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  • Blackmagic Design Showcases the 6K Pocket Cinema Camera at NAB NY 2019
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  • Sony Launches Flagship Full Frame FX9 Camera at IBC 2019
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  • LiveU Unveils the LU600 5G Cellular Bonding Unit at IBC 2019
    LiveU Unveils the LU600 5G Cellular…
  • Marshall Electronics Debuts New Miniature CV503-WP All Weather Camera at IBC 2019
    Marshall Electronics Debuts New…
  • ARRI Begins Shipments of ALEXA Mini LF Cameras at IBC 2019
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Beyond 4K Buzz & Trends

Is 8K More Supply or Demand?

Is 8K More Supply or Demand?

Bill Thompson, Senior Platform Manager, Signiant

For the majority of content creators and distributors, it’s hard even to start considering 8K when 4K, while still maturing in production, mastering, and distribution, is not yet the standard across the production supply chain. 8K’s immense file sizes impact numerous media operations—the least of which are storage space, transcoding services, file transfer, delivery mechanisms, and timelines. Despite that, 8K garners more industry attention every year, growing in usage and infrastructure after almost two decades in development. For some, it’s the next “big thing” and an unnecessary evolution. For others, it’s already here, inevitable and appropriate.

Panasonic AK-HC5000 HD HDR Broadcast Cameras Chosen to Capture NHL Hockey, Major College Basketball for Prudential Center’s World-Class Video Board

Panasonic AK-HC5000 HD HDR Broadcast Cameras Chosen to Capture NHL Hockey, Major College Basketball  for Prudential Center’s World-Class Video Board

Prudential Center, home to the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and NCAA's Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team, has upgraded to Panasonic AK-HC5000 HD HDR studio/field camera systems for all in-game presentation on the arena’s massive, center-hung LED scoreboards (almost four stories tall). In addition to capturing game action, the four AK-HC5000s and an AW-UE150 4K/HD 60p pan/tilt/zoom camera enhance the fan experience, including fan shots, player warm-ups and timeout features.

DP Patrick Alexander Stewart captures HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm with VariCam LT cinema cameras

DP Patrick Alexander Stewart captures HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm with VariCam LT  cinema cameras

Created by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as a fictionalized version of himself, Curb Your Enthusiasm premiered on HBO twenty years ago. Along with Mitchel Hurwitz’s Arrested Development, the series transformed the half hour comedy sitcom genre from multicam to single camera in its use of handheld documentary style cinematography. What do both shows, and the upcoming Netflix show, Brews Brothers, have in common? They are all currently shot by cinematographer Patrick Alexander Stewart with VariCam LT cinema cameras.

Cyber Media TV Uses ATEM Constellation 8K for eSports Streaming

Cyber Media TV Uses ATEM Constellation 8K for eSports Streaming

Blackmagic Design today announced that Cyber Media TV uses Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation 8Ks and ATEM 1M/E Advanced Panels for eSports and steaming programs for gaming. Cyber Media TV uses both ATEM products, along with a number of other Blackmagic products, to stream 60 to 80 eSports programs each month.

Panasonic Announced Three of the Industry's Smallest and Lightest 4K 60P Professional Camcorders With a Wide-Angle 25MM Lens and 24x Optical Zoom

Panasonic Announced Three of the Industry's Smallest and Lightest 4K 60P Professional Camcorders With a Wide-Angle 25MM Lens and 24x Optical Zoom

Panasonic is proud to announce three of the industry's smallest and lightest 4K 60p camcorders. Not limited by their compact and lightweight designs, the HC-X1500, HCX2000 and AG-CX10 offer a high standard of on-site mobility and portability, as well as the high-quality 4K 60p recording capability demanded by professionals. The Wide-Angle 25mm Lens and 32x i.ZOOM (4K recording) achieve high-spec optical performance thanks to Panasonic's exclusive high-precision AF, which also provides high-speed, accurate focusing for both 4K and Full-HD shooting. The new models have a variety of professional functions, such as Two Manual Rings, an ND Filter, a Built-in LED Video Light *3 , and 24-bit High Resolution Linear PCM Audio Recording. Users can further customize the recording formats according to the shooting environment or preference.

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

NewTek Announces New NDI® Spark Plus IO Converters

NewTek Announces New NDI® Spark Plus IO Converters NewTek, the leader in IP-based video technology and part of the Vizrt Group, today announced two new Spark Plus IO converters to the lineup. The new Spark Plus IO converters simplify the encoding or decoding of video for use in an IP-based workflow through the power of NDI®.

NEP Standardizes on Sony’s HDC-3500 and HDC-5500 4K HDR Live Production Camera Systems

NEP Standardizes on Sony’s HDC-3500 and HDC-5500  4K HDR Live Production Camera Systems Sony Electronics Inc. today announced completion of an agreement with international outsourced technical production partner NEP Group for the purchase of more than 50 Sony HDC-3500L and HDC-5500L cameras. A longtime Sony customer and collaborator, NEP will use these products to support live sports productions and entertainment events worldwide, giving at-home viewers front row seats.

SIX FUJINON CINEMATOGRAPHY AND BROADCAST LENSES RECOGNIZED WITH 2020 iF DESIGN AWARD

SIX FUJINON CINEMATOGRAPHY AND BROADCAST LENSES RECOGNIZED WITH 2020 iF DESIGN AWARD FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to announce that it has been recognized for design excellence with the 2020 iF DESIGN AWARD for six of its cinema and broadcast products. Cinema lenses honored include the two PREMISTA large format zooms (28-100mm and 80-250mm T2.9-3.5) while four of Fujifilm’s 4K broadcast lenses received recognition including the UA125x8, UA18x7.6, UA23x7.6, and LA16x8. The updated design of the zoom servo controller—the ERD-40A-D01—also received an award.

FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All Shot with Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

FX’s The Most Dangerous Animal of All Shot with Pocket Cinema Camera 4K Fremont, CA - March 9, 2020 - Blackmagic Design today announced that DP Zak Mulligan used its Pocket Cinema Camera 4Ks to help capture FX’s new docuseries “The Most Dangerous Animal of All.” The series also made use of DaVinci Resolve Studio for color grading, which was completed by Partner and Senior Colorist Shane Reed of Los Angeles based post production studio Apache.