Saturday, March 18, 2017

UGH.... New Cameras

Really I think that the KonwayTech Camera will be a show hit with infinite res to 32K and beyond depending on power levels, and 16 to 24bit pixel depth per RGB pixel making for 64bit + images. Well beyong human visioning. Finally a camera that does them all to shame at the price breaking point of $129.95 in a Walmart near you.

Seriously, after 4K the pixels don't matter unless you are trying to drive wall size screens at super high pixel counts. Even for compositing work much beyond 4K becomes rather beastly to work with on current hardware. Instead just give me 12bit 444 4K. All the pixels raw with enough gradation that if you vaguely expose the image correctly there is plenty to work with. Give me HDR displays with more DR. 

After that I don't care so much. We already have some many of the tools here and in the field working. New lenses.. YAH!. Whats wrong with the ones I have ???? well besides an affordable ENG usable S35 zoom, they are all good. Fujinion has really thrown it down with recent $10K price cuts on their glass plus selling one w/o the hand grip to shave another $4k off the price. Almost there. So really unless there is something real earth shattering I'm happy with my glass. 

What would get me to buy some new glass, especially primes ? AF **AND** IS. Never thought I'd say that but the Canon 17-55 2.8 which has both is my goto lens for ENG work. The AF takes the margin of error out of shooting in knowing that whatever you put the focus box on will be sharp, or the face recognition has it locked. I know, this is herasy but when shooting 4K, its like jumping up from SD to HD in how sensitive focus now is. What looks sharp in HD is soft or out in 4K and all the more visible. So having AF to help out when it makes sense is invaluable. The same for IS to smooth out hand held interviews or a couple quick B roll shots where you don't have a tripod but need the shots. It just helps out in taking out any bumps for suble smooth movement provided you aren't working it beyng its range to cope. Then it will work against you as it center snaps back into its mid spot. So know how to let IS help you when you need it.

Thats it... more soon. 


Friday, March 03, 2017

NAB 2017 - Getting Ready

New van ! About time. Actually my last van was bought only 4 years ago and I put nealy 100K miles on it. Just getting the new one set up. New carts, insultation, interior, lighting, fold away desk and monitor, 1kw inverter, XLR4 12V power connecotors. Its going to be a very nice setup to work out of. Ready for typical grip work, but also able to do typical news production as a mini sat truck with LiveU, lots of lighting power. I'll probably take it out to NAB this year as a test run. 

In other news, the GH5 tests done on a site have been making some noise. I guess those who thought it would make pix like a 5-10X the price Varicam LT or C300 mk2 are not happy. Sure the internal codec isn't doing the image any favors, but really its not bad for the price. You GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ! so overlly expectations abound I think, at least when recording with the internal codec. An external recorder may make for modestly better results but any inherint flaws in the image processing from the camera itself are going to be what they are. There is just so much space, power and heat you can dissapate in a tiny camera body like that. Compromises have to be made to get it to work... so get over it its not perfect. Its still pretty good though and suitable for some people's needs. Personally I'm kind of done with the dslr form factor for video unless its a situation where something that small is a requirement. Meanwhile I got a Hero5 a few weeks ago and have really been impressed with it. Its fixed all the problems of the previous GoPro cameras and I've sold off my older ones. 


Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Parabolic Mic For Getting Clean Isolated Sound

Exploring the use of a parabolic mic to get super clean sound at... an airshow !


NLE Questions Again

More ponderings on which NLE is the right one... as in if it doesn't crash all day long thats a good thing !


Friday, December 30, 2016

Atomos Quitely Release OS Firmware Update 5.2 For Ninja Products Adding HDR Support

 

Atomos has added HDR support to its lower end products in firmware / OS update 5.2. HDR waveform and LUTS will make viewing uncorrected images from cameras easier if your camera doesn't or can't use a LUT for external monitoring. There were also a couple bug fixes as well noted in the release notes. Thanks Atomos for the update, thought we were stuck on 5.11 forever. 


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Canon Releases C300 Mk2 Firmware V 1.0.6 With a Number of Great Enhancements

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera !

Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added.
2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed.
3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added.
4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%.
5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off.
6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed.
7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode.
8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2
9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added.
10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range.
11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced.
12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced.

*1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording.
*2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera ! Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added. 2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed. 3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added. 4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. 5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off. 6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed. 7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. 8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2 9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added. 10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range. 11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced. 12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced. *1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording. *2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera ! Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added. 2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed. 3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added. 4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. 5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off. 6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed. 7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. 8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2 9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added. 10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range. 11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced. 12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced. *1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording. *2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera ! Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added. 2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed. 3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added. 4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. 5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off. 6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed. 7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. 8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2 9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added. 10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range. 11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced. 12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced. *1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording. *2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera ! Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added. 2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed. 3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added. 4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. 5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off. 6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed. 7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. 8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2 9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added. 10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range. 11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced. 12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced. *1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording. *2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.

So a couple important things in this release : Support for the new OLED VF for the C700, and reading well down, audio recording in cropped 2K mode. Translation - put a B4 ENG 2/3" lens on with the right adapter and you have a news style camera ! Firmware Version 1.0.6.1.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements: 1. Support for the OLED Electronic Viewfinder EVF-V70 *1 has been added. 2. Shutter Angle Priority has been added. A constant shutter angle can now be maintained, regardless of any other camera settings being changed. 3. Support for the WFT-E8 has been added. 4. Zebra Range Expanded Below 65%. - The range of the Zebra 1 setting has been expanded to between 5% (±5%) and 95% (±5%) in steps of 5%. - The range of the Zebra 2 setting has been expanded to between 5% and 100% in steps of 5%. 5. Built-in Mic Audio Off - The internal microphone on the camera body can now be turned off. 6. In Browser Remote, the focus guide frame can now be displayed. 7. 2K Crop Audio Recording - Audio can now be recorded when the camera is set in 2K crop mode. 8. Support for CFast cards (VPG130) has been added. *2 9. Support for peripheral illumination & chromatic aberration when the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens is attached, has been added. 10. Metadata related to the XF-AVC range has been corrected. - The range of Canon Log/Log2/Log3 has been corrected to full range. 11. The quality of autofocus has been enhanced. 12. The operation reliability after changing the recording mode has been enhanced. *1 When using the EVF-V70, magnification and the function to display the camera's live view image on the Browser Remote screen cannot be used while recording. *2 For detailed information about CFast cards that have been verified to work with this camera, please visit Canon's Web site.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What Matters

soft crash in premiere pro

Its been busy. Crazy busy and posting here just hasn't been something I've had much time for. Same for software reliability. Premiere Pro 2015 is the release that never should of been. It gave me nothing but a year of fits with errors like this or the Media Pending problems. No amount of voodo wanted to get a large project to work for more than an hour or two. Even creating a new project and importing TL's and media didn't help - it all went downhill within an hour or less. Typically it just took an app restart to cause it... usualy that fixes things, not makes problems ! Eventually I bought FCP X and got things done there. At this point I'm looking at my NLE options on any OS. Prem Pro 2017 has so far been stable, but I'm only testing it. Its certainly a great NLE, but if I can't trust the app the always work what good is it ? FCP X is half the editor, but it works. Its at times very clumsy or unpredictable or requires doing the same thing several times before you get it right, but the job gets done. Thats my point, the job has to get done, the tool has to work. Waiting 3 months for an update for something that is stopping you from getting work done doesn't work. I can't push projects off 3 months for delivery just because... Going backwards isn't always an option either. Sometimes the situation forces you to do something else, like use another tool. Thankfully we have those options. As I contemplate a NLE and OS switch like so many others out there because of Apple's lack of pro machines, reliability is going to be my number one concern. Number 2 will be access to all my old and current projects via XML and haing to do the least amount of work needed to get them into working deliverable form - like fixing titles, audio mixes, etc. In some ways its like the 1990's all over again with islands unto themselves. The only interesting trend is MXF becoming the new MOV format. Not the Folder / File sort, but single file MXF AKA Op1.

Meanwhile, we can all cry about how Tim Cook is driving Apple into the ground over stock pricing, profit margins, and not giving a shit about the people who, well made Apple Great In Production. The ones who'll buy top end and profitable machines. Apple no longer seems to really care about them. The laptops are really nice consumer machines that some pro's may be able to do work on. The trashcans ????


Wednesday, October 05, 2016

LED Replacement Bulb For Your Tungsten Light

Can an LED replacement "bulb" bring your old tungsten light back to life ? find out.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

No New Macs Today

Ok, sure, they tend to save that for Oct at separate event… but I think things are in such a mess with the Mac Pro that waiting isn’t something they should be doing, provided they have something. They should at the very least be feeding the rumor mill if there is anything worth waiting for because people are tired of waiting and are making decisions now… especially for next year’s budgeting.

Short term, I think I’m going to do a CPU upgrade on my machine for $500 or so. should give me about a 50% speed boost on an already good machine. I think thats very good ROI. I might also upgrade RAM but I haven’t really been running into low RAM situations for the most part. With a new GPU it will let me coast for at least a year to decide where I’m going. 

heavily leaning towards linux as primary production machine as resolve and fusion both run on it. smoke isn’t available on linux anymore :( so the pure NLE choices are limited, but rough cut on laptop with FCP X, XML into resolve for finishing and Fusion for MG/VFX. it would be a pretty radical switch, but at some point apple needs to either deliver, or just step up and formally let the pro market go, at least for video. In audio I think they will continue on as audio just doesn’t need the sort of hardware 4K + video does.


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