Another announcement to come out of this years’ IBC is the introduction of Atomos’s new video calibration tool the Atomos Spyder. Atomos say they have identified some common issues in current recording techniques and hope to solve these with their new releases. The first of which is the aforementioned Spyder intended to ensure greater colour accuracy while monitoring resulting in an outcome that is more consistent with what you were expecting.
A statement from Atomos themselves:
“We have teamed up with Datacolor a leader in calibration equipment and produced a simple one touch calibration application that runs on Mac and PC and allows the user to instantly calibrate to SMPTE REC 709 with 6500K white balance. You connect the Spyder to the screen of the product and to the computer via USB, then connect a USB to serial cable to the LANC port of the Samurai Blade and press the one button to calibrate on the custom Atomos software. In a few minutes your screen is 100% calibrated and can be trusted for color! This is a major workflow and time saver because if you know your colors are accurate and you use the Waveform and monitoring tools provided in the Blade you will know 100% all scenes and shots are normalised and accurate in color. This will remove the need for heavy color grading in post and unlock the creative potential of video professionals by eliminating unnecessary time in color manipulation.”
To find out more: http://www.atomos.com/samurai-blade/
Secondly, Atomos have also released an update to the AtomosOS firmware for the Ninja 2, Samurai and Ronin models which introduces new and improved audio level monitoring capabilities with their application Audio Level Meters
“We have created what we believe to be the most precise and smooth audio level meters in the industry, up their with the established high end audio players.
Samurai Blade AtomOS 5.03 receives 14 channels of precision audio level meter monitoring, you can adjust to see the 2 channels being monitored over headphones or all channels at once.
This was the final big feature requested form our customers and I am happy to say we have delivered some exception audio tools for our customers.”
To find out more or to download the updated firmware (and instructions for installation)
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.
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.
Check the rest of this article out at Gizmodo.
“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.
Check out the rest of this article at webvideocrew.com Continue reading
Um, uh, um uh um umm ya know.
I interview a lot of people who aren’t used to being on camera. Often, they weren’t even planning to be on camera that day, but rather were volun-told they were going to do a testimonial. It can be difficult to get compelling answers from someone who has never been interviewed before, but it’s not impossible. Continue reading
Over the weekend I finally caught up on some of my reading. I know that it’s too early in the year to feel like I’m behind, but I digress… A couple of posts stood out for their perspectives on post-production and editing trends in 2013.
The FCPX series I posted a couple of weeks got a lot of people talking. One issue that came up frequently is Apple’s apparent lack of interest in continuing their support of the pro filmmaking community. This is indeed a valid concern worth taking seriously. Continue reading
One question that I’ve seen crop up repeatedly is, where are all the PCs and devices with Thunderbolt ports?
Even with Apple’s strong promotional support of the technology, there have been fewer devices than people anticipated, and they have taken longer to materialize than many of us would have liked. Continue reading