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New EIZO 31-inch 4K Monitor Self-Calibrates

The ColorEdge CG318-4K is a 31-inch monitor with 4K (4096 x 2160) native resolution and able to self-calibrate.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 21, 2014

Designed for media & entertainment fields like cinema and broadcasting that need increasingly high-resolution formats and require appropriate display solutions for 2D and 3D CGI (computer-generated imagery), visual effects, compositing, and color grading, the ColorEdge CG318-4K  from EIZO Corporation offers an effective resolution of 4096 x 2160, in accordance with the DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives). Built so it can be used for both editing and reference work, it is also ideal for photographers and printers requiring a monitor with a high resolution and pixel density.

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PowerDirector 13 Supports XAVC-S and H.265

The new version of Cyberlink's PowerDirector video editor reaches the age of 13 and offers new features.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 20, 2014

The support for XAVC-S, the latest open standard for 4K and HD videos is on top on the list of features present in the new PowerDirector 13 (it was only available for PowerDirector 12 through an update). For those aiming to import XAVC-S videos and produce MP4 videos up to 3840x2160/60p, this is a viable option for a cost under $100. In fact, the version Ultra, which costs $ 74.99, already offers support for XAVC-S. So, if you’re buying, do not go for the cheapest version, Deluxe, which does not offer this new feature.

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UPDATE: DJI Announces the Inspire 1 sUAV

A New Form Factor for Professional Aerial Videography

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 16, 2014

At 4:30pm PST November 12, 2014, DJI launched a new concept in sUAV design specifically for the professional aerial videographer and photographer. I was happy to be invited to this special event with a few of my colleagues and share the specifics around this new aerial craft with you. *LATEST UPDATE 11/16

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Popular Science Gives Award to 4K Monitor

If there was any doubt that 4K is becoming popular, the 2014 Best of What’s New Award given to Acer’s 4K monitor says it all.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 13, 2014

Acer’s new monitor, XB280HK, is, no doubt, conceived for gaming, but the fact that it was selected as a breakthrough product among thousands of others in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year, which are being highlighted in Popular Science’s December issue, suggests we will be seeing more 4K monitors in the next months. And not just for gaming. They’re just becoming... popular, meaning prices will come down, and we will see more models coming to the market, for different uses.

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Review: MyCloud EX4, a NAS for Dummies

The top level for the MyCloud series from Western Digital is the EX4, offering up to 24TB of NAS capacity that is easy to use.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 12, 2014

Designed for users needing more space than the regular MyCloud systems from Western Digital offer, the MyCloud EX4 is a four bay NAS or Network Attached Storage that offers photographers and videographers a single place to organize all their files. It's a starting point on the way to create your own cloud at home.

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New Filters are a Breakthrough in Videography

Filters are a must to protect lenses and control light. Breakthrough Photography has a new line of filters. With Traction!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 10, 2014

The new Neutral Density, Polarizer and UV filters from the photography startup Breakthrough Photography are launched, for the first time, on Kickstarter! With outdoor photographer Art Wolfe vouching in for the new filters, the small company aims to design and manufacture the worlds best photographic filters. And they promise that “if one of our state-of-the-art traction filters isn’t the best filter you’ve ever used we’ll give you a 110% refund – no hard feelings.”

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4K Notebooks Are Here

Acer has a new V Nitro Black Edition notebook. It’s a 15.6-inch model with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. They are not alone!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 08, 2014

The new laptop from Acer, which extends their V Nitro Black Edition Series, is a powerful notebook with what can be considered a huge (and strange) resolution for such a small monitor: 15.6 inches. One can just wonder how small some things will look on that tiny LED backlit IPS display. If you thought Full HD display was already difficult to use on a 15.6-inch monitor, imagine what a UHD display that delivers four times the pixels of a 1080p Full HD display will mean.

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Review: A Pocket NAS from Western Digital

The My Passport Wireless is like having your own Cloud always at hand while travelling: the 2TB model can hold 32 64GB cards.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 04, 2014

Launched to celebrate Western Digital’s 10 years of the My Passport brand, the new My Passport Wireless may not be the fastest or cheapest external drive around, but having a SD card slot makes all the difference for those on the move. There’s a lot of space for your files on this hard drive, which works a bit like a pocketable NAS or Network-Attached Storage. Or your own Cloud on wheels.

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LG Shows Digital Cinema 4K Monitor

LG is also in the race for the cheapest 4K monitors: their 31 inch IPS 4K monitor costs $1,399.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | November 03, 2014

Presented at PhotoExpo, in New York, the Digital Cinema 4K Monitor from LG Electronics is, according to the company, “a professional-grade yet affordable desktop display that delivers the intense detail and color accuracy demanded by today’s photo, video and graphic design professionals.”

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Small LEDs Create BIG Panels

Phottix have new VLED lights available, small panels that can be combined vertically or horizontally to create larger LED banks

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 20, 2014

The new series of Phottix LED lights are small, affordable LED lights for small crews – and here I mean freelancer videographers working on their own. Small LED lights are easy to transport, easy to work with and offer powerful controllable light for different projects, both in video and photography.

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4K is Obsolete. 5K is Here, 8K Comes Tomorrow

The launch of Apple's 27-inch 5K display is one more sign that the market never stops. 5K monitors are the next big thing.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 17, 2014

A selection of 4K Monitors at low prices was recently published here at PVC - 4K Monitors Under $850 - , but that seems to be old news now. Apple has just presented their new 5K monitor, and they’re not alone. Dell also has a new 5K monitor to show. These are some expensive gifts for the coming Christmas. But a new 8K DisplayPort standard was announced last September, making 8K monitors a viable option in a near future.

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Think Tank Photo Releases Quadcopter Divider Kit

Think Tank Photo Airport Acelerator bags can now be converted in a customized quadcopter transportation backpack.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 08, 2014

If your newly bought quadcopter does not fit in your bag, maybe it is time to buy a new bag to carry your quadcopter. Think Tank Photo has a solution with their Think Tank Photo Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit.

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Canon 4K Used for New IMAX 3D Film

The astronauts at the International Space Station are capturing 4K content for a new IMAX 3D film, The Perfect Planet.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 06, 2014

Canon Cinema EOS digital cameras and lenses have been selected by IMAX Corporation for a mission that will create material for the film A Perfect Planet, a presentation of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Entertainment.

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Small UAV Coalition Launched to Advance the Commercial Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Big News in the Fight for Aerial Videography and Photography in the US!

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | October 02, 2014

Iconic photo and commercial small drone manufacturers, 3DR, Aerialtronics, Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, Google[x]'s Project Wing, GoPro, and Parrot all join forces to form a coalition to fight for the rights to commercial small UAV/UAS useage and work with existing orgnaizations to devlop safety and proper regulatory oversight in this exploding industry.

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Intel’s New Processor Speeds Up Video Rendering

Intel's fastest processor is available now and it can drastically reduce the time to render video. But you need to pay the price

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 30, 2014

Intel's new consumer processor is not on the same league as their Xeon chips, those used in workstations, but the Haswell-E is the fastest processor many working videographers may need, at a much lower price than the Xeon costs. Recent tests show results that may surprise everybody. The entry level processor costs close to $400.

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OFFICIAL: GoPro HERO4 Lineup Announcement!

The New Lineup of GoPro Cameras Now Includes Real 4K/24-30fps Capability, Built-in Touchscreen and Overall Improved Performance

By Jeff Foster (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 29, 2014

Beyond the leaks, rumors and speculation over the past month, we've got the official press release directly from GoPro this morning, complete with images and a great new launch video. This lineup of cameras is truly impressive and we'll be sharing a hands-on review with you shortly as well.

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Ricoh goes after GoPro

With the Ricoh WG-M1, the company aims to cater for the needs of sports enthusiasts, offering speeds of 120 fps... and WiFi.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 23, 2014

Although GoPro takes the lead when it comes to action cams, there is still space for other brands to show and sell their models. That explains why Ricoh presented recently their WG-M1, the newest addition to the WG series of cameras for outdoor and underwater activities.

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Leica Goes 4K Video

The Leica S (Type 007) announced at Photokina 2014 is not only a medium format camera, it's also a 4k video machine.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 19, 2014

Old dog with new tricks is a phrase that comes to mind when you discover that the newest Leica, the S 007, which will only be available in the Spring of 2015, can record 4K video.

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Lexar Shows World’s Fastest SD Cards

Sandisk may have gone for quantity, with their 512GB cards, but Lexar is running fast with their new SD cards:300MB per second!

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 19, 2014

Lexar announced recently the new Lexar Professional 2000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards, the fastest UHS-II memory cards available on the market today. To complement the new line and create a full portfolio of SD UHS-II products, Lexar also announced new Professional 1000x SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards and the new Professional Workflow SR2, a SD UHS-II USB 3.0 reader.

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HDRinstant, Lucky Photos From Your Video

Creating HDR images from your videos can be easier with this program. But do not expect miracles.

By Jose Antunes (Via PVC - Pro Video Coalition) | September 18, 2014

HDRinstant is a brand new program that allows you to choose your favourite moment from your video and, using the neighbouring frames, create an HDR image or an improved still. Pro Video Coalition  mentioned the program before, but finally had a chance to try it, so this article is about that experience. First, though, let's explain some of the technology behind the "lucky" photos.

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