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Harry Styles' Solo Material: What We Do (And Don't) Want to Hear

Billboard.com - Sat, 05/20/2017 - 8:17pm
We know Harry Styles has some songs. "Already Home," "Coco,” Endlessly," “5378 Miles" -- these are the...
Categories: Music Industry

Justin Timberlake Posts Touching Jonathan Demme Tribute: 'You Are Truly Irreplaceable'

Billboard.com - 1 hour 1 min ago
Countless artists and actors mourned the loss of Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday morning (April 26) at age 73....
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Bee Gees Music Sales Grow 669% Following Grammy Salute

Billboard.com - 1 hour 6 min ago
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Bee Gees-led soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever, which spent a whopping 24 weeks at No. 1 on...
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A History of Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records on the Billboard Hot 100

Billboard.com - 1 hour 6 min ago
Sony Music is seemingly distancing itself from Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) amid ongoing legal suits from Kesha alleging acts of rape and more...
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Residente Compares His Music to Broccoli (In a Good Way!) During 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference

Billboard.com - 1 hour 19 min ago
Puerto Rican rapper/singer-songwriter Rene Perez Joglar, better known as Residente of Calle 13, wants people to think of his music as broccoli. No,...
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5 Highlights From J Balvin & Nicky Jam 'Mano a Mano' Panel at Billboard Latin Music Conference

Billboard.com - 1 hour 23 min ago
J Balvin and Nicky Jam not only gushed about being on Billboard's cover and making that dream come true together during the "Mano a Mano...
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Katy Perry Unveils 'Bon Appetit' Single Art, Release Date & Migos Feature

Billboard.com - 1 hour 30 min ago
After weeks of speculation, Katy Perry finally confirmed the next single from her anticipated fifth album: "Bon Appetit." The sweet...
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Watch the Latinx Activism Panel With Becky G, Jackie Cruz and More Live From 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference

Billboard.com - 1 hour 51 min ago
On Wednesday (Apr. 26), the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference will host the Latinx Acitivism panel, a discussion about "giving voice to a...
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Bruno Mars 'That's What I Like' Camera Effects Come To Facebook

Billboard.com - 2 hours 21 min ago
Diamonds, strawberries and ice, they're not only mentioned in the lyrics to Bruno Mars' hit song "That’s What I Like," but...
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Watch Ne-Yo Perform Cameo's 'Candy' (Codpiece & All) in 'Lip Sync Battle' Teaser

Billboard.com - 2 hours 24 min ago
Ne-Yo throws it back to 1980s funk for this week’s episode of Lip Sync Battle. In the most recent teaser clip, the singer performs “...
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New Zeiss CP.3 XD Cine lens line stores metadata, is aimed at budget filmmakers

DPReview.com - Latest News - 2 hours 45 min ago

Zeiss announced a new family of cinema primes geared toward 'low budget' productions at the NAB 2017 show in Las Vegas. The CP.3 XD Cine line includes a total of ten lenses that cover full frame. Meant to replace the CP.2 line, these new lenses are more compact than their predecessors.

The 'XD' in the name stands for 'eXtended Data', which refers to the lenses' ability to store metadata like distortion and shading info when shooting – info that can greatly aide a visual effects artist in post. You can read more about it here. According to Zeiss production manager Christophe Casenave:

"Cine lenses that provide metadata are relatively expensive and, up until now, distortion and shading had to be manually measured – a time-consuming and expensive process. With ZEISS eXtended Data, we are offering Hollywood technology for everyone, providing small film teams with new creative opportunities."

While this lens line is aimed toward the cost-conscience filmmaker, to the average consumer, prices will likely still seem expensive – each XD lens will likely cost between $5000 and $8000. However Zeiss is also offering non-XD versions of the CP.3 line for slightly less cash.

Several of the non-XD lenses will be available as soon as June and July, while the eXtended Data versions will ship in the fall.

Press release:

New ZEISS CP.3 XD Cine Lens Family: "Hollywood Technology for Everyone"

The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/2017.

No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.

ZEISS eXtended Data supports and enhances /i-Technology

What exactly is this? "ZEISS eXtended Data is the first metadata technology which stores the lens distortion and shading – for every single frame," explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. "Moreover, all /i-Technology metadata are recorded, including the focus distance, aperture value and depth of field, which is supported by most cameras." This makes the technology ideal for working with visual effects: by using the metadata, it just takes a few clicks to modify the image generated on the computer to fit the lens characteristics, and to then splice it together with the footage to create a realistic image. Distortion and shading can be corrected or even amplified in post-production.

"It used to be that only big blockbusters could take this approach," says Casenave. "Cine lenses that provide metadata are relatively expensive and, up until now, distortion and shading had to be manually measured – a time-consuming and expensive process." However, since ZEISS has incorporated the technology into its compact CP.3 XD cine lens family, low-budget productions can now take the same approach to creating their own special effects. "With ZEISS eXtended Data, we are offering Hollywood technology for everyone, providing small film teams with new creative opportunities."

An end-to-end solution: cooperation with Ambient and Pomfort

With the ZEISS CP.3 XD, ZEISS not only offers the lenses with metadata, but has also given thought to storage and processing. It has teamed up with partners in the industry: the company Ambient has developed the MasterLockit Plus system together with ZEISS. It records all metadata along with a time code in case the technology is not supported by the camera. "This way truly everyone can work with ZEISS eXtended Data, no matter what equipment they use," says Casenave.

Thanks to the cooperation with the software developer Pomfort, distortion and shading can be modified on the set in real-time using the Pomfort tool LiveGrade Pro. The film crew already gets a sense of what the final look will be during the shoot. The film clips and lens data can be consolidated and organized with Silverstack, Pomfort's file manager.

ZEISS plans to further expand the new metadata technology in the future. "Our customers will then be able to upgrade to the new version, making the CP.3 XD a long-term investment," says Casenave.

Compact and light-weight

In addition to the metadata, filmmakers have even more reasons to get excited about the new lens family: the ten prime lenses between 15 and 135 millimeters cover full-frame. As is typical for ZEISS, the image has a clean, crisp look, and ZEISS says the image quality is excellent. "These lenses deliver outstanding results, even in light situations with a large dynamic range, i.e. highlights and shadows within the same scene," says Casenave. The maximum speed of the seven focal lengths between 25 and 135 millimeters is T2.1, the 15, 18 and 21 millimeter lenses have a speed of T2.9. With a front diameter of 95 millimeters, the lenses are light-weight and compact. They are particularly well-suited for hand-held filming or shooting with gimbals, Steadicam or drones. ZEISS has also improved focusing: the manual focus is now noticeably smoother. According to ZEISS, it is comparable with the ZEISS Master Primes and can also be operated with a small motor. The focus rotation angle is 300°. The lenses are equipped with an interchangeable mount so that they can be used on almost any camera. In addition to the ZEISS CP.3 XD, there is also a version available without metadata: the ZEISS CP.3.

Price and availability

Initially, a limited number of ZEISS CP.3 XD and CP.3 lenses will be available at dealers.

ZEISS CP.3 XD

Focal length Recommended retail price (EUR/USD) Available from
15mm/T2.9 XD 6,400 Euro / 7,490 USD September
18mm/T2.9 XD 5,800 Euro / 6,690 USD September
21mm/T2.9 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
25mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
28mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD October
35mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
50mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
85mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
100mm/T2.1 XD 5,800 Euro / 6,690 USD September
135mm/T2.1 XD 6,400 Euro / 7,490 USD September

ZEISS CP.3

Focal length Recommended retail price (EUR/USD) Available from
15mm/T2.9 4,900 Euro / 6,090 USD September
18mm/T2.9 4,300 Euro / 5,290 USD July
21mm/T2.9 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
25mm/T2,1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
28mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD October
35mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
50mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
85mm/T2.1 3.500 Euro / 4.390 USD June
100mm/T2.1 4,300 Euro / 5,290 USD September
135mm/T2.1 4,900 Euro / 6,090 USD September
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Josh Groban, Bette Midler & More Broadway Stars Satirize Trump in Song at Easter Bonnet Competition

Billboard.com - 2 hours 46 min ago
A wave of unseasonably cold, damp weather didn’t stop Bette Midler, Josh Groban and other stars from dropping by New York’s Minskoff...
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Industry Praises House Passage Of The Register Of Copyrights Selection And Accountability Act

The U.S. House of Representatives today (April 26) overwhelmingly passed H.R. 1695 by a vote of 378-48 [...]
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How Picnic-Table Belting Led to an Iconic Disney Hit: Writers Bobby Lopez & Kristen Anderson-Lopez on the 'Let It Go' Chorus

Billboard.com - 2 hours 49 min ago
Married songwriting duo Robert (Bobby) Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez both have formidable Broadway credits to their names -- Bobby wrote music and...
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Nicole Sherrill Named Creative Director For Little Extra Music

Little Extra Music has appointed Nicole Sherrill as Creative Director, effective immediately. Sherrill [...]
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Kevin Gates Sentenced to 30 Months in Jail for Felony Gun Charge: Report

Billboard.com - 2 hours 56 min ago
Kevin Gates can't catch a break. According to TMZ, Gates was reportedly sentenced to 30 months in jail for a weapons charge. On Wednesday (April...
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Canon boosts 2017 profit forecast following strong Q1 financial results

DPReview.com - Latest News - 3 hours 4 min ago

Canon's recent acquisition of Toshiba's medical equipment unit has helped spur strong first fiscal quarterly financial results for the camera company, and as a result it has increased its full 2017 operating profit forecast. In January, Canon estimated that it would see a yearly profit of 255 billion Yen; following the favorable Q1 2017 results, the company now estimates the profits will be higher at 270 billion Yen. However, the company's outlook on 2017 camera unit sales are gloomier, with ILC unit sales dropping 7% and compacts down 13%, working out to -9% overall.

Overall, the company saw a year-on-year Q1 operating profit increase of nearly 89%, rising from 40.09 billion Yen in Q1 2016 to 76.67 billion Yen this past first quarter. According to Reuters, Canon Executive VP and CFO Toshiz Tanaka stated during the company's earnings conference that mirrorless cameras are helping drive the company's camera sales. The company's financial report notes that 'healthy demand' for Canon's EOS 5D Mark IV has helped drive the company's interchangeable lens camera sales. First quarter revenue from camera sales were up over 7%, though unit sales were unchanged since Q1 2016.

Canon likewise saw its compact-system cameras' sales increase in Europe and Asia (6% globally), and though overall digital compact camera sales volume dropped in the last quarter, Canon says the PowerShot G-Series and other 'high-value-added models' experienced 'solid demand.' Things aren't looking great for the digital compact camera market overall, where Canon sees sustained market contraction for its budget-tier models (-6% globally). However, developed countries' decreased demand for interchangeable lens digital cameras is 'decelerating steadily,' the company says. 

Canon also touched on the topic of last year's Kumamoto earthquake damage, saying that the resolution of the shortages caused by the earthquake have resulted in 'temporary moderate growth' for interchange lens digital cameras. 

Via: Reuters, Canon 1, 2

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Snoop Dogg Named Celebrity Commissioner for Champions Basketball League

Billboard.com - 3 hours 6 min ago
Snoop Dogg has always mixed his affinity for sports with his love for music. Now, The Doggfather will tackle his biggest challenge yet in the...
Categories: Music Industry

Hailee Steinfeld, Sofia Carson & Kelsea Ballerini to Perform Britney Spears Medley at Radio Disney Music Awards

Billboard.com - 3 hours 33 min ago
Britney Spears fans are in for a treat at this weekend’s Radio Disney Music Awards. Singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld will join hosts...
Categories: Music Industry

Lady Antebellum, CeCe Winans, Moon Taxi Set For Grammy Block Party In Nashville

This year's Grammy Block Party will be held May 2, beginning at 5 p.m. at Nashville's Cumberland [...]
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