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New Blackmagic Camera 6.6 Update

Get anamorphic de-squeeze options, on-screen horizon tool, custom frame guides and support for the Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip on all Pocket Cinema Camera models, along with Super 16mm and anamorphic Blackmagic RAW recording on the 4K model.

What's new in Blackmagic Camera Setup 6.6

New features in Blackmagic RAW
  • Blackmagic RAW Avid Media Composer plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • Blackmagic RAW Adobe Premiere Pro plugin general performance and stability improvements.
  • CUDA general performance and stability improvements.
New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for 4K 2.4:1 4096 x 1712 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 75 fps.
  • Added support for 2.6K 2688 x 1512 up to 120 fps recording in Blackmagic RAW suitable for Super16mm lenses.
  • Added support for 2.8K 4:3 2880 x 2160 recording in Blackmagic RAW up to 80 fps for anamorphic lenses.
  • Added support for 2x de-squeeze preview when recording 4K 4:3.
  • Added support for 1.33x de-squeeze preview.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips as metadata.
  • Added common off-speed frame rate options above slider when changing frames.
  • Added common ISO options above slider when changing ISO settings.
  • Added 1:1 and 4:5 frame guide options.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Added ability to monitor voltage level when powering via 12V DC connector.
  • Improved autofocus performance.
New features for Pocket Cinema Camera 6K
  • Added support for Blackmagic Pocket Battery Grip.
  • Added support for language localization.
  • Added support for built-in camera horizon tool.
  • Added support for pinch to zoom up to 8x magnification.
  • Added USB PTP control support.
  • Added ability to type in customized frame guide ratios.
  • Improved autofocus performance.
No new features in 6.6 for other camera models.

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Product Review: RODE Wireless Go

News & DocumentaryYes, this will work.

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Product Review: Sony FS5 II Super 35mm Compact Cinema Camera

News & DocumentaryYes, but with mixed results

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Reboot Issue: MacBook Pro Important information from Avid HQ

“Avid is aware of the reboot issue affecting Apple Mac Pro devices running some Avid products, which arose late yesterday. This issue is a top priority for our engineering and support teams, who have been working diligently to determine and resolve the root cause. As we learn more, we will immediately publish information—directly to our customers and via our community forums and social media platforms—in order to resolve this issue for all affected customers and prevent any further issues. --- The Avid Team”

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Avid announces its latest software and solutions innovations for enterprises, teams and individuals

At IBC2019, Avid®, released its latest software and solutions innovations for media enterprises, teams and individuals to enable them to better create, collaborate and meet the challenges of today’s media creation and distribution. If you happen to be at IBC, you will get the opportunity to experience the completely reimagined Media Composer®, the next generation of MediaCentral®, the all-new Avid S4 and Avid S1 audio control surfaces, the Avid NEXIS | Cloudspaces™ SaaS storage offering, the latest FastServe® video servers, and more. IBC2019 will be held September 13-17 at the RAI Amsterdam. “Today’s content creators must contend with new formats, higher resolutions, ever-tightening budgets, and broader distribution realities, so media creation and distribution tools must work harder than ever,” said Jeff Rosica, CEO and President at Avid. “We’re continually evolving our solutions to exceed customer expectations, engineering for greater efficiencies, delivering across more platforms, and providing more control of the creative process. At IBC, we look forward to demonstrating how, with Avid, our customers can deliver more content and create at the speed of inspiration.” Media Composer 2019Media Composer 2019, Avid’s flagship video editing system reimagined for today’s—and tomorrow’s—generation of media makers. Aspiring and professional editors, freelancers, and journalists can work more creatively through a new user experience, next-generation Avid media engine with distributed processing, finishing and delivering capabilities and support for 8K, 16K and HDR, and a customizable role-based user interface for large teams. With Media Composer 2019, an editor can go from first cut to delivery without ever leaving the application. At IBC, Avid will preview a host of forthcoming Media Composer features and updates, including:

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New Blackmagic ATEM Mini

Blackmagic Design announced the ATEM Mini a new low cost live production switcher specifically designed to allow live streaming to YouTube and business presentations via Skype. ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for AU$495. The new ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. Simply connect ATEM Mini and customers can switch live between 4 high quality video camera inputs in dramatically better quality images. Customers can even connect to a computer to present PowerPoint slides or add a gaming console. The built in DVE allows exciting picture in picture effects, perfect for live commentary. There's loads of video effects too. To live stream, ATEM Mini has a USB output that works like a webcam, so customers can connect to any video software. There's also HDMI video out for projectors. Microphone inputs allow high quality desktop and lapel mics for interviews and presentations. ATEM Mini features a compact control panel based design with all video, audio and control connections on the rear panel. The front panel includes easy to use buttons for selecting sources, adjusting audio inputs, as well as selecting video effects and transitions. The rear panel includes HDMI inputs for connecting cameras or computers, plus additional microphone inputs. The ATEM Mini program is output via an HDMI video out as well as a USB for webcam output. The front panel buttons are large and easy to use by feel, so its even possible to use the switcher while presenting. Customers also get audio mixer buttons for live audio mixing. ATEM Mini is very easy to use, as customers simply press any of the input buttons labelled 1 to 4 on the front panel to change or cut between video sources. Customers can choose between cut transitions or effects transitions by selecting the cut or auto buttons on the panel. Unlike cut, the auto button tells ATEM Mini to use a selected video effect when switching between inputs. Customers can select from exciting transitions such as a commonly used dissolve, or more dramatic effects such as dip to color, DVE squeeze and DVE push. The DVE is perfect for picture in picture effects and customers can instantly set up different picture positions from the buttons on the control panel. There is even a still store for titles and graphics accessible via external software control. With 4 independent HDMI inputs, customers can connect up to 4 high quality consumer video cameras. All connected sources will re-sync to the switcher if they operate at different video standards, which means all inputs just work and customers can handle unknown equipment if customers are visiting new venues or locations. Imagine using the low light capability of professional cameras for theater production and music videos. To ensure the maximum compatibility possible, ATEM Mini features a USB connection that operates as a simple webcam source. That means customers can plug in and instantly get working with any video software. The software is tricked into thinking the ATEM Mini is a common webcam, but it's really a live production switcher. That guarantees full compatibility with all software in full resolution 1080HD quality. Choose any software customers like, such as Open Broadcaster for live streaming, or Skype for point to point presentations. ATEM Mini works with software and platforms such as Open Broadcaster, XSplit Broadcaster, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Skype, Twitch TV, Periscope, Livestream, Wirecast and more. The HDMI program output is perfect for connecting ATEM Mini into an external recorder or monitor. ATEM Mini supports recorders such as the HyperDeck Studio Mini and Blackmagic Video Assist. Customers get a high quality output with switcher program video, plus live audio from the internal audio mixer. The HDMI output can even be connected to video projectors in large venues. If customers connect the ATEM Software Panel customers can even change the HDMI output direct from any of the video inputs. There's also a low latency setting allowing output of connected gaming consoles on the HDMI output. If customers enable broadcast style mix effects switching, the HDMI output can be used to preview sources before a transition. With two independent 3.5mm stereo audio inputs, customers can connect desktop and lapel microphones. With 2 extra stereo audio inputs, customers can ensure a host and guest both have lapel microphones when doing interviews. All audio inputs to ATEM Mini include buttons on the panel for adjusting audio level and enabling inputs into the audio mixer. The ATEM Software Control app unlocks the hidden power of the ATEM Mini as customers get total control over the switcher features, plus the software is included free for Mac and Windows. ATEM Software Control features a visual switcher user interface with parameter palettes for making quick adjustments. Although customers can normally connect via USB, if customers connect using Ethernet it's possible for multiple users to connect to ATEM Mini using separate copies of ATEM Software Control on different computers. Customers can even save the switcher state as XML files. If customers need clip playback, customers can even control HyperDeck disk recorders via Ethernet. The built in "media pool" allows loading of up to 20 separate broadcast quality RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. Customers can even use still frames for complex effects such as graphic wipes. ATEM Mini can even grab stills from the video output and add them to the internal media pool. Customers can easily manage the still store graphic using the included ATEM Software Control app, or customers can download directly from Photoshop software using the ATEM Photoshop plug-in. The Photoshop Plug-in is perfect for graphics that need to change often, such as scoreboards, as customers can update the text and download directly into the switcher, allowing graphics to get on-air fast. For news or on-set presentation work, ATEM Mini is the perfect choice as it features an ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for high quality chroma or luminance keying, plus an additional downstream linear keyer. Customers can even use it for title overlays simply by using PowerPoint or other software with a green or blue background and the keyer will knock out the green and make the background transparent. With a built in Fairlight audio mixer, the ATEM Mini makes it possible to do extremely complex live sound mixing. The internal mixer features a total of 12 channels so customers get the ability to mix audio from all sources. 8 mixer channels are de-embedded from the HDMI inputs, while an extra two stereo audio channels are input via the 3.5mm microphone connections on the rear panel. Each input channel features the highest quality 6 band parametric EQ and compressor, limiter, expander and noise gate as well as full panning. The HDMI output is a true "aux" output so customers can clean switch each of the 4 HDMI inputs or the program feed to this output. Customers can even "direct" switch input 1 to the HDMI output for low latency for eSport. If customers select broadcast style mix effects switching, customers can also output a preview feed, allowing verification of the source before transitioning to it. "The new ATEM Mini is a perfect example of the spirit of Blackmagic Design," said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "It looks like an easy to use low cost live production switcher, however it has professional broadcast features hidden inside so customers won't be creatively limited and using their creativity they can use it the exact same way all as high end switchers found in the broadcast television industry. What this means is even though it's low cost, there is no glass ceiling with ATEM Mini!" ATEM Mini Features • Features miniaturized control panel based design. • Supports streaming live to all media platforms such as YouTube. • Works with Skype for multi camera business presentations. • Supports connecting up to 4 cameras or computers. • USB output operates as a webcam and supports all video software. • Wide range of professional video effects included. • HDMI video output allows direct recording of programs. • Two stereo audio inputs for connecting desktop or lapel microphones. • Includes free ATEM Software Control for Mac and Windows. • Includes full HD DVE for picture in picture effects and DVE transitions. • Broadcast quality transitions including mix, dip and wipe. • Internal media for 20 RGBA graphics for titles, opening plates and logos. • Includes ATEM Advanced Chroma Key for green/blue screen work. • Operates in cut-bus or professional mix effects switching styles. • Audio mixer supports limiter, compressor, 6 band EQ and more! • Automatically standards converts and re-syncs all HDMI inputs. • Built in Ethernet control and SDK allows customer developer solutions. • Compatible with all professional ATEM hardware control panels. Availability and Price ATEM Mini will be available in November 2019 for AU$495

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Sony unveils new E-mount Cinema lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G

Sony introduced a new full-frame E-mount lens, 16-35mm (FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G) to accompany the newly announced PXW-FX9 full-frame format camcorder, offering high optical performance, reliable operability and intelligent shooting functions for professional video creation. Compatible with a wide range of E-mount cameras from VENICE to Alpha™ interchangeable lens cameras as well as the new flagship FX9, the addition of this new lens, optimised for professional video shooting, brings unprecedented creative flexibility for content creators. Sony will further enhance its Cinema Lens line-up going forward. "Our ongoing conversations with partners and customers have shown that there is a clear need for versatile tools which improve efficiencies and drive greater ROI (Return on Investment). Along with Sony’s “One Mount” solution based on its Alpha series, the flexibility of our new E-mount Cinema Lens series offers content creators greater creative freedom and helps them concentrate to their artistic vision," comments Anthony Kable, Group Manager Content Creation, Sony Australia. Lens for a new age of full-frame video shooting The new lens is compatible with intelligent shooting functions of E-mount system that support and improve Large Format Sensor (LFS) shooting. Paired with the new full-frame format camcorder FX9, the new lens supports fast and accurate auto focus, making it possible to track fast moving subjects while maintaining a shallow depth of field. Stunning bokeh and corner-to-corner resolution The two XA (Extreme Aspherical) elements with extreme surface precision of 0.01-micron, together with circular 11-blade apertures deliver beautifully smooth bokeh in every frame. The two XA elements and three aspheric lenses are positioned in a way that effectively reduces field curvature, astigmatism and, in combination with two ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glasses, reduces colour distortion. Additionally, floating focus provides outstanding resolution at every zoom position. Nano AR (Anti Reflection) coating drastically reduces flare and ghost phenomenon. Excellent operability with three independent rings, remote control from the camera, and a detachable servo zoom The new E-mount lens further offers accurate and precise operability thanks to three independent rings for focus, zoom and iris that content creators can manipulate so they get the exact results they desire. The linear response Manual Focus (MF) feature provides precise manual focusing action. The focus ring with a large rotation angle comes with a distance scale, which makes it possible to quickly and easily set the same focus position during scenes that need to be shot repeatedly. Used with compatible cameras such as FX9, remote controllers and supported smartphone applications, full-control of zoom/iris and focus can be operated from the camera. This drastically simplifies lens operation and give more opportunities to capture critical moments. The new range also supports numerous lens accessories to facilitate a variety of different shooting styles. The industry standard 0.8 mod. (32 pitch) gears on each lens ring provides the option to use standard follow focus. Equally, widely-available 115mm diameter matte box and lens support can be used to aid accurate, responsive and precise operability. Additional functions include a de-clickable iris ring, the option to reverse the rotation direction of the zoom ring to be fitted with user’s preference and detachable servo zoom that provides smooth zooming expression. The new 16-35mm (FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G) will be available from April 2020 onwards.

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Sony's new PXW-FX9 6K2 Full-Frame sensor camcorder

Sony today unveiled the PXW-FX9 at IBC, its first XDCAM camcorder featuring an advanced 6K2 Full-Frame sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus (AF) system. The new flagship camcorder offers content creators greater creative capabilities to capture stunning images that truly resonate with audiences. Building on the success of the PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7M2, the FX9 uniquely combines high mobility with an advanced AF system, impressive bokeh and slow-motion capabilities thanks to its newly-developed sensor. The FX9 also inherits its colour science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 from the VENICE digital motion picture camera and represents the ultimate tool of choice for documentaries, music videos, drama productions and all-round event shooting. The FX9 was designed in close collaboration with the creative community and is another example of Sony continuously evolving its proposition to innovate with the customer and market needs. The camcorder benefits from the versatility, portability and performance expected of an FS7 series "Run & Gun" style camcorder, while also offering High Dynamic Range and Full Frame shooting features. “Today’s content creators require a camcorder that is agile, versatile and customisable to their specific creative needs, yet also offers superior performance and image quality. With the new FX9 we are striking the perfect balance between agility, ergonomics and powerful features, offering content creators the complete toolset to achieve their full artistic intention,” explained Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “At Sony, we consistently listen to our customers and every product, solution or service we unveil has always been developed with their specific needs in mind. Our latest flagship camcorder is no different and we are excited to see how it will help content creators to go make tomorrow." Powerful features for creative content creators The newly-developed 6K Full-Frame sensor offers wide dynamic range with high sensitivity, low noise and over 15 stops of latitude that can be recorded internally in 4K 3 4:2:2 10bit. Oversampling by the Full-Frame 6K sensor allows professionals to create high-quality 4K footage with impressive bokeh effects through shallow depth of field, while wide-angle shooting opens new possibilities for content creators to express their creativity. This means that every scene captured looks true-to-life whether it’s shot in broad day light or in the middle of the night. The camcorder can also capture content up to five times the slow-motion speed with FHD 120fps shooting. With the same colour science and Dual Base ISO 800/4000 as the VENICE camera, the new sensor can also create softer and more alluring facial tones. The enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system with customisable AF transition speeds and sensitivity settings also combines phase detection AF for fast, accurate subject tracking with contrast AF for exceptional focus accuracy. The dedicated 561-point phase-detection AF sensor covers approximately 94% in width and 96% in height of imaging area, allowing consistently accurate, responsive AF tracking, even with fast-moving subjects while maintaining shallow depth of field. Limitless creativity and flexibility Inspired by the high mobility "Run & Gun" style approach from the FS7 series of camcorders, the FX9 offers content creators even greater flexibility thanks to Electronic Variable ND Filter. This allows more creative effects for content creators and instant exposure level changes depending on the filming environment – even when it’s moving from an inside space to outdoors or while filming in natural light conditions. By recording image stabilisation information and using it on the Catalyst Browse/Prepare4 option, content creators can capture incredibly stable visuals even in handheld mode. Sony is also working to encourage other third-party non-linear editing tools to adopt this functionality. The FX9 comes with a range of customisations and expansion features. These include compatibility with the new UWP-D series of wireless microphones via Multi Interface Shoe™ (MI Shoe) with digital audio interface, the XDCA-FX9 extension kit enabling 10bit S35 4K 120fps and 16bit RAW output5, compatibility with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries, D- Tap, RJ-45 interface and stable “Dual Link” streaming by using two carrier lines, as well as DWX slot-in type digital wireless receiver commonly used in broadcast environments5. The FX9 will also be compatible with the newly launched E-mount lens FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G, which uniquely balances full manual operability for movie shooting and auto-control functions. “Based on our ongoing conversations with customers, partners and the wider industry, we at Sony understand the needs of today's creative storytellers - from the world's top cinematographers, to documentary film makers, music video directors or broadcasters. What they all need is a flexible camera that allows them to tell their own unique story, no matter the environment they operate in. Our next-generation FX9 not only captures stunning visuals with life-like image quality, but it also offers advanced AF features and customisation options. This makes it the ultimate creative tool for modern content creators,” concludes Kable. The FX9 will be available towards the end of 2019

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New Blackmagic Videohub Master Control Pro

Videohub Master Control Pro, is a newly designed router control panel that allows spin knob scrolling of all router sources and destinations as well as direct button entry of any router crosspoint. The new Videohub Master Control Pro provides a built in LCD with easy to read anti aliased graphic labels for full access to every single cross point on the largest 288 x 288 Videohub routers. Videohub Master Control Pro will retail for AU$1,155. Videohub Master Control Pro allows for very flexible control because it has two main methods for changing cross points on Videohub routers. The simplest way to use Videohub Master Control Pro is for customers to simply select either destination or source and then scroll through all the cross points in the router using the larger knob on the right side of the panel. The built in LCD shows cross points as the user scrolls using large easy to read labels, and scroll order is based on alphabetical order of crosspoint labels so it’s easy to scroll to the crosspoint the customer requires even on a very large router. Videohub Master Control Pro also includes direct entry of cross point labels via built in buttons. These buttons are a combination of customizable buttons as well as numeric buttons. Customers can easily set the customizable buttons to labels such as “Monitor”, “Deck” or “Edit” etc, and then router cross points can be entered in by simply pressing the custom button followed by the number. For example if a customer wanted to enter in the destination “Monitor 3” then they only need to select the customized Monitor button followed by the 3 button. This means Videohub Master Control Pro gives customers full access to very large routers, but is still very fast to use. Direct entry buttons also allow limiting the scroll list when using the spin knob. For the above example, if the user presses the Monitor button, then the list available to the spin knob would be limited to any cross point labeled Monitor. The user can then type in 3 to select monitor 3 as in the example above, or just scroll through all the monitor labels and select Monitor 3 via the spin knob. Videohub Master Control Pro is still low cost enough so every user in a facility can afford to install one, and they can be positioned anywhere needed so everyone has easy access to changing router cross points. Videohub Master Control Pro features a new machined metal design with attractive RGB illuminated crystal look buttons combined with an attractive color LCD for status and machined aluminum knob for scrolling cross points. This makes Videohub Master Control Pro one of the most attractive router control panels on the market. Blackmagic Design believes that even though routers are technical by nature, there is no reason why they have to be ugly. We believe that with the new Videohub Master Control Pro customers will see a dramatic improvement in ease of routing and a more pleasant user experience. Videohub Master Control Pro has been designed to be easy for customers to self install. It uses standard ethernet networking and simply plugs into the existing computer network. If used in mission critical environments, Videohub Master Control Pro could be connected to a dedicated switch. Videohub Master Control Pro can be powered via power over ethernet (PoE) without the need for a power supply. Because Videohub Master Control Pro has been designed to fit into creative post production facilities, it includes attractive crystal look buttons that are designed for high reliability. The button caps can be removed from the front to allow custom labeling of the buttons. For world’s best illumination quality, all buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs so that a wider range of rich and clean colors can be displayed. When used in dark rooms, all buttons can be backlit, so button labels can be clearly seen. “We have been asked for a new more stylish designed router control panel for our popular Videohub routers, We think we have a fantastic solution that will make all of our customers extremely happy!” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “It looks wonderful and I am so excited by its clean, simple and attractive design, plus the best part is Videohub Master Control Pro is low cost so we can place them everywhere. You have to see this working to really understand how fast that makes router control. It’s incredible and it's fun too!” Videohub Master Control Pro Features • Ethernet connection with Power over Ethernet and non powered loop through. • 110-240V volt power connection included for use with not powered by Ethernet. • Full access to every cross point on routers via direct entry or spin knob scrolling. • Spin knob allows customers to scroll through router labels in alphabetical order. • Direct button entry allows router labels to be typed in, or to limit to a scrolling list. • Supports optional “take” button set via software configuration. • Includes Mac and Windows software for control panel programming. • Button caps can be removed for easy labeling. • Buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs for highest illumination quality. • Compact 1 rack unit size, less than three inches deep. • Works with all Videohub models. Availability and Price Videohub Master Control Pro will be available in November 2019 for AU$1,155.

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Sony's new PXW-Z750 4K 2/3-type camcorder

Sony announced the PXW-Z750, the world’s first 2/3-type shoulder camcorder to support 4K shooting with a 3-chip CMOS sensor system. The latest member of the XDCAM family is optimised for news and live production applications including sports broadcasts, magazine shows, unscripted television, and documentary shooting. Sony’s premier 3-chip CMOS image sensor system is mounted on a wide prism block to ensure detailed imagery and vivid colours, along with 4K, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and High Frame Rate (HFR) acquisition with high sensitivity with low noise. Its 2/3-type sensor delivers imagery with deep depth of field and enables quick focus operation. B4 mount lens can be attached directly to maintain high sensitivity and resolution. The PXW-Z750 is also the first 2/3-type 3-chip camcorder equipped with global shutter technology for capturing clear and crisp images while negating artefacts such as flash band and rolling shutter distortion. This makes the camera an ideal tool for shooting in uncontrolled lighting conditions, as well as for capturing quickly moving objects and action often associated with sports, live events and nature videography. As a result of industry demand and adoption, the camera supports HFR for HD, up to 120fps, to minimise blur or distortion. HD images are generated through 4K oversampling, resulting in clear images with minimal noise. Maximised flexibility in HDR operation The PXW-Z750 also features maximum HDR operation. The camera supports S-Log3 / HLG and employs BT.2020 and BT.709 colour spaces. Leveraging the PXW-Z750’s 4K/HD simultaneous recording feature, users can enjoy the benefits of 4K HDR and HD HDR at the same time. Additionally, the camera accommodates Sony’s SR Live for HDR, supporting simultaneous recording of 4K HDR and HD SDR to meet various demands. “Our cutting-edge new PXW-Z750 flagship model expands Sony’s lineup by bringing the most transformational visual elements – including 4K, HDR and HFR – into a portable and ergonomic package,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “We’re meeting the demands of producers by delivering a robust 4K platform with global shutter 4K image sensor. The camcorder can be further enhanced to create an even more comprehensive Sony’s solution when paired with our audio, media and wireless workflows.” The PXW-Z750 incorporates encoding algorithms for optimising HDR recording, as well for recording 4K sequences. The camera supports XAVC-L for long-GOP QFHD 10bit 4:2:2 at 200Mbps, allowing large volumes of captured data to be compressed to approximately 1/3 in size when compared to XAVC-I Class 300 1. XAVC-L does this while maintaining its high quality, high resolution 4K imagery and wide dynamic range. Another powerful feature is 12G-SDI support, which enables the transfer of 4K images (50p or 60p) over a single BNC cable, enhancing the flexibility of the camera. Seamless integration with Sony’s hardware and service The camera supports a range of complementary accessories and options to suit users’ needs, preferences and budget, while offering expanded interoperability. Sony’s high-quality wireless audio solutions and shotgun mics, including the latest DWX series digital wireless microphone system; the new slot-in receiver DWR-S03D and bodypack transmitter DWT-B30 are compatible with the camcorder. Advanced integration with the DWX series includes synchronised power on/off, control by menu settings or assignable buttons and audio information on the viewfinder. Paired with Sony’s newest durable SxS PRO X cards, the SBP-120F (120GB) and SBP-240F (240GB), ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps are supported, allowing the camera to capture high bit rate content. When the new cards are used in conjunction with the new reader/writer, SBAC-T40 equipped with Thunderbolt™ The camcorder also supports B4 mount lenses, enabling use with a wide range of in-market and new lens solutions. B4 mount lenses offer a range of focal lengths tailored to suit the needs of unscripted and news shooting environments. The PXW-Z750 also supports several viewfinder and battery solutions. In addition to hardware integrations, the PXW-Z750 has built-in wireless network features and supports XDCAM air, Sony’s cloud-based workflow service for news production that offers streaming from the field and the efficient file clips management. The PXW-Z750 is planned to be available in February 2020.

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Blackmagic RAW 1.5 Update and more from Blackmagic Design at IBC2019

The New Blackmagic RAW 1.5 Update Blackmagic Design has announced Blackmagic RAW 1.5 a new software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer, plus Blackmagic RAW Speed test for Mac, PC and Linux, so customers can work on a wider range of platforms and editing software with their Blackmagic RAW files. ​The new Blackmagic RAW 1.5 update includes Blackmagic RAW Speed Test which is now available on Windows and Linux for the first time. Blackmagic RAW Speed Test is a CPU and GPU benchmarking tool for testing the speed of decoding full resolution Blackmagic RAW frames on their system. Multiple CPU cores and GPUs are automatically detected and used during the test so that customers get accurate and realistic results. Simply select Blackmagic RAW constant bitrate 3:1, 5:1, 8:1 or 12:1 and the desired resolution to perform the test. Results are displayed in an easy to read table that shows how many frames per second the computer can decode for all supported resolutions. ​​​Blackmagic RAW 1.5 is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design website.

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New Blackmagic Video Assist 12G

Blackmagic Design announced the new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G with two new models of the company's popular combined monitoring and recording solutions. These new models feature brighter HDR screens, built in scopes, upgraded batteries, 12G-SDI and much more. The new Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR adds professional monitoring and recording to any SDI or HDMI camera in all HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K DCI formats. The new improved design includes innovations such as brighter screens for HDR work, tally indicator, 4 built in scopes, enhanced focus assist features, 3D LUTs and native Blackmagic RAW recording from supported cameras. With 12G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 on both 5" and 7" models, customers get support for recording from virtually any device in all formats up to 2160p60. A brighter touch screen ensures a better view of their recording when shooting HDR digital film, or when shooting outdoors in sunlight. The new design also features upgraded batteries and supports two standard Sony L-Series batteries. This means Blackmagic Video Assist 12G is incredibly versatile and is the perfect solution for the next generation of digital cinema shoots, live production mastering, broadcast testing and measurement. There are two models of Blackmagic Video Assist 12G, with each model including an innovative touch screen user interface with deck controls, as well as a large screen to view recordings. The Blackmagic Video Assist 7" 12G model also includes 2 media slots, while both the 5" and 7" models include 12G-SDI for high frame rate Ultra HD, analog inputs for audio, USB-C external disk recording, plus a front panel speaker and side mounted headphone jack. Customers also get 2 rear battery slots for mounting Sony L-Series batteries, so customers have enough power for the brighter HDR screens and higher speed Ultra HD electronics. A 12v universal power supply is included for studio or on location use. Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR is an ideal upgrade for cameras, as it’s super bright 2500nit display is bigger than the tiny displays found on consumer cameras, plus users are also adding professional focus assist features and better quality file formats. Video Assist is also a great solution for professional cameras because customers can use it to upgrade older broadcast cameras to modern file formats used on the latest editing software. No matter what editing software customers use, Video Assist lets customers support them all, as customers can record in Apple ProRes, Avid DNx and Blackmagic RAW. With both HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs customers can connect it to any consumer camera, broadcast camera or even DSLR cameras. Then, on supported cameras, customers can even upgrade to RAW style workflows with Blackmagic RAW. The innovative touchscreen LCD user interface provides incredible control. On screen, there are dedicated buttons for play, stop and record, plus a mini timeline for scrolling through their recordings. Customers can even image swipe to jog. The LCD includes a heads up display of timecode, video standard, media status as well as audio meters. Scopes can be enabled via the touch screen as well as focus and exposure assist. Plus customers can load and save 3D LUTs. Video Assist uses commonly available SD card media, so customers can record to flash memory cards that are easy to obtain. The files are small enough to allow long recordings on standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards. The larger Video Assist 12G 7" model even includes 2 SD card slots so customers can swap out any full cards even during recording, allowing infinite length recording. Standard SD cards or the faster UHS-II cards are perfect for broadcast because they are small, high speed and affordable. If recording to other media types is required, then the USB-C Expansion port lets customers plug in an external flash disk for recording. Imagine adding a Blackmagic MultiDock 10G for easy SSD compatibility with other recorders such as Blackmagic HyperDeck models. Customers even get on screen menus for managing external disks using the touch screen. Video Assist features a wide range of video and audio connections such as multi-rate 12G-SDI for SD, HD, and Ultra HD SDI devices. HDMI is included for HDMI cameras and monitoring to consumer televisions and video projectors. The 7 inch model features Mini XLR inputs which are provided for audio input from microphones and external audio mixers. Video Assist even includes a 12V DC power connection with locking power connector. Customers will be ready for the latest HDR workflows with support for the latest HDR standards and an extremely bright screen with a wide color gamut. Plus the high brightness screen makes outdoor shooting in bright sunlight possible. The built in scopes even change to HDR scopes when working in HDR formats. Files are tagged with the correct HDR information then SDI and HDMI inputs will also automatically detect HDR video standards. Static metadata PQ and HLG formats are handled according to the ST2084 standard. The bright LCD has a wider color gamut so it can handle both Rec. 2020 and Rec. 709 colorspaces. The built in Video Assist LCD color gamut can even handle 100% of the DCI-P3 format. Video Assist features full internal waveform monitoring so customers can ensure compliance to broadcast standards and it also works great as a portable waveform monitoring solution. The waveform display provides a traditional luminance (brightness) levels view of the video inputs or the playback signal. The vectorscope display allows customers to see the intensity of color at 100% SDI reference levels. Customers also get an RGB parade display which is ideal for color correction and checking for illegal levels. Histogram shows the distribution of white to black detail in their images and highlights or shadows clipping. The built in scopes can even be overlaid on live video, or as a small picture in picture view at the top right of the scope. The SDI and HDMI connections are multi-rate, so handle SD, HD, and Ultra HD. SD formats include NTSC and PAL. 720p HD standards include 720p50 and 59.94p. 1080i HD interlaced formats include 1080i50 and 59.94. 1080p HD formats include 1080p23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.94 and 60p. Customers can even do 1080 PsF formats. Ultra HD is supported up to 2160p59.94. Customers can even record 2K and 4K DCI rates up to 25p for digital film work. Video Assist works with industry standard 17 and 33 point 3D LUT files, or customers can work with the built in LUTs such as Extended Video, Film to Video, Film to Rec.2020 and more. Video Assist records using standard open file formats so customers don’t have to waste time transcoding media. Recording works in industry standard 10-bit ProRes or DNx files in all formats and from all HDMI or SDI cameras, as well as 12-bit Blackmagic RAW when connected to supported cameras. Best of all media files work on all operating systems. Blackmagic RAW is a revolutionary new format designed to capture and preserve the quality of the sensor data from cameras. Video Assist supports Blackmagic RAW recording from popular cameras such as Panasonic EVA1 and Canon C300 MK II. This eliminates the problems with popular camera formats such as H.264, which are highly compressed resulting in noise and processing artifacts. It also saves camera settings as metadata so customers can set ISO, white balance and exposure, then override them later while editing, all without any loss of quality. Blackmagic RAW files are also small and fast to use making them easy to work with. Blackmagic Video Assist 12G includes a built in professional audio recorder thats much better quality than the audio quality found in most cameras, eliminating the need to carry around extra audio equipment. When working in SDI formats, customers can record 2, 4, 8 or 16 channels of audio in real time. For connecting microphones the Video Assist 7" model has two XLR analog audio inputs with phantom power that support the high definition audio sample rate of 192 kHz at uncompressed 16 and 24 bit per sample. Customers can monitor using on screen audio meters with user selectable VU or PPM ballistics. Multiple languages are fully supported so customers don't need to learn another language to use it. Support is included for English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish. The files from Blackmagic Video Assist 12G are common and are compatible with all operating systems or in most video software. Media can be formatted using ExFAT or HFS+ so customers can easily access the media on computers and access the files like regular disks. DaVinci Resolve is perfect for use with Video Assist because it features editing, color correction, audio post production and visual effects all in one software application. "The original Blackmagic Video Assist monitors and recorders were very popular and a fantastic way to upgrade older cameras, as well as for use in general broadcast areas of the television industry," said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "These new models are an incredible improvement and incorporate all the lessons we have learnt from our customers in Hollywood. They have brighter LCD screens, 12G-SDI, Blackmagic RAW, better focus assist tools, presets, 3D LUTS and much more! They are so nice and it’s very exciting!" Blackmagic Video Assist 12G Features • Supports live production, digital signage and archive use. • Modern design with fast to use touch screen controls. • Upgrades cameras to better monitoring and better record codecs. • Large LCD screen for with digital film style focus assist tools. • SD/USH-II card support for commonly available media. • Records direct to external USB-C media disks. • 12G-SDI and HDMI for recording in SD, HD and Ultra HD. • Advanced HDR support with bright 2500nits wide gamut LCD. • Built in scopes include waveform, vector, parade and histogram. • Latest Multi Rate 12G-SDI technology for SD, HD and Ultra HD. • 3D LUTs can be applied for both monitoring and recording. • Standard open file formats compatible with popular software. • Records Blackmagic RAW from supported third party cameras. • Professional multi channel digital and analog audio. • Localized for 11 popular international languages. • Works with popular NLE software such as DaVinci Resolve. Availability and Price Blackmagic Video Assist 12G will be available in September 2019 from AU$1,315

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New Blackmagic Videohub Smart Control Pro

Blackmagic Design announced the Videohub Smart Control Pro, a new router control panel that's designed to be the fastest way to switch router crosspoints. Videohub Smart Control Pro will retail for only AU$1,155.Videohub Smart Control Pro is different to traditional hardware router control panels that cost thousands of dollars and are limited to being installed in small numbers and then shared by all router users. Videohub Smart Control Pro is low cost, and features 40 RGB illuminated crystal look buttons that can be set to any router output. Videohub Smart Control Pro can be installed under each deck and monitor in a facility, so the router output to that monitor can be set with a single button press. This is a much faster way of working, because all routing only requires a single button press.For example, if a Videohub Smart Control Pro is installed under a monitor, then the router output connected to that monitor can be set to a different router source with each button press. Videohub Smart Control Pro includes a USB connection and easy to use Mac and Windows software to set each button. Buttons are illuminated brilliant white.Videohub Smart Control Pro can also be used with multiple destinations, and customers can select to have a single destination for the whole control panel, or multiple destinations. When working with multiple destinations, buttons on the front panel become gold colored and customers can select as many destinations as they need. Videohub Smart Control Pro also allows the use of a "take" button, and when enabled, the take button is the lower right button, and illuminated red. Multiple destinations and the take button feature allow a single panel to be used for multiple devices connected to the router, and dramatically lowers the cost in large facilities.Videohub Smart Control Pro has been designed to be easy for customers to self install. Videohub Smart Control Pro uses standard ethernet networking and simply plugs into the existing computer network. If used in mission critical environments, Videohub Smart Control Pro could be connected to a dedicated switch. Videohub Smart Control Pro can be powered via power over ethernet (PoE) without the need for a power supply.Because Videohub Smart Control Pro has been designed to fit into creative post production facilities, it includes attractive crystal look buttons that are designed for high reliability. The button caps can be removed to allow labeling of buttons. For world's best illumination quality, all buttons are illuminated by RGB LEDs so that a wider range of rich and clean colors can be displayed. When used in dark rooms, all buttons can be backlit, so button labels can be clearly seen."We have been asked for a router control panel for our popular Videohub routers, and we think we have a fantastic solution that will make all our customers extremely happy!", said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design, "It looks wonderful and I am so excited by its clean, simple and attractive design, plus the best part is Videohub Smart Control Pro is low cost so we can place them everywhere. Now every device in our facility has buttons underneath so we can just select its input with a single button press. You have to see this working to really understand how fast that makes router control. It's incredible!"Videohub Smart Control Pro Features• Ethernet connection with Power over Ethernet and non powered loop through.• 110-240V volt AC powered for use with non powered ethernet.• Single or multiple destinations supported.• Supports optional "take" button set via software configuration.• Includes Mac and Windows software for control panel programming.• Button caps can be removed for easy labeling.• Buttons are illuminated by RGB for highest illumination quality.• Compact 1 rack unit size, less than three inches deep.• Works with all Videohub models.Availability and PriceVideohub Smart Control Pro will be available in November 2019 for AU$1,155

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Panasonic's New AJ-CX4000GJ 4K/HDR Broadcast Camera

Panasonic showcased its new AJ-CX4000GJ broadcast shoulder mount 4K camera at IBC 2019. The product, which will launch in December 2019, follows the handheld-type AG-CX350 as the new “CX” Series lineup of 4K camera recorders. The AJ-CX4000GJ is a B4 lens mount, interchangeable lens camera recorder that is typical for broadcast use. It is equipped with a large-sized 11MP image sensor and enables high quality 4K (UHD) image recording with a horizontal resolution of 2000 TV lines. It is also compatible with HDR, compliant with BT.2100 and BT.2020. The high efficiency and high image quality “HEVC” CODEC is adopted for the recording of 4K images. Long time recording with 4K/10-bit high image quality is possible whilst keeping bitrate and storage size under control. The high speed transfer and reliable “expressP2” card or the low running cost “microP2” card (SDXC memory card can also be used) can be selected for recording media. It also supports the recording of the “AVC-ULTRA” CODEC (HD) from the conventional P2HD Series. UHD 60p/50p 10-bit 4:2:2 output via a 12G-SDI output is also possible. Additionally, it offers an innovative network solution. Images can be distributed in HD mode to internet live streaming services using the “Direct Streaming” function, compatible with RTSP, RTMP and RTMPS. The LAN terminal, equipped with a lock mechanism (1000BASE-T compatibility), supports NDI|HX connectivity. Transmission and camera control is possible with an IP connection and can be linked to a recording/distribution system combined with Panasonic’s remote camera. For sports events and documentary recording, this camera offers the high-quality 4K images that are required for the broadcasting industry.

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Product Review: LitraTorch 2.0

News & DocumentaryPerfect for this!

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The baby fest continues at Videocraft with our third new arrival this year.

Lachie (Sydney Engineering) and his wife Lou have recently welcomed a gorgeous baby girl, Lily Isla, into their lives. Our congratulations and best wishes go to them both for producing such a precious bundle. Pretty sure this little lady will soon be a climber just like her mum and dad!

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A new Videocraft crew member has arrived.

We congratulate Penny (Projects) and Luke who are over the moon after welcoming a healthy little boy into their lives last Saturday. He is still waiting to be named, after surprising us all by arriving three weeks early. Weighing in at 3.080 kg (6lb 8oz), this divine little man is Jeanette’s sixth grandchild and another welcome nephew for James. Needless to say, we are all very excited and wish Penny and Luke lots of happiness.

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Sony Launches its First IP 4K Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera BRC-X400 with NDI®1 capability

Sony announced its latest addition to the 4K pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera range, the BRC-X400. Ideal for cost-efficient content creation, the compact yet powerful camera is extremely well-suited for broadcast applications from studio to reality TV shows as well as shooting in large venues including event halls and houses of worships (HoW).

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New high-quality Sony UWP-D wireless microphone systems

New UWP-D series comes in new lightweight design and includes unique “NFC SYNC” feature, which enables easy and fast frequency setting

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News Production Kit CBK-FS7BK for Sony FS7 and FS7II Camcorders

Sony Evolves FS7 and FS7 II Camcorders for News Production with CBK-FS7BK ENG-Style Build-up Kit which delivers advanced wireless capabilities and excellent weight balance for extended shooting stability as well as a new LA-EB1 B4 Lens to E Mount Adapter   Sony’s popular PXW-FS7 and PXW-FS7 II XDCAM camcorders are now further optimized for newsgathering thanks to a new ENG-style build-up kit and a new B4 lens to E mount adapter. The build-up kit, CBK-FS7BK, enables extended shoulder mount usage, making the camcorders ideal for news production, interviews, documentaries, and reality television shooting. Combined with the new lens mount adapter, LA-EB1, both E mount and B4 lens assets can be used on either the FS7 or FS7 II, allowing users to capture images with deep and shallow depth of field (DoF) – all with a single camera. “The new build-up kit and lens mount adapter give the FS7 and FS7 II camcorders the ergonomics, networking features, and zoom ratio of a traditional run-and-gun shoulder-mount camcorder, allowing crews to quickly adapt their shooting style with minimal equipment,” said Anthony Kable, Content Creation Group Manager, Sony Australia. “As video production evolves, the demand for cinematic-style shooting has permeated into every facet of the industry, including broadcast news. FS7 shooters will be excited by the possibilities and adaptability the new build-up kit and lens mount adapter provides.” The CBK-FS7BK build-up kit includes: an extension unit with a wireless audio receiver slot and built-in network capability, providing advanced network operation for broadcast usage; a viewfinder and a cheese plate with enhanced robustness; and an adjustable shoulder plate designed to achieve optimal weight balance. Streaming and file transfers are possible via wireless LAN or 4G/LTE connection. QoS performance streaming is provided through the camcorder’s Dual Link connection, allowing multiplexing of two cellular networks. With the new LA-EB1 mount adapter, B4 lens can be attached to both the FS7 and FS7 II camcorders1. The inclusion of B4 lens allows users to shoot deep DoF with the high zoom ratio necessary for traditional news production. The CBK-FS7BK or FS7 extension unit XDCA-FS7, compatible with the B4 mount’s communication interface, provides power through its DC supply and allows users to record directly with the lens REC button. Further, information such as iris and focus is displayed on the viewfinder of the camera and recorded as metadata, which streamlines post-production efforts. The adapter also works as a hub for the power zoom of the lens, enabling one-hand operation via the servo zoom. Other highlights of the CBK-FS7BK build-up kit and LA-EB1 mount adapter include: • Various interface support including genlock/timecode for multi-camera operation and RAW output • Compatible with Sony BP-GL and BP-FL series batteries • Newly designed shoulder plate with an extended slide mechanism, allowing users to find the optimum weight balance with their choice of lens • ENG-style LCD viewfinder included • Exchange lenses on-site with no tools required • Image circle is expanded to 13.5mm by magnifying the optical system. F-stop can be as small as 0.6, which can capture bright images • ALAC (Auto Lens Aberration Compensation) decreases chromatic aberration caused by the lens The ENG-style build-up kit and mount adapter for FS7 and FS7 II will be available in December 2019.

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