NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Ben Balser

Ben Balser:
Apple Certified Trainer
(finalcutprox.guru/)

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. FCPWORKS and the Robotics And Drones Pavilion. 4K didn’t leave me feeling so excited, since it is so available to even low budget, and there’s no realistic delivery yet, and won’t be for a few years. Nothing else was as much of a game changer as the new 4K affordable drones. I challenge anyone to dispute this. All else was the same-old-same-old and YAWN fest…

 Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. New FCPX/Motion/Compressor updates. Shows Apple really is going to take over again. The presentations showing how it was used not just for editing, but titles, effects, coloring, etc in “Focus”. Lots of folks want to dismiss this, but you can’t stop an idea whose time has come. Everything else NLE wise was same-old-same-old.

 Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. Read above 3 answers.

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock
CEO/CTO

 

 

 

 

 


Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Anamorphic lens announcements from Everyone, Zooms from Cooke and Angenieux to primes from Zeiss and Vedrya

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

Veydra camera lense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fusion 8 on the Mac- Much Like Resolve, Fusion maybe the future.
Teranex Mini Converters – Wrapping up the Teranex engine inside an entire converter line creates a toolset that no one else has.
URSA Mini, Weighs and costs less, but just as powerful, A true low-cost camera option for many wanting to start shooting 4k/

LaCie's Rugged RAID

LaCie’s Rugged RAID

 

LaCie’s Rugged Raid and G-Technology’s
Ruggedized Thunderbolt Drive enclosures.

 

 

 

 

QNAP Thunderbolt Networking NAS
LaCie’s NAS Pro with one button Setup.
Barco 3D Laser Projection
HP’s Z32 Dreamcolor 4K Monitor
Sony’s New 4K OLED
Flanders Scientific showing a complete LUT pass thru on new 24” 1080p OLEDs
Video Devices PIX-E series 4K recorders set new standard for on-board recording capability and should give Convergent Design some competition.

Shure Retro Microphones

Shure Retro Microphones

 

SHURE’s New line of Retro Microphones for iOS,
high-quality design, really weight and the Shure Brand
makes these a must have addition for Podcasting.

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. Nothing was that surprising- Most of the best releases came in the 10days prior to NAB. BlackMagicDesign only company to really show an almost indecently large (33) number of product announcements.

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Blackmagic camera on mini sports car

Side view of Blackmagic camera

Side view of Blackmagic camera

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. 4K is here to stay, 3D is still here kicking around and is not about to go away anytime soon. I think the biggest trend is one towards better pixels and not more of them, it is why the HDR demo’s are so compelling to look at.

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan:
Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer
(larryjordan.com)

 

 

 

 

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. *The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it.
*Storage needs are increasing exponentially
*Film makers are shooting first, planning later; if ever
*SSD drives a darn fast but stubbornly expensive
*We still don’t have good, solid, inexpensive options for archiving media
On the other hand, wait six months and the world will change again at IBC.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. Sigh…the end of the show.

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. NAB is filled with surprises, but the most interesting thing to me was the speed of evolution, rather than revolution. Money is starting to flow in the market, finally, and vendors are expanding product lines to try to capture more business. New age camera companies, such as Red, Blackmagic Design and AJA are now considered a normal part of the camera business.

Hardware gets smaller, drones get bigger, and The Cloud is everywhere – especially where it doesn’t belong. Macintosh is the platform of choice and traditional vendors are scrambling to preserve their market.

Several new ideas caught my eye, including:
* The focus on infrastructure and managing media from companies like Axel Video, File Catalyst and Xendata.
*Drones are everywhere, especially underfoot
*Cameras are getting smaller, cheaper, and with better and better image quality

 

NABShow 2015 Wrap-up with Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley:
Senior Product Manager
(borisfx.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer.

Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. The highlight of NAB for me was how popular Mocha is with end users. We had guest presenters showing Mocha and BCC in our booth on a stage every hour on the hour and I’d estimate that at least 75 percent of the demos were attended to the level of standing room only.

Q. What was the biggest surprise or unveiling of the show?
A. Given that I spent about 95 percent of my time at the show on our booth, I can only speak from that perspective and the biggest surprise for our customers is that of the deep integration of Mocha into Boris Continuum Complete for version 10 of the product. It’s a huge undertaking on our part and a huge win for our customers.

Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The push into 6K could be seen everywhere … and I’m sure it’ll be 8k next year. 🙂

NABShow 2015 – and that’s a wrap

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NAB: an event where content creation, management, commerce, consumption, distribution and delivery rule; large social arena to meet friends (new and vintage); a site to buy and sell content; a venue where one can acquire valuable tools and techniques from industry experts.

While touted as a must-attend event, it’s not always possible to drop by one of the largest trade shows in our industry. From launching a new site, keeping busy with jobs (that’s a good excuse to have!), clients, and a myriad of other obligations, you sometimes have to forego where you want to be for where you need to be. With that in mind, we wanted to give you a little insight into what this year’s NAB was all about so we spoke with a few attendees, exhibitors, and speakers.

Larry Jordan

Larry Jordan

 

Larry Jordan: Producer, Director, Editor, Consultant and Trainer (larryjordan.com)
Q. What did you see at the show that gave you insight into future trends?
A. The rush to higher resolutions is continuing, even for situations that don’t need it. Storage needs are increasing exponentially. Read all Larry’s comments:

 

 

 

Alex Dow

Alex Dow

 

Alex Dow: Marketing Director (zaxwerks.com/products/proanimator)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. I found that as far as software goes the newest innovation is an AE plug-in called Paint and Stick. It’s created by the AE Scripts guys and will be released soon. It’s really crazy that you can paint on your 3D scene in real-time directly inside of After Effects. Read all Alex’s comments:

 

 

 

Jeff Foster

Jeff Foster

 

Jeff Foster: Author, Producer, VFX Artist/Compositor and Trainer (Pixelpainter.com)
Q. When asked various questions about the show, here’s what Jeff had to say.
A. LOL – I might be biased, but my answer to all those questions would be: Drones, drones, new drones, drones.

 

 

 

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Eran Stern

Eran Stern

 

Eran Stern: Commercial artist, TV Post-Production designer and trainer (sternfx.com)
Q. What was the biggest surprise of the show?
A. I guess it’s hard to ignore what ‘Blackmagic Design’ is doing to the industry. Each year coming up with dozens of new gear and improvements, some of it for free, is something quite unique even in this industry. I’m not sure what their higher purpose goal is, but the development speed of those guys is very impressive, and it looks like their tools are working as advertised. Read all Eran’s comments:

 

 

 

Ben Balser

Ben Balser

 

Ben Balser: Apple Certified Trainer (finalcutprox.guru/)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Blackmagic tiny cameras and their new 5″ monitor. 4K seems to be getting everyone’s attention, although questions about its reality abound.

DRONES AND ROBOTICS! Tops here, and not just because I’m a drone specialist. This is the new tool for shooting creatively, and I know we’ll see it more and more as time goes on. What makes this different from “aerial shots” that came before, from helicopters and planes? “Intimacy!!!!!” My drones can get up close and personal with things from the air better than any manned aircraft is ever capable of. That makes the shots valuable creatively. Read all Ben’s comments:

 

Peter McAuley

Peter McAuley

 

Peter McAuley: Senior Product Manager (borisfx.com)
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. For us, the newest innovation at the show was the first public presentation of BCC 10, which is currently in beta. Included in the beta is integration of Mocha planar tracking and roto masking … this is being made available in every filter in the BCC 10 package. Very exciting news for our customers. That along with the first public showing of Mocha AVX … for the first time, the roto and tracking toolset of Mocha will be available as a plug-in for Avid Media Composer. Read all Peter’s comments:

 

 

Paul Babb: President/CEO (maxon.net)
Q. What was the highlight of NAB for you?
A. As you can probably imagine, I never got away from my booth or meetings to see anything around the show.
For us, the news was our outstanding group of motion graphics, vfx and viz artists sharing their creative approaches and production techniques streaming live from the show. You can see the list of guest artist presenters we hosted on C4DLive.com. Among our group were two Emmy Award and one Oscar winners, recent SXSW Award Winners, etc. We’ll be posting their recorded presentations there and on Cineversity.com in the next few weeks.

I’m a little jaded as far as what was hot and future trends. For me, what artists are producing with the tools is far more interesting than the “potential” new industry-changing tool or new number of pixels (4K, 8K, 16K, etc.). That’s why we feature artists in our booth rather than C4D itself.

 

Gary Adcock

Gary Adcock

 

Gary Adcock CEO/CTO
Q. What was the newest innovation at the show?
A. Arri and Dolby Showing High Dynamic Range content, more color, longer tonal ranges allow for better filmmaking and consistent delivery. Read all Gary’s comments:

 

 

 


MarkSpencer

Mark Spencer: Author, Trainer (rippletraining.com)
The show was great. On Tuesday, Steve Martin and I presented in front of a packed house of over 1,000 people, interviewing the editor of Focus and demonstrating new features of , and showing off some of our products. I don’t think I can be of much help on your questions because the only time I spent on the show floor was to walk to and from one of my presentations that I made on the floor on Wednesday. Most of my time was spent teaching or giving presentations or preparing and I had very little time to explore the show.

 

Artbeats’ Top Selling Clips of 2014

This is our second annual roundup of the most popular shots sold last year. I’ll count down from number 10.

  1. Churning Storm Cloud: D001-C043B
    Shot from beneath a tornado-warned supercell, these churning clouds made me want to run for cover. This is why I love shooting supercells, the cloud rotation makes for very unusual and beautiful shots. This huge storm produced a tornado about 15 miles to the south, too far away to reach in time to get a shot.

    D001-C043B: Time-lapse supercell storm cloud

    D001-C043B: Time-lapse supercell storm cloud

  1. Aerial of NYC Financial District: NYC209
    This footage was captured in 2006 but is still incredibly popular. Shot with the Sony F950 in the Gyron gyrostabilizer gimbal.
NYC209: Looking down into Wall Street area.

NYC209: Looking down into Wall Street area.

 

  1. Colorado Supercell Storm: EST104
    Another tornado-warned storm, this footage shows impressive cloud rotation and is punctuated with a dramatic lightning strike. This clip is from the Epic Storms collection where you can find many more breathtaking storm shots.

    EST104: TIme-lapse swirling dark gray supercell cloud with lightning and rain over a prairie landscape.

    EST104: Swirling dark gray supercell cloud with lightning and rain over a prairie landscape, time lapse

 

  1. Large Container Ship Flyover: 004-C078
    In the summer of 2010, Artbeats did a helicopter shoot of the beautiful coast of Catalina Island. On the way back across the water to LA, we saw this cargo ship steaming south. It is ironic that it became more popular than all the shots we took of Catalina. At 55 seconds in length, this is the longest clip in the top 10.

    004-C078: Close flight over a container ship in open ocean.

    004-C078: Close flight over a container ship in open ocean.

     

  1. Highway Flyover: A113-C021C
    This lonely highway winding through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island, was shot with a RED Epic in the fall of 2011. It is over 40 seconds long, which gives an editor lots of options for finding the perfect sweet spot.

    A113-C021C: Following a highway through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island.

    A113-C021C: Following a highway through a forest west of Providence, Rhode Island.

     

  1. Washington DC Capitol and Mall: A122-C050B
    Flying south looking west over the Capitol building, this shot can represent political power, military might, an evening at the Smithsonian or traditional love of country.

    A122-C050B: Orbiting Capitol Hill at night; Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in rear, Library of Congress in left foreground as clip ends.

    A122-C050B: Orbiting Capitol Hill at night; Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial in rear, Library of Congress in left foreground as clip ends.

     

  1. San Quentin Reveal: DHJT100-09
    Opened in 1952, it is the oldest prison in California, located just north of San Francisco. This Maximum-security penitentiary has a stated capacity of 3,082 inmates, yet has a population of 4,233.

    DHJT100-09: Flying over the water and across San Quentin Prison yard.

    DHJT100-09: Flying over the water and across San Quentin Prison yard.

     

  1. Sunrise From Space: RBL217
    An image from the very popular Orbital 2 Collection, and a great way to establish the start of a new day. To see more images like these, view all three Orbital Collections.

    RBL217: Sunrise over Earth as if seen from space shuttle.

    RBL217: Sunrise over Earth as if seen from space shuttle.

     

  1. Sunlit Earth Limb: RBL205
    The popularity of this clip is due to its generic nature. Beautiful and timeless, the image can represent many things, from global concepts, to time-of-day to a background plate that can be layered with a satellite.

    RBL205: Clouds over sea and islands as if viewed from space.

    RBL205: Clouds over sea and islands as if viewed from space.

     

  1. Washington DC Capitol: A123-C030
    This beautiful daytime aerial shows the capitol dome surrounded by museums and other government buildings including Library of Congress, which sits in the foreground. This view clearly displays the height limit restrictions of buildings built in DC. We were thankful as this makes shooting the capitol dome easy from anywhere in the city. To see more Washington DC aerials, click this link.

    A123-C030: Dome of the US Capitol and surroundings, Washington DC

    A123-C030: Dome of the US Capitol and surroundings, Washington DC

Amos Rafaeli Talks about Shooting Stock Footage

Q:     How long have you been shooting stock footage?

I’ve been a Cameraman/Cinematographer since 2001, but started shooting Stock Footage in 2009. I love shooting stock, because you are your own boss and it is also a combination between my hobby and profession.

Amos Rafaeli

Amos Rafaeli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Q:     What is your favorite subject to shoot?

The thing I like to shoot the most is nature and wildlife. Unfortunately, there is not much wildlife to shoot in Israel where I’m based. But I also love shooting time-lapse photography. Two years ago I added a time-lapse slider and motorized head to my gear.

Hobbled camel on a hilltop in Israel

AR-FH101-29 – Tethered camel on a hilltop

I like two major things in time-lapse photography: 1) that it forces you to have quiet time with yourself and 2) today in the digital age it remain almost the last ability that like in film you don’t really know the result until you process the shot.

I’m also a scuba diver, and recently got a new housing to my camera, and hopefully will shoot new great underwater footage.

Parrotfish

AR-FH103-20 – Parrotfish swimming through coral

 

Q:     Which camera(s) do you prefer for shooting stock footage?

Since DSLR has video I prefer them as my camera. I know that in a technical matter they don’t have the best video, but they are lightweight, and have great optics. I use Panasonic and have had GH2 and GH3 but now GH4, which also provides me with 4K capabilities.

When I shoot time-lapse, I also use the Panasonic GH but shoot raw stills and then render them out as high quality 4K 4:2:2 10 bit video.

 

Q:         What’s your favorite clip that you currently have represented in the Artbeats FootageHub?

Sea of Galilee sunrise

AR-FH101-90 – Sunrise: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Israel

This is one of my first time-lapse. It is a sunrise, and I had a great combination of sun and clouds, which combined into a great sunrise shot.

 

Q:         What advice can you give to shooters who are just getting started in the stock footage industry?

The best advice is to create new footage, not more of the same. You, as a stock shooter, can try but never really predict what will be a success. Try to create new stuff; show new faces.

Time-lapse clouds passing over snowy Golan Heights

AR-FH107-09 – Clouds over snow, Golan Heights, Israel

 

Q:         What’s the best or worst thing that happened to you on a shoot?

The worst thing was not such a big deal. I once went and set up a time-lapse shot with the slider and then when the time to start came, I discovered I’d forgotten all my SD cards at home.

I’ve had a lot of great things happen to me while shooting. I had the chance to watch wild animals in nature.

 

Q:     What is the one thing you wished you’d been able to capture?

A whale during an underwater shoot.

 

About Amos Rafaeli:

Amos Rafaeli on location

Amos Rafaeli on location

Amos Rafaeli is 40 years old and lives in Kibbutz Hulda in Israel. He works as a Freelance Cameraman, mostly in Israel. He has worked on a few TV series, the most famous is “Arab Labor”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Labor
https://www.linktv.org/series/arab-labor
And he has shot a lot of TV and corporate work.

 

CSC award recipient Pasha Patriki talks with Artbeats

Q: When did you begin shooting?

A: My career in film began in 1999 and since 2003 I have been professionally shooting stock footage.

 

Q: What is your favorite subject to shoot?

A: Actually, dramatic scenes with actors are my favorite.

Firemen walking on a street

FF-FH100-15 – Firemen walking on a street

 

Q: Which camera(s) do you prefer for shooting stock footage?

A: My camera of choice is Red Epic, for it’s versatility and quality.

 

Q: What’s your favorite clip that you currently have represented in the Artbeats FootageHub?

A: It’s unfair to ask a parent which one of his babies is his/her favorite. 🙂

Woman dancing on an urban rooftop

FF-FH101-07 – Woman dancing on an urban rooftop

 

Q: What advice can you give to shooters who are just getting started in the stock footage industry?

A: Shoot as much as you can, the best you can. Learn the rules. And then break them.

FF-FH101-29_Crowd

FF-FH101-29 – Fans at an outdoor concert

 

Q: What’s the best or worst thing that happened to you on a shoot?

A: Best – Having a world-known icon unexpectedly sign your release form.

FF-FH101-34DJ

FF-FH101-34 – DJ at a disco

 

Worst – dropping camera into radioactive pool of water.

FF-FH103-31

FF-FH103-31 – Teacup and saucer fall in slow-motion

 

Q: What is the one thing you wished you’d been able to capture?

A: There is not ONE thing I wish I could capture. This is an ongoing list that transforms together with our world.

 

About Pasha Patriki:

Pasha Patriki

Pasha Patriki

Since he was 4 year old, Pasha was determined to become a filmmaker. Growing up in Moscow, Russia, he started learning the craft by playing with his grandfather’s Super9 camera. Already then Pasha was striving to create narrative pieces, not just home movies.

After moving to Toronto in 1996, he started working on various film sets as a lighting technician, simultaneously studying in the Film & Video production program at York University. Today – 15 years professionally in the business – Pasha’s work as Director of Photography has been recognized in Canada as well internationally

Almost every year music videos lensed by Pasha receive nominations at Much Music Video Awards. Pasha has shot videos for notable Canadian artists like Hedley, Billy Talent, Down With Webster, Carly Rae Jepsen, Mariana’s Trench, Finger Eleven, Anjulie, and many others.

In 2014 – second year in a row – Pasha is nominated for the Best Cinematography at the CSC awards. Last year it was two nominations – one of them landing as an award for Music Video category. Pasha Patriki is a full member of CSC (Canadian Society of Cinematographers) as well as an IATSE 667 Union member in the DOP category.

Review Pasha Patriki’s footage here.