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Apple has revealed a brand new Raw codec for ProRes in its latest update to Final Cut Pro X. The update also includes advanced closed captioning but it's the Raw feature that will send shockwaves through the industry. It's an efficient codec that allows instant playback and editing in FCPX without the need for conversion before use, but has all the flexibility of the full Raw file. It's ideal for maximising quality and perfect for HDR. 

Monitor firm Atomos has already stepped up to the plate and will be offering ProRes Raw support in a free firmware upgrade to Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno owners on Monday. And DJI will include ProRes Raw as a codec in its Zenmuse X7 cameras next month. Apple hopes ProRes Raw will become an industry-wide standard. Apple's press statement says:

Apple is introducing a new update to Final Cut Pro X, the most popular version of its professional video editing software, with more than 2.5 million seats. Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 introduces a groundbreaking format from Apple, ProRes RAW, which combines the visual and workflow benefits of RAW video with the performance of ProRes. The update also adds advanced closed captioning tools that allow video editors to easily view, edit and deliver captions from right within the app. Apple is also adding complementary new features to Final Cut Pro companion apps, Motion and Compressor.

ProRes RAW

ProRes RAW is a new format from Apple that offers the quality and workflow advantages of RAW with the stunning performance of ProRes. With ProRes RAW, editors can import, edit and grade pristine footage with RAW data from the camera sensor, providing ultimate flexibility when adjusting highlights and shadows — ideal for HDR workflows. And with performance optimized for macOS, editors can play full-quality 4K ProRes RAW files on MacBook Pro and iMac systems in real time without rendering. ProRes RAW files are even smaller than ProRes 4444 files, allowing editors to make better use of storage while providing an excellent format for archiving.

Final Cut Pro editors can work natively with ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ files created by Atomos recorders. The format will be available as a free update for owners of Atomos Sumo 19 and Shogun Inferno devices. The format will also be available as part of a forthcoming upgrade package to users of the DJI Inspire 2 drone and Zenmuse X7 Super 35mm camera system designed for aerial cinematography.

Closed Captioning Tools

As closed captioning becomes increasingly important around the world, Final Cut Pro now includes powerful closed captioning tools for professional filmmakers, YouTubers and students looking to add captions to their projects without the need for expensive third-party software or services. Users can import closed caption files directly into their project or create them from scratch. Captions appear in the viewer during playback and can be attached to video or audio clips in the timeline, so they automatically move with the clips to which they’re connected. An all-new captions inspector makes it simple to adjust caption text, color, alignment, location and more. Users can even create captions in multiple languages within the same timeline and easily share captioned videos to YouTube and Vimeo. And in the share window, a new Roles tab displays titles, video and audio roles in a single consolidated interface, making it easy to configure roles and closed captions when sharing.

Motion 5.4.1 and ProRes RAW enable motion graphics artists to take full advantage of RAW image quality with superb performance and flexibility when designing graphics and effects. Compressor 4.4.1 gains support for closed captioning with comprehensive controls to view, adjust and deliver captions as part of a batch or iTunes Store package.

Pricing and Availability

Final Cut Pro 10.4.1 will be available on April 9 as a free update for existing users, and for $299.99 (US) for new users on the Mac App Store. Motion 5.4.1 and Compressor 4.4.1 will also be available on April 9 as free updates for existing users, and for $49.99 (US) each for new users on the Mac App Store. Education customers can purchase the Pro Apps Bundle for Education for $199.99 (US). For more information, please visit: apple.com/final-cut-pro.

Canon has unveiled a flagship full frame Cinema EOS camera, the C700 FF. It has a new full frame 38.1 mm x 20.1mm CMOS sensor and is capable of recording up to 5.9K. The EOS C700 FF also supports multi-format recording, shooting with EF, PL and anamorphic lenses. When using EF lenses, the C700 FF supports Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is ideal for full frame format shooting.

Canon claims the sensor priduces unprecedented low noise, natural skin tones, shallow depth-of-field, and a broad ranging tonality that exceeds 15-stops of dynamic range. The newly designed sensor also allows the user to explore different sensor modes including full frame, Super 35mm and Super 16mm, whilst recording in a wide range of versatile recording formats including ProRes, XF-AVC (internally to CFast cards) and Canon’s uncompressed Cinema RAW.

Using the dedicated CODEX CDX-36150, the EOS C700 FF can record 5.9k 12/10-bit RAW, with 4K and 2K RAW 12-bit options available, as well as shooting ProRes 4K. For high frame rate shooting, the EOS C700 FF can shoot up to 60fps (5.9K), 72fps (4K crop) and at up to 168fps (2K crop). Using the 5.9K oversampling processing, the camera is also able to deliver a higher quality 4K and 2K image with reduced moiré and noise.

The C700 FF is available in both EF lock & PL mount, compatible with Canon’s extensive range of EF series and Cinema lenses. Thanks to the vertical 20.1 mm sensor size, the C700 FF also enables users to shoot with anamorphic lenses. Utilising the Canon EF lens system, users can benefit from the full sensor size whilst shooting, as well as Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF which ensures focusing by locking onto and tracking a moving subject; critical in higher resolution recordings.

The EOS C700 FF is also compatible with existing Canon EOS C700 accessories including the EVF-V70 viewfinder, the MO-4E/ MO-4P B4 mount adapter and the OU-700 remote operation unit. It is set to cost £31,250/ $33,000 when it's released in June. 

Written by Matt Snow

Canon has unveiled the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F, a wide-angle lens perfect for high-quality cinematic productions in 4K as part of its cine prime lens range. The CN-E20mm T1.5 L F boasts a large diameter aspheric lens and low dispersion glass, to cut spherical aberration.

With a bright T No of 1.5, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F captures stunning 4K footage in low light, perfect for nature documentaries. To enhance creative shooting, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F’s bright T No and 11-blade iris produces natural blur effects, enabling a three-dimensional bokeh effect with a deeper depth of field. Equipped with reduced focus breathing, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F delivers pin-sharp focusing for stable shooting.  

Compatible with the newly launched EOS C700 FF, as well as the EOS-1D C and other full frame cameras, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F enables users to capture premium-quality footage with confidence. The CN-E20mm T1.5 L F has an image circle that covers full frame 35mm, to expand shooting opportunities. The built-in rubber ring at the mount connector guarantees a drip-proof structure, durable enough for any production which involves challenging shooting environments.

The CN-E20mm T1.5 L F is consistent with the rest of the Canon EF Cinema lens range, offering Canon fans familiarity with the gear position, front diameter, total length and rotation angle. New phosphorescent front barrel indicators provide greater visibility in low light conditions, while the focus ring displays numbers on both the left and right side of the lens, to allow the operator to check the distance indicator from either side. Creating just the right amount of resistance when focusing, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F has a professional grade, 300° focus rotation angle. By harmonising the exposure and white balance of natural lighting, the CN-E20mm T1.5 L F ensures quality footage from every shot. The lens information displayed on the viewfinder, allows users to easily pinpoint footage, streamlining the editing and post production process.

Canon has also expanded its industry-leading range of 4K reference monitors with the launch of two 12G-SDI capable models (DP-V2421 and DP-V1711) and an extensive firmware update to enhance HDR monitoring features, streamline workflows and improve collaboration with third party manufacturers. Additionally, a chargeable firmware upgrade will be provided to increase luminance of 17-inch displays DP-V1711 and DP-V1710.

The DP-V2421 is a 24-inch 4K HDR reference display which achieves 1,200 cd/m2 high luminance and the deep black suitable for versatile applications in 4K HDR production. The DP-V1711 is a 17-inch 4K professional display for studio monitoring or outside broadcast (OB) vans. Both the DP-V2421 and DP-V1711 have extensive HDR functions, which are perfectly suited for HDR production. Both monitors feature four 12G-SDI inputs, which can deliver 4K 50P transmission through a single cable. Condensing four SDI cables down to one reduces installation complexity and resource, as well as saving valuable studio space.

 

Red hopes its new Gemini 5K Super35 sensor inside its Epic-W camera will be the king of low light as it features dual sensitivity modes, similar to the latest crop of Panasonic cameras.

The Gemini sensor offers an increased field of view at 2K and 4K resolutions compared to the higher resolution Helium sensor. And the sensor’s 30.72 mm x 18 mm dimensions allow for greater anamorphic lens coverage than with Helium or Dragon.

“While the Gemini sensor was developed for low-light conditions in outer space, we quickly saw there was so much more to this sensor,” said Jarred Land, President of Red. “In fact, we loved the potential of this sensor so much, we wanted to evolve it to make it have a broader appeal.  As a result, the Epic-W Gemini now sports dual-sensitivity modes. It still has the low-light performance mode, but also has a default, standard mode that allows you to shoot in brighter conditions.”

The new camera is built on Red’s current compact DSMC2 platform, captures 5K full format motion at up to 96fps along with incredibly fast data speeds of up to 275MB/s.

Like all of RED’s DSMC2 cameras, Epic-W is able to shoot simultaneous Raw and Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD/HR recording.

Beginning at £26,000/ $24,500, the new Red Epic-W with Gemini 5K S35 sensor is available for purchase at Red.com now.

VR the champions!

 Manfrotto continues to champion VR with two new additions to its 360o Virtual Reality range. The Italian brand, the first major manufacturer to introduce unique, dedicated products for VR content, has new products that include the VR Selfie Stick, VR PIXI EVO Kit, VR Aluminium Boom, VR Aluminium Tripod and VR Complete Stand.

The new Aluminium Tripod provides reliable, stable support that is compact enough not to appear in a 360° shot. The Manfrotto VR boom extensions maximise the camera height when according the type of shooting you are doing. The addition of the VR Selfie Stick and the Medium Aluminium Boom allow for even more flexibility when shooting VR footage from a range of heights. They can be connected to a variety of bases in the Manfrotto VR range, enabling users to achieve the height required for the creation of amazing content.

 The VR PIXI EVO Kit and VR Complete Aluminium Stand are the new products in the kit selection available in the 360° VR range. The kits are designed to make 360°content creation incredibly easy and intuitive and are compatible with the most popular 360° cameras.

Buy an Olympus LS-P1, LS-P2 or LS-12 high-resolution audio recorder and you'll get a free license for Steinberg’s WaveLab LE audio editing software. And if you buy a multi-track recorder LS-100 you will gain a free download license for Steinberg’s Cubase LE music production software.

The Steinberg professional-level audio software offers a suite of editing tools that are ideal for producing sounding recordings, for anything from a podcast to music tracks. The software’s easy workflow is matched by a huge range of professional quality, yet intuitive features. For example, WaveLab LE includes a podcast tool that is a one-stop application for editing and online publication while Cubase LE supports up to 16 audio tracks and comes with 18 pre-installed effects plug-ins.

The instruction with the download link and license code is bundled with every marked recorder. 

The Olympus LS-Series of high-end audio recorders are a perfect complement to the Olympus OM-D Series of digital mirrorless cameras, such as the E-M1 Mark II and E-M10 Mark III models.

Canon's new EOS M50 is a mirrorless camera capable of shooting 4K video that features Canon's Dual Pixel autofocus for the first time. It has a 24.1MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, 2.36m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder, 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD and can record in UHD 4K and HD 720p at 120fps. 

There's Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC and Bluetooth, the ISO range is 100-25600, extendable to ISO 51200 and it features 5-Axis Image Stabilisation.

It has a maximum bitrate of 120 Mbps when shooting 4K (UHD) and up to 60 Mbps at Full HD when shooting at 50fps or 59.94fps. If you want to shoot at 120fps you can only do so at 1280×720 resolution at 52Mbps.

When shooting in 4K, there is an additional crop of 1.7x and autofocus is limited to contrast detection only and doesn’t use the Dual Pixel system.

The camera is aimed at Vloggers who want to move up from a smartphone so is an easy-to-use camera with lots of connectivity. 

The EOS M50 will be available to purchase from March 2018 and costs £539.99/ $780 for body only and as a kit with M50 + EF-M 15-45mm lens - £649.99/ $900.

Canon has also unveiled the EOS 2000D and EOS 4000D, entry-level DSLR cameras. Both record Full HD movies. The EOS 2000D featured a new 24.1 Megapixel APS-C sensor, and the EOS 4000D used an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor. 

Key Features:

Canon EOS 2000D:

  • 24.1MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC4+ processor
  • ISO range from 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)
  • Full HD 1080p video up to 30fps and Video Snapshot mode
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • 9-point autofocus
  • 3” (7.5 cm) 920k-dot TFT LCD monitor with inbuilt Feature Guide
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Creative filters
  • Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity

Canon EOS 4000D:

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS image sensor
  • DIGIC4+ processor
  • ISO range from 100-6,400 (expandable to 12,800)
  • Full HD 1080p video up to 30fps and Video Snapshot mode
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • 9-point autofocus
  • 2.7” (7.5 cm) 920k-dot TFT LCD monitor with inbuilt Feature Guide
  • Scene Intelligent Auto mode
  • Creative filters
  • Wi-Fi

Both cameras will be available to purchase from March 2018 priced:

  • EOS 2000D body only - £369.99
  • EOS 200D + EF-S 18-55mm lens - £469.99
  • EOS 4000D body only - £329.99
  • EOS 400D + EF-S 18-55mm IS lens - £369.99.

 

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