Remembering Steve – February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs

“It’s an iPod, a telephone and an internet communicator.”

It was one year ago today that we lost one of the greatest visionaries of our generation, Steve Jobs. May we continue to be inspired and walk in his footsteps to keep the vision alive.


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Panasonic GH3


I was lucky  to receive one of the first Panasonic GH2 that arrived in the US, and I’ve enjoyed shooting photos and video with it. But I’m even more excited by the new GH3 which shoots full 1920 x 1080 60p with a new I codec, I can’t wait to get my hands on one. But in the meantime enjoy Philip Bloom’s overview of the camera and the short film shot by Bruce Logan and Philip Bloom, Genesis.


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New Cameras from Sony

Sony SLT-A99


Sony is rolling out several new cameras that look really exciting. In particular there are two that I like, the new SLT -A99 and the NEX EA50EH both shoot full 1920 x 1080 60p.

Philip Bloom has a nice overview of the new Sonys and several other new cameras.


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Review – The New Black Magic Cinema Camera

The new Black Magic Cinema Camera gets reviewed by Vincent LaForet and also Philip Bloom. I’ve been off on other projects and there are only so many hours in the day, so check out the wonderful reviews from Vincent and Philip.

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Revenge Of The Great Camera Shoot Out 2012


Revenge of the Great Camera Shoot Out 2012

Kudos to Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn for Revenge Of The Great Camera Shoot Out 2012. A brilliant documentary and important piece of filmmaking history. What more can I say?  It MUST be seen.

Revenge Of The Great Camera Shoot Out 2011

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SDHC Card Failure

Adata SDHC

I’ve been on the road a lot this year, and after returning home from a trip to Austin Texas I discovered one of my memory cards had been fried by the TSA. In going through airport security in Austin TX, the TSA left my carryon bag containing my photo equipment in the scanner for several minutes while they changed the settings and peered deeper into my cameras and lenses. I stood there and watched as the monitor changed colors as they increased the power to peer deeper and deeper into my gear. Like most of you I wasn’t concerned as I had been told by everyone that the X-rays would cause no harm to memory cards and gear. Then, they ran it through again repeating the same process and looking at my bag full of gear from a different angle. When I returned home my 32GB SDHC memory card that was in my Sony A65 was fried. The card was not recognized by the camera and would not mount in my Mac computer. Everything had been working fine before the intense TSA scanning. I tried Rescue Pro, Disk Warrior and several other disk / file recovery programs, but with the card not mounting, none were of any help. So I called several data recovery services who felt confident that the data could be recovered, but their prices were quite expensive. In talking to the data recovery services I found out that this is a fairly common occurrence. Then I noticed that the card has a Lifetime warranty so I decided to call the manufacturer Adata. I was pleasantly surprised to find the people at Adata to be very friendly and helpful. They sent me links to additional recovery programs, and when none of those worked they offered to recover my data and replace the SDHC card, which they promptly did. I’ve been using Adata memory for about 3 years now and with great customer service like this they’ve won me over as a satisfied loyal customer.

I travel a lot and this is the first time I’ve had this problem, but in talking to the data recovery companies and Adata this is more common than we have been previously told. With the falling prices of SDHC cards I have been using them as one of my archival backups. But another lesson that I learned from this experience is that SD cards and probably all sold state memory are only meant for short term storage of a maximum of three years. So I’m still searching for the ideal tapeless work flow.

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NAB Reflections

I’m back from a wonderful trip to NAB in Las Vegas. Technology races along at breakneck speed and conferences like NAB help me stay current and catch a glimpse of the future.

The Post Production Conference at NAB hosted by Future Media Concepts one again exceeded my expectations. The top presenters in production and post shared tips and tricks to make our lives easier; Richard Harrington, Jeff Greenberg, Abba Shapiro, Robbie Carman, Luisa Winters, Steve Audette, Steve Martin, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Alex Lindsay, Elaine Montoya, Christine Steele, Gary Adcock, and Jem Schofield did a great job of sharing their insights on our current workflows.

The Adobe presenters demoed Adobe’s new CS6 suite which Adobe announced a few days before the show. What a treat to learn about all of the new features that are included in Adobe’s CS6 suite. Adobe has lured many FCP users to it’s suite after Apple’s disappointing launch of  FCPX. Adobe continues to listen to its customers adding more requested features to each new version. This suite continues to gain in popularity making CS6 one of the highlights of the show.

And, with the latest round of features being added to FCPX it appears that Apple hasn’t completely abandoned the pro market. Only time will tell.


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Rolling Rolling Rolling – Trawly

Last year at NAB I purchased my Cinevate Simplis Dual DSLR camera rig. I went with the Simplis rig because I usually shoot with smaller cameras like the GH2 and other small HD video cameras. Most of the other DSLR rigs on the market are too big and heavy for the smaller lighter cameras that I like to use. They defeat the purpose, because I like to keep my kit as small and light as possible. The Simplis rig is perfect for my workflow, I love my Simplis. When I picked up my Simplis rig, Dennis Wood pointed out the 1/4 20 threads in the handles and said that some wheels would be coming. Well, they’re finally here – a set of three wheels that attach to the Simplis rig to convert it into a table top dolly / slider. For me, this is ideal being able to have a table top dolly in my kit without having to pack an extra piece of equipment. I’ll do a follow up post after I’ve had a chance to use it in the field. But in the mean time check out the video on their site. Cinevate.

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Apple’s New iPad

New iPad

Today Apple announced the new iPad, the iPad 3, even though they’re not calling it that. With an official list of 5 new features and several new Apps like iMove and iPhoto. If you don’t own an iPad then these new features maybe what changes that.

New features:
1.Retina Display @ 2048 X 1536 pixels  @ 264ppi
2.iSight Camera – 5 megapixel sensor  –  with auto focus & auto exposure that can be locked, & with new flesh tone white balance.
3. HD 1080P video – Auto face detection, auto exposure & auto focus which is lockable
4. Voice dictation
5. Next generation wireless 4G LTE – also adds HSPA+ w/a maximum downlink of 21Mbps. DC-HSDPA  w/a maximum downlink of 42Mbps. LTE w/a maximum downlink of 73Mbps.

Check it out, watch the keynote presentation here.

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Home At Last

I’m finally back after several weeks on the road. Two of the exciting events that I attended were After Effects training with Luisa Winters at the Future Media Concepts Adobe Boot Camp in Orlando Florida,  and The Editor’s Retreat in Austin Tx, which is also an FMC event. I’m home for a few weeks then in April I’m off to NAB, and the Post Production World training, another FMC event.

It’s great to be home at last, to be able to decompress and get some editing done. I like to travel light so I usually travel with a carryon filled with just photo gear, and no computer. But I feel those days are numbered, which raises the NLE debate once again. Just a week ago the choice was simple, sort of. I was going with Premier Pro and the only other decision was Mac or PC. But now with this new release of FCPX the debate is alive again. As I look at my options and decide what is right for me I’ll share my thoughts, which hopefully will be of help to you. Stay tuned. If you have an opinion about this, let us know.

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