GoPro’s latest Hero9 action camera has much more 5K video for shooting those iconicaction sports videos in mind, thanks to a new front facing camera and the ability to use it as a webcam. But there’s also a new ultra wide lens mod that means one thing … interchangable lenses are finally coming to the Hero line.
by James DeRuvo
Indiewire is reporting that the annual pop culture film, music and computer festival South By Southwest (SXSW) has been cancelled due to the Covid19/Corona virus outbreak. Could NAB be far behind?
SXSW follows other conferences including Google IO, Adobe Summit, CP+,and Mobile World Congress, all of which cancelled their annual gatherings over fears of attendees becoming exposed during travel. Adobe has said, however, that their annual Summit will be an online virtual experience this year.
There is even talk that the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will also be cancelled. The Games have only been cancelled one other time in its history, and that was in 1940, due to World War II. Ironically, those Games were also set to take place on Tokyo.
The announcement fresh off the heels of companies like Netflix, Starz, Lionsgate, Apple, Amazon and Warner Media all pulling out of SXSW in recent days. With the festival scheduled to begin March 13, organizers really had little choice but to call it quits for 2020.
As for NAB, the trade show association put out a statement signaling that the show will go on, but that it would be monitoring the overall situation as the conference approaches.
While the NAB stands firm in its commitment to hold the convention as planned, the health and safety of attendees and participants are NAB’s top priority. To that end, NAB is dedicated to providing rapid responses and assistance in support of the global NAB Show community’s participation plans.
NAB also pointed out that some manufacturers and attendees may have little choice but cancel due to US travel restrictions.
Video hardware company AJA has already pulled out, citing Corona virus fears, and if Adobe scuttled the physical summit they hold every year in Las Vegas in favor of a safer online event, you have to wonder if they may not make the trip as well.
I have a hunch more will follow suit as the time to travel to NAB draws near.
by James DeRuvo
The day after the Oscars (don’t get me started on Parasite upsetting 1917 for best picture), brings some great news for film fans as the top five studios have re-upped a deal with Kodak to exclusively supply 35mm film to the industry. Hurray!
When it comes to out of the box thinking from a camera gear company, nothing flares up my gear acquisition syndrome (GAS) more than Edelkrone. The company is notoriously disruptive with unique, yet compact designs that offer filmmakers a low footprint with high performance. And now, with the JibONE, Edelkrone is taking that same kind of out of the box thinking to the JIB arm by introducing motion control into the mix.
New parts supply chain guarantees return to production
by James DeRuvo
When DJI announced last year that the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Vs. 2 line would be discontinued, it wasn’t because the popular UAV wasn’t selling still selling. In spite of the popularity of the Mavic and Mavic 2 lines, the Phantom 4 sales more than held its own. But the problem truly lie in the supply chain. The company had run out of parts they needed to build the Phantom, and as such, the Phantom 4 Pro was fated to fly off into the sunset. But now, the drone is back, and with a fresh supply of parts, it’s business as usual for DJI.
Day 3 of CES still finds plenty of cameras to see, including a modular action camera from Insta360 that could actually challenge GoPro’s dominance in the ACam space. If they can get their software locked down. Then, Nikon finally shows off the long overdue successor to their D750 full frame camera, the D780. But is it just a Z6 with a mirror in the way? And there’s a $250 LED Lighting kit that may be all you need if you’re a beginning filmmaker.
Canal Boat Diaries is one of the BBCs latest documentary series. It’s also shot on the iPhone X, marking it the first major TV series to be produced primarily on a mobile device. Oh sure, there’s some GoPro and drone shots for those immersive and birds eye establishing shot, but the majority is pure mobile filmmaking.