VariCamLT RAW Supported by Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ Monitor/Recorder

VariCamLT RAW Supported by Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+ Monitor/Recorder

Convergent Design have announced the upcoming firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q monitor/recorders will support the Panasonic VariCamLT 4K RAW output.  When Panasonic unveiled the VariCamLT in February, it announced the 4K RAW output capability for the camera would be added this year.  Panasonic has today released a free firmware update to the camera that enables this ability.  Convergent Design and Panasonic  demonstrated the 4K RAW capture workflow from the VariCamLT to the Odyssey7Q+ recently at the IBC 2016 show in Amsterdam.

“Odyssey supports RAW from more cameras than any other device in the industry,” said Mike Schell, President, Convergent Design. “The VariCamLT is a great camera and an important one in the Panasonic line, and we’re proud to include it in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q. Odyssey will support all frame rates and resolutions available for output from the VariCamLT. In addition to our RAW record capabilities, we can integrate the Odyssey’s Image Analysis Tools for focus, color and exposure, as well as its accurate OLED monitor and comprehensive Odyssey LUT System. Together the VariCamLT and the Odyssey7Q+ make a complete professional image capture package.”

The VariCamLT can output 4K 12-bit RAW up to 30fps and 4K 10-bit RAW up to 60fps.  The Odyssey7Q+ and the Odyssey7Q will be able to capture this RAW data and record it in the CinemaDNG format for use in popular post programs such as Assimilate SCRATCH 8.5 Tools & Workflow, DaVinci Resolve, and Adobe Premiere.

The Odyssey RAW Bundle option is required on the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q in order to record from RAW data camera sources.  In addition to support for the Panasonic VariCamLT, other RAW camera outputs supported include the ARRI ALEXA Classic, Canon C300mkII & C500, Indiecam GS2K, IO Industries Flare 2K & 4K, and Sony FS5, FS7, & FS700 cameras.  With the upcoming firmware update, the VariCamLT is added to the supported RAW cameras in the Odyssey RAW Bundle for no additional cost.  The Odyssey RAW Bundle can be added to any Odyssey7Q+ or Odyssey7Q at any time by purchasing an activation key from the Convergent Design website.  Permanent activation of the Odyssey RAW Bundle is US$995 and a one-day rental is US$99.

The free firmware update for the Odyssey7Q+ and Odyssey7Q is expected to be available near the end of September.  Visit Convergent Design at IBC booth 12.A34 September 9-13 to demo the VariCamLT and Odyssey7Q+ pairing in person.

Click here for Odyssey RAW Bundle

Click here for the Varicam V4.0 Firmware Upgrade

Blackmagic Design Announces new DeckLink Mini 4K models

Blackmagic Design Announces new DeckLink Mini 4K models

Popular DeckLink PCIe cards are now upgraded with Ultra HD and HDR support!

Blackmagic Design recently announced at IBC, new DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K PCIe capture cards that include all the powerful features of the HD models but include new Ultra HD and HDR (high dynamic range) features.

These new cards are available in two models, DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K and both models support all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p30. DeckLink Mini 4K models are available from John Barry Sales now.

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The new DeckLink Mini 4K models are low profile 4 lane generation 2 PCI Express cards that include 6G-SDI and HDMI 2.0a connections. This means the high quality connections support broadcast quality 10-bit YUV and 12-bit RGB video, along with the latest Rec. 2020 color and support for high dynamic range (HDR) formats and HDR metadata. Both DeckLink Mini 4K models are fully compatible with the Blackmagic Desktop Video SDK, making them perfect for OEMs or developers that are building custom playback or recording solutions.

DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K lets customers capture broadcast quality video directly from SDI and HDMI sources like decks and cameras to their computer. The low profile design of DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K makes it incredibly versatile and ideal for integrating into mobile live capture environments and outside broadcast trucks. Both models work with uncompressed and compressed video in open standard file formats such as QuickTime and DPX so they are compatible with virtually all professional editing, color correction and visual effects software. That means customers can use the DeckLink Mini 4K models with software such as DaVinci Resolve, Fusion, Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro and more.

“Customers have been asking for an Ultra HD version of our incredibly popular DeckLink Mini Monitor and Recorder cards,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “We are very excited that we’ve been able to add Ultra HD as well as high dynamic range support in our popular PCIe cards. Now customers can work with the latest equipment more affordably than ever before, which means that it’s possible for every editing and color correction workstation to monitor or record Ultra HD and even HDR!”

Availability and Price

DeckLink Mini Monitor 4K and DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K models are available now from John Barry Sales.

Blackmagic Design Announces Major New Video Assist 2.2 Update

Blackmagic Design Announces Major New Video Assist 2.2 Update

Major new update adds improved DNxHD and DNxHR support, as well as new monitoring options!

Blackmagic Design today announced Video Assist 2.2, a major new update for Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers that dramatically improves DNxHD and DNxHR support, adds false color monitoring, expanded focus options and new screen rotation features. The Video Assist 2.2 update will be available for download from the Blackmagic Design website next week, free of charge for all Blackmagic Video Assist 4K customers.

The new Video Assist 2.2 update lets customers save DNxHD and DNxHR files in MXF containers which improves compatibility with Avid systems running on Windows and removes dependencies on the .mov file format. In addition, customers can now choose between DNxHD 220, 145 and 45 bit rates, or between DNxHR HQ, SQ and LB formats when recording.

The Video Assist 2.2 update also adds false color monitoring exposure tools to the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. False color exposure tools make it easier to properly set exposure in different parts of the image by highlighting specific color ranges of luminance with a solid color overlay. For example, green indicates neutral grey, while pink tones are good references for skin, which is typically one stop over neutral grey. Using false color helps camera operators keep exposure consistent from shot to shot.

In addition, Video Assist 2.2 update also expands the options for focus assist so customers can now choose whether they want to see red, green, blue, black, white or traditional focus peaking indicators. This makes it easier for customers to accurately adjust focus in a wider range of scenes and under a variety of different lighting conditions. Customers will now also have the ability to manually control the screen orientation and turn off the auto rotate feature which makes it easier for customers to use Blackmagic Video Assist 4K with handheld gimbals and other equipment designed to move the camera and rig simultaneously.

“Customers love the new Blackmagic Video Assist 4K and it has become an indispensable part of every filmmakers toolkit,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “This new update is exciting because it gives customers more recording and file compatibility options than ever before, along with some incredible new monitoring tools that will help filmmakers properly expose their shots and focus them more quickly than ever before so they can shoot with confidence!”

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Video Assist 2.2 update will be available soon as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Click here to visit the Blackmagic Support Center

About Blackmagic Video Assist 4K

Introduced at NAB this year, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is a portable all in one monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. It features a bright, high resolution 7 inch screen for checking focus and framing, two high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker and more.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. Older cameras often feature custom and hard to use file or tape formats, while lower cost consumer cameras often have poor quality file formats and small screens, limiting their professional use. Blackmagic Video Assist 4K solves this problem because it works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Panasonic Releases 2 New 4K Professional Camcorders

Two new Panasonic models are currently scheduled for release in the Spring of 2016: the UX Premium Model AG-UX180, with a 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor, optical 20x zoom and UHD 60p recording capability; and the UX Standard Model AG-UX90, featuring a 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor, optical 15x zoom and UHD 30p recording.

“With an increasing demand for 4K video content, Panasonic is introducing the UX series to make 4K acquisition even more accessible to video professionals,” said Steven Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communication Company. “UX camcorders will provide high-mobility shooting and workflow equivalent to our existing professional integrated-lens handhelds.”

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The UX series will support recording up to 4K (4096×2160, 24p only) and UHD (3840×2160). (The AVCCAM series allowed recording up to FHD/1920×1080.) UX camcorders will use the SD Memory Card1 as recording media. The UX Premium Model AG-UX180 supports, in addition to 4K and UHD, dual codec recording (UHD *2/FHD), IR recording in low light, and 3G SDI/HDMI2.0 output. The UX camcorders’ 1-inch (effective size) MOS sensor ensures sensitivity equivalent to that of conventional handheld cameras. Variable frame rate (VFR) recording functionality (2-60 fps) is planned in FHD mode.

The availability of these new UX models later this year will bring the company’s line-up of professional 4K cameras to five, including the flagship VariCam 35 and VariCam LT cinema cameras for HDR production in 4K resolution, and the AG-DVX200 4K, 4/3″ large-sensor camcorder.

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Australian pricing for both models has yet to be announced, availability is expected late October.

Download the PDF for full specification & product details here.

*1: Video-shooting at 100Mbps or higher requires an SD Card compatible with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3).
*2: Excludes UHD 60p, 4K

 

Orange Is The New Black – Season 4 Shot On VariCam

Season 4 of Netflix’s top rating series ‘Orange is the New Black’ is airing in Australia on Netflix and Foxtel. Season 4 was shot using Varicam cameras in beautiful 4K imagery, supplied by Panavision.

The series is also close to many Australian’s hearts because one of its stars is fellow Australian actress and DJ Ruby Rose, who plays the role of Stella Carlin. Stella has quite a fan base in Australia and there is one giant question around whether Stella will return for Season 4.

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American Cinematographer recently published a great article  – Behind the Bars – with Cinematographer Ludovic Littee. This article emphasizes the planning, communication and efficiency of the crew while filming.

Read ‘Behind the Bars’ by Patricia Thompson for American Cinematographer

To see the latest goings on at Litchfield Penitentiary check out the trailer:

Canon Debuts Its New Wunderkind, The C300 HD Camera

The Canon EOS C300 EF Mount body shown here with a CN-E85mm lens

Owning a quality Canon camera never fails to inspire and bring out the best in your shots, whether stills or video. On the 3rd of December in Hollywood, this famous Japanese brand raised the curtains on its all-new EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera line. Is it time for you to upgrade, now that it joins the ranks of high performance, high-resolution digital movie capable devices? Here at John Barry, we are certainly looking forward to its imminent release.
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Remote wireless video monitoring with the IDX CW-5HD Transmitter

The IDX-CW-5HD wireless video transmitter
The IDX CW-5HD offers an elegant and effective solution to monitor SD and HD video capture wirelessly

Directors and cinematographers would love nothing more than to see what camera operators capture in real time. That’s what video monitors do. Videographers often get bothered when their production bosses peer through the same eyepiece to establish camera shots. Video monitors for these people are the practical solution, whether for SD or HD shoots, but until recently, this can be difficult without wires feeding to these monitors from various cameras that directors simply switch between. Thanks to wireless MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) coupled with OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) technology, the IDX Cam Wave 5HD provides a wireless monitoring solution for directors.
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Last longer with the IDX E-HL9 High Load Battery

IDX EHL9 High Load Battery
With 176 watts the IDX EHL9 can give you all the power you need for a whole day’s shoot

What do they say about batteries? They will die just when you need them the most. Well, that’s is true if you have no way of checking how much life is left in them. And in the world of mobile HD imaging where cameras rely on battery power, you need to know how much juice you have at any given time. That’s what the IDX E-HL9 High Load battery pack with Battery Power Management (BMS), PowerLink, Digi-View and V-mounting offers the in-field shooter.
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Go Pro – The world's most handy HD camera

The Go Pro Hero is the world's highest performance wearable video & still camera
The Go Pro Hero is the world's highest performance wearable video & still camera

Wearable digital cameras or point of view (PoV) consumer cameras have been around for some time.  So far I’ve seen ear-mounted, headgear mounted and eye glass mounted PoV cameras.  Today, many are in high definition video resolution and one model that caught my fancy when it arrived here in the showroom at John Barry’s was the Go Pro Hero HD. Immediately it was apparent that although small, for the money the Hero was simply jaw dropping and was sure to have a big impact on the market.

The uber-geeks at Go Pro have designed their Hero for the sportsman in us all and regardless of what you are into, be it skating or snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking or even bungee jumping, there is a Go Pro outfit designed to go where ever the action is.
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Manfrotto releases the DADO

DADO from Manfrotto is a versatile junction box that can connect just about any imaging device
DADO from Manfrotto is a versatile junction box that can connect just about any imaging device

Manfrotto, the leading manufacturer of support equipment for professional imaging industries, has recently unveiled a line of innovative solutions for photographic, videographic and lighting uses. One of them is the Manfrotto DADO, a versatile, multisided and multifunction mechanical junction box that can connect just about any imaging device – from floodlights, to cameras, and other accessories.  Both professional and amateur photographers and videographers will find practicality and unmatched value in the DADO at an affordable price point.
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