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The New Panasonic 3D Domestic Camcorder

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PANASONIC’S TAKE…

Now it’s your turn!

Recording 3D images is now as easy as attaching the 3D conversion lens that comes with the worlds first* consumer 3D camcorder, the HDC-SDT750. Powerful, true-to-life 3D images like those created by Panasonic 3D recording technologies for use in Hollywood movies can now be easily recorded and viewed at home.**

With the addition of our new 3D conversion lens to our 700 series highly touted 3MOS system you can shoot 3D video using the same principle as human vision. Left-and right-eye images are simultaneously shot with two lenses. The SDT750 creates 3D images by artificially reproducing visual disparity.
*As a consumer camcorder with 3D conversion lens for the AVCHD standard (as of July 1, 2010).
**A TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D Eyewear, and HDMI cable connection are required to play the recorded 3D images.

Even without the 3D conversion lens attached, there are countless ways to enjoy the SDT750. This innovative camcorder takes an evolutionary leap forward from the many Panasonic models that have excited users worldwide. It is equipped with a wide range of sophisticated functions, including the 3MOS System, which features improved noise reduction (NR) technologies, 1080/60p recording, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode in the new HYBRID O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization), and a wealth of manual controls.

How it works.

In natural vision, people see slightly different images with their right and left eyes. This difference is called visual disparity. The brain uses visual disparity to perceive spatial depth and the appearance of solidity. This visual disparity is artificially produced for 3D images so that the brain will interpret it as depth and solid-appearing objects. The SDT750 comes with a special 3D conversion lens that records right-eye and left-eye images simultaneously through its two lenses. The right and left images (each with 960 x 1080 pixels) that enter through the lenses are recorded using the side-by-side method. By attaching the 3D conversion lens to the SDT750 3MOS System camcorder, which incorporates a variety of Panasonic broadcast technologies, and connecting the SDT750 to a TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, vividly colorful 3D images can be viewed at home.**
* As a consumer camcorder with 3D conversion lens for the AVCHD standard (as of July 1, 2010).
** A TV that is capable of side-by-side method 3D playback, 3D Eyewear, and HDMI cable connection are required to play the recorded 3D images.

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Sony HXR-MC50 “The Paper Review by Chris Attkins”

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During my trip to the Isle of Arran to review the new Sony HXR-MC50, Chris my old boss in another life was so impressed with the MC50 he decided to purchase my demo model. Chris has been using the camera since, here are some of his findings.

Chris “I have just tried out the camera connected to my Sony Bravia telly and can confirm you are quite correct: the camera does indeed output according to its setting – and it makes a smooth job of the conversion too. All settings work flawlessly and are recognised correctly by the TV. (Of course this is Sony to Sony, so I suppose there could possibly be an issue when using another manufacturer’s television, although I doubt it as the conversion seems to be perfect!”

Chris is referring to the fact that the camera has an output setting that you can choose HDMI RESOLUTION and you have 5 choices in HD mode, AUTO, 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 576p this mode selects the signal type from the HDMI cable. The HDMI socket is a mini HDMI so if you buy this camcorder you will need a mini HDMI to HDMI cable.

Chris “The spotlight mode works well in fact Sony have given you a rectangle on the 3.5″ LCD and if you touch the screen anywhere in that rectangle the camcorder adjusts the light levels and holds the exposure at that level, very clever indeed’ this will be great for our theatre productions”

Chris “I thought you might like to include a comment about audio monitoring…Before Jan departed this morning I plugged in a set of headphones to check this facility and guess what – there is quite a significant delay in the audio! It’s perhaps only a tenth of a second, but enough to be a little off-putting – and of course it makes a nonsense of using noise-reduction headphones! Not a serious problem and the monitoring still proves audio quality, but I wouldn’t want to conduct an interview wearing headphones!

Chris is correct the camcorder has a small delay when monitoring with headphones but having used this myself in an interview situation is not that bad.

Chris also bought a remote control for his MC50 and it works a treat… Chris” The remote fits fine onto my tripod handle and you get a choice of slow zoom by lightly pressing the button and fast if you fully press the button. The main flaw is the position of the record button as it could be easily pressed during a theatre show.”

This will be a great second camcorder for Chris as he already owns a Sony EX-1…Chris”At my age you don’t want to to be humphing a lot of kit in and out of venues so having a petite camcorder that packs an enormous punch picture wise makes a lot os sense plus being a Sony with an Exmor chip will keep both Sony cameras well matched.”

So there we have it a mini user review for the Sony HXR-MC50.

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The Review of the Sony HXR-MC50 “Stunning pictures”

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You can view an HD version by clicking on the Exposure Room link above.

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Panasonic Lumix G2 with 3D lens

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Continuing its record of 3D technology leadership, Panasonic today announced the development of the world’s first* digital interchangeable twin-lens, making it possible to shoot 3D with an interchangeable lens system camera. As a new member of Panasonic’s powerful lineup of interchangeable lenses as part of the LUMIX G Micro System**, the twin-lens will allow high-quality shooting in 3D. Panasonic plans to release this new lens for sale before the end of the year.

“This year will be remembered as the ‘First Year of 3D Era’ and Panasonic has already taken the lead by launching 3D-capable VIERA™ televisions and Blu-ray™ 3D Disc Players,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With Panasonic’s development of a twin-lens capable of 3D shooting, the company is providing consumers with a way to capture their own 3D content, which they can then enjoy watching in the comforts of their own home. Panasonic is dedicated to evolving the 3D ecosystem, letting consumers create and display lifelike 3D images in their homes.”

Currently, 3D shooting with an interchangeable lens system camera is possible only by using panorama systems or by combining two lenses and two CCDs. However, these systems are not ideal and have difficulty capturing moving objects. Panasonic’s new 3D lens for the LUMIX G Micro System features two optical systems installed within the diameter of the lens mount, creating stereo images from the left and right lenses that are then processed with a 3D image processing system. Thanks to Panasonic’s advanced technologies in optical technology, image processing systems, and lens barrel design, the 3D lens will be compact in size.

This new compact 3D-capable interchangeable lens will be easy to handle and allow instant 3D shooting, without distortion or time lag between left and right images – even when shooting moving objects.

*For a digital interchangeable lens of July 28, 2010.
** Compatible models to be announced at a later date

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Apple’s new MacPro 12 core “Still no Blu-Ray”

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After months of speculation we finally see the new Apple 12 core MacPro…very un-exiting. We have had a run of new designs from Apple the most recent the MacMini with it’s HDMI socket but not the MacPro. It seems good old Apple are happy with their MacPro design and sadder still no HDMI and no Blu-Ray.

This does not bode well for the all new redesign from the engine up Final Cut Studio 64 bit…Blu-Ray is not on Apple’s antenna. How Apple are going to present DVD StudioPro 5 with no Blu-Ray authoring will finally cut the tie for a lot of professional editors who are waiting by the sidelines to jump to CS5 at the least hint of non Blu-Ray support.

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Arran on a Plate this 1min Add shot on the new Sony HXR-MC50

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While I was over on Arran reviewing the new Sony HXR-MC50 we were taken to Arran on a Plate, a new exiting restaurant in Brodick. The client and myself decided to film the whole 1min advert on the new Sony MC50 as it was less intimidating to the customers. The results speak for themselves…this wee camcorder is fantastic and a full review will be on my blog sometime this week.

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A hard time on the Isle of Arran

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As you can see it’s a hard job reviewing the new Sony HXR-MC50 over on the sunny Isle of Arran. So far we are very exited with Sony’s new baby and hopefully you will see this exiting review sometime next week. I interviewed a good friend of mine Chris Attkins who is looking to partner his EX-1 with the new MC50.

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Angus takes the Sony NEX-VG10 out for a spin

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Angus…”I was lucky enough to get to shoot with the VG10E on Friday (edit will be up soon) and it is a nice bit of kit, but there is no doubt that it is a consumer bit of kit.
It is easy to use but the OS is still the same as the NEX still cameras so not totally suited. You can get some good stuff with it and in general I agree totally with the sentiment of this blogg but as others have said I think it will possibly be the Panasonic, but definitely a Canon or the first pro-sony camera that will really make the dslr crowd sit up and take notice.
As an eng style shooter not a film maker, dslrs have never given me the practicality I’ve needed to switch despite how good the footage looks, so I’m really looking forward to Sony’s first EX1 equivalent that gives decent sDoF in a formfactor that is easy and fast to use.”

HDW : I will be in contact with Sony domestic this week to see if we can get a pre production shot of this camcorder but there is one thing for sure FilmLike SDoF camcorders are all the buzz on most blogs, once we see the Sony shortly followed by the Panasonic there will be little else to talk about !

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Sony HXR-MC50 First impressions”Is it a Pro camcorder”

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It’s funny how certain companies have their own ideas when it comes to presenting camcorders, this is our third baby to appear from a manufacturer …first being the HM100 from JVC, second Panasonics HMC41 and now Sonys HXR-MC50.

The major difference between the Sony and the other 2 camcorders is the lack of professional features, I could have sworn the Sony had XLR inputs till I saw a picture confirming a 3.5mm jack socket, so how has this come about.

Sony over the last few years have decided to bastardise domestic Sony camcorders changing little features hear and there then presenting the so called “new” camcorder with a pro badge. Personally I don’t think Sony have done a good enough job here as this is effectively an HDR-XR550 less the 240GB internal hard drive.

I can’t deny the picture quality but does adding a lens hood and a short shotgun mic really change this into a professional camcorder ? The main gripe I have with this camcorder is it’s domestic menu screen, not what you expect when you come from cameras such as a 350, EX1/3/1R, NX5 who all share similar menu screens.

I don’t take it out for it’s inaugural run till next Wednesday but is it worth the extra £450 against the domestic 550 time will tell.

My parting thoughts are that in my opinion a “Pro badge” camcorder should have the ability to allow you to choose the gain settings both JVC and Panasonic allow this, Sony allow you to manually override iris or exposure with no mention of gain. We are made to believe that the Exmor R chipset does a grand job keeping grain at a minimum…we shall see.

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