Articles tagged #NAB2014
New high-magnification Canon EF Cinema Lens supports 4K resolution
Canon has today announced a new addition to Canon’s EF Cinema Lens line-up with the introduction of a new CINE-SERVO lens1, available in the EF mount-version CN7 X 17 KAS S/E1 and a PL mount-version CN7 X 17 KAS S/P1. As the first EF Cinema Lens equipped with a drive unit, it realises the same operability as ENG (Electronic News Gathering) broadcast lenses, making it well suited to satisfy the diverse expressive techniques required in the creation of broadcast content including television commercials, dramas and documentaries, as well as motion pictures. The new Canon CINE-SERVO lens achieves exceptional optical performance for a variety of cameras incorporating a large-format image sensor2 and features a class-leading3 7x zoom magnification. Facilitating the production of high-resolution 4K content, the new Canon CINE-SERVO lens, maintains 4K-resolution performance throughout the entire zoom range, from the wide end to the telephoto end, as well as from the center of the image to the outer edges. While the lens’s compact and lightweight design enables shoulder-mounted shooting, making it possible to fulfil an array of shooting situations. The Canon CN7 X 17 KAS S/E1 (EF mount) and CN7 X 17 KAS S/P1 (PL mount) will go on sale in Australia in late August 2014
Canon announces free software upgrade for EOS C500
Canon has today announced a software upgrade for the EOS C500 digital cinema camera. Responding to input from motion picture and television production communities, the software upgrade will accommodate workflows challenges and allow for more efficient on-set production workflows, including the on-set playback and confirmation of 4K RAW video. Through collaboration with Intel, Cinema RAW Development 1.3 will provide improved performance using a beta version of the Intel® Media SDK 2014 Professional Camera Pack. This will allow for faster development of 4K Cinema RAW data when using a PC equipped with Intel® Iris™ Pro graphics. Canon’s software upgrade will support greater workflow efficiencies for 4K RAW data by enabling real-time playback with playback speeds of up to 24 frames per second (fps). To date, previewing 4K RAW video footage on a notebook PC and other compact computer devices had been difficult because of the slow fps rate and the need for tremendous processing power, which was only available with a workstation PC. Now, with a combination of upgrades, Canon users will be able to more quickly preview their 4K video footage while on a shoot.
New Canon XF205 professional Full HD camcorder delivers significantly improved basic performance, enhanced operability
Canon has today announced a new additional to its professional camcorder range, the XF205. Boasting a compact, lightweight body design, the XF205 has advanced operability and expanded network connectivity, satisfying a wide range of professional shooting demands, from the production of broadcasting content such as news and documentaries, to wedding and other event videos. The XF205 features a wide-angle 26.8mm (35mm film equivalent) 20x optical zoom lens incorporating Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass lens elements that make reduced chromatic aberrations possible. Additionally, the lens is equipped with an eight-bladed circular aperture that employs the same EMD (Electro Magnetic Diaphragm) technology used in Canon EF lenses and creates natural, attractive blur characteristics. The XF205 supports two recording formats—MXF, the standard file format used by broadcast stations, and MP4, which offers high versatility through its compatibility with various devices. Furthermore, the new camcorder achieves a compact, lightweight body with approximately 58% of the mass and volume of the XF305/XF300 models. In addition to its compact size, the XF205, like the XF305/XF300, includes three separate lens rings and is equipped with a handgrip that realises a 120º angle of rotation for outstanding operability to facilitate shooting in a variety of situations and from most any angle. Incorporating an Ethernet LAN terminal that makes possible a reliable wired connection in addition to supporting wireless LAN connectivity, the new Canon camcorder allows users to select the network connection method that best suits their needs. The XF205’s enhanced network functionality provides users with increased shooting freedom and realises increased efficiency during electronic news gathering and other shooting situations in which speed plays a crucial role. Canon’s CameraAccess plus app enables live viewing and remote operation using a smartphone or tablet device, as well as the real-time transfer of proxy data.* The Canon XF205 professional camcorder will go on sale in Australia in mid July 2014