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“It’s an iPod, a telephone and an internet communicator.”

It was one year ago today that we lost one of the greatest visionaries of our generation, Steve Jobs. May we continue to be inspired and walk in his footsteps to keep the vision alive.

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New Panasonic GH3

Genesis

I was lucky  to receive one of the first Panasonic GH2 that arrived in the US, and I’ve enjoyed shooting photos and video with it. But I’m even more excited by the new GH3 which shoots full 1920 x 1080 60p with a new I codec, I can’t wait to get my hands on one. But in the meantime enjoy Philip Bloom’s overview of the camera and the short film shot by Bruce Logan and Philip Bloom, Genesis.

New Cameras from Sony

Sony SLT-A99

Sony NEX EA50EH

Sony is rolling out several new cameras that look really exciting. In particular there are two that I like, the new SLT -A99 and the NEX EA50EH both shoot full 1920 x 1080 60p.

Philip Bloom has a nice overview of the new Sonys and several other new cameras.

The new Black Magic Cinema Camera gets reviewed by Vincent LaForet and also Philip Bloom. I’ve been off on other projects and there are only so many hours in the day, so check out the wonderful reviews from Vincent and Philip.

 

Revenge of the Great Camera Shoot Out 2012

Kudos to Steve Weiss and Jens Bogehegn for Revenge Of The Great Camera Shoot Out 2012. A brilliant documentary and important piece of filmmaking history. What more can I say?  It MUST be seen.

Revenge Of The Great Camera Shoot Out 2011

SDHC Card Failure

Adata SDHC

I’ve been on the road a lot this year, and after returning home from a trip to Austin Texas I discovered one of my memory cards had been fried by the TSA. In going through airport security in Austin TX, the TSA left my carryon bag containing my photo equipment in the scanner for several minutes while they changed the settings and peered deeper into my cameras and lenses. I stood there and watched as the monitor changed colors as they increased the power to peer deeper and deeper into my gear. Like most of you I wasn’t concerned as I had been told by everyone that the X-rays would cause no harm to memory cards and gear. Then, they ran it through again repeating the same process and looking at my bag full of gear from a different angle. When I returned home my 32GB SDHC memory card that was in my Sony A65 was fried. The card was not recognized by the camera and would not mount in my Mac computer. Everything had been working fine before the intense TSA scanning. I tried Rescue Pro, Disk Warrior and several other disk / file recovery programs, but with the card not mounting, none were of any help. So I called several data recovery services who felt confident that the data could be recovered, but their prices were quite expensive. In talking to the data recovery services I found out that this is a fairly common occurrence. Then I noticed that the card has a Lifetime warranty so I decided to call the manufacturer Adata. I was pleasantly surprised to find the people at Adata to be very friendly and helpful. They sent me links to additional recovery programs, and when none of those worked they offered to recover my data and replace the SDHC card, which they promptly did. I’ve been using Adata memory for about 3 years now and with great customer service like this they’ve won me over as a satisfied loyal customer.

I travel a lot and this is the first time I’ve had this problem, but in talking to the data recovery companies and Adata this is more common than we have been previously told. With the falling prices of SDHC cards I have been using them as one of my archival backups. But another lesson that I learned from this experience is that SD cards and probably all sold state memory are only meant for short term storage of a maximum of three years. So I’m still searching for the ideal tapeless work flow.

NAB Reflections

I’m back from a wonderful trip to NAB in Las Vegas. Technology races along at breakneck speed and conferences like NAB help me stay current and catch a glimpse of the future.

The Post Production Conference at NAB hosted by Future Media Concepts one again exceeded my expectations. The top presenters in production and post shared tips and tricks to make our lives easier; Richard Harrington, Jeff Greenberg, Abba Shapiro, Robbie Carman, Luisa Winters, Steve Audette, Steve Martin, Douglas Spotted Eagle, Alex Lindsay, Elaine Montoya, Christine Steele, Gary Adcock, and Jem Schofield did a great job of sharing their insights on our current workflows.

The Adobe presenters demoed Adobe’s new CS6 suite which Adobe announced a few days before the show. What a treat to learn about all of the new features that are included in Adobe’s CS6 suite. Adobe has lured many FCP users to it’s suite after Apple’s disappointing launch of  FCPX. Adobe continues to listen to its customers adding more requested features to each new version. This suite continues to gain in popularity making CS6 one of the highlights of the show.

And, with the latest round of features being added to FCPX it appears that Apple hasn’t completely abandoned the pro market. Only time will tell.