The Friday Roundup – Videography Basics and Freeze Frames

Videography Basics Everyone Needs to Know Well maybe not “everyone needs to know” but at least a few of us! So if you are using a consumer grade camera or a smartphone to capture your footage and you are just using the auto settings then you…

RED’s V-RAPTOR [X] Showcase and New Broadcast Solutions at NAB 2024 – Videoguys

At NAB 2024, RED unveiled its cutting-edge V-RAPTOR [X] camera systems alongside groundbreaking Broadcast Solutions. Discover the latest innovations showcased at this year’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show.

Overview of RED’s Presence at NAB 2024:
At the NAB Show from April 13-18, RED introduced its revolutionary V-RAPTOR [X] and V-RAPTOR XL [X], marking a milestone as the premiere Large Format global shutter cinema camera. RED’s display centered around the Global Vision suite, featuring tools like Extended Highlights and Phantom Track tailored for both virtual and live production needs.

Focus on Broadcast Solutions:
RED’s debut of all-new broadcast technologies highlighted advancements geared towards enhancing cinematic imagery in broadcast and live event settings. Notably, the RED CINE-BROADCAST MODULE was unveiled to enable seamless integration with various V-RAPTOR camera systems.

Features of the RED CINE-BROADCAST MODULE:
This innovative module supports live broadcast capabilities with high-quality 4K 60P (HDR/SDR) output via 12G-SDI, along with IP-broadcast readiness utilizing SMPTE ST 2110 (TR-08) standards.

Advanced Workflow Enhancements:
Broadcasters can leverage RED Connect for expanded functionalities, including slow-motion, AI/ML integration, and live to headset experiences using 8K 120FPS R3Ds.

Introducing Broadcast Color Pipeline:
RED introduced the Broadcast Color pipeline for DSMC3 lineup, enabling real-time color adjustments and multi-camera color matching for broadcast and streaming applications.

RED’s presence at NAB 2024 was marked by groundbreaking advancements in camera technology and broadcast solutions. From the V-RAPTOR [X] launch to the unveiling of the RED CINE-BROADCAST MODULE and Broadcast Color pipeline, RED continues to push the boundaries of innovation in the industry.

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Elevate Your Digital Workflow with OWC Storage – Videoguys

On this Installment of Videoguys Live, Gary is joined by Jon from Other World Computing to dive into the world of OWC storage solutions – your ultimate partner in digital creativity. Whether you’re a professional content creator, a passionate hobbyist, or a tech enthusiast, OWC’s innovative storage technology is designed to help you Capture, Create, and Collaborate.

Watch the full video below:

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OWC has created the solutions you need for every part of your workflow to give you the speed and reliability you need to keep on creating new content.

Memory Cards + Readers

High-performance, premium-quality memory cards & memory card readers designed for the most advanced use cases of professional photographers and videographers. 

SDXC Memory Cards

Atlas Pro V60 affordable, high-quality 
cards for photo & video

Atlas Ultra V90 for the most ​
demanding uses at maximum ​
camera settings

CFexpress Memory Cards

  • CFexpress Type-B cards available in Atlas Pro or Atlas Ultra series
  • CFExpress 2.0 and 4.0 specs available
  • NEW! CFExpress Type A Atlas Pro for SONY Alpha & FX cameras (480 & 960GB)

Card Readers

  • Ultra-fast compact USB4 (40Gb/s) CFexpress 4.0 Type B card reader for creative professionals
  • Plug and play with USB4, Thunderbolt 4, and USB-C
  • Ingest at up to 5000MB/s speed. 
  • Worry-free: 2 Year OWC Limited Warranty

Capture – Software

  • The first upgradable memory cards. Ever.
  • Enabled by Innergize Software and OWC Readers​
  • CFexpress 4.0 Firmware Upgrade — 2X Speed​
  • Health Check + Sanitization maintain performance over time​

Portable Storage

IP67, Compact​ USB-C 3.2, 240GB-2TB

IP67, High-speed​ Thunderbolt, 240GB-4TB

Ultra-fast, compatible, and reliable portable USB4 NVMe SSD.​ USB4, 1TB-8TB

Desktop Storage

NVMe Semi-Portable RAID​ Thunderbolt, 4-32TB

4-bay Desktop RAID​ Thunderbolt, 8-80TB

Best Seller, 8-bay RAID Thunderbolt, 16-160TB

Dual-Drive

  • Pro-grade speed: up to 40Gb/s with (2) Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Flexible storage options: 2 bays for 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA drives
  • Selectable hardware RAID settings: RAID 0 speed, RAID 1 redundancy, span capacity, Independent
  • A hub of options: (2) USB 3.2 (10Gb/s) ports for your essential peripherals
  • Full stream ahead: 2.5GbE for transferring files up to 2.5x faster than standard Ethernet
  • Easy camera uploads: frontside SD 4.0 (UHS-II) card reader
  • See your work: HDMI 2.1 port for connecting up to an 8K display
  • Daisy-chain expansion: add up to five additional Thunderbolt devices
 

Collaborate with Jupiter

Enterprise-grade NAS for high-performance file sharing, ready to grow with teams large and small without sacrificing bulletproof reliability or ease-of-use.

  • Up to 100TB of internal raw storage
  • Up to 50+ connected users
  • Quiet 5-bay desktop design
  • Dual 10GbE + Dual 1GbE built-in

Videoguys is your source for OWC
800-323-2325 | videoguys.com

OWC Gemini: A Comprehensive Review of this Cost-Effective Drive Soluti – Videoguys

Explore the capabilities of the OWC Gemini, a versatile drive solution tailored for content creators, musicians, photographers, and influencers. Learn about its features, connectivity options, and suitability for managing high-resolution media projects.

Discover how the OWC Gemini can streamline your creative workflow. This review delves into its specifications, connectivity, and performance for handling 4K and 8K video projects efficiently.

The OWC Gemini is a game-changer for content creators seeking a cost-effective storage solution. Offering built-in USB-C, USB-A, and Ethernet connections, it’s designed to meet the demands of multiple connectivity needs. With a two-bay RAID system and storage capacities of up to 40 terabytes, the Gemini provides ample space for high-resolution media files.

For video enthusiasts working with 4K footage or photographers dealing with high-res stills, the OWC Gemini shines. It can be further optimized by outfitting it with SSDs, making it capable of handling even the most demanding 8K video and ultra-high-resolution raw files. This versatility makes it an ideal companion for professionals looking to scale their creative endeavors without compromising on speed or storage capacity.

The OWC Gemini is not just a storage device; it’s a tool that empowers content creators to manage clutter and unleash their creative potential. If you’re in the market for a reliable, high-capacity drive solution, consider the OWC Gemini for its affordability, connectivity options, and performance in handling demanding media projects.

Ready to streamline your creative workflow? Explore the OWC Gemini today and experience the power of seamless storage for your next big project.

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OWC Gemini Thunderbolt (USB-C) Dock and Dual-Drive SSD RAID External Storage Solution

OWC Gemini Thunderbolt (USB-C) Dock and Dual-Drive HDD RAID External Storage

The Friday Roundup – Camera Angles and Visual Effects

12 Camera Angles to Enhance Your Videos Almost every decision you make as a video maker will inevitably have an effect on how you audience perceives what you have created. Whether it is intentional or not there will be an effect and often it may not…

JVC KY-PZ540 40x NDI HX3 PTZ Camera is a Winner! – Videoguys

In a recent blog post authored by Terra York for Videomaker, JVC’s KY-PZ540 Series PTZ Cameras have been honored with the prestigious title of Best Camera of NAB 2024. This recognition underscores the remarkable capabilities of these cameras, especially their groundbreaking 40x zoom functionality—a first among PTZ cameras. The KY-PZ540 cameras are equipped with a 4K CMOS sensor and feature a 20x optical zoom for 4K streaming, seamlessly transitioning to HD with JVC’s Variable Scan Mapping (VSM) technology to deliver a full 40x zoom resolution in HD mode.

The design of the KY-PZ540 cameras incorporates intuitive elements, including a two-color tally light, internal microphones, and an IP address display on the front panel, complemented by a diverse range of connectivity options on the rear—such as HDMI, 3G-SDI, and audio ports, as well as USB-C, RS-232C, and ethernet ports. These cameras are available in both black and white variants to suit different aesthetic preferences and environmental settings.

The KY-PZ540 Series supports streaming across various resolutions, delivering up to 60p in 4K UHD and 1080p and 720p in HD. While HD-SDI outputs are capped at 1080p, HDMI can handle 4K streaming effortlessly. Notably, the cameras feature UVC (USB Video Class) and NDI HX3 capabilities in the KY-PZ540N model, facilitating seamless network sharing and enhanced accessibility of video streams.

One of the standout features is the incorporation of H.265/HEVC compression technology, enabling efficient 4K 60p streaming—particularly advantageous for live sports and events coverage, offering improved image quality at reduced bitrates compared to H.264. The KY-PZ540 cameras leverage multi-slice encoding technology to optimize performance and minimize latency in 4K 60p HEVC mode.

Another highlight is the subject auto-tracking functionality, offering five distinct settings: Standard, Area, Stage, Wide Area, and Fine Adjustment. These settings empower users to customize tracking parameters based on specific shooting scenarios, ensuring subjects remain sharply focused and precisely framed throughout.

In summary, JVC’s KY-PZ540 Series PTZ Cameras are exceptionally well-suited for large event spaces, stage performances, sports coverage, and places of worship owing to their exceptional zoom capabilities and advanced auto-tracking features. Priced starting at $1,999, these cameras represent a compelling investment for individuals seeking to elevate their PTZ systems or establish new setups, offering unmatched versatility across various streaming and connectivity requirements. This blog post illuminates the innovative features and practical benefits of JVC’s acclaimed KY-PZ540 Series, positioning it as an indispensable tool for videographers and content creators seeking unparalleled performance in the world of PTZ cameras.

Read the full article by Terra York for Videomaker HERE

BirdDog is Back!!! Introducing the BirdDog X1, X1 Ultra, and MAKI Ultr – Videoguys

In this week’s Videoguys Live episode, Gary introduces BirdDog’s exciting new X Series cameras. Join our exclusive webinar as Gary explores the cutting-edge BirdDog X1, X1 Ultra, and MAKI Ultra cameras, highlighting their compact design and exceptional performance. Discover the future of camera technology and secure your pre-order with Videoguys today! Stay ahead with BirdDog’s innovative camera lineup.

Watch the full webinar below:

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BirdDog X1 and X1 Ultra PTZ Cameras

  • 1080/60p
  • 20X Zoom
  • Tally Light
  • AI Auto Focus tracking
  • HDMI/USB/IP
  • NDI HX3
  • WiFi Connection
  • E-ink Label
  • Integrated NDI HX decoder

  • 4K/30p
  • 12X Zoom
  • Tally Light
  • AI Auto Focus tracking
  • HDMI/USB/IP
  • NDI HX3
  • WiFi Connection
  • E-ink Label
  • Integrated NDI HX decoder

Tally Light. It’s a halo Effect.
Professional results need professional tools. X1 and X1 Ultra sport the most visible and effective Tally system available. Up front with a large, daylight visible border, and out back with an interchangeable, illuminated numbering system. Your cast and crew will always know where to look to keep your audience engaged and your look polished.

AI Tracking. We welcome our AI overlords.
Every production could use a little help from a friend. The X1 and X1 Ultra keep your subject in focus with AI tracking technology, intelligently following your subject’s movements in real-time. Whether you’re orchestrating a live event, capturing spontaneous moments in a hybrid environment, or hunting down sports action, AI tracking helps you get well framed – without needing an octopus to run the controller.

NDI® | HX3. Enhanced Reliability on More Networks.
The X1 and X1 Ultra deliver superior network performance via NDI® | HX3 integration. You get significantly reduced network impact and excellent image quality, meaning its more friendly in more network environments. BirdDog’s NDI® | HX3 delivers quality and performance you can count on.

Integrated NDI® | HX Decoder. Let’s hook up.
The X1 and X1 Ultra are the world’s first PTZ cameras featuring an NDI® | HX* Decoder designed specifically for confidence monitoring, return feeds, or teleprompter usage. We’ve pulled all this connectivity into a single cable, radically simplifying how you interface with your equipment. Less gear. Less hassle. Whether you’re broadcasting live or delivering a CEO address, the integrated NDI HX decoder enables more brilliance with less setup. *NDI® | HX2 and NDI® | HX3 supported

Wi-Fi. Connected but not connected.
No need to use cables to capture every shot. On top of regular ethernet with PoE, X1 and X1 Ultra have built-in Wi-Fi functionality. Easily capture shots from spots where it’s hard to run cable, seamlessly integrating into any environment. Your set up just became a whole lot more flexible.

E-Ink Label. Get Inked.
The always-on e-Ink label on the X1 and X1 Ultra are game-changers. From network addresses for easy access to controls, this cool feature ensures that your set-up is clear and each camera easily identifiable even when the power is off.

Dual-Network Output
X1 and X1 Ultra combine NDIHX and SRT/RTMP protocols for seamless on-premises and remote/CDN connectivity, ensuring ultimate flexibility in both streaming set-ups and distribution.

NDI Ecosystem
X1 and X1 Ultra can be integrated into multiple software environments including TriCaster, vMix, Wirecast, ProPresenter, Epiphan Pearl, OBS, Vizrt Vectar, FOR.A, Broascast Pix, and many more

Baseband
X1 and X1 Ultra’s baseband HDMI connectivity means it can be easily included in your existing production set-up. Connect with tech like video switchers, SDI converters, HDMI products and many more.

Serial Control
Take control effortlessly with older control protocols, seamlessly integrating with your existing infrastructure including PTZ controllers and automation systems

USB Webcam
X1 and X1 Ultra feature USB-C for connecting directly to Zoom, Teams, and most apps that support a USB UVC input

Control Support
The X1 and X1 Ultra ship with their own IR remote, plus hardware control support for BirdDog PTZ keyboard, Skaarhoj, CyanView, Streamdeck, Loupedeck, and even Xbox controllers

API 2.0 Support
With support for RESTful API, there are so many ways to program your own control over X1 and X1 Ultra to create a totally integrated PTZ camera solution.

BirdDog Apps
X1 and X1 Ultra are fully compatible with the BirdDog family apps for routing, production, testing, and monitoring, remote shading, and more. This includes NDI PTZ Control (iOS), Central, and MV Pro


MAKI Ultra Box Camera

  • 4K/60p
  • 12X & 20X available
  • Compact
  • Super-fast Auto Focus
  • HDMI/SDI/USB/IP
  • NDI HX3
  • On-board buttons

Compact. Yet Mighty.
The MAKI Ultra boasts a compact footprint helping you capture those unusual and engaging camera angles with ease. With MAKI Ultra you can deliver killer POV shots that put your audience right in the game at eSports events, or attach MAKI Ultra to a band rig to capture incredible angles of your drummers or instrumentalists, be they in a band or a house of worship. Wherever the action is, MAKI Ultra ensures you never miss a beat.

Super-Fast Autofocus. Keeping Pace with Your Vision.
It’s fast AF. MAKI Ultra’s super-fast autofocus is a game-changer for dynamic content and fast-paced environments. Equipped with a ToF sensor and powered by advanced automatic focusing algorithms, MAKI Ultra ensures rapid and accurate autofocus. Whether your subjects are zipping across the frame or moving closer and further away from the camera, MAKI Ultra keeps them sharp and in focus. Every. Single. Time.

4K60. Capture Every Moment with Ultra Detail.
With its 4K60 capabilities, MAKI Ultra expands your options on what and how you capture content. From fast-moving action shots to incredible detail in low-light sets, you can get all the detail thanks to MAKI Ultra’s high frame rate and advanced image processing capabilities.

NDI® | HX3. Enhanced Performance on More Networks.
MAKI Ultra delivers superior network performance via NDI® | HX3 integration. Significantly reducing network impact while maintaining excellent image quality, meaning it’s more friendly in more network environments. BirdDog’s NDI® | HX3 surpasses certification parameters, delivering quality and performance you can count on.

On-board Buttons. Let Your Digits Take Control.
MAKI Ultra’s intuitive physical buttons means that once you’ve set it up, you can just reach in and make quick adjustments to Zoom and Focus, and access to the onscreen menu. No awkwardly placed controls or a walk back to your controller. One and done. And on to the next task.

Baseband.
MAKI Ultra’s baseband 3G-SDI and HDMI connectivity means it can be easily included in your existing production set-up. Connect with tech like video switchers, SDI converters, HDMI products, and many more.

USB Webcam.
MAKI Ultra features USB-C for connecting directly to (deep breath) Zoom, Teams, Barco Clickshare, Google Meet, Webex, GoTo Meeting, BlueJeans, Slack, and more. Safe to say, if you have an app that works with a USB Web Camera, you can supercharge it with MAKI Ultra.

Colour Matrix.
Dialling in all your cameras changes your production quality from good to great. Level up your game with included Colour Matrix controls. MAKI Ultra has individual gain control over Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Yellow and Magenta, all with 64 levels of control for ultra precision.

Flexible Power.
MAKI Ultra can be powered in several ways via the included DC power supply or PoE. With under 15W PoE requirement it makes it not only convenient but cost effective on infrastructure owing to its low power consumption.

Advanced Features in BirdUI.
BirdUI is our web browser based gateway to your camera. It gives access to all the functions of your MAKI Ultra, within a beautiful and intuitive interface on any device, anywhere on the network. BirdUI adds features including a dashboard for monitoring the camera and light/dark modes to suit your production environment.

NDI® Mute.
This function allows for muting of the NDI ® stream on the network. Perfect for meeting spaces, public spaces, classrooms, and any time some privacy is needed.

Absen Direct View LED Video Walls for Worship: Illuminating the Future – Videoguys

Explore the transformative potential of Direct View LED technology in enhancing the illumination of sacred spaces while preserving their cultural and spiritual significance. Discover how modern innovation harmonizes seamlessly with timeless aesthetics, enriching the sacred ambiance and deepening the connection to these revered environments.

Understanding Sacred Spaces:
Sacred spaces hold profound cultural and spiritual importance, transcending their physical structures to become pillars of community identity and unity. Direct View LED technology offers unparalleled clarity and brilliance, respecting the sanctity of these environments while providing customizable lighting solutions tailored to their unique needs.

Harmonizing Tradition and Technology:
Integrating advanced lighting technology into sacred spaces requires a delicate balance between honoring tradition and embracing innovation. Explore how subtle lighting enhancements can add depth to spiritual experiences, fostering a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity.

Collaborative Solutions for Respectful Integration:
Collaboration between religious leaders, cultural experts, and technical specialists ensures that lighting solutions seamlessly integrate into the physical and spiritual fabric of sacred spaces, respecting their sanctity while enhancing their visual allure.

The Future of Lighting in Sacred Spaces:
Looking ahead, advancements in LED technology will continue to expand the role of technology in sacred spaces, offering new possibilities for respectful and transformative lighting solutions. Our commitment to treating these spaces with reverence remains steadfast, preserving them as symbols of cultural heritage and spiritual sanctity.

Read the full article from Commercial Integrator HERE

Atomos Sun Dragon: Revolutionizing Cinematic Lighting with Flexibility – Videoguys

In the dynamic world of filmmaking, innovation is the name of the game, and the Atomos Sun Dragon emerges as a game-changer in cinema lighting. Nicole LaJeunesse’s insightful piece for Videomaker unveils the Sun Dragon, hailed as the “world’s first sun spectrum, 5-color HDR LED production strip lighting system.” With its groundbreaking features and unparalleled flexibility, this lighting marvel promises to redefine creative possibilities for filmmakers worldwide.

At the heart of the Sun Dragon’s allure is its remarkable adaptability. Unlike conventional panel lights, this revolutionary system empowers filmmakers to sculpt and manipulate light effortlessly, unlocking a spectrum of creative expressions. Boasting a dazzling output of 2000 lumens and an impressive CRI rate of 98, it ensures unparalleled color accuracy across the full sun spectrum, rendering scenes with breathtaking authenticity.

What truly sets the Sun Dragon apart is its versatility. Designed to thrive in any environment, its waterproof construction grants filmmakers the freedom to illuminate even the most challenging settings, including underwater scenes. Furthermore, its ingenious design allows for multiple configurations, whether coiled up to serve as a dynamic ring light or deployed as a conventional LED panel, offering boundless creative potential.

In terms of control, the Sun Dragon leaves no stone unturned. Equipped with an advanced controller featuring both wired and wireless DMX control options, Bluetooth compatibility for seamless iOS app control, and support for Atomos AirGlu devices, it puts precision lighting at filmmakers’ fingertips. Drawing a modest 80W of power, it strikes a balance between performance and efficiency, while its compatibility with both battery and AC power sources ensures uninterrupted operation on set.

With pre-orders now open and shipments slated to commence in June 2024, the Atomos Sun Dragon presents an enticing proposition for filmmakers seeking a versatile and powerful lighting solution. Priced just under $1000, it represents a worthwhile investment in elevating the visual storytelling experience to new heights. Embrace the future of cinema lighting with the Atomos Sun Dragon and illuminate your creative vision like never before.

Read the full article by Nicole LaJeunesse for Videomaker HERE

SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT Wins Best Storage – Videoguys

Discover why the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT was crowned Best Storage at NAB 2024. With Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, up to 24 TB storage capacity, and sleek design, it’s the ideal choice for video producers seeking fast data transfers and efficient post-production workflows.

At NAB 2024, SanDisk emerged triumphant with its SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT, clinching the coveted title of Best Storage. This accolade recognizes the exceptional features and performance of the G-DRIVE PROJECT, tailored to meet the demanding storage needs of video producers.

Nicole LaJeunesse, in her insightful article for Videomaker, provides an in-depth look at the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT and why it’s the ultimate storage solution for video production.

Designed for desktop use, the G-DRIVE PROJECT boasts an impressive storage capacity of up to 24 TB, making it the perfect solution for managing large volumes of data generated in video production. Its Thunderbolt 3 connectivity ensures lightning-fast data transfers, with speeds of up to 260 MB/s, significantly reducing wait times during post-production tasks.

One standout feature of the G-DRIVE PROJECT is its inclusion of the SanDisk Professional PRO-BLADE SSD Mag Slot, offering blazing-fast transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. This feature streamlines the process of offloading footage from SSD capture media directly onto the G-DRIVE PROJECT, enhancing efficiency in data management.

In addition to its high-performance capabilities, the G-DRIVE PROJECT also prioritizes data security with its reliable 7,200 RPM Ultrastar enterprise-class hard drive, ensuring the safety of valuable content.

The sleek and professional design of the G-DRIVE PROJECT, featuring an anodized aluminum housing, seamlessly integrates into professional computer setups. Its compatibility with iPads via USB-C further enhances its versatility, catering to a wider range of users. Setting up the G-DRIVE PROJECT is a breeze, thanks to its color-coded cable system, which simplifies the connection process by matching port colors with cable colors.

Available in various configurations ranging from 6 TB to the top-of-the-line 24 TB option, the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT offers flexibility to suit different storage needs. Whether you’re a freelance videographer or a production studio, there’s a G-DRIVE PROJECT model to meet your requirements.

In conclusion, Nicole LaJeunesse emphasizes the SanDisk Professional G-DRIVE PROJECT’s status as the ultimate storage solution for video producers, combining high-capacity storage, fast data transfers, and sleek design. Experience the power and efficiency of the G-DRIVE PROJECT and take your post-production workflow to the next level.

Read the full article by Nicole LaJeunesse for Videomaker HERE