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Information Overdrive: BlackMagic Design URSA 4K Camera

Watch Information Overdrive: BlackMagic Design URSA 4K Camera

URSA a full size production 4K camera gives the user the ability to switch camera sensors. BlackMagic Design is the first company to offer user upgradeable sensors in the professional digital cinema market. The URSA is designed with production crews in mind. The camera’s design accommodates EFP crews or larger commercial video crews with stations for the Camera Operator, Camera Assistant, and Audio Engineer. There are two CFast card slots which span for continuous recording. The camera is currently available in an EF and PL mount with a broadcast and HDMI camera coming soon.

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Tech Minute: Canon 4K Cameras

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Tim Smith from Canon says that 4K is here to stay. Canon currently has two cameras that record 4K the EOS 1DC and the EOS C500. The 1DC records 4K within the camera with a form factor that that is very similar to a Canon 5D Mark II or 1D. The C500 has a larger form factor and is similar in size to the Canon C300. The C500 offers 4K recording to an external field recorder like the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q.

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Information Overdrive: Convergent Design Athena 4K Recorder Encoder Decoder

Watch Information Overdrive: Convergent Design Athena 4K Recorder Encoder Decoder

Convergent Design is breaking out of the on-camera field recorder mold with the Athena to deliver a product for production and post. The Athena is a 4K recorder/ player and an encoder/ decoder. Its’ intended uses are for on-location production such as for an EFP crews, live event productions, commercials, and studio productions. As a recorder it has the ability to capture one 4K stream at 60p or two 4K streams at 30p. It can also capture four HD or 2K cameras on location or in the studio with 64 channels of audio. The Ethernet connection allows the Athena to be recording and sending the signal live to post for a quick turn-around edit or another location to view the feed. The Athena, which is the size of half a rack, is also moving into post as a player and decoder. This device can even run point of sale monitors. The Athena is a dedicated hardware device not a computer with software that needs to be maintained, updated, and may crash.

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Tech Minute: Sony IP55

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Current IP55 customers include: corporations, houses of worship, state and local governments, and broadcasters. The biggest benefits for customers using the IP55 is the latency in conjunction with high quality. The IP55 can support up to four channels of 1920x1080 HD video with one field of delay to one line of video. The IP55 is a point to point solution that is plug and play.

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Information Overdrive: Sony Next Generation OLED Monitors

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Based on feedback from the field Sony made lighter, smaller monitors, with more features. The PVMA170 and PVMA250 monitors take lens and camera metadata from the camera inputs and display it on the monitor. The monitors showcase HD and 2K productions with all the benefits of an OLED monitor: accuracy, stability, and a picture that remains the same overtime.

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Tech Minute: Sony XAVC 4K Player

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This Sony 4K player is great for Event Producers, staging companies, or any organization that need to playback XAVC 4K, HD XAVC Intra, and HD MPEG-2 Long GOP 50Mbps. The unit is DC powerable, small, and portable for on-location productions but it can also be used in the edit suite or machine room. The player can read any type of SxS card and SD cards or memory sticks can both be used with an adapter. Currently, it has a HDMI and 3G-SDI interface for playback. The player also has two USB interfaces, one for a mouse and the other can transfer footage to an external drive. Sony’s target release for this player is the end of 2014.

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Information Overdrive: ShotPut Pro 5 & HDVU 2.0 from Imagine Products

Watch Information Overdrive: ShotPut Pro 5 & HDVU 2.0 from Imagine Products

Transferring digital video files on-site is as easy as dragging and dropping a folder from the finder to an external hard drive until something goes wrong. Eliminate human and technical errors while managing your valuable media with ShotPut Pro 5 from Imagine Products. This media management software allows video Producers, DPs, and DITs to copy files that are exact matches to one or many drives at the same time. ShotPut Pro works with HDVU 2.0 and gives the user an easy way to view any video file from all professional camera manufactures like canon, Sony, Panasonic, RED, Sony, Arri and more. These are two tools that every Producer, Camera Operator, Media Manager and DIT should have.

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Tech Minute: ShotSum for Mac from Imagine Products

Watch Tech Minute: ShotSum for Mac from Imagine Products

Do you have copies of video files on external hard drives, editing suites, and archived? Are you sure that they are exact copies? ShotSum is a file utility that uses checksum technology to compare one file to another. This program helps you manage your media by letting you know if an exact copy of the file or folder exits before you delete what you think is a duplicate folder.

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Tech Minute: New Sony PDW-850 Professional Video Camera Extends Life of XDCAM HD Workflow

Watch Tech Minute: New Sony PDW-850 Professional Video Camera Extends Life of XDCAM HD Workflow

New Sony PDW-850 professional video camera extends the life of the long time XDCAM HD workflow. Sony has made some improvements to the PDW-850 that include: GPS in the camera handle, improved signal to noise without any loss of sensitivity, higher resolution QHD side panel LCD, decreased power consumption, the PDW-850 can also dock a fiber or triax back on the camcorder. If you aren’t ready to give up your XDCAM HD workflow for 4K and need to add a new camera for ENG, EFP, studio, multi-camera switched shoots this might be your best bet.

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Information Overdrive: Panasonic Varicam 35 and Varicam HS

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The Varicam 35 is Panasonic’s first 35mm sensor camera and also Panasonic’s first 4K camera. It records a wide variety of frame sizes such as 4K, 2K, and HD content. This is a high end camera intended for films, commercials, episodic TV, and other professional digital cinema projects. Panasonic has another new camera the Varicam HS (high speed). The HS is a 2/3” 3MOS camera that can use zoom lenses. This camera’s intended uses are for corporate video, documentaries, or reality TV where there is a big need for zoom lenses.

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Tech Minute:  Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Not Just a Field Recorder

Watch Tech Minute:  Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q Not Just a Field Recorder

The Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q is a professional video field recorder that can captures compressed and uncompressed recording onto Convergent Design SSD media. It is also an OLED monitor with a 3400:1 contrast ratio and 1280x800 screen resolution. The 7Q allows inputs from 4 video signals, connect 2 Teradek receivers and you have a great device for Director monitoring on location. It also includes a waveform and vector scope perfect for DIT use in the field.

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Information Overdrive: Canon ENG EOS Cameras, Dual Pixel, and CINE-SERVO Lens

Watch Information Overdrive: Canon ENG EOS Cameras, Dual Pixel, and CINE-SERVO Lens

Canon USA’s Timothy Smith explains some new features in the Canon EOS camera lineup. Dual Pixel will now be an available firmware/ hardware upgrade for the Canon EOS C300 and the Canon EOS C100. Dual Pixel allows the camera operator to have a fast, smooth, and consistent autofocus. Camera subjects will remain in focus as they move. We also take a look at Canon’s CINE-SERVO zoom lens which gives you all the latitude of a 4K, Super 35mm lens (17-220mm) while adding a servo zoom. The lens is available in a PL or EF mount. The user can easily switch the mount so one lens can work on virtually any professional video and digital cinema camera.

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Tech Minute: Video Journalist Backpacks

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Video Journalist Backpacks are created by Sony System Solutions for Universities with film, television, and communications degrees, small broadcasters, government agencies, and corporate in-house media departments. The Video Journalist Backpacks are an all-in-one professional video tool that contains an HD camera (NXCAM or XDCAM), wireless microphones, headphones, a tablet for teleprompter, tripod, cables, and even batteries. There are 3 types of backpacks and 8 different models to suit each organization.

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Information Overdrive: HD and UltraHD Blackmagic Studio Cameras

Watch Information Overdrive: HD and UltraHD Blackmagic Studio Cameras

In true Blackmagic Design style they have revolutionized the look and price point of studio cameras. President of Blackmagic Design, Dan May, said this about their new studio camera our design team created “…the smallest live production camera with the largest viewfinder”.

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Information Overdrive: Sony PMWF5 & PMWF55 Upgrades

Watch Information Overdrive: Sony PMWF5 & PMWF55 Upgrades

There are some exciting new upgrades to Sony’s CineAlta PMWF5 and PMWF55 cameras. Sony F5 users will have the ability to upgrade their camera to the F55. The F5 and F55 will be able to record ProRes and DNxHD compression codecs within the cameras. Also there is a new lens adapter that allows the user to use B4 lens with only one stop loss, more shoulder mount usability, new cine S-Logs, and much more.

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Information Overdrive: Crews Reviews Teradek Cube 155

Watch Information Overdrive: Crews Reviews Teradek Cube 155

The Teradek Cube 155 is an H.264 HD video encoder that can stream video right from the HD-SDI output of your professional video camera to one point or multicast. Robert DePalma reviews the Teradek Cube 155 in this Crews Reviews Information Overdrive video podcast.

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Information Overdrive: GripnGaff Bags

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Are you looking for a better way to carry tripods, lighting stands, c-stands, and other grip gear in and out of video production locations easily? The GripnGaff bags work with your RockNRoller carts and are just the thing to haul those awkward and heavy stands in one trip. GripnGaff Bags is giving Information Overdrive subscribers 10% off your order, use this coupon code "CC1947" until March 6th, 2014.

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Information Overdrive: Sony’s PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Camera Comparison

Watch Information Overdrive: Sony’s  PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 Camera Comparison

Which camera is best for your next HD, 2K, or 4K project? Does your old SxS cards work with the F5 or F55 cameras? Should you purchase the SxS Pro Plus Cards? How do you record RAW 4K and 2K? What is XAVC? Find the answer to these questions and more.

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Information Overdrive: Introduction to Panasonic’s AVC Ultra, MicroP2 cards, and AJ-PX5000

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Have you wondered how Panasonic’s new AVC Ultra format fits into their AVC codec family? How does the microP2 card compare to the full size P2 card? Is the new AJ-PX5000 camera a good fit for your next production? Find the answer to these questions and more.

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Information Overdrive: Canon EOS C500, C300, C100, 1DC

Watch Information Overdrive: Canon EOS C500, C300, C100, 1DC

What professional Canon camera should you purchase or use on your next digital cinema shoot? What mobile recording devices will provide the best workflow? What are the notable difference between the EOS C500 and the EOS C300? These questions and more answered my Canon representative Larry Thorpe.

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