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NAB 2008: Plugged In

We came away with three themes buzzing in our head: plug-ins, training, and Nuke.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 17, 2008

As expected, NAB 2008 did not reveal any major new software releases for motion graphic designers, but it did showcase a number of interesting new plug-ins. We'd like to give you a quick round-up of our favorites here; we're arranging to give many of these more in-depth reviews up here on PVC over the next several months. We also were very interested in with what The Foundry has done with the high-end compositing application Nuke (which they acquired from Digital Domain), and came away with the impression that in this slow economy, training has become more important again. Read More

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Snapshots - NAB 2008 Day 2

Codex Digital, SpeedGrade, Tangent, SI2K, and Nila

By Adam Wilt | April 16, 2008

Codex Digital Portable and disk pack

Highlights of my walking around the show floor on Tuesday...Codex Digital showed working versions of their Portable digital cine recorder. $44K gets you the lunchbox plus a three-hour drive pack, and the superb Codex user interface. Read More

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Things to know about NAB

There's more than gear to consider.

By Bruce A Johnson | April 16, 2008

First thing to know about NAB: Las Vegas is probably one of the last cities in the world where you can routinely expect to pay exorbitant money for Internet service in your hotel room. However, at McCarran Airport, wifi is free. That probably explains why I'm posting this now, as I wait to board my flight home. Read More

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Snapshots - NAB 2008 Day 1

Various images from the show floor

By Adam Wilt | April 15, 2008

Carlos Acosta shows off his prototype shoulder mount for the F23

Carlos Acosta shows off his prototype shoulder mount for the F23 at the Band Pro booth. Fully flexible configuration: grips rotate freely or lock down, and adjust laterally, vertically, and in or out. Shoulder pad is positionable and can be angled; split foam padding velcroed in place allows easy changes, such as a thicker pad on the "outboard" side for better balance. Completely tool-free adjustment and assembly, too; and squeak-free by design. Nice work! Read More

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Killer Camera Support From Sachtler

By Scott Gentry | April 15, 2008

I spent some time today at the Sachlter booth checking out the Artemis vest and support - ACT 2. I enclosed a press release after the jump, but here's what caught my attention:• Build quality seems top quality• Carbon Fiber, Carbon Fiber, Carbon Fiber!• This sucker was built on a vibration table to optimize its ability for quick motion and no flex• New internal electronics to handle the higher wattage camera systems such as RED• Revised vest ads to breathability and flexibilityWhile I don't have a need for one of these slick items, I still want one...Press release after the jump: Read More

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Petrol Bags

Clever Rain Covers From Petrol

By Scott Gentry | April 15, 2008

As I've mentioned in a previous post - I'm a bag person. Today I stopped by the folks at Petrol and got a glimpse of some of their newer products. Lucky for me my checkbook was elsewhere.Prior to leaving for NAB, I was looking for a back that I could walk the floor, quickly pull out my video camera, microphone, etc and start shooting. But I also needed my Nikon D300 in case I needed to get a few great shots. Oh yeah, and I almost forgot, I need my computer to post during the show if necessary. Petrol has such animals, and more. While the bags got my attention, a slick rain coat for my camera kept my attention.Rain slickers tend to be very good form fitting products you buy for specific camera models. What if you want to add a Matte Box? You're out of luck likely. Similarly if you'd like to share slickers across different cameras, you'll find they don't fit. Petrol's newest is pretty slick indeed. While not form fitting, it attaches to the hot shoe to stabilize it, but it's got velcro to wrap where necessary. Clever idea really.Full press release after the jump: Read More

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Red One News - Builds, Lenses, Accessories

Build 16 news, new lenses & details, new Pro Accessories

By Mike Curtis | April 14, 2008

...so besides Scarlet, Epic, and Red Ray, there was (Oh Yeah!) news for Red One too. They have some new lenses, accessories, and firmware builds coming for the Red One. I got hands on with the big honkin' 18-85mm zoom, and it is GOOD. I looked at the new 7" Pro LCD and I like it. Read on for the details that aren't on the website. Read More

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Red Ray - 2+ Hour 4K playback for under $1000…from a burnable DVD

Red Ray - 2+ Hour 4K playback for under $1000…from a burnable DVD

4K from Red cameras or Red Ray DVDs play back at 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, or SD resolutions

By Mike Curtis | April 14, 2008

On the show floor, I'll try to clean this up later, but here's the scoopage:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:Playback device, 4K in, 4K, 2K, 1080p, 720p, or SD out from Red Disc, Red Express, or native R3D files from CFRED / RED RAYFavorite quote from Ted Schilowitz, Leader of the Revolution for Red:"We consider 1080p Blu-ray to be a stopgap solution. The future is way beyond 1080p."Read on below for all the nifty details: Read More

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Red Scarlet - 3K for $3K…at up to 120fps

Red Scarlet - 3K for $3K…at up to 120fps

....and sometimes 180 fps

By Mike Curtis | April 14, 2008

Again, I'm on the show floor and working fast, so here's the scoop on Red's new professional camera that is high end consumer priced:EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: 3K for $3K, 2/3" Mysterium X Sensor, 1-120 fps (180 fps burst mode), up to 100 MB/sec Redcode RAW & RGB recording to dual compact flash, 4.8" LCD, 8x T2.8 Red Zoom lens (fixed lens), full auto or manual shooting modes, HDMI, HD-SDI (4:2:2 likely), FW800, Still mode, WiFi control, compatible with many Red One accessories (as shown on show floor).RED / SCARLETHere's some of my own pictures of the prototype.Read on the all the gory details: Read More

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Red’s new Epic camera - 5K RAW, 100fps, $40K

Red’s new Epic camera - 5K RAW, 100fps, $40K

I thought he said "Red Effin'" - that woulda worked fine for me

By Mike Curtis | April 14, 2008

OK, I'm on the show floor and furiously typing this up, so this is quick, rough, but info-laden - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: $40K, 5K, 1-100 fps, Super35mm coverage, up to 100MB/sec Redcode (yes, MB not Mb), FW800 & USB 2.0, Redcode RAW & RGB to RedFlash, dual link HD-SDI, 2 XLR, upgradeable sensor, body, boards & mount, 6 pound machined aluminum body, hybrid stainless steel mount, compatible with MOST but not all Red accessories. Ships "early 2009"RED / EPICRead on below for all the gory details. Read More

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RED Ray Introduced

By Scott Gentry | April 14, 2008

A full on "hat trick" for Red this morning with 3 major announcements.Welcom to the RED Ray. • Optical disk drive• Play back 4K video from the RED ONE• 3K video from Scarlet • HD formats from RED Disc and RED Express media• R3D RAW files from CompactFlash• 5K video from the new EPIC isn't supported, yet(?). Read More

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RED Epic Announced

By Scott Gentry | April 14, 2008

On the hot heels of Scarlett, we have Epic. 5K baby!• This 5K camera has a full-frame S35mm Mysterium X sensor.• Close match to 35mm film resolution • FPS is limited to 100RED will allow ONE customers to trade in their cameras for a full $17,500 credit towards the EPIC when it ships in 2009. Interested to learn how much money you'll ned o drop? Approx. $30,000. Read More

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Red Announces Scarlett At NAB

By Scott Gentry | April 14, 2008

RED just announced Scarlet , its promised "pocket professional" camera at NAB.With all of the hype around RED One, this one should take off on its own right. Here's the deets: 2 / 3-inch Mysterium X sensor, shooting 1 to 120 FPS and records to dual CompactFlash cards. It can handle up to 100MB per second of REDCODE RAW HD video. More to come! Read More

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Sony Snapshots - NAB 2008 Day 0

Some highlights of what Sony is showing

By Adam Wilt | April 14, 2008

PMW-EX3 with 2/3" cine lens, Sony HDD recorder

Sony's Juan Martinez gave me a night-before-the-show tour of the Sony booth (really a miniature city; "booth" doesn't do it justice), and here are some of the highlights from a camera operator's perspective. Read More

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More New Panasonic Cameras - HMC 150

By Scott Gentry | April 14, 2008

Panasonic also used the press conference to introduce us to the AG-HMC150 handheld.This unit records to familiar SD and SDHC cards up to 32GB. In HE mode, that's 12 hours of 1440x1080 HD content on one 32GB card!Full on press release goodness after the jump. Read More

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NAB Exhibits Start Tomorrow

NAB Exhibits Start Tomorrow

By Scott Gentry | April 13, 2008

Between meetings, booth appointments with vendors, and the crowds, I expect to update NAB news as available.The conferences for Sony and Panasonic were interesting, but not very exciting. I'm not talking about the new product introductions like the Sony EX3 or the Varicam 3700, I'm talking about listening to the marketing speak. Here are some points gleaned from each conference. Do with this data what you will. Likely nothing...Panasonic:80,000+ P2 units worldwideFox has taken to P2 in a big way, and moving Fox News to P2HD worlwideP2HD is the official recording format for the Beijing OlympicsP2 will double in Capacity every yearMajority of P2 repairs fixed within 24 hours. That's impressive actually.Panasonic Broadcast has shown 6 consecutive years of revenue growth.Panasonic is going "Green" with a plan to reduce CO2 emmissions by 300,000 tons by 2010Sony:Survivor will adopt Sony XDCAM HD for next yearAcademy Awards, Indie Racing, SuperBowl and more shot on Sony HDEllen Degenerous moving to Sony HDSony is working to develope a recycling program for electronic equipment as their "Green" move. Read More

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Panasonic Intros 2 New P2HD Varicams: 2700 & 3700

By Scott Gentry | April 13, 2008

Varicam 3700• 1920x1080 recording• 2/3" 2.2 megapixel 3-CCD imagers• Expected Fall 2008 targeting Feature Films, Episodic TV and moreVaricam 2700• 1280x720• 2/3 1 megapixel Imager Available Fall 2008 targeting Sports, Documentaries,Indie Films, morePress Info after the jump. Read More

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Sony Announces the EX3

By Scott Gentry | April 13, 2008

Sony announces a new sister to the EX1, the new EX3 with interchangeable lenses. You know you're in a room with tech guys when Miss Universe 2008 walks out on stage to intro the EX3 and the crowd is taking more pictures of the camera, than Miss Universe.Of course Sony didn't hand out press information, instead pushing attendees to the web. Honestly, that feels a little lame for a press conference. But adding insult to injury, the link for the EX3 information goes nowhere. Nice job PR folks. Here's the link to all of the NAB Sony news, perhaps they'll update their broken links soon: Sony NAB Press InfoAlec Shapiro SVP of Sony's Business and Professional division did share some interesting facts with us:Sony's NAB booth is an incredible 26,000 square feet - the largest o at NABTheir HD linup goes from $1,800 to over $200,000Sony has sold over 31,000 units of XDCAM worldwideSony will display a prototype of a WiFi workflow at their booth.There's a new 60GB External Storage Unit with G Sensor and compatible with SxS ProClip Browser software will be updated to 2.0New BVM-L420 - 42" LCD DisplayNew Luma display models OLED Camera Viewfinder Read More

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Panasonic Intros AG-HPX 170

Panasonic Intros AG-HPX 170

By Scott Gentry | April 13, 2008

The press conference for Panasonic went slightly long, but it was full of interesting product introductions. First up:AG-HPX170 P2 HD Handheld1080i HD & SDWidest zoom lens in it's class4.2 lbs3 1/3 16:9 CCD14-Bit A/D Conversion 19 Bit Processing28mm 13x Leica Zoom lensTime/date state makes this good for legal etc.with 2 P2 slots, current 32GB cards can give you 64 continuous minutes. When the 64GB cards hit the market, double that.Available in the Fall with 5 year warranty.Press release after the jump Read More

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Blogwad - press releases of interest for NAB 2008

Here's a bunch of PR material on things that sounded kewl

By Mike Curtis | April 13, 2008

So I'm digging through all 100+ NAB related emails, to figure out what is worth checking out this week. In no particular order, here is cut & paste PR copy of what caught my eye to check out. I'm not advocating anything in particular, other than just "this caught my eye."First item, goes without saying, is abusing my Exhibitor badge to be parked front and center Monday morning at Red's booth, I have a 10am interview with Ted, which will have given me enough time to see what's up in the booth to start drilling him on questions. OK, let the PR-speak commence - this is copy/paste, not my interpretation: Read More

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