Monday, April 11, 2011

Sony NEX-FS100P And NEX-FS100PK Super 35mm Exmor™ CMOS Sensor Camcorders

Sony NEX-FS100P And NEX-FS100PK Super 35mm Exmor™ CMOS Sensor Camcorders

Sony NEX-FS100P
(Without Lens)

Sony NEX-FS100PK
(With 11x Zoom E-Mount Lens)

Sony NEX-FS100P And Sony NEX-FS100PK

The NXCAM NEX-FS100P and NEX-FS100PK Super 35mm camcorders have been developed specifically for shooting truly stunning images at low cost. The high sensitivity, large format CMOS sensor is capable of producing full 1920 x 1080 progressive images with shallow depth of field similar to that of a film camera.

Lens (Supplied with NEX-FS100PK)
• Lens mount: E-mount
• Model Name: SEL18200
• Product Name: E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS
• Equivalent 35mm-format focal length: 16:9 28.8 - 320mm 4:3 36 - 400mm
• Zoom ratio: 11.1x
• Filter Diameter: 67mm
Product Highlights
• Exmor™ Super35 CMOS Sensor for Shooting Motion Pictures
• E-Mount Interchangeable Lens System
• Modular design for a variety of shooting styles
• XtraFine LCD panel
• 1920 x 1080P Slow and Quick Motion
• Hybrid recording
• NXCAM Recording Format
• Uncompressed 4:2:2 Output with Embedded Time code
• Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver
• Six picture profile settings for different shooting conditions are provided as default settings.
• Press a single button to immediately review the last recorded scene.
• Press a button and this enlarges the centre of the displayed image by 2x, a particularly useful feature when making critical focusing adjustments.
• Centre, aspect, safety zone, guide frame and other markers can be displayed on the LCD.
• Sony has implemented a firmware update scheme for future functions.
Sony NEX-FS100P (Without Lens)Order Now
Sony NEX-FS100PK (With 11x Zoom E-Mount Lens)Order Now

Monday, April 4, 2011

Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4 Uncompressed HD Video Recorder

Convergent Design Gemini 4:4:4

Revolutionary Uncompressed Video Recorder
Monitor, Twin Record, Playback, 3X Transfer
HD/2K, 4:2:2 / 4:4:4, 10bit, S-Log, Dual-Link, 3G, 16-Chan
Perfect for AF100, F3, F35, Alexa, All Filmmakers
Flexible post workflows; Full uncompressed, or encode to your favorite codec
Gemini 4:4:4 recorder with high bright LCD and transfer statio
Can you give us a brief description of your new HD recorder: Gemini 4:4:4?
Gemini 4:4:4 is a revolutionary full uncompressed HD recorder which stores video/audio data onto two removable 1.8” SSDs (Solid State Drive) for playback/transfer to a PC/MAC.  Gemini supports most HD/2K formats in 4:2:2/4:4:4, 8/10-bit formats with single-link HD-SDI/3G or dual-link.  A built-in 5.0” sunlight viewable (800 cd/m²), 24-bit, 800x480 color LCD touch-screen serves as a high-quality monitor and playback screen.  Gemini also features an industry first: the unique ability to record to both drives simultaneously, creating identical masters.
The 1-lb Gemini with milled aluminum case measures 5.4 x 4.5 x 1.1” or about the same size as the popular SmallHD DP6 monitor. But, of course, Gemini also includes recording, playback, image processing, etc, etc.

So Gemini lets you choose any CODEC you want?
Precisely!  The uncompressed HD-SDI output from your camera is exactly the same data that is fed to the internal in-camera hardware CODEC.  While your camera (and most recorders) only supports one CODEC, Gemini frees you to use any CODEC/format. 
We found that oftentimes the workflow and editing system is not well defined at the beginning of a production, or the client may want the footage in a different CODEC/format.  Gemini gives you the flexibility to deliver accordingly, at the best possible quality levels.  So after two weeks of shooting, when the director brings word that you’re changing from PC to MAC (or vice versa), you’re ready to encode that pristine uncompressed footage into a new CODEC / format, while maintaining the highest possible quality.
Consider also, that all professional video is ultimately transferred off the capture-media (typically Flash) onto HDDs, optical media or LTO Tape.  Using high-performance multi-core processors, you can transfer and encode with little additional time penalty (compared to a simple transfer).  For example, using an 8-core Mac Pro were getting transfer (SSD HDD) + encode (to ProRes HQ) at 1/2 real-time.  So, 30 minutes of uncompressed 1080p24 video requires a total of 15 minutes to transfer off the SSD and encode to ProRes.  By comparison, a simple transfer of the same footage (without encode) occurs in 1/3 real-time, or 10 minutes.

Gemini obviously supports 4:4:4, but what about S-Log?
S-Log, as you may know, maps 12-bit (or higher) linear data into a 10-bit log space (for transmission over HD-SDI, which is limited to 10-bits).  Gemini maintains the highest possible quality, by recording 10-bit S-Log video in an uncompressed format, so there’s absolutely no added noise or artifacts.
Gemini also supports user-programmable 1D viewing LUTs, which can be selectively enabled for one or more of the SDI/HDMI outputs.  Additionally, in dual record mode, you can simultaneously record the native S-Log video to one SSD (online) and the same video with burned-in LUTs to the second SSD (offline / H.264 generation).
Will Gemini have a 3D or stereo option?
Yes.  From the beginning Gemini was conceived as a dual stream recorder.  Gemini will independently record two video streams to individual SSDs, for all formats except 1080p50/60.  You can synchronously play-out the two individual streams or combine into side-by side, 50/50 composite or anaglyph formats.  Gemini uniquely allows you to simultaneously view 3D video in multiple formats, such as side by side and 50/50 composite, which should be very helpful in 3D camera alignment.