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Avid Artist|DNxIO box for high frame rate, 4K workflows now shipping

Avid has started shipping its Avid Artist|DNxIO, a hardware I/O interface designed to simplify and accelerate HD, Ultra HD, 2K and 4K workflows. Available as standalone hardware or bundled with Media Composer software, Artist|DNxIO allows users to capture, monitor and output media quickly — in the highest quality possible. And because the interface, which includes hardware by Blackmagic Design, is designed to be open and flexible, you can use it with Avid and other creative tools too. More on that in a bit.

Currently the company is offering users a path to upgrade: between now and September 30, customers can save more than 20 percent on Avid Artist | DNxIO when they trade in Avid Nitris DX or Avid Mojo DX, or selected Open IO hardware from AJA, Blackmagic Design, Matrox and MOTU.

Built on the Avid MediaCentral Platform, Avid Artist|DNxIO is compatible with Avid Artist Suite solutions and many third-party tools, including Blackmagic Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects and others. It includes hardware by Blackmagic, which is a new I/O Connectivity Partner for the MediaCentral Platform.

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Avid Artist|DNxIO enables video pros to capture, monitor and output Ultra HD, 2K and 4K media, as well as HD and SD formats. Its fits in standard 19-inch equipment racks for easy integration in equipment rooms, and it’s quiet enough to place on the desk of an edit bay. The HD display allows editors to monitor media that is being ingested into and outputted from the system, even when the software is not running. A host of connections delivers fast switching among a range of input devices and sources for capture, as well as a range of monitors and output devices. Hands-on controls allow users to easily select video, audio, and timecode inputs as well as deck control.

Avid Artist|DNxIO is bundled with Blackmagic’s Fusion Connect plug-in for Media Composer. This gives users access to this node-based effects compositing tool from within the Media Composer user interface. Onboard DNxHR encoding for capture workflows will be enabled on DNxIO via a future no-cost firmware update. Updated software for supported creative editorial applications will be required to take advantage of this capability.

Here are some details of the release:
• Capture and playback up to 60 frames per second in HD format.
• Work faster and more efficiently with realtime or accelerated encode, decode, colorspace conversion, upconversion, down conversion and cross conversion with onboard hardware processing.
• Operation reliably with a redundant power supply
• Connect to a variety of computers using PCIe or Thunderbolt connections (cables sold separately)
• Easily integrate with existing workflows using multiple connections
• Timecode in/out is available on board
• Control the system from external devices using remote control ports
• Monitor media with confidence using a bright front-panel full 1080 HD LCD display.
• Get hands-on control over sources of video, audio, timecode, and remote control signaling
• Video inputs and outputs:
– Four SDI in, four SDI loop, four SDI out and four SDI repeated out, providing 12Gb/s in/out with support for single link, dual link and quad link (quad link in coming soon)
– Dual Optical SDI in/out which support 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s SDI – 12Gb/s support coming soon (modules not included)
– HDMI in and out
– Analog video in and out—component and composite
• Audio inputs and outputs:
– Balanced analog audio — four channels in, four channels out
– AES/EBU— two channels in, two channels out
– Consumer Hi-Fi inputs for MP3 players and other devices
– Front panel features mic input with 48V phantom power, mic level control, headphone connection, and headphone level control

New firmware and Atomos Shogun support for AJA’s CION camera

AJA has released version 1.2 firmware for its CION 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD professional production cameras.

CION v.1.2 updates offer improved white balance performance for overexposed image portions; improved video levels with higher IRE values available for various EI, gamma and color correction combinations; additional gamma and color correction options for higher EI 800 and EI 1000 values; and new internal video gamma LUT for external monitoring of the “expanded 1” or “disabled” gamma selections when an external LUT device is not in use.

In addition, an automatic white-balance alarm notifies users if an image does not contain a sufficient value of white or grey to perform an appropriate white balance, which in turn triggers the software to revert to the unity setting. AJA has also added an interval record (timelapse) indicator for the superimposed monitoring overlay, and SMPTE or full RGB range values can now be selected for the main SDI outputs.

CION v.1.2 firmware is field-upgradeable and can be uploaded to the camera via a built-in Web interface with a standard Web browser. The free update is available for download from https://www.aja.com/en/products/cion#support.

In other CION camera news, the Atomos Shogun portable recorder now supports external recording of AJA Raw files captured by the CION camera. Atomos Shogun users can record CION’s AJA Raw files at 4K and UltraHD resolutions at up to 60fps.

NAB: AJA’s Bryce Button talks about the new Cion 4K camera

Las Vegas — At NAB, AJA turned heads with the introduction of its new camera. That’s right, an AJA camera: the Cion. While there were some rumblings prior to AJA’s announcement just before the show opened, it was still a kick to hear president Nick Rasby describe the shoulder-mount 4K/UHD/2K/HD offering. And when they announced the price ($8,995) there was an audible gasp in the room… a room filled with your typically cynical journalists. The camera will be available for purchase this summer.

Cion, which is based on the Apple ProRes family of codecs — including 12-bit 444 — comes with Thunderbolt connectivity and allows for PL Mount glass. According to the company, they opted for ProRes codecs because they are well established in many post workflows and offer wide compatibility with editing, color correction and finishing apps. Continue reading

Panasonic intros its first 4K cinema camera, more

New York — At its annual pre-NAB press conference, Panasonic gave a glimpse at some of the products they will be showing at NAB this year, including the company’s first 4K cinema camera.

The VariCam 35 features a new super 35mm MOS sensor for native 4096 (17:9) 4K images, and AVC-Ultra in multiple formats, including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD, and 4K Raw.

The 4K camera head is separate but dockable to the recording module. It’s expandable with Continue reading

Panasonic’s LCD 4K/2K/HD monitor for cinema production available this month

Newark, New Jersey — Panasonic’s new BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096×2160 resolution LCD monitor for 4K/2K monitoring in the field, in an edit room or on set, is shipping this month with a suggested list price of $28K.

Other key applications for the 4LH310 include use in a video village for live viewing of 4K cameras and graphic devices, as well as of 4K or HD dailies. The 4LH310 is a good fit for post facilities to accept as well, says Panasonic (www.panasonic.com/broadcast), allowing them to take on more 4K work, including editing, screenings and dailies, since this 4K monitor offers an excellent size-to-price value, in contrast to using a much larger, more expensive 4K projector.

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VDS offering Scratch workstations optimized for 4K, 2K DI, and dailies

MARLBOROUGH, MA – Versatile Distribution Services (VDS), a distributor specializing in integrated solutions for the media and entertainment industry, is offering exclusive 4K and 2K turnkey workstations that feature Assimilate’s Scratch DI software running on HP Z820 workstations in North America and Latin America.

The workstations are available now.

The Scratch systems enable digital cinema and broadcast artists to generate dailies, conform, color correct, and complete the finishing of features, documentaries, videos, and episodic TV within a realtime, integrated, user-friendly workflow.

VDS (http://www.versatiledistributionservices.com/ASSIMILATE.php) has leveraged the collective experience of leaders in 4K, such as Assimilate, HP, Fusion-IO, AJA and Bluefish444, to build systems that remove much of the trial and error when configuring the appropriate CPU, RAM, graphics and storage for popular 4K projectors, displays and output.

“At Digital Arts (www.digital-arts.net), we launched New York City’s first true 4K grading theater,” said Axel Ericson, founder of Digital Arts. “We designed it with the best technologies in order to redefine new standards in film post production. The theater includes world-class brands and products, such as the Christie 4K 4220 projector and Meyer Sound 7.1 Acheron speakers.

“As leaders in the 4K landscape, we chose Assimilate Scratch and Bluefish444 for 4K DI because of its real-time 4K workflow capabilities without the cost of traditional big-iron systems. We’re really excited to learn about the new turnkeys from VDS and Assimilate, because they take a lot of the trial and error out of configuring 4K workflows. This is what the market needs in order to widen the 4K user base.”

Here are some details about the workstations:
• These HP Z820 workstations feature the latest Intel Xeon processors, massively scalable RAM, and five third-gen PCI Express slots, the Z820 is ideal for creative professionals at the top of their game.

• The Scratch Z820 turnkey systems are available in 2K/4K and HD configurations jam-packed with RAM, top-of-the-line Nvidia graphics and storage options from HP, Fusion-IO and others.

• There is 4K HD-SDI preview with AJA’s Kona 3G and full 12-bit HD-SDI preview with Bluefish444’s Epoch|4K SuperNova video card allows artists to preview images in the highest possible bit depth.

• Versatile Distribution Services’ integration experts have experience optimizing the graphics and storage in Scratch systems for a range of high-performance DI and finishing environments, including Christie and Sony 4K projectors and Eizo, Christie and Sharp 4K monitors. VDS tests each 4K and 2K turnkey system in a simulated film and broadcast environment before it ships.