Newsletter #03 FX School Workshop by Stereovision

Last Friday, Stereovision had the pleasure to present a workshop at FX School Mumbai (www.fxschool.in). We were invited with warmth and excitement by Mr.Arun Kumar, Director and professor at the ideally located institution right in Andheri West, surrounded by all the industry’s top studios and production companies.

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FX School has various kinds of courses and degrees from Film-making, Cinematography, Editing, to VFX and Digital Art. I must say their facilities are equipped with the most advanced material, from last generation iMacs, to Canon 5D mark III, Red Scarlet, and a great set of Zeiss lenses. Their cafeteria is wonderful too. I had the pleasure to witness a lunch break of a production team who was working at one of the FX School studios… Overall a great ambience and working environment.

The workshop started with Atomos and their popular Samurai Blade, almost a standard in Indian TVC sets, together with its Ninja Blade and Ninja 2 (ideal for DSLR film-makers).

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Atomos ended with a quick run of their 4K capable recorder Atomos Shogun, a 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI Monitor & Recorder combines a color-calibrated 1920 x 1200 resolution display with 4K video recording and edit-ready codecs. The Shogun utilizes 4K HDMI and 12G-SDI inputs to record clean output signals at resolutions up to UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, and 30p, as well as Full HD (1920 x 1080) video up to 120 fps when used with capable cameras.

The Shogun records 10-bit, 4:2:2 UHD 4K and HD video to Apple ProRes HQ, 422, or LT formats. It can also record HD video using Avid’s DNxHD format, and UHD 4K raw video using the uncompressed Cinema DNG Raw format. Video is recorded to single or raided 2.5″ HDD and SDDs for fast and reliable write speeds.

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As a monitor, the Shogun features a 7″ IPS capacitive touch-screen display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200. It is Rec. 709 color calibrated and supports multi-frequency operation (48/50/60 Hz) for monitoring and playback of a variety of input frame rates. An SDI loop output is available for passing the signal to an additional monitor.

The Shogun adds several new features over previous Atomos models, including custom 3D LUT support, Genlock In for multi-camera syncing, and improved audio handling with an included LEMO breakout cable for XLR audio. There are also a variety of onscreen tools to help you set up your shots, including a full waveform monitor, RGB parade display, vector scope, focus peaking, and other framing, focus, and exposure assisting tools.

The Shogun comes included with a battery, battery charger, RAID adapter, two drive caddies, and XLR audio LEMO breakout cable. The students absolutely loved these toys!

We then continued the event with a set up of the Phantom Miro, a very popular High-Speed camera capable of shooting 1500fps at 1920×1080… The students at the school really enjoyed watching themselves throwing punches at each other and checking out the monitor to see it in slo-mo. They were thrilled to finally see a Phantom in action!

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Last but definitely not the least, we brought out the GoPro Hero4 as the grand finale! The new action camera recently introduced in India raised a lot of questions among the students who most owned early GoPro editions. Even Arun, while discussing Gopro with the students, recently bought a few and are available for students at FX school. 4K resolution and 120fps at full HD, remember? Welcome to the world of GoPro! The world’s most versatile camera!

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