AJA “14th week” Still looking for drivers

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Canon 5DMk11…BBC/IMG Snooker intro Glasgow 2009

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Sunday Night Snooker Opener, Grand Prix 2009 from Idustrial Revolution on Vimeo.

All shot on the Canon 5DmkII, this opener was at the top of the show for the BBC’s sunday night coverage of the Grand Prix Snooker 2009.

Cameraman Colin Nuttall got some amazing low light behind the scenes action. Edited in FCP by Peter Wiggins after being converted using some custom Compressor droplets.

Full credit to IMG & the BBC for getting never seen before images onto the screen for snooker fans.

Lenses used
Canon 50mm F1.2 L 
Canon 300mm F2.8 L
Canon 24-105mm F4 L

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Mulitcam Editing HD footage with FCP-6/7

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My preferred way of ingesting HD footage is via the AJA io HD this keeps it simple and converts it to Apple ProRez. The other benefit of using a IO box is the ability to view you HD material on an Full HD LCD monitor.

If you ingest SxS footage via the Sony US10 card reader it will bring all your footage in as clips and you will end up with XDCAM EX footage, not ProRez.

For Multicam editing HD footage you need the easiest codec your MacPro can handle and that is Apple ProRez. IO boxes like the AJA or Matrox MXO2 convert all your footage to ProRez although the Matrox box does give you other flavours of codec to choose as well.

Say you film a stage show and it lasts 90 minutes that’s 45 minutes each half, you want two continuous 45min camera feeds, that’s four 16Gig SxS cards or 4 SDHC cards with MxR adapters. Once you get back to base and you are ready to edit your footage take the HD SDI out of an EX-30 or EX-1/3 into yout IO box. The video and audio travel down the same HD SDI lead. NOTE. For the 1st time in 25 years I bought HD SDI cable made up as you need to be sure your cable is as good as your pictures deserve.


This also allows you to view your recorded footage as it’s being ingested, it may seem a longer way to input your footage but giving your Mac pristine ProRez footage will allow you at least 2 camera angles via SATA drives with no stuttering. Stuttering, dropped frames happens when your SATA drive tries to feed too much data at the one time and can’t keep up.

You would need to store your footage onto a XServe, RAID or SCSI (Pronounced Scuzzi) drive in order to squeeze more data throughput if you want to edit 3-4 camera angles or you can simply convert your footage to SD if your end result isn’t HD.

A tip if you do not have a start point like a flash gun or clapper board, look at each 45min clip in the viewer and find the same bit of action which could be 5mins into the footage. Look for a leg being lifted in both shots and mark the IN points in both clips then choose MULTICAM and bring it onto the timeline, then you can simply drag the clip back to the start of the show and you are in perfect sync.

Remember to mark your main camera as ANGLE ONE and camera 2 as ANGLE TWO it will usually pick angle one as the sound source but that can be changed if needed.

So there you have it my major tip for HD Multiclip editing is…

1. Bring all footage in as Apple ProRez

2. If you are using SATA drives then only use 2 cameras

3. If your outputting onto SD DVD then you can use 4 cameras as long as you down-convert to SD

The lads up at Ripple training have great in-depth editing with multicam tutorials to download.


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AJA io HD with Final Cut Pro-7 a word of warning !

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AJA-FCP-7Yesterday evening I got an email from George Griswold from Video Now in Louisiana telling me he had been working with FCP-7 and the AJA io HD for over a month now.      www.videonow.info

I had a long think about this statement and came to the conclusion that George had upgraded Final Cut Studio rather than a fresh install. By upgrading his machine had retained the AJA settings and V6.0.3 firmware.

I was excited maybe if I installed the AJA firmware I too would get a working FCP-7 and AJA io HD. I downloaded the software from AJAs site and hey presto I also had FCP-7 working finally with my AJA.

This would be a good workaround till the new drivers appear so I did some preliminary tests to make sure the AJA was talking to my HD recorders and did some HM100 tests for someone else, everything was going smoothly…till…I tried to import a project from FCP-6 to FCP-7 and it crashed to the desktop. I repeated this 3 times and decided to re-install my FCP-6 SATA drive.

I can only assume that Mr Griswold has not had the need to import a project yet…how stable it is, time will tell but sadly I am back using FCP-6 on my second SATA drive.

After finding this out I thought it only fair to Email AJA with my findings…

“I’m pretty sure Engineering is aware of this issue but I will forward your findings to them just in case.
Regardless, I’m sorry for the delay but not too much longer.

Thank you for your patience.”

Best regards

AJA Video Technical Support

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iTabletPro concept with touch control for FCP/LogicPro

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iTabletPro-web-V3I hear from the grapevine good old Steve Jobbs is looking for a good excuse to launch a tablet, there is no better excuse than to add touch and gestures and to be able to control Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro. You could even use it with Photoshop as a graphics tablet…pen included. Mr Jobbs now I have given you that great idea can I have one rather than royalties !  PS. The chap who produced this wonderful concept iTabletPro may also lay claim to a free tablet.

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Multicam works with JVC HM100 MPEG 2 file using FCP-6

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Multicam HM100

I put my hand up and admit I was wrong, the MPEG 2 file that comes from the JVC HM100 does indeed work with multicam…on the timeline…1920 x 1080 50i…2 cameras…no rendering ! The down side to this is if you add even a one second crossfade to the video track you will be waiting 2 minutes for each ONE second to render !Multicam HM100 timeline

As you can see from my test there is not even a green line let alone a red line above the timeline. As a further test I tried 4 HD camera angles but that was asking a but much from the system and it stuttered.

This was edited on FInal Cut Pro 6, ingested from the SDHC card inserted into a n SD card reader and plays back from the card itself.

I had to test this for Terry who was going to suggest the JVC HM100s and FCP as a multicam workflow for a colleague.

Remember if you bring the SDHC file in via the card reader it will bring it in as separate files unless you filmed one continues take as you would if you are going to use it with multicam.

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EasyRig “Take the weight off your back” £1600 upwards

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The Easyrig story began when I were shooting World Championship of handball in 1994. Because I was the youngest at the network I always did the hand held work. By the end of the day my shoulders hurt badly. I told myself I had to do something about it if I want to do camera work when I get older. I thought of a rope from the sealing down to the camera but then you will not be flexible. Then I built an iron tripod on my backpack and there I had my first prototype of the Easyrig. From then I have made different prototypes of Easyrigs. I went to Amsterdam in 1997 on a show called IBC. There was a lot of interest and I got many agents around the world from that point.

concept_varioSome times people think you look foolish with the Easyrig on, but when they understand what is does they think it’s smart and they get very interested. Often I say to people to try the Easyrig on and you will see a smile on there faces.

The company is a family business. When my children have holyday they are always welcome to work in the company. It is important for me that the end user, “The cameraman”, has to be satisfied with our equipment and that nothing breaks.

I still work as a cameraman at the Swedish Television. One week at the Swedish Television and the other week on the Easyrig Company. We are located in the north of Sweden where we have snow half of the year and never dark in the summer.

To be a cameraman for me is the best work in the world!

Johan Hellsten
Inventor and president of Easyrig



PS. For all the cameramen and women who suffer a sore back thank’s to our trade this is a great bit of kit but I still think it looks like a portable shower unit ! I want a sexy RED EasyRig.

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Breaking NEWS…Nikon D3s with 720p HD video £4199

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Nikon’s first FX format camera to feature high-definition movie recording offers photographers a whole new level of creative flexibility. The D3S features a highly sensitive 12.1 megapixel FX format CMOS sensor that boasts an ISO range of 200 to 12800. The D-movie function offers superior movie capture in stereo* sound and features a Save Selected frame option to speed up productivity. Nikon’s acclaimed 51-point AF system offers high sensitivity in low-light and superb performance when tracking fast moving subjects. An advanced image sensor cleaning function reduces the impact of dust spots and three alternative crop modes enhance shooting flexibility. The EXPEED image processing engine and expansive buffer enables you to shoot up to 9 fps for extended bursts. Protected by a tough, environmentally-sealed magnesium alloy body, the D3S redraws the boundaries for professional action photography.

*Compatible stereo microphone required.



FRAME RATES 1280 x 720p 24fps    640 × 424/24 fps    320 × 216/24 fps



AUDIO Microphone sensitivity can be adjusted

ISO SENSITIVITY ISO 200 to 12800 (ISO 6400 to Hi 3 in high-sensitivity movie mode)

  • D-Movie records high-definition (HD) movie clips in stereo sound (Compatible stereo microphone required). Features Edit start/stop and Save selected frame functions, as well as AF support in Tripod mode.
  • Multi-CAM3500FX 51-point AF system: individually selectable or configurable in 9-point, 21-point and 51-point coverage settings.
  • EXPEED image processing engine with 14-bit A/D conversion and 16-bit image processing for superb tonal gradation.
  • 920,000 dot 3-inch VGA LCD monitor with wide, 170-degree viewing angle.
  • Three Crop Modes: DX format 5:4 ratio and 1.2x. The DX crop mode can be automatically enabled when a DX lens is attached.
  • In-camera RAW processing saves time in post-production by enabling JPEG compression, Size, White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Picture Control, Noise Reduction, Color space and Vignette Control image settings to be applied to RAW (NEF) files in the camera.
  • Quiet shooting mode: perfect for discrete photography, the sound of the camera’s mirror return mechanism is noticeably reduced.
  • Highly accurate, durable Kevlar/carbon fibre-composite shutter unit: standard rating of 300, 000 cycles, with a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 sec and flash synchronization at up to 1/250 sec.
  • HDMI video output interface enables connection to high-definition video systems.
  • Durable Magnesium alloy body built to withstand the rigors of the harshest of environments.
  • Wireless LAN and Ethernet support via optional Wireless Transmitter WT-4
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    AJA move to a new building

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    I do question how 7 AJA engineers who are supposedly working 7 days a week with Apple on the new io HD drivers can get on with their work in the middle of a major move ?

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    Mr Bloom’s NEW look

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