2013 NAB Highlights (Staff-Picked )

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Ninja 2 Camera Mounted recorder

Atomos Ninja 2 camera-mounted recorder offers high quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video recording in a light weight, ultra-compact, aluminum enclosure. The Ninja 2 records in real-time to removable 2.5 inch hard disks (either SSD or HDD), in either Apple ProRes or Avid DHxHD format for quick transfer to the editing desk of your choice. By using HDMI interface you can record anything from cameras, DSLRs, and video switchers, to your PC, MAC, or even iPhones and Android devices. The AtomOS operating system delivers an easy to use touch-screen interface including “SmartMonitor” that gives you easy access to your focus and exposure with focus peaking, zebra, and various exposure checks for a variety of filters. The Ninja 2 comes with an AC power adapter and two Lithium Ion camera batteries offering you nearly 10 hours of continuous recording on the road.

Why is this noteworthy?
At $695, this is a perfect on camera monitor/recorder with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording at a very respectable cost. With the Canon announcement for the 5D Mark III firmware (see below) there is now a low-cost large-sensor option.

Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update

The newly announced firmware makes the following changes: 1. Supports the single focal length EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June 2012. 2. Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) shooting. 3. Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing. 4. Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens (*1) is mounted to the camera with an extender (*2). (*1) The EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM or EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses. (*2) The Extender EF1.4x III or Extender EF2x III. 5.Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

Why is this noteworthy?
There is now a low-cost large-sensor option when coupled with the Ninja 2.

BlackMagic Production Camera 4K

BlackMagic has amazed us all with what they have offered with their Cinema Camera, but now they have raised the bar by introducing their Production Camera 4K! Recording in Ultra HD resolution (3840×2160) with 12 stops dynamic range in either Apple ProRes or CinemaDNG RAW. The camera records to internal removable 2.5″ SSD drives at 880 Mbps (PorRes 422) and embedded, and programmable metadata. In such a small enclosure this camera has packed in a large Super 35 Sensor, and a global shutter behind an EF or ZE mount with electronic iris control. On the outside, this 4K camera offers 6G-SDI output, dual 1/4″ jacks for balanced audio, 1 3.5mm stereo headphone output, and Thunderbolt output for HD capture.

Why is this noteworthy? 
$3,995 for a 4K camera! Everything else is a bonus: easy to use codecs, 12 stops dynamic range, UHD Resolution, on internal SSD Drives.

Odyssey 7/7Q

Convergent Design offers us the Odyssey family, a 7.7″ OLED monitor with a 176 degree viewing angle that includes many high-end features such as Waveform, RGB Parade, Histogram, Vectorscope, and Zebra; along with 1:1 Pixel Mode, Focus Assist, Blue Mode, and various Guides with the 7Q having the ability to display a quad-split view. With HDMI and HD/3G-SDI this monitor fits your every need from your run-and-gun shoots to the motion picture set. Both monitors are upgradable to support 4K, and support HD/2K RGB 4:4:4 12-bit up to 60p, HD/2K YCC 4:2:2 10-bit up to 120p, QHD/4K 4:2:2 up to 30p, ARRIRAW 12-bit up to 60p, and Canon RAW QHD/4K 10-bit up to 60p (HDMI supports 1.4a up to 1080p60 8-bit 4:2:2). Can record in either DNxHD, Canon Raw, ARRIRAW, or fully uncompressed (.dpx), and HD/2K Raw (.dng), and will support Sony FS700 and high speed 2K/HD up to 240fps.

Why is this noteworthy?
Future proof your monitor/recorder with this OLED line starting at just $1,295! (Ultra fine print: many function only available in the 7Q starting at $2,295+upgrades)

Sony F55

Introducing the new Sony F55 with a new 4K image sensor that incorporates a revolutionary electronic global shutter that doesn’t just minimize distortions like motion skewing and flash banding from a “rolling” shutter, it completely eliminates them. It also has a superb dynamic range, the widest color gamut, and fantastic image quality whether shooting in HD, 2K, or 4K. Including an optional AXS-R5 recorder to allow 16-bit linear RAW in both 2K and 4K.

Why is this noteworthy?
Now you can record 4K and HD up to 180fps INTERNALLY.

Sony Solid State Laser projector

This will be the world’s first 3LCD laser projector, offering 4,000 lumens at WUXGA (1920 X 1200). It’s based on Sony’s Laser Light Source Technology that incorporates lasers rather than LEDs to achieve high brightness. The projector has up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free up time, and these sort of Solid State Illumination (SSI) projectors are projected to outlast and outperform the overall market.

Why is this noteworthy?
This will be the worlds first 3LCD laser projector. Colors are expected to be much better than existing laser projectors.

Steadicam Solo

The new Steadicam Solo allows everything from versatility (offering up to 10lb weight capacity), to adaptability (convert between Steadicam and monopod), to durability (all metal infrastructure), and to adjustability (telescoping 4-section post). It will still be accurate with a 3-axis gimbal that will still allow it to be compact and fold up to 24″ x 3.5″. Availability and pricing to be announced, but projected to be around $599.

Why is this noteworthy?

The $599 price point makes is very affordable.

Sony FMP-X1 

4K media player and video distribution service –  The $699 player ships in the Summer and will arrive preloaded with 10 4K films and shorts. The video service will launch in the Fall 2013, with “fee-based” access to Sony’s library of movies. Sony also revealed that they’ve started to increase their 4K movie collection for buyers of their new $25k 84″ Ultra HDTV.

Why is this noteworthy?
A 4K media player and video distribution service will be more accessible and affordable.



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