NAB 2014 Wrap-up. Top 10 Products. Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner.

Blackmagic Cintel Film Scanner.

Blackmagic is the only company that has made the cut into our Top 10 NAB Wrap Up coverage. In 2012 they announced a “hard-to-believe camera featuring a 2.5K image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZF mount lenses, and LCD touchscreen monitoring.”
Last year the big buzz was for the Pocket Cinema for less than $1,000, and 2.5K Design Cinema Camera for under $2,000.

This year’s entry is definitely an unexpected one: a film scanner. Yep. A FILM scanner.


Blackmagic is partnering with Cintel to scan negative and positive 35mm and 16mm film in real time, up to 30fps in Ultra HD resolution.

Why? According to Blackmagic it’s because “consumers [are] purchasing large Ultra HD televisions in massive quantities and we will see a boom in demand for great Ultra HD content.”

We have written about this in the past, but let’s say it again: 35mm film is natively 4K so the Ultra HD quality is already there! We just need to “extract” it.

cintel3_blgpstComplete info is available on Blackmagic’s website.

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This is our 6th post on our favorite toys at NAB 2014. The other highlighted products are:

1. G-Speed Studio and G-Raid Studio
2. Grass Valley’s EDIUS 7
3. Syrp’s Genie
4. Kinemini 4K camera
5. AJA Cion camera
6. Blackmagic 4K Film Scanner
7. Livestream’s Studio solutions
8. Edelkrone pocket series
9. Atomos Shogun and Ninja Star
10.NHK 8K Camera


4K video under $2K. Meet the Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Panasonic just announced its latest system, the Lumix GH4. We had the honor to field test the GH4 this past weekend, and I shared some of my impressions live on Twitter.
I’ll be posting more details as well as images and sample videos later this week.