Panasonic Gh4

Apr 082014

So NAB 2014 is here. If you like video production, this is the place to be. Las Vegas. Ahh, crack whores, strippers, gambling, the conclusion of March Madness, dudes all over the sidewalks handing out flyers to strip clubs, and NAB. Ideally you do Vegas properly and get a little taste of everything I just listed.

Major Announcements for Day 1 of NAB 2014

  • Atomos Ninja Star ($295): Captures ProRes 4:2:2 in 1080p. Designed particularly for DSLR shooters.
  • Atomos Shogun ($???):  Records 4K. Records in ProRes, DNxHD, and Cinema DNG RAW. Features a 7 inch IPS monitor.
  • AJA Video Systems CION ($9,000): Records 4K as well as 12bit 4:4:4 ProRes (not sure at which resolution). It can record 4K @ 120fps, and has an internal SSD. The big deal is that it is priced at $8,995 which is cheap for all the features this cam offers.
  • Blackmagic URSA ($5,995+): Super 35 sensor size, can record in 12 bit Cinema DNG RAW at up to 4K, features a 10 inch flip out LCD monitor, two additional smaller 5 inch LCD touch screens, and dual recording so you can record continuously for several hours (forever? until the camera overheats and blows up??).
  • Blackmagic Studio Camera HD ($1,995): 10 inch LCD display, and it shoots 1080p. It is not practical for indie filmmakers because it wasn’t really designed with them in mind. With that said something draws me to this camera. Its ugliness maybe? If your specialty is broadcast studio work the BM Studio Camera is literally the camera for your budget needs.
  • Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner ($30,000): A cool looking device that scans film in real time. Scans 35mm film into digital Ultra HD (4K) in real time.
  • Sony A7s ($1700): Old news, but I may as well lump it in. Basically a Panasonic GH4 competitor. Shoots 4K, has a better sensor. Buckle your seats for a 4K war at the sub $2000 price point.
  • Juicedlink Little DARling: ($???): A small recorder, that is designed to fit on a belt or whatever else you want to attach it to. It records two tracks (main track, and backup track at lower dB).

Pretty cool to see stuff for the amateurs. If you have $5,000 to spend, you can basically have a professional production. The A7s, Juicedlink Little DARling, and the Atomos Ninja Star all contribute to the arsenal at our disposal. Can’t wait for Day 2!

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