England-based tech company FXHOME has released a new version of its HitFilm editing and effects software. HitFilm 4 Pro combines the dynamic editing tools of a non-linear editing system with a visual effects suite that includes particle engines, grading and a true 3D compositing environment.
Convergent Design’s Odyssey7Q and 7Q+ now include dual-stream functionality. Two SDI signals can be viewed at the same time, or a single SDI and one HDMI, with either input selectable for recording. This dual-stream HD monitoring ability comes courtesy of a firmware update, which also adds additional functionality to the monitor-recorders.
AJA has announced the Ki Pro Ultra Recorder and Player. It has the capability to record Apple ProRes digital video at five quality levels including ProRes 444, with resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 (4K) at 60 fps.
3DR, North America’s largest drone manufacturer, has announced a first-of-its-kind partnership with AirMap, a company that provides flight zone information for drone users and RC pilots around the world. 3DR will integrate AirMap’s safety information software into its Solo smart drone app to directly deliver reliable safety information to users.
Martini is a post-production plug-in designed to bring the creativity of visualization into the video editing realm. The plug-in bridges the gap between the scenes not as yet shot and the final edit — eliminating the need for black slugs with text to explain a missing shot.
JVC is bringing a wealth of new features to the GY-HM200 and GM-HM170 4KCAM recorders, both of which have seen recent price cuts with the GY-HM200 being lowered in price through a $500 instant rebate that changes its retail to $2,495, and the GY-HM170 now retailing at $1,995. Both fixed lens models will be gaining a new slow motion recording mode that will allow for 120 fps to be shot in HD resolution.
Whether you are working on a Hollywood blockbuster or student documentary, you need to make sure that everyone involved in the production knows what they are doing, where they are doing it and when they are doing it — or else you will run into problems. If you are working with a small crew you might think a call sheet isn’t necessary, but mistakes and misunderstandings about who was bringing what equipment and what time they were needed on set are all too common and can lead to delays or even the loss of a day’s filming.
How big was today's HP launch? How about 4 mobile workstations, a ridiculous storage solution with sequential transfer speeds of nine GB, an innovative cooling solution and a lineup of new monitors? Yep. It was that big. Best part? We were there to take it all in.