G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc

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By Steve Lohr (NYT)

General Electric says it has achieved a breakthrough in digital storage technology that will allow standard-size discs to hold the equivalent of 100 DVDs.The storage advance, which G.E. is announcing on Monday, is just a laboratory success at this stage. The new technology must be made to work in products that can be mass-produced at affordable prices.

But optical storage experts and industry analysts who were told of the development said it held the promise of being a big step forward in digital storage with a wide range of potential uses in commercial, scientific and consumer markets.

“This could be the next generation of low-cost storage,” said Richard Doherty, an analyst at Envisioneering, a technology research firm.

The promising work by the G.E. researchers is in the field of holographic storage. Holography is an optical process that stores not only three-dimensional images like the ones placed on many credit cards for security purposes, but the 1’s and 0’s of digital data as well.

The data is encoded in light patterns that are stored in light-sensitive material. The holograms act like microscopic mirrors that refract light patterns when a laser shines on them, and so each hologram’s recorded data can then be retrieved and deciphered.

Holographic storage has the potential to pack data far more densely than conventional optical technology, used in DVDs and the newer, high-capacity Blu-ray discs, in which information is stored as a pattern of marks across the surface of a disc. The potential of holographic technology has long been known. The first research papers were published in the early 1960s. 

(Pictured above is Brian Lawrence GEs holographic storage program)  (Excerpt from New York Times www.nytimes.com)

So this is what Apple are waiting for ! Note. Some papers are still employing good photographers who can compose a picture and light it as well, great picture Mr Brooks.

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Philip Bloom reaches 1,000,000 Clicks

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Bloom’s USA Blog Part 4 By Bloom Blog
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p-bloom-v2Our good friend Philip Bloom over at www.philipbloom.co.uk has reached his one millionth click on his blog and we at HD Warrior congratulate Philip on such an achievement. Philip was lucky enough to go to NAB 09 this year and kept us all informed with his great video blogs. Once again well done Mr Bloom.

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iMedia tutorial coming soon

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imedia-logo-v2Just to wet your appetite… iMedia has been developed for you and me, video professionals running our own production companies. For a long time I have been looking for a program that will keep a log of my mini DV tapes, HDV tapes, SxS, SDHC, Blu-ray etc. keep a note of my client base and project information. 

I was talking to my friend Chris about my dilemma and he kindly went off and designed such a program… iMedia. Now I can keep everything together on the one file. 

It has only been written for Mac at present but if enough interest is shown it could be written for the PC. If you think this may be of interest to you leave a note on the comments tab in this post. 

NOTE : I have started an iMedia page so click on it for further information and soon I will be telling you the best news of all… the price.

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Coming soon the Panasonic HPX-301 v Sony EX-3

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The burning question ? How does the one third inch Panasonic HPX-301 perform in low light against the half inch Sony EX-3. 

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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.  hdwarrior@me.com

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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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