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Wednesday
Dec072011

Blackmagic Design Buy Teranex Systems

Blackmagic Design today announced its acquisition of Teranex Systems Inc. (www.teranex.com), a leading manufacturer of high performance video processing products for the post production and broadcast industries. Teranex, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Blackmagic Design.

“Teranex is a strategic acquisition for Blackmagic Design,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Its technology, solutions and market complement our own efforts and its high quality video processing technology enables us to provide our customers with even higher levels of video quality; extending Blackmagic Design’s product range for the broadcast, feature film and high end post production markets.”


Friday
Dec022011

Panasonic's 'Third Inch Sensor' HPX250 Gets BBC Approval

The Panasonic HPX250 now on the BBC approved camera listBBC approves the Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ P2HD camera recorder for BBCHD use by both BBC and non-BBC production teams. The camera has a 1/3inch sensor and with full HD recording to P2 cards and with the AVC Intra codec as an option. Recordings are 10-bit 4:2:2and the built in lens zooms to x22 with a variable frame rate (VFR) function for slow-motion and quick-motion images, and a cine-like gamma setting.

The only other third inch sensor camera approved in this way by the BBC is the Canon XF305/300 camera.

Wednesday
Nov302011

Canon C300 Camera Test

Jonathan Yi is a freelance director and cinematographer and was given a pre-production Canon C300 before the official launch earlier this month. Canon obviously left it to him to shoot whatever he wanted and use/abuse the camera as much as he liked. What they didn't like apparently was his take on camera tests and his brilliant sense of humour and blatant dislike of traditional camera tests. His humour went too far for Canon who don't condone the test but for us Jonathan has dropped a bit of much needed satire in to what is usually a dry viewing experience. Ironically his test champions the camera massively with an authoritative narration mixed in with the fun stuff. Vincent LaForet with laughs!

Tuesday
Nov292011

Is The Traditional Post House Dead?

The BBC's Watchdog consumer rights programme has been seen to be a successful file based broadcast showJulie Sangan, resource manager, post production at BBC Studios and Post Production argues that the traditional post house needs to extend its reach to cultivate the right workflows for file based work

Billed for many years as the greatest thing since sliced bread, tapeless or file-based workflows were touted as making TV programme productions much cheaper, easier and faster. To an extent, they have. On the flip side, they’ve brought a whole bunch of extra logistical and financial issues to the fore.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

VIDEO: Scorsese comments on using 3D on Hugo

A YouTube video on the new film Hugo with comments from director Martin Scorsese. 3D comments don't start until around 2:19 so just jump over the preaching.

Tuesday
Nov222011

New Meuser Lens For Toshiba HR1 Miniature Camera

The new Meuser C-Mount lens specifically designed for Toshiba's miniature HR1 cameraNew is the Meuser Optik 3.5mm (69° FOV) 1/3” prism compatible HD lens designed primarily as one of the compatible lenses for the Toshiba IK-HR1 camera system but other cameras can obviously use them. The new optics are promising to offer superior resolution with lower image distortion performance to any 3-CCD 1/3” C-mount prism camera including those from Toshiba, Iconix, Panasonic, Ikegami and Hitachi.

Distributor SeeSense say they can now offer a range of quality MP lens solutions for this camera with FOV capabilities up to 180° and with apertures down to F1.0 which would greatly enhance the camera’s capability in low light as well as expanding suitability for special POV, sports, in-car and other speciality uses.

SeeSense website

Tuesday
Nov222011

Olympic Torch Gets Stabilised

One of Bradley Engineering's stabilised remote cameras due to accompany the Olympic torch around the UKNext year’s Olympic torch relay throughout the UK will feature some of the best stablised cameras available anywhere in the world made by UK company Bradley Engineering. They are providing the BBC with cameras throughout the 8,000 mile route across the country. Bradley specialize in highly stabilised systems which are usually used for Olympian sports like rowing and sailing, for the relay the BBC are using five of them including their top of the range model.

The company employs eight people and has a range of 50 products. Just in the last week, the company’s cameras were used on UK TV programmes like Autumn Watch, The One Show and Hippo.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

Scarlet-X: An Epic Release?

The new Scarlet-X, now seen as a 'de-tuned' EpicTechnophobes rejoiced this month with not one but two large announcements from Red Digital Cinema and Canon. 

Jim Jannard waltzed out to speak to the gathered crowd at Red Studios in Hollywood following much ado about nothing for over 30 minutes in complete darkness – a result, we were told, due to the REDUSER site crashing the company’s servers (apparently over 250,000 people were attempting to access the RED forums at the same time). 

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Thursday
Nov102011

What is the point of the Canon C300? By Phil Rhodes

The Canon C300 and one of those 70 EF lensesThere is of course the direct answer: that it doesn't have the problems the DSLRs have. Aliasing is vastly improved, and the compression should be better even if you choose to use the internal recording facilities. But the pricing is insane, and the spec is anemic compared to what Red have for half the price, notwithstanding the fact that I won't expect Scarlet to work very well for a couple of software revisions after launch, and it's made by people with a public attitude I'll charitably describe as unconventional. I have vastly more confidence in Canon as a manufacturer.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Canon's Larry Thorpe on the C300's design and origins

Larry Thorpe who was hugely influential when high definition was being ratified as a future video format. He is now part of Canon's US national sales team for their professional products.We caught up with Canon's Larry Thorpe at last week's C300 launch and he explained to us the design of the new sensor and how the camera was born from the requests of the industry and designed by both the EOS and professional camcorder departments of Canon in Japan. Listen to our 13 minute interview with him below.

Also read how Larry helped realise the birth of high definition HERE

Canon's Larry thorpe by MM Pubs