in , ,

NAB 2014 – An Inside View

Since covering NAB for the first time in 2011, we here at HDSLR Shooter have become accustomed to the fast and furious pace of trying to get interviews with as many exhibitors as possible year after year, paying special attention to the news that matters to you.
Each year, there is at least one outstanding product (usually a camera, sometimes support gear) that garners most of the attention of the show.  This year there were several such products, so the pace of getting coverage of them all was especially hectic.
This is merely an overview of some (but by no means all) of what we covered with our full video interviews to be coming out regularly over the next few days.


Prior to the formal release one of our little birds told us about a new camera coming from AJA – the CION. We’ll have more details on the CION later, however it was a big surprise, and took twitter by storm even before the start of the show.


Monday started early with a press conference at the Blackmagic Booth in South Hall. There, Grant Petty, owner and CEO of Blackmagic Design, debuted not one but two new cameras. The Ursa – a totally upgradeable, all-in-one film camera with everything you need to shoot a film minus lenses and the crew. Second, the Blackmagic Studio Camera, is a camera built specifically for multi-cam studio shoots.

After Blackmagic, we stayed in South Hall to talk to Al Mooney and Patrick Palmer about the new version of Adobe which will revolutionize the workflow of Premiere users primarily by giving them access to tools from After Effects and other apps.

We also visited folks from Red Giant, RevisionFX, iOgrapher, as well as new comer That Studio on their respective visual effects products, minus iOgrapher, who makes support gear for iOS devices.

We wrapped up Monday by visiting with the Jeromy Young of Atomos as he showed us their two newly released products: the Atomos Shogun 4K Recorder, and the small (but mighty) Ninja Star. More on all these soon.


Again we started early, meeting with Canon’s own Chuck Westfall who showed us their new Canon XA20 and XA25, as well as their new servo lens made for the EOS line of cameras.

Next we were off to Carl Zeiss, where Rich Schleuning showed us their new and final lens in their series of compact primes, the Zeiss Compact Zoom 15-30mm.  We also got a look at the new Zeiss Master Anamorphic 135mm.  Finally, we got to try a new concept in monitoring, the Cinemizer OLED.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema

We also were able to meet with Nikon for the first time, and were able to talk about their new camera – the Nikon D4S.

Later that day, we got a glimpse at some new monitoring solutions. First was Bernie Keach of Marshall Electronics, who offered their first true 1080p Camera top monitor. We then spoke with Wes Philips of Small HD who showed us the very first camera top solution for applying LUTs or color profiles to your footage in real time.

Finally, we got a look at Sony’s latest camera, the A7S , a new addition to the A7 series which is capable of recording 4k  with the help of the new Atomos Shogun.


We went back to Central Hall to visit again with Jeromy Young, owner and CEO of Atomos about the Shogun, Ninja Star and the future of AtomosTyler Philips of Matthews Studio Equipment was on hand to talk about their new head and motion control system, as well as their new line of arms. We were also able to meet with Seth Emmons of Leica about their new line of glass.


This is a short day, and so it was a race to fit in everything we wanted to see and didn’t have a chance to. First up was Redrock Micro, with their new Retro Flex rig for the BMPCC as well as their upcoming tablet app controller for the show stealer from last year, the One Man Crew. We talked to the folks at Hoodman about their new line of products specifically for the BMPCC and BMCC. We also visited with Rig Wheels about their new Rail Dolly and magnetic camera mounting systems. Newcomer, G-Rig demoed their all-in-one, remote control gimbals that may rival the Movi, and we were also able to check out the new smart slider from Edelkrone.
These were just some of the companies we were able to see, and for complete coverage, be sure and check out our video interviews from NAB, write here at

Written by Clint Milby

Marshall Electronics' New Camera Top Monitor: The Full Resolution V-LCD71MD

NAB 2014: Blackmagic Design's URSA