I would say that over the past year or two, DJI has really pulled to the forefront in the drone market. They have products in many different price strata, and now they’ve just released an intriguing Super35mm camera for use with their Inspire2 drone, the Zenmuse X7. No word on who makes their sensor, but the system can record RAW at up to 6K resolution, or ProRes at up to 5.2K. It has 14 stops of dynamic range, and apparently Technicolor had input into its colour science. The camera has a new proprietary “DL” lens mount of their own design, and four carbon fibre f2.8 prime lenses to go with it. DJI recently acquired Hasselblad. One wonders if there was any crossover in engineering leading to this system?
It doesn’t cover all the bases, but then they’re not trying to. High frame rates for slo-mo are missing, and as mentioned, you’re not going to be able to use your existing lenses. But for somewhere around $15,000 for a useable system, you’re getting an extremely capable unit that seemed to be cutting with an Alexa Mini pretty damn well.
RED seems to be taking a page from Sony’s book and iterating much faster lately. They’ve just come out with a replacement FF sensor for their Weapon camera that has lower noise levels at higher ISOs, and a bit more dynamic range. The days of the $17,000 RED One are long gone though: this one costs $79,500.00. Not too many owner/operators are going to spring for that, but this level of camera is designed for rental houses. It’s not a crazy figure given the tech involved, and the fact that you can’t even buy one of its main competitors, the ARRI 65.
via RED brings out a new sensor for WEAPON. MONSTRO 8K VV – Newsshooter
Sound Devices pulled a fast one today and launched a new MixPre recorder out of the blue. It’s larger and has more inputs than their previous MixPre units. A couple of big changes are three ways to get timecode in (including BNC) and an external power input. Both of those edge it ever closer to professional bag work. Nice to be surprised!
via Sound Devices – Introducing the MixPre-10T Audio Recorder!
The next generation of GoPro is out. The major takeaway I see is the ability to do 60 frames per second at 4K. I used to have a client that ended up going with a Garmin solution because it had GPS built in. GoPro added it to the Hero5, and it of course carries over here. The built-in stabilization looks pretty impressive, and it appears that it is staying within their previously revamped eco-system for accessories.
“Teradek’s Serv Pro is a $1799 camera-top wireless transmitter, sending H.264 video and audio to as many as ten iPhones, iPads, or iPod touches. VUER is the free app that receives the Serv Pro’s transmissions. The two combined form a wireless monitoring system for any production that needs to show a feed to multiple people.”
I really can’t encapsulate it easier than that. As the reviewer mentions, with some of Teradek’s products, you need a degree in arcane networking to make them work. I’ve been leary of their solutions for that reason, but they seem to have made this one very easy.
Source: Review: Teradek Serv Pro and VUER by Adam Wilt – ProVideo Coalition
Soon, the last gasp of FCP 7 will be upon us. Apple’s next operating system, High Sierra, will not allow FCP 7 to run. What’s a nostalgic editor to do? Well Blackmagic Design has a very cost effective solution for you…..get Davinci Resolve 14. They’ve made it so you can import your old FCP 7 timelines into it. The best of the old and the new! That’s a pretty amazing solution that has been under reported as far as I’m concerned.
Sony has their 3rd generation of digital wireless transmitters hitting the market. It’s kind of a shame that Sony hasn’t made many inroads with the professional “bag audio” users, as I’ve always thought they brought a lot to the game. I like Zaxcom in this space, but I have to say that none of their transmitters ever looked this sexy!
One thing that might help Sony in this space is if they made their slot-in receivers dual compatible: with their camcorders but also with the SuperSlot alliance. Lectro does it by allowing the multipin connector on the bottom of their receivers to be swapped out, and Sony could do the same.
Maybe the SuperSlot alliance wouldn’t like them as a member though, because Sony continues to only allow access to the second internal channel of their camcorders by Sony receivers: if you plug in a Lectro receiver you have to do the silly work around of a specially modded receiver with a bloody external cable. Ridiculous.
Source: DWT-B03R (DWTB03R) : Features : United Kingdom : Sony Professional