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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.

DP Mark Schwartzbard creates scares for Blumhouse Production’s Black Christmas with the VariCam 35

DP Mark Schwartzbard creates scares for Blumhouse Production’s Black Christmas with  the VariCam 35

As Hawthorne College winds down for the Christmas holidays, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority sisters one by one. Produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Get Out) for Blumhouse Productions, Black Christmas is a re-imagining of the 1974 cult classic to a 21 st century audience. The horror film was directed and co-written by Sophia Takal (Always Shine). Although Takal was a fan of the original film, she wanted to bring attention to contemporary women’s rights issues, in particular the Me-Too movement. The film was shot by cinematographer Mark Schwartzbard (Forever, Master of None) with VariCam cinema cameras rented out of Panavision New Zealand. “The original Black Christmas was made in 1974 and it was a Canadian low budget horror movie,” explains Schwartzbard. “A lot of people believe it's the movie that invented the slasher film.”

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

Nevion reports record year as shift to IP in broadcasting intensifies

Nevion reports record year as shift to IP in broadcasting intensifies Nevion, award-winning provider of virtualized media production solutions, has announced that 2019 was a record year for the company with sales orders up 52% compared to the previous year. In addition to this, software and services now represent almost half (48%) of Nevion’s sales. This is a significant increase from 2014 when software and services represented just 16% of the company’s sales – underlining the move from dedicated hardware to software-defined IP solutions. This shift is…

Black Box at the 2020 NAB Show

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Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at the 2020 NAB Show

Call for Presentations Now Open for IP Showcase at the 2020 NAB Show Submission Deadline is Feb. 28; Focus Will Be User Experiences and Advances, How New Standards and Specifications Are Improving Media Workflows BOTHELL, Wash. — Feb. 19, 2020 — The call for presentations is now open for the IP Showcase at NAB Show 2020, April 18-22 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C12638. Hosted in association with the NAB and sponsored by the Audio Engineering Society (AES), the Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS), the Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA),…