It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a… Drone Cowboy. Nick Swartzendruber, cinematographer and founder of Drone Cowboys, and his team have taken to the skies to capture aerial cinematography using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV.) With the goal of “telling a story rather than shooting scenery,” Drone Cowboys shoots for the likes of Red Bull, Apple, Bloomberg, Outdoor Channel and more.
We as a society spend millions of dollars a year in search of happiness, whether it's from the clothes we wear, the places we travel, or the technology we use. But how much power and influence does a positive mind have over happiness? Documentarian Adam Shell (“Put the Camera on Me” and “Finding Kraftland”) wanted to know the answer - so he asked.
UFC fans who are early adopters of 4K TV technology will have the opportunity to watch Saturday's UFC 200 in the fledgling high-resolution format. The UFC will produce a completely separate 4K telecast of the event that will be made available to PPV buyers via both DirecTV and the NeuLion-powered UFC.tv app. It will be DirecTV’s first live PPV offering in 4K, and the UFC.tv digital ticket will boast the first-ever live OTT stream in 4K.
We've all heard it. This new technology is the best thing to happen to video since the Kinetoscope. It will truly change the way we view programs. Jump on the bandwagon now or be left behind. While that holds for most over-hyped “revolutionary Technology”, that is not the case for 4K. 4K is different because it is an evolutionary technology. It is just a logical extension of what is already out there. What's more, most people who see it actually want it.
AJA Video Systems announced that its FS4 frame sync and converter supporting 4K, UltraHD, 2K, HD and SD workflows is now shipping. Encased in a sleek 1RU chassis, FS4 provides incredible flexibility for broadcast and ProAV professionals with a single-channel mode for 4K/UltraHD video processing and up, down and cross-conversion to/from 2K/HD/SD, as well as a four-channel mode for multi-channel density that enables four 2K/HD/SD channels of simultaneous conversion and processing.
“Breathe” recently won Best Short at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, and Derby Film Festival in the UK. The film is a Cine Gear Film Expo finalist, where it will screen in competition at the Paramount Lot in Hollywood on June 2nd.Writer/Director Paul Kowalski and Cinematographer Simu Feng took the time to chat about shooting in 4K for 'Breathe,' what it was like using the ARRI Alexa and more.
In late April, DirecTV began broadcasting MLB Network Showcase baseball games in 4K, available to DirecTV Premier and Ultimate subscribers equipped with 4K set-top boxes. Simultaneously, Toronto’s Dome Productions has been shooting Blue Jays’ home games in 4K since April 8. Dome’s 4K feed is being distributed nationwide on Rogers Cable’s two Sportsnet 4K channels, plus Bell Media’s two TSN (The Sports Network) 4K channels via satellite and telephone lines. To the casual viewer, these two MLB 4K broadcast streams would seem to indicate that seamless 4K live production has arrived. However, the truth is a bit more complicated and—from a real-life engineering perspective—more impressive.
Last month, attentive sky watchers could see Mercury pass in front of the Sun (and hopefully did so without looking directly at the Sun). Thanks to a few high-definition videos courtesy of NASA, you can now re-live the rare moment.
NBC has announced that the 2016 Rio Olympics will definitely be getting a 4K UHD showcasing to at least some audiences with the ability to watch them in the resolution. The broadcaster will make content from the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro available to carriers in not just 4K resolution but also with high dynamic range and Dolby Atmos sound, at least for those who have 4K TVs and sound systems which support 4K itself and these new 4K-related technologies. We don’t however yet know what HDR format NBC plans on using with their Olympic sportscasts.
Animatrik Film Design recently joined forces with creative agency Territory to showcase the finest moments in motion capture (or Mo-cap) history. Mo-cap is the process of recording live-action movements of objects or people. Within the entertainment industry, it refers to recording actions of performers within a mocap volume and using that information to give life to digital character models or objects in 2D or 3D computer animation.
ATEME announced today that RTVE, Spain’s public service broadcaster and largest audiovisual group in the country, broadcast the opera by Wagner “Parsifal” from Teatro Real on April 21, live in Ultra High Definition (UHD). The broadcast took place via HISPASAT satellite and terrestrial network, in partnership with ATEME, who provided the digital compression of the signal.
BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today presented its all-new PV3200PT IPS monitor. Purpose-built for today's professional video postproduction applications, the 32-inch 4K Ultra HD display delivers incredible color precision via 10-bit, 100-percent sRGB color, following the Rec. 709 standard. With an OSD controller and Eye-Care technologies, the new creative display provides a feature-rich and comfortable computer viewing experience that renders colors and details with the highest quality.
At the NAB Show next week, the Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America will introduce its cutting-edge FUJINON UA107x8.4 (UA107x) broadcast lens - the longest and widest 4K lens ever created for Ultra HD (UHD) broadcast applications. The UA107x 4K UHD lens can be seen along with the complete FUJINON Premier 4K product family at Booth C7125 during the NAB Show, running from April 16-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
ATEME announced today that FRANSAT, the satellite TV bouquet of Eutelsat in France, broadcast the Vienna Opera ballet “Le Corsaire” live in Ultra High Definition (UHD) on April 2, in partnership with Arte channel.
The market for Micro Four Thirds cameras continues to balloon. These compact mirrorless shooters with interchangeable lenses are beloved by photography enthusiasts who want a high-quality camera that’s smaller and easier to manage than a DSLR. They’re also attractive as an upgrade from a smartphone camera.
Mobile TV Group (MTVG) has launched another end-to-end 4K and HDR mobile production unit, designated 39 FLEX, incorporating 12 Sony HDC-4300 live camera systems and using Sony's BVM-X300 4K/HDR master monitor for critical viewing. Powered by Sony’s 4K/HDR broadcast production technology, 39 FLEX makes live sports production in 4K/HDR a practical reality.
Sony is launching its 4K movie streaming service called Ultra next month. Consumers will be able to buy movies from the service, and stream to supported Sony 4K TV sets, starting April 4.“We wanted to give consumers a streaming option that showcased the best 4K content that we can offer with the ease of a streaming service,” said Sony Pictures Entertainment VP Jake Winett during a press event in San Francisco on Tuesday.
Panasonic has announced that a firmware upgrade for its AG-DVX200PJ 4K large-sensor, 4/3” handheld camcorder is immediately available. The upgrade, free to DVX200PJ customers, is labeled Ver. 1.51 and can be downloaded here.
Blackmagic Design today announced that Micro Studio Camera 4K and Video Assist were used for live video feeds and video introductions on Sir Elton John’s “All the Hits” world tour. Blackmagic Design Teranex Mini, UltraStudio Express and DaVinci Resolve Studio were also used for concert production on the tour.
Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand and maker of best of breed batteries and mobile power solutions for the broadcast, film and video industries, is proud to announce the North American debut of the new CINE battery series at NAB 2016. The new CINE series continues the brand’s history of producing the industry’s most powerful and durable batteries.
Blackmagic Design today announced that Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and the Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera have commenced shipping and that the specifications of the two cameras have been changed. This announcement can also be viewed as a video available here.
Award-winning cinematographer Nancy Schreiber, ASC recently shot a two-minute public service announcement for YouTube with a pair of Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema camera/recorders. Honoring this week’s International Women’s Day, the spot profiles seven YouTube creators from around the world who serve as Change Ambassadors in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign, using their voices to stand up for gender equality.
Blackmagic Design's DaVinci Resolve Studio was used to complete post production, including the final DI and online edit, on this year’s French Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, “Mustang.” Colorist, Yov Moor talks about his work on the film, using Davinci Studio and what it feels like to have the film considered for an Oscar.
Panasonic has announced a number of cost-saving camera kit packages for the recently unveiled VariCam LT Super 35mm Cinema Camera, which begins shipping later this month. In addition, Panasonic has announced a 40% reduction in the cost of expressP2 cards, the media used for recording on the VariCam LT and VariCam 35 cinema cameras as well as the VariCam HS action camera.