FUJIFILM Recognized for Lens Design Excellence

FUJIFILM has been recognized for design excellence with 2020 iF DESIGN AWARD for six of its cinema and broadcast products. Cinema lenses honored include the two PREMISTA large-format zooms (28-100mm and 80-250mm T2.9-3.5) while four of Fujifilm’s 4K broadcast lenses received recognition including the UA125x8, UA18x7.6, UA23x7.6, and LA16x8. The updated design of the zoom servo controller—the ERD-40A-D01—also received an award.

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The iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 is a prestigious international award that serves as a symbol of outstanding achievement via the innovative power of design. Entrants are judged by a panel of more than 70 renowned design experts, evaluated on established criteria including Innovation and Elaboration, Functionality, Aesthetics, Responsibility, and Positioning. Being recognized exemplifies Fujifilm’s reputation for providing innovation through design excellence that enables optimum performance, advanced quality, and exceptional durability.

Together, the Premista series of large format cinema zoom lenses cover the most frequently used focal lengths from 28mm to 250mm. The Premista 28-100mm has a constant T2.9 speed across the entire zoom range and the Premista 80-250mm has a constant T2.9 speed from 80-200mm, before gradually ramping less than full stop to T3.5 between 201-250mm. Both lenses cover a 46.3mm image circle, which covers all current large format digital cinema cameras available for purchase. A 13-blade iris allows for a pleasant bokeh effect, while a wide dynamic range of light can be captured thanks to dedicated optical design to suppress unwanted flare and ghosting. Due to its large-diameter aspherical lens elements and its updated focus/zoom system, the Premista series achieves stunning optical quality from the center to the corner at all focal lengths.

Premista 28-100mm zoom and 80-250mm mock-up FUJIFILM
Premista 28-100mm zoom and 80-250mm mock-up

The UA18x7.6 is designed for a range of applications, including news-gathering, sports, house of worship, and entertainment production. The F1.8 lens features a 7.6-137mm focal length plus a 2x extender, and is only 3 ½ lbs. The UA23x7.6 is an economical F1.8 UHD telephoto zoom for studio and field production. It has a 23x zoom range of 7.6-175mm plus a 2x extender and weighs just 4.2 lbs. Both new UA series lenses have High Transmittance Electron Beam Coatings (HT-EBC), as well as the same HDR and 2/3-inch 4K performance as the rest of the UA seriesfujinon_ua18x7_6_4k_uhd_f1_8_lens_1502012

The UA125x8 features a 125x high magnification zoom covering a focal length from the wide angle of 8mm-000mm, with an F1.7 aperture. The UA125x is now the longest and widest 4K lens for Ultra HD applications in the FUJINON UA series of UHD 4K zooms. Like others in the series, the new UA125x is designed for unparalleled 4K UHD performance imaging from today’s new 4K 2/3″ Ultra HD cameras. The use of unique optical technology delivers outstanding image resolving power and rich tonal gradation. High resolution, high contrast, high dynamic range and our patented optical image stabilization technology allow the UA125x captures pristine, rock-steady 4K UHD shots.fujinon_ua125x8_4k_uhd_125x_zoom_1571846815_1502011

The LA16x8 is a 2/3” Professional 4K lens made specifically for the Blackmagic URSA Broadcast camera. Compact and lightweight, the LA16x8 weighs only 1.6kg thanks in part due to its unique rear focus mechanism design and provides the Blackmagic URSA with 4k and HD resolution. A new single button electronic flange adjustment with a macro switch function adds convenience when shooting and performing zoom operations, providing faster and more efficient operation. Designed for handheld shooting, the LA16x8 reduces the weight burden for the camera operator and provides excellent usability.

Optimally sized and shaped with a rubber-coated grip, the ERD-40A-D01 is a professional grade zoom demand unit for portable broadcast lenses. The shape, texture, operation and button setup of the zoom lever body allow for comfortable rotation and easy reach from any position. Zoom speed and lever torque can be customized as needed for optimal use in all situations from studio recordings to sports broadcasts.

Launched in 1953, the iF DESIGN AWARD is considered to be one of the top three global design awards, alongside Germany’s Red Dot Design Award and the United States’ International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA). This year, there were 7,298 entries from 56 countries and regions around the world.

Nikon D780 Updated With N-Log 3D LUT

Nikon released a new software update for the Nikon D780. The Nikon D780 now has N-Log 3D LUT, which is a 3D lookup table developed by Nikon for use when color grading movie footage shot with N-Log gamma. The update specifically adds an N-Log–compatible “cube”-format 3D LUT file for the D780.

You can download the update to the Nikon D780 here: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/sw/168.html

nikon_d780_dslr_camera_1578350786_1538572About Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 is a versatile DSLR great for both photography and video. Featuring a 24.5MP full-frame CMOS sensor, high-resolution stills and UHD video recording is possible, and the sensor features a BSI design for heightened clarity and reduced noise levels to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions. This sensor also enables a wide sensitivity range from ISO 100-51200, which can be expanded to ISO 50-204800, along with a quick 7 fps shooting rate with the viewfinder or 12 fps in live view. This sensor also permits UHD 4K video recording up to 30 fps using either full-frame or cropped areas. Full HD recording up to 120 fps is available, too, along with integrated N-Log Gamma and HLG settings for refined color control.

Complementing the imaging, when working with the viewfinder, a 51-point phase-detection autofocus system is available, which includes 15 cross-type points for greater accuracy in low-light conditions. When working in live view or recording video, a 273-point Hybrid AF system is used that blends on-sensor phase-detection points and a contrast-detection system for quick performance and excellent subject tracking, including support for Eye-Detection AF.

At its core, the D780 relies on the familiarity and tradition of a DSLR, including a 0.7x-magnification pentaprism optical viewfinder, along with a large 3.2″ 2.36m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD. Dual UHS-II SD memory card slots offer flexible storage and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth also enable wireless file transferring along with remote camera control from a mobile device.

Nikon D780 Key Features

  • 24.5MP FX-Format BSI CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 6 Image Processing Engine
  • UHD 4K30 Video; N-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Multi-CAM 3500 II 51-Point AF System

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SYFY Series “Spides” Edited, Graded, and Finished via DaVinci Resolve

The new SYFY series “Spides” was edited, graded and finished using DaVinci Resolve Studio. Co-produced by Don’t Panic Productions, Katapult Filmproduktion, Red Sun Films, and Baby Giant Hollyberg, the eight-part alien invasion thriller is showing internationally across the SYFY network.spides-2

Potsdam based content studio Baby Giant Hollyberg led on post-production, managing the offline and online edit through DaVinci Resolve Studio, as well as all the VFX compositing for the series.

“It was a slightly unusual setup, but one that fit the nature of this project perfectly,” begins Heiko Nemmert, Baby Giant’s CEO. “VFX can often be the element that requires final adjustments and polishing, so bringing the edit inhouse on a series with substantial VFX gave us a huge amount of flexibility in post.”spides-1

Having worked with DaVinci Resolve Studio in his personal projects, supervisor Nico Ostermann understood how it would form the perfect NLE solution for the project. “By using DaVinci Resolve Studio as the editing platform, the team was able to use the different layers in the timeline to keep track of shots with and without VFX, to ensure our editors understood if it required more work,” Nico explains.

The main challenge for Baby Giant Hollyberg was keeping track of a huge amount of footage, as well as the length and requirements for each shot to be worked on throughout the eight episodes.

“We’d previously worked on other NLEs, and so inevitably, there was an adjustment as we learned a new UI and transitioned away from a more sequential workflow,” continues Nico. “However, it became immediately clear that we could make massive advances in terms of speed and collaboration. With the producer and director involved throughout post-production, Resolve’s intuitive nature made the whole process much smoother.”spides-3

Nico explains that DaVinci Resolve Studio’s collaborative features allowed the grade, worked on in Hamburg by Digital Straik, to be completed simultaneously alongside the Berlin team’s tasks.

“There was no need to keep checking back to make sure if any details had been missed between the two teams’ work; we could simply trust the timeline and keep moving the pipeline forward,” continues Nico.

“When it came to the DI for Spides, we wanted a very dark, atmospheric look, and although the setting is modern-day Berlin, the producer and director wanted us to steer away from the city’s usual aesthetic. Instead, we adjusted the colors for a more alien, uneasy feel. With Resolve, we were able to hand episodes to grading, even if there was still work to be done completing VFX shots, then copy the grade over to the final version back at Baby Giant.”

Post-production for Spides was an 18-month project, and Nico credits DaVinci Resolve Studio for keeping the project running smoothly. “The ability to jump between grade and edit without having to render out each time was essential in helping us keep to deadline, despite working across multiple disciplines within a complex, multilayered project.”spides-4

About Spides

Set and filmed in Berlin, Spides follows Nora, played by Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (Game of Thrones), who wakes from a coma with no memory of her previous life after taking a mysterious drug. She begins to unravel a conspiracy of aliens who are using a synthetic drug to infiltrate humans to use as host bodies.

The Lectrosonics MTCR Lets You Record Audio When Transmitting Wireless Isn’t An Option

Lectrosonics adds miniature recorder to its portable line.

The Miniature Time Code Recorder aka MTCR is professional grade portable digital recorder from Lectrosonics small enough to be used on talent or stashed on location to record audio. It joins the SPDR, a stereo version in the series. The MTCR is basically a refreshed version of the now discontinued Lectrosonics PDR, and the main difference between the two is that the MTCR headphone jack allows users to hear playback, but is automatically muted during recording.

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Hedge 20.1 released– adds new iOS & Android Connect features

Hedge has released version 20.1 of its popular backup and verification software. The latest version adds new iOS and Android Connect features. Connect was strickly an iOS app, but now there is finally a version for Android users. Connect was first released three years ago, and it allowed users of Hedge to receive a push … Continued

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PVC Podcast Eps 14: Will NAB Be Canceled? Adobe, Western Digital, Nikon, AJA & More Drop Out

will NAB be canceled? eps 14 of the PVC podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Scott, Damian and Gary as they talk about the latest news from around the industry. Besides the concerning developments around the spread of COVID-19 and the impact on the industry, the guys also talk about Scotts first impressions of his new 16″ MacBook Pro. Enjoy the podcast and make sure to wash your hands:

COVID-19 Concerns At NAB :

“Avid now out of NAB 2020, also canceling the Avid Connect 2020 Conference” By Scott Simmons

“Adobe pulls out of NAB 2020 citing COVID-19 concerns” By Scott Simmons

“Western Digital out of NAB2020 ‘due to concerns regarding the coronavirus’” By Scott Simmons

“Nikon Backs Out of NAB 2020 Due To Coronavirus Concerns” By Brian Hallett

“AJA withdraws from NAB 2020” By Scott Simmons

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Canon 85mm vs 85mm DS: Is Canon’s ‘Defocus Smoothing’ Worth the Price?

Portrait photographer and YouTuber Alex Barrera recently went out and shot a full side-by-side comparison of the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L and the RF 85mm f/1.2L DS lenses. His sample photos can help you decide if Canon’s “Defocus Smoothing” is worth the loss of light and the extra $300 it’ll cost you.

Barrera has actually bought and owned both of these lenses. He bought the 85mm f/1.2L initially, sold it to get the 70-200mm f/2.8, and then missed the lens so much that he bought the lens again, opting for the “DS” version of the lens the second time around.

The DS lens is optically identical to the regular L version of the lens, with one exception: a “Defocus Smoothing” coating that, in Canon’s opinion, “improves” the look of bokeh in your portraits. Of course, not everyone agrees on which looks better, so Barrera rented the regular L version and went out shooting with both so he could create the side-by-side sample gallery below.

This is almost entirely a matter of preference, so scroll down to see if the “softer” more diffused bokeh of the DS version is worth it for you. For each pair of photos, the first was shot with the regular lens, the second with the DS variant:

One note for those of you who read our previous coverage and know that this coating can cost you as much as 1.5 stops of light when you’re shooting wide-open: Barrera says that there was no difference in low-light autofocus performance between the two, despite the light loss. It seems Canon’s latest autofocus update really is all it’s cracked up to be, and the EOS R had no trouble keeping up.

To hear all of Alex’ thoughts on these two lenses and why he believes the DS variant is worth the extra $300, check out the full video up top. And if you want to download all of the above photos (and more) in full resolution so you can pixel-peep to your heart’s content, click here.


Image credits: Photos by Alex Barrera and used with permission.

Avid now out of NAB 2020, also canceling the Avid Connect 2020 Conference

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And another one bites the dust. After we saw Adobe choosing not to participate in NAB 2020 today we get word that Avid is going to sit it out too citing COVID-19. This one stings as that are also canceling the Avid Connect 2020 conference which was their own great event that ran in the days before NAB began.

They’ve posted an official statement on their website.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, media technology leader Avid® (NASDAQ: Avid) has today announced its decision to cancel participation in all trade conferences and other large face-to-face events globally for at least the next 60 days, including NAB Show 2020. Additionally, the Avid Connect 2020 conference in Las Vegas that was planned for mid-April is canceled, a decision the company made in close consultation with the Avid Customer Association’s (ACA) executive board.

And Twitter lets us know they’ll still be showing some product, just not in person as the big South Upper booth. I’ll miss that as they have some of the best presentations.

 

Here’s the full release.

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, media technology leader Avid® (NASDAQ: Avid) has today announced its decision to cancel participation in all trade conferences and other large face-to-face events globally for at least the next 60 days, including NAB Show 2020. Additionally, the Avid Connect 2020 conference in Las Vegas that was planned for mid-April is canceled, a decision the company made in close consultation with the Avid Customer Association’s (ACA) executive board.

In April, the community will be invited to participate in an online broadcast to introduce all of Avid’s new products that had been slated for introduction at Connect 2020 and NAB Show 2020 in Las Vegas. Later in the year—when public safety can be assured—Avid and the ACA plan to host regional Connect events in several locations worldwide for the convenience of the community. Details will be announced soon.

“While these were difficult decisions for Avid, and for me personally, we feel strongly that helping stop the spread and severity of the COVID-19 virus is not just the job of governments and healthcare providers, but the responsibility of every individual, organization and corporation around the globe,” said Jeff Rosica, CEO and President at Avid. “We will take this opportunity to try new methods and experiment with different approaches to better engage with our clients, users and the community around the globe. Avid remains supportive of the NAB Show and looks forward to next year’s event.”

FAQs

Is Avid exhibiting at the NAB Show and hosting Avid Connect 2020 this year? 
Avid will not be participating in any large face-to-face events for at least the next 60 days in response to the COVID-19 virus, including NAB Show 2020 and Avid Connect 2020, both held in Las Vegas. We made this decision in an abundance of caution and care for the safety and well-being of our employees and community.

Will Avid Connect 2020 be rescheduled to another date? 
In April, Avid will to produce an online broadcast to introduce all of Avid’s new products that had been slated for introduction at Connect 2020 and NAB Show 2020 in Las Vegas. Together with the Avid Customer Association, Avid plans to host regional Connect events later this year. Details will be announced soon.

When will Avid resume attending large face-to-face events? 
We will re-evaluate the coronavirus situation during the next 60 days and will take further actions as needed.

As an Avid Connect 2020 registrant will I receive a refund?
Anyone who registered for Connect 2020 will receive a 100 percent refund of their registration fee. Avid will begin processing refunds immediately; please be aware that it could take between 2-7 days (depending upon your financial institution) for the funds to be transferred to your account. If you registered for Connect 2020, you have also been pre-registered for an NAB badge. To obtain your NAB badge, please visit Avid’s unique registration link before April 5 and use guest pass code LV8476. If you register for NAB using Avid’s registration link on or after April 5, the badge will cost US$50.

Will the training sessions be made available at another date? 
Avid will work closely with our training presenters to try to schedule those sessions at a regional Connect event. We will share details about future training sessions as they become available.

Will the Avid Customer Association committee meetings be rescheduled? 
We are reviewing the committee meeting schedule and will notify all committee members of any changes once a decision has been made.

I am a sponsor; who do I contact for more information about my sponsorship or participation in the Partner Pavilion? 
Our event managers will contact you directly regarding your sponsorship.

Who do I contact for more information about Avid Connect 2020? 
Please contact aca@avid.com for any other questions.

Ricoh Spins Off Startup for ‘Specialized Cameras,’ Unveils Tiny 360° Pen Cam

Ricoh has created a new company called Vecnos, a start-up that will create “360-degree and other specialized cameras, software and apps,” starting with a pen-like 360° selfie camera that’s about the size of a chunky fountain pen.

Vecnos is a strange creation, partly because it seems to compete directly with Ricoh’s popular Theta cameras. At first, some believed Ricoh was actually spinning off this part of the business. But as DPReview reports, this is not the case.

Ricoh will keep making Theta cameras, while Vecnos sets out to “reinvent the selfie for social media natives” by releasing an extremely compact and convenient 360° camera targeted at the selfie generation:

There’s precious little information available about Vecnos and its first product. The camera is hoping to be the first 360° system that’s portable and convenient enough to actually use regularly, while Vecnos as a company is intent on making “advanced imaging” more accessible to the masses. That’s really all we know for now.

The rest is just aspirational press release talk:

“Enabled by advances in technology, combined with new social networking platforms, we are building a new generation of cameras, with our first product designed to reinvent the selfie and be used by a younger consumer,” says Vecnos CEO Shu Ubukata. “Our objectives are to combine ease of use with advanced capabilities for shooting, enhancing and sharing images, in beautiful and elegantly designed products that people will want to use. We aim to inspire a new generation.”

The spin-off is made up of the core design team behind the original Ricoh Theta, and they’ve already hit the ground running. But only time will tell if Vecnos will be able to succeed where other camera makers have failed, and bring 360° imaging into the mainstream.

To learn more about this company, head over to its nascent website. As for the unnamed pen-like 360° camera, expect that to get an official launch sometime in 2020.