Steve Mahrer Senior Technologist Panasonic North America NABShow 2014

I spoke to the team behind the new Panasonic 4K Varicam including Steve Mahrer Senior Technologist from Panasonic North America. He gives us details on the two flavors of Varicam and how their new recorder can attach to either camera body as well as extending the recorder up to 70 feets for jibs or other shots that need the camera in it’s smaller configuration. So kick back and here what the new 4K Varicam is all about with Steve.


Also from their official press release:

Panasonic Debuts 4K Camera/Recorder, VariCam 35, With New Super 35MM MOS Sensor, AVC-ULTRA Codecs For 4K
Ultimate Image Production for Cinema and Episodic Drama; Breakthrough Modular Design Enables Docking Either 4K or 2/3-Inch Camera Head to Same Recording Module
NEWARK, NJ (February 27, 2014) – Panasonic today unveiled a 4K camera/recorder, VariCam® 35, that incorporates a newly-developed super 35mm MOS image sensor and the company’s AVC-ULTRA family of video codecs. The new camera’s superb image handling in multiple formats including 4K, UHD, 2K and HD make it an unparalleled tool for high-end filmmaking, and commercials and episodic production as well as live 4K events.
With its innovative design, the 4K camera module unit  (AU-V35C1) is separate but dockable to the recording module unit (AU-VREC1), which is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” camera module unit (AU-V23HS1) (see separate news release). This system flexibility can be expanded with an umbilical cable between the s35mm 4K camera and the AVC-ULTRA recorder, providing “box” camera functionality for jibs, cranes and other “remote” camera needs.  This common recorder module is also interchangeable with Panasonic’s new 2/3” 1080p camera, enabling professionals to switch between s35mm and 2/3” camera heads to best suit their creative needs.
“Evoking the VariCam heritage of gorgeous, cinematic image rendition, this VariCam 35 establishes new standards for 4K production,” said Steve Cooperman, Product Manager, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “With its expanse of formats ranging from flawless 4K RAW output to more practical 4K, UHD, 2K and HD capture, the  VariCam 35 represents a matchless option for premier digital capture.”
The VariCam 35 utilizes a new Panasonic super 35mm MOS sensor for 4096 x 2160 (17:9) 4K image capture; this imager when combined with the AVC-ULTRA codecs for 4K enables very manageable and practical 4K production file sizes. The new imager boasts an impressive 14+ stops of latitude, and faithfully captures high-contrast, wide dynamic range imagery without compromise. Powerful color management capabilities provide a much extended color gamut for impeccable image fidelity, and permit support for an Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) workflow for full fidelity mastering of original source material.
Among the camera/recorder’s top-level production features are real-time, high frame rate, variable speed 4K recording up to 120fps, proving the capability for master level 2K/FHD recording; and advanced workflows with parallel simultaneous 4K/ UHD, reference 2K/HD and proxy recordings for in-camera on-set color grading and monitoring / editing ease.  The camera also features a newly-developed OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) with optical zoom functionality. Lastly, 24-bit LPCM audio is added for in-camera audio master recording.
The VariCam 35 will deliver an unprecedented breadth of recording formats, including 4K and UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K, and 2K and FHD in AVC-Intra 100/200.* Addressing the need for high-speed file exchange, the camera encodes high-resolution proxy files in parallel with 4K and 2K production formats, enabling fast, efficient offline editing, at bit rates from 6 Mbps down to 1.5Mbps.  Wireless workflows for proxy streaming and metadata management will also be available.
The VariCam 35 will use Panasonic’s new expressP2 card for high frame rate and 4K recording (see separate news release).  The camera is equipped with a total of four memory card slots, two for expressP2 cards and two for microP2 cards. The new expressP2 card can record up to 130 minutes of 4K/24p content.  The microP2 card is designed for recording HD or 2K at more typical production frame rates.
Professional interfaces include:  3G-HD-SDI x4 for 4K QUAD output; 3G-HD-SDI x2 for RAW output; an HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K); and two XLR inputs to record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio. A multi-connector facilitates docking the camera head to the recording module. In another striking design innovation, the VariCam 35 boasts a removable control panel to facilitate real-time control and easy access when the camera is in a fixed position. The VariCam 35 features a standard 35mm PL mount.
The VariCam 35 will launch fall 2014, with pricing to be announced. For further information about Panasonic professional video products, visit
*AVC-Intra200 is available only for FHD recording.

Jeff Chow Founder Chief Creative at CTRL+Console NABShow 2014

I had the pleasure to meet Jeff Chow at the Las Vegas Supermeet crusin around the vendors. He did a nice breakdown of his cool Control Console Apps and talks about future development and their new Mixing Console coming soon.

I also had a great Google Hangout chat with Jeff from my office back home. He gave me a live demo and also we had fun talking about how he got to where he is now. I’m going to leave you with his bio so you can get more familiar with the creative and founder behind CTRL+Console. I should mention I will be updating this post with me on the console at a later date showing you how it’s working for me in my edit suite.

Ok now for the introduction with Jeff Chow:

Founder and inventor of CTRL+Console. I create – this is where it has taken me. I work in the space of Lighting Director and Projectionist for Space Farmer Productions. GPS Specialist for BACKPACKER Magazine, and freelance Photographer, Cinematographer, and Writer. I began in the world of science (physics being my favorite class), studied engineering and organizational development in college, had an Apple IIc and the first Mac (still do, actually) and have spent my adult life marrying my love of tech to my love of art. It’s my passion. It’s what I do. And I may never stop.

Check out Jeff Chow with CTRL+CONSOLE from the Supermeet NABShow 2014 in the video below..!

HP Z Virtual Workstation Citrix Synergy 2014

Are you looking for the future in Virtual Workstation Solutions..!

HP, Nvidia and Citrix leaders in the industry bring it..! 

I’m excited to share with you the latest from HP at Citrix..!

News Release
HP Extends Industry-leading Z Workstation Family into Virtualization Realm
LOS ANGELES, May 6, 2014 — HP today announced a virtual workstation solution that provides secure, remote access to workstation-class applications from a variety of devices including thin clients, notebooks and tablets.
The new HP DL380z Virtual Workstation brings together HP’s industry-leading server technology, NVIDIA® virtualization technology and Citrix® virtualization technology—and delivers it all via HP’s highly secure, industry-leading workstation ecosystem.
The HP Z Workstation environment combines HP’s understanding of customer needs, key software vendor alliances and HP’s workstation system-tuning expertise.
The HP DL380z is an extension of the HP family of virtualization solutions designed for evolving work styles within the fields of engineering, CAD (computer-aided design), AEC (architecture, engineering and construction), digital media, oil and gas exploration, education and government. The HP DL380z also uses the industry-standard 2U form factor, which means it can easily integrate into a customer’s existing data center infrastructure with no additional chassis hardware required.
“As IT needs change, customers are looking to HP for a virtualized workstation solution to support centralized/secure data access, high-availability applications and demanding graphics workloads,” said Jim Zafarana, vice president and general manager, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “The HP DL380z will provide a true workstation experience that offers end-to-end security and industry-leading ILO (Integrated Lights Out) centralized management in an industry-standard 2U form factor.”
HP expands the data center workstation experience
The new HP DL380z enables use of dual NVIDIA GRID K2 graphics cards and NVIDIA GRID™ GPU virtualization, supports up to eight users on one workstation. NVIDIA Quadro K6000, K5000 and K4000 graphics cards also are supported. By keeping the compute engine colocated with high-performance storage arrays in the data center, customers can experience dramatically reduced project load times.

“The HP solution will deliver dynamic, high-performance graphics that take full advantage of NVIDIA’s GRID technologies—the first virtualized GPUs designed for data center delivery of graphics applications,” said Justin Boitano, general manager, Cloud & Virtualization Solutions, NVIDIA. “These data center solutions will provide true workstation-class high-performance computing experiences in a virtual ecosystem made possible by GRID GPUs.”
The HP DL380z is certified for the Citrix virtualization stack including HDX 3D Pro technology to ensure high-performance remote access to workstation-class applications.
“Enterprises that are adopting app and desktop virtualization to provide a personalized mobile workspace must address a key user group: design and engineering users. Organizations must maintain tight security and control over valuable intellectual property as these users become more mobile and distributed,” said Rakesh Narasimhan, group vice president and general manager, Desktops and Apps, Citrix. “Providing customers with the powerful combination of HDX 3D Pro in XenDesktop with HP’s virtual workstation with NVIDIA technology, we can deliver the high-performance experience of 3-D apps that this specialized workforce needs.”
The HP DL380z keeps intellectual property and other sensitive data centralized and secure by transmitting encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN to remote users. It also allows for flexible IT management with a choice of pass-through GPU and virtual GPU modes that can be configured according to usage needs, making IT change management simple and efficient.
The HP DL380z also supports HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS), which pioneered remote access to graphics rich applications and the ability to host collaboration sessions from multiple devices and multiple operating systems including Linux. The newest HP RGS release 7 added the ability to have true workstation productivity from a tablet while bringing intuitive touch controls to nontouch applications. The workstation also supports HP Velocity software, which significantly improves network performance.
Pricing and availability
The HP DL380z is planned to be available beginning in June. Pricing is available upon request.
The HP DL380z is planned to be demonstrated at Citrix Synergy in Los Angeles, May 6-8.
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HP Z Virtual Workstation
Virtually unstoppable

Get the job done with the HP Z Virtual Workstation.
Enjoy a true workstation that offers end-to-end
security, optimized IT management, and access ISV
applications from virtually anywhere.
Powerful images, peak innovation
Enjoy the view with vibrant high-end 3D graphics performance, including the latest
NVIDIA GRID K2 cards, via the innovative 2U rack mount HP Z Virtual Workstation.
Secure your sensitive data
Keep intellectual property out of the wrong hands by keeping sensitive data in house
and only transmitting encrypted pixel data over LAN or WAN.
Flexibly manage your environment
Centrally control deployment and management for different user profiles with
flexible provisioning and multiple configuration options.
Certification reliability
Confidently run your ISV workstation applications virtually in a fully tested and
qualified software ecosystem.
Sharp images, stand-out performance
View graphics with clarity and detail on your end point device thanks to unique
HP Remote Graphics Software1 and speedy HP Velocity 2.1 to manage network traffic.

HP Z Virtual Workstation specifications
Processors2 Intel® Xeon® E5-2695 v2 (2.4 GHz, 30 MB cache, 12 cores)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2680 v2 (2.8 GHz, 25 MB cache, 10 cores
Intel® Xeon® E5-2670 v2 (2.5 GHz, 25 MB cache, 10 cores)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2650 v2 (2.6 GHz, 20 MB cache, 8 cores)
Intel® Xeon® E5-2630 v2 (2.6 GHz, 15 MB cache, 6 cores)
Chipset Intel® C600
Storage3 SAS (15000 rpm), 146 GB, 300 GB; SAS (10000 rpm), 300 GB, 900GB; SATA (7200 rpm), 500 GB, 1 TB; SATA SSD, 100 GB, 800 GB
Storage Controller HP Smart Array P420i Controller
Optical Drives4 SATA Slim DVD-ROM
Drive Bays 8 2.5” HDD5
1 Slimline optical
Graphics High-end 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K4000 (3 GB), NVIDIA Quadro K5000 (4 GB)
Ultra High-end 3D: NVIDIA Quadro K6000 (12 GB)
High-end Virtual 3D: NVIDIA GRID K2 (8 GB)
Memory6 384 GB, 1866 MHz, DDR3 Registered SDRAM, 24 DIMM
Expansion Slots7 3 PCIe Gen3 x16
1 PCIe Gen3 x8
1 FlexLOM connector
1 HDD writeback cache connector
External I/O Ports8 7 USB 2.0
1 serial
1 SD (internal)
Network Interface9 HP Ethernet 1 GB 4-port 366FLR adapter (optional)
HP VWS Ethernet 10 GB 2-port 560FLR-SFP+ adapter (optional)
Power Supply Required 1200 W 94% efficient with HP Power Discovery Services (PDS) support
1200 W 94% efficient redundant power supply with HP Power Discovery Services (PDS) support (optional)
Product Dimensions 8.73 x 44.55 x 69.85 cm/3.44 x 17.54 x 27.50 in
Weight10 41 lb/18.59 kg
Keyboard4 HP USB Keyboard
Pointing Device4 HP USB Mouse
Security Management Trusted Platform Module (TPM) support
Security bezel (optional)
Form Factor 2U Rack
Warranty Includes 3-Year Parts, 3-Year Labor, 3-Year Onsite support with next business day response.

1. HP RGS requires a Windows or Linux operating system and Internet access.
2. Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology.
64-bit computing system required. Performance will vary depending on your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance.
3. For hard drives, GB = 1 billion bytes. TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less.
4. Optional or add-on feature.
5. All 2.5” (small form factor) hard disk drive options are hot swappable.
6. Actual memory speed is dependent on processor and number of memory channels used. 1st and 2nd CPUs must be installed for all DIMM slots to be available.
7. For full complement of PCIe Gen3 slots, Slot 1 Riser Cage and Slot 2 Riser Cage must be installed.
8. Both VGA ports cannot be active simultaneously. Internal SD slot is not hot-pluggable.
9. Factory integrated only.
10. Exact weight depends upon configuration.

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