Sony PROduction Awards 2013 Announced

The Sony PROduction Awards 2013 launches today offering aspiring filmmakers from across Europe the opportunity to showcase their talent. The competition gives students, professionals, and amateur film enthusiasts the chance to build industry recognition and win the latest technology from Sony, including Sony’s Full-HD Super Slow Motion NEX-FS700EK camcorder.

The Sony PROduction Awards is designed to unearth exceptional filmmakers and give them the opportunity to further their careers. Entrants are invited to create or share an existing film of up to five minutes and submit it to the Sony PROduction Awards site under one of the following categories:

  • Commercial
  • Factual
  • Creative

In the ‘Student’ classification, entrants are invited to submit films that fall within any of the above categories, but will be judged amongst their peers.

All qualifying films submitted, will be uploaded to the Sony Production Awards Arena, where the public will be able to view them and vote for their favourite from 26 March 2013. Entrants will be able to submit their films up until 26 April 2013, at which point voting closes and the 20 most popular entries will be judged by Sony’s panel of industry experts to pick four winners, one in each category. The judging panel is made up of a wide range of industry experience and includes the following talented individuals:

  • Philip Bloom – London-based DP and director specialising in Depth of Field Adaptors and Video DSLRs
  • Molly Clarke – Freelance documentary filmmaker & Head of Communications at the Rory Peck Trust
  • Ruben Latre – Award-winning Spanish director, editor, cinematographer and motion designer
  • Den Lennie – Founder of the UK-based F-Stop Academy and a leading industry expert on the new wave of digital filmmaking
  • Joan Riedweg – Award-winning Spanish filmmaker and multi-media artist
  • Philippe Ros AFC – Acclaimed French director of photography and digital camera expert
  • Robin Schmidt – Writer, director and editor
  • Jason Sondhi – Short-film expert, curator at Vimeo and editor of Shortoftheweek.com
  • Niels Thomsen – Senior producer at the Hamburg-based Marmalade Creative Effects production company
  • Sebastian Wiegartner – DP and filmmaker based in Germany

The Sony PROduction awards are a celebration of creativity and technical ability. The films will be judged on how well the content is shot given the equipment used, whether it’s a high-end 35mm cinematic camera or a smartphone. The judges will also factor in the creativity of each submission and how engaging the idea, content, cinematography, direction and production are.

One deserving winner will be selected from each category and will receive Sony’s leading NEX-FS700EK Super 35mm NXCAM camcorder and UWP-V1 wireless microphone kit, as well as profile-raising publicity. Out of the four winners, the one whose film receives the highest number of public votes will also win one of the first NEX-FS700EK 4K recorder kits as soon as it becomes available. This phenomenal 4K kit includes the HXR-IFR5 – 4K RAW recording interface unit, AXS-R5 – 2K/4K RAW recording unit, AXS-512S24 – 512 GB AXS Memory Card, NEX-FS700EK 4K RAW Firmware upgrade. The victor in the Student category will also win a series of Sony Masterclasses for them and their place of study. All winners will be announced in May this year.

Olivier Bovis, Head of AV media, Sony Europe, said: “The Sony PROduction Awards provides a serious opportunity for undiscovered talent to get the recognition it deserves. At Sony we realise that there is a wealth of production enthusiasts out there who don’t always get noticed. These awards allow us to celebrate undiscovered creative talent and help to give individuals the platform and tools they need to go on to achieve great things.”

You can learn more about the Sony PROduction Awards and submit your entry, here: http://productionawards.sony.eu/

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Sony PMW-1000 SxS Memory Recording Deck brings affordable memory-based workflow to studios and broadcasters

Sony has announced its new PMW-1000 Memory Recording Deck in response to the ever-increasing memory-based video production on camcorders such as the PMW-500. Following the recent launch of Sony’s XAVC codec, this half-rack sized recorder, with two SxS memory card slots and VTR-like jog/shuttle operations, enhances Sony’s memory-based workflow and is suitable for both in-house and field operation. Due to its versatility, the PMW-1000 meets the needs of broadcasters and individuals in studio or Outside Broadcast vans, and is suitable for the production of commercials, documentaries, or corporate and education videos, at an affordable price.

“Last year we introduced the PMW-50 SxS field gear to expand support of XDCAM HD422 video production in the field. We also introduced our new open codec XAVC, already implemented in the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 CineAlta cameras. The PMW-1000 studio recording deck is the next natural step to bring enhanced and easy workflow support,” said Fabien Pisano, Strategic Marketing Manager, Sony Europe. “The versatility of the PMW-1000 in terms of interfaces, coupled with linear-like operation and the ability to record the XAVC HD format on SxS media, make it an ideal choice for broadcasters and production houses looking for an affordable, quality production solution or for a smooth transition from SD to HD.”

The PMW-1000 is the perfect future-proof partner to the PMW-500, the lightest CCD camcorder available, and the PMW-200 camcorder.

 

Smooth migration from SD to HD

PMW-1000 users can select recording and playback formats from HD (XAVC, MPEG HD422 and MPEG HD420 50/35/25Mbps) and SD (MPEG IMX 50/40/30Mbps* and DVCAM 25Mbps) in a variety of frame frequencies. This flexibility can help to save on investment costs as broadcasters move towards HD operations. In addition, with its up-and-down conversion function, the PMW-1000 is ideal for integration into existing SD production systems that are looking to upgrade to HD in the future.

 

XAVC HD support

Besides MPEG HD422, the PMW-1000 also supports XAVC Intra HD record/playback**, enhancing the XDCAM HD workflow in the operation of cameras such as Sony’s new PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 CineAlta cameras. The PMW-1000 is currently the only recorder which can record the XAVC HD format on SxS media***. It can also playback XAVC HD recorded content on professional monitors.

 

Enhanced XDCAM HD422 workflow even in linear operations

Non-linear production has become increasingly popular, and the role of the recording deck is now less significant in non-linear environments. However, linear-like operations are still required especially by broadcasters. The PMW-1000 drives enhanced XDCAM HD422 workflow with tape-like operation including linear ingest with RS-422 control and linear editing (as player) with jog/shuttle control. This similar operability to tape-based devices brings familiarity to operators. The VTR-like jog/shuttle dial and RS-422 control also come into play when ingested in baseband through an ingest controller at broadcast stations where a content server may be in operation. The PMW-1000 also provides outstanding MPEG HD422 picture quality as well as a high quality eight channel (HD-SDI) 24-bit audio recording capability, all packaged in a compact deck.

 

Numerous interfaces for versatile operation

The PMW-1000 provides a wide range of AV and IT interfaces including HD-SDI, SD-SDI, HDMI, and composite outputs. An RS-422 interface enables the PMW-1000 to be used as a feeder for linear editing while a Gigabit Ethernet (1000BASE-T) port allows for high-speed file transfer in network or non-linear operations. The PMW-1000 also includes a HDMI output at the rear for easy monitoring on HD displays. A USB interface located on the front panel enables easy connection of external USB HDDs without a PC for the direct copying of clips, saving unnecessary costs and simple, quick copying or backup. 

Easy connection of external HDDs via USB on front panel

Versatile operation with HDMI output, RS-422 and gigabit ethernet interfaces included

Another feature of the PMW-1000 which makes it highly versatile is its three-way power source selection. It can operate on AC, DC or battery power, and so can be used in both in-house and field operations such as studio or OB productions.

The PMW-1000 will be available in Europe from April 2013 onwards.

* Playback only

** 4K/2K not supported

*** As of Jan 2013

 

www.pro.sony.eu

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Film Ireland 139 Winter 2011: Areaman Productions on the Sony PMW-F3

(still from Areaman Production’s ‘The Fisherman’ taken using an F3 in low light conditions)

The ‘F3’ is the camera we were really hoping Sony would make. As a small production outfit, Areaman has to consider very carefully any potential equipment purchase. We needed to buy into a camera and workflow that would last for at least three years and the arrival of the PMW-F3 has made our decision a comfortable one.

 

The F3, as it’s commonly called, gives us the best of all possible worlds for our current level of production. Broadly speaking, we retain the same post-production workflow from the EX1. We can use the same SXS cards and the same batteries from our original rig along with the same tripod and Steadicam model. This makes the initial buy-in less steep. With the added purchase of an MTF Nikon to the F3 adapter, we can mount our Nikon glass directly onto the front of the F3. This simple fact has proved utterly joyous. Our control of the image is now entirely photographic in the most basic, old-fashioned sense. The frustration of the Letus rig where everything had to be shot in a shallow depth of field by default has disappeared and we can now use the full aperture range of our lenses.

 

From a user’s point of view, the F3 is a very comfortable step up from the EX1 and EX3 cameras – the menu systems are the same, many of the function buttons are in the same place and the LCD is of the same excellent standard. XLR inputs are configured in the same way and there are even extra inputs for unbalanced audio. The body, though, is meatier. The immediate impression is one of heft. If the EX1 is an athlete, the F3 is a bruiser. The body is thick and brick shaped but beautifully balanced. Mounting the F3 on our Steadicam was child’s play and using it handheld, as we have been all this week, is a real treat.

 

The image coming out of the F3, while technically similar to that from the EX1, is streets ahead. You can search online for side-by-side comparisons. The F3 is simply incredible in low light. You can film by candlelight, you can film by streetlight, and you can even film by the light from an iPhone screen. The native capabilities of the Super 35mm CMOS sensor, combined with some fast lenses on the front, means that in a large number of shooting situations lighting becomes optional. The real implications of this are becoming clearer the more we shoot with this camera. The meaning of the term available light is being transformed. We tested the camera extensively on our recent Reality Bites documentary for the Irish Film Board where we filmed almost entirely at dawn or at dusk. Even as our eyes were failing us, the F3 was taking in stunning, murky images with almost no visible noise.

 

As anyone who uses a camera regularly knows, technical specs are always going to run secondary to how the rig feels to use. The F3 feels great. It is not very pretty or curvy and flashy. It’s a big dumb brick of a camera with a powerful chip inside and we are very happy to have one.

 

www.areaman.tv

This article originally appeared in Film Ireland issue 139 Winter 2011.

Eurotek and Sony will host a Masterclass on the Sony PMW-F3 camcorder on Tuesday 6th March 10.30am – 5.00pm at Filmbase.

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Eurotek/Sony hold PMW-F3 Masterclass in Filmbase on Tuesday March 6th

Eurotek and Sony will host a Masterclass on the Sony PMW-F3 camcorder on Tuesday 6th March 10.30am – 5.00pm at Filmbase.

 

Tutored by Rick Young, the masterclass aims to let participants know what the F3 is all about including the camcorders “killer features”; the shooting workflow and essential camera operation; lens options (photographic or cinema); shooting style; working with the S-Log and post production workflow.

 

To attend rsvp to marketing@eurotek.ie

 

Participation is FREE.

 

Film Ireland issue 139 Winter 2011:  Areaman Production’s on the Sony PMW-F3


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Sony Professional unveils raft of new technologies for media and broadcast sectors

At IBC 2011in Amsterdam, Sony Professional today unveiled the progress it has made to provide creative professionals with new tools for content creation and workflow that go far beyond High Definition. After announcing its ‘Believe Beyond HD’ vision at NAB 2011, Sony will use this year’s IBC conference to show how it is using technologies such as 4K, 35mm, 3D and OLED, to enable the creative industry to elicit new emotional responses from audiences.

F65
After a prototype was revealed at NAB 2011, Sony’s next-generation CineAlta motion picture camera will be available to buy at the end of 2011 for €38,000. With an 8K image sensor and 20 megapixels, the F65 offers higher image fidelity than any other camera on the market, giving directors the freedom to produce images exactly how they were intended.

4K workflow
Sony has announced its commitment to develop a complete 4K workflow for the production market, from acquisition to editing and production. In order to help the adoption of end-to-end 4K workflows, Sony revealed a series of new solutions including theSR-PC4 data transfer unit. Sony is adopting an open strategy of providing Software Development Kits to third party manufacturers to integrate F65 RAW workflows into their line-up of production and post-production tools. Finally, Sony announced the creation of an elite group of new and existing prestige partners that will support Sony’s F65 customers across Europe, offering world-class training and consultancy around 4K workflows and production.

CineAlta logo
To symbolise Sony’s Believe Beyond HD vision, Sony has rebranded its CineAlta logo. The logo represents a milestone for the company, an expression of the transition Sony is making from HD to the next level of cinematography, that goes far beyond HD.

HDC-2500 camera
The HDC-2500 is the first professional live production camera in the world equipped with a carbon fibre chassis – making it incredibly strong. In addition, the HDC-2500 is equipped with a 3G 1080/50p fibre transmission system as standard.

XDCAM XMPilot
The XMPilot is a ground breaking software application that enables media professionals to dramatically reduce the amount of time and money that is spent in production. By managing and tracking metadata before, during and after a shoot, the XMPilot allows you to make considerable savings on the total cost of production.

SxS PRO memory card
Sony is expanding its SxS PRO memory card range with a new generation which offers twice as fast writing speed than previous models. The new cards (SxS PRO 64GB, SBP-64A) can read and write data at up to 1.2Gbps, making a huge difference to the way professional users capture and digest video content. In addition, Sony has developed a new Professional Hard Disk offering, the PHU-220R, which has been designed to give our XDCAM users 220GB of full continuous recording.

Media Backbone Conductor, Version 1.2
This major update to MBC draws the media platform and workflow engine together into one display screen for the very first time, providing users with greater visibility and control.

35mm
A year ago Sony wasn’t a big player in the 35mm market. However, thanks to cameras like the F65, PMW-F3 and the affordable NEX-FS100, Sony has gone from being absent in the market, to the number one large sensor camera manufacturer in the world.

PMW-TD300
First announced at NAB 2011, the PMW-TD300 is a mid-to-entry level 3D camcorder that uses the XDCAM EX codec. It has the world’s first 3.5 inch glassless 3D LCD screen for picture evaluation. The PMW-TD300 will be available in Europe from November.

OLED
Sony is strengthening its industry leading Trimaster EL OLED monitor line-up with the new BVM-F range. The BVM-F series consists of the 17” BVM-F170 and the 25” BVM-F250. The BVM-F range offers incredible performance in Full HD, thanks to Sony’s powerful 12-bit Professional Display Engine.

Data Augmented Video  
Sony Professional’s latest innovation in sports production technology, launched at IBC this year, is Data Augmented Video. Video content is enhanced by graphical information sourced from sports data tools, enabling production and coaches to use this information to highlight specific events or characteristics of a game. Sony’s new platform enables this to be achieved live with the inclusion of data enhanced video clips within an event replay sequence.

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Sony Production Awards: Deadline January 16th and advice from previous winner

Niels Wamberg

Dane Niels Wamberg won the Nordic section of the Sony PROduction Awards 2010 in the spring. Next year’s competition has just been announced. Sony therefore decided to ask Niels Wamberg for his advice for future entrants in the competition.

The first piece of advice from Niels Wamberg was quite simple; “Don’t do what everyone else does!”, while his second recommendation was, “Make sure that the film contains an idea!” The film enthusiast was happy to reveal more, even though he has once again decided to participate in the forthcoming Sony PROduction awards, which is based around the theme of “Fusion”.

“I have started to consider my idea for the story for the new competition. I think about it when I’m drinking coffee, when I’m cycling and when I’m in the bath. I bounce around thoughts, and once the idea is there, I’m well underway,” he says and continues.

“I then have to decide on the location and the actors, etc., but these are minor elements. The most important thing is to decide how the film will end. For example, the film “Lost in Translation” has a fantastic ending, which raises a number of questions. I also like to achieve this with my films so that they continue to remain in the minds of the audience.

Although I have not had the chance to make a feature film, I am convinced that it is far more difficult to make a short film,” says Niels Wamberg who continues:

In a short space of time, you have to tell a story and create a surprising ending which gives the viewer something to think about. This must all take place within a relatively short space of time. It’s a challenge and I love it”, he stressed.

The Infinite Memory

Niels Wamberg found out about last year’s competition, which had the title “The Infinite Memory”, on the internet and decided to take part immediately. His contribution was a short film using a couple of attractive female fingers moving through both time and space.

Niels Wamberg does not have a traditional film education. Instead, he has a further education gained through the European Film College in Ebeltoft and has also completed courses at the New York film Academy. He originally trained as an architect, but he also has an interest in many art forms, which has led to his own visual art and sculptures leaving their mark on his home. He has a love of music and fulfils this through his role as a Radio Jazz host.

He has lived out his love of film by creating a number of short films, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com. Some of his film productions can be found by searching under “Niels286”. He is also a frequent guest at “Cinemateket” at the Filmhuset i København (Copenhagen Film House), where he picks up many good ideas for his own productions.

Third Sony camera

“My first camera was a little Sony travel camera, which I still use today. It is very discreet to use and has some outstanding microphones, which I also use for post-production work. Nevertheless, I decided to buy an extra camera that could do a little more, so I bought a Sony HVR-A1E from Esee, which also supplied the Sony NXCAM, which was the prize in the Nordic section of last year’s Sony PROduction Awards.”

“The biggest surprise for me was that it uses a memory card, completely eliminating the disadvantages of winding. Its weight is also an advantage, as it makes it easy to hold completely still.”

He used the prize for the first time in the competition, in which the local European winners had to compete against each other. This involved the task of creating a film with the title “Non-linear Space”.

This was won by a German participant in a strong field for which Niels Wamberg has a deep respect. And this has given him an even greater desire to create a film titled “Fusion”.

http://productionawards.pro.sony.eu/forums/Filmbase/

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Sony PROduction Awards Competition

sony-fusion-copy

This year, Film Ireland and Filmbase have teamed up with Sony Professional to support the Sony PROduction Awards 2010 in Ireland. This increasingly influential competition is all about discovering new talent, celebrating creativity and giving filmmakers the opportunity to gain industry recognition.

The Sony PROduction Awards 2010 are open to both broadcast professionals and students studying to work in the industry. To enter, you need to make a short film (up to 3 minutes) on the theme of ‘fusion’ using a Sony camera.

The winners will each receive:

• Live-action experience with the Sony Professional team.
• An all-expenses paid trip to the NAB Show 2011 in Las Vegas.
• Professional exposure through Sony Professional publicity and promotional activity.

Entry is free and submissions are open until 16 January 2011, with the winners announced on 1 March 2011.

For more details and to download an Entry Pack, see www.productionawards.pro.sony.eu

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