1. Odyssey 7q 4k recording solutions planned for the GH4 and A7s.

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    The Odyssey 7Q has been very popular particularly with Sony FS700 users. Convergent Design is now looking forward and is working on 4k capture solutions for cameras such as the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7s. At Broadcast Asia the Odyssey 7Q was shown hooked up to a GH4 using the DMW-YAGH Interface Unit . Now at the moment the 7Q clan only display the 4k signal from the GH4 but it will soon be able to record it as well. Convergent Design is currently testing a variety of options as to how best to record the 4k signal from both the GH4 and the Sony A7s. With the Gh4 you will be able to record in a “popular codec” at 880Mb/s/. I have no doubt that a HDMI 2.0 4k signal will be able to be recorded to the 7Q down the track as that is the only way to output and capture 4k from the A7s.

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    • BB&S Area 48 Review

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      The AREA-48 LED HD-friendly 97 CRI soft light output is comparable to a 1K traditional soft light and represents the next-generation in lighting technology for studio and location work. BBS’s new integrated LED technology moves the phosphor away from the LED itself, thereby greatly improving color rendering, consistency, and light output. The system’s color rendering accuracy is up to 97 CRI with multiple power options including an integrated battery or standard AC power. Moreover, the phosphor panels themselves are interchangeable, allowing you to quickly change the fixture from Daylight to Tungsten, to Chroma-Green, all in a matter of seconds. BBS’s AREA-48 LED: High-Output, Great Color, and the option to Run on Batteries NEW- NOW WITH DETACHABLE BARNDOORS NEW- OPTIONAL PSU CLAMPS Area 48 Fixture Includes: 3200K or 5600K High CRI Phosphor Panel Integrated Barndoors Angled Yoke with 5/8" Female Baby Pin TVMP 160 Watt Power Supply & AC Power Cord Accessories: Chroma Green 525n, 95 CRI 2700k , 97 CRI 3200k, 95 CRI 4300k, 96 CRI 5600k and 95 CRI 6500k Phosphor Panels V-lock Battery Plate or Gold Mount (AB) Battery Plate Dop Choice 40 degree Snapgrid Dop Choice Snapbox including diffuser Dop Choice Snapgrid XS for Snapbox 160 watt external power supply for Area 48 ( 4 pin xlr) Canvas Carrying Cases for 1 or 2 units Phosphor Panel Pouch Universal AC power cords Area 48 is characterized by an unprecedented Remote Phosphor Technology light quality and its compact size with the surface area of an A4 paper. 48 blue diodes behind a remote polycarbonate phosphorized diffuser ensures a very even light and an exceptionally softshadow. In 2012 Area 48 was awarded by TVBEurope as ‘Best of IBC, 2012′. Area 48 Features: Ultra High CRI, 95 CRI 2700k / 97 CRI 3200k / 95 CRI 4300k / 96 CRI 5600k / 95 CRI 6500k Extremely High Light Output Excellent Shadow Rendering Flicker-Free Dimming from 0 - 100% 8 / 16 Bit Dimming 0-100% Special Effects Strobing Mode Silent Operation (no fan) V-Mount or Gold Mount (AB) Battery options Internal DMX 512 for remote control 4 Pin XLR for Power / Power + DMX Very Compact Versatile Unit Specifications POWER AC Power: 100 - 240V50/60 Hz Max Power Consumption 150W Battery Operational Voltage Range: 12V– 20V LED Premium LED Array - 50K hour life CONTROL Manual or internal DMX512 DMX in/out for Daisy-Chaining 8 / 16 Bit Dimming 0 - 100% Up to 4 Control Channels in 16 Bit Mode, Selectable via Digital Display DIMENSIONS WITH CLOSED BARN DOORS W: 356mm/13.97” H: 275mm/10.82” D: 115mm/ 4.53” Weight: 3.6 kg / 7.94 lbs Weight: 3.6 kg / 7.94 lbs THERMAL Ambient Operating Temperature: 0-40°C / 0-104°F

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      • Journalism And Social Media

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        I spoke to award winning journalist Aela Callan who is currently untertaking the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University about her views on the current state of broadcast media, what the media is currently doing wrong and why social media is something we should use to our advantage instead of worrying about it taking our jobs.

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        • SONY UWP-D RADIO MIC REVIEW

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          Review of the SONY UWP-D radio mics.

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          • MAESTRO WU

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            Chin Ho Li Steel Knife Factory located on Kinmen Island, Taiwan has been dedicated to knife making and design for over 60 years. Mr Wu Tsong Shan the founder of Kinmen's cutlery industry specialised in iron casting and learned tool-making techniques in Xiamen, China during the period of Emperor Kwang-hsu of the Ching Dynasty. Subsequently, his son Mr. Wu Chao Hsi, inherited the business and established the Chin Ho Li Steel Knife Factory. During World War II, there was a serious lack of resources on Kinmen Steel was in particular hard to come by, so Mr. Wu Chao Hsi began to collect the artillery that had bee dropped by U.S. and the Allied Airforce and used the shell to make knives. That is the story of the renowned "Kinmen Steel Knife". Mr. Wu Chao Hsi earned the reputation of "MAESTRO WU" by carrying his forging furnace on his shoulders and traveling throughout Kinmen Island to serve the local communities. Later, Kinmen also suffered artillery bombardment from Mainland China. The "August 23, 1958 Artillery Battle" was the severest battle during that period. The bombing left millions of shells that became an abundant source of material for the production of knives. Mr. Wu Chao Hsi started to collect the shells from all over the Kinmen Island and earned his reputation by forging the artillery shells into fine cutlery. Today the "Kinmen Steel Knife" enjoys an international reputation. Through the consistent and premium quality and design, the "Chin Ho Li Steel Knife" is the most renowned brand name and a legend in Taiwan. Mr. Wu Tseng Dong, the current president, devotes himself to promoting the products throughout the world. He defined his company as a service provider instead of a conventional knife maker and named the product as MAESTRO WU to represent Chin Ho Li Steel Knife, the Kinmen Steel Knife, as its identity on the international market. Visitors can see the processes of steel knives making and forging techniques, and even assign a shell and observe a knife being forged from that.

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            • Rockpools Sony F55

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              Shot on the Sony F55 in 16bit linear raw using the R5 recorder. Graded by Ben Allan ACS http://www.thefilmbakery.com/menu/ Behind the scenes article http://www.newsshooter.com/2014/03/11/shooting-raw-with-the-sony-f55-and-r5-recorder-just-how-good-is-it-asks-matt-allard/

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              • Alex

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                Alex Leng has been training in the art of Wushu for 10 years. Wushu is both a full contact and exhibition sport that has been derived from traditional Chinese martial arts. This was a test of the Sony FS700 recording 2K Raw at 240fps to the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q. There was only 10min record time available using two raided 256GB Convergent Design drives. It was shot at the Gao Wong Ye temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in a few hours. I thought I'd make it fun and pay homage to some of the classic martial arts movies of the past. I wanted to see how the Odyssey 7Q performed and the quality of the 2K Raw HFR material. I did find the footage quite noisy. Having the Sony FS700 set at S-Log2 (2000ISO) does induce a lot of noise and even more so when shooting high frame rates. It is possible to not use S-log2 but then you are getting a more baked in look being recorded. The workflow is quite slow doing the 2K Raw HFR with the Odyssey 7Q, but this is the case with just about any form of raw shooting on any device. You first need to copy the drives to another location and then use Convergent Designs Clip Merger software to merge the raided files into a single file. The files then need to be brought into Davinci Resolve to be converted before editing. My overall impressions though were that the Odyssey 7Q performed flawlessly and the Oled monitor was a joy to use. It is however a pity that you can't play back the high frame rate material on the 7Q as the files are striped across two drives. Edited in FCPX 10.1 using the new speed blade tool which is very easy to use I must say. There was only very minor colour adjustment and no special effects or grading programs were used. Shot on Zeiss CP2 and ZF2 glass. Revolution shots done on the Letus Helix. Tracking shots done on the Wally Dolly. Tripod used was the Sachtler 20p On location sound captured using Rode mice. FS700 rig from Movcam.

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                • Airbox Lights 1x1 Inflatable Soft Box Review

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                  A lot of users now have a 1x1 LED light as part of their kit. With low power consumption, no need for mains power and producing almost no heat it is easy to see why so many news and documentary shooters use them on a daily basis. It’s fair to say they may be the most commonly used lights out there. The problem with LED lights and I’m not just talking about the 1x1 style is they tend to be quite a harsh light. Instead of the light coming from one source LED lights rely on lots of small bulbs to create a larger source. One way around this has been to use a soft box to diffuse and soften the light. Popular brands like Chimera make a kit for the 1x1 Litepanels that retails for $250US and an egg crate runs you more than $75US which is quite expensive for some users. Enter Airbox Lights who have come up with a unique solution. I previously reviewed a smaller version that is available for more compact LED lights. The 1x1 version picks up from where the smaller version left off. It breaks down into a small compact, easy to travel with solution that for the budget conscience user is a great alternative to the more expensive options out there. The kit includes the inflatable soft box, instructions and a puncture repair kit. An optional honey comb grid diffuser is also available. For more information go to www.airboxlights.com The Airbox Lights 1x1 retails for $99.99US and you can purchase a kit with a grid diffuser for $129.99US.

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                  • Sony F5/55 Version 3.0 Firmware Look

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                    The last firmware update for 2013 arrived today just a few days after Christmas. Version 3.0 ads some very exciting features for owners and users of Sony's F5 and 55. While some of the new additions are far from earth shattering and don't feature new technology they are none the less great to have. The most exciting one for me is the 2K center crop mode. This is a feature that has been seen in quite a few cameras before. What it allows you to do when shooting 2k, XAVC HD, MPEG HD or the SR codecs in HD the ability to do a center crop off the cameras 4k sensor. It gives you a 2x crop. Which means a 200mm lens becomes a 400mm lens. Now the center crop mode was really designed for you to be able to put old Super 16mm glass or broadcast B4 2/3" lenses on your camera. It is however not limited to those types of lenses. Any lens whether it be PL or Nikon etc. will work. For news, documentary and wildlife shooters this is a huge feature. The ability to have a virtual doubler on any of your lenses creates a lot of flexibility. Even better news is there is no loss of light, quality or sharpness as it's just cropping the 4k sensor and using a part of it. If you use a B4 broadcast lens with an adapter you will lose some light depending on which one you use. Other key features include the ability to name your files. Something that was a pain before the new firmware. There is also user programable LUTs finally as well as monitor LUTs too. Slow and Quick motion has been expanded to include 4K XAVC 1-60fps in 1 frame steps. In 2k and HD modes both the F5 and 55 can record up to 180fps (in NTSC) and 150fps (in PAL). There is also a ton of other high speed frame rates in small increments that can be recorded too. Also a new colour gamut and log curve has been added. Slog-3 and S-gamut3 Cine. This will only work in Cine EI (exposure Index) mode. The camera will record at a fixed ISO and you will be able to monitor exposure changes in your viewfinder to see what the corrected image will look like in post. For owners of the Sony FZ zoom lens there is now the ability to use auto iris and with an optional controller box control the lens through a broadcast zoom rocker controller. There is tons of other features in the firmware that can be found on Sony's website. Here is a small video showing how some of the features of version 3.0 work, most importantly the 2k center crop mode. I did repeat a few things in the video so I do apologise for that!

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                    • ODYSSEY 7Q and FS700 2K Raw and 2K Raw HFR Work Flow

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                      A video guide to workflow using the Sony FS700 and the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q shooting 2K Raw and 2K Raw HFR material. I show you how to deal with Cinema DNG files recorded on the Odyssey in Davinci Resolve as well as how to use the Convergent Design Clip merger to bring Raided files together when shooting HFR.

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