latest work and explained the benefits of using dslrs on a proferssional shoot.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber In this 10 minute video David Shapton, President of Atomos EMEA, gives us an in depth look at the new Atomos Ninja hdmi to ProRes (HQ) recorder that will retail at $995. If you want one you should order now as this product will most likely sell like hot bread! As I told you in my post yesterday a new camera solution for the low budget filmmaker is imminent and will replace the current line of hdslrs in professional productions. We’re talking about a setup that will cost around $5000-$8000 and provide an alternative to cameras like the RED and give you much better results and workflow than a 1Dmk4 or 5D2 can. Yesterday we saw the Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle, a portable device for just $345 that will record video uncompressed via hdmi or sdi onto a solid state drive. This is gamechanging! I will go more into detail in part 3 of this series of posts. Now I would like to present to you the Atomos Ninja which basically does the same as the Blackmagic Hyperdeck Shuttle but will save the recorded feed as ProRes 422 instead of uncompressed. This is good because it will save harddisk space, recompression time and the amount of harddisks you’ll have to use/buy. That means you’ll also save manpower and money over the Blackmagic. The harddisks you’ll be able to use with the Ninja are standard 2.5 inch notebook drives you can already buy for around 60 bucks. Let me break it down for you: Blackmagic: 15 minutes uncompressed (1.6 GB/s) = 180GB = 180GB ssd drive = $480 Atomos: 6 hours ProRes 422 (HQ) (220 MB/s) = 2.5″ 640GB drive = $50 www.atomos.com Thanks to Ralph Merzbach for holding the mic ;)Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber We’ve seen companies Megaspeed and Fastec target the indipendent filmmakers market with their new and rental-affordable highspeed cameras. But I got some very interesting hints on future products from renown highspeed camera company Vision Research (Phantom) today. Vision Research (Phantom) really sets the standards in professional highspeed filmmaking. If you shoot highspeed for a tv commercial or movie you wanna make sure you get a Phantom. They’re very expensive cameras and you can usually only rent a package with a technician (but that depends on your rental house). One of the big advantages of the Megaspeed and Fastec portable highspeed cameras over a phantom is that you don’t necessarily need a technician but can simply take these cameras out on your own. I met Phiroze Dalal at the Phantom booth today. We talked about highspeed cameras for indie filmmakers (=affordable, non technician) and I kept asking about Phantoms future and the indie market. Phiroze said that they wouldn’t announce their products prior to release. He then checked with another important Vision Research rep and came back to tell me that: “This will be a very exciting year for you, (…) we have something in the cooker”. He didn’t want to say that on camera nor did he give me a timeframe for the “egg”. I said I’d be back at IBC in September, which is another large tradeshow like NAB, and asked if we could expect to see something at this time. They really didn’t want to go into that stuff. He said the next months would be cruical and that he can’t say any more than that, but added that when they see a market (and obviously in hdslr there IS a market now) they wanna be part of it. Very promising hints, I think we’ll see the highspeed battles evolve in the coming months. If you’re interested in that topic as much as I am you’ll get any new info I have right here at cinema5D. Cheers.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber We didn’t think this would ever happen, but if you’re here at NAB 2011 and run around with open eyes and ears you’ll realize there’s a new low budget filmmaking tool right around the corner that will definitely kill the dominance of hdslr in the higher segment (speaking RED alternative) by summer this year. Here’s the first one of several pieces to the puzzle. The Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle. Make sure you check back here as I’ll continue this story further on. Let me just get some more interviews with Canon and Phantom here on the last day at NAB.Read more
By: Sebastian Wöber I reported about the Megaspeed (wow I love that name) camera yesterday. But look: here’s another portable highspeed camera. The TS3Cine costs twice as much as the Megaspeed, that’s $30k. That’s not really my priceclass, but it still might be a bargain in rental since you don’t need a technician to operate it unlike it’s aunt the phantom. If you’re into good design and marketing I’m sure this camera seems more appealing to you than the Megaspeed, but we’ll really have to wait and see what both of them have under the hood and whether this one is worth the additional 14k. I found this very nice demo they put together and I noticed they also had some people that waved hdslrs around. I think I’m their target audience, drool… I must say, if I had the funds I’d probably be sold just for the editing and choice of music they did on this one. Great job to whoever did that. If you care about the music, that was: The XX Some of the specs on the cam itself: – 1280 x 1024 pixel maximum – 500 fps at 1280 x 1024, 720 fps at 720p resolution – optional frame rates up to 20,000 at reduced resolutions – BMP, TIFF, Cinema DNG (RAW), JPG, AVI – C-Mount or F-Mount (Nikon), optional PL mount I think I overheard him saying it’s a 1 inch sensor, but I’m not sure. Comes out late summer. http://ts3cine.com/Read more
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