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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now Shipping with a New Low Price!

This year is really turning out to be the year of 4K as Blackmagic just announced their highly anticipated 4K model is ready to start shipping – official press release below.

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Fremont, CA – February 10, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is now shipping and with a new low price of US$2,995. This new low price will be available for all customers, including existing pre-orders. Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for only US$2,995.

“The support from the creative community for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and Production Camera 4K has been amazing,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “As with all of our products, we work hard in production to reduce costs so we can pass along the savings, even to our first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K customers. The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a perfect companion for ATEM Production 4K switchers and we hope the new low price will help more customers to expand their Ultra HD live production set ups with even more camera angles!”

About Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is a super high resolution 4K digital production camera for Ultra HD television production. Featuring a large Super 35 sensor, professional global shutter as well as EF and ZE compatible lens mount, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K captures high quality ProRes™ files, giving customers a complete solution to shoot amazing high resolution music videos, episodic television productions, television commercials, sport and documentaries.

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K has everything customers need right out of the box including a built in SSD recorder, rechargeable battery and a large 5” LCD touchscreen. In addition to focusing and monitoring shots, the touchscreen also lets customers enter metadata and change camera settings all on a single easy to use interface. Customers also get a full copy of DaVinci Resolve for amazing quality color grading and finishing for Mac OS X and Windows computers.

Key Features

  • Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording
  • Super 35 sensor
  • Global shutter
  • EF and ZE compatible lens mount
  • Built-in SSD recorder
  • 5” LCD touchscreen
  • Metadata entry
  • 6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD

Availability and Price

The Blackmagic Production Camera 4K is available now for US$2,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

More info on the official site

Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Film History

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The cinema began with a passionate, physical relationship between celluloid and the artists and craftsmen and technicians who handled it, manipulated it, and came to know it the way a lover comes to know every inch of the body of the beloved. No matter where the cinema goes, we cannot afford to lose sight of its beginnings.

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How they lit SNL’s Parody of “Her”

SNL’s parody of Spike Jonze’s “Her” captured the soft pastel tones of the film. Series DP Alex Buono goes into details on the process of shooting the mock trailer.

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The story behind the SNL trailer-parody “Me” is a story about reacting when all of your best-laid plans go wrong. We had a great plan for shooting this spot but that plan completely fell apart…so here’s how we responded.

For starters, this spot is a satire of Spike Jonze’s “Her”, which is one of my favorite films of 2013, both thematically and aesthetically. I love the near-future look and use of an intimate warm palette as opposed to the usual steely blue (or, god help us: teal & orange) that has become the defacto look of science fiction. Hoyte Van Hoytema’s gorgeous cinematography was a perfect marriage with the design and tone – it’s a shame he wasn’t recognized with an Oscar nomination (but don’t get me started…no disrespect to any of the beautifully shot nominated films but IMO, Hoyte along with Sean Bobbit/12 Years a Slave are noticeably absent.)

Point is, what a treat to get a chance to recreate the look of “Her” with someone as funny as host Jonah Hill in the lead. The spot was written by Jonah along with Rob Klein, John Solomon and Kent Sublette, who together created a script that lovingly pokes a little fun at the movie’s premise of a man who falls in love with his Operating System. In this case, rather than Joaquin Phoenix’s “Theodore Twombly” character falling for his sexy Scarlett Johansson-voiced OS, Jonah Hill’s “Twombly” falls in love with an OS voiced by…himself.

The script draws on exact scenes from the movie so we already had an excellent reference to go after. Much of the movie takes place in Twombly’s LA high-rise apartment so, naturally, the apartment’s living room, bedroom and distinctive elevator were our main locations. Director Rhys Thomas is always careful to add as much scale to our spots as possible so he was also focused on somehow including the cabin scene. New York was still on the heels of the polar vortex and still had snow on the ground, so we were tempted to drag Jonah out to a park to shoot sun-flared shots from the movie’s mountain-retreat scenes but we quickly realized there was no way we’d have time for it. Little did we know how short our schedule would eventually become…

Alex Buono | Read the Full Article

Panasonic Brings 4K to the DSLR with the GH4

Until now, if you wanted to shoot 4K on a DSLR body, you’re only option was the Canon 1DC. Now Panasonic has released the specs on the next iteration of the GH line – which brings 4K to the game in a small micro 4/3rds mirrorless camera.

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Here is the video pertinent portion of Panasonic’s press release:

2. The World’s First Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) Camera Recording High Quality Video in 4K – To Meet Professional Quality and Standard

The predecessor DMC-GH3 created an industrial sensation with its outstanding video recording performance that meets the professionals’ quality and standard. The new DMC-GH4 further evolves to bridge the gap of consumer video camera and professional video camera. One of the most prominent advance is unlimited*1 4K video recording (Cinema 4K: 4096×2160 / 24 fps and QFHD 4K: 3840×2160 / up to 30 fps) in MOV/MP4*2. The DMC-GH4 is also capable of Full- HD video with ultra high bitrate at 200 Mbps (ALL-Intra) or 100 Mbps (IPB), which does not have limit of recording time*1. Users can freely choose the format from MOV, MP4, AVCHD Progressive and AVCHD at a variety of frame rates according to the usage [Figure#1]. In MP4 / MOV, high quality sound in LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) is recordable. For the global business of professional users, the system frequency can be flexibly selectable between 59.94Hz (23.98Hz) / 50.00Hz / 24.00Hz.

The DMC-GH4 is also capable of real-time image output to the external monitor in 4:2:2 / 8-bit*3 via an optional micro HDMI cable simultaneously while recording video. Even 4:2:2 / 10-bit is available which is suitable for the professional video making that requires serious monitoring of the footage. Users can choose to output only the recording content or the content with the setting menus individually depending on a display.

Plus, the VFR( Variable Frame Rate) enables recording video with slow/fast motion such as 96 fps, 4x, all in Full-HD[Figure#2]*4. Time Lapse/ Stop Motion Animation video can be produced in camera, too.

For more precise control over video image quality, the DMC-GH4 integrates Zebra Pattern to watch white wash-out or Focus Peaking. The DMC-GH4 even allows Master Pedestal system is newly integrated with which users can adjust the brightness balance ±15 steps based on the color of black. Gamma presets exclusively for video recording are newly available in Creative Video mode – “CINELIKE D” and “CINELIKE V” for rich video expression like a cinema. Synchro Scan mode is also newly available to reduce suppress flicker. It is selectable to display Center Marker while recording.

The DMC-GH4 is equipped with functions that meets global standard for synchronous video recording. 1KHz Test Tone and Color Bars(SMPTE / EBU / ARIB Standard) are newly available on DMC-GH4. The DMC-GH4 also embeds SMPTE-compliant Time Code either in Rec Run or Free Run count-up methods, which makes it easy to synchronize the multiple video footage or sound source in the post production workflow. Time Code Value can be started at any point of [Reset], [Manual Input] and [Current Time]. Drop frame or Non Drop Frame time code is selectable*5. When recording the video in MOV, AVCHD Progressive, AVCHD or MP4(LPCM), the DMC-GH4 automatically generates multiple seamless files for continuous recording. During playback, the AVCHD Progressive / AVCHD files are reproduced with seamless, interruption-free continuity.

A total of 22 LUMIX G digital interchangeable lenses offers any creative perspective according to the scene. Especially those crowned as HD lenses allows silent, high performance AF control suitable for video recording.

Read the full press release here

More specs can be found on B&H’s page for the product.

Also announced is a grip that will actually turn the camera into a fully functional video camera with professional audio inputs and outputs:

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Why Do We Hate Selfies? | PBS Idea Channel

Are we really about to defend SELFIES?! Yup. Despite being possibly the world’s most annoying habit, selfies are undeniably a major part of modern visual language. They may be the lowest common denominator of the art of photography, but they are also a legit form of communication (“a picture is worth a thousand words” comes to mind). But maybe all the hate comes from a confusion about what selfies actually are! Is it possible they’re not actually “photographs” but a totally different form of communication? Could they even be important and meaningful?!?!

Review of the Atomos Samurai ‘Blade’ and ‘Connect’

James White reviews the Atomos Samurai ‘Blade’ and ‘Connect’ – external recorders used to record an image off the Canon 1DC.

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I wish we didn’t need to have external recorders. There…I said it. They are a necessary evil. I would rather be able to record internally to the quality I need without having to resort to external devices but the reality is most cameras don’t record in a high enough quality. Thankfully then, they do exist. I have been using them since my first one which was the rather big Aja KiPro. I still have a few including the Sound Devices Pix240 and the Atomos Ninja and Samurai (soon to be joined by the Convergent Design 7Q)

Atomos have made a name for themselves with budget recorders, the Samurai Blade is by far the best recorder they have made. It’s wonderful. I use it with my C100 when I need a better codec. My good friend and fellow shooter James Miller uses it with his 1DC and has kindly written this excellent review of the Blade which he bought a couple of months ago.

I’ve been using the Atomos Samurai ‘Blade’ hooked up to the Canon 1DC now for a couple of months. I purchased the Blade as I’ve been shooting lots of long interviews and B-Roll shots for a series of corporate films.

I have the option of recording to the camera and to also to the Blade. For some recent interviews I recorded just to the Blade. This way the interviews can go on for a couple of hours without worrying about swapping cards on the camera. I do stop recording between questions, for safety and for ease of edit. I have never had a problem doing this, so far!! I have had a couple of occasions where the 1DC has locked up, and the only way to stop it was to pull the battery. If you do this, the last clip will be unusable, but the clip from the Blade will be fine, just not 4k etc.

Philip Bloom | Read the Full Article

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