Vimeo is offering a 30 day trial “risk free” for its new venture – Vimeo Business. A platform with marketing and analytics tools that gives you the the power of bringing your content to the masses. Vimeo has become a household name in the film industry by managing to become the de-facto go-to place for quality in independent filmmaking online. Also, the ability to upload new edit revisions under the same link and its customisable embed code is extremely helpful when working with clients. Being able to share your content to a worldwide audience of over 280 million users is phenomenal, but when privacy is a concern, you have the option to share it with only the entrusted circle. But now in comes Vimeo Business, taking all of this a step further. Connecting & Collaboration Vimeo Business allows a company to connect with some of Vimeo’s best content creators to bring their product to life. You will be able to add up to 10 members to the vimeo account, for easy collaboration. Management Vimeo Business allows for easy management of your content in one assumedly safe place. You can upload up to 5TB total of 4K Ultra HD video, with unlimited bandwidth. The privacy settings allow you to control who you share with and the full customizable embed codes make sure that the videos can only be played on the websites you choose. Nice new feature: ask your audience for their email addresses. Marketing and Analytics Like with Vimeo Pro, you can share your videos with a customizable player, which includes your company logo, but now you can also include calls-to-action buttons that link the user to your website. Add email subscription, which allows for targeted email campaigns, an entirely new feature. The analytics tools allows to track your viewers engagement, which will give you an insight into what they like. Here is an overview of all the additional features Vimeo Business has to offer: high-quality playback on desktop, mobile, tablet, and TV Up to 5TB total of 4K Ultra HD video storage Unlimited bandwidth in the Vimeo player Private link sharing and unlisted review pages No ads before, after, or on top of your videos (we don’t know if that’s a hint of what’s to come to the “free” Vimeo because so far we haven’t ever seen any ads in any Vimeo video) Manage and organize videos in one safe place Add up to 10 team members to your account Fully customizable and embeddable HTML5 player Engagement and duration graphs Google Analytics integration Email capture and lead generation VIP support Find and work with professional video creators Sell videos online and worldwide Hosted portfolio sites Third-party player support Optional source file storage Full SEO visibility Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Box integrations Free video-making lessons and tutorials Add captions and subtitles You can try Vimeo Business for free for 30 days. Should you be interested in moving to Vimeo Business it will set you back $599/year. Let us know what you think about Vimeo Business. What is your experience with Vimeo. Would you upgrade to a Business account to increase your viewership?Read more
The Panasonic UX Series is set to expand their 4K camera family. With a standard and a premium model, these 1” sensor camcorders will feature a whole list of features, responding to the ever increasing demand for 4K professional video. Panasonic AG UX180 4K Camcorder Panasonic UX Series More similar to last year’s Panasonic AG-DVX200 than the VariCam, the Panasonic UX series just announced at NAB 2016 is a line of 4K capable camcorders thought of as an update to HD cameras such as their AG-AC90. Their 1” sensor will ensure a large depth of field, making this camera best suited for events and run & gun use. However, as was the case with the DVX200, both of Panasonic UX models will feature DCI 4K (4096×2160) recording capabilities at 24p. The standard model (AG-UX90) offers UHD up to 30p and HD up to 120p, with the premium model (AG-UX180) capable of up to 60p in UHD. Other advantages of the UX180 include dual recording in UHD and HD, IR recording for low light situations, 3G SDI and HDMI 2.0 outputs, and a 20x zoom lens as opposed to the 15x zoom on the UX90. Both models are currently under development, with an expected release date in the autumn of 2016. At a price of under $4,000 for the UX180, and under $3,000 for the UX80, both will fill Panasonic’s gap of professional camcorders below the DVX200.Read more
A series of new UHD Blu-Ray announcements are marking a trend that should be in the radar of video professionals everywhere: the continued widespread introduction of Ultra High Definition. Last year, Fox announced its plans to release films in UHD resolution and HDR support in 2016. Last week, Warner Bros. followed suit announcing that the latest Mad Max installment would also see UHD Blu-Ray release, along with 34 other titles. Now, with CES 2016 well under way, manufacturers have introduced their new UHD Blu-Ray players: Panasonic just announced the features of its DMP-UB900, while Samsung released the US pricing of the UBD-K8500 revealed last year. It is now available for pre-order from B&H at a price of $397.99. On the other side, Sony’s new app Ultra for Android TV will allow users to purchase and stream 4K content to their Sony televisions. A new standard was also recently announced to outline the performance specifications for “the ultimate UHD experience”. Ushered in by the UHD Alliance – a group of film studios, manufacturers and distributors – the new UHD Premium certification offers product and content guidelines for the increasing support of features such as 4K resolution, HDR, a wider colour gamut and immersive audio. It is clear that UHD is entering consumer territory with full force. There is already an abundance of 4K televisions and displays available in the market, as well as mobile phones and consumer cameras – such as the new FDR-AX53 from Sony. There is no doubt that total 4K implementation was never a matter of “if”, but “when”. But with such wide-spread availability of UHD, demand is very likely to follow. And last year’s excuse – that shooting 4K was pointless as clients wouldn’t be able to view it – is holding less and less water with each passing day.Read more
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas, Livestream just announced a new type of product called “Movi” (which probably won’t please our friends from Freefly who have established their brand MøVi for their gimbal stabilizers). Livestream Movi is a kind of pseudo-multicam camera, which creates the illusion of having multiple cameras cover a music concert or any other event by utilizing smart software. It’s definitely not a high-end professional product, but it comes in at a rather low price point of only $399, and only $199 during its introductory period as a pre-order. Almost a no-brainer for the functionality it promises to have, cheaper than a GoPro. Of course it is in fact only one viewpoint, but its UHD (3840 x 2160 pixel) resolution allows the software to choose different parts of the image it’s recording and generate “fake” perspectives automatically. Initially there’s only an iOS app that offers you to edit on-the-fly, also automatically detecting faces and “other points of interest”. You can do pseudo-pans and pseudo-zooms, all using your fingertips on the touchscreen. Despite the fact that it’s a product by Livestream, the video doesn’t need to be streamed live if you don’t want it to be, it can also be recorded and be published or further post-processed later. Movi has a built-in battery that lasts around one hour, but with their additional “Movi Boost” you can get another 10 hours of battery life, and the accessory also adds Ethernet and LTE connectivity (they sell them in a set with a stand and some other gimmicks calling this “Movi Pro”). Personal impression and thoughts This is definitely a product worth looking at in my opinion, but of course it can never replace a real multi-camera setup, particularly not a manned one. Also, you really only have one viewpoint, but for some small things and private recordings of events, this might just be enough. This is the first time that I see that 4K / UHD resolution is used effectively for an added value in a product, and it’s not just increasing delivery resolution for the sake of it, while most people only have 1080p displays and TVs. However, I would love to see the software that they have developed available to be used with other, more professional cameras. The size and price of the Movi camera makes me think that this must have a GoPro-ish look, meaning that it will be relatively wide angle (they also say it should be set up closer to the action that usual multi-cam setups) and also particularly bad in low light. I also have no clue how it will behave in changing lighting conditions, which is something to consider during concert shoots. Other professional 4K cameras would offer a large sensor look, interchangeable lenses (and thereby further expanding the use of the auto-detecting software) and last but not least much higher low light sensitivity. via TechCrunchRead more
Arri just announced that their newest cinema camera the AMIRA will soon get an upgrade that will enable internal Ultra High-Definition (UHD) recording to ProRes. Arri has been the only major camera developer who has not implemented any form of 4K in their cameras. That’s why this upgrade that will enable the Arri AMIRA to shoot in the UHD flavour of 4K is a very big step.Read more
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