In the five months since The Broadcast Bridge published Frank Beacham’s article discussing Using the iPhone for Professional Video there have been many world events that offered ideal opportunities to cover events with smartphones rather than traditional ENG camcorders. Opportunities where the camera or camera/newscaster would have been far safer shooting with a cellphone.
Canon has announced the two new portable 4K 2/3in broadcast lenses, the CJ45ex9.7B and CJ45ex13.6B. The lenses are perfect for broadcasting sport and musical events which require telephoto shooting. The CJ45ex13.6B also boasts the longest focal length in its class, ideal for use in mid-size outside broadcast vans and surveillance applications. Both zooms have a 45x zoom ratio.
Atomos is offering a free firmware update (AtomOS 8.4) for its Shogun Inferno and Ninja Inferno 4K on-camera monitor/recorders that adds new features to make capturing and delivering content in HDR as seamless as in standard dynamic range (SDR). It also brings 2K 240fps Raw-to-ProRes and 4K 12-bit CDNG Raw recording to the Panasonic Varicam LT, when coupled with the Shogun Inferno. This adds to the existing Raw support for several Sony and Canon cinema cameras, as well as improving support and enhancements for many more cameras.
NEP UK has placed a order with Vislink for multiple 4K-capable HCAM wireless camera transmitters and FocalPoint camera control and HEVC encoding systems. The equipment will be used at the Winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018 and at The Commonwealth Games in Australia in August 2018.
Fujifilm has announced a new 4K compact zoom lens, the Fujinon UA24x7.8BERD, (UA24x7.8) with a total length approx. 220mm and weighing in under 2kg. The lens is slated for release January 2018, and will be on show at IBC2017.
PolarPro is giving video DP’s the ability to creatively add lens flares, and light leaks that give a sense of reality to drone camera shots.