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Blackmagic Design Announced New OS System for URSA Mini at NAB 2016

URSA Mini Heads Up Display Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic Design announced a major new camera operating system for its URSA mini cameras. This new camera OS features an incredible new user interface along with dozens of new features. Blackmagic Design demonstrated the new URSA Mini camera OS beta at NAB 2016.

The new URSA Mini camera OS is not just an upgrade, it’s a total rewrite from the ground up. The new OS has been specifically designed for the high performance processing architecture of URSA Mini and delivers a much more responsive experience, along with an entirely new user interface that makes using the URSA Mini faster and more intuitive than ever before.

The first things customers will notice is the incredible new user interface and heads up display which dramatically reduces the number of menus and submenus needed to find specific settings and commands. Customers can now quickly change settings such as ISO, white balance, shutter angle, iris, frame rate, frame guides and more without ever having to navigate through any menus.

In addition, there are now custom white balance and white balance presets, along with tint control settings. Customers also get more accurate shutter angle selection, including a large easy to use on screen keyboard for easy entry of settings. When entering the shutter angle, the new URSA Mini camera OS will even offer smart flicker free shutter angle suggestions to the camera operator.

Entering metadata on cameras has always been tedious. The new URSA Mini camera OS solves the problem of tedious metadata entry by giving customers an entirely new metadata entry page with predictive entry suggestions and a preloaded dictionary of commonly used terms that can be applied as metadata tags with a simple tap.

The new URSA Mini camera OS adds 1.33x and 2x anamorphic de-squeeze previews, along with the ability to double tap so customers can pan and zoom around the preview on the built in display. Customers can now import and store external 3D LUTs and apply the LUT to the LCD, and front and main SDI outputs independently. They can also load and save their own presets for different shooting setups or different operators.

In addition, customers can now assign shortcuts to camera function keys, toggle between peaking and color focus assist, see new percentage based safe area guides and have the ability to toggle SDI overlays with information specifically geared toward either the cinematographer or the director viewing at video village.

The Blackmagic URSA Mini camera OS will be available later this year as a free update for all Blackmagic URSA Mini customers. The URSA Mini camera OS beta was demonstrated at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announces Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update at NAB 2016

Blackmagic Design LogoBlackmagic Design announced Desktop Video 10.6.4. Update which adds support for HDR playback over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. Blackmagic Design demonstrated Desktop Video 10.6.4 at NAB 2016.

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update adds playback support for HDR content over HDMI to UltraStudio 4K Extreme and DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G. The new HDR features include HDR metadata transport and support for the Rec. 2020 color space over HDMI. This means customers now get full support for monitoring on HDR capable displays using a single HDMI cable, making it ideal for editor and colorists working on HDR projects with DaVinci Resolve 12.5.

HDR, which stands for high dynamic range, is part of the new Ultra HD Premium standard so customers can now get big screen, low cost consumer televisions that support a massive range of color, peak brightness of up to 1,000 nits, which is 10 times brighter than most HDTVs, and incredible contrast ratio.

This means that colorists and editors working in DaVinci Resolve 12.5 with UltraStudio 4K Extreme or DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G will now be able to monitor images that are more true to life and more closely resemble the color and dynamic range of the latest cinema technology.

Features include:
* Adds support for Rec. 2020 color space output over HDMI
* Adds support for HDR metadata transport over HDMI

Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update is now available for free download from the Blackmagic Design website. Blackmagic Design demonstrated the Desktop Video 10.6.4 Update at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Introduced Two New Micro Converters at NAB 2016

Blackmagic Design Micro Converter HDMI to SDIBlackmagic Design introduced two new, super small, broadcast quality video converters at NAB 2016. They are the Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI and the Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI. Both were demonstrated at NAB 2016.

The Blackmagic Micro Converter SDI to HDMI converts signals from professional broadcast equipment such as cameras, decks, switchers and routers, and converts it into HDMI so customers can monitor video using big screen televisions and projectors.

The Blackmagic Micro Converter HDMI to SDI model lets customers connect their HDMI equipment, such as laptop computers, gaming consoles, and consumer video cameras, to professional broadcast equipment.

Blackmagic Design Micro Converter SDI to HDMIBoth models feature full size HDMI and professional 3G-SDI connections with all SD and HD formats up to 1080p60. Unlike other small video converters, Blackmagic Micro Converters feature the highest quality broadcast technology, miniaturized into a proper metal enclosure. Customers get the same broadcast quality 10-bit video processing found in full size converters.

In addition, Blackmagic Micro Converters also have SDI re-clocking on the 3G-SDI input which regenerates the SDI video input, reduces SDI jitter and improves SDI eye pattern before the signal is processed. This allows longer cable lengths and makes them incredibly reliable for use in professional broadcast.

Blackmagic Micro Converters are powered via the same micro USB connection that’s used on smartphones so consumers can use the included DC plug pack, any USB device, or even a smartphone charger to power to converters. The included external power supply supports 110 to 240V AC and comes with 4 different AC socket adapters so customers can plug them into outlets anywhere in the world. That means they can be run from the external power supply, or even over USB from things such as big screen televisions or laptop computers if there are no AC wall outlets available.

Blackmagic Micro Converters are available now for US $85 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. Both models are being demonstrated at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announced New DeckLink Duo at NAB 2016

DeckLink Duo 2 Blackmagic Design
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announced DeckLink Duo 2, a new high performance capture and playback solution with 4 independent channels that can be assigned to either record or playback in any combination, all on a single plug in PCI Express card. Blackmagic Design demonstrated the DeckLink Duo 2 at NAB 2016.

Designed for developers and OEMs, DeckLink Duo 2 is the idea solution for media play-out servers, multi screen digital signage servers, real time processors and more.

The new model DeckLink Duo 2 features 4 independent 3G-SDI connections so it can now work in high HD frame rates and it supports SDI formats in SD and HD up to 1080p60. Each SDI connection is completely independent, meaning that each of the 4 connections can input or output entirely different video standards and content streams, all at the same time.

DeckLink Duo 2 can also capture and develop playback at the same time, and also includes a reference connection for black burst/tri-sync. Developers can use the SDK to configure the four SDI connections to be any combination of inputs and outputs.

Featuring high performance 4 lane Generation 2 PCI Express, DeckLink Duo 2 takes up only one single PCI slot in the computer, which makes it the perfect solution for system integrators and developers that need completely customizable, flexible, I/O configurations on a single card.

The DeckLink Duo 2 appears as 4 independent SDI cards to the host computer, even though it only uses a single PCI Express slot and is ideal for use in servers that need to handle multiple video streams for both simultaneous capture and playback.

The DeckLink Duo 2 is available now for US $495 from all Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. Blackmagic Design is demonstrating the DeckLink Duo 2 at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announced Public Beta for DaVinci Resolve at NAB 2016

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Blackmagic DesignBlackmagic Design has announced the availability for immediate download of the public beta for DaVinci Resolve 12.5. It was designed to make it easier for professional editors and colorists to work faster and have more creative options than ever before. Blackmagic Design demonstrated it at NAB 2016.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 is a massive update with over 1,000 enhancements and 250 new features which includes major additions to the editing toolset, new and enhanced color features, including improved HDR support, and powerful new effects. DaVinci Resolve 12.5 adds dozens of new editing and trimming features such as the new swap and shuffle edits, seven entirely new trim operations, paste inserts, an expanded edit overlay with ripple overwrites and append edits, and much more.

In addition, timeline performance has been greatly improved so editing is faster and the new Camera Viewer option plays video full screen, making it easier for customers to preview their cut on laptops or systems with a single display.

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces an entirely new way to navigate clips using audio waveforms. The source view features a revolutionary audio waveform overlay that allows you to see the audio waveform and video clip at the same time. This is the fastest way to navigate to different parts of a clip based on spikes, silent areas, or other visual cues in the audio waveform.

A new metadata keyword dictionary makes it easier to choose common or previously created keywords and quickly apply them to clips. Metadata can now also be imported or exported via CSV files. Media Pool metadata columns can also be customized and saved, colors can be assigned to specific clips, and markers can now be single frame or durational.

Display names, which hare used throughout the software, can be automatically created based on metadata tags such as scene, shot, and take information, saving editors hours when importing and working with large amounts of footage. New Power Bins in the Media Pool allow sharing of content between projects, making them perfect for graphics, stock footage, and sound effect or music libraries that are used across multiple projects.

The timeline curve editor has been improved so customers can now select, move, and edit groups of multiple keyframes at the same time. There are also new visual controls for adding or selecting keyframes, as well as a menu for selecting parameters and curves to edit.

For colorists, DaVinci Resolve 12.5 introduces major enhancements to the node editor so now it’s possible to quickly navigate between nodes, swap nodes, select multiple nodes with a lasso, copy node contents, extract nodes, use embedded alpha channels in mattes and more. When dragging a saved grade from the gallery, customers now have the option to drag the grade in as a single compound node or as a fully expanded node tree.

The public beta of DaVinci Resolve 12.5 and DaVinci Resolve 12.5 Studio are now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. Blackmagic Design has been demonstrating it at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Video Assist 4K at NAB 2016

Blackmagic Video Assist 4KBlackmagic Design announced Blackmagic Video Assist 4K, a portable all in one professional monitor and video recorder that can be used to add professional recording and monitoring to any SDI or HDMI camera. They will be demonstrating it at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, high resolution 7 inch monitor for checking focus and framing, two high speed recorders for non-stop HD and Ultra HD recording, two extremely high quality XLR microphone inputs for professional audio recording, a built in speaker, and more.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is perfect for customers that need better monitoring and higher quality recording. It works with every type of camera from DSLRs to older tape based camcorders, and even the latest digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two built in high speed UHS-II recorders that work with the latest high performance SD cards, making them fast enough to record Ultra HD video up to 2160p30 on widely available, inexpensive, SD cards. Files are saved as broadcast quality 10-bit 4:2:2 video in either ProRes or DNxHD formats, making them compatible with all popular editing software. You can start editing immediately without having to transcode or convert files.

Recording can be triggered to start and stop using LANC or over HDMI or SDI from the camera. With two built in recorders, customers get non-stop recording because when one card is full it automatically continues onto the next. The new high speed SD cards are compatible with existing SD card readers so they can be mounted directly on a computer for cloning and backup using the DaVinci Resolve software.

Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two mini XLR inputs with 48V of phantom power so customers can attach external microphones. This totally eliminates the problems with auto gain controls on DSLR cameras. Sound is recorded into the same file as the audio, so customers don’t have to worry about AV sync between separate audio and video files.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features a bright, 7 inch high resolution 1920 x 1200 monitor and touchscreen with a wide 135° viewing angle. The extra resolution of the screen lets customers view 16:9 sources and see critical status information without covering the image. The display is also a touchscreen that lets customers tap and swipe gestures to display camera information, change settings and evaluate audio and video levels.

For power, Blackmagic Video Assist 4K features two standard LP-E6 battery slot that allow hot swapping of batteries while in use, and it can be powered using the 12V DC input. The batteries are discharged serially, so only 1 is used at a time.

The Blackmagic Video Assist 4K is available now for US $895 and will be demonstrated at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield at NAB 2016

Blackmagic 3g-SDI Arduino ShieldBlackmagic Design has announced the new Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield, which lets customers build their own custom controllers for cameras and other SDI devices. It allows broadcast engineers to integrate Blackmagic Design cameras into their own custom systems by using this new SDI expansion board. They will be demonstrating it at NAB 2016.

Arudino is a popular open-source electronics prototyping platform based on easy to use hardware and software. Similar to Raspberry Pi, which is more targeted at software engineers, Arduino is often the choice for hardware developers and is designed as a simpler, more flexible and lower cost way to build all kinds of custom projects.

Expansion boards are called “shields” in the Arduino world and Blackmagic Design decided to take advantage of this standardized expansion capability to build its Blackmagic 3D-SDI Arduino Shield interface card. Blackmagic Design has also written some sample code that shows how the Arduino communicates with the Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield, and how the shield will then send the camera control commands to the camera.

The Blackmagic 3G-Arduino Shield is a simple expansion board or “shield” that includes 1 SDI input and 1 SDI output. The SDI input allows any video source to be connected, and the SDI output is connected to the camera and has camera control protocol commands embedded into it. The Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield is very easy to use by a software developer, as they just look up the camera control commands they want to use in the instruction manual and then add them to the Arduino software code that sends them to the Blackmagic 3G-SDI Aurdino Shield to be inserted into the SDI link.

The Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol uses the blanking space in an SDI data stream to send commands for things such as camera and lens control, color correction, program return, tally, talkback, and more over SDI cables so customers don’t have to deploy additional, expensive equipment and run extra cables. The protocol is well documented and is now also being supported by third party manufacturers. The Blackmagic SDI Control Protocol is built into Blackmagic cameras, ATEM switchers, DeckLink cards, Video Assist, and viewfinder products.

The Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield will be available mid year for US $95 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. Blackmagic Design will be demonstrating the Blackmagic 3G-SDI Arduino Shield at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Duplicator 4K at NAB 2016

Blackmagic Duplicator 4KBlackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video convertors, video monitoring routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors, and real time film scanners for feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. They announced their revolutionary new Blackmagic Duplicator 4K at NAB 2016.

The new Blackmagic Duplicator 4K allows for the delivery of Ultra HD content to consumers by recording files onto inexpensive SD cards that can be distributed to consumers the moment an event is finished. Featuring 25 built in SD card recorders, multi-rate 12G-SDI connections and a realtime H.265 encoder, Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is the best way to deliver Ultra HD content that consumers can view on their 4K televisions and Windows 10 computers today.

The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K lets content creators dramatically increase revenue because it gives them a way to sell content right after a live event, while attendees are still very excited about the performance, and before they walk out the door. It enables content creators to sell concert videos to fans as they leave the venue, to parents after their children’s latest performance or recital, after sporting events, conferences, sales seminars, and more.

Blackmagic Duplicator 4K Key Features:

* 25 SD card recorders for simultaneously recording onto multiple cards at once.

* Realtime H.265 encoding technology which is the standard for Ultra HD.

* 12G-SDI input and loop thru output, along with RS-422 control.

* Uses open standard file formats that are compatible with computers and Ultra HD televisions.

* Records all SD, HD and Ultra HD formats up to 2160p60.

* Record unlimited cards by daisy chaining multiple duplicators together.

* Easy to use front panel controls with lock, record, append, stop and remote buttons.

* Built in universal 110V – 240V AC power supply.

The Blackmagic Duplicator 4K is available now for US $1,995 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide. Visit Blackmagic design at booth SL217 at NAB 2016.

EHang Unveils New Models for GHOSTDRONE 2.0 at NAB 2016

EHang GHOSTDRONEEHang is a leading unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer. They make the world’s most easily-flown UAV, the GHOSTDRONE 2.0., which uses proprietary tilt control. EHang unveiled two new versions of its popular GHOSTDRONE 2.0 drone at NAB. Those models are the GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial bundle and the GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR.

The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial, known for its ease of flight and sleek design, now comes with a free, top-of-the-line 4K camera, allowing pilots of all skill levels to film professional-quality footage with the tap of a button in EHang’s mobile app.

The brand new GHOSTDRONE 2.0 VR features an integrated 4K spherical camera and innovative virtual reality goggles, which consumers can use to see from their drone’s perspective or change the camera angle, simply by tilting their head up or down. Combined with EHang’s signature Tilt Control, which allows users to steer their drone simply by tilting their phone, the new GHOSTDRONE 2.0 is the closest users will get to experiencing flight firsthand.

The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 Aerial and VR models combine accessibility with top-line engineering and design to take the flying experience to the next level.

Features include:

* VR Goggles – EHang’s proprietary VR goggles create an immersive flight experience like never before, allowing users to “see” out of the eyes of their drone with zero-latency. And with the goggles’ innovative head-tracking feature, users intuitively control the camera angle of their drone simply via head movement.

* Tilt Control – The GHOSTDRONE 2.0’s proprietary Tilt Control makes the complex process of navigating a drone intuitive and comfortable. Instead of using joysticks or a complicated RC controller, the GHOSTDRONE 2.0 uses a smartphone’s internal accelerometer and gyroscope to control the drone’s flight. Simply tilt the phone in any direction, ans the drone follows the pilot’s lead. Drone pilots only need the EHang Play mobile app, compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

* Seamless, Professional-Grade Filming – New gimbal-stabilized 4K cameras allow every pilot to easily shoot professional-quality aerial photography and filming without any blurriness or shaking. Recording is as easy as a tap of a button in EHang’s mobile app, and the picture has never been clearer!

* Upgraded App – Connecting, flying, and recording with the GHOSTDRONE 2.0 is easier than ever, thanks to key firmware updates in the EHang Play App, which offers a brand new user-friendly interface, improved G-Box connectivity, and smoother flight in Avatar Mode.

* Full-year Replacement Policy – The GHOSTDRONE 2.0 was designed with safety and durability in mind, but accidents happen. And they shouldn’t be a barrier to new drone pilots learning the ropes. With the purcahse of the G 2.0 Aerial and VR models, EHang customers get a 12-month warranty guarantee and 24-hour customer service to make sure they get back in the air as quickly as possible.

Both the Aerial and VR models are available for purchase at Fry’s and Amazon, or online via the EHang website for $599 and $1,000, respectively. The VR goggles can also be purchased separately as an accessory for $349. Visit EHang in the Central Hall booth C3747 at NAB 2016.

Sennheiser Unveils MKE 440 Camera Microphone at NAB 2016

Sennheiser MKE 440 cameraSennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, microphones and wireless transmission systems. They have unveiled their new MKE 440 camera microphone at NAB 2016. It is a stereo camera that was designed to solve a typical challenge encountered by DSLR users: capturing focused stereo sound from the filmed object.

DSLR filmmakers have always had a hard time getting good sound from their camera-mounted stereo microphone. The new MKE 440 achieves this task, thanks to two mini-shotgun microphones and a new stereo technique, it records the sound from within the camera angle, beating any mini AB, MS or XY arrangements.

The two mini-shotguns of the MKE 440 are mounted in a V-shape arrangement that predominantly picks up the sound from within the direction of filming and rejects the majority of off-axis noise from outside the camera focus. The microphones are shock-mounted internally to reduce any handling noise and are protected against wind by a stainless steel micro-mesh. For strong wind, a special hairy cover is available as an accessory.

The compact, all-metal MKE 440 attaches to standard camera shoe mounts. It features a three-level sensitivity switch to adjust to softer and louder sources and has a switchable low-cut filter to eliminate low-frequency noise such as high wind noise.

The microphone is powered by two AAA size batteries, with the green LED of the on/off switch doubling as a low-batt indicator. The LED will turn red approximately four hours before the batteries run flat, ensuring sufficient time to finish shooting.

The MKE 440 will be available from June 2016. Visit Sennheiser and Neumann at booth N5729 at NAB.