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Canon wows the crowds with biggest ever IBC display

Canon wows the crowds with biggest ever IBC display

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September 2013

This year saw Canon celebrate its 30th year at IBC, held once again at the RAI exhibition and convention centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. CPN Editor David Corfield was there to report on Canon’s biggest stand to date...

September means it’s time for the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) and a trip to Amsterdam to sample the best of broadcast technology.

Hall 11 of the RAI exhibition and convention centre is home to Canon, and with its increased presence, the company took the opportunity to show its entire range of broadcast products. From the coolest of the cool – the Legria mini camcorder with WiFi, Full HD and a stunning wide-angle lens was a surprise ‘hit’ for many – to 4K moviemaking and workflow (Canon’s primary message at IBC this year) the stand attracted a wide-range of visitors from student filmmakers to high-profile television executives.

CPN videos: Canon at IBC 2013

Canon enjoyed a significant presence at IBC this year, with its biggest-ever stand in Hall 11 at Amsterdam's RAI.

Kieran Magee, Director of Professional Imaging, Canon Europe, on the importance of the IBC show for Canon.

Paul Atkinson, European Pro Video Product Specialist, Professional Imaging Department, Canon Europe, on camcorders and Cinema EOS feature upgrades.

Photographer and Canon Ambassador Richard Walch, on how 4K and the capabilities of the EOS-1D C DSLR have revolutionised his workflow.

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Two years after the system was first launched, the Cinema EOS series of digital cinema cameras and lenses remains as popular as ever.

Cinema EOS – two years on

The entire range of Cinema EOS cameras and lenses was on display this year, including the newly announced CN-E35mm EF Cinema prime. The cameras were eagerly inspected by many users, wanting to see for themselves the improvements made from Canon’s recent feature upgrades.

The award-winning Cinema EOS System (America’s National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences last year honoured Canon's work on improvements to large format CMOS sensors for use in HD broadcast video cameras with an Emmy) is now into its second full year and has made significant in-roads into the motion picture market. In the United Kingdom, the EOS C300 was the most-hired broadcast camera in 2012 and continues to remain a very popular choice for news gatherers and broadcasters looking for a lightweight and flexible EBU-approved High Definition video tool.

The recently announced CN-E35mm T1.5 L F EF Cinema prime lens has now swelled the Cinema EOS range of primes to six focal lengths. The 35mm optic – which goes on sale soon – is lightweight and fast, and seen as a classic lens for newsgathering.

With the recent announcement of a range of feature upgrades for its range of Cinema EOS Digital Cinema Cameras, visitors to the Canon stand were able to sample ‘beta’ versions of the cameras which demonstrated the updated features, including an ISO expansion to 80,000. Unrivalled in the industry, this new maximum setting will allow users of the EOS C100, EOS C300 and EOS C500 to shoot in even more extreme low light conditions in 1-stop or 1/3 stop increments from ISO 320 right through to ISO 80,000 providing incredible creative freedom.

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Canon Ambassador Richard Walch explains the unique advantages offered by the 4K EOS-1D C Cinema EOS DSLR.

EOS-1D C meets EBU standards

The EOS-1D C 4K DSLR was getting a lot of attention this year thanks to its newly won status of being the first-ever DSLR to meet the European Broadcasting Union’s stringent testing standards for Tier 1 High Definition video capture.

Demonstrating its unique ability to function as a stills camera as well as a broadcast tool, Canon Ambassador Richard Walch, a photographer and early adopter of DSLR filmmaking, highlighted the EOS-1D C’s ability to provide stunning 8 Megapixel stills from every one of its 25 frames per second capability with a live demonstration featuring saxophonist Rutger Bremer, whom Walch captured in stunning 4K resolution. Thanks to Apple’s Aperture software, Walch then went on to impress by producing hi-resolution A3 prints from the chosen stills on a Canon PIXMA Pro-100 printer and paper.

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4K Workflow was a popular section thanks to Canon’s collaboration with Black Magic Design, who demonstrated colour grading using DaVinci Resolve and Canon Log.

4K workflow and Canon Log

Demonstrating the capabilities of Canon Log and the advantages of filming in 4K, Canon showcased its 4K reference display monitors, featuring an RGB 4.4.4 signal from a DaVinci Resolve system, courtesy of Black Magic Design. Colour grading from a 4K workflow perspective was eagerly watched by stand visitors and demonstrated Canon’s continued commitment to pushing forward its 4K technology with Canon Log.

Canon has forged a close working relationship with many third parties and this collaboration is paying off. Compatibility with existing equipment is a primary factor in any new system and Canon has listened hard to feedback from the industry – and here was the proof.

Broadcast cameras and lenses

Canon’s range of broadcast solutions were on display in a raised area, allowing visitors to sample Canon’s box lenses fitted to studio cameras. Alongside these were two remote Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras rigged to a control desk to show how Canon technology allows broadcast-quality Full HD cameras to be positioned anywhere in a closed environment – such as a sports stadium, for example – where remote pan/tilt operation is required.

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Practical demonstrations of Canon technologies were popular with visitors to IBC this year.

Live Demonstrations

Canon, as usual, always presents on a good range of guest speakers at IBC, and as well as Richard Walch, other filmmakers and broadcast professionals were on hand to impart advice and showcase their work, including film directors Sebastien Devaud, showing his work with the EOS-1D C, and Odise Rexhaj profiling his work in 4K 3D with Red Bull Media House, producer and director Martin Riley talking about the EOS C100 as a professional tool, Phil Coates on camcorders for HD broadcast acquisition and Codex’s Laura Redpath on the EOS C500 and 4K workflow.

A vintage year for Canon

Reflecting on this years IBC, Canon Europe’s Director of Professional Imaging, Kieran Magee, said: “IBC is a key event for us as we get to meet all our customers under one roof. Not only can we showcase new technologies but also we can highlight the success of our current line-up, reaffirming our message to broadcasters and filmmakers that Canon’s unique approach to the moving image is both innovative and successful. With our biggest stand ever, we have sent out a clear message to our customers that we listen to feedback and value the special relationship we have with our end user.”