Wednesday, February 23, 2011

News From Here & There

New Version Of Final Cut Coming?
Alexia Tsotsis at TechCrunch reports that Apple has been showing an upcoming release of Final Cut Pro to editors to get their opinions. He also says that it's “dramatic and ambitious” and may be released in the spring.
TechCrunchNew Final Cut Pro Is Real, And It’s Spectacular (And It’s Expected Spring 2011)

Comparison of Sony Bloggie Touch and Flip UltraHD
SonyRumors publishes a comparison of the new Sony Bloggie Touch[$154.95] with the Flip UltraHD Video[$179]
Speaking of technical specs, the Bloggie Touch outshines the Flip UltraHD in every scenario. Offering great zoom, resolution, Face Detection, Image Stabilization, Macro Auto Focus, Self Time and still camera to name a few. On top of that, Sony placed a Exmor™ CMOS Sensor under the hood, insuring crisp video both during daylight and nighttime.
Remember that this is Sony Rumors website, but it includes some sample videos.
SonyRumorsSony Bloggie Touch Review, and Bloggie Touch vs. Flip UltraHD (video)

Apple Rumors
If rumors are to be believed, it looks like Apple will announce new MacBook Pros, new iMacs, the iPad2, a Final Cut Pro update - pretty much everything you can think of - sometime soon. And one of the things being talked about is Light Peak which is a high speed communication protocol developed with Intel and it sounds like it could replace USB, Firewire, Ethernet, you name it.
EngadgetApple's Light Peak implementation called Thunderbolt, coming in new MacBook Pros?

Low Cost Lens Gears
The low-cost lens gears from Half Inch Rails are available and are being sold by Wide Open Camera. They cost $45 for three.
WideOpenCameraHIR Lens Gears

Another Short Sony PMW-F3 Test Video
Florian Foest has posted a Sony PMW-F3 video test to Vimeo shot using a variety of lenses; Sony 35/50/85 T2, ARRI HS 25mm T1.3 and Angenieux 16-42 T2.8.  Some good shallow focus examples.
VimeoSimple Sony F3 Test_720p

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