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4K Videos

  • AJA Video Systems Showcases Wide Range of Technology at NAB NY 2018
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  • Ikegami Showcases UHK-430 4K & HDK-73 HD Cameras and 4K HDR Monitors at NAB NY 2018
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  • Quantum Enhances Xcellis Scale-out Storage with StorNext 6.2 and NVMe Technology at NAB NY 2018
    Quantum Enhances Xcellis Scale-out…
  • Blackmagic Design's New Blackmagic RAW Codec at NAB NY 2018
    Blackmagic Design's New Blackmagic RAW…
  • ARRI Showcases Trinity 5-Axis Hybrid Stabilizer at NAB NY 2018
    ARRI Showcases Trinity 5-Axis Hybrid…
  • Schneider Kreuznach Showcases Xenon Full Frame Cine-Tilt Lenses to IBC 2018
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Beyond 4K Buzz & Trends

What The Heck is 8K?

I work in the Video world. I own a Production company. I recently bought a 4K television; a Samsung 65” curved UHD TV. And I love it! But the latest rumor in our business is 8K is coming… but do we need it? Or even want it?

According to Will Greenwald of PC Magazine (pcmag.com), 8K televisions are at least a year away from being available in America. Even then, they will be anything but affordable for the typical consumer. And, more importantly, will there be any programming for them?

Beck Gets Big Budget Look for Indies with Schneider FF-Primes

Beck Gets Big Budget Look for Indies with Schneider FF-Primes

Cinematographer Adam Beck is always working. In addition to lensing commercials and shooting professional ice hockey, this year alone he’s shot three indie features – Camp Twilight, Booze and Broads and Blackjack – and just finished his latest, Killer Rose. On each project, Beck chose Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Primes, to create a distinctive look. “I constantly hear from producers that the visuals look as if our budgets were two to three times the amount they were,” says Beck. “Much of that credit goes to the crew for their hard work and dedication, but the lenses along with the lighting, also played a big part in giving us a look and feel that is associated with higher budget films.

DP Joe Callahan Shoots Wildlife Documentary in India with AU-EVA1 5.7K Cinema Camcorders

DP Joe Callahan Shoots Wildlife Documentary in India with AU-EVA1 5.7K Cinema Camcorders

Shooting with Panasonic AU-EVA1 5.7K cinema cameras, Director of Photography Joe Callahan has completed principal photography on a feature-length documentary about wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in India. The documentary, aiming for premium festival berths, profiles the pioneering work of Wildlife SOS, a worldwide organization dedicated to protecting and conserving India’s natural heritage, forest and wildlife wealth.

Panasonic Exhibiting 4K AV Solutions Designed to Captivate Congregations at 2018 WFX Conference and Expo

Panasonic Exhibiting 4K AV Solutions Designed to Captivate Congregations  at 2018 WFX Conference and Expo

Panasonic Systems Solutions Company of North America will feature a wide range of 4K visual, 4K professional imaging and audio solutions for houses of worship at the WFX Conference and Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The EQ1 Series 4K Professional Displays, PT-RZ120U 1-Chip DLP™ SOLID SHINE Laser Projector, AW-UE150 4K 60p Professional PTZ Camera, AW-RP150 Touchscreen Remote Camera Controller, AK-UC4000 4K HDR and HD Slow Motion Camera System and RAMSA Audio Speakers will all be featured at Booth #501 from November 14-15, 2018.

DP Greg Wilson and TV Tech Managers employ VariCam LTs with CineLive for Karate Combat: One World

DP Greg Wilson and TV Tech Managers employ VariCam LTs with CineLive for Karate Combat: One World

Karate Combat was founded to promote the sport of Karate worldwide by creating the first professional, full-contact league. Held on the 102nd floor Observation Deck of New York City’s One World Trade Center, Karate Combat: One World took place on September 27th and was broadcasted live through Karate Combat’s website, www.Karate.com. The sports event was shot by cinematographer Greg Wilson with the support from TV Tech Managers on VariCam LTs set up for CineLive. Released in early 2018, VariCam LT’s Ver. 6.0 firmware enables broadcast shading and multi-camera control plus tally and return video management to the cinema camera. This allows a production to create a cinematic look with excellent low-light performance for live and near-live productions.

4K Opinions & Interviews

DP Benjamin Gaskell Shoots the Latest Installment of the Witness Project Documentary Series with a Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K

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In late 2015, Smock Media, a Venice Beach-based film and VR production company, and the Victims of Communism (VOC), a Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization, came together and started The Witness Project. DP Benjamin Gaskell was brought on to tackle the first episode of the second installment, which would set the tone for the rest of the documentary series. The episode focused on Anastasia Lin, Miss World Canada 2015 and 2016, and her story.

Q What challenges were associated with shooting? Did you have a hard time landing any shots?

A My favorite filming location was on a remote hill that had these beautiful rolling hills of golden wheat. It was quite a logistical challenge to work effectively in the space, and I had a lot of concerns while we were location scouting about making it work. However our skillful producer J.P. Mandarino was instrumental in putting together a plan that made the whole experience a very efficient operation. It was one of those shooting days where the crew had such a good time working in a beautiful location capturing a meaningful story that you could almost feel the disappointment when we called wrap. If only every shooting day was like that! haha! Another moment that stands out to me was towards the end of our first half-day filming together. We ended up shooting past golden hour and deep enough into civil twilight that our overall ambient light levels required me to push the camera to 1600 ISO to get proper exposure. I’ll be honest about the fact that I was nervous about how the grain structure wouldn’t match, however I was pleasantly surprised at how the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K performed. The color rendition and noise pattern of our twilight footage matched up really well with the rest of the project’s look and tone. It’s a nice feeling knowing that you don’t always have compromise the quality of an established look or aesthetic in order to get enough footage in the can at the end of the day. When you work with good crew and the right equipment you can do almost anything.

Taking a Look at Upcoming 4K Video Trends

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StarTech takes a look at upcoming 4K video trends including how it's being adopted, what barriers exist, true 4K ecosystem and more.

Learn more about StarTech at: www.startech.com.

Q How is 4K Being Adopted and Proliferated?

A 4K technology opens a world of possibilities for content creation and consumption. 4K UHD augments the viewing experience in applications like entertainment, digital signage, education, sports, surveillance, games and medical applications. Native 4K resolution is significantly better in resolving detail, allowing closer, more immersive viewing and scales down to 2K output with a higher quality picture than if created in 2K. An entire industry has emerged to enable a truly end-to-end 4K ecosystem - from capture, production, initial distribution, and secondary distribution to consumers. Consumer electronics equipment manufacturers, in particular, are embracing this revolutionary display technology and are the driving force behind making 4K mainstream.

News: 4K, HDR & More

Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO Brings A Star Is Born Up Close and Personal

Cooke Anamorphic/i SF 65mm MACRO Brings A Star Is Born Up Close and Personal Matthew Libatique, ASC, who has already won the 2018 Hollywood Film Award for Cinematographer of the Year for his work on Warner Bros. Pictures’ A Star Is Born, reveals that he used Cooke Anamorphic/i SF ‘Special Flair’ lenses to help him move the story from the main superstar character Jack (Bradley Cooper — who also directed) to the newcomer Ally (Lady Gaga) in a way that would be believable to today’s audience.

Shiyan Daily Builds New 4K OB Van with Blackmagic Design Cameras and Switchers

Shiyan Daily Builds New 4K OB Van with Blackmagic Design Cameras and Switchers Fremont, CA – January 16, 2019 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Shiyan based Shiyan Daily Media Group built a new 4K OB van using URSA Broadcast and URSA Mini Pro cameras, as well as a number of other Blackmagic Design products to provide a 12G-SDI 4K workflow. The new van continues the Shivan Media Group’s move from traditional print coverage to becoming a full digital media organization.

Vitec Production Solutions at the BSC Expo

Vitec Production Solutions at the BSC Expo Litepanels — BSC Expo Prize Draw To ring in the New Year alongside the BSC Expo, Litepanels will raffle off a professional lighting kit to one lucky winner. The prize includes one Gemini 2x1 soft panel, one Astra 6x Bi-Color, and one Sola 4+ Daylight Fresnel. The online entry is free and takes only a few moments to complete. Link Here: http://bit.ly/2Fvsjmu New Litepanels Dual-Battery Bracket for Gemini 2x1 Soft Panel Making its official debut at the BSC Expo will be the all-new…

Hitachi Cameras Boost Quality, Reliability and Setup Ease for Collaborative Technology Services Unit at Iowa State University

Z-HD5500s provide superior results while helping audiovisual services group confidently take on increasingly high-profile video production projects Woodbury, NY, January 11, 2019 — The Collaborative Technology Services (CTS) unit at Iowa State University provides on-location video production, recording, conferencing and streaming services for departments, colleges, research centers and administrative units across the institution’s 1900-acre campus. When group’s projects began to outgrow the…