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On location with the JVC GY-HM200 (includes low light tests)
Having worked with the GY-HM200 for several weeks, in real-world situations, I am totally impressed with this camera! It makes my life easier and I enjoy shooting with it. You need to get to know its ways and understand how to get the most out of the GY-HM200. For shooting HD or 4K this camera is one I intend to use for high-end, quick moving acquisition, when it would be impossible, difficult, or dangerous to work with a bigger camera.
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Blackmagic Design: URSA Mini
Blackmagic URSA Mini is available in 4 models, customers can choose either EF or PL lens mounts and 4K or 4.6K image sensors. Prices for the Blackmagic URSA Mini start at $2,995 for the 4K EF model. Blackmagic URSA Mini is designed to be used on feature films, television shows, commercials, indies, documentaries, music videos and more. The stunning quality of its 4.6K sensor with 15 stops of dynamic range lets customers capture epic cinematic shots, while its compact size is perfect for solo shoots or smaller crews. URSA Mini features multiple mounting points so it can be easily accessorized with high quality cinema lenses, rails, matte boxes and more. The optional Blackmagic URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, which features a quick release mounting plate so it can go from handheld to shoulder or to a tripod in seconds, and the Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder, make URSA Mini perfect for pickup and run shooting situations. Blackmagic URSA Mini is a true professional digital film camera with a 4.6K sensor that captures 4608 × 2592 pixels. The sensor features a global shutter for shooting up to 30 frames per second and up to a super wide 15 stops of dynamic range that delivers more latitude than traditional motion picture film. Blackmagic URSA Mini can also shoot up to 60 frames per second with rolling shutter for customers that need to work at higher frame rates. Built in sensor refrigeration ensures maximum dynamic range for incredibly clean images that have amazing detail in both dark shadow and bright highlight areas of the picture. Images are saved using 12-bit lossless CinemaDNG RAW, or ProRes for easy post production workflows with minimum storage requirements. The Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder features a high resolution 1920 × 1080 color OLED display and glass based optics thats incredibly accurate and sharp so customers get a viewfinder that allows perfect focusing and operates just like an optical viewfinder. “URSA Mini features a new 4.6K image sensor with an incredible 15 stops of dynamic range. Thats almost more dynamic range than the human eye can see, and far more than most traditional film!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “Building on the phenomenal success of URSA, weve miniaturized the camera, included all of the essential tools filmmakers need, and still managed to make it light enough to use all day. URSA Mini puts true Super 35 digital film quality in the palm of your hand and is, quite simply, the most exciting camera Ive ever seen!” **Blackmagic URSA Mini Key Features** * Four models with the choice of two sensors, 4.6K or 4K sensor in EF or PL mount. * Built in dual CFast 2.0 card recorders allow unlimited duration recording in high quality. * Open file formats compatible with popular software, such as CinemaDNG 12 bit RAW. No custom file formats. * Support for CinemaDNG 4.6K RAW files and ProRes 4444 XQ, ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 HQ, ProRes 422, ProRes 422 LT, ProRes 422 Proxy recording at Ultra HD and HD resolutions. * Features all standard connections, including dual XLR mic/line audio inputs with phantom power, 12G-SDI output for monitoring with camera status graphic overlay and separate XLR 4 pin power output for viewfinder power, headphone jack, LANC remote control and standard 4 pin 12V DC power connection. * Built in high quality stereo microphones for recording sound. * 5 inch foldout 1080 HD touchscreen for on-set monitoring and menu settings. * Optional URSA Mini Shoulder Kit, allowing both tripod and shoulder use interchangeably. Built in gyroscope allowing recording of camera pitch, roll and yaw movements when working in RAW. Includes full copy of DaVinci Resolve software color grading and editing software. **Additional Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K Model Features** * Selectable global and rolling shutter sensor * Wide 15 stops of dynamic range allows capture of increased details for feature film look. * Supports up to 60 fps 4.6K resolution capture in RAW. * Built in GPS for location tagging of recorded files for easy media management
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Shooting with the JVC GY-HM200: 4K handheld camcorder
I have to admit, I have been a 4K sceptic until now. HD is well and truly suitable for the client work I produce. I've wondered if 4K is worth the hassle. Having used the GY-HM200 I now see where 4K fits in. My channels of distribution will remain HD - however, to shoot 4K and be able to zoom in on the image is something that will revolutionise the abilities of the single camera operator who also edits. The ability to reframe shots matters. What also matters is that the 4K with the GY-HM200 is effectively 4K made easy. The camera records the 4K images at 150mbps and when bringing this into Final Cut Pro X for editing, the workflow is seamless. No hiccups or difficulties, simply shoot 4K, import this is into your editing system and get to work right away. I mention Final Cut Pro X, as this is the system I use. I havent tested footage from the GY-HM200 with any other editing systems. Read the full review at: http://www.moviemachine.tv/post/first-impressions-of-the-jvc-gy-hm200/
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ATOMOS SHOGUN ADDS RAW RECORDING, TIMELAPSE, AND PREROLL FUNCTIONALITY

23/05/2015 - Shogun is the flagship product from Atomos. This is a first-class monitor, 4K recorder for ProRes, DNxHR and RAW. In this report Jeromy Young, CEO of Atomos, explains the latest functionality which has been added to this device.
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