CMVS On DVInfo News

The Cascade Mt. Video Show is reaching a national audience. We’re thrilled that our new partnership with DVInfo has been a success. Today the Cascade Mt. Video Show was posted in the primary news section of the popular video community. While we don’t really expect people to travel very long distances to get to CMVS we are excited that we’re able to let the rest of the country know about this awesome event that’s been happening here in the Northwest for over 14 years now. Check out the DVInfo article here. Register for CMVS now.

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Zacuto Releases EOS C300/500 Accessory System, Z-Finder

A lot of people have been requesting a Zacuto Z-Finder for the EOS C300 for a while. But why hasn’t Zacuto made one? Zacuto has finally announced a whole system of accessories for the C300 including a Z-Finder. You’ve got to watch this video, it’s pretty incredible what this stuff can do. Once you watch this video you’ll see why it required a very precise and customer solution. You’ve got to hand it to Zacuto. They could have cashed in and made a quick down and dirty Z-Finder and people would have bought it. Instead they took the approach of taking a little more time and developing a system that would live up to their high standards of quality. Order your Zacuto products with Professional Video now. See the latest in digital cinema at the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th.

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Blackmagic Production 4K Camera Now Shipping, Lower Price

Blackmagic Design has, at long last, begun to ship their 4K Production camera. The craziest part is that they are also simultaneously dropping the price to $2,995. Some people speculate that this is in reaction to Panasonic announcing the GH4. I doubt that, if nothing else simply because the Panasonic just announced the GH4 and this move was probably planned by. We’re already schedule to take delivery of 3 units right away. After that we’ve got over 20 more units scheduled to come in. If you’ve been waiting to see one it will be at the Cascade Mt. Video on February 26th.

Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution (note – no DCI 4096 x 2160 cinema standard like the GH4)
ProRes 422 (HQ)™ recording (raw is to be added later in firmware update)
Super 35 sensor
Global shutter
EF and ZE compatible lens mount
Built-in SSD recorder
5” LCD touchscreen
Metadata entry
6G-SDI output for 10-bit HD and Ultra HD


Panasonic Announced GH4, 4K, Dual-Link HD-SDI

Panasonic just announced the new iteration of its highly popular interchangeable lens camera series, the GH4. Rumors have been swirling around the web for over a month, but now it’s confirmed.

The 4 in GH4  stands for 4K indeed. In a similarly small form factor users have become used to since the original GH1, the Panasonic GH4 amazes with incredible specs: “real” cinematic 4K at 4096×2160 pixels at 24p is the highest video resolution it can offer, and UltraHD at 3840×2160 pixels in all frame rate varieties: 24p, 25p, 30p, and even 50p and 60p. Plus, you can choose whether if you want that 4K goodness in a MOV or MP4 container.
Unfortunately, all the 4K varieties are 100MBps only (IPB frame order), while you can record up to 200MBps (ALL-Intra frames) in every 1080p Full HD variety. Full HD video can be recorded  in up to 96 fps (at 24p playback), which should be great for some amazing 4 x slow motion footage. And of course, 1080p can also be recorded in the mediocre AVCHD codec.

Along with the GH4, Panasonic announced an optional “professional 4K video interface unit” the AG-YAGHG. It’s an attachment to the camera which provides 2 XLR ports with manual audio controls as well as a full-size HDMI port on one side and a full 3G-SDI terminal with 4K2K 4:2:2 10 bit output on the other side. Something entirely unexpected from a camera like this. It even has professional timecode features.

The rumored price on the camera is about $2,000 with the “pro interface” running another $2,000. Even at $4,000 total that’s a heck of a package. Of course anybody using this for pro applications is going to want both units and then an external 4K recorder like an AJA Ki-Pro Quad or an Odyssey 7Q.

Come to the Cascade Mt. Video Show on February 26th and see all of the latest 4K technology. They’ll be giving a seminar on the future of video tech.

Key Specs
Internal Recording Codecs
AVCHD 24mbps 4:2:0 Long-GOP 8-bit
AVC-Intra Lite 200mbps 4:2:0 Intra-Frame 8-bit
AVC4K 100mbps 4:2:0 Long-GOP 8-bit
AVC4K Intra 200mbps 4:2:0 Intra-Frame 8-bit
Resolutions & Frame Rates
Cinema 4K
UltraHD TV
96fps most formats
60fps in AVCHD
16mp standard bayered (33%red 33%green 33%blue pixels) 4/3″ CMOS sensor
HDMI (full sized) for 1080p 60fps 4:2:2 10-bit
2x 3G-HD-SDI for 4K 30fps 4:2:2 10-bit or 1080p 60fps 4:2:2 10-bit
Time Code input
2x XLR w/ 48v
4-pin 12v XLR power connector
headphone jack
Other Video Features
External light-up V/U audio meters
2x external audio gain dials
SPTE timecode
color bars generator
1KHz test tone
center marker
synchro scan
cine gamma D & V 11-12 stops dynamic range
focus peaking
zebra bars
master pedestal control
ISO 25,600

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CMVS ’14: Workshop & Seminar Final Schedule

We’ve got the final schedule ready to go for CMVS workshops and seminars:

9:15-10:00am The Future of Video Technology- by Panasonic Read More Details

10:15-11:15am Successful Production Planning for Documentaries & More- by MHCC Integrated Media, Presenter- Jack Schommer Read More Details

11:30am-12:30pm Force of Habit: It’s Holding You Back- by Still Motion, Presenter- Amina Moreau. Sponsored by Canon Cinema EOS Read More Details

1:00-3:15pm CineAlta Certification End to End Production- by Sony Read More Details

3:30-4:30pm Force of Habit: It’s Holding You Back Part 2- by Still Motion, Presenter- Amina Moreau. Sponsored by Canon Cinema EOS Read More Details

4:45-6:00pm Augmented Reality and Virtual Sets for Live TV Lecture Portion- by Ross Production Technology Read More Details

10:30am-4:30pm Freefly MoVi 10 On-Demand Orientation- By Picture This Production Services Read More Details

9:00am-4:30pm Augmented Reality On-Demand Hands-On System Demonstration- by Ross Production Technology Read More Details

The Cascade Mt. Video Show is February 26th. Your admission is FREE with registration. Register now right here.

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CMVS ’14: Sony CineAlta Certification End to End Production

Sony is extremely proud to be bringing their full-scale Hollywood CineAlta certification course to Portland for the Cascade Mt. Video Show. We’ve taken an 8 hour course and condensed it to 2 hours for CMVS ’14. This is the very same training the Sony provides to Hollywood D.P.s and camera operators so they can gain a better understanding of the tools they need to create their art. This course is presented as a complete hands-on training class. You and your classmates will go hands on shooting 4K RAW with Sony F55 CineAlta cameras. After shooting your “movie” scene you’ll enter the post production phase where you’ll get first hand experience with managing RAW data and color grading in DaVinci Resolve. After post production wraps we’re going to the big screen. Your footage will be screened, analyzed, and enjoyed on a cinema-level 4K projector, the very same kind used in theaters across the country. Shy of attending the Sony training in Los Angeles this is a rare opportunity. The best Sony technology certification is coming to you.

The presentation will take place on February 26th at 1:00pm. You can register for the show here and attend for free.


CMVS ’14: Picture This Presents The MoVi Revolution

The MoVi is a handheld 3-axis digital stabilized camera gimbal, so advanced, it redefines the possibilities for camera movement. The heart of the gimbal is Freefly’s proprietary high performance IMU and brushless direct drive system. The gimbal is 100% custom designed in-house by Freefly’s engineering team. No compromises were made to accommodate off-the-shelf brushless motors, motor drives or IMUs. Creating the gimbal from scratch allowed Freefly to precisely execute our vision for the next generation of stabilized camera gimbals. In creating this camera gimbal, Freefly aims to empower a new era of stabilized cinematography.

Portland’s Picture This Production Services rents the MoVi 10 system. They’re trained expert will be on hand at CMVS providing real-time demonstrations and one-to-few workshop-lite.

The presentation will take place on February 26th. MoVi orientations will be running from 10:30am to 4:30pm. You can register for the show here and attend for free.


CMVS ’14: Still Motion Presents Force of Habit: It’s Holding You Back

Join Amina Moreau of Stillmotion for a discussion about the art of the purposeful choice. Never again will you choose a camera just because it’s cool. Or use a certian kid of stabilizer just because it’s already attached to your rig. And perhaps most excitingly, never again will you approach a scene in a certain way just because it’s how you’ve always done it. We’re going to discuss why you choose the lens you use, why a certain camera is the right fit, why you use specific settings on your camera, and more.

Whether you’re fairly new to filmmaking or a seasoned veteran, there’s one thing we can find in common: It’s easy to fall into patterns. At first glance, that’s not so bad really. We find what works, and we stick with it. Why fix something if it ain’t broke? Because that’s just not how creativity works.

To keep things fresh and challenging, and to grow as storytellers, we need to push beyond our habits. We need to commit to making meaningful decisions, ones that are truly story-relevant.

The presentation will take place on February 26th. Part 1 will be at 11:30am and Part 2 will be at 3:30pm. You can register for the show here and attend for free.