This week’s news roundup has a really wide range of news. From studio setups to movie prices to firmware updates, you can find out everything here.
Avid MBOX Studio desktop
Avid has launched a new one MBOX Studio desktop with a 21 x 22 USB-C interface with various options for inputs and outputs for seamless integration of the Pro Tools Studio software subscription.
The MBOX Studio Desktop is suitable for studio applications such as recording vocals, mixing audio or even creating podcasts. With eight analog inputs, users have the option to add eight additional inputs to this setup with an external preamp to the ADAT optical digital input. The preamps on the four combo TRS/XLR inputs provide up to 59dB of gain, and the other four are suitable for monitors or headphone jacks with volume controls offering options for custom monitor mixes. With a total of 21 inputs and 22 outputs working simultaneously, the maximum sampling rate is 96 kHz.
The MBOX Studio Desktop will be available for pre-order starting November 10th. The price is $899. find out more here.
Sony Future Filmmaker Awards
The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards is a new annual program to help and find new talent from around the world with the help of award-winning professionals. The impressive jury consists of award-winning director Justin Chadwick, Oscar-winning cinematographer Sir Roger A. Deakins, the President of TriStar Pictures, Nicole Brown and Jeremy Barber – partners, film literature and talent.
Welcoming each creator with a short film to participate, Sony Pictures is inviting a shortlist of creators to the studio in Culver City, California, where an expert-led workshop program will help them gain a new understanding of the film business to do with they can take further steps in their career as filmmakers.
The Sony Future Filmmaker Awards ceremony will be held at the Cary Grant Theater on the premises of Sony Pictures Studios on February 22, 2023 in Culver City, California. Thirty shortlisted filmmakers will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the ceremony and workshop program. Winners from six categories will be announced that evening and will be rewarded with cash prizes and a range of Sony digital imaging equipment.
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE:
The first edition of the Sony Future Filmmaker Awards opened on July 26, 2022. The filmmaker competition has three categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Environment. The Environment category is conducted in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television’s Picture This initiative, which explores creativity around the positive future of our planet.
The closing date for entries is December 13, 2022 at 07:00 (CT). Apply here
Nikon’s Z9 firmware 3.0 update
Nikon’s new firmware update for its flagship Z9 mirrorless camera adds a host of new features and performance to its already impressive full-frame professional system. These include improvements in video and photo capture, usability, autofocus, general usability, and others.
Nikon improves its autofocus system, adding 0.5EV with improved accuracy in low-light and low-contrast conditions, improved display and usability, a new High-Res Zoom function for additional optical zoom in 4K videos, and a new C60 High-Speed Frame Capture, which enables still image recording at 60 frames per second in DX format.
Nikon now offers high-frequency flicker reduction for its video, vertical playback display for images and timecode synchronization, and UltraSync Blue, which adds timecode across multiple Z9 cameras controlled by a single wireless remote control, as well as ATOMOS’ UltraSyncBlue support over Bluetooth .
Find all Nikon firmware updates here.
Vizrt speeds up cloud setup with Viz Now
Vizrt’s new automated delivery tool, Viz Now, reduces delivery time for cloud-based live productions from weeks to minutes, the company says.
With Viz Now, non-technical production staff can create end-to-end, fully preconfigured live productions in the cloud with the push of a button, including 4K switching, broadcast-quality graphics, studio automation, playback/slow-mo, dedicated audio mixing, sports analysis, and intercom.
Offering an intuitive user interface, Viz Now makes it easy to select both Vizrt and third-party broadcast software elements needed for production and then automatically host them in your own Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in less than 15 minutes. to provide the customer’s account. Of course, this ease of use can also be extended to connect the cloud to the physical elements of a production using NDI.
At launch, Viz Now supports Viz Vectar Plus for 4K switching, Viz Trio and Viz Engine for broadcast quality graphics, Viz Mosart for studio automation, Telos Infinity VIP for intercom, Harrison Mixbus VBM for audio mixing, and Viz Now’s 3Play for playback and slow motion and Viz Libero for sports analysis.
AJA releases BRIDGE LIVE
“AJA video systems has released the BRIDGE LIVE v1.13.2 update that extends NDI features and enhancements to AJA’s multi-channel UltraHD and HD Live video solution for remote production, contribution, collaboration, streaming and delivery.
BRIDGE LIVE is an enterprise solution for transporting multi-channel UHD and HD video between uncompressed 12G-SDI to and from a wide range of streaming and contribution codecs including NDI, H.265, H.264, MPEG-2, to simplify, and JPEG 2000. It also supports NDI discovery servers, which streamline the discovery of NDI sources within a network and act as the centralized registry of all NDI streams. This is ideal for production environments where significant multicast DNS traffic is restricted or prohibited, which is common in many cloud computing services.
BRIDGE LIVE can also organize different NDI sources into groups for easier management of NDI streams. For high raster workflows, BRIDGE LIVE enables output of NDI streams at 4K 60 fps, and for the most complex production needs, the update can support more than 100 NDI input sources.
Existing users can download BRIDGE LIVE from the AJA website. BRIDGE LIVE is available from $15,999 through AJA’s global network of resellers. find out more here.
HEIPI Travel Tripod on Kickstarter – Compact 3-in-1 tripod
Working on the road means your equipment needs to be as portable as possible. HEIPI has its new HEIPI Travel Tripod, which consists of three different parts that can be used individually or together for multiple modular tripod functions.
The HEIPI tripod consists of three parts: the base tripod, an indoor tripod and the ball head. You can use just the indoor tripod with the ball head, or just the ball head with an existing slider or other accessory. It also comes with a phone holder so you can attach your phone to the tripod. The ball head has a click-pan function that allows panoramic shots with an optional click every 10 degrees.
The complete HEIPI travel tripod is made of carbon fiber and metal, which makes it relatively light (3 lbs / 1.35 kg and with inner tripod: 2.6 lbs / 1.2 kg). Its size is 17.5″ / 44.5 cm in its boxed form, with a diameter of 2.7″ / 6.9 cm. According to HEIPI, the maximum height is 59″ / 150 cm and the load capacity is 24.95 kg / 55 lbs.
The price and further information can be found here. And yes, we don’t usually talk about Kickstarter projects, but this one raised £471,563 up from its original goal of £8690, so we think it’s safe to say it will launch.