IBC 2015 show report

Attracting over 55,000 attendees from more than 170 different countries, The IBC annual Conference and Exhibition provide a uniquely rich experience; connecting, enthusing, inspiring and informing the professionals engaged in the creation, management and delivery of content worldwide.

Sony-FS5-side_350pxSony announce PXW-FS5 camera

Sony announced their fantastic new PXW-FS5 camcorder at the show. The FS5 is a reworking of the popular FS7 into a more handheld camera, enabling you to now work in more nimble or difficult to film scenarios, many of which being difficult to with the larger FS7 body and lens. The camera compliments the FS Series with a body weighing less than half the FS7 at an unbelievable 0.8kg.

The Sony FS5 offers a solution for mounting the camera on gimbals, mini jibs or drones, whilst still boasting the same sensor as the FS7 to maintain stunning picture quality. There are new features too, the camera boasts slow motion up to 240 frames per second, still at full HD XAVC 10bit 4:2:2. The camera also has the amazing ability to shoot at up to 960 fps at specific lower resolutions.  We’re looking forward to road-testing the camera once it starts shipping.

Amira-IBC-2014_300pxARRI AMIRA gets 50mbps setting

The popular ARRI ‘documentary’  camera has been given the hotly anticipated 50MBPS codec in the form of MPEG 2 HD 422. This opens up the camera to more TV production companies that are fulfilling a minimum HD spec at 50mbps. Another positive is that it brings down the cost of storage and ingest. We believe this will open a lot of doors for ARRI and we will continue to support the AMIRA (watch this space for a new BBC show we just wrapped on using the AMIRA, full story due October)

ARRI have also announced in the next innovitive firmware update, due in October, that they are introducing compatibility with Sony RCP-1500s, allowing the cameras to be racked from a remote location. This gives even more flexibility to the AMIRA’s uses as it could be considered for a ‘racked’ multi camera shoot.

C300-Mark-II_350pxCanon C300 MKII dazzles visitors

Canon centered their stand around the stunning EOS C300 Mark II. The new Canon-designed Super 35mm CMOS sensor and an increased ISO range up to ISO 102,400 deliver exceptional low light performance, allowing operators to capture low-noise footage across a variety of challenging environments without compromising on image quality.

The C300 MK II has the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 files internally at up to 410Mbps in 4K, or 10/12-bit 4:4:4 files in 2K/Full HD,with up to 15 stops of dynamic range,the EOS C300 Mark II provides footage suitable for extensive post-production work, producing crisper images across the full colour spectrum with reduced “colour bleed”. There are several really nice touches to the design also, such as back-lit buttons.

The on-board recording adopts a similar fashion to the output of a C500 (except no need for separate recorder), so this is a great upgrade. Familiar EF Mount means no change needed for lenses and the Dual DIGIC DV5 Processors and 35mm CMOS Sensor make this a powerful upgrade. If that’s not enough adding 15-Stops of Dynamic Range surely sets this new camera apart from it’s predecessor.

Brick-Bi-Color_300pxManfrotto lights get lighter and brighter

Manfrotto announced the Brick Bi-Color – what they describe as “the perfect on-camera solution for on-the-go ENG camera operators”. As the name suggests, it provides both daylight and tungsten lighting with smooth dimming from 0-100%. Manfrotto were keen to highlight the build quality, with dust-tight design and water protection, the light was seen happily working in its display cabinet while being soaked with jets of water. The Brick looks set to replace the ever popular MiniPlus as with its tightly binned LEDs it is up to four times brighter than the original MiniPlus, giving it a longer throw, effectively allowing the Brick to light a larger area.

Litepanels-Caliber-Kit_350pLITEPANEL Caliber

3 head Tungsten Fresnel kit that comes in a custom design bag complete with ‘gorilla pod’ style mounts which you can use to mount the lights practically anywhere. Needing only 17w of power to produce the equivalent of 150w tungsten they can be powered by 6xAA batteries or by mains.

Potentially a great cost-effective kit combined with the Lycos as a 4 head lighting kit.

We feel this could be an extremely popular choice for a wide range of shooting scenarios. Both self-shooters and camera crews alike may benefit from a compact design with powerful output.

Small-HD_300pxSMALL HD impress with monitors

The quickly growing company which has recently been acquired by Vitec has announced a big brother to their 502 5” monitor. The 702 7” full HD monitor weighs in 300g, is powered by Sony L Series batteries and features a ‘daylight viewable’ screen and user-replaceable acrylic screen protectors.
The clever software allows you to set up different custom pages with peaking, LUTS, waveforms focus assist etc and then quickly swipe between them.

Lykos-panel_350pxManfrotto Lykos lights are compact and powerful

A small Litepanel that can be camera or stand mounted. It is the same LED Tech as the Litepanel Astras and it produces the same light output as the original Litepanel 1x1s and is perfect size to slip into camera bags. Soft boxes are also available to turn them into a great soft-light source.

Available as Daylight or bi-colour, the also features a Bluetooth dongle that allows you to control dimming and colour temp. This technology is also available as an add-on for the Astra panels.


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