September 2017

Did you catch these announcements at IBC 2017?

Wrapping up some of the biggest product and technology reveals in Amsterdam

There are a lot of IBC preview lists (including our own) but I wanted to wait until the last minute so I could get you some of the latest info about IBC. So now, with IBC here, it is a perfect time to check out some of the latest gear that will be on display in the exhibition halls in Amsterdam.

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The Freelancers Guide to Making Money in a Competitive Market

Everyone today has a smart phone and simple access to upload their videos to websites and social media channels. But skilled video professionals with higher end equipment still reign supreme when it comes to quality. And with the growing need for live video, there are more opportunities and money on the table.

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AJA Announces Io 4K Plus with Thunderbolt 3

Logo Io 4K Plus is the next generation of AJA’s capture and output hardware devices and AJA’s first Thunderbolt 3 product. Offering a range of connectivity, including 12G/6G/3G/1.5G-SDI and HDMI 2.0 I/O, Io 4K Plus is compatible with the latest 4K/UltraHD devices. Using AJA’s proven drivers and application plug-ins for Mac or PC, Io 4K Plus integrates with standard creative tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple FCP X and Avid Media Composer. AJA’s proven conversion technology facilitates real time, high-quality scal¬ing of 4K and UltraHD to HD for monitoring and output. Io 4K Plus also includes an additional Thunderbolt 3 port for daisy-chaining flexibility. 

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Reflections on AbelCine's Behind the Lens: A Look at Documentary Zooms

I was lucky enough to serve as the technical advisor on AbelCine’s Behind the Lens project, a web series looking at 11 professional zoom lenses covering the indispensable 3x wide-to-tight range, perfect for handheld shooting in run-and-gun documentary situations. New York-based cinematographer Matt Porwoll graciously agreed to helm Behind the Lens: A Look at Documentary Zooms, which launched in April. We just posted the final episode in the series and wanted to look back and highlight some key findings about each lens.

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CW Sonderoptic showed a working version of the Leica M mount for ARRI Alexa Mini and ARRI Amira cameras at their IBC stand. The mount allows the use of the Leica M 0.8 lenses on the cameras, creating one of the most compact camera options available. The mount is user-swappable and can be interchanged with ARRI’s PL or EF mounts. The mount is scheduled to begin delivery next month.

The Leica M 0.8 lenses come in five focal lengths: 21mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and 50mm f/0.95, which are available now from CW Sonderoptic. For inquiries on the Leica M 0.8 lenses and the Leica M Mount for ARRI Alexa Mini contact

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Hitachi HD Cameras Enhance Worship Experiences for Willow Creek – The Broadcast Bridge – Connecting IT to Broadcast

As one of the largest churches in the United States, Willow Creek Community Church places a very high value on the power of video to connect with its congregation within the church and beyond its campuses. When the church upgraded its production equipment to HD at its main site in South Barrington, Illinois, it selected Hitachi Kokusai HD cameras to capture and enhance the rich, immersive visual experiences for which its worship services are known around the world.

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Quantum Announces Entry-Level NAS End-to-End Appliance for Media Workflows

Logo Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM) today announced Xcellis® Foundation, a high-performance, entry-level workflow storage system specifically designed to address the technical and budgetary requirements of small- to medium-sized postproduction facilities and corporate video departments. Based on Quantum's industry-leading StorNext® shared file system and data management platform, the new system delivers the benefits of enterprise-class Xcellis storage, including high performance and scalability, in a NAS appliance for under $25,000. 

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VER Provides Global Lighting Services to Bruno Mars 24K Magic World Tour

Producer Singer-Songwriter Bruno Mars is on a massive “24K Magic World Tour“ cross-continent tour which started in the Europe and is now entering North America. Dates for South America and Australia were just added with additional dates expected into late 2018. Bruno Mars new tour reflects the funk & soul of the ’70s, and the 24 Magic World Tour stage design is no different. Using a record setting 795 Robe Spikies, rigged on 20 moving over-stage pods, the design is a compliment of mashed together lighting rigs reflecting times from the past, while bringing a modern feel using motion-rigging pieces.

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LiveU At-Home Production/REMI Special Pricing Offer

LiveU’s wireless At-Home Production solution allows content creators to reduce costs by producing live shows from a centralized studio control room. This eliminates the need for on-site production and satellite trucks, while utilizing in house resources, creating a more efficient workflow.

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Sony Unveils First Camcorders with Phase-detection AF

Sony’s newest camcorders are its first to feature phase detection Auto Focus (AF), and expand its line of 4K and HDR-capable tools for shooting applications ranging from video enthusiasts to corporate and events to broadcast news and TV production. 

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Miller's CompassX Series Launched At IBC 2017

Logo The new CX fluid heads incorporate Miller's CB PLUS™ enabling technology, which takes traditional counterbalancing a step forward. All five models feature 16 positions of counterbalance for fine, rapid adjustment and the side loading base plate enables fast and easy mounting and alighting of camera rigs. The inherent wide payload range of the CompassX series provides maximum flexibility when switching cameras or adding accessories. Its robust construction guarantees a long, low maintenance service-life and low cost of ownership.

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