Apple’s Final Cut Studio 3 or not !

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fcp-s2It’s been two years since the introduction of Final Cut Studio 2 and apart from some minor make overs Apple have become stagnant to say the least. One major topic that rides round the forums is Blu-ray support. Apple see Blu-ray as a thorn in it’s side but Adobe seems to be quite happy with Blu-ray by adding full support in CS4, Encore.

DVD Studio 4 is very dated in my opinion and really needs a make over. I use Photoshop like everyone else so having to learn Encore was no big deal, I am in no way a wizard with Encore but it’s tie in with Photoshop makes it very refreshing and a joy to use. 

blu-rayWhat Apple are not appreciating is that as more production companies start to use both applications the bigger the chance that there will be a larger migration to Adobe and that will inevitably  cost sales for FC Studio 3. Another major factor will be the inclusion of Blu-ray in DVD Studio 5, unless Apple bite the bullet I think they will loose their market share to Adobe.

Snow Leapord (SL) the new operating system will not be compatible with FC S2 that’s why we have not had an update because Apple are rewriting the code for FC S3 bringing together core elements and moving towards graphic card integration whereby rendering will be solely up to the level of graphics card and not the CPU as is present.

So in other words what you have at present will be redundant … now this might have been ‘cool’ for Apple in the past but a hard hitting recession, a buggy operating system, not to mention the financial implications will not in my opinion warm many hard core Apple fans to join the new revolution.

So lets see what’s on offer…

One new MacPro with Snow Leopard (4Gig Ram) = £2800

Graphics card = £1200

One FC Studio 3 = £800

Total £4800 not to mention the price to add CS4 for SL and all the other apps that you will need to buy again !

Apple must be off their heads if they think we are all going to jump over the edge into the unknown with new software that no matter how good it is will be buggy, new hardware costing £4K upwards…why not reformat the older MacPro I hear you shout…don’t be daft you will need a working system to get the work done so you don’t have that option.

Sorry Apple, I can’t see a solution to your impending implementation of a new OS that is so radical that we are forced to start all over again and spend a fortune, it just won’t happen. As usual Apple will have some form of solution…I hope, as for implementing Blu-ray into DVD Studio-5 that’s anyone’s guess, if not as they say in Glasgow “The games a bogey”.

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Crumple Pop’s new “Polaroid” is free to existing customers

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Sony make XDCAM EX sample files available for download

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XDCAM EX – New generation HD Recording System

To allow potential customers to experience the exceptional video quality and ease of editing with XDCAM EX content, we’ve asked some leading freelance cameramen to provide us with sample footage which is freely available to download from a Sony ftp server. This footage is in its native MP4 format – taken directly from the camera with no post-production or other processing. 

If you’d shot this footage yourself, you could transfer it from the camcorder to your PC or Mac using free Sony software (see links on the right of this page). 

To download the sample footage, click on the below link. If you’re already logged in on, you will be taken to our Terms & Conditions for using the clips and, if you agree with these, you’ll be able to download the clips directly. If you haven’t yet registered with, you will be prompted to do so.

Download XDCAM EX clips (registration required)


Important information

All XDCAM EX clips are made available for testing purposes only and cannot be reused for any commercial purposes whatsoever.

“Sony are so switched on unlike other camera manufacturers who were emailed twice by myself to make files available for download. It’s a great way of determining if your NLE is up to scratch and allows the end user to evaluate the picture quality before buying a camcorder…well done Sony.”

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GlideTrack HD “My first day”

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glidecam-hdI bought one of these tracking units from Alastair Brown in fact I bought the newest model the GlideTrack HD. Now are you thinking what I was thinking…HD… how on earth can you get a High Definition tracking system ? Well all was revealed with a phone call to Alastair.

“Eh what does the HD stand for” Alastair “Heavy Duty”  Opps did I feel stupid but he went on to qualify the need for a bigger more robust version of his tracking system, the Desperate Dan of the family. I asked what camcorders he felt would benefit from this portable but more robust track. Alastair “Cameras like the Sony EX-3 upwards” Now that was music to my ears I was buying one of these goodies for my reviews and the very camera he mentions was my EX-3.

I jumped into my car and 30 minutes later arrived in Paisley just outside Glasgow to meet Alastair and hand over the dosh. I could not help feeling a bit of Dejavu as I drove up to his house then remembered that his house features in some of his promos. Alastair was very pleasant and told me ” You have two bolts to attach with the supplied allan key thats all and it’s ready to go” No chance I thought it can’t be that simple. We said our goodbyes and off like a bat out of hell with my new toy back to base.

It was in a rectangular FedEx box and the most difficult part of the operation was trying to prize the cardboard open. Once open I had 4 items, the track, two feet and a bag with two bolts and an allan key. Yes it’s that simple, it was built in jig time and I was off to find two tripods. That was the easy part as I had just replaced my photographic tripod two weeks ago and still had the old one. You can use it with one tripod but I felt safer with one either end of the track. There are six threaded holes,  five 1/4″ thread size and one 3/8″ thread at the centre.

I took the Manfrotto 501 HDV head off the legs and mounted it onto the GlideTrack carriage mount it also has an adapter to allow the bigger 3/8″ thread to fit onto the mount. Fifteen minutes it took from unwrapping to using the track and can I say as smooth as a baby’s bottom. I used it in my Panasonic 151 review in the edit suite and my son who had never used it before did two takes the first being my mistake fluffing my lines. What a dream to use and so portable, I really look forward to using it in some corporate environments soon.

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Panasonic P2 HPX-301 First Impressions

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pana-hpx301-v21Taking this camcorder out of it’s box gives you the impression of something special, a camcorder for a cameraman, I am so used to using and reviewing smaller camcorders that I have forgotten how the shoulder mount, traditional style camcorder feels. Balanced …yes that’s my first thought as it sits on my shoulder, walking into my bedroom I look in the mirror, that does look the business.

ian-hpx301-smallerBack come all the early emotions I had as a thirty year old holding my first professional video camera, the pride, the feeling of empowerment…what could I achieve with a camcorder like this and how impressive would this look to the client. 

(Right : Ian an ex-cameraman stopped by to have a look)

There is no doubt full size camcorders have a ‘jenasaqua’ about them and the Panasonic HPX-301 is no exception. AVC Intra, DVC-PROHD, DVC-PRO50, DVC-PRO and DV every megabit rate from 100 to 3.6 you are literally stuck for choice but your client won’t be. Before I get carried away this camcorder has it’s inherent Achilles heal by having a 1/3 inch chip set. You can’t get away from it when you remind yourself that it’s big brothers and sisters all have 2/3 inch chip sets that’s not because they are older models it’s because broadcasters have set professional guidelines that camcorders must have a minimum of 2/3 inch chips and let’s not forget all the 2/3 inch lenses kicking about television stations.

So who is this P2 camcorder aimed at well frankly everyone from corporate to broadcast as long as you stick to the golden rule of filming at 0dB no one will be any the wiser and you will turn out superb pictures time after time. The Fujinon 17x lens has yet to be tested so I will give you my thoughts at a later stage. As from NAB 2009 if you purchase a 301 you will get a free 32Gig card (for a limited time) that gives you a great start as you only have to purchase one other card saving you about £400. 

I am trying to arrange to shadow a professional cameraman doing television work to give you a feel of how this camcorder performs in a real life situation. I don’t expect to get a video review out until next week but it will be worth waiting for.


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Panasonic HMC-151 ‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’

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Having used this camcorder for a couple of days I have to admit I was very impressed with the picture quality, considering this camcorder is one year old it can hold it’s head high.

I am a 720 50P man myself and set this camcorder to these settings and I was gob smacked. It was as good in low light as the EX-3, stood up to a wide open lens my only fault with this camcorder was the boxy design and the 4:3 lower rez LCD.

dsc_6726Panasonic have an obsession with designing shoe boxes with a lens and a 4:3 LCD, this design is dated please, please, please  Mr Panasonic in Japan stop designing ugly camcorders. If you give me your design budget I will design one for you ! The 151 is not as boxy due to giving up the tape mechanism on the right hand side and gladly does not weigh the same as a Nori brick.

For years Sony rolled out the 12x lens, now good old Panasonic are stuck with a 13x lens, saying that, it’s a good 13x lens and is very sharp. 

A chap commented yesterday in ER that people should look at the JVC HM100 for the same price but I doubt it will come near to the 151 in low light and it’s very surprising 9dB capabilities. The SDHC card works a treat and is a very low cost outlay and gives you cheap archive. As I heard Philip Bloom comment recently about the EX-3 and most of your pro HD camcorders where has SD recording gone, once again the 151 gives you everything but no SD recording.

The HMC-151 is a “Cinderella” camcorder it’s ready to go to the ball, but no one wants to take it. I personally think this camcorder has a bit of bad timing, saddled with the AVCCAM which is a professional version of AVCAM but coming from a domestic codec does it no favors, psychologically that is and maybe a design that people are tiring of.

The sad thing is that we have a camcorder that arrived a year ago, hits all the right spots yet never got the hype it dually deserved.

NOTE : The Panasonic HPX-301 is the only camcorder to date at it’s price range to give you 100Mbs all the way down to DV. Other manufacturers take note. 


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G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc

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By Steve Lohr (NYT)

General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices.

But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

The promising work by the G.E. researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1’s and 0’s of digital data as well.

The data is encoded in light patterns that are stored in light-sensitive material. The holograms act like microscopic mirrors that refract light patterns when a laser shines on them, and so each hologram’s recorded data can then be retrieved and deciphered.

Holographic storage has the potential to pack data far more densely than conventional optical technology, used in DVDs and the newer, high-capacity Blu-ray discs, in which information is stored as a pattern of marks across the surface of a disc. The potential of holographic technology has long been known. The first research papers were published in the early 1960s. 

(Pictured above is Brian Lawrence GEs holographic storage program)  (Excerpt from New York Times

So this is what Apple are waiting for ! Note. Some papers are still employing good photographers who can compose a picture and light it as well, great picture Mr Brooks.

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Philip Bloom reaches 1,000,000 Clicks

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Bloom’s USA Blog Part 4 By Bloom Blog
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p-bloom-v2Our good friend Philip Bloom over at has reached his one millionth click on his blog and we at HD Warrior congratulate Philip on such an achievement. Philip was lucky enough to go to NAB 09 this year and kept us all informed with his great video blogs. Once again well done Mr Bloom.

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iMedia tutorial coming soon

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imedia-logo-v2Just to wet your appetite… iMedia has been developed for you and me, video professionals running our own production companies. For a long time I have been looking for a program that will keep a log of my mini DV tapes, HDV tapes, SxS, SDHC, Blu-ray etc. keep a note of my client base and project information. 

I was talking to my friend Chris about my dilemma and he kindly went off and designed such a program… iMedia. Now I can keep everything together on the one file. 

It has only been written for Mac at present but if enough interest is shown it could be written for the PC. If you think this may be of interest to you leave a note on the comments tab in this post. 

NOTE : I have started an iMedia page so click on it for further information and soon I will be telling you the best news of all… the price.

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Coming soon the Panasonic HPX-301 v Sony EX-3

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The burning question ? How does the one third inch Panasonic HPX-301 perform in low light against the half inch Sony EX-3. 

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