Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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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:
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
I stumbled across this on /.. . . apparently it's a Canon Mount for an Iphone.
Check it out here: http://iphonedslr.com/
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)
I'm not very impressed, but lots of OTHER folks seem to be. Guess we'll see, come September.
Here's the Press Release
CAMCORDER REDEFINED: SONY DEBUTS WORLD'S FIRST CONSUMER INTERCHANGEABLE LENS HD CAMCORDER
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 www.sonystyle.com will begin July 14. They will also be available at Sony Style® retail stores and at authorized dealers nationwide.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sunday, July 4, 2010
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 textfiles.com, 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 Seagate.com and through select retailers for $249.99.
Seagate is the worldwide leader in hard disk drives and storage solutions. Learn more at http://www.seagate.com.
© 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 www.bis.doc.gov). 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 http://bit.ly/cMVxOP.
5 Reformatting to HFS+ required to use backup software for Mac or Time Machine® software.
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.
"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."
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.