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Innovative Camera Support

Some of the new smaller cameras available this year are wonderful, as they have large chips, balanced inputs and a wide variety of lenses. But the fact that they are small in size makes them difficult to hold, leaving little room to mount the necessary accessories. Additionally, these cameras don’t have servo zooms — so trying to zoom in/out or focus is usually a shaky process.


Shooting Live Sports in 3D to 5D

pro_liveeventproduction_photo1_openingphotoAfter nearly two years of seeing sports televised live in 3D in the U.S., it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it’s only been five years since the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, which was the very first live 3D sports event. It was also the first sports event that was multi-cast in 2D as well as 3D. “We fed the left-eye signal to an auditorium in the Mandalay Bay Hotel where it was shown to a small audience via twin 4K projectors,” recalls Steve Hellmuth, the NBA broadcast operations and technology EVP who spearheaded this and other early NBA 3D efforts. “The quality of the uncompressed 3D signal was amazing.” NBA has long been broadcasting events in 3D, and ESPN 3D featured 17 live NBA games during the 2010–11 season. ESPN 3D now beams a diverse menu of 3D sports, ranging from boxing and basketball to the Winter X Games, into thousands of homes via DIRECTV.


Canon Learning Center Update

Canon U.S.A. recently announced two updates to the Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC).

A new dedicated mobile site ( has been launched to help make the CDLC's educational content and resources easily available from any smartphone or tablet. Access to Canons collection of technical articles, tutorial videos, image galleries, PDF guides, and Events Calendar can now be accessed all on the go, or in the field. Viewers can also register for Canon Live Learning workshops right from their phones. The CDLC mobile site is optimized for use with Apple’s iPhone along with Android and Blackberry devices.

Also new on the Canon Digital Learning Center is a library of Wireless Files Transmitter (WFT) setup guides. These guides will serve as a valuable resource to professional photographers who currently use, or are curious about, Canon WFTs.  These easy to follow step-by-step PDFs are fully illustrated and include instructions for all WFT modes, network configurations, and popular operating systems.


Filming The Hunger Games


pro_hungergames_stern2-by-kirkland-1Currently a huge box-office hit, The Hunger Games is a breathtaking journey to a future world where children are forced to fight for their lives. Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and Donald Sutherland, the film is a visual dramatization of the first novel in a best-selling trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. The dystopian story unfolds in nation of Panem (formerly the United States, Mexico and Canada) which is divided into 12 oppressed districts, while an autocratic government with absolute power resides in the futuristic metropolis of the Capitol. When the people of a13th district start a rebellion, the Capitol destroys the district and creates an annual competition to forever punish the oppressed. For this “Hunger Games” event, a lottery chooses a boy and girl (between the ages of 12 and 18) from each district to compete in a televised battle where there will be only one survivor.

NAB 2012 Preview: New Technology for the Digital Age

Broadcasters and filmmakers are heading to Las Vegas, Nev. to have a tech-filled good time at the 2012 NAB Show. This year’s event will have extra excitement for content creators looking to capitalize on an array of new equipment with better quality at considerably reduced costs. For these visionaries, the words “lighter, portable and less expensive” are like music to the ears — and NAB will not disappoint them. The show floor is expected to be busy, filled with many new products and approximately 100,000 attendees ready to purchase the technology of the future. Here’s the first look at some of the companies slated to appear at NAB 2012.

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