With the start of IBC, we see a rash of Cinema technology announcements, and here are few that caught our attention:
Canon is Developing an 8K Camera and Reference Display, as well as 4K High Brightness, Short Throw Projector: Canon announced today that it is developing an 8K EOS camera and professional 8K reference display that will support the production of 8K Cinema content with a CMOS sensor featuring approximately 120 million effective pixels. The new Cinema EOS System 8K camera will be equipped with a Canon Super 35 mm-equivalent CMOS sensor that makes possible high-resolution 8,192 x 4,320 pixel (approximately 35.39 million effective pixels) imaging performance, even at a frame rate of up-to-60 frames per second with 13 stops of dynamic range and a wide color gamut. With an EF mount compatible with most of Canon’s EF lens lineup, the camera will support diverse shooting styles. The form factor has not been announced and is open to speculations, but the camera system is also designed to function as a still-image DSLR.
Canon is also developing a 4K projector designed to deliver ultra high resolution and high brightness in a compact, lightweight body. The LCOS projector is capable of displaying images at a resolution up to 4,096 x 2,400 pixels with 5,000 lumens of brightness. This level of definition surpasses the 4,096 x 2,160 pixel-resolution of 4K digital cinema.
Litepanels Announces the Brick Bi-Color On-Camera LED: Litepanels has announced the launch of on-camera light kit. The new Brick Bi-Color’s surface mount LEDs produce a light output that is up to four times brighter than the original MiniPlus, resulting in a longer throw that effectively allows the Brick to illuminate a larger area while only drawing 16.5W. The new unit is fully dimmable from 0-100%, flicker free at any frame rate with no noticeable color shift throughout its entire range. The Brick One Light Kit consists of a half white diffusion gel, an articulating arm, a 6ft (1.8 m) international power supply, a 60° Honeycomb frame, a soft diffusion frame and a waterproof hard case with custom foam for safe transportation. Optional accessories for the Brick include an Anton/Bauer QRG-LG plate and an Anton/Bauer Power Tap extension.
Adobe has revealed updates to all its professional Adobe Creative Cloud apps including comprehensive native format support for 4K-to-8k footage in Premiere Pro, color advancements with support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) workflows in Premiere Pro and improved color fidelity and color adjustments in After Effects CC. Support for ARRI RAW, Rec. 2020 and other Ultra HD and HDR formats in significantly broadened. Also announced, Creative Cloud Libraries now work across the entire CC desktop platform powered by Adobe CreativeSync. Assets, including images from Adobe Stock, can now instantly appear in After Effects and Premiere Pro. Meanwhile, Adobe Media Encoder, Destination Publishing, now offers a single action solution for rendering and delivering content to popular social platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo and Creative Cloud, which includes support for Facebook social media projects and campaigns.