Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 10 and the ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic family of lenses won top honors in the third annual StudioDaily Prime Awards, announced during a special presentation on the show floor at NAB. Those two products were named the most outstanding, or “Best in Show,” products by a panel of judges convened by StudioDaily to evaluate the best of production and post-production technology introduced during 2013.
“Blackmagic Design once again delivers exceptional quality and functionality at a ridiculously low price point,” said Prime Awards judge Nathan Adams of DaVinci Resolve, noting that Blackmagic’s v10 release addressed common workflow problems and added new features to increase efficiency.
“The ARRI/Zeiss MA series are super compact, modern anamorphic designs immediately recognizable by their luminescent chartreuse markings,” said Prime Awards judge David Leitner of the Master Anamorphics. “Four of the seven are available now. All feature T1.9 — amazing in a 2x anamorphic — a 15-blade iris for perfectly oval out-of-focus highlights, and close focus at, or under, a meter. The Master Anamorphic series doesn’t raise the bar, it sets a new one.”
Other winning products this year include, in post-production tools, Forbidden Technologies FORScene cloud-based video platform, Harmonic MediaGrid Shared Storage System, ProMAX Systems Platform Series, and the Vicon Cara Facial Motion Capture System. Prime Award winners in the category of production tools include the Fujifilm/Fujinon Cabrio Series of PL Lenses, the NewTek Tricaster 410, The Padcaster 2.0, Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filters, and the Zeiss Compact Zoom CZ.2 lens family.
In addition, cinematographer Andrew Shulkind and facility LightIron received special recognition honoring outstanding work by individuals and companies in the media production industry. Both winners will be profiled by StudioDaily in the weeks to come.
The StudioDaily Primes, hosted this year by The Studio-B&H, spotlight engineering excellence, usability and value in technology products shipped during the preceding calendar year. Judges evaluated entries based on the criteria of Features, Innovation, Value, and Ease of Use. Products that scored most highly with the judges across all criteria were named as winners of Studio Prime Awards, and the Best in Show winners are products that excited our judges by excelling in every category.
The judging panel was drawn from the ranks of StudioDaily contributors as well as from the industry at large. This year’s group included Nathan Adams of Cinematomic, Joe Beirne of Technicolor PostWorks in New York, cinematographer Barry Braverman, director/cinematographer Randall Dark, Studio contributor David English, Chris Jacobson of SIM Digital, cinematographer David Leitner, Tom McCarthy at Sony Pictures Post-Production, Alexis Nelson and Rick Sander from Hoax Films, Josh Rizzo from Hula Post, and editor Scott Simmons of Pro Video Coalition.
StudioDaily Prime Award finalists: Production
ARRI/Zeiss Master Anamorphic Family Lenses
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
Fujifilm Cabrio Series PL Lenses
NewTek TriCaster 410 Professional Multi-Camera Production System
Ocean Video EnduroPower
The Padcaster 2.0
Steadicam CURVE for GoPro Hero Camera
Tiffen Satin and Tiffen Black Satin Motion Picture and Television Filters
Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filters
Zeiss – Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lens Family
StudioDaily Prime Award finalists: Post-Production
AJT Systems Livebook GFX
Assimilate SCRATCH Play Pro Media Player
Blackmagic Design Da Vinci Resolve 10
EditShare XStream with Integrated Media Asset Management
Forbidden Technologies FORScene
Gefen 32×32 Modular Matrix
Harmonic MediaGrid Shared Storage System
HP Zbook 17 Mobile Workstation
HP Z278i 27-inch IPS Display
EditShare – Lightworks for Linux
ProMAX Systems – The New Platform Series
Vicon Cara Facial Motion-Capture System
StudioDaily Prime Award Finalists: People
Cinematographer Andrew Shulkind
Colorist Shadi Abu Sharar, Urban Films, Dubai
StudioDaily Prime Award Finalists: Companies
CNN New Media Virtual Studio
Information on entry details and eligibility requirements for the next StudioDaily Prime Awards will be publicized later this year.