Blackmagic URSA UHD (4K) Digital Film Camera announced

April 7, 2014

This looks promising and it seems Blackmagic listened to the users, as the form factor of the Blackmagic Cinema and Production Camera isn’t perfect. Now they announced the new Blackmagic URSA Digital Cinema Camera, which really looks promising.

It has a Super 35mm Ultra HD sensor (3840×2160) and can shoot up to 30 frames per second at this resolution. 60p is only possible at 1080p. However the body has the high speed processing and high capacity cooling to run beyond 100 fps, so when faster sensors are available you could upgrade and then get higher frame rates. Compared to the new Red Dragon the Dynamic Range of 12 stops isn’t an highlight, but the price tag of this camera is really explaining why it can’t have the same DR like the Dragon. You can get the EF model for $5,995, a PL-Version is available for $6,495 and there will be also a version with a B4 mount. It shoots ProRes HQ 422 and 12-bit CinemaDNG Raw on CFast 2.0 cards.

You can also buy the camera without a sensor. Then you have the possibility to use the body as an HDMI recorder and put your DSLR in front of the body. Sounds strange,  [...]

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NAB: Sony announces F5 hardware upgrade and Sony A7s

April 6, 2014

Sony F5 to F55 hardware upgrade

Sony F5 users have the choice of upgrading their F5 to an F55. Same Imager, Color Filter array and 4K on board recording. Great move from Sony. This was an unique service from RED in the past. Sony listened.

Sony A7s announced

They also announced the new Sony A7s. This is one of the best news of the day. The S stands for sensitivity. The full frame sensor has a ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600. It’s also the world first full frame camera without line skipping or pixel binning, which means it has improved aliasing and rolling shutter. The camera can shoot up to 120fps at 720p, S-Log 2, XAVC S 50Mbps and optional XLR audio input. Sadly no 4K internal recording function. You need a third party external recorder!

I’ll update this blog post the next few days. As soon as I have more info about the A7s, you can read it here.

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Panasonic announces 4K Varicam 35 Camera

February 28, 2014

Great news from Panasonic. They have just announced a new 4K Varicam with a Super 35mm sensor, which can shoot 4K internally with up to 120 frames per second. This camera really looks interesting. It seems to be a mix of an ARRI Alexa, Sony F5/55 and has a modular design like the Red Epic. The camera also features a 3G HD SDI, to support an uncompressed output (RAW) and also  a single HD SDI for monitoring. There is no pricing yet, but I think it will be in a price range of a Sony F5.

  • 4096 x 2160 Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range
  • PL Mount
  • Internal 4K up to 120fps
  • Records 4K & UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K
  • Records 2K & HD in AVC-Intra 100/200
  • Capable of 4K RAW
  • 1.5 to 6 Mbps Proxies
  • Two expressP2 card slots (Record 130 minutes of 4K/24p with these cards)
  • Two microP2 card slots (for HD and 2K)
  • Four 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for 4K QUAD
  • Two 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for RAW
  • HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K)
  • Two XLR inputs can record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio
  • Removable Control Panel
  • OLED Viewfinder with Optical Zoom
  • Availability: Fall 2014
  • Price: TBA

They also announced a 2/3″ VariCam, which is part of their new VariCam modular design. My colleague Matt Allard did  [...]

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Another 2-day Bavaria Film Studios HDSLR workshop!

July 12, 2012

This is a last minute posting, because the workshop will take place this weekend 14th and 15th July 2012 at the Bavaria Filmstudios in Munich. You can book your slot directly on their website (costs 330,- € for 2 days!). This is my 2nd workshop for the Bavaria Film Studios, the first one was an huge success!

Workshop content:

  • Basic Camera settings (shutter speed, picture profiles, white balance…)
  • Pros and cons of DSLR cameras with video function and how to deal with their downsides
  • Professional sound recording for DSLRs
  • Gear Hands-on, which accessories are important (you will be able to try equipment on location)
  • Introduction to large chip camcorders (AF101, F3 …)
  • Interview techniques
  • Basic lighting on set
  • Shooting techniques (camera movements, framing, shot size, crossing the line…)
  • Practice Part
  • post production workflow (mainly Final Cut Pro, Basic Color Grading)

Important:
The workshops will be held in German.

Booking and more information! 

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Short-Film: Istanbul

April 29, 2012

Longer write-up about Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 coming soon!

Shot in Istanbul with the Nikon D4 and D800. Everything until the timelapse was shot with the Nikon D4, very soft if you are using the full frame sensor, very sharp in crop mode! I used the D800 after the timelapse shot!
Very happy with the results. D800 is very sharp. Everything recorded internally!
Graded in 20 minutes with Davinci Resolve Lite.

Music:
Brian Tyler – Coming of Age

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Free HDSLR workshops at Nikon Solutions

April 26, 2012

Sorry for being so silent the last few months. My schedule is absolutely full with projects. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates.

I just came back from the US and had a wonderful time with my friends Philip Bloom and Nino Leitner at our Masterclass in Las Vegas. Very stressful though, had no time to rest after hard working days at NAB.

After two days at my office I will speak at the Nikon Solutions in Essen, Germany on Friday and Saturday (27th April – 28th April). It will be a free (!) HDSLR workshop, which will cover the basics shooting video with DSLRs. Nikon expects 10,000 visitors, so hurry up and sign up on their website. It costs you nothing! You can sign up until 12.00pm, after that you have to pay € 25,00 for your ticket.

You can also join me at the Vitec and ARRI booth after my workshops, if you have any questions.

Dates: 27th April – 28th April
Timetable: Two workshops – 10.30am and 2.30pm
Location: Messe Essen
Price: € 0,00 until 26th April – 12.00pm – Sign up here

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