The Best of NAB 2015
Every April thousands of video production professionals descend on Las Vegas for NAB, where top manufacturers announce their star products and big video-related news is released. This years NAB opened with massive announcements on 4K cameras, drones and a few surprising software updates. Whether you’re interested in 4K cameras, motion graphics, video editing or VFX there is bound to be something for you.
We’ve collected the best stories from this years NAB, including news from Adobe, Apple and Blackmagic.
Final Cut Pro X 10.2
As early adopters of Final Cut Pro X, we were excited to hear about the latest update. FCPX had its fair share of criticism, but this is all changing with more professional video productions beginning to warm up to the editing program, including Warner Bros. recent film Focus. Exciting new updates include improved tools for colour grading like masking and upgraded scopes, fully featured 3D titles and various workflow improvements. The will also be updates to Motion and Compressor.
As with previous years, RED were out in force with new kit, launching their new Weapon. RED say WEAPON is their “smallest and most lightweight camera BRAIN® ever”, with upgrades like workflow enhancements, cable-free and intuitive peripherals and integrated mounting points.
Blackmagic URSA Mini Cinema Camera
Once again Blackmagic made waves at NAB. This time with a new, compact Super 35 digital film 4K camera called the URSA Mini. The camera is much lighter than the original URSA, and with a long list of upgrades it’s got people wondering if it could be the next C100 and FS7.
We’ve been busy using drones on some recent shoots, so we were keen to see what Freefly’s new ALTA had to offer, but the real game changer was new operating tool for their gimbals called the MIMIC. The only downside is that you still need 2 people operate it. Check out this video of the MIMIC in action.
Small HD is back, this time with the 502 high-resolution high colour monitor. The Full HD 502 is the sharpest 5 inch camera top monitor, and the 2-in-1 feature increases its portability, you can simply mount it to your camera and use it as a view finder.
Arri Sky Panel
Arri have released a new LED panel for ultra soft lighting, working perfectly for a number of video productions, but especially beauty shoots. The combination of curated selection of diffusion panels, LED mixing chamber and large light aperture allow the light to wrap around objects, making for perfect beauty lighting. The LED are low powered, so they can be taken into field and they’re also very bright, meaning you can also use them right next to a window or even outdoors.
Adobe Character Animation
The newest edition to the creative cloud family. Adobe Character Animator cuts down on the countless hours in post on animated video projects. All key frames are now recorded, making adjusting motion graphics and presets much easier. Only a preview was released however, when it finally comes out alongside the upcoming version of After Effects, we expect it to have a massive impact on animated postproduction.
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