Canon demos next-gen digitial camera doing amazing things

It could be the 5000 mm lens with image stabilization that keeps a handheld camera looking as if it’s on a film head. The massive touch screen rear face, the multi-face portrait capture, or any number of other features that make this concept simply amazing- if it weren’t for the backpack that the photographers use to provide the horsepower for the live demo.

That said, we hold cell phones in hour hands with more computing power than laptops of just a few years ago, so you can expect that in just a couple years, the horsepower in that backpack will be on a chip that can fit in the camera. We live in amazing time. YouTube video from the Canon demonstration is after the break. Continue reading “Canon demos next-gen digitial camera doing amazing things”

Decent Video Gets Cheaper & Cheaper. Here’s a $25 SD demo.

Some fellow video friends of mine has been sharing some surprisingly good video from a Coby camera that they purchased for around $25 as an impulse by at a drugstore checkout. They’ve attached this camera to their motorcycle and aside from the glaring CMOS “jellocam” the image and sound quality is surprisingly good. Continue reading “Decent Video Gets Cheaper & Cheaper. Here’s a $25 SD demo.”

iPhone 4 Shoots Motorcycle Race to Pike’s Peak- Impresses Doubters

There’s plenty of iPhone 4 videos hitting YouTube. Suddenly, anyone with the new iPhone is a moviemaker. I guess it’s like owning a pencil, everyone is the next Stephen King. Or a paintbrush, everyone is the next Michelangelo.

But there are certainly a few standouts that demonstrate that creativity and storytelling ability shines through no matter what the production medium. Hoptocopter Films is one such production company. Continue reading “iPhone 4 Shoots Motorcycle Race to Pike’s Peak- Impresses Doubters”

Wanna make some noise? There’s an app for that: Linear Time Code.

JumpStart LTC generates a Longitudinal Time Code audio signal. It provides a convenient interface for setting dedicated timecode devices (deneke, sound devices, zaxcom, etc).

Many of these devices, as robust as they are, often have no way to manually set the time – and if they do, it usually involves pesky dip switches or something similar. Some start at Hour 0 each time they are powered up with no way to resume a previous timecode. But now there’s a solution for that too! Continue reading “Wanna make some noise? There’s an app for that: Linear Time Code.”

External Hard Drives hurdle the 3TB mark. Available Today.

Standing Tall at 3 TBSure there may be some OS issues with addressing more than 2TB of data on one disk, but that hasn’t stopped Seagate from busting out a 3TB monster… okay, well, it’s no bigger than every other desktop drive, and in a couple years, we’ll be looking back at 3TB with dismay, but for right now, 3TB is a copious amount of space.

This is especially true for those working on big video projects and wrangling 4k video, or multiple cameras, or something like Canon’s new 50 Mbps cameras data. Shooting a documentary with three of those cameras, well all that data adds up. Oh, and because you can never forsee disk failure, better get two!

Check out the link for the full press release after the break. Continue reading “External Hard Drives hurdle the 3TB mark. Available Today.”

OLED Screens will Replace LCD for Production Monitors. Here’s why.

I remember reading about OLED screens in some tiny nook of the web, a research arm of Kodak working with Cambridge University if I recall correctly, and they showed this little 3″ screen which was the total fruit of their labors at the time. It used a tenth the power of LCD, it needed no backlight, it was as thin as a dime, and it was viewable in sunlight. I really looked forward to seeing these screens used in production.

Well, Kodak sold off their OLED research to LG in the end of 1999, but that hasn’t stopped the rest of the electronics world from licensing technology and starting to build new, exciting products, Sony’s PVM-740 is set to replace all those crappy (even if expensive) LCD location monitors and I’ll tell you why. Continue reading “OLED Screens will Replace LCD for Production Monitors. Here’s why.”

LED Lighting Advancements focus on Control of Illumination

Abel Cine Tech has a very cool little article / promo page highlighting several new LED lighting solutions that you just don’t hear of every day. This includes the Creamsource by Outsight, the Laniro IANILED54 (pictured), Dedolight dual-condenser lens Ledzilla, and Litepanels fresnel lens Sola lights. I was fascinated by the new creativity in engineering controlled light using LEDs.

Continue reading “LED Lighting Advancements focus on Control of Illumination”

iPhone 4’s 960×640 pixel screen as camcorder monitor?

iPhone 4 imageALarshall LCD Monitor lot has been said about the iPhone 4 screen’s incredible resolution.

Packing a 960×640 (o.6 MP) resolution into a screen that small means it is 326 pixels per inch. Unless you have perfect vision, reviewers have said that you’ll just not be able to make out individual pixels. This is a very high resolution for any portable LCD screen, and when shooting HD video, a high resolution monitor is critical.  Continue reading “iPhone 4’s 960×640 pixel screen as camcorder monitor?”

This $22 Sima SL-10HD LED light shines nicely.

I ordered the Sima SL-10HD because it touts “widescreen” LED lighting for HD cameras. I’ve one of the many people who have taken to using the digital still camera as my ONLY camera when travelling, or even around the house. This means I need tit to shoot both stills and video- and without a video light, or a lot of daylight, the video is very dark.

Well, it does the job pretty well, though I’ll probably end up adding a bit of diffusion inside to help spread the beam out a little flatter. Continue reading “This $22 Sima SL-10HD LED light shines nicely.”

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