Blackmagic stole the show again. They released a FS7/FS700 comperitor, the URSA Mini. It comes in 4 variations. EF/PL mount and 4K 12 stops DR/4.6K 15 stops DR. They also added the 4.6K sensor to the original Ursa which allows up to 120fps at 4.6K. Many however are critical of the 15 stops of dynamic range measurement considering that's more than the Arri Alexa. Blackmagic also released two small cameras, the Micro Cinema and Micro Studio 4k. The Micro Cinema pretty much has the same specs as the Blackmagic Pocket but without the LCD in order to help it fit in more places. The purpose of this camera is to be used like a high-end gopro. The Micro Studio 4k is basically the Studio 4k camera but without a 10" screen and really really small.
There are some other camera announcements but they honestly worth reporting. For example Sony released a broadcast 4k camera that cost tens of thousands and Panasonic tired to bring back fixed lens cameras with the AG-DVX200. However Panasonic attempts haven't really impressed too many.
Probably one of the most exciting parts of NAB this year with new LED units and Plasma lights. But nothing over impressing that broke our current ideas about LED lighting. It's still really expensive or has horrible color, noisy fans, poor build quality, ect. Plasma lights are an interesting replacement for HMI but still cost in the thousands. However they are about half the cost of HMIs and use about half the power.
A really cool drone announcement video....
Tascam will have an 8-track field recorder soon.
Benro made some sliders.
Steadicam is going obsolete with staying in traditional gimbals.
Premier Pro & FCPX updates
Sony tries to make a new editing platform.
Blackmagic has a FullHD External Monitor/Recorder for $500
Atomos lowers some prices.
To Convince People to use their cameras, AJA is letting people try it for FREE.
Blackmagic is adding Fusion VFX software to Mac. Releases new version of Resolve
Red Weapon is a 8K Full Frame Camera.
I probably missed some stuff but oh well.
Zachary Will is an Award-Winning Filmmaker creating short films and content for the Internet as the owner of Riverside Studios. He has a Bachelor's in Film from Full Sail University. He has worked on productions for companies like Webmd, Sears, Home Depot, Six Flags and more!
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