Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NAB 2011 - Day 1

After arriving in Sin City it was a mad dash to the convention center to check out all the gadgets being introduced. Before I get into the details, let me say that if you have never been to NAB like myself, it is truly an amazing experience with city blocks of exhibits. My first stop was the Sony booth, and they really aren't messing around with the introduction of the new 8k resolution F65 cinema camera.

No word on price but Sony doesn't have a track record for cheap cameras and this may not be in the same league as an Epic or Alexa. I also had a chance to try out the new Sony super 35mm sensor NX cam. This is a neat little camera, very small and fat, with a top mounted flip up LCD; it will potentially take any type of lens via an adaptor and is right in line with the image quality of the F3. Priced $5,500 without a lens, I would consider this camera over the AF100 any day.

A couple big things I noticed this year was the continued push for 3D as seen in the GoProHD 3D kit and also in LED lighting. Many venders showed LEDs but the most impressive were by Lightpanels and are housed like traditional Arri fresnels, but run cooler and have a touch screen controler for dimming with DMX built in. One of my next stops was to Red Cinema's booth to check out the Epic 5k camera. Huge crowds showed up to get a glimpse, and as expected Red had lots of cool bits and pieces to go with it including the new Clutch shoulder support. The camera itself is a great size and looks like a dream to work with. Red also showed a nice Dutch gear for mounting between your tripod head and camera and getting 180 rotating shots.

Panasonic, JVC, and Canon had a few new additions to their product lines for the show but overall nothing too impressive or memorable. Most notable was the update from Panasonic's HPX-170 to the HPX-250, adding some more manual functionality to the lense system and 30% cuts on P2 media. Adobe, on the other hand, released updates with CS5.5 production premium, providing 64 bit performance, more codecs, workflow additions, and much more.

I visited the Zacuto booth to get a look at their newly hyped EVF. And let me just say it is a pleasure to use. I have used both the Cineroid and higher end EVFs like Red's, and this one blows them all away. The resolution reminded me of an iPhone4, 6" from your eye, and the build quality is superb with a rigid metal body and professional feel. They really hit the mark on this one.

Be sure to check back as I continue my exploration of NAB 2011.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent progress updates. Can't wait to see what is in store for the remainder of the week.