Joe Marine of NoFilmSchool has an article on AJA’s upcoming Cion 35mm Digital Camera, including an analysis of a post from Senior Product Manager Jon Thorn at AJA, who discusses some of the details of creating the camera, and why it took so long to release.
Personally I’m incredibly excited to see what this camera is capable of upon release. While a good camera does not a good film make, the images released appear to be the closest to filmic quality yet
There’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:
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.
The Behringer MS40 Monitor Speakers are a set of two active studio monitors, designed for use primarily in computer studios and audio or multimedia workstations.
Behringer MS40 Monitor Speakers can be connected to your computer sound card, a music system such as an MP3 player, or musical instruments such as keyboards, and they will produce the same high quality sound from each.
Leo Laporte uses a NewTek TriCaster to produce the video shows on the TWiT.tv network. So do many professional video producers, TV stations, etc. But getting a TriCaster usually costs more than $20,000. Way out of the range of many companies that might need to do occasional videos. But here NewTek is bringing a new TriCaster out that costs less than $5,000 that will let people produce high quality video shows with multiple cameras, computer input, and professional green screen/virtual studio capabilities. It’s the NewTek TriCaster 40 and here we take a good look.
NewTek was founded in 1986, by Tim Jenison, scientist, artist, musician and unfulfilled filmmaker. Tim and a group of other wannabe movie-makers set out to break free from the studio establishment and make their own films and television shows. They invented some pretty amazing tools that were easy to use, affordable, and just plain fun. The NewTek team continues to work at making it easy and really cost-effective for anyone to produce great television.
The path to high-quality video can be challenging when you’re diving into live production or figuring out how to stream live shows on a budget. NewTek, headquartered in San Antonio, introduces the TriCaster 40, an all-in-one, multi-camera video production solution that’s simple and affordable enough for anyone with limited funds. TriCaster 40 lets professionals and novices alike create streaming television, or air broadcast-quality video on the internet and mobile devices.
“A TriCaster takes all the capabilities of a large video production area and puts it into one integrated system,” explains Don Ballance, Director of Training & Education at NewTek. “It allows you to bring cameras in, switch between the cameras to for transitions from one camera to the next, create titles and motion overlays, stream your productions live to the internet, record those productions directly to the TriCaster in one integrated system, and it gives you the professional environment to do your productions from. It’s got an incredible virtual set system built right in that allows you to look like a big studio even though you are working in a small production space.”
TriCaster 40 is a simple solution for creating real-time productions of events and shows and streaming truly professional video programs to the internet. Just plug in cameras and audio, and start creating.