BEST OF NAB SHOW 2016
You might be familiar with the NAB show in Vegas each year, but for those of you that are not, its where heaps of new cool products are launched each year. This year for me, maybe wasn’t as exciting as last year, but definitly a lot of awesome products to look out for in the near future.
This is our favourite products list from NAB show 2016.
So probably the worlds best know consumer drone brand dropped its biggest product this year, 6 battery heavy lift hexacopter. There is definitely a lot of nice features to his aircraft, some of which also seem like a bit of a downfall too.
This is now DJI’s biggest drone,its MTOW is 15.1kg, which sounds more impressive than it actually is, unfortunately it only equates to 6kg of useful payload, so weight will probably become pretty tight once you add the new Ronin-MX and a RED.
Their thinking was obviously to try and let people fly on domestic passenger planes with the lipos needed to power this craft, 6 99.9WH DJI specific batteries to get it airborne. This is probably going to set you back somewhere in excess of $1000 per flight. Now the idea is twell and good, unfortunately its still not going to cut it, as most passenger planes still won’t let you check batteries and the drones is obviously going to be too big to carry on, which means your only option will be to deconstruct the thing and carry the PDB, batteries and flight controller system on board with you, not ideal, if allowed at all.
The best thing is probably the new flight controller, the A3, which could be a bit of a game changer, this also makes our list.
The new DJI flight controller, the A3, supersedes the A2 and looks like it s does so in a big way. Its capable of working together with 2 other units (total of 3) to become somewhat of a super flight controller called the Pro system, with centimetre accuracy, triple redundancy and the ability to control up to 5 aircraft at the same time.
All the details of the system are detailed on the DJI preview video here.
This is the third delivery from DJI, the new Ronin MX, a super cheap and light gimbal capable of carrying up to 4.5kg. Maybe on the light side for payloads compared with its opposition, the MÔVI or even the Gremsy, still substantially cheaper though, will be interesting to see who comes out on top with the horizon drift issues they all suffer from on board drones.
As expected, it looks like its going to be really easy to balance and uses the intelligent batteries. A dedicated position designed for an optional battery plate provides a mounting point for a 2nd battery providing two 12V P-tap power sources for powering cameras like the RED and other accessories (if you can spare the weight), it a USB and light bridge port, so thats pretty nice. Good job all round I think its going to be very popular.
This years NAB uncovered to new 4K monitor/recorders, the first of which is the the Atomos Shogun Inferno. This thing is incredible, capable of recording 4K RAW and up to 240P in HD, its also got the new HDR technology that was only just released on the Flame a few months back. We use the Atomos here at FLYFILM and they are very very nice, we love that they keep pushing themselves further, putting out new tech frequently. Check out the full details here.
The second of the 4K monist/recorders is the BlackMagic Designs. They released the HD version last year at NAB and we have been using it here at FLYFILM, its a nice piece of tech. As good as the new 4K now looks, I just don’t know if its up there with the Atomos inferno, to be fair its just different.
So the main differences are that this one records to SD cards, so not sure how that will go in the real world, recording ProRes at 4K, but time will tell. It also takes the canon LP-E6 batteries that the HD VA takes, which works well enough.
As far as advancement from the HD 5″ VA, its got a lot more features, 2 X SD slots, SDI and XLR and HDMI in, SDI and HDMI out and its way bigger, so that’ll be nice on location. All in all it looks great and at $895 US its well priced and will compete with the likes of the Atomos Ninja Flame, I just hope they make a sun hood for it, which they currently don’t for the 5″ VA.
Finally on our list is the GoPro Omni. Everyone was expecting to see the new drone from GoPro, already named the Karma, but instead we got the 360 VR rig. This thing looks pretty cool and with GoPro making it nice and simple to stitch together using AutoPano pro it should be easy enough for anyone to use.
You obviously either need to already own or have access to 6 GoPros that are the same or buy the full rig, which is going to be $5000US, not cheap, but what VR rig is at the moment. The GoPro site has some sample vids up, they look pretty nice, check them out here.