Sharp 8C-B60A – We didn’t see that coming!

By cameraman

Have Sharp ever made a professional level camcorder before? I remember a few CCTV type cameras and a mix of dodgy VHS-C models in the late 1900’s… but then suddenly last week, they take us all by surprise by announcing a huge 8K camera with a very impressive spec. What isn’t impressive is the name… the 8C-B60A – I thought most manufactures were realising that Directors need to ask for something sexy like a ‘Red Weapon’, ‘Alexa’ or even the ‘Venice’ before persuading you to drive miles just to pick it up?

Anyway, what is clear is that Sharp are obviously trying to leapfrog over the opposition by offering a usable 8K solution before we’ve barely got used to 4K. It uses a Super35 sized CMOS sensor giving 7680 x 4320 at 60P and 4:2:2 10-bit. Luckily, they are also including the ability to record all of this data onto 2TB SSD cards, which might help to keep things a little more affordable. We can’t wait to see how our little laptops handle 4 channels of live 8K, but the Grass Valley HQX Codec is said to be easy on the CPU’s?

With PL mount, BT.2020 colour gamut and live uncompressed 8K outputs though quad-Link 12G-SDI I’m not sure if this is aimed at the film world or Live broadcasts? Either way, it looks like it can do both at once!

The cost in Yen worked out to about £60,000 for the body only, so you’ll still need to buy a (very good) viewfinder, microphone and probably a new Mac Pro just to join the 8K party.

We can’t wait to see the pictures from this one though….


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Develop 3D Live 2017

By Matt Workman

Develop 3D Live is a conference that brings together designers and the hardware and software vendors who make up the quickly evolving AEC and manufacturing industry.

I went to the conference because Cinematography Database relies on the same technology like 3d modeling, 3d rendering, 3D scanning, virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality to create tools for the modern cinematographer and filmmakers like Cine Designer and Set Designer.

Who Did I Meet With?

Foundry – Modo VR


The first company that I met with was Foundry who make the Nuke, MoDo, Katana, Mari and several other VFX industry software solutions. They were showcasing their new Modo VR beta where you can use their 3D animation program inside of an HTC Vive virtual reality head mounted display.

I am still very new to VR and I got sick after about 10 minutes, but I hear that it takes time to build up your stamina.

The experience of viewing and interacting with 3D sets in virtual reality is really compelling. You really feel like you on a set and it gives you a “physically” accurate point of view.

I’m very interested to see how Modo VR develops and I spoke to them about possibly developing a Cine Designer VR plugin for Modo when it’s out.

AMD Radeon Pro


I recently purchased a new PC with a Ryzen Threadripper 1950x CPU and I have also been playing with the new GPU renderer called Pro Redner in Cinema 4D R19. It turns out that AMD are the creators of Pro Render and I got to speak with their team about it’s development and implementation in C4D.

I asked them if it would be possible to access the direct/raw pixel data so I could visualize the lux reading from → continue…

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