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- The LED Gold Rush
by Fabrizia Ianiro Whoever observes the LED lighting industry’s current “Gold Rush” may feel overwhelmed. Is the bubble about to burst? We think not. Worldwide energy goals widely proclaimed by governments, albeit not at the same pace, suggest that this…
- Panasonic Varicam 4K Ships
Panasonic VariCam 35 and VariCam HS cameras are shipping. The VariCam 35 has a 35mm sensor, PL mount, and records 4K RAW, 4K, UHD, 2K, HD and ProRes. The Varicam HS has three 2/3″ sensors, B4 mount, and records 1080p up…
- Blackmagic Camera Update 1.9.7
Blackmagic Design Camera 1.9.7 software is now available on the Blackmagic Design website. It includes dashboard on screen menus and disk formatting for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The new disk formatting feature lets us format SSDs and…
- ARRI Alexa SUP 10.0 Bug
ALEXA Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0 has been removed temporarily from the ARRI website because of a critical recording bug. This bug could cause distorted images being recorded — while the image in the viewfinder, REC OUT and MON OUT looks OK. ARRI recommends…
- AbelCine 25 Year Anniversary
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of AbelCine at their Burbank location: Saturday, October 18 — 10am to 5pm AbelCine 801 South Main Street Burbank, CA 91506 Phone: 888-700-4416 www.abelcine.com Filmmakers have been going to AbelCine for 25 years for individual sales, support, service,…
- Sony F55 Doc Dock
The Doc Dock for Sony’s F55 Camera is officially named “CBK-55BK build-up kit.” It bolts to the base and turns the F55 into a single-operator, documentary/ENG-style, shoulder-resting camera. A working prototype of the Doc Dock (CBK-55BK) will spend an evening in Los Angeles at the…
- Panavision Flare Lenses, PVintage, F55
An interview with Scott Kevan on “Deliver Us From Evil” with Panavized Sony F55 Cameras, Panavision Flare and PVintage lenses. JON FAUER: “Deliver Us From Evil” was released in July. What was the concept and visual style? SCOTT KEVAN: It’s a story inspired…
- ZEISS Distributor Event 2014
The ZEISS 2014 Distributor Event was held yesterday evening at the stellar Schloss Bensberg grand hotel and Michelin 3-star restaurant. Before we get to the main event, a Food and Drink Times digression is in order. The following headline appeared in today’s International…
- FDTimes at IBC
Film and Digital Times double issue 62-63 paper edition at IBC at entrance to Hall 11, booth 11.F31 (home of Aaton-Digital, Transvideo, FDTimes) and at the many booths of our sponsors. We’re printing this IBC September 2014 Edition simultaneously in Los Angeles and in Amsterdam. Worldwide edition is being shipped to subscribers now.
- 10/26 – 10/26Emerging Cinematographers Awards
at School of Visual Arts NYC
- 10/29 – 11/01PhotoPlus NYC
Javits Convention Center
- 11/12 – 11/13CCW Expo NY
Now part of NAB - in the Javits Convention Center
- Canon 50-1000 T5-8.9 Cine Zoom
Today, Canon officially introduces: New Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens with Built-In 1.5x Extender for 35mm digital cine cameras Sports, nature and documentary cinematographers will salivate–here is a lens for 35mm format that could rival long 2/3″ format…
- Denz Monitor/Finder Bracket
Two “D’s” — Denz and Deity. Here’s a very good Denz bracket to mount the superb Deity Mira eyepiece on a Canon C300/500 onboard monitor. The Denz handle replaces the Canon attaches to the top hotshoe of the C300/500 and replaces the original…
- K-Tek ProShot
Tino Liberatore and Brenda Klemme Parker were carrying this intriguingly versatile ProShot rig around Cinec the other day. It’s a cool combination of monopod, baby legs, stabilizer, and shoulder rig–all in one and easily configurable without tools. A “secret” to its success is the…
- Denz BP12 Adapter for Alexa
Seen at Cinec, the latest Denz BP12 adapter attaches to the base of ARRI Alexas. The baseplate slides onto industry-standard bridgeplates. Denz bridgeplates come in lengths of 600, 440, 325 and 200 mm and have almost indestructible, Teflon-impregnated hard-coat which provides a smooth surface. www.denz-deniz.com
- Sony 28-135 Zoom
At Photokina, Sony’s new 28-135 mm f/4 E-mount zoom is another hint of where I think things are heading for motion picture cameras and lenses. It’s a full-frame still format (24x36mm) zoom. And it has optical image stabilization. I had not realized…
- Denz 90° Camera Bracket
Denz Digital Camera Bracket 90° (DCB 90) Portrait mode framing is increasingly popular. (Yes, it’s easier to hold the iPhone vertically to take pictures.) This will surely affect how we view and compose not only stills, but also video. To avoid cropping or…
- Canon C500 & C300 Updates
As Canon celebrates its 80th anniversary and delivery of 100 Million EF lenses, free firmware upgrades were announced for the Cinema EOS C500 4K and C300 cameras, to be released in November. Canon’s 30-inch Canon DP-V3010 4K display gets a new firmware upgrade: support for ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut (Rec. 2020) and ACES (Academy Color Encoding System) color management standard.
- ARRI Alexa 3.2K ProRes for UHD
ARRI will offer no codec before its time. That time is when the image and color scientists on Tuerkenstrasse declare picture perfection. In an upgrade announcement reminiscent of the famous Orson Welles line (“we will serve no wine before its time”), ARRI Alexa…
- ProRes UHD for AMIRA
A new software upgrade for ARRI’s documentary-style AMIRA camera will allow it to record ProRes UHD files offering future-proof headache relief. Producers, studios and companies considering the longevity of their programs wanted assurance that they would be suitable for UHD transmission, viewing, streaming or downloading. The old mantra of “we’ll just do the re-make when the next standard rears its head” is no longer credible. (Remember how long it took stations and studios to move from standard 16mm to Super 16mm, long after every new camera in the world was already fitted with a S16 gate?)
- Denz Anamorphic Viewfinder
Here’s an anamorphic update on the venerable DENZ optical viewfinder. The OIC 35-A from Munich-based Denz is can switch back and forth between spherical and anamorphic viewing. The ground glass holder has been adapted from the OIC 35 and allows use of…
- Blackmagic Camera Updates
Blackmagic Design announced a discount for their Pocket Cinema Camera, previously US $995, now $495. Limited time: sale ends August 31, 2014, subject to limited availability. Price reverts back to original rate, or (pure speculation–is a new model coming for IBC?)
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IBC 2014 Edition
September 2014: Issue 62-63
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