Blackmagic Design Wins 8 Good Design Awards, Including Coveted Design Team Award

Fremont, CA – July 7, 2017 – Blackmagic Design today announced that Good Design Australia has awarded them 8 “2017 Good Design® Awards,” including 7 product awards and the coveted “Design Institute of Australia Award/ Design Team Award.”

The annual Good Design Awards is Australia’s most prestigious awards for design and innovation, with a proud history dating back to 1958. The Awards celebrate the best new products and services on the Australian market, excellence in architectural design, digital and communication design and rewards emerging areas of design including business model innovation, social innovation and design entrepreneurship.

At this year’s Good Design Awards Ceremony in Sydney, Blackmagic Design’s entire design team was awarded the “Design Institute of Australia Award – Design Team Award.” This award is given to an Australian design team who have made a significant impact on Australian design over the year.

Also, after an extensive evaluation process involving more than 35 Australian and international design experts investigating hundreds of entries, eight Blackmagic Design products were recognised with Good Design Awards. This included two Best in Category Awards, one for the DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel in the Consumer Electronics Category and one for the URSA Mini Pro UI in the Interface Design Category. Good Design Awards were also awarded to the DaVinci Mini Panel, URSA Mini Pro, Video Assist 4K, Studio Viewfinder and the Blackmagic Broadcast Suite, which includes the ATEM Television Studio HD and HyperDeck Studio Mini, within the Product Design Category.
“It is an incredible honor to receive these Good Design Awards,” said Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty. “We see high quality design as being the ultimate expression of respect for our customers and it’s the role of design to make product easy and fast to use. We are thrilled to receive an Award for design as it’s a positive recognition by the design industry of all the hard work the design team at Blackmagic Design has put into the products.”

Blackmagic Design Announces Summer Special Price for Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

Fremont, California – June 27, 2017 – Blackmagic Design today announced a new summer special promotion for Blackmagic Video Assist and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. During this promotion, customers can save AU$150 on the purchase of a Blackmagic Video Assist, and AU$414 on the purchase of a Blackmagic Video Assist 4K. That means Blackmagic Video Assist can now be purchased for only AU$615 and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K can be purchased for AU$935 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide while stocks last.

The Video Assist summer special makes it easier than ever for customers to add professional monitoring and broadcast quality recording to any SDI or HDMI camera. With the new summer special pricing for limited stock, customers will be able to buy a Video Assist for each of their cameras.

The Blackmagic Video Assist family of products gives customers better monitoring and higher quality recording than is available on many cameras. 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 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. Customers get a large professional on set monitor, along with 10-bit broadcast quality ProRes and DNxHR recording.

In addition to professional monitoring and recording, the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model will also support powerful built in scopes such as a waveform monitor, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram in the upcoming Video Assist 2.5 Update, along with extremely high fidelity audio recording and microphone inputs.

“Video Assist is an incredibly versatile tool and has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder, and now customers can get them at an even lower price so they can add them to all of their cameras while stocks last!”

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K Key Features

  • 7 inch LCD touch screen with 1920 x 1200 high resolution monitor.
  • Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD recording up to Ultra HD 3840 x 2160p30
  • Dual high speed UHS-II SDHC card recorders use readily available, inexpensive SD card media.
  • Dual recorders allow non-stop recording and provide a backup if one fails.
  • 2 mini XLR connectors with 48V phantom power for connecting microphones.
  • -128dBV electrical noise floor for high quality audio recording.
  • LANC connection for remote control.
  • Auto start/stop recording using HDMI or SDI triggers.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premier Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

 

Blackmagic Video Assist Key Features

  • 5 inch LCD touch screen with1080p high resolution monitor.
  • Professional 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes and DNxHD recording in HD.
  • Includes slots for 2 hot pluggable batteries as well as 12V DC power input.
  • Full compatibility with editing software such as DaVinci Resolve, Final Cut Pro X, Avid and Premiere Pro.
  • All in one design, mount to cameras, hold in your hand or set up on a table with the included kickstand.
  • Includes 6G-SDI input with downconverter allowing it to be used as an Ultra HD monitor.

Blackmagic Design Ships Remote Bluetooth Camera Control App for URSA Mini Pro

Fremont, California – June 23, 2017 – Blackmagic Design today released Blackmagic Camera Control, a free iPad app that lets customers remotely control their URSA Mini Pro cameras via Bluetooth, along with Camera 4.4 Update for URSA Mini Pro cameras. The new Blackmagic Camera Control app is based on the open protocol for URSA Mini Pro cameras that Blackmagic Design demonstrated at NAB earlier this year.

Camera 4.4 Update can be downloaded free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website. Once installed, customers can download the Blackmagic Camera Control iPad app from the Apple app store.

All URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built in bluetooth connectivity, which until now has not been enabled. The built in bluetooth will allow customers to to send and receive commands from up to 30 feet away. Once the camera is paired with the iPad, customers can remotely power URSA Mini Pro on or off, change all major settings, adjust and add metadata using a digital slate and trigger recording. The Blackmagic Camera Control app is perfect for customers that need to control cameras in hard to reach places such as on cranes, drones, in underwater housings and more.

To make URSA Mini Pro’s Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new, open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions. This free API and sample code will be available later this summer.

In addition to the Blackmagic Camera Control app, Blackmagic Design has also released Camera 4.4 Update which enables Bluetooth functionality and adds new preset timecode options on URSA Mini Pro cameras. The update also adds compatibility with Canon 18-80mm T4.4 for iris, focus and record trigger, along with improved EF, PL and B4 support, improved digital slate functionality and improved zebra stripe overlays on URSA Mini 4K cameras.

“URSA Mini Pro has become incredibly popular because of its amazing image quality combined with broadcast features and controls, built in ND filters and interchangeable lens mount,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The new Blackmagic Camera Control app and open API means that the possibilities are truly endless. Customers are going to have the tools they need to build completely custom remote control solutions of their own design using the new Bluetooth support!”

Kramer Network Wins ISE 2016 Best of Show

Kramer Network AwardKramer have announced that Kramer Network, their new IP−based enterprise management software platform for AV networks, took Installation Magazine’s Best of Show at Integrated Systems Europe 2016 in Amsterdam.

The judges asserted that “[Kramer Network] brings consistency of interface, ease of use and convenience to business and educational environments.”

With any laptop, PC or mobile device, Kramer Network lets IT managers and AV operators easily and remotely configure, control, update and manage any AV devices, room environments, and IP streams from any single point in the network via a user−friendly web−based interface. Read the full press release here.

View Kramer’s range of creative, reliable and value-oriented audio, video and computer signal processing solutions here.

ATEM Production Studio 4K and HyperDeck Studio 12G bundle

Exciting news from Blackmagic Design – They have announced a special price bundle on ATEM Production Studio 4K and HyperDeck Studio 12G for a limited time only.

The Blackmagic Design ATEM bundle suits customers wanting to upgrade to an Ultra HD switching workflow – which supports instant switching between SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats, providing a more advanced live production system as well as Ultra HD compatibility.
Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio Bundle

Blackmagic wins NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards for 2015

Blackmagic Design has been awarded four NewBay Media Product Innovation Awards for 2015. These awards recognize excellence in manufacturing of product to serve the television, professional video and broadcast/online radio markets. The winners are chosen by a panel of working professional engineers and managers in television, pro video and radio.

The four winning products are:

Micro Studio Camera 4KMicro Studio Camera 4K

  • An incredibly tiny Ultra HD and HD studio camera for live production.
  • Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and features an incredible quality, broadcast grade Ultra HD sensor that allows customers to see more texture and detail in their images than ever before.
  • Can be used for both HD and Ultra HD production and features a built in color corrector, talkback, tally indicator, PTZ control output, B4 lens control output, and an extremely flexible MFT lens mount that is easily converted to other lens mounts via third party adapters.

ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4KATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K

  • High frame rate Ultra HD live production switcher.
  • Features advanced 12G-SDI technology and allows customers to create live, switched, high frame rate HD and Ultra HD programs at up to 60 frames per second.

URSA MiniURSA Mini

  • URSA Mini was recognized for its compact and lightweight design, 4K or 4.6K image sensor, 15 stops of dynamic range, large 5 inch fold out viewfinder and dual RAW and Apple ProRes recorders.

DaVinci Resolve StudioDaVinci Resolve Studio

  • DaVinci Resolve 12 Studio was honoured for its many new updates, including a new modern interface, multi-cam editing, powerful new media management tools, an entirely new professional audio engine with support for VST/AU plug-ins, shot matching, 3D keyer, new 3D perspective tracker, enhanced curve editing and more.

Congratulations to Blackmagic Design!

A More Civilized Age…

NoFilmSchool today put up an article featuring Alex Mallis and some of his tips on filming in 8mm.

If you’ve never had the opportunity to shoot on film I’d highly recommend it. The fact that you can feel the film rolling is magical, and having a really strict shooting ratio can do wonders for your work ethic.

(I’m looking into filming some 8mm this summer, if I can wire a replacement battery compartment for the old Minolta we had stored in the roof.)

As far as the article goes, there is some really good info here on the different issues and choices you’ll run into with such a legacy format. And thanks to the big-budget directors like J.J. Abrams and Christopher Nolan, film stock will hopefully still be produced for a log time to come.

Most of the links Mallis talks about are relevant to the US (for Australia Nanolab is a good place to start for 8mm).

Read the NoFilmSchool article here.

-K

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Back in Blag

My apologies for the poor pun. But we are!

It’s been a while since the last post and quite a lot has happened in the world of film; another NAB has come and gone; Blackmagic have upped the anti for just about every other competitor, with a plethora of new cameras and modules; and DJI continues to innovate with cool new drone technology.

We’ll be keeping a weather eye on new developments so stay tuned! I’ll leave you with a video that could at the least be described as blasphemy. (Or maybe a DIY solution to a snorricam? Just make sure you have strong forearms.)

ARRI ALEXA Mini – The Selfie Stick from Anders Holck on Vimeo.