Mountain View, Calif. – April 9, 2015 – LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 300 million members worldwide, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire lynda.com, a leading online learning company teaching business, technology and creative skills to help people achieve their professional goals. Based in Carpinteria, CA, lynda.com was co-founded in 1995 by Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin.
The transaction is valued at approximately $1.5 billion, subject to adjustment, in a combination of approximately 52 percent cash and approximately 48 percent stock. Subject to the completion of customary conditions, the acquisition is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.
Through a subscription to lynda.com’s service, individual members and organizations have access to a comprehensive collection of top quality courses taught by industry experts, offered in English, German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. In addition to individual subscribers, lynda.com serves corporate, government and educational organizations through its lyndaEnterprise, lyndaPro, lyndaCampus, lyndaLibrary and lyndaKiosk products. lynda.com stands out as a leader of owned and operated premium skills content, offering a massive library of high-quality courses.
“The mission of LinkedIn and the mission of lynda.com are highly aligned. Both companies seek to help professionals be better at what they do,” said Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn. “lynda.com’s extensive library of premium video content helps empower people to develop the skills needed to accelerate their careers. When integrated with the hundreds of millions of members and millions of jobs on LinkedIn, lynda.com can change the way in which people connect to opportunity.”
"This is such an exciting moment in the 20-year history of lynda.com, and I couldn't imagine a better pairing than lynda.com and LinkedIn," said Lynda Weinman, co-founder and executive chair of the board of lynda.com.
"In LinkedIn, we have found an incredible partner who shares our vision and passion for empowering people around the world to make real change in their lives through access to information, learning and professional development," said Eric Robison, CEO of lynda.com.
Following closing, most members of the lynda.com team are expected to join LinkedIn.
RONKONKOMA – April 9, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has select two Sigma products for the TIPA Awards 2015. The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary lens has been lauded Best Entry Level DSLR Lens, and the recently released 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens won Best Expert DSLR Prime Lens.
With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, the TIPA organization has a worldwide membership of 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. When TIPA member magazines began the TIPA Awards, their goal was to develop an award that would showcase the best photography, imaging products and services introduced to the market during the past year. According to TIPA, only products that the General Assembly think deserve recognition are considered in the voting process.
“On behalf of Sigma Corporation, we are honored to have two Sigma lenses receive TIPA awards this year, and be recognized by such a far-reaching organization,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re especially proud to be acknowledged as a company that continues to produce leading-edge technology in the photo industry. The addition of the 24mm F1.4 and 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 lenses to our Global Vision lineup demonstrates how Sigma is continuing to redefine expectations and improve the experience for our loyal users.”
As the ninth addition to Sigma’s iconic Global Vision Art line-up, the 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The 24mm excels at indoor photography in low light, thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded-aperture blades. The lens features both "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification, especially at the edge of the image field. It also has the ability to achieve a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches.
The 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary lens is designed exclusively for APS-C camera sensors and features a 16.6x high-ratio zoom lens that equates to a 27-450mm zoom range. It incorporates four “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, in addition to one Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass element. This enables the lens to minimize the chromatic aberration, especially toward the telephoto-end, and provide clear image quality with high color fidelity. Also, this lens comes with a newly developed optical stabilization (OS) system, ensuring better compensation.
Both lenses are compatible with Sigma’s Mount Conversion Service and Sigma’s USB dock, allowing photographers to update the lens firmware and change focus parameters.
MELVILLE, NY – At NAB 2015, Nikon (Booth # C8818) will be showing a full range of tools for a modern production environment, with versatile DSLR cameras and NIKKOR lenses for professional video applications. Several Nikon Ambassadors and industry professionals will be presenting at the Nikon booth throughout the show, demonstrating a variety of different filmmaking techniques. Additionally, Nikon Corporation will be announcing the development of new firmware, for select Nikon DSLR cameras, to improve workflow for professional video applications by enhancing capability with third party external recording devices. Nikon plans to release the new firmware later this summer, which will be available at no cost to customers.
Nikon at NAB 2015:
Industry professionals are invited to the Nikon booth to view the company’s full line of DSLR cameras for content capture, including the D750 and D810 Filmmaker Kits. Attendees are encouraged to visit the booth to learn about the production possibilities with Nikon cameras and hear from some of the most innovative filmmakers today including Corey Rich, Dixie Dixon, Anthony Arendt, PES and Chris Hershman. Visitors to the Nikon booth can also discover a vast range of NIKKOR lenses and see first-hand the unrivaled clarity and sharpness that these lenses deliver for any project.
New Nikon DSLR Firmware:
The new firmware in development will be available for the Nikon D4S, D810 and D750, and will enhance capture workflow. With the new firmware, Atomos Shogun or Ninja-2 external recorders will recognize recording start/stop commands of the external recorder and can be synchronized with recording start/stop commands of the camera. This new firmware will provide greater support for recording of high-definition, uncompressed data that makes the most of the superior resolution of the D4S, D810 and D750, plus the excellent rendering performance of NIKKOR lenses to external recorders. Demonstrations of the firmware (which is currently under development) will be available at both the Nikon (#C8818) and Atomos (#C8825) booths from Monday, April 13 through Thursday, April 16. The firmware will be available in late Summer 2015 as a free download.
Nikon D750 and D810 Filmmakers Kits
For users who are looking to take advantage of the Nikon D810 or D750’s advanced video capabilities, Nikon is now offering a Filmmaker’s Kit for each camera that includes everything needed to get started in the world of cinema. The kit contains the camera, three NIKKOR lenses in popular focal lengths, including the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G ED lens, the AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lens and the AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens; all of which provide stunning HD clarity and excellent depth of field control for filmmakers. The kit also contains two additional EN-EL15 batteries, an ME-1 Stereo Microphone, one Atomos Ninja-2 External Recorder, and Tiffen 67mm and 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filters (8-stops) for superior control of light. In addition, the Nikon Filmmaker’s Kits feature custom foam inserts, which are ideally sized for use in a hard case for transporting equipment to the next video production.
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II, EF 100-400mm L IS II Lens and a great egret make a great combination. With the egret perched above me and the setting sun behind me, the remaining challenge was to catch the constantly moving bird in ideal positions with AF locked on the eye. The camera and lens performed really well on the latter requirement and my own performance on the former was good enough to land me a pile of shots that I like.
What are the ideal subject positions for bird photography? There are many, but side-on to the bird with its head straight forward or turned slightly toward the camera is a basic ideal position. While this bird was directly facing me, that long neck could position the head in a variety of positions and the sideways but turned slightly toward me position worked well in this situation. The gust of wind ruffling the egret's feathers added the extra interest I'm always watching for.
Compositionally, I like the two black legs (leading lines) coming up into the frame, positioning the bird at about 1/3 of the way into the frame. The bird looking into the frame adds the needed balance to the image. Cropping the legs (vs. including the entire legs and feet) in-camera allowed the bird's beautiful body to be larger in the frame and allowed me to avoid the background distractions that lower framing would have included. With the wide zoom range available in this lens, I had a large variety of framing options available and I used many.
The 7D II's top-center AF point was selected and placed on the on the bird's eye. That the 7D II's AF system covers an area that close to the edge of the frame made capturing this particular image very easy relative to the focus and recompose technique most other DSLRs require in this situation. The great egret's long neck was constantly moving the head to new positions and I had only an instant to catch any of these positions. By the time I would have recomposed after focusing, the bird would have been in a new position most of the time.
Though an f/10 aperture used with the 7D II will show some softening due to the effects of diffraction, I wanted as much of the close bird to be in focus as possible. A low sharpness setting of "2" was used in DPP with very light/fine sharpening added in Photoshop CC for a very sharp end result. Even with f/10 selected, I had enough light to use a 1/320 sec shutter speed (though marginal for the moving bird) at ISO 100.
My "great" image is basically straight out of the camera with a small amount of bill cleanup done and white balance cooled slightly as the light was extremely warm at the moment of this capture.
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TOKYO, April 9, 2015—Canon camera products were honored with four “Best Photo and Imaging Product” awards by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), representing 27 photo and imaging magazines from 16 countries across five continents. The award-winning products are: the EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR camera, the IXUS 160 (PowerShot ELPH 160 in the Americas) / IXUS 165 / IXUS 170 (PowerShot ELPH 170 IS) digital compact cameras, the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM super-telephoto zoom lens, and the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. This year marks Canon’s 21st consecutive year as a TIPA award recipient.
Best DSLR Expert: EOS 7D Mark II Selected for this year’s “Best DSLR Expert” award, Canon’s APS-C-size flagship-model EOS 7D Mark II offers impressive specifications that, according to the TIPA jury, “appeal to photographers who know what a DSLR is capable of delivering.” The camera is equipped with an approximately 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s Dual DIGIC 6 image processors, all housed within a weather- and dust-resistant magnesium alloy body. In addition to realizing a fast continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second, the EOS 7D Mark II employs a 65-point (all cross type) AF system and viewfinder providing an approximately 100 percent field of view. The jury highlighted such “exciting” features as HDR (High Dynamic Range) and Multiple Exposure modes, as well as an intervalometer and a bulb timer for long exposure capture. Furthermore, the camera incorporates dual card slots for both SD and CF cards, is capable of capturing smooth, highly responsive Full HD video thanks to its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and is equipped with a dedicated stereo microphone and built-in headphone jack ports.
Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens: EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Winner of the “Best Expert DSLR Zoom Lens” award, the Canon EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM was designed for full-frame SLR cameras, but is “equally beneficial” for APS-C digital SLR camera users who want to gain even more zoom range. In addition to 4-stop image stabilization and a USM (Ultra-Sonic Motor) delivering fast, near-silent AF performance, the lens employs 21 elements in 16 groups, including fluorite and super UD (ultra-low dispersion) lens elements, making possible “high image quality across the frame." Furthermore, Canon’s ASC (Air Sphere Coating) technology offers advanced anti-reflective properties to achieve reduced ghosting and flares, while the lens’s nine-bladed circular aperture enables background blur that, according to the TIPA jury, is “smooth” and “impressive.” The judges also focused on the lens’s rear focusing design, with a floating element that “enhances AF speed and ensures uniformity in image quality at all focusing distances.” Other features mentioned by the TIPA jury include the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM’s adjustment ring, which enables users to fine-tune the zoom ring’s torque based on user preferences, and an independent-construction tripod mount that can be detached even while the lens is attached to a camera.
Best Professional DSLR Lens: EF11-24mm f/4L USM Earning TIPA’s “Best Professional DSLR Lens” title, the EF11-24mm f/4L USM ultra-wide-angle zoom lens provides users with access to the “widest angle of view yet achieved for a rectilinear full-frame DSLR zoom lens.” In addition to boasting an impressive minimum focal length of 11 mm, the lens makes possible “minimally distorted images throughout its range.” It employs 16 lens elements in 11 groups, and incorporates four aspherical lens elements that help “minimize distortion from the center to the frame edge,” as well as an optical array that “provides straight lines with minimal curvature throughout the entire [zoom] range.” The lens also features super UD and UD lens elements that, according to the TIPA jury, “significantly reduce chromatic aberration,” as well as Canon’s SWC coating to reduce flare and ghosting. The EF11-24mm f/4L USM offers a body design that is “well sealed for dust and water resistance,” and allows for manual focusing even when in AF mode.
With the introduction of the IXUS 160, IXUS 165 and IXUS 170, the TIPA judges said, “Canon has gone against the tide that supposedly swept away the possibility of new and exciting entrants in [the compact] camera category.” Named “Best Easy Compact Camera,” the three “compact and very affordable” IXUS-series cameras provide both “long-range optical zoom and stunning image quality,” features that, according to the jury, camera phones lack. In particular, the IXUS 170 was recognized for being an “exceptionally slim camera … with a very long-range [12x] optical zoom,” and for employing an approximately 20.0-megapixel image sensor and Intelligent IS, an optical image stabilization system that analyzes camera movement and applies the optimal correction method for shake-free stills and 720p HD video. The judges noted that “users can rely on the Smart AUTO mode,” a function that automatically chooses the optimal camera settings based on the scene being captured. The IXUS 165 also comes with Intelligent IS, while both the IXUS 165 and IXUS 160 each incorporate a 20.0-megapixel image sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens.
What do designers think and how do they create lenses? Takayuki Sensui and Toshinori Take, designers of NIKKOR lenses, talk about features and advantages of interchangeable lenses, challenges in lens design and their personal preferences.
We’ve returned to the Phantom and have redesigned its core systems to bring you the most advanced, forward-thinking aerial videography solution the world has ever seen. The Phantom 3 takes the look and feel of big-budget professional image capture and puts it in the palm of your hand.
Gimbal Stabilized 1080p60 / 4k Camera (model dependent)
Canon Professional Services will once again host the Canon Hospitality Suite at NAB 2015. The Canon Hospitality Suite will be open to all NAB show attendees and will feature complimentary Clean & Check service for Canon professional products.
The Clean & Check service is limited to (2) Canon EOS DSLR bodies or EF/ EF-S lenses, or (1) Cinema EOS product or (1) XF professional camcorder. All items are taken on a first-come, first-served basis and same-day service is not guaranteed.
The Canon Hospitality Suite will also include an exclusive product showcase highlighting Canon’s full professional line-up and Canon professional product reps will be available to provide product demonstrations and answer questions.
The Canon Hospitality Suite is located in room C201, just a short trip from Canon’s booth (C4325) in a private CPS elevator.
Dates and Hours of Operation: Monday April 13, 2015 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Tuesday April 14, 2015 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Wednesday April 15, 2015 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Thursday April 16, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Gear pick up only, no new items)
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center 3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
(All times indicated are local time and schedule/content subject to change without prior notice)
Canon Professional Services (CPS) Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he discusses the new features and benefits of the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema camera. This camera is an evolutionary, second-generation CINEMA EOS System model that’s been reworked, redesigned, and reengineered with the valued input of thousands of users worldwide. Starting with a brand new Super 35mm 8.85 MP Sensor, the EOS C300 Mark II offers a dynamic range of 15 stops – and an amazing amount of shadow protection thanks to a new Log gamma that’s been created – Canon Log 2.
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he goes over the body of the EOS C300 Mark II. This camera is an evolutionary, second-generation CINEMA EOS System model, reworked, redesigned, and re-engineered with the valued input of thousands of users worldwide.
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisors as they introduce the Canon XC10, a 4K camcorder. The Canon XC10 is a true hybrid camera, with 4K and HD video capabilities, and includes the ability to shoot and share still image files. This one camera can be an ideal multi-media tool for journalists, web shooters, and many others. A one-inch size,12-million pixel Canon CMOS sensor for stills and video provides excellent quality, and contributes to a compact design.
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, April 8, 2015 – Canon today unveils the XC10 – a compact, lightweight video and digital stills camera that brings professional 4K quality to aspiring filmmakers and enthusiasts. Inheriting many of the Cinema EOS range’s features, the XC10 offers incredible recording versatility and is the ideal solution as a small, stand-alone camera for independent film makers or the perfect accompaniment as a supporting B camera in larger productions.
Unleashing 4K recording for enthusiasts Boasting outstanding market leading image quality, traditionally associated with larger cameras, as well as the flexibility and ease of use of traditional compact camcorders, the XC10 delivers consistently breath-taking results. Its advanced imaging engine – a powerful combination of a specially developed 1” CMOS sensor and Canon’s new DIGIC DV5 image processor – gives both budding filmmakers or experienced pros the blistering speed and quality they demand to capture 4K video, at a wide range of variable bit rates.
Able to fit seamlessly into workflows, or productions with existing Cinema EOS cameras, the XC10 can record UHDTV standard (3840 x 2160) 4K footage to an internal CFast 2.0¹ card at up to 305Mbps, or Full HD (1920 x 1080) footage to an SD card at up to 50Mbps, with pro-standard 4:2:2 colour sampling for high resolution performance.
The XC10 delivers rich colour, synonymous with Cinema EOS cameras, with a high ISO of up to 20,000, ensuring excellent results in low light conditions, and a 12-stop Wide Dynamic Range, providing vivid detail in both highlights and shadows.
Shooters have the freedom to capture a diverse range of scenes in professional 4K quality using a specially developed 10x optical zoom lens, complete with Canon’s class-leading image stabilisation technology. With a versatile 27.3-273mm focal range (35mm equivalent, in video mode) videographers can easily switch between capturing sweeping scenes, to intimate close ups with a single lens. Pros and enthusiasts alike can change between movie recording and still image shooting, capturing high quality 12.0 MP images, or extracting 8.29 MP stills from 4K video footage.
Uncompromising design, optimised for easy shooting The XC10 redefines the boundaries of advanced compact camcorder design, with a body that’s instantly intuitive to use. Once in your hand, you’ll find a rotating grip that supports a variety of shooting styles, as well as essential feature controls at your fingertips, including a manual zoom and focusing ring. Designed to match any shooting preference, the camcorder features a 7.66cm vari-angle touch LCD, with 100% field coverage, providing direct access to the menu system through a simple set of cross keys, while an included optical loupe viewfinder, that fits the LCD, offers a more traditional shooting experience.
Fostering creativity with expert workflows Professional videographers can easily integrate the XC10 into existing production kits and workflows, thanks to its portfolio of professional standard codecs and recording modes. Canon’s new XF-AVC H.264 codec supports recording in both 4K and Full HD quality, enabling easy integration into industry- standard Non-Linear Edit systems. Canon Log Gamma also enables maximum freedom in post-production editing and processing and seamless quality matching with content shot on Cinema EOS cameras. Additionally, videographers can freely shoot in 4K, and later down convert to Full HD, to create a higher quality end product, and enable greater flexibility in the editing process.
A selection of slow and fast motion recording modes – including up to 1200x fast motion in 4K/Full HD, and up to1/4x slow motion in HD – as well as interval shooting provide further creative opportunities.
The XC10 is also Wi-Fi compatible; enabling remote control of key features via a browser, smartphone or tablet – securing its position as an essential part of any Cinema EOS video shooter’s toolkit.
XC10 Key benefits:
Stunning 4K video and 12MP stills from one compact camera
High bit rate XF-AVC files, great for post production
Seamlessly integrate with professional workflows
Get creative with fast and slow motion recording
Built-in Wi-Fi for easy browser/smart device control
Pricing and availability The XC10 will be available from June 2015 with an RSP of £1599.99 ($2,499.00 USD).
TOKYO, April 8, 2015 — Canon Inc. announced today the development of XF-AVC, a new proprietary video format for the efficient recording of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video footage. Mainly targeting professional-use 4K video camcorders, XF-AVC will deliver enhanced workflows across various stages of the production process, from shooting to editing.
In recent years, the widespread use of digital data in cinema and video has become commonplace throughout the entire production workflow. Accordingly, amid growing demand for high-image-quality video, there have been increasing opportunities to record in 4K resolution video, which employs more than four times the number of pixels used in HD content. In light of this trend, Canon developed its XF-AVC video format to support greater workflow efficiency and convenience during the production process for high-image-quality video.
The new Canon XF-AVC is a standard that defines each recording method for the visual and audio data components that make up individual video files. Because XF-AVC employs the MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 video compression format, which realizes a high data-compression rate without sacrificing image quality, it supports the efficient recording on memory cards of high-image-quality 4K, 2K and HD video content captured on video camcorders. As a result, not only can external storage and other equipment required during shooting be kept compact, because it enables the recording of high-image-quality video data, the format also facilitates color grading and other high-precision editing processes.
Canon will employ XF-AVC primarily in the Company's 4K-compatible professional-use video camcorders, such as the XC10 (to go on sale in mid June 2015) and EOS C300 Mark II (to go on sale in early September 2015). Additionally, by collaborating with various industry manufacturers in connection with the new video format, Canon will deliver improved ease and convenience during cinema and video production workflows for high-image-quality video.