The digital cinema camera never stop evolving with new options and interesting features, often making their user interface and menu system deeper to navigate through. On set, it leads to many existing in-camera features not being used to their full potential. During NAB 2014, RED announced the REDLink bridge, a new WIFI module along with the SDK (software development kit) that allowed external control of their cameras. At the same time, the first 3rd party software using that technology was demoed in their booth.
When our Editor Adam Garstone reviewed the full sized URSA (or URSA Major) he concluded as it turns out with some foresight; “It’s (URSA) crying out for a better sensor to suit that 12 bit, RAW CODEC, and some more software development, but the user upgradability means I wouldn’t let that delay purchasing one.”
Sony was demonstrating High Dynamic Range technologies and workflows at the show and of course pointing up their top of the range cameras F65 and PMW-F55 CineAlta and 4K OLED monitor.
You might remember when NAB was a quiet affair apart from the gentle burble of gear envy rising from the halls. If you’ve been to Vegas this year you will be longing for the sound of the slots rather than the buzzing of the drones.