There is a ton of cool stuff to see at NAB, no doubt about it. From brand new companies to well established industry veterans, there are new and old products abound and many of them had me itching to max out the credit cards. So let's pretend for a moment that somebody handed me $10,000 dollars, and said I could only spend it on 3 things at NAB.
Videomaker awards the Best of Show of NAB 2013 to Blackmagic Design for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is truly a game-changer. Cameras that fit in your pocket have changed a lot in recent years – for example the option to change out lenses, shoot 3D, access Wi-Fi or operate Android apps – all with quality HD video. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera has a Super 16 sensor and captures 13 stops of dynamic range for a completely different story.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight Award to Canon for the XA25. For the run and gun shooter, Canon created the XA25. Top-notch recording is a staple for Canon's cameras, so the XA25 is no exception and can record AVCHD and MP4 at 28 Mb/s and 35Mb/s respectively.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight award to DJI for the Phantom. We've been looking at flying camera stabilizers for quite some time, mainly because cameras are becoming lightweight enough for small craft like the Phantom. Simplicity and cost are what make the Phantom so attractive, and what will be even better is the range of shots you will be able to record.
Videomaker awards an NAB 2013 Spotlight award to Redrock Micro for the One Man Crew. The One Man Crew is a motorized parabolic slider. The movement what you'd expect from a slider, except the parabolic motion allows your focus to remain much closer - there's one person's job.