MASV 2.0 – the pay-as-you-go massive file transfer service just got better – Newsshooter

This looks very promising.  In this age of no-tape cameras, getting shot footage to clients can be problematic.  You don’t want to hand over your expensive memory card to them and watch them get on a plane, so that generally means buying an external hard drive for the footage and shipping it to them.  This means a trip to the store and back, money for the drive, and money to ship the drive.  Kind of archaic in our modern age.  But file transfer services can be a pain in the behind as well.  FTP is fine if they have a server, but most don’t.  Large video files run over the limits of a lot of the other services.  Some services require custom software, often with a licensing fee.

MASV seems to have addressed a lot of these problems.

Fast – Browser based – Encrypted – Pay As You Go

Worth a look.

Source: MASV 2.0 – the pay-as-you-go massive file transfer service just got better – Newsshooter

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Sony Venice Fully Functional FF in February | Film and Digital Times

Here’s a little bit of good news.  I (and others) was critical of Sony when they announced their VENICE camera because it was going to launch missing a lot of features that I thought it should have.  It appears Sony listened (not to me, I’m not that full of myself), because they have made a MAJOR feature change for the launch.

Source: Sony Venice Fully Functional FF in February | Film and Digital Times

BlackMagic Design Announces New Converters

In the world of video, I would hate to be a BlackMagic Design competitor.  They iterate so quickly, and drive their prices down so relentlessly that it must be hard to keep up.  Today they launched a few revisions of their signal conversion boxes.  The link will take you to a page featuring a 25 minute Grant Petty video.  These boxes aren’t sexy, but they are the necessary glue that holds facilities together.  The main news?  All of their Mini Converters now accept 4K signals and can either pass the signal through as 4K, or downconvert to HD, and all for the same price as the previous HD versions.  They also de-imbed audio, and have the capability to add 3D LUTS to the outputted signal.  Their Micro Converters which were already inexpensive at around $100, have had their prices roughly halved again.  They also announced a 8K capture card Today to work with a forthcoming version of Resolve.  Busy beavers!

Negatives?  The Micro Converters have made the new price partially by not shipping with a power supply (since they can power off a standard USB connection).  I haven’t talked to anyone from BM or handled the latest units, but from what I can see in the pictures, a problem I’ve complained about in the past still seems to be present: there is nothing securing the USB connecter to the casing, it is only soldered to the circuit board.  I’ve personally seen two earlier units take a little jolt to the USB connection and break off.  Then what?  Since they are so inexpensive, it’s not worth the shipping, time without the device and cost of repair to send it away to be fixed: just buy a new one.  As they say in the movie Paul “It’s a false economy!”  In the rental market, I can see a LUT being loaded into a Mini Converter, and then not being normalized before it goes out again.  That could make troubleshooting difficult: “I have an image, but why does it look so weird?”

SmallHD adds display calibration to full line of monitors with OS3 – Newsshooter

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The thing I like about SmallHD is that all they do is monitors.  They are not cheap, but they’re market competitive.  I also like that they’ve avoided the touchscreen craze.  Why are you going to put smears and fingerprints all over your viewing surface?  SmallHD is pretty prevalent out in the field, and calibration could possibly help get them into more edit suites.  I once had a DIT tell me that in his opinion SmallHD’s high brightness panels were not as accurate to his eye as regular brightness Flanders Scientifics or OLED Sonys.  With the release of their P3X, and now the calibration, they are definitely at the same level with those two.

P.S.  That spot metering waveform feature is pretty cool.

Source: SmallHD adds display calibration to full line of monitors with OS3 – Newsshooter

Cinevate HoriZen Video Slider Features | CheesyCam

Our friends at CheesyCam have a look at the Cinevate HoriZen slider.  I’ve been watching the Cinevate products for a while now, and each new iteration seems to build on the features of the last.  One reason I like them is that they are one of the few that are making a reasonably sized slider that accepts a 100mm ball head.  Let’s face it: almost every shoot you go on, you’re likely to be bringing along your everyday tripod too.  So you bring your 100mm tripod, the slider, and with most sliders, a second separate flat head to screw onto the 3/8″ screw of the slider’s shuttle.  Most of these heads aren’t as capable as your existing tripod head.  Why not just use the 100mm head you already have?  And if you decide to put the slider on an angle, leveling the camera is a snap.

Source: Cinevate HoriZen Video Slider Features | CheesyCam

Aftermarket SSD Recorder for all Ursa Mini Cameras | CheesyCam

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With the second generation of the Ursa Mini, BlackMagic fixed a great many of the camera’s early weaknesses.  One that didn’t make the cut was its reliance on CFast cards.  BM chose them for their speed which was necessary to record 4.6K RAW files, but at the time of release (and even now) large cards were not widely available, and what was on the market were hugely expensive.  This was especially a problem for owner/operators that jumped at the quality/price equation served by the Mini.  Cheap camera, but what good is that if you can’t afford the media to use it?

Enterprising individuals used aftermarket CFast to Sata adaptors to record on solid state drives instead, but they were a bit “clugey”.  BM came out with a solution that went between the camera and the battery, which looked good aesthetically, but it essentially recorded “video” rather than data.  Check out CheesyCam’s story for a new solution that combines the best of both worlds.

Source: Aftermarket SSD Recorder for all Ursa Mini Cameras | CheesyCam

Best SD Cards for The Panasonic GH5

With the latest update of the Panasonic GH5 to firmware 2.1, and the imminent public availability of the Panasonic EVA-1, shooters are going to need SDXC cards that are capable of recording their full 400mbps of quality.  Caleb Pike has a look at your current options.  Spoiler: you need a V90 capable card.

P.S.  Sorry it’s been so long between postings.  I’ve had a few health problems of late, but I should be able to resume now.  Also, there really hasn’t been that much announced that I considered worthy of posting, or so I thought.  I did a comprehensive search beyond my usual subjects, and found a few non-mainstream items that I’ll post.

Source: Best SD Cards for The Panasonic GH5