|April 20th, 2004, 11:50 PM||#16|
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
I will try to get the pics you guys asked for tomorrow or thursday. Videotaping inside is "by permit only"
but i intend to bring an XL1S tomorrow and shoot as much video as i can manage.. not only to sharwe with you
guys, but so i can review a lot of products later on tape and decide if they are worth the $$.
NAB Day 2.
I started my day off with one of the on-air "talent" from the company i work for. He wanted to see some of
the teleprompters first hand, so we hit a few of those booths.
teleprompt - 1
teleprompt - 2
teleprompt - 3
teleprompt - 4
teleprompt - 5
Random Crane / Jib pics..
Next, since the ZGC Booth was next door, we headed over there so i could show him the mini35. SUPRISE,
SUPRISE, The optex and cooke guys are at the ZGC booth.
Then we split for the south hall.
random pic while walking
Saw some interesting "pelican" type cases..
Some people headed to the south hall in front of us..
HP Guys lecturing about thinking outside the box..
Art Beats (royalty free stock footage.. $150-700ish for each collection)
Saw some interesting "pelican" type cases again..
So, then in the canon booth.. didn't see the XL2 (since it doesnt exist hehe).. but did see an XL1 with..
you guessed it, a mini35. And this one even had a focusroller on it. Pulled some focus, had a nice chat
with the Canon lady there about the mini35.. turns out she was from ZGC and not canon!
Nice. Overall, the mini35 was delightful to use with an actual focus roller.. nice smooth background blur hehe. stuck the camera up to the viewfinder and tried to get a couple shots of me focussing on her hand.
guy after me using it
other xl1 with a goldmt
Then off to B&H. Hopefully their quote is waiting in my work email box.
rows of BH monitors
Now off to the Discreet for my Smoke test drive. 1hr of smoke goodness.
(I don't like when they put stuff behind glass, and i get the reflections of people walking by in it.. that one was especially hard to photo.. i tried 2-3 times after my demo too)
|April 20th, 2004, 11:52 PM||#17|
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The smoke room had an outkast video edited/posted by MoneyShots (iirc) playing on the monitor. yay
I register, and sit at my work station. Interface looks just like combustion 2, in some ways.. dark gray,
and bleak/empty at first. you can see my workstation LCD in the foreground
overexposed so you can read the top banner.. i was testdriving smoke, obviously.
edge of room
I took a lot of pictures of my smoke session.. so i could later refer to them and categorize the various
things i experimented with, and write down my feelings about it. I was testing with the intention to buy
/something/ in that price range, and i wanted as much advantage to review info later as possible. However,
a lotof these pics are for "my own" use.. so i cut them out. Also, i don't know how much discreet wants me
showing tons ofpics about their session.. i'm sure they wouldnt care much (or they would have asked me to
stop using the camera).. but i think for now, most of these pics will be omitted.
Let me share a few thoughts, about the time i had with the smoke machine.
First off, smoke was, without a doubt, the most powerful, and dare i say, hands down, the BEST editing suite
i've ever had the luck to use. It kicked. I walked out of the discreet booth feeling like i just got laid for the first time. It was that good. There are three reasons I *LOVED* their machine.. in no particular order..
1: it's ability to guess exactly what you want it to do, thus taking out all the guess work. chromakeying
PERFECTLY in there is a matter of seconds.. VS. in Vegas4, might be a matter of never. i liked vegas4 a
lot.. for $499, it's a hell of a deal.. but i really see now how vegas is the "Honda Civic" and Smoke is the
"Porsche 911" .. I can only imagine what inferno, lustre, etc could do. The chroma keying was easy to do
because the source material was very well shot, but ALSO because it had some really nice key filters, for
instance the ability to view the chromakey matte and automatically add other color shades it disregarded. I
only use chromakey as an example.. there were 10 other "finishing" type effects we did that I found to be
years ahead of anything vegas will put out (not to knock vegas though.. $499 to $60k is a big jump)
2: it's speed.. i dunno the system specs, but it was an IBM intellistar station, with TONS of power. the
frame analyzing was easily 50-60x faster than my home system does combustion at.. and i use an AMD XP2k with
1024MB of PC2100 at home for most of my grunt rendering. The motion tracking system was better [more
accurate] than combustion, and easily 50x faster than my home machine does it.
3: robustness/ease of use. the display is VERY complex, but very easy to use once you know how to use it. it
is super robust and laid out very well. the fact that it could do ALLLLL sorts of compositing and post stuff
as WELL as full blown editing.. the color correction was FAR better than anything i've EVER used (although
not as good as other products i've SEEN that are $100k+ (i.e. lustre, quantumEQ) and devoted solely to color
correction.. but still, it was VERY VERY VERY good)
One quick screenshot.. of some source footage from a PAL 16:9 Holden commercial. That grass was BROWN
before i color corrected it (selectively).. and all this was accomplished realtime, in a matter of seconds.
Thomson.. grass.. what? VIPER TIME!
Here it is.. the holy grail. My dream camera. Fresh from using my dream NLE, i figured i could indulge
further and play with my dream cam. 9.2million pixels x 3ccd x 4:4:4 output. A salesman almost immediately
walked up, and started talking with me. We spoke about the output methods, datastorage, cost, etc. He was
really nice, said they were negotiable on pricing to a degree, and when my technical questions got too deep
for him, he handed me off to an engineer. I spoke with an engineer who was involved in buildingit, for a
while, and picked his brain about the storage methods.
For those who don't know, the filmstream viper can shoot 1920x5800 footage, at 4:4:4 10bit. Think i messed up that resolution? nope, the CCD's are STUPID tall, so you can pic any native aspect you want, and not "lose" resolution. I think it might be 5486, and not 5800.. whatever the height, it's big. Basically, shoot with this thing, and get true, uncompressed, SDI 10bit output, color correct it, post it, whatever, output to 35mm, and hello world. Size wise, it was on par with a smaller betacam, and their model was
equipped with a P+S pro35.. oddly they hadn't heard of the mini35,so i filled them in haha.
|April 20th, 2004, 11:55 PM||#18|
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Back to the South lower area.
cisco had a booth, haha. i didn't see juniper's booth ;)
yay sonic scenarist/producer
I had seen this product on the net before, and thought it was just hype. In actuality, it works very well..
if you had the need for a totally portable key-studio, where you can switch keycolors on the fly (say if
your talent wore blue jeans by accident and you're on a tight deadline). The "Gray" background is cloth,
and has 70,000 glass beads woven into it per inch. they reflect intense light only STRAIGHT ON.. so when
you view it at any angle to the light.. you see gray. the "LIGHT" is an LED light ring they sell, which
mounts AROUND the lens of your camera. when you look through the center of the ring (or your camera) you
are at the perfect angle to see the glass bead reflections and you see the color reflected very intensely.
monitor (showing it keyed out)
They let me mount the ring on my camera, and looking THROUGH the ring, this is what my camera saw.. SAME
EXACT gray curtain..
Without her moving, i then aimed my camera at the monitor, and here is what my camera saw..
If you want to buy.. total package is around $2400 for a 7'x7' cloth and one ring.
OMG MEDIA100 IS THE NEW FUTURE OF EDITING!!!! haha sorry, but i have met too many asshats who edit absolute
crap on media100.. so uh.. i took this pic. yes, i am full of anger haha ;P
media10000000 (zero's added to emphasis coolness)
Turns out mackie is from my home town, like 10 mins from where i grew up.. small world.
This guy seriously held his drink like that for 10 mins. how can that be comfortable?
Towards the end of my day, i had a chance to wander by the MK-V booth, and put on two of their steadycams.
I used one of their ~$30k units and one that totalled about $58-60k. This was the first time i'd every
operated a steadycam. Each person i would talk to there would ask "so you're a steadycam operator" and i
would reply, "No, i'm using rollerblades right now, and we're pretty tired of shooting that way." eventully
i just started saying no and leaving out the rollerblades part, because it was getting redundant. Firstoff,
they were super nice, and super helpful. Howard smith spent about 10-15 minutes teaching me the basics, and
in that timeframe, i was walking 50-100foot distances totally smoothly, and getting what i would consider a
"usable" steady shot. No tricky camera moves.. but i didn't drop the sucker either, and i was moderately
smooth for a total beginner. I learned very quickly the trick (for me) is to use almost no pressure with
the left hand.. just use it to direct (or rediect) the camera.. intentionally, or if it wants to drift.
Their systems, i am quite sure, are the Ferrari of steadycams.. all carbon fiber, very well sorted, and
incredibly smooth and easy to use (look at me.. i'm an idiot, and i could use it).
I have always had a ton of respect for steadycam stuff.. it looks so beautiful when done right, and now i
can barely begin to appreciate just how much work goes into honing one's craft to capture those beautiful
I talked to Howard's wife for a while, who is also very nice, and was an operator for 3yrs (howard, for
17yrs) before she became pregnant. Their gimbal bearings, as you can imagine, were BEYOND smooth.. you
could gently tap the gimbal when the cam was on the c-stand, and it would sway back and forth for at least
45 seconds before stopping. Everything that could be, was made of CF..
i wandered by the arri booth on my way out.. it was now nearing 6pm and past time to go home. no time for
lunch today, or time ot even stop and have a drink, all i did all day was run from booth the booth seeing
stuff, and in between take some picsif i had a chance. i got home hungry, and thirsty as hell, but it was
here is that maxell display i was talking about yesterday..
okay, welp, i am off to bed.. gotta be up at 7am, to do it all over again. more pics tomorrow, and
hopefully some video on thursday (barring unforseen scheduling conflicts). i hope someone enjoys this.. it
took me at LEAST at hour to write all of this text/code and have photoshop batch process the pics.
Last pic.. me sitting on my roof tonight, just before i wrote this, in front of a beautiful las vegas
|April 21st, 2004, 12:26 AM||#19|
Adam, if you find yourself back in the South Upper, please come back by the Canon booth where I'm working. It would be great to meet you! Thanks a bunch for these reports,
|April 21st, 2004, 12:39 AM||#21|
<< with the Canon lady there about the mini35.. turns out she was from ZGC and not canon! >>
She is none other than our own famous Christine B. from ZGC, she has her own fan club, she's just awesome. No other words to describe her. Christine rules.
|April 21st, 2004, 01:10 AM||#22|
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Los Angeles Ca
Adam, i very much enjoyed your postings, thanks alot for doing them! goodstuff!
Im just curious. is it definit that canon wont be releasing a new dv cam at NAB? I mean, do companies ever pull something out of the hat on the last day and throw everyone for a loop? i guess i'm still hopefull that they will suprise us.
|April 21st, 2004, 01:14 AM||#23|
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Atlanta GA
I got half my office at NAB and the only way I'm getting anything remotely interesting out of Las Vegas is through your updates thanks Adam!
|April 21st, 2004, 02:49 AM||#24|
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Yes, let's see some pictures of you and Chris Hurd... posed compromisingly...
|April 21st, 2004, 08:55 AM||#27|
Join Date: Mar 2003
I am glad someone is getting info
Good job, I expected some of these Digital websites to have some good info to share about NAB.
This is the best reporting I have seen so far. Maybe the other guys are adding their "creative touch" to their stories/reports.
|April 21st, 2004, 09:45 AM||#29|
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Dayton, OH
Yes thank you very much. My supervisor, who is not a video guy, said that I only need to go to NAB every other year, maybe. So this is just great.
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