AVID Media Composer 5

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Once again Avid have jumped ahead of Apple with their new updated Media Composer 5. Avid are looking to steal back some FCP editors with their new updated editing software. CS5 Premiere Pro is also tempting FCP users so my advice for Apple is “GET YOU FINGER OUT” !

What’s new

Directly access and edit RED files through AMA, without transcoding (images are scaled to HD frame size)

Work natively with QuickTime video formats, including Apple ProRes and H.264

Edit video and audio by dragging and dropping elements in the timeline

Keep high-end finishing projects in-house and gain great color precision with HD-RGB support (including dual-link I/O support with Nitris DX systems)

Monitor video externally with support for the Matrox MXO2 Mini

Mix and match frame sizes and aspect ratios — in addition to formats, frame rates, and resolutions — in the same timeline

Take a break during long renders and have your system email you when the job’s done

Import AVCHD files directly from cameras and other devices

Capture to and edit XDCAM HD and DVC PRO HD formats from baseband without additional hardware

Access low-res XDCAM proxies for offline work, with full-quality audio

Import text-based ancillary data and embed it in the video signal with the new “Data Track” and SMPTE 436M support using Nitris DX- and Mojo DX-based systems

View stereo audio tracks as single channels in the timeline for easier handling

Create high-quality sounds and mixes with support for RTAS audio processing plug-ins

Natively access and edit 4:2:2 MPEG-2 media from the new Canon cameras using AMA

Work Directly with RED Using the Newly Improved AMA

With Media Composer 5, AMA (Avid Media Access) has been completely reengineered, so you can work natively with more file-based media formats now and in the future. With the new and improved AMA, you can

speed up RED workflows by directly accessing RED files (.R3D) in Media Composer without having to prepare them through MetaFuze (all footage is scaled to HD frame size). Plus, you have access to its full meta data and color management data too.

Edit QuickTime Formats Natively

Get native access to all popular QuickTime formats, with full access to clip metadata. Thanks to AMA, you can natively access and edit any movie that can be played in Apple’s QuickTime Player (including Apple ProRes and .mov files captured by Canon 5D and 7D cameras) right in Media Composer — no transcoding, rewrapping, or logging and transferring required.

Drag and Drop Video and Audio to Edit

Get comfortable — with Media Composer 5, you can truly edit the way you like. In addition to the standard way of editing, you can also now directly manipulate elements in the timeline to edit video and audio. Drag and

drop clips anywhere you want on the timeline to rearrange sequences. And grab a clip’s in or out point and drag to trim a scene, dialog, or music.

Get Full-Quality HD-RGB Processing

Keep those finishing jobs in house, and deliver the highest quality color and effects work, with support for full-quality 4:4:4 HD-RGB color space processing in Media Composer. With the higher resolution detail, you can perform color correction, keying, and effects work with greater precision and ease. And if you have a Nitris DX-based system, you can digitize, process, monitor, and output projects in HD-RGB, using the two HD SDI connections to handle the high-bandwidth resolutions.” RGB i/o is in all Nitris DX products.

Monitor Video Externally through Matrox MXO2 Mini

If you don’t have a Nitris DX- or Mojo DX-based system, Media Composer 5 opens the door to third-party workflows, enabling you to monitor video externally using the Matrox MXO2 Mini interface, which is available for Mac and Windows systems. When paired with Media Composer software, MXO2 Mini becomes a dedicated, high-quality monitor-only solution for file-based or workgroup production, so you can view your video work in real time without any major expense.

HDW : I just noticed this on XDCAM-USER from Simon Wyndham

“I’m more than a little fed up with FCP of late. The amount of rendering needed for even simple things drives me up the wall. I tried the demo of Premiere CS5 and I liked it. I also tried the demo of Avid Media Composer 5. They have finally moved to the 21st century and now allow dragging and dropping of clips onto the timeline. What Avid doesn’t appear to have fixed though is the absolutely horrendous default multi monitor support and the fact that it keeps crashing every two seconds.

I’ll wait a little longer to see what Apple do.”

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Sony to show updated Pro FilmLike camcorder at IBC

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Interesting that Sony use the same SINGLE picture of their FilmLike Pro camcorder as seen at NAB 2010 earlier on this year to indicate some further updates to this work in progress. Sony are having a massive following for their NEX-VG10 domestic camcorder and I know a few DPs keeping a watchful eye on the new Sony Pro model.

IBC kicks off in 13 days and Panasonic will not only have a working model of their AG-AF100 FilmLike camcorder but pricing as well. This is Panasonic’s year for being ahead of the game with their AF100 camcorder.

I am really exited by this new technology as finally we get a shallow depth of field camcorder that does not look cumbersome using 35mm adaptors or amateurish using an HDSLR. As usual HD Warrior will get to try out these new camcorders as soon as they become available.

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Sonnett’s Express Card Reader now SDXC card compatible

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Sonnett Technologies has announced SDXC card support for its Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 adapter, enabling users with MacBook Pro and Windows laptop computers equipped with an ExpressCard slot to use these extended-capacity cards designed for the latest high-megapixel digital cameras and digital video camcorders. The new format SDXC cards (starting at 64GB) surpass previous-generation SDHC cards 32GB maximum capacity.

Sonnet’s Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 quickly moves files from memory cards to a notebook computer’s hard drive, with no cables required. This handy device inserts flush inside a MacBook Pro or Windows notebook’s ExpressCard slot so it can be carried inside the computer slot even when not in use. The Sonnet multimedia reader supports the most popular memory card formats used in digital cameras, cell phones, and other electronic devices, including Memory Stick, MMC (Multimedia Card), SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity), XD-Picture Card, and all their variations. This card works in ExpressCard/34 and ExpressCard/54 slots, and supports SDXC in Mac OS v10.6.4, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1, and Windows XP (with Microsoft file system driver update).

Users can add SDXC card support by visiting the support area on the Sonnet web site.

Sonnet’s Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 (part number MMRW-E34) is available now for the suggested retail price of $29.95.

More information on the Multimedia Memory Card Reader & Writer ExpressCard/34 is available at here. More information on Sonnet and its products is available at www.sonnettech.com.

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Burning a Canon 5D2 “Not Recommended”

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Some chap has decided to burn his Canon 5D2 and show it on YouTube…now thats his choice but the camera was waterlogged and beyond repair. As a photographer I do not condone actions such as this but it makes a strong advert for Panasonic and Sony !

You can see the whole cremation here…OR was here… OOPs the fire eating chap has removed his video !

Strange just on the same day that Canon officially announce the EOS60D the first Canon HDSLR to have a swivel viewfinder…about time too…lets hope this is a feature for all Canon HDSLRs as photographers would benefit from this feature as well.

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Canon develop the first 120 megapixel APS-H CMOS sensor

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Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed an APS-H-size*1 CMOS image sensor that delivers an image resolution of approximately 120 megapixels (13,280 x 9,184 pixels), the world’s highest level*2 of resolution for its size.

Compared with Canon’s highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor of the same size, comprising approximately 16.1 million pixels, the newly developed sensor features a pixel count that, at approximately 120 million pixels, is nearly 7.5 times larger and offers a 2.4-fold improvement in resolution.*3

With CMOS sensors, while high-speed readout for high pixel counts is achieved through parallel processing, an increase in parallel-processing signal counts can result in such problems as signal delays and minor deviations in timing. By modifying the method employed to control the readout circuit timing, Canon successfully achieved the high-speed readout of sensor signals. As a result, the new CMOS sensor makes possible a maximum output speed of approximately 9.5 frames per second, supporting the continuous shooting of ultra-high-resolution images.

Canon’s newly developed CMOS sensor also incorporates a Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video output capability. The sensor can output Full HD video from any approximately one-sixtieth-sized section of its total surface area.

Images captured with Canon’s newly developed approximately 120-megapixel CMOS image sensor, even when cropped or digitally magnified, maintain higher levels of definition and clarity than ever before. Additionally, the sensor enables image confirmation across a wide image area, with Full HD video viewing of a select portion of the overall frame.

Through the further development of CMOS image sensors, Canon will break new ground in the world of image expression, targeting new still images that largely surpass those made possible with film, and video movies that capitalize on the unique merits of SLR cameras, namely their high mobility and the expressive power offered through interchangeable lenses.

*1The imaging area of the newly developed sensor measures approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm.
*2 As of August 20, 2010. Based on a Canon study.
*3 Canon’s highest-resolution commercial CMOS sensor, employed in the company’s EOS-1Ds Mark III and EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR cameras, is equivalent to the full-frame size of the 35 mm film format and incorporates approximately 21.1 million pixels. In 2007, the company successfully developed an APS-H-size sensor with approximately 50 million pixels.

HDW : 120MP is a massive jump in quality in anybody’s books and is a direct poke at RED in my opinion, don’t quite know what Canon are going to do with such a beast but you can be well assured that it will not be a £2500 camera with a 120MP chip inside it.

As an aside we have 20 days till Panasonic announce the pricing and availability of the AF100 which will have an instant impact with the professional video world. DPs will have a camcorder fit for purpose with all the professional features of film look camcorder. This development will swing many cameramen away from the handicapped HDSLR.

Sadly none of the photographic manufacturers were willing to go that one step further dealing with all the inherent technical issues that dog the HDSLR and are now being surpassed by the video manufacturers like Sony and Panasonic.

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New Panasonic AG-HPX3100 camcorder

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Panasonic will launch the AJ-HPX3100, a compact shoulder mounted HD camcorder featuring P2 solid-state memory card recording, in October 2010.

The AJ-HPX3100 offers high image quality and performance for high-end video production, incorporating a 2.2 megapixel, 2/3, type CCD image sensor (3CCD) and the latest AVC-Intra Codec for broadcasting (compatible with MPEG-4 AVC/H.264).

The camcorder supports multi-format HD capability as well as SD, DVCPRO50, DVCPRO and DV recording. The AVC-Intra 100 codec records high-quality images using 10 bit/4:2:2 sampling and also supports high-quality 24 bit audio recording whilst in AVC-Intra mode. The camera also offers a Chromatic Aberration Compensation (CAC) function to compensate variations in the lens and Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) which suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights.

The AJ-HPX3100 offers a number of improvements over its predecessor; a newly designed compact and lightweight body provides a low centre of gravity ensuring an unobstructed view for the camera operator. It is 3.9kg (8.6 lb) lighter than the previous model, offering the camera person enhanced mobility. The camera also consumes around 23% less power than conventional 2/3 3CCD camcorders.

The camcorder has two easily accessible slots for reusable P2 solid-state memory cards which offer up to 64 GB capacity and a high data transfer speed. The new camera also includes a range of functionality to improve workflow including wireless metadata input capability and a new video encoder board capable of proxy recording supporting Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing system.

HDW : Sometimes you don’t read your own blurb…I just noticed this camcorder is using CCD technology, now I was under the impression that all camera manufacturers were going away from CCD due to it’s lesser low light capabilities, smearing and general outdated technology…has Panasonic re-invented the CCD…don’t know is the answer but you don’t get problems like rolling shutter with CCD, this will be a camera to watch out for at IBC.

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AG-AF100 prices and availability during IBC, September 2010

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HDSLRs will be dead in the water come September by all those using them for convenience, size and shallow depth of field. Professional DPs have had fun tinkering with HDSLRs but now a far better professional alternative is just round the corner we will see a major departure away from the HDSLR technology.

I put my hand up, I don’t use my 5D2 for video as they were never designed by Canon as a professional video tool, some people would have you believe otherwise.

Panasonic for once have been very astute by developing the AF100 to take micro 4/3″ lenses, prime lenses and 35mm lenses, the camcorder on paper looked like an old cine  camera when it first appeared in illustration form but as we are now seeing it in real life its looking fantastic.

The AG-AF100 series features HD-SDI output, XLR audio 2-channel input, and other interfaces that are typically found on professional camcorders. Time code, in addition to its compact, lightweight body, the AG-AF100 series’s professional camcorder design with grip, handle and large viewfinder.

A wide variety of lenses for Micro Four Thirds standard digital SLR cameras can be used for filming shallow depth of field productions. With the mount adaptor, it is also possible to mount 35mm film camera lenses and prime lenses, to render images that maximize lens characteristics.

The AVCHD recording format used by the AG-AF100 series includes a professional PH mode with maximum AVCHD bit rate for stunning image quality. Two SDHC card slots allow continuous recording for up to 12 hours in PH mode and up to 48 hours in HE mode with two SDHC/SDXC cards on board.

The AG-AF100 series records in

1080:59.94i/50i/29.97p/25p/23.98p

or 720:29.94p/50p/29.97p/25p/23.98p with its multi HD format.

The Dynamic Range Stretcher, Gamma Select and other image features have also been inherited from previous Panasonic professional camcorders.

Prices and availability during IBC in September.

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