NAB Show Las Vegas Review

If you missed last week’s NAB Show in Las Vegas, here at Visual Impact we have put together a summary of our favourite new product announcements from the show.

ARRI, the largest manufacturer of professional motion picture equipment in the world, announced some exciting news in the form of major new features for their ALEXA SXT Camera. This includes 2K/4K Anamorphic modes, Open Gate 3.4K ProRes and ARRIRAW 3.2K recording.

Canon didn’t show up empty handed either. Their new, compact multi-purpose ME200S-SH camera – featuring a super 35 full HD CMOS sensor – bears a striking resemblance to the Canon  ME20F-SH full-frame camera. However, the ME200S-SH features 12 stops dynamic range, professional 3G-SDI connectivity and can be controlled via a remote. Its versatile nature means it’s perfect for filming wildlife documentaries as well as undertaking surveillance and research work, where images in dark conditions are often required.

Innovative technology company, Sony, also had a few announcements to make at the show. Topping the list was a brand new HDC-4800 4K; this super 35 high frame rate system camera is great for live sporting events and studio work. This camera has exceedingly fast recording speeds of 480fps in 4K and 800fps in full HD.

Sony also announced its first 2/3-type 4K shoulder camera joining the XDCAM range: The PXW-Z450. Capable of recording UHD 3840 x 2160 content in a variety of formats, the exceptional weight balance and low power consumption perfectly complements the networking features.

Never one to miss the  NAB show, Blackmagic Design announced a range of new products – though surprisingly none of these were cameras. The top releases from the Australian manufacturer are a range of updates and new functionality for their popular grading/editing software suite DaVinci Resolve 12.5, and a brand new Video Assist 4K recorder/monitor. The latter features a 7-inch touch screen display and dual mini XLR inputs for professional audio capture.

Panasonic debuted a couple of new full HD 1-inch camcorders, the AG-UX180 and UX90, which form part of a new range they call the UX series. Both these camcorders have a familiar handheld design and come with 4K recording and variable frame rate recording as standard. The AG-UX180 has a 20x Leica optical zoom lens and the ability to do dual recording in UHD and full HD.

A brand new lineup of HDR production monitors has been released by SmallHD. These come in 17, 24 and 32 inch sizes and feature spectacular durability due to the milled aluminum design which makes them almost indestructible on set. The small HDR monitors are ready for the latest generation of HDR monitoring, which helps accurately monitor when shooting in LOG and bright exteriors due to the high brightness features.

A new flagship monitor/recorder, the Shogun Inferno, was announced by Atomos. It features an HDR capable 7-inch touch screen, and the unit can record 4K RAW as well as high frame rates in lower resolutions.

For more NAB announcements, including pre-orders or further details, please visit our website  here.

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