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Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength

Zixi Live Streams 4K Content on the 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength

Sports fans and entertainment buffs have a high bar for their live streaming experiences, demanding outstanding performances on any device, quick start times, and no buffering. Viewers also want more live streamed content than ever, and, increasingly, in vivid 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution. These applications require ultra-low latencies in order to deliver high-quality viewing experiences on an increasingly wide range of 5G capable devices. For broadcasters and over-the-top (OTT) TV service providers, meeting all these expectations with traditional network delivery technologies is a tall order.

4K Garden Taps AJA Gear to Keep 4K HDR Production Blooming

4K Garden Taps AJA Gear to Keep 4K HDR Production Blooming

4K HDR production can elevate the quality of content and help it stand out in a crowded marketplace, but requires a workflow equipped to handle vast amounts of complex data. Since launching in 2016, 4K Garden has focused on providing solutions that alleviate common pain points when working in 4K and now HDR. As the popularity of 4K HDR content has grown, so has demand for its services. 4K Garden’s clients include the top two 4K channels in China, offered by national public broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV) and provincial broadcaster Guangdong TV Station, each featuring a range of live 4K programming. To ensure reliable, quality 4K HDR outputs across productions, 4K Garden relies on an array of sophisticated gear, including AJA’s FS-HDR real-time HDR/WCG converter, HDR Image Analyzer 12G, and the Ki Pro Ultra 12G recorder/player. These tools also play a crucial role in a 4K/UltraHD HDR training program that 4K Garden provides to up-and-coming talent.

Panasonic Expands Studio Camera Offering with the Introduction of AK-UC3300 Studio Camera

Panasonic Expands Studio Camera Offering with the Introduction of AK-UC3300 Studio Camera

As the demand for 4K video content continues to grow across industries, the need for a flexible, 4K, feature-rich studio camera has become more desired. Panasonic today announced an expansion to its studio camera line-up with the AK-UC3300, designed to provide production teams with a future-proof solution that delivers high-quality imagery and dynamic performance. The new AK-UC3300 studio camera was designed specifically to satisfy for the needs of industry professionals working in production, broadcast, houses of worship, rental and staging, and eSports environments.

Following in the footsteps of Panasonic’s flagship AK-UC4000 studio camera, the AK-UC3300 supports a similar feature set broadcasters have come to expect including exceptional color accuracy and dynamic range. Due to the growing demand for high-quality content, the AK-UC3300 houses a large 11-megapixel 4K image sensor to achieve a horizontal and vertical resolution of 2,000 TV lines. The camera system is ideal for live remote and studio production and supports various interfaces, including 12G-SDI output, TICO over SDI (4K over 3G-SDI output) and SMPTE ST 2110.

Panasonic Ships AG-UMR20 Recorder/AG-UCK20 Compact Camera

Panasonic Ships AG-UMR20 Recorder/AG-UCK20 Compact Camera

Panasonic has begun deliveries of the AG-UMR20 compact field recorder and companion AG-UCK20 4K camera head, facilitating ultra-flexible, high-quality 4K image capture and advanced IP control and IP streaming.

Netflix's Anne with an E Shot with VariCam 35s

Netflix's Anne with an E Shot with VariCam 35s

Anne with an E is a filmed adaptation of the classic coming-of-age 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The series was shot by cinematographer Bobby Shore, CSC with VariCam 35 cinema cameras.

Blackmagic Design Ships Remote Bluetooth Camera Control App for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design Ships Remote Bluetooth Camera Control App for URSA Mini Pro

Blackmagic Design today released Blackmagic Camera Control, a free iPad app that lets customers remotely control their URSA Mini Pro cameras via Bluetooth, along with Camera 4.4 Update for URSA Mini Pro cameras. The new Blackmagic Camera Control app is based on the open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that Blackmagic Design demonstrated at NAB earlier this year. 

4K Opinions & Interviews

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

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.

How did you get involved with "Witness Project: The Story of Anastasia Lin"?
The director / editor of the project, Adam Hawk-Jensen, asked me to come on board as his director of photography. As I understand it, the nonprofit organization “Victims of Communism,” approached him to helm a new series of documentaries that would tell the stories of these survivors. I knew going into the project that Adam needed me to bring a strong vision with a lot of creative autonomy on my end as his DP - he’s a great collaborator in that regard. I’ve worked a lot as a cinematographer on projects that explore themes of liberty and what it takes to sustain a free and prosperous society, as well as the inverse. While I have only shot three videos for the Witness Project, it’s been an absolute honor to capture the story of these heroic and inspiring individuals.
Taking a Look at Upcoming 4K Video Trends

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: https://www.startech.com/.

4K: A Revolution in Resolution
Display technology has considerably advanced over the last decade. The 2K-to-4K UHD transition represents a giant leap forward in video realism and has created a lot of buzz with content creators. The industry’s demand for higher image fidelity and an immersive cinematic experience has catalyzed the technological advances required for a true 4K experience. When viewed from 3.5 to 5 feet away, 4K images on a 50 inch 4K TV are life-like, with more depth and color. Desktop displays at only 18 to 36 inches away display sharper and significantly more detailed images.