Sennheiser announced a new supercardioid microphone designed specifically for DSLR and mirrorless users. The MKE 440 is a stereo pair set up in a new arrangement developed by Sennheiser. The V shaped setup is said to represent the viewpoint of the camera. This allows the microphone to pick up dialogue and ambient noise, offering more sound mapping of the shooting environment.
There was no sign of the GoPro Solo drone but competitors DJI featured heavily in the Drone zone and perhaps one of the most impressive drone accessories was their Ronin MX gimbal. At $1 599, this new gimbal from DJI allows for cameras up to 4.5kgs! The gimbal itself is lightweight, and DJI is promoting the ability to easily switch between flight and ground modes, allowing any Ronin MX to get hooked into a drone and fly with relative ease.
Shaking the storage scene was Lacie which is no stranger to Mac workflows big and small as they revealed their 12big Thunderbolt 3 12-Bay Desktop RAID storage solution. Loaded with 12 7200rpm enterprise-class Seagate drives for a record-setting 96TB of desktop storage!
On the audio front some of the more popular new gadgets were accessories for DSLRs. Tascam debuted the DR-10SG, a $199 recorder with built-in microphone that attaches directly to your camera. The DR-10SG also uses a Dual Recording mode with records a secondary track at a lower level, in case you experience any popping or loud bursts of sound from your subject.
On the software side, Blackmagic keeps consistent with releasing great new stuff at NAB as they have in years past, and the release of Resolve 12.5 seems to be in line with a great update. Featuring over 1 000 enhancements and 250 new features that give editors and colourists dozens of new editing and trimming tools, incredible new media management and organisation functions. There are new HDR grading tools, vastly improved noise reduction, lens distortion correction, a completely redesigned Deliver page for outputting projects amongst many more!
Adobe wasn’t going to let anyone down on the software side. Premiere users will be delighted to learn about additions to last year’s popular Lumetri Color Panel and Scopes features, support for more native formats (including 6K and 8K files), and even VR workflows. New features in both Premiere Pro and Media Encoder will give more control over the handling of files during the ingest process along with more flexibility when working with very large media. Premiere Pro will also now support 6k and 8k files from RED WEAPON cameras. For those working on more lightweight platforms, you’ll now be able to generate proxies on ingest, automatically associating them with the native full-resolution media. A single click will let you toggle between the two. Pretty neat. NAB continues to surprise all who visit and I am already looking forward to next year! – Ian Dormer May 2016 | SCREENAFRICA | 9