Archive for December, 2007


New FAA lithium ion battery rules: Jan. 1, 2008.

batt.gifThe FAA has published new rules for transporting your camcorder & other batteries both as carry-on and as checked baggage. If you’re going to be carrying your own batteries on a flight in 2008 and beyond, it behooves you to read the new guidelines and, if necessary, call the manufacturer— because more than 25 grams of lithium content can get your battery confiscated.

i.e. They may take your $500 160 WH Battery and keep it…

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Apple’s 10.5 Leopard file creation dates get wrong

times.gifExcuse the bad Engrish, but when Apple still can’t fix OS-X to properly maintain and track file creation and modification dates (one of the points that I griped about before) then there is no reliable way to track your media assets in Apple’s Mac OS.

I always use Creation and Modification dates to sort my various projects and files on today’s massive hard drives. I hate that Windows (at least XP) won’t intermingle files and folders when sorting by last modified, but at least it gets the dates right and properly maintains a file’s creation date when copying to and from external hard drives and servers.

But not Leopard. That’s a dealbreaker right there…

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SSD RAID = 800 MBps & 0.1 ms latency. Really.

mtron.jpgNext Level has a report on their Battleship Mtron. This is a test of solid state disks (SSD) and how they can take your computing system to the next level. In reality, they take a computing system to the next order of magnitude. Previous tests have taken the Mac Pro to 284 MBps with four internal hard drives striped n a RAID-0.

Would you like 800 megaBYTES a second with near instantaneous access?

Read on…

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Firewire increases from 400 to 3200 Mbps. But why?

I am an event videographer who has long used DV and silently given thanks many times to those engineers who jackpanel.jpgreplaced 12+ cables between my Betacam deck and my capture system (Y in, Y out, R-Y in, R-Y out, B-Y in, B-Y out, Aud-L in, Aud-L out, Aud-R in, Aud-R out, Genlock, RS-422) with one, small wire. FireWire (as apple calls it) and iLink (as Sony calls it) are the IEEE-1394 specification. (Bonus points for the first person who can identify the black AV IO box pictured here in the comments)

First it was FW400 (400 Mbps) and then FW800. But many years have passed since FW800 shipped and the normal rate of development that had us expecting FW1600, etc, left us grossly disappointed for years.

Well, now the 1394 Trade Association has ratified a FW3200 speed.
But will anyone care? …

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The 103″ edit site program monitor. Wow!

103plasma.jpgIf you’ve got the wall space (and the cash) then Panasonic has no qualm about showing you what they say is the world’s largest Plasma display.

Standing in front of it on the expo floor, I have to admit being humbled… and then immediately wondering how the hell they mounted that 500-pound monstrosity on a traveling display wall- usually designed to be as light (and thusly flimsy) as possible.

Anyway, check out the video…

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My Dream Camcorder… Part II

megvexpo07sm.jpgSince my September column in EventDV magazine about My Dream HD Camcorder, I’ve received great feedback about additional features we need.

I’ve also seen other camera operators like Will Holloway starting to talk about features of their dream camcorders.
It’s nice to see that we’re all of the same mind.
Maybe there’s something in the water.

In part two of my Dream Camcorder series, I’ll explore the reader feedback and some new features that should be found in a dream on-shoulder HD cam…

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Red Rolling CMOS Shutter Redux, again.

redstrobe.jpgOne of the easiest ways to f— with video is to use flashes and strobes while shooting.

With CCDs, you’ll likely end up with one field of interlaced video completely blown out and the other “half” of the image is normally exposed. Apparently, with CMOS imagers, including the soon to be replaced first 100 RED cameras, strobes and flashes can look like this, where only part of the frame is illuminated. Odd, isn’t it.

The video on the Fini Films Site has lots of strobes popping, and most are captured properly, but a good portion- more than you would expect- aren’t.

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