Blackmagic Design announced the public beta of Blackmagic RAW, a new codec that combines the quality and benefits of RAW with the ease of use, speed and file sizes of traditional video formats. Customers can download the public beta for use with URSA Mini Pro cameras via the Blackmagic Camera 6.0 Beta Update. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 15.1 Update, which includes support for the new RAW format, is also available free of charge from the company’s website.
Esports, or live gaming competitions stage before large audiences, is the latest market segment to attract the attention of professional production equipment vendors. At the 2018 IBC Show Grass Valley will host a live eSports competition on the company’s exhibit stand.
Raycom Media has more than JVC 260 GY-HM660 ProHD mobile news cameras in use throughout its local news operations. With built-in IP capabilities, the cameras have improved workflow efficiencies for multimedia journalists (MMJs) in the field. Raycom Media owns and/or provides services for 65 television stations and 2 radio stations in 44 markets located in 20 states, and is one of the largest privately-owned media companies in the United States.
Fremont Studios, Seattle, has purchased four VariCam LT 4K camcorders for diverse mobile and studio projects. Offering an upgraded shading mode, as well as tally and return video management, the VariCam LT with CineLive is set up for live and “near live” multi-cam use for events, television shows, corporate productions and concerts.
CNN’s new “Anderson Cooper Full Circle” Facebook Watch daily global brief is produced using Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro cameras. The show is also being broadcast live using Atem 1 M/E Production Studio 4K live production switchers, Atem Camera Control Panel, Blackmagic Camera Fiber Converter, Blackmagic Studio Fiber Converter and a number of Teranex AV converters.
Although OTT delivery has created a mature market for on-demand scripted shows that leverages the public internet for distribution, the ever increasing and IP-enabled bandwidth available that uses public wireless networks and the public cloud, is opening a new market for live events.With their global reach, the OTTs have the budget to create polished shows, localised for global distribution. However, there is a huge, largely untapped market for minority events that could potentially use social media for distribution, as long as the production costs can be constrained. This is not the world of double-expando mobile units, but a director with a handful of camera operators. An announcement from Sony would seem to address this very market. The company has announced an on-demand cloud production service that provides a complete toolset for multi-platform content creation and delivery. Sony Virtual Production was used to cover Red Bull’s Alpenbrevet motorcycle race in Switzerland. Using only a number of camcorders and a single laptop to access the Virtual Switcher UI, Red Bull could stream the event live direct to social media.