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IBC 2013

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IBC 2013 kicked off last week with international AV companies scrambling to show off their new products and technologies. The whole show is being covered by IBCTV on their YouTube channel and you can check out the first episode from day 1 here:

One company making an impact as usual is BlackMagic Design with the release of their new switcher model, the ATEM 1 M/E Production Studio 4K. What’s exciting about these new switchers is the built in 6G-SDI and HDMI connections allow Ultra HD connections with a single cable, however those SDI and HDMI connections instantly switch between SD and HD as well. So even if you don’t ever think your going to need Ultra HD, these switchers still have amazing features when used in regular SD and HD live production. Of course you can then switch to Ultra HD in the future any time you need! Additionally this new model features a much larger media pool with 32 RGBA still frame graphics plus 180 frames of clips in Ultra HD or when switched to 1080p or 1080i video formats the media pool allows 720 frames of full motion clips. You can see an interview with the guys from the BlackMagic IBC13 booth talking about this new switcher below:
The release of this new switcher also means that the current Production Studio 4K is now the base model and will be reduced in price to US$1,695.

4K Resolution, What is it and why should I care?

blackmagic-production-camera-4kThere’s been a lot of talk lately about the next step in display resolutions. With the advent of displays capable of resolutions greater than 1920 x 1080px (CES was almost entirely 4K displays) film studios and production companies (Who have been shooting at this resolution for years) are beginning to consider mastering their releases at the 4096 x 2160px resolution or higher.  Not that this is entirely a feasible prospect at the moment. The first professional 4K film, TimeScapes ,has just been released and is a whopping 160gb in size. You can see the trailer for the film below:

Pretty speccy right? Of course to get the full effect you would need to watch it on a screen capable of displaying that resolution and possessing at least 27 inches, and lets face it, not everyone has one of those.

So how much is one of these monsters going to set you back? Right now the cheapest available screen is a 55 inch UltraTV from Sony which is at minimum a $5,000 purchase with most other brands and models selling at upwards of $20,000. In addition to this an UltraHD player is required which will cost you an additional $1,000-$2,000.

Despite this, the potential is definitely there and it can be expected that with a future drop in prices for these technologies (and the possibility of a NBN) 4K will become commonplace. Several companies are already attempting to make that happen with BlackMagic releasing the BlackMagic Production Camera 4K next month and JVC planning to release their similar HMQ30 soon.

You can check out more about UltraTVs and the current state of 4K at:

http://www.techradar.com/au/news/home-cinema/high-definition/ultra-hd-everything-you-need-to-know-about-4k-tv-1048954

Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0: The Definitive Showdown

Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn’t opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let’s compare T-bolt point-by-point with its natural competitor,USB 3.0. After all, there’s more to a technology than pure performance, as we found out.

Check the rest of this article out at Gizmodo.

 

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How Long Should Your YouTube Video Really Be?

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“Which is the most popular video-sharing site today?” Virtually everyone asked this question reply with “YouTube.” This can’t be helped since there’s no other video site that can boast of popularity, activity, and revenue like YouTube can. In a Sysomos report in 2009, it’s said that YouTube attracts 81.9% of all video embeds and direct links. With that number, surely, all of us will agree that YouTube dominates the video-sharing industry.

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Tips for filming from a helicopter.

One of the most difficult places to film is from a helicopter. There are many reasons for this, but it mostly has to do with the nature of how a helicopter obtains lift and direction. Without getting into the theory of aerodynamics, let’s just say that the ride inside a helicopter is far different from that of a fixed wing aircraft. I think the word “vibrate” is the best way to describe riding in a helicopter. Continue reading