It was a busy October for the editors at The Broadcast Bridge. During that month, we published more than 200 feature articles, tutorials, essential guides and new products information. A reader could be excused for missing some of that content, especially in light of the multiple exhibitions and conferences that took place in the same time frame.
On Oct. 4th, Pittsburgh, Penn.-based NEP Group, a provider of outsourced production services, recently held a ribbon cutting on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh to open a new production facility called Pitt Studios that will support the production of the school’s college athletics telecasts.
The announcement by Blackmagic of their new RAW camera file format reminds us that there is choice to record RAW versus regular video with digital cinematography cameras. What is RAW, what are the pros and cons, and why should cinematographers capture RAW files rather than conventional video? At a first pass, a RAW image file consists of the data from the image sensor with some basic processing, but cannot be viewed as a regular red, green and blue (RGB) video file.
At IBC Blackmagic Design announced the public beta of Blackmagic RAW. The new codec combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. Blackmagic says that its version of RAW is a more intelligent format that gives customers stunning images, incredible performance, cross platform support and a free developer SDK.
JVC has expanded its Connected Cam product line to include the new 500 Series of streaming handheld camcorders based on a new 1-inch 4K CMOS imager. The three new cameras — the GY HC500 base model, GY HC550 with advanced streaming and graphics, and GY-HC500SPC sports production camera — will be introduced at NAB Show New York.
At the upcoming NAB Show New York conference, October 17-18th at the Javits Center in New York City, local television executives stations will be looking for help in selecting the proper technology path forward.