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Thursday, December 30, 2010

4K 3K 2K on T2I / 60D : HOAX JOKE

As suspected... its a hoax. amazing how fast something like this can spread around. 
Its not april 1 !. supposed to release on Jan 1.  We'll see see. here is the youttube video


4K resolution will be 4096×2304 and records... 6 seconds. thats useful.... not.

longer times at 2K, 90secs. 

Data rates of 175mbytes/sec but requires fastest Class 10 cards you can find.

Will if be for real ? wait a couple of days and find out. Will if be useful ? that depends. 

Initially to be free, then $50US. We'll see. Maybe this will get Canon to get its  you know what in gear to deliver the goods finally in terms of fixing moire / aliasing, limited data rates, ect. 

These are their claims :



  • will be released on January 1st 2011 11:11pm EST
  • First two releases will be free. Later releases will cost around 50 USD.
  • 4K resolution will be 4096x2304
  • 60p in 1080p mode possible
  • LiveView doesn't work while recording
  • 1080p with 175Mb/s Bitrate looks gorgeous
  • Color-Space 4:2:2
  • Moire and aliasing "fixed"
  • 5D Mark II support will be released on January 11, 2011
  • Recording time in 4K is only 6 seconds. Maybe 10 seconds in future release
  • Writing 6 Seconds of 4K footage to card takes about 30 seconds.
  • No playback in-camera
  • 25p is NOT going to happen. Probably never.
  • Heating was a problem until 6 days ago. But not anymore.
  • Has built in limiter so you won't brick your camera
  • Battery will be sucked up pretty fast.
  • Will NOT record in 16:9 (coming in future release)
  • Will be first released for T2i (550D) and will later come to 7D, 5D Mark II. No Word on 60D yet.
  • Monthly updated planned on each months 1st
  • "Rolling Shutter isn't much of an issue"
  • No drop frames
  • Youtube User Dod3032 will get the firmare one day early and will put up videos on youtube on 2011-01-01
  • Sourcecode will also be released
  • HDMI Out will still work
  • Works only with fast Class10 cards
  • Working cards are: Sandisk Extreme III class 10 8gb and above. Transcend class 10 16gb and above and Lexar Pro class 10 32gb.
  • 7D Security is a pain in butt because of firmware counter. So no support yet.
  • Not T1i (they don't have one)
  • Development took about 2 month in total
  • Special Website will be up soon

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Crazy In Camera Bokeh Effects

This is supposed to of been done entirely in camera. very cool and worth a look.

How was it done ? look below -


Light Works from Supernormals on Vimeo.


Ok, here is a pic of the setup - easy enough.

bokeh masters on camera

Monday, December 27, 2010

Panasonic Ships the AF100 This Week

Odd week for a hot product ship, but hey, its out the door. Here is panasonic's press release. Lets see what the street price will be in a couple weeks once the fanboys pay full price snapping up all the first production units. Me, I'll wait at least until they've been in production a few months... at least. _____________ PANASONIC DELIVERS AG-AF100, THE AFFORDABLE LARGE IMAGER CINEMA CAMERA Advanced, Custom-Designed 4/3 Sensor Delivers Depth of Field and Field of View Similar to...

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays

Have a safe happy holiday season, especially next weekend as we all celebrate new years ! 

In other news.... RED shipped ONE EPIC camera this week... thats nice. The fanboys are in  a frenzy as usual. I guess as with Red One, they'll have a ramp up of production over the next few months. I was gonna post on it the day it was made public, but was far more concerned about the FCC internet rulings. Those rulings stand to effect how many of us actually make a living, rather then a tool we might buy to get a job done. The FCC rulings I think have largely been misunderstood by most main stream media reporting because they are really failing to report about the loopholes and vague areas that leave things open for the ISP's to do what they want. There is also of course the legal challenge of if the FCC has the authority to act as they have. On that point, its a finer issue : the FCC has been granted the authority to regulate RF transmissions, so that should cover wireless data / internet service. However they haven't been granted authority over WIRED Internet service, at least not explicitly.

Well that's it for this week! have a great weekend, take some time off, because I'm not getting that luxury. I have to work sunday !

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Magic Lantern for the 60D

Ok, so great news ! Magic Lantern has put out an early alpha build of  firmware for the 60D. Very very very cool considering I just sold my 550D yesterday :)

Main Page for 60D Firmware

More Details and links to the download

and for the brave, here is the 60D FirmWare and another file you need

I haven't tried it yet. I've been too busy finishing up a project, and working on my ultra vintage lens project

Monday, December 20, 2010

How to reload your card based project in FCP

Most folks seem to think, once you clear out a card based media project, going back to it is impossible / hard / requires voodoo. In an very straight forward video tutorial Piers Goodhew shows you how to archive the project, and bring it back including a trip through color.

FCP Retransfer Tutorial from Piers Goodhew on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Non Net Neutrality @ Dec 21 FCC Hearing

Many of you reading this are involved in creating online video, we probably all view it. Please go out monday and call or email the FCC in supporting REAL net neutrality, not the very non-neutral plan they are currently considering. The current plans are anything but neutral. This is especially true in the world of emerging wireless internet to smart phones. In fact wireless providers are trying to argue that wireless net isn't the same as wired net, and they should have the right to charge for usage of some sites and services such as YouTube, Facebook, Ebay, PayPal, ect. The only winners in the current plan are the cable co's and wireless providers in being able to try to charge more for current services, and block services they don't like - ie that complete with what they offer. 

Wired on Wireless Carrier Plans


wireless options

Friday, December 17, 2010

So You Wanna Shoot Video

A great piece, just watch.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Canon Releases V1.0.8 Firmware for 60D today

Get it HERE What is new in it ? ------------- Firmware version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fixes. Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera's built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below:* a) EF300/4 L IS USM b) EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM c) EF75-300/4-5.6 IS USM d) EF100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Firmware version 1.0.8 is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.5. If the camera's firmware is already...

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Apple Finally Makes It Right

I am working on a huge large AE project right now that is very CPU intense. After some research, I decided on a i7iMac. The price was right, 16gb of ram was cheap, it was fast, and the 27 2556X1440 screen is amazing. I could render on one machine while working on the other. This machine is slightly faster then my 8 core tower, the extra large screen made AE faster and easier to use so I was happy. Two days after I got it, it started just shutting down. No warning, just shut off like the power...

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Second Image

Shot this morning, temp 5F.
Second Image on 100 year old lens

Monday, December 13, 2010

Awakening : First Image

My first image from my ______ . This image came through a nearly 100 year old lens sending light to my 60D. I"m not telling more until I can do a shoot with this thing. No disappointments I hope from that. Fair warning though that its been 14deg F in the sun here the last day or two so I'm not sure what I'll be able to shoot. The very first shot I took is up. its dark and moody. I think this is like watching a camera fire up for the first time and makes an image. The difference is, this thing hasn't made a recorded image in 50 to maybe 80 years Can't wait to get this into some sunlight
first ultra vintage lens example

100 year old ultra vintage lens on 60D from Steve Oakley on Vimeo.

New Magic Lantern Build for 550D / T2I

It must be that time of the year ! Magic Lantern has release an  pre-ALPHA build of their latest efforts. The big deal : on screen audio meters and manual control. They are making good on their feature set list. This makes the 550D a much more interesting camera. Check it out here. I'm not responsible for you messing up your camera, ect.
  • Features of the latest ML version (firmware 1.0.8):
    • Onscreen audio meters
    • Lens data computation
    • Manual audio gain, selectable input source
    • Cropmarks
    • Zebra stripes / histogram
    • GUI menus
    • Stack focus
    • Intervalometer
    • Wireless trigger with your own hand :)
    • Bit rate control (QScale parameter) for H.264 encoder (see Bit rate)
  • Upcoming features:
    • Headphone monitoring via A/V jack
    • Waveform
 After messing around with it, it does appear to work. However, the build I pulled had no ML menus so I had nothing to play with. It was interesting to see those audio meters though :) ML seems to turn off the built in mic, so I had no quick check. Its pretty geeky, I did crash it out once, it requires loading everytime you start the camera up, as far as I can tell. Maybe my card isn't set to auto boot the right way. No sure, docs are thin. Try it.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Blinded me with a 5D : Thomas Dobly Music Video

What can I say, its Thomas Dolby. Short, fun, weird and acoustic. Also looks like a bunch of it was over exposed....

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Ultra Vintage Lens

Well the week isn't over yet. I like old glass, it just has a look, and the price is usually right, although some times its outrageous. Now the ultimate ultra vintage  lens coming soon.  Here is a tease of what I'm hoping to put up this week if it all works "just perfect" :).  I'm making a few parts to fit it all together starting with a 15mm support bracket, some bits from ebay that arrived yesterday, and... well you'll just have to wait a bit, but it will be cool !
kodak boucsh & lomb ultra vintage lens
Image shot on OM / Zuiko 50 1.4 + extension tubes

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Matrox Releases V2.1 drivers for MXO2

Well I said there was a lot going on this week, didn't I ? Matrox has released new drivers for the MXO2 series products including compress HD. Whats new ? Premiere Pro CS5 support, VeturaCapture app, the Matrox Mpeg2 I Frame codecs for mac ! __________________________ Matrox Vetura Capture lets users quickly and easily capture QuickTime files using popular codecs installed on their editing systems. Users of Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 can capture to the Matrox MPEG2 I-frame full raster (1920...

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Premiere Pro 5.0.3 Update Released Today

A very nice holiday surprise came from adobe today in the form of the 5.0.3 updater for Premiere Pro. This update adds CUDA support for the following new hardware :
Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.3) adds support for the following graphics cards to accelerate processing using CUDA technology on the GPU:
  • Quadro 5000M (Windows only), which is for mobile (i.e., laptop) computers
  • Quadro 4000 for Mac OS (The Windows version was enabled by the Premiere Pro CS5 (5.0.2) update.)
This update also adds a number of bug fixes as well including :
  • Improved stability of capturing on Windows.
  • Improved performance when switching between applications.
  • Improved performance for interactions with user interface for effects.
  • Improved performance of editing in long sequences containing transitions.
  • QuickTime movies containing video encoded with Animation or ProRes codecs caused long delays or hangs if the Cineform importer was installed. This is fixed.
  • Custom action-safe guides were shifting position during direct manipulation. This is fixed.
  • Double-clicking a title opened the Source Monitor panel instead of the Titler panel when the Project panel was in Icon view. This is fixed.
  • MXF files with 4:2:0 color subsampling created by a Nexio system can now be imported by the XDCAM HD importer.
  • Fixed issues regarding indexing of MPEG files, including unresponsive UI during indexing and some cases of unnecessary re-indexing of media shared across a network.
  • Dissolves were not behaving correctly when processed by CUDA when opacity keyframes were present. This is fixed.
  • The Crop effect was being rendered incorrectly when processed by CUDA when the clip was scaled to frame size. This is fixed.
  • Rendering of previews got stuck in a never-ending loop state under some circumstances. This is fixed.
  • Audio was not exported via SDI when exporting to tape. This is fixed.
  • Master clips imported into projects using Final Cut Pro XML import were stripped of their unique identifiers. This is fixed.
There have also been a number additional fixes to improve stability and overall performance, including 3rd party products
The easiest way to get the update is to let the adobe installer run and get it for you but that isn't up yet.  
, . A great release, thanks adobe we weren't expecting this !

Monday, December 06, 2010

Magic Lantern Adds a new firmware update for the 5D

After not much having gone on in a long time, Magic Lantern has just put out a new firmware update for the 5DmkIII. Click on the link to check it out. That said, your going to need faster CF cards to make this work. However, unlike some camera with bit rates that were too low, this update might not buy you much if anything. Try it and see, I'm not responsible for you trashing your camera. I don't have a 5D to try this on, so anyone out there feel free to do it and let me know ! I told you there were things coming this week :)

Coming Up This Week

I finally got the main page of this site updated. If you scroll to the bottom you can now navigate to older posts ! Thank you Matthew B for getting it done.

I'm working on another lens review or two as well. I think there should be some other things in the works this week as well. Stay tuned :)

Thursday, December 02, 2010

RED Scarlet to be ReBilled as the Epic Mini

No delivered product, years late. Today RED posted about a revamped Scarlet being called the EPIC mini. Read it here with pic.


RED mini Epic

Me ? I'm yawning. Who cares how great your specs are if you can't deliver a product, almost regardless of price. Now they did show off a pic of what is supposed to be a working prototype. Its supposed to have better specs then the original RED, thats great. It'll probably be much better then shooting on a current model dslr. When can I buy one ? who knows... in which case it doesn't matter. Of course the fanboys generated 42+ pages on the RED forum in their frenzy. Skip the hype, ship the product, if you can.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

7D firmware update to 1.2.3 released

Canon also put out a 7D firmware update V1.2.3. Get the update here No new features, but bug fixes which include : Fixes a phenomenon in which the settings of the Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 are set to auto power off. Fixes a phenomenon in which the Macro Ring Lite (MR-14EX, MT24-EX) and slave flashes do not sync while shooting wirelessly. Firmware version 1.2.3 is for cameras with firmware up to Version 1.2.2. If the camera's...

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t2i / 550D Firmware Update to 1.0.9 released today

Canon quietly put out a firmware update today for the 550D / t2i.  it address image jumps when using picture optimization. I've personally seen this when doing rack focus with some manual lenses, so its worth doing.  Get the firmware update here

as always, follow the directions carefully ! no new features added, but a good fix.