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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 6 | June 2016

InFocus

Specialist Camera Systems
InBroadcast Contributing Editor Adrian Pennington checks up on
developments in acquiring ultra-motion, low-light action and highresolution camera technology...
In Slo-Mo
Super slow motion shots are among
the most prized in sports for the
ability to show technique, incident and
emotion in hyper-detail. Perhaps the
biggest recent development is Infinite
from Belgium's I-MOVIX. Referred
to by CEO Laurent Renard, as "a
brand-new radically innovative
solution," Infinite is based on
the Phantom Flex4K camera and
I-MOVIX X10 platform.
It is capable of recording over an
hour of continuous loop recording
in HD in conjunction with a server,
where it only requires a single
channel, saving cost and space in the
mobile truck and it can even record
onboard for use without a server. The
system's ability to provide 'trigger-less
coverage' means a dedicated operator
is not required, which simplifies the
camera workflow.
The firm's X10 UHD RF system,
launched last year, enables live and
replay operation with standard RF
equipment now including the ClipOn 4 or L1700 wireless camera back
solutions from Vislink.
I-Movix has also added IP-based
remote production capabilities to its
range. The upgrade allows production
teams to add I-Movix cameras, in
different locations, to a network and
then manage and control them from a
central media centre.
Germany's
Antelope
Camera
Systems has updated its Colibri
Deflicker, a tool engineered to
eliminate interference between the
flickering produced by most artificial
lights and the high-speed frame-rate
of the camera. The unit takes a HDSDI signal and outputs a flicker-free
feed in real-time without visible
artefacts. Also new is Cobra Link - a
multi-channel fibre-optic transmission
system. Designed for high-speed
camera systems, this unit outputs two
3G HD-SDI video signals, and operates
over distances of up to 3km.
The Phantom Flex 4K is known as a
top of the range ultra-motion imager
but its maker Vision Research is
to bring out a mid-range version.
Anticipated in the IBC2016 timeframe,
the Phantom VEO is capable of

capturing up to 1500 fps at 2.5K
resolution recording to standard CFast
2.0 cards.
High ISO:
Canon ME200S-SH

In Low-Light
The main markets
for ultra-high-sensitivity
cameras reside in surveillance,
airborne reconnaissance, astronomy
or niches like cave exploration but
broadcasters can also find uses for
them. Last year Canon launched the
ME-20F-SH, an HD camera with a
staggering ISO in excess of 4 million
which has been used to capture
the nocturnal behaviour of Tarsier
monkeys for a Sky 1 documentary. Now
the model has a baby brother ME200SSH camera which uses the same sensor
as Canon's C100 for Super35 sizing. It
records to an external device via SDi
or HDMI (unlike the ME-20 which has
no onboard recording) and can be
configured a number of different ways
from either studio or on-the-go use. It
doesn't have the ultra-high ISO of the
ME20, but still offers a max 204,800
sensitivity, two NDs and an IR cut
filter.
Sony's new UMC-S3C is an
interchangeable-lens
Super
35mm
camera which
weighs 400g,
boasts an ISO
range up to
409,600
and
a 4K resolution,
which may make it
preferable over the competition. It will
also record to onboard memory cards
which makes it more practical for run
and gun style.
Cineflex also has a high-sensitivity
camera aimed more at ENG and
broadcast markets. The V14-HS
features a 3CMOS sensor that "assures
high contrast colour imagery in dark,
misty and foggy conditions." It also
includes a software package called

Smart Payload Technology which
consists of features like unlimited
signal bandwidth and video tagged
with geographic metadata like
street names enabling augmented
views in real-time or post
production.
4K for VR
If people are going to have screens
strapped to their faces it pays to
make the video as high resolution
as possible, not least to offset the
information lost in stitching the
multiple feeds together.
NakedEYE from Indiecam is a 4K
back-to-back lensed global shutter
camera for 360 video. Indiecam
says nakedEYE provides "unique
POV-style VR shots from moving
objects, vehicles, athletes and remote
locations". The square high-speed
sensors have a resolution of 2K x 2K
each and are synchronised to record
CinemaDNG RAW-files. The whole unit,
including the lenses which are made by
Japanese firm Entaniya, measures just
3.09 inches diameter and weighs 13.4
ounces.
At the end of last year Z Cam
launched a small micro four-thirds 4K
UHD camera, the E1 Camera. Funded
by Kickstarter campaign and marketed
by the company as a Go Pro-like action
camera, it has received
reviews
for
its
application as a
micro-cinematic
camera.
Rather
than shooting on
a drone or VR rig
it may be best used
as a B-roll camera
Sony UMC-S3C 4K
onboard recording for tight places
or for pre-visualisation. Its notable
characteristics include a CMOS sensor,
rolling shutter and interchangeable
lens system with support for autofocus
lenses from Olympus, Panasonic,
Lumix, Leica and Sigma.
As is its tradition Blackmagic Design
didn't stint on announcements at NAB,
making 14 of them the pick of which
was a 4K Duplicator for recording UHD
files to 25 SD cards simultaneously
in real-time. The idea is that content
creators, such as concert promoters,

I-MOVIX Infinite - based on Phantom
Flex4K camera

might sell UHD versions of the live
performance right after it's finished.
The new 7-inch URSA Studio
Viewfinder turns a Blackmagic URSA
Mini into a professional studio camera.
A software update to the camera
adds features such as talkback, tally,
camera control and lens control from
BMD's ATEM live production switchers.
At NAB, Blackmagic also showed off a
VR rig from 360 Designs that uses its
Micro Cameras. A Mini Eye rig holding
ten cameras is available.
Action Cams
Small HD POV cams include the
Codex Action Cam, an imager capable
of shooting 12-bit RAW at up to 60fps
to a Codex Camera Control Recorder
housed in the same small body; IO
Industries' Flare Camera Series and
the Cerberus from LMP Lux Media
Plan. This is a modular system
combining three 2/3" sensors using
the identical processing hardware
and making the camera heads
interchangeable.
IO Industries also has a 4K minicam, the 4KSDI which cites a Super
35mm global shutter CMOS sensor
with 12 stops of dynamic range in
its aluminium chassis. It uses four
standard 3G/HD-SDI outputs for the
signal and permits interchangeable
lens mounts including Arri PL, Nikon F
and Canon EF, allowing a range

VR rig:
Blackmagic's Micro Cinema Camera


http://www.inbroadcast.com http://i-movix.com/infinite https://youtu.be/lcypT4L25rI http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/product/4k-video-cameras-and-systems/umc-s3c/overview/ https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/gb/products/blackmagicmicrocinemacamera

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