Last week Scan Pro Video team members were glued to their monitors hungry for news flying out of Las Vegas.  NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) holds its premiere annual event in Sin City and following the last few rounds of year-on-year game changing announcements 2015 had a lot to live up to. So did they manage it again this year?

Oh yes. With aplomb.

Of course Blackmagic Design are the ones to watch. Since they announced their ground breaking Cinema Camera 2.5K back in 2012, each year they raise the bar higher.

So it came as no surprise to anyone when they launched three incredible new cameras, a major revision of their industry leading colour correction system DaVinci Resolve, AND a new range of 12G-SDI mini converters (and that wasn’t all).

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URSA Mini 4.6K EF

The hottest ticket by far was the unveiling of URSA mini. Lovingly nicknamed Baby Bear by Scan Pro Video, Blackmagic Design have clearly listened to the needs and wants of professional users to devise a compact and bijou form factor that will suit run-and-gun, documentary, commercials and filmmakers of all persuasions.  With increased picture and sound quality and user friendly functionality, of the four versions available (EF & PL mount / 4K & 4.6K), it’s the all new 4608 x 2592 resolution Super35 sensor that excites us the most. Boasting 15 stops of dynamic range, the effective sensor of the 4.6K model, measuring 25.34mm x 14.25mm, means we can expect better oversampling for 4K and UDH and smaller crop factors.

There are simply too many features to list. Stay tuned to @ScanProVideo for a first look battle test next month.

  • Impressive feature set 4.6K 25.34mm x 14.25 mm Super 35mm Sensor at 4608 x 2592
  • Resolutions: 4608 x 2592, 4096 x 2304 (4K 16:9), 4608 x 1920 (4K 2.4:1), 3840 x 2160 (Ultra HD), 3072 x 2560 (3K Anamorphic), 2048 x 1152 (2K 16:9), 1920 x 1080
  • 15 Stops Dynamic Range in Rolling Shutter Mode (A stop or two less in Global Shutter mode)
  • Switchable Between Rolling Shutter and Global Shutter
  • 4K RAW up to 60fps in Rolling, 4K RAW Up to 30 fps in Global
  • Windowed HD up to 160fps
  • ISO Performance should be better than 4K Camera (Settings we saw were 200-1600)
  • CinemaDNG Raw (Lossless or 3:1/4:1 Compressed), ProRes XQ to Proxy in 3840 x 2160 or 1920 x 1080
  • 5″ Flip Out 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen
  • Optional 1920 x 1080 OLED EVF ($1,500)
  • Comes with handle — Optional Shoulder Rig for $400 Gives ENG style operation
  • Dual CFast 2.0 slots
  • Dual XLR Input

When URSA first launched the cost per/GB equation was a major turnoff. Thankfully CFast 2.0 storage is coming down in price and thanks to the commitment of manufacturers like Canon who are adopting this standard for their internal media, we should see a continued downward trend in price.

Along with new HOT product announcements, some manufacturers took the bold (and welcome) step of extending the product lifecycle and ROI of their current line-up of products through firmware revisions and modular accessories.  The products gaining new features from firmware include AJA’s CION camera, Odyssey7Q and the Atomos Shogun . AJA’s CION camera now has increased EI values and highlight handling capacity. Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems said, “This new firmware update reflects our ongoing commitment to developing user-requested new features and improvements for CION.”

The Odyssey7Q Plus and 7Q 4K from Convergent Design. The Odyssey7Q recorders can now record up to 4K/60p and 2K/240p slow-motion in ProRes HQ/422/LT from compatible cameras.“We are pleased to provide these capabilities at no cost to our clients,” said John Schell, Hardware Design Manager,

Atomos Shogun 7″ 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI Monitor & Recorder released AtomOS 6.2

• Anamorphic de-squeeze for Panasonic GH4 and standard lenses

• RAW recording to ProRes, DNxHR and Cinema DNG for compatible RAW formats

• Expanded RAW compatibility to include Sony FS series, Canon, Arri and AJA

• 3D LUTs on HDMI/SDI output

• Cinema 4K DCI support

• Uncompressed V210 support

• Genlock

A Bare Bones option across the line makes 4K more affordable than ever.

 

Blackmagic Design Announces DaVinci Resolve 12

Blackmagic Design announced today at NAB, DaVinci Resolve 12, a major upgrade with over 80 new features for professional editing and colour grading. This new update includes a new modern interface, multi-cam editing, powerful new media management tools, an entirely new professional audio engine with support for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, 3D keyer, new 3D perspective tracker, enhanced curve editing and much more.

 

Vitec MGW Ace named one of the Best of NAB 2015

Vitec introduced the world’s first HEVC / H.264 hardware encoder at NAB 2015.

MGW Ace’s advanced HEVC compression enables users to stream broadcast quality 1080p video with up to 50% bandwidth savings compared to today’s H.264 standards.

MGW Ace Encoder’s cutting edge HEVC compression and streaming capabilities allows Broadcasters, A/V Teams, Corporate IT, Military Forces and Government agencies to reduce Operating Expenses (OPEX) for video streaming projects while managing demand for more video services and requests for higher quality video on existing networks.

Panasonic launches 6 new cameras at NAB

Panasonic has expanded its camera range with the launch of 6 new cameras, NAB 2015 has seen the announcement of a handheld, shoulder-mount, action, box and two studio cameras. This has expanded Panasonics vast range of cameras even further and shows their commitment to 4K.

 

Grass Valley EDIUS also made an eye catching NAB announcement.

The Edit Anything, Anywhere NLE software creators are offering a huge promotion to encourage EDIUS Neo and Pro users to upgrade to EDIUS Pro 7.5. The offer runs until June 30th, 2015.

EDIUS is the undisputed king of the cutters when it comes to quick production turnarounds. TourGigs, a concert film technology company based in Austin, Texas, have produced over 50 multi-cam productions of live events.  As far as they are concerned, EDIUS is the only tool when you need speed. As TourGigs co-founder Ty Roberts commented, “None of the other edit systems wetried could handle a multicam edit the way EDIUS can. It’s reallynocontest.It’samazingtomethatIcanseeaplaybackofour editssoquickly.”You can read more about TourGigs and their workflow here.

 

Closer to home, the 3XS EDIUS Turnkey system includes the Jump upgrade to EDIUS 7.5 and features Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Monitor i/o, dual illyama IPS monitors and a dedicated EDIUS Logickeyboard editing keyboard.

 

 

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