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TV Logic Introduce the VFM-055A – A High End 5.5″ OLED Field Monitor

By Nic Divischek

TV Logic VFM-055A

TV Logic, a popular name for high end monitors, has just announced a new 5.5″ on-camera field monitor. The TV Logic VFM-055A sports a high contrast OLED display and packs a whole lot of features.

TV Logic VFM-055A

Does TV Logic VFM-056W ring a bell? This has been one of the most successful high end field monitors a few years ago. Now TV Logic are releasing the new TV Logic VFM-055A, which packs some of the same features but also has an OLED display.

What is the benefit of OLED over LCD? LCDs have colour desaturation in the low colour levels and make dark colours appear more dull than the actual scene. The TV-Logic VFM-055A has an OLED display, which bring back the lost colours in the dark scenes with a more accurate colour reproduction and higher contrast.


The TV Logic VFM-055A supports multiple video formats via 3G-SDI and HDMI 1.4 inputs.

The monitor includes:

  • 2 x 3G-SDI / SDI (in/out)
  • 2x HDMI 1.4 (in/out)
  • 1x 6-12V DC In, 3-pin
  • 3,5mm Stereo jack
  • USB for Firmware updates

Markers, Waveforms and more

The most important features that a monitor must have can be found on the TV Logic VFM-055A. Features such as waveform and vector scope, markers, focus assist, audio level meters and more are fully supported. You can see the full list of settings below:

  • Types : OFF, 16:9, 4:3, 4:3 On-Air, 15:9, 14:9, 13:9, 1.85:1, 2.35:1, 1.85:1 & 4:3
  • Safety Area : 80%, 85%, 88%, 90%, 93%, 100%, EBU Action 16:9/14:9/4:3, EBU Graphic 16:9/14:9/4:3
  • Marker Mat : darkness level outside the marker, OFF(transparent) ~ 7(Black)
  • Custom : Colour, thickness, position

TV Logic VFM-055A HDMI protector

Pre-Installed LUTs Support

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From:: Cinema 5d

HP reveals insane Z8 workstation: Can handle 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage

The rise of 4K (and 6K… and 8K) video, not to mention virtual reality and 360° content, means the computers of today need to grow up and they need to do it fast. 16GB of RAM, a decent video card, and 1TB of hard drive space just won’t cut it for many professionals any longer… but even those professionals who need boatloads of power will probably go wide-eyed when they hear the specs of HP’s new top-of-the-line desktop workstations.

HP revealed its new Z8, Z6, and Z4 workstations today, and the company is not joking when it says the new desktops are equipped with “extreme power.” In fact, the Z8 is being touted as “the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet.” Here’s why…

Inside this mammoth of a PC you will find dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 processing cores, which are running your real-time 8K video editing session off of up to 3 terabytes of RAM. That is not a typo. You also have access to 9 PCIe slots (7 full size, 2 ‘personality’ slots), dual 1GbE Ports, Thunderbolt 3 (optional), and USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports as well.

The fully spec-d out Z8 is probably out of reach for many creatives, which is why there’s also a Z6 and Z4. These workstations can’t handle quite as much in way of raw processing power, speed, and storage, but they’re still extremely capable machines.

The Z6 also sports dual CPUs, can handle up to 384 GB of system memory, and features dual M.2 slots for HP’s own Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs.

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From:: DPreview

Can China Bests Oculus and Vive with the PiMax 4K VR Headset?

By Al Caudullo

Getting people to watch VR in the right headset can either make or break the experience. If it doesn’t look good, you lose the audience. If it does, then they are converted to VR believers for life.

The biggest issue facing VR today is resolution. When you have VR headset that close to your face, resolution, pixels per inch of the display make a huge difference.


Oculus Rift 2160×1200 with 456 PPI

HTC Vive 2160×1200 with 447PPI

PiMax 4K 3840×2160 with 806PPI

Right from the start, you can see that the PiMax 4K has better specs. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive offer 2.5 million pixels (1.25 million pixels per eye), but PIMAX delivers 8.29 million pixels. The first time you put it on and view a 360 video in the PiMax 4K, there is absolutely no doubt that it is the best VR Headset for video on the market.

Let’s examine All the specs of the PiMax 4K VR Headset

110 degree Field of View (FOV)

60Hz refresh rate

3840 x 2160 4K UHD screen resolution with 8.29 million pixels and 806 PPI.

An acceleration sensor, magnetometer sensor, range sensor, and a light sensor with 18ms MTP.

Auto light adjustment system, auto demisting system and blue light filter coating.

1000Hz dual Gyroscope

Dual 53 mm large aspherical optical lens

Self-adaption 58 -71 mm pupil distance

HDMI 1.4B Video Output Port, USB v2.0/USB v3.0 Interface

Audio: Virtual 5.1 Soundstage

3.5 mm earphones jack and features 40mm driver unit

1x USB Cable

1x HDMI Cable

Build: ABS Plastic, Glass, and Sponge

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From:: Student Filmmakers

Google Drive and Photos support to end in December

Google’s Drive and Photo cloud services are essential backup tools for many photographers. It’s therefore important to be aware that both apps for Mac And PC will be eliminated soon. Support will end on December 11th, 2017, and the apps will be shut down completely on March 12th, 2018.

Don’t worry too much, though. A replacement for both apps in the shape of the newer Google Backup and Sync app has already been put into place. The new app does what it says on the tin and lets you backup and sync photos and files from folders on your computer, USB drives and memory cards to the cloud. The main difference to the Drive/Photos combination is that photos and other file types are handled by the same app rather than by two different ones.

So, overall the way you work with the Google cloud services won’t change too much. Google also says it will alert current Drive and Photos users about the requirement to migrate to the new system. Backup and Sync is available for download on the Google website now. More information on how Backup and Sync works is available in the Google Help Center.

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From:: DPreview

Fujifilm Japan announces X Raw Studio conversion software

With the announcement of several new lenses and a new X-series body, Fujifilm also snuck in news of some new Raw conversion software. X Raw Studio, which will debut in November, works when the camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB and uses the camera’s own image processing engine to convert Raw files to JPEGs. The software will support single image and batch conversions.

The GFX 50S, X-T2, X-Pro2 and X100F will be compatible with X Raw Studio, with support arriving first for the 50S and X-T2. Mac users will get the software first, in November 2017, with a Windows version arriving in January 2018.

Fujifilm announces development of new RAW conversion system “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”.

September 7, 2017

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it is developing a new RAW conversion system, “FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO”.

“FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO” enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable.

Exceptional image quality is retained, as the X RAW STUDIO system utilizes the X Processor Pro in the camera instead of the CPU in the computer,

Due to the increasing size of RAW files, users have found batch conversion to be an issue, as it takes more and more time as a result. However, using the high performance “X Processor Pro” processor, this batch conversion is handled far more efficiently as a result.

This new software is due to be available from late November 2017.

– Convert RAW images on the computer (Single / Batch Process)
– Preview converting images
– Save, load, or copy conversion profiles.
* Specifications, window images subject to change without notice.
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From:: DPreview

Fujifilm announces new X-series firmware and updated lens roadmap

The X-Pro2 is one of the four cameras that gains new functionality in an imminent firmware update.

Alongside the new X-E3 and XF 80mm F2.8 prime, Fujifilm also announced firmware updates for several of its current X-series models, and an updated lens roadmap. Two new lenses have been added to the roadmap: the XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR and a telephoto prime lens, the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR. No further details on the lenses (or their likely cost or announcement date) have yet been released.

New firmware is closer to hand, and major updates are on the way for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F and X-T20 later this year, which will bring several additional capabilities.

Fujifilm X-Pro2: Firmware V.4.0 key features

  • Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes.
  • Adds support for tethered shooting via USB or Wi-Fi.
  • Updated AF tracking algorithm with enhanced subject tracking.
  • Support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  • Improved radio flash controller usability, allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X-T2: Firmware V.3.0 key features

  • Updated AF tracking algorithm with enhanced subject tracking.
  • Support for FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  • Improved radio flash controller usability, allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X100F: Firmware V.2.0 key features

  • Adds support for backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
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The new Hasselblad X1D Field Kit gets you an X1D and three lenses for cheap(er)

Hasselblad has released a new discounted Field Kit that offers the X1D-50c medium format mirrorless camera with three XCD lenses and a collection of accessories.

The Field Kit includes the X1D, the 30mm f/3.5 lens, the 45mm f/3.5 and the 90mm f/3.2 all packed into a specially tailored Pelican case. It also includes a spare battery, a hand strap and shoulder strap, USB cable, a blower brush and lens cleaning pen.

The kit will sell for €14,900/$17,495/£13,250 plus tax, representing a discount of just over 7% on the price of the body and lenses purchased individually. The case and accessories add approximately $300 to the value of the kit on top of the discount, so in total you’re getting a saving of about $1,700 for the whole package.

The Hasselblad X1D-50c Field Kit will begin shipping on the 20th September, and is already available for pre-order. For more information visit the Hasselblad website.

Press Release

Introducing the Hasselblad X1D Field Kit

Expanding on the ground-breaking launch of the X1D-50c, Hasselblad is excited to introduce the new X1D Field Kit in September 2017. The Hasselblad X1D Field Kit offers excellent value with an all-encompassing package tailored for X1D enthusiasts who are seeking both robust protection and easily transportable equipment.

Within the comprehensive package, photographers will find all the equipment they need for a variety of photographic conditions, including the X1D-50c and 3 XCD lenses (30mm, 45mm, and 90mm), which deliver edge-to-edge sharpness in a compact form to elegantly match the slim build of the body.

The inclusion of cleaning equipment (a cleaning cloth, dust blower, and lens pen) ensures that photographers can easily keep their kit in perfect condition, so it’s always clean and ready whenever creativity strikes.

Rugged Pelican carrying case

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From:: DPreview

Ricoh Theta V- 360° UHD recording and live streaming

By Matthew Allard ACS

Ricoh have announced the 360° Theta V, which gives users the ability to record and live stream video over USB, at up to UHD (3840×1920) 30 fps at 56Mbps. This…

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