Six Simple Steps to Live Streaming, June 1, 2017

Midtown Video and LiveU cordially invite you to hands-on demonstrations of today’s best live streaming systems. Explore the cameras, encoders, and streaming devices that work together within your budget. Get acquainted with the service providers to stream from anywhere to anywhere on the planet. Take step one and register for this open house.

When: Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
Where: Midtown Video, 4824 SW 74 Ct, Miami, FL

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Kobre & Kim – Teleconferencing Boardrooms

One great aspect of the AV Integration world is that each solution is unique, each client has specific requirements and in many cases, we get to work with them to create, design, install and maintain throughout the life of the system. This in turn challenges our team to think new, form relationships that last, and deliver excellence at each step of the journey. We all need meaning in our work life and to feel like we are helping people. In the case of this international law firm we are providing a bridge to communicate, face to face, around the globe. It’s the next best thing to being there. Check it out.

5 Things You Should Know To Keep Your Gear Secure

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The Production Equipment Rental Group, part of ESTA has developed a highly informative plan to help stop equipment theft. Our organization has spent countless hours researching theft and fraud in the production industry resulting in arrests and returning gear to the owners. Consider joining ESTA/PERG. And, read about the 5 Tips to keep your gear safe.

PERG Meeting and Hamilton in NYC

Wow, since studying broadcast journalism at the University of Miami, working at television stations, production companies, and my own business for more years than I care to admit , I am lucky to be able to say “I love what I do!” I recently represented Midtown Video as a council member of the ESTA/PERG, Production Equipment Rental Group. Our Advisory Council is made up of some of the most sincere, hard-working professionals in the camera and lighting rental industry as well as associate members such as insurance providers and manufacturers.

Panavision hosted our meeting and it was eye-opening to experience the vibe of another rental company. We spent the day working on programs and benefits PERG is providing to the members. You can see the more here- http://www.esta.org/join/membershipbenefits.html.  After the meeting we hosted our third annual Oktoberfest party for PERG and AICP members and guests at a restaurant in the theater district. This joint venture brings together our members and customers in an informal setting where we can share ideas and get to know each other better.

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Of course, a trip to NYC is not complete without a Broadway experience and here’s where my trip continued the WOW factor. We got tickets to the buzzy play Hamilton in advance because I had a connection to the Tony and Grammy award-winning Music Director and Orchestrator, Alex Lacamoire. When he was about fourteen years old, he was the pianist in residence at my parents’ eight week summer camp in Central Florida. He played all the camp songs during campfires, skits, and musicals and accompanied the campers during talent night and other activities. It was a thrill to see him on Broadway! Hamilton blew me away. History well told by rap music, with fly dancers, and revolutionary casting and staging. It is bound for more Tony’s and awards.


Great times in the Big Apple.  Loved every minute.

Midtown Matchup: Battle of the 4K Recorders

There are many 4K recorders on the market, but two recorders/monitors stand out from the rest.

Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ vs Atomos Shogun

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Both products are great recorders that will help you get the job done. The deciding factor is what that job requires. These recorders have unique functions that set them apart from each other and with both in similar price ranges, picking which one is right for you may be tricky. Let’s take a look.

Aesthetics and Physical Attributes

The first thing you notice when picking up one of these recorders is that beautiful screen that always seems to put a smile on your face. While the Odyssey 7Q+ does have a slightly larger screen at 7.7”, the resolution of the Shogun’s 7.1” screen is 1920×1200 compared to that of the Odyssey 7Q+ which is 1280×800. On a side note, the Odyssey 7Q+’s screen is OLED to give you great looking true blacks.

Even with the Odyssey 7Q+’s bigger size, its weight is almost identical to that of the Shogun. Plus, the Odyssey 7Q+ is almost half the size in depth (thickness) of the Shogun. After some use we also noticed that the Shogun got noticeably hotter than the Odyssey 7Q+, although that might depend on the SSD (solid state drive) you use with the Shogun. The Shogun does draw less power so you can run for longer periods of time without swapping batteries.

The Odyssey 7Q+ makes it easy to quickly find where all your inputs/outputs and buttons are by the labels on the front of the unit. It is clear to see that the Odyssey 7Q+ has a slight advantage when it comes to physical attributes; however, the Shogun does have some tricks up its sleeves in other aspects.

Recording and Encoding

The Shogun is the clear winner when it comes to audio. It comes with a breakout cable for XLR inputs while the Odyssey 7Q+ only has a 3.5mm jack input. Whether you want good reference audio for editing or just don’t have the resources to record audio separately, the Shogun is perfect for those situations.

Both units record to ProRes; however, Avid DNxHD will be available soon on the Shogun. Currently the Odyssey 7Q+ is the only one out of the two able to interpret raw and record it to Cinema DNG, although you have to purchase raw options separately to have that functionality. The Shogun should be able to also record raw by the end of the second quarter of this year. The Odyssey 7Q+ can also record to uncompressed DPX and is the only one able to record true 4K (4096 x 2160) as opposed to just 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

One of the most notable differences between the recorders is their number of inputs and outputs. The Shogun has an input and output for both SDI and HDMI. The Odyssey 7Q+ however has 2 SDI inputs and 2 SDI outputs with 2 addition SDI connections that are capable of being inputs or outputs. Essentially you could have 4 outputs or 4 inputs (for multi-camera monitoring). The Odyssey 7Q+ also gives you an HDMI input and output. The Odyssey 7Q+ has a MultiStream mode that allows you to have up to 4 cameras  split on its screen with the ability to output to a bigger monitor. Convergent Designs states that there will be a future update to allow you to record 4 HD signals simultaneously or 3 HD signals with live switch right on the recorder.

The Shogun does have one potential advantage with its SDI input. The SDI input is said to be 12G while the Odyssey 7Q+’s inputs are only 3G. With nothing really able to output anything past 6G, the Shogun may be a long term investment should 6G and 12G become popular sometime in the future.

Media

The Odyssey 7Q+ has slots for dual 2.5” SSDs while the Shogun only has one. The one drawback to Odyssey 7Q+’s media capabilities is that it is only rated to work with Convergent Design’s SSDs. The Shogun, on the other hand, is approved to work with multiple SSD manufacturers and even allows for use with HDD and even CFast cards.

Conclusion

Bottom line is that if you have a budget to keep or if simple HD/4K recording is all you are looking for, the Atomos Shogun might be a better buy. If you are working on higher end productions or would like a recorder that you can invest in for the long haul with more features including multiple inputs and outputs, then Odyssey 7Q+ by Convergent Design is what you need. Be aware that Convergent Design also offers 2 other Odyssey 7 models with less features and a smaller price tag.

Both recorders are reliable and will get the job done; it all depends on what you need and your budget.

New Rental Cameras Available from Midtown Video

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Sony PXW-FS7: Daily Rate – $350

The Sony PXW-FS7 is one of the newest Digital Cinema Cameras available at Midtown! This powerful camera is built for B-roll and independent production. The Sony PXW-FS7 camera comes with internal 4k recording capabilities and requires no external recorders for 4k output, meaning that this camera comes built-ready to record. The FS7 can shoot up to 180 frames per second, allowing for great slow-motion and time-lapse shots. It also has a super slow-motion recording mode, allowing you to slow down your footage by 7.5x when played back at 23.98 fps.  The SONY PXW FS7 is a great example of how cameras should come ready out of the box.

Available Shooting Formats:

  • 4k at 4096×2160
  • UHD at 3840×2160
  • 2k at 2048×1080
  • HD at 1920×1080
  • HD at 1280×720

Available Inputs & Outputs:

Audio Input

  • 2 x 3-pin XLR
  • Line/mic/mic +48

Audio Output

  • 1 x Stereo mini jack

SDI Output

  • 2 x BNC HD/3G-SDI
  • SMTPE292M, 424M, 425M

HDMI 2.0

  • 1 x Type A

Data Transfer

  • Mini USB

Common Uses

  • Live TV
  • News Magazines
  • Corporate and Company Videos
  • Infomercials
  • Independent Productions

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AJA CION: Call for Price!

AJA has been in the motion picture business for a long time producing digital recorders, file storage as well as video signal recorders. The CION is AJA’s first attempt at making a quality digital cinema camera.  They made sure to impress with internal 4k recording and the ability to record up to 120 frames per second.  It has a wide range of compatibility with 3g-SDI outputs at 4k / 120p as well as the Thunderbolt Output at 4k / 30p. The CION has a 12 stop dynamic range with remote operation capabilities.  It has an ergonomically contoured shoulder pad for long-term use as well as a top handle for extra grip and weight distribution.  Another noteworthy feature is direct-to-edit Apple Pro-Res compatibility with Pro-Res 4444 included, allowing the user to take footage directly to the editing stage.

Available Shooting Formats:

  • DCI 4k at 4096×2160
  • UltraHD at 3840×2160
  • 2k at 2048×1080
  • Full HD at 1920×1080
  • Scaled HD at 1280×720

Available Inputs & Outputs:

Audio Input

  • 2 x XLR Balanced Analog

Audio Output

  • 1 x Stereo Headphone Jack

SDI Output

  • 4 x 3G-SDI
  • 2 x 3G-SDI

HDMI 2.0

  • 1 x Type A

Data Transfer

  • 1 x USB
  • 1 x Thunderbolt Connector

Common Uses

  • Environmental Footage
  • Field Use
  • Studio Productions

Canon C100

Canon C100 Mark II: Call for Price!

A brand new update from the Canon C100, the C100 Mark II is specifically built for independent filmmaking, videography, and documentaries.  It comes with the Emmy®-Award winning Canon Super 35mm CMOS Sensor and the newly improved Canon DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor.  The C100 MK 2 II is fully equipped with time lapse and slow motion capabilities in MP4 format. One of the unique features this camera has is simultaneous AVCHD and MP4 recording, allowing the user to take advantage of AVCHD for recording full HD and MP4 web sharing.  The MK II also comes with a button lock or key lock setting in order to protect recordings from being affected by accidental button pushing during a shoot (Saving time on set).

Available Shooting Formats:

  • AVCHD at 1920 x 1080p
  • AVCHD at 1920 x 1080i
  • AVCHD at 1920 x 1080PF
  • MP4 at 1920 x 1080p
  • MP4 at 1280 x 720p
  • MP4 at 1920 x 360p

Available Inputs & Outputs:

Audio Input

  • Mono Microphone (Camera Body)
  • Stereo Microphone (Camera Handle)
  • 2 x XLR (Top Handle)

Audio Output

  • 1 x Stereo Headphone Jack
  • 1 x 3.55mm headphone jack

SDI Output

  • HDMI to SDI Signal

HDMI 2.0

  • 1 x Type A

Data Transfer

  • 1 x mini USB

Common Uses

  • Videography
  • Documentaries
  • Independent Film Making

Call Midtown Video for More Information about Camera Rentals in Miami  (305) 669-1117

Most Popular Digital Cinema Camera Rentals

Beginning around 2010 digital cinema cameras became the dominant camera type in the motion picture industry.   Digital cinema cameras finally reached (& in many cases eclipsed) the quality one had come to expect from a film camera offering shallow depth of field and 24 frame rate per second.

Below is a list of the most popular digital cinema cameras in our rental department:

Arri Amira – Daily Rate: $1,000

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Arri is currently the leader in High-end Digital Cinema Cameras and the Amira is one of their most popular cameras on the market.

Notable  features include:

  • 35mm Sensor
  • HD1080/2k
  • ProRes up to 4444
  • Natural colors and skin tones
  • Dynamic range of 14+ stops

Recommended Uses:

  • High End Production A- Camera
  • High Speed Filming

Check out a clip from the film “City of God” which was shot with the Arri Amira:

 

Sony PMW F55 – Daily Rate: $850.00

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The Sony PMW F55 is a great option for high-end production and is great at picking out details in nature, environment and live shots.

Notable Features of the F55 are:

  • Internal 4k/2k/HD
  • Optional 4k/2k RAW
  • Wider Color Gamut than film
  • Up to 240 fps 2k

Recommended Uses:

  • 4k Production
  • High-End Production A-Camera
  • High Speed Camera Shoots

Check out a clip from the film “DIG” which was shot with the Sony F55:

 

Canon EOS C500 – Daily Rate: $750.00

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This cameras is user friendly and is a fantastic low-light filming option.

Popular features include:

  • Raw 4k Output
  • 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 4k, 2k Multiple Output Formats

Recommended Uses:

  • Mid-Range Productions
  • Independent Productions
  • B-Roll Camera on High End Productions
  • Lowlight Shooting Scenarios
  • 4k Filming

Check out a clip from the short film “Vision Mexico” which was shot with the Canon EOS C500:

 

Sony PMW F5 – Daily Rate: $600.00

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This camera is considered a great option for Mid-Ranged Production and is very versatile with many available accessories.

Available features include:

  • 9 Super 35mm CMOS Image Sensor
  • Internal 2k and HD
  • 4k/2k Raw Recording
  • Built-in 10 bit 4:4:4 at 440Mbps

Recommended Uses:

  • Mid-Range Production
  • Independent Production
  • B Roll Camera

Check out a clip from the test film which was shot with the Sony PMW F5:

 

Canon EOS C300 – Daily Rate: $500.00

Canon EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera

The Canon EOS C300 is considered a great camera for Music Videos, Commercials, & Independent Productions.

Notable features of the C300:

  • Super 35mm-size CMOS Sensor
  • 1920 x1080i60 and True 24p Recording
  • Rotating 4”, 1.23 mp LCD Monitor
  • Dual CF Card Slots
  • Removable Grip and Monitor

Recommended Uses:

  • Mid-Range Production
  • Independent Production
  • Music Videos
  • Commercials
  • B Roll Camera
  • Low Light Scenarios

Check out a clip from this informative film which was shot with the Canon EOS C300:

 

Sony PXW FS7 – Daily Rate: $350.00

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An ideal camera for Live TV, Newsmagazines, Infomercials, Company or Corporate videos. This camera is diverse with many options for lenses and other accessories making it ideal for a variety of scenarios.

Notable features of the Sony PXW FS7:

  • Super 35 Sized CMOS Sensor
  • UHD up to 60 fps
  • HD up to 180 fps
  • Dual XQD Memory Card Slots
  • Dual HD/3g-sdi Output & HDMI Output
  • Handgrip with Camera Controls

Recommended Uses:

  • High Speed Filming
  • 4k Scenarios
  • Mid-Range Productions
  • Independent Production
  • B Roll Camera

Check out a clip from the film “A Night in Amsterdam” which was shot with the Sony PXW FS7:


For more information on these products and rentals call Midtown Video at (305) 669-1117.

Odyssey 7 (non-q) now shipping, best on-camera monitor out there!

The Odyssey 7 is finally in stock, which is a stripped-down, more affordable version of the Odyssey 7Q.  At only $1295, this 7.7″ OLED monitor is perhaps the best investment you can make for on-camera monitoring.  It is extremely light, and won’t put much stress on your mounting arms.  It can be powered by Sony L-Series batteries (with an adapter that mounts directly on the back of the unit). You can monitor HDMI or SDI signals, with embedded audio, and also loop the signal out through both HDMI and SDI.  With the purchase of Convergent’s SSD’s, you can even record in anuncompressed codec, or the famous ProRes HQ compressed codecs (10 bit 4:2:2)

Even before you consider recording, this OLED monitor has the most value of any that I have tested in this price range.  The false color viewing options and focus peaking features, coupled with the incredibly accurate 1280×800 resolution make this an extremely effective tool for smaller cameras without proper eye-piece viewfinders.  Even cameras that do provide viewfinders can benefit from an Odyssey on top, allowing the focus puller or camera operator to get the same high quality image without forcing them into a tiny viewing hole.

Looking for a new on-camera monitor?  Or perhaps a ProRes recorder?  Don’t pass this one up.  Come on in to Midtown Video for your hands-on demonstration.

Midtown Video Keeps Carnival Cruise Line a Step Ahead of the Competition


When it comes to the cruise ship industry it is a never ending game of can you top it, each new ship that comes on the scene in Miami’s booming cruise port is sure to feature the latest and greatest in fun, relaxation and recreation.  Such is the case with Carnival Cruise Line’s newest vessel, Carnival Magic, which features the ultimate in outdoor fun and fitness at the innovative SportSquare.
When creating the designs for SportsSquare, Carnival wanted to include a 2×2 video wall for outdoor gaming, but were faced with all of the challenges that come with an outdoor video installation. Carnival Cruise Line awarded the bid to Midtown Video for the custom outdoor enclosure and high brightness video screens.

“Account Executive, Chari Hill and her team were very helpful when it came to reviewing the available options for the equipment on board,” shared James Riccio, Supervisor of AV Media for Carnival Cruise Line, “They delivered a product that fits the area and everyone on board really enjoys it.”

The line’s most extensive outdoor recreation area by far, SportSquare is surrounded by a jogging track and features SkyCourse, the first ropes course at sea, (suspended above deck); an outdoor fitness area, a court for basketball, volleyball, and soccer and Carnival’s first two-level nine-hole miniature golf course.