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.
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.
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.
Fox Sports announced back in December 2019 that the Super Bowl LIV will be the first Super Bowl to be streamed in 4K — a resolution sharper than traditional HD cable TV broadcasting — as well as high-dynamic-range (HDR).
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 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.
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.”
DAZN, the London-based global over-the-top (OTT) subscription video streaming service that expanded to the United States last year, has invested in seven Panasonic AW-UE150 4K pan/tilt/zoom cameras to support production of its recently-launched daily offering, “The Pat McAfee Show.”
Sony Imaging Products & Solutions Inc., Sony Mobile Communications Inc. and Verizon joined forces with NBC Sports to test how 5G can change the way live sports broadcasts are captured and produced. During the Houston Texans vs New England Patriots football game at NRG Stadium on December 1st, 2019, a camera person from NBC Sports captured video of the game on the field using Sony’s PXW-Z450 shoulder camcorder. The video was streamed through Sony’s prototype transmitter box and Xperia 5G mmWave device, via Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network to a production room in the stadium.
FANUC America, the U.S. subsidiary of FANUC, a global leader in automation for manufacturing, recently inaugurated a new 461,000 square-foot North Campus robotics and automation facility in Auburn Hills, MI. The grand opening event was supported by rental/staging company Creative Day Technologies with Panasonic AK-UC4000 4K/HD/HDR field/studio camera systems.
Panasonic announced that its new AJ-CX4000, a 4K/HDR shoulder-mount camcorder with B4 lens mount and interchangeable lens, will be available at the end of December at a suggested list price of $25,000. Ideal for network news, sports, blue-chip nature films and travel documentaries, the AJ-CX4000 follows the handheld AG-CX350 to expand the CX Series of 4K camcorders.
Blackmagic Design today announced that award winning live director, Steve Price, used the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K to create a cinematic, slow motion backdrop for Mumford & Sons’ recent appearance at the iHeart Radio music festival in Las Vegas.
Sony Electronics unveiled a prototype of its new 24-inch 4K LCD professional picture monitor for the first time at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition 2019 (Inter BEE 2019) in Japan. The portable monitor offers high grade picture quality and accurate color reproduction and is ideal for 4K HDR productions - giving professional content creators a reliable tool for versatile applications such as on-set monitoring, non-linear video editing, studio wall monitoring, rack-mount monitoring in OB trucks or machine rooms.
Investigation Discovery’s Betrayed follows the lives of normal people whose lives are cut short at the hands of a family member, co-worker, friend, or lover. Currently shooting its 4th season (10 episodes per season), the true crime series is directed and shot by Yoram Astrakhan with AU-EVA1 cinema cameras. (Season 1 and 2 were shot with Canon 5D DSLRs.) Astrakhan’s evolution as a director/DP began after studying photography in Israel and then moving to Los Angeles to study cinematography at the American Film Institute. From there, he worked his way up the camera crew ladder in becoming a DP.
Blackmagic Design today announced that its ATEM Constellation 8K live production switcher was used as part of an Ultra HD 12G-SDI and fiber live production workflow at WE Fest, the largest country music festival in the United States and the longest running in the world. Now in its 37th year, the three day festival took place in Detroit Lakes, MN, in August 2019 with performances from stars such as Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Brooks and Dunn, LeAnn Rimes and more.
Phillip Youmans’ Tribeca 2019 Founders Award winning ‘Burning Cane’ was shot using URSA Mini Pro 4.6K and Production Camera 4K, with color correction done using DaVinci Resolve Studio. At 19, Youmans is the youngest and first African-American filmmaker to ever win the prestigious award.
The Long Walk is the third feature film by director Mattie Do (Chanthaly, Dearest Sister), who was raised in Los Angeles but relocated to Laos to become the country’s first, and only, female filmmaker. In an interview in Women and Hollywood, Do describes her genre-bending film as “an unconventional time-travel thriller set in a forgotten rural village in Laos, about the ethos of a man, plagued by regret and loneliness, and his downward spiral into becoming a serial killer. He also has a very complicit ghostly friend.” The low-budget feature was shot over 32 days in Vientiane, Laos by cinematographer Matthew Macar with the AU-EVA1 cinema camera.
Expanding upon its position as the leader in software defined visual storytelling (#SDVS) and IP video production, NewTek will demonstrate the universal power of IP video at IBC2019, giving customers breakthrough capabilities and unprecedented options that seek to transform the way video is made.
Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K, a new handheld digital film camera with a full Super 35 size 6K HDR image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, an EF lens mount and dual native ISO up to 25,600 for incredible low light performance. This new model builds on the popularity of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K but has a larger Super 35 sensor size with 6K resolution, allowing higher image quality. The EF lens mount model works with a wide range of lenses from companies such as Canon, Zeiss, Sigma and Schneider.
Cisco Live, the annual customer conference under the aegis of Cisco Systems, Inc. (San Jose, CA), has upgraded its session capture with the use of more than five dozen Panasonic AW-UE70W/K 4K/HD pan/tilt/zoom cameras with AW-SF200 Auto Tracking software. This state-of-the-art software enables Panasonic professional PTZ cameras to automatically track presenters via face and body detection, now with deep learning technology.
NEWARK, NJ (July 15, 2019) – Panasonic has announced the immediate availability of Barry Green’s A Guide to the Panasonic AG-CX350 Camcorder, a comprehensive reference eBook for customers and users of the new 4K 1.0-type AG-CX350 handheld camera. The eBook can be downloaded for free at https://na.panasonic.com/us/CX350book.
In Dopesick Nation, recovering addicts Frankie and Allie take on the heroin epidemic by working to save as many addicts as they can. Premiering on Viceland in September 2018, the series takes place in southern Florida and also tries to expose the corruption and exploitation that takes place in the rehab industry. The majority of Dopesick Nation was shot by cinematographers Mike Goodman and Greg Taylor with Panasonic VariCam LT cinema cameras.
Blackmagic Design today announced that the ASTROLab, an astronomy activity center located at the Mont-Mégantic National Park in southern Québec, has built a new 12G-SDI AV and streaming workflow around Blackmagic Design products, including an ATEM Production Studio 4K, Blackmagic eGPU and Blackmagic Web Presenter. The new workflow powers ASTROLab’s daily science presentations in its interactive theater, allowing them to live stream the presentations to audiences around the world.
Blackmagic Design today announced that a multicam outside broadcast workflow, featuring URSA Broadcast and ATEM 2 M/E Production Studio 4K, is delivering a wide range of live streaming content for Poland’s national football association, Polski Zwiazek Pilki Noznej (PZPN).
The University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) has increased its complement of Panasonic production cameras with a purchase of five Panasonic AK-HC5000 HD HDR high-speed broadcast camera systems in full studio configuration. Previously equipped with five AK-HC3800 HD broadcast cameras and three AJ-PX5000 P2 HD shoulder-mount camcorders, U. of Miami’s Athletics has utilized the HC5000s to produce linear and digital broadcasts of Division One sports since early this year.