Returning to a physical show after its pandemic hiatus, NAB 2022 wrapped up last week. From a buzzing showroom to exciting announcements and product launches, here are a few of our favourite things:
Canon EOS R5 C
WINNER: NAB 2022 Product of the Year (Cameras) and Videomaker’s Best Cinema Camera award.
The hybrid EOS R5 C has the photo capabilities of the EOS R5 but adds pro features for filmmakers, including 8K long duration recording, a timecode terminal, built-in fan, and a wide range of video formats.
The EOS R5 C sports a 45-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, and offers a native ISO range of 100-51,200, which is expandable to 50-102,400. This image sensor is paired with a Canon DIGIC X processor, which allows for continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second.
The autofocus system in the EOS R5 C uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system, offering nearly 100% coverage of the image frame and includes 1,053 total autofocus areas. It also includes animal, bird, and vehicle detection autofocus features, plus face/eye/head detection AF.
The EOS R5 C can record full-frame 8K 12-bit video footage up to 30fps (or 60fps with an external power supply). Non-stop 8K/60p recording is also possible thanks to the internal cooling. system. There are three new options for Cinema RAW Light: HQ (High Quality), ST (Standard) and LT (Light). There is also support for Canon’s Cinema Raw Light, HLG orPQ formats, XF-AVC codec, and Canon’s Log 3 gamma. In addition to this is a high-efficiency mode is ideal for those recording to an internal card, rather than an external recorder. You can record in MP4 as well.
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Canon EOS R5 C Cinema CameraR91,995.00
Canon Flex Zoom Lenses (CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP and CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP)
WINNER: NAB 2022 Product of the Year (Camera Support, Control and Accessories.)
Canon recently launched its new Flex Zoom Lens series for its Cinema Lens line-up. The first lenses in the series are the CN-E20-50mm T2.4 L F/FP wide-angle zoom lens and the CN-E45-135mm T2.4 L F/FP telephoto zoom lens.
These lenses offer 8k optical performance, 11-blade aperture, constant t-stop value of t2.4, and the latest in metadata support.
NANLITE Forza 720B Bi-colour LED Spotlight and PavoTube T8-7X
WINNER: Videomaker’s Best Tube Light Award.
Nanlite launched its PavoTube T8-7X. The tube is thinner than most LEDS, easy to use and produces a host of creative effects. According to Nanlite, the PavoTube T8-7X is 50 percent lighter than most LED tube lights you’ll find on the market. Its compact design allows the tube to fit into tight spaces. The light features a CRI of 96 and TLCI of 9, plus bi-colour CCT, RGB, dimming and effects. It features a built-in battery that lasts for one hour at 100 percent brightness. Additionally, the light’s USB-C port lets you use external batteries.
The Forza 720B is the bi-colour version of its Forza 720, and offers a CRI of 96 and TLCI of 97. Forza 720B provides a high-level of accuracy for precise colour reproduction, and sports a Bowens mount. It offers 84.460 lux at a 1-meter distance when using the included 45° reflector, and is dimmable from 1 up to 100% of their intensity in precise 0.1 increments. It has a ‘constant light’ function that ensures your light output remains the same for every temperature, and a ‘max output’ mode that promises a maximum light output at every temperature.
Flanders Scientific DM220
Flanders Scientific showcased a prototype of its upcoming DM220 22″ 1920 x 1080 10-bit high-contrast Reference Grade OLED monitor at NAB 2022.
The DM220 is a high-contrast 22″ OLED monitor designed for use in colour-critical production and post-production applications. It features industry-leading fast mode processing, a durable all-metal chassis, an impressive advanced set of features, and a compact and lightweight form factor.
This monitor will have a Zero Delay mode, direct integration with Pomfort Livegrade, and Assimilate Live Looks, a feature set that includes AutoCal and ScopeStream, and a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio.
It also features FSI’s 3rd generation Color Fidelity and LUT Interpolation Engine (CFE3) which features an array of calibration and LUT memories. The tetrahedral LUT interpolation found in the DM220 provides greater accuracy and visual performance than hardware utilising trilinear LUT interpolation. You can select from Rec709, EBU, SMPTE-C, DCI P3, Rec2020 Emulation, Native Wide Gamut, and Custom User Generated colour spaces.
The monitor includes a Real-Time Waveform and Vectorscope that update every frame. Scope position, size, and scale and background can be adjusted independently using dials on the face of the monitor. Real Time scopes work in all processing modes including Zero Delay Fast Mode.
You can read more on this monitor and it’s awesome features at Flanders official: https://flandersscientific.com/DM220/
EIZO CG2700X and CG2700S
EIZO introduced its new generation of coloredge monitors with two flagship HDR models for editing and post production earlier this year. The monitor were showcased at NAB 2022.
The 27-inch CG2700X (3840 x 2160) and CG2700S (2560 x 1440) monitors guarantee a very sharp image impression (109 ppi or even 164 ppi) and enable a perfect view of the imaged file. The remarkable detail ensures that high resolution content is displayed crisply, while the 27-inch screen provides ample space for displaying editing windows, toolbars, palettes, or other apps. This makes the monitor versatile for video editing, 3DCG creation, game development, photography, and other creative fields.
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Lightstar AIRLITE RGB
Lightstar introduced their AIRLITE balloon lights a while back. Now these popular lights are available in RGBWW. The colour temperature can be adjusted continuously between 2400K-10000K, dimming is adjustable from 0-100%. The AIRLITE has an integrated air pump, and is ready in about 60 seconds. During filming the pump can be adjusted to silent 10% power to keep the balloon inflated over long shooting times
Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM II
Claimed to be the world’s lightest and most compact lens in its category. This upgrade to the original (introduced in 2016) comes with several optical, focusing, and handling improvements, as well as a few new video-centric features. While it may look a lot like the first version of the lens, just about everything is different.
This lens features a constant aperture of f/2.8 across the whole zoom range, making it great for achieving shallow depth of field shots even in low light. It has a minimum focusing distance of 21cm and 30cm at 24mm and 70mm, respectively.
The re-designed autofocus system features four XD (extreme dynamic) Linear Motors and a floating focusing mechanism that delivers faster, quieter, and more responsive AF performance with improved tracking of subjects, in both stills and video modes.
The addition of a de-clicked aperture ring — accompanied by an iris lock switch – lets you perform smooth iris pulls.
Sony states that this 24-70mm is designed to keep all sorts of aberrations and distortions to a minimum. This new design features 20 elements in 15 groups which includes three aspherical elements, two extreme aspherical (XA) elements, two ED elements, and two Super ED. The lens focuses internally but does physically extend when zoomed. Additionally, Sony’s Nano AR Coating II helps reduce flares and ghosting, while a fluorine coating makes the front element water and dust repellent.
Aputure LS 600c Pro Light Storm RGBWW LED
WINNER: NAB 2022 Product of the Year winner (Location/Studio Lighting.)
The new LS 600c Pro is an RGBWW version of the 600d/600x Pro with a few improvements. It is Aputure’s first full-colour point-source light fixture, providing precision light control with a hyper reflector and vibrant colour with its RGBWW full colour spectrum. The fixture is capable of producing 600W of output and draws 720W. It features custom colour-blending optics, weather resistance, and professional level connectivity.
The LS 600c Pro is considerably less expensive than Arri’s Orbiter, and Aputure also claims it is twice as bright. The company states: “This fixture is designed for cinematographers who are looking for precision with their palette, and lives comfortably anywhere from small film sets to large virtual production stages.”
It is the company’s first COB RGB (chip on board, red, green, and blue) offering, and keeps all of the features of the 600d Pro including a weather-resistant construction along with support for connectivity standards Sidus Link, Art-net, and Wireless DMX.
The 600c features a wide tuneable colour temperature range of 2300 to 10,000K, 0.1 to 100% stepless dimming, fully tuneable green-magenta adjustment, and 90% of the colour spectrum in the Rec.2020 colour space, with flicker reduction through frequency selection. It includes more than 300 gel presets and XY colour control, has an SSI (spectral similarity index) in D56 (daylight balance) of 74, and an SSI (Tungsten) of 85.
Also announced: MC Pro and Tube MT Pro Prototypes.
In essence, the MC Pro is a brighter, high-quality version of the existing Aputure MC. This light is a small-sized (108 x 70 x 25mm 225g) 7W RGBWW fixture that is claimed to be three times brighter than the current MC. It has an output of 1,346 lux at a distance of 50cm and the same RGBWW technology that is found in the Nova series, and LS 600c Pro.
Aputure debuted its prototype RGBWW tube lights as well. The tube light series will be called the MT Pro. According to Aputure, the MT Pro uses the same RGBWW technology found in the Nova series and new LS 600c Pro. It has 9 different pixel effect modes, 9 FX modes, and is adjustable from 2,000-10,000K.
The first light to be released in the series is a 1ft long tube. The battery life is approx. 105 minutes when used at max power. It has integrated magnets so you can attach it directly to metal surfaces and it will come with a 45° soft honeycomb grid and a mini tripod with ball head.
Keep in mind that these are just prototypes and it may be quite a while before you can actually buy them.
Teradek Bolt 4K LT HDMI
Teradek unveiled its new Bolt 4K LT HDMI wireless video system. This is being touted as a lower-cost Bolt 4K that looks to be a good solution for indie content creators.
Providing HDMI-only transmission enables Teradek to offer this latest iteration of the Bolt 4K LT at a friendlier price. Its cross-compatibility with all other Bolt 4K models also makes it a versatile option for rental-houses, crew-owned kits, and “B” and “C” camera transmission on larger shoots. With its durable aluminium build, the system provides a 750′ line-of-sight transmission range and zero-delay transmission.
Atomos CONNECT and Shogun CONNECT 7
WINNERS: NAB 2022 Product of the Year (multiple awards for both.)
Atomos announced their next-generation monitor tech, with the release of the Atomos CONNECT accessory for the Ninja V and Ninja V+ and the Shogun CONNECT 7″ monitor.
Atomos CONNECT for Ninja V/V+
WINNER: Videomaker’s Best Accessory award.
The CONNECT provides additional connectivity to these already feature-rich monitors to adapt them, and your productions, to live cloud streaming environments, transforming your camera into fully connected devices that support a range of advanced cloud-based workflows.
The CONNECT covers the entire back of the Ninja V/V+ and provides a battery plate to power both devices, ultimately allowing multiple video and network interfaces for your pro digital or cinema camera. The device features a 12G SDI input, AtomX Sync wireless sync timecode technology for direct, long-range communication between devices, multiple power options to accommodate a variety of on-set scenarios, 12G-SDI interface, plus Wi-Fi 6, Gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth LE capabilities for flexible connections
Atomos Shogun CONNECT Recorder/Monitor
The Atomos Shogun CONNECT is a redesigned Shogun 7″ recorder/monitor that maintains all the great features of the Shogun, including HDR support, RAW recording, a bright 7″ display, input and output switching, and DCI 4K support. It is a fully integrated unit that includes both a fully-fledged Shogun 7 monitor/recorder and the aforementioned Connect module. So it is a streamlined unit rather than a bolt-on attachment.
Blackmagic Design ATEM Constellation HD live production switchers
BMD showcased its family of ATEM Constellation HD live production switchers. These new switchers are a designed for professionals looking to upgrade from the ATEM Mini, or for large broadcasters looking to get a more modern switcher for their studios.
“We are excited to introduce these new live production switchers, as many high-end broadcasters don’t need Ultra HD, but they still need to upgrade their studios,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “Plus a lot of our Atem Mini customers have been growing and doing innovative work. They are now looking to upgrade and purchase more advanced switchers that can keep up with their work as their streaming channels grow.”
All models include full standards conversion on every SDI input, 4 ATEM advanced chroma keyers per M/E row, a DVE per M/E row, media players, and a larger media pool.