Panasonic HMC-151 Review for Preston Media

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Panasonic HMC-151 Review for H Preston Media By Philip Johnston
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Undercover 3 for Mac and iPhone

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Because laptops are increasingly popular, and desktops are becoming smaller and more portable, computer theft has reached huge proportions worldwide: there were about 600,000 laptops stolen in the USA in the year 2004. According to a recent FBI report, 97% of all stolen computers are never recovered. Many people we know have had their Macs stolen, often in ‘safe’ situations. That’s why we developed Undercover: a unique theft-recovery application designed from the ground up for Mac OS X.


What happens when my Mac is stolen?

Accurately locate your stolen Mac

Undercover uses advanced technology developed by Skyhook Wireless to locate your Mac based on Wi-Fi positioning. In addition, Undercover transmits network information, enabling our recovery center to accurately track and locate your stolen Mac within a range of 10-20 meters.


See what happens on your stolen Mac

Undercover is the world’s first theft-recovery software that will send screenshots of your stolen Mac at regular intervals. These screenshots will sooner or later reveal the thief’s identity (e.g. when chatting, reading and writing emails,…) making it much easier to work with law enforcement in order to recover your Mac.


See who’s using your Mac

Undercover introduces another world first: if your Mac has a built-in or external iSight, Undercover will transmit pictures of the thief and his surroundings every 6 minutes, making it even easier to identify the current user. It’s like having a private detective working for you.

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Sonnet Fusion RX1600 RAID

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sonnet-raidFusion RX1600RAID is designed to provide high reliability in demanding editing and content creation environments. With its drives formatted as a RAID 5 set, this 16-drive system delivers data transfer speeds up to 1,000 MB/sec read and 750 MB/sec write. An integrated SAS expander facilitates fast, easy expansion of the Sonnet system, enabling the user to connect additional 16-drive enclosures. 

“The Fusion RX1600RAID storage system can be integrated into a facility very quickly to provide the performance, capacity, and security required for multi-stream HD work,” said Robert Farnsworth, CEO of Sonnet Technologies. “This system offers the high degree of reliability required to protect valuable content from drive failure. It is constructed of enterprise-class hardware such as redundant, hot-swappable fans and redundant, hot-swappable 350W power supplies. The system design maximizes uptime and contributes to continuous productivity through its use of hot-swappable drive modules and its incorporation of drive, fan, and power supply monitoring. 

“The RX1600RAID’s built-in SAS expander makes future growth simple, fast, and economical, saving post-production facilities both time and money. Incorporating another RX1600RAID into a facility is nearly as simple as installing another enclosure into the rack and connecting a few cables,” concluded Farnsworth. 

Fusion RX1600RAID provides users the flexibility of choosing from multiple RAID schemes. RAID 5 and RAID 6 support offer balanced performance and protection, and enable safe recovery from single- and double-drive failures, respectively. RAID 0 offers pure, unadulterated speed, while RAID 1 provides ultimate redundancy; RAID 4, RAID 10, and JBOD support are available, too. Fusion RX1600RAID systems support hot spares, which means a designated hot spare drive waits unused in the background to automatically replace a failed drive without further action from the user. This flexibility is accomplished without switches — a simple-to-use configuration utility makes optimizing the RX1600RAID setup for specific workflow requirements simple. 

The Fusion RX1600RAID is SES 2.0 compliant, providing operators with enhanced real-time monitoring and reporting of drive, power supply, temperature, and fan status. Operators can use S.M.A.R.T. monitoring parameters in configuring the system to issue on-screen alerts, trigger fault LEDs, and provide audible warnings via the drive enclosure’s built-in alarm and the computer’s speaker. The system also can be set up to send e-mail alerts to designated addresses. 

The Sonnet Fusion RX1600RAID is compatible with Mac®, Windows®, and Linux computers with an x8 (or x4) PCI Express® slot running Mac OS® X Version 10.4.8+; Windows Vista®, Server® 2003, and XP Pro; and various Linux operating systems. The high performance Sonnet RAID controller included with the complete Fusion RX1600RAID storage system incorporates an Intel® IOP348 RAID processor running at 1.2 GHz, and contains 256MB of ECC RAM. Available in 16TB and 24TB configurations, the Fusion RX1600RAID system’s drives are preformatted for immediate use with Mac OS-based computers. 

Complete Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems include the enclosure with sixteen 3.5-inch hard drive modules, along with a Sonnet RAID controller card, two heavy-duty two-meter mini-SAS data cables, two power cables, a software CD, and documentation. Four-meter and six-meter cables are optionally available. Fusion RX1600RAID expansion systems include the enclosure, drives, and power cables. 

Fusion RX1600RAID storage systems are expected to be available by April 30, 2009 with the following suggested retail prices: Fusion RX1600RAID (16TB) at $10,895 and Fusion RX1600RAID (24TB) at $11,995.

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New Panasonic colour viewfinder AJ-CVF100G

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pana-viewfinderPanasonic debuted a new color viewfinder, the AJ-CVF100G, for its premium quality P2 HD and DVCPRO HD solid-state and tape-based production cameras. Incorporating LCOS display technology, and such invaluable features as a built-in heater for operation in low temperatures, the AJ-CVF100G far exceeds the performance of competitive models.The CVF100G is designed for operation with Panasonic’s P2 VariCam series (AJ-HPX3700 and AJ-HPX2700), the AJ-HPX3000 and AJ-HPX2000 P2 HD camcorders, and the AJ-HDC27H VariCam and AJ-HDX900 DVCPRO HD camcorder. 

Utilizing a one-inch diameter imager system, the high-performance CVF100G affords cinematographers color accurate viewing, which minimizes the possibility of misdirected shots. The color viewfinder can accommodate larger cine-like lenses. Prevalent in HD projectors and rear-projection televisions, LCOS technology offers the advantages of fast motion response, excellent resolution, and smooth pixel edges for a natural look and feel. Eliminating the color wheel used by other technologies, this LCOS viewfinder reduces eyestrain by delivering a complete RGB image to the shooter. 

The CVF100G offers exceptional performance and versatility. Its built-in heating function improves response speeds at low temperatures. The shooting formats the viewfinder supports include 1080/23.98PsF, 24PsF, 25PsF, 29.97PsF, 30PsF, 50i, 59.94i, 60i and 720/50p, 59.94p and 60p. 

The AJ-CVF100G will be available in the second quarter of 2009 at a suggested list price of $8,495.

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Photique Images…”release your digital pictures”

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photiqueIntroducing the future in wall art, step forward the Photique product range

Crystal clear digital photography mounted on to a compressed wooden frame using the latest digital printing technology.

The Concept

Photique Images™ allows you to create your own, unique masterpiece
for your home but without the hefty price tag. Using leading digital technology, thePhotiquebloc™ re-energizes a classic in interior decoration by mounting crystal clear printed artwork on to a compressed wooden frame in place of canvas.

As simple as it sounds, this patented technique is set to revolutionise
the homeware market, creating personalised and affordable wall art to
enhance any living space

The Product

  • Crisp, crystal clear digital photography mounted onto a compressed wooden frame using the latest digital printing technology
  • photobloc-v2Lifetime Guarantee
  • Patented Framing Technology
  • State of the art colour reproduction
  • Treated with a scratch resistant laminate
  • Versatile, capable of free standing or easily mounted on a wall
  • Various product specifications and sizes available to suit customer needs
  • Any copyright approved image or photo can be reproduced onto a

If you live in the UK and think you could use this service drop me an Email and I will give you the username and password for the professional part of this web site.

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AJA Express

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Two years ago AJA released the Io HD, which provides almost every input and output that you could possibly want with direct-to-ProRes capture. The Io Express offers a similar (but smaller) feature set for portable capture to a laptop or (optionally) to a desktop on both OS X and Windows. Unlike the Io HD, the Io Express does not convert to ProRes in hardware. It sends uncompressed video to the laptop via a ExpressCard interface, like the Matrox MXO 2.

Io Express Features:

aja-express• Interfaces with MacBook Pro and Windows laptops for input/output of popular file-based formats

• HD/SD SDI input and output

• HDMI 1.3a input and output, with Deep Color support at 30 and 36 bit per pixel

• HD/SD Component video output

• 2-Channel RCA audio output

• LTC I/O (selectable LTC Input/Reference Video Input)

• RS422 machine control

• Powerful and proven KONA or XENA drivers

• Compatible with Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe CS4, and more

• Small, highly portable case design, one rackunit tall, half rackunit wide

• 4-pin XLR power for AC or battery operation

• 3-meter PCIe tether cable

• PCIe Mac Pro / workstation interface option available

• AJA 3-year international warranty

The Io Express will be available in Q3 of 2009 for $995.

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FREE…32GB P2 ‘E’ card with selected Panasonic P2 camcorders

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p2-e-cardPanasonic Broadcast and IT Systems Europe (PBITS) will reward buyers with a free 32GB E-Series P2 Card (AJ-P2E032XG) when they purchase either the AG-HPX301E, AG-HVX201AE or AG-HPX171E special promotional kit. Each camera recorder unit comes equipped with a 32GB P2 Card (AJ-P2CO32AG) and the additional free 32GB E-Series P2 Card will be shipped to the buyer’s preferred delivery address once purchase and registration is complete. 
This offer, valid from April 20th 2009 until 31st May 2009 through authorised participating dealers, coincides with the global launch of the new E-series P2 cards announced at NAB 2009. 
To receive the new E-Series 32GB card, customers will need to register at the dedicated special promotion page available on website. 
The E-Series card is compatible with Panasonic’s full line of P2 camcorders, recorders and workflow tools. The P2 cards can store content in the complete range of P2-supported frame rates and formats, from high definition to standard definition and from DVCPRO to AVC-Intra 100.   
“Panasonic is committed to making P2 technology more accessible to all users so they can take advantage of the benefits on offer,” said Carmen Mendoza, PBITS European Marketing General Manager. “With the launch of the new E-series cards we reinforce this commitment by providing the best solid state memory solutions on the market today. The new E-Series cards come in addition to our existing P2 cards and both with be available in parallel in the marketplace.” 
Promotion terms and conditions and a list of authorised participating European dealers can be found at 

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1st Winner of the HD Warrior ‘Most welcome announcement for video professionals’ at NAB 09 is Panasonic Broadcast

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A 30 x 40cm ‘photiquebloc’ of the above graphic is being printed by ‘photique images’ and will signed and dated by myself, then sent to Panasonic Broadcast headquarters in due course.

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NAB Round up…plus Philip Blooms NAB Video Blog

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Bloom’s Blog: NAB Part2 By Philip Bloom
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NAB 09 was interesting…The company to bring out the most interesting products and a major surprise was Panasonic. 

1. Panasonic P2 ‘E’ card was the major announcement at NAB bringing down the price of P2 by 66% making P2 far more affordable and in my opinion long over due.

2. The new camcorder HPX-301 has already been upgraded with a new firmware announced at NAB.

3. A new 16 input HD-SDI vision mixer the HS450

4. The HMC-41 an AVCHD mini 3 chip camcorder.

5. The HMR-10 POV camera with detachable video cable.

Sony on the other hand brought out some Hi end cameras for the broadcast market and a Hi Rez viewfinder HDVF-C30WR it was hinted that they would bring out an EX-5 but that in my opinion would have been stupid as too many updates to the EX range too soon would alienate hard core Sony customers.

JVC brought us the GY-HM700 and the GY-HM100 solid state camcorders pre NAB so that left JVC with no new goodies to announce.

Canon have gone into hibernation…we were hoping for their professional solid state HD camcorder but not a tweet.

It was rumored that Apple would preview their new operating system “Snow Leopard” and it was hinted they might show a sneek peek of Final Cut Studio 3 but as far as I am aware this did not happen. There seems to have been a fair commitment to Blu-ray throughout NAB which must be giving Apple some heartache as to date Apple have not publicly endorsed Blu-ray and in my opinion falling way behind market leaders like Adobe.  

So my NAB 09 winner for the most welcome announcement for video professionals goes to Panasonic for their introduction of the P2 ‘E’ card. 


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Sennheiser Optical microphone

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General Description

sen-optical-mic1Operating Principle
In the optical microphone, light from an LED is directed onto a reflective diaphragm via an optical-fibre cable (transmitter optical waveguide). The membrane reflects part of the light into a receiver optical waveguide. If the diaphragm is moved by sound signals, a displacement of the reflected light beam occurs, with the result that more or less light is coupled into the receiver waveguide. At the end of the receiver waveguide, a photodiode converts the light intensity variations into electric signals. 

The optical principle is the only microphone principle in which the microphone head and the electronics can be located far away from each other. 

The component parts of the MO 2000 H acoustic-optical microphone head (external diameter ½”) are made of a plastic material that is suitable for use in areas with aggressive substances (gases, salts, humidity) and radiation. All components of the microphone head, including the optical waveguides, are free of metal; no electric current flows. 

These advantages make it possible to use the optical microphone in areas in which other microphones are not suitable.
For example, the optical microphone can be used in potentially explosive atmospheres, such as for the acoustic monitoring of gas drying plants in natural gas production (IAS MO 2000 SET). In this case, the microphone can “hear” slow leaks, which, due to their small size, cause neither a pressure loss nor an alarm message in the other monitoring systems. 

In medical applications, the microphone is ideal for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), for example to maintain communication with the patient during MRI scans or to achieve active noise cancellation in MRI. The optical microphone does not disturb the imaging process and is itself not influenced by the strong fields inside magnetic resonance imaging equipment.

In measuring technology, the microphone is ideal for use in EMI/EMC laboratories, as it does not influence the electric field. In this case, for example, it functions like an “ear on a mobile phone”. 
A further application possibility is in the field of undetectable acoustic monitoring.

Delivery Includes
  • 1 optical microphone with MO 2000 H optical cable (3 m)
  • 1 MO 2000 CU central unit
  • 1 power supply with various adapters (EU, UK, US)
  • 1 carrying case
  • 1 operating instructions

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