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. Well, here's what I'd buy.
The NAB Show contains sights sounds, smells and products, that will be yours courtesy of your Videomaker editorial team. We'll do our annual awards to highlight the biggest products to know about, and likely touch on some that you'll simply drool over. The biggest companies will be there, including the ones you might never hear about unless you command a workstation in a master control room.
Order your 4k content from T3Media. Ordering food at a counter, is for many kids, a big step. We as video editors are constantly having to make steps to keep up with video technology, so how do we plan to deal with one of the new menu items, 4k?
Panasonic looks to leverage what they've done well in the past. The HC-X920 takes the HC-X900 up a notch with an image leveling sensor, built-in Wi-Fi, and 20.4 megapixel still photos. It reprises the manual ring around the lens which we are big fans of, and while manual control is nearly always our mantra, Panasonic looks to make image stabilization automatic and enhanced with with Level Gauge which does vertical and horizontal axis corrections to fix minor tilts to make such human error difficult to see.
How would you like 3D and 4k programming at the TV level? If you're early in your adoption of new technology and you've already been watching regular programming in 3D and 4k, great job, and please tell us how you like it. If you're like me and make it to the theater to watch 3D movies far less than desired, what's your take on 3D and 4k, two formats that make for very different viewing?
I was reading about 4K resolution and a question popped up on how increased resolution affects field of view. For example. as compared to 1920 by 1080, the 4K is four times larger...but does this mean that it is capturing a larger view through the lens, or is the view the same just that much more detailed? It seems like I am hearing both from what I read. Is it cramming more pixels into the same view?
I did not see this coming. Rather, I didn't see this coming so quickly. OmniVision has announced a 16-Megapixel sensors that they claim are capable of capturing 4608 x 3456 at 30 fps or 4k2k (3840 x 2160) at 60 fps (!) for use in still and video cameras as well as high end mobile phones. So far, we haven't heard any news of the chip being incorporated into any specific device, but the fact that it's possible is staggering. This means that in the very near future, the average person can shoot video from their phone that will have enough resolution to be projected onto the big screen without up-scaling!
If you've been watching for pre-NAB anouncements and rumors as closely as we have, you've surely seen some of the big news. A couple of the biggest morsels being Sony's NEX-FS700U, which can shoot up to 960 frames per second, and some rather cryptic invitations being sent out from Canon which contain nearly no details on what they might be talking about. Rumors are swirling about the possibilities.