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NAB 2009 - New PL Mount Lenses

It's all RED's fault: an explosion of PL mount lenses. Here's what I found at NAB.

By Adam Wilt | April 27, 2009

As soon as the RED ONE was announced, the market for PL mount lenses capable of covering a Super35mm-sized image started heating up. Aspiring R1 owner/operators hunted down almost every decent used lens available, and caused the lead times on new PL mount glass to skyrocket. At NAB '09 several vendors stepped forward to fill the demand, mostly at bargain prices (at least by traditional cine lens standards). Read More

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Cleaning up Storyboards

Cleaning up Storyboards

Use Photoshop to clean up storyboard panels

By Richard Harrington | April 25, 2009

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NAB 2009 Video - AJA Ki Pro and Io Express

AJA's new tools for video capture, ingest, and monitoring

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 25, 2009

Prior to day one at NAB, there was a ton of pre-show buzz about AJA's new Ki Pro unit, a unique solid-state + hard disk capture device that also serves as an I/O box for camcorders of all flavors and formats. The online community was also buzzing about the Io Express, the younger sibling of the Io HD ProRes device that AJA came out with some time ago. So we got the low-down on both products at the AJA booth, check it out. Read More

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NAB 2009 - Wednesday RedUser Party

There are a million NAB parties in Vegas. This is the story of one of them.

By Adam Wilt | April 24, 2009

RED's Ted Schilowitz introduces the demo reels.

Wednesday evening, following a two-hour Scratch demo (about which I'll have more to say in an NAB wrap-up article), I journeyed out to the Rio Hotel for the RedUser NAB party, organized by Steve Sherrick of Obscure Knowledge. I wasn't sure what to expect; I worried that I might be surrounded by fervent fanboys, who would rip me limb from limb when they discerned who I was (while I have sipped at the Kool-Aid™, I am not fully "of The Body", grin). Read More

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Live From NAB: The SkyDolly

Live From NAB: The SkyDolly

Aerial Coverage With A Human Scale

By Bruce A Johnson | April 22, 2009

Another aerial-themed post: As Jim Feeley and I walked past the Silicon Imaging booth, I couldn't miss the 3-foot fan mounted to the back of what looked like a race car seat. Upon further inspection, it turns out that this is the cockpit for a powered parachute operated by Norm Bercerra, founder of SkyDolly. Basically, the powered parachute frame has a hand-made weatherproof camera case mounted to it, but what makes it special is that the camera is actually controlled by radio control from the ground by another operator. This leaves the pilot able to concentrate on flying the chute. Early shoots have used the Silicon Optics Mini 2K camera (which shot "Slumdog Millionaire," 2008's Best Movie Oscar winner.) I love the inventiveness involved in this product! Learn more at their website. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Canon DSLRs and Panasonic 3D

Canon Video DSLRs and Panasonic's 3D Concept Camera

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 22, 2009

At Canon's NAB booth we talked with them about user-requested firmware updates for the Canon 5D MKII, as well as the basic video featureset of the new Rebel T1i. We also got a quick look at a concept 3D stereoscopic camera design from Panasonic. Read More

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Live From NAB:  A Video Helicopter For $300?

No, That Isn't A Misprint

By Bruce A Johnson | April 22, 2009

I love the odd finds at NAB. You can get highly sophisticated massage chairs, straps that keep your spine straight, a brain massager fetchingly named "The Tingler" and more, but at least the DigitTronics video helicopter might conceivably qualify as a video tool. The one on sale here features counter-rotating lift blades (no tail rotor), 2.4Ghz wireless control, and a tiny wireless video camera that has a claimed range of 1000 feet (best practice: divide that by 10.) Still, for a show special price of $299, it had a long line of potential pilots pulling out the plastic.I've been flying radio-controlled fixed-wing planes for quite a while, and the one piece of wisdom I can offer is this:"You can trim a plane to fly itself, but a copter is always trying to kill you."But give it a shot. I might.PS: Don't hate me for the video - I shot it with a Canon still camera. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Nexto DI and Rosco Litepads

Dump flash media quickly in the field and light efficiently

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 22, 2009

We got a look at the Nexto DI unit, a portable handheld device that dumps all sorts of P2, SxS, SD and flash media to a 500GB drive, and can even allow you to review dailies via a built-in LCD screen. We also stopped by Rosco's booth to check out their Litepad systems. Read More

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Live from NAB:  The Numbers Are In

Live from NAB:  The Numbers Are In

And They Are Down

By Bruce A Johnson | April 22, 2009

According to an NAB mailing entitled "Organizers deem NAB Show a success despite tough economy"....FTA: "Attendance for this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas is 83,842 compared the roughly roughly 104,000 for the 2008 edition. But organizers called the event a "phenomenal success" given the down state of the economy. "We appreciate the strong support of both exhibitors and attendees who continue to make The NAB Show the most important annual event for the electronic media marketplace," NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said.Well, it certainly could have been worse. I actually enjoyed having less competition to see products, but I doubt that is the attitude of many exibitors. Read More

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NAB Tuesday: Getting Plugged In

When the most peaceful place in Vegas is the NAB show, you know something is up (or in this case, down).

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 22, 2009

Noise is everywhere in Vegas. Slot machines are mostly just noise, and everywhere there is loud music - we heard U2 at the breakfast buffet, AC/DC in the hotel restroom, and even the popcorn street vendor on the corner aimed his radio at the crowds walking past while a live band played across the square from him. Every party and event had loud music to create "ambience", even when the attendees secretly (and not so secretly) wished the music was literally ambient music. The end result is that your voice is shot by the end of the day, making it near impossible to hold a normal conversation (let alone give a presentation the next day). This year, the only peace and quiet you could find in Vegas was on the show floor. Gone are the days when you could only reach the Adobe booth in the South Hall by jostling through the gauntlet of what was the Apple and Avid booths, both trying to drown out each other from different sides of the aisle. If you were a golfer, you could have practiced your putting on many of the aisles this year - although Tuesday did feel busier than Monday and vendors at the Plug-in Pavilion reported a busy morning. We were among those hanging out, and here's what we saw: Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - Cinevate

Cinevate introduces 7 exciting new products

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 22, 2009

Cinevate had a fantastic booth at NAB 2009, and were showing off a number of new products. They had their sliders (Linear Tracking Systems), cable-camera system, B4 relay, a monitor beta, dolly system, mattebox and remote follow focus. Read More

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Face Replacement Part 2: ADVANCED

Because Two Heads Are Better Than One

By David Torno | April 22, 2009

 

Welcome to part two of the Face Replacement tutorial, I highly recommend viewing part one (HERE) if you haven't done so already, since I will be using a lot of the same techniques and I move though some of the repeat steps a little faster in this... Read More

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Face Replacement Part 1: BASIC

Because Two Heads Are Better Than One

By David Torno | April 22, 2009

In this two part series, I'll show you how to track and composite a face onto another body using After Effects and Mocha AE. Learn some of the tricks and hurdles you may have to deal with when trying to produce this type of effect. This tutorial is a special one and a little... Read More

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Live From NAB:  I Get To See The Inflatable Camera Bag!

Live From NAB:  I Get To See The Inflatable Camera Bag!

...Or At Least The Prototype

By Bruce A Johnson | April 22, 2009

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Regular readers might remember this post a few weeks back about Kata announcing an inflatable camera bag, to protect your baby in the overhead compartment during commercial airline flights. Well, today I got to see the prototype. It looks a lot like the Michelin Man, and it does appear that it would do a great job of protecting a camera. I can't wait to see the production version.UPDATE: Did you notice? I got my Kata's and Petrols mixed up! Sorry about that - today I'll go look at the REAL Petrol inflatable bag!! The Kata does look cool, though. Read More

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NAB 2009 Video - 16x9

A slew of cool products from 16x9 Inc

By Matthew Jeppsen | April 22, 2009

16x9 was exhibiting at NAB 2009, and we took a look at their mattebox for Red shooters, a modular Aladdin focus/zoom controller for cine-style lenses, battery-operated LED Pars, and a few other odds and ends. Read More

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Sony adds new entry-level model to family of HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras

Sony adds new entry-level model to family of HD Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras

By Allan Tépper | April 21, 2009

At NAB 2009, Sony is introducing an entry-level model to its line of high-definition compact pan-tilt-zoom cameras. According to Sony, the new BRC-Z330 remote control camera is designed for an array of remote acquisition applications, such as television production for recording programs, and for use as a weather or traffic camera. Compact and lightweight, the new camera maintains the design elements of its predecessors but uses a specially designed read-out from its CMOS imaging technology to significantly shorten image delays. Read More

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Live From NAB: The EX3 Gets A Shoulder Mount…

Live From NAB: The EX3 Gets A Shoulder Mount…

...And It's About Time!

By Bruce A Johnson | April 21, 2009

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For all of the nice things that can be said about Sony's PMW-EX3 camcorder, one of the primary gripes I hear is about is the form factor. Shooters that are used to a camera that sits on their shoulder can have a very hard time adapting to the Canon XL-esque shape of the EX3. Those moans have not gone unheard, apparently. While walking through the Anton-Bauer booth here at NAB 2009, I stumbled across the DM-Accessories EX3-Shoulder. It is a shoulder mount that is built of very stout aluminum parts, with comfy foam padding underneath. The reason it was being shown at Anton-Bauer was that it had an A/B Dionic battery mounted on the rear. When I put the EX3 on my shoulder, it still felt a bit nose-heavy, but then the salesman flipped open the back plate, moving the battery back and balancing the center of gravity almost perfectly. It may look a little funny, but it really works. DM-Accessories sells the EX3 Shoulder and other cool stuff through their website. Read More

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Live From NAB: Get A Handle On Your Camera

Live From NAB: Get A Handle On Your Camera

Ugrip Customizes Your Camera To You

By Bruce A Johnson | April 21, 2009

There aren't too many cameras out there that make everyone happy right out of the box. Sometimes you have to adjust things to make the camera feel like it is "your own." A Danish company called Ugrip has come up with a very cool system of plates and handles for just about every camera in use today. Once installed, the systems allow many places to mount handles, accessories or even mounting boxes for devices like Firestore drives. The handles are particularly clever; by loosening an Allen screw in their base you can gimbal the padded handle through a large range of motion. Ugrip parts can be purchased ala carte, or in pre-packaged kits for specific cameras. You can learn more at the Ugrip website, or at B&H Photo/Video's website. Read More

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Live from NAB:  Get That Car Shot…

Live from NAB:  Get That Car Shot…

...Without Losing The Camera

By Bruce A Johnson | April 21, 2009

There are few contemporary movies where at least some of the action doesn't take place in a car. Of course, when Hollywood does it, they do it big, by mounting the car on a trailer and allowing cameramen, gaffers and such to rig the cameras, lights and such to hardpoints on the trailer. Unfortunately, most of us aren't in that position, and to the rescue comes Delkin Devices. Their Fat Gecko Camera Mount features two locking suction cups attached to a short arm that adjusts to point the camera in the right direction. With a weight limit of 8 pounds, you won't be mounting an Arriflex on it, but there are hundreds of video cameras that fit under that limit. (Of course, let's not be stupid - you should safety-cable the camera in case of trouble.) The Fat Gecko was on sale for $80 at the B&H Photo booth, and you can find out even more at the Delkin Devices website. Read More

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NAB Monday: Best of Times; Worst of Times

Catching up with friends, seeing practical applications, and some sad news.

By Chris and Trish Meyer | April 21, 2009

Loitering at the Plug-in Pavilion were (left-to-right) Aharon Rabinowitz (All Bets Are Off Productions), John Dickinson (Motionworks), Zax Dow (Zaxwerks), Brian Maffitt (Total Training), and Chris Meyer.

NAB this year is certainly a cross between the best of times (catching up with friends and seeing cool new toys) and the worst of times (the horrendous economy casting a pall around the halls). We've been in Las Vegas since Friday night, and teaching a few sessions at the Post Production World conference in the North Hall. So it was nice to finish up our sessions Monday morning and hit the show floor. Word has it that attendance is down from 107,000 last year to just 80,000 this year. You can tell its down because you don't need binoculars to see Peder Norbby demo Particular 2 at the Red Giant booth in the Plug-in Pavilion (more on that, and other plug-ins, tomorrow). But first, what we saw and heard on Monday: Read More

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