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Peak Performance: Quadro Experience Streamlines Productivity For Professionals

New application helps users get the most of their Quadro GPU with 4K screen capture, video sharing, access to new driver releases, and more.

Experience matters. And with NVIDIA Quadro Experience — a new application for Quadro GPUs — professionals across industries can boost their creativity and increase their productivity like never before.

Quadro Experience, available now, helps professionals simplify time-consuming tasks, streamline workflows and ensure your favorite applications always have the latest updates.

Content Share From Anywhere

NVIDIA Quadro Experience makes sharing content easier by providing screen capture and desktop recording in 4K, so teams can easily upload content and even broadcast their work directly from their desktop or laptop.

Users can quickly access the screenshot and desktop video recording features from within any application or workflow, and conveniently retrieve assets from a user-defined repository.

The Instant Replay feature automatically records up to the last 20 minutes of desktop activity, so professionals can capture spontaneous moments or rewind to review previous activities.

Compatibility with the NVIDIA SHIELD device makes live streaming directly from a desktop to multiple viewers simple. Leverage your existing SHIELD device for an easy sharing experience for presentations, trainings and meetings.

Get Updates on the Latest Drivers

Regularly get increased performance, improved driver stability and new features for your system with Quadro Experience. The application automatically notifies users on new driver releases, so they can implement the latest capabilities as soon as they’re available.

Driver highlights are delivered directly to Quadro Experience whenever new drivers are available to help users determine whether they’re ready to make an immediate update.

With simple one-click downloads and installations directly from Quadro Experience, it’s easier to ensure that your Quadro driver is updated and optimized, as well as certified by all your favorite applications.

Work by Day, Game by Night

With Quadro Experience, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Users can switch their Quadro GPU to Game Mode to unleash optimal gaming performance.

The application delivers features similarly offered through GeForce Experience, such as Ansel, Freestyle and Highlights. Users can take advantage of Optimal Playable Settings — which are in-game settings that aim to enhance image quality and framerates — and stream gameplay to NVIDIA SHIELD devices.

Designers Switch Tracks Fast with Quadro Experience

Image courtesy of Alstom.

NVIDIA Quadro Experience is already helping companies enhance their collaborative efforts. One of the beta users of the application is Alstom, builder of the TGV, the fastest train in the world.

Project review and customization are important parts of Alstom’s workflows — they often use Autodesk VRED for design review and rendering and Dassault Systèmes CATIA for technical review. With Quadro RTX GPUs and Quadro Experience application, Alstom was able to accelerate its design workflow and use GPU power for its graphic needs.

“Sharing professional graphics created with Quadro GPUs requires video capture capabilities that maintain pristine visual fidelity,” said Fabien Normand, virtual reality expert at Alstom. “NVIDIA Quadro Experience makes it simple to accurately capture professional graphics applications, allowing us to continually improve our customers’ VR experiences as well as our internal design workflows.”

Professional workflows are becoming more interactive and collaborative. With Quadro Experience, engineers, designers, artists, architects and other professionals can optimize the power of their Quadro GPUs.

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Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Update

Blackmagic Design today announced a major new software update for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera that adds localization for 11 languages, the ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips, new customizable frame guides as well as improved behavior for function buttons. The update also adds improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs, better jam sync timecode functionality, and much more.

New software update for the original Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K
adds localization, custom LUT embedding in Blackmagic RAW files and more!

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update adds support for 11 different languages so it can be used internationally. The camera can be set to English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese or Korean. It’s easy to switch to another language so customers can share their camera with other crew when traveling to locations worldwide. When customers switch languages, all on screen overlays, setup menus and monitoring information will be displayed in the selected language instantly.

Customers also now have the ability to embed custom 3D LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips, which helps to streamline production workflow. 3D LUTs can be directly embedded as metadata within the .BRAW file, making it easy to display the images with the “look” you want, maintaining creative consistency through post production. When working with software such as Davinci Resolve, it’s easy to access the 3D LUTs for editing and color correction as they always travel with the .BRAW file.

This new update also adds new features that URSA Mini Pro customers have requested such as being able to disable the HFR button to prevent accidentally changing the frame rate between shots. The HFR button can now also be remapped, as can the VTR and return buttons on Cine‑servo PL and B4 lenses. In addition, customers can now lock timecode to the SDI input, jam sync timecode is maintained between power cycles, and the ND filter icon is always visible on status text when in use.

Audio improvements have also been included with customers now able to choose between -18 or -20dB audio alignment levels. Sidetone adjustment for talkback has been added so camera operators can speak loudly in noisy environments while keeping their voice mixed down in their earpiece. Line level XLR input signals can now also be adjusted and audio meters have improved ballistics.

Blackmagic OS has been updated and now adds ⅓ stop ISO increments to the ISO slider, as well as the ability to quickly switch media from the heads up display. In addition, new 2:1, 1:1 and 5:4 frame guides have been added, along with the option for custom frame guides. The media formatting interface has been improved, making it more intuitive so users are less likely to accidentally format a card.

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Update also adds general performance improvements and greater stability when using external reference. In addition, auto exposure speed and performance has been improved, as well as playback of renamed clips.

“This update adds a lot of new features to the original URSA Mini Pro 4.6K model, bringing it up to the latest software as the URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 and URSA Broadcast,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s very exciting because now all URSA Mini Pro customers can upgrade to the latest software at no charge, giving them access to a range of powerful new capabilities to shoot with.”

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 Features

  • Support for 11 popular languages.
  • Adds common off speed frame rate options above slider.
  • Ability to embed custom LUTs in Blackmagic RAW clips.
  • Ability to disable or remap function and HFR buttons.
  • Remapping of VTR and Ret buttons on B4 lenses.
  • Improved compatibility for embedded audio on SDI outputs.
  • Sidetone level adjustment.
  • Improved ballistics and scaling of audio meters.
  • Choice of -18 or -20dB reference levels for audio meters.
  • Quick media switching from the heads up display.
  • Support for HDR metadata in SDI output.
  • ‘LUT’ icon to status text overlays.
  • ‘PRE’ icon to status text overlays for preset timecode.
  • 2:1, 1:1 and 4:5 monitoring frame guides.
  • Customizable frame guides.
  • Ability to lock timecode to SDI Input.
  • Better jam sync timecode functionality.
  • Improved stability when using external or program reference.
  • Improved accuracy of status text on SDI outputs.
  • Improved ND filter status text.
  • Improved auto exposure speed and performance.
  • Improved media formatting user interface.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Camera 6.9.3 update is available now as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website.

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Sony Expands Filmmaking Versatility And Creative Freedom With VENICE and FX9 Full-frame Cameras Upgrades

Sony Electronics Inc. will expand the capabilities of its digital motion picture camera VENICE and FX9 full-frame camera in 2020 to offer even greater expression and usability for cinematographers and their collaborators in production and post. These firmware upgrades build on the two platforms’ extraordinary image capture and color science. VENICE delivers more monitoring options and high frame rate and FX9 expands shooting and recording capabilities for content creators.
“Sony is committed to empowering filmmakers to fulfill their artistic vision with cameras developed by and for cinematographers,” said Neal Manowitz, deputy president of Imaging and Professional Solutions Americas, Sony Electronics. “Shooting capability and efficient workflow are key factors in the selection of camera. We listen to our customers and continue to enhance the functionality of VENICE and FX9 cameras to better meet their visual storytelling needs.”

Since its launch in 2017, VENICE has been used to capture more than 200 theatrical, broadcast, cable and streaming releases, including HBO’s “The Plot Against America” and sixteen other series premiering in March and April 2020. Regular firmware and hardware updates have been key to the wide adoption of VENICE.

Version 6.0 of VENICE firmware will allow the import of Advanced Rendering Transform (.art) files that improve monitoring picture quality and viewing options on-set. These .art files can be generated by Sony’s RAW Viewer software, from users’ own 3D LUT files. Additionally, Sony is collaborating with Technicolor and their award-winning color scientists to create a new “look library” for the VENICE camera, which will be available online as a resource for creatives wishing to quickly access some of Technicolor’s premier established looks inspired by their cinematic history.

Another enhancement in VENICE Version 6.0 firmware is the ability to shoot with a second user frame line. This enables cinematographers to more easily take advantage of VENICE’s large sensor size to shoot for both horizontal and vertical distribution within the same composition.

VENICE Version 6.0 features also include:

  • Expansion of HFR Capabilities – up to 72fps at 5.7K 16:9 and 110fps at 3.8K 16:9, which simplifies post-production of slow-motion, especially for TV drama workflows that have quick turnarounds;in addition, up to 72fps at 4K 6:5 imager mode for Anamorphic lens operation.
  • Improved 3D LUT monitoring – 3D LUT look can be fed to the camera viewfinder
  • Gyro information in metadata – camera’s Tilt & Roll data can be referenced by VFX teams

FX9 was launched in 2019 to bring full-frame imaging to “run-and-gun,” documentary and independent productions. Employing the form factor, ergonomics and workflow of Sony’s FS7 and FS7II cameras, FX9 brings color science from VENICE, and auto focus (AF) technology from Sony’s interchangeable lens camera, Alpha, to creatives desiring a small camera footprint.

Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware supports 4K 60p/50p recording through oversampling from a 5K cropped area of 6K full-frame sensor. Version 2.0 also enables output of a 4K 16-bit RAW signal to an external recorder with the optional XDCA-FX9 accessory. This additional bit depth beyond the camera’s internal 10-bit recording is ideal for projects requiring more intensive post-production.

Additionally, FX9 Version 2.0 firmware will expand the camera’s operability with Eye AF technology and touch screen operation for focus control and menu setting on the viewfinder.

FX9 Version 2.0 features also include:

  • 180 fps full-frame HD recording
  • 4K (4096×2160) DCI recording
  • Ability to load user 3D LUTs
  • HDR shooting function recorded in Hybrid Log Gamma

Version 6.0 of VENICE firmware is planned for release in November 2020, and Version 2.0 of FX9 firmware is planned for an October 2020 release.

For more information on Sony’s full-frame cinema cameras and entire portfolio of professional imaging and production solutions, please visit pro.sony.

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New ARRI Stabilised Remote Head SRH-360 And SRH-3 Upgrade

ARRI announces the latest addition to its Camera Stabilizer Systems range: the Stabilized Remote Head SRH-360.

Like its predecessor the SRH-3, ARRI’s new SRH-360 is a three-axis, entirely stabilized remote head that allows full-sized cameras weighing up to 30 kg/66 lbs. to go where no other head could venture. Whether on set, in a studio, or at an event, the intelligent and adaptive SRH-3 and SRH-360, together with digital controllers such as the DRW-1, DEH-1, and Master Grips, have the full force of ARRI technology behind them.

The major improvement with the SRH-360 is to the pan axis functionality. A new slip ring permits unlimited rotation of the head on its pan axis, which is a feature that has been requested by many customers. At the same time, the torque of the pan motor has been increased by 50%, allowing it to compensate for powerful centrifugal forces when shooting high-speed camera moves. This makes the SRH-360 even more flexible for dynamic environments such as action, stunts, vehicle work, sports, and live music performances.

Curt Schaller, Product Manager Camera Stabilizer Systems at ARRI, comments, “Unleashing the pan axis by adding a slip ring and a more powerful pan motor gives the cinematographer and camera operator the freedom to create moves and frames that they could not get before.”

SRH-3 owners can upgrade to SRH-360 functionality with the new slip ring pan axis module. Regional ARRI sales offices will be able to provide full details of the upgrade.

Even with the enhanced pan features, the SRH-360 and upgraded SRH-3 are still compact, robust, and lightweight heads. They are capable of handling payloads in excess of three times their own weight, which represents the best weight-to-payload ratio available on the market. They also deliver amazingly stable images, no matter how uneven the terrain or how fast the camera is moving.

LBUS-based control of the head, camera, and lens make the ARRI stabilized remote heads easy to use and suitable for both cine and broadcast applications. Modularity is another stand-out feature of the SRH-360 and SRH-3. They are compatible with ARRI accessories like the DRW-1; DEH-1; Master Grips; OCU-1; cforce motors; all SAM plates; and dedicated RMB, UMA, and ARS brackets. In addition, they can be used with Canon and Fujinon broadcast lenses through ARRI’s LCUBE CUB 2.

The new SRH-360 will begin shipping during Q2 2020 and can be purchased in different sets, with various joystick configurations. Going forward, neither the SRH-3 nor SRH-360 will contain radio modules, but can instead be used with the new external radio modules ERM-2400 (2.4 GHz) and ERM-900 (900 MHz) in order to avoid problems with regional radio regulations.

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ARRI Offers ERM-2400 LCS Set For Extended Wireless Control

ARRI is pleased to offer sets of ERM-2400 LCS radio modules from FoMa Systems, significantly increasing the flexibility of wireless camera and lens control.

ERM-2400 LCS radio modules, sold by ARRI as a set of two with various adapter cables, extend an LCS, LBUS, or EXT cable connection, but wirelessly. The set can be used to connect ARRI and cmotion hand units to cameras and motor controllers with an exceptionally good wireless range of around 1,000 m/3,280 feet.

This will be extremely useful to filmmakers for situations where a stable radio connection is required over a long distance, such as action shots involving vehicles. Previously these kinds of scenarios could sometimes prove challenging for wireless hand units on their own, but with a set of ERM-2400 LCS radios, much more ambitious shots are made possible.

The ERM-2400 LCS is compatible with equipment providing LCS, LBUS, and EXT interfaces. A pair of ERM-2400 LCS modules can connect such two devices, for example:

  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Plus camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Mini camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and ALEXA Mini LF camera
  • ARRI WCU-4 or SXU-1 hand units and Universal Motor Controller UMC-4
  • ARRI Master Grip or Operator Control Unit OCU-1 and cforce motor
  • ARRI Digital Wheels DRW-1 and Digital Encoder Head DEH-1
  • cmotion cPRO hand unit and cforce motor
  • ARRI supplies the ERM-2400 LCS as an already paired set of two radio modules. Once plugged into a handset and camera device, they will automatically power up and wirelessly connect. The modules can be used as either transmitters or receivers. Pre-configured pairs can be identified by a matching number code on the back of each device.

ERM-2400 LCS sets are available from ARRI now. The basic set includes two radio modules, with antennas; LCS, LBUS, and EXT adapter cables; and a D-Tap power cable.