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NAB 2015 first look.

So we are about 4 weeks out from NAB 2014 and already the web is buzzing about new products that have surfaced prior to the big show. Once again CES has set the bar pretty high, I expect to see even more 4K | QHD content as the creators are finally starting to catch up to the hype from the Consumer TV groups.

Arri's Alexa Mini

Arri’s Alexa Mini

Arri announces the Alexa Mini, at BVE, this is a smaller, light weight (at 5lb) fully capable camera to fill in those Steadicam, Drone, and other times when a smaller lighter camera is necessary. Acquisition specs match those of the current Alexa models.  0.75-120fps ProRes2k, up to 30p in 2160, Arri Raw, DnxHD, with both 16×9 and 4×3 rasters available on the Alev4 Sensor

BlackMagicDesign Released the latest Intensity Pro4K, a PCIe based capture and playback card geared at emerging filmmakers and prosumers  that includes not only 1080 60p functionality but also has the ability to handle 2160px QHD at up to 30p for just $199.00 USD.

Add to that the latest update to BMD’s big dog, DaVinci Resolve 11,  and recent release of a Free version of professional compositor FUSION (a Windows only release).  I am waiting to see what the team at BlackMagicDesign has in store for us on the Show Floor once the doors open on Monday.

FCPX

FCPX was used as the main NLE for the Feature Film “Focus”

 

Apple has been touting FCPX with the release of “Focus” with Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Back to showing that their software is fully capable of being able to handle the needs of feature production, I look to see some things happening in the background at NAB to talk more about this.

Other companies are also showing some of their newest NAB2015 gear and software already.

Rampantdesigntools.com and their newly released 4K Effects and 5K Lighting Effects that allow users drag and drop simplicity for use within your productions.

The newest JVC 4K camera supports MFT lenses and is under $4,000 USD

The newest JVC 4K camera supports MFT lenses

JVC is already shipping their sub $4000.00  GYLS300U camera with full 4K recording utilizing a Micro 4/3 mount.

 

I will also state that there will be way too many “cloud” discussions and even more companies trying to push their hyper- specific version of the sharing platform on us.  Only a couple of the really big players understand the cloud and how it needs to be handled when working with really big data.

 

More to come. The announcements are only now starting to roll in.

 

 

 

Missing IBC this year because once again I am Working Onset again

Process trailer

Called the “process trailer” because of the process it takes to make it look real we are taking a moment to re-loading the cameras on side street, we get between 14-24 minutes before having to reload the cameras, then we need almost that long to re-set,

rigging the ambo

Rigging the Ambulance to shoot the driving shots common to most TV shows.

Ok,

the first week of production on the Season 2 of Sirens on USA has begun. Working onset can be long and arduous, luckily with this crew even the long days seem enjoyable. I thought I would post some of the Behind the Scenes images that I take all day long.

Here are some images of the crew and what it takes to create a TV show.

Enjoy.

gary

NAB 2014 Kicks off with Thunderbolt2 announcements

After 2 days of leading the Director of Photography Conference, part of the 10th Anniversary of the Post Production World Events, it is time to start talking about all the things I have not bean able to mention.

There already have been camera announcements from Aja, Codex and others, I expect to see at Blackmagic Design and one other company early this morning. Yet for me its some of the Thunderbolt News that really has me excited.

Interested in seeing what BMD will show from the Cintel acquisition? Will there really be a Thunderbolt enabled Film Scanner announced at the show.

HP & Intel are going to show peer to peer, Mac to PC networking over a direct Thunderbolt connection, using 10gE protocols, proving that Intel’s Thunderbolt technology offers far more to Media and Entertainment sector than people are imaging.

LaCie shipped the Little Big Disk2 offering greater than a Gigabyte per second, and Rack mount unit designed for 4K post workflows.

While G-Tech should be showing larger volume Desktop Raids as well as updated SSD and raided versions of their G-DriveEV for the GDock-EV my personal go to drive solution for handling data OnSet.

Promise shows smaller second gen version of their SanLink Product, and a smaller SSD based array.

Just a start- need to hit the show floor to start seeing what I can talk about.

 

New for NAB 2014 LaCie’s Little Big Disc 2

So it has been awhile since I posted here, been busy working on 3 projects, one of which included one of the new “social media clauses” so it has kept me rather limited.I will post my thoughts on some of the new gear that is already shipping prior to NAB so that people can check them out at the show.

First up, LaCie’s Little Big Disc 2

I use storage from a number of manufacturers and never have I ever opened a hard drive box and recieved this level of performance with the ease and simplicity of the LBD2. LaCie has delivered the fastest single device I have ever used with my laptop.  Equipped with Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 Technology, this 1TB  sleek black box, elegantly styled and compact for it’s 1.4 pound weight, offers users the single most powerful drive I have ever used.

The Thunderbolt 2 interface in conjunction with the raided dual SSD drives inside offer users up to an astonishing 1.3 Gigabytes of data throughput per second, easily making LaCie’s LBD2 the fastest single drive publicly available. While listed price at around $1300 USD for a 1 TB volume might be cringeworthy to some, when you have the need for speed this is the drive to have.

This shows the raw speed of LaCie's Little Big Disk 2, here showing performance  over 1 GB per second when paired  with a 2nd Gen Retina MacBook Pro with Intel's Thunderbolt 2 technology.

This shows the raw speed of LaCie’s Little Big Disk 2, here showing performance  over 1 GB per second when paired  with a 2nd Gen Retina MacBook Pro with Intel’s Thunderbolt 2 technology.

The cost vs. performance is nothing short of astronomical, because we are talking about moving Gigabytes per second with this beast. That performance, equal if not better at times than the internal flash memory found in Apple’s New Mac Pro, and is unheard of outside of a incredibly small number of Post facilities or in the massive server farms that allow ITunes, Amazon and Google to spit out information to you in realtime on the web.

However for desktop users, this is a first, when built my first 1GBps array for a client in 2007, at that time it required 2 computers just to control the 72 spinning disks and cost nearly $500,000 in time and materials when finished.

I can now walk into a store and buy nearly the same throughput off the shelf and have ready to work on in mere minutes after I am out the door.

LaCie’s Little Big Disk 2 has become my main carry around work volume, I recently used it during an extended trip, where it allowed me to cut 4K ProRes 4444 content on my laptop, well away from my office, without having to work with the associated hassles of the offline / online workflow that location editing of that much content would normally require.

There is plenty more to come. Stay Tuned.

 

HP’s Thunderbolt Announcement Changes Everything.

Yesterday HP announced Thunderbolt across both their Mobile and Desktop Workstations lines, launching a truly innovative initiative in the PC world. No longer will PC users be relegated to running Windows on a Mac just to be able to use the power and speed of Thunderbolt, nor will they be limited to only a couple of DIY motherboards and the corresponding issues of drivers and compatibility just to be able to have the power that Thunderbolt brings to the table.

HP’s Jim Zafarana shown here with the new Zbook

HP’s Jim Zafarana shown here with the new Zbook

In discussions with HP since NAB about the how and why of Thunderbolt and what it means for the industry,not just about projects working with Onset Data or the high end workflows that are the majority of projects that I work on, but that Thunderbolt also brings a host of other advantages beyond the simplicity of the connector.

Thunderbolt brings an unrivaled level of performance in a single cable, I know of no other protocol currently in use that can allow users the ability to move data in the same manner as Thunderbolt does. It is not just that, Thunderbolt can also extend the PCIe buss outside your laptop to allow users to easily access multiple kinds of media.

HP Technology Panel  (L to R) Ron Rogers, Gary Adcock,  Jeff Wood,. Vincent Brisebois , Ryan Brown

HP Technology Panel
(L to R) Ron Rogers, Gary Adcock, Jeff Wood,. Vincent Brisebois , Ryan Brown

I have Thunderbolt adopters to  eSata, Firewire, Ethernet adaptors already, but I can also access Video I/O devices from Aja, BlackmagicDesign and Matrox with SMPTE calibrated output all the way up to 4K and soon beyond. I can bridge my Thunderbolt connection to Fibre or GigE infrastructures for Enterprise users, even extend my performance with a RED Rocket or Io-Fusion for the ultimate in mobile performance.

I don’t care that it’s Xx times faster than USB, what I does impress me is that I can move data to one of my Promise Pegasus arrays at over 850MBps with the 1st Gen, 10Gbps version using a 6 drive array in Raid 6, it also means that the 2nd Gen, 20Gbps version announced by HP and Apple means that throughput on the next level could reach as fast as 1.6 GBps on a laptop.

1.6 GBps means playback of uncompressed 4K content, but  it also means that we no longer have to suffer the data rates we accepted from Firewire 800 which transfers data at roughly 1 minute of transfer time per gigabyte of data.  Time is money in modern production and post, no longer are data wranglers woefully waiting hours to move the content from a single days shoot.

Onstage with HP talking Thunderbolt.

Onstage with HP talking Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt has allowed me to be more productive in the ever tightening marketplace. I am consistently moving data at 4 to 5 times faster than my competition. I am currently working in a multi-cam production on a TV series shooting in Chicago, where I am transferring 32 GB Arri Alexa media in an average time of 7 minutes per card to 2 separate volumes in one of G-Technology’s latest offerings the G-Dock EV.  The speed of transfer has totally changed the way I work.

HP’s Thunderbolt announcement will certainly shake up the marketplace. HP brings a level of authority and backs that with a universally recognizable name in the computing world. The fact that their products across the board will offer Thunderbolt connectivity is nothing short of evolutionary, no other manufacture will be shipping Workstation level laptops as well as a fully user customizable, Thunderbolt enabled Desktop Workstation that can move data at these heretofore unheard of rates on the consumer level. With the ability to share Thunderbolt enabled storage in the office or on location.

Whether you shoot larger numbers of photographs or video, work on a DSLR or in 6K on a RED camera, Thunderbolt offers you something you have not had previously, the power and performance only seen on extremely expensive, top of the line Workstations. The only difference now is that that level of performance is now available to professionals and consumers at a price that is nothing less than astonishing when you consider what that same throughput was just 5 years ago.

Adobe Creative Cloud and HP Webinar Notes and Links

I want to thank hundreds of people that virtually attended my Moviola Webinar Session yesterday. It was a pleasure to do and I want to personally Thank my long time friend Michael Horton for hosting.

Moviola Webinar

This seminar will be available as a free download thanks to the sponsorship from MelroseMac, Adobe and HP.

Here are the Links I referenced in the Webinar.

An FAQ on Adobe’s Creative Cloud

An FAQ on Adobe Anywhere 

Adobe Broadcast Solutions  

Calvin Klein’s Downtown Fragrance ad on YouTube.

David Fincher directed this shoot and the entire project was handled end to end in Premiere Pro 6 on HP’s Z820 Workstations and
CUDA empowering Nvidia cards.

RED Digital Cinema
Information regarding RED’s ongoing support for the HP / Adobe Premiere RED Workstations including the 2012 NAB video interview with Ted Schilowitz 

CreativeCloudUser.com

Creative Cloud User, your source for Adobe specific information

Creative Cloud User.com,
your source for Adobe specific information

Adobe and HP Specific information and online guides 

hp.com/go/zworkstations

hp.com/go/ME

hp.com/go/adobe

hp.com/go/switch

hp.com/go/mobileworkstations

tv.adobe.com

nvidia.com/builtforadobepros 

If you need HP specific guidance for your configuration choices 

North America:  hp.com/go/workstationfinder 

APA:  hp.com/apac/workstations 

I would also like to thank MelroseMac for the support
and effort by their entire team.

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