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Red to show working EPIC camera at NAB | Electronista

April 2, 2010 by Gear, News

Well, there has been a LOT going on with the big boys this last couple of weeks. Lots of head-to-head tests between ARRI and RED so it’s easy to understand why RED needed to up the ante at NAB. This might just be the DSLR killer that they have been promising – or will RED just get eaten alive by better financed and more established players in the motion picture camera (and related accessories). Only time will tell but the “Red-Heads” are sure to be rooting for the EPIC (and what’s with all the CAPITAL letter anyway?)

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Red to show working EPIC camera at NAB
updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu April 1, 2010
Red bringing EPIC 5K camera prototype to NAB show

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Sony 1 Terabyte SR Memory Card: HD, 3D, 2K, 4K « Film and Digital Times

March 30, 2010 by News

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Imagine a solid state memory card about the size of a Hershey Bar, with storage capacity up to 1 Terabyte, RAID 5 equivalent (very safe), and guaranteed data transfer rate up to 5 Gbps for HD, 3D, 2K and 4K image files. It cues up in cues up in 4 frames. That is fast: HDCAM SR tape’s data rate is 880 Mbps; current SxS Memory Cards are rated at 800 Mbps. This is 5,000 Mbps (5 Gbps): more than 5 times faster.

[From Sony 1 Terabyte SR Memory Card: HD, 3D, 2K, 4K « Film and Digital Times: Blog]

The New York Times discusses the demise of photography – For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path

March 30, 2010 by Opinion

It’s one thing when a blogger says that the road is getting tough but when the New York Times has an article about how hard the Photography industry has become you really need to sit up and take notice! Will video save our careers? I sure hope so but in the mean time I’m looking for a job at Starbucks…

Since graduation in 2008, Mr. Eich, 23, has gotten magazine assignments here and there, but “industrywide, the sentiment now, at least among my peers, is that this is not a sustainable thing,” he said. He has been supplementing magazine work with advertising and art projects, in a pastiche of ways to earn a living. “There was a path, and there isn’t anymore.”

[From For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path - NYTimes.com]

Seth Godin agrees that the days of the magazine photographer are numbered

March 29, 2010 by Opinion

In an interesting article about changes to the magazine publishing industry is buried this interesting quote:head-clickme2.gif

The bad news: Conde Nast and Simon & Schuster and the other usual suspects are no longer going to pay decent wages to average writers. And average photographers aren’t going to make a living shooting weddings when the guests can do almost as well and all the photos are going on flickr anyway.

[From Seth's Blog: The reality of digital content (lose the cookie, lose the fortune?)]

Not what I want to wake up to on a Monday morning but I think that it’s important for use to pay attention to the warning signs and make plans for the future now! The whole article is an interesting read but Seth’s big point is that we have to stand up and do things for ourselves.

Marc Weigert declares that Celluloid Film is Dead! – Out Of The Dark Ages | HD User Magazine

March 27, 2010 by News, Opinion

RED One with Mysterium-X sensor,and the ARRI ALEXA go head to head:

And the winner is – Digital!

As photographers we all remember hearing this comment a looong time ago. We also remember the storm that erupted and the anger denial that followed the comments. Can’t wait to see what happens in the motion industry now that the digital battle has been won!

In a head-to-head shootout Marc Weigert shoots in low light with the ARRI and the RED and does a comparison to celluloid. You know the rest… Read his full test here:

“FILM (Celluloid, that is), IS DEAD!”

[From Out Of The Dark Ages | HD User Magazine]

How to use the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 Final Cut Pro with the Canon Rebel T2i 550D | The Bui Brothers Blog

March 21, 2010 by News

If you are a Canon Rebel T2i user and are bummed about your inability to use the new Final Cut Pro plug-in from Canon – be bummed no longer. Our friend Lan Bui has it all worked out for you!4340725759_2177532e07.jpg

A few days ago Canon released the EOS Movie Plugin-E1 for Final Cut Pro. It is very exciting for all of us using the Canon DSLRs and Final Cut Pro. We (Vu and I) mostly use the Canon 5D mark II and Canon 7D for our videos… both cameras are supported natively in the new E1 plugin. Unfortunatley the new Canon T2i is not supported in the E1 plugin yet.

This is very upsetting because the video quality from this T2i is actually very good!!! I had a chance to play with Rodney Charters’ T2i a few weeks ago and talk to him about it… basically the T2i is a 7D in a plastic body.

So, for all of you that want to use the T2i in Final Cut Pro and want to use the E1 plugin for FCP… watch the video above to see how to get it to work. I basically follow this method (by Nathan Beaman) on finalcutuser.com) I found on a post on Planet5D.

[From How to Canon T2i 550D with EOS Movie Plugin-E1 Final Cut Pro | The Bui Brothers Blog]

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