Key Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 Updates

Premiere Pro CS6

Adobe’s booth at NAB 2012 is a madhouse.  The seating area for every speaker is full and the aisles surrounding the booth are packed as well. Lots of third-party vendors are also showing off CS6 products as well. Adobe is clearly on the march with the new apps in Production Premium CS6.

I sat down with Premiere Pro Product Manager, Al Mooney, on Monday at NAB 2012 to discuss some of the new features in the app that is buzzing among editors at NAB. [Read more...]

Midwest Storms from 40,000 Feet Up

Midwest Lightning Storms

On my way to NAB 2012, I had a layover in Memphis.  From there, we were heading straight toward the storm system that has been wreaking havoc on the Midwest this weekend.  We diverted a little south from it; however, we still got quite a show and a bit of a bumpy ride.  I the best I could to grab some photos and video with my Canon G12, but it doesn’t do the lightning show justice. [Read more...]

Canon 15.5-47mm T2.8 and 30-105mm T2.8 Cinema Lenses

Canon 30-105mm Cine Zoom

Canon 30-105mm Cine Zoom

Along with the Canon EOS 1D C and EOS C500, Canon also unveiled a pair of new Cinema Zoom lenses today – each in PL and EF mounts.  The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP lenses are designed to cover Super 35 frames and deliver top notch performance at 4K resolution.

Canon 15-47mm Cine Zoom

Canon 15-47mm Cine Zoom

No word yet on price or release dates; however, given the $45K+ price tag of the last Canon cinema zoom lenses announced, I wouldn’t expect these to be much less.

More details in the press release below. [Read more...]

Canon EOS C500 is a Pro Level 4K RAW Cinema Camera

Canon C500

The Canon C500 was announced today alongside the Canon EOS 1D C.  Both offer 4K video capture; however, the C500 is clearly targeted toward the higher-end Hollywood user.

The C500 supports 4K-resolution video and outputs as a 10-bit uncompressed RAW data stream with no de-Bayering.  The C500 can shoot 4K at 1-60fps.

The camera will also output quad full-HD (3840 x 2160), 2K (2048 x 1080) and full HD (1920 x 1080).  The C500 offers a 12-bit RGB 4:4:4 signal format during 2K output, which can be selected to operate from one to 60 fps. The C500 can capture 120 fps when switched to a 10-bit YCrCb 4:2:2 mode.

In addition to the external video output options, the  C500 simultaneously records in-camera a 50 Mbps HD proxy video to a CF card.

Like the C300, the C500 features a Super 35 format CMOS sensor and will be available in EF-mount and PL-mount options.  Pricing (rumored to be around $30k) and release dates are yet to be confirmed.

More info and images for the Canon C500 below. [Read more...]

Adobe Production Premium CS6 Coming to NAB 2012

Premiere Pro CS6

Adobe will unveil Production Premium CS6 at NAB 2012 next week.  Production Premium CS6 wil feature the following products from Adobe:

  • Premiere Pro
  • After Effects
  • Audition
  • Story
  • Media Encoder
  • Photoshop
  • SpeedGrade
  • Prelude

The new SpeedGrade CS6 was teased in late 2011 on Adobe TV with very little about it revealed since then.  SpeedGrade will be a pro grading tool, while Prelude is a new solution for the process of ingest, logging and transcoding.

I’ll have a better look at Production Premium CS6 next Monday.  In the mean time, the full press release teaser from Adobe is below. [Read more...]

Canon EOS 1D C Brings 4K to HDSLRs

Canon 1D C

The Canon EOS 1D C is a 4K HDSLR featuring an 18.1MP CMOS sensor that is capable of outputting 8-bit 4:2:2 Motion JPEG 4K video to a CF card at 24 fps.  Additionally, the camera captures 1080p video at either 24p or 60p, albeit at 8-bit 4:2:0.  The 1D C also offers an uncompressed YCbCr 8-bit 4:2:2 signal output via the HDMI-out.

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