Blackmagic Introduces Pocket Cinema Camera 4K



Blackmagic has introduced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. It is the next generation handheld 4K digital film camera.

The revolutionary new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is the camera you’ve been asking for! It features an all new handheld design that puts the latest digital film technology into the palm of your hand!

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has a 4/3 size sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range and dual native ISO up to 25,600. That means you get stunning HDR images and incredible low light performance. The external controls give you quick access to functions, while the large 5 inch touchscreen makes it easy to frame shots, focus accurately and change camera settings.

Images are recorded onto standard SD/UHS-II or CFast 2.0 cards in RAW and ProRes at up to 120 frames per second. In addition, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K has an MFT lens mount, built-in microphones, mini XLR input, full sized HDMI, 3D LUT support, Bluetooth, USB-C Expansion Port, and more.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K uses the same Blackmagic OS as USRA Mini. That means you get the world’s most advanced camera operating system and many of the same features found on larger cameras. If you are just getting started, you can learn how to use the Pocket Cinema Camera 4K today and move up to an URSA Mini when you are ready.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K is priced at $1,295, and is listed as “coming soon” on the Blackmagic website.


Aputure Diety Condenser Microphone



Aputure was founded in 2005 by a team of inspired filmmakers and videographers who wanted to create high quality content, but struggled with steep cost of equipment needed to do so. The Aputure Deity is their newest condenser microphone.

The Aputure Deity is a professional shotgun condenser microphone, offering superior sound performance, high industrial standard components and great craftwork made for a reliable tool for audio recording. For film, documentary, interview and more, this mic offers the best quality audio for your needs.

The new Deity has remarkably low off-axis coloration. It can get great balance between major sound and environmental ambience. Sound from off-axis direction won’t get distortion or coloration. The Diety can more accurately capture off-axis sound, minimizing noise reduction requirements in post.

The Diety adopts a super cardioid polar pattern, which is extremely directional minimizing surrounding ambient noise, which is a very important characteristic for recording (dialogue) with a boom pole. Capture dialogue directly with a broadcast level quality.


OpenLabs Offers a Tax Break Coupon Code



OpenLabs is offering a tax break coupon code – for a limited time. The code is TAXBREAK and it will be valid through April 23, 2018.

BUY MORE, SPEND LESS! Stack the savings this week on all Stagelight in-app loop, presets, drum kits and features! First, upgrade to the latest free version of Stagelight 3.5 HERE. Next, launch Stagelight to enter the in-app store to shop tons of new packs and exclusive content.

Use the coupon code TAXBREAK at checkout. The coupon code will expire on April, 23, 2018 at Midnight CDT.

Stagelight 3.5 includes dozens of new user presets, drum patterns and multiple sound effects to choose from. Beginners and hobbyists can quickly build beats by browsing through multiple presets by genre or create their own track templates that include instrument and effect combos.

Stagelight can be downloaded for Android, for Windows, or for macOS.

OpenLabs posted information about this coupon code on their Instagram. They point out you can stack the savings this week on all Stagelight in-app loops, presets, drum kits, and features.


Line 6 Introduces Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus



Line6 has introduced Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus speakers. They are active guitar speaker systems for modelers.

Powercab 112 and Powercab 112 Plus are 1×12 active speaker systems that deliver an authentic “amp-in-the-room” playing experience when paired with any modeler, profiler, or even an amp-simulation pedal. Select one of the six classic Speaker Models as alternatives to your current cab models, or simply plut in your modeler and play using Flat Mode – the choice is yours

Powercabs are also loud enough to fill any small club or medium-sized venue, and performing guitarists will also appreciate their lightweight yet roadworthy construction, compact size, flip-out kickstands, and XLR direct outputs.

The Powercab 112 Plus also includes powerful advanced features such as a 2-inch LCD, 128 user preset locations, MIDI In/Out, AES/EBU and L6 LINK digital I/O, a multipurpose second input, and a USB audio interface.


Variax Released a Limited Edition Onyx Guitar



Variax releases special, limited edition, guitars from time to time. Their newest one is the Variax Limited Edition Onyx guitar. Get one before they sell out! If you wait too long, they will be gone.

The new Variax Limited Edition Onyx guitar features a translucent-black finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, with a matching headstock overlay, a Limited Edition insignia, and a numbered neck plate. Plus, all the tonal versatility you’ll ever need via Variax HD modeling.

Not only is the new Variax Limited Edition Onyx guitar visually striking, it also delivers a wide range of tones and alternate tunings via Variax HD modeling. Each guitar features a translucent-black finish over a flamed-maple veneer top, with a matching headstock overlay, a Limited Edition insignia, and a numbered neck plate.

Other features include:

  • Lightweight alder body with proprietary tremolo bridge
  • One-piece maple neck with Macassar ebony fingerboard and Graph Tech nut

The Variax Standard Limited Edition Onyx Guitar has an MSRP of $1,399.99, but is currently priced at $999.99. You can purchase it through the Variax website, or use the Variax website to find a dealer that sells the product.


Livestream Announced Updates at NAB 2018



Livestream announced studio software improvements, a brand new hardware product, and their first time in the Vimeo booth at NAB 2018. Visit Livestream, Vimeo, and Mevo at NAB 2018 in booth C3307.

Livestream’s latest version of Studio Software is now available for Mac users (in beta). For now, Studio 5 for Mac is only for subscription users and does not include multi-view, Surface support, or tally lights, and can only be used with an AVI transcorder.

Vimeo customers can now log directly into Studio 5 software, and enable streaming to multiple platforms in the cloud with Vimeo Premium, in addition to the existing ability to stream to multiple RTMP-enabled social destinations. New hardware encoding and decoding features in Studio 5 enable you to produce high-quality, multi-camera live video using consumer-grade computers, including the iMac and MacBook Pro.

Studio 5 updates also include “Simple Mode,” a new user experience for those new to streaming or with simplified workflows.

Studio One is Livestream’s newest encoder with a compact desktop size (an 11-inch Mini-ITX box) that doesn’t spare the horsepower. Stream up to 4K resolution, from two 4K inputs, or four HD inputs (HDMI or SDI).

The Studio One also features two quarter-inch analog audio inputs, an Intel eighth generation 6-core CPU, a high-performance graphics card, and advanced hardware encoding. This new hardware packs a lot of punch in a small package.

Another update involves the power of Vimeo’s over-the-top streaming custom apps. You can now build a Netflix-style OTT app for your live and on-demand video content, and monetize that content with a subscription service. This is good for content creators who want to engage their audiences live as well as on-demand all within the dedicated home of their app or website.


Skype Announces Skype for Content Creators at NAB 2018



Skype announced something new called Skype for Content Creators. It is their next innovation for Skype and now in Preview.

Skype for Content Creators is designed to open new interactive possibilities for our users all over the world – including leading digital broadcasters, streamers, and vloggers, to record videos, podcasts and live streaming calls without having to invest in expensive studio equipment.

With Skype for Content Creators, Windows 10 and Mac users will be able to select the Content Creators mode to place and record calls directly within NewTek NDI-enabled software such as: Wirecast, Xsplit, and Vmix.

Once the call is recorded, content can be easily imported into apps such as Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Audition for editing. In addition, users can customize the look and feel of the call – so they can be part of a live show ready for streaming to audiences of all sizes.

You won’t need additional recording or screen capture solutions. Skype will provide clean feeds of all group video call participants to your choice of NewTek NDI-enabled software, dramatically simplifying the process of using Skype for collaborative content.

Skype now unlocks content from within the Skype for Desktop app, making it easier than ever to use the audio and video to create collaborative, engaging content with as little as two steps from setting up the call to livestreaming your call to a platform of your choice.

Skype will be at NAB Show 2018. Visit them April 9-12 at Booth # SL6716.


Eventide Ultra Essentials Bundle Now On Sale



Eventide is having a sale on their Ultra Essentials Bundle. You can save up to 80% if you purchase the Ultra Essentials Bundle before April 30, 2018.

Designed as the ultimate toolset for producers, engineers and sound designers, the Ultra Essentials Bundle features three of our most powerful plugins: UltraChannel, UltraReverb and UltraTap. Whether you are mixing or tracking a record, live sound or post production, our Ultra Essentials will not only make everyday tasks easier but fire your imagination.

The Ultra Essentials Bundle comes with more than 600 presets across the three plug-ins, many designed by Eventide artists including Andrew Scheps, Chris Carter, Richard Devine, Sasha, ROCASound, Brian Montgomery, Matt Lange, and many more. Valued at over $500 if purchased separately, bundles are the most affordable way to own Eventide’s award-winning tools.

UltraChannel Features:

  • Feature-rich plug-in that includes a parametric EQ, compressor, gate, soft saturation, transformer emulation, micropitch shift, and stereo delays
  • Exclusive O-pressor for creating dynamic effects
  • FlexiPath routing makes it possible to rearrange the order of the processing elements for any desired workflow
  • Comes with over 200 presets tailored for a wide variety of applications

UltraReverb Features:

  • Nine H800 hardware-derived, reverb algorithms
  • Realistic simulations of halls, chambers, rooms, plates, and ambience or, taken to the extreme, other-worldly environments
  • The toolbox includes 4 parametric EQs, compression and delay which can be routed pre or post reverb
  • Packed with more than 300 presets it is arguably the most comprehensive reverb plug-in available.

UltraTap Features:

  • Create rhythmic delays, glitchy reverbs, huge pad-like volume swells, and extraordinary modulation
  • The perfect tool for creating drum fills, vocal choruses, swelling guitar cords, and other evolving effects
  • “Spread” control speeds up or down or slows down the rhythmic space between taps
  • Comes with 150+ presets, many optimized for live performance using the innovative Ribbon control

Marshall Electronics Announces New CV620-IP for NAB 2018



Marshall Electronics announces a new high definition PTZ camera for NAB 2018, the Marshall CV620-WH2/BK2. Built around a 2-Megapixel, 1/2.8-inch sensor, the Marshall CV620-WH2/BK2 delivers crisp, clear 1920×1080 video with vibrant colors and fast frame-rates. It can be controlled remotely via RS-232 over Ethernet cable, or RS-422 over twisted pair, and uses common protocols to make it compatible with the most integrated control systems.

The Marshall CV620-WH2/BK2 has versatile outputs such as HD-SDI (3G) and HDMI (DVI) and includes many broadcast adjustable settings such as white balance, exposure, iris, gamma, black level, and more for tremendous flexibility of use.

The Pan-Tilt range spans 340° horizontally, and 120°vertically, and offers simultaneous 4D control for Pan, Tilt, Zoom, and Focus.

With a 20x optical zoom (4.7 ~ 94mm) and variable transition speeds of 5 ~ 300° per second with optional motionless transition, users will be able to smoothly pan, tilt, and zoom to any location without worrying about jerky camera movements or rushed zoom shots.

The Marshall CV620-WH2/BK2 can be set to resolutions of 1920x1080i, 1920x1080p, and 1280x720p, and with adjustable high-speed frame rates of 60, 59.94, 50, 30, 29.97, and 25 frames per second. Mountable via table, wall, or ceiling, (with flappable images), the Marshall CV620-WH2/BK2 serves many applications.

The Marshall CV-WH2/BK2 is available in colors black (BK2) and white (WH2).


Canon Introduces their First Full-Frame Cinema Camera



Canon announced the EOS C700 FF, the company’s first full-frame cinema camera.

At the heart of the camera is a novel Canon-developed CMOS image sensor having a total of 5952 (H) x 3140 (V) photosites with a digital cinema 17:9 aspect ratio, which gives it the same image circle size as the full frame EOS 5D camera series. This supports a wide range of shooting options.

Available in both PL and EF Mount, the EOS C700 FF provides users with the same outstanding performance, operation and modular design as the EOS C700 (released in December 2016). The camera is being shown publicly for the first time at the Canon booth (C4325) at the NAB Show 2018 in Las Vegas from April 9-12.

The EOS C700 FF is capable of ProRes and XF-AVC internal recording up to 4K to CFast cards. With the optional Codex CDX-36150 recorder, the EOS C700 FF is capable of recording 5.9K RAW up to 60 frames per second. When oversampling 5.9K in 4K/UHD recording, morié is suppressed and noise graininess improved, resulting in higher quality video compared to 4K image capture. The EOS C700 FF also has a wide array of 3K/UHD/HD recording options, including recording up to 168 fps in 2K RAW in Super 16mm (crop) mode.

The camera includes Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF (DAF) technology (EF mount only), and has an impressive dynamic range of 15 stops. Other key features of the EOS C700 FF camera system include Canon Log 2 and 3, Slow/Fast Motion Recording, IP Streaming and support for ACES, SMPTE ITU-R BT.2100 (HDR) and User LUTs.

The rugged magnesium body was built with rounded edges and semi-circular sides behind the lens mount that hint at the Canon Cinema design legacy. The EOS C700 FF can be equally comfortable handheld, shoulder-mounted, on a tripod head, steadicam, gimbal rig, crane or car mount. An optional professional grade OLED HD electronic viewfinder (EVF-V70) offers additional versatility. The camera is also compatible with a variety of lens configurations including anamorphic and B4 (with the optional MO-4E adapter).