NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Three
Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
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Dennis Kutchera reports on Day Three at NAB 2013. Excitement is still buzzing, especially for Autodesk Smoke 2013, TV Logic, the 6K RED Dragon and the Technicolor session on color in the filmmaking process.
Day 3 at NAB and I'm now past the exhaustion and sore feet. Tuesday night, I was not sure if I was going to make it to my bed after all the walking. Boy, did I sleep in today. So on day 3, I felt no pain.
I can't believe I found myself watching another Smoke 2013 demo this morning, but I am really impressed with what this editor/compositor/colorist software is capable of doing.
In my last post, I wrote the praises of Flanders Scientific (FSI) monitors and their new line of CM monitors. Today I paid a visit to TV Logic. The first thing that caught my eye was their 30 and 56 inch 4K monitors. I'd be safe to bet that there is only one manufacturer of these panels, since i saw similar product at the Sony booth yesterday. Given a choice, I'd likely go with TV Logic over Sony because their whole business is about building accurate monitors. It's a moot point though since neither brand will be shipping for some time.
TV Logic has added to their XVM line with the addition of 24 and 32 inch monitors. They are all excellent grade A full featured monitors, but at more than twice the price are they worth it? For me, I'd say no. Even if pricing was at par, FSI wins with their lifetime free calibration service - Just pay for shipping to Atlanta and they will tune it up for you. With TV Logic, you calibration option is to buy their probe and software for $1000 that only lets you reset the white point of the monitor. Good stuff, but I prefer the Flanders line for both price and picture.
A new (to me) monitor line I found toady is from a company called Ruige. It was hard to tell how good their monitors are on the show floor, but they had similar product to both FSI and TV Logic and at a lower price point than even Flanders. I couldn't look at many features since the menus were all in Chinese, but this company may be worth watching.
Over at the Red booth, they were showing the new 6k Red Dragon. They were upgrading camera on sight in a special lab. For just under $10k, you get a new sensor and firmware. Red was also offering a 1 hour hands on class to demonstrate how easy it is to use. I signed up. so I could learn more about the camera, not because I want to shoot, but because knowledge makes me a better post production professional.
In the evening we went to a session put on by Techicolor that was basically an open forum on color in the film making process. They also demoed their Color Assist plugin software. It is a good introduction to primary color correction and it adds curve correction to FCP 7 It works in FCP 7 and X as well as Premiere. A show of hands around the room of 100 mainly indie film makers was very revealing - the majority were editing on Adobe Premiere, only one on Final Cut Pro X and only a few still on FCP 7. Maybe 20 percent raised their hand for Avid. Looks like Adobe is winning our hearts.
We are off to our last day here at NAB 2013.
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