Thursday, August 04, 2011

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(SR5) The video revolution is coming: A77/NEX-7/VG20 with FullHD 60p and full manual controls! | SonyAlphaRumors
SonyAlphaRumors continues it's run of news about impending updates to Sony's camera lineup, this time with the news that the new DSLR A77, mirror-less mini Nex-7 and the large sensor consumer camcorder NEX-VG20 will support the AVCHD 2.0 standard:
This means that all those camera (!) will be able to record FullHD videos in 1080 60/50/25/24p at 28Mbit/s!
It is also reported that the cameras will have full manual controls while recording video.

Now if the NEX-VG20 just had manual audio controls too, it would be a pretty awesome little camera!

Apple updates QuickTime security for Leopard, Windows | Philip Michaels
| Macworld
Apple posts QuickTime 7.7, which is a security update for Leopard users. They have also posted QuickTime 7.7 for Windows for users running Windows XP (SP2 or later), Vista, or Windows 7.

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye Hands-on Review | DigitalRevTV | YouTube
After mentioning yesterday that there were no reviews online that I could find, here's a review of the lens by Kai of DigitalRev TV, made during an open top tour bus ride. There's not a lot of video shot with the lens; if you jump to near the end there's a long sequence with the lens at 8mm on a full-frame sensor camera. Since it is a video review, I wish there had been more video shot at the two ends of the focal length with both full-frame and crop sensor cameras.

When I played briefly with the prototype lens on a crop-sensor camera last year, I was quite excited about it; it gave a distorted, but wide view that I thought I liked. But seeing these limited examples didn't really get me excited.

How to Lose Everything on Kickstarter and Still Raise a Production Budget
| Joe Wilson | Film Courage
How to pull victory from defeat:
This is a story about a failed Kickstarter campaign that kept going and succeeded independently. No Kickstarter, No IndieGoGo, just a web site and Twitter.

Real Life MacBook Air 11" Benchmark - Video Encoding | Don McAllister
| The Mac Screencast Guy
Now this might actually be a useful way to measure performance!
I chose a 20 minute screencast, with a resolution of 1280x720 encoded with the lossless animation codec at 25 frames per second and millions of colours. The "master" file weighed in at 3.8 GB.
The results: the 2011 MacBook Air is nearly twice as fast as the 2010 MacBook Air.

World's largest stop-motion animation set created on Welsh beach
| The Telegraph
A short film that claims to set a world record for largest set for a stop-motion film; over 11,000 square feet of Welsh sand!

Behind the Scenes of All Is Not Lost - 3D Filming | OkGo | YouTube
A 'making of' video on the making of the 3D version of OkGo's latest video. Interestingly, it's in 2D.

Even more interesting, the guy who shot the 3D version described the camera they used, the Panasonic AG-3DA1 Integrated Twin-Lens 3D Camcorder, as a pro-sumer camera! That's a $21,000 camera!

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