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:::Canon Cinema EOS C700:::

Written by Phil Grindle on September 1st, 2016.      0 comments

The new flagship 4K Cinema EOS System:
Canon launches the EOS C700 (EF/PL) and EOS C700 GS PL

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A2Z Beer and Pizza Night

Written by on February 10th, 2016.      0 comments

Beer and Pizza at A2Z and talking to Phil Grindle about Movi...
 

LTO6 and Barium Ferrite (BaFe) Technology

Written by A2Z on January 21st, 2015.      0 comments

When LTO users consider migrating from an older format to a newer one, they tend to focus on the benefits of increased capacity and transfer rate. However, drive lifetime is an important factor when considering TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).
 

V3.10 UPDATE FOR NEX-FS700/NEX-FS700R RELEASED

Written by A2Z on January 5th, 2015.      0 comments

 V3.10 UPDATE FOR NEX-FS700/NEX-FS700R RELEASED
 
Please be advised that Version 3.10 firmware has been released for the NEX-FS700/NEX-FS700R.
 
 
 

Photokina 2014

Written by Phil on September 17th, 2014.      0 comments

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IBC 2014

Written by Phil on September 17th, 2014.      0 comments

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IBC 2014 - 10-15 Sept 2014


55,092 people from 170 countries descended on Amsterdam for this years IBC Show. 
New products have been released / announced and we are very excited. 
 

Upcoming release from sony

Written by Phil on September 5th, 2014.      0 comments


Official comment for Sony: "No Comment"... but Sony UK has released this teaser.
 

Welcome to the new A2Z website.

Written by Phil on August 11th, 2014.      0 comments

Just from reading this you will have noticed that something has changed. We would like to welcome you to A2Z Riegers new website. 
 

PMWF5 & F55 VERSION 4.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Written by A2Z on April 22nd, 2014.      0 comments

Vers 4

The big news for Vers 4.0 is user-generated 3D LUTs via RAW VIEWER and DaVinci Resolve as .cube files of either 17 or 33 latices are now supported for upload into the cameras. Picture Cache recording is also implemented. User-customisable menu, with up to 20 frequently used functions is now supported. The other big news is SGAMUT3 release, offering expanded colour space. 
 

Sony announces full-frame Alpha A7s with 4K video output

Written by Devon Wright on April 9th, 2014.      0 comments


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NAB is the premier event for all things relating to the motion / broadcast industry.
David and Alain are currently over in Las Vegas  hunting out what new products are available. 

Here are some of the highlights so far...
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Blackmagic Update from the 2014 NAB Show

Written by Devon Wright on April 9th, 2014.      0 comments

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NAB is the premier event for all things relating to the motion / broadcast industry.
David and Alain are currently over in Las Vegas  hunting out what new products are available. 

Here are some of the highlights so far...

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Introducing: PHANTOM - READY TO FLY AERIAL FILMING MULTIROTOR SYSTEM WITH GOPRO MOUNT

Written by Bonnie on July 10th, 2013.      0 comments

Check out the new PHANTOM! 

  • Attractive and highly integrated design
  • Ready to fly design
  • Contains remote control unit
  • Stable, yet agile performance, easy to fly
  • Two flight control modes, including position hold
  • Intelligent orientation control (IOC)
  • Failsafe & Auto go home / landing
  • Low voltage protection
  • Maximum flight speed 10 M/S
  • High intensity LED lights, to aid orientation during flight
  • Camera mount included for GOPRO (Camera not included)
  • 10-15 Minutes of flight time

$949+gst
More information here

 

NZ - Sony new product announcement : HXRIFR5 Interface Unit

Written by on July 2nd, 2013.      0 comments

HXR-IFR5
Interface Unit for NEX-FS700 RAW Recording

Expand 4K/2K RAW recording capability on NEX-FS700 and AXS-R5

The HXR-IFR5 interface unit allows the Full-HD Super Slow Motion NEX-FS700 camcorder to capture stunning 4K/2K RAW movie footage with the AXS-R5 RAW recorder.


Features:

External RAW recorder for NEX-FS700 via SDI connection
The AXS-R5*, once docked with the HXR-IFR5, becomes an external RAW recorder for the NEX-FS700* - enabling an even wider variety of creative shooting styles. Connection with the NEX-FS700 uses just a single 3G HD-SDI cable and the NEX-FS700 can become a camera head when used separately, or it can be used like a camcorder if the whole assembly is mounted onto a rig. (There is a 1/4 inch screw hole for those kinds of rig solutions.) The HXR-IFR5 uses the power source on the AXS-R5, which can be powered by a BP-FL75 lithium ion battery pack or an external DC 12V power source using the XLR 4 pin power input.

* AXS-R5 requires firmware version 1.20 or later and NEX-FS700 needs firmware version 3.00 (service upgrade of NEX-FS700 may be a paid option).

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4K/2K high speed shooting
Other than 4K (4096 x 2160) recording at 24p/25p/30p/50p/60p, 100fps and 120fps recording in 4K resolution is available for approximately 4 seconds. Also, in 2K (2048 x 1080) recording mode, 240fps/200fps/120fps/100fps high speed continuous recording is available for unlimited time. These high speed recording modes are only possible with the combination of NEX-FS700, HXR-IFR5 and AXS-R5.

* Audio is not recorded in high speed RAW recording modes


16 bit linear RAW recording onto the AXS memory card
The combination of the HXR-IFR5 and the AXS-R5 makes possible recording 16 bit linear RAW files onto an AXS memory card, unlocking the full potential of the 4K imager on the NEX-FS700 so the broad latitude and high colour resolution can be captured in RAW format. Using the AXS-CR1 card reader, recorded RAW files can be easily transferred to a PC. Sony’s “RAW Viewer*” software allows viewing, processing and simple colour grading on files. In addition to high quality movies, high resolution 8.4M still pictures can also be captured.

* RAW Viewer Version 1.1 or later is necessary.
 
Recording/playback time

4K (4096 x 2160) 
Approx. 60 minutes (23.98P) or 24 minutes (59.94P)
2K (2048 x 1080) 
Approx. 240 minutes (23.98P) or 96 minutes (59.94P)
(Using AXS-512S24 media)
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AVCHD simultaneous recording on NEX-FS700

Even in RAW recording mode*, NEX-FS700 can simultaneously record AVCHD onto the camera’s memory card. Since the recorded AVCHD files will have the same time code as the RAW files, the AVCHD files can be used as proxy files for off-line editing. 
* AVCHD cannot be recorded in high speed RAW recording mode.
* Recording duration is slightly different between RAW and AVCHD recording however time code is synchronized.


HD output for monitoring

HDMI/Component/Composite video outputs on the NEX-FS700 and the AUX OUT of the AXS-R5 can be used for monitoring purposes. In order to achieve accurate monitoring of the wide dynamic range of RAW recording, Sony has added S-Log2 settings onto the picture profile of the NEX-FS700 (Ver.3.00).
* The gamma setting cannot be set individually for each video out/LCD panel/AVCHD recording.
* HD output or monitoring on FS700’s LCD are 16:9 mode only.
* AUX OUT of the AXS-R5 is disabled during 2K recording mode. (It is able to output 2K playback
mode.)


Specifications - HXR-IFR5
 
Mass (Body only) 910 g
Mass (including the AXS-R5, the battery pack BP-FL75 and the AXS memory card AXS-512S24) 2600 g
Power Consumption 5.0 W
Power Requirements (AC adaptor / Battery) DC11 V ~ 17 V
Dimension (W x H x D)
(including protrusions / Body only)
115 mm x 189 mm x 127.5 mm
Dimension (W x H x D) (including the projecting parts,
the AXS-R5 and the battery pack BP-FL75)
119 mm x 189 mm x 207 mm
Battery operating time (BP-FL75)
Continuous recording time
Continuous playback time
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150 min
165 min
Operating Temperature 0 ~ 40°C
Storage Temperature -20 ~ +60°C
 

Download PDF 

A few key things to note:

  • Use of the HXRIFR5 with NEXFS700 requires the camera to be upgraded to Ver3.0
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  • Ver3.0 is a paid upgrade, that must be performed in our head office workshop in Sydney. Cost is NZ$520 + GST. Service notice is attached.
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  • Purchasers of the HXRIFR5 will receive a voucher in the box, allowing them to receive the upgrade free of charge. This offer is valid only until the end of December, 2013.
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  • Ver3.0 not only enables the camera’s 4K output, but also adds several new features of benefit when recording onboard – detailed in the attached release notes and HXRIFR5 brochure.
 

Sony RAW Viewer Update and Workflow Documentation

Written by on June 17th, 2013.      0 comments

New updated version of the RAW Viewer software (v1.1) for both Mac OS and Windows.

This software adds some extremely useful functionality and format support that will make it much easier when working with the application.

Highlights of what's new:
  • NEX-FS700 RAW (4K/2K) support
  • Look feature enhancements:
  • Look Profile LUTs for 709 grading
  • Colour Wheels for ASC-CDL
  • Tone Curve Editor
  • Saving colour parameters (Gamma, Monitor LUT for F65, 3D-LUT for Post Pro Tools, ASC-CDL)
  • 3D-LUT import
  • 3D-LUT export to Blackmagic Design HDLink
  • Waveform / Line Waveform / Histogram windows support
  • ACES workflow improvement (AcesProxy v1.0 / RRT,ODT WGR5.0)
  • Exporting to SR File 220Mbps 4:2:2 (SStP)
  • Exporting in Letter Box (HD resolution)
  • RAW Exporter (Command line tool of RAW Viewer's export feature)

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The software and documentation is FOC and can be downloaded from the official site: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/rawviewer

In addition to this new software there is also a document outlining the general workflow for working with footage from PMW-F5, F55, F65. The document outlines data transfer, look management, editing and grading. Click here to view this document. 
 

Canon lands 5 TIPA "Best Photo and Imaging" Product Awards

Written by on May 30th, 2013.      0 comments

ive Canon products were selected for this year’s “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 28 photography and imaging magazines from 15 countries across 5 continents. The five Canon award-winning products are: the EOS 6D digital SLR (DSLR) camera, the EOS 100D DSLR camera, the EOS-1D C DSLR cinema camera, the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM interchangeable lens, and the PIXMA PRO-10 inkjet printer.
“Winning five of the world’s most respected awards across still-image, video and printing products is a proud achievement for Canon and testament to more than 75 years of dedication to quality imaging,” says Kim Conner, General Manager – Consumer Imaging, Canon New Zealand. “The great news for New Zealand consumers at all levels is that recent price drops at local retailers and dealers means that these award-winning products are now more affordable than ever.”
Canon’s TIPA Award details 

Best DSLR Expert in 2013 – the Canon EOS 6D was recognised by the TIPA jury for “melding consumer-oriented features with a very advanced set of options.” Employing a 20.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, the 6D not only achieves the world’s smallest, lightest body among DSLR cameras equipped with a 35 mm full-frame sensor,*1 but also delivers “excellent quality at its highest ‘native’ ISO of 25,600 and beyond.” Realising superior ease of use, the 6D includes such functions as a “Q button” that, once pushed, opens a screen menu displaying often used controls, making for a “very pleasing and fast shooting experience.” 

Best DSLR Entry Level in 2013 – the Canon EOS 100D features a “very portable and lightweight body,” creating an “attractive option” for users seeking DSLR operability and access to Canon’s wide range of interchangeable EF lenses. Supporting high image quality even in low-light settings, the camera’s APS-C-size approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor offers an ISO range of 100–12,800 for still images and 100–6,400 for video, while the Hybrid CMOS AF II makes possible accurate focus tracking during Live View shooting. 

Best Video DSLR in 2013 – the Canon EOS-1D C was recognised for its 35 mm full-frame approximately 18.0-megapixel CMOS sensor that enables the capture of not only 4K (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) and Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video, but also high-quality still images, “making it an extremely versatile camera for today’s pro shooters.” Part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System line-up of cinematography products, the TIPA panel noted that the EOS-1D C is “geared towards film and TV production, as well as specialty work.” 

Best Professional DSLR Lens in 2013 – the Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM delivers exceptional image quality as well as enhanced durability and reliability thanks to its improved dust sealing and water resistance. Comprising 18 elements in 13 groups, the lens utilises a Super UD and two UD lens elements as well as two types of aspherical elements, making possible high-resolution, high-contrast imaging performance across the entire zoom range. The TIPA jury also commended the EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM’s optimised lens coatings, which help to minimise the occurrence of ghosting, and ring-type USM and high-speed CPU with optimized AF algorithms, enabling “silent and fast auto-focusing performance.” 

Best Expert Photo Printer in 2013 – the Canon PIXMA PRO-10 inkjet printer supports wireless connectivity, and features the ten-colour LUCIA ink system that, working together with the Chroma Optimizer, helps eliminate bronzing and ensure a uniform gloss finish. The professional-use printer features a rear tray and rear manual feed slot that accommodates heavy-grade paper, while its 7,680 4-picoliter-size nozzles deliver a high-resolution performance of up to 4,800 x 2,400 dots per inch for both colour and monochrome output. 

About the TIPA Awards 

Held every year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recognise the best photo and imaging products announced during the previous 12 months based on such criteria as innovativeness, use of leading-edge technologies, design, and ease of use. In 1992, Canon took home its first TIPA accolade for the EOS 100 SLR camera and, over 21 separate occasions since then, has been honoured with TIPA awards for a total of 65 products and technologies. This year also marks the company’s 19th year in a row to be a recipient of a TIPA award.*2 

*1 As of May 1, 2013. Based on a Canon survey. 
*2 Includes the EOS D2000, an SLR camera jointly developed with Eastman Kodak Company that was selected for the TIPA 1998-1999 “Best Pro Digital Camera” award. 
 

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