Panasonic E Series P2 cards start shipping

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Panasonic announced the immediate availability of its new 16GB (model AJ-P2E016X) and 32GB (model AJ-P2E032X) E Series P2 cards at low costs of $420 and $625 respectively. The E Series P2 cards provide high quality recording for an average of five years with normal operation.

Incorporating a newly-developed memory technology, E Series P2 cards transfer recorded content at a faster rate (up to 1.2Gbps) than professional solid-state memory cards offered by other manufacturers. For example, users can transfer a full 16GB E Series card’s content (any format) in less than two minutes. E Series cards offer the same high-quality recording and capacity as standard Panasonic P2 solid-state memory cards, and feature Panasonic’s signature aluminum die cast casing for exceptional durability compared to plastic-based memory card products.

Unlike other disc-based or solid-state recording systems, P2 cards are a high-speed bit bucket, offering high-quality video recording and optimum flexibility, including reliable performance, instant access to content and compatibility with all P2 camcorders, P2 recorders and workflow tools and all major nonlinear editors and servers. P2 cards 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. P2 cards offer recording of video, audio, and metadata in any environment, even in challenging conditions of extreme temperature.

E Series P2 cards are reusable for up to five years when recorded on once daily, at full capacity (100%); when used at half capacity (50%), the cards can continue to record for up to 10 years. A notification is given (in the camcorder’s LCD/viewfinder or the card reader’s display) as the card approaches the end of its life cycle.

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Adobe CS4 updates

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premiere-pro-cs4Digital Production BuZZ spoke with Dave Helmly, North American DMO Technical Sales Manager at Adobe, about the new Adobe CS4 updates to After Effects 9.02, Premiere Pro 4.1, and Adobe Media Encoder 4.1.

Scheduled for release Friday morning, the new updates include:

  • Major speed improvements for Adobe Media Encoder
  • New RED R3D workflow & Raw setting panel
  • Avid Import & Export
  • Edit DVD VOB blocks directly, without having to convert first.
  • Improved AVCHD playback
  • Improved project loading
  • New Frame Export
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    Panasonic’s Response to HPX-301 noise issue

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    jaume-rey-v2Hi There!
    As promised, we took the requests about the “Dancing Dots” back to our engineers in EU and Japan.

    I just saw the tests of the new 3 files to reduce them. I strongly believe it will satisfy 90% of people. For those who compare HPX301 with Varicam, RED or HPX3700 or any other 2/3″ sensor camcorder my recommendation is they buy any of those high performance camcorders.
    But for less than 10K Euros, there is not better Full Size Shoulder camcorder (now even better with the new files).

    Keep watching Soon the files will be available.

    Regards Jaume

    Jaume as far as I am aware the only camcorder people are comparing the HPX-301 to is the Sony EX-3 which sits at virtually the same price bracket. Anyone who compares a 1/3″ camcorder to a 2/3″ needs their head seen to as they say in Glasgow.

    Most professional cameramen/women compare like for like. I think it has been Panasonic’s misunderstanding of the marketplace that led you to produce a 1/3″ camcorder when it should have been 1/2″ chips like the EX-3.

    Who do you consult when producing the specs for a new camcorder…don’t you look at what the competition are producing. I have been told most manufacturers ask end users their opinions when designing equipment but I think your designers are asking the wrong kind of people. I would be only to glad to help and as you know I don’t mince my words (Glasgow expression). 

    That offer goes out to all camcorder manufacturers, if Panasonic had given me a prototype HPX-301 soon enough maybe this conversation could have been avoided. 

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    Crumple Pop NOTES with a twist

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    Crumple Pop NOTES with a Twist By Philip Johnston
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    Panasonic HPX-301 Review

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    Panasonic HPX-301 review for H Preston Media By Philip Johnston
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    Focus Enhancements FS-H200 solid state DV/HDV recorder

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    Focus Enhancements Announces the new FS-H200 Solid-State Direct To Edit® Recorder

    New FS model brings rugged, inexpensive Compact Flash media and QuickTime file formats to DV or HDV camcorders

    Campbell, CA. – June 2, 2009 — Focus Enhancements Inc, a worldwide leader in media management and digital audio technology, today announced an addition to its FS acquisition product family, the FS-H200 Portable Compact Flash Direct To Edit Recorder. The FS-H200 is the first portable Direct To Edit (“DTE”) recorder for use with DV or HDV cameras that features removable solid-state media allowing for easy swap-out of industry standard Compact Flash (“CF”) cards. Once recorded, user supplied CF cards can be easily mounted to both Windows and Mac systems either via USB 2.0 from theFS-H200 itself or via standard memory card readers for Direct To Edit workflow with popular NLE systems. Designed for use in the most extreme conditions including high temperatures (up to 50 degrees C / 122 degrees F), high altitudes, and extreme shock environments, the FS-H200 performance is outstanding.

    “We have been frequently asked by our customers for an acquisition device that provided the DTE workflow they rely on together with the many advantages of solid-state media,” said Matt McEwen, director of product management for Focus Enhancements. “We believe that Compact Flash has now reached the required capacities, performance and low-cost that our customers are demanding to make this a viable choice for our award winning FS recorder family.”


    Highlights of FS-H200:

    – Support of popular DTE formats such as QuickTime and M2T for HDV and RawDV, AVI Type 1, AVI Type 2, Matrox AVI and Canopus AVI for DV
    – Side located, removable Compact Flash slot that accepts standard Type 1, 266x Compact Flash Cards (currently available up to 32GB) 
    – Polymer dust cover for shock and moisture protection
    – Record over 2.5 hours of 720p or 2.2 hours of 1080i HDV on a single 32GB card
    – 6-pin FireWire interface to DV or HDV cameras
    – Fast USB 2.0 interface to Mac or Windows based NLE systems
    – Supports large file sizes with UDF disk format on CF cards
    – Ultra compact design weighs only 12 oz and features silent fanless operation
    – Color back-lit LCD for menu navigation and status 
    – Back-lit scroll wheel for easy menu navigation
    – Removable 3-hour (record time) Li-Ion battery pack
    – 12V power input and supplied AC adapter 

    Pricing and Availability

    FS-H200 is expected to be available in June, 2009 through the Focus Enhancements worldwide dealer and distributor network for a US MSRP of $1,195.

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    Video Review of Panasonic HPX-301 Wednesday 9am

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    Sorry due to last minute tweaks the 301 review still needs to upload to Exposure Room and that process cuts me from the internet so I will leave this till about 12.30am. It will be available tomorrow morning at 9am (Wednesday).

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    HDMI 1.4 with new features

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    SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 27, 2009 – HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) specification, today announced the features that will be incorporated in the upcoming HDMI 1.4 specification. This latest version of the HDMI specification will, among other advancements, offer networking capabilities with Ethernet connectivity and will add an Audio Return Channel to enable upstream audio connections via the HDMI cable. The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download on the HDMI LLC website no later than June 30, 2009.

    The HDMI 1.4 specification will offer the following enhanced functionalities:

    * HDMI Ethernet Channel

    The HDMI 1.4 specification will add a data channel to the HDMI cable and will enable high-speed bi-directional communication. Connected devices that include this feature will be able to send and receive data via 100 Mb/sec Ethernet, making them instantly ready for any IP-based application.

    The HDMI Ethernet Channel will allow an Internet-enabled HDMI device to share its Internet connection with other HDMI devices without the need for a separate Ethernet cable. The new feature will also provide the connection platform to allow HDMI-enabled devices to share content between devices.

    * Audio Return Channel

    The new specification will add an Audio Return Channel that will reduce the number of cables required to deliver audio upstream for processing and playback. In cases where HDTVs are directly receiving audio and video content, this new Audio Return Channel allows the HDTV to send the audio stream to the A/V receiver over the HDMI cable, eliminating the need for an extra cable.

    * 3D Over HDMI

    The 1.4 version of the specification will define common 3D formats and resolutions for HDMI-enabled devices. The specification will standardize the input/output portion of the home 3D system and will specify up to dual-stream 1080p resolution.

    * 4K x 2K Resolution Support

    The new specification will enable HDMI devices to support high-definition (HD) resolutions four times beyond the resolution of 1080p. Support for 4K x 2K will allow the HDMI interface to transmit content at the same resolution as many digital theaters. Formats supported include:

    3840×2160 24Hz/25Hz/30Hz       4096×2160 24Hz

    * Expanded Support For Color Spaces

    HDMI technology now supports color spaces designed specifically for digital still cameras. By supporting sYCC601, Adobe RGB and AdobeYCC601, HDMI-enabled display devices will be capable of reproducing more accurate life-like colors when connected to a digital still camera.

    * Micro HDMI Connector

    The Micro HDMI Connector is a significantly smaller 19-pin connector that supports up to 1080p resolutions for portable devices. This new connector is approximately 50% smaller than the size of the existing HDMI Mini Connector.

    * Automotive Connection System

    The Automotive Connection System is a cabling specification designed to be used as the basis for in-vehicle HD content distribution. The HDMI 1.4 specification will provide a solution designed to meet the rigors and environmental issues commonly found in automobiles, such as heat, vibration and noise. Using the Automotive Connection System, automobile manufactures will now have a viable solution for distributing HD content within the car.

    “The HDMI specification continues to add functionality as the consumer electronics and PC industries build products that enhance the consumer’s HD experience,” said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “The 1.4 specification will support some of the most exciting and powerful near-term innovations such as Ethernet connectivity and 3D formats. Additionally we are going to broaden our solution by providing a smaller connector for portable devices and a connection system specified for automobiles, as we see both more and different devices adopting the HDMI technology.“

    Consumers will also see new HDMI cables introduced to the market. In order to take advantage of the HDMI Ethernet Channel, consumers will need to purchase either a Standard HDMI cable with Ethernet, or a High Speed HDMI cable with Ethernet. Consumers connecting an external device to an in-vehicle HDMI-enabled HD system will need the new Automotive HDMI cable. Consumers can expect to see new HDMI 1.4 cables introduced to the market when new HDMI 1.4 devices are available.

    Consumers will have a choice of the following HDMI cables:

    * Standard HDMI Cable – supports data rates up to 1080i/60;
    * High Speed HDMI Cable – supports data rates beyond 1080p, including Deep Color and all 3D formats of the   new 1.4 specification;
    * Standard HDMI Cable with Ethernet – includes Ethernet connectivity;
    * High Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet – includes Ethernet connectivity;
    * Automotive HDMI Cable – allows the connection of external HDMI-enabled devices to an in-vehicle HDMI     device.

    The HDMI standard continues to grow in the marketplace with now over 850 adopters worldwide. The growing adoption of the HDMI specification by both consumer electronics and PC manufacturers further strengthens its position as the worldwide standard for high-definition digital connectivity. According to market research firm In-Stat, over 394 million HDMI-enabled devices are expected to ship in 2009, with an installed base of 1 billion devices. By the end of 2009 100% of digital televisions are expected to have at least one HDMI input.

    The HDMI specification 1.4 will be available for download at no later than June 30, 2009.

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    Sony EX-1, EX-3 a word of warning

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    ex3-side11I still do not know what the answer is to this problem but I would like to share a word of warning…I was filming yesterday and choose to film in SP 1080i mode as I had a 12 hour day. Now as we all know we do not film 12 hours of material in a 12 hour day but those precious 22 extra minutes per 16Gig card can be useful.

    Now why did I choose 1080i and not 720p well firstly there is a lot of action footage and the final production ends up on SD DVD and watched mainly in the UK. A rule of thumb for filming in HD is as follows…

    1. End result = DVD = interlace

    2. End result = web = progressive

    So I stupidly choose SP mode instead of HQ mode to “save on card space”. My 16G cards being SDHC Transend cards for archive purposes as this job will not be completed till sometime in July. So you start to see the picture…I was saving card space when I had at least three 16G SDHC cards with me and even at full HD would not fill 3 cards. 

    So as they say in the good old Indiana Jones films “You choose badly”…why. I have an Apple Mac Pro with an AJA io HD box so I can afford to start with the best setting and down convert later if needed. 

    To get to the point I was reviewing some of yesterdays shots and it came to the canoe section when I noticed square pixel boxing all over the water shots to be fair this will not be seen by the time it gets to an SD DVD but it’s there all the same. I have not experienced this before but I also have a nagging doubt that it may also be the cards fault as well.

    In my own Sherlock fashon I took things back to basics and tried to re-create the problem without success…I filmed a sink of water at 1440 and 1920 but both looked fine although the 1920 was crisper looking as you would expect, but no blocking.

    Fortunately 99% of the footage is fine and it spans 2h 24m using 3 cards I had forgot I had used 20mins of one of the cards last week. So my advice is as follows…

    1. Only choose HQ mode for filming with the EX1, EX3

    2. Web based productions look better shot with 720P 50

    3. TV and DVD based productions look better with motion shot on 1920 x 1080i 50

    4. If like me you need archive where the SxS card becomes a pain only use Transend Class 6 SDHC or Panasonic Class 10 SDHC cards.

    My conclusions…

    I doubt if this was card problems as the rest of the footage is fine and the SDHC card is only a problem if you are using over cranking as they do not work in this mode. You do not get a choice of HQ and SD for the sake of it…HQ gives you the best quality so don’t compromise for the sake of a £40 SDHC card !

    UPDATE…It’s not a card problem it’s the technology, seemingly moving water is very hard for digital to understand and compresses it into wee square boxes, you only see this effect when you have moving water. I filmed further test footage this morning and it did not matter a hoot wether it was on HQ or SQ mode and I also filmed onto Sony SxS and SDHC both the same quality…though the HQ pictures were much punchier.

    I have to admit I have not filmed a lot of water shots with this camera so I was caught out when I suddenly saw the square boxes in the moving water but as I can do nothing about it I will avoid filming water sports in the future. The best part about video is that you never stop learning.



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    Smooth Radio Glasgow

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    Smooth Radio Glasgow By Philip Johnston
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    I needed shots for my review of the Panasonic HPX-301 so I rang my friend Jenny to see if I could film her doing her Sunday afternoon show. Jenny was happy to help out…to put you in the picture Jenny and I worked with each other about 25 years ago in a cable television station called Clyde Cable Vision.

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