Supposed “Nikon 8K” camera footage was actually shot on RED Monstro VV!

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Rumours out of Apple WWDC 19 talk about both Canon and Nikon 8K cameras being used to shoot ProRes RAW 8K footage for Mac Pro demos.

Footage from a documentary about Nikon ambassador Ami Vitale photographing Kenya was supposably shot in ProRes RAW 8K and the speculation was she shot with an as-yet unreleased Nikon Z9 with 8K output to an external recorder. Actually the documentary was shot on RED Monstro in 8K by Kiwi cinematographer Mark Toia of ZOOM Film and Television.

Meanwhile a Canon 8K camera resembling a C300 II is seen shooting props against a green screen for augmented reality demos on the new Mac Pro. This prototype has actually been shown by Canon before, most recently in 2018 at Inter BEE. The prototype has an 8K sensor and processor, but recording is external via SDI.

Indeed, Canon’s Super 35mm 8K prototype first dates back to 2015 and has been steadily developing since.

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Apple targets RED users, Hollywood and corporations with controversial new $10,000+ Mac Pro system and 6K display

Few the full Apple Press Release for Mac Pro and 6K Pro XDR Display here.

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Apple have been criticised in the past for being too consumer focused. Nobody can accuse them of a watered down approach when it comes to the new Mac Pro. It’s an outrageously expensive machine aimed at businesses and Hollywood. The new Mac Pro also features Afterburner, which is a FPGA hardware accelerator card exclusive to Apple. This custom hardware with over a million logic cells, handles no less than 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW and up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW.

Apple expects significant bulk orders from corporate clients with this new machine. Movie studios, companies like Adobe, Pixar and CGI firms will be top of the list.

Those hoping for a $2k-$3k machine to compete on value for money versus top of the range PCs can forget it.

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Panasonic S1H 6K full frame mirrorless cinema camera – Key differences to the S1

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The Panasonic S1H is here, offering extra recording modes over the S1, including subtle changes to the body.

  • Full frame 6K/24p in 3:2
  • Almost full frame 5.9K at 30 in 16:9
  • Super 35mm 1.5x crop DCI 4K 60p 10bit
  • Open gate 4:3 anamorphic mode (and 3:2 useful too)
  • V-LOG and 10bit 4:2:2 codecs out of the box (no firmware upgrade key required)
  • Front rec. button (in place of the S1’s mode preset lever)
  • Top rec. button (in place of the S1’s on/off lever)
  • No IBIS (To be confirmed)?
  • $4000 / Fall 2019 release date (S1 is $2500)
  • UPDATE: There is much more to the prototype at CineGear than meets the eye and it seems Panasonic did not announce a lot of the major features, for reasons only they know!! For example, it appears the camera has a GH5 style flip screen, rather than the more photography orientated tilt screen on the S1.

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Panasonic S1 Filmmaker Update – $199 in July – has substantial 14-stop 10bit codec upgrade, LUT viewing and waveform!

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Panasonic have unveiled the S1 Filmmaker Update pack at the launch of the big brother camera, the S1H. The good news for S1 users is that it’s better than anybody expected. An extremely generous array of upgrades as well as V-LOG, for just $199.

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