Apple are starting to loose the plot

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macpro-15-batteryApple are loosing the plot with the new MacBook Pros, the 13″ and 15″ have gone from express card slots to SD card slots a retrograde step in my opinion. With the express card slot you could use Sony’s SxS cards directly but no more. In my opinion Apple have teamed up with JVC giving them direct access to their SDHC Quicktime recording systems, surly you can’t design a laptop with one camcorder manufacturer in mind. This is ludicrous most of us can and buy multi card readers so their is no need for an SD card slot in any MacBook Pro.

Another backwards step is the inclusion of the so called 7 hour internal battery, fine if you get at least 6 hours running time but you are gubbed when your battery runs out. I use my MacBook Pro for Autocue work and will not buy a laptop with an internal battery. 7 hours becomes 6 becomes 5 becomes a disaster.

I have seen Apple go from bad to worse over the last 3 MacBook Pro designs with the exclusion of firewire 400 port, no external video adapter after the MacAir, no express card slot and now no external battery.

Who are Apple talking to…certainly not video professionals, I only hope Steve Jobbs gets better soon and kicks ass back at Apple HQ…Apple are not usually associated with the word retrograde. Once again we see no availability for Blu-ray drives in the MacBook Pro.

This kind of stupidity does not bode well for the next version of DVD Studio Pro… there are a lot of us waiting in the wings for Apple to include Blu-ray authoring but nothing so far suggests that Apple will go down this road and if that is the case they leave a rather wide door open for Adobe’s CS4 Encore.

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Apple announce the new iPhone

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Two new tutorials for you to watch see tutorial tab above

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JVC GY-HM700 Review this week

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I have spent a crazy two days reviewing the JVC HM700 camcorder, thanks to Mitcorp, Glasgow for their demonstration model. It’s a camcorder I thought I would like due to the fact I have had 3 JVC camcorders in the past and without exception have been great camcorders.

For those of you wanting to know does it work with the MxM cards ? All will be revealed in my extensive review. I decided to go to Edinburgh to film some outdoor shots and got more than I bargained for.

How does it compare against the Sony EX-3 in low light ?  What do the 3 different colours mean ? Watch this space.

Look under “VIDEO REVIEW TAB” at the top of the page for the video review of the HM700

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Could Canon upstage Red with a film like camcorder ?

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canon-logo-refSo where now, we have had our pickings from Panasonic, JVC and Sony with solid state camcorders but we might ask where is Canon. We have not had a sniff from Canon for ages, apart from the odd tweak here or there.

I think Canon are biding their time and will WoW us with a complete rethink and finally go solid state. Canon are not stupid they have seen how the market is moving and it’s all in their favor…why ?

Look at the Canon 5D Mk2 Digital SLR with it’s new firmware allowing manual exposure control including ISO, shutter speed and aperture. You don’t have to spend a lot of time with a digital SLR camera that is designed to take photographs to realize it’s short comings as a video camera.

I was told only today that the good old BBC have bought the first consignment of Panasonic Lumix GH1 cameras and you can be assured it’s not for it’s photographic qualities though I do despair that an organization renowned for it’s quality programming is going down this road. Maybe someone from the BBC will write to us as to why they are buying so many Lumix GH1 cameras.

Canon on the other hand have many facets not least the broadcast lens division, pro camcorder division and pro SLR camera division, you would think that Canon would realize a big gap in the market for a quality solid state camcorder with shallow depth of field, a camcorder that will take all their SLR lens range…am I dreaming, well it’s not everyones cup of tea but Canon would sell tones of these camcorders and first in the que would be Mr Bloom himself.

A word of caution Canon please do not be stupid enough to bring out expensive dedicated solid state memory card when we have SDHC cards that are cheap and great for archive.

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JVC GY-HM700 Camcorder Review coming soon

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Look under “VIDEO REVIEW TAB” at the top of the page for the video review of the HM700

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Don’t take your i off the Media

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imedia-logo-v2If you have a Mac why are you waiting download a copy of iMedia today   

http://www.hdwarrior.co.uk/imedia/

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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
  • From   http://www.digitalproductionbuzz.com

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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 http://www.panasonic-broadcast.com. 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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