Dell’s new 8K display is pretty amazing, but do you need it?

The video industry keeps telling us that we’ll all be using 8K displays in a few years. It’s true that once you see 8K video, you can’t unsee it. It’s really pretty amazing. Until recently, however, seeing one for yourself meant going to a tradeshow like NAB or CES, where you could use a magnifying glass to try to see the pixels.

But that’s no longer true thanks to Dell, which is now selling a 32-inch 8K monitor for the not-too-surprising price of $4999. Just how good is it? In this video, Linus Tech Tips shows just what you’re getting when you buy one. It’s pretty impressive, but even Linus acknowledges that the difference between 8K and a ‘standard’ 5K display is “not as noticeable as you might think.”

Are you ready to go 8K? What would it take to convince you to take the plunge?

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From:: DPreview

Avid’s slide about the future of Media Composer

By Scott Simmons

One of the most intriguing things I saw come out of NAB 2017 wasn’t on the show floor of NAB but rather an image that popped up on Twitter out of the Avid Connect event held in the days before NAB began. It was the result of an Avid Customer Association survey as to what editors wanted to see in upcoming versions of Media Composer. Since this image was publicly tweeted out by Avid it’s worth dissecting.

These are the voting results for video editing (@MediaComposer). #AvidConnect #ACAVote

— Avid (@Avid) April 23, 2017

I can’t remember another such detailed look at what is a potential roadmap for upcoming features and future development for any of the major NLEs. Usually this kind of thing is kept under wraps. I’m sure such a public discussion makes the engineers shudder in fear as there are a ton of things that can derail a planned feature release. Media Composer has been on a big update path in recent years getting a ton of much need features as well as some cool new stuff along the way so seeing what is on the horizon should give Avid editors more confidence in their tool. Kudos to Avid for showing this publicly.

But it is worth noting that as Avid moves forward into the future Media Composer isn’t one of their biggest money makers as they would much rather sell you server hardware than editing software but they’ll be more than happy to sell you Media Composer. Witness their recent ads touting that both FCPX and Premiere Pro “runs better on Avid.”

Get yourself insane speed—up to 2.4 GB/s—at an unprecedented price. #PremierePro runs better with @Avid #NEXIS | PRO

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

Tony Gallardo: Blackmagic Fusion for AE Artists

By Patrick Souther

A few years back, Tony Gallardo decided that he wanted to try to find ways to become less dependent on After Effects. As part of his journey, he started studying Blackmagic Design’s Fusion. Whereas many Fusion users are focused on VFX, Tony’s day-to-day job relies heavily on motion graphics.

In this presentation, Tony walks us through how to use Fusion to accomplish many of the same tasks often done in After Effects. For example, he talks about the Fusion equivalents to masks and solids. In addition, he talks about how to do Element 3D style graphics without any 3rd party plugins. Perhaps most importantly, he talks about how to quickly turn around revisions.

So sit back, relax, grab some popcorn, and watch one of the most interesting talks on Blackmagic’s Fusion done at the LumaForge Faster, Together Stage during NAB 2017.

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

Watch the Sony a9 Livestream Event Online Right Now

By V Renée

Here’s your chance to learn how Sony’s new a9 full-frame camera handles in the wild from those who have shot with it.

Sony unveiled the a9, the world’s first full-frame mirrorless camera with a stacked CMOS sensor, at this year’s NAB, and plenty of us have wanted to get an inside look at it.

B&H is hosting a livestream event right now to talk about the a9 with a panel of professional photographers, including Kaylee Greer, Matthew Stith, Benjamin Lowy, and Sara France, who will offer plenty of insight into what it’s like to use Sony’s new camera. Check out the live stream below:

If you don’t know much about the Sony a9, this thing definitely is a step up from its predecessor, the a7. It has a 24.2MP full-frame stacked CMOS sensor, internal UHD 4K recording, 204,800 ISO, and plenty of great auto focus and stabilization features.

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From:: No Film School

RRS Reveal FH-7240 Fluid Head – Higher Payload, Hefty Price Tag?

By Ollie Kenchington

RRS FH-7240

Really Right Stuff had a prototype of their new fluid head at NAB 2017. In the video below, their Product Manager gives us some details and a sneak peak of their next video fluid head, the RRS FH-7240. Video courtesy of Kelly On A Tangent.

The company are aiming for a Q3 release of their RRS FH-7240. Although things could change in the interim, the specifications of the prototype include:

  • 100mm bowl
  • 7 levels of damping adjustment
  • 240 in-lb of restoring torque
  • Optimized to work with cameras up to 25lbs but max payload is 40lbs
  • Less than 3% error in the counterbalance through the entire +/-90 tilt range
  • LED spirit bubble illumination with auto shut off

They also showed off a few new accessories for their 100mm 4 series tripods, which include multi-surface feet, a new mid-level quick release spreader and accessory collars that allows 1/4″ 20 accessories to be mounted directly to the legs.

I’ve owned their FH-350 for a couple of years now, and it is one of the finest and most refined pieces of equipment I own. Its only problem is the small payload limit and reduced number of damping levels. The new FH-7240 should be the ideal next step up – with its 100mm bowl, increased payload and four extra damping levels.

Lastly, RRS have told me they expect this new head and legs combo to retail for between $4000 and $5000 – gulp!

Have you had any experience with Really Right Stuff gear? Looking forward to the RRS FH-7240? Let us know in the comments!

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From:: Cinema 5d

Pick of the Month: EditShare XStream Field 2

By Jenna Ipcar


May’s already on its way out, so that means it’s time for the latest installment of Pick of the Month. This series highlights some our most experienced staff members and gives them a chance to share their first-hand knowledge with you. Our Lead Integration Engineer Ben Meadors has a story about how he saved time, sweat, and tears at last year’s NAB with EditShare software:

EditShare Field 2 was such a time saver for the production team during NAB 2016. Last year, AbelCine decided to change up the booth. In addition to the many blog videos we produce at NAB, we added a live presentation area. We set it up with a TriCaster 460, some Panasonic HE130s, and a tiny control room. I was in charge of editing all video content, which included packaging the recorded content from the TriCaster and cutting together all the blog videos.

Since we were adding more content, I wanted to speed up our workflow as much as I could. Using shared storage would allow me, the TriCaster operator, and our marketing team to collaborate much faster since all our media would live in a single location.

I set up the TriCaster to ingest directly to the EditShare Field over Ethernet. I also connected my edit machine, render machine and our marketing team’s computer. This allowed the live presentations to be recorded directly to the Field, so I could bring them into Premiere as soon as possible and package them for delivery. This setup also allowed me to edit on one computer while rendering out on another computer, which reduced the time it took to get a blog video edited, rendered, and uploaded to YouTube. Finally since the marketing team was also connected to the Field unit, they could review and approve the → continue…

From:: Abel Cine

Panasonic will preview mystery camera at Cine Gear Expo

By Jose Antunes

Panasonic will preview mystery camera at Cine Gear Expo

The mysterious camera from Panasonic will be revealed to the world June 2, at the Paramount Theater, during an exclusive preview of the new model.

The new model, covered by a translucent veil, was on show at NAB 2017, with other models that were also making the news during the show: the VariCam LT, VariCam 35, VariCam HS, and VariCam Pure. But the mystery camera was never completely revealed, leaving people to imagine what was under the cloth.

From the type of mount used to the sensor – MFT?, asked some – people imagined their “dream camera” based on what could be seen. The images available were used to guess the sensor size – some say it is Super 35 – while others add that the mount may well be Canon EF. Looking at the form factor, some people suggest that a Sony FS5 and Canon C100/300 killer is about to emerge.

Whatever it is, it may fit within the space that goes from the GH5 to the entry level of the VariCam family. With so many users of the Lumix GH5 asking for another platform that extends its potential in another form factor, Panasonic may have decided it was a good idea to create that camera, as a way to keep people using the brand, even if they move to a new platform.

We know the camera will be released this Fall, that it is a small and lightweight model, able to shoot cinematic images, and offers a lower-cost media and workflow solution. That’s how much Panasonic revealed during NAB 2017.

The Lumix GH5 was an important new model at the NAB 2017 show, but no one could escape the questions raised by a camera hidden in plain view. Panasonic seems to love the veil/unveil solutions, and has used → continue…

From:: Pro Video Coalition

DJI Teases a New Mini Drone to be Revealed at May 24th Event

By Nic Divischek

DJI Spark

On May 24th, DJI will hold a VIP event in New York releasing a new mini drone. With a brand new promotional video out and about, it is for certain, that we will see something along the lines of a DJI Mavic “mini-me”.

DJI have been keeping the pressure on in the drone market. After a tumultuous start GoPro are back on sale with GoPro Karma, so the market for “put your drone in a backpack and off you go” is becoming more populated with a huge audience on the other end. With the recent release of the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced at NAB just a few weeks ago, they obviously had a top secret plan up their sleeves to woe us all. Have a look at their promotional video below and gaze in awe how a drone can fly easily through canyons and through a library.

As the saying goes “size doesn’t matter”, and the new mini drone, called “DJI Spark” by several rumor sites will surely live up to that. Based on what we have learned, this drone will be the mini-me counterpart to DJI Mavic. One of the titles that come up in their promotional video stood out of all of them. The word “Size” transforms into “Seize” and continues into “seize the moment”.

“S(e)ize the moment” – May 24th Promotional Video

Based on the video DJI have released, the new mini drone seems to fit in a small backpack or purse. It therefore must be an incredibly small drone that can fly through caves, canyons, poles and even indoors through a stack of books in a library.

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From:: Cinema 5d

Blackmagic Design Announces NAB 2017 Roadshow

By Brian Hallett


Blackmagic is coming to a town near you this summer with their newly announced roadshow. Think of this as Blackmagic Design’s NAB 2017 show booth hitting the road for all of those who could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the April broadcasting convention. The extension of NAB tour will hit up eight major North American cities in nine weeks.

NAB 2017 Roadshow

At these events, you will be able to stop by and get your grubby hands all over Blackmagic’s new gear they showed off at NAB 2017. But, hands-on is only part of the tour. Blackmagic Design will also demonstrate the newly released DaVinci Resolve 14, ATEM Television Studio Pro HD, the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro, my favorite camera of theirs, as well as all of their other products. Seriously, if you are wondering about the Web Presenter, or any other streaming technology Blackmagic announced a month before NAB 2107, then this tour might be a great place to see that little converter box in action.

What cities will Blackmagic Design visit while on their roadshow? Well, you could just look at the image above, or I can list them. Blackmagic will go to Vancouver, Portland, Salt Lake City, Denver, Toronto, Boston, and Washington DC. Blackmagic has already gone through Los Angeles. It is a shame for this Southern writing this post to see Blackmagic will not be stopping by either Austin or Atlanta, but I bet Blackmagic has its reasons.

To find out more go here: and register to attend the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 Roadshow.

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

Canon C200 and Panasonic rival camera to fight it out at CineGear Expo

By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

Comment on this article at the EOSHD Forum

Comment on the forum It’s almost time for NAB’s hotter sister CineGear Expo which starts on June 1st. Panasonic will take the tablecloth off their new AF100-style cinema camera and we will find out what the Canon C200 entails. The Panasonic tablecloth camera is the first time the company has come to the table at the C300 dinner party. This has been a very luxurious and successful party and I’m not sure why Panasonic arrived well after midnight. At the wonderful CineGear Expo show on the Paramount studios lot in Hollywood, we will find out if Panasonic have messed it up by putting the

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From:: EosHD

postPerspective Announces Winners of Impact Awards from NAB 2017

By Staff

postPerspective has announced the winners of the postPerspective Impact Awards from the 2017 NAB Show. The postPerspective Impact Award winners from the 2017 NAB Show are: • Adobe — Creative Cloud Suite • Avid — Media Composer | Cloud Remote • Blackmagic Design — DaVinci Resolve 14 • Dell — UltraSharp 27 4K HDR Monitor • HP […]

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From:: BLT News

Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel aerial cameras

By Jose Antunes

Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel cameras

The Hasselblad A6D-100c represents the latest evolution of Hasselblad aerial cameras, and introduces new option in terms of using multiple cameras, up to a total of eight.

NAB 2017 was chosen by DJI to show the new drone from the company using a 100 megapixel camera from Hasselblad, the H6D-100c. Now Hasselblad takes their line of cameras for aerial photography a step further, with the A6D, a 100 Megapixel aerial camera system.

Hasselblad cameras are developed by building on the shoulders of the previous generation of models which enables all of the prior advancements and branch-demanding features to be automatically included. This process allows Hasselblad to continually enhance and develop models. The A6D heralds, says the company, a technological improvement that is noticeably greater than earlier generations.

The A6D Aerial camera includes a feature that allows up to eight cameras to be synchronized within 20 μs (microseconds). A simple bus-type cable connection is required between all cameras in the set-up. This feature completely eliminates any issues in post-production caused by un-synchronized exposures.

Product Manager Bjarne Hjörlund commented, “Available in 100 megapixel resolutions, the A6D camera combines the world’s best optics and sensors with a modern, compact design, resulting in a system that will ensure you attain the highest possible image quality. Hasselblad aerial cameras provide a range of important features that help deliver your imaging requirements”.

Hasselblad A6D: how to sync 8 100 Megapixel cameras

Nine H System lenses are available in aerial versions with secure locking mounts to minimize vibration and flexing which guarantees the image plane and sensor stay parallel at all times. These units ship with their focus precisely adjusted and fixed at infinity. The focal length range from 24 to 300mm of these lenses results in a horizontal AFOV of 96° to 10.2° covering most applications. The → continue…

From:: Pro Video Coalition

SmallHD Helps You Stay in Focus Even on the Brightest Days

By Charles Haine

With the Focus 5″ Monitor from SmallHD, you should be able to keep your image framed and sharp even on sunny shoots.

External monitor prices have been dropping aggressively lately, with options showing up under $200 making it a no brainer to rig up your camera with some form of monitor larger than the one it came with. Coming in at $499, the new SmallHD Focus, which we first saw at NAB a month ago, is now available for pre-order.

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From:: No Film School

Timecode Systems takes 360 video and VR to Cine Gear Expo 2017

By Jose Antunes

Timecode Systems takes VR to Cine Gear Expo 2017

The modular, multicamera VR rig launched in April by Timecode Systems and 360RIZE will be on display at Cine Gear Expo 2017, along with other solutions for VR production and postproduction.

NAB 2017 is over, but Cine Gear Expo 2017 is round the corner. During the 22nd Annual Cine Gear Expo, which returns to the landmark Paramount Studios on June 1-4, 2017, attendees will have the opportunity to explore and compare the latest tools and services in filmmaking technology in a relaxed Hollywood studio environment. Among the 300 exhibits expected at the event, Timecode Systems will be showcasing not only a new, cost-effective way to streamline multicamera production workflows using the UltraSync ONE, but also demonstrating how its system can now be configured to offer efficiency benefits to professional VR workflows.

According to Timecode Systems, UltraSync ONE redefines industry expectations of small, budget-friendly sync boxes. The company adds that “size and price are important factors when it comes to timecode solutions, but not at the cost of the quality of the sync and the confidence that battery life will last an entire day of filming.”

Timecode Systems takes VR to Cine Gear Expo 2017

Measuring 55mm x 44mm x 17mm, weighing only 39g, offering a battery life of more than 25 hours and priced at just $299, UltraSync ONE is, claims the company, “the smallest, most cost-effective generator and transceiver on the market to provide timecode, genlock for camera sync, and word clock for sound, all synchronized wirelessly and with sub-line sync accuracy over bi-directional BLINK RF. These combine to provide synchronization to such a high degree of accuracy that it’s suitable for even genlock-synchronized 360-degree VR arrays.”

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From:: Pro Video Coalition

Audio-Technica: a selection of microphones

By Jose Antunes

Audio-Technica: a selection of microphones

Microphones that are popular among podcasters, YouTube personalities, journalists, voiceover artists and more were in Audio-Technica’s luggage when the company went to NAB 2017. Discover here the collection of solutions. Maybe you’ll find the microphone you need!

Designed for DSLRs and other video cameras, taking your sound to a level of quality well above the quality the camera’s internal microphone can offer, the AT8024 is suited for video production, in-field interviews, product demos – wherever capturing high-quality audio for video is the task at hand. Selectable cardioid mono and internally matrixed mid-side stereo modes provide the flexibility to focus the recording on a single sound source or to widen the field for outstanding sonic realism, while selectable filters and pads extend its flexibility.

Audio-Technica: a selection of microphonesThis camera-mount microphone also comes equipped with a three-position adjustable attenuator (-20 dB, -10 dB, 0 dB) to capture even soft and very loud sound passages without distortion. A switchable low-frequency roll-off reduces pickup of undesired ambient noise, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. The AT8024 microphone is powered by a single AA battery for optimal performance with high max SPL, and features an integral camera shoe mount that attaches quickly to DSLRs and shoe-equipped camcorders. Price? $249.

Also showed at NAB 2017, the cardioid condenser microphone AT2020USBi, which costs $199, is suited for tasks including podcasting, remote streaming into IOS devices and voiceover use. Modeled after the critically acclaimed AT2020, this digital output mic features an A/D converter with up to 24-bit/96 kHz sampling. The microphone works with both USB and Lightning cables (included), so you can use it straight from the box to digitally capture audio on the device of your choice: PC, Mac or Lightning equipped iOS device. The integrated gain control adds to the convenience, allowing you → continue…

From:: Pro Video Coalition