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MOVIE MACHINE UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 2014

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  Rick Young

Hello and welcome,

September is always a busy month in the world video and cinematography. IBC 2014 featured a range of new cameras on-show and updates to existing camera technology. The 4K Sony PXW-FS7 caused quite a stir, the reverberations continue well beyond IBC. Blackmagic Design had plenty of Ursa's for user hands-on, and there were plenty of attendees checking these out. Also PL versions of the Production Camera 4K and the Blackmagic Ciinema Camera were announced. AJA Cion looked impressive on-show with equally impressive footage. JVC showed their range of upcoming 4K cameras, hopefully these are not too far away. And there are other new models to get excited about: the Panasonic HC-X1000 ULTRA HD 4K camcorder, Panasonic VariCam 35, and more models from Sony with the A7S and PXW-X200 (the replacement for the PMW-200.) As if that isn't already a mountain of cameras, Arri drops a bombshell with the Alexa 65 - the rental only 6.5K 65mm large format cinema camera. So many new models in the changing cinematography landscape. At the heart of the storm lies tremendous choice at all sorts of price points. If you're in the market for camera equipment now is a great time to go shopping. Just make sure the glass you buy matches the quality of the camera. Buy good glass!

 
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Blackmagic Design: Ursa in the hands

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN: URSA IN THE HANDS

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Until you have a camera in the hands it is almost impossible to get an impression of what the camera is really like. You can read the specs. and check out the images online, you can read the marketing from the manufacturer - however, until you hold the camera and get to know it, everything is academ......

Sony PXW-FS7: killer 4K camcorder

SONY PXW-FS7: KILLER 4K CAMCORDER

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At IBC 2014 Sony announced the PXW-FS7. Sony have described this as being targeted at long-form shooting and production applications, however, it is just as likely this camera will reach into all levels of production. **Recording codecs (on-board or to external recorder)** * XAVC (Intra/Long GOP) ......

This is Retroflex - Now Available from Redrock Micro

THIS IS RETROFLEX - NOW AVAILABLE FROM REDROCK MICRO

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Retroflex is a revolutionary device designed to improve the usability of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. Made up of 3 separate pieces: a cage, a handle (with trigger and LANC control), and a loupe which enables accurate focus and improves the viewing from the screen on the back of the camera.......

Comparing BM Cameras: Cinema Camera, Pocket Camera, 4K Production Camera

COMPARING BM CAMERAS: CINEMA CAMERA, POCKET CAMERA, 4K PRODUCTION CAMERA

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The Blackmagic cameras offer tremendous value for money and extremely high quality recording. You can choose to shoot ProRes or RAW - and the different cameras offer different resolutions: the BM Cinema Camera offers 2.5K, the BM Production Camera shoots 4K, and the BM Pocket Cinema Cameras shoots 1......

 
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ALEXA 65: 65mm filmmaking reborn

ALEXA 65: 65MM FILMMAKING REBORN

With a sensor larger than a 5-perf 65 mm film frame, ALEXA 65 harks back to the golden age of 65 mm widescreen filmmaking in the mid-20th century, when this newly introduced format captured the imagination of cinema audiences around the world. 65 mm grew into an inspirational format, providing an epic frame within which the biggest and most visually impactful stories could be told.

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Blackmagic Design announces acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc.

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF EYEON SOFTWARE, INC.

Blackmagic Design have announced its acquisition of eyeon Software, Inc., a leading developer of high end digital compositing, visual effects and motion graphics software for the feature film, commercial, television and broadcast industries. eyeon, headquartered in Toronto, Canada, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design.

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PL lens mount models of Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and Blackmagic Cinema Camera

PL LENS MOUNT MODELS OF BLACKMAGIC PRODUCTION CAMERA 4K AND BLACKMAGIC CINEMA CAMERA

Blackmagic Design have announced the immediate availability of two new cinema cameras, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K PL and Blackmagic Cinema Camera PL. Both cameras now include PL mount models for using professional cinema lenses or even vintage cinema lenses and are now available from $2,295.

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Sony Unveils New PXW-FS7 Compact 4K XDCAM Camera with a Super 35 CMOS sensor

SONY UNVEILS NEW PXW-FS7 COMPACT 4K XDCAM CAMERA WITH A SUPER 35 CMOS SENSOR

Sonys newest addition to its large sensor line is a complete camera system that delivers long-form recording capabilities with 4K resolution in a compact, hand-held design. The new PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 camcorder combines the flexibility of native E-mount technology, the recording efficiency of the XAVC-L codec; the transfer speed and intelligence of XQD memory cards; and comfortable, handheld ergonomics, including a new Smart Grip.

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Sony introduce the PXW-X200

SONY INTRODUCE THE PXW-X200

The replacement for the Sony PMW-200 has arrived - with a new model: the PXW-X200. This camera features full HD XAVC Intra/Long GOP recordings and MPEG HD 422 50 Mbps with superb picture quality for broadcast applications such as newsgathering and documentaries

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Highly Anticipated Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Announced

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED CANON EOS 7D MARK II DSLR ANNOUNCED

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to introduce the EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR camera, incorporating professional features and quality in an affordable DSLR.

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Blackmagic Design announces new SmartView 4K

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN ANNOUNCES NEW SMARTVIEW 4K

Blackmagic Design have announced SmartView 4K, the worlds first full resolution Ultra HD broadcast monitor with 12G-SDI inputs for compatibility with virtually all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60 for only US$1,995.

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Atomos Power Station - continuous power to camera and accessories

ATOMOS POWER STATION - CONTINUOUS POWER TO CAMERA AND ACCESSORIES

Atomos is known for delivering creative solutions to real world professional production and post production problems. Atomos now enters the battery market with what is the most advanced power management offering in decades.

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JVC shows 4K technology design concepts and Live streaming camcorders

JVC SHOWS 4K TECHNOLOGY DESIGN CONCEPTS AND LIVE STREAMING CAMCORDERS

At IBC 2014 JVC has been demonstrating a prototype of its new GY-LS300 Super 35mm sensor 4K handheld production camera, along with a number of 4K technology design concepts.

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AJA Releases New CION Teaser Reel

AJA RELEASES NEW CION TEASER REEL

AJA Video Systems released a brand new teaser reel shot using the soon-to-be-shipping CION camera in Grass Valley and Nevada City California. Shooting took place over three days during the first week of September 2014.

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AJA Announces CION Support From Top Camera Accessory Manufacturers

AJA ANNOUNCES CION SUPPORT FROM TOP CAMERA ACCESSORY MANUFACTURERS

Several company have announced accessories to be available for the new AJA Cion camera including: Alphatron, MTF, Wooden Camera, Vocas and Zacuto to Support CION Camera

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mLogic announces mTapeŽ Extreme 10TB LTFS Thunderbolt Tape Drive

MLOGIC ANNOUNCES MTAPEŽ EXTREME 10TB LTFS THUNDERBOLT TAPE DRIVE

mTape Extreme is a 2U rack-mount backup/archiving solution offering unparalleled capacity and performance. mTape Extreme fuses the latest in enterprise class digital tape technology with the ease of use of LTFS.

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Panasonic Launches HC-X1000 Ultra HD 4K Camcorder

PANASONIC LAUNCHES HC-X1000 ULTRA HD 4K CAMCORDER

Panasonic has launched the HC-X1000, its first prosumer camcorder capable of recording 4K 60p/50p video images on an SD card.

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ARRI ANNOUNCES PRORES UHD OUTPUT FOR AMIRA

ARRI ANNOUNCES PRORES UHD OUTPUT FOR AMIRA

A new software upgrade for ARRIs documentary-style AMIRA camera will allow it to record ProRes UHD files, answering the 4K requirements of some productions. The upgrade is expected to be available for purchase at the online ARRI License Shop by the end of 2014.

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Convergent Design Odyssey7Q Adds 4K ProRes Recording

CONVERGENT DESIGN ODYSSEY7Q ADDS 4K PRORES RECORDING

Convergent Design has announced that the Odyssey7Q monitor/recorder will add 4K video recording with Apple ProRes 422 HQ. 4K and Ultra HD video from cameras such as the Sony F55, Panasonic GH4, Vision Research Phantom Flex4K, and others can be converted to ProRes and recorded on the Odyssey7Q.

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REVIEW: Transform your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with Retroflex

REVIEW: TRANSFORM YOUR BLACKMAGIC POCKET CINEMA CAMERA WITH RETROFLEX

With the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and Retroflex, from Redrock Micro, you can run and gun, you can shoot handheld, you can check critical focus (even in bright sunlight.) Overall the Retroflex dramatically improves the useability fo the Pocket Cinema Camera. This is definitely not a gimmick.

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Matrox Announces Worlds First SDI Cards with 12 Reconfigurable Inputs/Outputs

MATROX ANNOUNCES WORLDS FIRST SDI CARDS WITH 12 RECONFIGURABLE INPUTS/OUTPUTS

"With 12 SDI channels, our new products give OEMs a unique 4K broadcast CG solution with support for live input, graphics compositing, and 4K fill and key outputs on a single card," said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox Video.

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Editing with Final Cut Pro X on an 11 inch MacBook Air

EDITING WITH FINAL CUT PRO X ON AN 11 INCH MACBOOK AIR

You can well and truly edit on an 11 inch MacBook Air. I flew from London to Australia, with a desperate deadline hanging over my head. I managed to cut several hours of interviews down to a manageable level, working on the 11 inch MacBook Air and Final Cut Pro X. By the time I landed, some 24 hours later, I'd pretty much cleared the decks of a major piece of work. Not 100% completed, but well underway.

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Blackmagic Cinema Cameras Capture Complex Action Sequences in The Expendables 3

BLACKMAGIC CINEMA CAMERAS CAPTURE COMPLEX ACTION SEQUENCES IN THE EXPENDABLES 3

Blackmagic Design have announced that Blackmagic Cinema Cameras EF were used to capture complex action sequences in the new film The Expendables 3. Second Unit DP Paul Hughen, ASC, placed the cameras directly in the action in order to get incredible shots, including exciting scenes of car races, intricate boat chases and large scale action sequences.

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PrimeCircle XM manual focus & manual aperture cinema lenses

PRIMECIRCLE XM MANUAL FOCUS & MANUAL APERTURE CINEMA LENSES

Nine focal lengths available: 15/2.8, 21/2.8, 25/2.0, 28/2.0, 35/1.4, 50/1.4, 85/1.4, 100 Makro/2.0, 135Apo/2.0

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Sonnet Announces Modular Rackmount Enclosure for Latest Mac Pro computer

SONNET ANNOUNCES MODULAR RACKMOUNT ENCLOSURE FOR LATEST MAC PRO COMPUTER

The RackMac Pro ships in two configurations. The first configuration is available with a single RackMac Pro Computer Mounting Module preinstalled, leaving space for an optional second Computer Mounting Module, available for purchase separately. The second configuration ships with two Computer Mounting Modules preinstalled and ready to accommodate two Mac Pro computers.

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  Until next time  
 
Keeping the clients happy

So what next...

With the latest blitz on camera technology many will be considering their next move. What to buy, how to allocate financial resources, what new direction will propel our work into new realms to excite both ourselves and our clients!

The bottom line is nothing out there is going to do it. The equipment is just equipment. Yes there is remarkable gear from 4K to RAW and beyond. Yes, the equipment does matter - though only to a point. Regardless of what you use - how you use the equipment to tell your story is far more important than which equipment you use.

Work with what you've got - or buy what you want, then set about the task of movie making.

Sometimes upgrading equipment doesn't always involve buying new cameras. Lights, mics, lenses, external recorders, grip equipment - so many ways to improve your filmmaking beyond the camera.

Some of us have been doing this a long time. And it just keeps getting better and better.

Until the next time,

 
 
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Rick Young - Producer/Director
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