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.

[su_box title=”Message from Jeromy, CEO Atomos” box_color=”#e7e7e7″ title_color=”#000000″ radius=”6″]

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


Panasonic VariCam35 and Codex Digital Alliance

Panasonic VariCam35 and Codex Digital Alliance

Panasonic VariCam 35The recently announced Panasonic VariCam35 and Codex Digital Alliance and the $60,000 price tag is a clear indication that Panasonic have their sights squarely aimed at the high end cinema market. While this promises to be a very capable system with a great deal of functionality, indie filmmakers may find themselves leaning in the direction of the AJA CION of the Blackmagic URSA.

[su_quote]LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2014) – Panasonic today revealed updates to its new VariCam 35  4K camera/recorder, including Apple ProRes 4444 and ProRes 422 HQ* support for HD recording, as well as a  strategic product development alliance with Codex Digital to deliver a high-speed 4K uncompressed RAW recorder for the VariCam 35 camera.

“Given the prevalence of ProRes as a popular editing format within the production community, its inclusion in the VariCam 35 will position the new camera/recorder solidly within a well-established and widely accepted HD workflow,” said Steve Cooperman, Senior Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. (The ProRes codec component is licensed from ATOMOS Global Pty. Ltd., which has shipped ProRes recorders for years.)

Codex Digital, an industry leader in RAW recording and workflow, is working closely with Panasonic to develop a dedicated recorder that will capture uncompressed 4K VariCam RAW (V-RAW) at up to 120fps, bolstering the VariCam 35’s suitability for high-end cinema applications.  The Codex V-RAW recorder will directly connect with Panasonic’s VariCam35 camera, eliminating cabling completely to facilitate greater efficiency and higher mobility.

VariCam 35 workflow scenarios will be previewed at NAB: Assimilate’s SCRATCH will demonstrate V-RAW debayering and grading workflow at Panasonic booth C3607, and Grass Valley’s EDIUS will show seamless AVC-Intra 4K editing at the Panasonic and Grass Valley (SL206) booths.

The VariCam 35 incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera’s superb image handling in multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD make it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, commercials and episodic production, as well as live 4K events.

With its innovative design, the 4K camera module (AU-V35C1) is separate but dockable to the recording module unit (AU-VREC1), which is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” camera module (AU-V23HS1). This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the s35mm 4K camera and the AVC-ULTRA recorder, providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs.  This common recorder module system enables professionals to switch between s35mm and 2/3” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.

“Evoking the VariCam heritage of gorgeous, cinematic image rendition, this VariCam 35 establishes new standards for 4K production,” said Cooperman. “With its expanse of formats ranging from flawless 4K RAW output to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K and HD capture, the

VariCam 35 represents a matchless option for premier digital capture.”

The VariCam 35 utilizes a new Panasonic super 35mm MOS sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture; this imager when combined with the AVC-ULTRA codecs for 4K enables very manageable and practical 4K production file sizes. The new imager boasts an impressive 14+ stops of latitude, and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide dynamic range imagery without compromise.

Powerful color management capabilities provide a much extended color gamut for impeccable image fidelity, and permit support for an Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow for full fidelity mastering of original source material. The VariCam 35 also affords in-camera  color grading.

To maximize the dynamic range of the recorded images, Panasonic has developed a new log curve (V-Log) which elegantly maps the 14+ stops of image data to the recorded file. The VariCam 35 permits the assignment of various LUTs to individual recording channels and camera outputs. For example, shoot UHD and record non-destructively with the V-Log LUT, but assign a ”baked-in” 709 LUT on the HD / proxy recording for editing.  The camera’s monitor and EVF outputs have similar selectable LUT capabilities.

Among the camera/recorder’s top-level production features are real-time, high frame rate, variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps, providing the capability for master level 2K/HD recording, and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/ UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring / editing ease.  The camera

also features a newly-developed OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality. Lastly, 24-bit LPCM audio is added for in-camera audio master recording.

The VariCam 35 will deliver an unprecedented breadth of recording formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K, and 2K and 1080p HD in AVC-Intra 100/200** and ProRes. Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the camera encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with 4K and 2K production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 Mbps down to 1.5Mbps. Metadata management will also be available.

The VariCam 35 will use Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high frame rate and 4K recording. The camera is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new 256Gbyte expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content.  The microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.

Professional interfaces include:  3G-HD-SDI x4 for 4K QUAD output; an HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K); and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. A multi-connector facilitates docking the camera head to the recording module. In another striking design innovation, the VariCam 35 boasts a removable control panel to facilitate real-time control and easy access when the camera is in a fixed position. The VariCam 35 features a standard 35mm PL mount.

The VariCam 35 will launch fall 2014, with a suggested list price under $60,000, including EVF.[/su_quote]

For further information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast.

Three 4K Cameras From JVC

Three 4K Cameras From JVC


Press Release

JVC KENWOOD Corporation will exhibit its JVC brand at NAB 2014, the world’s largest tradeshow for broadcasting equipment, to be held from April 7 (Mon) to 10 (Fri) at the Las Vegas Convention Center exhibition site in Las Vegas, Nevada USA.

To propose new shooting and acquisition styles that carve out a path to a new age — with the exhibition theme of First on air, First on line — JVCKENWOOD will showcase a number of new 2014 professional products for the international market, as well as reference exhibit new 4K camera system products under development, which are anticipated as an important pillar for future business in the field of imaging equipment for professionals.

Main exhibits at NAB 2014 (JVC Booth: Central Hall #C4314)

Exhibition of new 2014 professional video system and video production equipment
1. HD Memory Card Camera Recorders GY-HM850U / GY-HM890U
These lens-exchangeable compact shoulder mount HD memory card camera recorders feature a newly developed FUJINON 20x zoom lens with built-in autofocus and image stabilization. They support live streaming, file transfer and Web remote control over high-speed mobile communication network services. Moreover, GY-HM890U can be used with optional accessories to create a studio configuration, and is equipped with HD-SDI input to allow recording from an external signal feed. A studio configuration using GY-HM890U in a fiber system and a multi-core system will be displayed at the booth and proposed as a solution for broadcasting stations.

2. [New Product] Professional Blu-ray Disc & HDD Recorders SR-HD1350US / SR-HD1700US
These newest product releases in professional BD/DVD recorders are capable of recording directly to either Blu-ray Disc or DVD from a live signal. Since DVD-Video and BDMV format recording is supported, they offer greatly expanded playback compatibility with ordinary DVD/BD players.

3. [Upgraded Firmware Version] HD Memory Card Camera Recorders GY-HM600U / GY-HM650U
With this newest firmware upgrade to Ver3.0, the “live streaming” that was originally achieved with our GY-HM850U/GY-HM890U is now augmented with a “transmission error correction function” (on GY-HM650U), as well as a “50Mbps High Quality Recording Mode” that affords the superior compression efficiency of the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 codec. A demonstration of live streaming, and a solution for news applications using a cloud server, will be shown.

Proposal for new 4K-compatible camera system
1. [Reference Exhibit] 4K mini camera system
A 4K mini camera system equipped with a 4Ksuper35mm image sensor, newly adopted flexible interchangeable Micro Four Thirds (MFT) Mount* camera head, and built-in large-screen monitor, will be exhibited. Moreover, our originally developed “Gimbal System” application, which combines image stabilization essential for usage such as aerial shots, will also be exhibited. This proposal will provide a new solution to expand the shooting field of the 4K camera system.

2. [Reference Exhibit] Interchangeable 4K compact handheld camera recorder
A “4K compact handheld camera recorder” will be on exhibit, featuring a 4K Super35mm image sensor, and MFT* Mount to flexibly accept a wide range of interchangeable lenses.

* JVCKENWOOD Corporation supports the Micro Four Thirds System Specification, which is compatible with a wide variety of shooting applications, allowing users to produce images with greater impact.

Press release by Olympus Imaging Corporation:
Four Thirds website:

3. [Reference Exhibit] Interchangeable 4K shoulder mount camera recorder
A “4K shoulder mount camera recorder” will be on exhibit, featuring a 4K Super35mm image sensor, and PL Mount for interchangeable lenses.

Atomos Ninja Star HDMI Recorder

Atomos Ninja Star HDMI Recorder

Atomos NINJA STAR Recorder

NAB 2014 – The new Atomos Ninja Star HDMI Recorder enables onboard Apple ProRes recording just about anywhere, via HDMI.

Press Release


April 7th, 2014: Atomos, the creator of the award-winning Ninja and Samurai camera-mounted recorders, and the Connect converters, will launch the Ninja Star at NAB 2014, (7-10 April, Las Vegas Convention Center, booth number C9532). The Ninja Star is a must have for people who need to “Record Apple ProRes on Board” camera rigs, such as Drones, RC Helicopters, extreme sports and Reality TV.

“Our customers screamed for a tiny flash based ProRes recorder and player for extreme applications, their second location cameras or simply when they already had a monitor.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos. “At $295 with low cost Gen 1 CFast, weighing a mere 100gms (3.5oz), it’s price, durability and portability is unmatched – this is one of our best creations yet!”

The Ninja Star is the next break through in external HDMI recorders based on core technologies that have made Atomos the leader in camera mounted solutions. Its small, self contained size and flexible mounting options allow DP’s and cameramen to mount it to just about any POV set-up and offer edit ready format recording with ProRes.

Since the company was founded in 2010 Atomos has broken new ground in the design and functionality of recording, monitoring and playback devices. By listening closely to their customers Atomos recognised a common need for a light and portable ProRes recorder which has greater flexibility with mounting options. The dimensions of the Ninja Star are slender at only 3.5? wide, 2.3? tall and 0.8? deep and it weighs a fraction of a normal recorder at just 100grams (3.5 oz). The Ninja Star is perfect for creative or extreme camera work or in situations where a large monitor is prohibitive or stealth is required.

Taking advantage of low-cost, modern technology by utilising HDMI-capable pro-video and consumer camcorders, as well as DSLRs and mirrorless breeds. The Ninja Star can record in both HD and ProRes to capture pristine, 422 10-bit images straight from any camera sensor directly to inexpensive first generation CFast media with up to 3hrs ProRes for $250. It also features Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line- in.