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AJA’s Cion incoming!

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

CION – Science of the Beautiful; Ungraded Images Reel from AJA Marketing on Vimeo.


Check out the NoFilmSchool article here.

IBC 2013


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.

NewTek: Video Production for the Rest of Us Arrives with New TriCaster 40


Leo Laporte uses a NewTek TriCaster to produce the video shows on the 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.

This Week in Audio Visual

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Matrox Mountain Lion Support

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