AJA has just started to deliver their highly anticipated Ki Pro Mini external recorder. They had great success with the original Ki Pro, and the Ki Pro Mini brings several of the features of that device, but in a much smaller package. This little device can record an HD-SDI or HDMI video stream in several different flavors of the Apple ProRes Codec (422 HQ, 422, LT and Proxy). The video records directly to Compact Flash cards, which makes the workflow very easy. In the video above, I rigged the Ki Pro Mini to the new Sony PMW-F3. My rig was composed of a Zacuto Universal Baseplate with 12″ rods, two Ki Pro Mini mounting plates, AJA rod adapters, and an Anton Bauer battery plate. Watch my video to learn more about this compact, yet powerful device.
Compatible Compact Flash cards: SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB, SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB, Hoodman UDMA RAW Compact Flash 675x 32GB and Lexar Professional 600X 32GB.
TV Logic has now added a 17″ model to their XVM series of evaluation-grade monitors. The XVM-175W features a 10-bit color depth and a native 1920×1080 resolution, making it capable of generating LUTs that can be used on set and carried through to post. To that end, the monitor can be calibrated using a wide assortment of devices using software provided by TV Logic. Additionally, if you are using an existing LUT, the XVM-175W can import it using special TV Logic software that places the factory settings in memory and then replaces them with the external LUT. When viewing is over, the software will restore the default factory settings.
The AJA Ki Pro and Ki Pro Mini recorders both offer an ethernet user interface that can be displayed on a computer desktop. The computer interface provides full unit control (including transport and playlist creation) and is also the method by which you apply firmware updates. I'm using my MacBook Pro for this demo, but you can use any computer with an ethernet port and web browser. Watch my video above for a step-by-step tutorial, or continue reading for a written guide.
Connect your KiPro to your computer via an ethernet cord (RJ45, straight-through or cross-over are both supported).
Press the Configure button on the Ki Pro, navigate to menu 50.1, and set the IP Config to Static Address. The Ki Pro has support for DHCP, but we're going to use a manual IP address since it simplifies the type of connection we're making.
In menu 50.2, you'll see the IP address for the Ki Pro. You can change this if you wish, but remember the IP address.
Toggle to Menu 50.3 and note the Subnet Mask.
On your computer, navigate to your network settings (in System Preferences on your Mac, or Control Panel in Windows).
Select the ethernet interface (IPv4).
Make sure that your DHCP settings are set to manual IP address.
Type in an IP address that is slightly different from the Ki Pro IP address. For example, the IP address of my Ki Pro was 192.168.0.2, so I set my computer to 192.168.0.1
Type in the Subnet Mask that is in Menu 50.3 of the KiPro.
To communicate with the Ki Pro, open a web browser of your choosing and type in the IP address of the KiPro. Hit return and the user interface for the Ki Pro is now on your desktop!
The latest firmware for the F3 was just released a few days ago, and it adds a great new option. Version 1.40, which can be download here, adds S-Log into the Picture Profile menu of the camera. This allows anyone to turn on S-Log without the RGB key, although you still need the key for 4:4:4 output. Having S-Log in the profiles menu allows adjustment to the other camera settings such as black level, color, and white balance. I have put together an S-log profile that matches the normal S-log mode and also a modified file that combines the S-log gamma mode with color and black levels. You can download the files individually here (S-log and AB-Slog) or my full camera settings here, which contain both files and updated scene files as well. Watch my video above to learn more, and make sure to check out the upcoming F3 classes in NY and LA.
You may have wondered what the 5600K CC button on the top left hand corner of the PMW-F3′s LCD does. As its name implies, it allows you to quickly change the white balance from 3200K (tungsten) to 5600K (daylight). The important thing to remember is that the button only works this way when the camera is set to a color temperature of 3200K. With firmware version 1.31, the 5600K CC button would simply “add” 2400K to your base white balance, so 3200K + 2400K = 5600K. With firmware v1.40, you will only achieve 5600K with the 5600K CC button when you start at 3200K.
The factory default for preset white on the F3 is 3200K. If Picture Profiles are turned off, the camera will always default to 3200K. In Picture Profiles, you have the ability to offset white temp, but activating this will cause the 5600K button to register a temp other than 5600K. The LCD screen can conveniently display Color Temp status, whether the 5600K button is active or whether a Picture Profile is active.
To keep it simple, just remember: only use the 5600K button if your default color temp is 3200K.