And the cherry on top? I am now seriously considering buying an HPZ820 (yes, a PC computer) instead of the iMac that I was planning to get for the past several months.
Now, you may be wondering why I am a contrarian in these matters. As part of my job, I spent a lot of time thinking about what will come next in terms of technology. I bet on Adobe Premiere Pro months before the flood gates opened. I also have the privilege to see many products, hardware and software, as prototypes or in their beta phases, so even though I can not talk about them, I can wait until they are commercially available or I can get something cheaper temporarily.
But perhaps the main reason to be a “contrarian” is that I don’t care much about brands or trends. What I do care a lot about is performance and reliability. The faster I work on my business, the more time I have to build the business. And there’s another nice plus in this—I also get more discretionary time to enjoy life off-line and out of the office.
• Blackmagic announced a hard-to-believe camera featuring a 2.5K image sensor, 13 stops of dynamic range, built-in SSD recorder, popular open standard uncompressed RAW and compressed file formats, compatibility with quality EF and ZF mount lenses, and LCD touchscreen monitoring.
• Autodesk announced Smoke 2013 for the Mac, a new version of what the company is now calling video editing software and at users of Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer who want high-end editing and finishing tools in one app. The new price is “only” $3495, down from $14,995 for the 2012 version.
• Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 is out with and enhanced 64-bit playback engine that can handle5K resolutions, and higher, new trimming options, compatibility with Mac touchpad gestures, a Warp Stabilizer that was previously confined to After Effects, and expanded multicam editing for more than four cameras. Taking a page from its sister app, “the audio oriented Audition, Premiere Pro CS6 offers a redesigned and more functional audio mixer. Adobe also introduced SpeedGrade, a film finishing and color grading app, and Prelude, for ingesting, logging, and transcoding.
• Panasonic announced a bittersweet firmware update for the AG-AF100 that provides 1080 50p and 60p modes. That’s the sweet part. The bitter? They want users to pay $300 for the upgrade.
• Canon announced the 1D C ($15,000), which has the same chassis and still shooting features of the EOS-1D X ($6,800), and captures 4096 x 2160 8-bit 4:2:2 video to a CF card at 24 fps. Unlike the X, the C swaps a headphone jack for the X’s PC sync.
• The higher-end Canon EOSC500 ($30,000) offers the same ISO range as the C300 (320–20,000) and requires a dedicated external recorder, but captures in two full-RAW flavors: 4096 x 2960 (for motion picture), and 3840 x 2160 (for 4KTV). Both of these modes offer 10-bit 4:4:4 at 60 frames-per-second. There are two additional RAW option, 4096 x 1080 or 3840 x 1080 resolutions, which are also 10-bit 4:4:4, but at 120 fps. The camera also offers
compressed RAW at 2048 x 1080 and 1920 x 1080 with either 12-bit or 10-bit 4:4:4 60p. Unlike the C300, the C500 doesn’t not have focus assist, or built-in ND filters, or XLR inputs. Feeling a bit confused? Me too.
• Never shy from the spot light, RED announced a Dragon sensor upgrade, which is set to bring 6K resolution to EPIC and Scarlet cameras later this year The upgrade will cost EPICowners $6,000.
• Canon showed a prototype 30-inch 4K reference display, but no word on pricing or when it will be commercially available.
• Nikon announced a brand new D3200 with all the usual bells and whistles: 24.2-megapixelAPS-C size (DX-format) CMOS sensor, full 1080p HD video in 24p or 30p with full-time autofocus, all for $700. The pictures I’ve seen are all in a terrible cherry red.
• Sony announced the Alpha A57DSLR camera (US$745 body only) featuring a 24.3MPCMOSimage sensor, 10fps, and a 3-inch 921,600-pixel Xtra Fine LCD screen and full HD 1080p video (AVCHD) at 60 fps or 24 fps, competing directly against Nikon’s D5100 and Canon’s EOSRebel T3i.
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The full version of Lightroom 4 is available now and Adobe cut the price in half: The full version (which used to cost $299) will now be $149. The upgrade version will only cost $79. The beta version (which was downloaded more than 250,000 times) will expire on March 31, 2012.
Ok. Let’s start from the beginning: We are looking at a 22.3 Megapixels, Full Frame (36 x 24mm) CMOS sensor system, powered by a DIGIC 5+ processor. Check this article if you want to fully understand the differences between the DIGIC 4 processor on the 5D Mark II, and the new DIGIC 5+ on the 5D Mark III.
Some of the highlighted features include: • Dual card slots (1 SD/SDHC/SDXC and 1 CF). Sorry, no XQD on this one. What is awesome about the dual cards is that you can a) record the same data to both cards, or b) record different file sizes or types to each card, or c) automatically switch to the second card when the first card is full. That’s great when shooting long interviews, or concerts, for example. • HDR with +/- 3 stops • Improvement in noise reduction by 2 stops • Multiple exposure mode • 63 zone dual metering system • +/- 5 stops (the 5D Mark II has only 3 stops) • iFCL metering system with a 63-zone dual-layer sensor • File Formats: AVI, RAW, JPEG, H.264, MOV, MPEG-4 • Full HD video recording: 1080/30p, 24p, 25p; 720/60p, 50p; 480/60p, 50p
All the typical features are here: Minimum Shutter Speed (30 sec), Maximum Shutter Speed (1/8000 sec), 100% coverage viewfinder, etc, etc, etc. As expected, durability on the Magnesium Alloy chassis has been improved including a 150,000-cycles shutter, and water and dust additional resistance.
These are the specs that REALLY got my attention: • It is now possible to check two images side-by-side for sharpness, exposure, etc at different aspect ratios (1:1, 4:3, 16:9) with the new “Comparative Playback” function. • There’s a Q button that will process RAW to JPG on camera. • The new camera shares the same exact 61-point High Density Reticular AF system found in the EOS1D-X (for half the price). • There’s an iPod-like button to make changes in the movie mode without adding noise to the clips. Smart!
• The 5D Mark III uses the same batteries (LP-E6) as the 7D and 60D. • The ISO war keeps getting better. The Mark III offers ISO 100–25600 (expandable up to ISO 102,400) for stills, and 100–12800 (up to ISO 25,600) for video. Wow! Now we really could use an iPad as a Key Light!
Video Features. There are several serious improvements on this front: •There are a couple of new video Modes: “Silent and Low Vibration,” but I don’t recall seeing them on the prototype I tested. • The video resolution is Full HD (1920x1080), and the video format is the same H.264, which I personally love because it runs natively on Adobe Premiere Pro and Lightroom 4, and plays extremely well with online sharing platforms like Vimeo and YouTube. • The recording buffer has been extended from 12 minutes to 29 minutes and 59 seconds. The 4GB limit is finally over. • Following Nikon’s D800 improvement, we now have a 3.5mm headphone jack for live audio monitoring and a Wind Filter. Other ports include USB 2, HDMI, Mic Input, and Wireless.
• The LCD screen is virtually the same 3.2″ 1.04 million as the Nikon’s D800. With a screen this size photographers are out of excuses for not using Histograms the way they should. • There’s a built-in info menu while shooting video, which comes super handy to quickly check important settings like White Balance, Resolution, ISO, Picture Style, etc.
Regarding audio, the changes are pretty exciting:
“The camera includes manual audio level control with 64 levels, adjustable both before and during movie recording. There is also an automatic audio level setting, or sound recording can be turned off entirely. A wind filter is also included. Sound can be recorded either through the internal monaural microphone or via an optional external microphone through the stereo mic input.”
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“The EOS5D Mark III includes new H.264 video compression formats to simplify and speed up post-production work: intraframe (ALL-I) compression for an editing-friendly format and interframe (IPB) compression for superior data storage efficiency, giving professionals options to help achieve their ideal workflow. Like the EOS-1D X, the 5D Mark III also includes two methods of SMPTE-compliant timecode embedding, Rec Run and Free Run, allowing video footage from multiple cameras and separate audio recordings to be synced together in post production.”
The new camera delivers 6 frames per second at high-speed. Burst Rate and Frames per Second (fps) speeds, are NOT the same — shooting speed, or fps, dictates the speed at which you can take consecutive shots; Burst Rate dictates how many of those shots you can take in a continuous burst, without slowing down. We put together this chart to compare the most current Canon EOS systems side-by-side:
New Accessories: Several new accessories will be added to Canon line of toys. There’s a new flash, the Speedlite 600EX-RT, which is 20% faster than the 580 EXII, and comes with built-in wireless radio control (up to 16 channels in 5 groups). We have a new Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A supporting 802.11 a/b/g/n, and a built-in gigabit Ethernet connection. And soon we will also have a new GPS device (GP-E2), which will be the perfect companion to Adobe Lightroom 4 brand new Map Module.