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NEW at NAB

So as ever there is a load of new stuff from Blackmagic at NAB. They seem to be in a refinement period where various devices have been upgraded or refreshed in different form factors which seems to of been in response to user feedback. 

There are some predicable things - a new ATEM 4k 2me Broadcast Studio switcher which is basically the same as the old 2ME but is upgraded to handle 12g SDI (ie 60fps 4k) -  a matching hyperdeck and texranex processors all running at UHD / 60. 

The cameras have all been tweaked - URSA is joined by URSA Mini in a more sensible form factor for handheld. There is a new Micro Cinema Camera which is designed to go on drones, and there is a new Micro Studio Camera which looks really rather good, Blackmagic have clearly listened to feedback about the original studio camera and have provided some of the most crucial missing functions including B4 lens control port. Additionally they claim it will have serial output to control PTZ heads which sounds great.
As ever we shall wait and see how long it takes these products to get into stores, and we can expect a degree of delay for the 3rd party widgets needed to build fully working systems to appear. 

But all in all it seems like quite a positive progression this year, with the new products instantly looking more refined and better thought out than their previous first generation efforts. I look forward to getting some hands on experience with the new stuff.

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What I found interesting is

What I found interesting is that the new "full" p50/60 4k Atem has lost the ability to do SD.. Inputs are 720p50 and above only.

The new 12 x 12 cleanswitch is also nice.. You could use it in front of another (non synchronizing) switcher as a 12 channel framesync.. 

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The new Micro Studio Camera

The new Micro Studio Camera definitely looks interesting. It's kind of cool that you can use it with new Video Assist external monitor and recorder as needed as well. So you could imagine using several Micro Studio Cameras, some fully accessorized with zoom lens, Video Assist, external zoom/focus controller, etc. on a tripod. And others on a PTZ head, jib, gimbal, drone etc. And all the cameras would give a similar look since they have the same sensor, and have remote CCU capabilities via the ATEM software.

You could view it as a sort of modular camera system. Since the core parts (sensor and lens mount) are compact and lightweight, it can be used in places where you might have used something like a GoPro or other small camera in the past. But it could also be outfitted to turn it into a kind of full studio camera. At least that seems to be the idea anyway.

The only thing I don't understand in terms of the B4 lenses though, is that the camera still has a Super 16 sized sensor. So while the new support for B4 lens control is great, most B4 lenses designed for 2/3" sensors still won't cover the whole sensor area. Unless there is some kind of electronic crop mode that does HD from the center part of the sensor?

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Micro Studio Camera

I have a 1" broadcast lens.. I wonder how well that would cover the sensor.. And how much problems adapting a lens made for a prism based sensor to a non prism based sensor would give..

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davedv wrote:

The only thing I don't understand in terms of the B4 lenses though, is that the camera still has a Super 16 sized sensor. So while the new support for B4 lens control is great, most B4 lenses designed for 2/3" sensors still won't cover the whole sensor area. Unless there is some kind of electronic crop mode that does HD from the center part of the sensor?

considering the 2/3 B4 lenses are designed for HD only, it would make sense to crop part of the sensor, which is easily doable, and probably already part of the sensor electronics.

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That would indeed make

That would indeed make sense.. 

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I also saw that Panasonic

I also saw that Panasonic announced the DVX200 camera with a Micro 4/3 sized sensor, an internal 13x servo zoom lens, and expected pricing of under $5k. Might be an interesting option for some applications.

But what I really wish Panasonic would do, is take the lens inside that camera and release it separately as a powered zoom lens for the Micro 4/3 mount. Although the lens isn't super fast (reports I've seen say it's f/2.8-4.5 which isn't great, but ok for a larger sensor), it has a decent zoom range (better than any other native m4/3 glass), and is likely to be parfocal (like most Panasonic professional camcorders).

Considering the $5k price of the camera, the lens alone could probably be sold for a relatively reasonable price and might make a great (and affordable) pairing with a Blackmagic Studio Camera or Micro Studio Camera.

Because the other big issue with B4 mount HD lenses is they tend to be large and fairly expensive. For example, I love the way Blackmagic's promo photos show their studio cameras with a $42k lens mounted on it. Sure looks cool, but I'm not sure how many people with that kind of budget would really be looking at BM cameras anyway.

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Xkeys

Hi guys,
P.I. Engineering sopused to announce Xkeys T-Bar at NAB,
Anyone checked their both?