Arriving for day one first port of call was the Sony stand where Bill Drummond was on hand to show me the new camcorders the PXW-Z100 and the new PMW-300.
The PMW-300 is a replacement for discontinued EX-3 with a far better viewfinder and 50Mbps 4:2:2, I actually prefer the look of this camcorder to the EX-3.
This is Sony’s set this year with all the pro and broadcast cameras for you to evaluate.
The 4K camcorder from Sony will fit many pockets and remember who else has a 10bit, 4:2:2 HD camcorder. I think the PXW-Z100 will be the first of many 4K camcorders that fit the more conventional camcorder specs and if you need shallow depth of field in 4K you have the FS700 or the F5.
Finally we get to see the show stopping RED HEAD LED from Ianiro and it’s cracking. To many of us the Red Head was the defacto light during our early days in the video business, every production house owned a set of ‘Red Heads’.
The new LED version is dimable and has an external V lock mount, running at a mere 80 watts also means no burnt fingers when adjusting the barn doors, although it still has a light output equivalent to 650 watts.
This is my day one show stopper and I hope to get one of these iconic lights for a full review soon.
Lastly I got a phone call from Richard Payne from Holdan’s this afternoon asking if I could assist him in a half hour review show of what’s new at IBC 2013.
I will cover the Teradek glass studio in more depth later but day one was non stop and very enjoyable and this only covers some of hall eleven…pheew.