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Chrosziel on Sony F3

At IBC, Chrosziel showed an ingenious system to support a Sony F3 and SR-R1 Memory Recorder. It’s light, stylish, practical and comfortable. The SR-R1 Memory Recorder lets you record Sony S-Log 10 and 12-bit RGB 4:4:4. It connects via cable directly to the F3. The SRMemory cards, about the size of an iPhone, come in 256 GB, 512 GB and… read more…

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Sony F65 at ASC & DGA

65K. Dollars, not pixels, not Euros. FDTimes embedded reporters in LA are breathlessly blogging. It’s too late to stop the presses. I’m flying to IBC, our September Issue 44 is printing, and I had guessed the F65 would be somewhere between 70 – 85K (luckily not specified whether that was with SR-R4, dollars or Euros, or whose exchange rate applied). Today, Sony… read more…

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Dorn Good Fauer Finder

Want a terrific Director’s Finder? You’re three internet clicks away. Ingredients: One Sony NEX-5 digital camera, one MTF Services PL to Sony E Mount Adaptor, and one beautifully designed and machined Viewfinder and bracket from the wonderful folks at iDC Photo Video. Bruce Dorn has been sketching, milling and drilling away, and is now making me blush by calling it… read more…

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Data Wrangling Sony HXR-NX70 on Mac

Here’s a workflow review on how we’re moving files from the water-resistant Sony HXR-NX70 camcorder into our Macs. The camera records to Sony proprietary .mts files that are HD MPEG-4 AVCHD format compatible. 1. Plug in the NX70’s external power supply and connect a USB cable from the camera to your Mac. We’re recording directly to the internal 96 GB… read more…

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Chris Marchitelli Joins Litepanels

Chris Marchitelli has joined Litepanels as VP of Global Marketing. It was just a few months ago that we were quoting Chris from his position at Sony Electronics as Senior Executive of “Beyond HD Production.” (as in 2K, 4K, 8K, F65). Rudy Pohlert, president and co-founding partner of Litepanels, said, “Chris brings experience in planning and marketing high profile broadcast technology… read more…

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Sony Spraycam NX70

We’re in Helsinki, Finland testing Sony’s new hostile environment HXR-NX70 camcorder at the 2011 Open European Sailing Championships. Sailors representing 50 countries are competing in pre-Olympic trials in conditions ranging from sweltering calm to 30 mph gusts and rain. If I had a truckload of new Sony NX70 cameras here on the dock I wouldn’t have to write this article–I could comfortably… read more…

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Contact Lens Monovision in the 3D World

Here’s an interesting article submitted by Tony Rivetti, 1st Assistant Camera/Focus Puller/Local 600 NEB. It sent me to webmd.com to find out what “contact lens monovision” is: “if bifocal contact lenses will not work for you, your doctor may recommend monovision. With monovision, you wear a contact lens that corrects for near vision in one eye and a lens that corrects for… read more…

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Sony 18-252 mm T3.8 Zoom

Some of the best surprises at NAB are under glass. This pre-prototype 18-252 mm T3.8 zoom is something we haven’t seen before: a small 35mm format cine zoom lens with built-in optical image stabilization and a short flange focal depth. It’s planned for Sony’s F3 camera, and uses the camera’s proprietary F3 mount. Previously, we reported that this lens might… read more…

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Oli at NAB 2011

Sony’s theme was “Believe Beyond HD.” The Digital Cinema Society’s seminar was titled, “3D, 4K and beyond.” We saw plenoptic lenses selectively adjusting focus within a scene. We saw the GoPro 3D camera on a model helicopter. NAB 2011 was well beyond HD. Attendance was up, along with activity on the show floor.  It could be a reflection of a… read more…

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Believe Beyond 4K

NAB can be a weathervane, sometimes pointing where we’re headed. Sometimes taking us on detours. How many NABs proclaimed HD was coming, was here, was now? The big deal for me at NAB2011 was life beyond HD, beyond 2K. I think we’re heading into a 4K world faster than we expected. Of course, RED predicted this long ago. But, when… read more…

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Another Camera Leak: Sony >4K

More Film and Digital Leaks. I’ll see your viewfinder and raise you…er…lower the duvetyne drapery a bit more. Sony has authorized a more revealing look, if in outline only, at their next CineAlta Super35 >4K camera. Pre-NAB NDAs (Non Disclosure Agreements) are serious matters. Promises not to divulge new product information have been scary enough that we considered delivering the… read more…

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FDTimes NAB Edition Contents

FDTimes April 2011 double issue 41-42 hits the halls of NAB on opening day: at 9 am on Monday April 11, 2011. Pick up your complimentary copy of Film and Digital Times from the publication bins in the Central Hall Main Lobby and South Hall Upper Lobby, at our booth C9550, and at the booths of our sponsors, including Sony, Fujinon,… read more…

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Water Resistant Sony HXR-NX70

Sony’s new HXR-NX70 is a water, spray and sand resistant NXCAM camcorder every documentary or news crew has wanted for years: the first Broadcast and Industrial grade rain-proof, spray-resistant, dust-proof, sand-proof camera.  I heard that the networks were influential in development—this was a camera they really wanted. I want one too. The sensor is 1/2.88”. The wide-angle 10x zoom is the… read more…

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Sony NXCAM Super35

What can we say about Sony’s new NEX-FS100U NXCAM Super35? How about “best design of a digital camera this year in a tiny package under $7,000?” It fits in the palm of your hand, feels like a Hasselblad, has the same 35mm sensor as the F3, and accepts almost any lens in the universe with its Sony E mount. It looks… read more…

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8K x 2K

Time for some seriously, non-official, pre-announcement, highly speculative math excercises. Many astute readers have been emailing or posting the big question, “How can the new Sony CineAlta Camera be 16:9 and greater than 4K when its pixel count is 8K x 2K? 8 x 2 is like a super wide-screen 4:1 format, isn’t it?” No. After spending time with some… read more…

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It’s the Water

Hot on the trail of Sony’s F3, NXCAM 35, and new >4K camera sensors, we fly one and a half hours south from Tokyo to Sony’s Image Sensor Fab Factory in Kumamoto. A short, 15 minute drive from the airport through fields of green tea that look like rows of pixels, we arrive at two massive buildings over 42,000 square… read more…

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SR Memory Cards

The memory most remembered at NAB will be SR Memory Cards. About the size and shape of an iPhone, these solid start storage devices will initially come in 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB sizes. They will be capable of a sustained data rate of 5 Gbps. They contain internal memory controller chips and circuits. Data security is top… read more…

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More from Sony’s Atsugi Tech Center

This is like an episode of the TV show “Amazing Race.” Rush hour in Tokyo. Racing through Shinagawa station, with three minutes before the “Romance Car” departs. Sony’s Atsugi Tech Center was established in 1960 for research and development. It’s an hour southwest of Tokyo, near the famous temple of Kamakura. The quick, clean and comfortable “Romance Car” train gets… read more…

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NXCAMs for Sea, Sand and 3D

Sony’s NXCAM design group has been busy. They showed us 2 addtional new compact camcorders to be shown at NAB. We’ll have to wait until NAB to reveal the real names. Water, spray and sand resistant NXCAM camcorder Sailors and sailing coaches around the world will rejoice. This is the first Broadcast and Industrial grade dust-proof, sand-proof, rain-proof and spray-resistant camcorder…. read more…

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Sony NXCAM 35

Additional astonishing announcements at Atsugi, Japan, where we’re visiting Sony’s Tech Center. The team behind Sony’s NXCAM 35 camcorder wins our praise for one of the most refreshing and well-executed designs this year. Production models of Sony’s NXCAM 35 will be shown at NAB. The first mock-ups were shown in New York and LA on November 17, 2010. Pictures will… read more…

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