Following the IBC Broadcast and Photokina international tech events, our thoughts ran to witnessing the end of HD as the highest resolution standard for video. When a company who has no history in video brings out a stills camera that can record DCI 4K (24fps only) to internal storage with a new codec (H.265) for HD the game is up.
Just in time for Wildscreen, the bi-annual meeting of Wildlife folk down in Bristol, the rumours of a new long PL mount lens for documentary use are true. We had heard that it was on the way but for wildlife it had to be fairly long, i.e. 400mm plus.
With trade shows like NAB and IBC you can find some real benefit from skirting around the edges of the trade floors. Here are the companies that have a concept or even a prototype but no budget for marketing or PR and hardly one for a booth. You also find the companies that have identified broadcast as a new market for them while they are happy and successful in their own.
The fact that Blackmagic Design has bought Eyeon Software Inc. must be causing some ripples through the post-production world. If their past acquisitions are anything to go by, then we can predict that two things will happen to Eyeon Fusion. Firstly, it will get a lot easier to use – DaVinci Resolve has had a user interface makeover that few can argue against. Secondly, it will get A LOT cheaper.