Blackmagic has update the Video Assist to version 1.1 to include focus peaking, zebra exposure too, 2x zoom and HDMI timecode. The Video Assist is a $495 HDMI & 6G-SDI recorder and 5″ monitor. It uses SDHC/SDXC memory cards to capture ProRes 10-bit 4:2:2 video and is powered by Canon LP-E6 batteries or AC power.
More details on the original Blackmagic Video Assist announcement.
Monitor calibration is one of the necessary evils that photographers must learn to cope with now that every image we create must pass through our computer in this digital age. Fortunately, there are some pretty handy tools to take on that challenge.
Datacolor is one of the industry leaders in the monitor calibration market and the new Spyder5 tool makes it painless for the most part.
There are actually three different iterations of the Spyder5 monitor calibration tools – Spyder5EXPRESS, Spyder5PRO and Spyder5ELITE, which cover the most basic calibrations to the most advanced, respectively. This review covers my experience with the Spyder5ELITE. [Read more…]
Atomos has dropped the price on the Samurai Blade down to $995. That’s a $300 price drop from the old $1295 price point.
The Samurai Blade is a 5″ SDI monitor and recorder. It features a 720p IPS display with capacitive touch screen controls. It offers ProRes and DNxHD encoding and playback; and also features waveform, false color and focus peaking.
An included docking station for 2.5″ HDDs and SSDs connects to your computer via USB 3.0 or 2.0 ports. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
4K monitors continue to trickle out as computers and graphics cards come out with better support for these higher resolution displays. Philips’ new 28-inch 4K monitor just became available.
The Philips 288P6LJEB 4K monitor displays a 3840 x 2160 image at 60hz refresh rate with a 1ms response time. It is equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, Dual-link DVI and VGA SmartConnect ports. Additionally, it features 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports for expandability. An integrated MHL port allows you to connect compatible phones and tablets directly to the monitor to mirror content to the display while charging the device at the same time.
The Philips 28″ 4K display retails for $799; however, it is already available at a sale price of $599.99 on Amazon.com.
X-Rite is offer three free webinars in October.
On Tuesday, October 2 at 10AM and 1PM EDT, X-Rite will show Professional Monitor Calibration for Still & Video. You can register for this free webinar via the links below.
- To register for this webinar at 10:00 AM EDT, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/569312338
- To register for this webinar at 1:00 PM EDT, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/653410146
On Thursday, October 4 at 11AM and 3PM EDT, X-Rite will offer Simply Amazing Color, Take control of your monitor, printer and camera!. You can register for this one with the following links:
- To register for this webinar at 11:00 AM, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/360688330
- To register for this webinar at 3:00 PM, visit: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/120053522
On Thursday, October 18 at 11AM and 1PM EDT, X-Rite will show Enhancements for Creating Beautiful Portraits with Photoshop CS6. You can register for this free webinar at the following links: