Drones are another highly-competitive part of market, where new companies have a chance to jump in, which they have with abandon. Shenzhen, Chna-based DJI is one of the larger drone/quadcopter manufacturers.
Panasonic again has a top-level camcorder in the race, the 4K VariCam 35. It features a newly developed super 35mm MOS image sensor with 14+ stops of latitude and variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps. You’ll also find a new OLED viewfinder with an optical zoom function and 24-bit LPCM audio recording. This Panavised version seems to offer the maximum amount of threaded mountings.
DDN’s MediaScaler storage system has been winning awards with its combination of performance and scalability. The system is part of a trend to create hybrid devices that offer high-speed I/O, single name spaces for files, and tiered storage including SSD, HDD, tape and cloud.
Cary, NC-based SmallHD paired a five-inch 1080p monitor with the Sidefinder EVF Loupe, making the EVF (electronic view finder) a relatively low-cost way to add pro-level viewing options to a DSLR.
Really Right Stuff, a well-known photographic tripod maker which manufactures its gear in San Luis Obispo, Cal., also offers cinema gear. Like other support makers, carbon fibre for legs is used in all its top offerings.
The halls full of hundreds of companies can become quite noisy. To devise spaces more conducive for demos and sales, some take to creating their own quiet zone, such as SSD maker Atomos.
I’m not sure if the manufacturer meant it, but this dome brings to mind the time travel contraption in Alain Resnais’ ‘Je t’aime, je t’aime’. Or maybe just a muffin.
Most have barely gotten their heads around the move to 4K. Japan’s national broadcasting company NHK, however, is co-ordinating R&D into 8K, just as it did with HDTV. NHK then requires each Japanese manufacturer to adopt the spec when making gear. This past January, NHK announced the first transmission of 8K video signals over a significant distance.
Vienna-based Indie Cam builds cameras from designs developed by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute. Indie Cam’s 2K indieGS2K, the only CMOS camera currently able to offer a global shutter, can record HD at up to 120fps and in 12-bit RAW or YUV 4:2:2.
Some microwave gear just looks like modern art.
The market for rigs is highly competitive, with small companies without a whole lot of money able to jump in. It’s easy to pick up useful gear at a good price, such as these offerings from Varavon.
As mentioned in an earlier show post, there’s a growing trend of companies touting the flexibility and cost savings of using software to replace hardware in television production.
Codex, known for innovating storage for digital cinema cameras, has been venturing into other areas of post and production, including crash cams. The Codex Vault can be rolled on set, becoming an end-to-end dailies and archiving solution that offers fast transfers, automated production management, full reporting, rugged design and a compact size.
Camera cars get ever more elaborate, such as this all-in-black model with a gyroscopic lens mount out front.
Australia-based Creamsource builds LED lights, such as this large Creamsource Sky. Equivalent to a 5K halogen, the unit only draws 1200W.
The press room is pretty quiet, so it’s usually a good place to take a quick nap before heading out again.
Fotodiox makes camera accessories, including this standard-sized filter attachment kit that works with a GoPro.
Freefly’s MoVI camera stabilizer helped popularize silky-smooth handheld camera work, though the market is now getting crowded with lower-cost versions.