Friday, October 15, 2010

News from Here & There

Marshall 5″ V-LCD50-HDMI and Small HD DP6
Jared Abrams at Cinema5D takes a quick look at these two monitors that are designed for HDSLR shooters. The Small HD is a little more expensive, has a few more options you might like, but also uses slightly different peaking and focus assist color highlighting.

By they way, here's the optional V-H50 hood for the Marshall 5" HDMI monitor. It's shown on Marshall's site, but not yet available from other sellers (at least I can't find it on B&H).

Cinema5D: Quick Take: Marshall 5″ V-LCD50-HDMI and Small HD DP6
B & H: Marshall V-LCD50-HDMI 5" On-Camera Monitor [$516.35]
Marshall Monitors: V-LCD50-HDMI

Panasonic AG-AF100 Information
Panasonic has announced that the AG-AF100 will be officially available December 27th for $4,995, and confirmed other details:

The camcorder is 60Hz and 50Hz switchable, and variable frame rates are available in 1080p, selectable in 20 steps from 12p to 60p at 60Hz and 20 steps from 12p to 50p at 50Hz. Standard professional interfaces include uncompressed 4:2:2, 8 Bit HD-SDI out; HDMI out; and USB 2.0. It records SMPTE timecode and is able to perform timecode synchronizing via the video output seeing timecode in.

Weighing only 3.5 pounds (without lens or battery), the AF100 includes Dynamic Range Stretch in all modes and frame rates; six built-in, customizable scene files that are exchangeable for quick and easy matching between multiple cameras; seven built-in gamma curves with four selectable color matrices; Syncro-scan shutter; and a high-resolution LCD and viewfinder.

It also offers a focus assist that can be used while recording, which is color-on peaking and a focus bar; two sets of adjustable zebras; two manual black and white balance choices, and preset White Balance at 3200K, 5600K or variable; a waveform monitor and vectorscope for more accurate monitoring of broadcast safe levels. Other essential features include pre-record; an intervalometer function that can be set for up to 24 hours, programmable User Buttons; a Smart Battery interface for recording up to four hours with a 5400mA battery; metadata recording; and a wireless infrared remote controller.

Panasonic will support the AF100 with a three-year limited warranty (one year plus two extra years upon registration).
Business Wire: Panasonic Announces December Delivery, Pricing For AG-AF100 4/3” Professional High-Definition Camcorder
B & H: Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro Four Thirds Professional HD Camcorder [$4,795.00]

New book on DSLR video
Kurt Lancaster has a book coming out in November on shooting film/video with HDSLRs: DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video

When did Editors become prima donnas?
Walter Biscard wonders why editors aren't happy with what they have, and why they keep complaining...
While I generally agree with him, complaining does serve to keep driving things forward, and I think it's unwise to think that some people who post on internet forums reflect the entire community.
Biscardi Creative Blog: When did Editors become prima donnas?

FxFactory 2.5.1
Noise Industries has released, FxFactory Pro 2.5.1, their filter suite for Final Cut Pro. This release adds a new
  • Camera Shake plug-in, free for existing FxFactory Pro users.
  • Yanobox Motype 1.2.2 and Yanobox Nodes 1.1.1 are maintenance updates to the popular titling and node-based plug-ins.
  • PHYX Freebie 1.0 is a new set of free plug-ins by the image processing experts at PHYX. More information and download link available below.
  • SUGARfx Lens Pack 1.0 is a new collection of plug-ins by SUGARfx, available as a separate download. More information and download link available below.
Noise Industries: FxFactory 2.5.1

FXFactory: Camera Shake demo video:

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