Monday, October 25, 2010

On why Professional Color Grading is ALWAYS a good idea. . .

//~RED~//~Color 1.5~//~SmoothCam~// from Shani Rajesh on Vimeo.

Here's a video of some side-by-side comparisons with some graded & ungraded footage.  I get asked A LOT if I can 'Color Correct' footage on a project that I'm working on, and my usual answer is 'You need professional help.'

The video pretty much speaks for itself. . . check it out!

Monday, October 11, 2010 Presents Angelspit: Fun With Synths!

Here's a short video I did as a joint project with ANGELSPIT and

Sunday, October 10, 2010

"Cheating Death" by Shani Rajesh Patel

Cheating Death from Shani Rajesh on Vimeo.

A tale of love and betrayal with un-deadly consequences.

Cheating Death (2009)

A short film from Shani Rajesh Patel


Corey Scott Rutledge
Sincere Leigh
Charles LaCroix


Dir. Shani Rajesh Patel

Ed. Mike Mazzotta

(And for the record, I totally cut this film on-set.) Presents DJ Znuh!!

Here's an interview that I got to produce for my good friend DJ ZNUH.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hope you didn't have anything important to say to BlockBuster. . .

Here's a couple links to articles about Blockbuster's "Restructuring". Good Riddance.

Blockbuster files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy (From Engadget)

Blockbuster is Officially Bankrupt (From Gizmodo)

Blockbuster finally gives in, files for bankruptcy (From Ars Technica)

Blockbuster Files For Bankruptcy (from Kotaku)

Here's my take on it: This isn't the end of Rentals. Not by a LONG shot. There's something about going down to the local rental place, and being handed movies you've never heard of.

If anything, this will be good for the little guys. . . I hope.

I Love You, Thelma Schoonmaker

You get to contribute so significantly in the editing room because you shape the movie and the performances," she says. "You help the director bring all the hard work of those who made the film to fruition. You give their work rhythm and pace and sometimes adjust the structure to make the film work ‑- to make it start to flow up there on the screen. And then it's very rewarding after a year's work to see people react to what you've done in the theater."

Thelma Schoonmaker on Wikipedia

A Movie A Day : 6/18 - 9/23

So. . I got a little bogged down with work. I missed some days, AND I've missed some movies, but here's the list I have left. Here's some ones that I can remember, but the dates may not be totally accurate.

MicMacs - 6/18
The Puffy Chair - 6/19
Back to the Future - 6/20
Clue - 6/21
District 9 - 6/22
101 Reykjavik - 6/23
Cyrus - 6/24
LEGEND - 6/25
Do the Right thing - 6/26
Choke - 6/29

Born Rich - 7/4
Pulp Fiction - 7/5
Under Suspicion - 7/6
The Man Who Wasn't There - 7/9
Kill your Idols - 7/14
Zombieland - 7/15
I'll sleep when I'm Dead - 7/16
The Machinist - 7/19
Living in Oblivion - 7/21
The Player - 7/22

Hudsucker Proxy - 8/1
The Matrix - 8/2
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 8/3
Heist - 8/17
Thankskilling - 8/29

Pitch Black - 9/5
La Jetee - 9/9
Following - 9/10
After Hours - 9/11
Wall Street - 9/12
Friday the 13th - 9/13
Tokyo Zombie - 9/14
Event Horizon - 9/16
Dead Leaves - 9/17
Boondock Saints - 9/18
Boondock Saits 2 - All Saints Day - 9/19
Cadillac Man - 9/20
Aeon Flux - 9/21
Don't Look Now - 9/22

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


WTF? Link. (from Engadget)

Use a Dab of Vaseline to Take Vintage-Style Photos (from Lifehacker)

Title says it all. . . I'd love to see this in conjunction with a tilt-shift lens. . . sounds like a recipe for a mess. :)

LINK!! (From Lifehacker)

USB 3.0: Everything You Need to Know

Title says it all.

LINK (from /.)

Canon's new World Largest CMOS, 8 inches across, can do 60fps by moonlight. (Everybody Panic)

I saw a bunch of news items about Canon's new sensor. . . seems like it's gonna be kinda a big deal. Apparently, it's 7.95 x 8.07 inches (40x bigger than a FULL 35mm frame), 120 Megapixel. Here's some links about it.

Canon develops world's largest CMOS sensor, shoots 60fps video in moonlight (from Engadget)

With Expanded Size Comes Greater Light-Gathering Capability, in Canon's "World's Largest" Sensor (From Gizmodo)

Canon succeeds in developing world’s largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity (From Akihabara News)

Here's Canon's Press Release
Canon succeeds in developing world's largest CMOS image sensor, with ultra-high sensitivity

TOKYO, August 31, 2010-Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world's largest*1 CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.

At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the largest chips that can be produced from a 12-inch (300 mm) wafer, and is approximately 40 times the size of Canon's largest commercial CMOS sensor.*2

In the past, enlarging the size of the sensor resulted in an increase in the amount of time required between the receiving and transmission of data signals, which posed a challenge to achieving high-speed readout. Canon, however, solved this problem through an innovative circuit design, making possible the realization of a massive video-compatible CMOS sensor. Additionally, by ensuring the cleanest of cleanroom environments during the production process, the sensor minimizes image imperfections and dust.

Because the increased size of the new CMOS sensor allows more light to be gathered, it enables shooting in low-light environments. The sensor makes possible the image capture in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, facilitating the shooting of 60 frame-per-second video with a mere 0.3 lux of illumination.

Potential applications for the new high-sensitivity CMOS sensor include the video recording of stars in the night sky and nocturnal animal behavior.

Through the further development of distinctive CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of new image expression, in the area of still images as well as video.

*1 As of August 27, 2010. Based on a Canon study.
*2 The approximately 21.1 megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor employed in the company's EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR cameras.
*3 Approximately one-half the brightness of a moonlit night

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Beginner's Guide to Final Cut Pro's Audio Filters

Here's an oldie but a goodie. . ."A Beginner's Guide to Final Cut Pro's Audio Filters" from Ken Stone.

If you have NO IDEA WHAT YOU ARE DOING when it comes to sound, give this a look!


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crystal Waters - "Gypsy Woman"

I've been looking for this tune FOREVER.

HOW TO: Futuristic HUD's and Interfaces

Red Giant Holomatrix from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.

Episode 37: Creating a Holographic Interface Effects from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.

Red Giant QuickTip #8: In Like Flynn with Magic Bullet Looks from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.

Iron Man HUD Test from Christian Frarey on Vimeo.

^Here's the HOWTO from Video Co-Pilot

Nick Campbell's Vintage Film Looks for 2010

Nick Campbell's Vintage Film for Looks from Red Giant Software on Vimeo.



"So, You're an Editor" NSFW


Everything you were afraid to ask about Tilt-Shift.

Plungercammed: Tiny Fishermans Wharf from Bhautik Joshi on Vimeo.

Here's a cool guide to Tilt-Shift Photography, from Soup to Nuts. I can't wait to see a REALLY COOL short film that uses this. :)

From the website:
Have you ever wondered how tilt-shift miniature photography works and why it looks so strangely convincing? Have you ever wanted to have a tilt-shift lens but couldn't afford the hundreds of dollars needed to buy one? Have you ever wanted to take real tilt-shift photos? Then this short introduction to tilt-shift photography and DIY tilt-shift lens building is probably for you.

Selective-focus with tilt-shift lenses has been around for many years, but I think its creative potential for both photo and video (beyond miniaturisation!) lies largely untapped. By publishing this tutorial I'm hoping that it gets picked up by those of you with real creative talent, and from there you can take it somewhere completely new.

Alright, all you EOS HDSLR Guys, get to it!!!

Don't know what I'm talking about? Consult the Wiki.

THIS IS A STILL FROM THE SCARLET. (with limited video) (From Gizmodo)

This is a still from a WORKING SCARLET. Don't Believe me? Look at this:

Here's a link to the Gizmodo Article: LINK


Here's a link to the QUICKTIME FILE of the video


"You mean I can't just Cut my 7D Footage in FCP?"(From PvC)

Staying Native or Going Intermediate? Transcoding and Premiere Pro CS5 from Jason Levine on Vimeo.

Here's an interesting video talking about the What, Why, and When of transcoding footage.

It's got kinda a Premiere slant (trust me, don't buy Premiere, but the idea is the same. Enjoy.

ALSO, don't use this as a justification for NOT transcoding. . what he DOESN'T tell you is he has a BEEFY, HOT-RODDED Mac Pro. If you're trying to cut on your 5+ year old Macbook, you'll want to transcode. TRUST ME.

Here's a link to the PvC Article

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Coming Home Trailer

TRAILER Coming Home. by Aksel Stasny from Aksel Stasny on Vimeo.

Ginger Fish, Addam Bomb & Znuh! @ Santos Party House, Aug. 8th

Click for Details

My good friends Addam Bomb & Znuh! are gonna be supporting Ginger Fish (ex-Marilyn Manson) Aug. 8th in Manhattan. . . if you're around, we'll probably be shooting, and hanging out. . . so come hang out with us!!

Here's an interview I shot with Addam a few years ago, so you know what's up:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Iphone Camera News MEGAPOST (with HOWTOs!!)

I stumbled across this on /.. . . apparently it's a Canon Mount for an Iphone.
Check it out here:

The iPhone Fashion Shoot - Lee Morris Shoots With The 3GS Fstoppers from FStoppers on Vimeo.

More info about this shoot at GIZMODO and LIFEHACKER and TUAW

395 Photos That Prove Cellphones Make Great Cameras (From GIZMODO)

AND an Oldie-but-a-goodie:
Most Popular Photography Hacks of 2009 (From Lifehacker)


It seems EVERYONE is going a little crazy about this a new camera from Sony with Interchangeable lenses. Over the past few days, I've had TONS of articles about it pop up in my RSS Feed Reader. . . here's a collection of some of them.

Sony NEX-VG10 interchangeable lens camcorder announced (From PvC)

NEX-VG10: Sony’s latest ASP HD Wonder available in September (From Akihabara News)
Sony issues NEX-VG10: first interchangeable lens HD Handycam camcorder (From Engadget)
Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview (Engadget, AGAIN)

Now Video Cameras Require a Bag Full of Lenses (From Gizmodo)

Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 EXCLUSIVE: the first testvideo from Charles Michel on Vimeo.

Beautiful Bali captured with the Sony NEX-VG10 Handycam camcorder from SonyElectronics on Vimeo.

I'm not very impressed, but lots of OTHER folks seem to be. Guess we'll see, come September.

Here's the Press Release

SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2010 – Following the 25th anniversary of its industry-leading Handycam® product line, Sony today announced the innovative NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Camcorder.
The new NEX-VG10 is the world's first consumer camcorder with interchangeable lenses and the first Handycam camcorder to feature an extra-large Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor.

"The NEX-VG10 takes Sony's Handycam line to the next level by allowing unprecedented artistic expression that isn't possible with conventional consumer video cameras," said Andy Bubala, director of Sony's camcorder business. "With this camcorder, video enthusiasts and photographers can now capture cinematic full HD movies and premium stereo sound."

Sony's NEX-VG10 Interchangeable Lens HD Handycam® Camcorder is equipped with the same Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor used in the "NEX-5" and "NEX-3" digital cameras and compatible with the high grade "E-mount" series of smaller, lighter lenses optimized for video shooting with silent operation and AF. It is also compatible with a wealth of "A-mount" interchangeable lenses used by Sony's existing α DSLR camera lineup via a mount adapter (sold separately), including award winning Sony G Lenses and Carl Zeiss® branded lenses.

Coupled with Sony's powerful BIONZ® processor, the camcorder's Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor realizes high resolution video and 14 megapixel still images. Approximately 19.5 times bigger than the standard sensor found in conventional camcorders, the APS HD CMOS sensor enables an extremely shallow depth of field. This allows videographers to achieve cinematic results with stunning background defocus (bokeh). Users can also enjoy DSLR-quality photo capture with features like Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight, and Anti Motion Blur, as well as catch fast action sequences with a continuous burst rate of up to seven fps.

The NEX-VG10 can capture full 1920x1080 high definition video at up to 24Mbps for amazing clarity and detail, ideal for recording on to Blu-ray Disc™ media. It also comes with an E-mount 18-200mm lens optimized for video shooting that offers a powerful 11x optical zoom in addition to a silent auto-focus system and Optical Steadyshot™ image stabilization with Active Mode for superior versatility.

Satisfying the needs of serious videographers, sound quality matches the stellar imaging performance of the NEX-VG10. Its Quad Capsule Spatial Array Stereo Microphone uses advanced processing algorithms to combine signals from four individual microphone capsules. The result is exceptionally clear stereo audio with high directional response, allowing videographers to capture more sound from their subject and less background noise. The camcorder also features dedicated inputs for optional external microphones and headphones to monitor sound levels.

The camcorder's TruBlack™ technology brings remarkably higher contrast and brightness to its 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD™ swivel display, delivering more natural, realistic colors and easier viewing in bright conditions. The LCD is supplemented by a high-resolution adjustable electronic viewfinder that helps framing, monitoring and capturing clear images.

Compact and easy to handle, the NEX-VG10 gives videographers the flexibility of a removable lens with the ergonomics and operability of a Handycam camcorder. An intuitive jog dial and hotkeys make it easy to navigate menus and adjust shooting parameters, including full manual control of Iris, Shutter Speed, Gain and White Balance for professional results.

Dual accessory shoes (Alpha Hot Shoe/Universal Cold Shoe) allow for many still photography and video accessories, such as the ECM-CG50 shotgun microphone and external flash lighting. There's also a choice of rechargeable battery options, including the NP-FV100 that provides up to 315 minutes of continuous HD shooting (may vary), and a specially designed soft carrying case.
Included with purchase as a download voucher ($99 value), Sony Vegas® Movie Studio HD Platinum 10 video editing software includes powerful tools for video compositing, color correction and sound mixing to produce cinema-quality HD movies with ease. You can also share your creations via DVD, Blu-ray Disc™ media, or upload to the web – all from one simple program.

The NEX-VG10 accepts both Memory Stick PRO Duo™ (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™) and SD (including both SDHC and SDXC formats) media. Users can record up to four hours of high definition footage (1920x1080, FH mode) when using the 32GB memory card.

Sony's Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX offers an industry leading 30MB per second transfer rate, which means Handycam users can upload video clips in a fraction of actual playback time.

Price and Availability
The NEX-VG10 will be available in September for about $2,000 and presales on will begin July 14. They will also be available at Sony Style® retail stores and at authorized dealers nationwide.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Mysterium-X Exposed, part 1 (FROM PVC)

The dudes over @PVC just got their first R1M-X. . . check out how it stacks up HERE.

From PVC

Should Apple really drop Log and Capture from the next FCP? (From PVC)

Click here, read the article, and cast YOUR vote (the obvious answer is NO.)

From PVC

3TB External HDD's available from SEAGATE

Pretty Cool, even though it's a Seagate. I wouldn't recommend it, but I MIGHT still buy a couple for non-mission-critical data (i.e. my archived episodes of Farscape, every issue of Mondo 2000 as .PDF, backup of, etc.)

Here's the Press Release:
Seagate Breaks Capacity Ceiling With World's First 3 Terabyte External Desktop Drive

New FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Desk External Drive Packs Unprecedented Amount of Storage for both Mac and PC

SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Putting more terabytes in the hands of consumers worldwide, Seagate (NASDAQ:STX), the leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced the world's first 3 Terabyte (TB) external desktop drive. Available immediately, the 3TB FreeAgent® GoFlex™ Desk external hard drive helps to meet the explosive worldwide demand for digital content storage in both the home and the office. With 3TB of capacity people can store up to 120 HD movies, 1,500 video games, thousands of photos or countless hours of digital music.

"Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music"

A key addition to the company's recently introduced GoFlex™ family of hard drives, the 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive couples immense capacity with the flexibility to adapt the drive's USB 2.0 interface to a USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 connection to meet varying performance and transfer speed needs. Consumers can easily create, store and access content from either a Windows® or Mac OS X computer on the GoFlex Desk external drive, thanks to an included NTFS driver for Mac.

"Consumer capacity demands are quickly out-pacing the needs of business as people continue to collect high-definition videos, photos and music," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Product Line Management. "Seagate has a tradition of designing products that break into new storage frontiers to meet customer requirements and the 3TB GoFlex™ Desk external drive is no exception–delivering the highest-capacity storage solution available today."

A recent report by Parks Associates indicates the average consumer household will see its digital media storage needs grow to nearly 900GB by year-end 2014, driven in large part by video downloads, managed copies of Blu-ray Disc, and increasing use of DVR recording capabilities1. The GoFlex Desk external drive delivers unconstrained2, high-capacity storage and automatic, continuous backup with software file encryption to help keep all data safe and secure3. The standard USB 2.0 interface can be upgraded to USB 3.0 or FireWire® 800 by coupling the drive with the appropriate GoFlex™ desktop adapter to increase file transfer performance by up to 10x for easier copying or sharing of files4.

"As the definition quality of digital cameras increases, playback devices such as digital photo frames and MP3 players proliferate and the use of the Internet for downloading music and video continues to grow, more files accumulate in the home," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principle analyst of Parks Associates. "Consumers who are active in digital media creation and consumption will witness their digital media storage needs grow nine-fold by 2014, driving the demand for higher capacity, easy-to-use storage solutions."

The GoFlex Desk external drive is compatible with both the Windows® operating system and Mac® computers. Each drive includes an NTFS driver for Mac, which allows the drive to store and access files from both Windows and Mac OS X computers without reformatting. The NTFS driver is simply installed once on a Mac computer, allowing it to read and write files on a Windows formatted5 drive. Its sleek black, 3.5-inch design sits either vertically or horizontally to accommodate any desktop environment.

The 3TB GoFlex Desk external drive with USB 2.0 adapter can be purchased on and through select retailers for $249.99.

About Seagate

Seagate is the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at

© 2010 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, the Wave logo, FreeAgent, and GoFlex are trademarks or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. When referring to drive capacity, one gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one thousand billion bytes. Your computer's operating system may use a different standard of measurement and report a lower capacity. In addition, some of the listed capacity is used for formatting and other functions and will not be available for data storage. Quantitative usage examples for various applications are for illustrative purposes. Actual quantities will vary based on various factors, including file size, file format, features, and application software. Actual data rates may vary depending on operating environment and other factors. The export or re-export of hardware or software containing encryption may be regulated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (for more information, visit Complying with all applicable copyright laws is the responsibility of the user. Seagate reserves the right to change, without notice, product offerings or specifications.

1 "Consumer Storage Opportunities," by Kurt Scherf and Pietro Macchiarella, Parks Associates, March 2010.
2 The GoFlex™ Desk external drive has been specially engineered to overcome the Windows HDD limitation of 2.1TB.
3 Included backup software delivered by Memeo and Memeo Premium backup software for Mac.
4 View how the GoFlex family of hard drives works at
5 Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine® software.

DSLR Post Webinar available On Demand, extra questions answered (From PvC)

I love PvC. . . even IF they are biased towards Adobe Products (I've made my choice, man. . . stop trying to get me to switch!!)

I haven't had time to watch the Webinar yet, but I DID get a chance to read the article w/ the extra questions. . . and. . . it's pretty friggin' rad.

Here's a sample Q&A from the article;
Q: I would like to know about combining the footage with red material and also audio sync issues.

A: Intercutting DSLR footage with RED is easy as long as the RED is converted into a matching format. If both formats are, for example, 23.98 ProRes 422 then it’s easy. The key to making them match would be in the final color grade and with some effort a DSLR camera can be a nice B-camera to a RED. If you want to match back to the RED R3D files in online then just put the RED shots on their own video layer so you can pull that out of the edit for online conform. Audio sync shouldn’t be much of an issue if you are matching frame rates. The key for the smooth mixing of footage in post production is to match frame rates.

As you can see, it's exciting stuff, with TONS of links to other howto's, programs, etc. IT IS A MUST READ IF YOU'RE SHOOTING WITH CANON DSLR's. There, I said it.


(From PVC)

How to Record Great Video with Your HD DSLR Camera (From Gizmodo)

There's a GREAT First-Timer How-To for HDSLR users over at Gizmodo.

Why are you still here? Head OVER THERE NOW!!!!


From Gizmodo. Obviously.

Steve Jobs Suggests Blu-ray Not Coming to Mac Anytime Soon (From MacRumors)

"Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats."

~Steve Jobs

From MacRumors

Hmmm. . . that seems odd. I'm SURE there's a way!

HOWTO: Rip Blu-Ray Discs in OS X
LINK: Toast Titanium for OSX

/me thinks the markets have spoken.

Ducati creates a short film with the iPhone 4 (From TUAW)

Read the Full article HERE.


Visual Guide: 22 Great Ways to Improve Your Home Movies (From Gizmodo)

From Gizmodo

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

ARRI announces first ALEXA shipments to customers (From PVC)

Franz Kraus, Managing Director of ARRI in Munich, commented on the release to customers: “ARRI has delivered on its commitment to customers at IBC2009 – ALEXA is shipping in June, with an entry price point of EURO45.000 and with a rich feature list which today’s technology-savvy and quality-driven customers have fully embraced. With important reference productions such as Hugo Cabret and many accolades from industry innovators, ALEXA is now positioned in the market at the very highest level, offering unrivalled quality, reliability and performance at a very competitive price.”

From PvC

Click HERE for the full article

Friday, June 18, 2010

50Mbit 1080p MJPEG on the Panasonic GH1 Firmware Hack looks AMAZING.

A buddy of mine just asked me about this. . . so I had to google it.

Longshan's People Part II - 50Mbit GH1 MJPEG from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Here's what I found.

Now you can adjust the AVCHD bitrate on your GH1….up to 32Mbit !!!

From Engadget
The Panasonic GH1 can do some great video for its size, thanks to that fancy micro four-thirds optical setup, but it's been held back the low bitrates it uses when recording. Now some enterprising hacker named "Tester 13" has reversed engineered the GH1's firmware and unlocked the true power of the camera (much like Magic Lantern has done for the 5D Mark II). In fact, the main trouble now is that Tester 13's firmware uncovers too many options: users are trying out different configurations to maximize quality without bumping into the camera's buffer limitations. The current flavors of choice include 50Mbps MJPEG at 1080p (the stock camera caps out at 720p in MJPEG), to be augmented by 32Mbps AVCHD when the crazy high-end MJPEG causes the camera to buffer overflow. It's all very technical and video-nerds-only in theory, but results speak for themselves: check out a sample video after the break. And try out the new firmware if you dare.

Buffer Size Issues? OBVIOUSLY.

For a more technical explanation, click HERE(The EOSHD Community Site)

Summary, what is means for the none-techno-geek (From The EOSHD Community Site)

>Hugely better image quality. 50MBit MJPEG shows zero compression artefacts, zero mud and much more photo-like gradients, tones and textures

>It's better looking than the 5D Mark II's H.264 and less compressed

>MPEG 50Mbit shows low noise and the noise is of a finer grain, more film-like

>The workflow improvements are immeasurable. The 50Mbit MJPEG, this can be edited directly, no transcoding required. As for AVCHD, thanks to Tester13 the native 24p can go straight into Log & Transfer without pulldown or deinterlacing work.
Before I was waiting around 6 or 7 hours per project for Voltaic to transcode and deinterlace the GH1's AVCHD to ProRes. Now the same amount of footage can be done in one step in Final Cut Pro Log & Transfer and takes 30 minutes.

>Non-native 24p 32Mbit AVCHD (60i) can be played back in-camera. Focus assist works in both AVCHD and MJPEG mode. It's expected playback of native 24p AVCHD can be fixed in the near future once a patch is released by Abed.

>A JPEG is saved containing shot EXIF info, shutter speed, ISO, etc.
The image is smoother looking and better scaled from the 12MP CMOS compared to the 5D Mark II which has 22MP to deal with. Pixel binning is in action, not line skipping.

50Mbit 1080p MJPEG on the Panasonic GH1

AND, Finally, THE HOW-TO(s):
Beginners GH1 Custom Firmware Guide

Original DVX User Post

Let me know what you guys think!!

FREE CF Card Data Recovery in OS X!!


Here's a How-To post from the Faceman Photography blog (your mileage may vary):

Here are the simple steps to running this under Mac OS X (FWIW, photos on the card were shot in Canon RAW and camera's CF card was mounted via a card reader under Mac OS X 10.4.9):

(1) Download PhotoRec v6.6 here. Don't worry that it's also a download for an app called TestDisk, which I haven't played with (yet).

(2) Uncompress the file testdisk-6.6.darwin.tar.bz2

(3) Inside the folder that results, you will find a folder called "darwin" that contains the UNIX executable called (unsurprisingly) "photorec".

(4) Double-click photorec to launch it into the terminal and here's what you'll see:

(5) Select the volume that represents your memory card and hit return to Proceed. In this case, /dev/disk1, is what we want.

(6) At the next screen, which looks like this:

select the partition table, which should be fine at the default setting of "Apple partition map" and hit return to get to this screen:

(7) "Search" will be highlighted. Hit return to start file recovery and you'll see this:

(8) "Other" should be highlighted and should work just fine (or at least it does for me with my setup). This will take you to the last step where you select what directory to recover to, in which case the default folder should be fine. Just select "Y" at this screen:

It will then start processing your memory card and saving what it finds to a folder called "recup_dir.1"

(9) Sit back or go make a sandwich and come back to a folder full of recovered files (hopefully)...

So, there it is. . . Your mileage may vary, but this is DEFINITELY handy to have for anyone who shoots with HDSLR's, or RED CF Cards. . .