At NAB 2018, all of the biggest tech companies in the industry have been releasing new gear and new updates. Here’s what you may have missed.
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We’ve seen some impressive gear come out of this year’s NAB Show, including new cameras, new software updates, and even some new monitors and rigs. If you haven’t been following the play-by-play action over at the PremiumBeat blog, here are 7 of the biggest releases we’ve seen come out of Vegas this week.
After five years of waiting, we finally have a new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera coming to the market. This camera might not be “pocket-sized” anymore, but its features surpass pockets anyway. With 4K recording at 60fps and a $1,295 price point, this is sure to be a favorite among budget filmmakers in the future. Here are the specs:
- 60fps, 4K
- 13 stops dynamic range
- 4/3rds sensor
- 25,600 ISO
- 4.0 color science
- Built-in LUTs
- Bluetooth controllers
- 4 Microphones built into the camera
- MINI-XLR attachment
- Full-size HDMI hook-up
- Recording to CFAST and SD
- Can record to an external disc
- Edit right off of recorded HDD
- Button for quick high frame rate recording
- Still photography capability
- Touch-sensitive LCD monitor
Resolve 15, the newest update to the massively popular color-centric NLE, offers features that elevate it to the playing field of the bigger NLEs like Premiere and Final Cut. With powerful keying tools and new ADR features, things are looking pretty good for this high-powered program. Here are the specs:
- Vector Paint — resolution-independent paint tools with flexible brush styles, blend modes, and strokes for removing items or painting new elements.
- Rotoscoping — isolate objects from other elements in a scene using bezier and B-spline tools to quickly draw and animate custom shapes.
- 3D Particle Systems — create swirling, sparkling fantastic effects in full 3D, complete with physics and behavioral forces like gravity, avoidance. and bounce.
- Powerful Keying — key any element using the new Delta keyer, Ultra, Chroma, Luma, and differential keyers to create the best composite.
- True 3D Compositing — combine live-action with 3D models, cameras, lights, and more in a true 3D workspace to create amazing photorealistic effects.
- Tracking and Stabilization — use 3D and planar trackers to track, match move, and stabilize anything! Match camera movement with the camera tracker.
Although the X-H1 was announced earlier this year, it was finally out on display this week at NAB. From what we’ve heard, it has a bit more heft than its predecessor. It comes with a feature called “ETERNA,” which basically emulates film stock, saving you color-grading time and effort in post-production.
- Sensor: 23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS III
- 120 fps at 1080p
- Weight: 507g
- 5-axis in-body stabilization
- Film simulator ETERNA
- 15 minutes recording time
- DCI 4K
Here’s something we’ve all been looking forward to: a full-frame camera from Canon. The 700D is a powerful camera that can record up to 6K at 60fps, and at a price point of $33,000, it’s a great choice for someone with a company card. Here are the specs:
- Built-in ND filters
- 5.9K full frame CMOS sensor
- New sensor modes: full frame, Super 35mm, and Super 16mm
- 15-stops dynamic range
- Greater range of lens options
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF system with Canon EF mount
- Supports Canon Cinema RAW, ProRes and XF-AVC
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Aputure has really made a name for themselves in the professional lighting scene, and for good reason. They produce high-quality lighting equipment used by pros everywhere. During a “Super Secret Dinner” hosted by the company at NAB, they announced a RGB panel light that’s been in development for two years. This product has not been fully announced yet, but we do know some of its features, like a new handheld device that can dial in specific colors on set and color match other lighting rigs using a scanning feature.
For those that love tough, portable hard drives, this new drive from LaCie might be your next acquisition. With a size up to 4TB and a brand-new SD card slot for on-the-go media purging, the Rugged Raid Pro will most likely be in the hands of run-and-gun videographers everywhere when it releases this year.
What you could consider the most luxury piece gear of the conference, the Edelkrone Dolly Plus is an automatic dolly that you can control using a phone app. You can program it to pan, tilt, dolly, and even focus in specific time frames. While it may be out of the price range of 90% of filmmakers, if you are looking for something to do all the work for you, this is the piece of gear.
For more updates and gear reviews of products coming out of NAB, make sure to check out the PremiumBeat Blog.