Panasonic AG-CX350 Tutorials & Guidebook

Have you ever wanted to know everything about Panasonic’s AG-CX350 camcorder? Well good news! Writer and Filmmaker Barry Green has put out a new series of instructional videos that covers exactly that.

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The AG-CX350 is the industry’s lightest 4K 10-bit fixed-lens camcorder and includes HDR recording, 4K 10-bit 60p capture and is equipped with the RTMP/RTSP/RTP protocol for live streaming and NDI | HX-ready IP connection. A few topics that A Guide To The Panasonic AG-CX350 Camcorder include are:

  • Explanation of formats
  • Getting proper exposure
  • System and menu settings
  • Inputs and outputs
  • Using NDI | HX
  • Setting the camera up for live streaming
  • And much more

Purchase the Panasanonic AG-CX350 Here!

You can find all the videos here:

CX350 – Camera Tour

CX350 – Tips & Tricks

CX350 – User Buttons

CX350 – Menu Tour

CX350 – Adjusting Color

CX350 – Controlling Audio

CX350 – Networking

CX350 – OIS, Hybrid, i.ZOOM and D.ZOOM

CX350 – Recording Formats

CX350 – Streaming

How to Get Free Entrance to TAB 2019!!!

The Texas Association of Broadcasters convention and trade show (TAB 2019) will soon be upon us!

While it may not have the ‘Whizz Bang’ Product releases of flashier conventions like NAB, Photokina, and E3, TAB more than makes up for it in potential business and networking opportunities. With over 1,200 annual registrants and a 137 booth trade show, there is no better way to put your finger on the pulse of what is happening int the Texas video and broadcasting industry.

The day and a half convention provides invaluable training geared towards nearly every position in the broadcast industry. The trade show provides great opportunities to get hands on with the newest video gear and talk face to face with a myriad of vendors, suppliers, and service providers.

And the best part is, right now you can get in for free! All you have to do is visit: https://www.tab.org/convention-and-trade-show/registration before July 22 and use the code TEX2019. BAM now you’re getting in to the premiere event in Texas for everything in the broadcasting industry!

Now that you’ve got free entrance to TAB make sure you swing by booth 714 and say hello to everyone at the Texas Media Systems booth!

Panasonic Unveils UX Series of Professional 4K Camcorders with 1-Inch Sensors

Panasonic UX Series of Professional 4K camcorders

Panasonic has unveiled the UX Series of Professional 4K camcorders. This new series features two models: the AG-UX180 and the AG-UX90. Both cameras utilize a 1-inch CMOS sensor, and their small form factors makes them extremely versatile for any type of shooting situation.

AG-UX90

Panasonic Ag-UX90 4k UX Series Professional Camcorder

The AG-UX90 is considered the standard model in the UX Series line-up. It features a wide angle 24.5mm lens with optical 15x zoom and optical image stabilization. The AG-UX90 has the ability to record UHD (3840×2160) 30p and Full HD (1920×1080) at 60p.

Dual SD Card Slots enable relay/simultaneous record, as well as UHD/FHD Dual Codec Recording. The AG-UX90 also features three manual rings (focus, zoom, iris), focus assist, user buttons, 3.5 inch touch panel LCD, LCD viewfinder, XLR audio input and HDMI output.

AG-UX180

Panasonic Ag-UX180 4k UX Series Professional Camcorder

 

Seen as the premium model in the UX Series, the AG-UX180 has a wide angle 24mm lens with optical 20x zoom and optical image stabilization. User can record 4K 24p, UHD 60p, FHD 60p, HD 120fps slow motion, FHD VFR recording (from 2 fps to 60 fps), and IR (infrared) for shooting in dark areas.

Dual SD Card Slots enable relay/simultaneous/backup recording, as well as UHD/FHD Dual Codec Recording. The AG-UX180 features 16-axis Color Correction, three manual rings (focus, zoom, iris), focus assist, user buttons, 3.5 inch touch panel LCD, LCD viewfinder, TC PRESET input/output, wired remote control, XLR audio input and 3G-SDI/HDMI output.

The Panasonic AG-UX90 is scheduled for release in November 2016 for $2,095.00. The AG-UX180 is scheduled for release in December 2016 for $3,495.00. Pre-order yours from Texas Media Systems today!

PANASONIC AG-UX90 4K UX SERIES PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDER – $2095.00

PANASONIC AG-UX180 4K UX SERIES PROFESSIONAL CAMCORDER – $3495.00

Lease the AG-UX90 or AG-UX180 at 0% for 12 months! 

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Zeiss Unveils the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm/T2.9-3.9 T

Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm Lens

Zeiss announced the Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm, a cinematic lens with a small and light form factor that maintains sharp and consistent focus. With a rugged, splash-proof housing, the LWZ.3 is designed for any type of shooting situation.

Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm

Made for Super 35 formats, the LWZ.3 covers a wide range of focal lengths ranging from 21-100mm. The cine-style gears on the focus, iris and zoom rings allow filmmakers to attach follow focus and zoom controls, simplifying production and allowing for more precise focus pulling.

The LWZ.3 features a parfocal lens design which alleviates focus shift while zooming in and out. Obtain high contrast, saturation and deep blacks thanks to the Zeiss T coating that reflects stray light.

Zeiss’ Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 features an interchangeable lens mount, allowing users to switch between EF, E, PL, MFT and F Mounts.

Expected shipping date for the LWZ.3 is January 2017 with a retail price of $9,900.

Pre-order the Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 21-100mm Lens today from Texas Media Systems!

 

 

 

Panasonic Announces the HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder

Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder

Panasonic announced the HC-X1, a 4K UHD Professional Handheld Camcorder that supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format recording and HD super slow-motion (120/100 fps). The 24mm wide angle Leica Dicomar 4K lens offers 20x optical zoom, covering a range from 24mm wide-angle to 480mm telescopic (35mm film equivalent at 4K 24p).

The HC-X1 features a 5-Axis Hybrid O.I.S. that combines both optical and electronic image stabilization when in HD shooting modes. Hand-shake correction detects movement in various directions and corrects for a clear and stable image. The HC-X1 also features an Advanced O.I.S. that provides powerful image stabilization correction, even in the most unstable shooting locations.

A 4K 1.0-inch MOS Sensor delivers precise, high-speed recording with great depth of field and sensitivity. 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format, and HD 120-fps (59.94Hz)/100-fps (50Hz) super slow-motion recording are possible.

Panasonic HC-X1

The HC-X1 contains precise Intelligent AF, which can be customized by adjusting the AF speed, sensitivity and area.

Dual SD memory card slots allow unlimited relay recording, simultaneous recording and background recording options. Unlimited relay recording is enabled by simply changing SD cards during recording.

Users can download the AG ROP app for iPad which provides wireless remote control over camera settings, picture quality adjustment, REC start/stop, lens and menu settings. Recorded footage can also be viewed on an iPad through the AG ROP app.

The Panasonic HC-X1 incorporates many professional functions and controls:

  • Zoom, Focus and Iris control rings.
  • 2-Channel XLR Audio Inputs (16-bit linear PCM when recording MOV/MP4 or Dolby Digital when recording AVCHD).
  • High-resolution OLED EVF display.
  • Retractable touch LCD that can turn 270 degrees.
  • ND Filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64.
  • Auto White Balance Selector
  • HDMI Output up to 4K 24p and UHD 60p/50p.
  • Analog Video/Audio Out.

The HC-X1 will be available in December 2016 for a retail price of $3,199.99. Pre-order the Panasonic HC-X1 today from Texas Media Systems!

 

 

 

Canon Announces The EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera And New L-Series Lenses

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera

Canon has announced the successor to the ever popular EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera. The new EOS 5D Mark IV boasts a long list of new and welcome features, most notably being a 30.4 Megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel Auto Focus, as well as the ability to record 4K Video up to 30p. Along with the 5D Mark IV, Canon introduced two new L-Series lenses: the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom Lens. These new lenses offer edge-to-edge sharpness across the imaging plane.

EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera

The EOS 5D Mark IV contains a new 30.4 Megapixel 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor and is accompanied by a 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, with user selectable AF points. ISO range for the 5D Mark IV is ISO 100-32,000 and is expandable to 50-102,400. Facial recognition and tracking has been improved, as well as capturing scenes with fast-moving action (such as nature and sports). The EOS Scene Detection Systems is able to compensate for flickering light sources by automatically adjusting shutter release timing.

Taking a leap forward from the EOS 5D Mark II and Mark III, the Mark IV introduces DCI 4K video recording. Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF functions during 4K recording, allowing for continuous focus tracking. This autofocus technology assists in creating sharp focus for in-camera 4K Frame Grab extraction of 8.8 megapixel JPEG stills.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The EOS 5D Mark IV includes built-in Wi-Fi and Near-Field Communication (NFC) for easily transferring stills and videos to compatible devices. This feature also enables remote shooting with the Canon Camera Connect App. A built-in GPS receiver with compass provides geo-tagging information (latitude, longitude and elevation), making it simple to track shooting locations and syncing multiple-camera setups. The GPS feature will also sync the camera to the atomic clock, a useful feature for multiple photographers shooting the same event.

EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera

Availability of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is currently scheduled for early September 2016 with an estimated retail price of $3,499.00 (Body Only). There will also be body-and-lens kits with the EF 24-70mm f/L Lens (estimated retail price of $4,399, scheduled for early September) and the EF 24-105 f/4L IS USM Lens (estimated retail price of $4,599, scheduled for late October).

EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera Specifications:

  • New 30.4 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with ISO range 100–32,000; expandable up to 50–102,400.
  • 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) at 30p or 24p; in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-Megapixel images; multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting; LCD monitor has full touch-screen interface, including selection of AF area.
  • Up to 7.0 fps continuous shooting speed with high performance DIGIC 6+ Image Processor for improved speed and image quality.
  • 61 AF points with expanded vertical coverage with 41 cross-points, and AF possible at all 61 AF points with many lens + extender combinations effective at f/8.
  • 150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor helps provide precise exposure metering, helps detect flickering lights and allows for enhanced scene recognition and face detection capabilities.
  • Dual Pixel RAW, in-camera Digital Lens Optimizer during JPEG shooting and Diffraction Correction technologies.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi®1 and NFC2 connectivity provide easy sharing to compatible smart devices, select social media sites and the Canon Connect Station CS100 device.
  • Built-in GPS3 provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code (UTC) via satellites.

Pre-order the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV from Texas Media Systems today!

CANON EOS 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA BODY

CANON EOS 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA W/ 24-70MM LENS

CANON EOS 5D MARK IV DSLR CAMERA W/ 24-105MM LENS

Blackmagic releases Camera 4.0 Update Public Beta for URSA Mini Cameras

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4k EF Camera

Blackmagic Design have released Camera 4.0 Update (Beta) for the URSA Mini 4.6K and 4K cameras. Please note that this release is a public beta and for trial/testing purposes only. URSA Mini users working on commercial productions should continue using the current software.

The Camera 4.0 Update adds tons of new features including an entirely new operating system and a brand new user interface for Blackmagic’s URSA Mini cameras. You can download the Camera 4.0 Update Public Beta from Blackmagic’s website here.

What’s New in the Camera 4.0 Update?

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K and 4K

  • New URSA Mini OS.
  • New heads up display.
  • New menu system to allow faster operation.
  • New monitoring options separately configurable for different SDI outputs.
  • Added ability to load 3D LUTs (Look Up Table) for monitoring.
  • Added ability to save and load camera settings presets.

New Heads Up Display Features

  • Swipe up or down to show and hide the heads up display.
  • Added pan-able focus zoom.
  • Added ability to change frame rate directly from heads up display.
  • Added ability to change iris from heads up display on electronic lenses.
  • Added ability to toggle timecode or duration from heads up display.
  • Added ability to toggle favorite off-speed frame rate quickly.
  • Added ability to change shutter angle from heads up display.
  • Added flicker free shutter angle suggestions.
  • Added manual shutter angle option for up to 2 decimal places.
  • Added indicators for genlock, timecode status, and sensor window in heads up display.
  • Added ability to change ISO from heads up display.
  • Added ability to change white balance from heads up display.
  • Added white balance presets including daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, mixed lighting, and overcast.
  • Added tint control.
  • Added auto white balance feature.
  • Added audio input and headphone level control from the heads up display.
  • Added media status page for formatting cards and media information.
  • Added ability to toggle battery indicator from heads up display.
  • Added monitoring option controls from heads up display including zebra, focus assist, frame guide and grids.

New Metadata Features

  • Improved slate and metadata functionality.
  • Added lens data information to slate metadata.
  • Added auto-fill lens metadata from electronically controllable lenses.
  • Changed slate shortcut from a single tap to a sideways swipe on the LCD.

New Record Features

  • Added additional ProRes resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 16×9, 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K DCI, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16×9 and 2K DCI.
  • Added additional RAW resolutions for URSA Mini 4.6K including 4.6K 2.4:1, 4K 16×9, 3K Anamorphic, 2K 16×9 and HD.
  • Added option to select the preferred card for recording.

New Monitor Features

  • Improved screen colorimetry for the built in LCD.
  • Added ability to switch 3D LUT on and off for each output individually.
  • Added ability to switch false color, zebras, focus assist, frame guides, grids and safe area guide on or off for each output individually.
  • Added clean feed toggle for each output.
  • Added program tally indicator for the built in LCD and Front SDI when using ATEM.
  • Added monitoring option for tally, crosshairs and centre dot as part of grids.
  • Added 14:9 frame guides.
  • Added configurable safe area guides.
  • Expanded options for focus assist to include red, green, blue, black and white as well as peaking.
  • Added option for viewing codec and resolution setting instead of meters on the built in LCD.

New Settings Features

  • Added ability to program function buttons as a preset for frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
  • Added ability to program function buttons for Up or Down frame rate, iris, white balance, ISO or shutter angle.
  • Added ability to program function buttons as a toggle for clean feed, display LUT, frame guides, focus assist, false color, zebra, grids, safe area guides, off-speed and color bars.
  • Added flicker free shutter frequency selection for 50Hz or 60Hz.
  • Added support for drop frame timecode.
  • Added ability to trigger color bars from camera.
  • Added factory reset function.
  • Added hardware ID display.
  • Added software version display.

New Presets Features

  • Added ability to create up to 12 global camera settings presets.
  • Added ability import and export camera presets to CFast media.

New 3D LUT Features

  • Added ability to monitor with 3D LUTs.
  • Added ability to import 3D LUT from CFast media.
  • Added ability to store up to 6 custom 17 point or 33 point LUTs into the camera’s internal flash memory.
  • Added the ability to export one of the camera’s 3D LUTs to CFast media so you can pass the 3D LUT to a colorist or editor.
  • Added ability to delete 3D LUT from camera’s internal memory.

New General Features

  • Improved timecode functionality for external timecode and jam timecode.
  • Improved white balance performance.
  • Added option for single clip or all clip playback.
  • Added loop playback feature.

Blackmagic URSA Viewfinder

  • Improved colorimetry for viewfinder.
  • Improved proximity sensor sensitivity.
  • Improved proximity sensor timeout settings.
  • Improved frame guide appearance.
  • Added support for URSA Mini OS metadata settings.
  • Added support for new frame guides, safe area guides and grids.
  • Added menu items for configuring overlay settings.

Click here to learn more and download the Camera 4.0 Update Public Beta.

Order the Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K from Texas Media Systems below!

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN URSA MINI 4.6K EF CAMERA

BLACKMAGIC URSA MINI 4.6K EF KIT: VIEWFINDER, SHOULDER-MOUNT, V-MOUNT

BLACKMAGIC DESIGN URSA MINI 4K EF CAMERA

Canon Releases Firmware Update Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the EOS C300 Mk II Cinema Camera

Canon EOS C300 Mark II Cinema Camera

On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 Canon released Firmware Update Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the Canon EOS C300 Mark II Cinema Camera (EF and PL Mounts). The new update brings new features and improvements to Canon’s flagship 4K camera.

Firmware Version 1.0.4.1.00 incorporates the following:

Adds support for Canon Log 3. The Canon XF Utility software (bundled with the Canon C300 Mk II) must be updated to Version 3.1. If using Canon XF Utility 3.0 or earlier, gamma information will not be shown correctly in the metadata of clips filmed on the Canon Log3 Gamma setting.

Minimizes Canon Log 2 noise in darker areas.

Enables magnification to be used during recording. “Face detection and tracking” and live view display using Browser Remote will not function when magnification during recording is set.

The following features are enabled when these lenses are attached. The lens firmware must also be updated: CN7x17 KAS S/E1, CN-E18-80mm, T4.4 L IS KAS S or CN20x50 IAS H/E1.

  • Enables autofocus using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF function. (Not applicable to the CN20x50 IAS H/E1 lens)
  • Enables the joystick on the camera’s grip unit to operate the zoom (can be set in camera menu settings).
  • Enables manual iris control, and control of focus, zoom and iris using the RC-V100 Remote Controller (sold separately).
  • Enables automatic aperture and push auto iris.
  • Enables retrieval of metadata, such as the model name and the focal distance of the lens attached.

Enables Dual Pixel Auto Focus Function when these lenses are attached: CN7x17 KAS S/E1 lens, CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S lens or any EF cinema prime lenses.

Adds peripheral illumination/chromatic aberration correction for the following lenses:

  • COMPACT-SERVO lenses: CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
  • CINE-SERVO lenses: CN20x50 IAS H/E1
  • EF lenses: EF35mm f/1.4L II USM, EF50mm f/1.8 STM and EFS18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM.

Enhances menu operations so that settings related to resolution/color sampling, etc. are retained as accurately as possible when switching recording settings.

Supports ACES proxy (ACES 1.0).

Mitigates black-­‐dot phenomenon that appears in the periphery of high- brightness light sources.

FIRMWARE UPDATES CANNOT BE PERFORMED USING CFAST 2.0 CARDS. USE a SD/SDHC/SDXC MEMORY CARD WITH 64MB OR HIGHER CAPACITY.

Please note that once the C300 Mk II is updated to the latest firmware, it cannot be restored to a previous version.

Update Preparations:
The camera’s menu settings and Custom Picture setting will be reset once the firmware update has completed. Canon recommends saving your menu and custom picture settings to an SD card before performing the update (make sure the SD card is separate from the one you will use to perform the update). Once the update has been performed, the saved settings can be reloaded into the camera.

These items are required to perform the update:
1. Canon EOS C300 Mark II or EOS C300 Mark II PL Cinema Camera
2. A computer running Windows (10, 8.1, 8. 7 SP1) or Mac OS X (10.7-10.11)
3. SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
4. SD Card Reader, or SD Card Slot on a computer
5. Fully charged battery for the camera
6. The Firmware Update folder (downloaded from the Canon website here)

The downloaded firmware folder contains the procedure manual for updating the firmware.

The Firmware Update Version 1.0.4.1.00 for the Canon EOS C300 Mark II can be downloaded from Canon’s website here.

You can purchase the Canon C300 Mark II from Texas Media Systems today using the links below:

CANON C300 MARK II CINEMA CAMERA EF

CANON C300 MARK II CINEMA CAMERA PL-MOUNT

CANON C300 MARK II ZACUTO ENG PACKAGE W/ CINE-SERVO 17-120MM LENS

 

Sony PXW-Z150 now IN STOCK at Texas Media Systems!

Sony PXW-Z150

Sony’s new 4K handy camcorder, the PXW-Z150, is in stock now at Texas Media Systems! The Z150 packs a punch with tons of professional features tucked away inside a small, handheld form factor. This camera has it all: 4K image quality, 120fps HFR Full-HD slow-motion and built-in advanced networking for live streaming and wireless workflow.

The first of its kind to feature a 1.0 inch type stacked CMOS sensor, the PXW-Z150 outputs brighter, higher resolution images with more bokeh when capturing a shallow depth of field. Record 4K QFHD (3840×2160) using the advanced XAVC Long GOP 100Mbps codec for broadcast-quality footage. The PXW-Z150 incorporates an optical 12x zoom lens and features Sony’s Clear Image Zoom which doubles magnification to 18x when shooting in 4K QFHD. When filming in HD magnification almost triples to 24x.

Sony Z150 Camcorder

The PXW-Z150 can record 120fps Full-HD, allowing users to obtain cinematic-quality slow-motion shots. Utilize various professional workflows with the ability to record XAVC, AVC/H.264, AVCHD 2.0, and MPEG-4 formats. A built-in four position ND filter negates the need to carry around extra filters.

Built-in Wi-Fi allows for live streaming and FTP connection. Pair the PXW-Z150 to your smartphone or tablet and control the camera via Wi-Fi Remote.

Sony Z150 4K HD Camcorder

The Sony PXW-Z150 is in stock now at Texas Media Systems. Call or stop by and purchase yours today, or purchase one online from our store here!

Still not convinced? Check out some test footage of the PXW-Z150 below and experience the quality for yourself!

You can also rent the Sony PXW-Z150 from Texas Media Systems TODAY! Check out our rental catalog here for pricing.