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NAB 2014 Review: Gear that Will Make You Go Ahh
Posted by Rebekah Toth Burns on Apr 30, 2014 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
NAB 2014 Review: Gear that Will Make You Go Ahh

After NAB each year one question gets tossed around between our clients, crews, and friends on social media. “What did you see at NAB that we need to check out?” We talk about production gear that we will showcase on our video podcast Information Overdrive. Our friends chat about cool solutions they played with on the NAB show floor. Here is Crews Control’s list of new and noteworthy equipment and solutions from NAB 2014.

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NAB 2013: The Grandest Celebration in Video Production Equipment
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Apr 22, 2013 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

Describing the highlights of this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual show in Las Vegas is like having a child explain all of their birthday presents in thirty seconds. So here I go. NAB highlights the trends of the video production community and is good barometer of the industry. Some of the major trends and main attractions from this year’s NAB show were 4K and beyond, lower costs for better resolution, gyro stabilization, helicopter shooting, and the Cloud and video.

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DP’s POV of The NAB Show 2013
Posted by Kevin Braband on Apr 16, 2013 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
DP’s POV of The NAB Show 2013

As a DP at this years NAB, I am seeing some new trends. With the advent of 4K cameras, more and more accessories are being used to mange and control the image. The camera battery is becoming the main source of power for these items. Wireless transmitters such as the Paralinx, external recorders such as the Pix 240 or Ki Pro. Zoom and focus controls have been the standard in feature film production, but are now seeping into our side of the world. The Scatter box by Solid camera and the Jet Pack...

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For Field And Suite: Sound Devices Pix 260
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Jun 14, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

At the 2012 NAB show Sound Devices unveiled their newest model in their Pix line of mobile recording devices, the Pix 260. The Sound Devices Pix 260 employs many of the mainstays of the flagship mobile recorder the Pix 240 while pushing for higher-end options to attempt to compete with full resolution recorders like Convergent Design’s Gemini 4:4:4.

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Know Your Panasonic Codecs! DVCPRO HD, AVC Intra & AVC Ultra
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 18, 2012 & filed under Technical with 2 comments.

Asking a freelance director of photography about the codecs of their Panasonic cameras is like asking a mechanic about the engine of a car. Be prepared for a long technical answer. All you need to know is why a certain codec is important and correct for your shoot. Panasonic currently has two often confused codecs: DVCPRO HD and AVC Intra. The third codec, AVC Ultra, is to be released next year.

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NAB 2012: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 04, 2012 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
NAB 2012: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Once a year in Las Vegas the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) annual tradeshow highlights the new technologies for the upcoming year but also indicates trends of the broadcast industry. Trends have carried over from last year’s NAB show with larger sensors cameras, higher resolution for less money, and versatile technology that makes production lighter, faster and easier. Let's unwrap the wonderful gifts of NAB 2012.

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Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 25, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Viewing the World through the Zacuto Z-Finder EVF

Today’s technological world is about balance. People love large, epic technology in their homes, but the small portable for the everyday. Location production is no different. Sometimes location productions warrant a monitor when the camera is locked down, but sometimes the production is too run-and-gun to utilize a monitor. Zacuto has presented a good balance between those two situations with their Zacuto Z-Finder Electronic Viewfinders (EVF). Their line of attachable viewfinders has a 3.2”...

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NAB 2011
Posted by Brad Spinsby on May 06, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.

The NAB Show in Las Vegas is the pinnacle of technology release in the film and video industry every year. Cutting edge companies always bring their latest and greatest to showcase and the 2011 show was no different. Here's a review of the most exciting products presented at this year's NAB show.

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Panasonic Goes Wireless with the HPX-3100
Posted by Brad Spinsby on Apr 29, 2011 & filed under Technical with 1 comments.

Have you ever found yourself wishing that you could communicate telepathically on set? Panasonic just unveiled a versatile wireless system that could be the answer to your prayers. The system will transmit user-selected metadata from the camera to any smart device. In theory, this would be a way for the director of photography telling the assistant camera operator, “Hey buddy, here’s what I’m doing,” without speaking. Using a WLAN connection, the Panasonic AJ-WM30 wireless module,...

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#NABSHOW Buzz Coverage for #NAB2011
Posted by Andrea Keating on Apr 07, 2011 & filed under Industry Events with 0 comments.

Ah-- so much to see and do over the span of this year’s National Association of Broadcasters 6-day convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 9-April 14. There’s a great lineup of conferences set to begin April 9th and exhibitions to follow starting April 11th. If by chance you hadn’t planned on attending there’s still time to make it. NAB is still offering FREE passes to the exhibits on their website. Crews Control will be on the scene shooting a showcase of the best in gear and...

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Rolling The Dice At NAB with New Panasonic Pro Video Products
Posted by Andrea Keating on Mar 30, 2011 & filed under Technical with 0 comments.
Rolling The Dice At NAB with New Panasonic Pro Video Products

Earlier this week, we briefed key trade media on new Panasonic professional video products that will make their formal debut at the National Association of Broadcasters show (April 11-14 in Las Vegas, NV). Highlights included a new 9-inch LCD production monitor with the best image quality in its class, new P2 workflow tools that deliver blazing fast data transfer speeds and deep price reductions across our line of high-capacity, high-speed P2 cards (see photo album of product shots below).

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