Ned Soltz

Ned Soltz

Ned Soltz is a veteran shooter, editor, consultant, author and industry expert. He is Contributing Editor of DigitalVideo Magazine and is a frequent contributor to numerous print and web publications as well as podcasts. Ned was among the founders of the LA Final Cut Pro User Group (now LA Creative Pro User Group) and is currently president of the New York City user group Mopictive NYC.

DJI Spark: the new entry level consumer drone

Published in Production

A spark of genius? DJI bills its new $499, cellphone-sized Spark drone as “the easy and fun camera drone for everyone.”

"Timeline to Text" just got a lot easier

Published in Post & VFX

Timeline-to-text technology is hardly new. But plug-in developer Digital Anarchy is bringing it to Adobe Premiere in an affordable package with tremendous potential for interviews, documentaries and just about any other area where a transcription tied to the timeline would be in order. 

Panasonic’s NAB 2017 press conference featured plenty of new product introductions but was really more about the big picture and joining up the dots…

Ned Soltz was one of the first people in the world to try Sony’s surprise new mirrorless camera, the high-end a9, in an eight-hour shoot in New York. He’s impressed with what he found.

Sony held a worldwide press announcement in New York on Wednesday to showcase its surprise new high-end full frame mirrorless camera, the a9, as well as the equally unexpected G Master 100-400mm lens.

Adobe rolls out significant Creative Cloud updates

Published in Post & VFX

Adobe has announced a significant update to the Creative Cloud suite. And rather than announcing updates which would then deliver later in the spring following NAB, these product updates are available immediately.

In yet another of the pre-NAB product announcements we have been seeing this year, Convergent Design has announced a new Element line of multi-camera recorder/switchers.

Phil Schiller, Apple’s SVP of worldwide marketing, told reporters at a recent roundtable held at Apple’s Machine Shop hardware prototyping lab that the company is “completely rethinking the Mac Pro.”

Metabones’ website is showing the latest addition to its Speed Booster series for Sony E-Mount, the PL to Sony E-mount Cine Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x.

A new pair of control panels for DaVinci Resolve

Published in Post & VFX

As well as the Ursa Mini 4.6K Pro camera announced last night, Blackmagic also unveiled two new control panels for DaVinci Resolve: the $995 DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel and the $2995 DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel.

The *really* shameful Oscar moment

Published in Business

Opinion: Amidst all the hoopla and chest-beating surrounding the wrong name being read out at the Oscars ceremony, amidst all the expected political point-scoring and bun-fighting, was the shameful ridiculing of the Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards presented earlier in the month.

RedShark Review: Blackmagic’s recent unveiling of a trio of TV switching, recording and streaming products was exactly the sort of pulling the rug from under the rest of the industry announcement that the company specialises in. And happily their real world performance matches their impressive spec.

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