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Phantom Flex 4K - highspeed digital cinema camera
Designed for the cinematographer, the Phantom Flex4K is a high-speed camera providing exceptional flexibility through its frame rate capabilities and by adapting to different shooting styles. The super-35mm 4K sensor provides sharp, detailed images with extremely low noise and high dynamic range. The Flex4K is capable of shooting from 15 frames-per-second (fps) up to 1,000 fps at 4K, and up to 2,000 fps at 2K/1080p. The camera lets you customize the workflow that makes sense for your production. The Cine raw format ensures the fastest high-speed capture on set and maximum quality and versatility for post-production. Files are saved to the hot-swappable Phantom CineMag® IV (up to 2TB). The three main 3G HD-SDI video outputs support dual-link 4K video and advanced scaling when set to 1080p. Vision Research also has announced plans to introduce in-camera compression via a firmware update in early 2014. The full-featured on-camera control interface eliminates the need to connect to a computer on set. All camera parameters can be set from the built in menu on the right side of the camera body, and controls for capture, playback, saving and monitoring can be found on both sides. Shortcuts are available for popular functions and multiple user presets exist to allow for a quick setup. **Key Features** * Full resolution 4096 x 2304 * Up to 1,000 fps at 4096 x 2160 * Phantom CineMag IV recording media (1TB & 2TB) * 32GB or 64GB of internal memory * Monitoring: Three main 3G HD-SDI outputs, which can be configured as independent 4:4:4 1080p signals or used together to supply a dual-link 4K output while maintaining a live HD signal * Viewfinder: A new, high-quality Phantom OLED HD Viewfinder is part of the system. Support for both component and HD-SDI-based viewfinders are included. * Optional Integrated battery mount supporting industry standard batteries * Lens mount: Interchangeable between PL and Nikon F/G standards – Canon EF coming soon * 2x 12V and 2x 24V accessory outputs * Both Mac and Windows based software for download and file conversion
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Lessons in Lighting: lighting against hard daylight
Lighting against hard daylight can be a challenge for those filming on location. You need the right equipment to make it work. In this video piece, using 2 lights: a dedolight DLED2 and a Felloni LED bicolour, we show how to turn a silhouette into a well-lit subject Using Sony S-Log, to extend the dynamic range, and an Atomos Samurai Blade for ProRes (HQ) recording, the level of quality is lifted to produce a high quality result. Furthermore, by using Coremelt’s plugin - SliceX - we able to create a mask around the subject and then darken the background area. 
These techniques can make a big difference to improving the quality and impact of your images.
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Cineo lighting, TruColor: Remote Phosphor Lighting Technology
Since the introduction of digital lighting into film, television, and photography, color rendering has been an issue. The inherently discontinuous light spectra of traditional LED sources has made it difficult for a digital light to approach the color rendering quality of a black-body radiator like a tungsten filament. The TruColor® series utilizes the latest advancement in lighting science, Remote Phosphor Technology (RPT), to eliminate those color-accuracy issues. Instead of relying on LEDs as a source of illumination, TruColor fixtures rely on a separate phosphor substrate to emit high-quality predictable light when excited by high-frequency wavelengths like blue LEDs. The result is a continuous linear spectrum unlike any other digital light developed for image capture. Think of a remote phosphor array as you would a CRT screen found in legacy television sets. RPT employs a transparent surface onto which a special phosphor coating is applied. These phosphors are excited at two precise wavelengths, in this case with LEDs completely separated from the phosphor substrate, resulting in very stable high-CRI white light. Color temperature remains consistent throughout the lifetime of the fixture, because the phosphors are not subject to heat degradation, unlike typical white LEDs. Color consistency fixture to fixture is also guaranteed, because it’s easier to accurately coat the phosphor “recipe” onto a substrate instead of directly onto a diode. All products in the TruColor line employ RPT and are focused on attaining the highest quality light and utmost power efficiency.
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QUICK AND EASY CHROMA KEY LIGHTING

28/07/2014 - Chroma Key lighting doesn’t need to be difficult. By using a few simple techniques, from working with one light, to 3 lights, it is possible to quickly create good result. This video piece focusses on simple and effective techiques to light for chroma key. Keep in mind, the available light also makes a big difference; artifical light can be used to supplement available light. Chroma Key lighting can also be quite advanced. Expect a follow-up to this video piece showing more sophisticated ways to light for chroma key.
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31 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Software and Updates

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES ATEM CAMERA CONTROL: CONTROL BM STUDIO CAMERAS REMOTELY FROM ATEM PRODUCTION SWITCHERS

View News Blackmagic Design have announced the immediate availability of ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 which adds support for controlling cameras from ATEM production switchers via the program feed to the camera. ATEM Switchers Update 6.0 is available now free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website.

29 Jul 2014 - Posted in: New Product Launches

SONY PXW-X70 - MULTI-FORMAT RECORDING, 4K READY CAMCORDER

View News 4K-ready fully-featured affordable compact camcorder for a wide range of applications from news gathering and documentary to events work.

29 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Software and Updates

RED GIANT RELEASE PLURALEYES 3.5, AS PART OF SHOOTER SUITE 12.5 UPDATE

View News Red Giant has released Shooter Suite 12.5, which includes new versions of two Shooter Suite products: PluralEyes 3.5 and Instant 4K. New to the suite is Denoiser II, Red Giants powerful video noise reduction tool. Also included are the recently updated BulletProof 1.2, as well as Frames and LUT Buddy.

26 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

MLOGIC SHIPS MTAPE - WORLDS FIRST THUNDERBOLT CERTIFIED LTO-6 BACKUP & ARCHIVING SOLUTION FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

View News "We are thrilled to announce that our mTape LTO-6 system has received Thunderbolt certification and is now shipping to customers," said Roger Mabon, CEO of mLogic. "mTape is the first LTO-6 tape drive to feature Thunderbolt connectivity and is the ideal backup and archiving solution for users of laptops, all-in-one computers and the new M...

25 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

CARRYON JIB - THE MOST COMPACT, YET FULL-SIZED CAMERA CRANE

View News At multiple lengths up to 8 feet, the modular CarryOn Jib packs up to a compact 22 inches, going anywhere your projects take you.

24 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

RE:VISION EFFECTS ANNOUNCES RE:FLEX V5 WITH GPU SUPPORT FOR AFTER EFFECTS

View News RE:Flex provides superior morphing and warping for After Effects. RE:Flex uses both open and closed splines for its free-form interface rather than a mesh-based solution. RE:Flex is especially easy to learn because it uses After Effects' own drawing and masking tools to direct the warping and morphing; as such, there is no need to learn a...

24 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Firmware & Upgrades

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ADDS AUDIO METERS, HISTOGRAM AND NEW FEATURES TO THE BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K

View News Camera 1.9 software update also includes a new audio metering with peak hold feature to allow setting audio levels for Channels 1 and 2 when using the built in microphone as well as externally connected audio sources. The histogram shows the the distribution of luminance in their images and if highlights or shadows are being clipped.

23 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

EYEHEIGHT ANNOUNCES BROADCASTSAFE VERSION 1.5 COMPLIANCE PLUG-INS

View News Eyeheight announces a major expansion to the capabilities of its BroadcastSafe compliance plug-ins for Avid's Media Composer and Adobe's Premiere Pro post-production software.

22 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Firmware & Upgrades

FREEFLY SYSTEMS NEW MVI CONTROLLER NOW SHIPPING

View News The MVI Controller is purpose built to provide for a true two-user MVI stabilizer setup by letting a second operator control pan, tilt, roll, focus, iris, and zoom of a MVI-mounted camera while the first operator holds the system. The MVI Controller can be utilized on the MVI M5, M10 and soon to be released M15 stabilizers.

17 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Firmware & Upgrades

BLACKMAGIC CAMERA UPDATE 1.8.2 EXTENDS PRORES RECORD OPTIONS FOR BLACKMAGIC CAMERAS

View News With the latest 1.8.2 update for the Blackmagic Cameras users can now choose to film additional ProRes formats: ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT and ProRes 422 Proxy. This in addition to the formats which have already been available: ProRes HQ and CinemaDNG RAW.

16 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

MASSIVE PRICE DROP FOR BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA: 50% OFF UNTIL AUGUST 31ST

View News Blackmagic Design have slashed the price of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, by 50%. This special price is available until August 31st.

9 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

SINCROCAM: INCREDIBLE SLIDER FOR ROBOTIZED 2 AXIS PANORAMIC VIDEO AND TIME-LAPSE

View News This technology preview will soon come into being. Watch the video below and you will be amazed at the future direction of Slider technology. Beautiful images!

4 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

ATOMOS BRANDED CFAST CARDS - MEDIA FOR THE NINJA STAR

View News Atomos have released their own branded CFast cards, guaranteed for speed and reliability when using the Ninja Star. The Atomos 64GB CFast cards sells for $159 USD, while the 128GB card is 239USD. Furthermore, a CFast Card Reader is now included with every Ninja Star.

3 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

SOUTH EAST ASIA TRAVELOGUE SHOT WITH BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA

View News Blackmagic Design has announced that European cultural television channel arte has commissioned a new series of travel documentaries exploring the vibrant colors and cultures of the former Indochina region, shot exclusively on the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera.

3 Jul 2014 - Posted in: Company Announcements

AWARD WINNING FILM DIRECTOR DEREK YEE CHOOSES BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K

View News Blackmagic Design has announced that award winning director Derek Yee purchased the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K for his production team and to provide footage for his new film, I Am Somebody.
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