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  • New PTZ line-up from Panasonic

    Panasonic launches two new PTZ cameras

    AW-HE40

    Panasonic's new AW-HE40 a new remote camera with a range of features that make it ideal for the lecture, conference and leisure market. Featuring a newly developed 1/2.3-type MOS sensor and a Digital Signal Processor, for high sensitivity and high resolution, the AW-HE40 allows simple set up and operation.

    Key features:

    In addition to a 30x optical zoom, the camera features an additional digital zoom, meaning it’s possible to achieve a 40x zoom, while maintaining high resolution thanks to Super Resolution technology.
    The camera’s ‘night mode’ makes it possible to capture images in low light conditions, and the AW-HE40 can be set to switch to night mode automatically depending on surrounding light levels.
    Power can be supplied via LAN cable and, because it is not necessary to install a power supply or even a local AC outlet, installation costs can be significantly reduced.
    Panasonic Product Marketing Manager, Markus Naegele said, “This new remote camera shines in a variety of applications thanks to its high performance zoom, wide angle view and outstanding colour reproduction. It’s very easy to install thanks a single cable Power over Ethernet connection, while you can control the camera remotely from a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone.”

    The quiet in operation pan-tilt camera, has a pan range of ±175 ° and can move through 90° in a second, for fast control.

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    AW-HE130

    The new AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporates recently-developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3” 3-MOS imagers that produce stunning pictures, even in low light conditions. Revolutionary new features include Power over Ethernet+ (POE+) for easier integration, and multi-stream transmission of H.264 HD video and audio (up- to 1080/60p at 25Mbps).

    New features in the HE130 are:

    3G-SDI output up to 1080/60p; plus HD/SD-SDI, HDMI, and SD composite
    Stereo mic/line-level inputs for embedded and streaming audio
    Night Mode for hi-res, near IR video acquisition (using an optional IR-illuminator in the 900nm range)
    Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S)
    IP-Live Preview for remote control and management of up to 16 cameras via a browser
    F1.6 20X zoom lens
    With an exceptional signal to noise ratio of 60dB (F8/2000lx, minimum illumination, 2.0 lx), 1000 TV lines of resolution, and such advanced features as 12-axis color correction and Panasonic’s exclusive DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) and Hybrid Digital Noise Reduction, the HE130 continues to set performance standards for integrated pan-tilt cameras. The HE130 includes the same new three 2.4 megapixel MOS imagers and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) used in Panasonic’s latest broadcast camcorders.

    Control

    RS-422 serial compatible with controllers designed for use with previous generations of Panasonic remote camera systems
    Direct and Web-based IP remote control
    Direct IP or serial control is possible using Panasonic’s AW-RP50N and AW-RP120, plus systems from Crestron, AMX and Winnov
    Built-in Web-server enables secure control, live preview, and setup from browser-equipped PCs

    Streaming Video

    Streaming output is available from the HE130 in several forms and formats, and at a wide range of transmission speeds. For remote production and video acquisition, four simultaneous streams are available in either H.264 or JPEG. Video resolutions of up to 1080/60p are available at rates of up to 25Mbps. For IP-Live remote monitoring and control, up to 16 cameras may be viewed simultaneously in a single Browser window, with extensive on-screen camera controls available when a single camera is selected for viewing.

    Other useful new features include:

    Native 24p and 30p output for teleproduction3
    iPro™ support for synergy with Panasonic’s high-end security systems
    Digital access authentication
    MAC/Android support for web monitoring
    Colour adjustment by colour temperature
    VISCA remote control support
    The HE130’s optical zoom lens covers an extended range of shooting situations, from wide-angle to ultra-telephoto, with 35mm equivalents of 32.1 mm at the wide-angle end to 642.5 mm at the telephoto. The built-in remote-controllable four-position ND filter (clear, 1/8, 1/64, IR thru) facilitates flexible exposure control in brightly lit shooting situations.

    The camera’s integrated pan-tilt head covers a wide range of motion, with a pan of ±175° and a tilt of –30° to 210°.

  • The camera maketh the photographer

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    Is there any truth in that? How much does the right professional camera really influence your shots – or is it all about having a creative vision and an eye for what looks good? Whether you're a photographer, broadcast journalist or work in another profession that uses a camera, how much stock do you place in your equipment?

     

    “I need my camera to get the job done”

    If you're the kind of person who needs the same camera day in, day out, you're also not likely to be very flexible in other areas of your life. In fact, your attitude towards your equipment can say a lot about your personality. If you staunchly refuse to use anything other than Canon, you're a bit of a stick-in-the-mud, some might say, although it could just be that you're loyal to your brand of choice. Whatever your reasons for sticking with one specific camera, you'll want to spend time and money choosing the perfect camera for your needs, and once you have it, you'll take great care of it, that's for sure.

     

    “It was the camera's fault”

    If you're using a different camera from usual whilst shooting, it can be tempting to blame your dodgy, blurred shots on the equipment. A professional never blames their equipment, and you should (hopefully) have the skills and experience to make your shots look great no matter what kit you have available. You may not always have your broadcast camera or DSLR to hand, so whatever you're filming or shooting, it helps to have the ability to be flexible when it comes to using different equipment.

     

    “The lighting was wrong”

    Lighting is equally as important as the type of camera and lens set-up you're using, and if the lighting is wrong, your images/film just aren't going to look good, even if you're using a high-end professional camera. If the lighting seems wrong, adjust it – take a few sample shots more and adjust it again. Eventually it will be perfect!

     

    Whilst it's true that you need professional equipment to do a good job, you can't blame lack of creativity or vision on your camera, so don't even try. Spend some time finding equipment that works for you and then focus on honing your skills so that no matter what camera you're using, you'll always complete great work – it is possible if you put your mind to it!

  • Making your own business TV show

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    With the rise of the internet, new media offers a whole, dizzying, range of new ways for businesses to make an impression online, from a simple website, to producing TV channels of your own on YouTube. For many businesses, a presence on the latter can be great, but how do you go about creating your own, professional looking video? Sadly, whilst everyone can access the technology to make a video, not everyone has the skills to do so. Grainy, badly filmed and poor sound quality videos abound online; however, yours doesn't need to be one of them! Here's the basic low-down on how to produce your own show.

    The essential kit

    Hire (or buy, if you're setting up a full-time channel) professional broadcast equipment. This includes cameras, sound equipment and professional editing software (buy, in the latter case). Quality here is key, as you'll stand out from the increasingly large crowd if your shots are well framed, your camera doesn't shake and the sound quality is top-notch. You can still take the DIY approach to filming and producing, but the results will look far from DIY.

    Lights, camera, action and, erm, script?

    Nobody is a natural in front of the camera (don't believe a word of it if you hear otherwise). A script is essential and that's not as in a script to read from rigidly, with no “stage” presence. Write your script, bullet your key messages and then go off and learn it by heart. Yes, by heart. Keep prompt cards at eye level, close to the camera while performing. Smooth and seamless delivery makes for a more convincing message.

    Take one, take two, take as long as you need

    If you've noticed that most film directors are grey haired and look like they don't get enough sleep, there's a reason for that. Quality rarely happens spontaneously and TV and film are as much about smoke and mirrors as they are about great acting performances. A rushed broadcast looks like a rushed broadcast, a professional one makes your audience sit up and take notice.

    Why go to all the trouble?

    Content gets richer as every day passes. The value in a strong, well-produced video on your site is immeasurable, yet the biggest problem with online selling and promotion is gaining trust. A site based purely on text and still images could be created by anyone, anywhere and mean very little. If you love your business and your industry, putting a face (or talking head) to your site creates trust and the sense of dealing with “real” people. It's the sort of thing that can't be bought!

  • Blackmagic Design Desktop Video 10.3 Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:

    Tech Bulletin Desktop Video 10.3

    Desktop Video 10.3 is available to download now from the Blackmagic Design website at the following link;

    DOWNLOAD UPGRADE HERE NOW

    This software update adds support for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including 12 bit 4:4:4 and up to 2160p60 Ultra HD frame rates.

    This software includes everything you need to set up your DeckLink, UltraStudio, Intensity and H.264 Pro Recorder for video capture and playback.

    What's new in Desktop Video 10.3

    Support for the new DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G including the following new video formats:
    • Adds support for 2160p60 Ultra HD 10 bit YUV 4:2:2 via 12G-SDI and Dual Link 6G-SDI
    • Adds support for 2K DCI 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    • Adds support for 1080 HD 30p 12 bit RGB 4:4:4 via 3G-SDI and Stereoscopic 3D via Dual Link 3G-SDI
    General performance and stability improvements.

    Mac OS X Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Mac OS X
    • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later
    • Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks or later
    • Mac OS X computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot
    or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Apple Final Cut Pro X
    • Apple Motion 4
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Autodesk Smoke 2013
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid News Cutter 11
    • Avid Symphony 6.5
    • Avid Pro Tools 10, 11
    • The Foundry Nuke
    Windows Specific

    Minimum system requirements for Windows
    • Microsoft Windows 8 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
    • Microsoft Windows computer with either Thunderbolt, PCIe slot or USB 3.0
    • 4 GB of system memory
    Third Party Software Support
    • DaVinci Resolve 10 and 11
    • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe After Effects CC 2014 and earlier
    • Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 and earlier
    • Avid Media Composer 7 or 8
    • Avid Media Symphony 6 or 7
    • Avid News Cutter 6 or 7
    • Sony Vegas Pro 9
    • Fusion 7
    • The Foundry Nuke
    • Cyberlink Power Director
    • Corel Video Studio X5
    • VLC
    Linux Specific

    Minimum System Requirements for Linux

    Basic system requirements:
    • 32 bit x86 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    • 64 bit x86_64 running Linux 2.6.18 or higher
    A 64 bit kernel and ample memory is strongly recommended.

    Thunderbolt Hotplug Requirements

    Thunderbolt devices cannot be plugged in hot on kernels earlier than 2.6.30.

    Supported kernels older than 3.12 require an extra step after plugging the device in. You must tell the kernel to rescan the PCI bus using the following command:

    # sudo sh -c 'echo 1 > /sys/bus/pci/rescan'

    Kernel 3.12 and later support hotplug without the need for any extra steps.

    Supported Distributions

    This release has been tested on:
    • Ubuntu 10.04 - 14.04
    • Debian 6 - 7
    • Fedora 15 - 20
    • CentOS 5 - 6
    • OpenSUSE 12.3 - 13.1
    Full release notes including installation instructions are available in the ReadMe.txt found in the downloadable tar archive.

    Installing Desktop Video Software

    If you have installed the drivers prior to installing any of these applications, we recommend that you uninstall and reinstall the drivers. This will ensure that all relevant components are installed in their required locations.

    NOTE: Desktop Video 10.3.1 SDK has also been released for developers, this allows updating of hardware control and software interfaces for Desktop Video products and is also available to download now from the same support area of our web site.

    Additional Information

    Please check www.blackmagicdesign.com for additional information on third party software compatibility and minimum system requirements.

    Some applications may use third party code under license. For details please refer to the included "Third Party Licenses.rtf" document.

    © 2014 Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd. All rights reserved. Blackmagic Design, Blackmagic, DeckLink, Multibridge, HDLink, Videohub, and "Leading the creative video revolution" are trademarks of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., registered in the U.S.A and other countries.

  • BBC Hit Daytime Drama Moving On Shot With Blackmagic Production Camera 4K

    Manchester, UK - November 13, 2014 - Blackmagic Design today has announced that the long standing daytime drama Moving On has returned to BBC One for a new series and was filmed entirely on the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

    The program, which debuted on British television in 2009, is now in its sixth series and was commissioned by Damien Kavanagh. Featuring cinematography by Andy Clark, each of the five self contained 45 minute dramas has its own cast but shares a central theme, following someone who is going through a big change in their life.

    “Moving On has transformed daytime viewing, it was the first drama to be commissioned for daytime in many years leading the way for the current crop of drama in the daytime output. In terms of program ratings, we have always won our slot by a significant margin, and the series has also performed well when being re shown during primetime, which is very significant when you consider the gulf between daytime and primetime production budgets,” said Patrick Hall of LA Productions.

    He goes on to add: “Not only did I look after the edit and grade, but I also designed the production workflow from acquisition through to delivery. We were very lucky to have a crew that embraced the opportunity of working with these cameras. They saw the quality of the output and believed that the changes to the production workflow, which had remained largely unchanged in five years, would be well worth it.”

    The Liverpool based independent production company shot just over a quarter of the program in 4K, the remainder was captured in ProRes 1080p25 using the log film mode. “Our storage calculations at the time simply didn’t allow us to shoot the whole thing in RAW. However, anything that we knew we wanted to punch in on during post, or that required specific paint and visual effects work, was all shot at 4K resolution. Otherwise, the 10 bit flavor of ProRes gave us plenty of latitude during the grade. I was able to push and pull significantly where required. I must say that we had a superb starting point for the grade. Andy and his team did such a great job at the front end with light and shape that it meant we were tweaking rather fixing in post.“

    “Our ultimate aim is always to achieve a high end look on the dramas we produce, irrespective of the budget or project. What the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K gives you is a filmic look that is really organic, and is comparable with far more expensive cameras for, in this particular case, a tight daytime budget,” concludes Hall. “We used the EF version of the camera which meant we could use some nice cine style prime lenses, again rarely affordable on daytime budgets. The combination of glass, the camera’s native look and fantastic skills from our camera team means it’s very difficult to argue with the high end results we’ve achieved, so much so that we’ll be using the same camera packages on the seventh series, which has already been commissioned.”

  • IOV Member Special Camera Offer

    IOV Members who purchase a Panasonic HDC-Z10000EZ Camera via an authorised UK reseller on or before 12th December 2014 will receive £600 Cash Back (inc VAT) from Holdan UK Ltd

    Terms & Conditions apply :
    • Purchase must be made via UK authorised reseller
    • Limited to existing stock only on a first come, first served basis
    • Claim for cashback should be made directrly to Holdan Limited by sending a copy of the purchase
    invoice AND proof of current IOV membership
    • Claims must be received by close of business 19th December 2014
    • Cashback will be paid by bank transfer to nominated UK Bank Account (only)
    • Offer only open to residents of UK only (Not Republic of Ireland)

  • Canon have announced a new EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

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    A favourite focal length range among wildlife, sports and action photographers, the new EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM super-telephoto zoom offers exceptional autofocus ability coupled with stunning sharpness thanks to a new optical construction plus the use of new lens coating technology.

    WHO IS IT FOR?
    The EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a compact yet powerful telephoto zoom ideal for covering wildlife, sport and action in even the most challenging environments. Featuring advanced optical engineering, a new 4-stop Image Stabilizer and excellent weather-sealing, it offers stunning image quality in a body that has been designed with ease-of-use in mind. When used on cameras featuring APS-C sized sensors, the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM offers angles of view equivalent to a 160-640mm on a full-frame camera.

    KEY FEATURES
    Redesigned optical system delivers new levels of image quality. New multi-layered Air Sphere Coating (ASC) prevents flare and ghosting.
    Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4-stop benefit, including three IS operation modes.
    Zoom Touch Adjustment ring allows the resistance of the zoom control to be customised to your style of shooting.
    Focus quickly, accurately and in near silence. Full-time manual focus override allows precise fine adjustment.
    Weather sealed against dust and moisture, for use under harsh conditions.
    Ring USM drive, high-speed CPU and optimised AF algorithms to provide quiet and fast autofocus.
    A Fluorine coating on lens surfaces reduces dirt clinging to the lens elements and prevents smearing.

  • Blackmagic Design Download Center

    All the very latest Blackmagic Design downloads can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Support Centre

    Welcome to the Blackmagic Design support center. Here you will find the latest software updates, support notes, instruction manuals and all kinds of helpful information. If you need extra help, then please go to our community forum and connect with the incredible experience of the television industry.

    Click here to access the site

  • Blackmagic Design Revolutionizes the Visual Effects Industry with Free Fusion 7.

    Blackmagic Design today announced that Fusion 7, the world’s most advanced visual effects and motion graphics software, is now available completely free of charge.

    Fusion 7 for Windows can be downloaded from the Blackmagic Design website now.

    Previously getting access to high end visual effects tools such as Fusion cost thousands of dollars, so it was more restricted to elite Hollywood visual effects artists. Now with Fusion 7 being available free of charge there is no limit to block anyone from creating world leading visual effects. Blackmagic Design believes this will revolutionize the industry and consumers will be able to watch dramatically better feature films and television shows in the future.

    Also announced was Fusion 7 Studio, a complete bundle of VFX and motion graphics solutions with collaborative tools and unlimited network rendering for creative teams and larger facilities. Fusion 7 Studio drastically reduces the cost of setting up multi user studios. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

    Fusion has been one of Hollywood’s leading visual effects and motion graphic tools for over 25 years and has been used on thousands of feature film and television projects, including blockbusters like Maleficent, Edge of Tomorrow, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Amazing Spider-man 2 and The Hunger Games, as well as hit television shows like Battlestar Galactica, Orphan Black and many more.

    The free of charge Fusion 7 is a fully featured solution and is not limited in it’s features. It has a massive visual effects and motion graphics toolset that can be used for both personal and commercial work. Fusion 7 features an infinite 3D workspace and an easy to use node based workflow for quickly building unlimited effects. Customers get advanced 3D compositing, paint, rotoscope, retiming, stabilization, titling, an amazing 3D particle generator and multiple keyers, including Primatte. Fusion 7 also lets customers import and render 3D geometry and scenes from other applications as well as create their own elements from scratch.

    The $995 Fusion 7 Studio includes everything found in the free Fusion 7 software, plus adds extra high end features such as optical flow tools for advanced retiming, stabilization and stereoscopic 3D production, support for third party OpenFX plug ins, and distributed network rendering so customers can render jobs on an unlimited number of computers at no additional cost! Fusion 7 Studio also includes Generation, a studio wide multi user workflow and collaboration tool that helps creative teams manage, track and review versions of every shot in a production. Customers can also move projects from the free Fusion 7 software to a workstation running Fusion 7 Studio and take advantage of workflow collaboration and unlimited distributed network rendering.

    Unlike other software, Fusion 7 Studio doesn’t require annual maintenance fees, subscriptions, a connection to the cloud, or per node render license costs. That means customers don’t get tricked into hidden or on going costly payments for software they’ve already purchased.

    “Visual effects software has been expensive for way too long and it’s time that this changed. Consumers are screaming for more exciting movies and television programs and so we need to do everything we can to help our customers create stunning visual effects,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Now, with the free version of Fusion, everyone from individual artists to the biggest studios can create Hollywood caliber visual effects and motion graphics! When combined with DaVinci Resolve Lite, customers can get the world’s most advanced tools for editing, grading, 3D compositing, visual effects and motion graphics, all absolutely free!”

    Availability and Price

    Fusion 7 software for Windows is available for download now from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge. Fusion 7 Studio will be available for $995 at all Blackmagic Design Resellers. Existing Fusion 7 customers and customers on a current Fusion support plan can upgrade to Fusion Studio at no additional charge by contacting Blackmagic Design.

    Press Photography

    Product photos of Fusion 7, and all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/press/images.

    About Blackmagic Design

    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.

  • NEW! Decimator Design DMON-12S & DMON-6S Firmware

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    New UCP (USB Control Panel) Version 2.0.3 Released for both the Mac OS X and Windows 32/64-bit
    Adds firmware update Version 1.1 for both the DMON-12S and DMON-6S with the following features:
    • 16 Character UMD overlay per window with individual enables, custom positioning and size
    • 16 Channel Audio Metering overlay per window with individual enables, custom positioning and size
    • Safe Action and Safe Title overlay per window with individual enables and adjustment
    • Centre Cross overlay per window with individual enable
    • Audio ID overlay
    • Dynamic UMDs via TSL protocol on RS422/485 pins on DSUB-37 connector
    • Tallies can now be applied to either Tally Boxes (Default), Outside Safe Action Area or Border
    • Tally boxes allows for up to 4 Tallies per window (Green, Red, Blue and Yellow)
    • Ability to save and load custom layouts
    Click here to download

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