The North American Broadcaster Association annual Las Vegas extravaganza has come and gone. I haven’t had the joy of attending a NAB yet. I usually find walking around for hours on end and not being able to buy 99% of the coolness would drive me crazy. So, I sit in the comfort of my chair and surf for hours on end looking at all the reviews and being driven crazy that I can’t buy 99% of the stuff I see! I know, the definition of LOONY. 😉
Lots of coolness at NAB again this year. Let us start out with…
Canon C300 Mark II
Product Link: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/products/professional_cameras/cinema_eos_cameras/eos_c300_mark_ii
Notes: Canon has upgraded their C300 first generation and added 4K amongst other features. One nice features is that the C300MII will record 4K internal via CFast cards. CFast is not a cheap investment though. However, for run-and-gun you now have to option of 4K on a small form factor camera without a bulky external monitor/recorder. The draw back is that Canon has priced this camera firmly in the professional level with a street price of $ 15,999.00
Product Link: http://www.red.com/products/weapon-dragon
Notes: Red’s “4th” generation camera package. Red surely will be credited with the digital revolution for filmmakers. This next incarnate builds on the Dragon sensor and adds more flexibility to the camera body and more importantly a 8K, full frame (Vista Vision), 40mm x 20mm CMOS sensor.
Blackmagic URSA Mini
Product Link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursamini
Notes: For $ 2,995.00 this is another great announcement from Black Magic for the budget minded filmmaker. I would have preferred ND filters to be included, but for the price, you can deal with having to have a matte box or a ND filter for your lens. Althought $ 2,995.00 is the bare bones price, you can expect to add another $ 500.00 to make the camera complete with shoulder mount and v-lock battery plate. As a bonus, you get a complete copy of DaVinci Resolve ($ 995.00 value).
Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera
Product Link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicmicrocinemacamera
Not to be outdone by Blackmagic, Blackmagic also announced a cool little remote control 16mm micro cinema camera. At just $ 995.00 it has a lot of options for use. The small form factor will allow it to be used on aerial platforms and in situations where a small package is highly desirable. For me the Micro Four Thirds lens mount is an issue as I don’t have any equipment to support that format.
Product Link: Ha, can’t find one.
Notes: I have a HMC-150 and absolutely love it. Yes, it is old technology and was a entry level professional camera. But, I tell you this – for run and gun and live events it provides very nice HD images and hasn’t given me one minute of issues. With all the latest camera developments it seems like Panasonic is in lala land. Sure, they have Lumix line of cameras and those are incredible for their price. Panasonic has introduced the DVX200, which looks great for certain use-cases. The cost is anticipated at $ 5,000 bucks.
JVC GY-LS300 4K Micro Four Thirds
Product Link: http://pro.jvc.com/prof/attributes/features.jsp?model_id=MDL102318
Notes: Again, for me, the 4/3’s mount system is a deal breaker since I’ve invested in EF and E-Mount lens. However, the big announcement at NAB is that JVC has dropped the prices for this camera to the $ 4,300 dollar range. There are a lot of camera options out there now at unbelievable price ranges.
DJI Ronin “M”
Product Link: http://www.dji.com/product/ronin-m/feature
Notes: This is a smaller, lighter and cheaper version of the Ronin that came out last year. At $ 1395.00 this gimball will support packages up to 8lbs., which covers a lot of camera packages.
3D Robotics Solo
Product Link: http://3drobotics.com/solo/
Notes: I have a DJI Phantom II with a GoPro 4 and love the images I get. This quad copter/drone from 3D Robotics has more flying features and video downlink features and for the all-in price of $ 1399 it is one of the better deals going for a GoPro platform.
LG 31MU97-B 4K DCI Display
Product Link: http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-31MU97-B-4k-ips-led-monitor
Notes: There are cheaper professional 4K monitors and there are more expensive ones. This one from LG claims a 99.5% Adobe RGB colour gamut. At a street price of $ 1,295 this monitor is getting good reviews.
Adobe Creative Cloud NEXT
Product Link: http://creativecloud.adobeevents.com/ccnext/#/od-video/full
Premium Beat’s coverage of the major updates: http://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/video-editors-rejoice-adobe-unveils-creative-cloud-next/
Notes: I am a Adobe crack product addict. Yea, I think for the price even the Creative Cloud subscription is a deal. You get so many products that are category leaders. If you’re making money in the film/video business the Creative Cloud product suite is a set of tools that you simply can’t go wrong with.
DaVinci Resolve 12
Product Link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve
Notes: I’m just getting into using Resolve. The great thing about Resolve is each version has “lite” version that is free to download and use. Usually a light version is, well, light on the features. But Blackmagic doesn’t do that with Resolve. Most filmmakers can get along with the free version. Over the past three years Blackmagic Designs has slowly increase DaVinci from a color grading/correcting software package to a more full featured correcting and editing solution. Resolve 12 boast 80 new features including multi-cam editing, media management tools, new audio engine. Here’s a “What’s New” video from Black Magic: https://vimeo.com/124839943