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NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

NAB 2014: Panasonic's Sonic Blast: Cameras, Switchers & Tech

Panasonic unveils their new NAB line-up for us, including new VariCam cameras with 35mm sensors, high-speed and 4K recording, and multiple new form factors, along with new P2 media and broadcast switchers.

Review, Editorial, Feature
Ryan Salazar
Field Production
“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

“Before I forget: don’t wear any underwear.”

Before coming to Creative COW, before his lives in product marketing and product management at Avid and Boris FX, Creative COW Editor-in-Chief Tim Wilson ran a video production company. In one especially memorable adventure, he found himself quite literally up to his armpits in alligators. He had no idea that this was going to happen when the day began. At the time, he was focused on a brand new fear: getting sliced in half by burning underwear.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Tim Wilson
Broadcasting
Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings and the opportunities.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Panasonic

NAB 2013: Panasonic

Panasonic used NAB 2013 to unveil a number of new products and technologies. Chief among them was the third generation VariCam, the first to incorporate Panasonic's new AVC-ULTRA video codec for native 1080/60p operation. The company also unveiled the AJ-PD500, its first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots - and the first to record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra Class100). Also new from Panasonic was the the BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor, an important piece in the move to UltraHD/4K production and post.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Two

NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day Two

Take a look at the NAB Show floor through the eyes of Dennis Kutchera, who is hot on the Post Production trail. Day two finds him looking at Sony and Panasonic booths, the Autodesk Smoke 2013 presentation and some lust-worthy grading monitors.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day One

NAB 2013: On the Post Production Trail - Day One

Dennis Kutchera heads out to NAB 2013 on the Post Production Trail. He has a mind to see what's new for the post world - here are a few of his first impressions.

Editorial, Feature
Dennis Kutchera
Cinematography
The Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A Gun

The Camera Is An Eye - Not A Vacuum Or A Gun

This article is intended to be a friendly guidepost for all shooters who wish to improve their craft. At the highest level, you, the shooter, are involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. At the lowest level, you, the shooter, are still involved in one of the greatest art forms the world has ever known. Find out how to channel your "Inner-Welles" and create the majestic poetry we all crave from your art.

Editorial, Feature
David Allison
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Panasonic

NAB 2012: Panasonic

Panasonic had an extraordinarily rich year of introductions and upgrades at NAB 2012, with further developments in P2 technology and a host of new memory cards, the AG-HPX600 P2 HD - which supports AVC Ultra, two new AVCCAM HD camcorders, software upgrades for the AG-AF100, two new high-performance LCD monitors, and a partnership with Aframe to create a cloud video production network.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

Panasonic AG-HPX250 Camera

With a sharp imager, monster lens and killer codec, Panasonic's HPX250 ($5995, with additional discounts and rebates in effect) makes a great workhorse camera for any kind of shooting that doesn’t need a shallow depth-of-field.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Panasonic VariCam
The Panasonic AG-AC160

The Panasonic AG-AC160

Panasonic has several camcorders with similar build, but different underlying core technologies -- specifically, the AC160/130 and the HPX250. The key difference between them, respectively, is 4:2:0 MP4 GOP at 1920x1080 resolution and AVCCAM recording as high at 21Mbps, versus 10-bit, 4:2:2 independent-frame, 1920 x 1080 resolution AVC-Intra 100 recording. For those who find AVCHD sufficient, but want a full-on camcorder solution without additional workarounds needed compared to more consumer cameras, the AC160 is meant to fit in your hand.

Review
Anthony Burokas
IBC Expo
IBC: Panasonic has a 3D IBC, also expands AVC Ultra to Long Gop

IBC: Panasonic has a 3D IBC, also expands AVC Ultra to Long Gop

Panasonic’s Rob Tarrant, European Product Manager of AV Systems Europe, discusses with Creative COW the future and challenges of stereoscopic broadcast.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

Panasonic BT-LH910 9 inch Broadcast Monitor

The world is full of broadcast monitors these days, but Panasonic’s new BT-LH910 9" monitor is a standout. It's got a stunning picture, an extreme viewing angle, and a form factor that’s small enough to still work in the field, but big enough to still work in a studio. It’s also got some very unique features that 3D shooters will find helpful.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Business & Marketing
The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

The Story of Bessie: Happy 10th Birthday, Creative COW!

We've often been asked to tell the story behind our beginnings. It's Bessie's 10th birthday, and so here it is dear readers, Bessie's very own story.

Feature
Tim Wilson
Field Production
Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Anton/Bauer Tandem 150 Modular Power System

Want to charge an Anton/Bauer battery in just about any situation, whether wall power is available or not? Anton/Bauer's small, lightweight Tandem 150 is what you need.

Review
Helmut Kobler
HD High-End
Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

Band Pro One World 2010 Trade Show

These days, many video-oriented trade shows are struggling with declining attendance, reduced scopes and the nagging fear of irrelevance when customers can get so much information online. So how has the Band Pro One World managed to attract big-name vendors and over 500 attendees? Helmut Kobler attends and shares with COW members his experience at what felt like more of a "friendly mixer" where you can easily talk to vendors and friends, and see great products close up.

Review, Editorial, Project
Helmut Kobler
Broadcasting
How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

How to Shoot Footage Your Editor Will Respect

When it comes to shooting, David Allison's experience in the editing room has helped him develop parameters that lead to better footage that embodies the sensible values of an efficient shooter.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
David Allison
Stereoscopic 3D
Stereoscopic Storm - NAB 3D Cameras

Stereoscopic Storm - NAB 3D Cameras

After years of mere trickles, a deluge of 3D surged through NAB 2010. Steven Bradford shows you some of the cameras that really shined.

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Steven Bradford
Cinematography
DSLRs: A Time Exposure

DSLRs: A Time Exposure

Robert Primes, ASC is watching the progress of DSLR video, and sees some remarkable visions of the future of cinematography. Read on for his detailed review...

Review, Feature, People / Interview
Robert Primes, ASC
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.

ShotPut Pro streamlines an important part of tapeless, solid-state workflows: offloading the media cards to a hard drive or other volume. Creative COW leader Helmut Kobler has been using Shotput for a couple of years now, and reviews its latest update on the Mac (a Windows version works the same way).

Review
Helmut Kobler
Indie Film & Documentary
Coacoochee's Story

Coacoochee's Story

Highly complex multi-media installations -- at least the successful ones -- are only possible through careful planning, intense cooperation, and a willingness to turn the picture on its side.

Feature, People / Interview
Mike Sullivan
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Reviewing Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer

Reviewing Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer

In this article, CreativeCOW leader Helmut Kobler reviews Panasonic's AJ-HRW10 P2 Rapid Writer, which is designed to simplify the process of offloading P2 cards to multiple hard drives, especially as you work in the field.

Review
Helmut Kobler
Live & Stage Events
Multicam Madness!

Multicam Madness!

Madness because everyone wants to do it. Madness because if you start on the wrong foot, you'll drive yourself mad. Here are some of the things that industry leader and multicam expert Mitch Jacobson has learned from the high-pressure, high-stakes world of rock and roll multicam; some of his favorite tools for improving your own multicam experience; and some surprising stories from multicam's origins...with Desi Arnaz and I Love Lucy.

Feature, People / Interview
Mitch Jacobson
AJA io
The long-awaited AJA Io HD!The long-awaited AJA Io HD!

Creative COW Community leader Gary Adcock has also worked closely with a number of industry manufacturers over the years, including AJA. Gary offers a guided tour through the features of the much-anticipated Io HD, and its promise of portable, hardware-supported ProRes editing in virtually every frame size and frame rate.

Review
Gary Adcock
HD High-End
HDCAM, XDCAM & DVCPRO HD: Some Questions Answered

HDCAM, XDCAM & DVCPRO HD: Some Questions Answered

Responding to questions in the Creative Cow "HD High End" forum, Cow leader and contributing editor Tim Kolb lays out key differences between Sony's XDCAM and HDCAM, as well as cameras using Panasonic’s DVCPRO HD. This look at some of the industry's hottest forums will help anyone looking to explore the world of HD production.

Feature
Tim Kolb
Authors

Gary Adcock (1)
David Allison (2)
Steven Bradford (1)
Anthony Burokas (1)
Mitch Jacobson (1)
Noah Kadner (1)
Debra Kaufman (5)
James Kelty (1)
Helmut Kobler (6)
Tim Kolb (1)
Dennis Kutchera (2)
Robert Primes, ASC (1)
Shane Ross (2)
Ryan Salazar (1)
Mike Sullivan (1)
Leo Ticheli (1)
Tim Wilson (2)


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