Live footage of the inaugural event of the World Surfing League (WSL), the Volcom Pipe Pro 2018, was captured on the Red Weapon with the Monstro 8KVV sensor equipped with Fujinon Premier PL 25-300mm and 19-90mm Cabrio zoom lenses for Red Bull TV, in addition to Hawaii and Australian cable channels.
The core of any camera is the sensor, and along with the lens, they define and constrain the performance of the camera more so than the downstream processing. There have been many advances in sensors, with the move from vacuum tube devices to semiconductors being one of the great leaps. Although early solid-state cameras used charge-coupled devices (CCD), the favored technology today is complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS). New developments from Panasonic and Sony show that developments continue apace as we head for 8K, HDR and 120P. Panasonic has developed further their organic photoconductive film which separates the function of photon capture from exposure charge accumulation, plus introduces an in-sensor ND filter and global shutter. Sony has developed a sensor with new global shutter design.
WUCF Central Florida PBS has purchased Panasonic VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders to support production of its extensive local programming as well as the filming of a high-profile documentary, The Groveland Four. A national project, The Groveland Four explores an historic episode in Central Florida’s mid-20th century race relations.
Blackmagic Design has announced the immediate availability of the latest in their Ursa camera line-up. The new Ursa Broadcast camera features a 4K sensor with a B4 mount and is designed for both field and studio operation. The camera has extended dynamic range, traditional external controls and buttons, and built in optical ND filters. Unusually for a studio camera, it has memory card slots, so can be used for location recording as well as for live operations. Released with the camera are a transmit/receive pair of SMPTE hybrid fiber electical interfaces so that the camera can use regular SMPTE 311M cables as an alternative to SDI.
Panasonic initially provided Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS) with the PX 270 Micro P2 to test along with models from competing brands, to replace their ageing equipment. The field reporters on the RTS editorial team had been using the same camcorders for six years, so when it came time to replace them three years ago, the network launched its first call for bids. With the arrival of 4K technology however, RTS wanted to turn to more advanced and future-proof products. With this shift in focus, the procurement process was relaunched and new products were tested, including Panasonic’s UX180 camcorder, which was ultimately selected.
Beijing-based Lingfang Media has produced a documentary for OldTown with the Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K. The company operates a chain of coffee shops, predominately in South-East Asia, and also manufactures coffee and other beverages.