The arrival of the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K Digital Cinema Camera signals changes that reflect well for live production and studio use. Announced at NAB 2015, the camera is now in production and scheduled to start shipping this month. The URSA Mini comes in an ergonomic shape whose aluminum body weighs in at only 5 lbs. and includes a side handle for hand-held work. There is also an optional shoulder mount with a quick release plate for taking the camera from handheld to shoulder to tripod.
Sony has announced a new line of professional portable hard disc arrays with the PSZ-RA4T and the PSZ-RA6T. Designed to move around 4K UHD video content, both models feature a built-in carrying handle to add to the portability factor, making them useful for video productions taking place in the field or on location as well as for situations where use of such drives provide greater stability and safety amidst harsh working conditions.
The audio technology company iZotope announced the release of the new RX Post Production Suite at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, Netherlands last week. The suite includes an update to iZotope’s RX platform with RX5 Audio Editor, containing a host of audio processing and repair features aimed at significantly improving the audio post production workflow.
Every major company has been looking into how to best encode/decode high quality video for the web, but attracting special mention is that seven of the leading software companies — Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, Ciso, Intel and Mozilla have banded together to form The Alliance for Open Media (AOM) to develop a universal video format optimized for the web.
Vitec Videocom, the Broadcast Division of The Vitec Group plc, has opened a new showroom in Burbank, California. The express purpose of the showroom is to aid customers who are looking for the right tools for their projects: helping to outfit, educate and support them in discovering more about how the emerging technologies can increase their effectiveness on set, as well as in creating solutions for better customization of their rigs.
Zync rendering is now in public beta on the Google Cloud Platform. The cloud rendering provider was previously found on Amazon’s EC2 infrastructure but was acquired by Google last year and has been the go-to render solution on over a dozen feature films and hundreds of commercials.