So I got to represent the Icelandic Film School at IBC this year. For those of you who don’t know what IBC is, it’s basically the biggest broadcast, tv and film making expo in Europe.
It is held in Amsterdam, at the Rai venue which is one of the leading international exhibition and congress center in Europe located in the south of Amsterdam. The expo is always in September, so if you plan to go, bring an umbrella since September seem to be the “monsoon season” in Amsterdam.
With over 1500 exhibitors showing off their latest gear and around 55,000 guests, the expo is a dream come true for those who get a kick out of seeing, and sometimes testing all the new stuff that is coming out in the broadcast/cinema world.
Networking is a big part of the expo. While I was there I met some friends of the school and made some new ones.
The biggest part though is getting to see all the new things that are coming out from some of the biggest names in the Industry. That Sony camera that everyone has been reading about for 6 months? It’s there. The latest post production software that will finally make your workflow perfect? It’s there. There is so much to see and even though the expo stretches over 6 days, it’s barely enough time to see everything you want.
The first day I was there I spent mostly trying to find my directions around the place. The Rai is huge, and the expo is divided into 15 different halls. I spent most of the time in halls 10,11 and 12 since that’s where all the film making equipment could be found. All the big names were there, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Atomos, Aputure, Arri, Dedo, Cartoni…. I could go on and on.
So what did I want to see?
Well I am what you would call a Camera enthusiast, or nerd if you want. So I was very excited to see the new cameras from Sony and Panasonic.
The EVA1 from Panasonic is the one I was most excited about. Why? Well it’s price for starters. It costs around 8000$ and what you get for that is:
2.6lb camera body
4k up to 60p, 2k up to 240p
5.7K raw output via future firmware upgrade
V-log & V-gamus
400 Mbps Recording
Dual SD card slots
4:2:2 10 Bit
2/4/6 stop ND filter wheel
Removable IR filter via wheel
I got to try it out for a bit with a beautiful angenieux zoom lens and the images it can produce are quite something.
Another camera that people were drooling over was the more expensive Sony VENICE 6K CineAlta camera. The specs are amazing and they should be since the price is around 40,000$
Full Frame Sensor 24×36 mm
6K Full Frame 6048 x 4032 maximum resolution
4K Super35 window Full Frame, full 6048 photosite width of the sensor
Widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope
Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze Anamorphic
8-Step, 8-Stop Internal NDs (0.3 to 2.4)
PL and Ruggedized E-mount (E-mount native)
Spherical FF & S35
Anamorphic FF & S35
15+ Stops of Exposure Latitude
Native ISO 500
Retains highlights and color detail 6 stops overexposed and 9 stops into the shadows
Power: both 12 VDC and 24 VDC
But there is also another thing with IBC that makes it great. You get to see companies that are up and coming, many of whom have products that can make your film look great without breaking the bank.
One of my favorite companies in this industry at the moment is Aputure. They have taken the market by storm, offering competitive prices on LED light solutions and they also have a selection of some great on-camera monitors.
I spoke to Ted Sim, The chief creative officer at Aputure about the Lightstorm 300d, a light they a releasing;
The new Lightstorm 300d is a game changer for LED lighting. The light has what is called Chip On Board technology to replicate a single point source light. In practical terms this means the light casts one shadow instead of the multiple shadows you typically get with the banks of LEDs on panel lights. There’s now a magenta filter that adds a touch of correction to the COB’s light, and tweaks the fixture’s TLCI score up to (a claimed) 98
Ted claims it’s comparable to a traditional 2K HMI, putting out 31,000 Lux at 1m.
That is quite impressive for a light that only costs around 1,000$
The LS1 Led panel is another light from Aputure I am quite fond of. The specs are impressive for a compact led panel
● High CRI 98, perfect color of sunlight and ensure that its light is natural and lifelike
● Daylight 5500K color temperature
● Unique light-control separation design
● Tough and Professional Aero-Aluminum, Ultra-Small Size
I got to use it on a couple of shoots and I love it because of it’s output, portability and the remote option. Plus it is very well built so it can definitely take a knock or two.
The software solutions at IBC were quite impressive as well. I checked out an event at the Blackmagic design booth where they were showing of all the new potentials in DaVinci Resolve 14. This version is their biggest update yet, and they claim it is revolutionary. Once DaVinci was only used for color grading. Now with the new version you can do all your editing, grading and post sound work in the application. I was actually amazed how simple and user friendly it looked. I would not be surprised if Amateurs and pros alike start using DaVinci Resolve for their work.
Here is some info on DaVinci from Blackmagic Design:
DaVinci Resolve 14 has hundreds of new features for editors, colorists and now, for the first time, audio professionals.
The new playback engine dramatically increases responsiveness with up to 10x better performance for editors.
You also get a whole new page with the full Fairlight audio post production tools that let you record, edit, mix, sweeten and master sound with full 3D audio space and up to 1000 channels.
Colorists will find amazing new Resolve FX that include automatic facial recognition and tracking for quickly smoothing skin tones, brightening eyes, changing lip color and more!
So I could go on and on about IBC but I think there is only one way to get to know it. Go there! Flights from Iceland are cheap, hotels can be pricy but there is always Airbnb and hostels.
Finally I will give you some tips if you plan to go to IBC 2018:
● Register early (early bird registrations are free, but if you miss out on that you can find some companies who are going to be exhibiting there and many of them offer a coupon code so you can get a free pass to IBC)
● Bring an umbrella and a raincoat (trust me)
● Reserve a place to stay early (I was quite late in booking a place, but me and my girlfriend found an AirBnb apartment for a reasonable price)
● Buy a Tram Card (taxis can be expensive and the Tram system in Amsterdam is great)