My 2015 NAB Wish List
With NAB approaching quickly, I have a few wish list items that I’d love to see come to fruition. I have no insight into any of these and is purely hopeful wishing on my part. In other words, don’t take any of this as rumor or pre-announcement leaks… they are NOT. I’m merely sharing what I hope to see at NAB and nothing more.
Blackmagic Design URSA Sensor Upgrade
What would I want to see in this sensor? For starters, I’d like to see true DCI 4K (4096×2160) as a minimum resolution. I wouldn’t consider myself a “resolution junky” but I am a firm believer in higher resolution formats to use as a creative tool for your lower delivery format. For the last couple of years, we’ve shot mostly in 4K even though we primarily deliver to 1080 HD. But since we’re starting to deliver in 4K, I’d love to have the option of 5K or 6K as an over-sized creative tool, like we do with 4K for 1080. This isn’t a huge requirement, but eh, it would be cool nonetheless.
I’d love to see more dynamic range (15 stops minimum would be great), greater sensitivity (base 1600 or 3200 would be killer), all wrapped in a global shutter that we’re accustomed to with the URSA’s current sensor.
But to go a step further, it would be really cool to see Blackmagic wow the crowd (again) with all of this in a 4:3 full-frame sensor (4:3 for anamorphic use and cropped for 16:9 for everything else). Although I’m completely fine with Super35 16:9, it would be nice to have the option to use full-frame lenses in some situations and a crop-mode for S35 lenses.
If this can all be accomplished with amazing color science that is akin to the ARRI Alexa (to which the original Cinema Camera isn’t drastically far off), then a sensor such as this could be truly ground breaking since it’s housed in a $6000 camera.
Affordable Cinema Zoom Lenses
If a company could implement their existing optical technology, ensure it’s parfocal, has constant aperture, is truly manual (zoom, focus, aperture), with long focus throws and silky smooth operation, all housed in a geared housing… it’ll fly off the shelves. Tokina entered into this market (11-16mm T3, 16-28mm T3, 50-135mm T3), but the pricing of their cine zoom lenses is still a bit steep (at least their longer zoom models), especially compared to what Sony offers for its E-mount users.
Affordable High Frame Rate Acquisition
Color Grading Panel
Affordable 5.0 / 5.1 Surround Microphone
I have a few other wish list items, but I’ll keep it to the above list for now. What are you hoping to see at this NAB? If you see me on the NAB floor drooling over new gear, stop and say hi!