Do Speed Boosters Really Make a difference?

Do Speed Boosters Really Make a difference?

Metabones Speed BoosterThis video, from Magnanimous Media, demonstrates the Metabones Speed Booster EF to Micro 4/3 (BMPCC) adapter by comparing images with and without the speed booster. The first image utilizes a standard EF to Micro 4/3 (BMPCC) adapter (Dummy Adapter) and the second image was captured using the Metabones Speed Booster, the camera’s position and settings are left the same between each shot, the only change is which adapter is used.  

They also performed a similar test with the GH4.  As you would expect, these results are equally spectacular.  One thing I noticed in each test is that the increase in image brightness is not very evident.  I’m not sure if this is because the iris setting was adjusted to maintain good exposure when the speed booster was added. Or does it mean that the speed booster doesn’t offer all that much of an exposure bump.  None the less,  increase in field of view is certainly worth the price of admission.

Odyssey 7Q+ Adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI

Odyssey 7Q+ Adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI

Convergent Designs just announced the release of the latest addition to the Odyssey line of recorder/monitors, the Odyssey 7Q+. If you’re already familiar with the 7Q, the Odyssey 7Q+ offers all the same features. Apple ProRes recording, access  to camera RAW recording via purchase or rental of preferred CODECs, a huge list of picture analysis tools like RGB waveform, RGB Histogram, False Color, Pixel Zoom with finger drag, three-mode Focus Assist, monitoring LUTs and let’s not forget the multi-stream recording.

Well, if all that wasn’t enough, the Odyssey 7Q+ adds 4K/UHD recording over HDMI. (HDMI 1.4b) The Odyssey 7Q+ has the same basic design and weight as the 7Q.

Convergent Designs is offering 7Q owners a 1yr warranty extension on their 7Q and a $500 credit in their Record Option account with the purchase of a new Odyssey 7Q+.

Odyssey 7Q+

For more info visit Convergent Designs. – Press Release 

Tentacle Sync – Professional Timecode Syncing

Tentacle Sync – Professional Timecode Syncing

Tentacle Sync is a new hardware/software timecode syncing system being promoted on Indiegogo. Each Tentacle box is easily synced to one another and then attached to cameras and recorders, working as a master clock providing identical and accurate timecode to each device.  In the post, use the Tentacle software for Syncing, viewing and exporting dailies use in your edit.  The crowd-funding campaign will end on Dec. 10th. If this looks like a good addition to you  get, you better move fast.

Tentacle Sync Hardware:

  • Super small (34 x 50 x 16 mm) and lightweight (30 g)
  • Super simple usage:
    – DIP-Switchless operation (no screwdriver needed)
    – Just one button and LED
    – Frame rate and TC output level setup via software (OSX & Windows)
  • DSLR-ready: Switchable mic/line output + build-in microphone for reference sound
  • Generates all SMPTE timecode rates: 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 29.97DF and 30 FPS
  • Compatible with all professional equipment: Uses LTC timecode according to SMPTE-12M standard
  • High precision TCXO:
    – Inaccuracy less than 1 frame in 24 hours
    – Temperature range -30°C to +85°C
  • Can act as master clock (Green Mode) or jam-sync to any external timecode source (Red Mode)
  • Automatically detects and takes over incoming frame rate on jam-sync
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium polymer battery
    – Lasts for up to 40 hrs
    – Fast charging via USB (1.5 hrs)
    – More than 3 years of battery life (depends on usage)
    – Will be replaceable
  • Integrated hook surface on back for easy mounting
  • Made in Germany

Tentacle Sync Software:

  • Drag and Drop functionality: Just throw your media folders in and view your synced dailies instantly
  • Analyzes timecode of Quicktime and Broadcast Wave Files (BWF)
  • Reads and analyzes any timecode recorded on audio tracks, even from competitor’s products
  • Supported import formats: Quicktime, AVCHD, MP4, BWF, WAVE (MXF will be supported in the future)
  • Supported export formats: Quicktime, XML. AAF Export will be available in the future
  • Simultaneously sync and transcode your material on export to more editing-friendly codecs like ProRes
  • Multicam support
  • System requirements: min. OSX 10.9
Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder Overview

Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder Overview

UPDATE [Dec. 5, 2014]

Today, Atomos issued a short statement about issues causing a delay of the new Shogun 4K recorder. Stay tuned for more Info.

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First of all, I’d like to thank everyone for the positive comments and support we receive on a daily basis for Shogun. It is truly overwhelming.

To all those at recent events and trade shows excited to see the Shogun first-hand and the filmmakers who are eagerly waiting for the Shogun to unlock the potential of their 4K camera, we thank you for your support. In particular to those who have made official pre-orders on Shogun we value your loyalty and have worked with our resellers to ensure the initial batch of Shogun units are shipped to you first.

With the original launch date now passing, I felt it was important to personally address where we are at with the release of Shogun. In terms of hardware, we have closely monitored the build of the first production units and are proud of the manufacturing quality. There is nothing preventing us from shipping the Shogun and its accessories from a hardware perspective. Although the Shoguns are physically built and ready to ship, the firmware is taking longer than expected to finalize taking into account our high standards of reliability.

We know that the cornerstone of our success in the last 4 years has been delivering the technology professionals need at the right time & price without any sacrifice for reliability & performance in the field. So while we feel everyone’s pressure to have Shogun available, we refuse to release a single sub-standard Atomos feature. We will not treat our community of users as Beta testers and will not release the Shogun until the standard we are famous for has been met.

We absolutely understand everyone’s disappointment and appreciate that many shoots have been planned around the Shogun becoming available. We ask that you continue to be patient as we finalize our firmware and release a product that will be worth the wait.

We expect the product will be delivered within days of the final firmware becoming available and expect all back orders to customers to be fulfilled by Christmas.

Thank you to our community of Atomos users, our team continues to be inspired to make better products based on your creativity and feedback.

Jeromy Young
CEO

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Anton/Bauer Introduces New Digital Battery

Anton/Bauer Introduces New Digital Battery

Anton Bauer Digital Battery Family

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Anton/Bauer®, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery, charging and monitoring technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, will unveil its Digital Battery Series and Performance Charger Series at NAB 2014. Redefining the power standard for a new generation of cameras and auxiliary equipment, Anton/Bauer’s revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital production for the Professional Broadcast, Cine, and Pro-video sectors. The Performance Charger Series utilizes new technology to deliver the fastest possible charging sequence, while exceeding the high-efficiency standards required by today’s rigorous shooting schedules.
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Anton Bauer Digital Lithium Batteries

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As cameras and technology have evolved, so have their power use profiles. The new Digital Battery Series meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. Delivered with a modern, ergonomic, mold-breaking design, the battery contains a proprietary digital filter that increases run-time and lengthens life cycle, eliminating the negative effects incurred when running digital technology with traditional battery circuitry. The series will include three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh, and 190 Wh), all with Anton/Bauer’s signature Gold Mount [V-Mount version available, branded as Sachtler] connector and balanced, high-quality cells that deliver a long performance life.

The Digital Battery Series utilizes constant calibration to deliver a truly accurate power status and features a new, easy to read fuel gauge. When the battery is attached to a load, such as a camera or a light, it will conveniently report the remaining run-time in hours and minutes, allowing the user to effortlessly track usage. If the load varies, the run-time will update accordingly. When the battery is not attached to a load, it reflects the state of the battery charge as a percentage of capacity.

The innovative Performance Charger Series supports the Digital Battery Series and features a new, efficient charging algorithm for multichemistry, simultaneous charging. The new algorithm ensures rapid charging of up to four batteries at a time, all while conserving energy, eliminating waste, and reducing cost of ownership. Software constantly monitors the charging process and discharge curves to ensure that each battery is charged to its peak performance. The Performance Charger series is nearly 40% more efficient than traditional chargers, rendering large power supplies virtually obsolete.

The stylish design and LCD touch screen reflect a truly 21st century system. The ergonomic chargers are easy to carry, and the batteries are easily removed from the charger, enabling smooth operation in the field. The Performance Charger series automatically detects which battery has the strongest charge and prioritizes it, ensuring that a fully charged battery is always available in the shortest amount of time possible. The new charger series also has a regulated XLR output to power a camera.

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Nexto DI NVS2825 Air – Simple Backup & WiFi Review

Nexto DI NVS2825 Air – Simple Backup & WiFi Review

 

Every once in a while, a product comes along that truly revolutionizes the industry. Nexto DI accomplished this a few years ago with the NVS 2500. It’s a simple little “black box” that is a “digital intermediate” for your footage. The premise is simple: If you shoot on any kind of media (Sony SxS, Panasonic P2, SDHC (Hoodman & Others), Compact Flash, etc. sooner or later, you’re going to need to “clear” those cards to keep shooting in the field. Often this means carrying a laptop, hard drives and other things into the field. Nexto DIeliminated the need for all of those devices. In the process they all but eliminated the need for “data wranglers” on small to medium projects too!

 

Not one to rest on their laurels, Nexto take it to the next level, and again revolutionize the way we work with media in the field. This time with the Nexto Air NVS 8525. Barry Morrill shares all the ins and outs with Curt Pair and Band Pro on this terrific product.

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