Andy is European Editor of RedShark. He has spent nearly two decades writing about all aspects of the broadcast and film industries for a variety of high-profile industry publications on both sides of the Atlantic. During that time the industry has moved from 4:3 SD to 16:9 SD to HD and now on to 4K. He's getting kind of curious to see where it goes next.
One interesting perspective available from the halls of NAB if you knew who to talk to came from the hire company/equipment rental bosses who, faced with yet more camera models and accessories to be added to their fleets, are starting to feel the strain.
One of the factors reining the GoPro HERO in from complete industry ubiquity has been the lack of a live transmission option for broadcasters beyond some home-brew workarounds. That has all just changed with the launch of the GoPro HEROCast, but it ain’t going to be cheap.
We’ve talked before about High Dynamic Range imaging and how we think it might turn the industry on its head, providing not just more pixels but better ones with a lot more colour information. Even better though, it’s coming to a set near you soon courtesy of Dolby Vision and VIZIO. This is now a 2015 technology.
‘Game-changer’ is probably the most overused phrase at this year’s NAB, but in the shape of the HDC-4300 Sony might just have the real article in its hands, not just for the company itself but for the whole industry-wide introduction of 4K.
As usual we’re expecting Blackmagic to make a bit of a splash at NAB, but in advance of the main tranche of news it's announced a v2.3 update for its URSA cameras which includes ProRes 444 XQ and 4K at 120fps support. And yes, the latter will require a new sensor.
You wouldn’t know it from the picture above, but, as with the original, the 20th Anniversary retake of the original ‘Pillars of Creation’ shot that almost single-handedly defined the Hubble Space Telescope in the public imagination was taken in black and white.
A recent event held at the Getty Research Institute in the USA saw the likes of Christopher Nolan argue the case for the use of film in the digital era, against a backdrop that saw a mere 39 commercial US releases shot on 35mm in 2014.
Audio is a huge part of our business and, as with film and video, people working in the industry tend to get as much out of consuming it as they do producing it. We are knowledgeable and demanding consumers, which is exactly why we are kicking off the first in an occasional series looking at decent hi-fi components with an examination of the Leema Acoustics Elements Integrated Amplifier.