At the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas Blackmagic Design introduced Blackmagic Ursa, a high-end digital film camera the company says is “designed to revolutionize workflow on set.” Built to handle the ergonomics of large film crews as well as single person use, Ursa has multiple accessories built in, including a massive 10 inch fold out on set monitor, large user upgradable Super 35 global shutter 4K image sensor and internal dual Raw and Apple ProRes recorders.
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Autodesk unveiled the latest version of Smoke 2015 earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. In addition to significant new creative tools andperformance enhancements, Smoke 2015 will soon be available as a Desktop Subscription, so customers can access the software on a pay-as-you-go basis for the first time.
At the National Association of Broadcasters convention held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Assimilate announced v8 versions of its popular Scratch and Scratch Lab software, allowing users to encode Apple ProRes files on Microsoft Windows 7/8-based PCs. Scratch and Scratch Lab customers can now use both the OS X and Windows versions of the software. Artists either on-set, or in post-production are guaranteed the highest possible quality and encoding speeds on each platform. In addition, Scratch 4K is now available at Scratch 2K prices.
Arri showcased its new Amira camera at the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas. A versatile documentary-style camera that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows, the Amira has an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, Amira is hardy enough to take anywhere and features in-camera grading with preloaded looks based on 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion.
In what was arguably the hit of the event, AJA Video Systems unveiled the Cion camera at the National Association of Broadcasters show earlier this month in Las Vegas. The totally new camera features an ergonomic design and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. AJA pioneered lens-to-post Apple ProRes workflows with the introduction of the Ki Pro product line in 2009 and Cion builds on this achievement by offering in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs - including 12-bit 444 - for pristine image capture.
The U.S. comedy series Anger Management from Debmar-Mercury Productions on FX Network has saved an estimated $2.25 million in post-production costs, while supporting the delivery of double the number of episodes typically produced over the same production period. The producers attribute the savings to Cinedeck RX technology
Sony has added the a7S to its line of full-frame interchangeable lens DSLR cameras. The announcement came during last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.
At last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas Sony announced that it is adding Apple ProRes on-board recording as a future hardware upgrade option for its F5 and F55 CineAlta 4K cameras.
The Devil & Demon Strategy announced what it says is the availability of super-computers for everyone. The new product line includes custom-tuned Devil supercomputers and fast Demon workstations that offer flexible and cost-competitive purchasing options. The company made its debut at last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas.
At last week’s National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas Codex announced that is working with Vision Research to provide a robust and powerful workflow for the Phantom Flex4k camera. Codex Vault is a mobile workflow device that supports the rapid transfer of the digital camera originals from the Phantom for review, post-production and archiving