On the track JAY-Z Blue off his new album Magna Carta… Holy Grail, JAY-Z rhymes, “blatantly ballin’ on HD, y’all need to step up your AV”

Seems JAY-Z is on the 4K tip…

via TheVideoMouse

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If you couldn’t make it to Adobe Max 2013, you can now watch the keynotes and sessions online at, max.adobe.com

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If you Google “who is using FCP X” most links are at least a year old. But there are people out there using it. Oliver Peters recently took a look at FCP X versus Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

Now, Apple are helping those FCP X users, who ever they actually are, by bringing support for Sony’s new F5 and F55 cameras when using the new XAVC codec with resolutions up to 4K.

FCP X V10.0.8 also bring support for ARRI Alexa Log-C ProRes Files adding a nondestructive display option that lets you view footage in the Rec. 709 color gamut without having to render or apply an effect.

Are you using FCP X or know someone who is? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

Check out more of what’s new in FCP X

via Studio Daily

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Back in the 1970′s Stanley Kubrick got his hands on some Zeiss f/0.7 lenses originally developed for NASA so they could photograph the dark side of the moon. Kubrick then had them fitted for use on a Mitchell BNC camera and used them to shoot the candlelit scenes in his 1975 film, Barry Lyndon.

P+S Technik is now offering their PS-Cam X35 HD camera fitted with a BNC-R lens mount that will accept Kubrick’s Zeiss f/0.7 lenses.

Available from P+S Technik’s rental partners; Otto Nemenz in Los Angeles, Joe Dunton Camera in Wilmington, NC, Take 2 Film Services in London, and FGV Schmidle in Munich, the Kubrick Collection includes the BNC-R PS-Cam, the 35mm and 50mm f/0.7 Zeiss lenses, and six re-housed vintage Cooke Speed Panchro lenses.

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We had a Hasselblad in my high school photography class and some of my favorite photos I’ve ever taken were shot with that camera. Alas, buying my own Hasselblad was never quite in reach.

Kelly Angood is a photographer based in London who also couldn’t afford to buy her own Hasselblad. So she decided to make one for herself. She designed a pinhole camera in the style of a Hasselblad and is now offering it thought Kickstarter.

UPDATE: The 120 Pinhole Project has canceled the Kickstarter campaign for unknown reasons.

UPDATE: From Kelly’s tumbler: “You may have read that I have had to cancel ‘The 120 Pinhole Project’ over on Kickstarter due to a potential legal issue. But, there is no way I’m giving up! I’m currently in the process of designing a new camera and hope to bring it to you within a month as a new Kickstarter project and I’ll be recording my progress right here on this blog. If you want to me notify when the new project will be up and running please drop me a note at the120pinholeproject@kellyangood.co.uk. I really hope I can rely on your continued support, which has been incredible so far!”

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RED has announced the REDRAY 4K Cinema Player priced at $1450 and available for pre-order now.

Billed as the first plug-and-play friendly device capable of providing 4K content to 4K displays. REDRAY features the ability to play 4K files as well as upscale HD files to Ultra High-Definition resolution (4096×2160). REDRAY connects to 4K displays using 1x 1.4 HDMI output or 4x HDMI 1.3 outputs, with an additional HDMI output for 7.1 channel audio (for HD displays, REDRAY uses 1x HDMI 1.3 output). REDRAY also supports 3D playback at high frame rates (48-60fps) — more than twice that of traditional HD plug-and-play 3D devices. Use your REDRAY iPad app or included IR remote to control your REDRAY and connect to your content like never before.

To convert your HD or 4K content to REDRAY compatible .RED files, REDCINE-X PRO and the RRENCODE plugin are required. 1x RRENCODE license is included with each REDRAY purchase.

Place you’re pre-oder now at red.com

Tech Specs:
RESOLUTION: Up to 4096 × 2160 pixels, 2D or 3D
DIMENSIONS: 316 × 61mm x 260 mm ( 12.4 × 2.4 × 10.2″ )
WEIGHT: 5.9 Lbs
MATERIAL: Aluminium
OPERATING TEMPS: Zero to 40 C
STORAGE TEMPS: Minus 5 to 60C

BIT-DEPTH (COLOR): YCbCr 12-bit 4:2:2 or RGB 8-bit 4:4:4
COLORIMETRY: ITU-R BT.709
VIDEO FILE FORMAT: .RED (4K), .MP4 (1080p, 720p)
PLAYBACK FRAME RATES: 24, 25, 30, 48, 50, 60 fps
GENLOCK: RS170A Tri-level Sync

PROGRAM OUTPUT: 4K DCI, UltraHD, 1080p, 720p
MONITOR OUTPUT: 1080p, 720p
OUTPUT CONNECTORS : 4 x HDMI 1.4 (Program), 2 x HDMI 1.3 (Monitor and Audio)

NOTABLE FEATURES: Network based 4K 3D Playback System.

MEDIA SECURITY: REDCrypt™ digital media encryption
REMOTE CONTROL: IR, 802.11, Ethernet

DIGITAL MEDIA: Internet download, SDCard or USB-2 flash media

AUDIO FILE FORMAT: .RED (up to 7.1 Ch) .MP4 (Stereo)
AUDIO OUTPUT: Up to 7.1 channel LPCM, 24-bit 48Khz

STORAGE CAPACITY: 1TB Internal SATA Drive

POWER: 120 – 240V 50 – 60Hz A.C.

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Next month as part of the Entertainment Technology Expo, Createasphere will present the Digital Process Workflow Lab, a comprehensive, walk-through demonstration of a state-of-the-art digital workflow ecosystem. On display will be solutions from 5th Kind, Adobe, Arri, Dell, Codex, FilmLight, Levels Beyond, Signiant, Technicolor, and Quantum StorNext.

The Createasphere Entertainment Technology Expo will be held November 7th and 8th in Burbank. Learn more and register at createasphere.com

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Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo is coming up next month on November 7th and 8th in Burbank, California. Cinematographers, editors, directors, producers, and more gather to see a comprehensive collection of exhibits, get hands-on at Gear Alley, attend interactive panels, and participate in intensive presentations.

Learn more and register at createasphere.com

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The Blackmagic Cinema Camera has begun to ship in limited quantities and that means it’s time to start accessorizing. ARRI has a number Ready-to-Shoot-Kits for cameras such as the Canon EOS C300, Red Epic, Sony F3, and now for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

Starting at $1200, all Blackmagic Cinema Camera kits include ARRI’s Mini Base Plate MBP-3 and Camera Cage System, offering a non obstructive solution for the mounting of accessories through industry standard 3/8-16″ and 1/4-20″ interfaces, as well as a Universal Cable Safe System CCS-1, which protects internal electronics against accidental stress when using HDMI, USB or audio cables.

Because no two workflows are the same, the ARRI PCA set for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera come in several different configurations. The basic configuration adds an aluminum left side Support Arm CSL-1, providing solid support for handles and accessories, while still allowing for the use of handgrip and controls. The top of the line professional configuration comes with a Hot Shoe Bracket CHS-1 to prevent camera body flex.

Get more details on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera Ready-to-Shoot kit from ARRI here.


Apogee Digital has announced Quartet, a USB audio interface with 4 analog inputs and 8 outputs all in a stylish desktop design. Quartet fills the space between the 2-channel Apogee Duet and the 8-channel Apogee Ensemble. Quartet is equipped with 4 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4”) for connecting microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favorite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs. The Quartet’s 6 balanced 1/4” TRS outputs allow you to monitor in stereo, with up to 3 sets of speakers or in 5.1 surround. Other features include 2 ADAT/SMUX digital Inputs, Word Clock OUT, 1 USB-A type MIDI input, 2 top panel high-resolution OLED displays, controller knob, 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs and 3 assignable touch pads.

While Quartet only uses USB 2.0 and not USB3, Apogee points out that the bandwidth of USB 2.0 exceeds the bandwidth Quartet requires for its 12 inputs and 8 outputs.

Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including: Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut, Ableton Live and is priced at $1295.

As a longtime Apogee user and current Duet 2 owner, I’m extremely excited to find a place for Quartet on my desk. Plus with the ability to use USB aggregation with the Duet 2 and Quartet for 6 in and 12 out, it will be a great way to expand my audio options.

Learn more about the Apogee Quartet.

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Grain35 allows you to add “real” 35mm and 16mm film grain to your digital footage.

Grain35 is a fully built-out FCP X effect, for easy drag-and-drop use within FCP X.  Just drag and drop Grain35 onto your clips to add the texture of real photochemically processed film. Also provided are the grain scan assets in ProRes4444 format, both 1920×1080 and 4K resolutions, so you can import these assets into any NLE with a Composite mode.

Grain35 includes 6 different popular film stocks in both 35mm and 16mm formats. Each stock is offered in three different exposures (underexposed, at exposure and overexposed.)

  • Kodak 500T
  • Kodak 200T
  • Kodak 250D
  • Kodak 50D
  • Fuji Eterna 500T
  • Fuji Eterna 250T

 

Grian35 is normally $195 but is on sale for 50% off until Tuesday, September 4th.

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The PIX-DOCK is a convenient solution allowing you to connect a Sound Devices PIX-CADDY 2 (the one you use with the PIX 220PIX 240 and PIX 260) to a Thunderbolt equipped Mac. A single Thunderbolt cable (a 6 ft Thunderbolt cable is included) provides both power and data transfer.

The PIX-DOCK connects to the PIX-CADDY using its eSATAp connection so you will not see faster transfer speeds if you’re already using an eSATA connection. For example, if you have a MacBook Pro with an ExpressCard/34 slot and have been using an eSATA card like the Sonnet Tempo SATA Pro ExpressCard/34, the PIX-DOCK will not speed up your downloads. But for that nice new MacBook Pro with Retina Display or any other Thunderbolt equipped Mac, the PIX-DOCK is a great convenient option.

The PIX-DOCK is on sale now with an MSRP of $375 though it looks like you can find it for a little less online.

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While digital is becoming the predominant capture medium, the most stable, long-term archival solution continues to be film. Digital files must constantly be migrated from one drive or tape to another, while film, when stored correctly, will last 100+ years.

Kodak has announced their new KODAK Color Asset Protection Film 2332 ”designed for content owners working on television programs, independent features and documentaries to assure long-term access and preservation of their valuable content.”  The new film, built on current KODAK VISION Color Print Film 2383 technology, features formulation changes incorporated to improve long term dye stability and in testing, Kodak scientists found, “dye stability of over a century when stored under recommended conditions, and decades-long performance even in ambient environments.”

Kodak is also planning to add a black-and-white separation film to their asset protection portfolio later this year.

Read the full press release after the break.

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While the Rhino Slider is certainly not the least expensive slider out there, it is cheeper than many. Kyle Hart is a filmmaker and inventor from Seattle, WA who had previous Kickstarter success with his Camera Stabilizer. His new Rhino Slider is a versatile 48″ slider designed for DSLR and other lightweight cameras. The Rhino Slider uses 12 bearings inside of 6 self lubricating rollers creating smooth and quite motion. Locking all-terrain legs are standard on the Rhino Slider and include micro adjustable rubber feet that can fold up for travel. Three different rail options are available, tubular steal, carbon fiber, and solid stainless steel in the Rhino Slider Pro which also features a center mount.

The pledge goal of $20,000 was reached in under a day so if you’ve been looking for a camera slider, head over the the Kickstater page and pick up a Rhino Slider starting at $325. The Kickstarter campaign ends on Sunday, September 16th at 4:42pm EDT.

Have you spotted an awesome cinema project on Kickstarter? We’d like to share it. Drop us a line at tips (at) cinetechnews.com

VIA Kickstarter – Rhino Slider for DSLR Cameras

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Today Amazon announced Glacier a new component of their AWS (Amazon Web Services) Solutions. Glacier is billed as an “extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup.” Glacier is specifically designed for data that is infrequently accessed and in the event the data did need to be retrieved, a wait of several hours is acceptable.

In the media and entertainment space, Glacier wouldn’t be a suitable solution for projects currently in production, where recovery would need to happen as quickly as possible, but as an archive for completed projects it could serve as a nice option.

If you’re like me you probably have a few hard drives sitting in a closet. Old projects you’re likely never to touch again but still need to keep around incase a client asks to pull some old footage. Or perhaps it’s the original project files from your short film that you uploaded to Vimeo a number of years ago. Or all of the original camera files from a major motion picture captured digitally. What ever form it takes, we all have data sitting on hard drives that are only meant to have a lifespan of 3 to 5 years. So what do we do? Some just keep moving data from one hard drive to another every few years. Some backup to LTO tape, but even LTO Tape, which is suppose to have lifespan of 15-30 years needs to be rotated. I’ve even heard people say LTO needs to be rotated as frequently as every 5 to 10 years. If you’ve got a lot of data, those hard drives and LTO tapes can add up quickly and let’s not forget multiple copies for redundancy, plus offsite storage incase disaster strikes.

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I don’t often post marketing videos but here’s what stands out to me about this video from GoPro.

Mike Escamilla is a BMX rider who started riding in 1990 and in 2005, broke and set 2 world records at X Games 11 for the longest backflip and longest 360 on a bmx bike. Mike had a featured channel on Tony Hawk’s shredordie.com website and has also appeared in such films as xXx and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. So Mike is no slouch when it comes to filming action. So what’s so special about this video? Mike shot it by himself. Heck, he even fashioned a tripod out of shrubbery. Mike had a story to tell, he grabbed a few GoPro cameras and a Wi-Fi BacPac and made it happen. When technology enables you to tell your story with the least amount of fuss I find that pretty cool.

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You know the scene in Avatar where they interact with the 3D holographic map, we’re a long way off from that right? Well it turns out you can actually do something pretty close right now. This year at Siggraph I got to try out zSpace, a 3D stereoscopic, virtual holographic display from infinite z. The 24-inch HD LCD (1080p120Hz) uses built-in sensors to track the position of passive polarized 3D glasses and a laser stylus, allowing the user to interact with 3D objects as if they were holographs. zSpace is basically a 3D monitor, but what makes it special is the tracking of the glasses and stylus allowing you to look around objects with simple head movements and pickup, move, even model objects in 3D space. zSpace works with applications such as Autodesk Maya and Showcase as well as other CAD and medical applications. The zSpace system costs $6,000 US and is available to purchase online at zspace.com


If you picked up a new Retina Display MacBook Pro with the factory 256GB SSD and now find yourself short on storage space, OWC has you covered with their new Mercury Aura Pro high-performance Solid State Drive upgrade for 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display. The 480GB 6G (6Gb/s) SandForce Driven SSD will set you back $579.99 and until September 30, 2012, OWC is throwing in the OWC Envoy Pro USB 3.0 bus-powered portable enclosure (a $59.95 value) allowing you to re-task your rMBP’s factory flash module as an external drive.

Learn more at owc.com

A very cool look at the film restoration of Jaws for the Blu-ray release. Universal Pictures employed a wet gate scan of the original negative, performing a detailed restoration of the picture and up-mixed the sound to 7.1 surround.

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Designed with the needs of mobile interviews in mind, the iShotgun from MicW, is the companies latest i-Series microphone, specifically designed for smartphones such as iPhones, tablets as well as DSLR cameras. The iShotgun is a small, super cardioid shotgun mic designed to plug directly into the headphone / mic jack of smartphones, tablets, and smaller cameras.

The MicW website says the iShotgun has been tested for the following devices:
iPhone 3, 4 and 4S
iPad 2 and 3
ipod Touch
MacBook
Samsung Galaxy
Motorola XT series
Cannon 5D, 7D
Sony Alpha 6 and 7 series
Nikon D7000

Learn more at mic-w.com