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- FDTJ Board Meeting
The first annual board meeting of Film and Digital Times Japan was conducted last night in a private teppanyaki dining room of Yebisu Restaurant — on the top floor of the Westin Hotel Tokyo. Chef Aya presented a refreshing take on what can usually…
- ALEXA 65 Updated Specs
These latest specs did not make it to print or PDF in time for the Camerimage and InterBEE Japanese editions. For the ARRI Alexa 65 — please note: Maximum recordable resolution: 6560 x 3100 and sensor size: 54.12 x 25.58 (diagonal 59.86). Current maximum frame rate: 28 fps
- Ban Banner Ads
FDTimes decided to totally eliminate banner ads. They were annoying, ugly, and slowed the website to a crawl. We only ran a few, seldomly, and only for trade shows. It was gratifying to read Farhad Manjoo’s article “The Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web” in the NYTimes today. “Twenty years ago…a team of well-meaning …coders…inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.
- Broadcast India 2014
By Jacques Lipkau Goyard “Cinema in India is like brushing your teeth in the morning. You can’t escape it,” says Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan. (Brush with bottled water or beer.) Mr. Khan is right, considering the vast number of…
- ARRI Rental Atlanta
ARRI Rental Atlanta is now open. Ed Stamm presides. Ed ran the ARRI Rental Miami office (previously named ARRI/CSC). ARRI Rental Atlanta will be the USA mother ship for the new ALEXA 65 camera system. Craig Chartier takes over at ARRI Rental…
- BirTV 2014 Beijing
Confucius said, “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” Beijing’s 2014 International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition (BirTV) is growing every year. It is one of the most influential exhibitions for the Broadcast and Film industries in Asia.
- Musician on the Cover
The man on the cover of FDTimes February 2014 is Lenzan Kudo. He is a master musician, specializing in shakuhachi, the traditional Japanese flute. He was playing in the spectacular setting of the Peninsula Hotel lobby in Tokyo a year ago when…
- ARRI Alexa SUP 10.0.1
Bug fixed — ARRI Software Update Packet (SUP) 10.0.1 for ALEXA XT/XR cameras is now ready to download. SUP 10.0.1 fixes the distorted image recording bug in SUP 10.0. It includes updated viewfinder software, so the viewfinder should be attached during the installation. SUP…
- The LED Gold Rush
by Fabrizia Ianiro Whoever observes the LED lighting industry’s current “Gold Rush” may feel overwhelmed. Is the bubble about to burst? We think not. Worldwide energy goals widely proclaimed by governments, albeit not at the same pace, suggest that this…
- 12/06 – 12/06AbelCine 25th Anniversary
Celebration in New York
- 12/11 – 12/11Band Pro Open House 2014
One World Expo
- Canon 8K Zoom
Canon showed a prototype 8K 19.7-138 mm T2.8 Zoom at InterBEE Tokyo. It covers Super35 format.
- Sony F55 Doc Dock
Updates from InterBEE in Tokyo. Sony showed the latest improvements on their “Doc Dock” (also known as Build Up Kit) that turns the F55 into a comfortable, shoulder-resting Documentary/ENG style cameras system. Introduced a few months as a prototype, the…
- AJA CION to Ship December
Tokyo. InterBEE. Nov 19. If you are good and the elves in Grass Valley deem the camera to be ready, AJA CION is expected to ship around Christmas time. AJA announced at InterBEE this morning that they are now accepting orders…
- Hurricane Wheels
Wheels for GimbalRigs. Matthias Uhlig is releasing the successor to his Brushless Gimbal RC Interface (BGRCI) (http://www.hurricanewheels.tv) — the new Brushless Gimbal RC Interface MK2. The BGRCI offers a more professional way of controlling handheld (or airborne, crane mounted, car mounted…) gimbal rigs…
- FDTimes Japan
November 1614. The two-year Siege of Osaka began. The Tokugawa shogun ended the last opposition to rule from Tokyo (Edo). November 2014. A 400th anniversary celebration in Osaka, with Samurai museums, tours of the castle, concert by Aiko, and the launch of Film and Digital Times Japan.
- Sony 28-135mm f/4 FF Zoom
Meet Masahiro Hosoi, Sony Designer of the 28-135mm f/4 Full Frame (24x36mm) Zoom Lens. It could be what you would call “disruptive technology.” How can a 35mm cine zoom have a suggested price of a mere $2,500 when it ships in December? Admittedly, it…
- Canon 50-1000 T5-8.9 Cine Zoom
Today, Canon officially introduces: New Canon Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens with Built-In 1.5x Extender for 35mm digital cine cameras Sports, nature and documentary cinematographers will salivate–here is a lens for 35mm format that could rival long 2/3″ format…
- Denz Monitor/Finder Bracket
Two “D’s” — Denz and Deity. Here’s a very good Denz bracket to mount the superb Deity Mira eyepiece on a Canon C300/500 onboard monitor. The Denz handle replaces the Canon attaches to the top hotshoe of the C300/500 and replaces the original…
- K-Tek ProShot
Tino Liberatore and Brenda Klemme Parker were carrying this intriguingly versatile ProShot rig around Cinec the other day. It’s a cool combination of monopod, baby legs, stabilizer, and shoulder rig–all in one and easily configurable without tools. A “secret” to its success is the…
- Denz BP12 Adapter for Alexa
Seen at Cinec, the latest Denz BP12 adapter attaches to the base of ARRI Alexas. The baseplate slides onto industry-standard bridgeplates. Denz bridgeplates come in lengths of 600, 440, 325 and 200 mm and have almost indestructible, Teflon-impregnated hard-coat which provides a smooth surface. www.denz-deniz.com
- Sony 28-135 Zoom
At Photokina, Sony’s new 28-135 mm f/4 E-mount zoom is another hint of where I think things are heading for motion picture cameras and lenses. It’s a full-frame still format (24x36mm) zoom. And it has optical image stabilization. I had not realized…
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IBC 2014 Edition
September 2014: Issue 62-63
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