Now that the dust has settled and heads are clear after the industry’s annual jaunt to Vegas, Azule Finance’s Peter Savage reflects on this year’s show that bought the future into focus
The eagerly awaited 4K Blackmagic Production Camera is now shipping, and is significantly cheaper than when first announced. The new price is $2,995, €2,279, £1,925 (down from $3,995)
A day is a long time in digital video technology. And what we now know is that the battle-lines have been drawn for the fight over 4K delivery. Is this simply a squabble between obscure and proprietary systems, or the end-game in the democratisation of cinema that started with the RED One, and blossomed into the plethora of affordable cameras that start with DSLRs and go all the way up to the new Sony F55?
Most smartphones now have sensors that are around or above 4K in resolution, but not many of them claim to be able to capture 4K video. Samsung's Galaxy Note III looks set to do this, though, according to various rumours
Screens are getting wider: wider than widescreen. And this is a good thing
Sky TV (one of the UK's major broadcaster and widely viewed across Europe) is remaining tight-lipped about their plans for 4K. RedShark contacted them recently with an interview request and the response was that no-one was available. This is in stark contrast to when they were launching 3D, when they were somewhat more effusive about their 3D roadmap