After The Smoke Clears at NAB 2013

By Al Caudullo,

NAB 2013 was a tour de force of 4K bliss. Leading the pack was Sony with its 4K alter high-definition experience; the new XBR – 55X 900A, a 55 inch and the XDR 65X 900A, a 65 inch 4K ultra HD LED TVs were just were on display along with the leaders in the back of affordable 4K, the Sony F5 and F55 4K Ultra HD cameras.

Trailing right behind that and making a very large splash was the Blackmagic 4K Cinema Camera for only $3995 and it’s small cousin, the pocket-size MFT camera with a super 16 sensor that shoots RAW video for only $995. There’s a lot of potential there! 3DGuy is in touch with Blackmagic to try and get hands-on for a review of both cameras.

In the, “I got $110,000 to spend on a camera category”, the Phantom Flex 4K offers up to 1000 frames per second for the resolution of 4096 x 2160. Drop back to 2K and the Phantom Flex shoots up to 2000 FPS. Available with PL, TV, Nikon F/G and Canon EF powered lenses.

ARRI was on hand to roll out their new XT line of cameras. In a joint project with Ikegami they also displayed a new large-format super 35 broadcast camera. But no 4K.

RED tried not to be outdone by having an on-site clean room where they let everyone watch upgrades being done to install the Dragon 6K processor. They also outline a Scarlet upgrade path.

Grass Valley weighed in with the GV Director™, a nonlinear life production system, LDX flex™ software upgradable camera, the GV-eLicense program and the XCU™(eXchangeable control unit) base station. Grass Valley is leading the way with better ways to produce television and pro video.

Well, 4K’s shining 3D offerings were still plentiful to be found. 130 exhibitors showcased stereoscopic 3D products. Way too many for me to list here but I’ll quickly summarize the ones that I thought were the most important. [more...]


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