by Tim Fok | 18th April 2017
Convergent Design has announced a new line of compact recorders/switchers. The Convergent Design Element Series are capable of recording and switching sources up to 4K 60p HDMI/SDI with their neat hardware interface. Convergent Design are known in the industry for their reliable third-party recording devices, with a more recent focus on monitoring with the Odyssey 7Q+ and Apollo. The latter was a very intriguing product for live events and multi-cam use, offering a very compact solution to multi-channel HD recording with up to 4 SDI inputs, with a 5th TX record. The new Element series takes compact recording and switching to the next level. Whilst the Convergent Design Apollo mimics the guise of an on-board recorder (its hardware is actually identical to the Odyssey 7Q+), the Element series look more like a video switcher: all models feature physical buttons rather than a touch screen, as well as a tog wheel. The two bigger models also sport a fade switch. The Convergent Design Element series will be available in 3 models, aptly named Element 1, Element 2, Element 3. Element 1 is the base-spec model: a 4-channel HDMI HD Recorder, with sync playback and recording to a single SSD. Element 2 adds the ability to switch between channels, as well as including TX record, a fader switch, keyer and more user-buttons. Element 3 is their flagship model, offering 4-channel input up to 4K 60p. Input and output is extended with 12G-SDI in addition to HDMI. There are also 2 SDI outputs, M/E Engine, SFP+ support and a second SSD slot. Furthermore, the Element 3 allows you to record lightweight proxies of the Program Out or Multi-View simultaneously to removable USB Media. Convergent Design offers its Network Media Access across all models: “Want to dramatically speed up production by enabling editing, QC review of takes, social media posts, backup, and upload to the cloud? Element’s Network Media Access makes the time-consuming process of uploading footage after the shoot a thing of the past.” With its compact form-factor, and recording and 4-source switching features, the Element series really has the ability to shake up the multi-cam/live-event industry. For example, if you paired the Element 3 to an Apollo recorder/monitor, you could record 4 ISO recordings on your Apollo to dual SSDs for backup, and feed out to the Element 3 to handle the switching plus a dual TX record – and all would fit in a backpack. Previously, you’d have had to rely on a lot of hefty rack mount-style hardware for this support and redundancy recording. It’s refreshing (but also quite scary?) to see that it is now possible in such a compact form. Pricing is not yet available, but we’ll update the article when we know more. Convergent Design will have their Element series available for viewing at NAB at the end of the month. Would the Convergent Design Element series fit your workflow? Let us know in the comments below!Read more
by Tim Fok | 16th March 2016
SmallHD firmware update 2.2 is available for all 500 and 700 series monitors. The update includes a fully customizable vectorscope, on-screen battery display, dual zebras and most significantly pre-loaded Rec 709 LUTs for a host of log camera profiles. As a user of the SmallHD 502, I am really looking forward to the use of a pre-loaded log to Rec 709 LUTs. Support will include Sony S-log, Canon C-log, Arri Log C, and GoPro Protune—to name just a few. Of course, not all cameras support LUTs in-camera and those that do sometimes have a funny way of grouping certain outputs in regards to menu overlays and the internal recording (ahem… FS7… ahem). Therefore, it is good to have options at your disposal when recording one profile, sending another to your client, and viewing another yourself. Vectorscope is a welcome addition also, like all exposure aids it will be fully customizable in size, location, and opacity. Full list of features for SmallHD firmware update 2.2 for 500/700 series monitors: 1. Full Support for 700 Lite Series Monitors Added 2. A library of Reverse LOG LUTs has been added to the monitor. These are accessible using the LOOK Tool on any page 3. Default Calibration LUTs have been added to the 702, 702 Lite and 701 Lite 4. On-screen “Status Display” may now be enabled in the settings menu This feature displays: – Input Type – Input Format – Time – Battery Status- Voltage and Percent remaining for compatible LP-E6 Canon Batteries 5. LUTs now have an “intensity” slider – When modified on the Output Page the intensity of the LUT is altered downstream as well 6. Vectorscope has been added – Vectorscope displays data modified by LUTs loaded on pages 7. Settings menu option to automatically perform an image-capture when SDI Record signal occurs 8. Low Battery indicator now appears on top of video when a chipped Canon battery reports <15% remaining 9. Backdrop at boot time, background in collage, and background on individual pages changed from black to dark gray Improvements and Bug fixes: 1. Improvements to the “Calibration” settings page. – “Brightness, Contrast” renamed to “Black Point, White Point” 2. “No Signal” text now includes source signal -> “No HDMI Signal” | “No SDI Signal” 3. Up to 2 zebra tools may be enabled simultaneously 4. Waveform Improvements: – User-selectable intensity – User-selectable Color when in “LUMA” mode 5. Improved LUT support: – LUTs with negative values should now load – LUTs with values that range from 0.0-1.0, but also include illegal values above 1.0 should also now load 6. Fixed a bug that kept some joysticks from working when upside down SmallHD firmware update 2.2 can be downloaded here, where you’ll also find instructions on installation.Read more
by Tim Fok | 13th September 2014
Blueshape has premiered a new set of v-lock batteries at IBC that offer a high level of protection from dust and water. Nicknamed the splash series, their designed to function in the pouring rain and are impact resistant. The new splashproof v-lock batteries carry an IP rating of 65, which when defined offers complete resilience to dust, & protection against low pressure jets of water from all directions. The Splash series comes in three capacities – 100Wh, 190Wh and 266Wh. The D-tap port and terminals are equipped with sealed covers to ensure complete protection. Check out Blueshape at IBC, hall 11 stand 11.A20 for more info on the splash series, as well as their drop resistant granite line and power options for cameras such as the C300 and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema.Read more
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