jueves, 19 de abril de 2012

Nuevo firmware para la NEX-FS100

La cámara pasa a ser cámara mundial, osea NTSC y PAL, además de poder usar ISO en vez de Gain, y otras cosas que se detallan adelante.


Upgrade Cost & Procedure
No cost: follow firmware download instructions from FS100 webpage, connect PC to camera via USB and run user installable upgrade. Optionally, the upgrade may be professionally installed by Sony Professional Service Depots (labor charges apply).

Additional NEX-FS100U & NEX-FS100UK features*

1. Added 50Hz recording system (PAL): 1920x1080 50p, 50i, 25p and 1280x720 50p.
2. Camera Profile (camera settings can be saved to and loaded from a memory card).
3. Additional 4x and 8x Expanded Focus magnification: (with user selectable focus area).
4. Selectable ISO or GAIN sensitivity display.
5. Selectable Focus indication in FEET or METERS (E-mount lens only).
6. Selectable Shutter indication as EXPOSURE TIME or SHUTTER ANGLE.
7. Added the following Aspect-Ratio markers: 2.35:1, 1.85:1 and 1.66:1.
8. Display ON/OFF button enables Zebra and/or Histogram overlay onto video output.
9. Compatible with the new A-Mount to E-Mount adaptor, model LA-EA2. One push Auto-IRIS and continuous 15-point, Phase-Detection Auto-Focus operation with most Alpha A-Mount lenses is available. Lens metadata is displayed onscreen and stored real-time to image file.

lunes, 16 de abril de 2012

Nueva cámara BMD RAW HD

Blackmagic Design anuncia su nueva cámara Full HD RAW Cinema a un precio de US$2995 aprox: http://www.blackmagic-design.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/design/

Blackmagic Cinema Camera
Camera Features
Sensor Resolution2592 x 2192
Raw Resolution12-bit RAW files recorded at 2432 x 1366
Shooting Resolutions2.5K RAW at 2432 x 1366, compressed at 1920 x 1080
Frame Rates23.98p, 24p, 25p, 29.97p, 30p
Sensor Size16.64 mm x 14.04 mm
Sensor Size - Active15.6 mm x 8.8 mm
Dynamic Range13 stops
FocusFocus button turns on peaking
Iris ControlIris button automatically adjusts the lens iris settings so no pixel is clipped
Lens MountEF and ZF mount compatible with electronic iris control
Screen Dimensions5" and 800 x 480 resolution
Screen TypeIntegrated LCD capacitive touchscreen
Metadata SupportAutomatic camera data and user data such as shot number, filenames and keywords
ControlsOnscreen touch menus and physical buttons for recording and transport control
MicrophoneIntegrated mono microphone
SpeakerIntegrated mono speaker
Mounting Options3 x 1/4" thread mounting points on top of camera.
1 x 1/4" thread tripod mount with locator pin.
PowerIntegrated Lithium-ion Polymer rechargeable battery.
12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
Battery LifeApproximately 90 minutes
Battery Charge TimeApproximately 2 hours when not in use.
Camera Dimensions166.2mm by 113.51mm x 126.49mm excluding detachable sunshade and turret dust cap
Camera Weight1.7 kg / 3.75 lb
Storage Features
Storage TypeRemovable 2.5” SSD
Storage FormatMac OS Extended format. SSDs can be formatted on any Mac or use Mediafour MacDrive (not included) on a Windows PC.
Storage Rates5 MB/frame in RAW 2.5K fits about 30 minutes of 24p video on a 256 GB solid state disk. Compressed HD formats fit more than 5 times the amount of RAW video.
Uncompressed Recording FormatsRAW 2.5K CinemaDNG
Compressed Recording FormatsApple ProRes and Avid DNxHD. All compressed recording in 1920x1080 10-bit YUV with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range.
SDI Video Output1 x 10-bit HD-SDI 4:2:2 with choice of Film or Video Dynamic Range
Analog Audio Input2 x 1/4” jacks for professional balanced analog audio, switchable between mic and line levels.
Analog Audio Output1 x 3.5mm stereo headphone output
SDI Audio Output4 channels in HD-SDI
Remote Control1 x 2.5mm LANC for Rec Start/Stop, Iris Control and Focus Control
Computer InterfaceThunderbolt port for capture of RAW video and audio.
USB 2.0 mini B port for software updates and configuration.
External Power12V-30V DC port for external battery power or use included 12V AC adapter.
SDI ComplianceSMPTE 292M.
SDI Audio Sampling48 kHz and 24 bit.
Software IncludedDaVinci Resolve grading software including Resolve USB dongle for Mac OS X and Windows.
Media Express software for video capture from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
Blackmagic UltraScope software for waveform monitoring from the camera’s Thunderbolt port.
AccessoriesDetachable sun shield, camera strap, turret dust cap and 12V AC adapter.
Product Warranty12 Month Limited Manufacturer's Warranty.
Optional Accessories
Camera HandlesBlackmagic Cinema Camera Handles

lunes, 2 de abril de 2012

Sony NEX-FS700 nueva cámara 4K

Sony NEX FS700


Sony ya venía anunciando que lanzaría una camara dedicada a codearse con la omnipresente Canon C300. Muchos hemos sido los que no hemos caído en los falsos encantos de este nuevo modelo de Canon que ha venido acompañada por un precio totalmente desorbitado para las características de la misma.
Echando de menos muchas prestaciones como mayor resolución, salida SDI a 10bits o slow motion en FullHD.
Y parece que Sony con la nueva NEX FS700 ha querido cubrir el hueco dejado por Canon y presentar una camara que cumple con todos esos requisitos. Un herramienta que se colocará a medio camino entre la FS100 y la F3, pero que a diferencia de esta última, cuenta con un altísimo frame rate, hasta 300fps en FullHD!! si, si, has oído bien, e incluso 1200fps a bajas resoluciones.
Además de estos grandes avances, hay que resaltar pequeñas pero importantes mejoras respecto a la FS100, su hermana pequeña, como la inclusión de salida SDI o filtros de densidad neutra.

A continuación, repasamos las principales cualidades de la Sony NEX FS700

-4K-ready: FullHD 1080 por ahora, pero expandible mediante firmware en el futuro.
Incluso llegando a RAW via SDI

-Super slow motion a 10x en full HD o 40x a menores resoluciones.

-Montura E de Sony, compatible con Alpha mediante adaptador

-Filtros ND incluidos.

-Interface 3G-SDI y HDMI

-50 Hz y 60 Hz seleccionable

-Magnificación para foco

Incredible slow motion capabilities

There are two features that really make the FS700 stand out: It can record 120 or 240 frames per second in 1080p in 8 or 16 second bursts, respectively. It’s insane and unheard-of in a camera in this price range. So far, the best we could get for a comparable amount of money was the FS700′s little brother, the FS100, which is able to record up to 60 fps in 1080p (in the US version, 50 in the EU version – though that is about to get irrelevant with a firmware update that will make it a world camera).
Here are the details on what kind of slow motion it can shoot:
240fps for 8 seconds in Full HD
120fps for 16 seconds in Full HD
960fps up to approx 19 seconds in a burst (1920×216 line skipped readout, interpolated in camera to 1920×1080)
1480fps up to approx 9 seconds in a burst (1920×432 line skipped readout, interpolated in camera to 1920×1080)
The LCD panel is 3.5″ 921K – same as the FS100

4K upgrade in the future

The second big thing about this camera is that it will be able to output 4K “Raw” through its 3G HD-SDI output in the future. It seems like not even sources within Sony know yet when exactly this will be available, nor what the recording device will be like or what its cost will be. But it sounds extremely intriguing.
To keep in line with the NEX series, the camera will record AVCHD 2.0 by default, to SD cards. It is a world camera, switchable from 50Hz to 60Hz, recording all variations of frame rates that we need (24/25/30/50/60) in 1080p.

ND filters & form factor

They enhanced a few things from the FS100, although the form factor is similar. The FS700 has 3 built-in ND steps at 1/8, 1/16 and 1/64. I was never a big fan of the FS100 form factor, but it seems they enhanced some of its biggest shortcomings, e.g. moving the XLR port from the back to the front. It however still has the little awkwardly designed viewfinder that can be taken of, and it features the same LCD screen as the FS100.
It shares the same E-mount lens system with the FS100. Now, with the availability of a several adapters allowing you to control the f-stop on the ubiquitous Canon EF lenses, the Sony cameras will gain a lot of popularity in no time without a doubt.


Now this is exciting, according to Sony’s press release it will be below $10K, according to other sources even around $8-9K. This will truly make a big difference in the camera market, mainly because of its slow motion capabilities which put it out of reach of all the competitors, for now.