Panasonic has announced the AJ-PX5000G, its first P2 HD camcorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots. The PX5000G features 720p and 1080p/i recording, as well as 1080/50p recording, a first for P2 HD cameras.
Looking just like the existing XA10 camcorder which is really a 'palm corder', Canon has release details on it's big brothers, the XA20 & XA25. These models are still small and very light at around 2.6 pounds (1.18Kg). Both camcorders feature multiple shooting-assist functions and a newly developed wide-angle 20x HD zoom lens with an ENG-style “rocker” zoom control and built-in real-time optical image stabilisation.There is also a new sensor a high-sensitivity 2.91-megapixel 1/2.84-inch HD CMOS image sensor managed by the new Canon DIGIC DV 4 image processor.
Cobham is showing a new HD MPEG4 IP Encoder at NAB 2013. The company promises that with the encoder a camera operator can instantly establish bi-directional communication and transmit live, broadcast-quality HD video from anywhere with access to broadband connectivity. The encoder provides even more bit rate efficiency with standard, low and ultra-low latency modes. Power consumption rated at 7-9 watts.
A control panel on the encoder enables a cameraman to select a range of different pre-sets directly from the box rather waste time connecting to and configuring via a laptop. It also offers the option of broadcast-standard IFB talkback, which takes advantage of in-built Bluetooth and WiFi for complete wireless connectivity.
The Odyssey family is a professional 7.7in OLED monitor with high-end monitor features, including Waveform, Zebras, Histogram, Vectorscope, Focus Assist, False Colour, Timecode Display and Audio Level Meters, and 1:1 Pixel mode. Odyssey7 includes HDMI I/O, and SD/HD/3G-SDI I/O; in both single and dual link configurations. As you have come to expect from Convergent Design, Odyssey is low power, lightweight and comes in a rugged magnesium case.
In association with crafttruck.com legendary DoP Gordon Willis recalls the films, the directors and the techniques which awarded him an honourary Oscar in 2009. He talks at length about his relationship with Woody Allen and Francis Ford Coppola and about how he managed to capture some of the iconic imagery in cinema today. Interview by Jeff Glickman.