The Blackmagic URSA Mini 4.6K is now shipping and has been generating a lot of buzz lately. Many filmmakers are eager to see how the camera stacks up to the ARRI ALEXA. In this video clip, we finally get a taste of how the two cameras compare.All images via BlackmagicWhenever any cinema camera is released, one of the first questions filmmakers will ask is, “How does it compare to the ARRI ALEXA?” The ALEXA has long been the gold standard that other cinema cameras are held to, and more often than not, newly released cameras don’t even come close to delivering the image quality or color science that the ALEXA is capable of.That said, Blackmagic has been known to create budget- friendly cameras with ALEXA-like image quality, ever since the release of their original Blackmagic Cinema Camera several years ago — which is why there’s been so much buzz surrounding their URSA Mini 4.6K. While the ALEXA has always had the edge up where dynamic range is concerned, the 4.6K model of the URSA Mini is rated at 15 stops of DR — which puts it in ALEXA territory.As a beta tester for the URSA Mini 4.6K, I’ve been personally shooting with it for quite some time now. I was immediately blown away by the image quality that this camera delivers, though I never had the opportunity to directly compare it with an ALEXA. Naturally, I was excited to watch some of the first footage online that compares and contrasts the two cameras.Australian cinematographer John Brawley is a well-known Blackmagic user and he recently shot some beautiful material with the URSA Mini 4.6K, which can be found at Blackmagic’s site.Additionally, he shot the following comparison video between the URSA Mini 4.6K and the ALEXA, which very accurately contrasts the two cameras:As John Brawley states on his blog, other than a small amount of IR pollution on the model’s shirt (which can easily be fixed in post-production), the URSA Mini 4.6K stacks up very well against the ALEXA when shooting RAW. His full thoughts and write-up can be viewed right here.While no two cameras are going to be identical, the URSA Mini 4.6K is certainly shaping up to be the budget alternative to the ARRI ALEXA that many of us have been hoping for.What are your impressions of the URSA Mini footage above? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Dominic Fedee, Grenada La Source Sandals, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Sandals Grande St Lucian, Sandals Regency La Toc, Sandals Resort International Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Jul 2015 – The Turks and Caicos delegation is returned home now; landed and parked safely in that Sandals Resort International corporate jet at the Provo Air Center after a three day tour of the SRI properties in the Eastern Caribbean. Public Relations regional manager for the EC properties, Dominic Fedee talked about the objective of the second in a series of familiarization trips. “Well I think that we are often times misunderstood and I think that we need to communicate a lot better both us and the communities within which we operate. I think it means a whole lot to us that people understand what we’re trying to do, that they understand the heart and the soul and spirit of the company and the organization. Fedee continued: “It’s like I said earlier, it is a Caribbean company and we want to be seen as such where we are obligated and we are committed toward the development of the Caribbean’s people, its communities, its government so that overall as countries we can go forward and we can be very successful and we can be very, very formidable economies and societies in the world, so yes we want to be understood better and yes this is why we have invited people, I make no apologies for that.”The media fam trip first stopped into the Grenada La Source Sandals, moved on Monday evening to Sandals Barbados, took off on Tuesday late morning to St Lucia where two properties, Sandals Regency La Toc and Sandals Grande St Lucian were toured, with the trip wrapping up in Antigua and Barbuda which is the first Caribbean country, outside of Jamaica to have a Sandals couples’ resort – the site seen was the Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa. read more
Share your voice Originally published Nov. 15, 2018. Update, Aug. 6: Adds new ABC information. Marvel Target ABC Tessa Thompson played a Valkyrie warrior in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Marvel With a new live-action series focused on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) called WandaVision headed to the new Disney Plus streaming service. And now it looks like ABC might be eyeing a Marvel female superhero series for its own network.”I have spoken to Marvel and we are in active talks about one project in particular,” ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline on Monday. Burke said the character would be “something brand new, mostly” to align with ABC’s strategy of focusing on female superheroes.While we’re excited that both ABC and Disney Plus are exploring more Marvel characters for upcoming shows, we have our own list of female superheroes we think deserve their own TV series.Enlarge ImageShe-Hulk in the Marvel comics. Marvel 1. She-Hulk When lawyer Jennifer Walters gets an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin Dr. Bruce Banner, she ends up getting a milder case of his Hulk condition. Unlike Hulk, Walters can keep her emotions in check when she transforms into She-Hulk. The lawyer-by-day, vigilante-by-night angle worked well for the Marvel character Daredevil in the hit Netflix series, so why not She-Hulk? Perhaps ABC or Disney Plus can relaunch She-Hulk as a Law & Order-type drama, or maybe even an Ally McBeal comedy. In the comics, She-Hulk was also a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the Defenders and S.H.I.E.L.D., so the crossover potential is endless. 2. Black WidowNatalia “Natasha” Romanova/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson in the MCU) was a Russian spy and adversary to Iron Man. She ultimately defected to the US and joined S.H.I.E.L.D. Later, she became an important member of the Avengers. Black Widow is already getting her own prequel movie where we see how she transformed from spy to superhero, but what about a series with Black Widow as a teenager? High school Natasha Romanova could be like Riverdale with a lot more fighting.Enlarge ImageThe fictional nation of Wakanda in “Black Panther” was guarded by the Dora Milaje, which took inspiration from a real group. Marvel Films 3. The Dora MilajeThe warrior women of Wakanda from Black Panther are fierce and fabulous, so why not give them their own women-centric spin-off series? Black Panther director Ryan Coogler recently commented that he’d be interested in making a spin-off movie about them. Even the real-world 19th-century Dahomey Warriors — the all-female military regiment who inspired the Dora Milaje — are getting a TV series. It would be interesting to see how the Dora Milaje came to be, before Wakanda was revealed to the outside world. 4. X-23Laura Kinney AKA X-23 was created to be the ideal killing machine thanks to Wolverine’s stolen DNA. In the Marvel comics, Laura’s mother Dr. Sarah Kinney was hired by a top-secret program to recreate the Weapon X experiment that originally turned Logan into Wolverine. Laura — named X-23 — was a clone created from these experiments and trained to kill. But she eventually escaped and eventually found Charles Xavier and joined the Avengers Academy. Imagine what she could do with her own TV series?Enlarge ImageZoe Saldana as Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel 5. Gamora Then there’s the female space assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies. Her character’s complex history would make for an ideal ABC series, particularly if the show focused on why she’s the last of her species (Zen-Whoberis) after everyone was exterminated by the Badoon. Overcoming her tragic past to later rise up as one of the deadliest assassins in the universe is inspiring to say the least. 6. Danielle Moonstar It’s about time fans were introduced to one of the first female Native American characters in a series all her own. Danielle Moonstar is a mutant raised as part of the Cheyenne Nation. Under the guidance of X-Men’s Professor Xavier, she learned to hone her ability to create images of people’s greatest fears. This series could either focus on her life with other teen mutants at the school, or the superhero she became later as an adult.7. A-Force The Avengers might have felt like the superhero all-stars in their heyday, but the all-female A-Force is even cooler. This lineup consists of Captain Marvel, Dazzler, Medusa, She-Hulk, Singularity, Nico Minoru and a female Thor who band together to fight evil. That alone sounds like the best series ever. Enlarge ImageSpider-Gwen in action. Marvel Animation 8. Spider-Gwen Peter Parker’s flame Gwen Stacy is living her own web-slinging adventures as Spider-Gwen in an alternate universe. It would be refreshing to have a Spider-Man series with a female lead for a change. Plus considering how much fans were excited to spot her as an Easter egg in Avengers: Endgame, now might be the perfect time for a Spider-Gwen TV series. 9. Misty Knight When police officer Misty Knight lost her arm in battle, she soon got an bionic arm and became the kind of superhero New York City deserved. We’ve already seen her character (played by Simone Missick) impress fans in the Netflix series Luke Cage, but it might be time to shine the spotlight more on Misty to tell her full story. 10. Kamala Khan as Ms. MarvelMeet 16-year-old Pakistani-American Kamala Khan from Jersey City, New Jersey. She idolizes Carol Danvers and wants to follow in her superhero footsteps. In 2014, Khan was given her own Ms. Marvel comic book series by Sana Amanat, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona. She is the fourth character to take the name Ms. Marvel. She’s also the first Muslim superhero character to headline her own comic series. This could be a great character for Disney or ABC to explore more, giving their network some much-needed diversity.11. The Valkyries Fans got a glimpse of the female demi-goddesses known as the Valkyries in the 2017 movie Thor: Ragnarok. Actor Tessa Thompson stole the movie as the hard-drinking character Scrapper 142, previously a legendary Valkyrie warrior. A prequel series all about this character could show how the Valkyries came to be, and why they were ultimately defeated. The 15 most powerful female superheroes right now (pictures) Tags Comments 6 TV and Movies 17 Photos read more
Share Nicolas Henderson/FlickrTexas State Capitol in Austin.More than two dozen new Texas state laws took effect with the first of the year.Top of the list is SB 5, the latest version of the Texas voter ID law. The law’s supporters argue it is necessary to combat voter fraud. A federal court has already ruled that SB 5 discriminates against minorities, as its opponents contend. The law is now awaiting review by the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to determine whether lawmakers intended to discriminate.“If it’s the case that it’s believed that Texas did so on purpose, it may pull Texas back into a specific provision under the Voting Rights Act, which would require federal supervision when Texas changes any kind of election law,” says Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston. “This process is what we call ‘preclearance.’”Another new law, SB 1381, aims to cut down on credit and debit card fraud by letting merchants ask for a photo ID. Al Pascual, Head of Fraud and Security at Javelin Strategy & Research, says the law would have been ideal about ten years ago.“So, it’s really only going to be for lost and stolen debit and credit cards,” says Pascual, noting that helps cut down on fraud against brick-and-mortar stores. “A lot of the fraud though unfortunately, now, because of EMV [chips] and just because criminals have gotten a lot better at it, has shifted online. So, instead of ripping off Walmart, they’re ripping off Walmart.com, and in that case you’re not going to check an ID.”While the law allows merchants to ask for a photo ID, it does not require them to do so.Several of the other new laws are targeted to specific industries or interest groups. SB 1383 increases the amount of milk a truck can transport from 80,000 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. SB 549 allows organizations that applied for a temporary bingo license from the Texas Lottery Commission to get a refund if they haven’t used it within a year of the date the license was issued.A complete list of Texas laws that took effect January 1, 2018 is available here. X 00:00 /01:09 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: read more