DJI FPV @ MIT

Jonathon Brearley, MIT Master of Architecture and colleagues fly the DJI FPV. ” The FPV system’s precise navigation makes it feel extremely easy to position the drone in the sky. With this drone, the intention is to use the superb first-person-view (FPV) goggles that provide the pilot with a high definition stream of the 150˚ FOV drone camera. The goggles are so immersive, if you’ve had dreams of being a bird, free to roam the skies, this might be the closest you’ll get  with your feet planted safely on the ground. It’s slightly uncanny how natural the flight felt, especially the ability to assess depth and proximity of obstacles through the goggles, something I do not find easy to do while flying other phone-screen operated drones. read more…

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DJI Air 2s

The new DJI Air 2s combines thrill of flying and amazing image capture. It is nimble, amazing in low light, and super steady—even as a tripod in the sky. You can film in 5.4K or take 20 Megapixel stills. The one-inch sensor has 2.4 micron photosites — significantly larger than the Mavic Air 2 camera’s 0.8 micron photosites. This contributes to gorgeous picture quality and great dynamic range. read more…

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SIGMA fp L: 61 MP. Still. Cine. Director’s Finder. Webcam.

March 25, 2021. SIGMA Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki presented the SIGMA fp L as the sequel to fp and the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame digital single-lens mirrorless camera with a full-frame 61 MP sensor.  The camera continues SIGMA’s fp development concept: smallest and lightest pocketable full-frame camera; seamless STILL/ CINE switch, and scalability. The optional EVF-11 OLED electronic viewfinder addresses many user requests. And, the SIGMA fp L is one of the best Director’s Finders you could possibly find.  read more…

SIGMA New Products Presentation

3/25/21
SIGMA STAGE ONLINE: 8 am EDT; 9 pm JST; 12pm UTC

Thursday, March 25 at 8:00 am EDT, 21:00 JST; 5:00 am PDT; 12:00 pm UTC.

View the SIGMA STAGE ONLINE New Products Presentation on YouTuberead more…

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Panasonic LUMIX Firmware Updates

Panasonic LUMIX S Series and BGH1 cameras get firmware updates. Quick review: LUMIX S Series are Full Frame L-Mount mirrorless hybrid video/still cameras with compelling cine capabilities. BGH1 is a Micro Four Thirds versatile cube-shaped camera conducive to remote, drone, multi-camera, stunts and car rig coverage.  Highlights include: S1H: 5.9K and 4K Blackmagic RAW 12-bit Full Frame recording with Blackmagic Video Assist 12G HDR. S1H: Anamorphic 3.5K 12-bit recording in Super35 format. S1: 12-bit ProRes RAW recording with Atomos Ninja V. BGH1: 12-bit ProRes RAW recording with Atomos Ninja V. (S1H and S5 already record ProRes RAW on Atomos Ninja V.) Additional video capabilities for S1. And lots more. read more…

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Steven Meizler on “The Queen’s Gambit”

In its initial month of streaming, The Queen’s Gambit was viewed by 62 million households. These are Netflix numbers. Director Scott Frank has brought so much excitement to a story about chess and a conflicted prodigy that the New York Times headlined Marie Fazio’s review with “The Netflix show has reignited interest in the game and fueled demand for chess sets, accessories and timers.” Reviews were quick to extoll the beautifully lit and masterfully composed cinematography of Steven Meizler. And so— read more…

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AJA T-TAP Pro

Grass Valley, CA. AJA Video Systems releases T-TAP Pro. It’s small, sturdy, silent and sits inconspicuously between your Thunderbolt 3 computer’s output and 4K TV or monitor’s HDMI or SDI input. T-TAP Pro is about the size of a small box of Lipton Instant Soup Mix: 5” x 5” x 1” — and weighs about 8 ounces. Best of all, it is silent—quiet on set. The sound recordist will not be prowling in search of a noisy fan ruining whispered words in a dramatic, critical close-up. AJA T-TAP Pro is essentially the key to viewing 4K or HD via 12G-SDI or HDMI 2.0 inputs from from any supported Thunderbolt 3-enabled Mac or PC. (UHD and 2K as well.) read more…

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DMG DASH

Dash Dot Dot / Dash Dash / Dash Dash Dot.That’s Morse code for DMG as in DMG Lumiere.And now, DASH is the brilliant new pocket LED light fixture from DMG Lumiere by Rosco. It is housed in a rugged aluminum housing that can endure most production scenarios. DASH can all be controlled with the myMIX app for iOS, Android and APK.  DASH is tiny (5″ x 3.1″ x 1.1″) but powerful (up to 35 footcandles at 3.3 feet / 380 Lux at 1 meter.) read more…

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Sony FX3: Cage-Free, Free Range

And now there are four.

The FX3 is the latest addition to Sony’s growing Cinema Line of cameras. They seem to be multiplying at an impressive rate. VENICE, FX9, FX6, FX3.

Sony explained the concept on Sept 2, 2020: “Cinema Line will deliver not only a coveted cinematographic look but also enhanced operability and reliability. The series will extend beyond traditional cinema camera and professional camcorder form factors.”

Here’s a cinema camera with a decidedly different form factor. Inside, the FX3 acts quite like Sony’s a7S III hybrid still and video camera. Outside, the FX3 has lots of 1/4-20 threads in a unibody rugged steel skeleton. The cage-free design begs you to mount this camera in all kinds of places where a single mounting point and add-on cage wouldn’t dare to thread. read more…

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New Alpha from Sony

2/23/21
New Cinema Line Camera: Sony launch Feb 23 at 10am EST / 15:00 GMT / 24:00 JST

This is not a leak. It comes directly from the Sony Cine website where the presentation of the latest addition to the Cinema Line will be revealed.

See you then. read more…

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Jeff Cree 1951 – 2021

Jeffrey Allen Cree passed away on January 13, 2021 at home in Santa Clarita, California. He was born December 10, 1951 in Modesto, California. His first job ewas at KGO, an ABC owned and operated TV station in San Francisco. Next, Jeff traveled the world as an ABC news cameraman. His exploits became legendary and as his friend George Lang said, “Almost all of them are true.” Jeff joined Sony in San Jose, California in the 1990s and then moved with the Sony team to New Jersey. His next excellent adventure continued at Band Pro Film & Digital in 2002 as CTO. There will be a Zoom tribute to Jeff on Wed Feb 24, 2021 at 4:00 pm PST. read more…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro

Three exciting things about the new the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro should get your heart racing and your fingers dialing to buy one:

Built in Clear, ND.6, ND1.2 and ND1.6  filters.
5″ LCD Monitor tilts up and down
Optional (essential) 1280 x 960 color OLED viewfinder.
Unless you have the enviable close-up vision of a 12-year-old prodigy pointillist painter, squinting at a camera’s rear monitor held at arm’s length in bright daylight may not be your idea of the best way to discern framing and focus. read more…

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Nicol Verheem and Teradek at Sci-Tech Awards

Saturday, February 13.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 55 individuals and 2 companies in a virtual Scientific and Technical Awards (Sci-Tech) presentation. Three of these recipients are well-known to FDTimes readers. They graciously endured interviews. Here is the first of three: Nicol Verheem is the Founder & CEO of Teradek and CEO of Creative Solutions. read more…

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Greg Smokler – Teradek – Sci-Tech Award

Greg Smokler is Vice President of Cine Products at Teradek. He grew up in LA, worked as a camera assistant, DP and ICG Local 600 Camera Operator. He was co-founder of Paralinx, the wireless video company, that was acquired by the Vitec Group. Today, Greg is responsible for Vitec’s Creative Solutions Cine business unit, which comprises Teradek, SmallHD, and Wooden Camera. Greg discusses his Sci-Tech Award. read more…

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L-R: Amimon Sci Tech Award honorees: Guy Dorman, Dr. Zvi Reznic, Prof. Meir Feder, Ron Yogev.

 

Feb. 13, 2021. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scientific and Engineering Awards (Academy Plaques) honored Dr. Zvi Reznic, Prof. Meir Feder, Guy Dorman and Ron Yogev. They were commended for “For the development of the Amimon wireless chipset, which enables untethered, high-quality on-set, encrypted digital video monitoring with sub-frame latency. 

“By using novel extensions of digital data transmission and compression algorithms, and data prioritization based on error rate, the Amimon chipset supports the creation of systems with virtually unrestricted camera motion, expanding creative freedom during filming.” 

Essentially, if you have a Teradek or ARRI or almost any other wireless video system for motion picture production, there’s an Amimon chipset inside.

Read an FDTimes Amimon special report and company visit after acquisition by Vitec and Creative Solution in November 2018.

Meanwhile, back the the Sci-Tech Awards, Dr. Zvi Reznic replied to some questions.

Dr. Zvi Reznic

Jon Fauer: In a press release, you said, “We would like to thank the Academy for honoring us with this Award. When we started Amimon in 2004 we knew that the challenge of low latency video transmission was high, but we were ready for it. What caught us by surprise was the type of markets that we ended up serving. We started with consumer products and ended up in endoscopy, in drones, and on movie sets, where our technology has made a substantial impact.” Were you aware of the Academy’s Sci-Tech Award as you were developing this product?  

Dr. Zvi Reznic: It is a great honor for us to receive this award. Usually, only the people who develop the technology are aware of its level of sophistication, while the users are simply enjoying its merits. In this case, the Academy realized that what is simply described as “low-latency robust wireless video” encompasses an enormous set of innovations, robustness layers, and creative engineering. We are grateful for that.

We knew that this award existed, but we were still surprised to receive it. When we first met people from the production industry, more than 10 years ago, they told us about the need for wireless video on movie sets. But at that first meeting, they also told us that there were Oscars for technical achievements, and that our technology could be a candidate for such an award in the future. At that moment, we thought that this could be a nice outcome, but later, we totally forgot about it.

Can you please explain why “the type of markets you ended up serving” caught you by surprise?

When we started Amimon, we were focusing on consumer electronics and mainly flat-panel TVs. With flat-panel TVs, people often go to great lengths to hide the video cables and often bury them inside the walls. We provided a chipset that could eliminate these cables.

We had some early successes, including with Sharp, Sony and LG; but we then realized that from a business point of view, there was a better opportunity for us in other exciting markets that can be generally called “professional markets.” These markets include endoscopy, installation, film/TV production, drones and remote machinery.

Did those markets change over the years?

Those market changed over the years. Our first non-CE (consumer electronics) market was endoscopy. This started almost from the very beginning of Amimon when we were approached by Stryker, who has been our customer ever since.  The second one, which is actually adjacent to CE, was installation or retro-fit: replacing an existing cable with a paired video transmitter and video receiver, equipped with an Amimon chipset. And later, when we decided to pivot away from the CE market, around 2012, we focused more on the film/TV production industry through our partners at Teradek and in drones. But the film/TV production industry has been our biggest success, mainly due to our partnership with Teradek.

Where do you think the cinema industry is heading in wireless video?

One change that is already happening is the move from HD (1080p) to UHD (4K). The Amimon chipset, as well as Teradek Bolt systems, already support that.

Without revealing NDA matters, where is Amimon heading?

The next generation of Amimon products extend the zero-latency and high robustness of our existing technology to products running on any IP networks. Our systems will run on any IP network: cellular, WiFi, and the public internet, with close to zero delay. There are endless application for that, including cloud gaming, remote machinery, driverless vehicles, remote production, live events and more.

Additionally, we intend to keep up with the industry in terms of resolution. So when the production industry will be ready to adopt 8K, we will be there with something.


Dr. Zvi Reznic is Amimon Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO). He co-founded Amimon in 2004. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tel-Aviv University, a Masters Degree in Engineering from Cornell University and a BSc from Tel-Aviv University.

Professor Meir Feder is Chair of Information Theory, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University and a Visiting Professor at the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He holds an ScD degree from MIT.

Guy Dorman is Amimon’s Algorithms Design Manager. He joined Amimon in 2006. He received a BSc (1997) and M.Sc. (2005) in Electrical Engineering from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.

Ron Yogev is Amimon’s Vice President of Research and Development. He graduated with a BSc in electrical engineering from Ben-Gurion University in 2001.

 

2/13/21 | by Jon Fauer | Leave a comment

Sci Tech Awards to Teradek and Amimon

SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL AWARDS 2020 (to be presented Saturday Feb 13, 2021).
Announced today by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: February 2, 2021. LOS ANGELES, CA — 17 scientific and technical awards will be presented in a virtual Scientific and Technical (Sci Tech) Awards presentation on Saturday, February 13, 2021 on the Oscars® website beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific Time. You can go to the website now to read summaries of the awards. read more…

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Panasonic LUMIX DC-BGH1

Panasonic calls it a box camera. Perhaps that is too modest a name for the LUMIX DC-BGH1. “Box” reminds me of the first Kodak box camera of 1888. It had a simple fixed lens and lacked controls. “You take the pictures, we do the rest.” Calling the BGH1 a box camera could be like comparing a Jiro (dreams of Sushi) Omakase experience to a box lunch. Yes, the LUMIX BGH1 is boxy on the outside, with sculpturally beveled and rounded edges. It will feel familiar for broadcasting, streaming, multi-cam and IP remote control. But the BGH1 is much more. read more…

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Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K Report

This Special Report about the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K camera is compiled from several editions of FDTimes. It is a free, printable, 36-page 11 MB PDF download.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K costs less than $10K. It dares to defy a typical engineering riddle—pick any four of six: quality, resolution, easy data wrangling, size, weight, cost. Incredibly, URSA 12K gives you all six.

URSA 12K is a serious camera now shooting seriously stellar Super35 images at an astonishing 79.6 Megapixels per frame (12,288 x 6480) up to 75 fps in 2.39:1 (2.4:1), among many other aspect ratios, frame rates and resolutions. read more…

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SmallHD Indie 7 Monitor

Indie 7 is a new SmallHD 7″ touchscreen monitor, well, for independent filmmakers and many others. Some call it an entry level model, but perhaps that is a bit modest for something so packed with helpful features. This is probably the affordable monitor you’ll want to tame your new KOMODO. Optional software upgrades provide touchscreen camera control of RED KOMODO and DSMC2 cameras. read more…

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