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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    Tiffin T1 filter for Sony EX-1, EX-3 and F35 Due late October

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    Tiffin TI filter

    Tiffin UK are now taking orders for the 77mm screw on TI infra red cut filter. This will be an essential filter for all users of Sony’s EX-1, EX-3 and F35 camcorders. The 77mm filter will be around £98. Tiffin should take stock of these TI filters at the end of October.

    Tiffen International Ltd. Europe (Steadicam Systems, Lowel)
    Weston on the Green
    Oxford, Oxfordshire
    OX25 3SX
    Tel: +44 1869 343835
    Enterprise House
    Weston Business Park

    Prokit (Lowel)
    111, Power Rd., Chiswick
    London W4 5PY
    Phone: 44 208 9954664
    Fax: 44 208 9954656

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    Canon 7D tech specs (No audio metering)

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    This is in response to a posting by Jack Atley who has two Canon 7Ds on order and his comment about  the 7D having audio metering, the only camera that gives you audio meters is the Canon 5D2 using a reversed engineered firmware by Magic Lantern, but beware if you screw this up you could end up with a dead Canon 5D Mk11…!

    I don’t want anyone buying a 7D with the misconception that it has features like audio metering when it clearly has not !

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    Canon WFT-E4 Battery grip and Wi-Fi (5D Mk11) £720

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    I noticed this Canon Wi-Fi grip on a shelf in Calumet and asked what camera it was for, expecting to be told the Canon 7D… to my pleasant surprise the assistant told me it was for the Canon 5D Mk11. By the way you cannot use this Wi-Fi grip outside in France…it says so on the box !

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