By the end of 2015, it was clear that the time for 4K had arrived. Now, talk is turning to the implementation of a ‘UHD Premium’ standard that builds upon the resolution of 4K, transitioning UHD from the end-goal to a primary requirement for image quality moving forward.
Burning Man gathers 70,000 people from around the globe into what’s called a “crucible of creativity” as participants build a city of art and ideas in Nevada’s Black Rock desert. This year, I put a combination of Sony 4K technologies — the PXW-FS7 camcorder with FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS servo lens, the NEX-FS700 camcorder and α7R II camera — through a torture test of sandstorms and heat.
The Movie and TV industry is embracing 4K more and more, with world famous service providers like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Vudu and YouTube already offering content in 4K. The term 4K has morphed into what is now commonly referred to as UltraHD to not only refer its enhanced spatial resolution (4K pixels per line of video) but also increased color gamut, brightness and contrast. This has changed the quality game and providers have, not surprisingly, been quick to embrace it.
The 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii PGA TOUR event will be shot and broadcast in HD on Golf Channel using Sony professional cameras, continuing Sony’s long-running tradition of providing HD production technology for major live entertainment and sports events.
Most of us, at some point in life, have desired to own a Go Pro camera, mount it on our helmets and go on for a ride. Well, to save the enthusiasts from the pain of mounting and un-mounting the cameras, Bell is developing a helmet which has an integrated 360-degree camera that can record 4K videos at up to 30fps.
Sony has released full details of its 4K TV range for 2016 – and it’s fair to say it isn’t quite what I expected.The biggest surprise is that there’s only going to be a single TV set in Sony’s entire 2016 4K range that uses direct LED lighting, where the lights sit directly behind the screen. That model is the 75-inch flagship, the 75X940D.
The second-generation 360fly 4K camera looks a lot like its predecessor, and it still captures immersive video with a 360-degree horizontal and 240-degree vertical field of view, but internally it's a very different camera. The company has upped the image sensor resolution, so panoramic video is now captured in 4K (2,880 by 2,880 pixels) quality, a big step up from the meager 1080p offered by the previous generation model.
ATEME has been selected by MCS TV (ALTICE Group), the leading independent French TV channel dedicated to sports, to power its brand new 4K-UHD channel. Initially, it will be launched in France on cable and optical fiber networks, before being exported abroad in the coming months. In another global first for ATEME, the agreement demonstrates the company’s technological leadership in its field, deploying high video quality channel in record time.
Today, RED Digital Cinema unveiled the latest addition to its line of professional cameras, the SCARLET-W. Joining the RED RAVENTM and WEAPON® in the latest generation of RED cameras, the SCARLET-W is a versatile, feature-rich, and intuitive option for professional shooters. SCARLET-W offers a RED DRAGON sensor, interchangeable lens mounts, simultaneous recording in REDCODE® RAW and Apple ProRes formats, an intelligent OLPF system, and in-camera 3D-LUT outputs. At just $9,950 for the camera BRAIN® and $14,500 for the complete Base I/O V-Lock Package, SCARLET-W delivers unparalleled flexibility, accessibility and performance.
Light Iron is a post production company with an extreme focus on maximizing image fidelity. We rely heavily on technology to increase filmmakers’ creative control over their projects. The newest arrow in our quiver for hitting that target is Sony’s BVM-X300 4K OLED master monitor.
When the television and cine markets began demanding 4K cameras, the quickest solution was to use large-format, single 4K sensors. Since many of these sensors were close to the size of a 35mm frame of film, shooters could draw on the large supply of 35mm PL mount film lenses. Lens makers quickly began development and production of a newer generation of optics.
Earlier this year, news broke out of Texas Frightmare Weekend that Don Coscarelli was “retiring” his personal 35mm print of his fright favorite PHANTASM, a film whose prints have become decidedly difficult to find in its native format. For some, the move came as an unfortunate turn, considering that the 35mm theatrical experience is still one embraced by a majority of horror hounds, while rumors began to swell that the print’s retirement had something to do- promotional or otherwise- with the upcoming release of PHANTASM V: RAVAGER. Yet no one could have predicted the truth behind the matter, revealed this weekend at Harry Knowles’ Butt-Numb-A-Thon, as J.J. Abrams and his production company, Bad Robot, have teamed with Don Coscarelli on a 4K restoration of PHANTASM!
There are a lot of cameras on the market and picking the right one takes a lot of thought. For the past few months, we have been trying to figure out our next camera purchase and with all the quality choices out there in today’s market, that decision did not come easy. It is not as simple as choosing the camera with the best picture quality or the one that is the most versatile. Production companies have more choice and access to affordable gear then ever before.
Canon has rolled out a new projector that is aiming at a variety of markets where high resolution and bright output are needed. Canon says that the Realis 4K500ST Pro AV LCOS Projector is ideal for training, museums and galleries, industrial design, and higher education. The projector has a native resolution of 4096 x 2400.
Grand Theft Auto V just got a free upgrade, but only for PC. Now console gamers may get to play the best games first, but PC gamers always end up getting the most stuff for those games in the end.
Smaller TVs (i.e., those measuring less than 50 inches) often suffer from lackluster picture performance. The Sony XBR43X830C is an exception, offering excellent color fidelity, good upscaling capability and a solid 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels) picture, all for less than $700.
Displaying a broad spectrum of government applications, Panasonic will showcase a range of new cameras from a 4K handheld to a 4K pan/tilt/zoom in Booth #401 at Government Video Expo, December 1-3 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Cyclops gear may not have the same weight in the 4K action camera market as GoPro does since they’ve had only a short time in this market niche but now, that’s about to change.
The GoPro Hero4 may get all the hype as the best 4K video camera out right now, but there’s a competitor on the way, and it’s not Sony. Mokacam will arrive Feb. 2016 and the features look promising. The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign boasts Mokacam is the world’s smallest 4K video camera.Weighing just 96 grams, the camera is no heavier than a third of a pound. It’s a perfect square cube, 1.77 inches wide and 1.77 inches tall. Mokacam comes out of Hong Kong and its minimalistic, and extremely tiny, design makes it a versatile lifestyle camera.
You could argue, I guess, that the timing of this review of the Panasonic TC-55CX850U is a bit unfortunate. After all, the attention right now seems to be focused on a different Panasonic TV: the preposterously brilliant 65CZ950 OLED TV (reviewed in rather glowing terms here)...The 55CX850U, on the other hand, is a whole lot more approachable. Sure, its $3,499.99 price is still hardly bargain basement territory, but I’d say it’s not bad at all considering how much the TV has to offer.
At the Inter BEE show taking place in Japan, AJA introduced the Ki Pro Ultra, a ProRes-based 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD player/recorder that’s capable of capturing 4K video at framerates up to 60p. Post spoke with AJA product marketing manager Bryce Button just prior to the Ki Pro Ultra’s introduction, and he noted the company’s history in ProRes recording solutions, dating back to AJA’s Io HD in 2007 and Ki Pro in 2009.
Panasonic has announced that a firmware upgrade for its AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder becomes available today.