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Blackmagic says its new Davinci Resolve 14 is up to 10 times faster than before and the Studio version has been slashed in price to $299 from $995. The basic software is still free. The software has been completely rewritten and now features the well-known Fairlight audio engine, following Blackmagic’s buyout of the company recently. The audio capabilities are a huge bonus to the software as it can record up to 96 channels.

Resolve now has 20 new filters and a new face-recognition tool and it now allows work sharing between multiple users. The official information says:

Blackmagic Design has revealed two upgrades for its Video Assist and 4K monitor. The 2.4 free firmware update adds multi-lingual support for 10 separate languages. This means customers can now use Video Assist in their native language.

And a second free update scheduled for June will see professional scopes added to the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model, including waveform, RGB parade, vectorscope and histogram that can be viewed full screen for accurately evaluating video signals.

The new scopes make the Blackmagic Video Assist 4K model perfect for live production monitoring, as portable test scope for broadcasters, and even for balancing color when color grading using the RGB parade scope.

The new localised Video Assist adds interface support for Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. This broad language support now makes it easier for more customers to use Video Assist anywhere in the world.

“Video Assist has become an indispensable part of everyone’s production kit,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s the perfect portable field monitor and recorder. The addition of full blown professional scopes makes it even more exciting and useful for customers. Plus, the new multi-lingual interface will make it easier for non-English speaking customers to use it!”

 

 

Drone giant DJI has teamed up with hard drive maker Seagate to create the Fly Drive, a  portable hard drive complete with a MicroSD slot to allow drone users to download footage on location.

There’s a built-in USB-C cable which supports both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt 3, and the Fly Drive is available in sizes up to 2TB. US price is $120. To find out more, go to Seagate website. The official information says:

Panasonic is dropping huge clues that it is about to reveal a cinema-style camera to take on Sony’s big-selling FS5.

This slide was shown at the NAB show in Las Vegas. And the mystery camera is pitched between Panasonic’s Varicam LT and Panasonic GH5. It’s believed it will record to SD cards, like the GH5 and FS5.

Panasonic has focused its GH5 development on very robust Codecs to give it the edge over its rivals. With the Codec in Sony’s FS5 often being cited as the camera’s weakest areas, it’s though Panasonic would focus its new mystery camera in this area.

It’s thought the camera will be unveiled in the next few months and go on sale in autumn.

Meanwhile at the NAB show, Sony unveiled a firmware upgrade for the FS5 which will allow it to record 120fps in HD. The more expensive Sony F55 will get slow motion of up to 120p in 4K. 

 

 

 

 

Panasonic has announced more details of its prototype 4K 360-degree camera as well as a new live production centre, incorporating switcher, remote camera controller and audio mixer functions, at the NAB show in Las Vegas. The official statement reads:

DJI has revealed the next generation of its flagship three-axis gimbal stabiliser. The Ronin 2 can now carry a payload of up to 30lbs (13kgs) and has motors that are five times more powerful than the current model.

The Ronin 2 has foldaway feet, an integrated touchscreen, larger camera cage and extendable arms. It can now be used on Steadicam systems too.

With dual hot-swappable batteries the same as on the Inspire 2 drone, it can also power a RED Dragon camera. The DJI App has been updated too.

It will be available in the second quarter of 2017 but no prices have yet been announced.

Check out more on the video below and the DJI official website here.

 

 

 

 

Atomos has launched its biggest ever monitor recorder at a whopping 19" size! It's the first production monitor recorder that records 4K 12-bit Raw, 10-bit ProRes/DNxHR, plus 1080p60 live switching and recording. It's an HDR-capable monitor with 1200 nit brightness so is ideal for on location and heralds a new era in HDR-ready equipment for use in filmmaking. The official info says: 

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