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Fujifilm Launches FUJINON UA107x8.4BESM AF Broadcast Lens



Fujifilm Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the FUJINON UA107x8.4BESM AF (UA107x8.4 AF), the world’s first 4K compatible broadcast lens that incorporates the AF function, in March 2020.

The UA107x8.4 AF is a box-type broadcast lens that delivers outstanding capability for tracking a moving subject and a fast and accurate auto-focus with AF speed as fast as 0.5 seconds. The lens’s ultra-high 107 x zoom ratio covering focal lengths from 8.4mm to 900mm and the use of a unique optical image stabilization mechanism allow users to accurately capture a distant moving subject and produce premium-quality video with minimal camera shake in live coverage of sporting or music events.

The UA107x8.4 AF is an epoch-making product that brings innovation to video production with its capability to record high-quality 4K video with ease of use and comfort.

Highlights of the UA107x8.4 AF:

  •  The UA107x8.4 AF uses a phase-detection AF sensor and its dedicated algorithm, developed with technologies that Fujifilm has fostered with its X and GFX Series of mirrorless digital cameras. The fast and accurate autofocus with AF speed as fast as 0.5 seconds gives the lens an outstanding subject-tracking performance. The advanced AF performance becomes evident when the users see the clarity of video in slow-motion replay, which tends to highlight focusing accuracy.
  •  The lens achieves a 107x zoom ratio covering focal lengths from 8.4mm in wide angle and 900mm in ultra-telephoto, and is equipped with a unique optical image stabilization mechanism, making it impossible to accurately capture a distant moving subject and still produce stable video with minimal motion blur.
  •  The use of cutting-edge optical technology delivers vivid color reproduction and high contrast, creating rich tonal gradation based on high dynamic range (HDR).

Canon Introduced its First Two 8K Broadcast Lenses



Canon U.S.A. announced the launch of its first two 8K Broadcast lenses: the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 (SP51x15.5B), a long-zoom field lens, and the 7×10.7 KAS S, a portable zoom lens. These two new zoom lenses are compatible with 8K broadcast cameras equipped with 1.25-inch lenses.

The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K field zoom lens provides high-quality optical performance for 8K broadcast cameras from the center to the periphery of the screen. The lens is built with the world’s highest 51x zoom, as well as the world’s longest focal range from the wide-angled end of 15.5mm to the telephoto end of 790mm.

In addition, the lens also features a built-in 1.5x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 1185mm. With the ability to realize high magnification, this lens provides users the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K field zoom lens, allowing them to switch to 8K video shooting and production without changing the shooting style.

The 7×10.7 KAS S 8K Lens features a 7x zoom that covers a focal range of 10.7-75mm. The new 7×10.7 KAS S is ideal for a variety of broadcasting applications. From the center of the screen to corners of the periphery, this lens has the resolution and contrast compatible with 8K broadcast cameras, while also having the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K portable zoom lens. The 7×10.7 KASS S is equipped with key features designed to provide customers with a high-quality, user-friendly experience, including the mobility required for on-the-move shooting.

The 7.10.7 KAS S will be available by special order beginning in January 2020, and the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 will be available by special order beginning in May 2020.


Tether Tools Introduces TetherPro Right Angle Adapters



Tether Tools has introduced the TetherPro Right Angle Adapter Cables, also called “pigtails”. They were created as a result of people asking for them. There are three different kinds of TetherPro Right Angle Adapter Cables.

You asked, we listened! Introducing the TetherPro Right Angle Adapter Cables, or “pigtails”, for USB-C, USB 3.0 Micro-B and USB 2.0 Mini 5-Pin. At 20” (50cm) in length, these right-angle pigtails are designed to be used with the TetherPro USB 3.0 to Female Active Extension and the TetherPro USB 2.0 to Female Active Extension for USB-A computer ports. Use them with TetherPro USB-C to USB-A Female Adapter for USB C computers. Pair any of the Right Angled Adapter Cables with a TetherBlock or TetherBlock Arca to keep set up simple and reduce any workflow interruptions.

TetherPro Right Angle Adapter USB 3.0 to USB-C are designed to be used with the TetherPro USB Female Active Extensions and Adapters for quick release at the connection point. Compatible with all USB-C camera ports.

TetherPro Right Angle Adapter USB 3.0 to USB 3.0 Micro-B 5-Pin are designed to be used with the TetherPro USB Female Active Extensions and Adapters for quick release at the connection point. Compatible with all USB 3.0 Micro-B 5-pin camera ports.

TetherPro Right Angle Adapter USB 2.0 to USB 2.0 Mini-B 5-Pin are designed to be used with the TetherPro USB Female Active Extensions and Adapters for quick release at the connection point. Compatible with all USB 2.0 Mini-B 5-pin camera ports.


Fishman Introduces TriplePlay Connect



Fishman has introduced TriplePlay Connect. With the TriplePlay controller and app, your guitar and imagination, you can create music, explore soundscapes, share, interact, and have fun!

TriplePlay Connect controller and the TriplePlay Connect is the bridge between your guitar and your iPad. Simply download the free TriplePlay Connect iOS app from the App Store and plug the cable into your iPad to create new sounds, instruments, songs and more.

Get inspired and engage with your guitar in a whole new way. With TriplePlay Connect and your guitar, you can play and control virtual instruments, perform songs and share them online, create, share and play loops and audio files, or turn your guitar into a whole band! TriplePlay Connect also works as a MIDI controller for Mac and PC apps and sound libraries.

TriplePlay Connect empowers anyone to:

  •  Play, control, and blend virtual instruments
  • Add features and generate complex rhythms
  • Create, share and play loops and audio files
  • Turn a guitar into a whole band
  • Perform songs and share them online

TriplePlay Connect features:

  •  Easy and non-invasive installation on any 6-string guitar
  • Low-latency pitch tracking technology
  • Connects with the supplied USB and Lightning cables
  • Magnetic mounting hardware make it easy to attach and remove the controller
  • It includes a controller, hexaphonic pickup Lightning cable, USB cable, and mounting brackets and hardware.

Antlion Audio Released a Defective ModMic Wireless Alert



Antlion Audio released a defective ModMic Wireless alert. They have identified a range issue in their most recent production of ModMic Wireless. If you or someone you know purchased a ModMic Wireless after August 1, 2019, and are experiencing connection drops or quality issues, you may be affected.

This alert is for those who have noticed that their ModMic has been experiencing connection drops or cutting out while they talk. Antlion Audio said that this problem appears to only affect certain ModMic Wireless units that were purchased after August 1, 2019. Other than lower than normal range, these units work perfectly.

If your ModMic Wireless is dropping signal or cutting out, Antlion Audio recommends you contact their Customer Service with proof of purchase (receipt or order number), purchase date, and where you purchased it from (name of store and country). They will resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

ModMic Wireless units available from Antlion Audio are described as “working perfectly”. They expect that Amazon US to be back online for them soon. Other retailers are working on ensuring only fully functioning ModMic units are on the shelf.


iZotope Introduces Dialogue Match



iZotope has introduced Dialogue Match. an all-new dialogue editing tool that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without. Dialogue Match is exclusively for Pro Tools. At the time I am writing this blog post, Dialogue Match is on sale for $499.00. (The regular price is $599.00.)

Traditionally, the process of matching audio clips recorded in different environments or captured using different microphones required hours of EQ tweaking and reverb crafting – until now. With the ability to instantly learn and transfer reverb, EQ, and ambience content between audio files, Dialogue Match helps to maintain a sense of space and atmosphere between your scenes and keep your audience in the moment.


Dialogue Match Modules:

EQ: Dialogue Match uses iZotope’s powerful EQ matching mechanics in order to produce a comprehensive replica of your reference file’s spectral profile. Select a clip as a reference, then quickly match the tonal aspects of any piece of dialogue and apply it to another.

Reverb: Combining the latest innovations in iZotope machine learning with beloved Exponential Audio reverbs, Dialogue Match’s Reverb module is an industry first. By analyzing the reflections in your audio files, Dialogue Match instantly generates a matching reverb preset to place both files in the same virtual space.

Ambience: Dialogue Match leverages the power of RX’s ambience matching technology to capture and create a more comprehensive profile of your dialogue recordings. Achieve authentic noise floor parity across any number of audio files in two simple clicks.


Accusonus Post-Halloween Sale on ERA 4 Voice Leveler



Accusonus has a post-Halloween sale on ERA 4 Voice Leveler. You can buy it for $9 during this sale. (Regular price is $59). The post-Halloween sale is valid until November 8, 2019.

Are you a podcaster, videographer, vlogger, dialogue editor, or post production engineer? The ERA Voice Leveler will help you save time and you will be able to focus on the creative side of your work.

Instead of spending hours on manual gain adjustments, use the new ERA Voice Leveler to normalize the volume levels of speech or dialogue recordings in seconds, without leaving your DAW or NLE environment.

The ERA Voice Leveler is a single knob tool that uses new patent-pending algorithms to automatically detect audio level problems in voice recordings and connect them in real-time.

Apart from the “Normal” mode, the Voice Leveler also has a “Tight” mode that results in a more focused “radio” sound. This helps your dialogue tracks to stand out from the background music or effects. This is especially useful in cases such as audio and video ads, podcasts, vlogs, etc.

In addition, the Voice Leveler features a unique “Emphasis” mode. This automatically detects problems in tonal balance of voice recordings. Such problems can for example happen when a speaker is not directly facing the microphone or has moved significantly from the mic between takes/scenes. When the “Emphasis” mode is engaged, it allows you to apply subtle processing to compensate for those spectral disparities and ensure consistent tone and quality.


GoPro MAX is Now Shipping



GoPro announced that the GoPro MAX started shipping on October 25, 2019. It is available for immediate delivery from GoPro.com and also from retailers around the globe.

“MAX completely redefines what you can do with a camera,” said GoPro Founder and CEO Nick Woodman. “We named it MAX because it takes just about every aspect of a GoPro and pushes it to the maximum, be it unbreakable video stabilization, unbelievably wide angle video and photos, or the ultra-creative effects you can achieve with the companion GoPro app. MAX has become my favorite GoPro of all time.”

GoPro MAX is a waterproof (16 feet / 5 meters) dual-lens GoPro that maxes out on versatility – it’s like having three cameras in one. MAX can be used as a maximum-stabilized single-lens HERO camera, dual-lens 360 camera or next-level vlogging camera with its built-in front-facing display and shotgun-mic audio capabilities.

No matter how it is used, MAX delivers next-level, unbreakable video stabilization with Max HyperSmooth – GoPro’s highest performance stabilization, ever. MAX also features four digital lenses, including the new ultra-wide Max SuperView – GoPro’s widest field of view, ever.

Additional features include one-click 270-degree PowerPoint photos, in-camera 360 video and photo stitching and convenient keyframe-based editing of 360 content in the GoPro app. GoPro MAX is like no other camera in the world – perfect for innovative users looking to take their creativity to the MAX!


Yamaha’s Stage Pianos Win DFA 2019 Silver Award



Yamaha Corporation announced that the Yamaha CP88/CP73 stage pianos were recognized by the DFA Design for Asia Awards with the Silver Award.

Powered by over 100 years of piano craftsmanship and 45 years of synthesizer innovation, the CP88 and CP73 stage pianos continue a rich tradition as the newest in the CP Series of keyboards designed for live performances. The CP88/CP73 stage pianos boast authentic acoustic and electric piano sound, realistic piano touch, and an intuitive one-to-one user interface. Durable, yet compact and light, the stage pianos are available in both 88-key and 73-key models.

The DFA Design for Asia Awards is a Hong Kong Design Centre program that was launched in Hong Kong in 2003 to celebrate design excellence and acknowledge outstanding designs with Asian perspectives. DFA awards are presented to companies and designers whose superior work reflects Asian lifestyles and who are influential in the design field.

In addition to the top prize – the Grand Award – and three other special awards, Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Merit Awards are presented to winners chosen from a total of 26 different categories. Yamaha previously received the Grand Award for its SILENT Brass in 2014 and its YEV electric violin in 2017.

Yamaha’s CP88/CP73 stage pianos also received a 2019 Good Design Award. The award is sponsored by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.


RØDE Introduced the NTG5 Shotgun Mic



RØDE introduced the NTG5, a brand-new addition to their best-selling range of shotgun microphones. The NTG5 sets a new standard for the range. With a groundbreaking acoustic port design, ultra-lightweight construction, and crystal clear, broadcast-grade sound, the NTG5 is a revolution in shotgun microphone design – the perfect location recording mic.

The NTG5 is the next step in the range’s evolution – the culmination of RØDE’s 28 years of research and development of high-quality microphones for broadcast and film applications.

Key Features of the NTG5:

  • Revolutionary acoustic design, delivering a natural, uncolored sound.
  • Extremely lightweight (just 76g), short shotgun microphone (just 203mm), making it far easier to handle on set than other shotgun mics, especially when used from a boom pole.
  • Tailored frequency response and very low self-noise of just 10dbA, making it ideal for location recording, professional filmmaking, and other critical recording situations.
  • Highly directional supercardioid polar pattern and smooth off-axis response.
  • RF-bias technology and conformal coating ensure superior performance in adverse weather conditions.
  • Comes in a complete location recording kit with windshield, pistol grip and other accessories – the NTG5 is ready to take into the field right out of the box.

The first thing you will notice about the NTG5 is the striking new body. The design has been completely overhauled, with circular acoustic ports replacing the linear slots found in other shotgun mics. The revolutionary design is the result of many months of specialized acoustic testing that began during the development of the TF5 – RØDE’s new premium small diaphragm condenser mic designed in collaboration with legendary engineer Tony Faulkner.

The result is a shotgun mic with unmatched acoustic transparency, and a natural, uncolored sound that will sound superb in a wide variety of applications. The annular line tube technology intrinsic to the NTG5’s design sets it apart from all the other microphones in its category, and will see this microphone take its place as a future industry standard.