NAB 2013

Steadicam Curve

Tiffen launched its new Steadicam Curve at NAB 2013. The Curve is designed to work with GoPro HERO cameras.

I stopped by Tiffen’s booth to try out the Steadicam Curve and was instantly impressed with the usability of the device.

The Curve only weighs a half pound and is made to be operated with only one hand. It is the first Steadicam product that I have picked up and instantly felt at ease with it. For those who are intimidated by these stabilizer devices, this would be a great place to start. [click to continue…]

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Phantom Flex 4K-6

Vision Research unveiled its new Phantom Flex4K cinema camera at NAB 2013. The stunner feature is that it captures 4K RAW footage at 1000fps.

I stopped by the Vision Research booth to get a closer look at the Phantom Flex4K and to see some 4K demo footage on a 4K display. Before we get into the build and specs of the Flex4K, check out the below video shot with the Flex4K in 4K. [click to continue…]

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Manfrotto 500 Bridging Video Head

Manfrotto launched its new 500 video head at NAB 2013. It replaces the 701HDV and is resides as the entry-level head in Manfrotto’s Bridging Technology line of video heads. [click to continue…]

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Panasonic 4K Camera

4K was certainly the big theme this year at NAB. Whether it was cameras, capture, post or delivery, 4K video was everywhere.

Panasonic 4K Camera-6

Of course, some manufacturers are further along than others in the 4K development pipeline. Panasonic happened to have a single 4K camcorder under glass. However, this was a working model that was pumping out a 4K signal via a single HDMI 1.4a cable to a 4K monitor next to the display. [click to continue…]

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G-Tech G-Dock ev

G-Tech showed the G-Dock ev and G-Drive ev hard drives (shown above) at NAB 2013. I stopped by their booth to take a closer look at them.

The G-Dock ev is a Thunderbolt dock, which ships with two of the G-Drive ev drives. [click to continue…]

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Digital Anarchy Beauty Box

I took a quick demo yesterday with Beauty Box Video 3.0 here at NAB 2013. While I have seen it several times before, I never stopped to look at what it how simple it is to use.

Beauty Box is a plug-in for Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, After Effects and several other NLEs. There is also a version for Photoshop and Aperture. (No Lightroom yet. If you want to see it for Lightroom, I would suggest making some noise by emailing Digital Anarchy and letting them know you want it.)

Essentially, Beauty Box uses multiple algorithms to create a matte of skin tones and leaves alone facial details like teeth, hair and eyelashes. You can fine tune the matte for your given lighting conditions and skin tones; however, it’s a process that takes seconds even to fine tune it.

Hopefully, I’ll have a full review in the coming weeks; however, I wanted to pass along a coupon code that is valid only during NAB this week. Use the coupon code NAB2013 to get 25% any of the Beauty Box versions. The most common version for Premiere, AE or FCP is regularly $199; however, it’s only $149 this week with the code. You can see all the versions here on Digital Anarchy’s website.

You can get a nice overview of an older version of Beauty Box inside After Effects (still the same overall concept and workflow) with the following video. [click to continue…]

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