Monday, March 07, 2011

News From Here & There

Those Smoking Hot New MacBook Pros
Need an excuse to buy a new MacBook Pro? "BestOfInspiration" has posted a video that compares the new Apple 17'' MacBook Pro 2011 (2.2 GHz Intel Core i7) and the 1 year old Apple 17'' MacBook Pro (2,8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo) using Adobe Photoshop, Apple Compressor, Final Cut Pro and Blender.
Exporting a clip with the 3-Way Color adjustment filter attached in Final Cut Pro took 13:58 on the old model, 3:46 on the new model. - Wow How much faster is Final Cut Pro on the new 2.2GHz i7 MacBook Pros?

How To Use a Lightmeter
I've never used a lightmeter - I've always had a camera that had it's own meter - but in case you want to do it the right way, Jem Schofield, from, demonstrates howto use the new Sekonic 308DC light meter with the Panasonic AG-AF100.
CineTechnica: Using Sekonic’s 308DC Light Meter with AF100

POV.HD Review
The V.I.O. POV.HD Digital Helmet Camera System might be expensive ($599) but it does have the advantage over other POV cams like the GoPro and the Contour in that it has a monitor on a separate control panel on a long cable. Being able to see what you are shooting would be really useful [you can get the add-on monitor for the GoPro, but that still requires you get close to the camera to view it.]
Engadget reviewed the POV.HD camera, and while they have reservations about price and usefulness in all situations they conclude:
But, though though the footage [GoPro & Contour] capture may contain the same number of pixels, it won't look this good, won't be this wide, and won't be this clear, especially in lower light. They won't manage three and a half hours to a charge, either.
Engadget: POV.HD camera review
B & H: V.I.O. POV.HD Digital Helmet Camera System [$599.00]

More Details From Sony's Semi-Announcements
David Williams already wrote about the Sony event last week revealing the forthcoming NXCAM cameras. Now he's added more details about 3D developments ...[though it appears the pictures have now been removed.] Sony’s Big (NAB Show) Reveal – Part II

DOJ Investigating MPEG LA?
The Wall Street Journal reports that the DOJ is investigating MPEG LA, (MPEG LA is the patent licensing pool for all things H.264.)
MacWorld: DOJ won't comment on reports of MPEG LA probe

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