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
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! To see part 1 of episode 19, click here. To see part 2 of episode 19, click here. In the 3rd part of episode 19 of ON THE COUCH, we talk about the importance of audio on a shoot. After all, audio is 50% of a film, but nevertheless, it’s often neglected in shooting environments especially by cameramen who are concentrated on created compelling images by their very nature. Ryan Burke from Røde, Philip Bloom and George Olver from Movidiam.com and I engaged in a compelling conversation about the reasons for this problem and also the difficulties of convincing some clients on smaller jobs that a sound person is actually pretty essential to have. Ryan also talked about Røde’s new Stereo VideoMic X, a new heavy-duty on-camera mic designed to record a very immersive audio experience using a pair of true condenser capsules. We touched on where to actually use it as opposed to a standard shotgun mic, which is usually the go-to mic for many shooters on small gigs, when they have to do the audio themselves. Check back in a week for the 4th and final part of this episode, where we talk about the future of filmmaking!Read more
The successful line of cinema EOS camera that currently includes the C100, C300 and C500 will receive some updates during Q4 2013. Here’s what we’re going to see: CONCERNING ALL C CAMERAS: – ISO range will be upgraded to go until 80,000 (currently 20,000, meaning additional stops). – magnify portion will be movable through whole image like on DSLR’s. – compatibility with GPS module.Read more
Leica M type 240- video review. (Non of the written here is relevant to the photo section of this camera) Deep into the 4th year of the HDSLR revolution Leica released the M 240, their full frame camera costing $6950. Spending a day with the camera left me wondering, was Leica ever talking to any professional cameraman before implementing HD recording for this unit or just decided to “join a trend” without really meaning this camera to be a capable working video tool?. In my opinion the video quality coming out of the camera is very disappointing and its operation in video mode is not easy/logical. I hope features/video quality can be enhance with a firmware update.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 Jeromy Young and his disk recorders have been featured on cinema5D many times. That is not only because his products are targeted at people who want to get the best out of their cameras for the least amount of dinero, but also because Atomos has a vision and follows it obsessively. They keep close relations with all camera manufacturers and make sure their gear integrates with it in a simple yet effective way. In this interview Jeromy explains in detail why it’s nice to work with a disk recorder like the Ninja 2. It is confirmed that the C100 outputs a 4:2:2 signal through the hdmi port which the Ninja can record via a start-stop trigger signal and save to your editing ready ProRes 422 codec. If you go that route you basically end up with a file that has better compression than a Canon C300, if that is what’s important for you. The Ninja 2 is available for $995: The Canon EOS C100 has just been made available for pre-order. The pricetag says $6499:Read more
As announced by Canon earlier this year the new firmware for your Canon EOS 7D is here. The Canon 7D was released in fall 2009. Canon told us they are very proud about this camera and the technical internals which is also why its technology has been reused in so many of their later HDSLR’s and why it now gets its dedicated update. The firmware 2.0.X is a substantial firmware update that also affects movie recording. It gives us manual audio controls.Read more
Good old Canon 7D will soon get a firmware update. According to canonrumors a firmware version 2 is on the way. Apparently it’s an official Canon release that briefly appeared on the Canon CPN website. Aside from some improvements to the photo side of the DSLR it seems to be also getting a very nice addition to the video side: Manual audio controls, even during recording. Nice! Together with Mosaic Engineering’s moiré and aliasing filter this will make the Canon 7D one powerful 35mm HDSLR once again. MANUAL ADJUSTMENT FOR AUDIO RECORDING LEVELS During EOS Movie shooting you will be able to manually adjust the audio recording levels to one of 64 levels, whilst the sound volume during playback can be set to one of 11 levels. During movie recording noise from the aperture is reduced and the camera also has an automatic wind cut filter. There’s no word on when this is going to arrive, but it looks like it won’t be long. via canonrumorsRead more
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