Proposal

Introduction

Proposal ID 2015-043
Submitted January 16, 2015
Owner mvh@uw.edu
Department Art, School of
Category Collaborative
Funding Status Fully Funded
Metric Score None

Contacts

Primary
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Michael Van Horn
  • Instructional Technician, Photomedia
  • mvh@uw.edu
  • 206-940-6059
  • School of Art, Box 353440
Budget
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Risa Morgan Lewellyn
  • Administrator School of Art
  • risam@uw.edu
  • 206-685-2552
  • School of Art, Box 353440
Dean
  • Name
  • Title
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Mailbox
  • Ron Kline
  • Director of Computing, Arts & Sciences
  • arkline@uw.edu
  • 206-543-6366
  • Box 353765

Descriptions

Abstract

This collaborative and portable equipment proposal requests funds to provide much needed upgrades to the School of Art + Art History + Design (SoA+AH+D) Photomedia Program's checkout camera equipment and our purpose-specific photo/video editing facilities.

We teach photography and all of its broader manifestations in the context of contemporary art making. Our students are encouraged to explore their own unique paths to becoming artists. Many students work across multiple disciplines or majors, but the primary tools in the Photomedia Program are cameras (photo and video) and computers.

The Photomedia Program (60 undergrads and 6 grads) maintains a small purpose-specific image editing and output facility to provide our students with expanded creative options beyond the scope of the general access campus labs. Our lab provides around-the-clock access to fully calibrated photo and video imaging workflows, virtually unlimited paper/media options for low cost digital printing and access to high-end workstations with storage for extended editing and rendering of HD video projects.

Throughout the three-year Photomedia curricula, our students work independently as well as gain skills working collaboratively. The technology in this proposal offers expanded capabilities of ultra-high resolution equipment to our students and their collaborators in other programs. This proposal seeks funding for one 4K digital video camera system with slow motion capability, a gimbal video camera stabilizer, one portable LED lighting kit, one high resolution digital SLR camera system and two purpose-specific Mac Pro video/photo editing workstations with two 12TB Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage arrays. The RAID arrays are designed for simultaneous viewing, editing, and backup of high-resolution videos and large multimedia files. It also includes two 60 inch 4K screens so students can display their 4K video projects. This equipment will be housed in the SoA+AH+D.

The Photomedia Program is in dire need of upgraded equipment. As the quality and capabilities of camera and computer equipment progresses at a lightning-fast pace, our old cameras and computers are not providing current technology for our students. We also don't have enough cameras to service demand in out program. Our two DSLRs (Canon 5D2 and Nikon D810), which are used for video and still are checked out continuously. With our current inventory of equipment, there is always more demand for cameras than we can meet. We currently have two new Mac Pro workstations setup for students and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video transcoding and rendering times have been cut to a fraction of the time it takes (minutes instead of hours) on our older image editing machines.

Category Justification

Our 60 undergrads and 6 grads work both independently and collaboratively within the program and across majors outside the School of Art.

We are requesting two cameras, one video camera stabilizer and one portable lighting kit that will be available for checkout.

The computers and Thunderbolt RAID storage in our request will be purpose-specific workstations necessary to edit, store and render complex 4K videos and high-res photo projects. Editing and rendering 4K video requires large storage space and significant computing power for decoding and encoding the video codec. Complex editing of high-resolution photographs, photo collages and composited photographs requires a large number of Photoshop layers. High-resolution image (with multiple image and adjustments layers) can produce multi GB files during the editing process. These imaging processes require computers with maximum RAM, fast multi-core CPUs, fast GPUs and local storage with fast throughput.

We did extensive research to make sure the Sony FS7 was the best overall 4K video option for students and their collaborators. The Blackmagic Ursa is (currently) the closest competition to the Sony FS7, but it's a much larger and heavier camera that many reviewers feel is best suited for studio shoots with a crew. The Sony FS7 wins in versatility, slow motion capability, low light, and system cost. The memory cards for the Blackmagic are much more expensive and the Ursa's codec requires more storage. The FS7 best suits our needs for ultra high image quality, slow motion capability, low light capability and usability by a single person on and off tripod. It's size and weight allow it to be used on a gimbal for stable handheld use.

The Samsung 60" TVs we are requesting will be used by students in Photomedia's own gallery/project space as well as the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery for exhibiting students 4k and HD videos.

Last but not least, we are requesting a portable LED light kit that can be checked out for photo and video production.

Background

Developing fluency with a wide range of cameras and imaging software is a critical part of our students’ educational experience. In concert with their other curricula, the tools in this proposal will further our students’ artistic capabilities in fine art photography, video or related fields at the UW and after their graduation.

Our purpose-specific computer lab consists of six Mac workstations (four of them are considerably outdated), 2 film scanners, one flatbed scanner and two Epson 17-inch printers. Two of our six computers are dedicated printing workstations. The Photomedia Program provides inks for the printers and students supply their own papers. This allows students to explore the use of any inkjet compatible paper or media. Each manufacturer's product has it's own subtle printing characteristics and creative possibilities. Options such as Baryta coated fiber-based papers, rice paper, numerous coated archival rag papers, backlite media, canvas, Tyvek, double-sided matte paper for bookmaking, glossy, semi-gloss, semi-matte and matte surfaces are some of the options available. These paper and ink options are not feasible to implement in a large general access pay-per-print lab like SOACC. Photomedia also maintains a highly calibrated workflow for printing on two 44-inch printers. This lab offers very affordable (at-cost) large-scale printing for students.

The primary component of our camera checkout equipment consists of one Canon 5D2, one Nikon D810, and one Canon C100. When we purchased the 5D2 six years ago, it was considered the best affordable hybrid video/still cameras available. However, it has significant moire and aliasing issues for stills and video. A new generation of much improved cameras have eclipsed the Canon 5D2. The Nikon D810 we purchased last summer (via STF funds) is the best and most affordable of them. It provides a huge jump in image quality for stills and has been checked out non-stop by our students since then. We have not been able to meet the needs from more than sixty students in the program for that camera. Therefore we decided to request another Nikon D810. This time around, we've asked for fixed focal length lenses to complement the Nikon 24-70 zoom lens we purchased this summer. Fixed focal length lenses are more compact, they also allow for shooting in lower light levels and provide the option of shooting with shallower depth of field for creative purposes.

The Canon C100 Cinema Camera (purchased via STF funds) provides professional HD video quality, but lacks capabilities of shooting slow motion and ultra-high resolution. Since last year, high resolution (UHD and 4K) and fast frame rate (for slow motion) cameras have become available for affordable pro level video production, display and online streaming, but we do not have any camera that can produce such high-resolution moving images.

Benefits to Students and the University

1) Student Access

The FS7 Video camera system, gStabi H14 Gimbal Stabilizer, D810 High Resolution Photo System, TVs and LED light kit will be housed in the School of Art Photomedia Program and designated for checkout by the UW School of Art Photomedia program majors. Our 60 undergrads and 6 grads work both independently and collaboratively within the program and across majors outside the School of Art. The computers, monitors and Thunderbolt RAID storage in our request will be purpose-specific workstations necessary to edit, store and render complex 4K videos and high-res photo projects.

Proposals for checkout by students in other campus units will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Proposals should be presented to the Photomedia Instructional Technician.

2) Departmental Support

This proposal is fully supported by the Photomedia Faculty Ellen Garvens, Rebecca Cummins of the School of Art and the program's instructional technicians Michael Van Horn, Jueqian Fang and Nick Strobelt. The equipment will be housed in the program's equipment area room 10C and available for checkout. The camera equipment will be insured for student checkout by the program.

3) Cost Benefit

Beyond serving the needs of existing students, funding this technology would attract prospective students to the UW. By having industry standard equipment, it provides UW students with an up to date visual imaging education. Aside from prohibitively expensive rentals from Pro Camera Vendors, our students do not have access to these cameras or purpose-specific computers.

4) Scholarship

The innovations that these cameras present in terms of professional capabilities and customization brings a new level of accessibility to artists wanting to express themselves and reflect on the world around them, beyond of the bounds of the studio and out into the living world. It makes ultra-high resolution field research and visual documentation much more fluid. It allows access to subjects that could not be removed from their specific environments and brought into the studio because of their social setting, fleeting temporality, or other location specific reasons.

The addition of the Sony FS7 digital video camera system will allow more students to create professional grade video projects on their own or in collaboration with other students. They will be fully supported by our faculty and Instructional Technicians. Photomedia is currently doing a search for a new tenure track faculty member, who is joining us in fall 2015. This hire will further strengthen both technical and creative aspects of our students’ practice.

We did extensive research to make sure the Sony FS7 was the best overall 4K video option for students and their collaborators. The Blackmagic Ursa is (currently) the closest competition to the Sony FS7, but it's a much larger and heavier camera that many reviewers feel is best suited for studio shoots with a crew. The Sony FS7 wins in versatility, slow motion capability, low light, and system cost. The memory cards for the Blackmagic are much more expensive and the Ursa's codec requires more storage. The FS7 best suits our needs for ultra high image quality, slow motion capability, low light capability and usability by a single person on and off tripod. It's size and weight allow it to be used on a gimbal for stable handheld use.

The Sony PXW-FS7 Digital Video Camera is the latest and most affordable high speed 4K camera on the market. It has a lightweight magnesium-alloy body and doesn’t require an extra support rig system, which is ideal for one-person operation or a small crew. It provides expanded professional capabilities such as built-in Neutral Density filters, waveform monitoring, vectorscope, zebras, peaking, clean HDMI and SDI output, support for external recorders and complete manual control over both video and audio recording. It also gives students creative options to shoot ultra-high resolution videos in up to 4K (4096 x 2160) and slow motion up to 180 frames per second in full HD (normal speed video has 24 or 30 frames per second). Both 4K and slow motion are urgent needs in our current video workflow, as the Canon C100 video camera we have does not achieve these, but the industry standard has been raised rapidly—online streaming sites (such as Youtube) and TVs (in galleries as well as commercial market) have already been upgraded for 4K support.

The FS7 has a Super 35mm sensor that provides 14 stops of dynamic range and excellent low-light sensitivity. As a result, it is able to preserve excellent details in both highlight and shadow areas, and creates sharp image with cinematic depth of field even in extreme lighting conditions. The FS7 coupled with the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens with Optical SteadyShot image stabilization works to minimize the appearance of camera shake in order to achieve smooth moving image. The FE PZ 28-135mm lens also accomplishes quiet zoom for better audio recording and smooth iris control for intricate exposure adjustments during shooting. The FS7 is compatible with all Canon EF/EF-S lenses with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA adaptor. Photomedia has the following EF mount (non-stabilized) lenses: Zeiss 21mm, Canon 35mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 100mm, Canon 24-70 zoom. Lens stabilization is more critical with long focal lengths.

The FS7 records to internal XQD cards. Its internal XQD image capture uses XAVC codec with a 10-bit color depth. As one of the best codecs today, the XAVC compresses the image very little and preserves better color, sharpness and dynamic range while using a lot less storage space than other codecs.

The FS7 provides a very different set of capabilities when compared to the Canon C100 that is currently available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. The C100's excellent auto focus makes it ideal for handheld shooting with low speed, but it's not good for panning and slow motion because it only shoots up to 30 frames per second. It also cannot capture high-resolution images in 2K, UHD or 4K, while the FS7 enables all these creative solutions with better codec and wider color depth. The FS7 will augment the C100 and expand our video capabilities.

The Gremsy gStabi H14 is a motorized camera stabilization device used for handheld video shooting. It will be able to open up more creative options for students, and greatly improves the quality of handheld footage. The gStabi H14 employs a 3-axis digital gyro-stabilization system that detects and counteracts unwanted movement along three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), and keeps the camera at horizon level. Its inertial measurement unit (IMU) is GPS-assisted, so that it is able to minimize drift when under acceleration, which is necessary for shooting on a moving vehicle. The gStabi H14 is suitable for one-person operation, but also offers a remote control option for collaborative work. The gStabi H14 is lightweight, but has a payload of 14lbs that can support not only all the DSLRs we have available for check out, but also greatly benefit the Canon C100 video camera we purchased last summer and the Sony FS7, which we are requesting.

The two Samsung HU8550 Series 60" 4K LED TVs will allow us to display 4K videos shot by the Sony FS7 in a gallery setting. Photomedia has two gallery spaces, 9 and Skinny, which exhibit students’ work through out the year. The BFA and MFA Thesis Exhibitions at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery and the Henry Art Gallery would also be largely benefited from these new 4K TVs.

The Dracast LED 3-Light Kit is a great addition to our video and still camera systems. The portable kit contains three LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED Panels, which give students accurate control over color temperature and intensity of the light simply by adjusting two knobs. The LED panel emits soft light, and has a smooth variable color spectrum between 3,200k and 5,400k that can match any pre-existing lighting condition in order to create even lighting in the image for both still and video shoot. It also has high Color Rendering Index (CRI), which means it gives the lit subjects better and richer color.

The Nikon D810 is a 36.3 megapixel HD-SLR. This professional quality camera provides an exceptional combination of image quality, durability and affordability for still photography. We have been checking the D810 out to our students since we were able to purchase it last summer. Since it has been in our inventory, the D810 has been consistently booked by students throughout the entire quarter and into the next. To fulfill the demand for the high quality image-output this camera offers, we would like to expand our inventory to include a second D810 as well as extra lenses. For still photography it still consistently outperforms the other cameras in its class by a significant margin. The D810 gives students the ability to shoot high-quality raw files that provide enough resolution to be enlarged to 30x40 inches on Photomedia's large-format printers. It can also be used to capture 1080p video, though the video-output is not nearly of the quality or flexibility of the Sony FS7. The D810's ultra high-resolution sensor and lack of anti-aliasing filter also create noticeable moiré and aliasing in the video mode. This is a problem with cameras that excel at ultra high-resolution still digital imaging.

A set of fixed focal length lenses would compliment the zoom lens we purchased for the first D810 last summer. While the zoom lens is fairly convenient to use and able to produce high quality image in most conditions, we would benefit from the fixed focal length lenses for its compact size, extreme sharpness, and flexible capabilities in different lighting conditions with more creative choices for depth of field and shooting speed.

We have chosen a second Nikon D810 camera to upgrade our still photography options not only because the Nikon D810 remains to be the best camera available for our needs in still photography, but also because it will serve more students if we are able to continue expanding our checkout inventory of Nikon equipment. Having more Nikon lenses available for checkout expands the creative options for students that own Nikon cameras.

These additional Mac Pro purpose-specific workstations will provide much-needed 4K high resolution video editing/processing capabilities for Photomedia's around-the-clock access computer lab. We currently have two of these stations setup for students and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video rendering time has been cut to a fraction of what it is on our older machines. Students are able to complete the video transcoding and exporting processes in minutes rather than hours. These computers also provide an improved workflow for Photo imaging such as high-resolution compositing and collage, something that continues to give our older machines trouble.

The Mac Pros are designed to excel at processing HD/4K video and specialty tasks where all cores are fully utilized. They will be capable of editing the massive files put out by the FS7 in 4K. For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc.), the dual D700 GPUs are still a perfect choice. Students utilizing Photoshop and 3D modeling software also benefit from the computers' fast 6-core processing and powerful GPUs. We're asking for more PCIe-based flash storage (1TB) on these machines and 12TB RAID to help support 4K video production. The two 12TB Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage arrays are designed for simultaneous viewing, editing, and backup of high-resolution videos and large multimedia files.

The NEC PA322UHD-BK LED monitor will be able to display 4K videos in their true resolution during post-production, which we are not able to do with our current monitors.

We've requested two more high-speed 6-core processors with maximum RAM, fast GPUs, external Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage and NEC monitors for video editing, as they're currently the best affordable workstations for ultra high-resolution video and photo imaging.

Departmental Endorsements

We take great pride in having our graduates be prepared to "hit the ground running" in the world of fine art photography, and other photo related fields upon graduation. This includes an understanding of the latest digital technology in cameras (both video and still), lenses, digital backs, lighting, video projectors, tv screens for video display, hardware and software, etc. The upgraded photo, video and image editing equipment in this proposal is essential for our students to leave the UW ready to take the next steps in their careers.

The faculty and staff put enormous energy and resources into keeping the program up to date and cutting edge, a huge challenge in today's quickly changing technological landscape. The ability to introduce high end systems and equipment, tools students wouldn't be able to purchase on their own, is invaluable to the 60 BFA students, 6 MFA students in our program and collaborators outside the program.

This request was very carefully researched to include exactly what would make the most impact in the program. We are in transition with a recent retirement, and have fewer faculty. This equipment will be invaluable to the program and assist in our ability to sustain the successful trajectories of our graduates, as well as assist in maintaining our established reputation for innovation.?Thanks for considering this proposal.

Ellen Garvens
Professor of Art, Photomedia Chair
elgarv@uw.edu

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I wholeheartedly support this proposal! The Sony FS7 4K high frame rate video camera, gimbal stabilizer, Nikon D810 and image editin suites are vital to upgrading high demand resources for graduate and undergraduate students; this technology is highly significant to them for both the development of their research projects and for preparing them for competitive careers following graduation.

We truly appreciate the invaluable opportunity this STF funding provides students - access to critical tools from which to expand their creative and professional knowledge and production capabilities.

Rebecca Cummins
Professor, Photomedia, School of Art

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I’m writing to ask that the Photomedia STF be fully funded for 2015. As a faculty teaching digital media within the Photomedia area, I can see directly the effects of our ability to offer students a robust selection of digital technology. In particular, having specialized equipment such as a gimbal video stabilizer, a portable LED lighting kit, and a 4K digital video camera system will allow students of ours interested in motion to make work on par with professional film makers. Other equipment such as the Nikon D810 and the Mac Pro workstations will allow students interested in making highly detailed large image files the capacity to do so and to edit them quickly. These pieces of technology will allow our students to make work that is in conversation with contemporary new technologies and will also be an added benefit in promoting our program to potential graduate students.

I greatly appreciate your support of the Photomedia STF for 2015 and thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Eirik Johnson
Visiting Photomedia faculty

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In recent years, the tools of the trade in digital photo and video have improved and changed at an increasingly rapid rate. With support from the STF, UW Photomedia has been able to upgrade some of these tools. However, to stay competitive and relevant and to adequately support our 60 majors, 6 grads and their collaborative projects, our students need access to more of these cutting edge tools. The technology in this proposal was researched and selected by Photomedia students, faculty and technicians to accomplish this task.

I fully support this proposal.

Michael Van Horn
Photomedia Instructional Technician

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The equipment available for students in the Photomedia program is essential to their artistic practice and education. As a recent graduate from the program myself, I truly understand the importance of being able to access up-to-date equipment. The items in the proposal are well-researched with consideration of several urgent needs in our current imaging workflow: 4K resolution and slow motion for video production, high resolution DSLR still camera that has not been able to meet the students’ demand, as well as updated workstations for editing both complex still and moving image projects. I believe the equipment would immensely benefit the students in the program and will be well used by them for great works.

Jueqian Fang
Assistant Technician, 2014 UW Photomedia Graduate

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As a graduate of the Photomedia program and a current technician for the program, I witness firsthand the immense benefit that equipment bought with STF grants brings to our students. Professional level photo and video equipment is prohibitively priced even for those with successful careers, much less for students with meager incomes. This grant means that another generation of UW Photomedia students will be provided with the tools they need not only to be successful in exploring new means of production and making work for school, but will be prepared for the process of turning their passion into a career. The Nikon D810 and Sony Fs7 are both top of the line digital cameras in their respective formats; knowledge of operating such complicated technology is something employers expect from their applicants. With this grant, we can provide students with the peace of mind that they will be stepping out of college with the right skills and expert knowledge to be confident in pursuing a career in the arts, production, design, and many other creative fields.

Thank you,
Nicholas Strobelt
Assistant Technician, 2014 UW Photomedia Graduate

Installation Timeline

Items will be ordered immediately upon award funding. Upon receipt of equipment Photomedia Instructional Technician, SoA+AH+D Program Support and IT Specialist will configure computers and make field kits available.

Resources Provided by Department

One 85% time Instructional Technician and two hourly assistant technicians will provide technical support and assistance regarding usage. The equipment will be checked out/in through these technicians. Instructional Technician will maintain the equipment to be in good working order. The department will insure the equipment for student checkout.

The following is a list of current Photomedia equipment purchased with non-STF funds for student use that will augment the equipment in this proposal.
Canon EF mount lenses: Zeiss 21mm, Canon 35mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 100mm, Canon 24-70 zoom
2, 60-inch Sharp HD TVs.
2, Sony 40-inch TVs
3, BluRay players
1, Panasonic HD projector
1, Hitachi projector
4, Epson projectors
1, 27-inch NEC wide-gamut monitor
1, NEC Spectraview II monitor calibration hardware and software
8, WDTV media players
1, Epson 770 flatbed scanner
1, Nikon 4x5 film scanner
1, Epson 9880 printer
1, Epson 9900 printer
1, Epson 4900 printer
1, Epson 4880 printer
Audio equipment: Zoom H4 recorder, Zoom recorder H1, Rode NTG2 microphone, Adam F5 speakers, AudioEngine A5 speakers
1, Redrock Micro DSLR rig
4, Toyo view cameras + lenses
2, large commercial lightbox displays for back-lite media
1, Promise Technology 8TB Pegasus2 R4 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array

Access Restrictions (if any)

The cameras, light kit and computers will be housed in the School of Art + Art History + Design (SoA+AH+D) Photomedia Program and designated for use by the UW Photomedia program majors - typically 6 grads and 60 undergrads. The cameras and LED light kit will be available for checkout on a reservation basis. Our students are very collaborative. Proposals for checkout by students in other campus units will be considered on a case-by-case basis through the Photomedia Instructional Technician.

Student Endorsements

My name is Coley Mixan, I am a second-year MFA candidate in the Photomedia department at the School of Art. I am writing in support of my department's proposal for 2015-2016 Student Technology Fees. I would like to emphasize how important being able to learn on these new technologies is to a research-oriented video artist like myself (and many of our undergraduates). By having the capability of using industry-standards, we can not only create professional quality work but also represent the University of Washington as well trained photomedia-authorities that are capable of multilevel compositions and technological fluency in our field.

The processing levels required of video composition call for computing demands that outstrip our department's current Mac Pros, while the access to the computers in SoACC with its limited open hour does not meet us students' demand. In order to allow our students to achieve their artworks at their highest capabilities, we need additional support from STF in order to gratify the appetition of our department for powerful video editing, processing, and capturing tools. With these funds, all of our students will have an opportunity to research and learn first hand on some of the most sought-after professional tools on the market. In order to stay competitive with other photomedia programs across the education system, UW's Photomedia department politely requests funds to help us allocate time and accoutrement to our hard-working students.

Thank you for your time.

Coley Mixan
Photomedia second-year grad

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I am a Photomedia first-year grad student. I highly rely on the equipment in the photo lab, particularly the cameras and computers. The SoACC has very limited open hour, which does not work with my schedule at all. Therefore I am usually not be able to use any computers or softwares in the SoACC. I have 24-7 access to the photo lab in the Photomedia program, which is fortunate but not at the same time, because we only have two up-to-date workstations for high resolution projects with a lot of visual effect layers. I think it is extremely important and necessary to upgrade our computers and monitors to catch up with the fast-developing technology. Also, I have been greatly benefited from the D810 camera we just purchased last year. It creates great images and good for printing big up to 40 x 50 inches. However, I have been having trouble checking it out when I needed it for projects, because we only have one D810. I think the second Nikon D810 camera would absolutely benefit all the students, as their creative practice can be better supported by school, which we paid a lot for. In addition, I am a multimedia artist, and I work with video. I was initially disappointed when found out that we do not have a video camera that shoots 4K and slow motion, while it is not possible to get access to high-end video cameras, such as the Red, that are available in the DXARTS department as a Photomedia major. I was thrilled when I heard we are proposing for STF fund to purchase a Sony FS7 video camera that is affordable but able to shoot 4K and slow motion, and a Gremsy gStabi H14 for handheld shooting! I really hope the proposal can be approved, because these are what we students truly need in this amazing program that constantly produce great photo and video artists.

Ellen Xu
Photomedia Grad

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As a first year MFA Candidate in Photomedia I rely on the store of equipment housed by the department to produce my work. During the last quarter, my first, it quickly became apparent that there is a serious lack in quantity of both cameras and computer stations available to students. This limitation impedes the ability of students to progress their work due to equipment checkout scheduling conflicts. With a broader array of equipment students will have the ability to more freely explore their artistic investigations. This will, in turn, allow them to become stronger candidates for their post-graduation endeavors. Whether students go on to enter graduate programs, teaching positions, or the workforce, having the ability to work harder and more consistently because of equipment availability will only benefit the success of their future.

Paul Baughman
MFA Candidate, Photomedia

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I think that access to these equipment would be highly advantageous to students in the program. Many students like me come into college from low income families and can not afford the high end gear that is necessary to be familiar with in the field. Having access to this equipment would enhance our learning experience as well as our quality of our work and ease our work load. I can see many situations where we would feel the need to use this equipment if we have access to it.

Derek Feuerborn
Photomedia Undergrad

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I’m a senior in the Photomedia program working towards my BFA show. That being said, I’ve spent countless hours editing, researching and working in the photo lab. SoACC has very limited open hours, especially during the weekend, which is when I need fast computers to edit photos and videos the most. I always try to get to the photo lab the first so I can use one of the only two computers that have faster processors, which is quite unfortunate. Updating both image capture and editing equipment (particularly ultra high resolution cameras and fast computers) is extremely crucial for us working towards becoming professional artists in the program. It is fast-developing digital era and we must not be behind!

Brit Ruggirello
Senior Photomedia Student

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To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing to endorse the Photomedia STF 2015 Proposal. In the Photomedia department, having the most up to date technology available is invaluable. Being someone that works in digital media, gaining access to this equipment would not only directly benefit me and I know it would be beneficial to many of my peers. Thank you for your consideration.
Sarah Skwira
1st Year Photomedia MFA Candidate

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As an undergrad in the Photomedia program I can't emphasize enough how important it is for students to have access to professional, updated equipment. Having this equipment available allows students to experiment and expand on the skills they currently possess. It is frustrating knowing student work could be hindered by something that would be easily resolved just from having the right equipment. As Photomedia students, we also need to have proper editing tools and stations. The computer lab is constantly being used and it is crucial for productivity to expand on the current work stations. This grant is important to the success of current and future students.

Jessica Taylor
Honors Photomedia Undergraduate

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New technology would be largely beneficial for the Photomedia department and students. Many students do video work and a Sony FS7 would be a very helpful tool for video projects and have much better quality than dSLRs with video capability. Nikon D810 will be another great piece of equipment for the students use for projects when we need a camera with more of a professional quality. The work stations in the Photomedia room would be greatly improved by updating a couple computers to 6core Mac Pros, these computers would be better for processing video and editing.

Ruth Kazmerzak
Junior in Photomedia

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I am an undergraduate student in the Photomedia program at the University of Washington. As camera equipment is extremely expensive, especially on a student budget, checking out cameras from school has been integral to keeping up with the program requirements. The technological world is changing rapidly, and as a top-rated university, we need to work hard to stay current. The UW photomedia students are extremely dedicated to their work and practices and spend a large majority of their time on the workstations. Having two more would allow for more students to work at once and the quicker processors would allow students to process, edit, and print photos faster.

Lenaig Delisle
Photomedia Undergrad

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Greetings,
My name is Sophie Dituri and I am a Photomedia student at the University of Washington. As a Photomedia student, the equipment that we would be awarded is essential to both mine and my classmates learning and artistic practice. As a student surviving on financial aid the idea of owning any of this equipment is beyond comprehension and it would be a true blessing for the department to have this equipment available to myself and other students.

Sophie Dituri
Photomedia Undergrad

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As a Photomedia major, technology is a huge part of our lives. The equipment that we have right now is great, and we thank STF greatly for them. A very big part of my work (and a lot of my peers') has to do with video. In an age where videos are being produced in 4k resolution, we need the new Sony video camera and the new Mac Pro to shoot and edit 4k videos. Together with the equipment we already have, we are capable of producing quality works in a swift.

Yifan Liu
Junior in Photomedia

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From personal experience I know that all Photomedia students rely heavily on access to equipment provided by the school, and that in many instances having access to new tools has helped to expand and refine our creative spheres. I fully endorse this proposal because through school is where nearly all Photomedia students first gain access to and learn about new technologies that will help with our transition into using them in the professional world, and the experience we with them here is vital to our future success.

Tonya Hewitt
Photomedia Undergrad

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The equipment bought with the STF funds will allow me, and my classmates to create work on a quality level we never would have understood otherwise. The impact it will have on our learning experiences, and how that will translate into our future art careers is irreplaceable.

Claire Peckham
Photomedia Undergrad

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I fully support this proposal. As a Photomedia student that currently doesn't have her own camera, I really appreciate having cameras to work with. However, I really believe that the Photomedia program is in need of, and would benefit from getting, upgraded cameras and equipment. Thanks!

Alexa Houk
Photomedia Undergrad

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The Photomedia department is very much in need of additional equipment for student use. Having additional high-end equipment can be the difference between creating an acceptable project and possibly being hired based on schoolwork. I fully support the STF proposal for the Photomedia program and will look forward to utilizing the equipment that is provided.

Summer Polonsky
Photomedia Undergrad

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With the new equipment that we are going to get, helps us art students to work more efficiently and quicker. In the end, the results of our artwork would be better quality. These equipment would really benefit to other students who do not have their own equipment to do their assignments or projects and be able to borrow them. I think the new equipment is a nice investment for the school's future and students.

Aaron Alifen
Photomedia Undergrad

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I am a second year Photomedia major at the University of Washington. This grant would greatly benefit everyone in the program. Coming into the program it is important that students are using what professional artists are using and staying updated on equipment and technology. It is important that we learn how to use newer equipment. Our program currently only has one Nikon D810 that is in high demand. Having a second one would mean more students could use the Nikon D810 and could use it more often. The Mac Pro workstations are also very useful and make our work faster. Having more stations would benefit all the Photomedia students. This grant would allow students to not worry about using outdated, slow equipment or worry about being behind other artists. This grant would allow us to focus on our artistic work and thrive with the use of great technology.

Thank you for your consideration,
Kayla Magers
Photomedia Undergraduate

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My name is Caleb Hernandez and I am a Senior at the University of Washington majoring in Photomedia. The Photomedia equipment room and all of the students developing their work, here at UW, would benefit immensely by including the high performance camera, video camera and work stations that have been requested. The opportunities would be beneficial for the Photomedia Department with industry standard equipment that is already available in other departments throughout the university. It would be nice to know that students paying for one of the more expensive majors are receiving the same quality equipment that other departments and students are taking for granted.

Thank you for the consideration,
Caleb Hernandez
Senior Photomedia Student

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As a Photomedia student, I've been renting equipment from the Photomedia Department since I got into the major. The copious amounts of equipment I have access to has been immensely helpful for my success. Being a student and not able to afford equipment, I fully rely on the equipment from the program to provide up-to-date technology for my projects. When working on projects and having a creative idea in my head, I usually need more equipment to help make it happen. Equipment from the program is what helps my creative goal become achieved and I fully endorse this proposal for the sake of my and others' success.

Natalie Grammer
Undergrad Photomedia Student

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My name is Po and I am writing now to fully support the equipment upgrade proposal as a Photomedia student in University of Washington. Reliable high-quality equipments and studios are critical and essential to all members in the Photomedia major to make great works. These equipments are really what students in Photomedia demand.

Po Hu
Photomedia Undergrad

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The Photomedia program at the University of Washington would highly benefit from the Sony video camera that can shoot 4K and slow motion, the Nikon D810 and new workstations. This new technology would allow us students more freedom to successfully execute creative ideas.

Sincerely,
Danielle Vonlehe
Photomedia Senior

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I totally endorse the proposal. Those materials would be really helpful to the students in the Photomedia Department. I think the Sony FS7 camera, Nikon D810 camera and the Mac Pro workstations are very necessary for us and would be a major upgrade.

Henry McCombs
Photomedia Undergrad

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I'm a Sophomore this year in the Photomedia department in the School of Art. Equipment is catalyst fro students' creativity. It is not just money you put in for purchasing these equipment. It is the future talent that you rise by granting us this money. It is a large amount of money indeed, but also seems very small comparing the outcome of future renowned artists that bear the name of University of Washington.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Chen Ying
Photomedia Undergrad

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As a first year MFA Candidate in Photomedia I rely on the store of equipment housed by the department to produce my work. During the last quarter, my first, it quickly became apparent that there is a serious lack in quantity of both cameras and computer stations available to students. This limitation impedes the ability of students to progress their work due to equipment checkout scheduling conflicts. With a broader array of equipment students will have the ability to more freely explore their artistic investigations. This will, in turn, allow them to become stronger candidates for their post-graduation endeavors. Whether students go on to enter graduate programs, teaching positions, or the workforce, having the ability to work harder and more consistently because of equipment availability will only benefit the success of their future.

Paul Baughman
MFA Candidate, Photomedia

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My name is Hami Bahadori and I am a Photomedia major. The Photomedia department equipment provided through the STF grant ensures that I have the resources I need to pursue a professional career in photography as I segue into the broader world of commercial and professional photography. Without the cameras, computers, printers, studios, and other equipment, I wouldn't be able to practice and develop the skills necessary to grow as a photographer and an artist. The new equipment (Sony FS7, Nikon D810, lights and computers workstations) in the proposal is absolutely essential to me and the rest of the Photomedia students, especially since much of this equipment is outside of the financial means of the students.

Sincerely,
Hami Bahadori
Photomedia Senior

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I am currently a Senior Photomedia student at the University of Washington. The opportunity to receive new equipment for our program is so vital to our abilities as students who are learning with what equipment we have personally or through the program to produce the work we want to. It's a difficult thing to have all of these ideas and not have the equipment to produce the work you wish. I am also realizing more than ever as a Senior that I need to learn as much as I can about the equipment that I can while I still have the opportunity at my fingertips. And being in an amazing program with incredible teachers and students surrounding me I know that we would all benefit greatly from this and would put the equipment to great use.

Thank you,
Tate Latimer
Senior Photomedia

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My name is Hongzhe Liang, and I am a senior Photomedia student originally from China. I am writing to express my support for this proposal to obtain the Ultra-High Resolution Image Capture and Editing Equipment.

I use to work with analog cameras and films for my project. However the process of analog is long and complicating (developing, scanning, cleaning dust and etc) and sometime the result is not very satisfying because of many reasons. Our instructional technician Michael Van Horn introduces me digital camera and equipment that I can check out from the major. Since then, I’ve been using Nikon D810 to shoot my project and it saves me a lot of time for producing images, plus the quality of image is incredibly sharp.

I also appreciate that our program includes classes about video production, and I’ve been noticing many colleagues develop their interest in video making and other media associated with photography and videos. Sony FS7 is a 4k resolution video camera features slow motion capability, which is one of the most powerful effects in video.

Further more, a lot of rising artists make video features green screen and 3D imaging. The two Mac Pros provide the 3D workstations for us to work with 3D Videos. Right now there are only two such workstation in the photo lab that we have 24/7 access to. The SoACC closes at 10pm Monday to Thursday, and at 6 and 5pm for Friday and weekend. Even though there are some new computers in SoACC, it is not possible to get work done there in such limited hours. Also, we have better control over print quality in the photo lab. That is the reason why Photomedia students highly rely on our lab instead of SoACC.

Being updated and having cutting-edge equipment is essential for Photomedia students, especially at this digital age with flooded images.

Hongzhe Liang
Photomedia Undergrad

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I'm a student in Photomedia Major and I have felt that we are not keeping up with current technology. I have a 4K camera myself, but I can't watch or show my clips in classes or exhibitions at full quality. I also can't edit long videos.

The portable LED lighting kit is a really useful thing thing for me and other students in the major.

Yuhan Yang
First Year Photomedia Undergraduate

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We need this equipments for our department! With this equipments we as students can explore 4K video, creative lighting and ultra high resolution photography. These equipments are very expensive for students to buy on their own. We will be the future representatives of the University of Washington after we leave school. Please fund this proposal for equipment.

Hung-Yi (Kenith) Chang
First Year Photomedia Undergraduate

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As a student of the School of Art, the equipment we have facilitates how we get our work and research done. So if we're able to get better equipment, we'll get more time to advance our work. If we're able to get updated equipment, it'll launch a new wave of better work coming out of the School of Art with better production quality. The more resources we the students have, the more possibilities we have to be successful in school and throughout our lives.

Marco Orozco Rosales
First Year Photomedia Undergraduate

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Having new equipment for us to use, including access to more DSLRs that are available, would be huge. I am really interested in checking out a video camera with advanced frame rate options. The equipment we have is difficult to access because it is always checked out - it's very frustrating!

I hope we can get funding to update our cameras so we could be competitive once we graduate.

Sincerely, Lidia Flanigan
First Year Photomedia Undergraduate

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I am a student at the University of Washington and I believe that I, as well as a lot of classmates in the Photomedia Program, would extremely benefit from the products in this proposal.

Another high quality DSLR would allow me to actually be able to check one out while someone is using the other one.

One of the biggest problems I've run into when checking out cameras or using computers is the scarcity of them! Most of the time it's a long wait for access. In other words, having the opportunity to check out more devices would benefit us all immensly.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Eva Seelye
First Year Photomedia Undergraduate

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In support of the Photomedia program, I am writing to endorse the proposal for aid in purchasing new technologies essential to the Photomedia program. Having access to greater technologies would be beneficial to our community as it provides up-and-coming artists experience with industry standard equipment. Having better equipment thus would mean a higher standard of art production that would enhance our creative research and expression. Having the opportunity to work with these new technologies would further prepare us as a community to advance our skills and realize our potential inside and outside of our collegiate boundaries. As a student who currently uses the technology provided, I feel strongly that being supported in this way would help the production of the work of my own and my peers grow for an increasingly competitive industry.

Thank you,
Daniel Hoang
Photomedia Undergrad

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The Photomedia department would greatly benefit should they receive this grant. Although the program is equipped with high-quality still cameras, it is lacking in video equipment, which is unfortunate especially since more and more students take an interest in shooting video. The video camera and external equipment would allow students to professionally shoot their own products, which would not only better their practice within school, but with the knowledge and access to updated equipment would allow for more career opportunities upon graduation. The requested computers are essential for our artistic practice as well. We are very lucky to have this photo lab that opens 24/7. The computer upgrade would allow us to have better excess to fast workstations at night and during the weekend when SoACC is closed.

Katy Lester
Photomedia Undergrad

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My name is Alex Boeschenstein and I am an Interdisciplinary Visual Art student. Nonetheless, I consider myself an 'adopted child' of the Photomedia program. I have collaborated with many Photomedia students and, as a result, have been the beneficiary of much of their rental supplies, equipment, and resources. This past summer I collaborated with a photo student on a music video using the department's lenses, cameras, and tripods. I also edited much of the video on the computers in the photo lab. Additionally, I collaborated with another student on a project where I was lucky enough to use the studios themselves as well as the strobe lights and department's camera equipment. These are only a few of the most direct ways that the resources of the Photomedia department have helped enrich my educational experience in the art department. The department itself is no doubt the 'gem' of the fine art department and deserves to be funded accordingly.

Sincerely,
Alex Boeschenstein
Interdisciplinary Visual Art Undergrad

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The equipment listed in this proposal is essential to our program. Each of the items listed are very well researched, and are forward thinking; the nature of technology is that it is outshone somewhat rapidly, yet price points do not decrease at an equivalent rate. The only true way to get your money’s worth is by buying technology as soon as it comes out, and maintaining it as best you can. The items proposed will be absolutely necessary to learn and master in the near future, and will cost essentially the same even 5-7 years down the road. It would be best to give students the opportunity to learn about these upcoming advancements. I support this proposal and am excited to learn whatever the future has to offer.

Thank you,
Matthew Bell
Photomedia Undergrad

Items

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Sony FS7 4K Video Camera System

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera

$7,999.00 1 $7,999.00
Description

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera (4K High Frame-Rate Pro Video Camera)

Best Price at B&H eProcurement
B&H # SOPXWFS7 Mfr # PXW-FS7
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Sony+PXW-FS7+XDCAM+Super+35+Camera&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This camera will be available for student checkout. Throughout the three-year Photomedia curricula, our 60 undergrads and 6 grads work both independently and collaboratively. They will be fully supported by our faculty and Instructional Technicians. Photomedia is currently doing a search for a new tenure track faculty member, who is joining us in fall 2015, this hire will further strengthen both technical and creative aspects of our students’ practice.

The Sony FS7 expands the professional quality video shooting capability for UW students, and will solve the urgent needs in Photomedia program's current video workflow--the need for Ultra-high resolution and high frame-rate.

The FS7 is the latest and most affordable high speed 4K camera on the market. It has a lightweight magnesium-alloy body and doesn’t require an extra support rig system, which is ideal for one-person operation or a small crew. It provides expanded professional capabilities such as built-in Neutral Density filters, waveform monitoring, vectorscope, zebras, peaking, clean HDMI and SDI output, support for external recorders and complete manual control over both video and audio recording. It also gives students creative options to shoot ultra-high resolution videos in up to 4K (4096 x 2160) and slow motion up to 180 frames per second in full HD (normal speed video has 24 or 30 frames per second). Currently, we do not have any camera that achieves these, but the industry standard has been raised rapidly—online streaming sites (such as Youtube) and TVs (in galleries as well as commercial market) have already been upgraded for 4K support.

The FS7 has a Super 35mm sensor that provides 14 stops of dynamic range and excellent low-light sensitivity. As a result, it is able to preserve excellent details in both highlight and shadow areas, and creates sharp image with cinematic depth of field even in extreme lighting conditions. It records to internal XQD cards using XAVC codec with a 10-bit color depth. As one of the best codecs today, the XAVC in FS7 compresses the image very little and preserves better color, sharpness and dynamic range while using a lot less storage space than other codecs.

The FS7 provides a very different set of capabilities when compared to the Canon C100 that is currently available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. The C100's excellent auto focus makes it ideal for handheld shooting with low speed, but it's not good for panning and slow motion because it only shoots up to 30 frames per second. It also cannot capture high-resolution images in 2K, UHD or 4K, while the FS7 enables all these creative solutions with better codec and wider color depth. The FS7 will augment the C100 and expand our video capabilities.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens

$2,375.99 1 $2,375.99
Description

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. Zoom lens

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SO281354 MFR # SELP28135G
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082051-REG/sony_selp28135g_e_pz_28_135mm_f_4.html

Justification

Wide angle to telephoto zoom lens for Sony FS7.
Designed to satisfy 4K production requirements, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a wide-ranging zoom lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives while adding many features for your full-frame, APS-C, or E-mount camcorder or still photography camera system. The lens features a powered zoom control with a variable speed and zoom rotation direction reversal capability. Powering the zoom function is an SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive that allows precision and quiet operation. Focus noise is also minimized through weight reduction of the focus element group and use of a linear motor. Iris function is also designed to be smooth and silent for cinematography demands.

Angle of view variations while focusing (breathing) and axial displacement while zooming have been reduced while five aspherical elements and three ED elements work with advanced multi-coating technology to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations while also contributing to sharper overall imagery with enhanced contrast and clarity.

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card

$799.95 2 $1,599.90
Description

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card
B&H # SOXQD128GBG
Mfr # QD-G128A

Best price at B&H through eProcurement

Justification

Memory cards for Sony FS7 camera.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 60P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 22 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 29.97P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 44 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 23.98P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 55 minutes.

Sony XQD Card Reader

$36.69 1 $36.69
Description

Sony XQD Card Reader

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SOXQDCR
Mfr # MRWE80/BC1

Justification

XQD card reader to transfer files to MacPros

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery

$249.00 2 $498.00
Description

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery. Battery for Sony FS7.
B&H # SEEXL96UD MFR # EX-L96UD

Justification

Battery for Sony FS7.

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA

$649.00 1 $649.00
Description

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA. Lens adapter to enable use of Canon lenses on Sony FS7.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # MESPEFEBM2
Mfr # MB_SPEF-E-BM2

Justification

The FS7 is compatible with all Canon EF/EF-S lenses with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA adaptor. With this adaptor, the FS7 can largely benefit from the collection of Canon lenses that we already have for checkout. Students will have more creative options for shooting in different conditions.

Photomedia has the following EF mount (non-stabilized) lenses: Zeiss 21mm, Canon 35mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 100mm, Canon 24-70 zoom.

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter

$139.95 1 $139.95
Description

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter
Protective filter for Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # BWUVMC95
MFR # 66-045110

Justification

For use on the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.

The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

Gimbal Stabilizer for Video Cameras

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model)

$4,295.00 1 $4,295.00
Description

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model). This gimbal stabilizer will smooth out hand held video shooting. This product is designed to function with cameras that are the size and weight of the Sony FS7.
https://www.gremsy.com/gstabi-h14

Aerial Technology International, Oregon USA
http://www.aerialtechnology.com/gremsy-h14-vs-dji-ronin/

Justification

The Gremsy gStabi H14 is a motorized camera stabilization device for the Sony FS7 as well as all the other DSLRs (Canon 5D2 and Nikon D810) and video camera (Canon C100) that are available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. It will be able to open up more creative options for students, and greatly improves the quality of handheld footage.

The gStabi H14 employs a 3-axis digital gyro-stabilization system that detects and counteracts unwanted movement along three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), and keeps the camera at horizon level. Its inertial measurement unit (IMU) is GPS-assisted, so that it is able to minimize drift when under acceleration, which is necessary for shooting on a moving vehicle. The gStabi H14 is suitable for one-person operation, but also offers a remote control option for collaborative work. The gStabi H14 is lightweight, but has a payload of 14lbs that can support not only all the DSLRs we have available for check out, but also greatly benefit the Canon C100 video camera we purchased last summer and the Sony FS7, which we are requesting.

Nikon D810 Pro Camera System

Nikon D810 (body only)

$2,996.95 1 $2,996.95
Description

Nikon D810 high resolution digital camera body.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NID810
Mfr # 1542
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1062499-REG/nikon_d_810_digital_slr_body.html

Justification

The Nikon D810 is a 36.3 megapixel HD-SLR. This professional quality camera provides an exceptional combination of image quality, durability and affordability for still photography.

We got one Nikon D810 from the STF last year. We have been checking the D810 out to our students since we were able to purchase it last summer. Since it has been in our inventory, the D810 has been constantly booked by students nonstop. To fulfill the demand for the high quality image-output this camera offers, we would like to expand our inventory to include a second D810 as well as extra lenses. For still photography it still consistently outperforms the other cameras in its class by a significant margin. The D810 gives students the ability to shoot high-quality raw files that provide enough resolution to be enlarged to 30x40 inches on Photomedia's large-format printers. It can also be used to capture 1080p video, though the video-output is not nearly of the quality or flexibility of the Canon C100 or the Sony FS7. The D810's ultra high-resolution sensor and lack of anti-aliasing filter also create noticeable moiré and aliasing in the video mode. This is a problem with cameras that excel at ultra high-resolution still digital imaging.

We have chosen a second Nikon D810 camera to upgrade our still photography options not only because the Nikon D810 remains to be the best camera available for our needs in still photography, but also because it will serve more students if we are able to continue expanding our checkout inventory of Nikon equipment. Having Nikon lenses available for checkout expands the creative options for students that own Nikon cameras.

AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

$796.95 1 $796.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
This is a wide angle lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI2018
Mfr # 20051
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=AF-S+NIKKOR+20mm+f%2F1.8G+ED&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with smaller f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens

$596.95 1 $596.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
This is a moderately wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI3518
Mfr # 2215

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=AF-S+NIKKOR+35mm+f%2F1.8G+ED+Lens&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a moderately wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens

$419.00 1 $419.00
Description

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens. This is a normal/standard (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI5014GAF
Mfr # 2180

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Nikon+AF-S+Nikkor+50mm+f%2F1.4G+Autofocus+Lens&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a normal/standard (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.4) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

$496.95 1 $496.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens. This is a telephoto (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI8518G
Mfr # 2201

Justification

This is a telephoto fixed focal length lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (1900mAh)

$43.00 2 $86.00
Description

Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (1900mAh)

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NIENEL15
MFR # 27011

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Nikon+EN-EL15+Lithium-Ion+Battery+%281900mAh%29&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

Lithium battery + 1 backup to power Nikon D810.

SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I

$29.95 2 $59.90
Description

SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I

B&H # SAEPSDU16GB
Mfr # SDSDXP-016G-A46

Justification

16 GB memory cards for the Nikon D810 camera.

B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$63.95 1 $63.95
Description

B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter for 20mm lens

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC77
MFR # 66-070252

Justification

UV filter for the Nikon 20mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

B+W 58mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$34.60 2 $69.20
Description

B+W 58mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filters for 35 & 50mm lenses

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC58
MFR # 66-070222

Justification

UV filters for the Nikon 35 and 50mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

B+W 67mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$43.65 1 $43.65
Description

B+W 67mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter for Nikon 85mm lens

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC67
MFR # 66-070236

Justification

UV filter for the Nikon 85mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

Portable LED Lighting Kit

Dracast LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED 3-Light Kit with Stands and V-Mount Battery Plates

$3,478.95 1 $3,478.95
Description

Dracast LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED 3-Light Kit with Stands and V-Mount Battery Plates.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # DRLK3X1000BK
Mfr # DR-LK-3X1000-BV

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Dracast+LED1000+Pro+Bi-Color+LED+3-Light+Kit+with+Stands+and+V-Mount+Battery+Plates&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This set of 3 LED lights provides portable lighting for shooting video and stills. The lights can be powered by batteries or AC current. The kit contains three LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED Panels, which gives students accurate control over color temperature and intensity of the light simply by adjusting two knobs. The LED panel emits soft light, and has a smooth variable color spectrum between 3,200k and 5,400k that can match any pre-existing lighting condition in order to create even lighting in the image for both still and video shoot. It also has high Color Rendering Index (CRI 95), which means it gives the lit subjects better and vibrant color.

The color temperature of the lights can be dialed up or down to match the color temperature of existing light or artificial interior lighting. This kit will provide significantly improved video and photo lighting options that our students don't have access to on campus.

High-Res Video & Photo Editing Stations

Mac Pro - 3.5GHz 6-core, 16GB RAM, dual 700 GPU cards 6GB VRAM ea

$5,207.00 2 $10,414.00
Description

Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-core with 12MB of L3 cache
16GB (4x4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
1TB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - English (USA)
User's Guide (English)
AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro - Auto-enroll
One to One membership — 1 year

Justification

Our purpose-specific computer lab consists of six Mac workstations (four of them are considerably outdated), 2 film scanners, one flatbed scanner and two Epson 17-inch printers.

These additional Mac Pro purpose-specific workstations will provide much-needed 4K high resolution video editing/processing capabilities for Photomedia's around-the-clock access computer lab. We currently have two of these stations setup for students and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video rendering time has been cut to a fraction of what it is on our older machines. Students are able to complete the video exporting process in minutes rather than hours. These computers also provide an improved workflow for Photo imaging such as high-resolution compositing and collage, something that continues to give our older machines trouble.

The Mac Pros are designed to excel at processing HD/4K video and specialty tasks where all cores are fully utilized. They will be capable of editing the massive files put out by the FS7 in 4K RAW. For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc.), the dual D700 GPUs are still a perfect choice. Students utilizing Photoshop and 3d modeling software also benefit from the computers fast 6-core processing and powerful GPUs. We're asking for more PCIe-based flash storage (1TB) on these machines and 12TB RAID to help support 4k video production.

4 x 16.0GB PC3-14900 DDR3 ECC Registered 1866MHz 240 Pin

$799.00 2 $1,598.00
Description

4 x 16.0GB PC3-14900 DDR3 ECC Registered 1866MHz 240 Pin
64GB RAM for each workstation

Other World Computing.com

Justification

64GB for each of the Mac Pros so they will be able to handle 4K video files without bogging down the student's editing workflow.

They will be capable of editing the massive files put out by the FS7 in 4K. For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc.), the dual D700 GPUs are still a perfect choice. Students utilizing Photoshop and 3D modeling software also benefit from the computers' fast 6-core processing and powerful GPUs. We're asking for more PCIe-based flash storage (1TB) on these machines and 12TB RAID to help support 4K video production.

We currently have two Mac Pro stations and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video rendering time has been cut to a fraction of what it is on our older machines. Students are able to complete the video exporting process in minutes rather than hours. These computers also provide an improved workflow for photo imaging such as high-resolution compositing and collage, something that continues to give our older machines trouble.

NEC PA322UHD-BK 32" Widescreen LED Backlit Color Accurate IPS Monitor

$2,999.00 2 $5,998.00
Description

NEC PA322UHD-BK 32" Widescreen LED Backlit Color Accurate IPS Monitor. 4K resolution color accurate computer monitors.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NEPA322UHDBK
MFR # PA322UHD-BK

Justification

The NEC PA322UHD-BK LED monitor will be able to display 4K videos in their true resolution during post-production, which we are not able to do with our current workstation monitors.

Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array

$1,999.00 2 $3,998.00
Description

Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array. Student file storage for Mac Pro editing stations.

The Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 is a Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage array designed for simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of high-resolution videos and large multimedia files. This storage array's Thunderbolt 2 interface offers high-speed connectivity. The Pegasus2 R6 stores up to 12TB of data and consists of six 2TB 7200 rpm SATA drives.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # PRP2R6HD12US
Mfr # P2R6HD12US

Justification

Each 12TB Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage arrays will be connected to one of the Mac Pro workstations. They are designed to provide temporary storage for simultaneous streaming (viewing), editing, and backup of high-resolution 4K videos and large multimedia files.

4K Video Displays

Samsung HU8550 Series 60" Class 4K Smart 3D LED TV

$2,497.99 2 $4,995.98
Description

Samsung HU8550 Series 60" Class 4K Smart 3D LED TV

Best available price at:
B&H # SAUN60HU8550
MFR # UN60HU8550FXZA

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Samsung+HU8550+Series+60%22+Class+4K+Smart+3D+LED+TV&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

The two Samsung HU8550 Series 60" 4K LED TVs will allow our students to evaluate and display 4k videos shot by the Sony FS7 in a gallery setting. Photomedia has two gallery spaces, 9 and Skinny, which exhibit students’ work throughout the year. It would be a great benefit to our BFA and MFA students if they could also checkout the new 4K TVs for their thesis shows at the UW campus Jacob Lawrence Gallery and Henry Art Gallery.

None

Tax

$5,102.07 1 $5,102.07
Description

State tax for this proposal.

Justification

Total requested: $58,808.03

Total funded: $58,808.03

Group Funded Item Change in Unit price Change in Quantity Change in Subtotal
Sony FS7 4K Video Camera System

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera

$0.00 -1 -$7,999.00
Description

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera (4K High Frame-Rate Pro Video Camera)

Best Price at B&H eProcurement
B&H # SOPXWFS7 Mfr # PXW-FS7
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Sony+PXW-FS7+XDCAM+Super+35+Camera&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This camera will be available for student checkout. Throughout the three-year Photomedia curricula, our 60 undergrads and 6 grads work both independently and collaboratively. They will be fully supported by our faculty and Instructional Technicians. Photomedia is currently doing a search for a new tenure track faculty member, who is joining us in fall 2015, this hire will further strengthen both technical and creative aspects of our students’ practice.

The Sony FS7 expands the professional quality video shooting capability for UW students, and will solve the urgent needs in Photomedia program's current video workflow--the need for Ultra-high resolution and high frame-rate.

The FS7 is the latest and most affordable high speed 4K camera on the market. It has a lightweight magnesium-alloy body and doesn’t require an extra support rig system, which is ideal for one-person operation or a small crew. It provides expanded professional capabilities such as built-in Neutral Density filters, waveform monitoring, vectorscope, zebras, peaking, clean HDMI and SDI output, support for external recorders and complete manual control over both video and audio recording. It also gives students creative options to shoot ultra-high resolution videos in up to 4K (4096 x 2160) and slow motion up to 180 frames per second in full HD (normal speed video has 24 or 30 frames per second). Currently, we do not have any camera that achieves these, but the industry standard has been raised rapidly—online streaming sites (such as Youtube) and TVs (in galleries as well as commercial market) have already been upgraded for 4K support.

The FS7 has a Super 35mm sensor that provides 14 stops of dynamic range and excellent low-light sensitivity. As a result, it is able to preserve excellent details in both highlight and shadow areas, and creates sharp image with cinematic depth of field even in extreme lighting conditions. It records to internal XQD cards using XAVC codec with a 10-bit color depth. As one of the best codecs today, the XAVC in FS7 compresses the image very little and preserves better color, sharpness and dynamic range while using a lot less storage space than other codecs.

The FS7 provides a very different set of capabilities when compared to the Canon C100 that is currently available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. The C100's excellent auto focus makes it ideal for handheld shooting with low speed, but it's not good for panning and slow motion because it only shoots up to 30 frames per second. It also cannot capture high-resolution images in 2K, UHD or 4K, while the FS7 enables all these creative solutions with better codec and wider color depth. The FS7 will augment the C100 and expand our video capabilities.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens

$0.00 -1 -$2,375.99
Description

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. Zoom lens

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SO281354 MFR # SELP28135G
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082051-REG/sony_selp28135g_e_pz_28_135mm_f_4.html

Justification

Wide angle to telephoto zoom lens for Sony FS7.
Designed to satisfy 4K production requirements, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a wide-ranging zoom lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives while adding many features for your full-frame, APS-C, or E-mount camcorder or still photography camera system. The lens features a powered zoom control with a variable speed and zoom rotation direction reversal capability. Powering the zoom function is an SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive that allows precision and quiet operation. Focus noise is also minimized through weight reduction of the focus element group and use of a linear motor. Iris function is also designed to be smooth and silent for cinematography demands.

Angle of view variations while focusing (breathing) and axial displacement while zooming have been reduced while five aspherical elements and three ED elements work with advanced multi-coating technology to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations while also contributing to sharper overall imagery with enhanced contrast and clarity.

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card

$0.00 -2 -$1,599.90
Description

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card
B&H # SOXQD128GBG
Mfr # QD-G128A

Best price at B&H through eProcurement

Justification

Memory cards for Sony FS7 camera.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 60P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 22 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 29.97P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 44 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 23.98P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 55 minutes.

Sony XQD Card Reader

$0.00 -1 -$36.69
Description

Sony XQD Card Reader

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SOXQDCR
Mfr # MRWE80/BC1

Justification

XQD card reader to transfer files to MacPros

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery

$0.00 -2 -$498.00
Description

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery. Battery for Sony FS7.
B&H # SEEXL96UD MFR # EX-L96UD

Justification

Battery for Sony FS7.

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA

$0.00 -1 -$649.00
Description

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA. Lens adapter to enable use of Canon lenses on Sony FS7.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # MESPEFEBM2
Mfr # MB_SPEF-E-BM2

Justification

The FS7 is compatible with all Canon EF/EF-S lenses with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA adaptor. With this adaptor, the FS7 can largely benefit from the collection of Canon lenses that we already have for checkout. Students will have more creative options for shooting in different conditions.

Photomedia has the following EF mount (non-stabilized) lenses: Zeiss 21mm, Canon 35mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 100mm, Canon 24-70 zoom.

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter

$0.00 -1 -$139.95
Description

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter
Protective filter for Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # BWUVMC95
MFR # 66-045110

Justification

For use on the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.

The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

Gimbal Stabilizer for Video Cameras

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model)

$0.00 -1 -$4,295.00
Description

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model). This gimbal stabilizer will smooth out hand held video shooting. This product is designed to function with cameras that are the size and weight of the Sony FS7.
https://www.gremsy.com/gstabi-h14

Aerial Technology International, Oregon USA
http://www.aerialtechnology.com/gremsy-h14-vs-dji-ronin/

Justification

The Gremsy gStabi H14 is a motorized camera stabilization device for the Sony FS7 as well as all the other DSLRs (Canon 5D2 and Nikon D810) and video camera (Canon C100) that are available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. It will be able to open up more creative options for students, and greatly improves the quality of handheld footage.

The gStabi H14 employs a 3-axis digital gyro-stabilization system that detects and counteracts unwanted movement along three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), and keeps the camera at horizon level. Its inertial measurement unit (IMU) is GPS-assisted, so that it is able to minimize drift when under acceleration, which is necessary for shooting on a moving vehicle. The gStabi H14 is suitable for one-person operation, but also offers a remote control option for collaborative work. The gStabi H14 is lightweight, but has a payload of 14lbs that can support not only all the DSLRs we have available for check out, but also greatly benefit the Canon C100 video camera we purchased last summer and the Sony FS7, which we are requesting.

None

Tax

$35.67 0 $35.67
Description

State tax for this proposal.

Justification

URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema Camera System

URSA Mini 4.6K body

$4,995.00 1 $4,995.00
Description

URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema camera body
B&H # BLURSAM46KEF 
MFR # CINECAMURSAM46K/EF

Justification

In the time between our initial proposal and the disbursement of funding, Black Magic Design announced and then recently released a 4.6K resolution cinema camera. The camera was announced by the company around the time we applied for the grant in 2015 and wasn't released in early April of 2016. After finally getting our hands on it last week and studying reviews of this camera, we have decided that the Black Magic URSA Mini 4.6K camera is much better suited to the students in Photomedia.
The camera provides a simple, user-friendly interface that results in a smaller learning curve while simultaneously producing ultrahigh quality video and introducing students to skills used in professional creative industries. The URSA is compatible with Canon E mount lenses (allowing us more lens compatibility with our Canon DSLRS) while the Sony FS7 would require us to purchase expensive Sony-specific lenses. The URSA Mini ($4,995) is also about half the price of the FS7 ($7,999), giving us the freedom to purchase additional high quality cinema lenses.
After extensive research and testing, the lenses we have earmarked for this camera are the 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm Xeen lenses by Rokinon. The lenses boast high quality optics, durable build quality (metal casing), ease of operation, highly competitive price, and are useable on both the URSA Mini and our collection of Canon DSLRs. We believe these lenses are the best option for our program and our current collection of equipment. Currently, the lenses are sold in a set of three for $7,485.

BlackMagic Electronic View Finder

$1,495.00 1 $1,495.00
Description

External high definition viewfinder for URSA Mini.
B&H # BLURSAVF 
MFR # CINECAMURSANEVFP

Justification

Provides operator flexibility fine-tuned control over color and focus adjustment as well as a streamlined handheld operation.

V-Lock Plate

$95.00 1 $95.00
Description

V-Lock Battery mount adapter plate for URSA Mini
B&H # BLUVLBP 
MFR # CINECAMURVLBATTAD

Justification

V-Mount batteries ease the workflow of shooting with multiple batteries.

BlackMagic URSA Shoulder mount

$395.00 1 $395.00
Description

Padded shoulder mount for URSA Mini
B&H # BLURSAMSK
MFR # CINECAMURSASHMKM

Justification

Provides comfort and stability for long-term shooting when not using a tripod.

Switronix XP-L90s V-mount Battery

$239.95 2 $479.90
Description

Switronix 14.8V, 98Watthour V-mount Battery
B&H # SWXPL90S
MFR # XP-L90S

Justification

Easily swappable during shoots and provides power to URSA Mini for up to 2 hours of continuous shooting.

Switronix Dual battery charger

$355.00 1 $355.00
Description

Battery charging deck for Switronix XP-L90s
B&H # SWGPAURSAK2

Justification

Provides user with the ability to charge multiple batteries at once for easy swapping during shoots

Lexar 128GB cfast 3600x Card

$369.00 4 $1,476.00
Description

128GB CFast cards with 540MB/s read speed and 445 MB/s write speed. Designed for use with cinema cameras
B&H # LEC3600X128
MFR # LC128CRBNA3600

Justification

The high capacity and write-speed of this card makes it ideal for shooting RAW 4.6k footage at high frame-rates.

Atomos Cfast USB 3 Reader

$49.95 1 $49.95
Description

CFast card reader with USB 3.0 connection
B&H # ATATOMCFA001
MFR # ATOMCFA001

Justification

USB 3.0 connection allows for quick downloading of footage from CFast cards

Xeen Cine Lens Bundle (24, 50, 85mm)

$7,485.00 1 $7,485.00
Description

Xeen Cinema lenses at 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm focal lengths
B&H # ROXNC3

Justification

The Xeen lenses, manufactured by Rokinon, provide high-quality optics with very sturdy build quality at an extremely competitive price. While equivalent Canon and Zeiss cinema lenses run above $5,000 per lens, Rokinon Xeen manages to provide professional cinema quality optics and operability at a much more affordable price point.

Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag

$579.88 1 $579.88
Description

The MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System is a professional tripod system designed for cinema cameras. The system combines the MVH502A 75mm half ball fluid head with the 546B tripod with mid spreader.
B&H # MAH502A546BK
MFR # MVH502A,546BK-1

Justification

The Manfrotto MVH502A tripod provides smooth panning for motion tracking shots and has a load bearing capacity of 15.4lbs, providing ample capacity for the URSA Mini with lens and battery attached.

Supplemental request: -$152.13

Deicision: Funded

Group Funded Item Unit price Quantity Subtotal
Sony FS7 4K Video Camera System

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera

$7,999.00 0 $0.00
Description

Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera (4K High Frame-Rate Pro Video Camera)

Best Price at B&H eProcurement
B&H # SOPXWFS7 Mfr # PXW-FS7
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Sony+PXW-FS7+XDCAM+Super+35+Camera&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This camera will be available for student checkout. Throughout the three-year Photomedia curricula, our 60 undergrads and 6 grads work both independently and collaboratively. They will be fully supported by our faculty and Instructional Technicians. Photomedia is currently doing a search for a new tenure track faculty member, who is joining us in fall 2015, this hire will further strengthen both technical and creative aspects of our students’ practice.

The Sony FS7 expands the professional quality video shooting capability for UW students, and will solve the urgent needs in Photomedia program's current video workflow--the need for Ultra-high resolution and high frame-rate.

The FS7 is the latest and most affordable high speed 4K camera on the market. It has a lightweight magnesium-alloy body and doesn’t require an extra support rig system, which is ideal for one-person operation or a small crew. It provides expanded professional capabilities such as built-in Neutral Density filters, waveform monitoring, vectorscope, zebras, peaking, clean HDMI and SDI output, support for external recorders and complete manual control over both video and audio recording. It also gives students creative options to shoot ultra-high resolution videos in up to 4K (4096 x 2160) and slow motion up to 180 frames per second in full HD (normal speed video has 24 or 30 frames per second). Currently, we do not have any camera that achieves these, but the industry standard has been raised rapidly—online streaming sites (such as Youtube) and TVs (in galleries as well as commercial market) have already been upgraded for 4K support.

The FS7 has a Super 35mm sensor that provides 14 stops of dynamic range and excellent low-light sensitivity. As a result, it is able to preserve excellent details in both highlight and shadow areas, and creates sharp image with cinematic depth of field even in extreme lighting conditions. It records to internal XQD cards using XAVC codec with a 10-bit color depth. As one of the best codecs today, the XAVC in FS7 compresses the image very little and preserves better color, sharpness and dynamic range while using a lot less storage space than other codecs.

The FS7 provides a very different set of capabilities when compared to the Canon C100 that is currently available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. The C100's excellent auto focus makes it ideal for handheld shooting with low speed, but it's not good for panning and slow motion because it only shoots up to 30 frames per second. It also cannot capture high-resolution images in 2K, UHD or 4K, while the FS7 enables all these creative solutions with better codec and wider color depth. The FS7 will augment the C100 and expand our video capabilities.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens

$2,375.99 0 $0.00
Description

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. Zoom lens

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SO281354 MFR # SELP28135G
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1082051-REG/sony_selp28135g_e_pz_28_135mm_f_4.html

Justification

Wide angle to telephoto zoom lens for Sony FS7.
Designed to satisfy 4K production requirements, the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens is a wide-ranging zoom lens that covers wide-angle to telephoto perspectives while adding many features for your full-frame, APS-C, or E-mount camcorder or still photography camera system. The lens features a powered zoom control with a variable speed and zoom rotation direction reversal capability. Powering the zoom function is an SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) drive that allows precision and quiet operation. Focus noise is also minimized through weight reduction of the focus element group and use of a linear motor. Iris function is also designed to be smooth and silent for cinematography demands.

Angle of view variations while focusing (breathing) and axial displacement while zooming have been reduced while five aspherical elements and three ED elements work with advanced multi-coating technology to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations while also contributing to sharper overall imagery with enhanced contrast and clarity.

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card

$799.95 0 $0.00
Description

Sony 128GB G series XQD Format Version 2 Memory Card
B&H # SOXQD128GBG
Mfr # QD-G128A

Best price at B&H through eProcurement

Justification

Memory cards for Sony FS7 camera.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 60P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 22 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 29.97P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 44 minutes.
XAVC-I mode QFHD 23.98P, When using QD-G128A(128GB): Approx. 55 minutes.

Sony XQD Card Reader

$36.69 0 $0.00
Description

Sony XQD Card Reader

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # SOXQDCR
Mfr # MRWE80/BC1

Justification

XQD card reader to transfer files to MacPros

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery

$249.00 0 $0.00
Description

Sony BPU60 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery. Battery for Sony FS7.
B&H # SEEXL96UD MFR # EX-L96UD

Justification

Battery for Sony FS7.

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA

$649.00 0 $0.00
Description

Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA. Lens adapter to enable use of Canon lenses on Sony FS7.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # MESPEFEBM2
Mfr # MB_SPEF-E-BM2

Justification

The FS7 is compatible with all Canon EF/EF-S lenses with the Metabones Canon EF Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Speed Booster ULTRA adaptor. With this adaptor, the FS7 can largely benefit from the collection of Canon lenses that we already have for checkout. Students will have more creative options for shooting in different conditions.

Photomedia has the following EF mount (non-stabilized) lenses: Zeiss 21mm, Canon 35mm, Canon 50mm, Canon 100mm, Canon 24-70 zoom.

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter

$139.95 0 $0.00
Description

B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter
Protective filter for Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Best price at B&H through eProcurement
B&H # BWUVMC95
MFR # 66-045110

Justification

For use on the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens. The B+W 95mm Digital HD UV Filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. No additional coloration or contrast is provided, allowing you to pair this filter with others.

The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

Gimbal Stabilizer for Video Cameras

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model)

$4,295.00 0 $0.00
Description

Gremsy gStabi H14 (plus model). This gimbal stabilizer will smooth out hand held video shooting. This product is designed to function with cameras that are the size and weight of the Sony FS7.
https://www.gremsy.com/gstabi-h14

Aerial Technology International, Oregon USA
http://www.aerialtechnology.com/gremsy-h14-vs-dji-ronin/

Justification

The Gremsy gStabi H14 is a motorized camera stabilization device for the Sony FS7 as well as all the other DSLRs (Canon 5D2 and Nikon D810) and video camera (Canon C100) that are available for checkout in the Photomedia Department. It will be able to open up more creative options for students, and greatly improves the quality of handheld footage.

The gStabi H14 employs a 3-axis digital gyro-stabilization system that detects and counteracts unwanted movement along three axes (pan, tilt, and roll), and keeps the camera at horizon level. Its inertial measurement unit (IMU) is GPS-assisted, so that it is able to minimize drift when under acceleration, which is necessary for shooting on a moving vehicle. The gStabi H14 is suitable for one-person operation, but also offers a remote control option for collaborative work. The gStabi H14 is lightweight, but has a payload of 14lbs that can support not only all the DSLRs we have available for check out, but also greatly benefit the Canon C100 video camera we purchased last summer and the Sony FS7, which we are requesting.

Nikon D810 Pro Camera System

Nikon D810 (body only)

$2,996.95 1 $2,996.95
Description

Nikon D810 high resolution digital camera body.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NID810
Mfr # 1542
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1062499-REG/nikon_d_810_digital_slr_body.html

Justification

The Nikon D810 is a 36.3 megapixel HD-SLR. This professional quality camera provides an exceptional combination of image quality, durability and affordability for still photography.

We got one Nikon D810 from the STF last year. We have been checking the D810 out to our students since we were able to purchase it last summer. Since it has been in our inventory, the D810 has been constantly booked by students nonstop. To fulfill the demand for the high quality image-output this camera offers, we would like to expand our inventory to include a second D810 as well as extra lenses. For still photography it still consistently outperforms the other cameras in its class by a significant margin. The D810 gives students the ability to shoot high-quality raw files that provide enough resolution to be enlarged to 30x40 inches on Photomedia's large-format printers. It can also be used to capture 1080p video, though the video-output is not nearly of the quality or flexibility of the Canon C100 or the Sony FS7. The D810's ultra high-resolution sensor and lack of anti-aliasing filter also create noticeable moiré and aliasing in the video mode. This is a problem with cameras that excel at ultra high-resolution still digital imaging.

We have chosen a second Nikon D810 camera to upgrade our still photography options not only because the Nikon D810 remains to be the best camera available for our needs in still photography, but also because it will serve more students if we are able to continue expanding our checkout inventory of Nikon equipment. Having Nikon lenses available for checkout expands the creative options for students that own Nikon cameras.

AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED

$796.95 1 $796.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED
This is a wide angle lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI2018
Mfr # 20051
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=AF-S+NIKKOR+20mm+f%2F1.8G+ED&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with smaller f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens

$596.95 1 $596.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED Lens
This is a moderately wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI3518
Mfr # 2215

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=AF-S+NIKKOR+35mm+f%2F1.8G+ED+Lens&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a moderately wide angle (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens

$419.00 1 $419.00
Description

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens. This is a normal/standard (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI5014GAF
Mfr # 2180

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Nikon+AF-S+Nikkor+50mm+f%2F1.4G+Autofocus+Lens&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This is a normal/standard (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.4) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens

$496.95 1 $496.95
Description

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G Lens. This is a telephoto (fixed focal length) lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NI8518G
Mfr # 2201

Justification

This is a telephoto fixed focal length lens for the Nikon D810 camera.

Fixed focal length lenses are more compact than zoom lenses. Lenses with small f numbers like this one (f1.8) have a large maximum lens aperture. That feature allows for shooting in lower light levels and provides the option of shooting with a shallower depth of focus for expanded creative control of the resulting image.

Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (1900mAh)

$43.00 2 $86.00
Description

Nikon EN-EL15 Lithium-Ion Battery (1900mAh)

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NIENEL15
MFR # 27011

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Nikon+EN-EL15+Lithium-Ion+Battery+%281900mAh%29&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

Lithium battery + 1 backup to power Nikon D810.

SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I

$29.95 2 $59.90
Description

SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Extreme Pro Class 10 UHS-I

B&H # SAEPSDU16GB
Mfr # SDSDXP-016G-A46

Justification

16 GB memory cards for the Nikon D810 camera.

B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$63.95 1 $63.95
Description

B+W 77mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter for 20mm lens

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC77
MFR # 66-070252

Justification

UV filter for the Nikon 20mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

B+W 58mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$34.60 2 $69.20
Description

B+W 58mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filters for 35 & 50mm lenses

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC58
MFR # 66-070222

Justification

UV filters for the Nikon 35 and 50mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

B+W 67mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter

$43.65 1 $43.65
Description

B+W 67mm UV Haze MRC 010M Filter for Nikon 85mm lens

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # BWUVMC67
MFR # 66-070236

Justification

UV filter for the Nikon 85mm lens for the Nikon D810 camera system.

The filter is a general use, clear filter that helps to absorb ultraviolet light and reduce the bluish cast of daylight. The UV filter is also useful as a general protective filter to leave on lenses at all times. Filters help to reduce dust and moisture from reaching your lens element and provide additional protection in case of drops or situations where scratching could occur.

Portable LED Lighting Kit

Dracast LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED 3-Light Kit with Stands and V-Mount Battery Plates

$3,478.95 1 $3,478.95
Description

Dracast LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED 3-Light Kit with Stands and V-Mount Battery Plates.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # DRLK3X1000BK
Mfr # DR-LK-3X1000-BV

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Dracast+LED1000+Pro+Bi-Color+LED+3-Light+Kit+with+Stands+and+V-Mount+Battery+Plates&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

This set of 3 LED lights provides portable lighting for shooting video and stills. The lights can be powered by batteries or AC current. The kit contains three LED1000 Pro Bi-Color LED Panels, which gives students accurate control over color temperature and intensity of the light simply by adjusting two knobs. The LED panel emits soft light, and has a smooth variable color spectrum between 3,200k and 5,400k that can match any pre-existing lighting condition in order to create even lighting in the image for both still and video shoot. It also has high Color Rendering Index (CRI 95), which means it gives the lit subjects better and vibrant color.

The color temperature of the lights can be dialed up or down to match the color temperature of existing light or artificial interior lighting. This kit will provide significantly improved video and photo lighting options that our students don't have access to on campus.

High-Res Video & Photo Editing Stations

Mac Pro - 3.5GHz 6-core, 16GB RAM, dual 700 GPU cards 6GB VRAM ea

$5,207.00 2 $10,414.00
Description

Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-core with 12MB of L3 cache
16GB (4x4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC
1TB PCIe-based flash storage
Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad - English (USA)
User's Guide (English)
AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro - Auto-enroll
One to One membership — 1 year

Justification

Our purpose-specific computer lab consists of six Mac workstations (four of them are considerably outdated), 2 film scanners, one flatbed scanner and two Epson 17-inch printers.

These additional Mac Pro purpose-specific workstations will provide much-needed 4K high resolution video editing/processing capabilities for Photomedia's around-the-clock access computer lab. We currently have two of these stations setup for students and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video rendering time has been cut to a fraction of what it is on our older machines. Students are able to complete the video exporting process in minutes rather than hours. These computers also provide an improved workflow for Photo imaging such as high-resolution compositing and collage, something that continues to give our older machines trouble.

The Mac Pros are designed to excel at processing HD/4K video and specialty tasks where all cores are fully utilized. They will be capable of editing the massive files put out by the FS7 in 4K RAW. For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc.), the dual D700 GPUs are still a perfect choice. Students utilizing Photoshop and 3d modeling software also benefit from the computers fast 6-core processing and powerful GPUs. We're asking for more PCIe-based flash storage (1TB) on these machines and 12TB RAID to help support 4k video production.

4 x 16.0GB PC3-14900 DDR3 ECC Registered 1866MHz 240 Pin

$799.00 2 $1,598.00
Description

4 x 16.0GB PC3-14900 DDR3 ECC Registered 1866MHz 240 Pin
64GB RAM for each workstation

Other World Computing.com

Justification

64GB for each of the Mac Pros so they will be able to handle 4K video files without bogging down the student's editing workflow.

They will be capable of editing the massive files put out by the FS7 in 4K. For video processing where the computing demands are large (effects, transcoding, etc.), the dual D700 GPUs are still a perfect choice. Students utilizing Photoshop and 3D modeling software also benefit from the computers' fast 6-core processing and powerful GPUs. We're asking for more PCIe-based flash storage (1TB) on these machines and 12TB RAID to help support 4K video production.

We currently have two Mac Pro stations and they are, by far, our most powerful workstations. Video rendering time has been cut to a fraction of what it is on our older machines. Students are able to complete the video exporting process in minutes rather than hours. These computers also provide an improved workflow for photo imaging such as high-resolution compositing and collage, something that continues to give our older machines trouble.

NEC PA322UHD-BK 32" Widescreen LED Backlit Color Accurate IPS Monitor

$2,999.00 2 $5,998.00
Description

NEC PA322UHD-BK 32" Widescreen LED Backlit Color Accurate IPS Monitor. 4K resolution color accurate computer monitors.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # NEPA322UHDBK
MFR # PA322UHD-BK

Justification

The NEC PA322UHD-BK LED monitor will be able to display 4K videos in their true resolution during post-production, which we are not able to do with our current workstation monitors.

Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array

$1,999.00 2 $3,998.00
Description

Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 Thunderbolt 2 Raid Storage Array. Student file storage for Mac Pro editing stations.

The Promise Technology 12TB Pegasus2 R6 is a Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage array designed for simultaneous streaming, editing, and backup of high-resolution videos and large multimedia files. This storage array's Thunderbolt 2 interface offers high-speed connectivity. The Pegasus2 R6 stores up to 12TB of data and consists of six 2TB 7200 rpm SATA drives.

Best available price through eProcurement at B&H Photo
B&H # PRP2R6HD12US
Mfr # P2R6HD12US

Justification

Each 12TB Thunderbolt 2 RAID storage arrays will be connected to one of the Mac Pro workstations. They are designed to provide temporary storage for simultaneous streaming (viewing), editing, and backup of high-resolution 4K videos and large multimedia files.

4K Video Displays

Samsung HU8550 Series 60" Class 4K Smart 3D LED TV

$2,497.99 2 $4,995.98
Description

Samsung HU8550 Series 60" Class 4K Smart 3D LED TV

Best available price at:
B&H # SAUN60HU8550
MFR # UN60HU8550FXZA

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=Samsung+HU8550+Series+60%22+Class+4K+Smart+3D+LED+TV&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=

Justification

The two Samsung HU8550 Series 60" 4K LED TVs will allow our students to evaluate and display 4k videos shot by the Sony FS7 in a gallery setting. Photomedia has two gallery spaces, 9 and Skinny, which exhibit students’ work throughout the year. It would be a great benefit to our BFA and MFA students if they could also checkout the new 4K TVs for their thesis shows at the UW campus Jacob Lawrence Gallery and Henry Art Gallery.

None

Tax

$5,137.74 1 $5,137.74
Description

State tax for this proposal.

Justification

URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema Camera System

URSA Mini 4.6K body

$4,995.00 1 $4,995.00
Description

URSA Mini 4.6K Cinema camera body
B&H # BLURSAM46KEF 
MFR # CINECAMURSAM46K/EF

Justification

In the time between our initial proposal and the disbursement of funding, Black Magic Design announced and then recently released a 4.6K resolution cinema camera. The camera was announced by the company around the time we applied for the grant in 2015 and wasn't released in early April of 2016. After finally getting our hands on it last week and studying reviews of this camera, we have decided that the Black Magic URSA Mini 4.6K camera is much better suited to the students in Photomedia.
The camera provides a simple, user-friendly interface that results in a smaller learning curve while simultaneously producing ultrahigh quality video and introducing students to skills used in professional creative industries. The URSA is compatible with Canon E mount lenses (allowing us more lens compatibility with our Canon DSLRS) while the Sony FS7 would require us to purchase expensive Sony-specific lenses. The URSA Mini ($4,995) is also about half the price of the FS7 ($7,999), giving us the freedom to purchase additional high quality cinema lenses.
After extensive research and testing, the lenses we have earmarked for this camera are the 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm Xeen lenses by Rokinon. The lenses boast high quality optics, durable build quality (metal casing), ease of operation, highly competitive price, and are useable on both the URSA Mini and our collection of Canon DSLRs. We believe these lenses are the best option for our program and our current collection of equipment. Currently, the lenses are sold in a set of three for $7,485.

BlackMagic Electronic View Finder

$1,495.00 1 $1,495.00
Description

External high definition viewfinder for URSA Mini.
B&H # BLURSAVF 
MFR # CINECAMURSANEVFP

Justification

Provides operator flexibility fine-tuned control over color and focus adjustment as well as a streamlined handheld operation.

V-Lock Plate

$95.00 1 $95.00
Description

V-Lock Battery mount adapter plate for URSA Mini
B&H # BLUVLBP 
MFR # CINECAMURVLBATTAD

Justification

V-Mount batteries ease the workflow of shooting with multiple batteries.

BlackMagic URSA Shoulder mount

$395.00 1 $395.00
Description

Padded shoulder mount for URSA Mini
B&H # BLURSAMSK
MFR # CINECAMURSASHMKM

Justification

Provides comfort and stability for long-term shooting when not using a tripod.

Switronix XP-L90s V-mount Battery

$239.95 2 $479.90
Description

Switronix 14.8V, 98Watthour V-mount Battery
B&H # SWXPL90S
MFR # XP-L90S

Justification

Easily swappable during shoots and provides power to URSA Mini for up to 2 hours of continuous shooting.

Switronix Dual battery charger

$355.00 1 $355.00
Description

Battery charging deck for Switronix XP-L90s
B&H # SWGPAURSAK2

Justification

Provides user with the ability to charge multiple batteries at once for easy swapping during shoots

Lexar 128GB cfast 3600x Card

$369.00 4 $1,476.00
Description

128GB CFast cards with 540MB/s read speed and 445 MB/s write speed. Designed for use with cinema cameras
B&H # LEC3600X128
MFR # LC128CRBNA3600

Justification

The high capacity and write-speed of this card makes it ideal for shooting RAW 4.6k footage at high frame-rates.

Atomos Cfast USB 3 Reader

$49.95 1 $49.95
Description

CFast card reader with USB 3.0 connection
B&H # ATATOMCFA001
MFR # ATOMCFA001

Justification

USB 3.0 connection allows for quick downloading of footage from CFast cards

Xeen Cine Lens Bundle (24, 50, 85mm)

$7,485.00 1 $7,485.00
Description

Xeen Cinema lenses at 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm focal lengths
B&H # ROXNC3

Justification

The Xeen lenses, manufactured by Rokinon, provide high-quality optics with very sturdy build quality at an extremely competitive price. While equivalent Canon and Zeiss cinema lenses run above $5,000 per lens, Rokinon Xeen manages to provide professional cinema quality optics and operability at a much more affordable price point.

Manfrotto MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System with Carrying Bag

$579.88 1 $579.88
Description

The MVH502A Fluid Head and 546B Tripod System is a professional tripod system designed for cinema cameras. The system combines the MVH502A 75mm half ball fluid head with the 546B tripod with mid spreader.
B&H # MAH502A546BK
MFR # MVH502A,546BK-1

Justification

The Manfrotto MVH502A tripod provides smooth panning for motion tracking shots and has a load bearing capacity of 15.4lbs, providing ample capacity for the URSA Mini with lens and battery attached.

Overall total funded: $58,655.90

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